Saturday, November 20, 2010

I guess I should title this (meme)

Snagged from Butterfly Collector

Part One - Describe:

Your hair? shoulder-length, natural light-brown. I haven't coloured it in over five years, since I became pregnant. I actually like my natural hair colour, after years of abuse :)

Your favorite food? veggie curry

Your dream last night? I can't remember

Your favorite drink? Coca Cola (in a can)

Your dream/goal? to be debt free

The room are you in? living room

Your hobby? playing on the internet

Your fear? that something terrible will happen to my son

Your TV? is turned on when my son is home

Your Pets? none, but I'm thinking of getting Bean a dwarf bunny for his fifth birthday in April

Friends? I don't make them easily, but I keep the few I have close

Your life? waiting

Your mood? at this moment I am ok

If you're missing someone? I miss my Nan, who passed away five years ago this month

Your best friend? I have more than one

Part Two - The Wheres:

Where do you want to be in 6 years? in a happy place

Where were you last night? out for sushi and then a drink

Where did you grow up? West Toronto

One place that I go to over and over? work

Your favorite place to eat out? all you can eat sushi

Wish list items? a new (used) black hoodie

Last time you laughed? today

Last time you cried? a few weeks ago

Part Three - The Whats:

Something that you aren't? tall

Last thing you did? burned my tongue on my tea

What are you wearing? my bathrobe

Something you're not wearing? underwear

Your favorite store? thrift stores - I love other people's junk

Seriously, Karissa

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

my own blog rules

I've been maintaining this blog for (close to? more than?) two years. I'm obviously not keeping track of time. The blog is not exactly what I thought it would be, but it's been an amazing tool for tracking my progress and that's the most important thing. It keeps me honest and accountable. It probably keeps you asleep - if you even read it anymore. I don't care really, I stopped watching the stats almost immediately.

And I've come up with a few rules and here's three:

1. Stop clicking on free stuff. Maybe even stop following blogs that offer free stuff. Thanks to a couple of thoughtless keystrokes I now get a spam phone call each night, and at least a couple of spam snail-mails each week. Good thing I'll be moving and leaving my landline in the spring but in the meantime ...

2. I've stopped following almost all blogs that don't offer a full blog post in their feed. I follow way too many blogs now and rarely click on them individually unless I know them personally or I'm compelled to comment, which isn't often (sorry). I just don't have that much time, and I'm not a pro-blogger. If you didn't know, there's an option somewhere around here which allows you to post your entire blog post into the feed, so I can enjoy it in my reader without having to individually click each blog. If you haven't set this up because you're intentionally trying to get me to click on you, sorry. Goodbye.

3. I added something to my sidebar that (I thought) explicitly stated that I'm not accepting links, swaps, guest posts, etc. yet I'm still getting emails a few times a week. Now I'm being a hypocrite because I'm assuming these vultures folks have actually looked at my blog before contacting me, and if they did, and could read, would see that I don't want to be contacted for sales at this time. This isn't written in stone, and there might be a time in the future when I will take the message down and accept the attention, but right now with my kid and my job and my sweetheart I just don't have time to do more than I do with the blog. Or I don't make the time. Whatever. I also have a facebook and a twitter and a livejournal and a tumblr to maintain so I just don't do as much around here as I could. Which reminds me, I was going to start using my flickr again ...

Thanks for reading.

Seriously, Karissa ;)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cool contest - tons of prizes

Squirrelers is hosting a Thanksgiving giveaway contest until Nov. 25. There are tons of prizes:

Grand Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card, from Squirrelers
Your Money: The Missing Manual, by JD Roth (Sponsored by Budgeting In The Fun Stuff)
$10 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by Young and Thrifty)
$10 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by Wealth Informatics)
I Will Teach You to Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi (Sponsored by PF Firewall)
$25 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by Invest It Wisely)
$25 Gift Card to a major retailer (Sponsored by (Barbara Friedberg)
$15 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by KNS Financial)
$20 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by Money Crashers)
Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense (Sponsored by Control Your Cash)
$20 Amazon Gift Certificate (Sponsored by Out of Debt Again)
2 separate prizes of If I’m So Smart…Where did All My Money Go (Sponsored by Doug Warshauer)
$20 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
$25 Starbucks Gift Card (Sponsored by Couple Money)
$50 Wal-Mart Gift Card (Sponsored by Mr. Rebates)
$25 Cash via Paypal (Sponsored by Maximizing Money)

I'm off Amazon since they refused to pay me my associates fees, so I'd like to win the $25 Paypal.
(however if I did win an Amazon card I'd be happy to re-gift it) :)

Seriously, Karissa

Monday, November 01, 2010

this is why I can't carry a credit card with me

The health food store near our apartment has a customer appreciation day on the last Tuesday of the month: 10% off all purchases. I try to get a list going and when I direly need something I'll try to time it to make it over on this special day.

Last Tuesday I noticed I was running low on Vitamin D. I take Vit. D, a multi-vitamin, and fish oils every morning. I was also feeling a little under the weather, so I thought I'd pick up a natural cold remedy while I was in there picking up the Vitamin D.

When I got to the store I noticed the "Customer Appreciation" sign wasn't up on the door but I decided to go in anyways. You know where this is going. I walked out with Vit. D, echinacea, (EDIT: AND more fish oils), a bottle of Floradix (liquid iron supplement), two bags of organic cereal, a bottle of shampoo, a box of rice milk, and a bottle of China Cola. I spent almost $80.00.

When I got out to my car with my bag of stuff, I remembered that customer appreciation day is the fourth Tuesday of the month, which was the week prior. If I had gone the week before I would have saved $8.00.

Which is exactly how much I spent on the Vitamin D, the whole reason for going there: $8.00.

(And when I got home I found an almost-new bottle of iron pills in the cupboard, which could have saved me over $20 for the Floradix. I guess I could return it).


Seriously, Karissa