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This past weekend plans went off without a hitch, at least on saturday. We enjoyed the Big Flea (noting that people who rip apart old books and matte the pictures in them make a killing!!), made it to Sunflower where much fake meat was consumed, and then arrived in the nick of time to see Der Golem. For those who attended and enjoyed the music, I think John is going to upload the tracks or sell CDs on cafepress, FYI. Sunday was less on target as my classmates bailed on me and I spent 2 hours at the library studying alone.

I've gone ahead and made a LJ feed from my Twitter account so you can be privy to the 140-characters-or-less witticisms or complaints or what have you that I generally send from my phone when I'm trapped. I doubt any of you will add it to your friends list, but there it is!

And now something you guys can help me with: I have an overabundance of furniture (and other things) (but for now, chairs). I am ready to part with two of my kitschier finds which take up a little too much space in our small house. So, if you are interested, please consider taking one or both of these chairs into your home:

1. The Barrel Chair Yes, a chair made from a barrel. Only downside is that it's heavy.

2. The Faux Eames Chair Pretty Self-Explanatory. Lacks footrest. Has a few scratches.

Please, someone, give them a new home.

In band news: Our bassist, my friend from rock camp Olya, is leaving. She is moving to San Fran, and her house sold within a few days of being on the market, so that's not going to delay her. As of December the Jelly Sharks will be looking for a new bassist. Any bassists out there want to be in a band? Anyone want to learn the bass really quick? I am worried I will soon be the only girl in the band.

I am trying to figure out a way to make it so that I will pay bills on time. I need a system that promotes timeliness - I have the online thing going on making it easier, but I seem to get around to it every other month, instead of every month. I am still loath to set up automatic payments for fear of a spiralling miserable overdraft situation, unless someone convinces me otherwise. Maybe I'll try putting a monthly thing on my google calendar? If only I could access that from work. *dark looks* If any of you have bothered to read to this point, how do you ensure that you pay your bills on time?

Finally, I now have 2 401ks I need to roll over into my new 401k and I am discombobulated about how to do this. I should be worried that the Qwest one is going to asplode soon and make me pay taxes... I wonder why it hasn't yet? Has anyone successfully rolled over a 401k? What should I expect in the way of obstacles?



Nov. 8th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
We're using Quicken to manage our finances right now; I use it to download info from my checking account several times a week, presently. I mention it because:

a) It seems to have a bill paying reminder feature (that you'd still voluntarily assent to) that I haven't actually checked in on using yet, and

b) It has strongly increased my willingness for us to set up automatic payments, since it's much more likely I will *notice* that an automatic payment has happened, now, since Quicken will happily pull down that data and show it to me.
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
I wonder if Quicken would talk to my bank. :-/
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
If it's a credit union, probably not, alas. But if you told me your bank, I could see if they have a conduit for it.
Nov. 9th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
It's NASA fed credit union.
Nov. 9th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
The NASA Federal Credit Union shows up in the list of banking institutions when I go to add an account. This is in fact a very good thing: it indicates there's probably a "conduit" that Quicken has established for doing the automagical syncery.

It's pretty easy to give Quicken a trial run... especially if we're about to give you a few Amazon gift certificates. ;) Though when we decided to give it a shot, we googled around for "Quicken Free Trial" and did some URL hacking to download a trial version to test out for 60 days or so...

Though maybe the hacking's not necessary. Seems there's an easy page for it now: http://quicken.intuit.com/free-trial-download.jhtml

At least to start you shouldn't need anything more complicated than the starter edition... Upgrading's pretty easy, in my experience, if it comes down to it.