Y’all, it’s kind of a big day.
First of all, if you’re reading this, you’ll have noticed that I did in fact move over to self-hosted wordpress, since Godaddy was having an awesome sale ($20 for domain and hosting for the first year.) I’m hoping that this will resolve the commenting situation — to everyone whose comments blogger has eaten: I’m sorry! — and maybe along the way I’ll creep a little more into the 21st century. You can also now find me on twitter, by the way. I’ll probably keep messing with the look of the site for a while (I’m not sure I’m happy with this theme, and I really want to figure out how to change the default bright-white background for posts; instructions welcome, since google didn’t help) but anyway, here we go. Special thanks to Alicia for the encouragement, technical support, and as long as we’re at it, general friendship over the last few months.
Second of all:
Please ignore the woeful state of my investment accounts (the ruble picked a bad week to fall off a cliff, from a net worth perspective) and concentrate on items #2 and #3. That would be my credit cards and my student loans…both showing $0.00 owed. YES. For the first time since I turned 18 and signed for my first undergraduate loan, I am completely clear and free. Adding up the student loans and the credit card, that’s a total of $23697 paid off, almost exactly 18 months to the day after I defended my dissertation.
Merry Christmas to me! Thank you to everyone who’s been on this journey with me.