Randomness Update

Nothing big to talk about so here’s the run down on a bunch of random little things.

Kitten

Sterling is adjusting well, definitely becoming more curious and playful with each passing day. She is currently curled up next to my keyboard attacking my fingers as I type which makes blogging slightly difficult.

I have also found that she enjoys playing with her litter box sand which explains why the sand has been strewn all over my bathroom.

She has a collar with a little bell on it so she jingle jangles as she gets into mischief. Its when the bell gets quiet that I really start to worry!

HRC Black Tie Dinner

I had the opportunity this weekend to volunteer at the Dallas HRC Black Tie Dinner, the biggest black tie dinner in the nation and a huge fundraiser for GLBT organizations.

Worked Will Call Friday and Saturday nights, saw lots of fabulously dressed people, and even got a few free drinks out of the deal. I think I’ll probably volunteer again next year.

Packing

I do not have a lot of stuff, but what I do have is rather odd. I’ve forgotten about all the random knickknacks and artwork I had stuffed in the back of my closet, or all the random business cards shoved in random drawers.

I’m tossing a decent amount of stuff while packing and think I’ll probably toss more out while unpacking.

Seriously, why did I buy a vinyl record? I don’t have a record player!

Moving

Sub-set of packing, I suppose. Everything looks on track for me to purchase my first house in just 5 days!!

I am excited and terrified and counting the minutes practically as i try to get everything organized.

Electricity, water, and internet are scheduled. Movers are scheduled. All paperwork for the loan is in and approved. House insurance and re-keying the house are scheduled. All money for the down payment has been moved to the primary account.

I still need to do change of address forms and get a chimney inspector but…I think that’s it!

I do still need to purchase some appliances and then of course some actual furniture for the place, but those are worries for next week :p

Whelp, that’s all I’ve got. Hope y’all are having a good weekend and talk to ya later!

Photo Credit: Quotesgram.com

Decisions, Decisions

Ahoy Mateys!

The Captain here to discuss finance and life!

I’m buying a house currently and have been learning a lot on the process.

#1 thing I have learned?

HOUSES ARE FREAKING EXPENSIVE!!!!

I haven’t even bought the darn thing yet and I’m already out 2 grand, with promise of another 20 grand at closing.

*queue heavy breathing into paper bag*

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The Devil is in the Details

Or does the phrase go “God is in the details”?

Well a quick google shows both work so that’s cool.

At the moment, it certainly feels more like the devil as my to-do list seems to be growing exponentially daily!

Of course the reason for my extended to-do list is that I was able to find and secure a house! So maybe that would be god since that’s a good thing.

Or it could be the devil tempting me and therefore is a bad thing!

I dunno, I really don’t think either of these is true (I’m atheist after all), but it can be fun to speculate at times.

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How Much House Do I Really NEED?

Ahoy mateys!

This is the Captain speaking with my feathery companion Norry to discuss life!

I’ve mentioned before that I am currently on the hunt for a house.

– Don’t pirates normally live on ships?

Well sure, but they also need places to stay while they are on land for an extended period of time.

-How extended?

The foreseeable future.

-That’s pretty extended…

Yup. Sadly still in my landlubber days. My dream ship is on hold for now.

But houses can still be fun!

My house search is focusing on a few main ideas:

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Car Luxury

Ahoy Mateys!

This is the Captain speaking with my feathery companion Norry to discuss life!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and a lot of reading about whether or not I should sell my car.

-Why?

Well, I currently have a 2012 Ford Edge SEL and I’ve been pondering multiple reasons:

  • It’s an SUV so the gas mileage isn’t the best
  • It’s way bigger than I, as a single person, need
  • I could sell it, buy a smaller cheaper car, and pocket the cash
  • I could sell it, buy a scooter, and really pocket some cash

-No, I meant why do you even have a car? Why don’t you fly everywhere?

Because I don’t have wings, numb nuts!

-Gee, you don’t have to be so snippy. Then why don’t you get in your ship and sail everywhere?

Perhaps sadly, I do not live in Venice where that might be an option. Texas is a place that requires some driving to get to most places.

Now, I also have good reasons to KEEP the car:

  • It is completely PAID for
  • It is very comfy
  • It comes in hand the times I do need space for transporting people or stuff
  • Heated seats are AMAZING in winter

-Hmmm, 4 good points vs 4 bad points. Looks like a tie!

Yup…ish…

If you really look at the lists, the reasons for selling it are practical while the reasons for keeping it are more comfort related.

I don’t NEED heated seats, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, leather seats, ambient lighting, or a navigation system.

They are, however, very NICE things to have.

The question really is whether all that is worth $8000 to me.

-Rather random number, where did $8000 come from?

According to Kelly Blue Book, my car is currently worth about $18,140.00.

I can get a nice, used sedan with good gas mileage for about $10,000.

So, by selling my car for a smaller, more fuel efficient car, I can add $8,000 to my bank account pretty easily, not to mention the long term savings on fuel.

-Starting to make sense. Of course, gas is really cheap right now, you really won’t see huge savings there.

Perhaps not now, but in a few years as the barrel goes back up, fuel efficient rides will be in high demand.

-You humans really just need to figure out how to grow wings.

It would make things easier.

If you are reading this and have an opinion, feel free to comment below, I would love some outside input!

-I just told you what to do!! Why do you need more input??

“Growing wings” is not a FEASIBLE option.

-You just aren’t trying hard enough.

Noted.

So yeah, any thoughts, feel free to comment below!

Until next time,

Avast ye scoundrels!

Photo Credit: Ford

Boxers or Briefs?

Ahoy mateys!

The following is a speech I wrote for a Toastmaster’s meeting, I hope you enjoy it!

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Quick quiz.

Coke or Pepsi?

McDonalds or Burger King?

Boxers or briefs?

You answered those pretty quickly I bet.

These are questions that get asked so often that we no longer actually make a choice between the options, it’s instinctual. It’s a habit.

When was the last time you changed your underwear?

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Donation Spotlight: Plan International

Ahoy Mateys!

This is the Captain speaking to discuss life!

I’ve mentioned before that I try to give 10% of my net income to charities but haven’t delved into the specifics much besides this post.

It is time for another update!

The longest running charity that I give to each month is Plan International USA!

I have been donating $60 per month since July 2012!

Perhaps the funniest story of how I chose a charity to fund, I was actually solicited.

I absolutely LOVE door-to-door sales people/ solicitors.

Girl scouts are of course my favorite, because seriously who can say no to thin mint deliciousness, but I enjoy talking to anyone who has the courage to knock on my door because they usually have interesting stories.

In this instance, I was living on a 3rd floor apartment (no elevator) and had just got home from work when I hear a knock on the door.

An absolutely EXHAUSTED looking girl about my age is at the door and asks if I would be interested in hearing about this organization: Plan International. Obviously, she and her teammate have been up and down the stairs knocking on everyone’s door in the complex.

I invite them in, give them water, they gave their whole spiel, and I was hooked.

Plan International is an organization that works world-wide to help communities in need, specifically in developing countries. Their specific targets are the children of these areas, helping them get the education and health care they need and helping them to get out of poverty.

From their website:

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.

Our Mission

Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by:

  • Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies;
  • Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and
  • Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.
Child Sponsorship

Plan’s work is made possible thanks to nearly 1,100,000 people in 21 donor countries who support us by sponsoring a child as well as through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, grants, and strategic partnerships with other organizations.

Since 2012, I have been sponsoring a young boy in the Philippians. Through the continuous updates from Plan, I have had the opportunity to write to him and to see him grow through the years.

Each month, my money goes to work in his community making sure there is water to drink, food to eat, shelter for everyone, and so much more.

Since joining, I have seen so much good being done, and I have no desire to stop anytime soon.

If you have been looking for a group to donate to, for any reason. I highly advise Plan International USA and encourage you to check out their website.

Until next time, avast ye scoundrels!

Photo Credit: World Wildlife Fund