List of Random Personal Updates

  • Dad still has a bad cough. A doctor finally gave him some anti-biotics because we think it’s like a bronchial infection. I am attempting to supplement that naturally, if I could find my eucalyptus oil.
  • I had a Grove housewarming party on Saturday to show off the new digs and had a wonderful time. I enjoyed showing everyone around and just having the space to have all of these people in my house. If it were the old house, it’d be impossible. One of them spent the night because he was drinking, and I made him breakfast the next day.
  • This week has been rather intense at work because we are launching the redesign of one of our biggest sites on Monday. I clocked in 12 hours on Monday alone. Another co-worker has also been working hard on the same site, so she and I were treated to dinner at an indian restaurant last night on the boss. We needed that.
  • My sister’s birthday was on the 6th. She is officially 15, oh boy. She may be coming over today to exchange holiday gifts, pending how the weather is. Course my gift for her is sorta ruined because she quit her job, but I’m hoping she gets another one, maybe not even till this summer.
  • I got my juicer which was paid for by the sweetheart, and have already made my father and I some fresh apple juice to test it. No fruit or veggie is safe now.
  • I love the smell of our garage. In a way it sorta brings me back to childhood memories of playing in my grandfathers garage on the farm I grew up on. It has that same mechanic’s smell, mainly the oil I think.
  • I have upped my 401k contribution from 5% to 7%. The difference in my Net pay will be very minimal, but the amount taken out for the pre-tax contribution will be significant enough. That just means the compound interest will be greater in time. In 2011 I’d like to be able to max my contributions to my 401k as well as my Roth IRA. But I won’t be able to until I’ve taken care of the remaining debt.
  • I’m attending a conference in Laurel in February, which I’m sorta looking forward to, and at the same time I’m wondering if it’s going to wind up like a lot of other conferences. At least I’ll get to meet Diana Paxson.
  • I love watching our stream when the water rises. The other day with all of the freezing rain, the water was pretty high and creating little waterfalls as it goes. I can’t wait until warmer weather when I can enjoy it more. I’ve thought about having folks over for a campout around the stream.
  • Speaking of the stream, it’s not entirely on our property, it’s on the property of the woods behind us, which are mostly owned by a development company. I believe it’s the same development company that has the easement on our property, but there’s also a woman that lives back there. I’m not sure if she owns the property she lives on, and if so if maybe it’s -her- easement. It’s hard to tell without some serious digging.

    However I know that development company is really wanting a right-away so they can develop the woods back there at some point. I thought to myself, if they ever offer to buy the easement from me right out, that I might consider trading it instead for 150 feet past the stream (so it is then mine), as well as the abandoned house property to our right. If they wanted the property bad enough, I bet they’d do it. They can’t develop close to the stream anyway, and they offered to buy our neighbors property (who refused), -and- they were refused to build a road on the abandoned house property by the county. This way I’d expand our lots, and I’d have another lot with a house I could fix up and rent/sell. Just random thinking.

  • I love this look with the dark woods and copper. I can’t pull anything like that off downstairs because of all of my fathers stuff, but maybe upstairs…

The Downfall of Living in a Tourist Town and Comcast Now Charging for Paying Over the Phone

Not that I didn’t have this issue while living on the edge of Westminster, but I’ve noticed that living in Gettysburg does have downfalls as far as location. Many stores I’ve needed to get to have been far away in other towns, such as Lowes or now Walgreens. When living in Westminster, at least on the -other- side of Westminster a lot of these things were still accessible. Also living on the edge close to Eldersburg/Sykesville allowed me to also travel to those cities when I needed to get to certain stores. But a lot of things aren’t near Gettysburg at all. Which in a way is a good thing, but also makes it less desirable for travel.

Like now, I have to plan a trip to Walgreens to get my sister the gift I mentioned before so I can teach her about financial responsibility. But the closest store is in Chambersburg PA or Eldersburg MD (which would have been fine if I were still living in Westminster). I do need to get a few other things at Walgreens, so I can combine all of this into one trip, but it’s still a damper. This particular gift I can’t purchase online either because it requires exchange of information.

In other news, I attempted to call up Comcast yesterday to pay my bill, as I do every pay period. But when I finally go through their automated system, I was told that there is a $4.95 fee to pay by credit card over the phone. I usually pay through the website but have mis-placed my password for it and getting a new one from them is like pulling teeth.

So I’ve resorted to sending checks for free through ING, which granted takes longer, but it’s free. I’m somewhat disappointed in Comcast for now charging to pay over the phone. Capital One was the same way when my car loan was still with them. I guess whatever way they can make money. Fortunately since ING will mail out checks for free I don’t have to worry about these retarded extra fees.