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How Jonathan got his financial groove back.

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Jan. 21st, 2011 | 03:29 pm
mood: coldWearing 50 jackets
music: OK Go "Before the Earth Was Round"

Suze Orman plays the part of Taye Diggs in the movie version.

68 dollars in the sink.

I hadn't had much motivation to keep my budget under control in the last two weeks, but yesterday it just clicked together. I've been eating at home more often (and eating better as a result) and passing on driving (and thus paying for parking in addition to gas) a fair amount too. Coupled with this has been a general sense that I'm on top of shit, academics-wise and also in fitness, the job search, and so on. If this continues, I should be able to put away extra funds every month in my post-graduation survival fund, which is currently only going to survive me a few months without additional infusions. I'm also tentatively planning some travel (all East Coast, no far-flung or exotic destinations) in May after I graduate, and this would help make that a reality.

In other news, it's cold as balls in Michigan. -7 degree wind chill as I walked to this conference this morning, and that had improved to 0 by the time I went to teach my students. They are turning out to be a pretty good bunch, motivated and always up to talk about car manufacturing. Hooray, offspring of Michigan families. My bedroom manages to stay pretty warm, with the help of my magical radiator and the thickest comforter that Ikea makes. Classes are going fine; I have several upcoming papers that I need to pick a geographic scale. Something about Denver is appealing to me for fiscal planning, and possibly Dallas or Houston for my loooong central city planning paper. Not sure yet.

On the extras front, I'm trying to expand my pool of knowledge by attending as many talks as possible while I've got the time. Last night I went to hear Juliet Schor give this one, and it was good enough that I passed some of the lessons on to my students today. Later I'm considering going to a workshop where a grad student will present a chapter from his dissertation on growth politics and equity in the Bay Area. Nerd on, y'all.

Finally, good news. I was accepted to present at the pecha kucha session of the Michigan Association of Planning's student conference in February. I'm going to slim down my subway maps as city icons presentation into the required length for this session (6 minutes and 40 seconds!) and add more on the applicability to bus and light rail, and hope that the conference-goers are into it, given that they all live in a state with no subway systems. :P

I use too many parentheses.

Happy Friday, LJ.

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from: ashfault76
date: Jan. 22nd, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)

I'm also tentatively planning some travel (all East Coast, no far-flung or exotic destinations) in May after I graduate, and this would help make that a reality.
I'll see what I can do to get you (and Brian) in on the beach house in Rehoboth in August.... might take some doing, but it's worth a shot!

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)

Aw thanks! No worries if it's not doable as there are probably other Rehoboth-bound folks that we can con into letting us tag along at some point in the summer. :]

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