One of the most most difficult parts about being a slacker blogger is that each week I skip posting, there’s more and more stuff I want/need to post about. Posting goals & wrap-ups as my two posts a month just feels like cheating, so I skipped those too. This is stupider, since now it has been 6 weeks since my last post (boo).
Is it more forgivable if I don’t have internet access at work? One of my coworkers was just fired for looking at “obscene material” (!!) on his work computer, so now no one can access anything outside our company’s intranet. We can access company websites, that’s it. I’ve started taking cell phone breaks (because we can’t have those either, lest someone take a picture of some drawing and sell them to a competitor. Which has happened.) at lunchtime, but it’s really hard to blog on that thing! It’s hard enough to send a decipherable text message.
So here you go. An infodump.
So… we have two incomes again. This is a magical thing! The problem? I forget that after a few years of “famine” (and since our household income has been above $100,000 each year thanks to D’s grad school stipends, I mean it’s like a famine where you have to eat cheddar and drink apple juice instead of having caviar & wine) it’s not a good idea to gorge yourself on everything you’ve been missing. We basically spent D’s 2012 after-tax income on a new car. Then we booked a trip to Hawaii (we have a travel fund that should just about cover it, but still!). We’ve been taking weekend trips and buying brand name groceries.
I’m aware this is all very tame. But for someone who blogs about personal finance, this is rock bottom or a cry for help or SOMETHING.
(These are First World Problems.)
Now I’m itching to make The Biggest Purchase of my life. I’ve been looking at houses on Zillow, and all of a sudden, I want one. Badly. If certain houses on Zillow had a Buy It Now option, I’d probably have 5 or 6 by now. My brain keeps running the numbers and saying, “If you just wait a little longer…” and I calm down for a day or two and then one of my favorite houses sells and I panic all over again.
D and I have agreed not to do anything until after my sister’s wedding. We at least have to replenish our savings accounts!
Remember how I was going to buy quality not quantity and stop shopping at Old Navy? Yeah, not so much. You see, I accidentally lost 10 pounds (accidentally- see my explanation below) and then none of my clothes fit. And of course, I sold off or donated most of my smaller clothes last year, thinking, “There’s no way I’ll be that small again.” I’ve been wearing most of my too-large clothes anyway, but sometimes it’s hard to ignore that I look frumpy.
Since the whole thing was an accident, I assume that this size is temporary. I think my body generally prefers to be about 5 lbs heavier, which puts me right back in my bigger clothes. So I’ve been justifying cheaper shopping sprees.
Also, my personal budget keeps getting eaten up by yoga classes and iPhone apps.
That said, I’ve been enjoying buying some accessories (they always fit!). My quality-over-quantity purchases this year have been a Kate Spade necklace (it’s reversible! Which means I got TWO expensive necklaces for the price of ONE exorbitantly expensive necklace!) and a J. Crew purse. Both were more than 50% off but still cost well above what I’ve ever spent on one item.
I started taking a kickboxing class! I even did something out of character and bought gloves after 2 classes. This is something normal people do all the time, but I am so cheap that I won’t buy yoga accessories and I’ve been doing yoga regularly for 3 years now. The gloves are blue and I like to tell people that I bought them because they match my new purse.
It’s a lot of fun, even if I end up with bruises from kicking the pads wrong.
I said above that I accidentally lost weight. This is an obnoxious thing to say.
The truth: I tend to eat whatever D eats. When D went on a diet earlier this year, I was eating less without thinking about it. I still worked out at the same level, but I was actually eating healthy. Will this continue once D moves on to maintaining? Maybe, but I’m not holding out much hope.
Work is going well. My boss is putting me in for a raise! It’s not a sure thing – I’m just at the cusp of the experience level – but I sent her an updated resume that basically plagiarizes the job postings they’ve had for the next salary level. Fingers crossed!
So what have you been up to? I still have 200 unread posts in my Google Reader (this is down from 500!), but slowly & surely, I’m catching up on everyone’s lives!