Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Mish Mash

The Good - cause we should always start with the good right? :)

My family is all well, DH and I both still have good jobs, the kids are healthy, well-adjusted and doing well in school. We have enough money to pay all our bills and even some extra for savings and fun.

Showings on the house have continued to pick up - we have had multiple showings every week for the past 4 weeks.

Also, I got in some good progress on Angel of Summer, I actually even enjoyed working on her as she goes pretty fast. I'm toying with the idea of making her a focus piece to finish her more quickly as she is easily the closest thing to a finish in the WIP pile.

I did decide to start Stone Roses, so I'm working on her today and will continue on her until I feel ready to move on. I'll post a progress pic when I do.

The Bad - because there is always something, right?

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from my consulting firm. They are cutting my salary by 6%. I know times are tough all over, so I'll try not to whine about it too much, I know in this economy not everyone is lucky enough to still have a job.

I can survive the 6% just fine, so it isn't really the money that is bothering me - it is knowing that the company is in enough trouble that they had to do it. Makes me wonder if the other shoe is gonna drop, ya know? Still I cannot imagine they would fire me while I have a placement that is actually brining in money, so I'm pretty sure I'm safe - for now. If I get benched - I'll be worrying though.

The Ugly

The above now has me questioning whether we should really go through with selling our house and buying another. DH has a pretty recession-proof job so we're good financially if we stay here if I loose my job. On the other hand we can still afford a bigger house now even with the salary cut and even if I had to take a lesser paying job should I be laid off. It would be a lot more stressful though. A big part of me believes that buying now is a big financial opportunity if you can do it - but it feels a little like a gamble right now - and I don't like gambles.


Anonymous said...

That is a tough decision. But as I always say - go with your gut - you'll do the right thing in the end.

Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Tough decision, Jenny. If you're looking for opinions - if you're going to be stressed about it *at all* don't do it - it's not a bargain if the house is cheap but you can't sleep at night.

{{{hugs}}} because I know it's not an easy decision.

Melissa C. said...

Well, your Angel looks fantastic.

I don't know what to say about the house thing. Will and I have both lost and refound jobs within the past year. I'm making just a speck more, but he's making substantially less. It's scary out there.

I'm like you- I'm not a gambler. But, I would be crushed to be in the position you're in, with the new house so close you can taste it, and then be denied.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your angel is just so pretty I thinkyou should focus and get her done!

Holly said...

Your angel is looking fantastic... I agree with Dani, you should make it a focus piece. Something that beautiful needs to be finished.

Good luck with your decision....