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Found money

January 30th, 2006 at 04:44 pm

It feels like fall again. You know when you put on that coat that's been sitting in the closet untouched since last spring? Then you reach in the pocket to toss your keys and you pull out a $20. Found money. It's a great feeling.

I routinely switch purses. I never carry more than my wallet, cell phone, keys, a pen and chapstick. Well all the purses have pockets and I always tell myself that I'll start using them, so I stuff toothpicks and bandaids in them. Well I never remember and I never look again until I do a deep cleaning.

This weekend, I decided to use a purse I hadn't used in a while and slung it over my shoulder and out the door. I noticed what appeared to be bandaids and never glanced again. We went to pick up a movie later and I happened to take a closer look in the pocket. Lo and behold a $50 bill. Shocked me. If there would have been any money it probably would have been less than $20, I never have $50s. I think I know where it came from. My mom's in the habit of slipping me cash, since she feels bad that my dad is making me pay back my down payment with interest ($150/month). So she gave me the money when we were out shopping and I tucked it away and forgot about it for 6 months.

Raises

January 24th, 2006 at 07:58 pm

Ooooh it's a terrific Tuesday. I just found out what raise I'm getting this year. Are you ready?

8.9%

Oh this is great. I was only expecting aobut a 5% like last year... but this is so much better.

Now I'm deciding how much to put toward the 401k

Anniversarying Tomorrow

January 20th, 2006 at 09:00 pm

Smile (trying out smileys)

Yep, our anniversary is tomorrow. 7 years from that first kiss. We will be heading out to the Museum of Science and Industry for the afternoon. I have a membership so that will be less painful. Then we're heading out to a South American restaurant.

I was an exchange student in Brazil, and I'm always looking for Brazilian food in Chicago. It's really a tough one. A bunch of Brazilian Churrascharias (steakhouses) opened up within the past few years and that has helped with my saudade (homesickness of a sort).

Whatever dinner may be, I'll be ordering a caipirinha with it. Yummmm.

Afterwards we're going to a show. I don't know which one, only that we have tickets. This whole day was planned by my bf and it was suppose to be a complete surprise...but I kind of found out anyway.

It'll be a nice way to end this bearish week.

OOOh I like it.

January 16th, 2006 at 06:19 pm

This is nice guys. I think this is going to be fun.

Can I add pictures? I'll have keep wandering.

Anniversary present done!

January 6th, 2006 at 03:03 pm

So like I was saying yesterday (look two days in a row), I have that anniversary gift to do. Well now it's done! We went to target last night because the bf wanted a new video game that was on sale. He couldn't decide on which one, so I bought them both and a new controller. I was playing a fighting game with him a few weeks ago and lost horribly because I couldn't block. Turns out I broke the controller beating him a few rounds ago. (He'd disagree if he saw this now, so we won't tell him.) There went $75. Well it occured to us that we have a party on Sunday and no presents for the kids. We found 2 shirts and a pair of pants for each boy. I found a new winter hat and we were set. The total bill was just over $135. Shopping done. I just told him he had to wait till our date to open the second game. He paid for the Christmas presents for the kids and I got half the credit (oops) So I picked up this bill. He's happy with it.

He already has our anniversary planned out. A whole 7 years! gees. It'll probably be another 2-3 before married. Ugh! Time to just get it over and done with. But that's another rant.

Busy as always for the New Years

January 5th, 2006 at 05:05 pm

Of course I've been slacking lately. I think I got burnt out a bit from writing everyday back in March about those no-spend days. I also haven't been following everyone elses journals...so no motivations. Work has kept me busy lately and so has my blog. I've been updating that moreso.

Let's see... The year ended pretty well. I did most of my shopping over a couple of months before December, so my Dec cc bill wasn't bad at all. In past years, I've gotten hit by Christmas shopping in December and then in January a car insurance payment (in full for 6 months), anniversary, and Valentine's. So far I'm not doing too bad. I have a feeling this year will be mild, with the exception of an overseas trip likely to cost $3000.