Money Diary, Day 4

Day Four: Thursday
6am: Another slow morning, but I still manage a two mile walk with the dog and to water the yard! I pack my lunch for the day (leftover beef and bean burritos, fruit and Pringles), while making coffee, feeding the dog, talking the husband through his nightmare from last night, and making sure the kid has his shoes (with socks!) on. This whole moving during the hottest part of the year thing has really thrown our normal eating habits out the door, and our busy upcoming weekend doesn’t leave much wiggle room for getting back on track yet. I’m happy I snagged the giant container of mixed cut fruit from our Costco run-breakfast for the kid and snack for me! It’s more costly than cutting the fruit myself, but the time savings are worth it.
7:30am: My husband is working in the lab today, so we grab breakfast at the larger campus cafe to nail down our weekend plans and when we’re going to get the rental cleaned and emptied so our old landlord can get it rented (we were paying $1275 a month for the house, he’s now asking for $1450 without having done any work due to the rental market in our area, one reason we’re so happy we were able to purchase a house!) I get a bagel with cream cheese and a lemon pastry instead of my usual sausage and eggs combo, wanting to flush the pizza grease out of my system, he gets eggs and fruit. $6.80
12:45pm: Pretty sure my eyes are crossing from all the Sharepoint work, so I switch projects after a lunch time stroll and shoving burrito down the hatch. This afternoon is passing soooo slowly for some reason, leading me to scarf some of the chocolate my boss insists I keep on my desk for the team. I don’t normally clock watch at this job, but today is the exception. Is it Friday yet?
4:15pm: Out the door! Husband is caught late on a project, so I read my current book, on digital loan from my library, “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America”, by Alissa Quart. I still can’t quite wrap my brain around how we’ve managed to buy a house, what with my student loans and shoddy credit and my husband’s lack of college, but here we are! Reading other people’s struggles and choices and the larger systemic issues makes me feel guilty for Tuesday’s expensive coffee.
6:30pm: After a quick trip to the off leash dog park and dinner of sausages on the grill, we’re all at the old house, taking the last of the stuff off the walls and loading the last few boxes (did I mention we’re so close to being done???) I notice the back shed lock looks weird; like someone tried to jimmy it open with a crowbar. Husband freaks and loads all his expensive lawn equipment into the SUV to take home, so kid, dog and I walk back home across town in the beautiful summer evening, chatting about wonderfully nonsense kid stuff. I’m not much of a crier, but I kinda feel like it because life is just so…good right now, new home, new marriage, happy dog and healthy kid. We get everyone showered and in bed a bit later, but at least it’s finally cooled off!
Daily total: $6.80

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After years of borrowing horses, working to ride and catch riding, I finally have my own horse, a spicy chocolate mare...but also a demanding day job (who doesn't?), a nerdy husband, a soccer loving kid who needs to be parented (by me, duh), and the ultimate trail buddy, a chocolate Labradork!

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