Debt Update

2014 will definitely go down as the year that Andy and made serious effort towards paying off our student loans. We cut back on expenses and sent some large checks over to Sallie Mae/Department of Education. And it has paid off.

At the current rate, Andy’s student loan will be paid off in a year. Once his loan is paid off, we will take that monthly payment and apply it to my student loan. This means my loan will be paid off before the 21.5 months I estimated.

We need to purchase a more reliable car. I do not want to spend additional money on a car but given the age and condition of both of our cars, we need something that is reliable. I have half the amount we will spend saved up.The other half we will finance through our credit union which will help build Andy’s credit. Plus we will get a pretty good rate.

We are also looking at going to India next year. We have enough frequent flier miles for 2 international round trip tickets (plus enough miles for a couple of nights in a hotel). I have saved a small of money for that trip and we have a year to save the rest.

Using some careful budgeting, we will be able to do all the things we want to do.

Unrace Report

It was raining pretty hard as  I was driving out to Hood River on Sunday for the marathon when I started hydroplaning across I-84. I hydroplaned twice  but was able to gain control of the car. The third time (I’m still not entirely sure what happened or how )but I ended up almost hitting the concrete barrier on the shoulder. My headlights weren’t working and my car wouldn’t start. I may have flooded the engine in my freaked out state. I finally got it start and it started pouring harder. With no headlights and a jinky car, I decided to call it a day.

Andy and I have been putting off buying a new car for quite some time. The money, the time, and everything else that goes along with buying a car is horrible. But sitting on I-84 wondering if your car is going to start is horrible too.

I Cannot Believe It!

I forgot to pick up my packet for Columbia Gorge Marathon. I was setting out my gear to take photos:

I take horrible photos. A good looking laydown is so hard!

I take horrible photos. A good looking laydown is so hard! But Shem is a great photo bomber.

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So much clothes!

I thought my photos were missing something then all this sudden I was like “Where is my bib?” and then it hit me. I FORGOT TO PICK UP MY PACKET! After I finished laughing I looked and yes I can pick up my packet prior to the start on race day. Thank goodness! I cannot believe I forgot.

Rain Boots

Driving a stick shift in rain boots is tough. Portland has had a few really wet days. Fall is definitely in the air.

Rainy days

Rainy days

Sunrise Yoga

Got out of bed early to go do yoga. My work has a woman come in twice a week to provide yoga sessions. She’s really good and my coworkers are really funny first thing in the morning. Five days until Columbia Gorge Marathon!

New yoga mat.

New yoga mat.

Green Chile Macaroni & Cheese

I have a freezer full of Hatch green chile and a desire for some pasta. This is the recipe I loosely followed. My cheese was a blend of mild and sharp cheddar. I topped my mac & cheese with Panko bread crumbs for some added texture. And I also used a lot more onion than the recipe called for. I didn’t use elbow pasta but what I had on hand.

Hatch green chile macaroni and cheese

Hatch green chile macaroni and cheese

This is a pretty easy recipe where you could add some mushrooms, can of stewed tomatoes or whatever. I do recommend letting the mac and cheese sit after it comes out of the oven. No just because it’s really hot but it will set and be more of a casserole than the stuff that comes out of the blue box.

Delicious!

Delicious!

Kindle Fire 7

My mom sent me an early  birthday present. The Kindle Fire 7 arrived yesterday and all ready I’m pretty hooked on it. I love the physical feeling and smell of books but dislike having to wait for my next library hold. And carrying enough books in my luggage and bags to keep me occupied for my trip. I can generally rip through one book per flight if the subject matter is light. That means roughly 3-5 books per trip. Andy’s mom gave me a Kindle a few years ago but I must have read too many books too fast on it. It stopped working after a few weeks and I was never able to get it back up again.

Kindle Fire 7

Kindle Fire 7

I’ve all ready downloaded 4 books and as soon as I’m finished with my  last physical book, I will transition to the Kindle Fire 7.