March will be my last month at home and not working. I will have been off work about 4 months by the time I return, but it only feels like a few days. I expect the rest of the month to be very busy as I am starting to feel well enough often enough to accomplish things.
Going back to work for me is a signal that more expenses are right around the corner. When the lump on my neck appeared last August, I was working 40 hours a week, going to school 6 hours a week, and doing a home remodel with the little time I had left. Well, all of those things were just left hanging and incomplete.
I have most of the material to finish the exterior walls of my house, except for a few hundred pounds of mortar. But we also decided to redo our front porch with plastic decking. Our porch isn’t too old, between ten to fifteen years, but it was poorly constructed and poorly maintained. Since this is our “forever” house, we decided to spend a little extra money now so that we don’t have to do maintenance and staining every few years on a wooden deck. This project will cost a few thousand dollars, depending on whether or not we add a railing.
But then there is grad school at the cost of about $2,000 per class. I have to take four classes this year to stay on track which means two over the summer and two in the fall… when we go on our honeymoon. I won’t lie, part of me is wondering how I can pay for all of this. I am also wondering how I will have the time for all of this. I guess I better get moving to accomplish what I can while I’m still not working because life is about to get real again.