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Goal in focus Become Financially Independent 29 people are doing this
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11/04/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-12-06 21:35:39

    Invest

    I don't have much to invest these days, but I recently read a blog entry that has inspired me to start thinking more seriously about it anyway.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-23 01:30:21

    Savings for long term goals, travel, and large expenses

    some of our wedding funds are being set aside in a savings account to help with our home remodel. It's small, about 5% of what we'll ultimately be needing, but it's a start.

    More urgently we are also needing to save for the potential maternity gap in my wages, which for a three month period will be considerable. I have not worked long enough to have paid leave available for the duration.

    Visitation travel expenses amount to about $3k annually, and cannot be overlooked either.

    Travel beyond that, to visit my family who all live 5000 miles away, is also a consideration.

    On a positive note, I've convinced A to start a savings fund to visit Disneyworld. So she does extra chores for a small allowance that she is putting away for her goal. I'm hoping she learns something about money management, perseverance, and being goal oriented in the process.

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    • AeneasSubgoals
      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:39:56

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-06 23:00:00

        Two weeks in and A is already giving up. She hates chores more than she loves Disneyworld. Which makes me sad. Im at a loss as to how to spark motivation in her on many fronts. All suggestions welcome. Next will be no electronics until chores are done. Which she will not like at all.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-29 06:51:12

        I read about the Digit app and decided to set up a micro-save auto-transfer just within my own bank account. Similar idea, just doesn't get passed through a third party.

        I was already doing a monthy auto-transfer, but I'm curious if the smaller weekly transfer might be gentler on my psyche. I've been tempted to shut off the larger auto-transfer many times already, but have been saved by my own laziness. however there have been occasions when I have to transfer money back to my checking account, which is always disheartening. but at least I'm trying, right?

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-12 20:38:05

      @aenea i LOVE that you are teaching about money management at a young age. i wish my parents had taught me more. most of what i learned was from watching my parents make mistakes.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-23 01:09:50

    Build an emergency account

    I get so focused on paying off my personal debt that I often overlook the importance of building and maintaining my emergency account. Currently I have a paycheck and a half worth of savings but I'd like to build that to:

    A. 1 month worth of savings by end of 2017
    B. 2 months worth of savings by end of 2018
    and ultimately
    C. 3 months worth of savings by 2020

    All while also balancing this savings with saving for longer term purchases (like home remodel and travels) and saving for retirement.

    It's so discouraging when the amount I have available to contribute is so small and then has to be split four ways to cover all my needs. rowning;

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-23 01:00:39

    Student loans

    I'm on an income based repayment plan at the moment but it's not doing me any favors. When I have my personal debt under control I'm hoping to tackle this next.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-16 05:25:44

    Monitoring spending closer with some financial apps.

    I've been using Mint and Prism and now I'm trying Wallet. I'm going to try to be more consistent about entering data with Wallet.

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    • AeneasSubgoals
      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:40:34

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 03:59:18

        Wallet is a very nice app. I'm not ready to subscribe though, so the search continues.

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        • joycultivation
          joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-06-12 20:39:28

          @aenea i LOVE wallet. it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. i have the free version so i pay 0 and it meets all my needs. i did some creative workarounds with the functionality

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          • aenea
            aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-12 21:41:42

            @joycultivation hmm. After I downloaded I was told I had 14 days to try it for free but would then need to subscribe to keep my accounts active.

            Looked interesting though. I'm glad you were able to find a method that worked for you.

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            • joycultivation
              joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-12 22:24:39

              @aenea you probably had 14 days to try out the free upgrade to a paid account. the basic account is always free. i have been using this app for over a year now. i have never paid a penny and i have achieved majorly positive results. i went from a substantial amount of debt to routinely saving 38% of my income in the course of a year.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-28 20:39:18

        I've had Goodbudget on my phone for awhile but had never put much time into it. So I think I'll try that next.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-06 23:04:22

        Been using Goodbudget for June so far and it's definitely useful though more complicated than I'd like. Perhaps it'll get easier with time.

        Also, budgeting is extremely depressing.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-10 07:22:56

        Today was not good as far as spending goes. We went to a movie, bought concessions, had dinner out, bought ice cream, and bought some books. Fridays are my weakness I think.

        We did bike to a free concert at the botanical garden yesterday though, so that was good.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 01:49:08

        I was doing really good in early to mid June using GoodBudget. Their website is actually pretty nifty. But then I fell off the bandwagon and stopped entering purchases. and once you fall off, it's a pain to play catch up.

        what I like about mint and prism is that they link to my accounts and automatically deduct expenses. only problem is that often they don't categorize things correctly, so the charts aren't accurate. and again, it's a pain to go in and correct all their mistakes.

        so essentially i'm too lazy to budget apparently. this is no good.

        spending wise I have been relatively mindful. I had to buy a few things for A's trip, and for the packages I send her while she's gone. Nothing big or major, but even little stuff adds up over several weeks. Trying to minimize these expenses as much as possible.

        I also splurged a bit and bought some new-to-me shirts for work and for my trip. probably not completely necessary. clothing is one of my major weaknesses, and I know it, so I try to thrift whenever I can. oh and on that front, i was really bummed when I tripped on my own laces and ripped my favorite jeans during a hiking trip last week. so dumb. so hard to find good fitting jeans. πŸ˜•

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 18:26:38

        so after writing my last entry, today I went back into goodbudget and updated my expenses manually for the last 15 days using Mint info. It wasn't as painful as I feared, so I think I could make this a weekly habit perhaps.

        I'm looking at my expenses however and trying to figure out places to cut spending so that I can pay down some debt. And it occurs to me that my income is at just the right amount for me to live on. My incoming and outgoing cash flow is about even if my outstanding debt is out of the picture. In other words, had I entered my job without any debt, I would be doing ok, not living extravagantly, just getting by. But how many people really enter the job market debt free? I guess they don't really factor that in when setting up payroll.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-29 00:32:02

        Fell off the Goodbudget bandwagon again but I really do think it's a worthwhile system. I'm thinking I'll go into my account perhaps tonight and see about updating my budget again. Getting on top of my expenses is becoming more important than ever.

        Edited to add: I went into my Goodbudget account last night and it will take longer to update than I'd anticipated. Five months will do that I guess. I'll try to tackle it this weekend instead.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-12-01 21:15:12

        I updated Goodbudget. And my new budget is depressing. I barely make enough to make ends meet much less pay down my substantial outstanding debt. It seems anything I pay toward debt will just go toward interest. And if any medical or emergency expenses come up I will just be adding to my debt as I don't have enough to contribute to an emergency savings account, not even $50/month. And there's no end in sight to any of these issues. I wince at every dollar I spend now. It's hard to keep ones spirits up in such circumstances, especially during the holidays and with a baby on the way.

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11/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-25 05:17:05

    My ex has given my 9 year old a phone. Is that really necessary? Shouldn't there be parental discussions about this sort of thing beforehand? cell phones are like internet gateway drugs. i was thinking the 13-14 year old range might be more appropriate.

    now commencing fevered internet research on parental guidelines for phone use amid preteens.

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    • DianeRenee
      DianeRenee 3 cheers 2017-07-27 18:00:45

      @aenea Don't forget to trust yourself! You are 100% in charge of how and when she can use that phone when she's with you. My ex did the same thing. I found out she was staying up WAY too late, texting or whatever with friends. My first rule was, bedtime,the phone gets turned off and left in my room until morning.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-27 20:22:37

        @DianeRenee funny you should mention that. I got a late night text from her just last night. πŸ˜•

        I read an article once about a similar situation where one parent sued the other for not allowing the child to use the cell phone they gave them. The second parent won the case. So that makes me a little more confident about it. I'm already planning on limiting use to between after school and bedtime. I like the idea of putting it in my bedroom at night though. Thanks for the suggestion &#xsmile;

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-08-04 04:24:44

      @aenea Oh, this is a tough one. I agree with your way of thinking and do wish you had been consulted first. I'm not sure of the level of communication between you and your ex but maybe you can discuss this and agree on some common rules for usage, or at least, as DianeRenee mentioned, decide on the use when she is with you.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-08 23:26:09

    Preparing for baby 2.

    Not even pregnant yet, but want to be ready when I am. The numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

    Budgeting For A New Baby
    This little member of your family will be a big expense. Find out what you need to budget for and how to save.
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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-23 17:51:24

    Bedtime routine

    So A was up late again last night, a bear to wake up this morning, and late to school today. I sent her to bed at 9:30, she resisted until 10, and then proceeded to read for a bit with her flashlight, until an hour later she was up again saying she couldn't sleep. Exasperated, I told her to go back to bed and go to sleep, already knowing she wouldn't be able to get up in time in the morning.

    This has been an ongoing battle for years and I'm at a loss as to what to do. Here's what I'm going to try enforce though:

    No screen time after 7pm on weekdays
    In bed at 9 pm
    Lights out, including flashlights, by 9:30

    12 year old daughter won't go to bed at night, get up in the morning, always late for school
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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-23 00:57:53

    Volunteering

    A's school has been volunteering occasionally at a nursing home and she always seems to enjoy the experience, more so than food bank work, so I'm planning to contact them about doing more regular volunteering there together. I have it on my list to call but have not been prioritizing it this month. I think I will add it to my list for June.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-12 22:41:32

    Reading

    A is becoming more and more of an avid reader, which I am glad to see. She reads 1-2 short chapters nearly every night and will still sometimes request that I read to her, which we both enjoy. The downside is that this tends to run counter to establishing a better bedtime routine. But we're working on finding a balance.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 4 cheers 2017-05-13 03:53:22

      @aenea When I was growing up, my mother always took us to the library. We always checked out the maximum number of books that they would let us. Mom and Dad still visit the library. That is great that reading is important in your family.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-13 16:29:10

        @wyverndust that is great to hear! I love the library and often wish I could work at one.

        We try to go to the library at least once a month and they have unlimited checkout. So the only limitation is how much you can realistically read before things are overdue. We usually come home with mountains of books and the hard part is keeping them all together for return later. They also allow dvd checkout but I limit her on that to 3 books per dvd, max 3 movies and one tv show. Our library also does fun monthly events, including a free movie screening for kids, which we try to do when we can.

        The summer reading program will be starting soon too and I think A will have a lot of fun with that this year. I used to love doing those as a kid.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:39:14

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-24 05:48:05

    updating my resume at the prompting of a colleague. could be a good sign.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-24 14:14:02

    Layoff notices have been rescinded. Hooray! San Diego, here I come!

    My legislators better watch their slimy political backs come election time. That's all I have to say about that.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-17 13:22:47

    Idea journal

    I first read about this when looking for advice on developing a more effective morning routine. But apparently becoming an idea machine is a thing.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:45:25

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:08:56

        I now have an idea journal. The hard part seems to be thinking of topics for ideas. once I have a topic though, I usually have no problem coming up with ideas.

        my first two topics for brainstorming were topics for my blog and book ideas

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-17 13:00:00

    Improve my coding skills.

    I'm looking at doing a micromasters or similar program at edx, udemy, or udacity. Lots of courses to dig through.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:45:35

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-25 05:01:14

        I've started a few courses at Codecademy and I really like their interface there.

        I'm also looking into coding bootcamps - there are some specifically geared toward women that sound pretty promising, though I'd have to figure out how deal with room and board for the duration of the training. I wish they would let you do these things remotely. Also, I'm a little concerned that I'd be a lot older than other participants and feel out of place. I'm already socially challenged as it is, so it'd be good if there was a decent cross-section of ages.

        My experience at the ESRI UC really opened my eyes to how much I miss coding. It's so much more challenging and interesting to me than my day job. But at the moment it doesn't pay the bills. Perhaps if I train up enough though, I might be able to find a side-hustle for when I'm on maternity leave. That would be awesome.

        I checked out a bunch of coding books too and am hoping to start working through a couple during my weekends and evenings. I also learned about some coding groups that I might consider joining if I can find a local branch. My city is so far removed from civilization though that it'll probably end up having to be a group of one. But that's ok. It would force me to set aside the time to do it at least monthly.

        I'm almost inspired to blog too, which I haven't done much of lately.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-16 05:21:03

    started a science blog: HMS Arctica. haven't actually blogged anything yet. but I now have a blog.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:45:46

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:10:31

        first entry, an introduction, has been posted.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 08:27:00

        So I've barely gotten a handle on this whole science blog thing but just got a positive response back from scienceblogs inviting me to join with a six month probationary period, based solely on my submitted 255 character background description.

        It would give me more readership possibly but I'd also feel more like I'm in a spotlight, which I'm really not wild about. Also SB has something of a sordid and controversial past apparently, although they are currently under new management to some extent. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try it out.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-12-02 00:38:35

    Cultivate frugality

    I'm not sure how to do this exactly but I know I need to add it to my list.

    I'm planning to go through my book collection this weekend and give away about a third to make room for board game storage on the shelves, so as to avoid have to buy a $40 cube storage shelving unit. Cubes would look nicer but bookshelves are perfectly usable and I've been needing the downsize my book collection anyway.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-12-02 00:50:54

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-12-05 23:20:17

        I've begun following some blogs on frugality, in hopes of gaining some inspiration. One has a uber frugal month challenge so we'll see how that goes. Nothing too revelatory so far, but I am reconsidering how to tweak my diet to save more on food.

        As for books, I picked up some boxes and scanned through my books. It will be difficult to liberate an entire bookshelf. I did read some Marie Kondo inspiration on this point recently however: does being surrounded by unread books spark joy in your heart? No not really. I think I just like the security of knowing there is something new and interesting to read nearby if I ever need it.

        Someone once characterized me as liking the idea of books more than actually enjoying reading books, which I was not pleased about. Controlling my book hoarding compulsion might help to dispel this image. Maybe if I keep a running list of the unread-someday books, I can just track them down at the library when I finally find time to read them.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-12-06 21:32:00

        I freed up space on about 3/4 of a bookshelf, so I'm getting close. It was difficult but also mentally liberating in some ways, letting go of old memories that I'm probably better off not having constant visual reminders of.

        The frugal challenge had advice on investing today which I intend to follow up on at the library. This will toe in nicely with one of my financial goals I hadn't even broached yet.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-12-05 23:07:11
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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-02 00:29:21

    Organize, protect, and back up my digital data

    I've gotten several email notifications regarding suspicious activities on various accounts of varying importance. Items mysteriously showing up in my Amazon cart; unauthorized access to my Pinterest account from someplace in India; customer satisfaction survey requests from my bank wanting to know how I thought my recent nonexistent credit request was handled.

    All of which has me nervous, so I looked into "upgrading" my av software to be safe. Turned into a major headache as the software has slowed my computer to a crawl and I can't even seem to open the program to run a scan. Pretty frustrating. I may need to do an uninstall and look for a lighter weight program that can run in the background without causing usability problems.

    I've also been very aware of how long it's been since I've done a data backup lately and been getting nervous about that too. I don't even like hooking my phone up to my computer to back up photos for fear of losing something. So I put it off and the stakes get ever higher the longer I wait.

    I have a back up drive already, so I think I'll start by locating it this weekend and hooking it up to my computer once the AV issue is resolved.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-29 19:50:50

    Preserve my wedding memories

    I made some recent progress on this. Ordered some large prints from our photographer and have begun pricing frames. I have a partially started scrapbook and I'm scoping out my options for getting a Photobook printed. I still need to throw my pictures on a few DVDs for us and our parents also, tho I'm not sure all of the pictures will fit.

    My dress is dry cleaned and put away though I didn't get it vacuum packed as it was too pricey.

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-02 01:25:47

    Reapply for my citizenship certificate and passports

    Passport 1 application complete. when I get that back I'll reapply for my citizenship certificate. and then work on Passport 2. Hoping that by this time next year, I'll be finished with this subgoal.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-10 07:31:31

    Help A cull her possessions

    We went though all her books earlier this month and freed up a lot of shelf space. Now we're slowly tackling her toys.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-18 05:22:20

    On recycling.

    I sold 50 items of barely used kids clothing today to a consignment shop for about $80. I go to replace the outgrown clothes, intending to buy 10 items and am expected to pay nearly $200. How does this equate? How is this sustainable?

    Reminds me that I still need to watch The True Cost.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-12 03:40:13

    Subgoals:

    Start using my reusable bags again

    Practice mindful consumption - less plastic, less packaging, fabric gift wrap

    Reduce my environmental footprint - minimize and reuse wherever possible

    Start composting

    Start growing my own food

    Rededicate myself to recycling

    Advocate for science and use my knowledge to educate others

    Fight Climate Change

    Get more involved in Marine Cleanup efforts

    Start a Science Blog

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-11 08:02:22

    Practice Eating Mindfully: Drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat less refined sugar

    So I noticed the last few days I've let myself get over full at meals, which I know isn't good for me. I think it's ironically the result of financial stress and anxiety about my weight creeping up. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat slowly and take breaks during meals to assess my fullness.

    Many years ago when I was on the dieting treadmill with my mom I remember there was this one tactic recommended to eat half your food and 'destroy' the rest by over-salting it or adding undesired condiments to it. It was a horrible waste of food. It was also very effective. I don't think I'll need to go to such lengths this time around though.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-12-02 00:55:39

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-12-02 01:13:15

        With my pregnancy I've kind of gotten off track in the healthy eating department. First trimester was a struggle to eat anything and then forcing myself to eat protein every two hours to stave off nausea. Now I'm getting so big that I get too depressed to care. Either way it seems I will have lots of work to do to get back into shape afterwards, and the holiday season has been challenging.

        That said, it's helped to visualize what I eat going straight to baby's mouth. Nutrition lessons start early.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-06 23:26:12

    Go on regular evening walks with my family

    I have a dog so I already do regular evening walks. Often my husband will walk with me just because he likes my company, even when it's twenty below. And the whole family walks with me when the weather is nice, which it has been lately.

    Last night my daughter wanted to take a time-lapse video of our walk. It turned out pretty cute and will make for a good memento.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-06 23:19:12

    Find a good naturopath

    So I procrastinated on this so much that my thyroid medication has run out again and I will have to do an appointment with my general practitioner again whom I'm not wildly fond of. She will re-prescribe the meds and it won't be a big deal, I'd just really rather not deal with her.

    The reality is that I don't have the time or money to shop around for a doctor at the moment. So I'm pretty much just hoping I don't get too terribly sick in the meantime.

    I'd love to do an acupuncture appointment for my birthday this month too, but since my insurance won't cover it, that's $200 I can't afford either.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-06-08 18:50:22

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-08 20:13:28

        Went to the doctor today to have my thyroid checked and meds represcribed. The doctor wanted to go over my symptoms from last time I saw her last spring, which she had tried to address in many many different ways but was never able to resolve. She did not realize that I was still having symptoms and wanted to do more MRIs and more blood work. However, as I told her, I don't have the money or time to keep throwing at some mystery illness she can't seem to figure out. Then she proceeded to suggest that it might be my thyroid, apparently having forgotten that she already checked my thyroid levels three times last year.

        Maybe I'm just too impatient, but this appointment really upset me. Her bedside manner is atrocious and she acts likes she knows it all but then doesn't have any real answers just more tests, more flailing. I'm really fed up.

        also, adding insult to injury, that number on the scale went up two pounds since last time (about a month ago). 😞

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-13 01:39:22
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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:44:30

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 02:16:25

        I did steps for twenty minutes today. most I've done all week.

        I'm hoping that having A out of town will help me to focus more on getting back in shape. No excuses now. I could get up in the morning and exercise before work if needed.

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    aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-10 21:08:56

    Subgoals for this include:

    Be the change: treat my body as a temple and honor it daily

    Go to the gym at lunch at least 3x per week

    Develop a set of healthy weekly meal plans

    Incorporate yoga into my nightly routine

    Incorporate floor exercises into my morning routine

    Ride my bike somewhere every weekend

    Practice Eating Mindfully: Drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat less refined sugar

    Go for more hikes and picnics

    Go on regular evening walks with my family

    Meditate more

    Take that martial arts class I've been contemplating for years

    Get to bed earlier

    Find a good naturopath

    weekly weigh in

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-26 15:31:40

    Be Compassion: Spend more quality time with friends and family.

    I'm thinking I will make lists here of things I can do for the people (and pets) I love, starting with doing something special for my special someone.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-18 06:22:41

    Documentaries to watch (to be updated):

    The True Cost
    Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things
    Consumed
    Poverty, Inc
    Sicko
    Before the Flood
    NOVA - World in the Balance: The Population Paradox
    The Plastic Ocean
    Grow!
    The Other Side of Immigration

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:46:02

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:15:11

        broke down and subscribed to netflix dvd service, for the express purpose of watching more documentaries. local video stores don't carry most of these titles, nor does redbox, and streaming service where I live is prohibitively expensive still.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-29 20:01:01

        We watched the minimalism documentary last night. It featured many of the usual suspects - project 333, no impact man, life-edited, etc. I did learn the titles of a few promising books that could be helpful: 10% Happier, Enough, Clutterfree with Kids, and the Minimalists book itself - Everything that Remains. The film had minimal (no pun intended) guidance, touching briefly on topics such as tiny homes, Murphy bed living, wardrobe reduction, meditation, environmental impact, and minimalism with kids, with these last two given about thirty seconds of screen time combined. The only concrete advice seemed to be to do what feels right.

        So the movie, while entertaining, was not at all instructive, making it rather disappointing for me. I was hoping to be fired up for a day of family decluttering today, but instead am left still wondering if I'm just chasing the unattainable.

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        • ExplorerSoul
          ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-05-30 15:18:15

          @aenea I also didn't find the documentary to be particularly inspiring, which is why I'm also a bit unsure about the minimalism challenge.

          I've watched several interesting documentaries on different topics, but it would be interesting to find a good one on decluttering.

          I just came across this film, which seems humorous but kind of interesting, too (not quite sure about the rules or practicality of it all, though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUBVl0FG6Yc

          My Stuff trailer
          Watch film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mystuff/162674607 The rules of the film: 1) One year experiment 2) All stuff into a storage 3) One item back per ...
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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-09 23:18:11

        We watched a BBC 3-part series documentary on Galapagos this week. It was fascinating. I too now wish to see some blue footed boobies. The term, I learned, comes from the Spanish word for clown, apparently named such because of the way they walk.

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        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-22 02:05:54

        Watched The True Cost and Before the Flood. Both were worthwhile and well made, but given my prior familiarity with climate change issues, I found The True Cost to be much more personally eye opening. I feel kind of paralyzed like I never want to buy anything from any retailer ever again, yet I can't seem to afford fair trade. So I suppose that's one more thing to ethically budget for.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-24 13:46:31

        Still thinking about The True Cost. I was sitting around the campfire with some other school parents last night and third world industrial labor came up. The people I was talking with had traveled extensively and seen first hand the poverty of some of these places. And their feeling was that the industry was hugely beneficial to the local economies regardless of horrible working conditions. That in their experiences the workers were far better off than those not working and conditions on the streets were so horrendous that anything was an improvement for them. this is a perspective they mention briefly in the movie as well, but with much condescension.

        No one should have to tolerate horrible working conditions. But how do we get here from there, and what is the solution in the meantime?

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 02:05:19

        Watched NOVA's World In Balance and it was fascinating and thought provoking. In particular, I was not very familiar with China's economy or current politics beforehand, so this film proved to be very insightful for me. And it's also, I think, what got me to finally start reading The Three Body Problem, an acclaimed scifi novel set in China by a Chinese writer, which I've been wanting to read for some time. The discussions of population in Japan and India were also interesting. I had no idea that Japan's birth rate was so low. I was more familiar with the misogyny in northern India, but nevertheless seeing it on the screen left quite an impression on me.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-25 04:51:29

        So this month I watched Greedy Lying Bastards, which is about how corporate greed is destroying the planet and driving climate change, and Plastic Planet, about plastic toxicity and ubiquitous-ness. (I looked for Plastic Ocean, but Netflix doesn't have it yet 😞. I did check the book out at the library though and it seems like it'd make a good movie, so I'm hoping Netflix does make it available at some point. )

        Greedy Lying Bastards covered just what you'd expect from the name and didn't really profoundly expand much beyond that. It's an important issue, but I felt they could've done more with the film to drive home the seriousness and urgency of the matter and make it less of a name calling spectacle, which seemed to be how it was treated. I wish there had been more hope at the end, or something concrete that might suggest how we can improve our lot. In Hocus Pocus there was a quote that I'm reminded of: Profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their eyes and ears to you.

        Plastic Ocean was eyeopening and near made me sick to think of all the plastic I surround myself with and how hormone disrupting it can be particularly for people wanting to have kids. Made me look up non-plastic lunch kits for my daughter right away afterward. It's not just that it has to be BPA-free, but literally that no one knows what they make the plastic from - it's proprietary and seldom disclosed. and it's freakin' scary. This film was similar in style to a lot of Michael Moore films. The man's father used to work at a plastic production plant and died of cancer which was later tied to his work with plastics, so I can't blame him for being on a crusade of sorts. It makes me fearful for myself, my children, and the future of our world. I don't know if that's such a good thing or not.

        I also watched Table 19 recently, being a bit a of a fan of Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow. It was sweet and thoughtful and just the escape I needed.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-27 14:51:33

        Speaking of Plastic toxicity:

        Of course some genius commenter on fb tried to blame it on women for putting birth control in the waterways, but that doesn't even register as a blip in the study compared to plastics use and fertilizer runoff.

        That said, I do love my paragard.

        Sperm count has fallen by nearly 60 per cent in richer countries
        An analysis of 185 studies has found a 59 per cent drop in the average amount of sperm produced by men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
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        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-29 18:18:40

        watched Maxed Out last night, which might be why my finances distracted me from my gratitude journal. Definitely worth watching. Really drives home exactly how predatory personal credit lenders and debt collectors can be. Features a lot of clips from Elizabeth Warren and some from Dave Ramsey, the former of which I like, the latter not so much.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-03 06:35:03

        Watched the nutrition documentary Forks Over Knives. It was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. The emphasis ended up being on the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Which I am neither. However it did make me reconsider my food choices and aim to eat more vegetarian meals and less animal protein.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-16 05:29:23

    Practice Self-care, Honor Divinity, Be gentle with myself, and Pamper myself occasionally: go for a haircut, facial, massage, spa day, manicure/pedicure, etc

    Aiming to do this at least once a season but no more than once a month.

    Year to date:
    February: haircut
    March (wedding month): facial, manicure, professional hair and make-up
    April: haircut
    May: highlights / scalp massage
    June (birthday month): midnight sun baseball game
    July: California fun



    I have an appointment on the 24th to get highlights. I'm afraid I might chicken-out though. Last time I got highlights it was awful. I don't want it to look cheap and unnatural. I know they can be done nicely, I just don't know if they can be done nicely on me. and i don't need extra anxiety like that in my life. ugh!

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    • rainbowssparks
      rainbowssparks 2 cheers 2017-05-17 11:36:29

      @aenea Go for it! πŸ™‚ I think they can be done nicely on everybody, but a lot depends on the skill of the hairdresser. What works for me is to acknowledge that I don't know anything about hairdressing at all. So when they ask how I want it done I tell them which length I want it, what model I think looks good, but then ask them what their opinion is, because I have basically no clue about what fits my hair type and my face. I noticed a lot of hairdressers like that you really want to work with them to get that great haircut, instead of telling them just what to do. Most share their plans about which colour and which technique they will use, so I get confident that they know what they are doing and am happy to put trust in their skills. It really takes a lot of the anxiety away, for em at least. You might try to talk to them and say that last time it ended up looking unnatural and that you really don't want that to happen again? You can always decide not to do it if it doesn't feel right of course.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-24 23:33:39

        @rainbowssparks so I went in armed with pictures of before and after from the last time, as well as Internet photos of dye jobs I did and did not like. I wanted to enhance my current hair color by bringing out natural high and low lights in my hair. she did a good job and it looks nice. Only problem is that it matches my natural colors so well that I barely can tell anything was done. So now I'm kind of left wondering what I paid for. Idk. Maybe it's more noticeable to others.

        I also got a nice scalp massage while there, so there's that.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-24 23:24:17

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 21:16:03

        In retrospect this is kind of an unachievable goal for me at the moment. I didn't do any spa days in June because I just can't afford to. I think I'll have to count the $75 midnight sun ballgame as my unofficial spa treatment for last month. it was a spa for family relations if nothing else.

        no idea what I will do in July. I'll be in Cali. so maybe i'll plan side trip to scripps aquarium or something. a little hard to do without a car though. i'll think of something.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-12 03:54:25

    Subgoals:

    Maintain my Happiness Journal, in which I: List things that make me happy; Reflect on things for which I am grateful; Choose to be positive and hopeful; Recognize my accomplishments.

    Honor Divinity: be gentle with myself, practice self care, and Pamper myself occasionally: Go for a haircut, facial, massage and/or manicure/pedicure

    Honor Divinity of Others: Be gentle and compassionate with others; Spend more time showing people that I love them and give more quality time to friends and family; Keep in better touch with friends and family; Take the dog to the dogpark once a week for a month

    Honor Divinity: Make a family tree

    Be the change: ask myself, what would the best me ever do?

    Be Compassion: Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

    Landscape my property

    Learn how to maintain my perennial garden

    Memorize a poem

    Share my favorite quotes and poetry

    Write haiku periodically

    Write an article/book and have it published

    Participate in NaNoWriMo

    Work in a bookstore

    Start a vinyl collection

    Do one sketch a month for a year

    Sketch portraits of each of my family members

    Watch 43 documentaries

    Read more

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    aenea Doing 6 cheers 2017-05-12 03:36:09

    subgoals:

    Visit Estonia

    Visit all 7 continents

    Revisit Edinburgh

    Revisit Germany

    Hike the Appalachian Trail

    Revisit the Grand Canyon

    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Visit The Great Wall of China

    Visit the Taj Mahal

    See St Basil's Cathedral, Russia

    Visit Santorini, Greece

    Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

    Attend Cannes Film Festival

    Ride a gondola in Venice

    Ride a bike around Iceland and Ireland

    Visit Scandinavia

    Visit Japan

    Visit a tropical island for my honeymoon

    Visit our good friends in New England, and maybe Stars Hollow and Martha's Vineyard along the way.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-23 03:21:22

    So here's my options for my next Vonnegut book:

    Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut’s pen into hilarious farceβ€”a final slapstick that may be the Almighty’s joke on us all.

    Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in governmentβ€”and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

    Bluebeard Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life storyβ€”and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.

    The first two sound like a summary of our times. I'm leaning towards Slapstick, if only for the distopian aspect.

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-23 03:12:36

    finished Hocus Pocus. Interesting but not my favorite. it's dedicated to Eugene Debs, which is what drew me to it. And in fact the main character is named after the historical figure as well. The commentary of the book does tie-in to Debs' philosophy to some degree, in typical depressingly Vonnegut fashion. He also makes mention of another book, one by Arthur C Clarke, who happens to have a namesake character in Hocus Pocus as well. Clarke's book, Childhood's End, interestingly appears to be a sort of antithesis or counterpoint to Hocus Pocus, chronicling the downfall of humanity via the spread of universal equality. Vonnegut was a humanist first and foremost, forever advocating kindness in all of his works. That he would write an existential meditation of a book like Hocus Pocus is no surprise. He's also a fan and producer of scifi writing, so I'm not surprised that he references Clarke either. But in doing so, he seems to be throwing up his hands somewhat, as if there ultimately is no solution to the problem of societal inequality, which is disheartening.

    I found this book to not be as cohesive as some of his others. In tone, it is similar to Deadeye Dick, which was written 8 years and 3 books prior to Hocus Pocus. I know enough not to turn to Vonnegut for light-hearted feel-good stories, but man, these last two have been rough. Galapagos fell between the two in publication and it was more comical than dreary, so I'm hoping that Bluebeard may follow suit.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-07 00:53:41

    I think I will aim for two a year on this so I don't get Vonnegut fatigue.

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    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-12 21:03:35

    so here's what I have left to read: Hocus Pocus, Bluebeard, Jailbird, and Slapstick. I started Jailbird long ago but can't really remember a thing from it. Hocus Pocus has caught my eye though, so I think I'll restart this goal there.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9589.Hocus_Pocus

    Hocus Pocus
    From the author of Timequake, this "irresistible" novel (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, j...
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      sahlavit 3 cheers 2017-02-23 06:56:04

      @postcard I have read some Kurt Vonnegut long long ago, can't even remember what exactly. Can you recommend any of your favorites? I will read it and we can discuss it later here πŸ˜‰

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        aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-10 19:44:02

        @sahlavit goodness i don't know how I missed your reply here. My apologies. 😞 my favorites by Vonnegut have been Mother Night, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos, Mr. Rosewater, and Slaughterhouse Five. But really, any of them. Sirens of Titan is quite challenging but interesting. Player Piano is also good and relevant to today's world, as is Timequake. A lot of people like Breakfast of Champions, but I thought it was just average for him. I just finished Deadeye Dick not too long ago and that was probably my least favorite, so perhaps not that one.

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        • sahlavit
          sahlavit 1 cheers 2017-05-12 10:16:12

          @aenea wow! That is a lot of homework and I love it !

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        • taylor
          taylor 2 cheers 2017-06-12 19:45:23

          @aenea I remember reading Breakfast of Champions around the age of 13 or 14 and thinking it was pretty great stuff, though I thought the ending was a bit of an anti-climax. I wonder how it would strike me today, 40 years later?
          There are some authors I read in school and college that I'd like to go back and rediscover, including Italo Calvino and Stanley Elkin.

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          • aenea
            aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-13 18:28:53

            @taylor I've really enjoyed what Italian Calvino I have read - two books I think. I should really read more of him. Thanks for the reminder. &#xsmile;

            I'm not familiar with Stanley Elkin however. Will have to look him up.

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          • aenea
            aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-13 18:38:26

            @taylor and now I remember why I did not read more Calvino. I got stuck on If On A Winter's Night A Traveler....

            Yes haha very funny writer.

            I did adore Cosmicomics though so perhaps I'll give him another go. I know I have Marcovaldo sitting around somewhere.

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            • taylor
              taylor 1 cheers 2017-06-13 19:06:32

              @aenea So glad you know Calvino! I think I read Cosmicomics or Italian Folktales first. Cosmicomics blew my mind, as did If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. What made you get stuck? I also have Mr. Palomar and Six Memos for the Next Millenium. One of my favorite stories is the Argentine Ant, which made my skin crawl!

              Stanley Elkin was a novelist from St. Louis. I read George Mills, which according to Wikipedia is "set in five parts, tells the family history of succeeding generations of characters named George Mills. The story covers more than 1,000 years from the First Crusade in Europe to the Ottoman Empire to present-day America. Elkin won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award in the fiction category for the novel."

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              • aenea
                aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-13 19:21:05

                @taylor george mills sounds fascinating - I'll have to add it to my reading list.

                The repetitive and unfinished chapters left me frustrated with if on a winters night. And I get that that's part of the point but I just did not have the patience to finish it. The second storyline was not appealing enough for me I guess.

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                • taylor
                  taylor 0 cheers 2017-06-14 21:52:46

                  @aenea I hope you'll like George Mills, who's somewhat of an everyman/commonman character. Throughout history, he's the guy who's mucking out the horse barn or doing some other lowly job.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-06 23:31:58

    Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    June: Hocus Pocus and Untangled
    July: The Three Body Problem and Scale

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-06-08 18:53:26

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 01:19:40

        Still finishing both Hocus Pocus and Untangled.

        Untangled is an excellent read but it has taken me too long to finish and now I have to get it back to the library. I did order a copy to keep for reference however, so I do plan to finish it eventually.

        I have some travel coming up and I'm hoping to finish Hocus Pocus on the plane, as well as make a dent into July's books. Scale was written by the keynote speaker of the conference I'm attending, so I'm hoping to make some headway before I listen to his talk, and perhaps acquire his signature. πŸ™‚ The contents are right up my alley academically too, so hopefully a rather quick read, despite its 500 pages.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-24 04:10:29

        Just recently finished Book 1 of The Book of Dust series (La Belle Sauvage). It's a prequel series to His Dark Materials, which is one of my favorite series of all time. Even named my daughter after one of the characters from it. La Belle Sauvage moves along at a good clip, but it's not of the same caliber as His Dark Materials. The first of three books, I'm hoping it's just the opening sequence for more intriguing things to come.

        Also finishing up Book 1 of the Call the Midwife series. Pretty good stuff. I took a look at the bbc show as well, but found that I didn't enjoy it as much as the book.

        A and I are working on The Girl Who Drank The Moon, too. It's a well written fairy tale that we're both enjoying immensely.

        I picked up and started Ishiguro's The Buried Giant in light of his recent Nobel win. It's an interesting story, a little slow, but I've become sidetracked from it. I should pick it up again just for good habit's sake, to practice finishing books that I start.

        Finished Hocus Pocus awhile ago. Purchased Untangled but still working my way through that when I find time. I'm about halfway.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-11 13:33:37

    benefits of reading before bed.

    6 Reasons Why You Should Read Before Bed
    As if you need another reason to read
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    aenea Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-11 01:06:36

    subgoals:

    Read all of Kurt Vonnegut's Novels

    Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    Read every evening before bed

    Keep my saw sharpened - read at least two academic/technical books this year, take notes, and set up a filing system

    Read all of Shakespeare's plays

    Read Robin Hobb's new series (third book just came out!)

    Read at least 2 classics in 2017

    Read more Margaret Atwood

    Read Thich Nhat Hanh in the mornings

    Reread the Tao Te Ching

    Inventory my books and ebooks

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    • Airos
      Airos Done 1 cheers 2017-05-17 06:42:53

      @aenea Sounds good, may I however suggest, since they are plays, go watch all Shakespear's plays (or movies).

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-17 12:50:23

        @Airos yes I'm working on that too, as a donor member of the Oregon Shakespeare festival. I find I get more meaning out of reading the plays, however, so it's worth it to me.

        The last play I attended was a modern rendition of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March this year. It was interesting and quite effectively harrowing at parts, but I preferred the performance of Twelfth Night that we saw last fall, also a modern take, set in the 1920's. Very different plays of course. We try to attend at least 2-3 plays per year.

        Have you seen the hollow crown series btw? It's quite well made.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-28 22:32:53

    I think I need to change this goal to Finish more books or maybe just Read more, to encompass journals and literary publications as well.

    Currently reading:
    The Underground Railroad for a book club

    Also started/finishing/reading/digesting:
    Hocus Pocus
    The Distant Hours
    To the Lighthouse
    The Sea Around Us
    Aurora
    Brave Companions

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    aenea Doing 9 cheers 2017-04-11 03:54:14

    people who read more books, live longer. periodicals don't count. just read this in the news yesterday.

    I'm aiming to read at least 30 minutes every night.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-12-09 03:18:55


    1. Become Financially Independent


    β€’ Pay off Credit Card Debt

    i. Pay off all credit card debt by the end of 2020



    1. BOA1: 500/mth (food costs). Leaving a large revolving and growing balance (~12k). 9.99% APR



    2. BOA2: 1k/mth (travel, gas, and tuition). Paid off monthly. 11.99% APR



    3. Chase1: minimum monthly payment ~25. With no use after December. 14.99% APR



    4. Balance Transfer 1 (~3k), due April 2018: 200/mth


    5. Balance Transfer 2 (~9k), due November 2018: minimum (~278) until BT1 is paid off.


    ii. Pay off 50% of my credit card debt by the end of 2018

    β€’ Monitor my spending more closely with apps and spend less

    β€’ Build an Emergency account

    i. A. 1 month worth of savings by end of 2017

    ii. B. 2 months worth of savings by end of 2018

    iii. C. 3 months worth of savings by 2020

    β€’ Build a savings account for long-term goals / larger expenses

    i. Home remodel

    ii. Maternity gap

    iii. Travel



    1. Visitation expenses ($3K/yr)



    2. Family visits


    3. Annual Vacation


    β€’ Invest

    β€’ Consider cultivating a side income

    β€’ Donate 5% of my annual income each year to help empower others

    β€’ Pay off my student loans


    1. Be the best mother I can be


    β€’ Remind A to spend time reading every day

    β€’ Volunteer with A once a month

    β€’ Limit screen time (tv/dvd and phone apps)

    β€’ Manage the phone thing

    β€’ Help A with her spelling drills

    β€’ Help A learn piano

    β€’ Help A get to bed by 9 and wake up by 7

    β€’ Take lots of photos, back them up, and print photobooks twice a year

    β€’ Prepare for baby #2


    1. Maintain and Improve my Employability


    β€’ Find work that I can feel good about

    β€’ Develop a Strong Work Ethic

    β€’ Think about trying for my PhD... again.

    β€’ Be the change: remember where I'm going and know what's important

    β€’ Update my CV and LinkedIn Profile

    β€’ Start a Blog

    β€’ Improve my coding skills

    β€’ Volunteer

    β€’ Join Toastmasters

    β€’ Start an Idea Journal

    β€’ Request regular performance reviews

    β€’ Increase my new product knowledge

    β€’ Join some local user groups

    β€’ Continue and promote my geo-mentoring

    β€’ Keep track of my professional society memberships

    β€’ Eat That Frog (improve my productivity)

    β€’ Try the Ivy Lee method


    1. Minimize and Organize


    β€’ Do first things first

    β€’ Ensure that my goals are S.M.A.R.T.

    β€’ Compile Home Inventory Lists

    β€’ Organize my recipes

    β€’ Organize my files

    β€’ File paperwork as it arrives

    β€’ Reapply for my citizenship certificate and passports

    β€’ Cull my books and catalog the keepers

    β€’ Clean the interior of my car each summer

    β€’ Do a 43things review each month

    β€’ Preserve my wedding memories: dry clean and store dress, create a scrapbook, send out thank yous, and assemble photo album

    β€’ improve my time management skills

    β€’ Make a 5 year plan and periodically review it

    β€’ Update my will

    β€’ Start implementing my home maintenance zone routines again

    β€’ Create and maintain a capsule or minimalist wardrobe (Project 43)

    β€’ Back up my Digital Data

    β€’ Cultivate frugality

    β€’ Help A cull her possessions


    1. Help the environment in all ways I can


    β€’ Start using my reusable bags again

    β€’ Practice mindful consumption - less plastic, less packaging, fabric gift wrap

    β€’ Reduce my environmental footprint - minimize and reuse wherever possible

    β€’ Start composting

    β€’ Start growing my own food

    β€’ Rededicate myself to recycling

    β€’ Advocate for science and use my knowledge to educate others

    β€’ Fight Climate Change

    β€’ Get more involved in Marine Cleanup efforts


    1. Improve my health and fitness


    β€’ Be the change: treat my body as a temple and honor it daily

    β€’ Go to the gym at lunch at least 3x per week

    β€’ Develop a set of healthy weekly meal plans

    β€’ Incorporate yoga into my nightly routine

    β€’ Incorporate floor exercises into my morning routine

    β€’ Ride my bike somewhere every weekend

    β€’ Practice Eating Mindfully: Drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat less refined sugar

    β€’ Go for more hikes and picnics

    β€’ Go on regular evening walks with my family

    β€’ Meditate more

    β€’ Take that martial arts class I've been contemplating for years

    β€’ Get to bed earlier

    β€’ Find a good naturopath

    β€’ weekly weigh in


    1. Cultivate a feeling of great self worth and happiness


    β€’ Maintain my Happiness Journal, in which I: List things that make me happy; Reflect on things for which I am grateful; Choose to be positive and hopeful; Recognize my accomplishments.

    β€’ Honor Divinity: be gentle with myself, practice self care, and Pamper myself occasionally: Go for a haircut, facial, massage and/or manicure/pedicure

    β€’ Honor Divinity of Others: Be gentle and compassionate with others; Spend more time showing people that I love them and give more quality time to friends and family; Keep in better touch with friends and family; Take the dog to the dogpark once a week for a month

    β€’ Honor Divinity: Make a family tree

    β€’ Be the change: ask myself, what would the best me ever do?

    β€’ Be Compassion: Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

    β€’ Landscape my property

    β€’ Learn how to maintain my perennial garden

    β€’ Memorize a poem

    β€’ Share my favorite quotes and poetry

    β€’ Write haiku periodically

    β€’ Write an article/book and have it published

    β€’ Participate in NaNoWriMo

    β€’ Work in a bookstore

    β€’ Start a vinyl collection

    β€’ Do one sketch a month for a year

    β€’ Sketch portraits of each of my family members

    β€’ Watch 43 documentaries

    β€’ Read more


    1. Go on Adventures


    β€’ Visit Estonia

    β€’ Visit all 7 continents

    β€’ Revisit Edinburgh

    β€’ Revisit Germany

    β€’ Hike the Appalachian Trail

    β€’ Revisit the Grand Canyon

    β€’ See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    β€’ Visit The Great Wall of China

    β€’ Visit the Taj Mahal

    β€’ See St Basil's Cathedral, Russia

    β€’ Visit Santorini, Greece

    β€’ Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

    β€’ Attend Cannes Film Festival

    β€’ Ride a gondola in Venice

    β€’ Ride a bike around Iceland and Ireland

    β€’ Visit Scandinavia

    β€’ Visit Japan

    β€’ Visit a tropical island for my honeymoon

    β€’ Visit our good friends in New England, and maybe Stars Hollow and Martha's Vineyard along the way.


    1. Read more books


    β€’ Read all of Kurt Vonnegut's novels

    i. Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut’s pen into hilarious farceβ€”a final slapstick that may be the Almighty’s joke on us all.

    ii. Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in governmentβ€”and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

    iii. Bluebeard Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life storyβ€”and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.

    β€’ Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    β€’ Read every evening before bed

    β€’ Keep my saw sharpened - read at least two academic/technical books this year, take notes, and set up a filing system

    β€’ Read all of Shakespeare's plays

    β€’ Read Robin Hobb's newest series

    β€’ Read at least 2 classics in 2018

    β€’ Read more Margaret Atwood

    β€’ Read Thich Nhat Hanh in the mornings

    β€’ Reread the Tao Te Ching

    β€’ Inventory my books and ebooks

    β€’ Rejoin my book club

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