Boy, the Midwest is in a cold snap and I don't like it too much. This is after a week in Southern California with a daily temp in the high 60s/low to mid 70s. Daily life is still no smell and no taste, though my energy is finally returning. Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms are manageable. I've given up caffeine and the insomnia has lessened since I'm on a schedule and I am taking melatonin as needed.
Financially, it's still cash poor and paycheck-to-paycheck living. But we're managing to make it work with prioritizing the bills and economic choice. We did travel to Southern California (me and two kids, for one week for $850 all inclusive). This was funded by Christmas gifts and diverting some of the regular budget funds.
The first contract fell through on our old house that is on the market; the second was what I considered to be a low-ball offer with a three month contingency (their home wasn't even listed); third offer was $335K and we did a take it or leave it offer at $367.5K but their max budget was $350. [House is currently listed at $390K]. Fourth offer was $350K but we met at $370K with no contingency and 45 day close. Contract was signed on Sunday, so here's hoping that it goes through to completion.
That's about it for now.