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May 9, 2009

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by , 05-09-2009 at 10:16 PM (2042 Views)
Hi, and welcome to my blog. I'm Suzanne, a 48-year-old accountant from the Portland, Oregon area. I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky. I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all living on the opposite side of the country so don't get to see them very much. I live with my husband and our two cats and our two very big dogs. I like to crochet and I've been learning to knit, enjoy movies, cooking, getting together with friends, concerts and hockey. So is that enough to set the stage?

I just returned from a decidedly UN-frugal business trip where I:

a) spent too much,
b) ate too much,
c) slept too little, and
d) did I mention I spent too much?

Orlando was incredible, though. Beautifully sunny and warm (such a difference from the rain here in Portland that chills me to the bone). Thursday afternoon a co-worker and I drove out to Daytona Beach which was only about an hour drive from Orlando. We walked along the boardwalk some, checked out the kitschy souvenir shops (I got a couple of beach towels, a T-shirt, a shot glass and a magnet). We had the world's best mai tais at the MaiTai Bar. I had the traditional mai tai, which the menu described as "a classic blend of Bacardi Gold, Myers's Dark and Lemon Hart 151 rum, with fresh-squeezed orange and pineapple juices". Ah, it was heavenly. There was some good live music to listen to and it was very relaxing, which is something I can always use more of! Bonus, since we got there during happy hour the mai tais were $4 instead of the usual $7 each. If that was all the spending I'd done on the trip it wouldn't be so bad, but there's more so I'll be doing a little extra belt tightening as a result to make up for it.

I've joined some challenges to help keep me motivated. Here's what I'm attempting in May:

May 2009 Eating Out No More Challenge (18/23 goal): 0/23
May Bring a Bag Lunch to Work Challenge: 0/13 days
May Exercise Challenge: 0/690 minutes
May Needle Arts Challenge: Lacy Diamond Afghan
May Try New Recipes Challenge (1/week): 0/3
May Water Challenge: 0/3,450 ounces

The most important thing for me to remember will be that continual improvement is a win. I tend to be an "all or nothing" person who views anything less than perfection as a failure. (My imperfection, that is - I tend to be FAR more accepting of others.)

The hubby will be home for dinner soon so time to go see about breaking out that new pressure cooker. WISH ME LUCK!

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Hi and welcome Suzanne! Sounds like you had a great trip to Orlando...been there and loved it as well. You have taken on some great challenges and you will love it here! Great people, great conversation and alot of fun!
  2. fixer's Avatar
    Welcome, it was great to read your blog. I grew up right outside of Louisville so it holds a special place in my heart.
  3. mauimagic's Avatar
    Aloha and welcome to FV - it sounds as if you will fit in just fine with the rest of us - all involved in the process!! Love all your challenges and your attitude towards them!!
  4. IndigoMom's Avatar
    Welcome to the village! I enjoyed your first post. Looking forward to hearing more from you.