Monday, April 26, 2010

Halfway there?

As you can see by my Chevy Malibu chart, I am halfway to my savings goal!  Each of those little squares that are filled in means that I have saved $100.  Because there are 40 squares filled in, it means I have saved $4000.  Yay! 

I was so excited to be halfway there.  Finally I would get my 2005 or 2006 Malibu, probably by October!  But, here's the thing.  My coworker's husband got a 2010 Malibu.  It is so nice and fancy.  It has three gloveboxes and all this cool stuff. 

I got to thinking--maybe I COULD HAVE A FANCY MALIBU TOO.  Can I be patient enough to save for a newer one?  How much will it pain me to drive my 1992 Geo Prizm for another year past my savings goal date (November of 2010, originally).  If it is this easy to asve $4000, why not go for $12,000?  Or more?

So, I have decided that I am going to save indefinitely.  I am going to save until I can't stand the sight of my Geo anymore.  I am going to save until I am content to buy a car that I will be happy driving for 10-15 years.  Or until someone rear ends my car.  Or until my car has a repair that is more than it's total value and I have to buy a new one. 

Another interesting option:  parents may give me an interest free loan if I find the Malibu of my dreams.  I'm going to try to avoid this, but if the Geo dies before I'm able to save a good amount, well, then...we'll see. 

Time for breakfast. 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Life goals and stuff.

I worked on some life goals this weekend.  I keep talking about goals, specific goals, but I really wanted some guidelines to drive those specific goals.  These are things I value, things I want to share with others.  I think they fit with financial responsibility pretty well.  It's all interdependent.  Blah blah blah, here's some hippie shit for you to read. 


The following are things that I will strive for in my life. One cannot exist without the others. They build upon each other to support the ultimate goal of contentment and growth.

1. Relationships. I will build relationships that enhance my life in a positive manner. I will recognize that each relationship should help me to learn something about myself and/or the world. Children will always be a part of my life, and eventually part of my immediate family, whether they enter the world through my body and genetics or someone else’s.

2. Home. My home will be a place of consistency and love. I will strive to eliminate all tension and clutter from my environment. I will work to create a harmonious place to return to at all times.

3. Health. My physical and mental health are priorities. I will at all times work to be aware of what affects them, both positively and negatively, and to remedy the items that are affecting my health negatively.

4. Time. My time will be spent doing things that I enjoy and value. Because my work consumes so much of my time, I will strive to maintain positive working relationships. I will make sure that my work is always of value to myself and others.

5. Possessions. I will work toward obtaining possessions only when they will enhance my quality of life in an authentic way. Possessions will be obtained with intentionality, thought, and patience. Possessions will be slowly added to my life to serve specific purposes.
PS:  Isn't that just a BEAUTIFUL picture of Darby?  I took it today while cleaning the house.  Love him. 

Monday, April 19, 2010


Hi. Computer is back. Entries can resume.

See this dress?  Like it?  It cost me $13 on clearance at Fred Meyer in 2007.  I waited for a long time for it to get marked down. 

Yesterday it was very very nice out.  A high of 68 degrees, which is unheard of for Seattle this time of year.  It's just enough to make you want to quit taking Celexa.  Anyway, I wore this dress with my salt water sandals.  I went shopping downtown with Stef Ann. 

SEVEN NORDSTROM WORKERS COMPLIMENTED ME ON IT.  The first one asked if it was from Nordstrom and told me that it looked like Diane von Furstenburg.  I told her it was from Fred Meyer.  She looked uncomfortable.  I liked it. 

It goes to show for the millionth time that it's really not necessary to spend a lot of money on fashion if you are creative and have good taste.  Or something like that.  I was stoked.