Updates: April 22 – 28

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My two year adventure (ordeal?) is over!  Last Friday, I wrote my last exam for the second degree program that I was completing.  This past weekend, I’ve been doing absolutely nothing.  It has been glorious.  However, I’m also already starting to feel a little disgusted with my idleness.  Time to move on to new projects!

There are a few things that Brian and I hope to accomplish over the summer:

1.       Start a garden.  I’ve had gardens on and off while living in various apartment buildings in Vancouver’s west side.  It can be tough trying to get a garden going when you’re surrounding by tall buildings on either side.  We’re hoping for the best though.  We’ve already bought two beautiful wooden planters (used, from Craigslist), a trellis (for the plants and to divide our shared balcony from the neighbours), and some dirt (from a local fundraiser – support your community!).  Currently we only have a few bean plants growing, but we’re looking to add tomatoes, lettuce and herbs.

2.       Finish my book.  I’ve been working on a book since last summer.  It’s been on hiatus during the busy school year but I intend on wrapping it before the end of the year.  My goal is to write 500 words per day until I reach 40,000 to 60,000 words (not sure how long it will end up yet), then edit, format and publish!  I’m currently at 8000 words, so I should finish writing by the end of summer.

3.       Read for fun. I haven’t read a book for fun in months.  In the few days that I’ve been home, I’ve zipped through Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Yeah.  I read fast.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



  • Modest Money published a guest post on Budgeting and Decision Making. We’ve got some budgeting posts upcoming over the next couple of weeks, so it was interesting to see another take from a fellow blogger.


  • Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses asks “Is counting every penny you spend healthy?” I say no. I tried to do this early in my budgeting days, but it only gave me information about where I spent my money, not a method for staying within budget. I also think “no spend days” are overrated. If you stay within budget for the entire week, who cares when you spend your money?





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  1. 101 Centavos says:

    A garden? Great stuff! When are you posting pictures?

    • CF says:

      When things start growing! 🙂 My pea plants have been outside a while now but are not happy about the lack of sun. I’ll try to get a post up when we get the second planter up and running.

  2. I totally agree with you and that’s why I don’t do spending recaps or no spend days. I just keep to my budget and that’s that. Thanks for the mention!

  3. That’s ambitious that you try to garden despite living in an apartment. I always used that as an excuse to never bother. I guess you really need to have the right apartment for it to work.

    By the way, thanks for mentioning the post on my blog.

    • CF says:

      It really depends on the apartment. I had a great garden back when I had a balcony planter and a south facing view. I grew lettuce, oregano and dill. We’ll have to wait and see how successful this outing is!

  4. I have a small garden outside on my balcony but I rarely use it. I’ve learned in past years that gardening requires more commitment than I’m willing to give right now. Good luck completing your book (^_-) Planning to self publish?

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