This past weekend I road-tripped solo to St. George, Utah to hang out and interview my friend Austin about his Air BnB business, for Real Money Stories.
Austin was kind enough to get us tickets to opening night of When You Wish at Tuacahn, this incredible outdoor amphitheater built into a canyon. Not only did they use the stage to perform, but used the canyon behind it, and at one point had horses running across the stage, and even flooded it with water for one particular scene.
During the first act, the little girl who was the main character was on some kind of moving scooter, which was part of her costume. It was supposed to be hidden, but for some reason it wasn’t working, and she nearly lost her balance and fell. She managed to get out of it, and one of the characters just casually ran off stage to set the scooter aside, and the show kept going.
After the intermission, the little girl started the second act by waking up in bed and singing. Well, she got about three lines into the song when the sky opened up and started to POUR. The announcer said there would be a temporary rain delay. About twelve minutes later the rain stopped, and they resumed the production as if nothing ever happened.
I’m sure the cast and crew shared stories and laughed about the mishaps of that opening night, but ain’t that life?
This has been a bit of a challenging month personally and financially, and at the same time I’ve had some awesome things happen too.
Financially I feel like I’m bleeding money, which is partly my fault, and partly because like the musical, sh*t happens.
One of the first stops I made on my way to Utah was Barstow. They have an outlet mall, and even though my mission was just to find a pair of sandals, I ended up spending way more on other things I wanted. When I say my wardrobe is currently in a pathetic state, I’m seriously not kidding. I still felt guilty because it’s not in the budget.*
For my trip I got four new tires, which my car needed, and I wanted to be prepared for traveling solo in the desert with temps reaching 103 degrees. I was also due for an oil change. That set me back almost $700.
While I was traveling through the Mojave Desert, I was on a road with some loose gravel. Once I got past it I looked up and saw there was a crack in my windshield. Great, that’s another $300. Is the Universe punishing me for shopping? 🙂
Because I was out of my normal routine, on a stop at Starbucks I noticed my debit card was missing. After an exhaustive search, I decided to call my bank and have them issue me a new one. $5 for a new card, and me having to rely on a credit card for the rest of the trip. A couple hours later I found it in a sweatshirt pocket.
Prior to leaving for Utah, I got a notice from Credit Karma that my credit had taken a hit because I was late on a payment. I freaked out and immediately ordered my free credit report and found that indeed I missed a payment for $39 on a credit card I totally forgot I had. Of course I paid it, but my credit dropped nearly 100 points. I did talk to the credit card company and asked that they call the credit bureau and have it removed, so hopefully it will go back up soon. Sigh…
There are also a couple other minor things that are adding to my low-grade irritation, but hopefully they will just work themselves out, and soon!
Work is very busy right now. As much as it’s making it
very challenging to manage everything at once, it’s a good problem to have.
My trip overall to Utah was so fun…even one night of camping and slipping on loose gravel (damn loose gravel!) and scraping my leg to bits didn’t damper my spirits. St. George is freaking beautiful, and I was proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and saying yes to new things.
I also got a new freelance gig, which combines both video and personal finance! It happened quickly, and rather randomly, so I’m excited, but keeping the details kind of private for now. No jinxing! 🙂
*I decided to return a couple things back to the local stores, of course being out of my routine, I can’t seem to find the receipts ANYWHERE! Grrr! Update: I tried to return it and they said that it has to be an outlet store…which is nowhere near me. 🙁 Update #2: Found one that is about 35 minutes away. Will wait for a weekend morning where traffic is better.
What is ebbing and flowing in your own life?