Tuesday, March 31, 2009

School Sick

I have been off work the last two days, not feeling very well. My paper is due at midnight and that could be causing some of this anxiety and sick to my stomach feeling. And now I can't log in to Athabasca's website which is freaking me out as I need my tutor's email address! I need to stay calm. I can finish this paper in less than 3 hours of I just focus (and stay off facebook) and I know I am going to feel a million times better once I have sent it in, crossed it off my list and moved on to another task.
I am also re-reading Wuthering Heights for my 19th Century Lit class and I find I don't even remember it. I read it when I was 19 (so 8 years ago) and I am beginning to think that maybe I wasn't in the right mind set to fully appreciate the horror of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. I strongly recommend.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My loan is...

...70% paid off. I can't wait till it disappears :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello Payday...

Goodbye money. It was nice to see you for a short time, but I kind of already "spent" you in NYC. I was a bad PF girl and used my credit card and now need to pay it off quickly. My entire trip cost me just under $1500 (and by "just under" I emphasize the just). I put $600 onto my credit card before I left (which cleared other charges --hence why my MISC is payed off) and I paid my friend $470 for the hotel, Britney Spears tickets and US exchange rate! So although the NYC progress bar is new, the MISC one is paid in full so the total amount owing on my VISA stays the same. Like I said before, I don't regret one minute of that trip and just need to stay focused and frugal for the next few months.
What will make frugality easier is that I am in four courses right now and my goal is to have all four finished by June (doesn't sound hard but bear in mind I work full time too and two of my courses are 6 credit courses so my four courses actually equals six ...can I say courses one more time???). Yesterday I wrote a midterm for one of the courses (I knew I could say it again!) and I am relieved to be able to cross another task off of my list. I have to write a paper this weekend and one of the courses will be completed -- taking me down to three (or five if you follow my logic). This should keep me busy and my hands out of the money cookie jar.

I also need to do my taxes this weekend. I hope I have a return instead of owing. I have never owed and being a student should keep it that way. *knocks on wood*

Will update my loan progress tomorrow as it is automatically taken out of my account. I am also thinking about setting up a progress bar for my RRSPs even though I don't have a set goal with that. I just have a minuscule amount of money transferred every payday to it at this point.

Friday, March 20, 2009

NYC damage... pretty bad. I don't regret the experience one bit though. I just need to be more strict with myself the rest of this year to get back to where I was in my savings accounts and get ahead.
It is hard to look at the numbers though....and my depleted savings accounts stings more than it would have before this blog.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A New York Minute

Hello all!

Here is my little bite of the big apple:
Friday arrived in NYC, checked in to our hotel right on Times Square (the was okay) and went for a beer. This is where Barbie joined us.

The view from my hotel was pretty good.
But the one from Rockefeller Centre was better:

We went to MoMA Friday night and lucky for us it was free entry (Friday nights from 4-8pm). I am not sure if this is all of the time, but it worked out for me :) After the museum we were pretty tired and went back to the hotel.

Saturday morning we got on the subway and made out way to the financial district which is near where we got on our helicopter for a tour of NYC!

Here are a few pics from that tour:

After we finished our tour we walked from Wall Street back to Times Square through SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Garment District. We made a detour so we could see Grand Central Station:

That night we went to see Broadway on Broadway. Our show was Wicked and it did live up to its name. The way this plays on the Wizard of Oz is great and I love that Dorothy was just a pawn in Oz.

Sunday we went to Central Park: and walked along 5th Ave. Barbie had an Audrey moment.

Sunday afternoon my friend and I took the bus back to Boston. Monday night I went to see Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls. It was fairly entertaining and quite the ex-spear-ience :) You can see the Madonna influence on Ms.Spears.

Tuesday morning I donned my Irish charms and boarded the plane. It was a world wind trip and I loved every minute of it. :)

And I completed one of the goals on the list I posted on July 25th!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I leave for...

...Boston/NYC tomorrow morning! I can't wait to help stimulate the American economy ;) Just doing my part....
It is going to be a jam packed vacation. I am hoping I won't dip into any of my other accounts except for what I saved for this trip. We will see Tuesday evening when I get home if there is nay damage.
I am so stoked!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A rant

Dear Former Friend,

Last year you emailed me to tell me that I had done nothing for our friendship in the five years we knew each other and told me I was selfish. We stop talking and then today out of the blue you email me for a favor?
In short, I don't think so. Keep it real and peace out.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One week...

...till my birthday and 9 more days till I leave for Boston/NYC extravaganza! I have so much school work to do in a week, it's ridiculous. But I want to keep on top of this crazy semester I enrolled in ( 4 classes is a lot when one works full time as well)

For Lent, I gave up the convenient cafeteria at my work. One week in and I am doing well. I also noticed I have an extra $100 in my account. Could I really be spending that much at the cafeteria??? It's possible I suppose. I had a fairly low key weekend too which could account for the "extra" money. I had to work at a trade show representing my employment which kept me busy and tired. Saturday night, A and I went to the symphony (which means I was able to cross off one of my 101 in 1001 goals!) and other than that I worked on homework.

It's hard to believe that I am turning 27 this year. Being as I spent most of my 20s partying it up, I need to really focus on the next three years to get to where I want to be at 30.