So, I KNOW money doesn’t buy happiness…

So, several good things have happened to me in the last 24 hours.

One, I got my first adult paycheck. YOU GUYS!!! I’m so excited. Partly because, you know, that’s kind of the whole purpose to this “working” thing, and party because I could pay off my credit card bill, continuing a pattern of spotless credit. And you KNOW how I feel about perfectionism.

Other good thing, also money related: received my freelancing check from Meredith Corp. So, I’m literally the richest person ever right now. (Another thing I love: using “literally” incorrectly. It’s just such a fun mental image thing.)

Also, it’s the last day of October! Which you’d think would make me sad since it’s generally my favorite month, but after the last exhausting 31 days, I’m ready for a break. Will November make a break to steal October’s place in my heart? Only time will tell.

For now, I’m enjoying my first weekend in Long Island in a looong time. I believe I’m going pumpkin picking in a bit. Try not to be too jealous.

What’s my name again?

It’s become increasingly obvious that a lot of people at my Kingdom Hall don’t know what my name is. The weird part? I’m not even mad. It’s kind of entertaining to see what monikers they come up with…

For example, in a single day I was called Sara (repeatedly), Christine (once), and Jessica (or was it Jennifer? Something with a J that was not Justine).

I mean, I know I look like someone you know, but this is getting a little ridiculous.

Saving and spending

So, I’m already thinking of things to add to the New-Leaf November! list. (One of them is to come up with a better name…)

1. Pack my lunch every week day this month.
2. Only BUY one coffee per week. If I can get it for free, I can have as many as I want.

If you’re keeping track, that puts us up to 5 things. The second two are obviously money savers. What I really need is a coffee maker. It’s on my list of things I plan on buying once the first paycheck comes (at the end of this week!! EEEK!) and after I’ve paid off the credit card bill. These things are as follows:

1. Trench coat, probably this one from Banana Republic, although they also have a wool one I’m considering. But probably this one.

2. Coffee maker. Probably one from Target that’s not too pricey. Which also means I plan to buy coffee grounds.

3. Black and white tweed pencil skirt. (Like this, but cheaper if I can find it.)

So that’s everything. I dream big.

We almost made it through the month, guys! Keep it up!

6-day work weeks aren’t for sissies.

So…it’s been a long week. Which you probably knew from the tapering off of posting. (If you read this with any regularity.)

Work started Sunday at noon this week, and didn’t end until 7 P.M. last night. I’m wiped. Of course, it helps knowing that this sort of week (namely, Bridal Fashion Week) only comes around twice a year. But still. Wowza.

And this weekend isn’t exactly relaxing. I have service from seven til at least three or four today (thus why I’m posting this at 6:45 A.M.), and tomorrow service, meeting, and then dinner with my former editor, Laryssa. Not that any of those things are bad (especially not the dinner! Yay for actually meeting in person!), but I’m looking forward to my a month of weekends lacking serious obligations.

Ok, enough whining. Time to get back to it.

Gold medal for overachieving

I’ve been a very neglectful blogger lately. But in my defense, as this crazy month winds down I’m usually pretty wiped by the end of the day (my usual blogging time), and this results in:

a) No blog

or b) A shoddily thrown together post (which is probably worse than writing nothing)

Is it just me, or has October felt about a million years long? When I embarked on October Improvement Month! I had no idea how tiring it would all be. Add to the mix a new job and an inability to go easy on myself, and you’ve got one pooped little overachiever.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d do it all over again, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t kind of looking forward to a more laid-back November. Plus, I’m really glad I gave up on that whole “no coffee” thing. What was I thinking?

That being said, I’m planning a few more self-improvement things for November. (Because really, who doesn’t want to be a better person?) I just need a catchy name. New Leaf November? Maybe.

Here’s the list so far:

1. Clean out my clothes/donate old clothes
2. Update my website (I’m thinking of just switching the whole shebang over to WordPress. Simplify, you know? Plus, I don’t own DreamWeaver, which makes updating the current site a trial.)
3. Finalize the budget I’m creating.

That’s it so far, but knowing me, I’ll think of plenty more things I need to better about myself.

Anyone else planning any self-overhauls? Or am I the only weirdo who does this?