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Vacation Planning and Other Updates

Well I don’t know about you all, but this week keeps getting better and better.

State Fair Fun

Saturday we decided to go to the Arizona State Fair.  This was, I think, the third year in a row that we’ve gone, and as usual we had a great time!  We did some of the rides and games, Jake bought me a new semiprecious stone for a metal torque/choker that he’d bought me at the same booth last year (I’m liking this tradition), and – the theme of this year’s fair visit – ate everything in sight.  Yum, food. Continued

The Great Recession and Your Romantic Relationship

On Wednesday I got to go to yet another training…this one was actually an all-day professional development conference for staff at our institution.  Two of the presentations (e-mail in the workplace and locavore/plant-based eating) were disappointing, not because I’m not interested in the topics but because the speakers were terrible.

However, the “Recession-Proofing Your Personal Relationships” and the “Women Don’t Negotiate, But They Should” presentations were pretty rockin’.  So, here I am, passing all my rockin’ new knowledge on to you!  This entry is inspired by the value I got out of the “Recession-Proofing” presentation, and I’ll do one on negotiations next week. Continued

Recent (and Future) Windfalls

As I’ve mentioned before, Jake and I have quite a bit of student loan and credit card debt. I have less debt than he does overall, but proportionally to each of our incomes we owe about the same.

One of the things that sucks the most about paying off debt is that once you’ve done all the big stuff you can (for example, in February we moved into a house a little more than half the size of our previous place, and we also shuffled around our credit cards so he could get better interest rates – my rates were already pretty awesome) then it’s just a whole lot of sitting and waiting for the paying it off part to be done. Which, in our case, means years. Sucky. However, we have made a bit of progress in this area lately due to some windfalls.

Continued

Summer Lovin’…or Not

Sorry about the long absence, my peeps!  It was due to a multitude of factors:

  • I went out of town for a few days for some freelance/contract work,
  • When I got back parking & transportation services had moved my car (I was parked on campus) and I (and the police) thought my car was stolen for a horrible, horrible 24 hours,
  • I caught a disgusting cold that laid me up for most of a week (stupid airports/airplanes), and
  • By the time I was better I’d given it to the BF (and we all know sick guys are wussier and take more caring for than sick girls do), and
  • Lance basically hadn’t posted in months and I decided that my responsible and regular posting was only enabling him, so I went on strike to make him post and find out what he was up to.  Hey!  It worked!  You can send your eternal thanks to honey [at] honeyandlance.com ;-)

Every day I have said that I’ll write a post when I get home from work, but pretty much all that was happening was that I was experimenting with different varieties of homemade soup (yesterday I made watermelon gazpacho and it was amazing) so here I am writing away at work.  I’m naughty that way. Continued

Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

Here’s something kind of fun (or kind of depressing, depending on your view) that the BF and I have been mulling over for the past few months. It all started because one of the big differences we have in the way that we view the world is that I’m happier now as a “real,” “responsible” adult than I’ve ever been in my life. He, on the other hand, misses his college days with all his heart and would go back in a second.

Personally, I think it’s kind of sad whenever you look back on your life and want to be in a particular place again. Looking back and remembering how happy you were is one thing, and looking back and wanting to be there again is another. But the signs of an adult are plain to see, and here are the Top Ten ways you can tell. Continued

Our Financial Philosophy: Or, Grocery Store, Part Deux

Well, due to another three-day holiday weekend, the BF ended up going with me to the grocery store again.  This time, however, we spent $298 which is at the upper end but within the budget that I have been using when I go to the grocery store by myself, PLUS he will be contributing towards half of the pet costs so it looks like things have righted themselves.  Continued

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