well, sort of. We are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and I am lusting after this:http://www.amazon.com/Miele-S7260-Upright-Vacuum-Cleaner/dp/... Definitely the "Porsche" of the vacuums we are considering. No, we don't have a cat or dog right now but DH & I had "the discussion" when we started looking for a new vacuum and we decided that we should prepare for the day when we will hear the pitter-patter of 4 paws around the house again.
2. Free Kindle Fire: I got Email notification that my free Kindle Fire has been shipped. It was a promotion for opening a new bank account. Sure beats a toaster. I've never had an E-reader or a tablet before. Will be fun to figure out how I can get the most out of it for the least $.
3. Utilities "Sweet Spot": I love this time of year, when we aren't using either the heat or the A/C, and the yard is fine with once weekly waterings. I paid our electric, gas, and water bills today ... $147 total for all three. I budget $200 and last year we averaged $193. Water & Electric rates have both increased so I don't know if we'll be able to stay under $200 average for the year but we will try. Late last summer we bought a stand-alone dehumidifer which is helping us keep AC usage down. Also, without a pooch in the house we use a bit less water (no more weekly bath or filling up the water bowl, and no more doggy bed laundering) and we don't have the regular "out to the backyard" trips that cause us to lose heat & cooling out the back door.
4. 28.6%: Yesterday was payday. 28.6% is the percentage of my gross income that ended up in our bank account. And it's OK. The rest went to taxes, my 401K (50%), Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance. My husband is self-employed so the insurance is for the both of us.
5. Legacy Project: I'm burying this deep in the post for those of you who cared enough to read this far. The legacy project for our beloved late dog is on. Our dog was a rescue, and the organization where I volunteer will be building beds for an animal shelter that is located about an hour from where we live, where the animals stay on wet concrete floors all the time. DH & I are going to pay for several of the beds, and the organization is going to invite other people to donate beds as well. We can write messages on the bottom of the beds in Sharpie pen if people want us to. I'm going to write "In loving memory of(our boy's name)" on ours and draw lots of hearts. This is what the beds look like: http://kuranda.com/ This is what life is really all about, isn't it? Maybe I'll need to get by with a less expensive vacuum and pay for one more bed???