Monday, January 16, 2017

List Day: 8 Ways I Could Save Money If I Were Less Lazy

  1. The cost of a print Washington Post subscription has increased to $98 for 8 weeks of paper, and the print edition always contains the stories I read online two days earlier. ($637 / year)

  2. I'm never near a Popeyes anymore but I order too often from Domino's. ($300 / year)

  3. I tip based on the total plus tax rather than the total because I feel like I can afford to do so. ($192 / year)

  4. My Amazon Prime subscription is great, but three-day shipping really isn't that slow, and I rarely find anything both interesting and free to watch on Amazon Video. ($99 / year)

  5. I have Rebecca's engagement ring on my homeowner's insurance and have almost paid 1/3rd of its value in insurance since it was added. ($86 / year)

  6. I go to the gas station conveniently located on the way home from the grocery store instead of waiting in an endless line for the Costco gas. ($48 / year)

  7. I get Consumer Reports and read it monthly, but haven't actually bought anything rated in it in years. ($30 / year)

  8. I take the Dulles Greenway anytime I have to travel north on a weekend. ($26 / year)

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

5:56 AM: Showered and ready for work.
5:58 AM: Arrived in the office after a long commute.
7:02 AM: Working while Booty licks.
8:00 AM: Quick breakfast break.
9:30 AM: Back to work, sitting.
11:37 AM: Lunchtime.
12:00 PM: Back to work, standing.
12:15 PM: Rebecca leaves for work.
4:00 PM: Level 459 in Overwatch.
5:29 PM: Exercising and rewatching the pilot of Sneaky Pete.
6:03 PM: Giant burrito of leftover taco meat for dinner.
10:01 PM: Booty lurks, telepathically telling me to get off the computer and feed her.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken twenty eight years ago in April 1989.

I'm attending a camping trip with my Dad at Vint Hill Farms. He writes:

We spent two nights there and you seemed to have a good time interacting with the other scouts. You decided then that you would continue on with Boy Scouts. Because Vint Hill Farms is a military installation and I was taking pictures, some enlisted man wanted to take my camera and film. I appealed to a higher authority and the camera was returned. Hence you have the photo.

Since this was one of the few camping trips that parents attended as well, so I was living large with a pot of propane-heated baked beans and hotdogs rather than the usual mush we'd make over a slowly dying natural fire. On my left is my trusty pointy stick, found and whittled to a point the day before, because you can never be a cub scout without a good pointy stick.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up

We woke up to more snow than expected on Saturday morning, so I postponed my planned Costco trip in exchange for being warm in the house. I did a few hours of work in the morning and then watched an episode of Travelers with Rebecca. In the evening we hosted our Hyperion book club, for a book that continues to get less interesting as it progresses. In compensation, we ate three-bean chili and mini chocolate eclairs.

On Sunday, we went out to Taylorstown for a late Christmas with the Whitmer / Link side of the family. We exchanged gifts, sang 1 Christmas carol, and ate even more chili.

Outside of the weekend, 2017 is going well so far. I work about 48 - 52 hours per week by choice, and have written more software in a month than I did in the last two years combined. We still haven't moved to a Herndon office yet, but I only commute down to Fairfax City twice a week now, so it feels much less intrusive.

How was your weekend and how is your 2017? Have you stopped writing 2016 yet?

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