It’s Wednesday and I made lasagna #IMWAYR

That’s it. That’s the post.

Kidding!

I did make lasagna, though. I can’t remember the last time I did. Between the IBS and the lactose intolerance and the no wheat thing, it seemed like a pipe dream, but a friend of mine posted a picture of her lasagna, and I remembered seeing gluten-free no-boil lasagna noodles at the store (and I’m stocked up on Lactaid), so I thought, “Eh, why not?” and so a lasagna was born.

I almost burnt it, but that’s neither here nor there.

You know what’s sad? How poorly I do without external motivation. The A to Z Challenge is over, so I haven’t posted anything since last Monday, but ALSO I had to force myself to post this today, so I wouldn’t go one more day without not posting it. I mean, it’s fine because I do this for me, but I had stuff to talk about on Monday! I just didn’t.

So here’s that stuff.

1. I posted one thing last week: It’s Monday and I’m Reflecting on the 2020 #AtoZChallenge.

2. My school announced yesterday (after business hours) that we’ll be online in the fall.

3. I decided that I want to keep posting about my experiences in the pandemic in an organized way so I’m going to start a new series on my blog entitled Pandemic Alphabet. I won’t be going in alphabetical order but use that as the framing/title device. I think, right now, that I’m still going to be focusing on gratitude stuff, but that may change. I think the title gives me some flexibility.

pandemic alphabet

I made a graphic, so it’s official.

4. I am still watching The Bernie Mac Show on Hulu and accidentally on purpose watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix.

5. I read some books!

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was super cute, and I loved that Yumi wanted to be a comedian and the look at comedy camp. Comedy camp! Amazing.

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How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously*: Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors AnonymousHow to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously*: Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors Anonymous by Jerrold Mundis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book because I’m working on getting out of debt (obviously) and the credit counseling agency suggested I speak to my creditors about lowering my monthly payments. I wasn’t sure where to start and a friend suggested I read the chapter in this book about communicating with creditors. It was, indeed, helpful. Me being me, I of course went back and read the whole thing.

I don’t remember a whole lot about the book, honestly, because it took me months to finish. The main things I remember (and like!) about the book are these:

1. This takes a much different approach than Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. Ramsey’s approach is get more jobs and make more money to pay down the debt quickly. Mundis advises instead that you not work yourself to death to pay off your debt and instead make more space for yourself and the things you enjoy doing and work on paying off the debt slowly instead. It’s a different approach to be sure and much gentler, but as a person who can’t really work a second job in a way that wouldn’t leave me completely depleted, Mundis’s way is very appealing.

2. There’s a great section on calculating household financial contributions that takes into account household labor, so anyone who is partnered and knows they’re pulling their weight with labor if not with money, that may be useful.

3. Okay so this third thing was so huge that I actually marked the page because if nothing else, this is the main thing I need to remember from this book:

Every action you take is a complete success, regardless of the results.

As a perfectionist who constantly gets paralyzed when it’s time to take action because I can’t stop focusing on the possible outcomes, I need to tattoo this on the inside of my eyelids. I mean, honestly.

That statement was preceded by this one, which is also important (and which I already know and have an easier time with even if that does mean I’m contradicting myself, but brains, man):

Whatever the action is, it’s the action that brings about a result, not a wish.

I mean, yes, that makes sense to me, but you know, I want to control those results. So, the book was worth it to me for that one.

Oh and here’s another good gem:

A final point about goals is they are not something you have to achieve.

So there you go.

All in all, this is a good addition to my debt reduction arsenal. It has good, practical advice and favors a gentle approach (which is hard for me!).

Oh, since Debtors Anonymous is mentioned in the title, I should mention that he spends about a page and a half on that specifically when he encourages the reader to find a support group, though he acknowledges that it’s not the only one or the only avenue for support. It’s mentioned again at the very end under resources as well. The book didn’t feel like an ad for it at all, which is what I thought it might be when I started reading. So if you were considering checking out the book but were put off by the fact that he may proselytize, he doesn’t. Like most self-help books, though, he does have a section on God/the universe, etc, so there is also that.

3.5 stars, rounding up

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6. I’m starting to think I have a problem. There are all these movies on Netflix I want to watch but haven’t yet, but now some studios are releasing movies that would have come out in theaters for rent, and I am very excited about the possibilities! But also how is that different from watching a movie already included in a streaming subscription? Why is my brain like this? Someone, make it make sense!

7. Here is an interesting article about the pandemic: How (and why) coronavirus is changing our sense of time.

I think that’s it! Have a great rest of the week, everyone! Stay safe out there.

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