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Back in the swing of things

April 4th, 2016 at 02:42 pm

Alright, things are finally starting to feel normal again. We've been back from vacation for a couple of weeks, and my routine is
settling in again.

Didn't do much this past weekend. Our friends had their baby on Friday (April Fools! But really, they did. lol). Went to the hospital to see the little one, then went out and did karaoke. Saturday I spent cleaning the apartment and doing laundry, which literally took all day. Between being gone for almost 2 weeks and the slump we've been in since we've been home, there was much to be done. After all that, though, we ordered takeout and I fell asleep on the couch around 9:30. heh. Yesterday I went to a baby shower, then we kind of bummed around all evening.

DH and I sat down and looked at our spending for March, and it wasn't pretty - mostly due to spending on vacation, but also because we basically ate at restaurants for the whole time we've been back. That was a bit rough to see on the statement.

That being said, I took the time to do some meal planning and went to the grocery store today. We're covered on dinners for probably a week now. It was German week at Aldi, so I got a few extras that we can use for meals next week also. Tonight I'm trying out a new recipe for a roasted carrot salad, and I just put a loaf of bread in the oven. Also tried a recipe for compound butter - delicious fresh honey butter on that fresh baked bread is going to be heavenly. Having a couple of friends over, so I figured why not do something a bit special?

DH's birthday is on Saturday, and I already got his gifts. GRE study materials and poster prints he's been wanting for a while. We're also having a party at this entertainment complex with laser tag and a skating rink and a bunch of other stuff. A 31st Birthday celebration fit for a 12 year old! ha. Should be fun for sure. Sunday we're hanging out with his family. So the rest of this week is going to be incredibly low-key.

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Got all of my tax information to my accountant, and got some really great news. I was expecting to have to pay around $8k, but after some rough estimates she said worst case scenario would be around $2k! I've been saving every penny I make for a few months, so it'll be nice to be able to use those funds. And I've already opened a savings account and started transferring 35% of my income since the start of 2016, so there will be no crazy stress around taxes next year, thankfully. It was INCREDIBLE news to receive. Turns out filing jointly as a married couple is going to work in our favor after all Smile

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Had a shoot this past week that went really well, and have booked a couple more since we've been home. Which is comforting, coming out of the slow season. It'll be nice to actually be able to contribute to the family income as well. Got a client check in the mail today that I need to put into my system.

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Need to re-evaluate my goals and get started on a path to meeting them, including updating my sidebar. Haven't done any journaling in about a month and that's a habit I want to rekindle as well. Reconnecting with my gratitude practice also. I'm slipping back into laziness, and that's when I start forgetting how much abundance I have in my life and lose track of what's important. My 2 hour stint online window shopping last night is an indication that I'm falling off the horse.

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So that's that for now! Hope you are all having a great Monday!

4 Responses to “Back in the swing of things”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    My son is an april fool's baby! It drives my mom crazy, but I tried for 18 hours to get him to come out on March 31, but he didn't budge...

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    We all have to get back to reality sometime hey (but it's hard when you go somewhere cool); great news with the lower than expected tax woohoo!! How funny, I just wrote in my journal for the first time in a month nearly. I started it in 2014 and only now am getting to the end of the book, spent some time reading through various entries, was pretty cool - if you don't jot things down they disappear from the memory bank! (It does to me anyway)

  3. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    I'm so glad the taxes worked out. Our spending has been expanding a bit too. I think we wet a little overboard when we realized how well DF was doing in March. So we're buckling back down.

    It's great to remember your values and the things you treasure. I find when I stress out, I tend to focus on the negative and have been working hard to take a few breaths and think of all the good things we have.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad your taxes worked out! I'm very curious as to how Mr FT and I's will work out next year - what with getting married, buying a house, selling stock, Obamacare credits for 4/12 months ....

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