Past Month’s Happenings
Man, November flew by (and December too)! It was crazy productive and busy. There was NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, Thanksgiving, finalizing things with the house, getting sick, and more. Obviously, my FIRE-seeking friends, there were bad and good things lumped in there. For one, I’ll never understand why people decided to make NaNoWriMo during a month with a major National Holiday (for Americans). Writing 50,000 words isn’t the easiest when you’re traveling and spending time with friends and family for a week out of the month!
…but I digress. December has already come and gone (there will be another round of these posts for that in a bit), so let’s hurry and get into the November reports to see how things looked back then.
1. That Learning Gal and I CLOSED ON THE HOUSE!
Sorry about the caps! I hope they weren’t too annoying, but we are so stoked! Now we have a place to call our own. We got the offer of 165k accepted, and after everything was said and done, our mortgage ended up being about 156k.
Our monthly payment is $942.50! This includes, taxes, insurance, prinicpal, interest, and the PMI we’re currently paying (but we hope to remove quickly). We have a little over 8% of the homes value paid currently (it appraised for $170k, but we got for $165k). Our idea now is to make extra payments every month on the mortgage. After we finish paying off our private student loan, we are going to take some of that money and make extra payments with it.
We also began re-painting all of the rooms in the house, which was an arduous process. In the December report, I’ll be sure to share pictures with you guys! This activity took up a significant amount of my time.
In addition to that, we did a bunch of other things, such as touching up the ceilings, cleaning, etc. If you haven’t noticed, That Learning Gal and I are getting pretty good at this adulting thing.
2. I typed about 26k words for NaNoWriMo!
No, I didn’t quite reach the goal of 50k words, just a little over half of that in fact, but it was a valiant effort despite all of the challenges. We were looking for a house that whole month, there was Thanksgiving and more!
Well, since I’m trying to bust through these reports (since I’m a slacker and I’m late on the last two), let’s get down to business!
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-That Learning Guy