Case of the Blahs

Today was one of those slow, dreary kind of Mondays. The kind where the flat, gray sky, dampness, and cool weather sap your enthusiasm and motivation.

With work cooling off, as we sit in a wait-and-see mode for one of the projects I’m heavily involved in, and the upcoming cycle just firing up, it’s hard to become too excited. Given everything else that has gone on there, too, it’s even less so. A “Blah” kind of Monday just has you asking when it’s time to go home.

Coming home to look over your finances, though, isn’t much help in elevating the mood. Unless, of course, you discover that the blue book value of your car is around $21,000, and the buyout on your lease expiring in April will be around $14,000. With the cost of the lease plus the cost of the buyout actually equaling the MSRP of the car at the time of purchase, that doesn’t seem like such a bad deal after all. No wonder the sales guy kind of choked at the monthly price I was looking for at the time.

Suddenly the day doesn’t seem as bad. Nor does the fact that I’m going to end up over my mileage allowance, since I’ll likely keep the car after all.


No Plat Status This Year

After taking a hard look at my budget, my remaining travel plans, and some of the changes I’m thinking about making, I realized I’m going to have to cut back on my largest single expense for the next long while. Yes, no more pursuing platinum status through making those “few extra” trips over the next few months.

I’m not sure I know what to do with myself, not going away every six – eight weeks.