It’s Sunday afternoon, which means it’s time for Jared and me to hide out in my office (the only day of the week I can get Jared to come sit in here because he says the furniture is not comfortable).
Until Jared said he has had enough of sitting in the too-little-for-him chair, so, we moved upstairs. And then we had an argument over whether Jared should lie down on the bed to read his phone or whether we should both sit up (with me in favor of sitting up) because I knew that if he stayed lying down, he’d actually go to sleep which I don’t think is cool while we have a guest in the house.
Porter has piano lessons on Sunday afternoons and we try to keep everyone out of the family room for the hour. It mostly works and we don’t even have to keep the dogs pinned away in another room, thankfully.
It’s time for an overhaul of my office. The desk looks like a disaster has struck, with papers piling up since Christmas. There is still Christmas bagging on the sewing machine. Various camera gear is scattered throughout the room. I need to come up with a system and winter break is as good a time as any to do it.
At least we have clean clothes.
And, I am feeling much, much better. I’ll find out in a couple of weeks but I think the Synthroid adjustment was for the better because my resting heart rate is no longer 105+ bpm….more like the low 70s. Stupid resistance to thyroid hormone body.
I’ve signed up for two apps to go along with my Apple Watch. One is the Pillow app, which tracks my sleep quality. My sleep quality has been atrocious this week, which I am hoping is just the sickness/prednisone combo. Last night my sleep quality was rated 62% for the 7 hours it tracked before I charged the watch.
The other app is Ten Percent Happier, a meditation app. Which may work fine with Air Pods with the Apple Watch, but I don’t have those so I use my phone for the app. Oh well. The app is worth it and maybe the Air Pods will happen some day, though with my tragus earrings the in-ear earbuds are hard to finagle so not sure it’s worth it.
Aside from the 2 paid-for apps, this has been the month of spending no extraneous money. We did our taxes a month earlier than anticipated. I also went overboard on home decor and supplies in January (as well as us purchasing two smart watches), which put a major crunch on the budget.
I am obsessed with budgets and forecasting. I adore YNAB for this, and use it both for our personal accounts and for my business account. It takes me hours upon hours of work and it’s not exactly how the program is designed to be used, but I know when we can theoretically have all our consumer and car debt paid off. I know when we could theoretically have a full funded 6-month emergency expenses fund if we play our cards right. I also know what year we could theoretically pay off the house if all stay healthy and we have no major catastrophes, which isn’t exactly life. But if it does go well, 2032 is the magic year, just in time for Jared to retire a couple of years later.
Disney and Universal
Our tax refund this year is dedicated to Disney and Universal tickets for early June, which stinks because I REALLY want granite countertops like yesterday. And to paint the deck, which has been on the to-do list since last year. But none of it stinks enough to go into debt just for Disney, which is crazy expensive and I don’t understand how all people don’t make that a once or twice in a lifetime trip. I really don’t see the appeal. Staycations are as great to me as actual vacations for actually recharging me, unless it is to St. Simons. Though I’d love to see London and Paris again. But my kids want to do Disney and Universal so I will do it (once) for them. I will also be prepared to hide out in the hotel room for a good portion of the trip if need be because 3 other grownups are going on the trip, thank God. I hate crowds. I hated them when I was a kid and I hate them even more now. I anticipate going out early and then hiding out in the afternoons and evenings.
I have also become a not-fun person in my middle age. So, there is that. I might have only ever been a low-to-moderately fun person to begin with.
Depression Check In
There are two photography educational opportunities that I have dodging signing up for. It’s ridiculous and there are limited opportunities I know for these sorts of things and I need to break out of my rut. It’s the depression, because I know it’s not the love of photography fading. But as is evidenced by the severe lack of posting photos, there’s not a lot of photography going on right now. It’s time to change that.
Plus, there’s a brand new bar that I can go photograph this week.