January has for the most part been a write-off.
Still, have to look for the positives.
Good things about January were:
- We tried hard to save money in January. Both our contents and buildings insurance were up for renewal and we managed to save money there and earn cashback. By documenting our low income in 2017, I managed to get almost £900 written off my student loan. Husband did not start his new and improved job until the end of August 2018, so we may be eligible for a reduction for 2018 as well.
- When I started feeling more human, I managed to get some reduced bargains and visited Foodprint.
- The hospital managed to take the blood samples they needed from Husband after giving him some Valium and a bed to lie down on, and rushed it off to the lab. Thank goodness it was analysed in time, this time, as it showed that the ammonia level in his blood is now at an acceptable amount. This means a. no more blood tests for the foreseeable future and b. they will not need to adjust the dose and kind of epilepsy medicine he takes further. He has found the changes and repeat tests quite distressing, so this will hopefully help Husband’s mood.
- My lovely mother in-law gifted me a lovely leather jacket, a pair of trousers and a nice skirt for work. I do like a good hand-me-down!
I also managed to get a nice skirt from the charity shop for work.
- Through the Recycle and Free Facebook group for our neighbourhood, I managed to get two brand new and unused ink cartridges for our printer at home. A mono and colour set for that printer normally costs us £30.
- I went and had a wash, cut and blow dry from the local college hairdressing salon. As I wanted just a single length cut I could have a level 2 trainee to do it, and it cost me £7.50. Bargain.
- I managed to use my John Lewis voucher and got my free hot drink and cake before work one Sunday.
- We sold several things on eBay, which all adds to the Vacation/Nice-To-Have Fund.
- Our kind neighbour gifted us several lovely things as she was having a clearout.
Things that could have been improved about January were:
- Husband and I have both been ill this month. Thank goodness Husband ‘only’ had a cough during the day and a nose like a tap so only had a lite version of what I had. I was off work for ten days, the longest I’ve been off ever from work.
As a consequence of being off for so long I was put on monitoring by new job for three months. If I am unable to come to work at any point or take annual leave during those three months, it goes to the next stage of the disciplinary process which means a meeting with HR.
I hope that HR realise that what will happen when you impose those conditions is that if people who are unwell during that time, will be forced to come to work even if they are not well, and thus have a very good chance of passing whatever bugs they have to their other colleagues. Or, heaven forbid, the patients.
I also discovered upon returning back that all the work I would have done in those ten days had just been left. No shelving, no admin, no nothing. So I spent my first week back panicking as I did all the jobs and admin for that week, on top of everything that had been left for me from the ten days I had left.
Maybe it’s because I am young and haven’t experienced a lot. Or that I had a sheltered upbringing. Or it could be both I guess?
But I am used to from home and from past jobs that if someone’s off ill or busy, then you help them. Or at least ask if there is anything you can do to help. I did not expect that everything had just been left for me to do when I returned back. Nor did anyone offer to help me.
- Mom still is not very well at all. She has not been home since Christmas, but has spent time at the nursing home and been admitted twice due to a high CRP count. I rang her in the week and she is still delirious.
We have booked our flights to go see her at the end of April (can’t go any sooner due to stupid three month monitoring period).
- It has been very cold. Don’t want to think of how much money we’ve spent to keep the house and us warm. But can’t let it get too cold for Husband’s sake and to ensure the pipes in the kitchen don’t freeze. It looks like the worst of it is over now, so will try to peg the washing out this week again.
- Due to me feeling like death, we had three takeouts in the space of ten days….
Here’s to a better next month. We are going away a week in February Just Husband and me so we are looking forward to that.