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Progress on goals: emergency preparedness, guitar, novel

January 8th, 2018 at 10:34 pm

I spent several hours yesterday researching emergency preparedness and came up with a pretty comprehensive shopping list, which I'll purchase incrementally when we have spare money in the budget. I started looking at written plans and what documents we need to include in our kit, but I'll need to work on that some more.

I also need to do location-specific research on what disasters I should prep for and how. And I want to look for CPR and general preparedness classes I can take locally, hopefully for cheap or free.

I finished signing up for guitar lessons; I'll be going every Tuesday in February. They'll set me up with a loaner guitar to take home and practice with, which is great because it'll give me a chance to try it out and see if it's really something I want to continue before I commit to buying one myself.

I can pay for these lessons with my spending money, but if I wanted to continue, it would be more than my spending money can handle, so I'll need to chat with the family about it.

My online novel-finishing class officially opened today. I took a survey the teach posted and read and responded to messages on the class forum. This week I want to reread the novel I'm going to work on, because I haven't touched it in a while. I'll also complete the first two assignments: writing a short "query" blurb about the novel and answering a list of questions about the novel.

Other random happenings: NT was able to download the tax software to his computer, so I'll try to work on UK taxes this week.

And I got a notice that my ordinarysavers.com domain will be expiring soon. I need to decide whether I'm going to keep it active. I paid $100 for hosting last year and don't think I published a single new post, so I'd need to think about whether I really have enough new stuff to say about personal finance to make it worth my while. Especially with possible guitar classes eating up funds. Is there a way to archive a site so I don't lose the posts I did do, but don't have to pay to host it anymore? I wonder...

5 Responses to “Progress on goals: emergency preparedness, guitar, novel”

  1. bluesfemme Says:

    Could you save it to this?

    The wayback machine. It crawls the net to save pages - and may already have crawled across yours (if the restrictions on the domain/page don't stop it) If not - i think yo can prompt it to, by doing a search and then if no results returned selecting the option to save it.

    You may need to save each entry - i guess then it is - is that worth $100? Smile
    It doesn't save perfectly - if images were uploaded but the original hosting is not active it won't return. But it's always worth a decent shot.

    https://archive.org/web/

  2. rob62521 Says:

    That's great you will have a loaner guitar so you know if you really like this.

  3. klarose Says:

    You can backup the website and save a copy of it to your computer. Googling backing up a website.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's a good idea to start with a loaner guitar to make sure you want to learn it.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    On emergency prepping, some of the companies out there sell 72 hour emergency food kits for vegetarians. I don't know if you are into that stuff, but since we are building our one year food supply currently, I know they exist. You can just as easily put your own together, though, with the exact likes of your family. You can start simply with cans of chili, canned pasta shapes, and soup, things you could actually eat cold if you had no way to cook them, though I'd recommend having a camp stove and some propane on hand. Also, store your water. Store enough to drink for all of you for 72 hours, plus enough to wash hands with, and think about waste management if the water goes out. A bucket, some sawdust, and some garbage bags to line the bucket are a good thing to have on hand in case. So are wipes, both the kind you can use on yourself and the kind you can clean with, so you can make your washing water last longer.

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