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In the Works...

The last 18 months have been interesting, to say the least. I was happy to be rid of 2011, and I think while 2012 was better, I'll be happy to get that behind us as well.

Lots of things have changed. The redhead and I have one year left in our debt management plan and this time next year will owe nobody anything other than our mortgage company for our house. What a relief that will be. We started that program 3 years ago. It was rough at first, but has been much better as it has gone along.

I have made a hop-skip-and-a-jump during that time that I may or may not have blogged about, but for where we live in the world, I make pretty decent money. The redhead has also settled in at the University and is doing quite well herself, and in the past few years we have increase our income by, well, an extra person, if that makes sense.

We're poised to be able to hopefully pay for our brilliant children to go to college without them or us owing a hefty amount of money at the end, and if all continues well should be able to afford to retire when we want to and live relatively comfortably.

While we have tightened the belts the past few years to keep up with our debt repayment plan, the belt has started to loosen a little, and things like home improvement projects have picked back up again. I finished the tub surround tile the other day, as well as the missing pieces of floor tile in our main large bathroom, and I hope to dig up old grout this week and grout the whole tub and floor and everything next week.

We're well on our way into turning the third bedroom upstairs, that used to be our daughter's, into a den/library, with a computer desk, a substantial amount of bookshelves, a new television, and new hardwood floors. Our daughter seems quite happy in the fourth bedroom, which is in the basement, and which is much less warm during the summer months (and I think it is slightly bigger...).

Work is going well for me. I'm at the crossroads of status quo and ladder climbing, both of which seem to be available to me for the foreseeable future, which is a cool thing. I think I'm done with school, although I am itching to take a class of some sort--I may take an astronomy class at Parkland just for something to do.

Things are going well. I'm optimistic about the future.

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012, 2:22 am
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