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The 1905 Project

Well, we bought the duplex, moved into one side of it, and rented the other side to a great set of folks we have met and known now for two years. This is a massive project since the entire building is a fixer upper.  Fortunately the rented side has been refurbed already though, so that … Continue reading »

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new vehicle

Since I have a regular commute again, I decided to go ahead and replace the bike that got stolen last year. I found a comfortable hybrid bike that fits me well and is a lot faster than the old bike was. I’ve been riding it to work for a week now, and this is by … Continue reading »

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Back to Work

Having gotten to February now, we have made it all the way around the horn with the experimental year away from work.  Transitions are always interesting and enlightening, as I expect this one to be as well. I’ve gained a lot this year and learned a lot about myself and my family.  I spent the … Continue reading »

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The Wealth of Nations

I finally finished the roughly 1100 pages of Adam Smith’s Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations last night.  This was the capstone book of my reading quest this year.  It sort of covers a lot of the themes I have explored in the other 20 or so books I’ve read or … Continue reading »

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Solo trip to Chicago

It’s been about ten years since I visited Chicago, so it was nice to get back out there, even if just for an overnight solo trip.  It is a great city; big, busy and of course, very windy. This was the first time in a year that I’ve traveled, lodged and eaten at someone else’s … Continue reading »

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November

November is another big milestone month.  The last significant one for me was getting into august, the half way point of the year away from work.  These milestones make me really stop and think, and we’ve passed several of these interesting inflection points this year. November has its place here because it marks the end … Continue reading »

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Battle Panic

Last week was the week of no sleep.  I stayed up really late several nights and I can say now that I prefer getting to bed in time to get an early start the next morning, I like to be rested enough to enjoy the early morning time and have a lot of daylight left … Continue reading »

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Work Break

My year off work has officially started now.  I left my 14 year job to spend the year with the family full time.  I took an unpaid leave with no guarantee of a job at the end of the year. It was a good job, good friends, but now I want to pause and reflect … Continue reading »

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November

It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Quick rundown of the month so far… Budget: Well, we’re still doing great on our budget.  Everyone is amazing at working on this together, keeping up with expenses and adjusting to make it work. We added $100/month to the grocery allowance, bringing it to $400/month.  We sometimes supplement the groceries with … Continue reading »

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Our first month of spending half

Another fun family project like all the rest! We cut our spending in half this month, had a great time doing it, got closer as a family and learned a lot. I learned that the key was to have a plan, the discipline to stick to it, and that it was also a whole lot easier … Continue reading »

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Budget Experiment

10/1/2013 – We’re trying to live on a budget. Surprisingly, we’ve never done it before. Money just sort of worked itself out without a real spending plan. We saved a portion and spent the rest. The budget amount is a shot in the dark, but I figure we can make any number work, so we’re … Continue reading »

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Down to one car…

…we gave away the Explorer this weekend. That makes today the first day of our one-car experience. We’ve been talking about it for a while and now we’re here. Yikes! I’m glad to have been able to give it to my nephew, Romey, who could really use a car right now since the brakes recently … Continue reading »

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Mid-City Biking

We’ve been thoroughly enjoying the biking here since we moved to this part of town.  We are right in the center of a whole lot of cool destinations here. We’ve biked up towards Tara and Independence park, biked to Whole Foods, and stopped by the library to drop books off.  We’ve gone from the apartment to downtown to … Continue reading »

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Three Weeks In

OK.  We’ve been in the apartment for three weeks now, still early, but here’s how it has gone: Maintenance and improvements.  We have needed to have a couple of things repaired and we have added ceiling fans where they didn’t exist before.  We call one number, the management company hotline, they schedule the work and, … Continue reading »

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Moving Day

The first day of moving into the apartment was a lot of fun yesterday.  Kelly is very driven, Tate is already so big and strong where he can help with the heavy lifting, Rylee is meticulously organized and proactive and Luke is consistently cooperative and positive.   We made several runs between the house and the … Continue reading »

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Housing Options

Five houses, sixteen years of mortgages, and it’s time for a change.  We are selling our house and taking our housing obligation in smaller bites by renting for the next year.  Signing up for a long term mortgage always seemed like a given, but now it feels like part of a package deal, a standard … Continue reading »

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