Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bad, Bad Blogger

Wow, is it really past the middle of August already??  I am sorry I’ve been a very bad and noticeably absent blogger for weeks now.  I’d like to say I have an excuse, and I do.  But it’s not a great one.  Not really.  But I’m hoping you’ll forgive me when I distract you by sharing three fantastic things that have happened over the last few weeks.


Fantastic thing #1:  The Husband and I finally managed to pay off our last credit card.  This is a HUGE deal for us because we’ve had a balance on this beast for the life of our nearly 14 year marriage.  It wasn’t because we kept spending all willy-nilly, either.  I mentioned before (I think) how we had endured three bouts of unemployment due to lay-offs over the first ten years of our marriage.  The Husband is diabetic (Type 1 since childhood) and insulin doesn’t grown on trees, you know.  When ya gotta have it, ya gotta have it.  So we got it.  But that made paying off the credit card challenging.  And yet…TA-DA!  That’s right:  balance = ZERO.  Woot!

Fantastic thing #2:  I finally picked up that job I’d been looking for!  I’m still trying to get back into the habit of being up and together and to work every morning, but I’m gonna love this job which is a gigantic step up from the last one I tried.  I’m sure you remember my traumatic experience with the last job that involved a potential HAZMAT suit and a poisoned rat, right?  Not this job.  In this job I’ll be doing actual office work.  No poisoned rats.  Although…while training in a different department last week, I did find this:

This is Ms. Jackie’s pet rat.  You can see he’s angelic (note the halo) and he has a purpose (holding the clip).  He’s also not hazardous to my health.  I’m grateful.  Oh, and Jackie rocks.  Seriously…

Fantastic thing #3:  WE FOUND A HOUSE!  Well, let me re-phrase.  We found a lot (on a lake, no less), and a plan for a house (that The Husband and I agreed on - miracle), aaaand it’s in our budget.  What?!  You heard me.  Great lot + great house plan + in budget = AWESOME!  In around six months, we should be in a brand new house!  

Our lake

Want to know the best part?  I’ll have a ROOM of my OWN for my yarn stuffs (breaks out in Ren & Stimpy’s “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy” song while dancing a wee jig).

Life is good.

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BONUS:  Fantastic thing #4:  My subscription to Vogue Knitting that I thought had expired, actually hadn’t.  I got the latest VK today.  This definitely qualifies as a fantastic thing.


  1. So Happy for you and Paul!

  2. Congratulations on all fronts! Doesn't it feel good to pay off those cards? We got ours paid off in June and the freedom we feel not being tied down to it. Ours was mostly medical bills and auto repairs.

    Look forward to seeing that house go up. What a lovely lot!

  3. I am just getting caught up on my blog reading after a week of company and traveling. I am so happy for you! Paying off that credit card must have felt awesome - congrats! And lake front property AND a house plan? Wow! It will be fun to follow along as you build your dream home, complete with your own crafting room!

    1. Now if I could just transport the views you have in Canada here to South Mississippi, I'd have it made... ; )

  4. THREE CHEERS FOR BEING DEBT FREE HIP, HIP, HIP! :-D I can't wait until my student loans are paid off. They're my looming debt. But, I think Mike and I each only have a couple years left. It's so exciting that you're buying a house! It must be a big year for moving, because I've noticed a lot of people taking the plunge, including us- moving to burbs, becoming landlords, lots of changes on the horizon. I'm hoping to have a dedicated craft space too, but we'll have to see how things work-out once we're settled.

    1. Hope the craft space works out for you!

      I'm with you on the student loans. I'll be on SSI before I get mine paid for... : (


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