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May 24th, 2019 at 08:36 pm

I wrapped up Job #2 (old employer) on May 15th. Phew!

Stuff is falling off my plate, left and right. Yesterday was the last day for the high school. I can't believe I no longer have to take MM to school! We've scheduled his driving test this summer.

I will be switching to an earlier work schedule, now that I don't have the morning commitment.

I'd say that our "new normal" doesn't start until next week. I am feeling pretty overwhelmed. I would love nothing more than a quiet 3-day weekend. But my sister is flying in today from the east coast. That whole thing is emotionally exhausting, to add onto the load of emotional exhaustion I already have. But after that, maybe I can breathe at all.

Money seems to be falling from the sky this past week or two. I have an unexpected $1k in hand, and it might be a couple of more thousands of dollars over summer.

In the meantime, we paid cash for braces this month and have already replaced that money (with side income). I paid for a ridiculously expensive house rental in Yosemite. It actually fits in our modest vacation budget, but will be about 95% lodging this year (otherwise, we are just driving and enjoying nature ~ this trip and the Beach trip we did last month). Usually we plan ahead better and find better deals. A more last minute trip to Yosemite is not cheap. I am just happy we found anywhere to stay. A luxurious house is better than I had hoped for. Anyway, we usually we pinch pennies and plan more. In a year where I've had no time to plan, I am happy with throwing extra dollars at things. Though it is coming from our vacation budget, home rentals are generally non-refundable. When I received an unexpected $1k last week, I used that as motivation to just bite the bullet. The extra money insures the extra risk. & it made it easier to justify the splurge.

I tried to wash our mattress topper in the wash yesterday but it seemed to be ruined. The only other one I have is pretty sad, so I bought one online yesterday. I told MH, "You know what we really need, is a new mattress." He's kind of, "Duh," but he's been waiting for me to come around. We paid $1k-ish in 1999 and it is an absolutely amazing mattress. But I will admit it's not as comfortable as it once was. Throw that in the, "buy things half as often, keep them twice as long" strategy that applies to many different things. If it's recommended to keep a mattress for 10 years, will keep it 20. But at the 20 year mark I am fine with letting it go. I've been stubborn in the past because it was still as comfortable as the day we bought it (I couldn't imagine gambling on another mattress). MH has been wanting to replace for a while, I guess. I'd rather do anything else but mattress shopping this weekend, but it's the time to do it, with the sales. We will also replace MM(15)'s 25-year-old mattress (my old mattress) because it's far past time. He just hasn't had any complaints about it and we hadn't seen the point. But I am not buying myself a new mattress without getting him one too.

Will see... We may wimp out and put that off to the next big sale. No rush.

In other news, MM(15)'s cash was piling up ($2,000+) and so we opened up a high-yield savings account for him. The kids still both have their 7% accounts ($500 max balance). Not sure how long that will last because that CU is merging with another.

I think MM has about a gajillion expenses to figure out in the next 5-10 years, so this is just the first bridge we will cross for now. As we get more clarity on college situation and his ability to find more steady work, we can maybe start addressing more advanced areas of personal finance. But for now, the kid needs cash to pay for all the expenses of his "loaner car" that he has for the next two years. Once he's got that figured out, financial goal #2 might be saving up to buy his own car. & the cost of housing in California (renting or owning, either way) is ever looming.

Maybe not so quick after all, but I've been feeling very, "I don't even know where to begin" after mostly not blogging for several months. Those are some quick highlights.

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Did you know if you right click there is an emoji option? 🙈🙉🙊

I just accidentally found this! 😎

11 Responses to “Quick Check In - Found Emojis!”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, yay, on the emojis. I asked them to fix them a while back, but had no idea they had added something like this. Smile

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Okay, guess it doesn't always work yet. Darn it.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice to hear from you!

  4. Amber Says:

    Congratulations to your little one? Are you nervous about the driving?

    Awesome on the extra cash

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    @LR - you can right click to add emojis. I don't know how many times I have complained the emojis don't work, but no one ever pointed out there is a new emoji option. The old code emojis don't work.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    @Amber - probably a wee bit nervous about the driving, but more excited about the several hours (weekly) we don't have to spend driving him around everywhere. He's super responsible and is a good driver, so that makes it easier.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I did right click. It still didn't work right for me.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you are successful in your mattress shopping. I'm with you... hate doing it, but it becomes a necessary evil at times.

    Great news on that extra cash!

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My mattress is only 5 years old, and I have turned it multiple times. I'm not sure how much longer it's going to be usable. I did start with a cheap one ($349) so maybe if I'd bought a more expensive one, it would last better/longer?

    Good luck with the mattress shopping.

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    @LR - it probably depends on the browser you are using and security settings. I think it was not working for me on another computer, the other day.

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yeah, that might be. I use chrome so I can adblock since the ads here are so obnoxiously intrusive. If it's no ads or emojis, I will stick with no ads.

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