Well, it's been almost two months since I last came here and updated this thing. I've been checking in on my friends' journals every now and then, reading back a few entries to make sure I don't miss much, and just wandering off to some other corner of the interwebs to find some entertainment. Finished watching all of Full Metal Alchemist a while back, now starting on re-watching Yu Yu Hakusho because I missed a few episodes between the show and the movie. Buddy of mine that I work with is letting me borrow it a couple seasons at a time. Each season has about 25 episodes in it, too. XD It's gonna take me a while to finish this one.
So, what have I been doing all this time, you ask? Well, to put it quite simply: nothing. I have been doing nothing out of the ordinary besides going to class and going to work, with the ocassional trip over to Scott's house for a game of MtG and some bud. I've been trying to keep myself entertained around here, but am running out of ways to do so. Picked up Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn/Throne of Bhaal again to play with Andrew, but playing that game takes soooooo long that, after 2 hours of gameplay, we've hardly made it 20 feet from where we started.
I have started on my program to stop smoking. It's not gonna be a cold turkey thing, but rather a slow decrease and limitation on how many I allow myself to smoke. I've been smoking nearly a full pack a day recently, so I decided that if I can just get myself used to a half a pack, it will all go smoother. Then I can further limit myself to about 7 or 8, and just continue limiting myself until I get to the point of being at about 5 cigarettes a day, at which point I could just drop them all together. I'm not sure how long it will take, but so far it's going well.
My parents' savings have all dried up, so it's getting a little harder to get by now. My dad still can't find work. I mean, we're not starving or anything, but bills are getting harder and harder to pay. In fact, I had to pay the cell phone bill for all three of us this past paycheck so they wouldn't get turned off. That took $185 out of my money that was going to go to getting my car registered with an SC license plate. If I was working a full 40 hours a week, that wouldn't be so bad, but seeing as how I'm only getting about 30 it's getting a bit hard for me to save any money. Although I am going to start saving money with this new smoking plan.
I'm also trying to budget myself a bit better so I can actually start a savings account so I won't have to blow all my money to make a trip to asheville, and so I can just be very leisurely about the whole ordeal of going up there. The less I have to worry about money while I'm in Asheville, the more fun I will have in the end. So far, here is what I have worked out for my budgeting:
I get an average of about $400 - $450 every paycheck after taxes have been removed, which equates to $800 - $900 every month.
Car Insurance - $115
Gas - $100
Cigarettes (on new smoking plan) - $60 + About 4 packs left over for next month
Food (Just for me, not for the house) - $100 [I don't eat very much]
Soda and Energy drinks - $40 (estimate, probably not that high in reality)
Herbal Supplements ;D - $70
Other random expenses (oil, web hosting, clothes, etc.) - $100 (again, only an estimate)
Credit Card Payment - $100
All of that comes to $685 so we'll take that to an even $700 just to be on the safe side. So, all in all, I come out with having about $100 - $200 left over to put away/spend. I know this isn't a concrete thing, but with figuring out all that I need in a month, I notice that I actually can start putting money aside for once.
Anywaym I'm done for now. I'll come back to finish with an update at a later date. Good night.