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22 November 2010 @ 05:26 am
Getting back on track  
The weekend was wonderful and corvusjoyous' wedding will deserve it's own post later (besides, I don't have any photos yet), but right now, I'm playing the insomniac game and going to go on about personal finances angst - we're not even going to touch the emotional angst or I really will be up all night - feel free to skip.

I went to bed early tonight, slept for about an hour, woke up. Rolled over, slept for about two hours, now I'm wide awake again. Same thing happened last night - I'm exhausted, but just can't sleep... After tossing and turning for awhile, I decided to at least be a productive monkey and get some things done off the to-do list. Due to my wallet being lost/stolen, I have to update all my online accounts, or at least the ones I use on a regular basis (Amazon, I'm looking at you) as well as all the standard bills. Unfortunately, changing the billing information caused me to look at the bills more closely than usual and so discover some usage patterns that need to be addressed - some mine and some others'. Goody. 'Cause I needed something more to fret about. :/

At least my end of things should clear up pretty easily - I had a lot of expenses the last few months that should not automatically recur - car maintenance (luckily, the actual repair component was under warranty); some post-breakup emotional spending; TeslaCon couture, room and board; a medical bill for a "service" I didn't realize was not covered by my insurance; paying off the latest batch of super-efficient windows; a largeish linen order; the DC trip; and getting-the-house-on-the-market expenses. The other end may not be so simple, but I am going to try to be a little more proactive and assertive and see if results may be obtained. *sigh*

The next few months should be pretty low-expense anyway - I don't have any out-of-state travel planned until Twelfth Night, and that's just to Nordskogen; I'll just be day-tripping Boar's Head and that is already paid for, including the merchant fees; most of my Christmas gifts have already been purchased and for Christmas we are staying at my aunt's, not at a hotel; and most of my Twelfth Night gifts will be made from materials that have already been procured and set aside. I'll just watch the emotional spending so that does not get out of hand and I should be able to replace the little I had to borrow from my "reserve fund"  over the next two or three pay periods. I'd also like to start making a conscious effort toward setting aside a nice chunk of change for a major vacation in fall 2011 or 2012. It's been a long time since I got out of the country and I'd like to take a long tour in Europe again - maybe Scotland, maybe not. I'm autocratting WW again and planning on doing both weeks of Pennsic, so it probably won't be before late next fall, due to responsibilities/PTO constraints, but I'd like to go for two weeks or so. PTO will probably be the biggest constraint - I don't spend lavishly since I'm a travel-on-a-carry-on and sleep in hostels sort of traveler, but depending on where I go, I'll probably want to rent a car or at least be able to afford a taxi for the weirder things I want to see.

Anyway. Let's try this sleep thing again. I think I'll be going to bed early tomorrow and drugging my brainz into submission.   
Current Mood: awakeawake
Kareinakareina on November 22nd, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Nah, you don't want to wait that long for international travel. This winter/spring is perfect! ;-)

(I could be biased...)
whymcwhymc on November 22nd, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Last night seems to have been good for fretting and bad for sleeping... any of my neighbors who were awake at 2:30 would have seen me raking and bagging leaves...
eithni: lightningeithni on November 22nd, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Heh. Sometimes there's nothing for it but to get back up and DO something... Doesn't help the resultant sleep deficit, but it's better than laying in bed and obsessing about not sleeping.
whymcwhymc on November 23rd, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Agreed. As a bonus, I was able to feel all smug today about having gotten the raking finished before the storm...
eithni: darkladyeithni on November 23rd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Overachiever. :p