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2008 [Dec. 26th, 2008|04:04 pm]
pamela
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
worked in an office, wore a pencil skirt, made red velvet cupcakes, ate ethiopian food, moved to new york, trudged through the snow in a city, baked a pie, had a boyfriend, bought tights and rain boots, waited in line to get INTO a grocery store, posed naked for a painting, hailed a cab, had a tea party on a roof, went to St. Croix, spent the holidays away from my family, bought a bed, installed an air conditioner, had a skylight, spoke and presented a powerpoint in front of my entire company, voted the first black president into office

2. Did you keep your new year's resolution, and will you make more for next year?
No.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada. Oh Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The ability to honor my deadlines as much as I honor other people's deadlines, to make that a priority and give it equal, if not more significance. And ice skates.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 14, 2008

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Navigating through the corporate financial world successfully and still maintaining the core of my personality and character.

9. What was your biggest failure?
ending my relationship with Elisabeth and Money Camp in a very messy way. Still not being over it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My bed--pillow top, memory foam, 300 thread count sheets. Three pencils skirts from Express that have pulled together every outfit I came up with in my 7 am stupor. My ipod, on which I listen to Dan Savage for eight hours while doing more of the mind numbing tasks of my job.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Barack Obama's campaign team. Truly ran a clean, classy, and high-road minded campaign that refused public funding, relied on grass roots organizing and small individual donations, and inspired a new body of people to go out and vote. America at its finest. And honorary mention to the endearing John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats for being so genuinely delighted by his rockstardom.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Wall Street. Bernie Madoff. The crookedness and lack of remorse from all of it. The government bailout. Being inundated with all of it at a time like this is fascinating, but I am so disillusioned. It makes the uphill battle feel slightly more daunting and impossible, but also more urgent and necessary.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food and travel. Moving. Winter clothes. New furniture.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Birthdays. Cupcakes. Surprises. The weekend. The new episode of the Office. Jurassic Park. Snow. Montreal. Turkeys. Furry hats. Voting. Vibrators. Fall coats. Leopard print umbrellas. Gluten-free snacks.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Chicago, Sufjan Stevens. Up to the Wolves, the Mountain Goats. King of Carrot Flowers, Neutral Milk Hotel. Home to Me, Madeline. Us, Regina Spektor.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a.happier or sadder?
b.thinner or fatter?
c.richer or poorer?
d. beginning to see things as less black and white than before? yes.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Went to more parks, listened to more new music, done more writing, read more books

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
less wishing I was working harder than I was, less feeling like I needed to have and do everything even though I just moved to a new city, less complaining about the things I felt like I should have been doing

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
I'll be around.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
Still none.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Degrassi.

24. Did you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Oh lots of people, I'm sure.

25. What was the best book you read?
Freakonomics. Women and Money.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Having an ipod and putting a soundtrack to my life.

27. What did you want and get?
A furry hat with ear flaps.

28. What was your favorite film of the year?
The Karate Kid. Oh Ralph Macchio. Bestill my heart.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turquoise peacock feather dress. Had dinner reservations at 5:30 pm with Brian at an Ethiopian restaurant, left after an hour, slightly confused, walked towards Broadway making off-handed guesses about where we were going next, walking into the theater where Rent was playing, walking up the stairs to our seats, seeing Rent the last weekend before it closed (surprise!), getting home to people decorating the living room with streamers and balloons and having everyone turn around and yell, "Heeeey... surprise!" Party captain sash. Flourless chocolate cake. Dance party a-go-go. Having Maggie distract me with Max Brenner the next day and coming home to a surprise tea party on the roof. Gluten free carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. 23. Epic.


30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I have no complaints.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
As one co-worker described it, "you always come to the office dressed like could meet someone for drinks and dinner right afterwards and wouldn't look out of place in either setting." Triumph.

32. What kept you sane?
Buses, planes, and trains.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
uuuuuuuuuuum.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
US Economics during a recession. Watching before my eyes once-mighty corporations and financial institutions crawling to the government for a bailout. Waiting to see how this new level of government involvement and intervention into a private sector that so desperately attempted to keep government out will change the relationship between business and government

35. Who did you miss?
My family.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Brian.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
We know so much more than we did last year and we have so much more to know than we do now.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"It's 16 miles... to the promised land, and I promise you, I'm doing the best I can..."
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new blog post on wealthygrad.com [Jan. 30th, 2008|07:33 pm]
pamela
Hey everyone,

It's been a while, but I finally put another blog post on wealthygrad.com. Check it out. It's a good one. I mean, they're all good ones, so I guess this is just me being consistent. Or something.

Anyway, read my blog.

Pam.
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The Anti-Budget Budget on wealthygrad.com [Jan. 7th, 2008|08:54 pm]
pamela
Hey everyone. Hope you all had a fabulous New Years. I just posted another blog entry. This one's about how to start budgeting without feeling like you're on a budget. It's a system I use myself.

Also, you can now subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page so you'll always know when there's a new entry.

www.wealthygrad.com
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here's to maggie and tradition and not getting my work done, ever. [Dec. 31st, 2007|10:47 am]
pamela
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
saw a Broadway show, had a knish, lived all by myself, yoga, smoked pot, vb haircut, full time job, learned (learning) stick shift, started a blog, saw rocky horror, made the switch from pc to mac, went to bars in canada, did a craigslist rideshare, saw a movie by myself, received a bachelor's degree, produced an original play, finally got props for Monstrous Little from the dean of CCS, filmed by French TV, saw the original theatrical release of the Star Wars trilogy, rode in the trunk of a car for six hours, crowned a princess at Disneyland, became the party captain, ate fire

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolution, and will you make more for next year?
If there's anything I need to make resolutions about, I purposely choose to not make them on January 1st. I never understood why January 1st was a marker for choosing to change your habits, as if that was the only day you could flip an on/off switch in your brain. Life operates more like a dimmer switch anyway.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No. Good.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Almost. He was almost close to me and he almost died.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada!!

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
financial freedom. traveling to foreign countries. a driver's license. canada. time. cupcakes. adventure.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October. :)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
becoming financially independent of my parents. yay.

9. What was your biggest failure?
i don't really fail. or maybe it's that i don't think of anything i do as failing. same difference.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nope. beacon of health. go immune system.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
my macbook. times a thousand.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Kimya Dawson. Hero status.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
oh lots of people.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent for my hella cute apartment. Worth every penny.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Coconut chai, freebirds nachos, midnights at carrow's, camp glory, ice cream runs, mole chips!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
On the Radio, Regina Spektor. This Year, the Mountain Goats. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing, the Magnetic Fields. The Beer, Kimya Dawson. Doin the Butt, EU.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a.happier or sadder? um.
b.thinner or fatter? thinner.
c.richer or poorer? richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Drugs. I mean dancing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Snitching. Oh wait, that's what I wish Naomi had done less of.

20. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
tearin it up old school

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I fell into something.

22. How many one-night stands?
Is too many a number?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
the office. oh, and the best years.

24. Did you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Oh lots of people I'm sure.

25. What was the best book you read?
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
This is probably the first year I really started hearing music and not just listening to it because living alone was the first time in my life when I could freely choose how I wanted to fill the silence and it was really awkward and confusing at first because I didn't know there was a difference. So this might sound a little ridiculous, but my greatest musical discovery was the act of discovering it.

27. What did you want and get?
:)

28. What was your favorite film of the year?
Juno, hands down.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to Disneyland with Sveta (it was her first time!), wore a paper crown all day, got in the front seat of every ride by telling them it was my birthday, danced and twirled my way around tomorrowland, watched two fireworks shows, got motion sickness on the star wars ride, wielded a light saber keychain, caught the afternoon parade, ate a Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream bar, and met Princess Jasmine. I turned 22.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
nothing in particular, just more of the good stuff, less of the bad stuff.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
G-Star Raw.

32. What kept you sane?
Phone cards to call Canada.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
T.I. Hot.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Issues surrounding immigration, Central and Latin America. So much injustice, it's heartbreaking. Learning and understanding globalization in general and discovering how I feel about it. Thank you, Ralph.

35. Who did you miss?
Everyone.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
:)

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
learning to simultaneously live in the moment and live for the future, the difference between magic tricks and magical, to accept things as they are before you can change them, that simple and easy are not the same thing, and that not everyone was born to save the world.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"It's me, snitches."
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new blog post on wealthygrad.com [Dec. 26th, 2007|01:03 am]
pamela
As I was writing the anti-budget budgeting piece, I realized I had to write about something else first.

The latest post is about dissecting the meaning of financial freedom, which, very briefly, is the concept that when you are financially free, it means you only work if you want to, not because you have to.

The anti-budget budgeting piece is almost done and will be posted very shortly after this one.

www.wealthygrad.com
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new blog entry up at wealthygrad.com [Dec. 17th, 2007|12:31 am]
pamela
This one's about buffalo and finding your purpose.

My plan is to do one to two entries a week, alternating between basic money principles and basic how-to's and action steps.

If you have any specific topics you would like to see covered, please email me at pamelacapalad at gmail dot com.

www.wealthygrad.com
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holy crap i have a blog and it's about money [Dec. 10th, 2007|06:29 pm]
pamela
www.wealthygrad.com

seriously.

i have heard too many desperate stories and gotten too many bewildered questions from friends and acquaintances in their 20's about money and debt that i started a blog to:

1) answer some of those questions,
2) offer tips and resources on how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and start saving and more importantly, INVESTING your money,
3) expose more people to the idea of creating passive income streams and finding ways to make your money work for you. this last one i need to find out for myself as well, but i do know it is possible and i figure documenting my journey might benefit others as well, and
4) i want to show people there are other OPTIONS besides working for your money. Options mean choices and choices means freedom. Financial freedom is the most elusive kind we have in this country and I feel it affects our ability to experience many of our other freedoms.

there will be no get-rich quick schemes here and i'm not here to tell you it's going to be easy or fast because it's not. what it comes down to is what it always comes down to--self-discipline, self-sacrifce, and self-forgiveness--because the reward in the end is absolutely 100 percent worth it.

i heard a great quote once: people don't change until the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same. maybe right now, paying the minimum on your credit card doesn't feel like much, perhaps amounting to slightly nagging voice in the back of your head. it's not the monumental explosions but the continuous stream of small annoyances that really destroy people, the gradual wearing down until you don't even realize you've hit bottom.

so yeah, read my blog. this was a really intense post, mostly because i feel like people don't take the effects of money on their lives as seriously as they should and i've heard too many stories from people way past their 20's who wish they did.

take care of this shit now so you're not sitting in it later.

www.wealthygrad.com
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our final play! [May. 29th, 2007|05:48 pm]
pamela
Okay, so the story goes that the three queens of Monstrous Little Productions are graduating and were thinking, "hey, what could be a really cool way to end our senior year?" An original play.

So, Chelsea Sutton wrote this play called "99 Impossible Things". And she directed it too. It's full of imaginary friends, magic-less magicians, guardian angels and sea monkeys.

Yes, we said SEA MONKEYS.

So come out and see it!!

99 Impossible Things will be showing on:
Thursday, May 31 @ 8pm at the Old Little Theater
Friday, June 1 @ 8pm at the Old Little Theater
Saturday, June 2 @ 2pm at the Multicultural Center Theater
Sunday, June 3 @ 2pm at the Old Little Theater
Sunday, June 3 @ 8pm at the Old Little Theater

ALL OUR SHOWS ARE FREE!!!!!
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this is for maggie (here's to tradition) [Jan. 2nd, 2007|01:37 pm]
pamela
1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
I had caviar for the first time. It was pretty salty. I probably won't bother having it again. I also saw slash was in snow for the first time ever--real, bonafide, falling from the sky, fluffy, flaky snow. I was also high for the first (and only) time ever when I had pot brownies. I also went river rafting for the first time and learned how to sail. And I went to Mexico for the first time. And to a bar.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolution, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made one and if I did I obviously didn't keep it. I don't really do resolutions. I don't need an excuse like new years to reinvent something about myself. Okay, getting off my high horse . . . now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Whew.

5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico and almost the Philippines.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A driver's license. And more cheese on a stick.

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August was a pretty good month for a very silly reason. And October 10th for another very silly and related reason.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Summer with broken leg girl. Why? Because I didn't kill her.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Summer with broken leg girl. Why? Because I didn't kill her.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I found out I had asthma(because I'd had an awful cough for about four months and finally decided to do something about it), I had an extensive and disgusting case of hives that sent me to the emergency room and that my allergist described as "industrial strength," and I might be allergic to wheat. And iron deficient. Yay. Other than that though, I've been a beacon of health.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A quesarito. Hell yeah. I want one right now, in fact.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Stephen Colbert's roast on the president made me proud to be an American. And Linda Ekstrom's unapologetic love for South Park made my year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Conquest evicting 55 families from their homes to make room for silly UCSB students who will blindly pay twice as much for "renovated" (read: new paint on the walls) apartments. Also, one of the girls in my Money Camp, who we 1. picked up and dropped off every day and 2. was sent on full scholarship ended up stealing prizes from the camp. And Mel Gibson for continuing to exist.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food. Food. And food. Eating out and buying groceries (usually when I did them simultaneously) ruined any semblance of a budget I had. I really have very little to show for all the money I spent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The weekend. Any sort of reprieve from school or work was a blessing. Also, Buffy.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Sexyback, Hips Don't Lie, Promiscuous Girl, Fly Till I Die, anything by TI (but especially Whatchu Know about that) and anything by Sean Paul (mostly because I can't tell his songs apart). Also, I listened to A LOT of Decemberists this year (thanks, Naomi), which is always a good thing.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a.happier or sadder? I want to say happier? I don't think I'm sadder anyway, so it's happier by default.
b.thinner or fatter? Well, my clothes still fit the same so neither.
c.richer or poorer? Richer, but the difference is negligible.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Drugs. I mean dancing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Television.

20. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
It's already been spent. Epic roaming in San Francisco and ringing in the New Year to Sex Machine. Amen.

20. Did you fall in love in 2006?
no, but here's to 2007.

21. How many one-night stands?
Well, let's see, there was that one time in ... oh and that other time ... oh yeah ... so, all together I've had ... carry the two ... subtract one because it's not a leap year ... and ... none.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Degrassi and Buffy and NOT Hip-hop Harry.

23. Did you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Oh lots of people I'm sure.

24. What was the best book you read?
I've just started catching up on my reading recently, but Waiting for Godot was pretty awesome, David Sedaris made it to genius status, The Best Non-Required Reading lived up to its name, and Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch pretty much changed the way I look at race, gender, and sexuality and I'm just beginning to discover Zadie Smith's brilliance.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hip-hop. Especially early 90's hip-hop ala Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. I've grown to appreciate hip-hop in general throughout 2006 (thanks Ted and Manoli), something I never thought would happen, especially because I was part of the i-like-all-music-except-country-and-rap camp for a while. Oh yeah, and Alcazar.

26. What did you want and get?
I can't really recall really wanting anything in 2006. I bought a lot of cookiewiches this year and every time I did I do remember having really wanted one.

27. What was your favorite film of the year?
Didn't see too many 2006 movies. I was very impressed with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21 and boy did I turn 21. My friends threw a surprise party for me on my birthday with brownie sundaes and then the next day, they threw an epic show for me which turned into an impromptu benefit concert and raised $700 for the families who got evicted. Best birthday ever.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Well, I don't want to say a boy because I'd feel like a shmuck, but it's the only thing I can really think of. Is that awful?

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Slutty. It was mine last year too.

31. What kept you sane?
Myspace. Ha. Hahaha. And Naomi. I don't know why, she just popped into my head when I read that question.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Justin Timberlake. Duh.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Learning about institutionalized racism/sexism/homophobia in my black studies class made me acutely aware of it to the point that I can't watch half the things on TV (and 3/4 of the things on MTV) without cringing or changing the channel or ranting.

34. Who did you miss?
Maggie.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Well I would say broken leg girl, but if I did, I'd be lying.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
The simple answer is never the complete one and is usually the wrong one.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I gotta stay fly till I die. --Academy Award winners, Three Six Mafia.
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You are a Prober! [Nov. 29th, 2006|09:41 pm]
pamela
(Dominant Introverted Concrete Feeler)

Some people probably think you're a maniac.
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