Here and There

I’ve got a bunch of scattered-here-and-there thoughts and updates, so here goes:

Me Weekend: It was quite lovely, as expected. It was most certainly not, as one friend termed it, a “Weekend of Loneliness.” (I don’t know either.) The first thing I did was clean up my house so that I had a nice relaxing environment to be in, and then I proceeded to do whatever I wanted. I don’t really need to fill you in on the details though because I am sure it would be boring as all hell. The important thing is that I managed to relax, finally, and it was grand.

[75/365] House Clean

Sick-ish Day: Yesterday was the first day back to work and by today I already am taking another “off day.” Not so great. I woke up this morning feeling mildly awful — I don’t think I’m sick-sick but I am definitely not running at 100% either — so I made the decision not to go into the office to grade or research today. It’s my “off” day, which simply means I work but don’t teach, so I was able to do this. I have napped all day. Unlike on Me Weekend, however, I feel guilty and that I should be grading essays instead. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

Sniffer

Books: Over the weekend, I read two Margaret Atwood novels, Oryx & Crake and Year of the Flood (the latter of which is a prequel to the former). I really liked both of them, so much so that I was sad when I finished them and did a quick Twitter survey, asking what I should read next. The winner (out of a few books I listed that I had on hand) was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, which I started last night and finished today. I loved it. There is a little dachshund in it named Ivor (who is not the dog referenced in the title, but a nice supporting-character-type dog nonetheless). Next to be read will probably be Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.

Money: One of my major goals right now is paying off my credit card debt and another one is saving money to supplement my (small) summer income and move into a new apartment this July. I signed up for a free account with mint.com to help manage my budget. It seems like it could be pretty helpful, but I’ll have to do some tweaking of the categories/budgets and so on to make it really work. Does anyone else use Mint? Have any tips?

Shopping Hiatus Fail: In other money news, I have had it in the back of my mind that I need to replace my aging MacBook (it is from 2006 and has had to have parts replaced twice already, is running out of space, making weird noises, giving me the Spinning Beach Ball of Death every 30 seconds, and so on and so forth). I was looking around at the Apple store online when I saw their interest-free financing offer and found that I qualified. The only problem? I had to use it within 30 days after I applied, meaning before the end of my Lenten shopping hiatus. Well, Scheisse. As if spending that much money wasn’t stressful enough, you know? After much dithering I talked myself into it because I decided it was a work-based necessity and not the type of shopping I was really trying to cut back on, e.g. pointless hundred-dollar trips to Target, incessant Amazon.com browsing and one-click buying, yet another blouse from Gap, etc. So, in order to get the interest-free deal, I went ahead and ordered. New MacBook Pro headed my way. EEEP!

There. Now what is new with you?

6 thoughts on “Here and There

  1. Clarabella March 22, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    Yay for a new computer! I am applying for a summer research grant, & if I get it, I think I’m finally going to fix my computer, that’s been non-portable for almost a year. Yeah. But YAY for you. I used the Writing Center’s big fancy MacBook Pro today & was all starry-eyed.
    I am having a shit week, so I will spare you the craptacular details, but I might need a phone date this weekend b/c I need some feedback. Ugh.
    In good-ish news, I get to order my iPhone next week. So at least there’s that.
    Sorry you feel bad. Hope it’s just a down day. I am suffering from hormonal-hormonapocalypse ’11, so, yeah…
    Ok, I’m going to go to Zumba now before I lapse into a full on pity party.

    • Kate March 23, 2011 / 7:54 pm

      Good luck with your grant app! I’d say fixing your computer would be a SUPER thing to do with the money. I mean, how are you supposed to write when it’s not working? Anyway, this is what one friend said to me to help me justify my spending the money on mine: IT’S A TOOL OF YOUR TRADE! Also, yay new iPhone!! We’ll talk soon.

  2. Holly March 22, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    Super voodoo — I recently read Oryx and Crake and enjoyed it — but even weirder, I went to the library this morning to pick up some audiobooks to listen to at work and I got Mark Haddon’s new one and The Namesake. We must be on the same reading wavelength!

    (Of course I also picked up one of Tori Spelling’s books too, shhh don’t tell!)

    • Kate March 23, 2011 / 7:56 pm

      Oooh, spooky, we are on the same wavelength! I look forward to hearing what you think about the Haddon and The Namesake if you wind up posting about them. I am about 20pp into The Namesake as of now and not gripped yet. We’ll see!

  3. Rose-Anne March 23, 2011 / 8:19 am

    No, you didn’t fail! I think it was wise to purchase the new computer. Given the good deal, you DO end up saving money over the long run. Resolution saved!

    I love that picture of your dog. He’s a cutie!

    • Kate March 23, 2011 / 7:57 pm

      WHEW, resolution saved. (Thanks for the support!) I am trying to look at it as the same as saving up for X months to buy it, but just getting it in my hands now. Without the interest-free deal, no way would I have bought it or put it on a credit card.

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