Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I have absolutely nothing going on in my life, which makes updating a blog a bit tricky. I will try my best...

I did win a victory over American Airlines and got my flight home from Rome in May switched--they rescheduled my flights 3 times and I was looking at a 6 hour layover at JFK airport waiting for a flight home to Seattle, but a little web research showed me that there was a flight leaving Rome around the same time that went through Chicago and would get me home to Seattle arout 7:30pm, rather than 11:30pm. Much better. And, we leave Rome about 90 minutes later than the earlier flight, so we can have a leisurely morning trek out to the airport. Good news all around.

I am also planning to take part in the Big Climb here in Seattle, climbing up the stairs of the Columbia tower (69 floors) to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Should be fun. And tiring. Definitely a good workout, at the very least. I am in the 'untimed' division (a climber, not a racer), so my goal is just to avoid the elevators and make it all the way to the observation deck. We shall see. This is in only a few short weeks, so I need to get my butt in gear. I joined a gym a few months ago, so hopefully my blood, sweat and tears there will pay off in my non-death in the stairwells.

Of course, there is a lot of Europe planning going on. I like lists, so I am making lists of all the things I want to do in a particular city, and the cost/days they are closed.
Then I am linking together museums/sights that are physically close together.
Then looking at the Museum/city passes that are available and seeing if those will save me money, or if I should just go to them individually.
Then prioritizing things, since there is absolutely no way I can see *everything*.
Then I will eventually show my conclusions to Ethan, and see what he thinks.... Trying to squeeze a lot of things into a short period of time, but I don't want to rush around and exhaust myself.

So. That is an update. If my life were less boring or my cats looked any different than they did last year or the year before, etc, I would put up pictures of them or of the exciting things we are doing. But there are none. We are boring people, living a boring life. We are living like no one else; so that one day, we can live like no one else.


Mama-Beans said...

I love that quote, and I've not seen your kitteh's for more then a year, so get that camera out and do something creative!

alyca said...

It is a Dave Ramsey quote. He gets a bit preachy and is very 'Red' and right leaning, but he does have some good financial points. Basically, the quote is saying that you save save save now (we put 15% of our income into our 403b's and the max of $5K a year into each of our Roth no one else), so that when you are older and retiring, you can play, play, play (like no one else); while everyone else is still working or scrambling around to get money.

We *do* mess up a lot of our money, but we are on track to retire comfortably in our 50's and have many years of fun retirement. Assuming we don't have kids, though. That will throw everything off. Which is seriously something I take into consideration in the whole 'to have or not to have' debate. We likely will, though...and just retire a wee bit later.

Mama-Beans said...

Yah, at this rate we'll never retire, but I honestly think Matt would go insane with no outside job anyway... I am completely in awe of your money management skills, it' just not something I have a talent for at ALL. And yah, kids sure will push that retirement back! But then you get the bonus of grandbabies.. or you get the bonus of being a great aunt, so good things on both sides, lol!

Anonymous said...

great job on the trip and interesting, I,m still struggling with facebook, when I put something in it just goes away.ILY GRamie