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Thanksgiving Table UPDATE!


I got my FREE hand-me-down table this week! Ain’t she a beauty?

Do you enjoy how I still have pumpkin decorations out, I also have a “Give Thanks” sign, plus a wooden Christmas tree all in one picture? We’re celebrating a merging of the holidays this year, lol.

I love it! Fits the space perfectly and it’s just what I need!

It took a bit of finagling to get it here – it would not fit in my car, so I had to completely disassemble it and then reassemble it at home. But it was an easy job (especially compared to some of the other labor-intensive jobs I’ve been completing recently) and didn’t take long.

Now I’ve got seats for two at the kitchen island PLUS seats for four at the new-to-us table. And it’s nicer than I’d imagined. Very sturdy – real wood, etc. It came from a home with no kids, so I think that may be a factor (kids sure do have a way of destroying furniture, am I right? lol)

Here’s the last “fun” thing this has allowed….. I can now use my office space!!! The house has a little office, but I haven’t had a desk. Wellll, I do have this small circular table. I bought it from Big Lots about 10 years ago, when I first moved to Tucson. It was our kitchen table for years and years when it was just hubs and me (it only seated two). When the girls were old enough to transition from high chairs to real chairs, we bought a new table (which I left with him when I moved), but I kept the little two-seater table. The two barstools I’ve been using at our kitchen island came from the circular table. And the table has just been placed in the dining room “space” but without chairs (and it was never used because it only sat two so it’d be the same situation as at our island – where the girls sit and I stand to eat. Since there weren’t enough seats we just never sat there). Now that we have a “real” table in the dining room, I’ve moved the two-seater table into my office space. I plan to leave it’s two barstools at the kitchen island. But I’ll take one of the tall seats from the new-to-us table and move it into the office (we only need seats for three at the table, so its fine to remove a chair and if we ever have guests, I can obviously move the chairs around). I’ll now have the tall circular table as my office desk!!!!

Ignore then clutter. I’ll hang the picture and need to organize the room a bit still, but this gives you an idea of the set-up.

It’s not ideal. I’d prefer an “actual” desk at some point. But in truth, I’m quite used to working at this table. I’ve never had a real desk at home (I’ve never had an official office space at home before), so I always work at our kitchen table (or kitchen island for the past few months). As I said, for years and years, this circular table WAS our only kitchen table so I remember many a night, up late working on my dissertation, sitting at this exact table.

I’m excited we’ll have a table where we can all sit together for our thanksgiving meal. And I’m also excited that I now actually get to use the office space that has just been sitting (and used mostly as a junk space/storage for the past couple months). I get to reclaim the space, do some organizing, and in no time it will feel like a nice little office. I even have a window I can look out as I’m working. Pretty pumped about the furniture situation and how I’ve been able to make-do with what we use a hand-me-down piece of furniture to totally transform two different areas in my home: the dining room & the office! Woohoo!!!


No Spend Month Success!


We are the end of 6 solid weeks of no extra spending. And we have rocked it! I am so proud of us.

And a pleasant side effect of all the time at home and reduced running around is that my work has taken off. We are really on solid ground again. I am beyond grateful!

Big Win – Debt Payment

I mentioned when we began No Spend Month that my goal was to save enough for our Texas Roadtrip, but as I mentioned, work has really taken off.

I had already decided that my next debt to focus on would be the Tax Debt. And once I was comfortable with the cash for the Texas trips and money for December’s budget, I was able to:

Pay $2,500 toward the Tax Debt this week!!!!

The balance due as of today is now $1,001. And I hope to pay it off in December.

I am so freaking excited!

We Leave Tomorrow

Tomorrow we leave on a 9 day trip. We are all excited for this vacation. It has been a long time since we really got out and had some fun like this.

Our first stop will be New Orleans for a day. (We won’t be spending the night there as the hotels are insanely expensive, but we will be hanging out for a few hours.) I’m looking forward to having Beignets at Cafe Du Monde, picking up an authentic Muffuletta and listening to some live music.

New Orleans is hands down our family’s favorite place to visit. I even got to thinking picking up some Beignet mix might be a great, frugal Christmas gift for the kids!

I haven’t decided the route we will take to come back, but I’m thinking of a stop in Memphis. We’ve never explored that city much and I hear good things. Would love to hear recommendations of must see places and unique to Memphis places to eat! Again, it would probably just be a few hours around the city as a stop along the trip back.