Update: Life

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It occurs to me that I haven’t done an update on my life in general in some time, so this post is intended to fix that.

Life is good.  Mostly.

Spring is here with all the things that come along with this time of year – mostly allergies.  My nose is sore from constant wiping.  My skin is breaking out – I swear I thought this would go away when, you know, I became an adult.  I have grass growing in my yard again, which means I’ll soon need to start cutting said grass, which will only exasperate the allergies.

Ahh, spring.

Taxes are done. I received a refund this year, which is good and bad.  I’m not a fan of tax refunds, mostly because the majority of the people in America see it as a thrill, as something they can plan on – like a bonus.  But it isn’t a bonus – it’s a failure on your part.  You failed in your finances for the year.  You paid too much to the government, had too much taken away, which the government was kind enough to place in a non-interest bearing savings account for you.

Sweet of them, right?

Had I put that same money in the worst savings account in the country, it would have been doing more for me in the long term than this so called refund does today.

Bitter much?

Writing is rough these days.  My brain has lost the focus gene.  I sit my butt down every night, laptop ready to go and find myself staring at the screen and thinking of a hundred other things I could be doing.  I put a few words down to try and get me going, I turn on some music, I turn off the music, I put more words down but they feel wrong.  It’s really hard.

Then I sit down on Saturday and find all the focus back.  Before you know it, I’ve spent the majority of the day typing away.

Weird.

A couple weekends ago, I completely redid the Functional Nerds website.  I encourage you to click the link and check it out.  Even though I redid atfmb.com not too long ago, I have an itch to redo it again.  It’s closer to what I’ve wanted than it’s ever been before, but there’s still a couple things I’d like to change/adjust.  I can’t even think about that right now, though.  I have another website under construction that needs to get done first.  More on that later.

I’ve talked before about getting healthier, eating better and losing some weight.  Well, for the past few weeks, I have been a back slider.  I’ve been drinking more pop, eating junk food and, worse of all – haven’t used the exercise bike NOR have I recorded my calories in my iPhone app.

As a result, I’ve been feeling extra fat.

There’s all sorts of excuses I could make (and you should check out a whole list of excuses in Sandra Wickham’s post over on FunctionalNerds.com), but I won’t.  I’ll simply say it is what it is and I’ve been bad.

Oddly, I lost three pounds.  I am now at 265, which is three pounds down from my last weigh in on LoseIt! of 268.  This is probably due to the fact that even when I’ve been eating bad, I’ve felt guilty about it so I guess I didn’t over do it.

Still, need to get back on track this week.

/resolve face

~P

2 comments for “Update: Life

  1. April 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Taxes are done. I received a refund this year, which is good and bad. I’m not a fan of tax refunds, mostly because the majority of the people in America see it as a thrill, as something they can plan on – like a bonus. But it isn’t a bonus – it’s a failure on your part. You failed in your finances for the year. You paid too much to the government, had too much taken away, which the government was kind enough to place in a non-interest bearing savings account for you.

    Sweet of them, right?

    Had I put that same money in the worst savings account in the country, it would have been doing more for me in the long term than this so called refund does today.

    That is the conventional wisdom I hear, but I heard a Devil’s Advocate view this weekend.

    A Tax Refund is a vehicle that encourages saving, especially if you take the refund and immediately put it in a place where you don’t touch it. Sure, you didn’t get interest on it when you overpaid through the previous year, but on the other hand, would you have saved it up if you had gotten more in every paycheck last year?

    • Patrick Hester
      April 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

      In the past, I would not have put that money in a savings account. Today, I would. I have it setup right now to automatically take a set amount of money from my checking account every week and place it in a savings account.

      It’s automatic so I don’t even have to think about it. I can manage/adjust it myself through their secure website, so if I want to make that amount less or more, I can, or if I want to do a one time large transfer, I can.

      I don’t know – with age comes wisdom and different ways of thinking about this stuff?

      ~P

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