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My Own Personal Christmas In July

July 16th, 2008 at 02:20 pm

DH has been gone on a month-long business trip. He gets back tonight! Yea! I'm so excited that I woke up this morning before the alarm went off ... Just like a little kid on Christmas morning! There are some feelings that no amount of money can buy, and this is one of them.

Other good news:
- The post-spa-treatment breakout has cleared up ... just in time (barely)
- I went the entire month without eating takeout one time ... pat,pat,pat on the back for me
- I've selected a charitable organization in the area to volunteer with. (This is something that really helps me feel connected to a community, and I've been looking for a good one here in Austin.) I'm attending my 2nd meeting at the end of this week
- I tried Jeffrey's nifty "towel in the dryer" tip and it worked very well ... I will be doing that from now on to cut my electricity usage (thanks, baselle, for the confirmation that it worked)

Issues I'll be dealing with (together with DH) in the coming days are:
- We are going to see the pre-foreclosure house together ... I'm a tad nervous that DH is going to love it a bit too much ... I think it's probably just too much (size & cost).
- We are going to test drive a Smart Car and if we like it, will decide if we want to go on the wait list for one (we are getting by finewith one car right now, but know we will want a 2nd car eventually ... I've read about the Smart Car and think it would make a perfect 2nd car ... Since the current wait for a Smart Car is 12-15 months, that would force us to stretch the one-car-only business out a bit longer but would allow us to know that it is not a forever thing.)
- We have accounts at both Wachovia & WaMu. Both are on the short list of banks that are potentially the next to fail. We need to talk it over and decide if we are comfortable keeping those accounts or if we want to close one of them. (I don't see any need to close both.)
- Now that DH's busy season is wrapping up, it's time to decide if we want to purchase shares of Vanguard's Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund. I've been researching CD rates as well, as that is our alternative.
- DH's business account is not FDIC insured. I've been nagging him for months (maybe over a year in fact) to change it to a FDIC insured one. He didn't think it was a big deal, but the Indymac Bankclosure was the wake up call he needed to make him realize how important this is, so getting him set up with a different business account is now priority number one.

Hope all is well with all of you.

5 Responses to “My Own Personal Christmas In July”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Enjoy your Christmas in July!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Have a wonderful time welcoming your hubby home. Smile

  3. merch Says:

    if it is SIPC covered, you should be fine.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    So glad he is home again. I could not imagine being without my hubby for even one night!!

  5. Analise Says:

    I know how you feel... my DH was gone 3 weeks in May. How wonderful it is that you're excited about your DH's return. Celebrate!

    We are starting to see Smart Cars in our city and I thought they were cute and practical when we saw many of them in France and Switzerland. I've never sat in one, though. Let us know about the test drive.

    Your comment about WAMU scares me... I have a large savings account w/them. Where did you get the info.? Now I am worried about the safety of my funds...

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