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Seattle, Cats, Valentines & Seahawks

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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 :P )

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Very handsome cat! I've never seen an all white cat before.

 

Sounds like you have some adventures ahead of you.

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I pocketed some nice change taking per diem last year when I travelled on some contract work. I spent only about 1/3 of what I was allocated! And the microwave and fridge in the room let me eat lots of good stuff!

 

Have fun!

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I pocketed some nice change taking per diem last year when I travelled on some contract work. I spent only about 1/3 of what I was allocated! And the microwave and fridge in the room let me eat lots of good stuff! Have fun!

 

+1  Per diem all the way!!  They recently for rid of our per diem.  We were sad.  If your hotel has a kitchen/kitchenette, you can take advantage of some cheap meals. When I would get to town, I would go straight to the grocery store and get a case of water, some canned low sodium soups, bread/wraps with deli meat for sandwiches.  I bring a lunch box from home and pack my lunches in the hotel room every morning before going to work.  For dinner, I may go out with group and spend a little of my per diem...just to be social and to network.  Breakfast was free at the hotel.  However, since it was continental (lot of carbs)  I would purchase boiled eggs from the grocery store and have 4-5 egg white to add protein.  Yum!

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I really appreciate your input RachNJess, that sounds like a great idea. The hotel I am going to be living out of doesn't have a kitchenette, but I used to live in the area when I was younger.. I know there is a QFC nearby that is within walking distance. So I will definitely load up.

I just do not know yet HOW the per diem works.. Do they add it to my paychecks? Send me a check separately? This is what the manager I spoke with will go over with me Thursday.

They just added another town to my list of out-of-town visits, looks like tomorrow I'll be in a different city just for the day. I'll have my stuff packed tomorrow AM.. after my workday I'm going to drive straight to my BFF's house and be there until Friday.

PS I appreciate everyone's sweet comments about Casper :) He's got us wrapped aroud his little paws.

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Have you discussed how much spending DH will be doing while you will be gone? I can see him very quickly not sticking to any sort of budget/spending plan.

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I think the cat had perfect time.  It will give DH some company while you are gone.  

 

I agree with discussing expectations on both sides before you leave.  Maybe take one day's per diem every other week & go out to dinner when you are home for the weekend.  

 

Make sure you express often how appreciative you are to DH that he is willing to allow you this opportunity.  It's tough being the spouse left at home taking care of all the responsibilities.  

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I wouldn't say that husband's "allow" wives to do anything.  You might thank him for understanding your desire to take on this assignment and being so agreeable about being without his fairly new wife for this period of time.  Then plan something special to do together when you're back home.

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DH spends a lot of his at-home time as follows: TV or video games. He will not be deprived in any sense when I am not home. I left him a short list (scoop litter daily, keep up on the dishes and trash) and he has enough food for the next couple days before I need to grocery shop again (leftovers, and a frozen pizza). Next week will be a little more planned out and I will have to make sure the fridge and freezer are better stocked. We have the Valentine's thing coming up so I am sure that will be some decent together time.

 

As for me being gone, I think he is indifferent about that. He didn't say a thing about not wanting me to go.. He knows it's a good experience. I personally am thrilled. I know it sounds bad, and we're newlyweds, but for me to get to the city and just be by myself for a while.. Sounds actually pretty fun!? And he will benefit without having me home to mother him.. Brush your teeth.. Take out the trash.. When are you gonna be done on your game.. Etc.

 

I know you guys have said to stay away from the mother mentality, but if I don't tell him things need to be done, I am pretty sure the house will fall apart around us!!! Sure that's an exaggeration but he rarely will do something (chores) on his own accord.

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Because he's got some good qualities too :) I remember when I first started dating him, I quickly noticed how big of a heart he had for others. I was drawn to how much of a good guy he was. Unfortunately, a lot of qualities he has that were endearing at first are aggravating now - I could use a little more of a positive attitude myself as I tend to see the negative first.

 

I definitely did go into the marriage with a "we can fix that" mentality which is kicking me in the butt. I know. I've heard stories of other couples who had a rough start, too, so I am just holding out for the better times where we have learned the best ways to live with each other's faults and. It's certainly been tough at times.

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