I’m tired and out of sorts, so here’s a general set of updates because… Because it’s my blog and I said so.
If you’re still on the fence about attending FinCon this year — though, my post about FinCon’s awesomeness clearly swayed you — perhaps a free ticket will help.
Yep, they’ve opened the scholarship application back up. You have until August 15th to apply. You’ll need to tell them why you deserve a free ticket.*
Click here to apply.
You’ll still need to get yourself there, but lots of you have rewards cards and/or miles. Use them! Or write off the costs as a business expense. Whichever works best for you.
Vote for me! Vote for me! (Pretty please?)
Speaking of FinCon, here is yet another section where I wheedle and cajole you guys about voting for Frugality for Depressives for the Plutus Awards.
I’m not sure when voting ends (yep, I really have it together), but I know it’s still going on. So please help give me a leg up on this. Recent events and general fatigue have kept my focus away from promoting the book. Getting it announced at the ceremony would help tremendously.
We may have found our dog
Tim has wanted a black lab for the past decade. But we’d about given up. All the ones down here seem to be mixed with Chihuahua, and I know it’s shallow but those are not dogs that mix well, aesthetically speaking.
The labs we could find were usually around two years old — the outside limit of what Tim was hoping for. So we’d decided to broaden our search and not be as discriminatory inre: breeds.
But the other day I was perusing adoption websites (and making lots of girl noises), when I found black lab puppies. They’re only eight weeks old, just got fixed and have all the (currently) necessary shots.
We’re meeting both tomorrow at 11 a.m., though we’ll probably prefer the girl. She’s apparently more mellow. Though if we do get the dog, we’re renaming her. We are not calling our dog Truffles.**
Filling out the form, I realized something: We look damn good on paper. They don’t ask whether you have physical impediments, so all they see is that we’ll be home all day, have a solid (brick) fence and live next to a park. And I made sure to mention that we have an emergency fund in case of unexpected vet bills.
We also have $440 in the dog fund. I saved it from the monthly amount that we (sniff sniff) used to pay for Sandy’s vet plan. That’ll nicely cover the $150 adoption fee plus various supplies, flea medications, etc.
I don’t think we’ll be allowed to bring him/her home on Friday, but probably not long after that. So we’ve been on a mad tear to puppy proof the house.
Three bookcases (one in our room, two in the living room) and the display case are now in the office. We have extra rolling hampers to make sure we no longer throw oh-so-chewable clothes on the floor.
We cleaned out the current media stand to avoid buying a new one. Most of the stuff in there was junk and will be donated or tossed. I’m a bit concerned about the modem, router and Ooma box, but we can get a taller side table if needs must.
We’re scooting both litter boxes front of the remaining exposed cords. The boxes, by the way, are covered. Hopefully, that’ll keep the dog from (ick) searching for buried treasure.
The coffee table is about as clear as it needs to be, though we’ll review that later today to be sure.
We moved the shoe tree into the closet and are keeping the door closed. I just need to transfer the shoes in the living room into the closet.
I’m practicing putting my purses in the closet rather than throwing them on the chair. Also, I’m working to not putting the laptop/lap-desk-pillow on the ground when I’m not working. I’m also practicing keeping the toilet lid down at all times.
We also need to stop leaving charge cords plugged in. And we need to either take the TV out of the bedroom or get it mounted asap. I’m guessing it’ll just get moved for now.
It’s been a whirlwind, but so far so good. Now we’ll just do our best to impress the lady overseeing the adoption. I made sure to emphasize both in emails and on the form just how much Tim has wanted a dog, how a black lab has always been his ideal and how we’ve waited this long to be sure we were financially stable.
What’ve you guys been up to?
*Sadly, just saying “I read I Pick Up Pennies, so obviously I’m awesome and have great taste” isn’t enough. The system is rigged, I tell ya! Actually, I guess that would mean it’s not rigged enough. But whatever. The point is that you should be compelling about your non-IPUP-reading awesomeness.
** I’d like to point out that someone looked at the male dog and said, “You look like a Harley” and then turned to the female and declared she looked like a “Truffles.” Whaaa???