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Eye c u.

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Last week I went a bought bunches of stuff for my office: a radio, desk lamp, headphones and a yoga ball to swap in for my desk chair.. lady_fox and I rearranged my furniture to increase "flow" and generally raise my comfort level. So far it's working quite well even though my radio doesn't pick up ANY radio stations, forcing me to listen to the one CD I have here over and over. I will eventually remedy this the "old fashioned" way and tape a longer piece of wire to the current antenna and run it along my windowsill.

Problematically I'm OK spending more time at work. In fact, working at night is really quite comfortable, so much so that I've contemplated coming in a few evenings since last Wednesday and even this weekend. Nuts and likely tied to the amount of work I have, but I fear for my sanity and free time.

Life is pretty good. Fox and I have been doing better this last week than in previous weeks. What's funny (not really) is that much of the increased comfort has come in tandem with me looking more actively for another partner. Some amount of pressure has lifted which is nice and I know she's happier with my looking. All this, of course, uncovers the "meeting people" problem followed very closely by the "I don't share my men" problem many, many women seem to have. :)

Oh money, I hate you so. I saved more than I planned last month, which is good. I'm battling the saving lots of money/living like a pauper problem. My goal of buying a house in threeish years (did I tell anyone that?) is very doable with good saving and shrewd investing but I don't want to live a boring, boring lifestyle. Problematically, I may need a new car in that time period (and I've already picked it out if necessary) which throws some problems in there.

We're doing a blitzkrieg on Fox's debt for the next year. She should be paying off all her credit card debt by next October (potentially much sooner depending on some external sources) at the latest which should mean spreading the housing costs between the two of us, which means a little more spending and saving money for me and a whole lot of extra money for her. Then we kill her car loan by the following January, I think.

The result should be her significantly relaxed money situation such that pretty much any job could sustain her and significantly less money stress for the two of us. She'll be able to make significant savings too, which will be very good.

I open my investment portfolio and assess my 401k in 4 weeks. I'm excited.

I think this is long enough. But I have been obsessing over some strange things in porn recently. But I'll not bore you with any of that nonsense. :P
I've also become infatuated with the Nikkor 50 and 85 mm prime lenses. So bleeding fast.

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nidea From: nidea Date: December 4th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
can you listen to internet radio? WSUM, WERN, WORT, and some other local stations are online, as well as many others... I like pandora.com, sky, and Soma FM as well.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 4th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's against regulations so I don't really want to. I have in the past though.
I'm good for now though. My officemate lent me a nice pile of CDs. Sarah Silverman is hilarious.
nidea From: nidea Date: December 4th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: December 5th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I initially commented on your post with the cat pic that you linked to recently, before I realised it was a community that I didn't belong to and so I deleted it.

Alls I said was:

Yes, it's a photo that's been done before but I too am guilty of this:

But that I liked your composition, the cat's eye is really strange and the more cat pics, the better!

abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a pillow. :)
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: December 5th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think it's a cuter pic, yours is more stunning I think.

My cat doesn't like opening her eyes for photos. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neither do mine. I figured out that using my 70-200mm lens at 200mm gets close enough to use flash without pissing them off.
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: December 5th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. 'bout time I used the lens for something. :)
kate_the_bear From: kate_the_bear Date: December 6th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
so i'm pretty sure there is no way to get that to me other than by mailing me a cd or mailing me a printed picture. i use yahoo as well but i'm pretty sure 9mg won't go through either.... though hotmail claims to let you send up to 10 but i've never tried
abmann From: abmann Date: December 6th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can give you a gmail account.
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