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Friday, June 4th, 2010
11:09 am - June 02 & 03, 2010 spending
June 02, 2010 - Wednesday

+ $1 - cash - water
+ $2.75 - cash - 2 beers & a lemon for shrimp boil dinner
+ $5.62 - FedEx Kinko's to print résumé
+ $12.06 - Whole Foods - sushi & cookies
TOTAL: $21.43

June 03, 2010 - Thursday

+ $11.39 - groceries
+ $6.49 - cash - lunch at Choice Market (half a chicken and a salad)
+ $64.60 - SuperShuttle for Denver/Creative Freelancer Conference
TOTAL: $82.48

June Total: $933.40 +
$21.43 + $82.48 = $1037.31

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
7:29 am - On the subject of new routines and spending money.
Some of you may know that I was away for about 1.5 weeks in Europe on a good long break from my poisonous routines. Matt and I spent most of our time in Brussels, Belgium visiting my friends and a couple of days in Lund, Sweden visiting a couple of his friends. Every time I go to Brussels, I feel recharged and am reminded on how little material stuff folks need to get by there. I always return with a sense of clarity and an urge to purge extraneous junk or thoughts from my space and mind.

Well, it worked. I finally rearranged my desk to an area of the bedroom where I have more light next to the window and I feel better already. It's amazing how such a small change can give you a new lease on life. I've also been purging papers and objects. I am completely willing to admit I have a ton of physical clutter which then leads to mental clutter. Things have to change. Some crap has come full circle from me not having my ducks in a row and now it's time to pay the piper. Thing is, I don't want to have to pay the piper this much ever again. I'll be 30 this September and I really can't keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

So, what am I doing differently?

+ tracking my expenses every day to really see where my money is going (see below).
+ dealing with issues immediately instead of saying "it can wait [insert time amount here]"
+ respecting other people's time (see above)
+ process what comes across my desk immediately to reduce clutter or let it not touch my desk at all.
+ journaling everyday / telling people about it for accountability

What new routines have you guys had to implement lately to save your sanity? I'm all open to ideas.

With that said, on to the money part.

Money Spent - June 01, 2010 - Tuesday
+ $850.00 - rent/utilites to joint account
+ $30.13 - Eve Salon
+ $50.27 - Whole Foods
+ $3.00 - cherries at a fruit street vendor
TOTAL: $933.40

I'm also wondering how to change my food buying routines. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and am in the middle of changing my diet for the better. Our summer CSA will start up in a couple of weeks so it will take care of our fruits and vegetables, but I think I may supplement it with more fruit. And, I have to switch to less breads and more grains as a source of low-glycemic carbs. Any suggestions on that front are completely welcome as well.

Cheers all...

current mood: content

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Friday, November 20th, 2009
6:01 pm - Coming Weekend Highlights aka...stuff to be happy about!
Man, this road has been bumpy but I'm trying to stay positive. Thankfully, Matt's parents are coming down tonight from Ithaca, NY and they're bringing so many upstate NY treats...like ground bison, sausage casings, pig parts for our friend to make pancetta...and a chest freezer.

Yes, a chest freezer. Matt's mom took me a bit seriously when I said I wanted one. We have no clue where we're going to stick it in our Brooklyn apt, but we'll find a way somehow. javabird & goldings695, do you want to share a quarter cow or something so I can fill this dang thing up?

Anyway, on to the highlights which all magically include food for some reason.

Highlight of my coming weekend #1: learning how to make bison sausage from bf's mom.

Highlight #2: testing an apple butter pie recipe for Thanksgiving Day. I'll be using my own homemade apple butter for it and trying to make it vegan to accommodate the hostess' vegan sister.

Highlight #3: checking out the New Amsterdam Market down at South St. Seaport. It super rich & kind of snotty, but the food's good. Plus, Matt's parents used to go to the old market that was there back in the '70s and it would good for them to see it now.

Possible weekend Highlight #4: 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake Off Benefit. Holy ice cream & pies, Batman! http://brooklynpiebake.tumblr.com/

Yay weekend! What are you plans for this weekend and Thanksgiving? I can't wait to get my hands on a turkey. Seriously...I'm craving it now. Okay, off to the grocery store to stock up on weekend food supplies!

current mood: finally happy

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Monday, October 19th, 2009
4:54 pm - Oh the so much work/self-improvement to do
It's funny how when you start working on one part of your business, it leads to a few other tasks opening up when you start breaking it down.

This whole marketing thing? Vast. Lots and lots of stuff to do. I'm sure dani_namaste & trixiefirecat know exactly what I'm talking about. I've been working with my marketing mentor to get myself up to snuff and launch my site in the next few weeks. So, that means, cold/research calling for new clients and tapping former ones. From there, that expands out to

+ writing a cold calling script
+ adding a email newsletter sign up to my existing temp site
+ designing a one-sheet to send out to prospects

The good thing about finishing the case studies in the next few days it will be done for the site and that's sufficient for now until I have time expand unto more

For the site itself, it comes down to:

+ designing the template pages for the new site because I'll be building it out in WordPress
+ hacking a WordPress theme and learning as I go (fun!)
+ most of the writing is done besides full project descriptions & I might leave those for next year
+ writing 4 small case studies to put to the one sheets (2 for each target market: mobile/tech & food)
+ deciding what to put into the HTML newsletter & designing it.

Any of your prayers would greatly be helpful. So, what's on your plates for the next couple of weeks? And, if you have any examples of one sheets, please pass them along and I'll trade you for some delicious homemade apple butter. No joke. I make apple butter crack.

*Officially going into hermit mode*

current mood: frazzled

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
3:48 pm - An example of using good design for bad
In this case, it's right-wing antiquated racism: http://www.mofopolitics.com/. I almost called it propaganda, but anything can be called propaganda, even the movements that I support. But this kind of great design for bad causes is reminiscent of Nazi war posters.


current mood: busy

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
10:30 am - My horoscope says I should try yoga!

"Give yoga a try if you haven't yet. Increase your flexibility any way you can."

It's funny how it all works like that. Just last weekend, I was thinking about the vinyasa yoga class I took with dani_namaste when she was in town a few weeks ago. I thought about all the sweat and feelings of accomplishment after getting through it. If I do take it up, it would be only once a week to start, possibly Sunday like before. A nice weekend routine would be to have Sunday morning breakfast, then head to a 12pm yoga class and then return home to relax or just hang out. It may be time to find room in my budget for it.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009
5:59 pm - CSA Bounty 07.09.09
Man, they give some good stuff. Getting snow peas again this week reminded me of the bag we got last week as well. A side dish or a stir fry may be in order to use all those up.

+ 1 pint of blueberries
+ 2 green zucchini
+ dill plant
+ bunch of red chard
+ bunch of kale
+ bag of snow peas
+ 2 small heads of lettuce
+ bunch of scallions
+ bunch of turnips

The dill plant seems really weak at the roots so I just may use that in flat Turkish like turkey meatballs for dinner tonight. Accompanying the meat balls would be some couscous and a cucumber/radish/red onion salad from last night. Vaguely Mediterranean tonight. Oh yeah, and we have some turnips left over from a couple of weeks ago. Who has a good recipe for mashed turnips? I've never done that before.

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10:20 am - This or That?
Are there ever days when you don't feel like doing your whole morning routine? I'm trying to figure out if that's laziness or just ennui.

Trying to shake things up a bit by diving directly into work and not even bothering to respond to emails until 12pm or so. I need to get some creative juices flowing first thing. And, my desk needs a thorough cleaning along with some way to file all these business cards I picked up at the Fancy Food Show last week. Today might be a general organization day for me. I think my brain and my business both need it.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009
6:24 pm - New CSA Bounty!
Wow, wow awesome. We started a new share with the Clinton Hill CSA and their pick up location is right across the street from us at an elementary school. So, I can just take a break at 5pm every Thursday, walk around the corner and get fresh vegetables and fruit. Rock. Here's the haul for the inaugural week:

+ bunch of green leaf lettuce
+ bunch of kale
+ bunch of chard
+ 1 bok choy bulb thingy
+ 1 purple kohlrabi
+ pint of snow peas
+ bunch of green onion
+ 4 garlic scapes (green tops off the garlic bulbs & taste just like garlic!)
+ 1 qt of strawberries
+ fresh thyme & fresh oregano plants in the same starter box. We can replant these for awesome herbs!

First off, I think I'll use up the snow peas & some of the green onions in homemade ramen soup tonight. As we all know, it's been raining like London in the NE for the last couple of weeks. Now, it's chilly too. We can throw the rest of the green onion and some goat cheese into a breakfast omelette this weekend.

Oooh, I think I'll make lentil, kale & sausage soup this weekend as well. Warms the bones. Any ideas for the kohlrabi or scapes? Apparently you can cook the former just like turnips with butter, but I've never had that either. Suggestions?


current mood: hungry

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009
12:02 pm - I can't concentrate for crap right now.
It's amazing the difference having breakfast makes. I can't focus on what tasks need to be done. But, I also think that's an instance of me just wanting to catch up on emails and clear out my Firefox tabs. I have a project for a client that I need to start on today and will happen, but probably a lot later than anticipated. After that, a full design of an annual report that I'll send off to the client Friday evening.

And all I want to do is clear out emails, organize contacts and read magazines/books. Phooey.

current mood: hungry

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