The holiday season has long been established as a time of celebrated excess. As I sat down to write this entry, I thought to myself, “who am I to swoop in like a Scrooge (or a Grinch or a Heat Miser) and try to convince you to scale it back this year”.
We bought our house eight years ago this October. It was not quite a “fixer upper”, but we initially put a lot of effort into updating the inside, not even thinking about what was happening outside. It was winter, and it was snowing – a lot. Our driveway is long and more importantly steep.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been someone who has had disposable water bottles at my convenience. Whether it was grabbing water on my way to exercise, class, or to work, I have always made sure to take a bottle of water with me before heading out the door and I always seemed to accumulate a pile of half empty bottles in my car.
Skiing has been a part of my life since I have been able to walk. People think I’m crazy when I tell them I’m excited for winter, especially after the record snow that New England received last year. Now that I am working and in “the real world”, as many people in their early 20’s like to say, skiing is a little different because of the price tag attached.
The other day, my husband came home with the wrong paper towels. A lot of people may not care about this –not as important as something like toilet paper – but I find paper towels so wasteful that I want to spend the least amount of money on them as possible.
There are many parents today who can closely relate to the term “Divide and Conquer”. This moment in time (most likely on the weekends) typically happens when two parents, who are often outnumbered by their own children, are forced into going separate ways to deliver their children to all of their weekly sporting events, activities, birthday parties, sleepovers, etc.
Over the past Halloween weekend, I was asked by a neighbor what I did for work, so I rattled off my pre-packaged: “Our group has produced a tool that combines data analytics and clinical best practices to analyze supply utilization trends in specific categories within healthcare organizations in an effort to identify areas for savings.”
My husband and I have decided to contribute more of our earnings to our savings account. Now that we have a son, we quickly realized that we have only 18 short years before that first tuition bill arrives in the mail. And I imagine it will be much larger than the tuition bills I’m used to!
While I enjoy the game, I do not get out golfing as much as I would like these days. When I do it is usually with my father who is an avid golfer. We enjoy the time together and certainly the friendly competition!