Archives For Real Life
Yesterday I tried to use my debit card at McDonald’s and it didn’t work. This morning I woke up to an email from Netflix saying my debit card couldn’t be charged for my subscription. When I logged into my bank account I saw a charge for $769.70 that was absolutely not mine. I’ve swiped my card a lot in the week with moving and traveling, but that is not a purchase I would have forgotten about.
If you haven’t heard by now, I’m moving back to Nashville this weekend! I’ll continue working for my current company, just from home instead of an office. I’m excited about heading back to Nashville and about learning the ropes of working remotely and from home. I can’t wait to catch up with old friends around town, and to make new friends around town.
I’m looking forward to what 2013 had in store for me. It’s going to be a great year. (Assuming the world doesn’t end on Friday…)
When I was in the forth or fifth grade I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life: don’t ever throw a rock anywhere near a window.
I swear it was an accident. I don’t think anyone has ever believed me, though. I was walking with my class from the trailer our class met in over to gym class or lunch; pretty sure it was gym class. I picked up a rock from beside the basketball court we walked across outside and was fiddling with it while I walked towards the back of the line.
The school sat at the bottom of a small hill, so the sidewalk was actually just about level with the roof. The sidewalk ran along this short hill and next to the parking lot where buses dropped us off in the morning.
Back to the roof. I was basically level with the roof and it was maybe 15 away at most, and from where I stood, a level shot. I tossed the rock.
Confession: I’m terrible at saying “thank you” when it is appropriate.
However, I am grateful for a lot of things even if I forget to thank someone for whatever they did. It’s no excuse, I know, but it’s important for me to confess this. I’m even worse at saying “I’m sorry”, so let me cover both of those now: “I’m sorry for not saying thank you when I should.” Now let’s move on.
As promised the other day on Twitter, I have two big announcements today.
The first one is….
I’M DEBT FREE!!!
The image at the top is my final loan payment. I graduated on May 16, 2009 and in less than 3 years I’ve paid off around $19,400 in student loan debt.
And the second is…
I’ll be on the Dave Ramsey show on Monday around 2pm CST (3pm EST) to do my debt free call from the lobby and sign the debt free wall while I’m in Nashville this weekend.
In less than a month I’ve had two relatives die from various forms of cancer. My Great-uncle Richard died a few weeks ago. He was my mom’s uncle, my granddad’s brother. Last night my Uncle Buddy died. He was my dad’s brother. I didn’t really know either of these men very well.
So how am I supposed to respond to this? Both men were family that I knew. It’s been a couple years since I’ve seen my great-uncle and the last time I saw my uncle was probably in middle school at my grandma’s funeral. I wasn’t close to either of them, but they are family. So how am I supposed to respond? What emotions should I feel?
Sure, I’m saddened at the loss of two of my family members and, of course, wish I had gotten to know each of them better than I did. But because I didn’t know either of them very well, I’m more saddened by the loss my granddad and mom felt over Uncle Richard’s death and the loss my dad and Uncle J.C. are feeling over the loss of their brother.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers for my family as they deal with these losses and the details that have to be finalized.