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Finals Finally Over

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

The tests have been taken, the projects are all turned in, and the only thing left for this spring semester is to wait for the grades to be posted!  Thanks to everyone for their “good luck” wishes, it apparently worked with the organic chemistry final test: the professor posted the grades last night and by some strange miracle I got an 81 on it!  This professor combines the lecture and lab grades, so I still have to wait to get my final grade, but my prospects of passing  have improved greatly.  As for my other class this semester, forensic chemistry, I am hoping for an A :) but will be pleased with a B.

Now that the semester is over, it means I can actually read books for fun and personal enrichment, instead of frantically trying to absorb information to regurgitate for a test!  I’ll finally get a chance to read the book I won from Millionaire Money Habits called The Rules of Money, which he highly recommends. 

I may also read the promo copy of Does Your Bag Have Holes, which the author sent to me to review, although after listening to the audio CD  included with the book I am not so sure I am this book’s target audience.  This book is aimed at Christians (which I am not) and actually makes Dave Ramsey’s books sounds secular.  I think I’ll fire up the audio again this afternoon and provide a short review soon.

Also I will now have time to tackle that project I mentioned yesterday: compiling a “stagflation survival guide for money.”  I intend to do some personal interviews of those who are a decade older than I am and who lived through the 70s period of stagflation as an adult with or without money!  Any of y’all readers who lived through that time and wish to share experiences and tips, please email me (imdebtfree at debtfree-revolution dot com) and I will include it.

I’ve been wanting to write an ebook over the summer, and honestly was having problems deciding on a topic for it since I write about several different things here on the blog.  I figured I would throw it open to suggestions: what should I write about?

  • Getting out of debt?
  • Aggressive budgeting how-to?
  • Pizza delivery?
  • Attending college as a 35 year old mom?  Without student loans?
  • My ode to coffee and how this blog wouldn’t exist without it?
  • or should I make the stagflation survivial guide that ebook?

Chime in!  I know y’all have opinions ;) and I do enjoy reading them.

PF Book: Does Your Bag Have Holes?

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I just received a promotional copy of Cameron C. Taylor’s Does Your Bag Have Holes? in the mail today to review here on DebtFree-Revolution. 

I intended to put reading it off until after finals (coming way too soon) but already discovered something I really, really like about this book: it has an abridged audio version on the inside back cover!  That means I will be able to listen to the main gist of the book as I drive around delivering pizza on the weekend.

So I will be doing TWO reviews of this book: one for the audio version and then (after finals week is over) one for the print version.  Then when I am done reading and reviewing the print version, I will probably give it away as a promotion here on the blog :)  Did I mention the author was kind enough to autograph it for me?

The back cover of the book says it is specifically about personal finance from the Christian perspective, with recommendations from Robert G. Allen, Finn Laursen, and (finally a name I recognized! LOL) Lou Holtz, the football coach for Notre Dame.  On the front page are also recommendations from Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and William Danko, PhD (co-author of The Millionaire Next Door) and I definitely recognize both of those names!

Skimming the table of contents I see four principles and six choices, so am looking forward to being able to undig myself from underneath organic chemistry to actually read it.

Hopefully, I will have the audio review up by this weekend :)  And a big thank you to Cameron for mailing me a complimentary autographed copy to do this!