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Looking forward to a new year!

December 31st, 2011 at 03:22 am

Labor Day and New Years are my two favorite times of the year. I feel like they both offer me an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh (Labor Day because the kiddies go back to school and I can get my life back in order after an unstructured summer and New Years because, well, it's a new year).

I usually update my blog at year end to look back on the year that was and look ahead to the next. This year has been challenging. Dad pinched his sciatic nerve in June and was in the hospital/rehab until the end of July. He didn't fully recover until after Labor Day, then spent the fall trying to pack on the weight he had lost. Fortunately, he has great insurance (the bills were insane). It really made me appreciate what those without insurance must go through.

I've paid my Christmas and other bills and am ready to start January fresh, using cash whenever possible. I also have my envelope system set up. I am determined to track and follow my budget, and hopefully pay down my ever-present HELOC. I'll update the totals on the right and track my progress.

I just finalized my 2012 celebrity death bet picks. Barring some unanticipated event over the next 36 hours, I'm poised to win the 2011 contest, thanks to Jane Russell (where did I pull that one out of?!), Steve Jobs and Kim Jong-Il (another long shot that panned out). Apologies to any readers who are offended at this. At the same time, I know that my picking them on this list did not in any way contribute to their demise, so I'm still sleeping soundly at night.

I'm looking forward to the new year. Although I haven't posted in ages, I stay in touch with many SAers through Facebook, and lurk on the blogs pretty regularly. I'm always excited to read about the progress everyone is making on their goals! I hope you all have a happy, healthy 2012!

7 Responses to “Looking forward to a new year!”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Jane Russell sounds like a name I know, but I'm drawing a blank. I'll have to Google her.

    Happy New Year!!

  2. baselle Says:

    Consider it another type of $20 challenge. Big Grin

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Labor Day and New Years Day are my two favorite holidays, too! Time for reflection and rejuvenation!

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    I missed your blogs!

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Frugal Texan, think 18 hour bras for full figured gals. She was their spokesperson plus a star big in the 40's and 50's!

  6. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ima!

  7. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I saw your 2012 list! Fear not, I had my list printed and delivered w/$20 to lovely baselle before she showed me, so no shenanigans.

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