Halloween pumpkin carving.

Better late than never.

1. I carved my pumpkin tonight! Yeahyeah, I know…Halloween was a week ago. But I carved my pumpkin damnit!

Halloween pumpkin carving.

Halloween pumpkin carving.


2. I have never claimed to have any artistic ability.


3. I have officially been at my job for a year. It doesn’t feel like it. I think I need to start decorating my cube.


4. What’s the most inappropriate thing you can think of to watch on TV while running on a treadmill?


5. Advice seriously given to me by my financial advisor:

(in response to me inquiring whether we could get the pink part of the pie chart to be larger) “I regret to inform you that you probably don’t want the pink part to be the biggest. You’re much better off pretending that it already is, or using that old rhyme that first is the worst, second is the best.”

(in response to me wanting to retire in a year) “save every dollar you earn and win the lottery”

(in response to me accusing him of stealing my money) I’ll probably use it to fly to Acapulco or something

(in response to me telling him that he’s a bad financial advisor) “No I’m a good one. Invest in cars!”

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Rob Montague
    November 9, 2007at9:35 am

    4) Cooking shows. I don’t know why people torture themselves by putting really bad food infront of them while they work out.

  • val
    November 9, 2007at9:48 am

    hahaha. Josh and I went to the gym the other day and we were watching food network while on the treadmill. That is how the question arose 🙂

  • Walter
    November 11, 2007at7:17 pm

    I was going to say Food Network as well. There you have it. We have a consensus.
    Also, coolest financial adviser ever.

  • val
    November 12, 2007at10:58 am

    Walter! I know you want a super cool financial advisor for all your financial needs… 🙂 right???

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