Month: March 2015

My first paid freelance job

2015 has been full of surprises and hard work. Never have I thought that I would have to put in so much work this year. I had a faint idea but this year seems like my mind and body has been running at full capacity.

The good thing though is that I got my first paid web development project. The payment wasn’t much because I didn’t have an awful lot to do. Usually when I took on a project like this in the past (pro bono) I would come up with lots of things to do to make the website perfect. It never worked out as imagined but I still got the job done. With limited time everyday because of work and studies and my customers pushing a very tight deadline, I decided to keep it as simple as possible. Simplicity work. I got the job done and I got paid for my efforts. Hopefully more work would be coming in.

Update on other areas of my life. Cooking a lot of food and packing it for the week really works. I definitely see the benefits. Not only does it save me time but also it saves me money. The problem is that I get tired of eating the same thing and that some weeks my schedule is so hectic that I don’t have the time to cook. I will try my best and try different recipes. Just need to stick to a set cooking schedule.

Wedding planning is a motherf’er. We finally set on a date, 5 December, 2 days after my 26th birthday. We finally set on a venue, paid the deposit but it’s very expensive. We blew the budget already though. Our parents love the venue so they won’t listen to the voice of reason. They will be covering most of the wedding costs so I shouldn’t be bothered yet it still does. My fiancĂ© will be handling most of the wedding planning. I will concentrate on my studies. Hope she can cope.

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Cutting the cost of food

Food is one of my biggest expenses after rent. When I pay all my bills at the end of the month, the only money I have left in my bank account is for food and for transportation. And since I am a part-time student now there is no time for cooking. I walked into the grocery store today, like every other weekday planning to grab me something eat that has already been cooked and I realized that this can no longer continue be done. I needed to change.

My main excuse is that I do not have time at night to cook food for the week. Even if I do cook something on a Sunday, I will end up getting sick of eating the same thing every night plus I am at my girlfriend’s house on a Sunday. Today though I just decided to hell with it and grabbed some ground beef. My classes end at 9:30PM. I got home started cooking rice and ground beef and put them in 3 containers for the week (I don’t have class on a Friday). The ground beef only cost me N$20 (US$0.20/kg). I am not going to convert to pounds. It’s late and I want to go to bed. Use Google.

I just added a can of mixed vegetables which I had at home. I hope this will help. I usually spend about N$40 per night (US$4) on food just for dinners. I take a sandwich to work for lunch and have cereal in the morning. In total I spend about N$150/week (US$15) on breakfast and lunch, but only for weekdays.

Friday nights can get a bit expensive because this is when my girlfriend fiance comes over to spend the night with me. We don’t see each other during the week so we have to make the most of the weekends. I usually I start a fire and make a BBQ on a Friday and that could cost me about N$150 just for that night. I would spend around the same amount if we go out somewhere to eat like Nandos or KFC.

Saturdays I rarely eat at home and I go over to her place where her parents usually cook a meal for the family. There I can save some money but usually I feel so bad about eating for free there (and since the in-laws don’t join us on Friday nights) I usually pay for anything extra we need to get from the grocery store. Sundays I also eat at her house or sometimes I would make myself a nice Sunday roast.

I am really trying to cut my food cost on cooking at home and bringing a sandwich from but I can quickly get tired of the food I repeatedly make. I need a variety and I also need food that is easy to make. So I hope in the future I can post some easy to make, cheap recipes here. I’ve joined Pinterest so hopefully that will help too.

*WEDDING UPDATE*

The venue we really liked could cost up to N$200k for 250 guests which is way out of our budget. We are hoping to spend N$100k in total for the wedding. We are starting to look at other venues but it looks like we might have to give up on that venue and our idea of an outside/garden wedding.

Until next time. Do the right thing.

Asking for blessing

The wedding planning can finally start as both sets of parents finally sat down together. This was one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences of my life. My parents and her parents finally in the same room.

In my culture it’s tradition for the man’s parents to come ask the woman’s parents for their blessing. My dad was so unprepared though and he started out joking about it. The living room got very quiet and awkward. He did try and save by throwing the ball to me and make me ask but it’s usually the father’s responsibility. I tried my best but I too couldn’t rescue the situation. My fiance’s father whoops out a notepad full of notes and starts reading from it. Shit just got real. Luckily my future father-in-law was more prepared than we were and quickly controlled proceedings as this was his second (and last) daughter to get married. Thank goodness for that. The rest of the day I could just sit back and nod in agreement.

After everything was said and done we started a barbeque and the parents got to know each other a little better. It was also my fiance’s older sister’s birthday that day which also served as a little bit of a distraction. My parents got along well with my in-laws to be. Thank goodness for that. I just hope it stays that way. This morning we also went to check out a potential wedding venue which looks very cool. I hope we can get it but that still remains to be seen.

Well enough about weddings, this isn’t a wedding blog at all. Just thought I would shed a little insight on that front. On other fronts it looks like everything else is going to shit. I am taking on way too much in my life right now. I didn’t finish my work this week. I had to go in on Saturday but I still couldn’t get everything done. Today I couldn’t go cause we had to check the venue. My laundry I had to do later than usual. It’s still on the washing line and I will have to wake up early tomorrow morning to iron. This coming Friday I am writing a test for Mathematics for Information Technology but I haven’t bought one book yet.

The only way out of this is if I start becoming more organized. How this will be accomplished I am not quite sure but it has to be done otherwise I am going to fold like a deck of cards. Seems like I just post complaints on my blog. I need to start posting more positive stuff.

TO DO LIST:
1. Post something positive next time.
2. Take the first step on becoming more organized.

Until next time. Cheers.