Wow. I feel like I have been out of the blogging world a long time. It's November and my schedule is lightening up some at work and grad school. Home life is good with my husband taking on more responsibility, such as grocery shopping and meal planning. He started last week and seems to enjoy it. There's only so much I can do on any given day and something has to go, so it's control over dinner plans.
Last night we went to a Halloween party. My husband made pulled pork in the crock pot. It's basically a pork roast, with sliced onions and peppers, and added BBQ sauce. When it's done cooking, we shred it and serve it on rolls. When we left the party last night, there's was still a small portion in the crock pot, so we left it there, along with the last of the rolls (we bought 16, and there was about 5 left).
My daughter adopted a 42 pound dog from the no kill shelter. She's been here a month and is so much fun. We have three dogs now and I can't believe how much food she eats! She had a procedure done to get spayed prior to Sarah adopting her and there was a benign tumor on her mammary glands. It's been removed. She still has her stitches in place. We have to get her back to the vet to get them taken out. I took her to the vet and had to get an antibiotic and steroids for her since her incision site was warm, tender to touch, and red. It was generating a lot of heat. It's so much better now. There was a big cost involved, but we had all ready taken responsibility for her not knowing about the possible infection or inflammation.
We all went to the dentist in October. My kids have seven cavities between them. It's going to be a large cost to get them filled and the portion I have to pay is going to be spread out. Mary goes in December to have three of hers filled. Sarah will go in January, and Mary will go back in February. I just don't have the money to get them all done at once.
Graduate school update. I am finishing class four out of eleven. I am still paying cash every two weeks for tuition for one class at a time. It's a bit harder since I decided not to work overtime this month and I am having a "stay vacation" for three weeks after Thanksgiving from work. I'm kind of excited to have three weeks off with pay and hang out with my family. We are staying home together and just going to enjoy the down time. Since I am working Christmas, we will be enjoying our Christmas holiday early!
It's 61 degrees in the house. I have not turned on the heat yet. I want to. I should. The electric company wishes I would so they can get some money. My budget payment got lowered in October. We were paying 157 a month for the budget plan and now we pay 133 every month for a year. It's nice to see a lower cost. No heat yet Debbie!!!! Keep that bill down.
Finance update: My student loan from undergrad is receiving 200 dollars every two weeks. The minimum payment is 167 a month. My equity line is receiving their minimum payment plus 300 dollars every two weeks. I'm making big dents in these two bills. I'm hoping to have them paid off at the same time in full. I would like to only have my mortgage and tuition in less then two years.