Budget sacrifices

We have a couple gifting occasions coming up this summer. Normally I don't give it a whole lot of thought - if it's a wedding I go to their registry, pick something out, order it, ship it, done. If it's a baby shower, I do the same thing. If it's a baby announcement, though, I…

Blur, funk, bounce

Like everyone else, I have days that are so jammed with work and commitments that the work and the commitments and the whole day all fly¬†by in a blur of activity. Yesterday was one of those days. Yet ... yet ... I still made time for my gym practice first thing in the morning, a…

Financial freedom vs. financial empowerment

I found this line in another budget/finance forum I follow. Being in my mid-50s now it seems a bit late to be contemplating financial freedom (aka early retirement) right now, but I find it curious the trend and thinking from others far younger and better planners than I have ever been. Financial empowerment, however, is…

Money-related stuff

I am in the midst of waiting for brokerage statements to finish our personal taxes. Yep, with some trepidation I am attempting to do them myself again this year. For whatever reason they seem a lot more complicated in this transition from most of our income from a full-time, permanent, salary-and-benefits job to the bulk…

Year-end countdown

I feel as if I am on some sort of deathwatch, with the final days of 2015 upon us. While I have some grief and sadness in my life right now, it was actually a good year. M and I are living our lives and things are progressing in good ways, and majority of those…

Home enhancement projects 2016

So last night M finally, FINALLY agreed that rebuilding the deck might be bettered hired out to the professionals. It's not that I think he cannot do it; I am absolutely certain he would do a stellar job. However, it's been 7 long months since our concrete was finished and we remain stair-less and having…

Vacation – all I have been missing

Today was our second day at the Reno air races. Still up at the top of the bleachers all day long in my down sweater, but not shivering and feeling like there is a potential ice age about to overwhelm us. It was sunny today and that certainly helped the comfort factor. M remarked on…

Work services and budgets

It's Wednesday, trash night. I am hoping my recent emotional funks are on the curb with our trash and recycling cans this evening. Intriguing work news to report - my daughter and I are undertaking a brave new venture for a few of my clients: we are going to be personal shoppers and small party…

“Hope is kinda the whole point”

So I was watching an episode of Supernatural while huffing and puffing away on my arc trainer and that's one of the final lines in the most recent episode. The two brothers were discussing what happens after death when Sam says that what happens after doesn't really matter, because "hope is kinda the whole point."…