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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how fiancé and I put up a clothesline. My idea was that it would save us money on our electric bill. Right now I’m having to get used to only doing one load at a time. I’ve been used to getting all my laundry done in a day. Don’t have the space for that goal YET! Maybe one day.

We received our next electric bill. Unfortunately, we did not save anything. However, this can be attributed to that fact the weather dropped to the 40s and we had to turn the heater on 4 days in a row. Never again! I’ll pile all the blankets we have on the bed instead of turning the heater on.

Here’s a picture!

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Now onto Month 2 with clothesline! Hopefully the weather will cooperate in more that one way (no rain, not cold) and I’ll be able to report success next time.

© Cori Endicott March 2013

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Summary:

Three dead infants are found hidden in an apartment. Search for the mother leads Tempe and Andrew Ryan all over Canada. Drug dealers, half-siblings, and potential diamond rights turn up. Will there be any more babies to find?

Opinion:

I believe I’ve only read one other book as fast as I read this one, and it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Already hooked before the book came out. Why would some woman who obviously must not want her babies (as she keeps killing them) keep getting pregnant and carrying to term? The reason why is absolutely sickening and infuriating. Recommended.

© Cori Endicott September 2012

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Summary:

Each “chapter” covers different areas of life that cause stress. Posen relates them to stories he’s heard over the years as a therapist, gives advice on how to handle the situation, and at the end of the “chapter” give a little bit of homework on how to apply these tips in real life.

Opinion:

The way I read this book was I read a “chapter” each night. I did pick up a few good tips. The post  at the end called “How to Enjoy Holiday Stress” made me roll my eyes. Good book overall. I liked the set up.

© Cori Endicott September 21, 2012

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Summary:

The author gives background on Ms. Lawson’s parents, walks us through her childhood and youth, before hop-scotching around her early adult years, and briefly touching on what her life has been like in the 2000s. Focuses a lot on her books and the TV shows.

Opinion:

I was really disappointed with this book. Maybe because I didn’t learn anything new about her. Throughout the book, both Nigella and her friends repeatedly say that “what you see, is what you get with her.” Maybe I’m being biased because in studying Martha Steward, I learned a lot of gossip and sordid details. Oh, well. I still love her (Nigella’s) cookbooks and cannot wait until I’ve collected them all!

© Cori Endicott July 2012

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So ever since I started working, my beloved grandfather tried to instill in me the importance of putting part of my paycheck in my savings account. With all the scary talk that has been going on for the past couple of years (seems longer) on whether or not Social Security with be there for my generation, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take matters into my own hands.

I’m not trying to be political in anyway. This is just my opinion.

I was recently given Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover on audio book. A few things he had to say resonated with me, especially his formula for calculating how much you need to retire.

His advice was to multiply your nest egg by 8%, and the resulting number would be your annual cost of living allowance while retired. This is the most concrete ANYTHING anyone’s ever put out.

Here’s the formula written out:

Nest Egg x 8% = Cost of Living Allowance

So I had some fun doing the reverse math:

I guesstimated $40,000 a year for cost of living allowance. And plugged this into the formula:

Nest Egg x .08 = $40,000

Divide both sides by .08.

Nest Egg = $500,000.

So in conclusion, I’d have to put away $500,000 by the time I retire to retire comfortably. Maybe. This is a guesstimation. I have no doubt this number may change at some point and I’ll have to recalculate.

I do like this formula because anyone can use it and it’s simple math.

If some else finds this formula useful, thank Dave Ramsey.

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When fiance and I moved into an apartment, one of the things we asked about was putting up a clothesline. I was looking at it from a money-saving perspective. Fiance grew up with a clothesline so he had no problem with it.

We were told that we couldn’t attach anything to the building structure or anything in anyway fly off the balcony. We ended up copying another tenant’s idea that seemed to be within the parameters.

We hooked paracord around one railing and strung it across the 12 foot space and back again at an angle to create a V-shape. It’s hooked at both ends so we can take it down when needed, AND there’s not damage to the railings!

We set it up yesterday (3/3/2013) and put the first load out. It happened to be a really windy day. I was worried that the wind would pick up too much and I’d watch helplessly as the clothes flew away.

Before bed, we brought everything in. 60% of was dry and ready to be put away, the rest was hung up on hangers and put in the spare bathroom. I didn’t want to leave it outside overnight, mainly because of my fear of stuff flying away.

Our goal is to completely line dry our laundry this month to see how it affects our power bill. No pictures yet, but I’ll get one to add it.

P.S. I have a big rosemary plant and aloe plant that my shirts were catching on. It was amusing. 🙂

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Wow, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had updated. For anyone who is following this blog or just stumbles across it, sorry that it has looked abandoned.

Long-story short, a week after my last posting, there was a major life upset and it threw me for a loop. I’m now trying to get back into posting.

~Cori

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