so, spouse's big celebration/indulgence for having this fantastic job after the difficulty of school and subsequent unemployment was to go watch the space shuttle launch. for those of you not following along, it was scheduled for last tuesday. then wednesday. then thursday, then today, then this coming monday, and now 11/30.
we live ~1000 miles from cape canaveral. and he just drove down there and spent 4 nights in a hotel for nothing. and blew some of his vacation time already.
i am less than pleased about this, but it's one of the very few lifelong dreams he has that have only a couple of chances to be fulfilled. so we made the decision to indulge him for this.
of course, now we are feeling a little silly about that delay, but it was an uncontrollable situation. and of course, he insists he will go back... sigh.
it set us back a few weeks from the plan, and here i was really hoping we could really buckle down and knock out the remaining student loans by the end of january
and really i suppose i should just shut up, given that this would have set us back 8-10 MONTHS in our former situation.
he's getting that tendency now to say "it's okay, we make enough money" - but i am not satisfied with using our hard earned dollars (and i mean that in the "it took us 10 freaking years, a fair amount of sallie mae debt, and unquantifiable hard work and sacrifice to get here" sense) to just fritter them away without purpose. he does not yet grasp the time value of money. we're getting there... it's good that i generally run the finances.
when he gets home tomorrow, he goes back to the cash-only spending money, we put away his credit card, pay the sucker off, and quit fooling around with the finances already. i am mad at sallie mae and i want her out of my life for good.