August was full of the unexpected, and nothing really went as planned, which is okay. We have the flexibility to deal with it.
We got to Santa Fe on August 1 and moved in to a little 400 square-foot house/apartment we found on Airbnb. Although it was small, it was just perfect for our needs, and it was in a great location for walking all over. It was in walking distance of downtown, as well as Trader Joe’s.
We decided to visit Santa Fe to evaluate it as a possible retirement location. I’ll be writing a post on our thoughts on Santa Fe as a retirement location.
At the end of the first week, Kara’s Dad had a serious injury and she flew to Iowa. She spent almost a week there, leaving Stephen and Chiqui in Santa Fe. Luckily, her Dad has substantially recovered and is doing much better.
When Kara returned to Santa Fe, we visited Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque. It was a really neat site, but an incredibly hot that day. We were disappointed that they have to close at 5 pm to help combat vandalism. We won’t ever understand why people visit beautiful places and feel the need to leave their mark behind.
Stephen went to Bandelier National Monument to take pictures. Kara stayed home with Chiqui so she wouldn’t be left alone too long. Plus it ended up being an incredibly busy time in Kara’s department at Stanford, and she ended up working long hours the final two weeks of the month, leaving little time for anything else. Stephen was a little disappointed in Bandelier, and felt it couldn’t compare to a previous trip we took to Mesa Verde in Colorado, which is a similar, but much more extensive cliff dwelling site.
On our last Saturday in New Mexico, we drove the high road to Taos, stopping at some of the sites along the route. The most interesting were Santuario de Chimayo and San Francisco de Asis Mission. Unfortunately, the San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas had scaffolding in front for renovations. But it was built in 1776 and I’m sure they want to keep it in good shape. We thought about checking out the Taos Pueblo, but it ended up being closed that day. A picnic in the park was cut short when distant thunder scared Chiqui.
On the last day of the month, we moved out of our rental and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to camp for a couple nights.
We had very little income in August, partially because Kara forgot to turn in her Stanford time card for August 1-15, while she was in Iowa. So that income will be counted for September along with the paycheck for the many hours she worked August 16-31.
Kara’s Stanford income $1,250 ($1,062 net after taxes and withholding)
Sold Stephen’s Ikea table – $35
Kara sold some stationery on eBay – $11
We had a couple unexpected expenses in August – we spent $535 on Kara’s emergency plane ticket and $660 on medical expenses for Kara. She’s fine, but needed a couple tests to make sure everything was okay. Kara also spent $65 on clothes, which is pretty unusual, but she really needed them because she’s lost so much weight. Stanford paid for Kara’s phone for the month of August, which helped because she spent a lot more time on the phone and texting for work that month.