The first month at work has been great. It’s so much better than my last job that it’s ridiculous and I still can’t believe my luck.
I got up and shopped at 3 a.m. on Black Friday, as usual. Sarah (my cousin) and I found some great sweaters, boots and gifts. Although, I couldn’t find as much as I usually do since I’ve decided to get all New Orleans-themed gifts this year and we were shopping in Pensacola. I did get a down comforter which is amazing and later I got some Holmes space heaters which are absolutely great — but they’re much cheaper at Target than online.
I did get my first paycheck to shop with on Black Friday morning.
However, Louisiana state income tax s-u-c-k-s.
Florida doesn’t have state income tax and I never appreciated that. Now I do. Literally, a fourth of my paycheck was taken out for taxes. I had to cancel my insurance application because I won’t be able to afford it and I also had to put my Krewe of Muses application on hold until this coming Thursday when I get my second paycheck. Hopefully I’ll still be able to get my new Mac soon, but it will probably be February instead of January now.
Back to the heaters — after we finally got warm here in this drafty, old apartment, I got down to decorating. We decided not to get a little tree because, for one, we’re poor and, for two, if we got a real one we were afraid it would draw the bugs in through all the cracks in our house. But I did put up a wreathe and a few lights (inside the house).
There was also a Christmas parade downtown that I actually missed, but will definitely go to next year. It’s put on by the Krewe of Kringle. I am not going to miss the SEC Championship, though. I’ll be watching it at Bourbon Street Blues Company, so hopefully it’ll be awesome and the Gators will win!