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Hummingbird Medicine is doing 41 things including…

make money hand over fist, doing work I enjoy, contributing to others' lives, providing beautifully for myself, all the animals I want, and all the houseguests I can enjoy, until I wake up totally debt-free

21 cheers

 

Hummingbird Medicine has written 84 entries about this goal

Fixed the car...

...and paid off my sponsor. :)

pay SH 200

pay off 2013 taxes

get long-term tax situation sustainable

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



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So, my car is being weird and obviously needs some help.

Also our fair government has decided that I owe them the moon in taxes – not sure why since I couldn’t keep a cat in bubble gum, but there you have it – and apparently that’s just the tack they’re taking these days. I’m not the only person at all who suffered a huge tax increase for no good reason this year. Anyway I have a payment plan set up with them but I’m also going to be making additional payments beyond the scheduled ones so that I have this year’s taxes taken care of by next year, and even though I can’t really afford to, I am going to have to start making estimated tax payments to get this under control. (It’s okay, I believe peanut butter should be served as a staple at every meal, and since I never have emergencies and have no problem with the idea of working until I die, I don’t need savings either. rolls eyes)

So, updated objectives:

fix car

pay back the loan from my sponsor 100

pay SH 200

pay off 2013 taxes

get long-term tax situation sustainable

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Finished paying off M

Next up…

pay back the loan from my sponsor 100

pay SH 200

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Paid sponsor some more again

I wonder if he thought I’d just never be able to pay him back.

pay M 10

pay back the loan from my sponsor 100

pay SH 200

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Paid sponsor some more

His eyes bugged out of his head when I handed him that $100 bill. :)

pay M 10

pay back the loan from my sponsor 140

pay SH 200

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Have M almost paid off

pay M 10

pay back the loan from my sponsor 240

pay SH 200

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



I don't need a tablet.

So, for a long time I was thinking in terms of replacing my tablet that was stolen a year and a half ago…it occurs to me, though, that I don’t need a tablet anymore. I live way out in the mountains now, and I only leave the house when I either have to or really want to for some particularly compelling reason. There is nothing I need to do with an internet connection that cannot wait until I get home, except maybe getting directions. Actually GPS is really the only thing about having a tablet that is even tempting to me anymore…and again, I don’t leave the house much anymore, much less go anywhere new. I think I can afford to get lost a couple of times a year if it means saving $280 plus activation fees up front, plus $20 a month (plus taxes and fees and whatever) for as long as I would’ve had the tablet. I think I’m just going to make do with the navigation on my phone, cr*ppy though it is. It’s enough to confirm which direction I’m going and approximately where I am, which in combination with printed directions (and maybe befuddled stops at a few gas stations and Quick Marts) eventually gets me there. So that leaves me with six remaining nearer-term financial objectives:

pay M 130

pay back the loan from my sponsor 240

pay SH 200

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Worked off some of the debt to my sponsor today.

pay M 130

pay back the loan from my sponsor 240

pay SH 200

get a refurbished tablet to replace the one that got stolen 280

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Paid back M another $30

pay M 130

pay back the loan from my sponsor 300

pay SH 200

get a refurbished tablet to replace the one that got stolen 280

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



I'd like to think about something other than money for a change.

finally made the last payment on the 2012 taxes. I wish I were relieved but in a few weeks the IRS will have its hand out demanding that I cough up a bunch more money I don’t have, so I remain less than thrilled.

I’m debating what to do next since I have a few needs I could take care of right now. I have some time before I have to pay for my car registration renewal but it’d be good to get that done. It’d also be really nice to pay M the rest of what I owe her back. I might be able to do both but I have to see how the month works.

pay M 160

pay back the loan from my sponsor 300

pay SH 200

get a refurbished tablet to replace the one that got stolen 280

take my cat to the dentist

replace the stereo that I’m now only keeping for the turntable with a compact USB turntable

replace the DVD and VHS players with a compact DVDr/VHS



Hummingbird Medicine has gotten 21 cheers on this goal.

 

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