The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

Also known as the “Behold Buddha’s Belly” ride.

Taken the road most traveled, Chain of Lakes Trail, up to Beechville, Lakeside and Timberlea trail, all the way to Cranberry lake (at the head of WRWEO’s Bluff Trail).

Shorts weather now, and although I had a T-Shirt underneath, I kept my Microft jacket on as the shirt kept riding up.

All in all, a good start for the year, 36.1 km traveled, at a rate of 17.8 km/h.


The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

An Electronic Budget Journal

Inspired by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, I have been journaling my expenses with a modified budget sheet regularly since late 2012.  By mid-2014 I realized a need for a change, as I was making errors with totalling a months’ worth of each category by hand for each sheet.  Also, collating each month for trends was a difficult task in itself.

For the 2015 year, weary of buying actual accounting software (and not fitting the needs of the computer I run at home), I created a Microsoft Access database.  It allowed for an easy (for me) customization of the input fields needed to directly paste in a bank, or credit card statement to categorize based on Gail’s ~40 categories.


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An Electronic Budget Journal