I’d Rather Be At “The Fat Pelican”

2 Apr

TGIF!  Humor me while I ramble on about life….

I’ve been tossing around ideas for Lloyd and I’s summer vacay this year.  We usually go somewhere once a year (last year we broke even in Vegas and the year before that we spent a week in a strange little beach town in North Carolina where we discovered our favorite little hole-in-the-wall bar, quaintly named “The Fat Pelican”…but I digress).

fat-pelican

I’m tossing around the ideas of Miami, Mexico, or Los Angeles.  I’ve got a little obsession with celebrity gossip (who I’m I kidding, Perez Hilton is my homepage) and would love to see if I could spot Lauren Conrad in a tiff with Franken-Heidi Heidi Montag on the streets of L.A.  However, the beaches of Miami and Mexico are calling my name as well.  Stick a cool beverage in my hand on a sunny beach and I’ll be happy for a week.

So…I ask you readers, where would you go for summer vacation this year if you were me?

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My finances?  The finances are doing good.  I’ve recently started experiencing some good ole Catholic guilt (as Lloyd calls it) with my tithing amounts.  I’d love to tithe 10%, but what exactly is 10%?  10% before or after taxes?  Or 10% after all necessary expenses?  I’m going to start donating more to the church until I feel a light stretch.  Maybe then I’ll know how much is right?

I also started a Roth IRA, but some weird part of me feels sad that the money isn’t going directly into my 401K account anymore.  I guess I liked having my office do all the work for me. 😉  Better work on automating that IRA contribution.

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The CPA?  Still taking over my life.  My study schedule is….going.  I am having trouble motivating myself to study every night when the weather is so glorious outside, but I know I just have to do it.  My plan is to take the last test the day before the next Sex & The City movie comes out (May 28, 2010 if you guys are wondering….these kinds of dates are what I plan my life around).  Anyways, I’m like 1/5 of the way through the book – Woot!  Only 4/5 more to go….!

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Lloyd and I are looking forward to Easter this weekend.  It’s gonna be a great weekend with all of our church friends and family and hopefully on Monday morn I’ll feel pretty darn holy. 😉  Any of you hitting up church this weekend?

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Oh – since my last post, I’ve been hitting up the gym like I used to!  My bod is thanking me and I’m thanking myself because my, er, work pants were starting to feel a little snug.  They feel much better now.  Me + sweat, we make a good team.

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So, I know my posting has been rather lack-luster lately.  When I get the time to write after everything else, I find myself just wanting to sit around and watch that crazy Kardashian show relax instead.  I could start posting less about finance and more about life type things until the CPA is over with and I have more time to focus on drumming out outrageously fabulous personal finance articles (exaggeration…sort of).

Are you guys wanting more life postings or are you okay with the (mostly) dead air until the CPA is over with?  Lemme know!

And…I’m out!

Have a great Easter weekend, readers!

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14 Responses to “I’d Rather Be At “The Fat Pelican””

  1. Lory April 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    my interpretation is that the 10% tithe is before taxes. the bible talks about giving from your “first fruits” which i take as gross income.

    percentages aside…i think giving, no matter the amount, should come from the heart. to me, that’s more important than the actual amount given. 🙂

  2. Julie K April 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Hi Carrie! I never comment on your blog but I lurk regularly. I had to comment because I live in Carolina Beach, NC and my condo is just a few minutes walk to The Fat Pelican.

    I saw the picture and had to double check to make sure I was reading the right blog!

    The Fat Pelican is definitely interesting…they have dirt floors, a popcorn machine, a giant black lab and a WALK IN cooler!

    Have fun planning your vacation.

    J

    • Carrie April 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      Ha!! That’s so funny! We loved Carolina Beach, we just had a couple odd encounters there. LOL. The Fat Pelican was awesome!! That was definitely our favorite spot in the whole town, besides the beach of course 🙂 We stayed in a condo that was right across from that little lake with the path around it right on the main drag.

  3. Kris April 4, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    I like your blog and would love some life posts! You usually throw in a sentence about PF and the rest can be about life. I like your blog because I am a student too!

    • Carrie April 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

      Aww, thank you!!!

  4. SP April 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Carrie — life posts are better than no posts! (and sometimes… better than finance posts… but don’t tell anyone I said that)

    But if you are really stressed and busy, we’ll be here when you are done and the dead air is over!

    You should go to LA! Well, the water here is freezing — but the beach is nice in the summer.

    Oh — and my Roth IRA contribution is auto deposited into my fidelity account each paycheck as a direct deposit. Very automated — maybe you can see if you can set up something like that? As long as your work lets you deposit into more than 1 account, it should work for most any brokerage.

  5. WellHeeledBlog April 5, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    All three are good locations. If it were me, I’d probably pick Miami.

  6. Nate April 5, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    We had the same discussion in my family about the 10% (some of the same Catholic guilt 🙂 ). We do 10% post-taxes since that’s is what we are actually earning. However, we wondered since we take money out for retirement accounts, do we need to donate 10% of that as well? I figure we’ll be continuing to donate 10% even when we’re retired and have no work income, so wouldn’t that be some double-thithing? We ended up just doing the full post-tax amount. A little extra never hurt!

    Happy Easter!

  7. laura dishes April 5, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I would go with LA, or even San Diego. I feel the same way about LA- I’d probably walk in circles just to have a celebrity run-in!

    Life posts are good… really, when you’re working FT and studying, and posts are good!

  8. Investing Newbie April 6, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I want you to do super amazing on the test so post as often as you feel comfortable with. Knock those exams out of the park! And then go watch SATC 2. It looks like its gonna be great.

  9. Bonnie April 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Carrie–I totally recommend Los Angeles. BF and I have gone there for vacation two years in a row and LOVE it. Email me and I can give you ideas on where to stay, etc.!

    I hope you and Lloyd had an awesome Easter weekend!

  10. Ronnie April 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I’m a total lurker too but I agree with Lory on the tithing issue. I believe that what you’re blessed to earn and what the government decides to take are two separate issues. If you earn $100k and the government takes 33%, you still earned $100k. If the government takes 36%, that doesn’t affect what you earned. Of course, I was raised Pentecostal, so I’m fairly strict in my interpretations.

  11. Sunflowers April 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I’ll admit it too – I love Perez Hilton! But mostly for the music! 😉

    I live in LA, so I’m biased… against it. hahaha. No no, it’s not bad. We do have some beautiful beaches, great shopping, some nice museums…

    If you do decide on LA, let me know if I can help. 🙂

  12. Bruce April 9, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Love LA. Used to live there. Wifey and I are going for a vacation in CA this summer, but this time probably heading north to Bay Area and then up the coast to see the redwoods.

    But if you go to LA, I can recommend some great sushi in Redondo Beach!

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