Murphy Please Go Away!
(no, this is not my arm)
Matthew 16:23 – “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me…”
Ever have one of days, weeks, months, or even years where things just seem to go wrong? In the Glblguy’s household it has been one of those months. It seems like for every one step forward, we take 10 steps back. Thank God though that he provided me with the knowledge to establish an emergency fund. Our emergency fund has been a true blessing this month. Let me explain…
Yesterday was a record setting day for GLBL. I reached my goal of more than 1,000 visitors in a single day and received my first advertiser. Everything was going great, right up until I fell coming down our stairs last night (while carrying our 18 month old daughter). My instinct was to protect her and in doing so I landed straight down on my hand and broke both forearm bones right behind my wrist. Very painful to say least. Our daughter was fine though, just scared her.
Next stop, a 3 hour visit to the emergency room. For the time being, I am now the one armedblogger instead of the Glblguy ;-)
Cost: A $100 co-pay and $20.00 co-pay for pain medication.
If you haven’t read about my recent adventures with our new salt water aquarium, you can do so here. The saga continues as we continue to battle various diseases, anemones that are harmful to the tank, and black algae from outer space.
Two types of antibiotics and chemicals to kill the harmful anemones: $50.00.
TV Bulb Goes Out
One of the spending splurges I made about 3 years ago was on a 55″ rear projection HDTV. Turns out, the bulbs used in these TVs last about 3 years.
While my 4-year old was watching Scooby-Doo over the weekend,the bulb blew. My initial search for a replacement yielded bulbs costing around $400.00!! After a little digging though, I found a place that sells OEM replacement bulbs for $150.00+shipping.
Total Cost = $170.00
Sick Kids – Missed Two Birthday Parties
My two younger sons were invited to two different birthday parties over the weekend. Of course, a few days before they both came down with colds and weren’t able to go to either. They don’t get invited to many, and the one big weekend they had, they couldn’t go. Not to mention both of these were children of really good friends of ours.
Medical Flex Account Ran Out
When I did my benefits enrollment last year, my 7 year old son had not yet been diagnosed with diabetes. As a result, when I determined how much money we should have placed in out Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) I didn’t account for his insulin, test strips, etc. If you aren’t familiar with diabetes, these supplies are very very expensive. This week we ran out of FSA money. Of course we can still afford it, but it’s going to impact our budget and debt snowball for the rest of the year.
I knew this was going to happen, just didn’t think it would be so soon.
Rotten Wood on our House
While walking around our desert…er…yard this weekend, we realized that our house needs some fairly serious repairs. We have a large amount of trim and wood siding that is rotten and needs to be replaced. I am also pretty sure our entire wood chimney needs to be rebuilt, as we’ve had the trim replaced a few times, only for it to rot out again .
We also have a black mold on our roof that is common here in North Carolina on north facing homes that needs to be treated and cleaned off. The whole house also seems due for a new paint job as well.
All together, I am sure this will all total between $5,000 – $10,000 dollars!!!!
Murphy, Satan or both, whomever you may be, we generally enjoy having visitors. You however are not welcome, and we would kindly appreciate you moving on or going back to wherever you normally hang out. I think you’ve stayed long enough.
I am going to do my very best to continue posting daily, but if i miss a day here or there over the next few days, please stay with me. My arm is hurting pretty bad, and typing with one hand is pretty inefficient. Please keep me in your prayers for a quick recovery.
Has Murphy ever moved into your house for a stay?