December 13th, 2005



Pretty darn cold outside...

Today is the lab holiday potluck lunch. I made up a kielbasa dish last night(baked kielbasa, peppers, onion, and rice). While it was cooking I wrapped some presents. Norm's family's gifts are done and I got the present for Timothy wrapped so I could give it to Mark.

Looks like Aiyre and I will be heading out to visit mom this weekend. We'll probably leave on Friday and return in time for gaming on Sunday. I'll have to wrap Kate/Kathy/Brandon/Mom/Jim's gifts before Friday so I can bring them with me.

My business unit got reorganized yesterday. I was on the Sensors and Surveillance team within the Integrated Defense Systems unit of Raytheon. Now I'm in flux. UEWR got moved into the Maritime Mission Systems team. Taiwan SRP got moved into the Missile Defense team. I'm kind of working both jobs and so I'm on both teams.
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Emily had asked me a while back how much we could get for a mortgage. I wasn't really sure. I managed to find that your mortgage payment can't normally exceed 28% of your gross income. I'm not really sure how we could afford that. Right now, our payment is around 9.6%. We'd really have to adjust our budget to start paying 28% all the time. What that does mean is that our mortgage amount can be about 3 times what we currently have for a mortgage. We have little chance of finding a house that cheap.

Our Discover card was set to expire this month. I called to get a new one issued and they said they mailed it in the first week of November. We had not gotten it yet. So, I asked for a new set to be mailed. We got the new set yesterday. We also got the original set yesterday. Once we sorted out which ones to keep, I had 4 cards to destroy.

We plan to switch some of out spending to a Citibank Platinum Dividend Select mastercard. This is because that card will give a 5% kickback on some of our purchases(up to $250 or $300 per year). So.. we only plan to use it for those purchases and use the Discover(also about $300 per year limit on kickbacks) for everything else still. The Discover card kickback limit is separate, so we can get about $600 back per year.
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