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,

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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