Archive | November 2009

Fall Break

Emilie is home from Colorado for a week! She’s been spread pretty thin trying to catch up with everyone, but I’m looking forward to having her back in karate on Tuesday! I don’t know if Travis is making it up from Mississippi for Thanksgiving. I hope so, it feels like a really long time since I’ve seen him.

Jantina and I have barely made a dent in our Christmas shopping. We’re excited to be going to Des Moines the first weekend of December to visit Christopher, Toni, Cameron & Luci! Perhaps we can take advantage of the “big city” to finish off our shopping!

We have only a few weeks left in our Financial Peace University class. I’ve learned a ton and its been a lot of fun! I made different choices on my health insurance for next year, changed priorities to pay off the car early, closed 3 credit lines, started the envelope system and paying in cash. One statistic that was shared early on, was that when using a credit card a person will spend 18% more. I decided to test this on our grocery shopping to use cash only via the envelope system. Our total grocery spending declined 25% by the second month. That is a far better deal than earning points (my original reason for running everything through the card). A few simple changes like that can really add up!

Quick drive to Fla.

Over the weekend, I drove 25 hours both ways, with three other guys, to play Ultimate in a hat tournament in Florida.

Captain Crunch in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Captain Crunch in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

A friend of mine in the Ultimate community said he was planning to go and was looking for three people to go with. It seemed unlikely that I’d be able to, but my boss agreed to work for me and let me use up some vacation days.

We left Friday afternoon and drove all night, arriving a few hours before the tournament was scheduled to start. That gave us a few hours to sleep in the car. When people started showing up, we got up, checked in and grabbed some cereal that was provided, threw, and generally got ready. We eventually got our team assignments, met our teams and got to our field.

Scrat and I were on team Captain Crunch and we ended up losing the championship game at universe point, after just turning the disc over at our end zone line. We played five games plus the tournament directors had mini-games set up between rounds. Those were fun, and I learned one new game which I need to share with local players. The weather was awesome all day, too. I saw a lot of sunburns.

We got dinner with some of teammates and then checked into our hotel and cleaned up. It was funny to see the locals shivering after dinner, even though it was 60-something degrees.

The four of us wanted to do something, so we found a pool hall that served food. We spent an hour playing pool, then got some sleep.

The next morning we hit the road and drove all day, getting back to my car in Springfield around 9:30 p.m. I think I slept more than half the way back.