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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Birthday post

Well, today's my birthday, and I am now:

... years old

Friday, January 12, 2007

An overdue update

Okay, so it's been a while since we posted anything. I guess it just seems like, since The Wedding, we don't have anything really big happening in our lives. But I know that's not true. It's a new year, and I resolve to post more often in 2007.

Mere weeks ago, we purchased a new furniture set for our living room (thanks to Allie's dad: Mike). Pictures don't quite do it justice, but it is beautiful:

The sofa and love seat are a deep sea green, while the chair and ottoman match the pillows. Isn't it great?

It hasn't been delivered yet, but I'm already very excited. The sofa's a sleeper, so overnight guests won't have to sleep on the floor anymore!

We may not have quite enough space for all of it in our living room, but we're on track to move into a real house this Spring, which brings me to the next exciting update...

Yes, we're home-shopping! Well, we have scheduled an appointment with a mortgage loan officer next week and are hoping to find a beautiful home we can live in for several years. Yes, homes cost a lot of money, but we're pretty sure we can afford it, which brings me to another (not quite as exciting, but still important) update...

Do you live in Illinois and use AT&T's local phone service? Expensive, ain't they? Well, I read a blog called The Consumerist (which focuses on consumer-rights-advocacy mostly), and this post caught my eye one day. The gist of it is this: the Illinois Citizens Utility Board (aka CUB; a non-profit utility watchdog organization) has negotiated low-rate plans with AT&T for their Illinois customers.

The sign-up process can be a bit difficult, especially if you were an AT&T customer before the AT&T-SBC merger, in which case you have to "switch companies" from "The Old AT&T" (pre-merger AT&T) to "The New AT&T" (SBC/AT&T). Also, some AT&T call centers don't know about the new plans yet. Your best bet, if you want to take part in the savings, is to read over this brochure [pdf], call the number listed for the CUB, and they'll walk you through the process. They'll even tell you which of the new plans will save you the most money. To make it easy for them, have a copy of a recent AT&T bill handy when you call.

It's definitely worth it, in my opinion. Cut our bill in half. These new rates are only available to residents in Illinois, and they don't cover long distance at all. But seriously, AT&T long distance is a rip-off. I highly recommend Opex instead.

Well, enough with the seriousness. I'm sorry I don't have any new cat pictures to post, so instead here's a quick joke (not my own work; I'm afraid I don't know who created it):