I’ve always held to the theory that when it comes to my tax return (the only time of year I receive a lump sum of money) that I have to do at least one responsible thing and then I get one ‘splurge.’
This year I paid off the personal loan from my mother that covered the rental car after the death of my Ford Escape last summer. Then I also paid off my standard tax year car loan amount – if I am able to keep the timeline and payments as I want to, then the car will be paid off in 3 years.
I put away money for Kiddo’s birthday party and also for our camping trip over Spring Break. Then, finally, I made the decision to replace my laptop. I have been using the same Compaq Presario for roughly the last 12 years! It was the first laptop I have ever purchased, and it has definitely survived much longer than I expected.
February is just racing by and that means that I’m in full prep mode for Spring events – namely Kiddo’s birthday which is the first week in March. Previously, we’ve had problems with the fact that his birthday falls right around Spring Break. We’ve tried to do parties on the ‘bookend’ weekends but it’s too difficult with schedules. This year I opted to move the party up to the weekend before his official birthday.
Which was working fantastically until they announced the date for the Blue & Gold Banquet for our Scout pack. It will be the day after his party. The Webelos 1 parents are the B&G Planning Committee. I also was volunteered (thanks, Michael) to do centerpieces for our Den.
Kiddo and I are also going camping (just the two of us) the last weekend of his Spring Break. We’ll be going down to Natchitoches, LA and exploring the parks, plantations and historic district.
My schedule is starting to feel a bit full. My planner is full of notes and lists. I don’t know how I would do this without some kind of organization system.
Has it really been two months already? It’s so cliché but true, time is really flying by!
Winning: I went home for Thanksgiving and had a lovely holiday with my family. We had pictures taken and there are some really great ones. I’m waiting to recieve a few specific shots before I post them. There was no major conflict or issues, which was a pleasant surprise. Mom requested that I bring Little Miss and she had a fantastic time with having a cat in the house again. Mom ‘babysits’ my sister’s dog a few nights a week so she’s not alone all that often, really.
All of Kiddo’s Christmas gifts have been purchased and hidden away in my closet. Yes, he knows they are there. He knows that if he looks then he’s totally outta luck for being surprised later. I try to keep it real, y’all.
Failing: Holiday travel with the family is just not happening for Christmas. I try to alternate sides of the family (between mine and the boyfriend) and then stay at home one year. I’ve snuck in two extra days off work to just enjoy spending the time with my guys (and the kitten).
TBD: Socializing – WTF am I doing? Seriously. SO MUCH socializing lately. Continue reading
I’ve always had a feline in my life. Although Karma and Kismet (Kissa) lived with my mother for the years I was married…they were always mine, so to speak.
I truly grieved when Karma passed. I worried for Kissa, who would be alone for the first time in her life. Karma was my first pet as an adult – the first life that I took responsibility for. Kissa’s passing was difficult in a different way. I lost my ‘babycat’ but at the same time I felt this sense of relief. Now my kitties were together again and in its own way that made things right in the world.
I wrote last year about the tradition we have at work for decorating pumpkins. I am so busy with Scouts that I didn’t participate this year. However, I see how our patients respond to the festivities so I thought it would be fun to share this year’s entries.
My mother asked the other day if Kiddo was still interested in Halloween and I’m replied that I’m concerned this may be the last year. His interest in the more ‘childlike’ aspects of holidays has been declining over the last two years.
Since I’d seen a 2014 Hyundai Elantra that I liked, we stopped over at the Hyundai dealership to check out their used stock. The experience there was like night and day compared to all the other places I’d dealt with! We drove a few cars and I found that he was very easy to talk with. I was upfront about my complete lack of credit post divorce and how I was concerned about financing because of that issue.
When Mack (salesperson) asked where I was from, he immediately recognized that his finance guy was from the same area. So we chatted with Chris and he actually gave Kiddo a bunch of brochures and information about the new electric model they are coming out with. Continue reading