DL(17) made a solo music album and sold his first copy. He made $10.
I got my life insurance renewal. I thought it looked more than usual. It was 3.5 times higher! The joys of turning 45. There's a preferred rate that is about half as much. I just don't know the odds I will get that, with all my recent health issues. Will see...
Ugh, I just got my medical insurance renewal too. Is a bigger increase (8%) than it has been in recent years, but should just be grateful it's not more. I remember seeing some crazy estimates early pandemic (like 50% increases in cost, something along those lines). Note: Medical has been our biggest financial challenge and biggest expense for many years.
MH got rejected re: a SF film festival. That was surprising because it was the first more local film festival he did not get into. But I am somewhat relieved because the calendar was getting a little crazy.
Next up is a local film festival that is doing a hybrid thing. MH made the in-person cut and is once again the headliner for the entire event. !!
Then Arizona. I don't know if he knows the order yet. It's a bigger theater so should be the most interesting one. Presuming his time slot is well attended.
After that, we are going to a film festival in Napa. MH is not in it, but he met someone who is. We are planning a very belated anniversary dinner. Will make a date of it.
MH just asked me if we *should* go out to lunch today, for our anniversary. After 5 days? of eating out in a row (between work and college trip) and with a 5-Day trip coming up? No thanks?! I told him we will do a nice meal in Arizona and also in Napa.
Edited to add: MH got into an Oregon festival. October is apparently his month. They first took a script submission (his most recent movie script) and then later told him they will also screen his film. As of right now, we are going to wait until Arizona to decide. The Oregon one is probably not worth it. But it's also cheap and easy to get to, so is why we are still considering.
MM(19) went dark. He's got his new credit card (in his name only) so I don't know what kind of spending he has been doing. Probably just groceries. He sounds pretty slammed. I sent an, "Is you alive?" text a few days ago that he did reply to. But that's about it. I suppose I will see dollar amounts when he pays off his card. He clearly sounds too busy to be spending money. He has an on campus job this quarter. Maybe 8 hours per week. Plus some extra set up re: job while trying to move in and coordinate with 4 new roommates. & his girlfriend moved in a few weeks early for her job, so they had a big date planned. Hadn't seen each other much since MH ended up with COVID. (Her sister is immunocompromised, so she kept her distance).
MIL is coming to take DL(17) out to dinner while we are in Arizona. Just check in on him and see if he needs anything. Give him an extra treat. While she is here, will pick up an extra load for MM(19). Now that she has two grandkids at the one college, they are planning a visit (sooner than we can get there). In the end, it's not going to be much and we probably could have fit it all last weekend. The only bulky thing is a set of dishes that I doubt he will need? MH had paper plates left over from filming his movie, so we sent those down until we could get dishes settled. Will talk to him about it today.
Edit to add: Ended up speaking to MM(19). He also wants his guitar but didn't end up needing a full dishes set. So yeah, probably could have fit everything but the guitar, on the first trip. I forgot about the guitar, which is clearly big and bulky. He told me he spent $12 eating campus food that first week (he expects that to be average) and he only spent a few dollars at the grocery store. ??? Will see... Clearly girlfriend is feeding him a lot. She likes to cook. & bake; she made some pies. So he is eating very well. He is enjoying much better food (even if he just sticks to his kitchen/cooking, has nowhere to go but up) and having a private bedroom. He is clearly very happy with things.
MH wouldn't let me give any food away at work. I think we have one serving left of burritos/rice (might be too old at this point). He did not cook at all last week. The fridge was pretty cleared out by Sunday. Sunday I cooked up some salmon (on sale) and MH made potato soup so that we'd have some leftovers. But he skipped cooking yesterday. I don't know how much he is being more mindful (and less in denial) with MM gone. But I expect there's some extra pressure with all the out-of-town plans. He's thinking more carefully about it and more willing to just skip cooking. I am sure I nagged him many times last school year to just skip a night. So skipping 6 nights is pretty amazing, but we had a fridge full of way too much food and he was hell bent on eating it (versus giving it away).