Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ok, lemme have it...

I know, I know, but what are you going to do? People get busy you know! Just don't torture me for too long.

I have some good news regarding my resolutions that I set at the beginning of the year. Hooray for good news!

1. I've lost 6 lbs, confirmed by the scale at my Dr's office just last week. Since then there has only been minimal celebratory cookie eating.
2. We've managed to have several veggie meals including Pasta Fagioli, Veggie Pizza, and Veggie Mac. Well, ok so that one technically doesn't count. Travis mixed in left over taco meat. But we had good intentions!
3. We did our taxes!

If you read back to my resolution posts, one of my goals is to become more financially fit. Extremely difficult right now living off one income, but hey - we're all allowed our little pipe dreams. So doing our taxes was a scary but necessary activity. And it's really paying off! We should be getting back around $2600. Yep, that's right - 4 digits! We're able to claim two home offices since both Trav and I primarily work from home, and we had a bunch of employment related expenses this year.

The good little citizens that we are, we're going to blow it all. Unfortunately not on retail merchandise like our government wants us to, but on our debt. We'll be able to catch up a car loan, pay off our credit card debt and possibly pay off a student loan. That's exciting! Oh, and for those of you giving us the side eye at the car loan - let me explain.

Once upon a time, our loan was with Sovereign Bank. Travis was in between jobs one month and called to see if he could work something out with his payment instead of just not paying it. They allowed him to move the payment to the end of the loan term by paying $50 that month. Which is what we did. Except there is no record of this ever happening. Then Sovereign sold his loan to Santander (i.e. The Devil), they assumed we were a payment late even though we now pay on time or early every month. So we get to rehash this with some "lovely" Devil employee every month, and we pay ~$14 in late fees, every month. Had Travis asked me at the time, I would not have suggested going down this road, but.... ce la vie.

No news on either of my real estate deals, still. We're patiently waiting, still. Fingers crossed for those too!

I do have an interview this Thursday for a "floating" part time position at the company my mother in law works for. It pays decent, and it sounds like the schedule is really flexible. Basically I'd be coming in whenever someone is out, or when they have excess work that needs to be done. That would work extremely well with my schedule! So fingers crossed for that too. Oh heck, I'm just going to cross all crossables and call it good!

FYI: Valentine's Day is coming up. Why not try a new wine to make the evening special? Try the Tanglerose Sonoma County Backyard Red from The Traveling Vineyard

Have a great week!


  1. Nice to see you blogging again! Good for you on becoming debt free, that is a goal we are working on too, it will take awhile, but will feel SO GREAT when we accomplish it! I hope your real estate deals work out, I am a stay at home mom for the time being, so I know what it's like trying to stretch one income, but that's when you find out how creative you can be! Hope the MN winter is treating you well :)

  2. My fingers are still crossed those deals close for you. And good for you on paying off your debt with tax money. When you can afford to retire at 40 it will all be worth it....;)