End of Summer

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I feel like all of my posts from the last few months have really just been weekend recaps.  But let's face it, I do nothing outside of work during the week so there really isn't much to talk about other than what I do on the weekends.

Saturday Josh and I headed into Boston for my birthday present.  He bought The Book of Mormon tickets for us. Even better, he bought tickets for a 2pm show.  His reasoning "I know you don't really like staying up late, so I thought the early show would be better."  He knows me so well!
We got into the city in record time and I was pretty hungry so we grabbed food at Boloco and sat outside people watching while we ate.  Despite it being mid-September it still felt like summer. (I'm glad I spent that time soaking it up because it definitely does NOT feel like summer anymore).

I had heard The Book of Mormon was great, but I didn't know much about it prior to going in.

I loved it.

I realized about 10 minutes into the show that I hadn't stopped smiling since the opening number.  My face actually hurt by the end from laughing.  I've seen a lot of classic/more traditional Broadway plays, but I am going to make a point of going to more satirical and fun plays in the future. 


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Sunday we woke up early to drive down to Carver for King Richard's Faire.  We picked up a couple of Josh's friends along the way and met two more when we got there.  We entered through the gates and were in a wooded fair grounds recreated to look like a medieval village.  There were tons of little shops and shows and so many people in costume.  We spent the day wandering around (and of course made sure to check out the baby tigers!).  We ate, drank, and snacked.  I was exhausted by 3pm.  I went once when I was a kid and remembered loving it.  It was still a lot of fun, however considering I spent about 5 hours in the car that day and spent over $50 I might have to skip every other year of the fair. 

Keeping My Word

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I said last week that I really wanted to make the effort to get out for a hike again before fall hit, and since Friday was my birthday, I decided that would be my birthday present to myself.

I had dinner with my family and then went out with friends for drinks Friday night, but Josh and I were up early on Saturday to get out into the woods.  I had wanted to do something with a little bit more of a climb, but this was going to be Otto's first hike so I figured we'd keep it easy.

I live about 5 minute away from a State forest that, until about a year ago, I thought was a tiny patch of woods that wasn't worth entering.  I was very wrong and I'm sad I spent so many years ignoring this place.
We walked on one trail for about 45 minutes until we hit a paved road, but I know that there are miles of other trails out there that we didn't touch.  It was early enough that we only encountered other people a couple of times.  It was so nice being out there with my boys.  Both Mac and Otto seemed to love the mini-hike so I'm hoping we can start taking them out for a few bigger ones soon.
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and watching football.   Overall, a very low key birthday, but that pretty much exactly how I would have wanted it to go.

$60,000 in Debt: Month 16

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Another month down.  Nothing exciting to note here.  My sophomore year of college is $1499 away from being paid off (freshman year is already gone!) so that is exciting.  It's really hard to continue drastically cutting my student loans when I now have something so big to save for, but it's getting there, slowly but surely.

I think I'm going to start trying to track little ways in which I save money each month.  They sometime seem insignificant to the point of not mentioning, but in reality all of the little things do add up.

How I saved money this month:

I switched to Gieco.  I know, I know. I sound like a commercial.  I have had car insurance through MetLife since I was at my last company.  There was a group discount and the payment was automatically withdrawn from my paycheck each week.  Even after I left my job the price didn't jump too much so I didn't question it.  I decided to just see what else was out there, and I was shocked to see many other companies were offering the same coverage for a lot less. 

I don't remember what the deal was exactly, but it was only recently that the bigger companies like Geico were allowed in Massachusetts.  They were just never an option in the past so when I first started driving I just did whatever my parents did and it seemed to work fine.

Now that there is a lot more competition it seems like prices are much more affordable.  I went from paying $107 a month to $55 a month for the exact same coverage.

I guess it differs from person to person, but if you've been with the same company for a long time, I would absolutely recommend shopping around.  I just saved myself $624 this year alone. 


Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 11, 2015

I know this post is a little late considering Labor Day weekend was almost a week ago, but I wanted to preserve some pictures here anyway.

I got out of work early on Friday and flew home to get the pups.  Otto was going home to Josh and Mac was heading up to Freedom, NH with me for camping.  It has been a couple years since he has gone camping, but I'm happy to say he was a champ.  He really just seems in his element in the woods.  He's afraid of everything under the sun but had no problem wandering around in the dark and just sprawling out under the trees.  He probably would have spent the night outside if I didn't make him come in.
My main reason for want to go camping was so I could get at least one hike in.  I've been so busy every weekend of the summer that I just haven't had a chance, but I made sure it was happening this weekend.  We ended up sticking with a smaller mountain just outside of the campground.  I had wanted to do something bigger, but one of my sisters had spent the morning in the hospital due to flinging a bottle cap into her own eye the night before.  We weren't even able to hit the trail until after 2pm so we had to keep it small.
There is something so wonderful about hiking.  I don't know what it is exactly, but it just makes me feel like someone hit a reset button on my energy and happiness levels.
We decided to take a different trail down, but it didn't take us at all where we thought it would.  Thank god for just barely having cell service so we were able to get an estimate of where we were on a map.  It really makes you realize how easily people can fall into bad situations when they aren't prepared.  At the same time it makes me want to do a bigger, more involved hike, even more!
We eventually found our way back to the campground and spent the rest of the day just eating and relaxing around the campfire.

I could only stay until Sunday morning, but even just a few days outside was wonderful to have.  I know fall is quickly approaching but I'm really going to try to get out there at least a few more times before the end of the season.