March 1, 2007

Bulk view

Wish my parents were here…

My mom would be so fun company while decorating, and my dad would probably try to buy everything in the shop. I can just imagine it now: "Papa, I don't need a television stand. I don't have a TV!" "We can fix that too!" "But I don't watch TV!" "Get one anyway, you never know." "Auuggh!" =) Fortunately my mom would have the good sense to point out things I really do need but might not think of (broom, etc.)...

Ah, life on the opposite side of the world...

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Furniture decisions

After much reflection on what I want to do and how I want to go about it, I've decided to go with floor cushions and square coffee tables. This provides maximum flexibility, particularly considering how I enjoy board games. I can get the black or black-brown Lack square tables from Ikea.

I'm not particularly keen on any of the floor pillows I've seen in online stores. I think the best bet would be for me to buy floor pillow inserts, raid Goodwill for computer-related and other T-shirts, and make simple covers from that. Plus points if I can borrow Leigh's sewing machine; if not, I can use hemming tape or safety pins temporarily. It'll be funny and personalized. Chic. And it'll be a good use of all those conference T-shirts that never fit me anyway... I'm going to change my T-shirt preferences to XXL. ;) Or I could put plain fabric on it and get people to sign it with markers...

Now I just have to find a source for large floor pillows. Mwahaha!

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Freezing rain

Freezing rain was forecast for this afternoon. I made it all the way out to IBM, but upon hearing from Quinn that even Torontonians were calling it an early day and heading home, I decided not to stick around. Good decision - the weather outside my window is horrible, switching from snowflakes blown about by wind to driving rain and back to snow again. Cold and wet is a terrible combination. I am staying firmly indoors, wearing a brightly dyed malong and wishing I were back in my tropical Philippines.

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All of my books are once again balanced…

After a little bit of a struggle getting my ledger to perfectly match the financial accounts kept by the school, I've balanced my books in anticipation of clearing the financial account at schoool.

I probably shouldn't enjoy fiddling with my finances this much, but it's *nice* to know that all the numbers add up. It really is rather nice to know.

Now that I know how the next few months are going to be funded, I can also remove the earmarking work-arounds.

Then I can take my current cash position and divide it into virtual envelopes for an emergency fund, my moving expenses, contingency plans for tuition, charity, and proper savings.

Yay. =)

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