Thursday, July 17, 2014

This past weekend I got a visit from my wonderful friend, Inna!  She was in the same master's program with me in Dublin and once upon a time she appeared on this blog pretty regularly.  I picked her up at South Station on Saturday and we spent a few hours strolling around the Commons catching up on life.  This is definitely one of those friendships where, despite not having seen each other for almost two years, we were able to pick up right where we left off.

I've had this weird tiredness illness thing that I'll write about at another time, but between that and the general heat of Boston we decided to head back to Lowell.  We spent most of the day simply catching up and had a very nice dinner at Blue Taleh (I'm still working on your leftover pad thai, Inna!). 

Sunday we spent most of the morning and early afternoon walking around downtown Lowell.  It's something I never do because it is always just there, but it was nice to take someone else around to show off the cute little coffee shops and stores.  The timing of this was great too since I'll be moving in just a couple of weeks and should take more advantage of the things around me while I can.

We capped the day off with lunch at Bahama Breeze and, being sufficiently stuffed, we head down to Boston and to the bus station.

It has been a busy few weeks and having gone from Austin, straight into a week of work, and then having a guest for the weekend has just wiped me out.  And of course all of this is just building up to the big move which I'm going to try to do mainly by myself over the next couple of weeks.  Hooray exhaustion!

Austin, TX

Monday, July 14, 2014

It had been less than a month since Josh left for his pre-deployment mobilization in Texas, but the four day pass his unit received around the 4th of July would be our only opportunity to see each other until after May of 2015.

I flew into Killeen (the town in which Fort Hood is located), but I didn't actually get to see any of the base.  I think one of the smartest things we did was invest in a rental car and there were numerous occasions on the trip that we would have been pretty stuck without it.

I know there are a ton of things to see and do in the area, but we both agreed that the main focus of this trip would just be relaxing and spending time with each other... and eating.  We did a lot of eating.

I was surprised to find out that there really wasn't much going on in the city on the 4th.  If nothing else I at least expected a lot of people.  Since there wasn't too much going on, we decided to make the two mile trek to Torchy's food truck.  It was a long, hot, tiring walk, but the tacos we got were definitely worth it... though may not quite worth the two mile walk back to the city.

We did try to see the city's firework display, but because of construction it had been moved about 20 minutes south of the city.  We started heading in that direction, but got stuck in crazy amounts of traffic so we ended up just pulling over on the side of the road and watching from there.  Luckily all of the neighborhoods around us were lighting off their own fireworks so we were almost completely surrounded by them.  After that we headed back to the city to meet up with some people in his unit for rooftop drinks.... and then another food truck.

The next day consisted of more of the same.  Resting and eating.  We also had a nice dinner with his unit that night... and then went on a hunt for another food truck. 

I'm normally one for going nonstop while traveling, but I really couldn't imagine spending those few days together any better way.  It's nice to feel so comfortable with someone that you can just sitting there (me reading, him playing video games) and still feel completely happy and content. 

As happy as I was that we got to spend this time together, we both agreed that it made everything a little harder.  To have to go through a second round of goodbyes, and knowing that it would be almost 10 months before we got to see each other again just made us both miserable for a few days after. 

Luckily things are settling back down now.  I think we've both adjusted back into the mindset that we need to be in to get us through the next year.  I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm trying to stay positive at this point because, really, what else can you do?

$60,000 in Debt: Month 2

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How has it already been a month since I started this?  I've been planning a trip down to Texas so my spending has gone up if anything, but since I accidentally double paid my rent bill last month I didn't have to worry about paying it this month.  Since I will be moving back home in a few weeks, I decided it was time to make some big moves and I paid off my American Express card.  this was the only one charging interest and I hated the idea of spending $20-$30 a month to have a balance on the card.  It feels like a huge weight off my shoulders having that paid off.  Now I just need to work on being more frugal with my spending!  Here's the summary of the month.