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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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The Budget Fast

I’m sure this will come as a surprise to you but I’m super pumped about my trip coming up in a few months. However there was some uncertainty about my funding for the next few months so I had to wait to buy the tickets until that was nailed down. Unfortunately that translated to a slightly more expensive ticket than I expected. I can still afford my hotel, trains, etc, but there’s less money than I had hoped for for things like museums or fine dining. As a result, I’ve decided to go on a budget fast in hopes of saving up for a nice meal or two and a few glasses of wine along the way. So far I’ve eliminated my contribution to house improvements, stepped my efforts at riding the bus, crossed off the unnecessary or splurge ingredients from my grocery list, and am attempting to dial back at eating out except for special occasions (like last week’s birthdays). Any other suggestions for me?

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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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2013 Resolutions

Well, 2012 flew by surprisingly fast. My big accomplishments for the year were establishing an emergency fund, paying off one of my credit cards, passing my written exam, finishing all the required courses for my program and running a half marathon. And since I’m a goal oriented girl, I hope to accomplish even more in 2013, largely along the same lines. My main resolutions:

  • Lose 15 pounds
  • Run a full marathon
  • Publish my first journal article
  • Pass my oral exams
  • Pay off my last credit card

Five things. Let’s see what I can accomplish and still have time for family, friends and fun. What do y’all plan to do in the New Year?

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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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