Weekly Round-Up: Just Call Me Subject A

I have spent more time in hospitals in the last few months than in my previous twenty-nine years on this planet.  It’s been a series of frequent visits to hospitals across two states trying to determine exactly what is going on with my mind.  Fun, fun, fun, stuff, and there’s plenty more to come, I’m sad to say.

This week, I’m spending the whole week in a hospital ICU (that’s intensive care unit, for those of you lucky enough to not have had to experience one yourself), my head hooked up to numerous electrodes, and my every move monitored by one or more nurses to ensure that all of my thoughts are properly monitored.  It’s an interesting experience, to say the least, and not exactly my normal week on the job.

On the plus side, one of the advantages of not being able to leave a relatively small hospital room is that I can spend all day, every day on the computer, getting my blog updated and dealing with all the other things on my To-Do List, most of which involve the computer, as you might guess for just about everything in our modern, highly wired world.  It’d be nice to end this week with forty more pages in my thesis, a few dozen more job applications completed, a week or so ahead in my blog writing, and the dozen or so other items I’ve been trying to finish for the past few months completed.  That’d almost make the fact that I will likely have a seizure induced at some point during week worth all the trouble.

Alright, with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the real fun of these posts, sharing some of the great articles written by other people around the World Wide Web:

Great Yakezie Posts

Don’t Borrow Money to Invest – There’s many reasons for borrowing money that are at least somewhat good (although you’ll find plenty of people who disagree), from going to college to getting a house.  Investing in stocks is not one of those good reasons, as Retire by 40 shares in greater detail.

Should Environmental Groups Take Money From Dirty Polluters – You can probably guess the opinion expressed on Prairie Eco-Thrifter just from this title, but it’s still an interesting discussion to read.  It’s also only going to get more intense, as more companies try to find ways to make their actions look more environmentally friendly and more environmental groups seek increased income for their operations.

What is Long Term Care Insurance? Do You Need It? – There’s plenty of types of insurance you need to protect yourself and your family.  As Derek of Life and My Finances notes, though, you can’t forget long term care insurance, particularly with how likely it is that you will live a very long life, possibly one that could cost you plenty over the term of your lifetime.

How Much Do You Think is Reasonable to Pay for an Engagement Ring? – Personally, I don’t think you need to pay too much to make your future wife very happy; I spent only $200 on Sondra’s engagement ring (she picked it out, in case your were worried), and she loved it right up until she lost it in her clay (long story short, if you are an artist, it’s usually good to take off your ring before you work with materials like clay).  It sounds like Melissa of Mom’s Plans is the same way; you don’t need to spend a lot to make most women happy.

Mind Hack Strategies for More Productivity & Better Results – One of my biggest goals for the year is to make myself more productive in everything that I do.  Luckily, if I’m willing to put some effort into it, there are plenty of methods for how I can do so, such as these mind hacks from Sunil of the Extra Money Blog.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My post It’s Tax Time, Yet Again! was included in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #27 hosted by Step Away From the Mall.

The Tax Carnival #103: June Tax Swoon on Don’t Mess with Taxes included my post on How Can We Simplify the Tax System?  It was a popular time for tax related posts this month, I suppose.

Alright, that’s enough for this week.  Have a great week, and I hope I’m the only one who has to spend it in a hospital.  Have a good week, everyone!

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