Our Mortgage Pay Off Date Is…

What separates a dream from reality?  A date.  We’ve been working on our mortgage pay-off dream for about two years (here, here, here, and here), and we finally have a finish-ish date.  Exciting stuff!  It’s like our dream is being born.  It is a living, breathing being.  The only problem?  We’ve still got a while, so it’s tiny.  Like Pink when he was a puppy.

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Even though it’s small, we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for our mortgage pay-off adventure.  About a month ago, I totally geeked out.  I made a spreadsheet.  I included every paycheck we were *hopefully* getting in the next year, and I how much we were *hopefully* going to put towards our mortgage.  Then, poof!  In seconds I found out what day we would *hopefully* be done paying off our mortgage.  Drumroll, please!  If we’re reallllllllly good, it looks like our mortgage debt free date will be July 22.  If we’re not so good, it will be August 5.

Crazy, huh?!?!  It’s so exciting to have an actual date.  It’s about five months behind where we planned, but we’re still really happy with it.  We originally thought we would be done paying off our mortgage in March 2014.  Yeah, that was a little ambitious/insane.  Unfortunately, this isn’t our completely debt free date, because we still have a few minor things to take care of after the house.  Wah Wah.  So *hopefully* we will be completely debt free by the end of the year.  We’re focusing on our mortgage right now, because we’re tired of it.  This tired.

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Even though we’re exhausted, we’ve had an amazing past 5 months on our journey.  Currently, we have $9,000 left on our mortgage.  Mostly because my husband has been killing it at work.  I’ve been killing it …at spreadsheets and taxes.  Here’s a blank copy of the spreadsheet I created if you’re interested.

Debt Free Tracker

Even thought my spreadsheet is pretty intense, it’s incredible to see that after 2 years of work we’re so close to our goal!  I can’t believe that pretty soon-ish I’ll be able to write about the first rental house we’re buying.  I only wish I would have made this spreadsheet earlier, because it’s so motivating. IF you’re working towards a goal calculating your finish date is exteremely rewarding!  It will turn your dream into a reality.  So, do it!

Do you have a date for your big goal?

7 Year Run: How to Motivate Others

Happy FRIIIIIIDAY!

Last year, as a part of my bucket list, I trained for and ran a 10k.  This year, as part of my husband’s bucket list he wrote down to “run a 5k.  ”WhaaaaaAAAAt?!”  I asked.  I was shocked.  Like mouth on the floor shocked.  Why?  He doesn’t like running.  He doesn’t even like talking about running.  When we first started dating, he didn’t even understand running. Here was our typical conversation:

Me: “I’m going running.”

Him: “Why?  Is someone chasing you?”

Fast-forward 7 years when he says, “I’m going to run a 5k,” I pretty much peed my pants.  In a good way.  If there is a good way to pee your pants.  I’m just going to leave that alone.

After (sorta) training, we ran our first 5k together!  It was amazing.

5k race

Recently, someone asked me, ”how do you get your husband to do ____?”  That made me think about how we motivating others: husbands, friends, family, or coworkers.  How to you motivate someone to do something you want?  I have a great husband and he cares about my interests, but he does what he wants– so does everyone else.  However, we work/live/exist in a society that relies on people relying on each other, so it seems crucial to know how to motivate other people.  Here are some ideas that I came up with.

4 ways to motivate others.

1.  You can’t make anyone do anything.  You just can’t.  So, give up on trying to trick people, instead focus on ways to help others.

2.  Set an example.  This one is HUGE!  I gave up on running the first year we were married.  In the past couple years, I got back into it.  I realized the more I went the more my husband would go along.  Same for at work, the more I’m excited about helping other people with their projects, the more they are available to help me.

3.  Give it time.  My husband and I have been dating/married for 7 years.  So this 7 year 5k might be the longest race in the history of the world.  Just realize that sometimes things take time– especially the good stuff.  .

4.  Pay it forward.  Good news: we ran a 5k together.  Bad news: he says I have to do something he likes to do.  My choices? Golfing or hunting.  Bleh.  But, I guess I’ll be a good sport…maybe!

I’m sure you’re wondering if we took Pink and Rick with us during the race.  Not a chance.  They can’t really figure out how to stop dragging us or, after the get tired, having us drag them.  They weren’t too upset, though  They were busy doing their favorite activity.  Sleeping.

Do you think motivating other people is important?  Do you have any tips?

p.s. I have pretty exciting information about our mortgage pay-off on Tuesday.  Come back and get the scoop!

 

 

 

March Bucket List Update

Can you believe it’s April.  It’s time for showers (no flowers).  It’s time for my birthday (in a few weeks).  And, it’s time for the March Bucket List Update (right now)!

1.  Organize one room in my house every month (Reoccurring and taking the place of a January Challenge).

Success!

So far I’ve done my bathrooms, laundry room, and now bedroom.  Our bedroom was the worst one yet.  My closet was stuffed full of… stuff.  The good news is, I found two bags of clothes to give away.  The bad news is, there’s only so much I can do with my tiny closet.

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Also, I had to tame an unwieldy sock monster.  What’s a sock monster?  I think this will explain it all.  Does anyone else have this problem?

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2. Lose 10 pounds through the Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet (February) (March).

I moved this one to from February to March, and I did pretty well until we went to Vegas.  Then, I crashed and burned.  Overall, I’ve lost about 3 pounds.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do now.  I could get back on the diet train, but it’s so much easier to eat ice cream in my yoga pants.  I’ll make a decision by next month.  There’s nothing like diet procrastination.

3.  Go on a Vegas Vacation (March).

We had the best time!  Check it out.

4.  Run 365 miles (reoccurring and taking the place of an April challenge).

January: 12.75

February: 19

March: 31

My monthly goal is to run/walk as many miles as days are in the month.  And, I finally made this goal this month! It was pretty ugly, because I didn’t keep up at the beginning of the month, so last week involved me doing five miles a day for three days.  But, I made my goal, and that’s all that counts!

Also, I got a new app that keeps track of my runs, it’s called RunKeeper.

5.  Go one month without artificial sugar (May)  (February)

This is still going amazingly.  I think I’ve only a couple Diet Cokes all year.  Which is miraculous because I used to drink a vat of the syrupy stuff every day.  I still crave it, but not as much as I used to.

6.  Learn to hula-hoop or whistle (June).

I’m thinking about changing this one to juggling.

7.  Go skydiving (July).

8.  Write 2 blog posts every week (Reoccurring).

Last month, I said I was going to try and start this in April.  Here I am!  Posting my heart out.  I’m going to post again on Friday, so come back, please!  I’ll start begging.  I’m not above that.

9.  Become debt free– including paying off our house (September).

We’re still on track for this.  Here’s an update from a while ago.  Since I’m going to be writing more posts, I’ll do another update soon.

10.  Write a fiction book and sell it on Amazon (October).

I’ve started this.  I’m having a hard time being consistent about writing.  I’ll write for a couple days, then I’ll skip a week.  Then I’ll write for a couple more days and skip two weeks.  I hope to have a very rough draft done by May, because I think I will have to rewrite the majority of it– at least five times.

11.  Do something spontaneous (November).

12.  Make $1,000 of side income a month, by freelance writing/blogging/video projects (December).

I made some TINY progress on this.  I wrote an article for another blog, and I’m getting paid me $15.  Only $985 to go.  I honestly have no idea how I’m going to get to $1,000.

How are you 2014 goals going?  If they aren’t going well, don’t worry.  My first two bucket list updates were terrible this year.  If you want to still see some progress, just recommit yourself.  It’s easy, just say, “I’m going to restart on ’x goal’ on ‘x date’.”  You can do it.  I believe in you.

How I Dominated Our Taxes

Last year tax time was brutal for us.  We had to pay in $1,000 in Federal and State Taxes.  It hurt like a dirty Rick in your truck…

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Still not sure how this happened.

 

Our tax blunder was my fault because I put 2 deductions on my w-2.  Essentially this was like telling the government that we have 2 kids.  I’m not sure why I did this.  Maybe I was thinking Pink and Rick counted as children?  Who knows…I probably was just putting numbers down in the squares.

I was too lazy to go back to HR and change my deductions, and I really didn’t want my paycheck to get any smaller, so I left my w-2 the same for this year.  We braced ourselves, hard.

Because I knew we were about to get KILLED.  I decided to do our taxes at myself.  Our state sends out a booklet with all the necessary forms in it, so I decided to use it to do our state taxes for free– by hand.  It’s the caveman’s approach to state taxes.  Then, my plan was to use one of the free federal forms online.

Round 1: State Taxes (-450… plus more Federal)

I started our state taxes, and my calculations said we had pay in $450.  Unfortunately, we hadn’t gotten to federal yet.  This was about to be ugly.

Round 2: State Taxes (-157… plus more Federal)

We’ve never paid enough in mortgage interest to be able to deduct it on our taxes, but we started tithing last year.  So, I did our state taxes again and put in out house interest and tithing.  This ended up being a great move, because then our bill was brought down to $157.   I wrote the check (while still cursing the government–even though my bill dropped in half) and put it in an envelope and got ready to send it in.

Round 3: Federal Taxes (State: -157, Federal: -550) 

I searched online for a free federal tax form, and I found TaxAct.com- which said you could fill out a federal form for free.  I filled it out, and it was as bad as I thought.  We had to pay in $550 in Federal Taxes.

Round 4: Federal and State Taxes (State: +700, Federal -280)

Because tithing and mortgage interest helped in our state tax battle, I decided it was worth a shot on trying to itemize our federal taxes too.  Something amazing happened.  I’m calling it tax magic.  It brought down our Federal tax bill to $280.  Since, I was clearly on a roll, I decided to double check my state tax work.  I’m SO GLAD I did, because I must have done something horribly wrong in my initial calculations.  After I entered in the state information from our W-2′s we’re getting a REFUND from the state for $700.

Moral of the story: don’t let me do your taxes…by hand like a caveman.

Better moral of the story: take that tax man.  You have to pay us this year.  I call that complete DOMINATION.  Oh, and just so you know it only cost me $5 to print out my state tax form, and it cost me $12.00 to upgrade to the “Delux Version” of the federal taxes on TaxAct.com.  It was totally worth it to save around $1,000 in taxes (p.s. I don’t get any money from them, I just thought  you’d want to know how much they charge).

Anyway, here’s to hoping Pink and Rick will actually count as tax deductions next year.  They sure eat enough.

How did your taxes go?!

The Best of our Vegas Vacation

We just got back from our Vegas Vacation!  It was the best time, and the most fun thing I’ve crossed off my bucket list this year.  I learned how to play Black Jack, I learned how to lose at Black Jack, and I learned I’ll never be good at Black Jack.  I can’t resist the urge to say, “hit me!”

Our Vegas Vacation also included a trip to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and Phoenix Wedding.  It was a trip full of good times, here are a few of our “best” moments.

Best Dam(n)…. Dam

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I clearly couldn’t figure out what temperature it was outside. #jortsandjacketweather

Winner is… Hoover Dam.

Best Tiny Food

We ate at a really fancy Asian place in Vegas.  It was so fancy we couldn’t even figure out how to order.  When the food came out it was deliciously–tiny.  These tacos were the size of my thumb.  They were also $10.00 a piece.  I told you we didn’t know how to order!

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Best “Don’t Die!” Moment

Grand Canyon

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He’s afraid of heights, but that doesn’t stop him from sitting on a 5,000 foot cliff.

Best Book

Our trip included plane, car, and pool time.  I read four books over our trip.  Well, if you ask my husband, I really only skim books.  Or, I read like a crazy human.  I’m going with the latter (minus the crazy part!).  Annnnyway, best book I read was Gone Girl.  You have to read this book.  I was on the edge of my (plane, car, pool) seat the entire time.

Best… Balls?

We saw the Blue Man Group.  They were pretty incredible, but the best thing was the HUGE helium balls they floated around the audience.  While the balls were floating, somehow the performers got the entire audience to participate in a crazy dance party.

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Best Bride.

Check out me and my beautiful friend Karoline. I’m not sure what we were doing in this picture, but it looks ridiculous… so of course I’m including it.

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There was probably some food in my hair.

We had the best trip!  Now, we have to go back to the real world, which doesn’t include Black Jack, tiny tacos, and wonders of the (American) world.  But, it does include two dogs.  Who knows what Pink and Rick have been up to, but I can guarantee they didn’t eat as much food as we did.

February Bucket List Update!

Hello Pink and Rick-ers,

I made some good-ish progress on my bucket list in February.  Some goals I killed, but others I still haven’t touched.  I think that’s how 2014 is going to be for me–killing but no touching.  That’s officially the weirdest thing I’ve ever written.  You’re welcome.  Please keep reading, despite this introduction.

February Bucket List Update:

1.  Organize one room in my house every month (Reoccurring and taking the place of a January Challenge).

Check!  This month I organized our laundry room.  This room is literally 6 feet by 6 feet.  It’s tiny!  Somehow, I found a garbage bag worth of stuff to toss.  It’s insane how much stuff you can find tucked in hidden places.

february bucket list update

Before After

The funniest thing we threw away is about 6 bottles of wine from our wedding.  Don’t judge!  I kept them because they were sentimental, and I thought we would drink them.  But, after years of dusting them, they got tossed.

The funny/strange part is, that our neighbor came over and told us the garbage men were yelling outside our house.  He thought they were yelling in anger, but when he went outside they were yelling for joy and pulling the wine bottles out of our trash can and sticking them in the cab of their truck.  Lesson learned: someones trash is OFFICIALLY someone elses treasure.

2. Lose 10 pounds through the Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet (February) (March).

I actually moved this one to March, so I’m just getting started.  I started the Paleo Diet a week and a half ago.  It’s going pretty good.  I feel great!  Unfortunately, I had a cheat day on Saturday (okay, and part of Sunday!) and I gained back the weight I lost last week.  Killer.  Anyway, I’m going to write a full post about Paleo/giving up Diet Coke at the end of the month.  So, please come back.

3.  Go on a Vegas Vacation (March).

Everything is booked, and we’re ready to go!

4.  Run 365 miles (reoccurring and taking the place of an April challenge).

January: 12.75

February: 19

March: 6

As you can see, I’m not making as much progress as I need to, but I’m not giving up yet.  I’m running a 5k on Saturday, so I hope to make March the first month I hit my 30 mile-ish goal.

5.  Go one month without artificial sugar (May)  (February)

I moved this one to February, and it was a great success!  I only drank one Diet Coke, and that’s because it was my only option (besides water, but who wants to drink that?!?)  I’m going to blog about this and the Paleo Diet at the end of the month.

6.  Learn to hula-hoop or whistle (June).

7.  Go skydiving (July).

8.  Write 2 blog posts every week (Reoccurring).

Ugh!  I thought this would be the EASIEST challenge.  But, I was super wrong.  I’m going to gear up this month and try and start this in April.  I’m blaming my slacking on all the ice and cold weather we’ve been having.

Pink and Rick have been slacking like crazy beasts!  It’s been so cold they’ve been riding sleeping in the back seat of the truck. 

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Rick’s mad because this isn’t a good angle for him.

9.  Become debt free– including paying off our house (September).

We’ve been doing pretty good at this.  We’re on track to finish this year.  Check out this update.

10.  Write a fiction book and sell it on Amazon (October).

I actually started writing this.  Bad news: it’s  terrible.  Luckily, I didn’t say the book had to be goooood, so there’s hope that I’ll at least finish.

11.  Do something spontaneous (November).

12.  Make $1,000 of side income a month, by freelance writing/blogging/video projects (December).

Nothing on this.  Not even sure where to start.

Didn’t get enough?  Check out Sarah and Megan‘s Bucket Lists.

How are you 2014 goals going?  I hope they are going well.  You deserve it!

The Best Amount of Debt to Pay Off

Hey Pink and Rick-ers,

Did you know there’s a “sweet spot” for debt pay off?  This means there’s an optimal amount of debt to have–if you’ve got to have it.  There’s an amount that will give you the biggest feeling of accomplishment, paying it off will make a huge impact of your life, but paying it off won’t take your entire life.  What’s the number?

It’s $20,000.

How do I know this?

From experience: when we started down the road of no debt, we had to pay off $20,000 of student loans– which were ALL mine.  It was pretty awful, and it was really perfect at the same time.

Why?

1.  You get to be a super hero!  Trying to destroy something as big as $20,000 in debt, will make you feel like a million bucks.  You get to take down a huge obstacle and feel like a super hero in your own life.  What’s better than that?

2.  You get to feel like part of a team.  To pay off $20,000 you will have to ask for help–maybe it’s just finding a budget online, or maybe this means you have to get your partner/spouse on board.  If you’re single, finding an accountability partner can be a great way to stay motivated.  If you don’t have one, you can always ask me!  Being part of a team will make you feel amazing.

3.  You’re going to feel great afterward.  You’re officially taking charge of your life, and the sense of accomplishment is HUGE after paying off $20,000.  You will feel like you can do anything.

4.  You are going to lose a big monthly payment.  After paying of $20,000, I got rid of a $300+ monthly payment.  We felt so free, that it made the work feel even MORE worth it.

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We felt as free as Rick in a pile of leaves!

Now you might feel 3 ways.

1.  You have $20,000 in debt.  Great!  You’re in the perfect debt pay off position!  You’re going to have to work very hard, but start by finding your team and feeling like a super hero!

2.  You have less than $20,000 in debt. Congratulations!  You don’t even have to work as hard!

3.  You have more than $20,000 in debt.  Congratulations–ish!  You’re going to have to work very very hard.  But, there is a very simple solution.  Split your debt up into $20,000 chunks and celebrate (by doing something awesome) when you finish killing each chunk.

I’ve actually been in all 3 groups.  When we were paying off my student loans we were in group 1.  When we were done paying off my student loans we were in group 2.  Now, we’re actually in group 3 when we decided to pay off our house a year and a half ago.

After a tonnnn of work and a VERY small house loan, (seriously our house is tiny and we live in a small–yet awesome–place) guess what?!?  We’ve made it to the $20,000 level.  Yesterday, we sent in a payment and our remaining balance is $20,000 and some change.  It’s been crazy hard and a huge task, but we’re excited to be down to only owing $20,000 on our house.

How are we celebrating?  We’re going on two trips this month– one is to Vegas!  We’re really excited to celebrate in Sin City, and we promise not to get into too much trouble.  Actually, I don’t promise that, I only promise to tell you if we do get into too much trouble!

But, even though $20,000 is the sweet spot, there is one spot that’s MUCH sweeter–$0.  Hopefully we will be there soon!

*full disclosure-  I don’t think paying off your mortgage is right for everyone.  It’s the right thing for us based on some future goals.  However, I DEFINITELY think you should get rid of all credit card/student loan debt.  Mostly, because it will make you feel amazing!

Do you think $20,000 is too much or too little to be the best amount of debt to pay off?

Why I Got My First Credit Card

Technically, it’s my third credit card.  But, the first two don’t really count.  Here’s why…

The first credit card I’m *not* counting is one I got before I went to college.  I only put books on this card, and I didn’t make payments on the card, so I’m don’t count it as my first credit card.  I did, technically, pay this card off, because my senior year of college I was rear-ended I took the insurance money to pay off the remaining balance.  But, I’m still not counting it as my first credit card.

The second credit card I’m *not* counting is another card I got in college.  I got a Banana Republic Credit Card after my friend, who worked there at the time, talked me into it– she can talk me in to doing anything.  It’s ridiculous.  Do you have a friend like that?  We joke about it all the time.  Anyway, I still don’t count this card because I only put one $40.00 purchase on it– and as embarrassed as I am to say it, I’m pretty sure my parents took care of this one.  That, or I owe Banana Republic $40 + 5 years of interest.  Let’s hope not.

Even though I’ve never *really* had a credit card, I took one out last month.  Why?  I did it for the re-re-re-re-re-wards.  I read a lot of personal finance blogs, and one day I was reading about how one blogger uses credit cards to get free money for vacations.  Since we’re going taking a Vegas/Phoenix trip this year, I thought I’d at least check it out.  Here’s the other blogger’s original post, if you’re interested.

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I chased those rewards like Rick chasing…everything

I ended up applying for the Barclay Arrival World MasterCard (Fyi, I didn’t link to the card, because I don’t take ANY money from them…and I don’t want it to seem like they’re an advertiser or something.  I just thought you might be interested).  This card gives you $400 in travel rewards if you spend $1,000 in the three months.  We put our flights, hotels, and rental car on the card and quickly racked up $1,000 in charges.  Then, I logged into the online account and redeemed my rewards points for our travel expenses.  My bill was automatically lowered by $400.00.

What sucks:

1.  I still owe the credit card people some serious coin! $600ish.

2.  There is a yearly fee for this credit card that is waived for the first year, so I will have to cancel it before the first year is up.

3.  Messing around with credit cards can affect your credit score.  It’s not supposed to be by very much, but this article says to hold off closing a card if you’re applying for a mortgage, a car loan or another credit card.

4.  Credit cards are annoying to keep up with.  I like when the balance comes out of my bank account, and I can just move on to the next purchase.

5.  With this card you can only redeem your “points” for travel expenses.  So,  you couldn’t get any money back for grocery store purchases.

What I like:

1.  Those rewards!  It’s pretty sweet to get a free flights to Vegas/hotel in Phoenix!

The verdict: 

I’m going to cancel my credit card as soon as I pay it off (this month!).  I probably won’t open another credit card again, unless it’s a Southwest Card that gives you 2 free roundtrip flights (this exists!).  I like to keep my financial life simple, and I hate payments, so credit card churning isn’t on my to-do list.  On the other hand, it’s hard to say no to free money, so if the right deal came along, I might bite… but probably not.

What do you think about credit cards?  Are they worth the rewards?

January Bucket List Update!

Hello!  It’s been a while, and that’s my fault.  Just so you know there’s been some crazy stuff going on in my life, and I’m working hard to get over it.  Someday, I’ll write a blog post about it when everything doesn’t seem so fresh.  But, for now I’ll just get on with regularly scheduled programing blogging.

Because of my life, I’m behind on my 2014 Bucket List.  I’ve made a little bit of progress, though!  I’m celebrating that!

2014 Bucket List

1.  Organize one room in my house every month (Reoccurring and taking the place of a January Challenge).

I organized both of our bathrooms this month.  It feels amazing.  I picked the bathrooms because they’re tiny, and the only work I needed to do was underneath the sink.  I’m going to try and tackle the living room this month.  Watch out old DVDs.  Your days are numbered.

2. Lose 10 pounds through the Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet (February).

I’m starting this on Monday.

3.  Go on a Vegas Vacation (March).

We just booked flights and hotel.  I’m very excited about this trip.  First of all, it’s the first trip my husband and I have taken together since our honeymoon.  Secondly, I’m excited about it because we’re seeing two very special friends get married (well… they’re technically already married, but they’re having their official celebration).

4.  Run 365 miles (reoccurring and taking the place of an April challenge).

I SUCKED at this one.  Mostly, because of the circumstances I vaguely mentioned before.  I only walked/ran 12.75 miles last month.  True confession– I walked most of that.  I’m committed to making up some ground this month, and I’ve signed up for a 5k in March, so that will give me something to work towards.

5.  Go one month without artificial sugar (May).

6.  Learn to hula-hoop or whistle (June).

7.  Go skydiving (July).

8.  Write 2 blog posts every week (Reoccurring).

I officially didn’t do this one either.  I only wrote 3 posts last month– which means I’m five posts behind.  I probably won’t try and make those up, but I’m going to try and reach my goal for this month.

9.  Become debt free– including paying off our house (September).

We’re working on paying off a smaller loan, but we haven’t actually sent the money in yet.  Next month I should have more to report.

10.  Write a fiction book and sell it on Amazon (October).

11.  Do something spontaneous (November).

12.  Make $1,000 of side income a month, by freelance writing/blogging/video projects (December).

I didn’t make a dime this month.  Ouch.

 

I’ve done a few things, but I have a long way to go.  I’m well rested now, and I’m ready to conquer this month.  Hopefully, I’ll ace this Paleo Diet and be 10lbs skinnier by the end of it!

Want more bucket list updates?!?  Check out myyearlybucketlist.com for some amazing progress!  One of my friends paid off $10,000 last month!!!

My Dogs are Inbred: It gets worse.

So the bad news is…

Inbred Dogs

Last Family Pic

Rick and Pink’s parents are missing.  Saddest. News. Ever.  Harley and Hannah left home (my husband’s parents house) about two weeks ago, and they haven’t been seen since.  It could be the worst case scenario.  But, it might not be so bad either…like Rick and Pink, they make friends easily.  Previously they’ve gone on road trips– hours away– and people returned them.  They also love visiting neighbors and nearby hunters, so there’s a good chance that they’re somewhere eating a ham.  Awesome story:  Harley actually stole someone’s “Thanksgiving Ham” off their porch last year.  He thought he won the food lottery!  And he did!

Harley and Hannah’s disappearance is double sad for Pink and Rick.  Why?  It’s the worst-kept secret of Pinkandrick.com:  Pink and Rick are inbred*.  I know what you’re saying, “What?”

inbred dogs

Exhibit A.

Well, Hannah used to live with us, and Harley lived with my husband’s parents.  One weekend we were going out of town for a football game and took Hannah to Harley’s house.  Badda Bing Badda Boom Pink and Rick**.

So, Harley and Hannah are brother and sister.  Rick and Pink are brothers–and cousins.  Harley is their dad/uncle and Hannah is their mom/aunt.  That’s why I think their disappearance is DOUBLE sad.  In one swoop, they lost their Mom, Dad, Aunt, and Uncle.  If you can hear me Harley and Hannah, please come home.  I’m pleading from the blogosphere.  Let’s reunite this family!

Until then, I’ll keep comforting Pink and Rick….

inbred dogs

So sleepy!

*  Even though they’re technically inbred, we call them “pure bred.”  I mean, inbreeding is how you get all these designer dogs, right?  Plus, it keeps the other dogs from teasing Pink and Rick.

** Just so you know, all the dogs are fixed now– including Pink and Rick.  So, no more inbreeding is happening around our house!!!