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Dolla Dolla Bill

I want to try something, and I feel like the more people that know about it, the more accountability there is.

I have a few savings goals currently in play, and also, my family is taking a vacation together in November. I’d like to be able to save enough spending money to not actually think about spending money. “Why yes, I’ll have the 24-ounce cut” or “Give me the extra-large.” “A dollar extra to add bacon? No problem.”

So, here’s what I want to do: After all my major bills are covered, I want to live on $400 until September 5th. That averages out to about $100 per week for food (including dining out…yikes) and gas, and maybe a few other household necessities like paper towels or toilet paper if I run out. I’d also like to be able to cover gifts for my sister Nat, who has a birthday on August 13, and for my dad’s birthday on September 1.

I’ve tried this before and do pretty well for about two weeks. But then a certain laziness and perhaps a binge effect sets in. Like when you’re on a diet, and you’re good for a week. But then you go all T-Rex on a cheesecake or wings.

The other catch is I do like to use credit cards to get points/rewards. I typically make a payment immediately, so the hard cash amount is deducted much like it would be if I used a debit card or the envelope system. But I do get a little LAZAY with this method.

I think my biggest problem is “Oh, what’s 10 more bucks?” I’ve talked about this before actually. We know that “just 10 bucks” several times over turns out to be a lot more than you planned.

Anyway, with this kind of monetary restriction, I’ll have to be a lot more intentional about my spending, but intentionality is a trait I want to apply to all areas of my life anyway, so good practice! I think this is totally doable, even without feeling like I have to harvest lawn clippings; I just have to be more thoughtful. If you have suggestions/recommendations/inexpensive (BUT DELICIOUS) meal ideas, pass them along.



Tagged to share 20 things about myself by my friend Shannon, so here we go (I faintly recall this being a Facebook trend several years ago):

1. My mom wanted to name me Jenna, and my dad preferred the name Gina. Jeanne (rhymes with clean, not genie) was the happy medium.

2. During the test for my driver’s license, I sped, took six attempts to back into a parking space, went straight instead of turning right like the instructor told me to, changed lanes without looking and almost rear-ended the car in front of me. I passed.

3. I wouldn’t refuse a Krispy Kreme, but I definitely prefer Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s in my New England DNA.

4. I was involved in a skiing accident my junior year of high school and received a concussion. Said many interesting things.

5. Ron Weasley is my favorite character in the Harry Potter series.

6. I cried at the end of Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

7. I once played Beth March in Little Women. A stretch for sure, but after getting yelled at by the director approximately six thousand times, I pulled it off in the end.

8. Once my friend and I were on a guided tour in the Vatican; we were going to bypass the Raphael Rooms and head for the Sistine Chapel. Well, we couldn’t possibly live with not seeing Raphael, so we snuck away from the tour, raced to the Raphael Rooms, stood in awe, and raced back to find our tour in the Sistine Chapel. One of the guys in our group gave us a funny look, but other than that, I don’t think anyone noticed. It felt risky and thrilling.

9. I like capers enough to eat them straight from the jar.

10. I was valedictorian of my graduating class of five hundred people.

11. I’ve been pulled over only once, and I got off with a warning. The only ticket I’ve ever received was from a NYPD undercover cop for doubling up in the subway turnstile with a friend.

12. My favorite place in the world is Spohr Gardens in Falmouth, MA. Tucked away. Secret almost. A quiet walk through flowered woods breaks open onto the sea.

13. I was in a handbell choir at one point in my life.

14. Like any normal human being, I could eat pizza forever and ne’er grow tired of it.

15. I was never a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid, but now I can’t get enough.

16. Is this almost done?

17. I think Angels in the Outfield is one of the greatest movies of all time.

18. I hate horror movies, but I’m always up for any type of science-experiment-gone-wrong/over-sized-killer-creature movie. Like Jurassic Park or Jaws.

19. A young Al Pacino (in The Godfather for instance) trumps all the current “hearthrobs.”

20. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

The world is not a prison house but a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks. – E.A. Robinson

Team Hard Work

I used to want to be a track star.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, to be exact. Remember her, the Olympian? I wanted to be her because she was the best and the fastest.

Now, when I go running, I laugh to myself sometimes, if I have enough breath to spare, thinking about how I wanted to be JJK. I’m proud that I’m still alive after a light jog, let alone win a track meet at the Olympics. The concept of training and work and endurance was lost on my fifth-grade self, who saw only the final results: speed and a gold medal.

I loved and love the Olympics for a lot of reasons: the music, the variety of events, the patriotism, the display of other cultures, the athletics. But beyond that, I’m glad we get to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the hardest and most dedicated workers in the world. I imagine they all have their own personal stories of blasting alarm clocks, of setbacks, of goals attained or missed, and now they’re the best athletes in the world because they kept at it and didn’t give up. Win or lose, they’re still in the Olympics, and they didn’t get there by just wishing it upon themselves. I’m thankful for their examples.

Roundup (Not the weed killer).

Here is a roundup of some interesting things I came across this week as I was “killing time on the Internet.”

Here’s Kate Middleton being awesome, wearing the same awesome pair of pants for two awesome different occasions. Yes. That’s the same pair of pants in both pictures, and the dress is actually the pants turned inside out. JK about the last part.

These kids! And the Millenium Falcon in the background! Seriously though, look them up on YouTube.

OMGGGG. Actually these remind me of my sister Leah.

– Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

– I’m going to end on a serious note. This is hard-hitting and worth your time, more than anything else linked to in this post.

Post-graduate special.

Post-graduate special.

This sounds more like a menu item than an academic classification. “Coffee, water with lemon and the post-graduate special—light on the dollars, heavy on the dreams. Maturity on the side and can you top it off with a little self-awareness?”

Right now, I’m 25 years old. Right now, I’m the girl I dreamed about being when I was a teenager. On my own! A career! My own car! I have a pair or six of high heels! I cook (rarely)! I have friends!

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Killing time on the InterWebzzzzzzzzzz.

Sometimes I think of the times that I read about in Laura Ingalls Wilder books or Jane Austen novels–where everyone gathers in the parlor together after dinner to settle in for the evening. And they’re reading. And drinking cider and eating popcorn (according to L. I. Wilder’s husband, this was a tremendous treat). Or on The Waltons, they’d gather to listen to a radio program, and even that in some ways seems more worthy if you will than killing time on the Internet (I think it was more that the parents went by Ma and Pa and they all said goodnight to each other at the end of every episode, but I digress…). And sometimes I wish I was alive then because I’d have no other choice but to read for the absence of the technology wouldn’t allow for anything else.

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On Facial Waxing: A Candid Summary

Facial waxing is a cruel reality of modern times, not some archaic medieval method of torturing (although it certainly seems like that sometimes).

A quick sidenote as you might be a little concerned at this point: This post is not intended to be an overshare of some sick beautification regimen I and other women put ourselves through. It’s simply a glimpse into my thought process through this said experience. Also, I understand that by sharing this, I am admitting to actually needing to have this done. What can I say other than if you got teased in the dismal years of junior high for having more facial hair than the boys in the class, you might have a bit of a complex and would seek to do everything possible to fix whatever your hellion classmates made fun of you for. OK, end of sidenote.

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Thoughtful words.

“Much of civilisation rests on the proper response to death, simple unalloyed kindness, the desire to show sympathy for irrecoverable loss, the understanding that a unique and irreplaceable something has been lost to us. If we ceased to care, we wouldn’t be properly human.”

– Peter Hitchens on the death of his brother Christopher

Read the whole tribute here.