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Study Break

Hey folks,

I currently find myself swamped with deadlines and responsibilities at work. By the time I get home, sitting down at the computer to come up with a new blog post has begun to feel like another assignment and responsibility. So, I’m going to take a study break and spend sometime relaxing and hopefully find some excitement in blogging again.

Mary Beth


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Weekly Update: January 21

I don’t know about you guys, but my weekends are either jam packed with social activities or nothing at all. This weekend was one of the former and I managed to pack an awful lot into 48 hours. Friday night I went to one of my book clubs, where we discussed the book Gone Girl in all of 5 minutes before switching to Magic Mike, which oddly prompted a lot more discussion. I scurried off to catch the tail end of a wine and cheese with a group of classmates. Saturday morning I dragged myself up early to babysit then go into work (thrilling I know). Sunday I spent the whole day with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. After talking about it for 4 years (we met MLK weekend 2009!) we finally made it to the infamous farmers market under the freeway. This is not a fancy market, with pastries, coffee beverages and live entertainment, but dirt cheap local produce. For $4.50 I came away with 2 lbs of potatoes, 2 lbs of onions, 1 lb broccoli & 1 large bunch mustard greens. Then we went off to her house to cook it all up before more friends joined us for an afternoon of tasting her homebrewed beer and wine.

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Weekly Update: January 14

How was everybody’s weekends? Mine was nice and low key: I walked around town to run errands, took Falcor to Disneyland, aka the dog park, and watched some movies. I so rarely have weekends without plans that I so enjoyed just kicking back.

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Weekly Update: January 7

First off, I’d like to announce a landmark achievement for me: my first referral from Pinterest. Apparently rash-free homemade deodorant is going to be my ticket to internet fame. Who knew?

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December Recap and January Goals

2013, baby, 2013. Can you believe it? Anyways, let’s see how I finished the year, shall we?

December Goals

  • Keep splurges to a reasonable level, food and money wise

I’m going to say I succeeded here. Was I perfect? No. But I didn’t finish the month freaking out about my bank account or feeling like I couldn’t button my jeans.

  • Buy my ticket to Paris (!)

Yes! Nonstop flight to Paris coming up! And I’m so excited! Can’t you tell?!? Because I am!

  • Finish my first article well enough for editing by my boss

So, I’m going to count this as another success, with a qualification. I finished writing a journal article, but now my boss wants to add a new section. We’ll hopefully decide how to handle this today, but in the mean time, I wrote an article start to finish.

January Goals

  • Move for 20 minutes a day
  • Save every possible dime for Paris (!)
  • File my taxes and cross my fingers for a big refund

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The First Year

A year ago today (or yesterday, depending on when this actually gets posted) I published my first post, The Mission Statement. It’s both hard and easy to believe it’s been a full year, as cliche as it sounds. I’ve made great strides on the road to fiscal responsibility, focused my academic career, and had some fun. Along the way I’ve been surprised that while it has been challenging, I’ve rarely felt deprived; instead I feel in control and ready to take on the world. I’ve also been touched by how willing my friends are to make cheaper plans and how generous they can be. Fortunately, I’ve also had plenty of opportunities to share as well, giving of what I have, which makes me feel richer.

According to my stats, the posts that were the most popular surprised me.

5. Strawberry Vanilla Jam

4. Sweet Pickle Relish

3. Homemade Deodorant, Updated

2. No Sugar Blackberry Jam

And far and away, my most popular post:

1. DIY Scarf Hanger

Clearly you guys like my craft and canning posts. Seems I’ll have to record more of my efforts to do it myself. Seriously, though. Y’all apparently really love that scarf hanger, 5 of the top 10 search terms that lead to my blog are related to DIY scarf hanger. Also quite a few of you have issues with rash from homemade deodorant, because that shows up 4 times in the top 20.

Anyways, thank you for reading. Thanks for the advice. Thanks for making me feel like a friend.


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A Belated Weekly Update: December 21

Whoa: it’s been a whole week since I last posted. My internet decided to crash on me on Friday afternoon but I wasn’t able to deal with it all weekend since I spent most of it singing at concerts. My service provider finally got things up and running yesterday afternoon when they realized that somehow they were sending too much data (?) for my connection to handle so they cut my data in half and said that not only would my router stop crashing, but my bill would be cut too. Yay! Of course, an hour after I got back online, I was settling into my couch to catch up on blogging when I heard a loud pop and everything went dark. The electric company said I would be power-less for at least four hours, so I packed up some craft supplies and headed to a friend with lights and heat. We decorated Christmas ornaments, baked and ate cookies until I was a little sick to my stomach. Now I’m back home with the magical combination of electricity and internet. Yay!

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