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2014 Miles Driven

Looks like here are my driving stats for 2014:

Miles Driven: 2,385
Gas Cost: $1,052.03

Maybe I should consider an electric car considering how little I drive. Then again, at the rate I’m going, I can probably drive my car for at least 10 more years. It’ll likely rust before I get there. Funny.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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2013 Miles Driven & Dollars Spent On Gas

So I don’t know why I do it, but I have kept track of my gas mileage ever since I’ve owned my car. I guess when I first got my car, I wanted to see how my mileage compared to what was posted on the car (it never does…). Anyway, I’ve tallied up my miles driven and dollars spent in 2013:

Miles Driven: 2,299
Spent on Gas: $574.56
Gas Cost/Mile: ~$0.25

How does one spend so little on gas? It’s called taking public transportation. While it does take quite a while, the ride is much more relaxing than fighting traffic where everyone else is miserable and aggressive. Plus, I can do things like travel planning, reading or, well, actual working.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Downsizing Homes

So now that we’ve been living in a just under 1000sf condo, we have certainly had to go a bit minimal. One of my friends commented that she was surprised that we have unpacked so much. That got me thinking… have we unpacked a lot?

When packing up things, I tried to keep things to a minimum. For example, we have 2 sets of sheets for our bed, but I only packed one. I meant to only pack 1 set of bath towels, but ended up with 3 sets. I suppose I should pack away 2 sets and store them back in the garage. Then that begs the question, who many sets of towels do we really need?

Let’s see, in the kitchen, we packed away some cups and plates, since I had limited cabinet space. We went down from 12 mugs to 6, and 13 glasses down to 6. I also cut out some bowls and other miscellaneous items.

In the living room and office, we brought in zero books (except for 3 cookbooks) and zero dvds. It’s kinda nice to not get bogged down by a cabinet full of dvds, but it is also nice to be able to watch our favorite movies whenever.

As for clothing, I have a big suitcase of clothes in the garage and I’m wondering if I could live without all the items in there. How much clothes do I really need?

I can definitely say that living minimally feels somewhat liberating. However, we’re not fully minimal because I know there’s all that stuff stored in the pandora’s box of clutter waiting to be openned it up in a new home.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Busily Settling In

Well, I’ve just about finished settling into our rental condo. Too bad we lost the weekend since we were away having fun in Vancouver. I think we’re just about done. We’ve got a bunch of empty boxes in our dining area to break down and shove into the garage.

I must say, going from 1350sf (3bd/3ba) to 996sf (2bd/2ba) wasn’t as bad as I originally thought. We just lost 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. That just means no guests for the time being. The toughest thing to figure out is where to put everything. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that half of the tandem garage is being as a storage place.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Moving Along

Selling your place is kinda weird. Especially the escrow period (the time between when you accept someone’s offer and when you turn over the keys and move out). I mean, it’s not done till it’s done as things can happen partway through the process that can kill the deal.

Often you have a 30-day period where you start packing up and crossing your fingers that things work out. The thing is, you don’t really know if things will go thru until partway into the escrow period. You assume everything will work out, so you start packing and reminiscing all the fond memories of your home. Then, after 30 days (or whatever period of time), you hand over the keys and *poof* you’re gone.

Since we went for a shorter escrow period, we had to wait part of the time to make sure everything was going to happen, and then rush through with all the packing. Being organized is key I’d say. You know, versus haphazardly throwing things into a box. For us, we have to split up where we are putting our stuff, so it’s more important to plan ahead. We’re not going unpack everything, so we had to pack stuff that we won’t need for 3-6 months.

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Amongst other things, we’ll be headed to Vancouver for some fun. I made myself a Google Map too. Can’t wait!

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On The Market

I’d say it’s pretty nerve wracking to put your home on the market. You don’t know if and when you’ll get an offer. It’s even harder when you live in the space because you have to keep it hyper clean and tidy.

Of course maybe getting into the habit of putting things away and clearing the clutter isn’t a bad thing. Living so minimally helps you see just how little you really use some of the stuff lying in the deepest corner of your storage closets.

Hmm… maybe we don’t need as big of a place as we think as long as we don’t keep crap we don’t need.

Anyway…this just in, we got a nibble this afternoon. 7% below asking price…hmm… I figured our place is priced accurrately so this must be somewhat of a lowball offer. Can’t fault them though, cuz I’d probably do the same.

I must say… 1 offer on day 7 ain’t half bad. I heard another is on the way too. Woohoo! All that hard work preparing our place is paying off.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Yay… it works again… and other things

So my blog was down for a little while due to some technical difficulties. Anyway, it’s back up! Hooray!

Anyway, what’s new with Scarf Girl? Well, Scarf Girl and, uh, Scarf (Boy?) are looking to sell our place. Yeah, yeah, it’s “not the best time” but hey, it’s better than 6 months from now. So, I’ve been brushing up on this “staging your home” phenomenon (well, it’s not that new, it just seems uber trendy now), and watching my newest favorite HGTV show “Get It Sold.” That lady sure knows how to transform a place with minimal cost. Just a bit of elbow grease and some creativity.

I’ll be posting some before and afters soon enough. We just have to get through this packing up enough items to make our place look clutter free, but not so empty that it looks like nobody lives there.
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles: Big Long Blocks

A friend of mine commented recently that I hadn’t done my city vs. suburbs comparisons lately. So, I thought of one today.

I was on my way to the optometrist, and when I was in the vicinity, I realized that I had passed by the office while in the wrong lane. So, I had two choices: a) make 2 u-turns and try again, or b) go “around the block.”

In the city, the blocks are normally pretty small. You have 2 long sides and 2 short sides. The grid system is pretty consistent except for in certain residential areas and in SOMA. Anyway, I decide to go around the block, being very used to driving around the block in the city.

Anyway, I make the first right turn I could, and then I made another right. I ended up having to drive quite a long way before making another right, then the final right turn. Sheesh, I think making 2 u-turns would’ve been faster. Also, in the suburbs, you never know if turning off into one street would lead you into a maze of cul-de-sacs.Lesson learned. Waiting for 2 left-turn traffic lights is the most reliable and probably quickest way to go.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles: Wide Lanes Narrow Lanes

While driving home the other day, after exiting the highway and driving on some local roads, it occurred to me that the lanes are very very wide. Then I wondered how long it would take for me to feel uncomfortable driving in the City’s narrow lane roads.

I must say it’s much easier to drive around in the Southbay than it is up in the City. After familiarizing myself a bit more with the roads, I have a better understanding of why many of my friends dislike driving up there.

They complain about the narrow lanes, one-way streets, and general apparent mayhem of driving around. Of course, whenever they go up there, it’s usually to the super crowded areas like downtown.

Oh well, hopefully I won’t lose my ability to drive up there anytime soon.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles

You know what I like about living in the South Bay? Abundance of pearl drink shops and those Vietnamese sandwiches for under $3. Yeah, food makes me pretty happy but cheap food makes me even more happy. :-p

Usually you can find parking in the shopping plazas that have these shops, but during lunchtime, you better watch out.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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