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Spending Recap: August 9-15, 2010

Monday 9th
+ $191.60 expenses refunded from work
+ $51 refund from ICBC
$129.09 Superstore (groceries)

Tuesday 10th
No Spend Day!

Wednesday 11th
$17.62 Taco Del Mar

Thursday 12th
No Spend Day!

Friday 13th
$17.70 dessert (whoops)
$24.63 T&T
$38.96 gas

Saturday 14th
$21.61 breakfast & snacks (for drive to hike)
$13.38 map
$31.80 groceries for hike

Sunday 15th
$5.80 ice cream
$10.77 Subway
$39.78 gas

TOTAL = $108.54

Well our hiking trip over the weekend was a huge bust – more on that in another post. Because of that, we ended up car camping and touring (driving) a whole bunch more than we had originally planned. Gas was costly, especially because we were in BF’s Jeep due to the ridiculously sketchy roads we drove on.

What saved me was extra income that I was able to make this week. But even then, we could have cut back a TON on our spending. Friday we didn’t have to spend all that money on dinner and dessert – but it was so hot that neither of us wanted to cook dinner so we opted to buy sushi from an Asian grocery store.

Because of all this spending, we’ve decided not to go to the Bryan Adams/Beach Boys concert on Saturday. I can’t justify spending $100 for both of our tickets, when we basically spent all that money over the weekend on our road trip.

Planning a trip home

So my sister and I are planning our annual Sister Trip for the year. Last year we went on an Alaskan cruise, and this year we went to Mexico, but that wasn’t a real Sister Trip. So we’ve decided just to go up island to Coombs. :) Although, for those of you who’ve been to Coombs, you know how cute and awesome a day trip there can be. We try to go every year to wander around and see the goats. Plus we’re in love with their jalapeño cheese bread from the bakery and salt water taffy. Oh, and we always make sure to stop in Chemanius on our way back and get ice cream. :)

This trip will be happening sometime at the end of this month, and we’ll also be getting our hair cut – so that will be an extra $50 or so.

It will be my first weekend home since mid-June. I didn’t really want to go home in August, since I already spent money on the ferry earlier this month for a wedding. But my sister is going back to school in September and with field hockey starting, neither of us will have weekends free anymore.

Designing like crazy

So I’ve spent a couple days playing around with my new MBP. It’s awesome. Super fast and quiet as anything. I’ve already moved everything off my iMac and onto the MBP. It’s also been amazing having Adobe CS5 – I’ve been designing like mad.

Oh, and I did end up buying a 1 TB external hard drive the other day. I’ve been needing one for years, and figured it would be much faster transferring all my data this way. It’s a total no-frills hard drive; you just plug it in and it’s ready to go. And it was under $90, so you can’t really beat that.

My first design project is my personal online portfolio, which is coming along quite nicely. I’m designing 2 versions – one in HTML and one in Flash. Which means double the work. I’m not a huge fan of Flash, but I haven’t used the program in about 3 or 4 years so I figured I might as well try to brush up. It’s a nice skill to have, and it’s really fun.

The only con I’ve found with the MBP is the lack of screen space. I know that it was the right purchase for me because I do need the portability – BF and I are going away this weekend for a wedding and I can take my work with me and design on the ferry and in our down time. Whereas that would have been impossible on a desktop computer.

But my next purchase is definitely going to be a computer monitor that’s at least 24″. My parents said that they would buy one for me for my birthday (October). So I have a while to wait, but it’s not a need-to-have item. I can deal with the small screen space for now.

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