Book Review: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

It’s not often that I don’t get to ‘chose’ my books, but this book was a gift from one of my neighbours, saying it was their favourite book .  All this, cause I left them some brownies! I was shocked that I received a book in return! (Thanks Poppy and Dean – so generous of you!)  In …
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Goals Update – February

There’s three days left (of my ‘weeks’ system) but it is technically the end of the month today so… Financial $20k target by 22 Dec: I moved money onto the mortgage this month, so my $20k target took a hit. However, over the year, I should be able to reach this goal by the slight …
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People like U

I found the coolest little comparative ‘site’ run by my favourite bank – Ubank. It’s called People Like U. It’s so cool to compare yourself to others – that’s why there are blogs and reality TV shows of course…  But I just can’t imagine how much data crunching went on to analysis all the data …
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Zero waste – things I learnt today

So I think I’m doing ok on my waste situation, but today I stumbled on some great things I hadn’t considered, and will look at starting to do. Plastic funnel Admittedly, I don’t currently have any funnels – I think I’m a pretty good pourer!  (I also don’t have a potato masher or a pastry …
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My list of banks

I have more bank accounts than is usual.  But, most are suit a practical purpose.  For those that are in semi retirement, I wonder whether I should declutter them, though they are costing me nothing and causing me no grief. ANZ My main financial institution in the ANZ bank.  It’s one of the ‘big 4’ in Australia. …
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Categories of Clutter

Thanks to Cindy’s post at www.365lessthings.com (which I love, and happy to have ‘worked out’ how to get the emailed posts now that I can’t read the blog at work), I’m inspired for another LIST! She mentions categories of clutter, and I’m going to go through each one, and see which I could work on …
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Bucket list

First time here? This list started in Feb 2013, and has been a work in progress since – adding items as often as completing items. This was updated in Jan 2014, to include more details 🙂 I periodically update this, most recently late March 2016! Feb 2017, where I’d done 26 from 65 listed… though …
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Glaring Grocery discovery

The past week or two, I’ve felt the pinch of my savings goals, and finding it harder to ‘do everything’ with my pay cheque. It also came to my attention that I had another month’s batch of grocery receipts to process (I started tracking in December 2012), so I got onto that today. I’ve stated …
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Completed Bucket List items

Adventure – Hot air balloon (Dubai 2012) – Hang glide (fixed – Tasmania, freely – Wollongong 2011?) – Sky dive (Wollongong 2010?) – Helicopter ride (New York City 2011) – Bungee jumping (really a canyon swing, but similar and less impact on the body 2005) – Go gliding June 2016 – Go zorbing (all the blue things are …
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12 in 2 list

Extra Organised is a blog I used to read, lost and have refound…  As is often the case, other people’s posts inspire my own, and so without further ado, I shall too make a list of 12 goals to achieve in 2 years.  I have linked above to her specific post.  Sadly for me I …
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