Monday, January 10, 2011


 Just in time for my New Year's Resolution about organizing our digital photos comes this gem from Lifehacker. Good points, all of them, but the one that jumped out at me the most was the need for curation. With film cameras, you never knew how many shots would actually turn out good, and you had to physically buy the film so you were judicious in its use. I wound up with many fewer pictures of a given event with a film camera. Now we just click away and don't even bother to delete the bad ones -- just take a few more shots and transfer them all over. As with physical clutter, my first step in organizing our digital photos will be to CULL.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who's ever made headstand a resolution -- and she achieved it in less than 6 months!

YES. I want the kind of life that means "emergencies" are really "inconveniences", at least in terms of finances.
Cordelia says "never feel guilty." This is so something I've been dreading. How do you tell someone that you don't want their life? In effect, that's exactly what I'll be saying when I give notice at my job. I'll be saying "no thanks" to the corporate publishing world in New York City, where people dream of my opportunities, for the chance to experience something else -- maybe some travel, maybe some stay-at-home-momming, maybe a whole different career. It's weird to think about.
Five Cent Nickel talks about the payroll tax holiday and why you may not see a difference in your check. WiseBread has some hints for how to take the best advantage of the extra money in your pocket.  What should I do with my 2% -- should I increase my 401(k) contribution or use the money for my Roth IRA or future savings? I think the answer will depend on the fees I'm paying for my 401(k) and Roth IRA (and also whether I'm one of the ones who actually sees an increase in my check) -- more to come after payday this coming Friday. 
My boss said last week, when speaking of some authors who self-published a cookbook and made millions, "You only need one good idea." Ramit's discussion of how the market will pick what that good idea is helps you figure out what yours might be!

The Consumerist details new debit card fees. I rarely use my debit card, and I'm wondering if it'll be such a standard thing for me to have in the future. I always use my credit card and pay it off at the end of the month, except at Costco (where if I didn't have a debit card, I could also pay by cash, check, or corporate AmEx). Do you use your debit card?

I loved this interview with youngandthrifty about her grocery shopping habits. Peanut and I have started making some "odd" things at home that we'd normally buy, and they're way better than store-bought. Our grocery store habits have changed a lot.
I'm still stuck on wanting new cookware. Peanut talked me out of the Bowery Restaurant Supply run that I'd been wanting to make since September with the very good point that all of our pots and pans already work just fine. There's no sense in replacing something just for the hell of it. So I'll stick with my cheap-o pots and pans until they literally fall apart, and then I'll replace them with restaurant-quality stuff. Here's my shopping list of the 7 most essential pots and pans.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the linkage!

    Don't let what others will think about your decision stop you from declaring it. Chances are, there are more than a few people around you who secretly wish they could quit the corporate world too, and your decision might be the inspiration that they need to take some action themselves. But even if not, it's your life and your decision. And you have a right to live it however you want.

    It's used a million times, but it's still a quote worth remembering: "Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter won't mind." :)


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