New Job!

imgresIf you read last week’s post then you know I was very conflicted in switching jobs. With my current job, I work full time and make a pretty good amount of money, not great but enough to support my husband and I as he goes to school. I’ve never really been happy with this job. I’ve been with them for almost 3 years and I’ve been looking for a new one ever since. I know, kind of sad. Well when you have bills to pay, you do what you gotta do. Then I stopped looking. I kind of gave up on finding a job that was at least close to my current pay and that would take me. Then just last week, I was offered a job. For starters, they really want me so that alone got me excited and even though they originally offered me part time with a bit less pay, I was willing to make a move if it meant being happier. Life is just way too short and I am way too young to be this miserable. So I decided to apply and go for some interviews. After it was all said and done, they came out with the offer of full time, with benefits, tuition assistance, vacation time and they matched what I am currently making. (Victory Dance) I’ve been wanting to leave this company for a while and now I finally can.

With this new job, I will be interacting with customers and assisting them with technical issues (something that intrigues me deeply) I’ll also have a lot more room for growth and more flexibility in my schedule which is amazing. I should be able to do some morning classes to finish school and still get my full hours. This is just a dream come true for me. I know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side but hey I can hope right?

The hardest thing was giving my two weeks notice at my current job. My current boss is super scary and confrontational and when I went to his office to put in my two weeks I was practically having an anxiety attack. I was not confident at all and my voice was shaky, it was just really bad. Then he offered to work with me and give me more flexibility and I just wanted to scream, “No, No, No! Not in a million years. There’s not enough money in the world that would make me stay here. I hate it here and I’m about to kill someone.” As you can imagine, I did NOT say any of that. I just told him that I had already signed with them and that I was a bit burned out here and that it’s time for me to move one. Of course, he then goes to say how I have such great potential. Uh, you couldn’t have said that to me 2 years ago. I’ve ben working my ass off and have never gotten a simple thank you and now you say I have so much potential. Um yeah F*** you! Don’t worry I didn’t say any of that either. Oh well, I am just so excited to learn and grow and move forward with this new company. I really hope that it goes well and that I fit in well into their program. I start in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck ya’ll.

P.S. Drug tests are horrible and I can’t pee under pressure.

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Goodbye Crappy Apartment, Hello NEW One

We are done moving. Yay. I’ve never been so happy. Moving is hard and we hate it but we just couldn’t stay at our older place. Along with the awful living situation, loud neighbors, and crappy management, we just really wanted to get away from downtown. Too many rowdy college kids coming home drunk at 3AM and being noisy. We just couldn’t take it anymore. Although, the poor management (and I say that lightly cause poor doesn’t even begin to describe them) was the real reason why we left.

I’ve never had such a bad experience. They were rude, careless and down right mean. To start off, the apartment was disgusting when we moved in, we didn’t have running water in the kitchen and everything was falling apart. After numerous phone calls and drop bys to the office, I sent them a nice little letter telling them that they had 5 days to give us water or their rent was going to go into an escrow account. They were there less than 24 hours later, apologizing their asses off. The manager had the audacity of saying that he wished we hadn’t gone to such measures and if he had just known, it would have been taken care of. Oh excuse me that your employees are so incompetent that the 10 times we called and the 10 visits we made to the office were not enough. What an idiot. Well that got fixed quickly. This was only September and our lease was until the end of July so I was feeling pretty crummy knowing that we still had 10 months there. The year was awful and made us hate them even more. I’m just proud of myself for not losing it and burning down the building, that to me was an accomplishment. Anyway out with the old (crummy, gross, idiot filled apartment) and in with the new.

We’ve only been there a couple of weeks but we already love it. It’s quiet, no rowdy college kids, the neighbors are super friendly, we have a porch, ah a porch! The office and maintenance staff are also great and above all the apartment is all renovated with new carpets, new paint, new tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms, new appliances and overall all amazing. Not to mention that we now have a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a garbage disposal and a microwave. The rooms are also bigger, by a lot. The guest room is twice the size of the old one with the twice the closet space. Our room is bigger as well as more closet space. We also have two bathrooms now and an actual dining room. The best part though is the kitchen. Our last kitchen was hallway, literally. You opened the front door and there was a tiny hallway that was also our kitchen.  Counters against one wall, stove and fridge across against the other wall. To give you an idea of how small it was, we couldn’t’ open the fridge door all the way because it hit the counters.

But it’s over. We are done with our crappy apartment and we LOVE our new one. It’s bigger and just all around better and we couldn’t be happier.

What’s the worst apartment you’ve ever lived in?

Our “Wedding”

The quotes might seem confusing but they apply I promise. We got married last year at the courthouse (we sort of eloped) Anyway, Mr. CrazyRichLife’s parents kept begging us to have a party and we finally gave in. So we invited some close family and friends, organized everything and spent very little. Part of that is that his parents wanted to do something nice for us so they paid and did almost everything. Our only expenses were driving down to Miami and our outfits and accessories. So even though it was technically our wedding party, it was more of just a party to celebrate our marriage. We had a great time though and everything looked beautiful and all the people we cared about were there so it was perfect. We also received some amazing gifts for our new home and some extra cash to help us get settled in our new place. It was a lot of work but I’m so happy we agreed to having a party with our family and friends. I hope you guys enjoy the pictures.

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Cute light up globes.

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Our outside set up.

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Outside where the caterers set up. So Pretty!

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Our super delicious homemade cupcakes.

Me and Mr. CrazyRichLife

Me and Mr. CrazyRichLife

Us...In Love!

Us…In Love!

My First Cleanse

JuicingAs you all know, I just bought my juicer. Yay. Well it arrived at our home today, as did my glass bottles. Mr. CrazyRichLife and I went to the store to get me my first batch of  fruits and veggies. We spent $53.64 – Not bad for a week’s worth of juicing.

Breakdown

Romaine Lettuce – $3.98
Spinach – $4.48
Cucumber – $3.98 X 2 = $7.96
Celery – $2.68 X 2 = $5.36
Carrots – $2.98 X 3 = $8.94
Garlic 3lbs Peeled – $5.98
Pears  5lbs – $5.98
Limes 5lbs – $3.98
Apples 5lbs – $6.98

Total (no tax for produce – YAY) = $53.64

One bag of carrots is for a friend who asked me to get them for her. She gave me $3 for it so my real total comes out to $50.64. I did have a few berries at the house already that I can add to my juices so the cost of those aren’t included..  Also, the garlic should last a few months and it’s more for cooking than for juicing. I might try a few recipes with garlic but not very many. So my 1 week juicing cleanse comes out to $44.66. Not bad, especially considering the fact that a 3 day cleanse I was going to purchase was going to cost me $147.The only thing left is that I need to go and get some grapefruit, green apples, and some tomatoes at the supermarket. I’m also thinking of getting some loose leaf tea to help me in between “meals”

UPDATE

I went back to the store to pick a few more items. I realized that I need more variety. Also, juicing takes a LOT of fruits and veggies. I spent another $30 buying grapes, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and lemons.

Have you ever juiced before? Did you think it was expensive? Check back next week to see my day to day breakdown and to read my ups and downs in my Juicing Diary.

Wedding Costs (as a guest)

You may be surprised, but being a wedding guest does not come cheap. You have outfit expenses, hotel, transportation, jewelry, babysitter/petsitter, food expenses and so on. You add all that up and it comes to about $500 – that’s without a gift to the bride and groom. You can definitely cut back on some of these cost.

– Wear something you already have or borrow from a friend.

– Share hotel/transportation with friends that are going.

– Bring a cooler with snacks and food.

– Take the kids with you or leave them with family that won’t cost you the babysitter fees.

And for a more detailed look at these expense, check out this super cool infographic from Mint.com Continue reading

I broke down and bought shoes

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Super cute new wedges I bought for $8 at Plato’s Closet.

It has to be a girl thing, how we get bored of our brand new clothes and shoes. Mr. CrazyRichLife has like 3 to 4 pairs at a time (that includes flip flops) and he wears them till they die. I mean just old, falling apart with holes in them kind of thing. Why can we girls be that way? I have God knows how many pairs – 30, 40 – I’m not even sure, more than I can count and I go and buy two more. Continue reading

Being Healthy Ain’t Cheap

snack timeI’ve started a new workout and I’m so excited. It’s fun to do and I’m getting addicted which in this case, it’s a great thing. I’ve always liked exercising but finding something I truly have fun with and get a workout at the same time, now that’s the trick. I’m currently doing the Brazil Butt Lift DVDs and they are incredible. You really feel the workout and you actually sweat. Plus the guy has a funny accent so even if you don’t do the workout, you exercise your abs from laughing at him. Anyway, as fun as working out is, it ain’t cheap. My gym membership alone costs me $33.56 a month. Then you need workout clothes, and workout shoes and those are definitely not cheap. Then you start adding extras like DVDs to work out at home, plus your  essentials like a yoga mat, a cute water bottle, a pedometer, etc… You get the idea. Just in workout gear, you’re up $200 easy. But working out isn’t the only part of a healthy life style.
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