1.02.2009

 

New Year, New Pie

In the awesome news department, I found out today that I passed the actuarial exam that I took back in November. That means I only have one preliminary exam left to go, Exam C, which is, well, awesome. However, if you pay close attention you might notice that Exam C is the biggest wedge on the Handy Pie Chart. The study guide I'm using weighs in at 1,250 pages (there is one study guide that is approximately 4,700 pages but I do have a wife and kid so I'm not going near it). So on Monday (while I'm at jury duty) I'll see if I can get the folks at work to order my study guide so that I can get working on it. May 14th is coming quick. After May 14th I will start working on all of the Module wedges on the left side of the pie. Best case scenario has me finishing sometime early to mid next year, but there's still a long way to go, so who knows. Here's the current edition of the Handy Pie Chart—no more updates for a while:

As far as the New Year, I'm not one for resolutions, but I do have two goals for this coming year. First, I'm going to try to keep track of our personal finances for the entire year. I've tried a few times and run out of steam after a month or two, but I think it will help with my second goal, which is getting rid of the rest of our credit card debt. I keep thinking it'll be gone in a year or two and it's still hanging around. I've reached the point where I'm tired of dealing with it and hopefully I'm financially aware and focused enough to make it go away. For good. I'll revisit this post in a year to see how I did.

Wishing a happy year to you and yours,

—Jack

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Yeah Jack! I will join you on retiring the credit card debt. And hey, the pancakes sounded good too. Blessing for the new year.

# posted by Blogger Mom A : 1/04/2009 6:04 PM  

I think that I should do a pie chart for credit card debt. Well, maybe bake an apple pie when I get one paid off. I have done it before, but like someone (Ben Franklin I think) famous said, "It is easy to stop smoking, I've done it hundreds of times."

I'm proud of you for making consistent progress towards your goal.

Now I better go ride a motorcycle....

# posted by Blogger OldBikeRider : 1/04/2009 9:17 PM  

I am following in your footsteps and made a pie chart for my process as a Certified Emergency Manager. Ironically, the FEMA courses I took to get what they call a PDS certificate are higher level than the ones I need for the CEM. Now I have to go back and take the lower level ones which cover that same material in less detail. Well, it may make sense the second time around.

# posted by Blogger OldBikeRider : 1/10/2009 11:13 AM  

Congrats on passing another exam! I love seeing the progress of the pie chart.

That's so neat that your dad is becoming a Certified Emergency Manager and taking FEMA courses. I wonder if he will encounter Don at some point - the FEMA courses are what Don travels for, I think!

# posted by Blogger Lauren : 1/11/2009 12:40 PM  

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