Sunday, July 26, 2009
Nursing a newborn is a tremendously time consuming task. Thankfully, a laptop and many trips to the library for books help me utilize this time.
I have recently branched out and added the following blogs to my blogroll:
- Economist Mom
- Escape from Cubicle Nation
- Frugal Dad
- Wall Street Journal: Digits
- Wall Street Journal: The Wallet
A couple of articles caught my eye:
The Juggle, July 22, 2009, 1:58 AM ET, By Marisa Wong
I say yes, but I tend to be a more private person and have a really like/find it fascinating/think it is weird relationship with Facebook. Personally, I did not post much about my pregnancy on Facebook although I certainly know people that do/have. I did post an announcement about his birth, but didn't include anything that wouldn't have been in a regular print birth announcement.
Frugal Dad recommends keeping some cash on hand (around $500), about $1,000 at a local bank, and the largest bulk of the emergency fund in an online account or other savings account.
I had certainly heard of having cash on hand and having a large emergency fund for unexpected issues. However, I had not thought of having money in a local bank. For families like us whose bank does not have bricks and mortar branches this makes even more sense. In some kind of disaster we could not get at the bulk of our asset easily. I am not a doom and gloom person, but it is something worth thinking about.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- Psychologically it was just depressing to have these payments. We have both been out of school for some time
- I think debt, in general, is not a good thing
- I pay the student loan immediately once the funds are available, so we do not use that money for other things. This is key.
Friday, July 24, 2009
- White floors create a nice foundation for furniture to rest on
- Paint different rooms in variations of one color
- Freshen rooms with painted furniture
- Stay away from formal, fussy fabrics
- Group like items together
- In the kitchen, leave bare wall space for found objects
- When arranging furniture, start with one large, quality investment
- Avoid a neutral palette that is flat and dull by using different shades of beige and by picking fabrics and finishes with varying textures
- Affordable doesn't mean unstylish
- Replace fussy, old china with simple white ironstone
- Grandfather clocks can be very serious and very boring. But Swedish grandfather clocks are nice because they are whimsical and can be an architectural element