What a long strange summer it’s been….

Look! I’m alive! Really! Well, kinda. Maybe.  I think the jury is still out on that one.

I must say, I have tremendous respect for those of you who blog everyday. I really don’t know how you do it. Every time I think I might have time to get a post in, the phone rings. It’s always my life at the other end of the line, dead set on pulling me in another direction.

So far, this summer has proven to be a hectic one. I’ve been teaching four days a week since the spring semester ended. As I write this, my students are taking an exam. My only “day off” has been Fridays, which I generally use to meet with clients and get to other things I don’t have time for during the week.

After months of pain, limited mobility, doctor’s appointments and physical therapy (which was a complete waste of my time), I finally have a diagnosis on my hip pain. It’s nothing serious and now that we know what’s wrong with it, I’m with a new physical therapist who is helping me fix it. I’m still stiff as a board and things are still painful, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

You probably know if you live in most of America, that it’s been hot as hell for the past few… well, months now I guess. We had a very hot and humid June and July is not really getting much better. We got the electricity bill for last month and I almost fainted. My utility bills are still less expensive in the summer than the winter though, so that made me feel a little better. I’ve programmed the thermostat to raise the temperature during the day to cut back in costs. We’ll see how that goes.

So with the schedule of classes to teach, physical therapy appointments and clients, I haven’t really had a lot of time to spend money. Keeping busy is a great way to be frugal. No time for shopping, except grocery shopping. Luckily most afternoons I have enough time to make a lovely dinner. It’s been too hot for homemade bread though, which Jeff and I miss quite a bit.

So things with the budget are going well. We are paying things down. I’m developing a plan for the fall since my income will increase greatly with the full-time teaching position. We are going very intense for the next 9 months to pay a lot of things off. We are going to be in a great financial position by May, Lord willing.

What I look forward to most, is August. I’ll have almost an entire month with no classes. It’ll be time to take some time to relax, get prepared for fall and just enjoy a bit of summer.

What are you doing this summer? Do you find you spend more or less money in the summer?