Last week at this time we were heading home down I-5 from Bellingham, WA and complaining about the cold! Thankfully the weather cooperated and there was no rain, but there was quite a bit of fog, except for around Seattle where we received breathtaking night-time views of the city as we drove through (and no traffic, either!).
But that was then, and this is now. Tonight, I am
- Reading: The Hanging Garden, by Ian Rankin, one of the last two Rebus novels I haven’t read. I’m also reading Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon.
- Watching: I’d love to be watching the new season of Downton Abbey, but will have to wait for it to appear online tomorrow. Sigh.
- Listening to: Meiling run the vacuum cleaner upstairs, and the washing machine run the last load. Tré exciting!
- Cooking/baking: Mr. Losing It is making a Hawaiian pizza (ham, pineapple and onion) as I write. I’ve pretty much stayed out of the kitchen all day.
- Glad I accomplished: Finalizing the budget for next year. I had it pretty much done before we left for Hawaii, but got it tweaked this past week so we’re ready to go. Also, finishing up all the leftovers today.
- Looking forward to next week: Mr. Losing It’s first paycheck of the year. He got a nice pay increase, but with the changes to the withholdings that will occur we don’t know whether he’ll actually receive any gain or not. Our budget is based on last year’s income; if we receive any extra this year it will go toward debt repayment.
- Thankful for: A small thing: that the inexpensive refilled ink cartridges I bought for our printer through Amazon (using credit from Swagbucks) work after all and I don’t have to order the expensive new ones instead.
- What is the “minimum” # you feel comfortable with sitting in your bank account/piggy bank? These days we’d like to keep around $2500 available for emergencies (we have around $1450 now). We’ve had more or less in the past, depending on whether times were lean or fat, but we don’t have to worry about layoffs and such any more; we’ll be living on a fixed income beginning in July and $2500 seems about right. If we can save more though, great!
Many thanks to Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily for hosting Sunday Night Chit Chat (and for coming up with such interesting bonus questions!).