Yeah, that just might pretty much sum this up *laughs*
Seattle (the project @ work) is a go. I have training Thur-Fri, and for those overnights I'll be staying at my BFF's house near the office. then I will begin working in Seattle starting next week. I've gotten the hotel info for where all the other engineers are going to be, and I have no complaints about it as it's a great location with a gym, pool, and continental breakfast which were important features to me!
I also spoke with the manager who is overseeing this project (and who is also travelling from his hometown to Seattle like I am) about some of the logistics.. And I am pleasantly surprised! I will receive either a $36 per diem for meals OR I can pay for meals with my corporate card at a "Reasonable price" (which is like $13-16 for dinners and $7-9 for lunch IIRC)
So now I am trying to think ahead for the meals. I want to be frugal, and I know breakfast will be taken care of at the hotel. I want to opt for per diem because hello!! But I don't really know how it works (the manager is showing me when we meet this week). Since the rooms only have microwave and refrigerators I was thinking just to get Lean Cuisine (or whatever's on sale) for dinners and some basics for snacking like baby carrots, trail mix, etc. Some fruits should be available during breakfast for day to day snacking. Maybe get a loaf of bread and sandwich stuff to pack for lunches.
The cat is doing wonderfully with us. The vet called this weekend to apologize that there had been a mix-up with the fecal sample and another patients' sample so they were willing to either refund the test altogether or give us a discount on it if we want to bring in another sample. She said the vet had noted that the sample itself looked normal so we may not even need to run the test. So DH called them to setup the $27 credit, we'll apply it towards the blood work we have yet to do.
I also have to return a cat tree thingy that I got at the pet store that is not working out. The pet store offered me 40% off the price because it had a black grease (?) mark on it. I was like, heck yeah, discount! Well, it's also a little wobbly and the cat has not shown any interest in it. So back it goes. They might only give me store credit but seeing as Casper will need litter and supplements once he runs out, the money will be used in the near future.
Valentine's Day - DH and his best friend set up Valentine's weekend so that us couples will be at the ocean (2 hours drive from home), the other couple is getting a hotel but we are going to stay in the in-laws' guest house. Free We'll be spending Sunday together as a group, there is an antique show or something going on at the beach.. and Monday it will be just DH and I. This is the same town where we took our honeymoon week last summer. I love having something like this to look forward to. It isn't in the sinking fund budget, so I need to talk to DH (without being a buzzkill or conveying the idea that his sweet intentions are not appreciated?) about what our spending limit will be. It will likely come from DH's payday snowball.
And then we will have to look at tweaking the 2015 plans to adjust - possibly nix the idea of the east coast trip. We also have my Oma's 90th birthday coming up in March, and the whole family has made a FB event and plans are in the works to meet in a city across the state where Oma lives (5 hr drive) to spend the weekend together and surprise her for lunch. I am working with finding out if anyone wants to carpool and chip in for gas, and then my mom is thinking about getting a hotel suite for our immediate family (mom, stepdad, myself, DH, and my younger sister), which would immensely help on costs.
Seahawks lost yesterday, and that was a bummer. What a game though. I was proud of myself for contributing to the potluck I attended with fishsticks from Grocery Outlet $2.99 and tartar sauce from home! I also bought a cheap bottle of wine though $4.99, since I didn't feel like beer. All of this from grocery budget.
Well, I guess this week I will be catching up on laundry and getting lists together for me, for DH, and anything else I can think of to start prepping for working out of town. I am really excited because I love to travel, and I take better care of myself when it's just me. But also really nervous for how all this will work out. Here goes!
Now to sign off with an obligatory cat photo (sorry, not sorry )