Saturday, December 11, 2010


Saturday Smatterings

BF: There's something for you in the fridge.
Me after looking in the fridge and smacking BF's ass: Are you trying to keep me fat?
BF: If I go to Jack in the Box and don't get you something you complain, if I do get you something you complain, there's no winning.
Me: Humph!! (heats up Jack in the Box and eats it, yum!)

Well at least he ordered the small size so it didn't wipe out my calorie allotment for the day.

Years and years ago when I was in debt I got out of it by budgeting and snowballing. Well now due to lack of cash and extreme lack of discipline I am back in debt, 12k or so. I had stopped budgeting after becoming debt free; I got bored with it because I was not working toward a tangible goal. Well I've got that same goal again, time to start budgeting and this time I mean to stick with it after getting rid of the debt. I cast my mind back to all the budgeting software I'd seen and remembered YNAB. It worked okay for me before, I wasn't quite pleased with the lack of flexibility because it was very basic, eventually I stopped using it and budgeted by hand. I did remember that it was free so thought I'd give it a try again. Well obviously it must have worked for a lot of people because it's no longer free, $60 bucks in fact. And it's gotten all fancy and deluxe and flexible. With colors and graphics. In fact it appears that it will suit me needs quite nicely. The quandry is whether I charge it or not, lack of cash means everything gets charged so buying budget software puts me deeper in debt. I caved, I bought it, and I am loving it. Someone please check back with me in one month to make sure I'm still using it okay, thanks.

I had a dream this morning involving this:

Monday, November 29, 2010


Frugal Prime Rib?

For Thanksgiving I went the lazy route and ordered the prime rib dinner from Safeway. For $64.99 you get a prime rib, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, dinner rolls, and an apple pie. All I had to do was take the two plus hours to cook it. Oh yeah, and trudge through the snow and ice to get to Safeway since the car was in Bellevue with BF. Here's an oh so glamorous pic from the Safeway ad:

As you can see, it feeds 6-8 people however we are only two which means tons of leftovers. I made an actual verbal commitment to eat nothing else until the leftovers were gone. This was because last years leftovers languished in the fridge and turned quite disgusting. And now for the frugal part. Altogether, including Thanksgiving, we got 13 meals. This means the $64.99 purchase price, which caused me to quiver at first, works out to $4.99 per meal. To eat prime rib! How frugal is that?? Maybe I could talk BF into the ham dinner for Xmas. Why don't they have a fried chicken dinner, sigh.

While I'm at it

Here's a link to the new blog, on its way to being as neglected as the other ones, it's called Looking at Shelter a terribly uncreative name that was supposed to be a play on words of some sort. This blog is for complaining about house woes and looking at pictures of housely things that I admire. The picture above isn't even remotely current, suffice to say the house looks worse now, sigh.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Instead of homework

I have spent much time the last two days avoiding my homework and reading all of the 2006 and 2007 posts from MirrorMirror a blog which I just love to visit. Paola Thomas writes about her adventures in relocating from London to Seattle, raising a child, and running her online shop MirrorMirror hence her blog name. I don't remember how I found her blog, but find it hugely readable. And I also secretly-in-my-head stalk her. I know she lives in Wallingford and has an awesome view of Lake Union, every morning passing Gasworks on the way to work and every night on the way home I wonder which house is hers. She takes very pretty pictures as well:

Image courtesy of MirrorMirror

I do love to read her posts about decorating her house and her other designerly posts even though our styles couldn't be more different. Paola likes pinks, celadon green, turquoise and feminine things, I would call her style elegant and pretty yet comfortable. I tend to be Edgar Allen Poe meets mid-century mod, with a touch of goth and a dash of punk thrown in. But I can appreciate good stuff when I see it, even if its not to my taste. Anyway, this post is turning into a bit of a fan-girl episode so I shall get to the point. The point is that catching up on Paola's archives has made me feel terribly guilty for neglecting this blog (not to mention the other three blogs) and I am going to commit myself (not literally!) to updating more often. I know I said this before, but I mean it this time, I promise!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Words to Absorb

Sandra Juto's blog is always a nice place to visit. I love her photography and her illustrations. I'm happy to say that I own a Buttcrack doll, a pair of wrist worms, and one of her drawings. I am very excited for her that she is going to realize her dream of moving to Berlin, having the courage to live a dream is very inspirational, as is this quote from an interview with Sandra.

Monday, January 11, 2010


5 year plan

Created a five year plan, it doesn't commence until July 24, because that is a good day to start it since it is the bf's bday. Makes it easy to remember that way. Prepping for the plan now. Prep work involves paying off the outstanding debt by July 24. Here are the numbers so I have them all concrete, course I make payments tomorrow but I'm typing now and may not feel like coming back tomorrow seeing as how I'm all sporadic and everything.

1. J. 4481.87
2. C. 4591.63

Now C is the one we use for groceries & gas and J is the one I use for school expenses so I do not expect them to be fully paid off. The prep work involves getting them under 1k so that they do not hang over the head anymore like a sword of Damocles.

1/11 I actually came back, shocking
J. 3820.87 est.
C. 3041.63 est

Thursday, July 09, 2009


I feel the need to rant

Getty Images

1. People who do not understand that an unmarked intersection is to be treated as a four-way stop.
2. People who drive the wrong way in a parking lot.
3. Architects and designers who do not understand that a room full of hard surfaces such as concrete and glass creates a very noisy ambiance.
4. Postal workers who expect you to answer the phone at 7:30 am and only give you 90 minutes to call back and confirm package delivery.
5. Starbucks employees who do not want to package your ceramic mugs in boxes, do not give you a bag to carry the boxes, do not give your order to the barista, and do not apologize when you ask what happened to your coffee.
6. Telemarketers
7. Lack of health insurance for heterosexual domestic partners.
8. Office politics
9. Tow truck drivers who tow away a car with dogs inside.
10. Computer companies who spend their time constantly re-inventing their product and do not provide support for their old products.
11. Versus coverage of the Tour de France, do they not know that there are more than 5 teams and 10 riders????

Friday, June 19, 2009



And after learning Swedish, I must move there. These are apartments either for sale or rent via this site.

Employer is Playing Dirty

The union contract I am part of expires on June 30th. We had a new contract agreed upon last fall, but Governor Gregoire refused to sign it due to the economic crisis. The union has been trying to renegotiate and get a new contract in place before the 30th so that layoff protections will be in place. In April my department lost approximately 20% of our staff due to eliminating empty positions and laying off people. We have been told to expect three more rounds of layoffs; I pretty much spend every day in fear that I will not survive the next round.

Today I received an email from the union updating us on the status of the renegotiations. This jumped out at me:

"The (employer's name here) forced us to mediation on June 3rd, and then their chief negotiator went on vacation until June 29th."

I get that this is a tactic, but what does it say to your employees (the ones you expect to be hard working and loyal), when you behave like this?