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Leonid Meteor Shower and a Link Round Up To Boot

November 13, 2010 · 32 comments

in Link Round Up

Ok, I am sitting back at Starbucks, typing away.  However, I am learning that Saturdays at Starbucks are really boring!  Nobody stays to talk, everyone just gets their coffee to go!  I will update you later in the post if I find out anything really exciting.

For all you meteor shower fans out there, we are coming up on the peak time to watch the Leonids.   Where I live, the peak time to watch for 2010 is the pre-dawn hours of November 18th.  However, you can still see shooting stars on the nights before and after.  We went out last night around 10:00 pm and my husband and son saw some.  Yet again, I did not.  Is it possible my Lasik is failing me, or am I just looking in the wrong spots all the time?

To see the Leonids, you need to look toward the constellation Leo, which is in the east.  However, once the night progresses, you need to look more ‘up’  instead of easterly.  Be patient as your eyes need to adjust to the darkness.  Plus, the shower this year is only expected to produce 15-20 meteors/hour, so don’t give up after 2 minutes!

OK, now that everyone knows what they will be doing before sunrise the next 4 days, I will now share some of the posts I really enjoyed this past week.

101 Centavos shares an amusing post about Bruschetta. This will make you hungry and want to drink wine no matter what time of day you read it.

Andrew Hallam discusses embracing failure instead of running away from it. Learn from it and fight back, don’t let it beat you.

Biz of Life shares a funny Youtube video about politics and Lame Ducks. This post also includes a somewhat creepy picture from Star Trek.

Bucksome Boomer shares what she plans to serve for Thanksgiving dinner. Now I can only think about turkey covered in gravy!

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff is at a crossroads regarding which health care package she should take from her employer.  Click on her post and chime in on what you think she should do!

Faithful With A Few shares how he feels about money today. Who knew that ‘Meh’ was a word?

Financial Samurai discusses the fantastic Yakezie Scholarship Fund, and raises the interesting question of who it is ok to accept money from. (Not ‘personal’ money, but money from organizations that would sponsor the scholarship fund.) Sam has spent a lot of hours creating and evolving the Yakezie, so please give this post a read.

First Gen American shares a story of our Babci, who will go to unimaginable lengths to make homemade sauerkraut. I am very German, but I just cannot stand sauerkraut. However, would I possible like Babci-kraut? I loved the currant jelly I received, so perhaps I could be a convert? Another tidbit I have to share is I used to have that exact same yellow linoleum in my first house that is shown in the picture!

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured share the story of their grandma (don’t know if it is Nicole’s or Maggie’s).  This grandma sounds like she is the best!  She is a scotch-drinking-facebook-subscribin’-mouse-killin’ gramma!  She is my inspiration!

Invest it Wisely provides the most comprehensive post on gold I have ever read.  I cannot do it justice by just writing a little description about it, so go give it a read!

Len Penzo shares some areas of his life that are taking money from him each year, and is very honest about whether or not he will do anything about each of them.  I appreciate when people choose to enjoy some of the little things in life instead of saving a buck, because it makes me feel better when I do it. 🙂

Little House In the Valley shares how she budgets using percents in addition to dollar amounts. I had never really thought about doing this, but I may. Will I be scared to learn what percent of our income goes toward Panera? I wonder what percent of my total body weight comes from Panera too…

Money Reasons gets taken out of context by another blogger and writes his own response. Here you will learn that MR was investing at a very young age and basically dispels the myths portrayed by the other blogger. Hey MR, it is good to know people are reading your stuff though!

Personal Finance By the Book writes about excuses, and makes you evaluate if you truly do have a good excuse to not do ‘better’. Is it time? Is it money? What are your priorities?

Squirreler’s is hosting a Thanksgiving giveaway, and also donating 200 dollars to Cure Search as part of the contest.  Go sign up and try to win a great prize.

The Saved Quarter is writing about store bought vs. home made foods. I will pick home made pumpkin pie any day, even though it takes a little time to make. There is also a comparison on mashed potatoes too! See what others preferred.

Ultimate Money Blog is contemplating moving to a home with 4 acres. What do you think of this idea?  Give the post a read and share your thoughts. The comments section also gives some further perspective on this post.

Watson Inc. shares some of his financial regrets. Much of this post could have been written by me as I found many similarities to my own life when reading what he wrote.

Wealth Artisan writes about the new Kardashian Debit Card. I almost exploded when I read this post. The fees are ridiculous, and for what? To have some people on the front of a card that were born into money? What is wrong with our country that we would even create something like this? Oh no, I fear I may explode yet again just thinking about it.

Wealth Informatics shares a ton (ok, 77) of do it yourself Christmas projects/presents. I got some great ideas of things I could work on with my daughter!

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Roshawn @ Watson Inc November 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

Thanks for the link Kris. I was reflecting on your comment a bit more and came to the following conclusion. You and Don are always commenting on how similar you are. Don and I always talk about how we’re going to the same place, so it stands to reason that you and I share part of the same journey too 🙂


Kris November 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Maybe we will all share a journey to riches too! Thanks for the comment.


Nicole November 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thanks for the link! Hm… DS and I have both been getting up before sunrise these days. (One is related to the other, naturally… and I don’t wake him up.)

I like bruschetta… many links to check out this week.


Joe Plemon November 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thanks for the heads up (pun intended) about the Leonids. Now I need to research when the best time is to watch from Midwest US. Thanks too for including my post in your roundup.


Kris November 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Joe – good pun! I live in Michigan, so maybe my suggestions apply where you live too.


Nicole November 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

p.s. We at grumpy rumblings use the word, “meh” a lot. Of course, we also use the word philargyrist, because we are philargyrists.


Kris November 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I think I will understand ‘meh’ more than I will philargyrony…


Khaleef @ KNS Financial November 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I’m glad I’m not alone in using ‘Meh’ in public! Although, now I have to go look up the word philargyrist.

Kris, thanks for including my link!


Kris November 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

I am officially adding ‘meh’ to my vernacular. I think my kids already use it. I am sure it is from the Simpsons. How did I miss it though? I love the Simpsons.


Squirrelers November 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

Thanks for mentioning the roundup! Have a great weekend.


First Gen American November 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

The difference in your linoleum is that you were in your first house a long long time ago. The linoleum is surprisingly durable. It’s not like that paper thin stuff they make these days. There are about 100 things in more desperate need of repair than that floor. For now, it adds to the charm of visiting babci’s house. I don’t think you can be a kraut convert.


Kris November 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I think I had it in two house actually. My current house had it 9 years ago when we moved in and we ripped it out and put in hard wood floors. It was in really good shape, and was original to the house. (lasted 20 years…)


101 Centavos November 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the link, Kris. Best wishes for a great weekend…


Money Reasons November 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for the mention, and also thanks for the reminder about the Leonid Meteor Shower!!! I’ve been so busy that I forgot all about it…


Kris November 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm

We have been getting so much fog in the morning that we need to watch at night. Good luck.


Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer November 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

We’re still adjusting to the time change and can’t stay up to past 9 pm yet! I think I missed something. Why are you at Starbucks?

P.S. Thanks for including my link.


Kris November 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

Kay Lynn, I wrote a post about 10 days ago that discussed all the personal information that people will reveal while having coffee at Starbucks. (I go there when my daughter is at basketball practice and write until she is done.) The post I wrote focused on a financial discussion 2 people were having right in the open, with a lot of details. Then, as I was getting ready to leave, someone said to their friend ‘can you keep a secret…’. Unfortunately, I had to leave before the secret was revealed… 🙂


Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer November 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I remember that post but didn’t put two and two together (that’s what I get for responding before my coffee!).


Kevin@InvestItWisely November 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for the mention, Kris! I heard about the Kim Kardashian card from Wealth Artisan as well, and it does seem kind of silly! Haven’t seen anything like that around here so far!


Crystal @ BFS November 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Kris!


The Biz of Life November 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

Thanks for the mention.


Jared05 November 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

The Leonid meteor shower 2010 has been intensifying for a week now and reaches its maximum Wednesday, Nov. seventeen. If you can get up very early for the maximum of the Leonids, you’ll see up to 12 meteors per hour for regarding two hrs before daybreak. The shooting stars are specks of dust from the tail of Comet Tempel-Tuttle hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at 158,000 mph.


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