Happy New Year!
2004 is off to a pretty good start... and 2003 ended well.
Santa was pretty good to both Matt and I this year. We've got some useful gift certificates (see the end of this post) to spend, and our lego obsession continues. Mostly, though, I don't think I'll have to dip in to my new paychecks for cash for quite some time, which is VERY nice (again, see the end of the post). Mom & Dad bought us our TV, and Matt's mom went on a Wendell August shopping spree. And Mom & Ginny both decided I needed to have Christmas tree ornaments for next year. Now I have a butterfly and two sets of jingle bell buddies.
On December 30, we took my sister for her first real taste of quality adult entertainment at the Highland Bar. Lisa is no longer a karaoke virgin. I'd like to think she had fun... though I haven't seen her very much since to find out for sure. You can see pictures at Jim's online photo album. A special thanks to Jim & Amanda for singing "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" to Lisa at the beginning of the night.
Matt & I rang in the New Year at Clare House with Kim & the Sisters of St. Francis. We played Catchphrase and had a prayer service and drank good, cheap, blackberry wine.
Yesterday, I picked up a rental application and lease for an apartment. It's only 5 minutes from work and it's got two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, an entry way and an extra room. The extra room is wired so that it's on its own circuit so it'd be a good place to put the computer, but it's also the smallest room (aside from the bathroom) so I think the computer will probably end up in the second bedroom. Besides, if Matt & I keep the place after we're married, HIS computer stuff would never fit in the smaller room by itself, forget having my stuff there. So, the useful gift certificates will help to buy a few of the things that I'm going to need in order to live on my own. And I'm on a quest for a refridgerator. Dad doesn't seem to think that I'd be able to survive with the one I had in my dorm.
I also upgraded my cell phone and had the account put in my own name. Now I won't have to have a landline in the apartment which will probably save me $30 a month :o) Saving money is a good thing. Does anyone know who the patron saint of budgeting is? I could use some help.
I hope to be in the apartment by the middle of the month, but I've gotta get moving on some things before I can get in there. Say a prayer for me!
posted by Amy : 9:17:44 AM