Oct. 13th, 2012

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I wasn't raining hard this morning but it was definitely raining and it smelled so good and clean. I got to the pool early, as usual, and cracked up at the people running to get in our of the rain... I guess they didn't want to get wet before they got wet.

Class was good plus the population was down - again people won't come out in the rain but will come to the pool to get wet when it isn't raining??? What.ev.er

After class I decided to go to a place for brunch that I had not been in quite some time. It was kind of crowded but I got a table quickly only to discover that the family of the screaming child at the next table were still studying their menu. NFW. I told the waitress that I was not able to tolerate the child so was leaving. She made no effort to even suggest another table. So I guess that place is scratched off my list.

I fired up my Google places app an it suggested a place that looked good over in Ballard - about 2 miles away so off I went. When I got there I realized that I actually had been there before and liked it ok but no parking and I didn't like it well enough to go on a parking hunt. But, I wasn't that far from Bastille so I headed over there an found parking right away. Only Bastille, it turns out, only does brunch on Sunday. Ok... it's down the street from Volerra which is another favorite spot. I walked in there and BINGO! They were open and I was their first customer of the day.

I had a delicious brunch in a most lovely setting. I ended up being glad all the other options failed.

Now I am home. The kitchen is cleaned the dishwasher is washing. Betty is stuck to me like glue. I think I'll watch some TiVo backlog and knit a bear.
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Ok, doggie readers. Let's say that in a few years I want to get a dog and before I do I want to have enough money socked away to pay for his or her first year. I want PLENTY in that puppy stash.

How much do I need? I have ZERO puppy supplies so I will be starting from scratch. The puppy will be rescue so cost little to nothing but how much for bed and bowls and food and toys and training and vet (assume this puppy needs everything including permanent birth control) and a playpen and a leash and a collar and a chip and whatever else I don't even know about yet.

For a year.

What's my puppy's first year savings goal?

Edit later to get folks back on track:

For the purpose of getting an idea on the savings goal, assume I do not ever leave town for the first year so no puppy costs incurred in my travel.

I really am ONLY interested in finances at this point. I totally get that there are many many many considerations in owning a puppy. It may happen that I save the money and change my mind but for now, all I am considering is getting the finances together. I have several years to work my own mind through the other considerations like what happens if I decide to go somewhere on a trip.
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