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rattfan ([personal profile] rattfan) wrote2017-01-29 02:14 pm

Money saving measures

 Now that I've decided to go to Helsinki, Finland, for the Worldcon this year, I have to make sure I can pay for it and not be totally broke afterwards.  So I am doing my periodic entertainment of working out ways to save money.

I have to rely more on the library and borrowing books from friends.  Can't handle the local prices for the next six months and I am trying to stop myself getting any more e-books OR Book Depository.  E-books seem to be becoming more expensive, which is hugely annoying since it can't possibly be more expensive to print them out.... yeah, right....

I could drop Netflix for six months also, once I get through watching Sons of Anarchy.  Am humming over that one because I need some sort of entertainment and am not sure whether iview could sustain me.

I haven't managed to get registered to use the train station bike shelters yet because the online form keeps saying the birthdate or security answer don't match with their records.  Well, I try not to lie about the birthdate because I will mix myself up, and for the other, it would help if there was a way to get reminded of what the bleeding security question was in the first place.  So gods know what I've done.   All this is so I can use my e-bike to ride a partial, when the weather's too hot or whatever to ride the whole way,  so I can at least get a cheaper fare.

Another money saver is not to get any more rats until after I go to Helsinki.  They are delightful little creatures, but they aren't cheap to look after if you do it properly, even though one's initial rat/s may well be a giveaway.  I'm already noticing the cheaper power bills.  My last one, which is not the real doozy  - that one comes next after two months of summer - was a third less than the same time last year.


I may also let the lawn (hah) get a bit hairier.  It suffers badly in the summer, well, all the garden does because I just have a hose and don't believe in trying to make the garden look as though it's in Mother England instead of an Australian summer.  So sometimes getting it cut during a heatwave can be the final blow, as I'm not here to make sure it's done right most of the time, and the cut can be a bit brutal.

There's not much to report in RL; back at work, doing okay so far.   It's still pretty quiet, no frantic pleas for overtime (just when I would have taken it, too!)  and quite a few people are still on leave, or going on leave.  I still haven't managed to get off the anti-ds (shrug, may try again later).   Did lose another couple of kilos and the rest is firming up some, more muscle definition which I am very happy about, but why do I have to have hairs up my nose?

Supernatural is back and I watched the re-start episode on Friday with a couple of fan friends, on a really nice big screen TV.  It wasn't a bad episode, but I was doing a lot of "why didn't they do that?" or "That was too easy," in my head.  I think I've been affected by the very realistic violence of SOA, which I'm not enjoying as much as I was for the first few seasons, but am persevering because there's only one more season to watch.  I think they should do a SOA/Walking Dead crossover; it's the natural progression!

I see in the news that there is a move in California for secession.  I would have said this was crazy and never happen, but then, this time last year I still thought the reason they want to secede would never happen!  Scary shit.  Hang in there, everyone I know in America.  Just....hold on.


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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-01-29 09:32 am (UTC)(link)
I've been getting ebooks out of the library system - ask about Overdrive at your library or whatever they use - you don't even need to cycle through the heat to get books, you can do it online.
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-01-30 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
Overdrive will let you read it on a PC (not very convenient on a train though but if you're desperate...) or laptop (a bit more convenient) as well as the usual Android or iphone. The sf section isn't huge, huge but I found some treasure in the electronic library - the Didius Falco ancient Rome detective series which is hilarious, and stumbled across the Raksura books by Martha Wells there too just this morning, all of which were available, and all of which I gleefully pulled from the electronic shelves.

About 700 odd books listed as SF, 130 odd as SF & F, and 2400 as Fantasy which seems quite disproportionate.
Edited 2017-01-30 01:09 (UTC)