Saturday, February 24, 2018

The weekend is here - time to see Fifty Shades Freed again

The weekend is finally here! I should go and see Fifty Shades Freed for a second time. Why? I'm a huge fan and I simply can.

I got a reminder about seeing the movie again. I snapped this photo while waiting for the traffic light to change.


Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Planning tasks - from a list to a spreadsheet

Last week, I was asked by my manager to put together a high-level project plan. I tend to be pretty good when it comes to providing a list of tasks (milestones) and planning work that needs to be done.

My manager does everything in an Excel spreadsheet. When I am gathering my thoughts, I prefer lists. OneNote is my friend. I do my lists there and use checkboxes indicating whether such tasks are completed or are ongoing.

He seemed fine with my list. It makes porting my tasks over to Excel much easier.

Even though I felt like I hadn't done a ton of work on this project plan, I actually did. He was pleased, which made me happy that I had pulled it off.

It's a good thing that I am a planner by nature. Otherwise, I would have been a nervous wreck having this discussion with him.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Banking change - an update

I am taking a break from watching the Olympics. It's the gold medal game between Canada and the U.S. Let's just say that it's tense!

A few months ago, I got annoyed with the bank that I have been dealing with for over two decades and made the switch to another bank. I thought that I'd provide an update.

Back in late October, I switched to a bank that I already had a chequing account with. I had never used it. I tend to use that bank for savings and my retirement plan. There was a promotion where if your payroll deposit automatically went into your chequing account for three months, this bank would give you $100. Already dissatisfied with my then-current bank, it was easy to make the switch.

Three months later, in January, I did indeed get my $100. Nice! I also like that I don't pay any monthly fees.

The only downside is that paying my bills can take anywhere between a day to a week to clear with my newish bank. So, I end up transferring some money to my old bank and make bill payments there. It's not all that bad.

I used to pay $11 a month with my old bank for unlimited transatction. I have since decided to go with the $4 a month plan. I don't need unlimited transactions. Instead, I am now limited to 12 transactions a month. I am sure that I won't reach this limit.

Just with this minor adjustment, I am saving $84 a year. That's not too shabby. I have also moved most of my automatic bill payments over to my current chequing account.

I have a few more changes to make, as I still have investments with my old bank. So far, it's been a good experience to look at my finances and figure out how to minimize my banking fees.

My guy is so proud of me. He approves. After all, he is my Cheap Bastard.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Steps, payout, and bills

I have mentioned being a part of the health program at work. You take a certain number of steps and you get money every quarter. I track my steps with my Fitbit Alta.

Potentially, in a year, you can rack up $300 if you reach the points goal for each quarter. I am fortunate that I work hard and hit this mark. I max out this payout.

It's great that I win no matter what. I feel good about myself because I exercise. It's a bonus that I get paid to exercise.

I welcome the money. I put it towards bill payments these days. It's not the most glamourous thing to do. However, I do feel good about paying off my debt. It's all about feeling good on so many levels.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win gold in ice skating for a second time!

I am hooked on watching the winter Olympics. I just watched Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skate to win gold. I am so proud of them! They are the most decorated skaters in Olympic history.

Wow! That's all I can say.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Family Day

It's Family Day in my province today. It's a day to spend with family and friends.

I'll be taking today off to reflect on how fortunate I am to still have my parents. I have supportive friends. I also have a loving boyfriend, my guy.

We both marvel at our relationship and how it continues to grow year after year. We have bumps here and there, but we are stronger than ever.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Being a good girl for sending an e-card on Valentine's Day

As noted a few posts ago, I had sent my guy an e-card on Valentine's Day. He got it and reciprocated.

The fun part about sending this e-card was that Sweetie was my recipient's name. My name was Good girl.

When my guy sent an e-card back, he ended up using the default names. So, I am indeed Good girl.

It's nice that he agrees in the e-card world. He still feels that I am bad, which is why he needs to spank me.