5 on a Friday: under the weather edition

January 24, 2020

1- I spent the week sort of ignoring that I’m sick, but I am and it’s annoying. I was determined not to let anything get in the way of my workout schedule (#upholder) but yesterday, on my day off that I had been waiting for . . . I totally ran out of gas.

And I still don’t feel great. I am exhausted from my nightly coughing fits. And I have a ton of work today.

GiantMicrobes are still the cutest!

And just for the record, there are MANY things on my weekly list that are not going to get done. I will just have to figure out where to migrate them to (and which ones can just be axed). I may be organized, but I am definitely not superhuman.

2- BRAS. In light of how I was feeling, I tabled my shopping trip and ordered some trials from Nordstrom. I used the size calculator (and also looked at the Reddit site) that Beth recommended, and it definitely gave a size that I do not currently own.

So, I ordered some in the recommended size in 3 brands (Chantelle, Natori, and Wacoal) and we’ll see what happens. I’m a bit skeptical, to be honest, but we will see!

I also ordered some various bottoms to try, and I am going to also look into the Aerie that was recommended. I love the idea of only having 2 colors and/or styles of bottoms (black & a neutral). Excited that my drawer (actually it’s more of a bin) is getting this long-overdue upgrade!

I decided to wait on sports bras for now because I do have two I like (one Lulu and one Rabbit).

3- On that note, now all of my allowance for January is spent, plus a little overdrawn for Feb (though I plan on returning some of the current haul so that should be fixed before the start of the month!). That’s a bit of a letdown!

Here’s a breakdown of my personal extravagances this month:

  • Rent the Runway gown rental for wedding we are attending this weekend ($79.50)
  • FOOD: one trip to Dairy Queen during a desperate moment, one Starbucks run, one Panera delivery order while super busy at work ($35.46). I guess it wasn’t the healthiest of months, either!
  • FOOD/SOCIAL: one drink/apps with a former coworker ($36.25 – I treated her), one lunch out with a blog reader (hi A!) ($26)
  • SOCKS: $3.90 (to be fair the rest of this cost was covered by a new podcast sponsor, so this was quite a deal)
  • MANI/PEDI: $45
  • LINGERIE HAUL TO TRY (some will be returned): ~$300

So there you go. I recognize that after admitting this I will never be recognized as a frugal/budget blogger. But I also have no regrets about these purchases, so there you go.

4- Josh and I will be attending a fancy family wedding this weekend (hence the RTR rental), so that will be fun. But admittedly I have a hard time looking forward to anything when I don’t feel physically well! HEALTH IS IMPORTANT.

5- Links!


  • Reply CBS January 24, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Ugh, I had a 5 week battle with the cough in the autumn and it seems to be back. There is something about a bad cough that is just exhausting, solidarity!

    I have to take my test for permanent residency this weekend and am weirdly nervous about it – despite passing all the practice tests. I’m afraid I might get names/dates/kings and queens etc. Not sure how knowing a 16th century king prepares me for my 2020 life in the United Kingdom?

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) January 24, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Get well soon! There is nothing worse than having to be social when all you want is to rest in your own bed!

    Thanks for sharing your personal expenditure – I’m inspired to do the same on Instagram 🙂

  • Reply Amanda January 24, 2020 at 8:01 am

    I made the 5 on a Friday list! 🙂 I’m sure the wacky weather affected you, too. Feel better and enjoy the wedding. I took notes on your lingerie shopping so please report back.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns January 24, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Ugh, being sick is the worst, especially when a cough is involved. Those take forever to go away. I hope you feel well enough to enjoy the fancy wedding this weekend!

  • Reply Omdg January 24, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Love aerie underwear. Comfy, durable, and minimal panty lines. No underwear is completely wedgie proof but it’s pretty close. 😜

  • Reply Hannah N. January 24, 2020 at 9:20 am

    My husband and I do “allowances” as well! We have a relatively involved budgeting/money tracking process that works really well for us, but I haven’t budgeted or really tracked my own allowance and so frequently wonder where it all goes! We also use our own allowance for work lunches and things and I think that’s one of the culprits. Thanks for sharing (bc it’s fun 🙂 and it’s a good reminder that I should really track my own allowance and I might be able to make it go farther.

  • Reply Danielle January 24, 2020 at 10:39 am

    What do you do for lunches on the days when you don’t buy something? I hate the chore of packing a lunch and often want something different once lunchtime rolls around. Just curious how you handle. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

      I either bring leftovers or a frozen Amy’s wrap, or I eat at the cafeteria here which is free for physicians (or I guess maybe not free but part of job benefit package).

  • Reply Dominique January 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

    I know you have said this before (either here or on the podcast) but how much do you do for monthly allowances? Do you include your hair straightening in that allowance? I’m really curious because we are getting to the point where we should probably institute something similar – but hair cuts/products are an expense I have that my husband doesn’t since he just shaves his head and they are so expensive.

    Also, you have mentioned wireless headphones that you run with that stay in your ear. Can you tell me the brand/type? I can’t find anything I can run with that actually work for me.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 24, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Nope, I don’t have wireless headphones – I use wired Yurbuds. They do stay in though 🙂

      The total amount i haven’t really shared but … you can do the math! As for my hair, it has always been separate and (hilariously enough) comes out of blog income!

    • Reply Abigail January 27, 2020 at 10:51 am

      Expensive bras are totally worth it in back pain saved. I have a super odd size so always order from the UK. Flirtelle, Panache and curvy Kate are my favorite brands.

      As for the personal care and pocket money discussion, my hair gets a separate line item in the budget. We figure that we both like my hair so I shouldn’t be penalized because it is expensive to maintain. I did switch to an every 10 weeks salon schedule which saves $200-400 annually.

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly January 24, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Oooo good luck on the bras! Also forgot to mention that I really like my Lulu sports bras but sounds like you are on that. 🙂 I also have a sports bra from Oiselle that I really like.

  • Reply Erica S January 24, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I’m sorry about the cough – I had parainfluenza last month and had a persistent cough for 3 weeks before i finally went to the doctor and got cough medicine with codeine (I was so exhausted from not sleeping!).

    I still love Natori bras! I also do like underwear from Gap Body. I’ve been lifting a lot lately and my shape has definitely changed because my bras are not fitting at all (lots of gapping in the cups) so I know what I’m doing tonight!
    **pulls out measuring tape**

  • Reply Adria Dunbar January 24, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    I just wanted to say Natori bras changed my life in such a good way! I bought two when I was pregnant with our second in a size I never thought I’d own! This pregnancy, I didn’t even waste time on anything else…just went straight to Nordstrom and bought the Natoris they had on the sale rack in my expected size! Also, I’m not so much under the weather as parenting a 3&4 yo solo this weekend while 35 weeks pregnant so I feel you!

  • Reply Cassidy February 9, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Per a post from LagLiv – I tried visited Soma for bras. After years of budget bras, I am grateful to be in a place of affording quality bras – they are worth it. I had tried on the Natori beforehand, but Soma was running a decent sale when I visited.

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