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Money into savings, quick update

November 18th, 2016 at 07:39 am

It's been a crazy crazy month. Starting with being sick, then a visit from family, then THE EVENT that will reshape our entire world, then NaNoWriMo, a flurry of stuff to do at work, AS being busier than she's ever been, social justice events going on in my city around police issues, plumbing/water issues, AA getting really sick (possibly the flu--kicking myself for not getting her the flu shot yet).

What's fallen by the wayside: my evening walks, my appetite, sleep, my ability to focus, peace of mind, blogging, keeping my inboxes clear, quality time with spouses & kids, housekeeping.

Half and half: NaNoWriMo. I've written every day except Nov. 8, but I'm only about a third of the way to my goal because I've either had work to do, have dozed off over my computer, or have wanted to just turn my brain off and watch The Walking Dead.

What I've kept up with: my 5-minute daily morning strength training, the basics of budget tracking, home-cooked meals, the minimum amount of work and housekeeping required to not live in filth and not get fired.

We were getting pretty far in the red on shared spending because of some expected expenses and AS just hadn't gotten many paychecks in October or the first half of November. She finally got nearly $3K in the mail yesterday and a third of it went to our shared spending deficit so we're less than $100 in the hole, although we have a long-planned date night tonight that will set us back some. But she's got lots of work coming in so we know the deficit will eventually be made up.

I also put about a third of the money into savings for our eventual renovation plans. I was also able to transfer some flat-rental money from UK checking to UK savings for our emergency fund. So we now have $6,250 in the U.S. account for renovations and $2,812.50 in the UK account as an EF.

We got one estimate for the bathroom reno and it came a little over $12K (would be more because we'd purchase the new vanity and toilet ourselves). Still waiting for our regular contractor to come do an estimate. The first one would be a fast job using that single-sheet shower stuff, which won't look very high-end but will be much lower maintenance. And they could do it in a matter of days. Our regular contractor will give us an estimate for traditional tiling, which will take longer and be higher maintenance but will look so much better. It's our upstairs bathroom that only we use, so I'm not as set on it looking high-end. So cost and quick turnaround will definitely be considerations, but until we get the estimate I can't say which way we'll go.

Tonight is a daycare sleepover. Even before we knew how busy and stressed we'd be, we planned a "parents' night in" instead of the usual "parents' night out." NT is going to make us a special cocktail and we'll order food delivery. Really looking forward to unwinding. I need to do a bit of NaNoWriMo on my lunch break today because I don't want to think about it tonight.

So much more has happened, but I've had a couple good nights of sleep and AA isn't sick anymore, so things are starting to turn around I think. Hope to get back on my routine soon though it probably won't really happen until December, when NaNoWriMo is over.

Last thing I want to say is though I'm very distressed by the state of the world, I love and respect all of you and thank you for keeping the discourse relatively civil at a very highly charged and divisive time. (The few trolls I saw on these blogs seemed very out of place!) I intend to do all I can to protect the environment and equal rights for all. I know there are so many good and caring people in America so I won't go it alone. It somewhat heartens me that even some who voted for the T-word don't support the insults and slurs he used. Hopefully they will keep the pressure on him to abandon that behavior and rhetoric and hopefully step up to represent our country in a way that doesn't humiliate us and put us and the rest of the world in greater danger.

9 Responses to “Money into savings, quick update”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Honestly, i can live with him dismantling the ACA, if he can replace with something more affordable. And I don't care too much about trade deals. What I DO worry about most is a rollback of Roe v Wade and the havoc his policies will wreak on the environment.

    I get indigestion every time I see another well-known conservative given some job in his administration. They're dredging the swamp and bringing all the mucky muck to the surface, not draining it.

  2. RRR Says:

    Was that daycare incident near where you live? The one where the provider tried to hand the toddler?

  3. Carol Says:

    CJ, I have noticed people trying to be kinder. I join you in protecting the environment and standing for equal rights for all.

  4. alice4now Says:

    I love you right back, CJ! Thanks for putting your words on screen. It is similar to what I have told my daughters. Although I am angered and fearful of someone like that getting into power, I have faith that the majority of people in this country will not tolerate hatred or injustice to fellow Americans and will keep things in check. I know that I for one, am much more cognizant of political activities, I am on alert.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    OMG, RRR, it was! NT told me it happened in St. Paul, but I just looked it up and it was very close to me. In fact I remember walking by a home in that neighborhood about a month ago and seeing a lawn sign about daycare services, so I think I've passed the very place.

    Thanks Alice and Carol. I really appreciate it.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Update on the daycare thing: One of my acquaintances wrote on FB that he knew the woman--she was their daycare provider years before and their kids were friends. He said it was completely out of character; she had a sad history and some health issues but never was cruel or violent. Chilling.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope things won't be as bad as they seem right now. Though with every appointment it seems worse. Hopefully enough strong outspoken people will stand up and not let the country go too far astray.

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    The appointments look really bad. As does the way he's mixing his business with presidential stuff. I don't see a good way out here; it's going to be a painful four years.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you can get some rest and feel like things are going to settle down.

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