We Didn’t Plan for the NICU

We Didn’t Plan for the NICU

After arriving home from the airport at 10:00 PM, Kyle and I unwound from our baby shower weekend with a snack and a TV show, finally retiring to bed at nearly 1:00 AM. At 2:15 AM, I awoke feeling a bit… wet.   I hadn’t experienced urinary incontinence to that point my pregnancy, but I knew it was a common symptom. I went to the toilet and emptied my bladder, but somehow liquid just kept leaking out … Read entire article »

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April 2016 Budget Report

May 6th, 2016 | 5 Comments

April 2016 Budget Report

April in Seattle was even more beautiful than March – way more warm, sunny days than rainy/overcast days, and quite sunny weekends. Each Saturday in April we went for a long walk in a new-to-us local park to exercise and see more of our city. We’re considering this lovely weather as “borrowed time” and do expect the rain and chill … Read entire article »

Natural Frugality in Seattle

May 4th, 2016 | 2 Comments

Natural Frugality in Seattle

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Seattle is not a great home for us in terms of its financial value – it’s a high cost-of-living city, but what it offers doesn’t match up well what we’re looking for in a city. (I have to say that we are really warming up to Seattle with the wonderful spring we’ve … Read entire article »

Our Biggest Life Transition Yet Is Due this Summer!

April 25th, 2016 | 17 Comments

Our Biggest Life Transition Yet Is Due this Summer!

As I anticipated when I founded this blog, our major life transitions are now coming fast and furious!   2014: We defended our PhDs and finished grad school. Kyle became a postdoc and I became funemployed.   2015: I moved to DC for 3 months for a fellowship. Kyle got a real job. I started a business. We moved from Durham to Seattle.   2016: We are expecting our first child!     We have been … Read entire article »

I Learn Something New about Taxes Every Year

April 18th, 2016 | 10 Comments

I Learn Something New about Taxes Every Year

My dad loves to encourage me to “learn something new every day,” and that’s certainly a great way to grow. Kyle and I submitted our tax returns last Saturday, and I realized that we learned quite a bit about taxes this year for our personal return. (I additionally learned a lot about grad student taxes, but that was more academic for … Read entire article »

The Pleasure of Finishing Something

April 13th, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Pleasure of Finishing Something

I recently won a battle with my perfectionism – or perhaps limped to the finish line is a more accurate illustration! I became aware of how my perfectionist nature was holding me back during grad school, so I knew that as I finished my PhD and transitioned into entrepreneurship I would have to keep it in check. The upside to … Read entire article »

How Losing Track of My Car Title Cost Me Hundreds of Dollars

April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments

How Losing Track of My Car Title Cost Me Hundreds of Dollars

In a recent post, I confessed that I lost track of my car title for about six years and only tried to have it sent to me once selling the car became a near-term possibility. I was a terrible fool to ignore that problem for as long as I did, and in the end it took nearly a year for … Read entire article »

March 2016 Budget Report

April 1st, 2016 | 14 Comments

March 2016 Budget Report

Life in Seattle is really starting to improve for us! There were many days in March that had no rain and/or were quite sunny. Near the end of the month, it got above 60 degrees F on a couple days! The start of daylight savings time has also been amazing – sometimes Kyle comes home when it’s still light out! … Read entire article »

Life Lesson: Don’t Lose Track of Your Car Title

March 23rd, 2016 | 9 Comments

Life Lesson: Don’t Lose Track of Your Car Title

When I was growing up, my parents had a large filing cabinet in their home office that was filled with important paperwork. My parents didn’t keep a perfectly clean and clutter-free house or anything, but this filing cabinet was meticulously organized. All the documents my parents wanted to keep track of – from birth certificates to insurance policies to repair … Read entire article »

Impulse Purchase for the Win

March 18th, 2016 | 11 Comments

Impulse Purchase for the Win

In January, Kyle and I did something completely out of character for us: we made a large impulse purchase. We literally fell victim to advertising and the “sale” mentality, but I actually think it turned out to be a great decision! Maybe when you train train train yourself not to make rash or quick spending decisions, the exceptions you make … Read entire article »