After lunch today we said goodbye to the Berkeley based family and our super granddaughter which officially ends the holiday season for us. Tomorrow may be my older son's birthday but he has to work and I dropped off his gift on New Year's Eve. Always shortchanged with a very early January birthday as people are celebrated out LOL.
Anyway, I've spent part of the day looking at year end financial numbers and our plans for next year which are still pretty much up in the air on the moving front. We spent a ton of money in 2018 if you count turning family loans into gifts. But we did inherit more money so .... We will continue to contribute to a 529 plan for our granddaughter but at our children's request we have reduced gift giving even more for Christmas.
And (thanks California DMV) despite getting driver's licenses about 1 1/2 years ago we both need to make appointments, dig out all the required documents and pay another $35 to get the Real ID Driver's License! Yuck.
I think I am going to try to not shop out of boredom or unwillingness to wait (for a book from the library for example) this year. I have done my winter wardrobe using Project 333 and am already bored (but that is a personality problem not a wardrobe or need to go shopping problem.) So what behaviors can I substitute for shopping/browsing online or going to stores and wandering around? Eating is out and library trips usually involve a coffee and sweet but could switch to lunch. Exercise is good. Hmm - what else?
We are talking about using Hubby's cancelled flight credit to both go to Dallas as he had originally planned to see the Kennedy assassination museum. I might go to the Dallas art museum instead! Then we would drive to Austin and on to San Antonio (where my parents were married at the end of WWII). I had originally thought of going to Santa Fe but this makes more sense and will be fun.
Ideas for what to do in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio please! And when is it best to go in late winter or spring before it gets really hot/humid but not during the rainy season?
We need to research where we might live in or near Berkeley and have what we want house, price, walkability to restaurants, etc. and opportunities to meet people and make friends vs an area that empties out every day. Moves during retirement are tough on the making friends and finding meaningful and fun things to do front.
So here is to kicking off 2019!