Thursday, February 28, 2008
Who knew that investing and saving could be so fun???
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Just as Scarlet O'Hara pulled down a fabulous curtain to make herself a dress- with the same spirit, I made curtains from a tablecloth. I love these colors and had been looking at fabric for quite a while - wanting to make curtains for the family room. But the fabrics I found were too expensive. My personal challenge has always been to make something for nothing and to make it beautiful.
I wasn't even looking for it, but there it was -a tablecloth -double sided with the dark rich colors I had been looking for on one side and a beautiful stripe on the other. It was 100% cotton (looks like linen) and best of all 102" x 60" for $7.50. I knew I could take this wonderful fabric and make curtains for my family room - except there was not enough fabric for the entire project. To shorten the story- after much searching I found another package - the same reversible oblong tablecloth.
From this fabric I made one curtain (two panels) for a single window, one panel for the double door, a small valance on the double door, and I have enough to cover two throw pillows. I hemmed the panels in a way that I can use either side when the mood strikes. I am thrilled and the project -both curtains, valance and pending pillows will be $15.00 plus tax. A couple of hours and I have a new look to my room. They warm up the room and best of all they are MY creation.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I went with a Roth instead of Traditional IRA for several reasons, one of which is because I know I'll be in a higher tax bracket when I retire than I am now, so I'd rather be taxed on the money now. I'm investing in medium risk, medium return index funds which fall under the relatively safe and boring category. If you're new to investing or personal finance, I highly recommend the Get Rich Slowly blog.
I am very excited. :D
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sometimes I think it's pretty amazing that I make through the day without seriously injuring myself.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
My internship will be done at the end of August. As I seek God's will for my residency year, I find that while I still dislike the uncertainty, I am okay with leaving it in His hands.
If things had gone smoothly last year, I would not feel this way now. And now I understand why things had to be the way that they were.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Breakfasts: Peanut butter toast or pumpkin bread (I adapted this recipe), organic skim milk
Lunches: Wraps (chicken, baby spinach, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds) or PB sandwich or southwestern frozen sandwich from Aldi, pretzels, orange or grapes, Honey Bunches of Oats with chocolate clusters cereal (dry in a baggie- go to their website for a $2 off coupon!)
Dinners: Red potato casserole (ranch dressing, cheese, bacon bits- VERY healthy ;)), pepperoni and black olive pizza (from scratch), spinach stuffed rigatoni (frozen from Aldi), nachos, side dishes of frozen or canned veggies
Dessert: Fruit or ice cream
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
My car doors were completely frozen shut with a thick sheet of ice covering them. I had to take a screwdriver and chip away at the ice until I was able to open the driver's side. Then I let my car run for 30 minutes. Then I had to try to beat the ice off of my car because there was so much of it. Then I broke part of my ice scraper on some really thick ice.
After all of that, I took a trip to my happy place (Walgreen's) to purchase the deals of the week.
I'm ready for spring.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Welcome to my 300th post. It is 10:12pm on a Sunday night and I am scrambling to finish up some evals before work tomorrow. Rather than actually do my work, I shall procrastinate. Surprising, I know.
Last weekend Mom and I hit a couple of our fave thrift stores. I always look for baskets at one of the stores because they are generally .25 each. There haven't been any good ones in the last few trips and my basket stash had dried up. I hit the jackpot this time, scoring seven medium to large sized baskets for a grand total of $1.75. I use these for gift baskets- I recently paid $5 for a gift basket in a store because my stash was gone. A quarter is much better than $5. I also found a book that I wanted for .25 and some old wooden hangers. At the next thrift I scored a bunch of fabric ribbon for a few dollars (they had an additional % off sale). I have an unholy love for ribbon and have an enormous amount of it. But I justify it because I use obscene amounts on gifts.
And now I have to get back to work.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
P.S. I think this might mean that I am a dork.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
I bought these instead: