Net Worth Week 95 – A Change Is Gonna Come Edition

Gentle Readers,
The conference was exhausting, but served its purpose well.  I met some potentially good connections. I communed with other queer-folks. I saw friends. I agreed to mentor a friend on something I’ve been mentored on for my business and I’m looking forward to it. I even got to tell the person who mentored me how I’m finally able to start paying it forward.
Dog-sitting has reminded me that long commutes are terrible for being able to do anything. It is nice to not be with my roommates though. There has to be a better way to achieve that.
I finally received a small part of the estate paperwork I require, but still no death certificate. I’m wondering if the VA would like some media attention… The man has been dead for a few months. Someone needs to sign the damn certificate. I can’t process anything without it. His creditor would like their money. My siblings would like their life insurance. I would like to begin the process so that I can end the process at some point.
I am still waiting for my dentist to receive my next (last?) sets of invisalign trays. I’ve been wearing the current tray for triple the normal length. We even moved back my semi-annual appointment so that we could do both in one fell-swoop. So close! And my pain is definitely improved. I’m so glad I did this. Even though the expense has been great.
The good government gig is advancing me through. We are still waiting on a start date still. Huzzah! Back to higher pay, fewer hours, and more interesting work. And for the first time since I began temping, a supervisor who will supervise and who seems genuinely interested in my career. Very strange for gig work, but I am excited! It is coming at a good time. The current gig just cut our hours and it looks like at least some of us will be let go soon.
Skill building is still on the low burn, but once I am back in my own place it will be easier to get in to the new routine for what I think I need to focus on next.

This week’s net worth numbers

1/26/2018 2/2/2018
 Joy 1112 1113
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
Moving 286  287
 EF 57  57
Business 5  5
Life 2099  2040
IRA 17216  17036
Brokerage 894  884
Rewards Card 2 -4563  -5040
CC (largest)  0  0
CC (longest) 0  0
Rewards Card -5000 (BT)  -5000 (BT)
SL 1 -106063  -106179
SL 2 -46747  -46799
Earnest -1381  -1384
 Net Worth -142044  -142939
Percentage Change -.28%  -.63%

Have you ever felt a shift for the good in your finances even when they technically are not improving?

Net Worth Week 94 – Conference Edition

Gentle Readers,
It’s so nice to bunk off work for this conference. I got in 30 hours instead of the 80 they’d prefer and I don’t feel bad in any way. I had to skip soccer, but this was also worth it. I am glad that I recently dry-cleaned a suit and favorite shirts. Looking good for networking is important. Being prepared for whatever may happen is a good investment in yourself, but it takes energy.
I begin dog-sitting again tomorrow for the dogs I actually like. It will involve a longer commute, but their home is lovely and the room for me feels like a sanctuary. And since they have multiple pets, the pay rate is better. It would be easier if I didn’t have such a high overtime gig, but I could not predict the future. It’ll be hard for the last two days of the conference, but everything happened at weird times and putting the dog-owners in a lurch would not have felt appropriate.
Professional dues had to be paid this week and they were not cheap. My credit card debt went up because of them. Sigh.
Still, no advances on the estate paperwork and the government shutdown does not make the VA work any better.
 It is hard to focus on my skill-building with everything going on, but I am still doing what I consider the minimum necessary.
 

This week’s net worth numbers

1/19/2018 1/26/2018
 Joy 1112 1112
 Travel 1  1
 Down Payment 19 19
 Retirement 21 21
Moving 286  286
 EF 57  57
Business 5  5
Life 2128  2099
IRA 16960  17216
Brokerage 896  894
Rewards Card 2 -4114  -4563
CC (largest)  0  0
CC (longest) 0  0
Rewards Card -5000 (BT)  -5000 (BT)
SL 1 -105948  -106063
SL 2 -46694  -46747
Earnest -1378  -1381
 Net Worth -141649  -142044
Percentage Change .96%  -.28%

How many conferences do you attend a year for work or pleasure?