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Boxes and Dirty Carpet

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My wife is hosting a dinner for Samhuinn at our home this year.  This presented a bit of a challenge as our dining area has been more storage, than dining area.   We recently obtained a washer and dryer which has its own closet downstairs, so all the boxes that were being stored in there had to be moved…to our dining area.  We have been meaning to move them upstairs to the closets for some time, but laziness (namely on my part) has prevented this.  It was in such disarray that it I had no idea where to begin!

Our carpet has also has seemingly had stains bleeding through again.  We noticed that it started taking a dingy tint, while spots were coming through.  So on a whim, I called our office and mentioned the carpet.  They offered to have it cleaned for us since we’ve only been in the apartment for about five months.  He asked what days are good for them to do it, and as I have Thursdays and Fridays off, I mentioned those.  He immediately said “How about this Friday between 9am and noon?” We jumped at it excited to have it cleaned free of charge and quickly!  Then a sinking realization came upon us:  We need to move the boxes!

Come Thursday, I moved most of the boxes upstairs and picked up the dining area.  Our down stairs is all open, so the living area and dining area are really one room.  That night we made sure everything was out of the way save for our sectional sofa.  Friday they came in and cleaned our carpet, and while it wasn’t a true deep clean, the surface is cleaned nicely.  I imagine come another few months we’ll need to revisit the idea, and I am toying with renting a deep cleaner to do it then.  But now, our downstairs not only has clean carpets…it looks like an apartment again!


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October 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

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Karma: Friend or Foe?

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Sorry for the lack of posting.  We’ve been in the middle of unpacking and had a few hiccups this week.  Plus I’ve been watching My Name Is Earl on Netflix, and am enjoying it immensely! Karma is something I’ve always believe in, maybe not on a grand design scale, but more in day to day living.  I still think bad things happen to good people, but I also believe that we get as good as we get. So what’s up with Karma?

Karma Round One

Recently at work, I was written up.  I’ll spare the details, but let’s just say it was my own stupidity and laziness.  It was a smack in the face, and I’m doing my best to correct it.  To be honest, I am still a bit nervous, and worry about my performance and improvements not being enough.  Though a friend of mine made a good point: The system is designed to make you nervous and feel horrible! I felt like a dog with its tail between its legs.  Which I think is a good thing, because it makes me realize that there is area for improvement, and I need to be focused on that.  I think most of this has been brought on by being burnt out.

Let me just say that I don’t hate my job.  It’s a great job. I had just let myself slide, despite warnings by my boss. Being a procrastinator by nature, I kept pushing it back and “coasting” through.  Now, Karma seems to have caught up with me and said “You can’t coast anymore!”  Message received loud and clear.

Karma strikes again!

Karma, it seems has chosen other ways to kick me in the butt and make sure I’m paying attention.  I have been a big advocate of emergency funds.  I don’t really know how people live without them.  Our emergency fund was dwindled due to the fact we moved and hired movers to do the work.  We had to pay a prorated amount for rent, and also had to pay the movers.  This wiped our emergency fund down to virtually empty.  This should have been ok as we have $150 automatically set aside each paycheck to fund that emergency fund.  I figured after a few months we’d be back on our feet with it.

Thursday morning we were driving from our new place to our old place to finish some cleaning and grabbing that last few items we had left.  On the middle of the interstate was a very large rock standing straight up.  The problem was, it didn’t look like a rock, until we were virtually on top of it.  The damage done was luckily minimal (all things considered), and no one was injured.  It took out the oil pan and a few things related, but that was all.  It turns out this rock, was a piece of concrete from the bridge overpass that the state department of transportation was supposed to have repaired.  What does this have to do with karma?  No emergency fund meant we have had to dip into our money set aside for our trip to England to cover the costs.  Mind you, it isn’t bad, but it’s still a bit of a let down.  Now, the emergency fund we’re working to build is going to be strictly that!  Only used for emergencies!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been really looking at how karma (or whatever you choose to call it) has played a role.  I can definitely see various cause and effect situations that have come through.  While I haven’t made a list of things to correct, I have been striving to keep a watchful eye out.  I don’t think we can avoid karma, but I’m sure we can keep the negative responses to a minimum!

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May 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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What am I reading? 5/4/2010 Edition

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7 Life Changing Lessons Learned From Walt Disney – Disney is an icon, and everyone knows something about him. These tips are great tips to apply whether in your life or in your business.  @dumblittleman

Don’t Wait for a Discount – Ask for One – I’ve run into this twice this past 12 months. Once when my cable provider’s “promotion” expired, and my bill went up by $50, and again when we were researching AT&T’s internet service.  The worst they can say is no, so why not ask?  @getrichslowly

A Bad Credit Score Could Cost You Your Job – My personal take on credit scores is that they’re rubbish.  The fact that employers could potentially use that against you hiring sounds dodgy to me, though in some situations I could see a reason for it(banking industry for example).   @thewriterscoin

Color Survey – Pretty amusing read, and it seems women don’t see in quite the broad spectrum as we theorized they must!  @xkcd

Written by Jas

May 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

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Beautiful Blogger Award!

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I recently have been given the Beautiful Blogger award!  Thanks to ‘Cross the Pond for presenting me with the award!  With this award, I must list seven things about myself.

  1. I married to an English woman – Sarah’s born and raised in Hammersmith, London. We’ve been married for over a year legally (we had a handfasting two years ago this past March)
  2. We met on the Web -We met through the fan based community, for the fantasy Series Wheel of Time.
  3. I have a baby boy – My son, Connor is just over 7 months old, and some days I don’t know where it all went. He’s growing and learning something new every day.  We’re in the midst of him learning to crawl, and quite frankly it terrifies me! Operation: Baby Proof is a must at the next apartment!
  4. I love College Football – I am a die hard Ohio State fan, but I love the whole sport! I will do my best to keep it to a minimum on this blog! (GO BUCKS!)
  5. I fell in love with England – This happened after I met my wife, but having visited twice, I absolutely love the culture, the landscape, and the history.
  6. I am an only child – I am an only child, and while my childhood was a good one, I do wish I had had that sibling companionship.
  7. I work in Tech Support – Yes, I’m that voice on the other end of the phone when you call because your laptop doesn’t turn on, Outlook somehow deleted that email you spent 3 hours composing, your internet flakes out, or the credit card reader (read floppy drive) declines and confiscates your cards.  It’s sometimes a thankless job, but some of the stories are priceless!

Thanks again to Erin from ‘Cross the Pond!  I’d like to pass this award of to some other folks!  Stephanie @imcountingufoz, and Sarah (my wife) @crookedways and I must return the favor to Erin @’Cross the Pond!

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May 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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What Am I Reading? 4/21/2010 Edition

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10 more uncluttering things to do every day @ – This article hit on some sensitive areas that I need to work on in my day to day.  These are areas I’m going to try to make a commitment to focus more on (especially #4 and #5!)

100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend @ – This list has some really great ideas for inexpensive or free activities to spend on a weekend!

Parents Should Teach Kids Finances, Not Just Schools @ – My parents never really taught me how to handle money, and it was a bitter lesson, I’ve had to learn the last five years of my adult life.  Having a son now, one thing I want to impart to him is how manage his finances.

Flights resume as ash fear recedes @ – This is a big concern for us right now, with a flight to England looming just 39 days away.  I’m relieved to hear things are getting back to normal.

George will bring Spring… @ crookedandhiddenways – An interesting look at England’s patron saint with a pagan twist!

I’d like to make this a weekly thing, as I do come across some pretty cool articles on other blogs, and news articles.  If you have suggestions on blogs or new articles please share in the comments!

Written by Jas

April 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

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