December was amazing. It was a bit of a crazy month, why with the holiday madness made extra crazy by Thanksgiving being extra late, but it was also a really wonderful month with no travel, lots of visitors, and delicious meals.
This month also marks my 12th without Facebook or Instagram. And I’m so happy about it.
This year, the IRA contribution limit is 6K. We have $500 auto contributions set up every month. I knew that we’d max it out, but this email was a cool one to wake up to. This is the second year in a row where we’ve both maxed out our Roth IRAs and put hefty contributions into my 401K/his TSP. Marriage and adulthood are so fun.
This whole system is totally automated. I haven’t written about how we do our money recently, but the tl;dr here is:
- Our paychecks get deposited into our primary USAA checking account
- We live on the previous month’s income, so Dec 15 and Dec 30 paychecks fund the spending that happens Jan 1-Jan 31
- On the first of every calendar month, money gets dispersed to all the places it goes. We have automated withdrawals to: mortgage payment for rental home, Emergency Fund contribution, Roth IRA contributions, sinking fund for new cars, travel fund, etc.
Automation is the way to go.
My training focus is going to change come Jan 25, so I’ve been trying to max out the major Starting Strength lifts before that happens. I’m writing this a couple of weeks after this picture and I have to say, I’m pretty please with these maxes.
- Squat: 205
- Deadlift: 250
- Bench: 141
- Press: 105
This year, I put 20% on my squat, almost doubled my bench, and lifetime PR’d all my lifts. Even though my weight it about 20 lbs higher than I’d like for it to be, I’m pleased with the work I’m putting in, and optimistic that this will be the year I get my weight closer to where I’d like.
Along the lines of reflecting on a year’s progress, I was very pleased to crush my reading goal this year. I set the goal of 32 books and closed out the year at 36. It’s a nice consolation prize given I missed my goal last year by 4 books (finishing 32 of my goal of 36).
We have a $10 personal waffle maker from Amazon. One weekend, I bought cinnamon buns (out of a can) and turned them into waffles ala the picture. So easy, so fun, such a cool weekend breakfast.
We finally set up a guest room, buying a cheap mattress from Amazon that Liz suggested. I’m so glad we did because we had 6 visitors in December and 4 of them slept right in that room!
Setting up the guest room is an exercise in going through all those boxes that made it there when we moved in and haven’t been touched since.
Since I knew we weren’t going to be here that long, I feel myself hesitating to really put energy into these things. We haven’t put anything up on the walls in our master bedroom.
This was a step in the right direction
Speaking of visitors, CLAIRE VISITED. I showed her Savannah! We watched Army-Navy, visited Kevin Barry’s and Savannah Smiles, ate at The Farmer’s Market and The Emporium downtown.
I promised to return the visit to Philly
We also ate at The Bodega, and how cute were these everything bagels toasted with cream cheese. The veggie cream cheese was so colorful I couldn’t resist taking a picture.
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.