||[Apr. 28th, 2004|07:56 pm]
I just got off the phone with my dad, who was out in the shop on our farm, attempting to troubleshoot what was wrong with the sprayer. (Farm implements break a lot.) I was telling him about all the stuff I have to do (practice for my jazz ensemble, read for CS, write a paper, etc.), and he said, "It makes me tired just thinking about it." I kinda laughed and changed the subject, but I'm not sure if he was being sarcastic or not. I mean, the things I have to do seem pretty easy, compared with fixing the sprayer.
But I can't feel totally worthless, because today I started paying off my college loans. $85.32 down, a whole lot minus $85.32 to go.
Running didn't go that great today. I meant to run nine, but it was really windy and hot out, and I ran during the hottest part of the day to boot. So after six miles in 70 minutes, I really felt awful, and I gave up to take a shower and go to class. At least that way, I got to take a shower and make it to class on time -- um, almost.
Yes, but are you using GnuCash?
Don't you get to add a mile for every ten MPH of wind, or something?
I'll start using GnuCash when I actually have a budget. I don't have one made right now. I know, I suck.
But see, if I added a mile for every ten MPH of wind, then I'd also have to subtract miles for all the times when the wind was at my back, and that just wouldn't be cool at all. So I'll stick with not adding or subtracting any. =)
Well, as Lisa and I are discovering, it's advantageous to start making entries for loan payments from the start of repayment because it's even more confusing/complicated to just jump into the middle as far as the accounting goes. She's going to probably end up going back through her statements and filling in old payments at least to the beginning of the year.
While I'm usually anal about things like this, I'm not going to go through and do that. That just means the program won't be useful as far as keeping track of tax-related information like wages, withholding and student-loan interest until next year.
On the other hand, the mix of things I spend my money on starting on May 18 will be dramatically different. I guess that's why I'm glad I rode the hardest part of the learning curve now so I'm in good shape to track money when I finally own some.
Haha, I'm sure you have plenty of time in your schedule to do shit like this. :/
Speaking of accounting, you make a good point about the wind.
*sigh* Yeah, I know you're right. On to excuse B: I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I get very nervous about handling my own financial paperwork, because I've never done it. See, I grew up with my mom, who is a CPA, and also the type of person who likes to be In Charge. So basically, ever since I can remember, my mom has done my taxes for me, taken care of loans for me, done insurance paperwork for me, and handled everything else finance-related. Almost every time I'm at my parents' house, she has some form or document for me to sign, and she fills out everything else. She even prints my name for me, so that all I have/get to do is sign.
So I've never done this stuff. I'm getting better, though -- I filled out some health insurance forms mostly by myself. And I just recently assumed control of what's left of the IRA I had when I started college -- I even set it up so I can manage it online, should it need managing at some point.
Still, I feel clueless. I should get a book or something.