I’ve been working hard all week, moving from one edit to the next. Normally, this would make me a little crazy, but not this time! I am *this close* to paying off the car, and when you’re living on a budget, getting that monthly payment back is huge. I’m waiting to see what my federal taxes are before I call up Toyota and ask what the payoff amount is, but this time next month, that account will be closed.
Only one other time have I paid off a car ahead of schedule, and that was about seventeen years ago. I was working for an ISP provider, and the accountant was not the brightest bulb on the tree. She’d overlooked a small law about having to compensate employees who worked overtime and had to unexpectedly issue checks to several of us. Not only had I been working the standard forty hours a week, but I’d been coming in on Saturday mornings for months to make sure things were being done right. I loved that job so much, I did it for nothing. I also didn’t have much of a life back then; I wasn’t writing yet. 😉
Imagine my surprise when they had to pay me. Heh. The check was for over $4000 dollars. I ran right over to the car place. I hate that kind of debt hanging over my head. I don’t drive my car much here, so it should last me for years if I take care of it.
I continue writing on the Weatherboy sequel, and I’m firming up plot and character details on the series. I plan at least three books, and I have a solid story for the first one, a vague idea for the second, and nothing at all yet for the third. 🙂 Yesterday morning, while half-asleep, I had an epiphany about one of the MCs, so I have to update my notes. He’s radically different from what I first imagined, and I think his new iteration is going to be more exciting to write.
A friend from up north plans to visit me at the end of the month. Her sister lives a couple hours away on the Gulf coast, and it’s a perfect opportunity to get together and catch up. I’m taking her to my favorite restaurant, and there are always movies to watch and books to read if we run out of conversation. The strange thing is it was her husband I was closest to. He’s the good friend who died a few weeks back. It’ll be interesting to see how we interact without him.
Spotted a Great White Egret in the dead tree a couple days ago. Such majestic birds! Did you know they used to be killed for their gorgeous plumage? The feathers were used in ladies’ hats. After they were almost decimated, a law was passed to protect them, and now they are flourishing again. The tiny white feathers on his beak come from grooming. That dead tree is popular with all the birds on the canal. Nearly every one of them visits it from time to time. I hope they never cut it down.
Hope you have a great weekend!