In October I was running a Current Account (Balance of Payments) deficit of 16.99%, in November I brought this down to 11.47%, in December down to 4.72%, and in January it looks like I could possibly bring it down to a SURPLUS of 5.43%

In October I was running a Current Account (Balance of Payments) deficit of 16.99%, in November I brought this down to 11.47%, in December down to 4.72%, and in January it looks like I could possibly bring it down to a SURPLUS of 5.43%. So real visible proof of the great strides I am making. Under the surface so far, but soon I will see the effects “above the surface”, in reduced credit card interest and reduced credit card minimum payments. Then my SURPLUS will improve even more. Interesting January I will move into surplus even WITH the 5-night stay in Brussels and extra £133 Eurostar cost.
Since I gave up —– my stripper expense has gone down from 23% of my spend to 19.6%. Since I stopped eating sandwich and chocolate at night my food spend has gone down from 13% to 11%. Next thing to bring down is my drink spend, if I stop going out pointlessly to London pubs on days off and make do with Fosters on way home. It IS rather nice this long 3-day hibernation in the house. Working all over Xmas and New Year, this is my chance to spend time overeating, overdrinking and oversleeping as others did over Xmas and New Year. How lovely it is to be home with mother. Hearing her listening to the radio while doing the ironing in the next room. These are the precious times. It was hard for me to give up drinking coke but now I am allergic to it. It was hard for me to give up strippers but now I am almost, almost allergic to them. Need to give up drinking in London on my days off, and give up travelling EVERY MONTH. I can turn everything around. The light at the end of the tunnel was in my power all the time. My —– wages should inexorably do the rest. Now as the tarot girl says, it is hard and dark, because I am actually in “the belly of the beast”. But I will emerge triumphant. Burn on fiery bird, rise from the ashes.
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I just remember the REASON why I kept going back to Fifth Avenue was to try to see that mysterious dusky busty girl again who disappeared around 7pm Thursday but never saw her again

I just remember the REASON why I kept going back to Fifth Avenue was to try to see that mysterious dusky busty girl again who disappeared around 7pm Thursday, but never saw her again. Mysterious girl. This is why I keep going back to Fifth. I am more addicted than ever. April. Or March payday. Take a Sunday off in future if possible at short notice so I CAN travel early Monday, or just make do with an afternoon/night train. If I arrive really late just make do with Empire that’s all. Already planning my next trip! That is a good sign actually. I am not down about that. You want to find things that excite you in life and Brussels now truly excites me. That just gives me MORE inspiration to save money really monkishly in London. Brussels actually HELPS me save money! There is nothing in London that excites me except perhaps this Laetitia at Romilly on Sundays.

Now the reality sets in am I really going to stay inside the house every day? What to do today?

Now the reality sets in, am I really going to stay inside the house every day? What to do today? Clear my room out some more. And eat, eat, eat. Publish The Struggle to Stay Married.
It was Emily I was thinking of when I woke this morning. My new rule of forcing myself to sleep with someone every time I go to Fifth Avenue or Manhattan or anywhere is a good one. Makes the next trip more exciting than ever.
Type up all my holiday notes.
Intellectual pursuits. Classical music and ferns. My tapes. When I think about it, if I HAD come home Friday night as planned I was all set to go out drinking in London Saturday, and on Sunday and go looking for Laetitia as well. I have no doubt there is every chance I would have got through £133 on Saturday and Sunday in London, but also I would have carried on drinking Monday and Tuesday, popping to —–, and carried on drinking on all my other days off every week as well. So this £133 Eurostar expenditure may actually SAVE me money. Now I am staying in this Monday and Tuesday and I never would have done that. I always BUDGETED to take 400 euros out of the cash machine while away and so that is what I did in the end, and still had 38 left over. I did a good thing. It will work out BETTER for me. It has kept me in —– and stopped me WASTING all that money I have been wasting in London pubs, and it should actually REDUCE my drinking!

Oh dear. The manageress has released my beer from the machine but now the machine seems permanently broken. My parting gift to the hotel

Oh dear. The manageress has released my beer from the machine but now the machine seems permanently broken. My parting gift to the hotel. Fortunately I don’t think I have time for any more beer so it will not affect me. I am looking forward to seeing if I can keep to my resolution on my next trip, whenever that will be. Hopefully not before April at the earliest. I am so lazy. I need to force myself to do anything, even have sex.

1020 Another delay because the beer machine jammed in the process of delivering my 4th beer of the day. Disaster

1020 Another delay because the beer machine jammed in the process of delivering my 4th beer of the day. Disaster. Now the lady is taking forever to come & fix it. Now probably only have time for one more beer before I leave, if she ever comes. One good thing to come from this trip, this new resolution to never leave one of the naughty places without doing something. This trip was always too soon, financially speaking, but I couldn’t wait. Now it is done, out of the way, I can plan & wait maybe 3 months for the next trip when I will come fully “armed”, monetarily speaking, and put my new resolution to the test. It means I leave here feeling quite excited.