Miscellany & Randomness

Photo of Random ButtonsSome things can’t be easily categorized.

Or maybe they can be, but I don’t write about them often enough to warrant the creation of a dedicated category.

Either way, if something doesn’t fit anywhere else, this is where you’ll find it.

Miscellaneous notes, random announcements, one-off topics, and more. If you’re looking for a specific financial topic, you might want to check the category list in the right sidebar. If not, you’re in the right place.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your House

by Michael on Oct 2, 2013 · 8 comments

With the recent change in the weather, we’ve been invaded by ants. They’re coming in through a gap under the molding in an exterior wall and wandering all over. They’ve found their way to the kitchen, where they’ve crossed under our dishwasher and up over the stove. They’ve headed down […]

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Free Museum Admission

by Michael on Sep 27, 2013 · 2 comments

If you’re looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, consider taking advantage of “Museum Day Live!” on Saturday. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well… Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring free entry to select museums for one day only. They do this every year, and this year’s rendition […]

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Collecting Copper Pennies

by Michael on May 10, 2013 · 2 comments

As a quick followup to my earlier post on searching for silver coins, I wanted to briefly address the situation with pennies. As you’re likely aware, pennies used to be primarily composed of copper, though nowadays they’re largely made of zinc. With the high value of copper, recent years have […]

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Yesterday afternoon, my son and I rolled a ton of coins. And while we did so, we checked to see if any were made of silver. Silver? Yes, silver. In case you weren’t aware, the US Mint used to use a good bit of silver when making plain old coins. […]

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Do you use Evernote? I do. In fact, over the past few years, Evernote has evolved into my “goto” place for storing and retrieving all kinds of information. It’s not perfect — no solution ever is — but Evernote is a very powerful tool tool for information management. For those […]

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Happy New Year!

by Michael on Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like us, you’ll spend much of the holiday watching college football and eating delicious food. This is the culmination of an excellent “staycation” that has involved late nights, lazy mornings, and lots of fun with the kids. I’m not looking forward to getting back […]

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Merry Christmas!

by Michael on Dec 24, 2012

This is just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. I’m not sure about you, but we’re laying low and staying close to home. Today, I’ll be taking our boys out for our Christmas Eve tradition… Donuts and then a trip to the local coffee shop for hot […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Michael on Nov 22, 2012

This is just a quick note to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m not sure about you, but our day will be filled with fun and relaxation. Unlike many Americans, we’re laying low and staying close to home. We’ll be sleeping late, enjoying a leisurely breakfast, going on a hike, […]

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