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What a week

Gelly

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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!



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I have never heard of that. I kept thinking that "Gelly is NOT 50 or even close" when I was reading about your golden birthday. Since my golden birthday passed years ago, I may have to celebrate my double golden birthday in a few years. :) What about the poor people born in the first half of the month? 

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gazelle, some of the ones in the first half of the month have parties like another mom was telling me she did for her daughter - massive mall scavenger hunt, ending up at the indoor surfing shop where they all got to surf, personalized shirts, hats, and towels for each guest, etc, etc.  I don't know how much of a "thing" they are around here but I think I'm glad my kids' birthdays are later in the month!

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My "golden" birthday was when I was 16. But honestly, I have never heard of making a big deal or spending more money because of it. Don't use it as an excuse to spend money better used for something else.

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Wow, with being in BS 2, I can't imagine spending $200 on VD and then even more for a birthday. DH and I usually just grill a nice steak for birthdays (no gifts or parties), this year we're splitting a bottle of $12 bubbly for valentine's. Thankfully neither one of us has gifts as our love language.

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My golden birthday was 11 and my mom gave me a necklace and earrings with my birthstone.  DD is going to have hers in 2 years so I think I may do the same thing.

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I agree. It's great that you are sending your tax refund to debt, but you didn't have a snowball the first part of the month because you decided to adopt a cat and have this Valentines weekend. Know what we did, spend $20 on dinner just the two of us. It was great getting a date night in just spending time together. Also considered adjusting your fitw so you can send more to debt now instead of next February.

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I have to say, I simply can not believe you think $200 on Valentine's day is expected, nor that you are looking at an expensive birthday at the moment. I've also never, ever heard of a "golden birthday", but clearly others have. 

I think you guys need to sit down, talk & figure a way to get out of debt, rather than all this spending, but that is just my opinion & it's too late now that the day has gone by.

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I hope that you were able to come way under budget for Valentines Day.  Please, if you can, talk about what might be a more reasonable VDay cost might be.  

 

Last weekend, I met my BF at our half way point (we live about 700 miles apart).  If you don't include gas, we spent about $190 for the entire time we were together (and that included a good price on a hotel room thru priceline).    

 

I know that y'all are newlyweds and you've been gone all week -- I've got a number of years on you -- when I travel and just get home, I want to stay at home, cook, spend time with friends/family -- and if my BF had been here or if I'd been where he lives, that is exactly what we would have done.  Cooked dinner together, maybe watched a movie  - but spending time, just the two of us, is much more enjoyable and meaningful that spending big dollars on dinner/dancing/going out.    Might be something you think about in the future. 

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Casper's blood work is finished, but I had not factored in, or even thought about the urine test which is not included in the blood test cost. The vet bill wound up being $240 after all was said and done. However, we were able to pay it and move on.

 

On the same day, in the mail there was a birthday card with $50 from my Oma, so I put that away for the birthday dinner, I know we can limit ourselves to that and come out fine. There was also a $100 reward Visa card from my work, which we used for the Ocean trip, since the vet pretty much wiped out our checking account. In total we brought the $100 card and $70 cash (combined from checking, blow, and gas funds) with us for the weekend. We had a great time! Half of the time was spent with some family members and the other half was spent with our friends, the other couple. We had a fire on the beach one night, went swimming and hot tubbing as well. There's a great cafe we stopped in for brunch and us ladies shopped around (I didn't purchase anything). We spent about $25 on gas and the rest was spent on food. We came in $10 under, so I consider it a success :) I realize that we could have pulled this off with less, or had the option to not even go at all. It was our choice to take these 3 days away and spend the amount we had agreed on, and we are content with that choice!

 

During our trip we got a call from the vet that confirms Casper has diabetes. Poor guy. Good thing we have him on the special food already, but we will also have to begin budgeting insulin, as he will need shots 2x/day.

 

Moving on!

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