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Just waiting and waiting.  For my REG exam score.  Need to find out if I passed!  Word on the street was that scores may be released tomorrow, only to find out today that they are now not expected to release until the ‘last week of March’………..


I need to know if I passed!  If so, I’m done!  DONE!

If not, I lost credit for BEC.  And, I will lose credit for AUD at the end of June, which really means the end of May since June is a non-testing month.

That means, if I did not pass REG, I will have to retake it AND retake BEC and pass them BOTH before the end of May, or I will lose credit for AUD.  See the fun cycle emerging here?

I really need to have passed.

I really need to FIND OUT if I passed.  Or failed.  Because I’ll obviously have two tests to be studying for by the end of May if that’s the case, which is basically two months from when I am now supposed to find out.


Just waiting and waiting……… with fingers crossed.


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That’s what we’ll be saying when we do this:

Yep!  We are going ziplining!  Just not sure when yet.  But, it is on our Day Zero list, and we’ve actually been wanting to do it for a long time!  So, when we saw this Groupon for it, we decided now was as good a time as any to go ahead and get the tickets so we can stop saying we want to and actually go do it!

The best part is that Scream Time ZipLine is located not too far from Boone, NC.  A friend of ours (one of the retired managers from where we used to both work) has a house up that way and spends a good bit of time up there during the spring and summer months.  He’s known we’ve wanted to come up and go ziplining for a while, and we’ve had kind of an open invitation to come up there and stay with them whenever we want.  Jake actually ran into him the other day at a CPE training and mentioned to him that we finally bought tickets for it, and he again told us we are welcome to come stay!

He is really fun to be around and just one of the nicest people ever, so it would be a great time!  And we’ll never argue with a free place to stay!

We are so excited!  Yay!!

Have you ever been ziplining? If so, was it terrifying? Or exhilarating?

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Jake and I have started our Day Zero Challenge!  You can read more about what it is here, but basically, it is an attempt to accomplish 101 things in 1001 days.

A while ago, each of us started this Day Zero Project on our own, but we didn’t get very far with it.  Several of the things we chose to put on our individual lists were fillers of sorts, things that weren’t really meaningful… just something to put on our list.  So, I think that is a big part of why we haven’t been too driven to actually complete many of the items on our lists.

Now, we have come up with a list for us to work on together – composed of items we have to do together.  This way, it should not only be more fun, but hopefully doing it together will make us more accountable for actually accomplishing these things.  We’ve tried to come up with a more significant list as well – things that actually mean something to us or that we really want to do.

The official start date of this challenge was March 5, 2011, and it is scheduled to finish up on December 1, 2013.  So far, we have completed one item, which was to go to an aquarium.  We posted about that earlier here.  It also counted toward another item we have, which is to go on 10 overnight/weekend trips.

We are also currently in progress on two other items: Having 5 months of living expenses saved and reaching 250 posts on this blog!

You can find our complete list here, and we’ve added a tab at the top of the page called Day Zero Project with the link as well so you can check back in on our progress anytime!

Wish us luck!


Does anyone have their own Day Zero Project?

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Over the weekend we headed to Myrtle Beach to spend a night with our friends Nilly and Afner to celebrate Afner’s 30th birthday.  On our way there, I got carded for a lottery ticket, which I wrote about in this post.

We headed down Saturday morning and got there by lunch time.  After putting our stuff in the room, we headed down the boardwalk to a little oceanfront restaurant called Ocean Front Bar and Grill.  I enjoyed some clam strips, and Jake had tilapia.  It was an alright place with decent food, but nothing tooooo much to speak of.  We did enjoy the fact that the place was nowhere near as crowded as it will be in a few months.

Our next stop was the Ripley’s Aquarium over at Broadway at the Beach!  The highlights were  seeing their sharks in the Dangerous Reef and the stingray exhibit at Touch a Ray Bay.  Nilly and I actually did touch the stingrays, and they were slimy!  It was so neat, though!  Here are some pics from the aquarium:

Nilly and Afner


Jake and Scuba Steve

Lindsay and COLOR aquarium

Lindsay and shark, "RAWR"

Water Tunnel - Can you spot the shark?

After the aquarium, we spent some time walking around Broadway at the Beach and did a little shopping.  Then, we headed back to the hotel, spent some time in the jacuzzi, and got ready for dinner.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called the Sea Captain’s House, and it was FANTASTIC!  Here is what each of us enjoyed:

Me – Crab cakes and the best clam chowder I’ve ever had
Jake – Filet mignon that was an inch and a half thick and that you could cut with a fork, with vegetables
Nilly – Chicken Oscar (chicken with crab meat and sauce) and vegetables
Afner – Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

We all enjoyed our meals!  After dinner, we just hung out together in the hotel room and watched some tv because we were so full! When we were trying to go to sleep that night, some people were being loud (playing drinking games) in the room next to us. It took all of our combined efforts to convince Nilly that she didn’t want to bang on the connecting door (or worse), instead, we convinced her to call the front desk to register a complaint about some hooligans in the next room trying to climb walls and practice MMA while playing ‘never have I ever’. Did you know John has never petted a goat? We are proud of Nilly for that exercise in control!

Sunday morning, we got up and went to breakfast together at Mammy’s before heading back home.

We had a great little overnight trip and really enjoyed the time spent with our buddies.  Thanks so much, Nilly and Afner, for inviting us down!  And happy birthday, Afner!

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Hey! In a previous post, we were having difficulties picking out certain aspects of the home office. Well, ever since we went to IKEA, we have a general idea of what we want to do. We are thinking of turning the home office into CUBELAND by using two expedit desks attached to bookcases. Well… we need some help and input on what you think regarding fun things to put in the home office. Below is a picture of our thoughts of the home office (yes, I drew it in paint because I am a straight up baller).

As you can see, I am not an artist with paint nor did I spend the extra time to make everything perfect. Anyway, this is going to be our general layout of the home office (Notice the CUBELAND like features).

Here is an example of the big cube like thing on the right that will act as a room divider between the living room and the dining room (home office):

Now, here is where we need your help. What are we going to put above, around, in, on top of, and through the desk and bookcases to make them look awesome? For example, we were already thinking fun little lamps, inserts, and colorful books.

Picture: Flickr by Isa Costa

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Recently, Lindsay posted about taking the Regulation portion of the CPA exam. An extremely difficult exam, the CPA exam, weeds out those who dare to test their knowledge of everything they learned and more in college relating to accounting, business, finance, law, taxes, etc. I too am going down the road to CPA’dom. Even though it may be a long and winding road filled with peril and a daunting amount of studying, I see it as a opportunity to increase my knowledge, my credibility, my responsibility, and ultimately my ability to be able to put an acronym after my name.

I have developed a study plan and will give periodic updates (maybe weekly, maybe monthly, maybe yearly depending on how far along I am). My current update is that I am taking the Business, Environment, and Concepts portion of the exam on April 9, 2011. Three and a half hours of pure multiple choice guessing and written communication blundering. Who shall be my guide through the jungle of the CPA certification world but none other than Yaeger CPA Exam review.

I definitely feel the pressure to do well.

Photo: Flickr by konradfoerstner

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We want to create/build a home office. Currently, we are not using the dining room to it’s fullest potential, so… in walks the home office where we can keep track of our internet ‘lives’. We have several tough decisions rapidly approaching regarding the fruition of this home office:

  1. What color are we going to paint the home office/living room area (since the two are somewhat interconnected in an open floor plan) and in what color are we going to get the furniture?
  2. What kind of desks are we going to get that would be functional (me) and ‘pretty’ (Lindsay), in other words, we need some ‘pretty’ functional desks? IKEA anyone?
  3. Will the home office furniture include areas for the two kitties to play, lay, and be happy whilst minimizing the frustration to me when studying?
  4. How much will it cost to furnish and decorate the home office?

Those are the first of the tough decisions, well… besides organizing, decorating, and cleaning the house because gee golly it is in shambles at the moment!

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