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2009 September — Page 2

From the monthly archives:

September 2009

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L’Shana Tova!

by Karen on September 20, 2009

This weekend was Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year. Tony and I aren’t Jewish, but we love to learn about and appreciate the spirituality of other cultures (especially when there’s delicious food involved), so we decided to make a traditional Jewish new year dish in honor of Rosh Hashanah. One of the […]

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Necessity is the mother of frugality

by Karen on September 17, 2009

Tony will finish graduate school in May 2010, but after that he’ll have a semester of student teaching before he’s certified to teach. Right now he receives a stipend for teaching undergraduate classes, which he won’t receive while student teaching. Unfortunately, this means we’ll have to live on my income alone for about 7 months. […]

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On letting go of “stuff”

by Karen on September 16, 2009

I’ve always been a bit of a pack rat. Not in the pathological sense, but in the sentimental sense. I often hold on to things for which I have no use either because I think I’ll need them or because I can’t let go for “sentimental reasons.” Books, CDs, electronics, junk from college. I struggle […]

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Our music collection is finally going digital

by Karen on September 15, 2009

A few weeks ago, we picked up an FM transmitter for our iPods, which has eliminated our need for CDs in the car. That was the last place we were listening to CDs at all, so at this point our music collection is just taking up space and collecting dust. On Saturday we went through […]

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Menu plan: 9/12-9/18

by Karen on September 14, 2009

I’m counting down the days to soups and heartier meals for the colder months, but we’ve still got some weeks to go before fall weather arrives in North Carolina. I’m finding some great compromises in the meantime. We’re trying something new with our routine, and this week we finished our grocery shopping Friday night. I […]

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Dancing with myself

by Karen on September 13, 2009

Yesterday was one of those days when our city didn’t seem so bad. A huge block of the historic downtown was closed to traffic for an annual Art Walk. Artists displayed their work, and we were free to stroll from tent to tent viewing everything from paintings and photography to crafts to homemade candles and […]

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I’d like to get some cleaning and organizing done around the house, but the weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend. So we’ll see what actually gets done. :) I’ve been in an organizing mood, though. I just did some cleaning up in my Google Reader, and deleted blogs that aren’t updated anymore or […]

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Our method for digital photo organization

by Karen on September 10, 2009

Back in the days of film cameras, I always thought it was such a waste when I developed my film and half of it was taken up with bad photos. For every great shot there are 5 photos that are blurry, poorly framed, or just not as good as you thought they’d be, especially when […]

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Last week, the state where I live (North Carolina) increased its sales tax from 4.5% to 5.5%. With local taxes, that means our total sales tax has increased from 6.75% to 7.75%. A 1% increase may not seem like a lot, but it can add up for big purchases. On a $1000 purchase, that’s an […]

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