H5F4: Prepping for the Big Move

H5F4: Prepping for the Big Move

1. I Made it Back to Barre Class
Remember when I went to my first Barre class? It was about a month ago and I unfortunatley haven’t had time to drop into another class. It was such a great workout, but I’ve just been so busy. I finally made it back last night and once again, it kicked my butt. I’m thinking about signing up for a weekly class when we get to DC. It would be a great way to meet people and it’s an amazing workout.

2. Pressure Cooking Up a Storm
I bought a pressure cooker a few weeks ago and actually got another one this week. It’s kind of a long story. I bought the elite 4 quart version first and was a little underwhelmed with it. The main pot isn’t dishwasher safe and it’s just all around kind of cheap. It’s hard to clean and some of the words on the unit literally wiped off with a damp cloth. Not cool. But it still makes great food. I was telling my dad about my love/hate relationship with it and how I wish I would have gotten the Instant Pot and he surprised me with one. He also bought himself one and we’ve been swapping recipes and having a ball all week. I highly recommend getting an Instant Pot – I’ll have a full post on it soon, but just know, it’s amazing.

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Finally Purchased Renters Insurance
For the first time in my life, I purchased renters insurance. It’s required for our new apartment in Virginia, so I wanted to get it all setup before we got there. I decided to go with Geico, since I have my car insurance with them and they gave me the best price for the type of package I wanted. They actually farm out the insurance to a company in Florida, but it’s a pretty sweet setup. They even cover our property if something happens to it when we’re not at home. So if my bike gets stolen from somewhere downtown, it will still be covered by my renters insurance. Not a bad gig.

3. I finally found a Leash that Works for Kidd
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I’ve had a horrible struggle with Kidd’s leashes/harnesses. We adopted him as a 3 year old and he had already developed a horrible habit of pulling on his leash. It’s pretty impossible for me to walk him and we’ve tried countless harnesses, training techniques and classes. Nothing worked. Our vet finally recommended the Gentle Leader. I was hesitant to buy it because it looks like a muzzle, but decided to spent the $12 and try it. You guys, it’s a miracle. He doesn’t pull at all. Plus, he can still eat, drink, bark and pant… it doesn’t interfere with him at all, but it stops him from pulling. I feel so much better about walking him around the DC area, I feel like I can finally control him and keep us both safe.

4. I Got My Second Rewards Credit Card
I’m kind of a sucker for rewards programs. I use my Bank of America rewards credit card for everything and just pay it off every week. That way I still live within my means and never carry a balance (and never pay interest!) but I get points back on everything. I have the travel card, so I get 1.65% back on everything and 3.3 % back on travel purchases. I just opened a second rewards credit card – this time with Chase. I got the Chase Freedom Card – which gives you 5% cash back on their select categories. The categories change every 3 months; but they are actually things you use. The past couple years they’ve been Transportation (gas, transit cards, uber/lyft, etc.), Groceries, Restaurants & then Holiday shopping. I also get a $150 bonus for charging $500 in the first 3 months. So my plan is to use it for everything until I hit my bonus and then use it solely for the cash back categories. I’m sure this bores a lot of you, but I’m such a geek about cash back. I figure if I have to spend the money anyways, might as well get something for it.

5. I Signed up for “Meet Up”
Has anyone ever used meetup.com? It’s a website designed to help you get out and meet new people. I joined a few groups and signed up for a few “meet ups” to help me make some friends in DC. I’m not super outgoing, but I figure I’ve got to put myself out there. I’ll be working from home, so I won’t be able to make friends through work, so it sounded like a good option. What do you guys think? Any experience with it?

Today I’m linking up with:
Tiff at Bright on a Budget, Della at  Della Devoted & Katie at Cup of Tea for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!
Meet Me at the Barre for Friday Favorites
A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites

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