Hey everyone! I, much like everyone else, can’t believe it’s already October! September, as I assumed, kinda-sorta kicked me in the tuckus with a barrage of September birthdays and some hefty wedding deposits (photographer, church fees, favors), so in terms of debt repayment I only managed to kick out $290 from my life. If I can be honest, though, I still don’t super regret it – some big ticket expenses were flights (since we’re saving as much vac time as possible for our wedding and got fairly good deals) and a nice dinner for my mom’s 60th (split amongst my bro/sis-in-law). During that weekend, my dad also threw her a surprise brunch with all of her friends, and even though my dad forgot to alert everyone we were coming to the restaurant since he got distracted playing tour guide with B when we were in the car (an endearing quirk about him), the confusion-to-delight-to-happy-crying on my mom’s face was just something that I’m glad I didn’t miss. It was amazing to feel so much love in the room for her, and I’m so glad B and I went to be a part of it.
This being said, mere moments ago John from Frugal Rules just notified me that I’m the winner of his blog birthday giveaway – thanks so much, John! 🙂 I never win anything except staring contests with B (and usually I don’t declare that we’re playing a game, but merely claim myself victorious once he blinks), so I’m all sorts of stoked. This is all going towards my debt, I swear, and has renewed my focus on getting this debt out of my life.
Completely new topic, but a couple of people have asked whether I’m going to change my last name once I marry B. I do plan to, because in my culture, I have two first names, my middle name is my mom’s maiden name, and my last name is my dad’s/family name. You do that with all the kids, so my brother and I share the same middle and last name. Once I marry, though, my last name becomes my middle name, and B’s last name becomes my new last name. I’m hoping to keep the tradition if we’re to have little ones, since it’s something I find really interesting about my culture. Besides, my last name only has a few letters and they’re all in his last name, so it’s like his last name just ate mine, anyway. 😉
If anyone else has intercultural stories or exchanges like that, I’d love to hear it! Hope everyone has a wonderful week and a kick-booty October!