Hello Again!

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I’m not exactly sure how I got here… But I seem to be deep in to my third month of life chaos and craziness, and I’m just barely keeping up with my regular life necessities, so the blog has had to take a backseat.

Unfortunately, with all this chaos, a bunch of things have joined the blog in the backseat… Like my health and fitness goals, my plan to have monthly challenges and report on them, and keeping track of anything at all relating to my goals for 2017… I’d like to change that, so I’m going to try and focus on that in the next little while here, and will hopefully get my sh*t together enough to actually post about it too!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little about my new found pastime!  (I know it seems counter intuitive that I would start something new when I can’t keep up with my current commitments, but whatever… Don’t judge…)

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Merry Christmas!

I know this is off my “regular” schedule, but I wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!

Bentley wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

P.S. If you are bored of your family and need a quick break, you should go fill out the survey that Maggie over at Northern Expenditures is working on.  Not sure what the final product will be, but she’s given us (the readership on the interweb) a challenge to get 500 participants by the time she gets back on January 9th.  Want to help out?  I did the survey and it was really quick!  Go here: Money Moose Survey

 

If I had a Million Dollars…

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Last week, Sarah and Scott over at Couple of Sense wrote a post titled “What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?”  Their post went down the rabbit hole of how a million dollars isn’t really that much these days…  and then discussed what they would want as their cash number to be able to quit work and buy a house…  But you can go read that post and see what they discussed…

Anyway, it got the wheels turning in my head about what I would do with a million dollars and what a random million would do to my finances… So I decided to play a little game…

Let’s say that I was somehow given $1,000,000.  Straight up, no tax implications or whatever (it keeps my game simple).  What would I do with it and how would it help me retire?  I have once done a post where I basically discovered that at my current rate I will basically never retire… But maybe a $1,000,000 boost will help me?

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Minimalist Honeymoon Packing

Recently, Anne Lene over at Minimalist Sometimes did a post about her one bag only packing for a 3 week trip to Houston.  It got me thinking about doing a similar post about our 3 week honeymoon.

For our honeymoon, my husband and I wanted to use trains and public transit (with quite a bit of walking in between) for most of our travel, so we decided to try to pack as minimalist as possible.  We each brought only a carry-on roll-y suitcase and a small backpack.

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Packing for 3 weeks of travel in a small suitcase was a little tough, mostly because of the time of year we were traveling.  March and April are transition months for weather in the north-western area of Europe where we were traveling.  Some mornings at the beginning of the trip we would get up and there would be remnants of frost on the ground… And by the end of our trip, my husband was in shorts and a t-shirt and was plenty warm.  (As you’ll see a bit later, I didn’t bring shorts, so this wasn’t an option for me…)

When I was packing, I also wanted to make sure that I packed for all the possible activities that we might be doing.  We didn’t go to Europe with a set itinerary planned out, so we had no idea what we might end up doing.  As such, I ended up with a lot of things that I packed “just in case we spend a day or two doing this…” or “we might go to something fancy and need to dress up…”  And I didn’t want to look totally out of place in fashionable Paris… not that I ever claim to be fashionable, but thought it best to try and look a little nicer than if I was backpacking through the woods in rural BC.

Oh, and the last thing I wanted to avoid was having to do laundry all the time.  It was vacation time, and so I wanted enough clothing that I could get away with only one or two required laundry stops.  We ended up only doing one major laundry wash (while staying with family in Belgium) and then did a couple “hand wash in the sink and hang in the bathroom overnight to dry” type cleanings for a few key items.

So, with all that in mind, how did I do?  Did I pack too much?  Did I use everything I took?  Would I do something different “next time”?  (I don’t anticipate another honeymoon, but you get the idea…)  Let’s go over everything in detail… Continue reading

My Fill-the-Bucket List

Last year I did a post about gratitude where I tried to think about all the awesome things and experiences that I’m so lucky to have in my life.  Recently (or maybe a few months back now…), Maggie at Northern Expenditure did a post about making a “fill-the-bucket” list, instead of a tradition bucket list.  Rather than concentrate on what you haven’t done and want to do, it’s a way to look back on all the awesome experiences that you’ve already had.  My gratitude post and a “fill-the-bucket” list are both similar exercises, but I thought I’d try Maggie’s list too.

Now, me personally, I’ve never made a real “bucket list”, but I know that my bucket is already pretty full, I just need to dig a few things out of the ol’ memory banks to share…  I noticed that a lot of the other posts on this topic are heavily weighted with travel based experiences… It shows that this community really values travel… And I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a bit of traveling so far in my lifetime. It’s hard to pick only a few to share… But I’ve limited my list to only 7 things… Continue reading

Blogging Break…

  
So, you may or may not have noticed, but I sort of lost the regular posting schedule that I was on… Turns out that I had a little bit too much on my plate, and something had to give… And it was blogging… So, sorry about that…

And now I am heading on my long delayed honeymoon.  Yes, our wedding was in August and we are just now heading on our honeymoon… So, I don’t exactly plan to be blogging while I am away, but you never know.  I also realize it is totally not recommended to tell the big bad interweb that you are going on vacation, but we have housesitters taking care of our place and our cats, and it’s not like we are going to be out of touch or not able to check in on things…

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great Easter and I will get back to a regular routine when I am back from vacation.

Cheers!