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Popcorn Ceilings

With the power of the internet, I decided to look up the 70s rage for house builders, popcorn (aka.acoustic) ceilings. Apparently, some contain asbestos…yuck!

I looked it up because I was curious how to get rid of it. apparently, it’ll take a little elbow grease, but it seems as though the average joe could handle it. The only thing you have to do first is send an inch square or two to a testing center to find out if it contains asbestos. if it does, then only a licensed professional can remove it, otherwise you’re free to remove the popcorn in your spare time.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Not-So-Cheap UC Education

Two years ago, I wrote this blog entry (www.scarfgirl.net/?p=1244) which showed the increase in UCB fees over the past decade or so. Since the fees will be skyrocketing over 30% next year, I thought it would be time to update my numbers.

Same as before, these numbers list ONLY the registration fee and educational fee. There are other random fees that the university charges (campus fees, health insurance, etc).
1994-1995: $3,799
1995-1996: $3,799
1996-1997: $3,799
1997-1998: $3,799
1998-1999: $3,609 (-$190) (Gray Davis becomes govna of CA)
1999-2000: $3,429 (-$180)
2000-2001: $3,429
2001-2002: $3,429
2002-2003: $3,564 (+$135) (the Governator takes office in the Fall of ‘03)
2003-2004: $4,984 (+$1,420)
2004-2005: $5,684 (+$700)
2005-2006: $6,141 (+$457)
2006-2007: $6,141
2007-2008: $6,636 (+$495)
2008-2009: $7,126 (+$490)
2009-2010: $8,373 ($1,247)

I wonder if a UC education will eventually cost as much as a private university education. If that’s the case, wouldn’t people rather send their kids to a private university? Cmon people, think of the children!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Scarf #1 Complete!

So I finally finished my first scarf ever. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

The Ball-O-Yarn
ball-o-yarn

The Finished Product

I got the pattern from the Yarn Harlot.

Length: 66.5 inches / Width: 4 inches
Needle Size: 8
Yarn Used: 1-1/3 skeins (or thereabouts)
Yarn Brand: Lorna’s Laces
Yarn Name: Shepherd Worsted
Material: 100% Superwash Wool (machine washable!)
Color: #27 (Black Purl)
Yardage: 225yds per skein
Weight: 4 ounces

$ Per Skein: $19+tax ($20.76; $0.092/yd)
Cost Of Project: $20.76 x 1.33 = $27.61
What shall I make next?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Back From My Trip

I’m glad to be back from my fun vacation in the Mediterranean. I must say… if you want to hit up a few countries in one trip with minimum hassle, a cruise is the way t go. Of course, you will be visiting very touristy cities with overly inflated prices, but hey, it’s easy. Now all I’ve got to do is sort through my 1,000 photos.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Yarn$

We’ve had some cold weather lately, so I decided that I would finally knit myself that scarf I’ve always wanted. Well, first I have to learn how to do it and buy all the stuff. Anyway, I went to a yarn store in my area and boy, does yarn cost a lot! I’ve hit up JoAnns and Michaels and their yarn for the most part is pretty cheap priced, especially with the aid of the occasional coupon.

Well, this yarn that I bought was hand dyed, supersoft, wool and totally machine washable. I think typically, you get yarns that are machine dyed and hand-wash only for wool. So for comparison, the fancy yarn I bought cost $19 for 225 yards, while a mostly wool blend from Michael’s might go for about $5 for 225 yards (not including coupon). So.. yeah, I splurged.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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iPhone App: zing!

I’m supporting my friend’s new iPhone App zing!. It’s a pretty fun soundbox application which has a bunch of cool sounds (ba dum bum, car crashing with the hubcap rolling and wobbling, and bow chicka bow wow). Oh, and it also works on the iPod Touch. Check it out on Zing! !

You can read a bit more about it in their press release.

Learn more about the app on the zing! website.

Scarf Girl, sounding off.

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Fast Wedding Planning?

So one of my friends was telling me about her friend who’s going to get married “this fall” but hasn’t chosen a date or made any plans. Well, the fall is coming up and it got me wondering about how quickly someone could plan a wedding if they haven’t been dreaming about this day since they were 5. My guess is that they could plan a wedding in 4-6 weeks.
The best way to pull this off is to find a venue in their geographical region that would have a wedding package or a list of vendors which works at the venue often. This way, it eliminates the process of searching caterer/photographer/florist/etc.

So here’s what I think are the steps:

Week 1:
1) Find a venue. This will dictate your date.
2) Tell all your guests via phone/email/evite/paper invite. If you have fewer than 50 guests, you should consider calling them (it’s cheaper). Besides, it would be nice to have a chat with them. If you have more guests, maybe you could send out an email/evite. If you think that’s too tacky, then go to Michael’s (w/ a 40% off coupon of course!), Office Depot or Target and buy some blank wedding invites to print at home (or after hours at work when no one’s looking).

Week 2:
3) Find/Shop for a dress (unless you have something white/off-white/cream/any color works really, except maybe for black). It’s your wedding, you can wear whatever you want.
4) The Groom can wear a nice suit that he already owns, though maybe he could buy a new tie for the occasion.
5) Nix the wedding party, but if you must, choose 1 bridesmaid and 1 groomsman. This way, they can wear something they already own and you don’t have to worry about matching.
6) Choose a caterer and taste the foods to select a menu. It would be convenient if the caterer also does cakes. Though you could go around tasting cakes from other places, because it’s fun and who doesn’t like free cake?
7) Choose a photographer from the list of vendors.
8) Find an officiant (if your venue doesn’t come with one. It could be a friend or relative).

Week 3:
9) Find a florist or choose your flower package if it’s included with the venue package. Just stick with the minimum: bride’s bouquet (and one for bridesmaid if necessary), groom’s boutonneire (and groomsman if necessary), corsages for moms and boutonnieres for dads. You could also make your own wedding flowers if you or your friends are somewhat crafty. Just buy the flowers from Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. This route definitely saves you money but is more trouble.

Week 4:
10) Make dinner seating chart.
11) Make day of schedule.
12) Find some friends to be ushers/gift table & check-in table workers.
13) Apply for marriage license.
14) Gift registry.

I think that pretty much covers the basics of wedding planned in a short amount of time. There are other things one could add, but it’s all icing after these things. Here are some other things you could end up doing but aren’t essential:

1) Hair & Makeup (if you know how to apply a bit of makeup and curl/style your own hair, you’re set).
2) Guest book (how many people actually look at this afterwards?)
3) Transportation (you could rent a limo if you wanted)
4) Multiple outfits (some brides like to change into other dresses)
5) Bride accessories (jewelry & hairpieces)
6) Programs
7) Cake topper and serving set.
8) Manicure & pedicure (though you can just do your own).
9) Random other stuff I can’t think of at the moment.

And there you have it. You COULD plan a wedding in 4-6 weeks if you don’t have any preconceived ideas about how it should go.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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It’s Just Stuff

So after selling our townhouse in May and moving into a rental, we’ve been pretty much living with half of our stuff packed in boxes. It’s been nearly 4 months that we’ve been living bare bones and I must say, it isn’t so bad. It kinda makes me wonder whether or not we need all that other stuff.

For starters, I think half of my clothes are packed in the garage. If I can get along without them for 4 months (though the seasons haven’t really changed that much during that time), do I really need them?

In searching for the perfect home, we’ve been imagining that we want a house with X square footage. The thing is, are we just choosing something that sounds ideal or is that the size we actually need?

Housing prices in the bay area are pretty insane, so perhaps paring down the amount of things we have would allow us to fit comfortably into a smaller house, which would have a smaller price tag. Hmm.. something to consider.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Strike

So over the years, I’ve read about BART workers threatening to go on strike. I’ve also heard about hotel workers doing the same. The thing I find strange is that they announce what day they’re going to strike. Why do that? Why not just do a sneak attack?

I ask because when you go on strike, you’re trying to show “the man” what you are worth. If you weren’t there to work, many people’s lives would be disrupted. In the instance of a BART strike, hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area would certainly not be able to get to work and productivity for the day would come to a screeching halt.

But if you TELL them you’re going to go on strike, they’ll make other plans and while traffic would completely suck, people would still be able to get to work and go about their lives. HOWEVER, if you didn’t tell them, and they arrive at the BART station, coffee in hand and running for the train only to find out that no trains are running, then there would be complete mayhem. These hardworking taxpayers would certain complain in large crowds to the BART board to “hurry the F up and make a deal or all hell would break loose.”

That’s my two cents on the topic of strikes. The best attack is the sneak attack.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Banana Card Rewards

So I have a Banana Republic credit card. The cool thing about it is that after every $200 that you spend, you get a $10 reward card. Sometimes there are promotions and you can rack up more points. Well, I recently got a new $10 reward card and noticed that they printed an expiration onto the card.

I thought, “What? These things expire? They’re not like gift cards? My other reward cards didn’t have expiration dates.” So, I decided to check out the $50 worth of cards that I had stashed away and just as I recalled, they didn’t have expiration dates printed on the front. HOWEVER, once I peeled the card off of the folded paper that it came in, I saw that there IS an expiration date. Holy Crap, it expires on June 30th!

It’s a bit suspicious of them to not print an expiration date on the front of the card because if other people are like me and keep things intact, then they wouldn’t know there was an expiration date until it was too late (when they’re at the store and the clerk tells them). I guess enough people complained about this to make them change the way they do things.

Scarf Girl, going shopping!

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