Thursday, June 14, 2012

What's the opposite of June gloom?

I just re-read my resolutions for 2012.  So far, I'm doing okay with them, but as always, there is room for improvement.  The savings have been hit by the items below...

June has already shaped up to be quite an awesome month.  Some of it I can't talk about just yet, the other fun stuff that has happened the last month...

First, I finally got a better phone!  An iPhone 4S to be exact.  I love it so far, especially for Siri and the camera.

I also paid off my last student loan.  I'd been toying with the idea of paying it off for a while because I had the money in my savings account, but I felt more secure with having the money in the bank, in case I needed it.  I've been listening to Dave Ramsey lately and a woman, who is in my exact position called in, and he advised her to pay it off and rebuild the savings, so that's my plan.  I have a couple bonuses coming in over the next six months, so I will put those towards my savings account.

I also took a bit of my savings out and invested it in my Vanguard account in a balanced mutual fund.  I figure that it's got to be better than only earning 0.80% in my online savings account, right?  So far, I've lost about $15 over the last few weeks, which isn't too bad given the volatility lately.

I've recently sort of taken up very casual golfing and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  So far, I've only played maybe a half dozen times, and most of those were at par 3 courses, but I love it.  I have a really old golf set that I got for free off of Craigslist, so I might splurge when I get my first bonus in July and buy a new set.  If nothing else, I really want a newer putter.  I'm going golfing before work tomorrow at 6:30 am, so that's why I thought of mentioning this.

I'm also getting ready to head off to Atlanta for a few days of hanging with my mom and then gaming at the Oasis of Fun!  I missed the Fun last year with my brother coming to LA to stay for a year, but now I'm ready to get my par-tay (and HANABI!) on!!

Life, in general, is going pretty well right now and I'm really happy.  My job is SO busy lately, but not in a terrible way.  Things are going really well with ISTJ as well, so I'm thrilled about that.  It's been almost two years and I'm so happy with how our relationship has progressed.  He's proven to be so awesome in these quiet ways that I just love.  I've realized that integrity is underrated.  I'm not sure if it's just in LA, or just in the 21st century, but it's something I just adore about him.  It's pretty irresistible.  As someone recently remarked, "how can you not love someone who is that secure?"  My point exactly.

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