A Pup-tastic Weekend

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here, but my boyfriend's goal since returning from his deployment was to get a job in law enforcement.  Neither of us knew how long that would take, or where it would end up happening, so it has pretty much been a wait and see game since May.

While we thought it could take years, he managed (not surprisingly since he is an ideal candidate!) to get a job offer from one of the first places he applied.

Of course this means lots of changes all around.  For one, this job is in NH and he has to live within 20 miles of the town.  Since we want to live together, this means that I have to live within 20 miles of the town.  That means, at minimum, I'll be about 50 miles north of my job (but will probably be closer to 60).  Fortunately, my company has been great and we're going to work out a generous work from home policy for me.

Before we can get to that though, he needs to complete the Police Academy.  It starts next week and run for 16 weeks. Yikes.  He'll have to live at the academy for the week but can come home on the weekends.  Neither of us felt it was fair to leave his pup with his parents, so I'm going to be taking (not so little) Otto while he's at the academy.

Otto is madly in love with Josh and doesn't do very well when he's not constantly by his side, so we spent last weekend getting him comfortable with my house.  He's been there several times, but he had never spent a night in his crate there.

Night number one was rough.  He cried almost the entire night.  Meanwhile my dog, Mac, who is used to sleeping on the bed with me, kept trying to jump up on the bed and scaring the crap out of both of us.

Luckily the second night was better.  The two dogs playing non-stop for the entire day probably helped a lot.

It'll be interesting to see how Otto does starting next week when he is in a new place and without Josh.  Fingers crossed!

$60,000 in Debt: Month 15

Friday, August 14, 2015

I said last month that I was second guessing my new car purchase.  Even if I wasn't second guessing it, it's likely that I still wouldn't have my car since it seems impossible for the dealership to find the one I wanted (I wanted a 2016 Honda HRV. They're new and they get picked up almost as soon as they hit the lot).

I still really want the car, but I know that I need to be smart so I cancelled my order and got my $3000 deposit back from the dealership.  Now, having that money sitting in my bank account, I realize how nice it feels to have a little bit of money.  Sure, a new car might feel nicer, but knowing I have even the smallest bit of purchasing power is a great feeling, too.

One of my undergrad student loans (part of the $9,362 below) is just under $2000.  Normally when I hit that mark I can't resist the urge to just pay it off entirely.  In any other circumstance I would do that.  But... I may be buying a house.  It's still not set in stone and its still a few months off, but my focus right now needs to be on saving a down payment.  My goal is to get that down payment without touching my emergency fund, but that means no giant payments on my student loans :(  Not yet at least.

I've officially changed my Fun Fund to my House Fund and I'm currently still in denial about how much money I need to pour into that account.  I'll worry about that next month.


Lake Weekend

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I feel like I've spent more time in Western MA in the past couple of months than in the rest of my life combined... I guess technically that has only been twice, but it seems like a lot.

Since our group of friends is split between those living in NY/NJ and those living in MA, meeting out there is really the only time everyone gets to be together.  We all decided to take a long weekend and rent a lake house.

Although the drive feels never ending, it was still beautiful (despite our sick friend in the back making us pull over for puking breaks).
The house itself was adorable and perfect for the number of people we had, though I'm about 90% certain it was haunted.  This is not a deal breaker for me.

We spent our days lounging by the lake, our evenings cooking and drinking, and our nights laughing.  It really doesn't take much more than that to make a perfect weekend.

This was our view for three days
And we had an adorable little patio area
Some people tanned... others (I) did not.
Some people hula hooped... others (I) tried and failed miserably.
We pretended we were in college again.
But don't be fooled, those were all filled with water.

Beers, Boys, and Bee Stings

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Friday night was a girls night out on the town.  I sometimes forget that my office is only 15 minutes from Boston, but it really is so convenient to get into the city from here.  I headed in right after work and met up with a few friends at Fajitas & Ritas.  We got a few pitchers of margaritas (we couldn't decide between strawberry and mango so we just mixed the two together) and a massive quesadilla.

After that we headed to the Harpoon Brewery where another friend was having a birthday celebration.  Despite being almost at the bursting point from the food and drink I already had, I still got a sampler of their beer.  I made the mistake of saving the ones I liked best for last because by the time I actually got to them, I was just too full to drink anymore.  You'd think by 27 I'd have learned that "saving the best for last" doesn't always work out.

After Harpoon it was time for the main event... Thunder from Down Under!


It was definitely entertaining.  Not quite as Magic Mike-y as I was hoping, and definitely not even close to Montreal, but it was still a ton of fun.

As difficult as it is for me to muster the energy to do things on Friday nights, it does always make me feel like the weekend is just a little bit longer.  I got to do my morning walk with Mac, laundry, cleaning etc., and only then did I realize that it was actually Saturday and not Sunday.  I then went up to Josh's for the afternoon to relax.

Sunday was similarly relaxing.  Josh and I went to the Barking Dog for lunch which was the location of our second date.  It's weird how going back to a place you've only been once before can bring up such strong memories and feelings.  Since I didn't get to finish my beer sampler at Harpoon, I decided to try again here.  No problems this time.

The only exciting part of my weekend was when I was stung by some mystery creature.  It got right into the webbing between my thumb and index finger.  It was fine (albeit burning and a little itchy) on Saturday, but by Sunday it had blown up.  
This is when I first noticed the swelling.  I thought it looked bad enough to take a picture.
Little did I know within a few hours it would look like this...
I probably should have gone to the doctors, but I wanted to wait it out for a bit and almost exactly as the 48 hour mark hit, the swelling slowly starting going down. It's still a little itchy, but it finally looks like a hand again and not like a hamburger patty.