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Learning to be frugal, pay off debt and be a man of integrity

  1. I iz Famous. Sorta. Kinda.

    by , 03-12-2010 at 11:46 AM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    So I've had a busy week. I got my 2nd 15 minutes of fame in my life (my first was when my mom died and some friends did a wine and cheese to raise awareness about violence against women in Canada). This week CNN has been doing a few pieces on what it's like to be transgendered/transsexual and they wanted members of the community to transmit messages to the world at large. Yesterday I got a ping from one of the editors who wanted more info about me (including phone number). As it turned out my iReport ...
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  2. Poor Man's Gym (or is it Frugal Man's?)

    by , 10-29-2009 at 10:49 PM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    So my recent doctor's visit showed that I'm overall doing well as far as health I could use some exercise (one of the major challenges and downfalls to working at home more often than not). So I decided to make it simple and cheap.

    1. Walking up all the stairs at least once a day for a week and then changing it two doing it twice in one "sitting". I found out that doing this once will burn off about 140 calories (we're on the top -- 7th floor -- of the building so I run ...
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  3. I so love my company..

    by , 10-22-2009 at 10:00 PM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    Or at least my manager. A few months ago, while running between flights and having to lug my laptop out for security checks, it dropped and caused some damage to the case. It was enough that it required a repair. After talking with colleagues, they said just get it fixed and file the expenses like I normally do. So I did. I went to Apple and they said it wasn't covered under warranty and that it would cost $400 or so.

    I file the expense only to have it rejected. I spoke to my manager, ...
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  4. Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.

    by , 10-15-2009 at 07:12 PM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    Ugh. I had depressing weather. It's chilly and raining. And supposed to be like this for a few days yet. I may be Canadian and able to handle colder weather but doesn't mean I like it. That aside, today was a good day. I got a "break" on rent, so to speak. I pay for my rent twice a month and for a while, I had been forking over the majority for rent and groceries. My g/f, who hasn't been able to find work, pays rent and expenses (she pays for utilities, cable, her phone, etc.) from ...
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  5. Someone give me some cheese please.

    by , 09-27-2009 at 10:18 AM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    Well, it was a busy and exhausting week. I do love teaching and I love it even more, when doing online, to share the duties with someone else. However, there are a couple of courses I teach online that only need one instructor (largely due to the size of the class) and I had both of those this week. The reviews were really good. To add even more to ending the week on a good note, I found out I passed my certification (I had written the beta version of the certification in August and there has been ...
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