Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I really like this quote.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with to high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The money habit

This new habit that I wanted to develop is not the easiest thing I've ever done. I had gotten into the habit of being able to buy, within reason, anything I wanted and not have to worry about the consequences. I had enough money to make the bills and stuff.

What I didn't have was a good handle on where the money was going.

Then in 2009 I noticed that this way of thinking wasn't working any more. We weren't saving any more. In fact every time I put money into the savings account I would end up using it later in the month to cover something else.

I've been using Quicken and it's ability to categorize things better and I am more aware when I spend but it's not easy. I am having a hard time telling my self no when I want to get something. Like a ball of yarn for a project I'm working on or The YarnHarlot's new day-to-day calendar. I am dealing with feelings of sadness. I work hard I should be able to have what I want and stuff like that. I keep telling my self the buying those things, even those they are small items, they do add up and don't contribute to my goals.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy thoughts from the weekend

  • Sleep and plenty of it.
  • Sunshine and plenty of that as well.
  • Working on unfinished projects. Why is it when your working on an old unfinished project it takes twice as long to finish it as a new project? Maybe that's why it's an UFO.
  • The first BBQ of the year.
  • Time spent out of doors for everyone, the dog, the cats and the humans.
As a note, the Governor veto the bill that would have given us a four day work week. I am bummed because I was so looking forward to having Fridays off. I'm not complaining. I'm just glad I still have a job. In fact I am blessed I have a job.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's been a long, long, long time

It's been a very long time since I've posted anything. It is because we, here at work, have been busy, busy busy. At the end of every Legislative Session we print the laws that were pass during that session. Usually this happens in September-October. This multi volume project is called "The Nevada Revised Statutes." This year there was a law passed that required to make the whole thing to be gender neutral. The long and the short of it is that it took the people who put the books together a lot longer to do their job this year. We started our part of this project in middle of January. We are now coming down to the end.

To give you and idea of how big this project is there are 58 volumes, put together in three volume packages. Each package has about 1700 pages. (That's about a 4" tall stack of paper.)
I've been helping out in the bindery, marrying packages together, feeding them into a very large punch machine and generally helping out where I can. I may be weird but I've really had a great time working on this project and will be sorry when it is over.

Any way I want to tell about the trip I made in January, to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, in Elko, NV. But that is another post.