What a week this has been!
I am heading home today, Seattle has been great so far. I am learning so much. There's a few calls and meetings yet to be had to discuss roles and responsibilities but it looks like I may be primed to take care of a certain task for all the work packages in my region starting... soon?! So much is still in the air. Management is still figuring things out. I think I've mentioned before, this entire project was poorly coordinated and it has people fumbling about, but we're getting it together (I think...)
Don't know if I'll be in Seattle next week - I doubt it - but the weeks beyond that are more likely. I'll be covering for an important player on this project for a week at the end of the month while she vacations - so hopefully I'll gain a lot of knowledge/experience from doing that as well.
I was not super-duper prepared when I arrived Monday, so of my 4 nights that I am able to be reimbursed for per diem, I will have only 2 days of per diem reimbursement. 2 days I just expensed my meals to my corporate card. But hey, I'll still get a little over $70 back just for being more frugal! The first day I arrived I bought a bunch of snacks, etc with the card as expensed meals so that I could tide myself over for lunches and whatnot and use per-diem the next 2 days. Then last night I had a dinner date with an old girlfriend of mine so I expensed the day's meals again. I have been enjoying my time in the city again. I used to be able to drive around here and had the place memorized, and I hope to get it all coming back to me soon! I'm honestly torn between city and country living!
Our Valentine's weekend that we agreed on a $200 limit for, begins tomorrow. and I'm sure that will be easy to maintain. I almost want to try to see how frugal we can be, and try to have leftover funds. I am looking forward to the weekend, weather report shows no rain!
Our tax returns should be arriving eventually, and when we get those, we've pre-agreed to send all the tax $$ to debt payoff. I'm glad we've agreed beforehand so there's no weird expectations when the money drops into the account. In the meantime we've been doing fine on our bills, budget, blow money, etc. The snowballs haven't really been tackling debt as intensely. We are taking Casper in for his blood work tomorrow morning ($130-something) so DH's paycheck didn't really do anything on the debt front - just paid bills, line items, the $200 Valentine's budget and Casper's vet cost. When I get paid next week I hope we will be done with cat expenses for a while and can turn our focus back on the Visa and still meet our debt-free April goal!
My birthday is in a couple of weekends.. Of course I want to do something, but I know I need to keep it realistic. It is my golden birthday, and in the past I had come up with fun, lavish ideas for my golden birthday party with a gold theme and a fancy night out, cocktail attire on a dinner cruise maybe. But it is looking more like I am willing to settle for a nice dinner out with a small group of friends and treat myself to a new clothing item that happens to be gold or have gold embellishments. Oh, in case anyone isn't aware of golden birthdays, it is when your age and your birth day are the same number (in my case, it will be "28"). Yes, it's really a thing.. I swear I don't make this stuff up! Plan is to buy the new golden clothing item (if I don't already have something in my closet) with my blow money at TJ Maxx, and cash flow the dinner which will probably be $80 for 2 with wine and a tip.
Hey, if I can make that $200 really stretch on Valentine's, maybe we can use the leftovers to fund the birthday?
In any case, that is the latest, for now.. It's been a busy week and will be a busy weekend and I didn't want people to think we died or quit the plan!