Project 52 Update-The Unemployed Project

Monica: Chandler, I’m unemployed and in dire need of a project. You wanna work out? I can remake you.
Chandler: Oh, you know, I would, but that might get in the way of my lying-around time. –Friends

It has been a little over a week of my new “retirement” status and I have to say I am loving it. I think I may have started out just a bit overzealous because I am exhausted. I’ve been making to do lists every day and here is what I have accomplished so far:

-Deep cleaned the entire house including: dusting, wiping down all the blinds, using wood oil on the cabinets, swept, vacuumed and moped the house, unclogged the drains, scrubbed the toilets until they sparkled, and cleaned out the fridge. It is now worthy of MTV Cribs in case they decide to come over.

-Spray painted the doggy toy basket. It was once an ugly light wicker and is now black. It doesn’t stand out so much and it looks better against our hardwood floors.

-organized Match’s dresser drawers and made a donation pile. Yes honey I know you love those sleeveless workout shirts but they ugly. They ugly.

-scooped the dog poo in the backyard. This was a CHALLENGE as I’d been neglecting it for the last 3 months. Ew.

-worked out every day during the week, including jogging. Happened to jog past the jail right as Match and his fellow deputies were leaving the parking lot in route to another location. What are the odds? Luckily I was wearing an all black running outfit and I actually looked kind of cute. Match told me later that they were all checking me out and Match said, “She’s kind of short. Wait, THAT’S MY WIFE!” 🙂 Thank god I wasn’t wearing my usual over-sized stained sweatshirt and baggy sweats!

-worked on a slideshow for my Grandmother’s 75th birthday party. This is time consuming and so far I’ve just edited photos.

-Continued to keep up with my lovely bloggy friends and showered you all with comment love. Also wrote blog posts for your enjoyment (well mostly my enjoyment, let’s be honest!).

-Balanced our budget and researched ways to make money online. This first month is going to be our toughest since Match’s raise won’t take affect until next month. Getting creative with savings. Who needs lights on during the day? 😉

-Worked on Project 52 and continue to cross things off my list.

-Made some yummy meals for Match and looking at new recipes. Cooking on a budget is creativity in itself. I think tonight’s dinner will be “pantry dinner” meaning anything I can make with what we have on hand. Should be interesting!

So what are you working on this week?



    gosh. am i jealous of you or what?! i would love to be on a retirement right now… there are so many things on my todo list. you are so lucky that match will be able to cover the both of you so that you can take the time to figure out what’s next.

    lucky. lucky. lucky. and i’m totally jealous! enjoy this time 🙂


    So funny! I hate the dog poo clean up job too. Enjoy your new freedom!
    Thanks again for stopping by earlier. I’m so glad to have found your blog.


    Sounds like you have gotten a ton done! I’m super jealous! If you find some good way to make money online pass the tip along *wink wink* 😉

    And that cracks me up Match checking you out and then “wait thats my wife!” Glad for you were looking cute that day!! My luck I would have totally not matched and looked like a bum running from something lol

    Karen Peterson

    Wow! You sure have been productive! Want to come over to my house next??


    You lucky girl! I would love to be home during the days! I wish I could get my workouts done during the day and volunteer and teach myself stuff (more cooking, reading some of those “for dummies” books). I’m so happy you’re happy! 🙂


    Ahh you’ve been so busy! SO funny that Match’s friends were checking you out haha! You should post some of your recipes, I would love to see what you’re cooking on a budget (um, hi two college grads paying a combined $2,000 in rent and making entry-level wages is going to equal creative cooking budget.)


    Oh girl! I just discovered how much I love spray paint! I transformed my ugly, drab rockers last week and they look all fresh and new. 😉

    I’m exhausted just reading your list!


    Productive week you had here! Good luck with your on-going Project 52!


    Haha, loved Match’s comment about you jogging.

    You are going to be making a serious dent on your Project 52! I need to take a good look at mine and see what I can tackle next.

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