juldea: (mishakal)
I want the time and money to:

Cook more from scratch
Join a vegetable, fruit, meat, andor dairy CSA
Compost
Grow vegetables and herbs
Get my private pilot's certification
Knit more
Take a sewing course to learn all the basics I am ignorant of
Sew more
Learn quilting
Practice piano
Practice horn
Join a community band/symphony/orchestra
Take a Thai cooking class
Organize my mp3 collection
Keep the sink from becoming full of dirty dishes
Roomba the living room more regularly
Keep my desk area clean
Exercise more
Play more Dance Central and Rock Band
Bellydance
Read more books, both fun (sci-fi/fantasy) and educational (Great Books)
LARP regularly
Write a LARP
Volunteer for cons I like (Arisia, Intercon)
Be more involved in politics/community
Take a vacation out of the country
Take more vacations that aren't cons/meetups
Go on a cruise
Go skiing
juldea: (mishakal)
I want the time and money to:

Cook more from scratch
Join a vegetable, fruit, meat, andor dairy CSA
Compost
Grow vegetables and herbs
Get my private pilot's certification
Knit more
Take a sewing course to learn all the basics I am ignorant of
Sew more
Learn quilting
Practice piano
Practice horn
Join a community band/symphony/orchestra
Take a Thai cooking class
Organize my mp3 collection
Keep the sink from becoming full of dirty dishes
Roomba the living room more regularly
Keep my desk area clean
Exercise more
Play more Dance Central and Rock Band
Bellydance
Read more books, both fun (sci-fi/fantasy) and educational (Great Books)
LARP regularly
Write a LARP
Volunteer for cons I like (Arisia, Intercon)
Be more involved in politics/community
Take a vacation out of the country
Take more vacations that aren't cons/meetups
Go on a cruise
Go skiing
juldea: (99 Mooninites)
7 years ago, I was driving a rented truck across Pennsylvania in my final day of transit to move here. I arrived past midnight, tomorrow is my seventh anniversary of living in Massachusetts. (cf. http://juldea.livejournal.com/354456.html)

The Standells said it best: Oh, Boston, you're my home.
juldea: (99 Mooninites)
7 years ago, I was driving a rented truck across Pennsylvania in my final day of transit to move here. I arrived past midnight, tomorrow is my seventh anniversary of living in Massachusetts. (cf. http://juldea.livejournal.com/354456.html)

The Standells said it best: Oh, Boston, you're my home.
juldea: (braid)
Some of you locals may have seen how obsessively I keep track of my finances, using GnuCash to keep track of my bank accounts, credit cards, and what I refer to as my "cash account" - keeping track of the cash I carry around and what I spend it on, down to the penny. I also try as much as possible to keep track of what I owe people and, conversely, what people owe me. People I engaged in serious money-swapping with (londo, usernamenumber) get their own spreadsheets, whereas for everyone else I have a more loosey-goosey "owed by whomever" sheet. Well, it's been a while since I untangled that sheet, figuring out who gets what, and I just did.

So now I'm faced with the dilemma of being pretty sure that friends owe me money, and can tell them how much and when, but isn't it kind of bitchy to suddenly spring on your friend a reminder of a months-old debt? I'm not quite sure how to approach that. Also, there's the manner of I'm not sure if some of these are still debts; it's quite possible the person paid me back in a way I just didn't enter into my system. It's rare that I let something slide, but it does happen. So I don't want to say, "Hey, you owe me $10 for that movie ticket," and have my friend say, "Uh... no I don't. We settled that months ago."

Examples: I bought a movie ticket for a friend in March. I bought party supplies for a friend in April. I bought dinner for a friend in early June. I don't have record of any of these things being paid back. (And there's a bought smoothie a few weeks ago and a shared Zipcar on July 4th, but those are not forgotten debts. They were discussed last week!) On the flipside, I show here that I owe someone ([livejournal.com profile] witticaster or [livejournal.com profile] doompuppy?) $5 for food at Cosmic Steak and Pizza after the last Rage Across the Cape game on June 20 - I think it's [livejournal.com profile] witticaster, but that should be confirmed.

These things are small, on the order of $10. I totally can afford covering them. Should I just do so? Do you think you'd be offended if you got an email from me saying, "Hey, I think I paid for this thing for you a few months ago and you never paid me back?" Do you think it's absolutely 100% rude? Is it excusable in the context of my keeping rigid track of finances and thus keeping myself up to date on debts to others, i.e. not creating a double standard? What price limit is the point at which you bring these things up to people? What if one person is responsible for multiple debts?

Etiquette is hard. :/ Let's go shopping. (You pay. ;)
juldea: (braid)
Some of you locals may have seen how obsessively I keep track of my finances, using GnuCash to keep track of my bank accounts, credit cards, and what I refer to as my "cash account" - keeping track of the cash I carry around and what I spend it on, down to the penny. I also try as much as possible to keep track of what I owe people and, conversely, what people owe me. People I engaged in serious money-swapping with (londo, usernamenumber) get their own spreadsheets, whereas for everyone else I have a more loosey-goosey "owed by whomever" sheet. Well, it's been a while since I untangled that sheet, figuring out who gets what, and I just did.

So now I'm faced with the dilemma of being pretty sure that friends owe me money, and can tell them how much and when, but isn't it kind of bitchy to suddenly spring on your friend a reminder of a months-old debt? I'm not quite sure how to approach that. Also, there's the manner of I'm not sure if some of these are still debts; it's quite possible the person paid me back in a way I just didn't enter into my system. It's rare that I let something slide, but it does happen. So I don't want to say, "Hey, you owe me $10 for that movie ticket," and have my friend say, "Uh... no I don't. We settled that months ago."

Examples: I bought a movie ticket for a friend in March. I bought party supplies for a friend in April. I bought dinner for a friend in early June. I don't have record of any of these things being paid back. (And there's a bought smoothie a few weeks ago and a shared Zipcar on July 4th, but those are not forgotten debts. They were discussed last week!) On the flipside, I show here that I owe someone ([livejournal.com profile] witticaster or [livejournal.com profile] doompuppy?) $5 for food at Cosmic Steak and Pizza after the last Rage Across the Cape game on June 20 - I think it's [livejournal.com profile] witticaster, but that should be confirmed.

These things are small, on the order of $10. I totally can afford covering them. Should I just do so? Do you think you'd be offended if you got an email from me saying, "Hey, I think I paid for this thing for you a few months ago and you never paid me back?" Do you think it's absolutely 100% rude? Is it excusable in the context of my keeping rigid track of finances and thus keeping myself up to date on debts to others, i.e. not creating a double standard? What price limit is the point at which you bring these things up to people? What if one person is responsible for multiple debts?

Etiquette is hard. :/ Let's go shopping. (You pay. ;)
juldea: (mishakal)
I am pondering a new rule for myself: no dating until I'm out of debt. I feel like this rule would be healthy for me in multiple ways.

Specifics still being weighed.
juldea: (mishakal)
I am pondering a new rule for myself: no dating until I'm out of debt. I feel like this rule would be healthy for me in multiple ways.

Specifics still being weighed.
juldea: (roar!!!)
I need a scholarship to the School of Life. Because time management would be easier if I didn't have to work, right?

Spoons needed.
juldea: (roar!!!)
I need a scholarship to the School of Life. Because time management would be easier if I didn't have to work, right?

Spoons needed.
juldea: (hold me!)
It's hard to figure out how to start this post. So I'll go with the trite and simple: today something momentous happened to me. It was a fairly normal day as far as actual events go, but as far as me internally, this day needs a big black X on the calendar. I don't know if relating it will make sense to anyone else, but here we go:

My Sunday D&D game ended early, meaning I could show up to [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots's a cappella group's concert only a little bit late instead of missing most if not all of it. I got there about 30-45 minutes in. There was a song or two, and then two of the members, the lead female and the only male, stood up front and announced, "This song is about the future," and began singing.

It's hard to describe the next few minutes. At some point early on I realized there were tears running down my face. Someone took me and who I am and my hopes and dreams and worldview and understood it all and wrote it into a song. I write and erase over and over here, and maybe I should just stop there with that description and link you to the song.

http://adapalmer.com/sassafrass/somebodywill.html

When the song ended and I had dried off my tears, I turned to usernamenumber and said, "Well, I'm done." I consider the $14 I paid to get into that concert to solely to be paid for that song. (I still stayed for the rest of the concert, and it was pretty awesome stuff, but I had been put through the wringer by that track and nothing else got as close.) When the show ended, I checked their CD's tracklist, saw the song on it, and ran out of the venue to find an ATM so that I could have cash to purchase the CD. After I returned, I found out from [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots that the female vocalist of that performance was the one who wrote the song. I approached her. I told her that the nearly-$30 I had just spent I considered solely for the purpose of that song, and that it was not nearly enough in comparison to what that song existing means to me. She responded immediately with, "Would you like the sheet music?" So now I have the arrangement for alto and tenor. Just... bampf.

I am sad to find that the album cut is a solo version and not as powerful as the live duet, but I can still sing along to it, and with the music and Ada's blessing I can take it and make it my own, and I am a different person for having this opportunity.

So that's what happened to me today.
juldea: (hold me!)
It's hard to figure out how to start this post. So I'll go with the trite and simple: today something momentous happened to me. It was a fairly normal day as far as actual events go, but as far as me internally, this day needs a big black X on the calendar. I don't know if relating it will make sense to anyone else, but here we go:

My Sunday D&D game ended early, meaning I could show up to [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots's a cappella group's concert only a little bit late instead of missing most if not all of it. I got there about 30-45 minutes in. There was a song or two, and then two of the members, the lead female and the only male, stood up front and announced, "This song is about the future," and began singing.

It's hard to describe the next few minutes. At some point early on I realized there were tears running down my face. Someone took me and who I am and my hopes and dreams and worldview and understood it all and wrote it into a song. I write and erase over and over here, and maybe I should just stop there with that description and link you to the song.

http://adapalmer.com/sassafrass/somebodywill.html

When the song ended and I had dried off my tears, I turned to usernamenumber and said, "Well, I'm done." I consider the $14 I paid to get into that concert to solely to be paid for that song. (I still stayed for the rest of the concert, and it was pretty awesome stuff, but I had been put through the wringer by that track and nothing else got as close.) When the show ended, I checked their CD's tracklist, saw the song on it, and ran out of the venue to find an ATM so that I could have cash to purchase the CD. After I returned, I found out from [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots that the female vocalist of that performance was the one who wrote the song. I approached her. I told her that the nearly-$30 I had just spent I considered solely for the purpose of that song, and that it was not nearly enough in comparison to what that song existing means to me. She responded immediately with, "Would you like the sheet music?" So now I have the arrangement for alto and tenor. Just... bampf.

I am sad to find that the album cut is a solo version and not as powerful as the live duet, but I can still sing along to it, and with the music and Ada's blessing I can take it and make it my own, and I am a different person for having this opportunity.

So that's what happened to me today.
juldea: (piloting!)
Good things:
  • I found a DVD copy of Cast a Deadly Spell for $25 thanks to a probably ten-year-old alert list on Half.com. This makes four copies of the movie I own now, but this one is the most permanent+legal.
  • I woke up early on time this morning and took a long, luxurious shower instead of the rushed ones I normally take, and have time to sit and write this LJ post.
  • In two weeks from today, I will be financially recovered from the move at least as far as various payments causing me to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and will be able to get back on my (now slightly modified) plan to Get Out Of Debt By the end of my 30th year.
  • [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber
  • juldea: (piloting!)
    Good things:
  • I found a DVD copy of Cast a Deadly Spell for $25 thanks to a probably ten-year-old alert list on Half.com. This makes four copies of the movie I own now, but this one is the most permanent+legal.
  • I woke up early on time this morning and took a long, luxurious shower instead of the rushed ones I normally take, and have time to sit and write this LJ post.
  • In two weeks from today, I will be financially recovered from the move at least as far as various payments causing me to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and will be able to get back on my (now slightly modified) plan to Get Out Of Debt By the end of my 30th year.
  • [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber
  • juldea: (99 Mooninites)
    Looks like I am looking to move into a new apartment February 1. This is a call to arms! Anyone with connections in the Camberville area, please help. I am already trawling Craigslist and have made a list of rental agencies to contact tomorrow, but there's always something that could be missed.

    Housing Desires - both for living alone or with a roommate. )

    Let's see, what else. Busiest times of the year coming up. Two weeks 'til Christmas (oh, and I am going to Texas, it turns out), then New Years (I'll be at [livejournal.com profile] shogunhb and [livejournal.com profile] shadowravyn's), then RAtC, then my office is moving locations, then Arisia, then I'm going out of town, then I come home and move. Guh. Happy to be in a good headspace right now. Hope it keeps.
    juldea: (99 Mooninites)
    Looks like I am looking to move into a new apartment February 1. This is a call to arms! Anyone with connections in the Camberville area, please help. I am already trawling Craigslist and have made a list of rental agencies to contact tomorrow, but there's always something that could be missed.

    Housing Desires - both for living alone or with a roommate. )

    Let's see, what else. Busiest times of the year coming up. Two weeks 'til Christmas (oh, and I am going to Texas, it turns out), then New Years (I'll be at [livejournal.com profile] shogunhb and [livejournal.com profile] shadowravyn's), then RAtC, then my office is moving locations, then Arisia, then I'm going out of town, then I come home and move. Guh. Happy to be in a good headspace right now. Hope it keeps.
    juldea: (roar!!!)
    Currently causing me a heart attack: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fee/941733274.html

    Davis. Studio with carpet and high ceilings and ceiling fans, and all utilities included. $850.

    I should obviously stop looking for apartments until I'm actually ready to move. All of these places want me moving, if not now, at the end of the month. Somehow I'm not seeing that happening. But such great deals to slip through my fingers... (And no, I cannot afford double rent at any point. I'm going to be pushing back my GOODB430 plan a few months just to move into a new place, given first/last/security/fee. Bah.)
    juldea: (roar!!!)
    Currently causing me a heart attack: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fee/941733274.html

    Davis. Studio with carpet and high ceilings and ceiling fans, and all utilities included. $850.

    I should obviously stop looking for apartments until I'm actually ready to move. All of these places want me moving, if not now, at the end of the month. Somehow I'm not seeing that happening. But such great deals to slip through my fingers... (And no, I cannot afford double rent at any point. I'm going to be pushing back my GOODB430 plan a few months just to move into a new place, given first/last/security/fee. Bah.)
    juldea: (brights)
    While I'm waiting in line to vote, figured I'd get some thoughts and recollections out onto this here nifty LJ program I have on my phone.
    Oh, neat. Denise Simmons, the Mayor of Cambridge just walked by, out of the voting center. Woo public officials.

    My Velma Halloween costume was a hit. Red shoes, orange knee socks, red pleated skirt, orange turtleneck, and hair tucked into the turtleneck such to approximate a bob. And I made a box of Scooby Snacks to carry around. :) Turns out the snacks are a good way to make people make Scooby Doo noises!

    Quish's party was really nice, and I'm sad I could only get there late and already exhausted and kinda moody. Everyone looked awesome, even those folks not in costumes! I didn't run away and cry at all, though a few folks made me misty. Doc_smiley gave me a handful of spoons! Sniffle. My friends are awesome.

    RAtC was pretty fun, and looks to be another Werewolf LARP I'll be able to really get into. I need a free night to get on those forums and update things. Oh, and to update jmspencer for his D&D game. I still owe him some stuff.

    This line is poor for my back. :/ Also I am hungry. Grar! Looks like I got here just in time, though. I joined the line about 5 people outside the door, and now it stretches out to and down the street. Yay voter turnout!

    I'll be heading to rigel's watch party tonight after work. What with getting out at 8, I'll actually get there when the action STARTS!

    Almost at the end of the line. Good night and good luck, all!
    juldea: (brights)
    While I'm waiting in line to vote, figured I'd get some thoughts and recollections out onto this here nifty LJ program I have on my phone.
    Oh, neat. Denise Simmons, the Mayor of Cambridge just walked by, out of the voting center. Woo public officials.

    My Velma Halloween costume was a hit. Red shoes, orange knee socks, red pleated skirt, orange turtleneck, and hair tucked into the turtleneck such to approximate a bob. And I made a box of Scooby Snacks to carry around. :) Turns out the snacks are a good way to make people make Scooby Doo noises!

    Quish's party was really nice, and I'm sad I could only get there late and already exhausted and kinda moody. Everyone looked awesome, even those folks not in costumes! I didn't run away and cry at all, though a few folks made me misty. Doc_smiley gave me a handful of spoons! Sniffle. My friends are awesome.

    RAtC was pretty fun, and looks to be another Werewolf LARP I'll be able to really get into. I need a free night to get on those forums and update things. Oh, and to update jmspencer for his D&D game. I still owe him some stuff.

    This line is poor for my back. :/ Also I am hungry. Grar! Looks like I got here just in time, though. I joined the line about 5 people outside the door, and now it stretches out to and down the street. Yay voter turnout!

    I'll be heading to rigel's watch party tonight after work. What with getting out at 8, I'll actually get there when the action STARTS!

    Almost at the end of the line. Good night and good luck, all!

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