Hi Everybody.....

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2009
Hi Everybody.....
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 9:11pm

Hi all....

Im back on the board after a three month break.

I was on a ten week trip through central and latin america as well as the Galapagos.....I went with Galpal1, her three sisters and their partners as well as her parents who wanted to celebrate their 45th anniv. by treating their family to an experience of a lifetime as opposed to storing it away as they have more than enough to live on for many years to come.....

Nice to be home though...finances are a bit behind....well a lot behind and taking time off without pay does not help but the experience was unbelievable and I have no regrets.....

Sad to read about Maryann...I have lots to read and catch up on as well as sorting where Im at financially

Look forward to catching up on what everybody has been up to.....



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Registered: 04-08-2008
Sat, 02-02-2013 - 12:46am


I love to travel and think it is a huge investment in yourself. Always gain valuable perspective and enriching experiences.

Glad to have you back tho,


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2010
Sat, 02-02-2013 - 6:33am

Wow, that is amazing!!

Glad to hear you're back.  Bills will always be there but that is a once in a lifetime chance :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-10-2003
Sat, 02-02-2013 - 12:05pm
Welcome back! Its been a while! We have some new members here and a lot of us have rededicated ourselves to make 2013 the year of the debt pay off! I'm glad you had a great time on your trip!

Bex -

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-11-2006
Sun, 02-03-2013 - 10:13am
Welcome back, Duke! Sounds like an awesome, once in a lifetime trip! Best wishes as you get back into debt-attack mode!
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Registered: 10-02-2011
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 1:32am

Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I would like to see those giant tortoises in their natural habitat one day. Welcome back.

PS. I hope Galpal1 was small_change. She's been missing since August, and we don't know how to contact her. We're worried about her.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 8:10am

Hey Duke, great to hear from you!

What an amazing trip. That is completely awesome!

We have some very dedicated people here this year that are making 2013 *their* year to pay off huge chunks of their debts. It is very inspiring I tell ya.

I am going to stay home with the baby until August then go back to work. Until then we are living off one income and some savings. I think we can make it. I am trying to slowly pay down the roof on the store, and our truck with regular payments and bits of extras. We have started a savings account for a new house and little tiny little gems go in there to keep us sane. 

Looking forward to seeing more of you! I hope when you get organized we can root for you! 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2008
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 2:14pm

Welcome Back!!!

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 12:33pm
What an amazing experience! Reminds of when I occasional watch Suzi Orman's Can I afford this? Or what ever that segment is called. Always amazed at what she denies and what she approves. I bet she would have approved that trip! Good to see you back. Serenity CL - Making a Second Marriage Work