Tag Archive | "money woes"

Day 261 — Ann Starts to Save

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I’m growing to believe that saving is a lot like dieting. It takes a while to be good and take off the extra pounds. But once you get on a roll, you begin to stick with the program, with an occasional fall. When you have so little money, it’s hard to start saving. That might […]

Day 248 — Quick Fixes

Friday, January 22, 2010


“It looks like shit, but it works,” I told my ex husband, as I turned on the kitchen faucet. That “Waterweld” stuff really works for a girl handyman job, I thought with a smug smile. Though the neck of my faucet now looks like it has a gray growth on it (Waterweld doesn’t come in […]

Day 244 — Forcing

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is the time of year when we force flowers to bloom around us indoors, because we need the comfort and can’t wait for spring. I look forward to buying paperwhite narcissus bulbs, white stones and some pots. Even with a minimal amount of water and attention you get flowers on your desk or table […]

Day 239 — Happy New Year

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Tonight is New Year’s eve, and my ex, the bold one that he is, has already left to spend the next few days with someone he has only met online. I say, “Bad move.” But how can I begrudge him a little hanky panky. I’m also getting out of town. But I’ll be with someone […]

Day 237 — Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009


Ann’s Note: Ann plans to take a break between Christmas and New Years and will publish two days next week—Monday and Thursday—as she enjoys the holidays with her children. Please enjoy her take on “The Night Before Christmas.” Twas the morning of Christmas, I just downed an ale; I grabbed Victoria’s Secrets to see what […]

Day 235 — Digging Out

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


How do you know when you’ve hit bottom? This has recently become a pressing question for me. However bad things are, I’m always on guard for signs that life will get worse. Without succumbing to negativity, I find myself preparing to hit bottom, and then for the bottom to fall out and sink even further […]

Day 230 — Another Tragedy

Friday, December 11, 2009


The holiday cheer in our house feels like it’s been sucked up by a vacuum. Last week, we bought a tree, and I got my two children a few small presents. What they really want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 Elite, and they’ve saved up their own money to buy one. That’s the good […]

Day 224 — So There

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


As you know, my ex and I live together. I’m not proud of that, but however difficult it has been (unbearable, at times), it has allowed our two kids to remain in the house through very tough times for both of us. And we have no car. The family Volvo was totaled while parked on […]

Day 221 — Purse-Dialing Your Ex

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you’re purse dialing your ex. He won’t titillate me with what he heard. I asked. And, I can’t, won’t, provide a rundown of the possible details. Purse dialing is akin to “butt dialing.” Maybe you’ve seen the commercials: Boy sits on couch with his Blackberry mobile phone […]

Day 217 — The D-List for Unemployment

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I’ve never been a big fan of comedian Kathy Griffin, but my opinion is beginning to change. Griffin stars in the The D-List, which refers to her self-proclaimed celebrity status, not her cup size. Griffin is beginning to grow on me because of her honesty with where she stands in life. She knows—and admits—that she […]