I must start by saying, though, that I'm happy it's finally February because January was a bust all around. Even Eli will tell you this. We ate out too much, we (I) spent too much, we didn't save what we wanted or planned, we only put a smidge extra into paying off students loans. It was bad. And it's over now. A new beginning awaits.
We've been adding up what kind of extra income we will be getting between now and December 31 (the [semi-realistic] goal for debt-free!), between Army work and training and all my extra work. I'm somewhere like 26 weeks into this growing a baby thing, and have I mentioned that I'm a workaholic?? I'm looking to the summer and how crippled I will be by not having the time or situation to work all my favorite summer extras, like writing camp and strategy games club, and the only thing I can say is Thank You, Lord, for giving me this wonderful reason to slow down and actually enjoy my shortened summer. You know, if I even remember any of it between sleep deprivation--I almost forget what that's like--and how it will go by in the blink of an eye.
This month, I will be able to add just a drop more income into the bucket. I have been asked by the Alabama Learning Exchange technology people to facilitate a training for teachers called the PC Podcast Camp. I attended the camp as a participant in October, and I must have just been a natural, because by the end of the year they asked me to come be the trainer. The training is down on the beach, near the in-laws and favorite friends, so my only expenses that I foresee (after I bum some sleeping arrangements) will be gas to get there and back. I guess I could stay in the hotel, but remember we're trying pay off our debts this year, so a little hassle will go a long way. The whole experience is paid-for, so I will deduct the gasoline from the stipend and put the rest toward student loans. It won't be a ton, but it will be something!
So, February is looking up.