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July 24th, 2007 at 07:58 am

Hi there!

I haven't had much financial news to report lately. This month I'm finally able to save a chunk of my salary. June was expensive with all the baby shower costs, our anniversary, and The Police concert. Wink The concert was amazing, and I'm so glad I forked over the cash for that expensive ticket months ago. It was well worth it.

My friend's baby was born recently, and I was lucky enough to be there right after the birth. What an wonderful experience! I'm heading over this weekend to try to get a few photos of the kiddo.

This month I'm working very hard to keep a tight reign on spending. I had another job interview last week, this time for a web writing position, and it went very well. I'm supposed to hear from them soon...keeping my fingers crossed! The only down side is the 45+ minute commute. I'd have to buy a new car. The salary would be higher, though, so maybe I'll get lucky!

Grocery spending has been way higher than usual lately, but in thinking about it, it makes sense. I hardly ever eat out anymore, and I've been buying lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and pantry staples. It's the little "extras" I have to do away with...but even those are more infrequent these days. There just isn't that much pre-packaged junk food I can eat (most of it contains dairy), and I'm happy about that. It really simplifies shopping!

I'm growing zucchini, three different types of peppers, three different types of tomatoes, basil, and cilantro on my deck. Everything is flourishing (provided I water the plants religously!). I've already harvested three zucchinis! Yum! I can't wait for the peppers to mature. Last year I chopped up and froze enough peppers to last into late fall, and I had less plants last season.

Now for a few recent photos! Here are my favorites from last weekend's farmers' market trip:







Here's Sunday's breakfast of vegan apple pancakes, topped with fresh raspberries from the farmers' market:



I'm really digging the food photography lately. I'm still doing Project 365 as well, and learning lots about my camera!

6 Responses to “hello! :)”

  1. Aleta Says:

    Oh my gosh, you're going to make me go to the supermarket earlier than I expected. What great presentations. It's everything.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Hi! I was reading this and some past entries and realized we sound a lot alike! I'm in my early 30s, live in Minnesota, am vegan, love the farmer's markets, just started gardening (on my balcony and in a community plot), haven't traveled to many other countries but Canada and the U.K., and recently paid off my student loan (in May! hooray!)

    If you live in the Twin Cities, that would explain it. Such a small world for being big cities, and full of coincidences and chance encounters.

    CJ

  3. fern Says:

    Nice shots, as always.

    You do very well with closeups, especially the food. Those tomatoes! The chocolate cupcakes! Everything looked great.

  4. Aleta Says:

    I have a friend that is growing the little grape tomatoes on her back patio in a regular large pot and they are giving her so many tomatoes that she has to give them away.

  5. baselle Says:

    Your photos look great. There is supposed to be a way to make some pin money uploading photos and allowing folks to buy some of them as stock photography. Something to consider.

  6. Jen Says:

    Nice to read an update from you. Smile Great pictures! Good luck with the job.

    Question for you - do you have any favorite/inspiring veg blogs/message boards/newsletters to recommend? I'm looking for some.

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