Oh Monday! How much promise and fear you incite among the masses. You’re such a bittersweet beasty, you are.
Firstly, I’d like to take a moment to honor my niece, Sydney, and the 5 year anniversary of her passing. She would have turned 8 this year and everyday she’s missed. I’d also like to pre-welcome her first little sister, Emery, into our family! The first picture below is of Sydney and my sis-in-law. The second is Christina’s recent maternity photo shoot announcing that she’s having another little girl with my handsome nephews!
Today also marks the final week of my impromptu but much appreciated summer vacation! I start the new job next week and can’t wait. Both eager and anxious to rejoin the workforce after a month off. Lots of paper work to complete and a drug test to take before next Monday. Plus, the hubs got his yearly evaluation this past week with included his annual bonus and raise. Nothing huge but every little bit counts. Now we’ve got to sit down and plan out a new budget. I wonder if he’ll let me add a book line to said budget? Probably not since we’re dedicating this next year to paying down debts. Which we have. Unfortunately. Keepin’ it real, y’all. Not that we are buried beneath credit card debt or anything, but we’d like to pay off my car loan and whittle the student loans down a bit. The mortgage will continue to loom large, I’m afraid. We’re just thankful our home is worth more than we paid since so many people are in the opposite situation.
I feel like I should delve into religion or politics next to keep the awkward subjects going! I’ll spare y’all those rants and tell you what’s up on the reading and blogging front this week. Currently reading Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in anticipation of Joss Whedon’s film and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I’m loving both! Hopefully, I’ll have reviews of both those up this week as well as Lionel Shriver’s newest, Big Brother. Happy Reading!