I am finally taking a step back from my crazy work schedule! This week was much more relaxed. I was on my feet most of the time I was at work, but I didn’t stay super late any evening and I’m not going into lab at all this weekend!
We had a very nice week socially. Last Sunday we went to a bring-your-own-lunch pool party at our friend’s house. That was the first time I’d been in a pool all summer, if you can believe it! Then we went straight to the tennis courts to meet up with a couple friends for doubles. We played two sets, switching teams in between, and I was the big loser. :( But playing with them definitely upped my game. It’s nice to play against someone with a different style for once (Kyle and I almost always play by ourselves). On Tuesday I went for a lovely walk with a friend (whose husband is actually a frequent commenter on here – hi RM and AM!) who indulged me by discussing grad student side income. On Thursday evening another couple made dinner for us at their home (STEAKS!) and we had a great evening with them, too!
On Friday we left town to visit my parents and siblings and we all went to Mt. Vernon on Saturday. We haven’t been up to see them since June! We don’t have too many months left living relatively close, probably…
This week I participated in a blog swap! The prompt was “My first experience of earning extra money on the side and the lessons learned.” You can find my post on FI Journey and FI Pilgrim’s post on this blog. Please check out the other participating blog posts:
- Digital Spikes
- Little House in the Valley
- Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
- Money Smart Guides
- The Money Principle
- Real Simple Finances
- Edward Antrobus
- Once Cent at a Time
- Mighty Bargain Hunter
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raneck, a user on the forums at The Grad Cafe, suggested EPF in a thread about grad student personal finance blogs. Thanks so much for recommending us! I was on those forums ALL THE TIME during my grad school application season so it was a nice blast from the past.
Financially Surviving Your First Month as a PhD Student was featured in the Carnival of Personal Finance #428 and the Carnival of Financial Planning.
Alicia from Financial Diffraction joined me in mocking my pay decrease email, saying: “That form is absolutely ridiculous! Was it take your child to work day when it was made?”
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