Archive for October, 2008

A weekend update

So the weekend was not as bad money spending wise. We only ate out once. That’s pretty good for us. I did end up doing a little shopping at the new Ikea. More fun was taking the free water taxi there – not to mention in the middle of a rain storm! When we finally decided we had enough of browsing around aimlessly in the aisles of Ikea, we were glad to know that we only barely made it back to the city. Our water taxi was the last one to leave Ikea for the night because they shut down the harbour. Now that I think of it, having to spend the night in Ikea might not be so bad. 🙂

I am a bit under the weather though. I have that achey, beginning of a fever/cold feeling. All I want to do is lie on my bed and watch TV.


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What I am have (** why is it that as I am writing the sentences, I am saying it in my head in grammatically correct terms, but it comes out all wrong in the end?) noticed in my daily tracking of spendings is that routine helps. I had been doing so well the 1st half of the month. I was bringing my lunch everyday, I always had leftover or quick food in my fridge, as a result of which, my spendings went down. Well fast forward to a few days later, when midterm, due date for projects and too much to do at work all hit at the same time, I had no time to cook, shop or bring my own lunch. I also had to pay extra for doggie walker to come walk my dog because I would not be going home early due to several meetings with classmates to work on our project.

Well now, I am sitting here looking at my money situation and it’s not looking very good. BF is visiting this weekend from out of town. I would like to keep my spendings to the minimalest possible. However, I am looking at my grocery budget and I have mere $30 left in it!! It’s very important that I stock up my fridge because we have a tendency to eat out a lot when together. I am trying to avoid that at all cost this time around. I have a spend money set aside of $100. I might have to dip into that to cover the food cost. I was planning to buy some wall frames at the new Ikea to hang some pictures on my hallway, which now might just have to wait.

On yet another bad money news, I received the cheque from my old 401K people to rollover to the new one. Need I say anymore? I feel like the timing could not have been worse. I had to roll it over possibly at the worst time possible. Very depressing!

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Much to do

  • Study for the midterm on Monday
  • Work on algorithm problem I am trying to solve(**Update 30%)
  • Bring DVDs to return to library (It was foolish to check them out to begin with. I knew I wouldn’t have the time)
  • Finish reading the book checked out by Friday (**Update No, I returned  it, but then I rechecked it out and now I have until Friday to finish it, if not I will return it and recheck it out again  – oh, the vicious cycle)
  • Organize paper work (Highly Important! **Update 50%)
  • Pilates(**Update Are you kidding?)
  • Check out farmers market on Saturday(**Update NO)
  • Go to Trader Joe’s on Saturday (I need to pick out a wine or two from there for the weekend after **Update NO)
  • Laundry (**Update 50% done. Yes it’s possible to do 50% of the laundry)
  • Clean apartment(**Update NO)

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Half way through

Can you believe it? We are half way through Octorber! Time sure flies when you are having fun. Well, not really. I haven’t really been having a lot of fun. Just been too busy. Anyway, good news is that I have been doing real well on tracking my expenses.  I have also gotten over the spending spree I seemed to having over the last few months. I am doing pretty well also on brining my own lunch to work. My next goal is to plan my weekly meals and stick to it. So, without futher delay, even though it’s Tuesday already, here’s my meal plan for the rest of the week.


  • Breakfast: Mini Bagel with Brie, grapes, orange juice, coffee
  • Lunch: Amy’s Mac n Cheese, half an apple
  • Snack: Yogurt
  • Dinner: Curry chicken,rice,sautĂ©d potato sticks


  • Breakfast: Mini Bagel with Brie, oatmeal. half an apple, grapes, coffee
  • Lunch: Whole wheat elbow macaroni Rice with broccoli, peas and cut up soy sausage
  • Snack before class: Yogurt with Granola
  • Dinner: Something light- maybe a whole wheat tortilla with leftover potato


  • Breakfast: Yogurt and Granola, fruits with Gouda cheese
  • Lunch: ??(Not sure what yet)
  • Dinner: Leftover Chicken and rice


  • Breakfast: Mini Bagel with Brie, Fruits
  • Lunch: Fried rice with veggies
  • Dinner: Leftovers, if not cook something for the whole weekend.

As you can see, I am having a little hard time trying to come up with creative menu. I live by myself so once I cook, I have leftover for 3/4 meals. I need to make sure that I am not getting bored with my leftovers. Any suggestions?

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The economy! The presidential debates! Sarah Palin! My God, what is this world coming to? Wink* wink* I think I will run for the US presidency.

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