Another reason why I wanted to have my mortgage paid off BEFORE the holidays? The holidays are best with family and when family does not live close that means plane tickets. My mom didn't want me to visit for Thanksgiving because the weather is cold this time of year. I told her I was going to surprise her anyway. She didn't believe me. Today I hopped on a plane, rented a car and drove, in the snow, up to my parent's house. I called when I reached the driveway. My mom answered and I asked her what was for dinner. Then I asked if I could come. She still thought I was kidding until I said I was really in front of the house and she came downstairs and couldn't believe it.
It is 7 degrees here. I brought all of my stuff in a carry-on. It isn't so bad actually. As long as I am not outside for more than 5 minutes it doesn't feel that cold. I'm not going to think about what this will do to my mortgage plan yet. Set it back a month undoubtedly but spending time with family is worth more than money sometimes.