Archive for October, 2007

I Might be Dyslexic

Well, this week has not been so great.  I have been making a point to blog and write a little more - more than usual.  It wasn't until a few days into it that I realized that some of my spelling was a little off.

I went for coffee with a buddy and mentioned my problem.  Being a doctor, he suggested that I was showing some symptoms of dyslexia.  I was a little scared about this unknown condition I might have.  He suggested that I could go home and read about it online.

We parted ways and I headed home.  I wanted to know a little bit more about dyslexia and whether or not I had it.  At home I went on the computer and got on the Internet.

I found quite a few websites about dyslexia and took the time to read about them.  I didn't know that about one in ten people have some of the symptoms.  I found some sites that offer tests for dyslexia that I am going to try tonight after supper - I just want to know.

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 30, 2007 at 5:16 pm

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Great Deals I Found Today

We decided to go shopping today at one of our local retailers.  We just wanted to get out of the house and see what is out there.

Well, were we in for a pleasant surprise.

You see, we stumbled upon camping gear.  Now this may not sound too exciting to you but what was exciting was that it was on clearance.  They were getting rid of  it to make way for the stuff for Christmas.

So, we picked up some sleeping bags, a tent, and a stove all at deep discounts.  Sure, we will probably not use it this year, but we will be ready for summer.  Too bad we have to wait another seven months or so...

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 27, 2007 at 6:46 pm

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Looking for Investment Properties South of the Border

Well, I seem to have a few extra dollars kicking around in my bank account and I need something to use them for.  I like to keep as much of my money working for me as possible with the highest return and the lowest risk.  So, today I decided to look at real estate south of the border.

Perhaps my biggest reason for this is that the Canadian dollar is so high that I can buy real estate down there at a discount.  So, I hopped on the Internet and looked for some promising investment properties.

The area with the most potential looked to be the Phoenix real estate market.  I found that their population was continually increasing and that it was one of the least risky areas for natural disasters.

One thing that I also like is the future potential for savings.  You see, people in Phoenix do not depend as much on oil or gas to heat their homes in winter.  With the rising costs of these resources, it will minimize the future utility costs for tenants.

Well, I am going to continue to look, though I will keep my eye on Phoenix.

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 26, 2007 at 8:53 pm

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Working on our Christmas Letter

Part of our Christmas letter that we send out every year is our personal finance news to the family.  Now, this may seem kind of weird, but for us it helps us both measure our success as well as stay accountable to someone (that being our family).

I have started to work on this years Christmas letter and it is going to be pretty exciting.  The most exciting piece is that our biggest debt this year is our new mortgage.  We are so excited as this means that we have purchased our first home.

Another thing to mention is that our car insurance has gone up this year - this may sound bad, but there is a good reason.  We have purchased a new vehicle and sold our old two door coupe.

So, with a brand new big house and a brand new car, we decided that there was one thing missing from our lives.  But we rectified that situation as well.  We are so pleased to announce that by the time we write our Christmas letter for next year, our expenses will include diapers and formula.

Posted by Mitefind - October 25, 2007 at 10:10 am

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A Gift for Grandpa

My grandfather has always been a big fan of football.  Even as a child, I remember going to football games with him, having a hotdog, a cheering at the top of my lungs.

Well, I am an adult now.  I needed to get something for him for his 81st birthday - but what do you get for someone who has everything they need?

Well, the one thing he doesn't have is Browns tickets.  Since moving to Cleveland, he has attended as many games as he can.  Just a simple phone call got me season tickets for him - they are in the mail on their way here.  I can't wait until we give it to him when we go down there next week - the look on his face will be priceless.

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 23, 2007 at 8:01 pm

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