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Hello Friends!

May 30th, 2017 at 12:01 am

I'm back from my week-long vacation in Florida. It was more work than vacation, though. Caring for two children under five and a DIL on crutches is quite a challenge. My son was there every morning and evening, of course, and was an amazing helper, but still -- it was very tiring.

It was also rather expensive, costing $341 above the cost of the airfare, which I paid last month. I spent $27 on gas, $86 on eating out (mostly takeout and road food), $17 on groceries, $15 for a movie, and $197 on the rental car. (Ended up keeping it for the whole week.) I also bought diapers for $25.

My fiscal month ended on the 23rd, so here is the monthly recap:

Housing: $695
Vacation/Travel: $399
Utilities : $157
Fees/Services: $103 (license plate)
Vet/Pet Supplies: $98
Groceries: $95
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor: $81 (dishes)
Clothing: $78 (shoes)
Gifts/Charity: $75
Phone: $52
Eating Out: $50
Medical/Health: $46
Personal: $35
Entertainment: $15 (book)
Laundry: $11
Household Supplies: $3
Fares/Parking: $2

Grand Total: $1995

Variables came in at 95%.

The monthly vacation cost is a blend of the earlier girlfriends' weekend and some of the Florida expenses. A chunk of the Florida trip's cost will go into next month's recap.

Now, you may remember that I promised to go back in June, when my son is at a conference and my DIL will be alone. The airfare is already booked and my son paid for it. Well, I come home today and find in my mailbox a jury summons -- FOR THE DAY AFTER I AM SUPPOSED TO FLY DOWN THERE! I haven't told my son yet. It is a standby summons, so it is possible I won't have to go, but I won't know until the night before, when I can call in. I'm trying to get my head around it, but it seems to me that I will have to cancel the trip and ask my son to try to find other help.

Has anyone ever had any luck getting excused? I can't call until tomorrow, because today is a holiday, but I looked at the website, and it sure doesn't look like they are very understanding.

Oh, and if there wasn't already enough bad news, I learned while I was on my trip that my boss at the museum was either fired or forced out. I have no idea if I will EVER be called back to work, seeing as she was the one who brought me on board. My gut feeling is that I will be cut loose. We'll see.

7 Responses to “Hello Friends!”

  1. Jackie n Says:

    We just moved to Il but I was called to jury in Iowa when I had a vacation planned and they let me postpone to a later date.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I would guess that you could get out of it. You do have proof that you have a flight already scheduled that will put you out of town on that date.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I've had deferrals for the school year--they were pretty decent about it. I'm optimistic for you. I'm sorry to hear about the museum situation. Would you consider some other occasional work?

  4. Dido Says:

    I've deferrals for travel--just send them a copy of your airfare purchase receipt so they will see you had the trip booked before receiving the notice.

    Sorry to hear about the museum job.

    And I'm glad the cat(s?) were ok during your trip--since you didn't mention them, I assume they were fine. I go to Las Vegas soon and even though I'll have a reliable pet sitter in, I still worry.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, the cats were fine! I came home to find a clean litter box and the food and water all topped off, so they got good care from my son and C.

  6. Dido Says:

    Glad to hear it! Chin scritches to the kitties!!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Welcome back!

    That's too bad about the museum job. Would you have any interest in teaching English to Chinese kids? VIPkid pays between $18 - 22 / hr to start. You just have to have a BS or higher. I've been considering it myself as an extra. (You set your own hours.)

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