It has been a fairly surreal week. Between the craziness of Boston – where several runners I knew had flown up to run the marathon – and spending the latter half of the week traveling for work in an area where I used to live, it’s all seemed a bit like an alternate version of reality.
Luckily everyone we know who was around Boston this week is fine. Thank goodness. But there were too many “if I had run a little faster” or “if I had been a little slower” or “if I hadn’t turned around” that would have presented an absolutely awful secondary reality.
On the other hand, traveling for work and staying just a couple miles from my old early-twenties apartment has been a little weird. Staying in a neighborhood that I loved from afar (but never lived in since I was a couple miles away) brought about its own set of what ifs. “What if Mr PoP and I hadn’t worked out” or “What if the financial crisis hadn’t happened” or “What if I had wanted to maintain more independence”. I probably could have ended up living there. And being happy doing so. No regrets, of course. But good to know I probably would have been happy even if my life looked very different.
Surreality aside, we do have quite a few people to thank this week – so let’s get started.
Love From Others
- Our post Spend Money To Make Money – Invest In Your Career was highlighted by Quizzle as a Top 5 Weekly Reads, and by PT Money in his Quick Money Tips roundup. PT also mentions J Money’s new giveaway site – Take Our Stuff, so hop on over and take a gander.
- Our latest He Said She Said on Variable Income and Risk Taking was highlighted by Club Thrifty in their VIP Club Roundup, as well as included in the Carnival of Personal Finance over at AdamHagerman.com, and in the Financial Independence Carnival run by Pauline at Reach Financial Independence.
- Turns out pool posts are pretty popular, as lots of people have shared our pool posts recently. The first, a Leak in the Pool and the Pocketbook was shared by Laurie at the Frugal Farmer‘s Good Reads For the Week, by Tania at Budget and the Beach in Link Love Week in Review (she loves cats!), by Mr CBB of Canadian Budget Binder in Justin Bieber Wants to Help Your Kids Get Money, by Kim at Eyes on the Dollar in Roundup 33, and by Michelle at Making Sense of Cents in the Carnival of Money Pros.
- Our series on the Actual Cost of Pool has been pretty popular so far too, getting shared by Laurie at the Frugal Farmer in A Business Trip and Link Love, by Mr 1500 at 1500 Days in Thursday Rant – Paying $450 To Look Like A Fool (go there and check out the ugly swimsuit!), by Average Joe from the Free Financial Adviser in Average Joe’s Friday Read-a-Long, by Cat at Budget Blonde in I Joined the Yakezie Challenge, and by Dianne at the Skinny Seahorse in her Saturday Morning Coffee. (Check out the adorable way Dianne wakes up her daughter!)
Love For Others
If that weren’t enough reading material, check out our favorite posts from the past couple weeks.
- Joanna and Johnny from Our Freaking Budget aren’t married to their current place of residence and are trying to seek out their forever home. To do so, they’re starting The OFB 50 States Project to get the low-down on the best places to live throughout the country and are asking for input. They’ve created a form for submissions for readers to sell their current locale, which they’ll compile into a nice little database to better figure out where they might be happy. I went in and filled in the form describing my love for the great state of South Florida. You should fill it out, too. Since you love where you live, right? And if you don’t love where you live, then won’t the OFB research be a benefit for you too?
- Phil over at PT Money hosted a little credit card party for his family and posted his Credit Card App Party Results. Since he knew they had some big spending months coming up, Phil and his wife strategically applied for 5 cards with some pretty sizable bonuses and they scored big time. Check out his post for the details, but the value of the rewards he was able to stack up with a small (yet strategic) hit to his credit score is truly impressive.
- Tania over at Budget and the Beach had a guest post this week from her cat, Pepe on the Need for An Emergency Fund. It’s cute, and funny, and written from a cat’s perspective. Definitely made me crack up during a weird week. Plus the video of Pepe at the bottom of the post is hilarious. That’s how Kitty PoP acts when he’s hanging out on the pool deck soaking in some rays.
- Bridget at Money After Graduation has a solution of what I should do with all the coffee grinds that are leftover from Mr. PoP’s coffee habit – Use Coffee Grinds to Hide Cellulite. Weird! I don’t have much cellulite – according to family members I can look forward to it as I age – but I am definitely curious to hear if other people can confirm Bridget’s suggestion to see if it works. Also – would it stain your legs at all? I’m imagining it doubling as self-tanner.
- Lastly, Frugal Zeitgeist and Jen from Happy Homeowner were both at the Boston Marathon this week. Frugal Zeitgeist wrote to let readers know she is fine. And Jen wrote down her thoughts in We Will Run – You Can’t Hide. I can’t say any words that would add to what they have already said. Just so glad that everyone is safe.
How has the week been for you guys? Any surreal moments? How did you take the news out of Boston?