Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Last paycheck in 2010

Well today was the last payday for the year.

worked:43.26 hours...$136.20
year-to-date: $12,496.49
minus housing:$614.12
taxable gross:$11,882.37

Money taken out for the state of NH was: $4,400.18
Total net pay for the year: $6,100.16

ok, now I will have to find my W-2's from past years but I'm pretty sure this is the smallest amount I have made here. But how many people can say they actually live on $6,100?

As usual with any new year coming up...I have made it a goal for 2011 to save $$$. I hope to get a job in Alaska for Late Spring-Early Fall. Which means I will need to save lots of money from now to April to move.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Back to work

Well I finally started back to work at Yavapai cafeteria yesterday. It was my fist day back since October 30th. 23 days off work & I really didn't do much in that time.
I didn't get most of the stuff done that I wanted to when I started that little 'time-off'. In fact, if you were to walk in my room now you would think it was a disaster.

Obviously my laziness has nothing to do with money or time...guess you can't pay me to do things or give me time off to do them either. So how in the world do you motivate someone to get something done? Something that they just don't want to do or feel to over-whelmed to do.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christine Kane - Right Outta Nowhere

I found this song while I was on which lead me to look it up on youtube.

Now I was on coolworks today, because I was looking for info about jobs in Alaska.

I have been daydreaming about going to Alaska for awhile. Usually I check out pictures here on coolworks & different job sites but always whimp-out about sending in the job applications.

Well right now I am on a sorta LOA at GCSR for the next 2 weeks....while I have the time off, I am totally cleaning out my room. Decluttering at its best. By the time I get done, I figure it won't be so difficult to travel

up to Alaska.

I am making a physical folder for jobs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Girdwood, Seward, & Coldfoot Camp, Crows Nest.

I have found plenty of jobs available up North starting next May...Bus Person, Host, Cashier,Barback, Cocktail Server, Tour Desk Clerk, & Front Desk Clerk. Now I have never had a tour desk job but figure there is a first time for everything.

This desire to see Alaska isn't going away, and I ain't getting no younger. So I might as well head up there while I can. Yes the rent will be more then I pay now at GCSR, but I really think it's time for me to get out of the rut I seem to have found myself in. Besides who next May I will have lived here at GCSR for 4 yrs, which is the longest I have ever stayed in 1 spot. So maybe I will like Alaska enough to stay for 4 years...course not in 1 spot because some jobs are only open during the Summer. But some other jobs are open during the Winter if you know where to look; and luckily I do.

So 2011, will be my year to share Alaska stories with everyone


Well I just checked my bank account online. My paycheck is in...all $297.00, biggest paycheck in awhile. Good thing seeing as I am on LOA for now.

expenses that I foresee this month are:
Liz's birthday
Art show~frames & mats
Laundry soap

I might edit this later & add more to this blog

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Well I have been out of work since Saturday afternoon...and today is Tuesday.

Sunday was halloween, so I mostly did halloween stuff. Yesterday was my day to
rest & relax...mainly sleep.
Today I will start my long list of chores:

Today/Tuesday~Laundry (organize dresser & get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that just don't fit in the dresser cuz I have way to many clothes). This will take awhile as we only have 1 washer & 1 dryer working now for the whole building.

Wednesday~Books (oganize bookshelf & throw out unwanted books). Today is also flu shot day.

Thursday~Pantry area (wash dishes, organize food stuff)

Friday~start on closet

Saturday~Grand Canyon Marathon

Sunday~Closet day again...or I might go to Flagstaff with Brenda, and if I do then closet day will be moved to Monday.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


YIPPEE, Yesterday was payday!
I worked 64.66 hours and my paycheck was for $259.16. Now let me explain that again.
I get paid $7.87 an hour, so I earned $508.87
but the state of NH got $162.88
my rent was $25.86 (for 2 weeks)
and then the rest taken out was for taxes

So bringing home $259.16 might not seem like alot, but when my rent & utilities is only $25.86 for 2 weeks then I ain't complaining. In the Winter months my paycheck
& rent will go down.
What good does it do to get paid $2000 a month if you have to pay over $1000 just for rent in some city then also have to pay for utilities, transportation to get to work, insurance, internet service and food. Seems like that $2000 would be gone faster then my $500.

Seeing as I already know that work hours will be cut and paychecks get alot smaller during the Winter here, I have overpaid my Quest bill so that I should be all set with internet service until the end of January 2011. I have also ordered food from & other sites. It has started being delivered to my post office box. I am stocking up on instant oatmeal, peanut butter, coffee, rice,& microwave popcorn.

I am also trying to figure out where I want to go for next year's vacation. Yes even with $500 a month (most of the time with less $$$) I can even save money for a vacation. Course I won't be sending my son money for school during the winter...I sent him $200 on Monday and that will probably be the last time until Spring.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


24 hours in a day = 168 hrs in a week.

I usually work 5:30-1:30==8 hrs (with a 1 hr lunchbreak in there)
work 5 days a week=40 hrs minus the breaks everyday

I usually catch the shuttle at 5am to go to work and get back home around 2:30pm.
So that's 9 & 1/2 hours taken away caused from work. Which would leave 14.5 hours left-over during every workday. I normally sleep between 4-6 hours a night (without an alarm clock), which leaves me 8.5-10.5 hours everyday to do whatever I want...not counting my days off when I have even more free time.

I was reading a site which got me thinking of all this today.

I've decided "again" that I need a little more structure...little more productive activities in my free time. Otherwise I can spend a whole 48 hour weekend awake and online. I have 1 of the worst internet addictions of anyone I know. I have been known to give up sleep, food, coffee, showers, cigarettes, rides with friends and everything else JUST so that I can sit on my butt in the same spot all weekend with my laptop. In fact my laptop is on while I sleep so that the minute I wake up I can just reach my hand over to touch the keyboard and have the screen come back on..

I need some magic genie to give me a kick-in-the-butt everytime I am online for over an hour at a time. There is plenty I could be doing (and want to get back to) besides being on my laptop:
taking photos
cleaning my room