Friday, February 24, 2012

Resolutions 2012 - The Checklist

  • Pay off line of credit
  • Start sketching
  • Read more books, some non-fiction
  • Take more French classes
  • Take a trip on the Vespa

Resolution Update

This year's resolution is nowhere near as much fun as last year's. At this time last year, I'd discovered some yummy wines from two different countries. This year, I've lowered my debt. Woo hoo.

With one sixth of the year gone, I am about $20 behind schedule on where I thought I'd be with paying off my line of credit. That's not bad considering I had a $500 vet bill, a unplanned trip to NYC (one has to have SOME fun), and paid back the $600 from my emergency cash fund that I'd borrowed in the past two years since buying my condo.

I was really hoping to pay it off earlier, like in the summer, instead of just by the end of the year. I've done extra payments a few times already (with only four pays in 2012), and then I end up feeling bad when I have something unexpected come up and borrowing the money back again. But, I'm still on track.

So far so good for 2012.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Transit Strike

If you're in the HRM area, you know that Metro Transit went on strike on Groundhog's Day. I really didn't think it was going to happen. The day before, I was telling all my coworkers that I doubted they were going to strike as they were still negotiating. Then I told some girls I was running with that night the same thing. I guess I jinxed it. Sorry...

Although I don't own a car, I am not too bothered by the strike. I'm one of the lucky ones. Since I work downtown in a job that does not require me having a car, I've chosen to live close enough to work to be able to commute via foot/bike within a reasonable amount of time, and to not have a long commute via transit. Also, I have friends and coworkers who have offered to give me a lift. So far, I've accepted one drive home. The rest of the time, I've been commuting by foot.

Tomorrow will be three weeks that transit has been on strike, so 15 business days. I had a vacation in there, plus a sick day, so I've only commuted 9.5 days (due to accepting that ride). But that's 9.5 days * 2 ways * 4.5k to work = 85.5km that I've walked/ran due to the strike. Checking my run log, I ran 36k of that, which means I walked 49.5k (including tonight's walk home). Not too shabby.

Truth be told, I kind of enjoyed the push to commute by foot again. I normally do in the nicer weather months, and then start taking transit again in November until March. There have been a few days that I would have taken transit if it were running due to weather, and those days, I admit that I kind of scowled as I ran/walked past the picketing workers. (I think this morning was the worst with snow being blown sideways into my face on the bridge.) But, it has been nice to see how many more walkers/runners/cyclists there are on my commute. I hope everyone who is new to commuting on foot/bike is enjoying the commute and will keep it up if and when the strike ends. And I do look forward to taking the ferry on those nasty weather days again.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Books of 2012

I'd like to track which books I read this year, but without the boring review that I attempted to write last year. It's more for my own curiosity to see how many I read. I'm going to attempt to list just the title and author, and keep updating my list. So, for now:

  1. A Secret Kept, Tatiana de Rosnay
  2. Bossypants, Tina Fey
  3. The News Where You Are, Catherine O'Flynn (audiobook)
  4. Hurt Go Happy, Ginny Rorby (audiobook)
  5. Bittersweet Rain, Sandra Brown (audiobook)
  6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  7. The Edge of Winter, Luanne Rice (audiobook)
  8. The Gospel According to Peanuts, Robert L. Short
  9. Broken for You, Stephanie Kallos (audiobook)
  10. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (audiobook)
  11. Anyone But You, Jennifer Crusie (audiobook)
  12. A Town Like Paris, Bryce Corbett
  13. Not My Daughter, Barbara Delinsky (audiobook)
  14. Then Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  15. Complete Without Kids, Ellen L. Walker
  16. The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen (audiobook)
  17. Seriously... I'm Kidding, Ellen Degeneres
  18. Another Woman's Son, Anna Adams
  19. Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (audiobook)
  20. The Birth House, Ami McKay