Sunday, March 13, 2005

Tired

Whew! Been crazy the past week and I have not been able to get on here and post something. Between work, home improvement work, spending time with the kids, having family over to the house, having friends over for alittle Texas Hold 'Em (which I lost in btw), its been busy. So let's see, quick update.

MS Money is going good. Still like it, I think I got all our accounts and bills in there and set up correctly. Its really cool to see how it tracks everything, and it does it in a sleek way. Gotta reiterate, Microsoft did a decent job on this product...but then again I haven't tried Quicken or the others. But I would say if it sucked too.

House is relatively the same since I last talked about it. My wife painted the kitchen set (maroon) as well as the cupboards (black) and it really looks nice; it gives them a totally new look. And, being the penny pincher that I am, I am very happy with the way it turned out and that it only cost as much as the paint. Plus my wife got a nice sense of accomplishment out of it too. So things look great with the new kitchen floor.

Work has been busy...I have a project I am trying to finish up and I was at work until 10:30pm last Friday. I left when they turned the lights out on me! But I'm almost there...anyone have any serious experience in Oracle E-Business Suite? :) Hey, its worth a shot.

I guess my sister is doing well in Iraq. Sent over a laptop a couple months ago and now her Captain wants an iBook, so I just bought one to customize and send over to him. Trying to keep our troops happy and comfortable as possible. I personally have the PowerBook and absolutely love it, so anything on the mac side is a good choice.

Wedding anniversary is coming up! Looks like the wife is taking me out to see a lacrosse game next weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks versus the Buffalo Bandits. My home town favorites (bandits) versus my new town's team. And right now only a win separates them in the standings, so it should be good.

Well thats about it, sorry for the lapse. Goodnight....

Thursday, March 03, 2005

MS Money Update

Well, so far so good. I must say there is alot to it and it can easily get crazy, especially when you start punching all your numbers it, it can just get hairy. I think there are some simplier ways to view the information, but I like seeing everything up front and digesting it...then I think nothing is getting past me.

Inputting all my accounts was a breeze. Every account except my bank and my school loans hooked up to the internet automatically. And to touch on what I mentioned in my last post about MS Money, I spoke with my bank and found out there is a free way to get my bank information into MS Money. It just requires me to log into my banking site manually and download a ofx file and then just import that into Money. Its really not that big of a deal, not a big effort. I may even write a little program to take care of it for me.

The bills thing seems alittle more complicated. I am still mastering that one. Can't seem to figure out if there is a way to link your accounts and bills, like if I have a credit card and its due date is the 13th, then put a recurring bill in the bill section for me. I don't know, maybe I don't understand how it is supposed to work yet.

The 401k thing seems nice, although I don't know enough about my 401k to be able to punch it into Money. You can put in what stocks its in, how many shares you have, etc and it can tell you to-the-day what its worth. But I think I can dumb it down enough to just say "here's what I am putting in each pay period, keep track of that", I will leave it up to my institution to track the investments and I'll update accordingly.

But so far so good, I will try and stick to it.

LOST

Man, what a great show. Lost on ABC network is one of the best shows I've watched in a long time. This along with Desperate housewives, I think that reality television may finally reached its peak. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy some reality television now and then, its actually pretty refreshing and quite interesting. But I think it has also saturated the market so much, that it can become overwhelming. I think thats why it took off in the beginning; because it was so different and real. When EVERYTHING on television starts to go that way, it begins to lose it's sheen. So now with some non-reality shows out there that are becoming my favorites, like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and ER, it makes the shows like Survivor and American Idol more enjoyable.