Monday, July 19, 2010

Feel like I am waiting for something

I just started my new french class. I paid 250 dollars for seven weeks of courses and I do believe it will take my mid-intermediary level french to the next level, as long as I take initive and work a bit at home.  The course is located at the YMCA.   I am a big supporter of the YMCA.  The ones in Montreal are amazing.  The quality of everything they offer is surprisingly good.  I cannot comment on all YMCAs, but I have been pleasantly surprised by ours.

While I was sitting in my class though, after explaining who I was and why I was taking this french course to all the students, I realized that my life sort of feels still right now.  I feel like my life has slowed down so much since college.  Graduate school was pretty slow rolling and for the most part isolating.  I got my degree but I feel no different, and worse yet, not particularly better qualified for most jobs in my domain.  It feels like I am over qualified for so many positions and yet under certified for so many others.  I am dying to find a job that keeps me busy, social, allows to contribute to world, yet also brings in enough revenue that I can live well.

I am not complaining.  I am happy with my life.  I just feel so ready to start my career.  Hopefully this course is the final investment to give me a boost.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Spending Spree

My home is not finished yet.  It feels like having a child makes everything take 3-4 times as long to complete.  Its really frustrating.

However my home is finally coming together after some wisely spent dollars.

I've been spending a lot of money lately on my decorations, the upgrades, the multi-purpose furniture we need in our small but functional space.  I think the expenses have been well spent.  My home is finally starting to feel organized and so much like home.

Its my theory that you shouldn't cheap out on everything.  In fact I am sort of wondering why it took until now to buy things like nice blinds and paint.  I've cheaped out on everything until now, to the point that I have a little money to finally get some reasonable curtains and furniture.

I definitely spending more money than I am earning for perhaps the first time in my life.  It kinda hurts but its sort of invigorating too to spend the money that I saved up to make my home a home.   I thoroughly believe that you should totally spend some money on things you value you just save money on things that aren't that important to you.

Where do you spend your money?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A world of choices

It amazes me the number of choices that I make everyday.

I decide what time I get up, if I shower, where I work, if I have hobbies, if make friends, if I help others, or if I ignore others.  You decide if you make purchases too, and if you do decide to make a purchase today you decide where to go and how much to spend.  I have a lot of choices in Montreal for where to shop and related to that, I have a lot of choice over how much I spend on what I elect to purchase.

The idea that everything is a decision, is empowering to me.  You could decide to not shower or to not go back work.  It may not be the best decision but you can make it. You can even decide to like something or not to like something that you decide to do.

You can read this text and decide that I am interesting or you can read this text and look for errors in my writing or fault in my logic.  Its really up to you.

What did you chose to do, to buy, to eat, and to like today?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Air Filters

I worked for a while for a researcher who figured out that "run of the mill" air pollution can cause crazy things like heart disease, cancer, allergies, stroke, and lung disease.  Imagine that car exhaust and CO2 can cause you to get very ill or worse yet, die just by sitting in your own home.  Its enough to worry me.  If you want to read more about it look here.

I started reading about air quality while working for him.  It turns out air quality inside is worse than air quality outside.  You spend a lot of time inside and the comforting thing is that you can actually do something about your indoor air quality.  You can leave your windows open and you can use quality air filters.  These two small steps will go a long way.

Personally I use rabbit air filters.  I got a good deal on my air filter around christmas.  However I came across this advertisement for one at Future shop and it should be just as good Link.

Cheap girl wants to live a long and healthy life and part of living a long and health life is spending money to prevent poor health (on nutrition, housing and air quality).  You don't have to spend a ton of money on these things, but a little will go a long way.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


I really enjoy films.  I was using  However I got annoyed while waiting for the movies to arrive.  There were a lot of times where i wanted to watch a movie and one wasn't available.  Especially after I downgraded my membership.  The last month I subscribed I think i received a total of 4 movies.  It was not enough to justify the monthly expense.  

Occasionally I download movies and music for entertainment.  I know some people disapprove of doing it.  I do buy a lot of movies too.  I'm not opposed to paying for movies...but I have not found a service that I think it is what I am looking for in so far as convenience  So there's my excuse. I'm not going to debate the morals of illegal downloads. 

If you have downloaded movies you may see the disadvantages to doing so.  You expose your computer to potential viruses.  You also cannot play the movies that you download with the codac directly on your computer....nor can you easily burn them.  You either have to purchase software to modify it or you can try to use the free versions to do this, but I find the free versions take way too much time.  I  have purchased licences the last two years.  I tried one called ConvertXtoDVD.  It does a good job converting movies onto a DVD format.  However you cannot play it. 

I downloaded a software program called Vuze  for a little less money and I've been very happy with it thus far.  It allows to search for movies, burn DVDs if you want to, and watch the movies on your computer.  I very rarely burn DVDs now that I can watch the movies on my computer.  Its a lot cheaper than what I was doing before and its a better program (at least for my purposes).

If you download movies, what software and search programs do you use?