January Highlights / February Plans
January flew by, and February is threatening to do the same!
- Work trip + vacation. I had an international work trip, and managed to tack on a few extra days to explore with some coworkers. I feel like this was moderately controversial (to people who don’t matter), because I went with 4 guys. But I can’t help the demographics of those who work on my project, and I wanted to go – so I went. All 5 of us had spouses who weren’t able to join, 3 of them had kids, yet I still feel like I got the most questions about why/how I was going. But I could be wrong. Anyway, it was a really neat few days, and despite the moderate anxiety I had about it in the days before I left, I’m really glad I went.
- Prepared our taxes and are getting an embarrassingly large tax refund (and adjusting our tax withholdings accordingly).
- Belatedly sent in an $8k mortgage pre-payment and saved $10k in interest! Woo!
February was pretty scattered starting out. I was on jury duty for a week, and was unlucky enough to be stuck on the jury as an alternate. At least the trial was very short, and I did not miss my important work meeting. T went to Paris for a week, and I had a domestic work trip for a week. My work trip helped me sketch out what it is that I want to do with my job this year. The puppy dog had his first birthday this month, and we celebrated with a hike and a frozen Kong stuffed with kibble (just like any other day, because he is a dog).
Here are my goals / to do list for the month.
- Schedule a haircut (hopefully get it, too)
- Send more to the mortgage (at least $10k)
- Schedule our last big house project (this is on T’s to-do list)
- Sketch out 2016 budget and goals/plans
A quite short list, but seeing as how it is 2/21 and I’m finally putting up this post, I am not going to add to this! I think this draft was started 2/1. 🙂 I sometimes think of all the monthly goals I’d set 5 or 10 years ago, and wonder if I’m a slacker these days. I probably am. I still have a lot of drive when it comes to specific things, but I’m a little more chill these days about things. Or maybe I elevated work a bit, and let it engage me more than it used to.
I love setting and meeting goals, but I also am satisfied if I don’t have a specific “something big” I’m working on outside of work.