Mulch Ado About Nothing

Do you ever come across a website that offers to make your life better and you think, “Great, but this is too good to be true”? I’ve often come across these as ambitious startups offering something free or asking me to please give my email address for updates which never actually come. Well, when I came across ChipDrop¬†I figured it was another one of these ambitious startups. I actually found ChipDrop on Craigslist, which added to my suspicion that it was a ruse. I mean, Continue reading →

Saving Energy

A month ago I received an unpleasant piece of mail. The energy bill arrived and it was $30 more than it had been. And its graph highlighted that the price of the bill was increasing a little each month, though never $30 all at once. It was a shock to the system, something needed to be done otherwise this monthly cost could easily get out of hand. Back in March, when Ellie and I moved into the house, I set about replacing all the bulbs Continue reading →

I can’t believe I forgot to talk about Student Loans

I’ve been talking about my student loans for years. It seems like it’s been a very slow process of whittling away at them to the point where they’re manageable. And what I consider slow is probably blazing fast for the average person. I mean, I rarely paid the minimum due each month and there would be months where I would dump a thousand or two into paying back my student loans. Each year I said to myself, “This is the year I pay off my Continue reading →

Hiatus

I took an unplanned hiatus. At some point in the late winter and early spring, I stopped riding the bus and I started being busy with the house. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and sort out my thoughts. Now, I have a moment, as I wait for Ellie to wake up and we can get ready for a wedding in the Minneapolis area. I don’t think the work that comes with owning a home has dipped into my time as much as Continue reading →

Owning a House – Day 2

If you decide to buy a house, you’ll certainly think you have everything under control. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and you’ll be confident nothing could really be thrown your way which you won’t be able to handle. That’s what I thought. The buying process was out of the ordinary in how complicated it became. We dealt with sellers who agreed to a long list of changes and signed off on the amendment to the contact for said changes. Come final walk-through, Continue reading →