So anyway- Since my last posting, we met with the dealership again. They seriously went to bat for us and found us a better loan- I now have a loan for 7% interest, which puts my payments lower than I was paying for the truck. To say this makes me happy is a gross understatement. I <3 my new car. Very much. Yes yes.
I was reading a friend's journal today, and... my heart totally went out to her. The insecurities and fears she described.. I could have been looking in a mirror. I've struggled alot with my self image, and I don't have the confidence I pretend to have. It's hard to look back and realize just how far I actually have come.. much easier to look ahead and be discouraged by how far I have to go. ;)
I am very proud to see that I will be debt free (other than the car note) by April. All my old debts will be paid off, I'm managing to pay off my credit card balance every month.. I'm really doing well financially. I'm hoping I can keep it that way.
We've started discussing again moving to the East Coast. We have a tentative personal timeline for planning purposes, but nothing concrete yet. There's not much I will miss in Chicago when the time does come; two people come to mind, but both travel a good bit already, so I don't think much bribery will be needed to talk them into visiting. Everything else... well.. Chicago is just a place. It's a nice enough place, but there's nothing here that I can't live without.
Anyway. That's the state of affairs in my neck of the woods. My employer has decided to play hardball with PTO, so I can't have any sick leave or miss any days until January. Sucks, but.. that's the way it goes.
Back to work I go...