Today was a long teaching day but it was good to be back on the swing of things. I think it went ok and it was relatively short for a course since it lasted only for about 10 hours today. For the rest of the week I’m going to go through some of the boxes in my office to clean out some of the clutter and organize better. I’m also going to work on some labs in between that so it’ll be a busy few days but should make it go by faster. One of the things I noticed was the amount of pictures I have but no photo album for them. Maybe I’ll get some tomorrow at the dollar store. I’ll also have to figure out what to do with all the old computer CDs that I have and don’t need any more (as I was writing this I did a search and found Greendisk, an environmental recycling service for old computer components — I think I may use that for all those CDs, cases and other older equipment). Basically, I want to streamline what I have to the basics while keeping some memories. I realize that I have too much stuff that just piles up and is never used. I think next year for the holidays I’m going to ask people to make donations to organizations I support or want to support rather than ask for stuff.
All of this is part of my resolution to cut back on “stuff” in general. I think I’m going to see how much I can cut back on and see if I can actually minimize how much I buy. I don’t know if I can stop buying everything as I do need food and have to buy ink for the printer but extra stuff (e.g., books and such) will be no-nos. To help with this I’ve cut out the gym ($30/month that was wasted previously) and cut down on what’s on my personal cell phone (down $40 as well but might be further down another $10). That means $70-80 saved a month, which translates into about $750-960 a year saved! That’s a lot that can go towards paying off the credit cards. And if I’m not spending, then I can pay even more down. If I maintain this, I could conceivably pay off about a fifth to a quarter of my debt this year alone (not including any refund stuff I finally get from Canada). I do have one commitment to do and that’s to travel to Halifax for my aunt’s wedding and then next holiday will likely be going to Los Angeles but perhaps the L.A. trip can be covered partially or fully with airline points.
I asked earlier this month as to what people thought 2009 will bring in regards to hope or dismay. And the more I look towards this path and my trans path, I see more and more hope. By getting rid of the things that once held me down, I feel more free and alive. There’s still a lot I need to sort out and things I need to explore and finish (like my novel) but I think it opens up my avenue for the future even more. Anyways, to add a little more fun to the evening I leave you with the humor of the late great George Carlin and his piece on “Stuff”. Happy New Year. 🙂