It’s pupping season at La Jolla Cove, and the mama and baby seals are hanging out in droves! I’ve never seen an actual live birth, but I have seen some pup seals that are so tiny they look like little fishies flailing about to catch up to mama seal. Unfortunately, there’s been some riff raff activity since the local news caught some people disturbing the seals at night with the seal cam recently installed (karma stink eye to them), but for the most part visitors are polite and it’s so cute to witness the mother-pup bonding:
Since the next pay cycle is going towards March expenses, I figured I’d already do a February debt update (if it changes, I’ll update accordingly). Though I splurged on running shoes and numerous boxes of Girl Scout cookies (it’s hard to say no to the little cherub-faced girl I’ve known since she was two, and at least it kills two birds with one stone because I then give them to people I don’t typically see like the custodial staff, mail and UPS delivery peeps, etc.), I managed to get rid of $1982 from my debt, bringing the balance to $9647. This month was an anomaly, since I did this by 1) my regular debt payoff amount, 2) tax returns, 3) February is a short month, and 4) I ate (and still have plans to eat) out a lot on other people’s dime. I still attribute putting this much debt payoff because of this blog, though, since I think publicly
shaming myself reporting it puts a fire under me since I was chipping away at it before for years, but was never really motivated to get rid of it once and for all. I’m looking for ways to pay this debt off even quicker, and hope some of it pans out.
I actually could have reduced it by a few more hundred dollars from my tax return (and yes, I’ve changed my withholdings so hopefully I’ll break even next round), but I wanted to start dabbling in investing so I started putting money into that project. Perhaps I should have waited a bit until all my debt was completely paid off, but I was eager to stick my big toe into the investment pool since there’s a lot of PF blogs that talk a great deal about investing. I suppose it was impulsive, but it’s better than impulsively shopping, at least!