Back from the Beach

I spent this past weekend in Ocean City, MD for my birthday (which is actually THIS weekend, on Memorial Day, but it’s much harder to get a beach house for that).

Beach pic!

It. Was. FABULOUS.

Oh, except for the fact that I ate a bunch of food I never eat and drank enough liquor to last me for the rest of the year and didn’t really exercise.

But I kinda think that’s why it was so awesome? I’ve been so good with the diet and the running and all that but sometimes you need to let loose and have fun.

Drunk Mallory gives a thumbs up to THAT!

I’ll have my plan for getting into shape this summer up soon but for now, enjoy my latest drunk picture!

Budget Runner

Last year, before I started my grown-up job, I decided to start a tumblr called Budget Runner. It was supposed to be a place for me to keep track of my spending and hold myself accountable week to week by looking very closely at what I was spending my money on and whether all that spending was necessary. Also, running. OBVIOUSLY. I started the tumblr because I was sick of being poor, essentially. And I knew that sooner rather than later, you have to grow up. Emergencies happen. Big purchases are sometimes necessary.

I deleted that tumblr when I got my grown up job. Partly because I was making more money and so the saving was easier. Partly because that tumblr did what it was supposed to and it helped me keep a very close eye on my bank account. I stopped shopping every weekend. I didn’t go out as often. I thought that those good habits were there to stay.

I should have known better.

Just like running and exercise, good habits are a constant work in progress. You can’t just expect them to keep up on their own.

It started with paying for a three night stay in Ocean City with my tax refund. Because why not? I deserve a nice weekend away…right? And tax refund is like FREE MONEY. Oh, silly Mallory….

The past few weeks have been ┬áreally tough for me. A personal emergency turned into two weeks of supporting friends by going out to dinner or drinks and driving all over the place. Of course, I would do it all again in a heartbeat–that’s why I saved the money and we all needed to have it happen. But that doesn’t mean that I can keep it up.

That event is compounded by the quote I received from my mechanic for necessary maintenance on my car: over $1000. I chose my top three that I could afford (tires, oil change, air filter). But I know the rest needs to be taken care of sooner, rather than later.

I’m announcing the return of Budget Runner. Not as a tumblr. Or even a new name for my blog. But…an extra feature in an already ADD blog.