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Out with the Old...
2010 in Review:


  • January: Had a carpal tunnel flare, had to go back to physical therapy, bought a Wii.

  • February: Played in my first K-Swiss singles league, K & I took a trip to Charleston.

  • March: Went to a Shawn Mullins concert, my Mom had a stroke

  • April: Went to Coachella, K & I broke up, I got an iPod Touch.

  • May: My team won our ALTA division & went to the playoffs, Mom got out of rehab, I had a tree removed, went to Missouri for my niece's high school graduation.

  • June: Took my first business trip of the year, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, my brother had a bike accident and punctured his lung.

  • July: Went home to Missouri for the fourth, ran over a kitten in my driveway :(, had my first polo experience.

  • August: Took a work trip to Vegas, my parents visited for a weekend, took a work trip to Calgary.

  • September: DragonCon, Adam Lambert concert

  • October: Trip to Hawaii and Alaska, went to zombie apocalypse for Halloween.

  • November: Made the playoffs in K-Swiss, went to Iowa for my cousin's wedding, my parents & sister came to Atlanta for Thanksgiving.

  • December: Had jury duty, was eliminated from K-Swiss finals in Round 16, went home for the holidays with the cat in tow.


Summary: So glad this year is over. Ugh.

Last year's resolution: House Plants
"Sounds like a silly resolution, I know, but there are no plants in my house right now. I am bad at remembering to water them, but my goal is to have something growing in every room so that I see them all the time. Also, I need to get a watering can. It's also part of the “save money” goal as well, since I love flowers and buy them often; I'm hoping to replace that with a flowering plant. I will have to learn what flowers seasonally so I can rotate them out, and I have to do all this with the flowers that are not toxic to cats, so it will require some research. There are a LOT of plants that are toxic, according to the ASPCA."

Result: I have four plants currently mostly alive. The herbs were a no go, and I managed to kill a cactus by underwatering it. Surprisingly, the African violet seems to be thriving. I'm going to say B- on this one.


2010 Goals

  1. Hang living room curtains that I bought in August.

  2. Result: Done!
  3. Continue working on budgeting and saving my money, learning to control how I use my credit cards, etc.

  4. Result: My top 10 expenses were: Mortgage, Home Maintenance, Travel, Dining Out, Automotive Expenses, Utilities, Telphone, Groceries, Electronics, & Gifts. Eh. I did okay this year, but not awesome. I am still working on it though!
  5. Finish the college sweatshirt blanket.

  6. Result: Nope. Haven't even touched it.
  7. Finish my France sabbatical photo album.

  8. Result: Done!
  9. Continue augmenting my fitness routine with walking and working out on the Wii I plan to buy soon. I would like to lose 10 pounds and/or fit back into my clothes better (some of my jeans are now too tight to wear.)

  10. Result: I started out well, but then it all fell apart. This one is solidly in the no go category.
  11. Post one non-meme, non-tweet related post to LJ each week, and go back through and tag things better.

  12. Result: I'm going to call this one a win! I don't know that I posted every week, but I have 79 entries tagged "It's not a tweet" and I did go back through my whole journal and retag things.
  13. Try out one new recipe a month.

  14. Result: Eh. I did try out some new recipes early on in the year, but I would say that after June I didn't cook much.
  15. Mail cards to my family on their birthdays and anniversaries. I used to be really good at this but have been slacking for the last few years.

  16. Result: Completed! It was expensive though. Cards are not cheap!


...In with the New!

2011 Resolution: Procrastinate Less!

I realize this sounds kind of vague, but here is a case in point of what I am talking about: this year I let my packing room get really messy and let the desk in my office pile up with papers that needed to be filed and other stuff. I stressed about both of these areas to the point where I had to keep the doors to both rooms shut at all times. It took me 30 minutes to clean up the packing room, and one workday to clean off my desk. Six months of feeling bad about it could have been so easily avoided! So my plan is this: put stuff away. Unload the dishwasher. Put the laundry away. Just less putting tasks off.

2011 Goals

  1. Walk a mile every day. Not to say that I won't walk more than that on occasion, but I am both holding myself to getting on the treadmill every day and at the same time giving myself an out for the days I don't feel like really working out.

  2. Paint my office.

  3. Finish 2010 scrapbook. So much for 'as you go' scrapbooking! I made it through May.

  4. Finish 2005 (I think - now I'm suddenly not sure where I left off) scrapbook.

  5. Hang shelves in the bathroom closet.


And I'm using this post to count as TWO of the 30 day meme:
Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days


Only 1 day left to go in this meme! I will finish it! (see how the less-procrastinating thing works!*g*)
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

I got up early and got ready to go, then called the doctor's office to see if I could get in to see the doctor or get a prescription called in. He had me come in, and with actually very little waiting, I got a prescription for antibiotics and cough syrup. I love my doctor, he's really nice and he's the only doctor I've ever had where you spend more time with him than the nurses. And he remembers every personal detail I've ever told him about where I've lived, my family, my hobbies, etc. This from a man I see once or twice a year!

It was just before noon when I got out of his office, so I swung by my favorite Mexican restaurant and got take out, then took my prescription to the CVS near my house and dropped it off through the drive-through window. I went home and had my lunch, then I went to Wells Fargo to talk to them about my mortgage and investment accounts. They don't do the mortgage thing there, that's another branch, but he called the lady for me. Oh, maybe I haven't mentioned this? Right before Thanksgiving, Wells Fargo rebranded all the Wachovia banks, so they bank in Georgia now. They called me to see if I was interested in refinancing my mortgage, which I would be if the details were right. Historically low interest rates and all that, plus if there's no catch the paperwork they sent me looks like I could lower both the interest rate and length of my mortgage and save $50,000. (I'm pretty sure there will be a catch.) Then I started the paperwork to move 3 investment accounts I have at 3 different banks to Wells Fargo, in the continuing effort to leave Bank of America.

That took AGES, and really wore me out. I was going to go over to Bank of America afterward and close my account, but I just didn't have the strength. So instead I came home and blanketforted on the couch and watched Hoarders and ate blackberry cobbler. And now I am going to take my cough syrup and go to bed! Good night!

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy

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Does anyone use Wachovia? Is their free checking really free? Anyone have any IRAs with them?

I'm still trying to get away from Bank of America, yes. It may take years.

*sigh*

Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm
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Today I took my car in to get a 60,000 mile tune up. I knew it was going to be expensive, but it has turned out to be more than I expected. Now, mind you, my car is ten years old, has very low mileage, and has been relatively problem-free for its existence up to this point. As much as I would LOVE to get a new car, having a payment right now just isn't in the works. So I'm happy to do what it takes to keep this car going for another (hopefully, knock-on-wood) five years or so.

But I am out $1500 now. And of course I had to put it on my credit cards, which is just adding to my seemingly never-ending credit card cycle. I have been trying so hard this year to get them paid off and to change the way I use my credit, but it seems like every time I get close, something like this happens. I had just gotten my total credit card debt down to less than $1000 and was hoping for this to only run me $500 or so. It's disheartening.
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2009 in Review:

  • January: BFF's parents announced they were divorcing. Won first game at league tennis. Obama inaugurated!

  • February: My mom spent three weeks with me so I could help her go through family pictures. My kitchen cabinets started falling off the walls & and to be taken down & reattached.

  • March: Reappearance of last year's death flu. First of many, many trips to Vancouver for the year.

  • April: Visited Craigg & Vic in Denver and was introduced to the joys of Rockband. Bought my first “real” tennis racquet (ie one that cost more than $30.) Won first match at league tennis.

  • May: Painted the guest bedrooms. Adopted a cat. Back to Vancouver.

  • June: Apparently I did nothing exciting in June.

  • July: Went home for the 4th. My great-nephew was born! I went back to Vancouver. Started a cross-stitch family tree for my mom's Christmas gift. Started dating K. :D Went to Adam Lambert concert (ok, American Idol show, but we're ignoring that) and Green Day concert.

  • August: Painted guest bathroom. Went to Counting Crows concert. Back to Vancouver.

  • September: Dragon*Con! My plumbing problems started. Then we had historic floods in Atlanta, and my sump pump wasn't working, so my whole bottom level flooded a bit.

  • October: Got the drainage pipes replaced from the house to the street. More Vancouver trips.

  • November: Instituted the Tennis & Tacos Friday nights. Got death flu AGAIN (not to be confused with swine flu) right before my parents and sister came down for Thanksgiving. Watched my cousin finish the Atlanta marathon.

  • December: Squirrels in the attic OH NO. :( Went home for Christmas. Bought a Wii.


A quiet year, really. Lots of problems around the house, although really nothing overly serious. Everything's been kind of low-key, but not necessarily in a bad way.


Last year's resolution: Learn to live within my means financially.
After buying the house, it's been really hard to keep the credit card debt down - I doubled my living expenses by living alone, and I had to furnish the house and put a new roof on, and then this year there was the shed and the lawn equipment. But there's always going to be something, and I need to learn to be more frugal.

1. Pay off credit card debt.
2. Increase savings to $5K in case of emergencies.
3. Eat out less.
4. Explore getting a roommate more aggressively. This one sort of pains me, because the only logical room to rent out is the room I now use as my office, which means I would have to shift some stuff around to move my office upstairs. But I am going to start feeling around work and friends to see if there are any connections to someone trustworthy.

Result: Pretty much a failure. I did pay off my credit card debt in early March but it didn't stick; I've run up another ~3K in debt since then. Part of the problem is that I make more money for the first half of the year than I do for the second, due to a bonus. That will change this year, as they are adding that to my regular salary, so I'm hoping to be able to regulate that a bit bettter. I also nearly made it to the $5K savings goal, but then had plumbing problems that had to be dealt with. I have been tracking my spending pretty closely, and while I'm not entirely changing the way I spend, I am at least more cognizant of where my money goes. I'm going to keep at it this year and try to learn more about budgeting.

Also, I have come to terms with the fact that I do not want a roommate, or at least not one who isn't already a friend. So if the situation ever comes up, great, if not, I'm just going to have to be better with my money.

My top 10 expenses were:

  • Mortgage: unavoidable, but it did go down this year! I'm still paying the same amount though, so I'm paying more on the principal loan. It works out to about one extra payment for the year.

  • Home Improvement: By the time I finish dealing with the squirrels, it will be close to $5K this year. About $1K of that was planned expense, the rest was a surprise. Oh, well, it's an investment! (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.)

  • Restaurants/Dining: Gotta work on this one, I know! I am going to try. I love eating out though! And it is a method of getting together with friends as well.

  • Home Maintenance: This is both décor and upkeep. Some of this is unavoidable, like pest control and the like. I need to take a look at the breakdown and see what I could trim down.

  • Utilities: I have switched my gas company this month, so hopefully that will lower the bill for the coming year. Also I am starting to track, and I have cut my electricity usage by about a third over this time last year. I have become my dad: “Shut that light OFF! You don't need the light on if you aren't in the room, you won't wear out the switch.”

  • Pets/Pet Care: She's lucky she's a cute cat. I have spent a lot on her, but that is tapering off now. I also bought a lot in bulk, like her flea treatments and replacement litter bags, because it was cheaper or saved shipping. So some of that cost will be defrayed this year, hopefully.

  • Telephone Services was listed next, but that's not accurate as most of that is actually reimbursed by my company. I do need to look at lowering my cell phone plan; I don't think I can, but it's worth checking.

  • Groceries: I need to get this one higher on the list, swap places with the Restaurant expenses.

  • Personal Care: This is hair, make up, etc. A girl's got to be pretty :) I continue to toy with switching hairdressers, particularly as she continues to raise her prices, but I love the way she cuts my hair! I have already cut out one hair cut per year this year.

  • Clothing/Shoes: I was shocked that this one was on here, because I don't feel like I bought a lot of clothes this year. But then I remembered – tennis & Gina's wedding were big clothing expenditures. And I bought hiking shoes too.

  • Entertainment: This is everything from concerts to comic books. I need to look at the breakdown on this one too, but again, I do not want to cut out the things that get me out of the house. I have hermit tendencies.


Last year's goals:
1. Resume my walking routine. I let this go when I started playing tennis, but I need to do both. Ideally I'd like to walk 2 miles a day.
Result: Ok, I had completely failed at this until the beginning of December, so hopefully I can keep going with that.

2. Finish my sweatshirt blanket, and in the process, re-learn how to use a sewing machine.
3. Finish my France sabbatical and childhood photo albums.
Result: Nope. I started a cross-stitch family tree for my mom's Christmas gift, which took all my crafting time from July on. It's finished now, so hopefully I can get back on track with my own projects. I'm itching to work on a photo album.

4. Paint the guestroom and hang my grandmother's quilt up.
Result: 50%. I painted the guestroom, but decided to hold off on hanging up the quilt until I buy a bed frame, as I want the hardware to match the bed frame.

2010 Resolution: House Plants
Sounds like a silly resolution, I know, but there are no plants in my house right now. I am bad at remembering to water them, but my goal is to have something growing in every room so that I see them all the time. Also, I need to get a watering can. It's also part of the “save money” goal as well, since I love flowers and buy them often; I'm hoping to replace that with a flowering plant. I will have to learn what flowers seasonally so I can rotate them out, and I have to do all this with the flowers that are not toxic to cats, so it will require some research. There are a LOT of plants that are toxic, according to the ASPCA.


2010 Goals

  1. Hang living room curtains that I bought in August.

  2. Continue working on budgeting and saving my money, learning to control how I use my credit cards, etc.

  3. Finish the college sweatshirt blanket.

  4. Finish my France sabbatical photo album.

  5. Continue augmenting my fitness routine with walking and working out on the Wii I plan to buy soon. I would like to lose 10 pounds and/or fit back into my clothes better (some of my jeans are now too tight to wear.)

  6. Post one non-meme, non-tweet related post to LJ each week, and go back through and tag things better.

  7. Try out one new recipe a month.

  8. Mail cards to my family on their birthdays and anniversaries. I used to be really good at this but have been slacking for the last few years.

Milestone

Mar. 6th, 2009 06:52 pm
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I'm one step further toward reaching my New Year's Resolution: as of today, I have paid off my credit cards.

\o/

I also have enough money in savings to pay off the credit cards that are "same as cash" debts, ie no interest for 1 year or whatever, when they come due. And I'm almost half way to my goal of having $5K in savings too.

I'm using a free website to try to figure out where my money goes. Oddly enough, most of it seems to be going to pay off debt right now. :) But now that I'm through with that, I hope to move on to how to budget my money to plan for each month. So far I have found I spend a lot of money on food. I need to work on eating out less now.

Here's a link to the site, if anyone is interested: https://moneycenter.yodlee.com

>:(

Feb. 10th, 2009 08:29 pm
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I have two Amex accounts, one for personal and one for business, and I just realized I sent my payment to the wrong one. Ugh. It's the second time I've done this, so I know I just have to call them and tell them I'm a moron but ugh, ugh, ugh.
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Drums practiced!

Unfortunately, I didn't get any writing done today. Yet - the day obviously isn't over yet. I thought I'd go to the internet cafe that I like and write there, but their internet kept going out, and since I am keeping my writing in Google docs right now because I keep thinking my computer's due for a crash, I didn't get much done. I moved to a second cafe, but I was just too distracted.

Also, Atlanta's (well, the southeast's, really) gas crisis goes on. Gas is $4.29 a gallon, and about 1 in 3 gas stations is completely out of gas. Yes, Rest of the World, I know you pay more than this for gas. But the national average right now is $3.64, so we are paying a lot more than the rest of the country. Ugh.

And finally, I can has fake tattoo )

It's a little blurry, but that's the camera, not the tattoo. :( *wants new cam*
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So we're supposed to give the Treasury $700 billion and not ask them what they did with it? Yeah, no. What I find amusing about all of this is that the Republican party still has the nerve to try and paint Democrats as 'tax and spend' - pot, kettle, black much?

Anyway, so our economy is failing and I'm too chicken to go online and see what this is doing to my 401k. Also, I've forgotten my password, but mostly too chicken. At one point I had $70k in there, and the last statement I got, which I think was Q1, I remember that the amount of money I'd lost this year equaled the amount I invested last year. Good times. *chants 'long term investment, I'm only 33' over and over*

In good news, at least I have my health! I went today and got my hearing tested because it's been a year since my operation. My good ear is slightly above normal, and my operated-on ear is mostly in the normal range, with some below normal in lower frequencies. \o/ Yay for not being deaf in one ear, which I basically was last year.

I plan on celebrating this by practicing my drums tonight. I have really been slacking with the drums. I think about them every single day, but that is not the same as playing on them. Oddly, I think I'm developing a fear of failure about it - like I'm afraid to find out how bad I really am. Which is stupid, because it's not like I intend to do anything with it. I'm not exactly looking to join a band or anything.

I've also been trying to meet a goal of writing 500 words a day. I've hit it most days, and my bandom Harlequin is at 8000 words now. Sadly, I'd say this is the half-way point. Or maybe the third-way point, because I keep thinking 'oh, and I need to address this, and this. Oh, and this.' I'm going to have to make up my mind about what really goes in. Also, I've finished writing all the parts I had plotted out, so I guess the next step would be figuring out where it goes from there. I was hoping it would have just come to me by now. That did not work out.
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So today I went to Home Depot and Lowe's and got quotes on all the things I need to start caring for my own lawn. Lowe's has said they will match Home Depot's financing plan (6 months, no interest, no payments), so I'm planning to buy everything from them except for the shed, which I'll get at Home Depot. The final cost is going to run me just under $1300. So that's 17 months of lawn service at the current price or 10 months at the new price.

Either way, I have a plan, go me!

The guy at HD also showed me Bagster, which is awesome - you buy the bag for $30 and it holds something like 3 tons of junk, and then you call them and they haul it away for $70. Way cheaper than the $300 the junk people wanted to charge me.

Then I came home and found a website for a company that says they'll come get it for free! So I'm trying them first, and then I'll do the bagster thing if that doesn't pan out.

Then I went to the craft store and bought the things I needed to make my brother's christmas present, and came home and ordered the photo developing online for it. And I finished putting together the scrapbook I completed last week.

Now I'm going to pour myself a glass of wine and start on my next project - sorting out my 2005 & 2006 scrapbook stuff - and watch The Black Parade is Dead! on DVD.
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I deleted my Chemistry profile. You can't do anything on the site without paying, not even get communication from paying members. It's $50 for a month, or if you're willing to commit to a six-month membership, a little under $30. I'm so not in a place to be spending that on a dating service right now. I'm still trying to learn to live within my means and that is not the way to go about it.

So yesterday I thought, "Hey, I'll do that meme where you take 6-8 pictures throughout the day and then you label them with a title and a time and that's it. That'll be fun."

So I took these:So I took these: )

And then I realized that my day is really quite dull and I stopped.
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It is 9:30 on Saturday night, and I am in bed in my jammies.

In my defense, I have had a busy day, a busy weekend actually. I got my hair cut and colored yesterday, which takes about 3 hours. It's still red with the blonde streaks, but it's much shorter. Me like. I came home and started hanging up my wavy IKEA mirrors in my bedroom. Of course I ran out of drywall screws, and since it was midnight, I couldn't go get more. This is what I get for starting home improvement projects at 10PM.

I went to bed at 3:30am, which was absolutely dumb since I knew I had to get up in time to get to the post office this morning. So I only got about six hours of sleep, and I woke up having a dream that I was driving my parents' SUV, the one they had when I was in high school, and it got stolen while I was inside a gas station buying a candy bar. I'm sure that says something about a guilty conscience, but I'm not sure what. So I drug myself out of bed, tons of cranky, couldn't wash my hair because of the dye, added cranky, and headed out. Ran by the dry cleaners, and then on to the post office. Only to find out that the Little Five Post Office doesn't open on Saturdays anymore. DOUBLE TONS OF CRANKY. So I had to go all the way back to Decatur to the busy post office, but I got my tax returns mailed along with my brother's Christmas gifts, since I've given up on getting to visit them this month, and really March is too late to give gifts.

Then I went to Lowe's and got the screws to finish hanging the mirrors and got a second paint sample for the living room as after two weeks of living with the other sample, I've finally decided it is not the color. Fingers crossed on this one. I also got curtains and a curtain rod for the laundry closet, and assorted other stuff. Yay shopping!

Next it was time for my drum lesson, so I trucked over to Earthshaking. My instructor wasn't there yet, so I started practicing on the actual kit what I've been doing at home all week using my practice pad as a snare, thin air for bass, and a carefully constructed tower of notebook/Kleenex box/glass coaster for the highhat. Oddly, using the kit was easier. :) After half an hour and still no teacher, I asked the shop to call him and went back to practicing. I got a full hour in when he called the store to let me know he couldn't make it - I'd only given him my home number and he'd left me a message. Not upset at all, I got to bang on a drum for a FULL HOUR today, wheeeeeee!

Then I came home, finished hanging the mirrors, and then went to work on the laundry closet: hanging brackets for curtain rod, putting the rod together, ironing curtains, removing doors, hanging curtain. For the first time in almost a year, I can easily open my dryer door! FTMFW! \o/

The downside to all this is I now feel like I've been run down by a Mack truck. So now, I'ma read for a while and go to sleep. Happy Saturdaying to you all!
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Yeah, so I've been paying renter's insurance on my old apartment all year and never even noticed. I fail at finance.
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Only not. I'm headed back to Vegas, for the week.

The weekend seemed really long to me, I'm not sure why. I went to the movies on Friday night, I think it threw me off. That's usually a Saturday night thing for me. So Saturday seemed like Sunday, which made Sunday feel like an extra day. Oh, well, better too long than too short!

I have replaced my dead cell phone with a cheapo pay-as-you-go phone, just with my old SIM card - a suggestion from the guy at the Cingular store, which was nice of him to do instead of trying to sell me a $300 phone. I qualify to upgrade my phone at the end of October, so this is just a temporary measure til then.

On Saturday, I tried to hang my coats in on the new shelf in my coat closet downstairs, only to have the shelf collapse. I give up! I'll have my dad look at it when he comes down week after next - that and the light in the kitchen that doesn't work anymore. Also, I may or may not have a critter in my attic - will have to call the exterminator this week and see what they charge to come check. Ah, the joys of homeownership! *chants equity-saving on taxes-not throwing my money down the drain to a landlord mantra to self*

My surgery is less than three weeks away - I'm a little nervous, but looking forward to getting my hearing back to normal! The 'rents are coming for that, and my sister too. I'm going to try very hard not to be bitchy - I don't do sick well and sometimes I take it out on the people around me more than I should.

I think I'm going to quit Netflix this week - I've had the same movies out since the end of May. Obviously not watching them, so why should I pay for it? I think instead I'm going to put that money toward re-joining Weight Watchers. I want to be sure to watch my diet during the recovery time for my surgery, since I can't work out. Not that I've been working out lately anyway, oops! But I want to start back, and just generally start taking better care of myself again.

Things to do this week:

  • Call pest control about possible squirrel infestation

  • Call lawn service re them being dicks/getting them to mow my yard again so I don't look like the trashy neighbor and affect the ability of the nice couple flipping the house next door to sell said house.

  • Look for new lawn service

  • Watch Netflix movies and mail them in

  • Cancel Netflix service

  • Pay bills

  • Finish solo writing piece for The Est

  • Update House Project List with: Getting quote for the roof/soffit replacement, getting quote for gutter covers, getting quote for eventual replacement of main plumbing pipe (for next year), determine cost of painting living room, paint living room, caulk under back door, finish painting crawl space door, get quote for removing sheds from back yard

  • Don't spend any more money on decorating the house this week.

  • Check prices for rentals on the Outer Banks for next year's possible vacation

  • Email [livejournal.com profile] thescreamregime about the pub crawl (Todd, if you're reading this, I'm going to email you *g*)

  • Email my nephew about birthdays

  • Email roofing company about quote for whatever it takes to make my roof/attic impenetrable.

  • Look up correct spelling for 'impenetrable' as that does not look right.
  • ETA: I was right, who knew!
  • Lay off the free wine in first class.

D'oh!

Jul. 13th, 2007 01:34 pm
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Definition of sheer panic:
Realizing you sent your July mortgage payment to Wells Fargo Financial instead of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

All is sorted now, mortgage payment sent off to the right place, and refund headed it's way to me from the other place, which is a credit card company that I bought something from in 2002. Sheesh. But everyone was very helpful about the whole thing, and I have now set up reoccuring payments to the right place on my online banking. And cleared out all the payees that I don't use anymore, except the Wells Fargo one - want to make sure I get that check back before I delete the info, then it's going too. Yikes, yikes, yikes.
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of my local (ish) Mitsubishi dealer.

Hey, they have free wi-fi, they're already ahead in my books.

I say localish, because they are like eighteen miles from my house. There's a dealer closer, but I didn't like what they did with my car when I took it in for service. And they're only like two miles closer, so in the grand scheme of things, not such a big deal.

So any guesses on the total amount of money I'll end up signing over to them today?

To give you a fair basis:
1. My window made a whirring noise, and one that I would swear was the sound of breaking glass. They are charging me $85 just to look at it.
2. I've asked them to check my brakes, as they keep squealing.
3. I'm getting my oil changed - $30

I'm guessing.... 30 kajillion dollars and my firstborn son.
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How do the weekends go by so fast, seriously?

I got home on Friday, walked in my door by 5 pm, which is lovely. The last two weeks and this week coming up, I've been traveling in the Southeast and it's amazing the difference it makes to get home by 5pm instead of 10pm. So I ran down to the gym and worked out, then got ready to go out - I was quite impressed, I stepped into the shower at 5:58pm and walked out the door at 6:20, speedyspeedy. I was only a few minutes late to walk into the concert at Eddie's Attic, which for those of you not from Atlanta is a venue for singer-songwriters. It was a '4-in-a-round' night, and I'd come specifically to see Tin Cup Prophette. If you haven't listened to her, you should check out her stuff. There's some songs to download on her website, or you can check out her myspace site.

[livejournal.com profile] namaste_atlanta joined me mid-way through the show, and then we went out for dinner and had a lovely time.

Saturday, I woke up late, and had to run to get to the Aquarium on time for my reservation. I got there only a couple of minutes late (a theme for my weekend) and they didn't hassle me at all. I finally got my annual pass card made, so there's one worry off the list. After that, I ran errands and went shopping - I now have a really cute tennis outfit and thus no reason to NOT play tennis once the weather warms up, which here means by the end of the month, typically.

I really wasn't feeling well, so I went home, and as the evening wore on it became more apparent that I've twisted my back somehow. So I took it easy, puttered around the house, watching movies and medicating the back/head/neck ache with the good drugs I bought the last time I was in London. Ah, lovely codeine. I think I filed my taxes, but a) I've never e-filed before so I didn't really know what I was doing, and b) I was doped up so I didn't know what I was doing. Should be interesting!

I felt better today, got more stuff done around the house, finished off my photo album from the vacation [livejournal.com profile] eeeevil_genius and I took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003. I'm waiting for my flight to Norfolk, and my back is starting to twinge. *glares at spine*

Things I must accomplish this week:

Taking French placement test.
Dealing with IRAs
Going through two weeks of mail because I'm dorky and didn't do it this weekend.

Actually, I think that's it. Of course, I've been supposed to do all these things for a few weeks now, so we'll see.
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So I went online today and got a credit report done, plus got my credit score. 793, go me! And no one's stolen my identity. I've got some little things that need to be straightened out, but nothing huge so I'm feeling pretty good about that.

Next up, I have to call around to make sure my investments are where I think they are... I thought I'd moved everything down to my new bank here in Georgia, but that didn't happen so I've got to figure out why, and get them settled. I also need to go to the bank and set up a Roth IRA... actually, I wonder if I can do that online. Must check into this.

All this is gearing up to make sure I am financially on track. I have always told myself that anything I do financially before 30 was bonus, but after 30 I needed to have a plan. So I guess I'd better be getting on to that plan.

Oh, and why yes, I am meant to be working while I'm doing all this, why do you ask?

WHOOOOOOOOO

Aug. 8th, 2005 12:16 pm
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My car is officially paid off. Two months early, go me!
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Today's update brought to you by the kind use of my roommate's laptop, as mine is in the shop. My roommate, btw, is now a registered Livejournal user - [livejournal.com profile] bst_atlanta.

Without the distraction of the internet, I've had a fairly productive day:

I went to the bank and began the process to consolidate my investments. The woman at the bank seemed kind of flighty, but she's the branch manager, so hopefully not.

I went to the mall and got some information on laser hair removal. Have any of you tried this? It's freaking expensive! I was thinking about getting my toes/feet done (TMI, I know) and that would be between $650-850, dependant on how many sessions it would take.

I bought a set of weights for $20 at Target - 2lb, 3lb, and 5lb. Target rocks. That's right, I said rocks.

I did and put away all my laundry, vacuumed my room, and took out the trash. I am woman, hear me roar. I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, etc., etc.

And that was my day.

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