Wednesday, March 2, 2011
There's Proud And Then There's House Proud
Yesterday was a red-letter day in Pebbles’ life. She got a stellar, and I do mean stellar, raise. Far exceeded even her expectations. Between she and Slater, they’ve seriously increased their income in the past two months - don’t know if I mentioned he just scored a promotion/raise.
I also don’t know if I’ve mentioned that they, too ,have been househunting and yesterday, put in an offer on a house. It is a beautiful, amazing home - judging from the pictures, but it sends me into near-apoplectic shock. She’s come a long way from Reata South. I don’t know that they will get this house - it appears to be a pretty hot commodity right now, but just thinking about it sends ME into fear. I mean it’s not a McMansion or anything, but I’m just not used to the housing market over there in Big D.
And then I realized a couple of things - they are professionally employed - and there are TWO of them. They can, if they choose to do so, afford a lot of house. And to be sure, this is a lot of house (IMHO), but it isn’t nearly at the top of the range they “qualified” for. So I just need to breathe and enjoy the moment and know that I couldn’t stop her, even if I wanted to. If she’s determined to have that house, then Katie bar the door!
I’m also scheduled to look at another house on Thursday, along with a couple of condos. I’m still so unsure about going the condo route. I’m not even convinced about the whole buy-versus-rent thing and I’m certainly unsure about real estate as an investment. I guess my main goal would be to “lock in” my housing costs. I’m seeing now by renting that my “costs” would go up each year. Granted, there would be taxes, etc, but at some point (at least so far) some taxes are by-in-large capped when one reaches age 65 around here (I think).
Certainly a lot to think about. I could buy a one bedroom condo right now in a location that I like for not much money, knowing that I would probably have some difficulty selling it in the future. But in the meantime, I would have gained the flexibility to save/invest the money that I’m NOT spending on housing - as the one bedroom certainly would not be viewed as an investment vehicle.
As for the Italian dinner, we split the asparagus appetizer and I had the heart of palm salad. I should have asked for the salad dressing on the side as it was dressed a little too heavily for my taste, but it was good. Again, I used the decaf coffee ordered immediately upon being seated to counter act the bread basket. I feel like I was able to stay well on plan. I ate whole, real identifiable food, but because it was restaurant food, I did expect a sodium bounce, but it didn't happen.
I rode the bus yesterday and went to the gym at lunch. Experienced great excitement over my daughter's news and enjoyed a lovely dinner with an old friend, Barbie. All wonderful, wonderful things. Life is good.
March Goal: Exercise and Tracking? Check.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Allow yourself to feel joy, completely.