October Round-Up of Things

Well, this is the first month since I started tracking every dime in Excel (July 2010) that I ended with a surplus. $52.86 can you believe it? I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it, so I just left it in the account.  Mostly also because of how complicated my income sources are, I don’t really have $52.86 in one particular spot. It’s weird. I know it’s accurate but the numbers in my account and wallet don’t match the spreadsheet. In my case, I actually had more in the account than I had in the spreadsheet. It’s all very confusing if I try and make sense of anything other than the spreadsheet. I track every penny in through the spreadsheet, I track every penny out. Therefore, it is God.

Of course, November is well under way. I actually don’t go by exact calendar dates for my spending tracking anymore. I only get paid once a month now so pay day is the first day of the new month. This may well explain why I had a surplus– October was only 28 days long. November will be 33. I’m a bit nervous about this month financially speaking. My medical insurance went into effect this month for instance. So, my paycheck was a couple hundred dollars less than last month. It’s a longer month. And it’s the month before Christmas. There, I said it. I also have made the possibly irresponsible (financially speaking) decision to go on a small trip up to Universal Studios with a friend. I’ve never been (going there pregnant does not count) and when the invite came, I couldn’t say no.

Halloween was pretty much the best Halloween ever. When it comes to celebrating Halloween, I’ve decided nothing beats Halloween on a Sunday. I had to work Saturday and even that didn’t deter me from getting into the spirit of things. We watched Nightmare Before Christmas and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We carved pumpkins. We danced to Halloween music. Then Saturday we watched It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, went to a Halloween party, watched part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and went trick or treating with my friend’s twins who were trick or treat rookies. The neighborhood I live across the street from is excellent for trick or treating. It takes me right back to childhood. Big groups of kids and adults zig zag across the street. Some houses really get into it and set up miniature haunted houses. It’s just a fun atmosphere that’s not easily found in South Florida anymore. We had an excellent time and just as we adults began debating returning, the skies opened and dumped rain on us. Decision made! We ate pizza and candy and collapsed into exhausted sleep.