Monday, February 19, 2007

The Weekend that Was

I had a great time at the hockey games, mainly because the Blues won both of them. They are now 3-1 in games I bought tickets for, so here's hoping that they can go .800 this year for me. We will find out at my last game in March. Other than that there was a fair amount of chores to run, and snow to shovel off of the driveway (we got another inch or two on Saturday), and I am about 15 pages away from knocking off the book I am reading about the history of the Later Roman Empire. I also am in the interesting position of finding myself rather flush with disposable income. I give myself an allowance of $60 per week for "discretionary spending," based on my annual budget and what my non-discretionary expenses (mortgage, food, gasoline, insurance, etc.) are. In the past, this has not necessarily held up so well, as meals out and pretty much anything that could be considered fun must come out of that $60. New books? It comes out of the $60. Buying CDs, or tracks from iTunes? It comes out of the $60. Going to dinner with friends? it comes out of the $60. Buying lunch during the week because I left the one I made on the counter at home? It comes out of the $60. Parking at hockey games... you get the idea. The interesting thing is that I currently find myself with around $200 in my discretionary fund, built up from the past few weeks, and I find that even though I am "letting myself go," so to speak, I'm not making much of a dent in the fund. I guess I'm just not feeling very materialistic right now. The computer game I have been playing for the last couple months is one I downloaded for free off the internet, and I am trying to work through the 20+ books on my "to do" list, so I'm not needing to buy any new ones. Not that the list ever stopped me in the past, but I just don't find much that I want to buy these days. I must be getting addled in my old age...

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