by Erika Torres

1) There are 2…okay, more like 26838503 things that need to be done to our new home, but the MOST important are new curtains–not the hideous green things that currently cover the windows–and a new TV. I thought I’d be able to last at least until Black Friday without a TV, but I have found out that I cannot. Especially on the nights when Eric’s working. It’s absolute torture.

2) I used to make Eric lunches for work and since we’ve moved, I’ve stopped. I need to get back into the habit. You may be thinking “Awww Erika, you are such a sweet wife doing that for your hardworking husband.” Let me set the record straight–that’s not why I do it. I pack his lunches because if I don’t, then he doesn’t either, and he ends up buying food, costing me precious money and ruining my budget. So yes, I do it because I love him, but mostly I do it because I need him to stop spending so much money eating lunch every time he works!

3) I want to grow a garden. This may be one of those “I’m going to bake my own bread!” phases…but we shall see. I know nothing of growing a garden. I can’t even keep my orchid alive.

4) I need to cook more. On the nights when Eric is working, it would be good for me to cook a recipe and then put some of it in the freezer to eat on the days we don’t feel like cooking. (or for Eric to take to work!)

5) Find a job. I need a new one. Can’t someone just pay me to blog? I’m pretty good at that…hey, it’s how I found my husband! (or how my husband found me!)

6) Now that we’re no longer in our expensive apartment community, we have lost our gym. We can’t afford $60 a month for the two of us (or even $30 a month for one of us!) so we’re trying to save up to purchase the $300, 2-year gym membership (comes out to $12.50 a month!). Although Eric gets priority since he needs to be fit for work. Nobody cares if I’m fat except Eric.

7) In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not a big fan of Eric’s work hours. And I constantly complain about it. I am trying to learn to stop and be positive. It’s not Eric’s fault his job hours suck. And this is only temporary and it will be good for his career. And the nights he is working, I get to do my girly things, like eat ice cream for dinner while watching Grey’s Anatomy and Oprah on TIVO and reading People magazine and Us Weekly.


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City Girl October 12, 2010 - 8:43 pm

On some of the nights that E is working late, could you grab dinner with your family or set up some Girls Nights (host cooks for the group and picks a DVD? xoxo

Sheena October 11, 2010 - 2:06 pm

love your to-do’s 🙂

things we’ve found to work on a budget:
1. cute sheets, an iron, and iron tape make super cute (and cheap) curtains!
2. crock pot dinners rock, are cheap, and when paired with tupperware the next few days, make great lunches for hubbies 🙂
3. growing a garden from seeds instead of buying the plant and then growing it works! (and of course, it’s much cheaper)

good luck!!

Bronwen October 11, 2010 - 8:28 am

I got a really good deal on a TV at Best Buy – 32″ HD flatscreen for $330! It’s a Dynex… you should look into that 🙂

(don’t know if I’ve commented here before… I used to be Wendy’s Adventures in Lalaland… anyway i’m blogging as me now)

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A October 10, 2010 - 8:31 pm


GREAT for finding jobs…in Vegas not so much but in SoCal most def! Not sure if I have shared that site with you or not but you should check it out 🙂

Wishing you the best of luck and if I hear of anything in the PR field in your area I will send it your way!


Randa October 10, 2010 - 4:55 pm

Wow! You have a lot of to-do stuff! As for the TV . . . I’ve noticed that Walmart has some pretty cheap TVs of good quality – some of them I’ve seen at more “electronic based” stores for about two to three hundred dollars more.

Good luck with your to-do list!


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