Saturday, January 21, 2017

What's in My Backpack

At this time on Monday I'll be on a bus to Chicago with a backpack and purse. Then it'll be a flight to Dublin, 8-hr layover, and then a 3-hr flight to Madrid where I'll probably crash for a week before I go elsewhere.

Here's what I'll be bringing for 3-4 months of living out of a backpack:

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Contemplation on a Debit Card Transaction

The other day I had a little start while going through my recent credit and debit card transactions to make sure all was up to date on YNAB.

Context: I only use my two debit cards (Charles Schwab Investor and Capital One 360) for cash withdrawal, because they have no foreign transaction fees. I use my Capital One Venture credit card—as one would a debit card—for all other purchases, as it also has no foreign transaction fees (+ its points pay for free travel every couple of years). Point being that my debit cards haven't been used since I last took cash out in France/Spain this fall.

So when I saw a $10.44 charge dated January 1 on my debit card for a bar in town, I was really confused.

I wasn't even here on January 1, I was two and a half hours north with family.

Plus, I'd never used this debit card at that bar, because I only use my credit card for purchases.

I immediately disputed the transaction online—but man, what a mystery.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Impermanence of Words

I've been thinking a lot lately about the impermanence of words.

When I was in sixth grade, we had to make a poetry collection in language arts.

For a little age context, here was the cover of my binder:


(This was right around the time when cell phones were coming out, and Verizon had that "free at last!" commercial.)

Take a look at one poem in this collection, "Tangled Feelings":

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday evening flag patch sewing project

After I ordered my backpack last summer (goodbye Jansport from college!), I thought it would be cool to display on it flag patches of the countries where I've lived. Conversation starters are always helpful!

But I didn't want them sewn permanently on the backpack; there are places and times where you don't want to stand out as a traveler.

My parents got me the patches for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) and I had some scrap fabric lying around from a project years ago (St. Vinnies $1 fabric). I'd wanted a solid color fabric, but you use what you have, right?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Facebook-free: Liz Pelton

Facebook-free Project - Liz Pelton

My recent reconnection with Emily quickly turned into another beautiful high school reconnection with Liz Pelton—who also happens to be Facebook-free. Liz left Facebook a year before I did, meaning she's been facebookless for three years, and I'm really excited to add her perspective to this project! Take it away, Liz:

The basics:

Age: 27

Location: Madison, WI

Interests: Traveling, yoga, cooking, weaving, reading, writing, hiking with my absurdly adorable beagle Ramona

Length of time with Facebook account: 7 years

Amount of time since leaving Facebook: Almost 3 years
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017