Monday, May 17, 2010

Financial Diary, May 17, 2010

Tomorrow, I'm leaving for a business trip to DC. A few days after I get back, I'll be going on another business trip, this time to San Francisco. I'm dreading being away from R. for so long. Financially, business trips are kind of sweet, since I get to eat out all the time for free. I could try to be frugal on business trips but it wouldn't do me any good since I get reimbursed for all the eating out anyway. And while I'm in DC, I plan on spending several hours at the Library of Congress looking up obscure academic articles, which makes me very happy.

Money related activities of the past few days:
- bought 2 T-mobile refill cards, $91.18 each for a $100 value. R.'s will last him about a year, mine will last about 6 months. That makes our total cost for 2 cell phones for the year about $300. I think that's pretty good, though I'm always hoping to reduce my cell phone use enough to make a $100 card last a whole year.
- Spent $14.00 on McDonald's. Didn't mind that since it's been a long time since we've eaten out.
- other meals included spaghetti with tiny meatballs, taco salad, a sort of nacho concoction, and apple crunch, all made from previously purchased groceries.

This weekend, my fun consisted of:
- creating a list of books and articles to look up at the Library of Congress when I go there on Tuesday
- downloading articles and dissertations from online databases
- picking out books to check out at the library before I leave
- watching cooking shows with R.
- writing a scene list for my novel
- critiquing someone else's novel
- playing a vapid online game
- cuddling
- cooking

I didn't leave the house from Friday night until Sunday night. Most people would probably find my weekends dull as sticks, but I love them.


Wavylove said...

Hey Rachel, just wanted to let you know your blog has inspired me so much. I stumbled across it a couple weeks ago, and have since gone through all your entries from the very beginning. Awesome, just awesome and so motivational! Look forward to reading more :)

Scarlett said...

Thanks for the sweet comment, Wavylove! I know I'm so inconsistent with posting but I'm glad it can be good reading for a few people.

Gabby said...

I agree with Wavylove! I stumbled upon your blog through random google searches and it's amazing. I am now inspired as well :D I plan to sit with a nice cup of tea and read each post from the begining. Cheers!