Oct. 22nd, 2008

So I'm trying to save money a little better because one of my goals this year is to try and get some money actually squirreled away where it compounds interest and I don't touch it. (I'm looking at getting a couple IRA CD's ATM. Maybe around Christmas since I'll be up closer to my physical bank office visiting relatives.) So part of that is really taking a look at my food spending since that's been killing me a little now that I actually bother to cook most nights.

Though admittedly since I'm by myself 90% of the time, I really only need to cook half the time and reheat leftovers the other half of the time.

Doing bento for lunch has really helped things, at least nutritionally speaking and as far as keeping my diet more interesting. I'm finding as I go into winter (traditionally a point where I start to run low on steam) that I'm actually still pretty full of energy, even when I push myself a bit hard. Of course.. my minor Ichiban Kan addiction maybe doesn't make it as cheap as it could be. XD It's worth the 10-20 minutes it takes getting everything prepared and into the boxes, ready to go in the morning, and I get a little extra time to myself in the mornings that I used to spend ransacking the kitchen for something to eat.

But anyway, to help with the whole spending-money-on-food thing, I'm trying a novel thing and actually sitting out and planning out dinners and writing it all down rather than the previous nebulous "what might I want to eat?" thing from before. Word lets you download calendars you can write on, so I took a quick inventory of what's laying around and slotted it in for dinners. Hopefully it'll help me cut down my food bills on any one shopping trip a little bit. We'll see how it works.

I'm considering taking my cat with me to my parents' for Christmas holiday so I can actually spend more than a day and some change there. Ordinarily I'll only visit someone for a couple nights and then come back because Gregory needs food and a box cleaning by then. Or I get a cat-sitter to come in for me. But I would actually like to make an extended visit to my folks without having to worry about what will happen to my cat if I'm gone more than a day or so. :| Any of my cat-owning friends have any ideas about leaving cats at the apartment for short whiles? I wouldn't be gone more than a week, probably closer to 4 days counting the days when I'm in transit back home.

It's cold in here. I'm also trying to keep my heat bill down. Sigh. :|

Oct. 21st, 2008

I've been wading through papers all day with no end in sight. But I also got girl scout cookies (mmm Samoas) and somebody at the office decided to pass on a little Halloween care package. :3

All in all good day.

Aug. 12th, 2008

So I finally got the pictures off my camera even though I've been lazy about getting everything else in my house completely settled and cleaned. So now you get a con report!

Long con report is looooooooong )

Jul. 8th, 2008

moar pics or it didn't happen

More pictures of cosplay and hijinks!

Just what the title says )