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I did it..!!

July 19th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Update July 2012: well, the blog is still up, but I have not posted to it in ages. I will probably not delete it, but will not post to it either
My own Wordpress blog is up and running. You can check it out at:
The Little Blog That Could

I will still post post here about my personal finances, but you'll be able to find more generic or non-PF related post over there.

Let me know how I am doing.

I will be at a school next week

July 14th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

My boss is paying for me to go take a Java course next week. I'm pretty excited about it. Especially knowing that I'll be at Sun's Burlington Campus Smile That's pretty awesome actually. I'll be learning Java where it was invented.

We haven't discussed any raises when I get back the following week, but since the class is all paid for (it is $2,000!), I though I wouldn't push my luck.

I did sign a paper saying that if I left the company within the year after I completed the course, I would have to reimburse the full amount. That part I'm not thrilled about. Even though I understand the reason, I though that a pro-rated reimbursement would have been more appropriate.

Anyway, so that where I'll be next week.

Flying out on my own - step 1

July 12th, 2007 at 07:26 pm

I have been thinking of creating my own blog for a little while now. My first step is figuring out what I need for a platform. The 2 big names out there are Blogger and Typepad.

Blogger is free, but Typepad charges a monthly or yearly fee.

I have found a bunch of blog entries comparing the two, but none recent. I have opened an account at Blogger Authority, where I have started a thread asking just that.

What would I talk about you ask? I have compiled a list of topics that I want to talk about:
- Personal finance and money in general
- Energy efficiency and conservation / Living green
- House and home improvements
- Gardening
- Cooking and Baking
- Pets
- Pregnancy, Parenting and Babies
- Current events
- Work, Career and Job Search

It is as random as I could come up with Smile
One topic that I will not discuss: politics.

[UPDATE 09/2011: so, this little plan didn't pan out as well as I had hoped it would. It takes time and efforts that 'm simply not willing to spend to develop such thing. No worries though, SA is a much better place for my needs, and the people are way cooler Wink]

Rant about work!!

July 9th, 2007 at 06:57 pm

I am very angry right now. Here's the deal, we have been in a office for the past year where we all share one room. I don't mind it so much, but we are all craving some kind of privacy. Well, there it is! We are moving tomorrow in permanent spaces. Problem? There are a limited number of "real" offices and the rest are cubicles.

When the announcement was made a few months ago that we would be moving by our director of something-something-very-important, I had asked him for one of the "real" office. Why did I think I deserved it? Well, I'm the employee with the most seniority. I have been working here for 4 years and the next most senior employee has been here for only 1 year. He told me would get it.

Today, he tells me that I am not getting one of the offices. No, I am getting a cubicle. Well, that's just BS! Especially when the people who are getting offices are:
- The CEO, alright, I guess she could get one
- The CFO, who is there part time
- One sales guy, who is NEVER here, always traveling left and right
- Our dear director of something-something-very-important. The guy has been here a few months and I know so much more than he does, but he has "Director" in his title, so he gets an office.

This is so unfair.

I realize that it's very trivial,but it's little things like that that make me feel so not appreciated and make me want to tell them where they can go.

Where does the picture of the rock fit in all of this? Well, it doesn't, but I like it Smile

Increased my Roth IRA contribution and yearly goal update

July 3rd, 2007 at 09:15 pm

My Roth IRA at Vanguard is now worth $ 2,456.51. Up 5.66% since January 19. Not bad.

I've decided to increase the contribution from $50 to $75.

It's not going to make a HUGE difference, but it's still 50% more.

2007 GOAL UPDATE
My goal of putting 10% of our income in a savings account is not going to happen. I am able to put between $100 and $200 every month, but $7,000 is too much at that point.

I have come up with a Debt repayment plan a few months ago, and we are sticking to it. So far so good! We should end up with only one CC by December.
The car loan will be gone by February, just like my goal was set to. Smile

Right now, we cannot make the $1,550 and $300 payment on the mortgage as I wanted to, so I am sticking with the regular payments of $1,477.32 and $252.45 respectively.