Friday, December 12, 2008

The Do's and Don'ts of 2008

So I was feeling bad for being the one that suggested that Savannah start blogging on Blogger and then leaving it to her to write all of the posts, so this is my attempt to be a good husband (+5 good husband points for me!).

December is almost up, and you know what that means....  CHEESE BALLS!!! (and reflection on the last year).  We have done lots of stuff this last year, some smart things, a lot of dumb things but the important thing is they happened in 2008!

So, here it is... The Do's and Don'ts of 2008:

Don't-
  1. Spend a whole month Away from Savannah - She went to Israel. I ate a lot of cold cereal and microwave pizza.  (I even had to dress myself, which would be the next item on my Don't list but it is covered here).  The trip itself was fun for her but any other trip we take longer than a few days needs to be done together.  I can't handle not having Savannah near me.
     
  2. Take an algorithms class from Professor Koborov - Seriously...
     
  3. Write a large report and then close it without saving - Poor Savannah. It was late on a Saturday night, and we spent like 30 min just sitting there in shock when it happened.  Then I spent a few more hours trying to recover it (without success).  Luckily she is a super genius and re-wrote the whole thing Monday and still got an A on the assignment.
     
  4. Trust your Car dealer - I'm looking at your Precision Toyota of Tucson!  I assume everyone already knew this but us.
     
  5. Eat the Fry's brand Jalapeno Poppers - The name brand ones are great, the Fry's brand ones are dangerous.  In retrospective, I don't think I should have been surprised.
Do-
  1. Keep track of how we get our money and where it goes - After spending several hours last Tax period we decided that we needed to have a better way of finding out how much money was spent on education, donations, or anything else that might earn us a tax break.  The best way to do this, we decided, was by keeping our accounts up to date on GnuCash.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend this software to anyone (unless you have a thing for double entry bookkeeping) but I would recommend keeping close tabs on every purchase you make.  It made us spend less when we saw how much money we spent each month.
     
  2. Get out of Debt -  Savannah and I decided this year was the year that we would pay off our student loans, our Car Loan, and our Credit Card.  It was brutal seeing the amount in our savings drop faster than...   ...  something that drops REALLY FAST.  But the good thing about it is now we are as freer than.... .... ... something that is REALLY free.  That and we get to show off our nifty little liabilities graph (courtesy of gnucash):
     
  3. Eat Savannah's Cheese Ball's - I made the mistake at our last year's  New Years party to not attack anyone who came within 5 feet of the cheese ball Savannah made.  As a result I only got 1 or 2 cracker scoops before the mob took it all.  I wont be making the same mistake this year.   On a slightly related topic, I am thinking of getting a gun.
     
  4. Use Google Reader - At the start of the year I would spend hours a day browsing to all my different news sites (slashdot.org, gizmodo.com, freakanomics, etc...) and blogs like a fool.  Now Instead of wasting 1 or 2 hours surfing from site to site, I can look at all the updates to these sites on Google Reader and be done with it within 10 minutes.
     
  5. Have a marathon viewing of News Radio - Ok, I admit it.  We never actually have done this... But it would have been cool.  Instead we have slowly worked on the archive that Hulu.com has of the show. It took us a good 2 or 3 months to get through all of them...
     
  6. Visit San Francisco Bay Area - It is a super cool place to visit, although living there isn't so fun.  The roads are to crowded and wherever you go there is a huge gaggle of people (or murder or pod) and everything is so expensive.  To visit for a week or 2 though, there are so many sweet sites, I would suggest a visit there to anyone who hasn't been before.
     
  7. Travel to Israel - Savannah went this summer and loved it.  She also got some nice pictures and the creche that she showed off 2 posts ago.  We are planning on going together sometime in the future.  We are also planning on making some other "significant" trips in 2009 together which should be a party and a half.
     
  8. Party as often as possible - The previous semesters I have been pretty uptight about school and obsessive over getting good grades.  Maybe I am getting lazy or maybe its the fact that I took a class with Prof. Koborov, but whatever it is,  I have started to put a lot less emphasis on school work and more emphases on just having a good time with Savannah.  Speaking of which, Savannah is graduating next week.  I think its time for a party!  Who wants to come? There might be a cheese ball (or 2 if I haven't learned my martial arts by then).

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