“Guys! Problem! I’m huge, I’m hurting people, and I’m misunderstood!”
“Just like the IRS!”
– The Fairly Odd Parents
Hello, darlings. Did we all survive the late nights, vicious hangovers, and the guilt of (most likely) already breaking one or two resolutions? Yes? Excellent, sounds like you had a great holiday!
We went to a mocktail party at GS and GBIL’s place on New Year’s Eve and spent most of the weekend on the couch recuperating from late nights. I was unaccountably grouchy, still riding the Birth Control roller coaster, but things look to be improving. I’m old and tired at 24, pumpkins.
Now that we are emerging from the wreckage of a truly great holiday season, J. and I are taking stock. Financially speaking this was a rough winter on us because we did Christmas and paid the (exorbitant, outrageous, soul-bleeding) fees for grad school applications all at the same time. Higher Education is running a racket in this country – pay to apply, pay to get in, pay to register, fees, books, pay to graduate, pay to get copies of transcripts and/or diplomas, woof. So we paid a small fortune to apply and, once we figure out where we’re going, we get to start the process of taking out loans to finance more school.
Ergo we’re filing taxes the moment that we can, got to build up our reserve again. The goal is a healthy pile in our savings that we can live off of for the year J. is in his program. That way we will only spend half of our lives and have to sell just one or two of our children to pay it off. A good plan, n’est pas?