I mean, is anyone really surprised!?
What a crazy thing to wake up to.
This year honestly does not feel real. I *hope* that there will be a time in the future that feels more normal, when I can read my 2020 blog posts with my mouth open at what a crazy time it was.
(I am now picturing 80 year old me reading theshubox and it’s a rather funny but possibly prescient vision.)
4 more on a Friday
1- Yes, I contributed to Gretchen Rubin & Elizabeth Craft’s podcast Happier (around the 27 minute mark)! Semi-anonymously though so it wasn’t quiet as thrilling as my Mom Hour moment. The best part was that several of you alerted me of this (and I did find out from a reader before I heard myself which was quite thrilling!). Guess there are not that many pediatric endocrinologists with kids ages 2 (though now close to 3!), 6, and 8.
2- It’s budget day! I am trying to figure out how previously owed (and now paid/prepaid) taxes should be counted in our expenditures. Want to see something fun? Here is a graph (sorry, no numbers, just proportions) showing our expenditures thus far in 2020. This is theoretically “post-tax” $ (ie, the total is what has come home in our paychecks, after normal withholdings/deductions).
The blue is taxes (as I’ve mentioned, we owed for 2019 and prepaid extra for 2020 — both were paid out this year so are reflected in this graph). That is 37% of our “spending” (!!!), but taxes aren’t really spending – they shouldn’t be counted in take-home pay in the first place, right?
The green is boring monthly things like rent / utilities and the yellow is kid-related including our nanny, college savings, and school/activity costs — there were some activities the kids were doing before the pandemic hit. The purple is “fun” costs though this year it has included some travel costs that won’t actually result in any travel so were not all that much fun. The red is restaurant + entertainment + streaming services. And the light blue is blog/podcast related costs which should probably be separate but . . . they are on the graph because I track them in YNAB along with everything else.
I have really been trying to better understand our spending & focus on savings goal this year but I have to say that giant tax slab makes it less intuitive. (Next year will be more clear as we will be withholding much more from the get-go with hopes of avoiding these lump sum payments!).
3- I’m officially jealous of everyone with nice fall weather.
Every year I hate this time of year, weather-wise. I know I just have to be patient. December is usually nice . . .
4- I am now reading Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s so good; I’m sure I will finish it this weekend. I realized that we also had a children’s book of hers out from the library: The Day You Began! Genevieve really likes that one.
5- I found out yesterday that A’s teacher will not be returning to the classroom even though schools are set to open for in-person learning in mid-October. Online learning will continue for everyone anyway, so this means Annabel will either be in some other random classroom with headphones on, placed in a classroom with a teacher’s aide serving essentially as babysitter or possibly placed in the cafeteria (which sounds terrible, honestly). I told her she can go for 1-2 days to investigate and if it turns out that being home was better/more comfortable, she’ll just go back to fully remote from home (makes drop off easier anyway).
This may be a hard decision for her to make because she misses her friends but honestly online school at home has otherwise worked well for her.
HAPPY FRIDAY. The weather is iffy so I am going to do the leg/plyo workout in lieu of a run this AM. Sad but a reasonable substitute!