I wanted to share some pictures of my 10-gallon shrimp tank. These stripey guys are crystal bee shrimp (Caridina cantonensis) and I love them ♥so much♥. Usually they come out either red or black, though sometimes a blend of both colors. Through a random mutation I had one come out completely white. She is my special lovely/ugly mutant baby.
The orange guy is a tangerine tiger shrimp (Caridina serrata). Theoretically these two species will hybridize but I haven’t seen this happening yet. I look forward to it.
Feeling dead smug because I just split my train fare five times but used the “calling at” list of times from National Rail to make sure I’ll always be on the same train and managed to book a journey from Bristol to Durham (300 miles) less than three days in advance for £47.50.
I’m James McGill. Like most Americans, I’m a self-made man.
I put myself through law school.
Working in the courts as a public defender, I represented those with nowhere else to turn.
I believe in service. It’s what I’ve built my career on.
But I’ve also had a dream, a dream that many of us have…
A dream to own my own business.
Well, I-i scrimped and I saved, and finally, I was able to buy one billboard…
A tiny foray into advertising for my fledgling law firm. I’ve always been told that America is the land of opportunity, and I believed it… Until today.
Not 24 hours after my billboard went up, a large law firm came after me.
They said that I was hurting their business.
They’re rich. They’re powerful. I’m just… one man.
So, who do you think the courts sided with?
People are probably going to assume that i’m about to say it sucks, but I’m not.
I love it. I like having no money whatsoever. Mr A has paid the bills for this month, and I’ll be working again by the time next month’s come round. But for the time-being, I’m loving finding new things to do that cost no money. I’m loving reusing things I would have thrown away and making something new with them.
I’ve just unraveled a horrid old (HUGE) jumper, along with an old blanket, and I’m reusing the wool as part of my patchwork baby blanket.
I’ve switched to more natural things too. Yesterday I realised I needed carrots, but Mr A was out, so I couldn’t ask for the money, but I thought about the carrots we are growing. So we had baby carrots instead, leaving some to grow full size, and replanting the tops of the baby ones.
I think this lifestyle might be here to stay. Also when I’m working again, think of the money I’ll save by not buying stuff we already have, or expensive stuff we don’t need. I cleaned the shower with a tub of baking soda this morning. Better than any of the chemicals we used to use!
Getting a discount is exciting. Getting a discount on something you really want is even better. Then there are times when you think, “oo that brand is WAY cheaper I’ll buy it”. For some things it is ok, but for others uttering that sentence is something you will live to regret.
Once upon a time I was in Tesco (a supermarket in the UK - horrible) and was going to buy bread. I saw some Tesco brand bread and thought they were a lot cheaper than my usual brand, so trying to save money I bought two loaves. This was a bad decision. After I got home and ate it I realised there was a reason it was a quid cheaper per loaf. It wasn’t the basics version, but it was pretty bad. That day I learnt the important lesson - never scrimp on bread (unless you know it’s cheap AND good).
So here are some things that you should never scrimp on:
1. Toilet Paper. It is just not worth it.
2. Tea. Yes, you could buy the basics / home brand version, but it’ll taste the same as dipping a worn sock in your cup. Same for coffee.
3. Bread. See above.
4. Underwear. You can get pretty good and cheap underwear, but spending that little extra for comfort is worth it.
5. Milk. Yes, the major supermarket’s have just cut the price of milk screwing the farmers even more, but that’s not the issue here. The issue here is skim milk and even worse the ultra skim stuff. Why even both? You know what would be easier? Water + white food dye. You would get the same effect and taste.
6. Meat Pies. I once bought an Action meat pie for 50 cents. It tasted like poverty and I couldn’t finish it. I don’t think there was any meat in it.
so, i am Officially Unemployed (nobody panic, this is in the plan, Mama Scrooge Ofgeography scrimped and saved for this part of the plan) which means that for the next few weeks, give or take, i am going to have about 200% more time to hang out on this blog actually making new content. and i thought, gosh, maybe i should see what these dummies are even hanging out here for.
BEFORE YOU SAY IT: i know. the stories. i promise that as i think of them i will write them. i can’t publish them regularly only because sometimes it hard to remember the things that have happened to me. stories are best told when someone says something and you’re like oH!! OH!!! THAT REMINDS ME!!!!! so, don’t worry. they will stay. as they come up, i will tell them.
so with that off the table, in terms of original content (don’t worry/i’m sorry, i will continue to reblog hockey things but i DO PROMISE TO TAG), what do you guys like the best?
I pride myself on being the kind of traveler who can travel well on a very tight budget. I’ve taken 15-hour train rides, stayed at a house with the toilet on the floor and slept on a 24-hour McDonald’s just so I would have more money to spend on activities.
I value experiences. For me, traveling is all about trying new things and making new memories. If it means sacrificing on comfort because I have to scrimp on my airfare and lodging, that’s fine by me!
But once in a while, the plane ride (or the hotel stay) can be the experience.
Last 2013, we took a roundtrip business class flight from Manila to Vancouver via Philippine Airlines. We got our tickets at the annual travel expo where PAL was the sponsor, so the prices were heavily discounted. In fact, the amount we paid for our tickets was the amount you usually pay for economy seats! That’s a pretty good deal, if you ask me!
Mor and I decided to take this opportunity because it’s not everyday (or every trip) that you get to ride on business class, right? Unless of course you’re mega loaded and we are definitely far from that! Haha!
Also, Mor is obsessed with all things related to commercial flights (airports, airlines, lounges, etc.) so this was something he was really excited about.
It was a 12 hour flight one way so we had plenty of time to enjoy the ride!
One of the things I enjoyed a lot is having the food served to you portion by portion on a spacious table with real plates and utensils! I know it sounds so shallow but oh, the difference that small details make! It’s wonderful not to have your food all boxed up in a teeny tiny tray!
It’s also wonderful to have a fancy schmancy meal for a change, complete with appetizers, champagne and chocolates.
Yummy! We are not complaining about airline food during this trip!
People ride business class for comfort and what better way to be comfortable than to enjoy your seat-that-turns-into-a-bed and your very very spacious legroom! Ahh. Say goodbye to long flight leg cramps!
I’m a light sleeper so this is also one of those rare moments when I can actually sleep straight during a flight! I love it.
I woke myself up in the middle of my sleep so I can maximize my time on the plane (hehe). Who wants to sleep for the entire flight while you’re in business class anyway? (Oh, right, regular rich people who do this all the time do…)
I order myself a midnight snack because I read from the menu that the arroz caldo can be ordered anytime. I love arroz caldo and PAL’s signature arroz caldo is really one of the best (they also serve this at the PAL lounge)
And when Mor woke up from his long slumber (he values his sleep…haha), I invited him to a game of Monopoly Deal. We ordered some chips and got this snack pack! Mmm… I love Doritos!
Although I’m not a big airline aficionado like my husband (I’m good with budget airlines!) as you can see, I had a wonderful time riding business class. Upon landing, I felt so much more refreshed than how I would usually feel after a long haul flight. It was nice to be so comfortable.
But still, it’s not something I would get myself used to (it’s a pretty expensive experience, after all!)
You don’t need to spend a lot to be able to have a good time when you travel. But once in a while, it’s nice to save up and splurge on those rare experiences you won’t be able to do often (or again), like this one!
I recommend having at least one “splurge moment” per trip. Maybe you could book one night at a really posh hotel (then stay at a cheaper one for the rest of your trip!) Or maybe you could have a fancy dinner at a celebrity chef’s restaurant. Whatever it is, choose an activity that’s special for you; something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t. Splurge moments are there to enhance your travel experience. So might as well choose something that makes you happy!
Money can always be earned again but once moments pass, you won’t be able to get them back. Take advantage of the opportunities whenever you can! Seize the day! Work hard, play hard and most of all, enjoy living your life!
What kind of experiences would you be willing to “splurge” on?