Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oh Life – A Super Easy Online Journal Tool

I've been using Oh Life for a few weeks now with great success.  It's very easy to use.  They send you an email each evening (or whatever time you specify) that basically asks, "How'd your day go?" and you reply to the email.  It then keeps everything in chronological order and you can log in any time to read past entries.


Today, I thought of putting a twist on it that some of you may find helpful in trying to achieve your fitness and diet goals (or any other goals for that matter.)  In the spirit of Atul Gawande's awesome checklist article, I'm going to leave a checklist near my computer so I can respond to the following each day:


1.) What happened today?

2.) What did I eat?

3.) Did I work out?  If so, how and for how long?  If not, why?

4.) How were my emotions and my psychological state today?

5.) How much money did I spend today and on what?

6.) Any other specific questions about long-term goals or projects I'm working on


I think this will be a great way to kill several birds with one stone.  Experts always say to journal about this or that to introspect, stay on target, stick to your diet, watch your spending, etc.  Why not do it all at one time and in one place?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This Week’s Objectivist Round Up (and a few other things)

It’s over at Reepicheep’s Coracle.  Go check it out!


I’d also like to bring your attention to Objectivist Answers via this Noodlefood post.  If you’ve ever had questions about Objectivism, this is a great place to get those questions answered.


And finally, I know posting has been sparse lately, particularly over at Mother of Exiles, but things appear to be calming down in my life and I’ve got several ideas I really want to post about.  Hopefully I’ll get that done very soon.  Stay tuned!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thank You, Obama!

Thanks to the awful Obama administration and the thugs in the congress, our living expenses just went up when we can afford it the least!


First, my husband was laid off last Monday.  That in and of itself is not necessarily bad since he disliked that company, was underpaid and under-appreciated, but what’s bad is that we lost our health care.  (The fact that health care is tied to our employment is yet another government-caused problem.)


I am eligible for my employer’s plan (for which I must pay half the premiums, or about $180 per month), so I signed up for that to be effective the first of next month when the former policy lapses.  Since it would be too expensive to add my husband to my policy, and since he is healthy and young (thankfully), we decided to apply for an HSA which will provide him with insurance coverage should anything too expensive or catastrophic happen.


The insurance agent told me that we should make his policy effective prior to the 1st of next month because that’s when the first phase of Obamacare kicks in and our premium for him will be significantly higher.  Even though we have no children and I have my own coverage, my husband’s HSA is being forced to add provisions to his contract for children in order to comply with Obamacare, and that’s not all!  There are all kinds of ridiculous terms being added to insurance policies as a result of this awful legislation.  His premium is planned to be around $107, if we act now rather than next week.


So we’ve decided to have my husband’s new policy start before his old one expires in an attempt to get cheaper premiums at least for the next year.  In case you haven’t kept count, now that my husband is unemployed, our health insurance will now cost $287 more per month, in premiums alone, than it did when he was employed. 


In addition, my out of pocket expenses will be higher on my employer’s policy and Santiago’s HSA has a high deductible that we are subject to before the coverage kicks in.  Basically, we are getting less coverage for more cost at a time when we need to be saving our money.


Thanks Obama!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This Week’s Objectivist Round Up

It’s over at Erosophia.  Check it out!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

This Week’s Objectivist Roundup

It’s over at Rational Jenn.  Check it out!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Guest Blog Post at Modern Paleo

Peachy Keen Pork Chops!  Yum!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Colorado’s Amendment 62

Well, they’re at it again.  Conservative Christians are trying to give a zygote full legal rights as a person, thus making me a criminal for using birth control, among other horrors.  Unfortunately, this type of legislation is not isolated to Colorado and it may be coming to a state near you!  Educate yourself and help fight for your rights! 


You can read all about it here.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

This Week’s Objectivist Roundup

It’s over at Shea’s Blog.  Check it out!