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Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Things About Me

It's Friday! I'm here with another Friday Five Link up (my third!) with MarCynthia, and Courtney. Please check out their blogs to learn more about each hostess!

Hamming it up in Colorado, September 2011.
1. I've visited 48 of the 50 states.
My mom and step dad were able to take off time in the summer and we completed several multi-state excursions by car. Which states do I have left? Alasaka and North Dakota. Right now, I plan to visit Anchorage, Alaska in June and visit North Dakota whenever there's a good deal on a flight. We're aiming for a long weekend in Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

Pretty close to what it looked like.
2. My first car was a Dodge Neon.
My mom bought the car when I was in fourth grade. I remember her asking what kind of car I wanted when I was 16 and I said a Neon. (The "Hi" ads were all the rage during the Olympics.) I'll pretend she bought it for me, but she drove it until I was old enough. (I didn't get my license until I was 18 because I wasn't in a hurry.). It lasted many years until it finally kicked the bucket after I graduated college.

I also looooove rolling coins.
3. I am frugal (AKA cheap)
My rules: Don't pay full price. Never have a credit card balance unless earning super special rewards (pay it off immediately). Use the library and Netflix for entertainment. Try to dine out during happy hour or with coupons. When shopping online, always use ebates. (I have made $330 to date!) If this sounds like a horrible existence, I promise it isn't. I have nice things (bought on sale) and go out pretty often. I also spend money on travel. (I find the best deals possible via Kayak, Priceline, Hotels.com, and AirBnb.) I occasionally spend more than I should on running, red wine, and good beer, so there's always room for improvement.

4. I have the best dog in the world. 
His full name is Tobias Fünke Featherbottom for a character on Arrested Development. Tobias was born April 4, 2006. I was a cat person growing up, but as I got older I preferred the friendly nature of dogs. Tobias is a perfect catdog. He's low maintenance and knows how to shake, sit, lay down, stay, high-five, beg, bark, and howl. As morbid as it sounds, I sometimes think of a future without Tobias and get really sad. 

Pololu Valley, February 2014
5. I want to live in Hawaii (for real). Ohio's fine for now.
Alex and I are obsessed with Hawaii. We've been a couple of times and are planning another trip in November. We would move there in a heartbeat but for a few issues we're working through: distance from friends/family, we own too much crap, and we have to quarantine the dog. [I can work remotely, so my job isn't an issue. Alex has skills in line with many Hawaiian job postings, plus a local hook-up.] We've been talking about it for a year or two and sometimes it feels like it will happen... then I get freaked out by all the preparation required. We'll see...

Thank you for reading. Remember to check out the other Friday Five participants!


  1. Tobias is the cutest dog ever. I get sad when I think of life without my two dogs. I will not pay full price for anything. Who would do that? Most everything eventually goes on sale or you can get a coupon or reward or use points, something. We are contemplating a trip to HI this year. Never been.

    1. The first time we went to Hawaii we found an amazing deal on a flight and a place to stay during November (it was the week before Thanksgiving, when most people aren't traveling). We've used AirBnb on the Big Island and had great luck. The hosts were so friendly.


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