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I borrowed Save Karyn from the library this weekend, and read it in one sitting. It was a pretty cute book, and much like the Shopaholic books I secretly love so much (speaking of which, I’m on the hold list to borrow the newest Shopaholic & Baby book from the library … but the last time I checked I was hold number 187 of 325, so I doubt I’ll be reading it anytime soon!). I saw it on sale at Costco for around $17.50, and was tempted to buy it, because at Chapters it was $34.99 or something like that … but it’s not a life or death situation. I will live if I don’t fill my Becky Bloomwood addiction right away. :)

They decided to jack up bus fare starting back on April 1st, which angers me a lot. It’s only 25 cents, but now I’m paying $2.75 for a one-way ticket, and that’s just ridiculous! I remember back in the day, it was only a dollar. A dollar! God I’m old.

I was cleaning out a drawer in the washroom last night, when I uncovered a huge stash of (unopened) beauty products that I got for free when I was a beauty advisor while going to school. I found a $45 tube of Dermaglow hand cream (the best stuff in the world), Lancome face self-tanner and the body self tanner, Biotherm waterproof eye make-up remover, and some random Avene creams (including a sunscreen). Do you think they’re still good to use?

I forgot …

I went to A&B Sound on Friday and spent $15 to buy Jeremy Fisher’s newest CD, “Goodbye Blue Monday.” It wasn’t an impulse buy – I knew I was going to buy it as soon as the release date was announced.

*SWOON* Sorry I have to have a complete “girl moment” right now. I have such a thing for cute acoustic guitarists. :) ESPECIALLY cute Canadian acoustic guitarists who care about the world and are trying to do what they can to make a difference. (I mentioned it before that he helped me with my HIV/AIDS Sexual Awareness campaign!)

I could have just waited a few weeks and try to scoop his CD off the internet for free, but that’s just mean. He doesn’t sell hundreds of thousands of CDs like those famous artists do, and I want to support what he does. For him, every CD sale counts. I figure if I like someone’s music enough to want it on my iPod, I should be willing to pay for it. That being said, I haven’t purchased a CD in a long, long time. I can’t even remember the last one I bought. And CDs seem like such a waste of money b/c I’ll just rip it to my iTunes, and the CD itself goes and sits on a shelf, never to be seen again. I guess I could just buy the songs off iTunes, but I like the liner notes. :)

When I bought Jeremy Fisher’s last CD, it came to me in a bubble package that was personally signed by him. “Thanks Krystal! (Heart) Jeremy Fisher.” Could you see Britney Spears or anyone else super famous personally addressing and autographing every CD they sell? That little touch goes above and beyond what he had to do, and by doing that, he is able to establish a personal relationship with his fans. It gave me the impression that I had sent my money directly to him, and he popped down to the post office the next morning and mailed it off himself. Chances are that’s not what happened, but it gives the illusion that it could have happened. And that’s just good marketing. Plus, I still have the signed bubble package!

Grassroots artists. I love it!

How anonymous is this blog?

I’ve been trying to keep this blog anonymous, but I’m not sure how anonymous it really is. For a brief few hours, I had a link to this blog from my regular blog on a different site, and then thought better of it, and took it down. But a few hours is enough time for a couple of friends to click on the link and wander over. Plus, based on the details of myself on this blog, I’m sure it’d be pretty darn easy to figure out who I am, where I live, and what I ate for breakfast.

And my boyfriend now knows I have this blog, and desperately wants to read it. He’s really into personal finance as well, and he’s very “fiscally responsible,” as he likes to describe himself. But, I’m reluctant. I like how this blog is my very own, and to my knowledge, nobody in my real life knows about it.

But I guess I have nothing to hide. Having this blog forces me to be open about my finances, and that’s what I wanted from the beginning. My boyfriend is fully aware of my financial situation (although he was definitely against me buying that new computer), and sometimes I try to talk shop with my friends, but honestly none of them have any interest in finance.

It’s also an issue of security. Is it smart to tell the world how much money you have? I know most PF bloggers have a sidebar that tracks their finances down to the penny, and a lot of them even have pictures of themselves. Is this safe? Are they scared of getting stalked and robbed? Or have their identity stolen?

I don’t really know what I’m trying to say. My other blog has gotten me into some weird situations in the past (a very famous music magazine took a paragraph word-for-word from my blog, for starters, and that turned into a little bit of a fiasco with a famous band, but I digress …), and I like the idea of having a completely anonymous blog … but on the other hand, maybe one of my friends will get inspired by reading my blog, and decide to start one up of their own.

So right now, to my knowledge, nobody I know in real life has ever read this journal (p.s. if any of my friends are reading this right now, please leave me a comment). But how about the rest of you PF bloggers? Do your friends and loved ones know about your blog, and if they do, do they read it? How do you feel about it?

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