Monday, January 14, 2008

Debt and stash reduction: week three

Mom sent me this great article this morning, which may as well have been written by a more honest me: Fighting credit-card debt? Avoid these 10 mistakes. Read it!

Last week on The Budget: Yours truly did not fare so well. A haircut ($40), with round-trip ferry to Bainbridge with a car ($23.10, VISA gift card, thanks Mom), as well as a new calendar for home ($14.10--full price! But it is the Sierra Club wall calendar, and I got it at U-Bookstore) meant that I spent $77.20 not in the budget anywhere at all. I also bought lunch twice (gulp): $5 cash on Thursday with Charlotte, and $11.40 (VISA gift card, thanks Mom) on Friday with Amy. Grocery fared pretty well: $9.42 at TJ's, total. It helped that Amy & Sheldon had me over for dinner on Monday night, and Patrick & Santos had me over for dinner on Tuesday night. And then I had leftover soup with Cassie on Thursday.

(Don't ask about Wednesday. I read a lot that night instead of eating or interacting with humanity. It was a tough week).

Total money spent last week: $103.02. Not including the Starbuck's--I used the gift card that Jill got me for Christmas on that (Thanks Jill!).

However, as far as not buying yarn goes, I was AMAZING. I visited Weaving Works twice, and I also hit Churchmouse when I was on the island--and it took a lot of self-control not to grab a skein of STR heavyweight or some of that lovely Camelspin in colorway Origin...Yeah. But resist I did. I bought nothing. That's right, not even a pattern or needles. So props to me for that little bit of strength.

And I have now (mostly) beaten Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Wii. I unlocked Indiana Jones, and I can't wait for the new game!

Monday, January 07, 2008

2008: The year (so far) in review

I have done it! One whole week on my gruesome new budget!
Wednesday, January 2: Safeway, $29.44 (lots of lunches for the next two weeks)
Thursday, January 3: Safeway, $6.11 (pork stew ingredients, recipe to follow)
Friday, January 4: Chipotle, $10 (usual burrito plus I splurged on a soda and a tip)
Saturday, January 5: Kidd Valley, ~$9 (egg nog shake, sweet potato fries, and a cheeseburger)

So I went a little over on grocery, but figured it would be OK because 1) it covered lunches for two weeks and therefore kept me from eating out and 2) I shared the aromatic and fabulous pork stew with the roomies and may receive reciprocal meals. In fact, I've already received a reciprocal meal from Cassie: Wild Rice soup...recipe up soon, but I need the card for it.

One week down, 51 weeks to go! So doable when you think in those terms. Week two so far is a winner, as I spent no money yesterday at all and knitted stash like a fiend. A fiend!

Golden Pork Stew
1 pork blade steak, about 3/4 of a pound, fat & bone trimmed & reserved and the rest cubed*
1 large onion, diced
1 sprig rosemary
1 handful of fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped.
1 incredibly ginormous Russett potato, peeled and cubed (a pound and a bit? Sucker was BIG)
Half a butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 Granny Smith apple, seeded and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and cubed
2 cans fat free low sodium chicken broth
1 bottle of pumpkin ale or other amber ale (I used the cheap-ass TJ's Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale, which is undrinkable but cooked very well)

Medium heat: melt fat and 1 T olive oil in a large pot. When fat chunks begin to sizzle and stick too much, remove and discard. Add pork and onion. Brown for 2 minutes--get crispy browned bits on the meat for added flavorful goodness, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, remove rosemary, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are done. Add fresh ground pepper and serve.

*By cubed I mean cut into one inch chunks, approximately

On a real resume I reviewed at work today

So I read this far:

Firm Name: Central Chick Sexing Assoc.
Arvada CO 80002
Position Title: Chick Sexing

And thought it was a joke. Then I read on:

Primary Responsibilities: Checking the sex of chicks

And knew it had to be one of the best/worst jobs EVER to have to put on your resume.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Which Discworld Character am I?

Which Discworld Character am I like?
You scored as a The Librarian!
You'e the Librarian! Once a wizard, now an Orang-utan (due to an unfortunate magical accident), you refuse to be turned back for a few reasons: In this form, it's easier to reach the shelves and hold more books; having the strength of five men makes people return their books on time; life's great philosophical questions boil down to "When do I get my next banana?" You say "ook" but are usually understood well enough.
The Librarian

Carrot Ironfounderson

Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax

Commander Samuel Vimes

Gytha (Nanny) Ogg

Cohen The Barbarian

Lord Havelock Vetinari