"Secret skimping is out, like false bosoms." - Marjorie Hillis, Orchids on Your Budget, 1937.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tickle Me Pink

I try to make an effort, about quarterly, to find new-to-me music so that I’m not stuck in 2006 perpetually. This time around it’s been all Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, and Johnny Flynn. I know I’m about 4 years late to the Nu-Folk train, but in case you are too, here's a sampling of what I've been listening to this fall/winter season:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Theory of Everything

In our downsizing kick, I sold most of my books last year, and did another round several months ago.  I had made far too many well-intentioned purchases that would eventually just end up lingering on the shelf, unread. 

But I’ve been reading a lot lately, more now than ever.  I’m lucky to work within walking-distance of the Boston Public Library. I started with safe genres, like jewelry and simplifying.  And then, a happy accident a few months ago: the internet was broken at work, so I did the work I could do without a computer and was dismissed after only an hour.  I spent the next few hours wandering the stacks.  And now my new pet topic is string theory. For laymen, of course, so a lot of Michio Kaku.

What are your favorite call numbers? J

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012 Net Worth

Emergency Fund: $7,104.73
Checking: $83.82

Travel: $218.27
Medical/Dental: $485.52

School: $352.79
Roth IRA: $9,053.75
401k: $6,722.25
Sharebuilder: $207.17
Total Positive: $24,228.30

Rent: PAID
Groceries/Utilities: $200.00
Phone: $60.00
Subway: PAID
Credit cards: $437.84
Student Loan: $4,675.27 (from over $19k)
Total Negative: $5,373.11

Net Worth: $18,855.19

Ew, a little bit down this month.  I bought a computer and a plane ticket, so all things considered, it could be worse.  I did get a few hundo for a bonus, so that was nice, but quickly gone.  Any holiday spending tends to trigger shopping binges for me, a la this:

So my goal right now is damage control.  Total abstinence.

And more ebay listings.  Do I need 3 J.Crew velvet jackets?  YES!!!  No.  No?  No, I do not.