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H and I have been back from the wedding festivities and honeymoon for about a month (more like a year) now, and I’m starting to get back into the normal routine again, which is nice. I feel like I basically left everything (bills, house stuff, work stuff, blog stuff, etc) alone for the better part of a month, then came back to a huge pile of stuff – slowly, I’ve been working through it all, and I feel like I’m about half way done. Unfortunately, it’s time for all of those purchases that H and I put off till “after the honeymoon” to happen, and we are spending a boatload of money on house stuff and other stuff that we need to finish projects and move upstairs (finally). It’s crazy, but we are just hanging on and trying to get all of our “married stuff” sorted out (insurance, bank accounts, etc). It feels like there’s so much stuff to do, so it’s easy to see why people put a lot of stuff like this off and never bother to do it at all.
Unfortunately, those things are important, and as I found out on the honeymoon “Later will eventually come”. When I booked the honeymoon, I booked the flights and the tour in november, and basically waited until later to deal with the rest – which I had kept telling myself that it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Eventually, “later” came, and we were still trying to find places to stay and flights right before we left! There were places to stay we needed in tokyo, and bangkok, as well as a flight to tokyo from bangkok that we didnt book. I had always just put it off and was hoping to make some time for it, but I didnt until my hand was forced – I think we ended up spending a bit more money and wasting some time because of this.
The flight we used miles for, and it cost us each 15k miles and 22 bucks, while a comparable ticket was around ~1300 per person, so we saved a ton there. I think the hotels could have been a little cheaper, and I know we would have been able to see a lot more stuff in bangkok because we didn’t get to the river express boat until 2 hours before closing – which was crappy, but that is just what it was. We still got to see a ton of cool stuff.
Now, it’s back to getting together and figuring out how we want to run our finances, insurance and our lives from this point forward. H still has some name changing stuff to deal with, and we really cant do much until that is all finished. She seems to have had a relatively easy time doing all of that, except for the requisite super long line at the local DMV. I’ve only been married 3 weeks, but it has been pretty awesome so far – we’ve gotten a lot of stuff done with the house, and we are almost at a point where we can move upstairs! I’ll share more pictures right before we do that, of course.
Readers: did you ever spend a teeny bit too much and regret it when the bill came?