Books, Money, Math

in FAQ Mondays

I wish I could say that I miss being on vacation…


But I’m pretty thrilled to be home.  The dogs are, too – they keep running around the living room and tossing their toys in the air.  I even think Henry is pumped to be back.  Nothing as lovely as the familiar house smell!


You know that ‘Our fridge is packed but I have nothing to eat’ conundrum?  Yup. 


While I’m figuring out what else to eat, this smoothie will have to do:




Soy Milk

Huge glob of peanut butter


FAQ Monday Tuesday


A day late… but the Three Question Game is always fun, no matter what day of the week I remember to play it!  Here we go…


What are you currently reading?  I am currently reading not one but two books: The Sun Also Rises and Train Like a Mother.  I have so  much time to read because I’ve been spending a lot of time pumping off extra breast milk to create a stash for when I begin to travel for work in September.  Good times.  Anyway… The Sun Also Rises is as awesome as I remember it – I last read it in high school.  It’s really funny to see what I thought was worthy of highlighting back in high school; I swear that every other sentence in the entire book is highlighted, and I can’t tell why I thought certain things were important enough to call out.  I’m just getting into Train Like a Mother, which was sent to me by the author to review.  So far, I really like it – there are a bunch of training plans and tips on how to multi-task as a running mom.  I’m thinking about using their half marathon plan to train for the half that I’m planning to do in January.


Do you and your spouse share finances?  We melded bank accounts about three months before we got married, and everything we earn goes into a joint pot.  We used to have separate ‘fun money’ accounts but those have slowly fallen by the wayside.  I control all the finances – keeping track of incomes and expenses and paying bills – which is probably a bad thing because 1) I’m not great at budgeting and 2) I am not great at math.   Thank goodness for Excel.  I know some couples successfully keep entirely separate accounts, but I think that if we did that, we would have a lot of silly fights about spending.


What do you think about when you exercise?  Speaking of math, I do a lot of it while I exercise.  I count swim laps or calculate how much time or mileage that I have left.  Or I just add and subtract random numbers – like counting backwards from 300 by 3’s.  I also write blog posts in my head while I exercise or make lists of things to do.  I find it very hard to entirely check out while exercising – at least I’m productive!


Your turn!  What are you reading?  Who controls the cash flow in your relationship?  And what do you think about when you workout?



  • Ali August 14, 2012, 10:18 am

    I just finished Bob Harper’s new book – not sure what I think about it. Seems like a good weight loss plan BUT I don’t think I could do everything in that book – it’s way too harsh for real life!

    What I think about when I work out depends on what I’m doing. If I’m running, I think about pace and form and all that good stuff. Same if I’m lifting or doing a workout video. If I walk (no matter how fast), I tend to sort out issues that I’m having and it’s extremely therapeutic for me plus I usually can tick off 7-8 miles and not even realize it! Walking is very quickly taking over my workout plan since I need that time right now. Good workout + good mental health = happy/healthy girl!

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 14, 2012, 10:29 am

    Thanks for sharing the info on the bank accounts. I’m always curious to see what other couples do.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 14, 2012, 10:29 am

    We still have seperate accounts – I feel like it would be weird to buy my husband gifts with “his” money. 🙂

  • Katya August 14, 2012, 10:30 am

    I am reading a variety of baby books right now.
    I an definitely the one who operates the finances and pays the bills. We have joint finances fir sure, much easier that way.
    What I think about when I work out…if I’m with a friend I am chatting with them. If solo, whatever is going on that day. Like the person above, it’s a good time to think through issues. I also like to think about my brother who passed away a year and a half ago. Life gets so busy so it is nice to take time out to reflect.

  • Kattrina August 14, 2012, 10:34 am

    I am reading Husband-Coached Birthing (or something like that), which I’ve been reading forever and can’t seem to finish. I am hoping that I can still give birth successfully even though we didn’t finish our Bradley classes and I never finished reading the book. I’m also reading Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson. It’s our family book club book and so far it’s pretty good.

    My husband and I have separate accounts but since I make most of the money I pretty much control the finances. He pays me a set amount from his account each month and the rest of the money is his – then I pay all the bills and stuff. We came up with that idea because he likes to send money home to his family in Honduras and we would always fight about how much he sent, so him having his “own” money to send to his family has worked out better.

    I think about lots of things when I’m exercising – work, family, emails, blog, etc. Whatever is most on my mind I guess. Sometimes I get so deep in though that I can’t remember what I was thinking about. It’s like a time warp or something – all of a sudden I “wake up” and I’m three miles farther than I was. Strange!

  • Kristin August 14, 2012, 10:36 am

    Book: I’m reading Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe. He’s so hilarious – love all of his books! I’m also reading the Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley, but I might quit because it’s so heavy and full of details and philosophies – maybe a book to buy and read real slow instead of borrow from the library and try to power through in a few weeks.

    Money: I’ve been living with my boyfriend for a year and we are planning to get engaged in the next few months. We have separate accounts, but we think of them as “our money” in a sense. He pays for most food, shared bills, and more entertainment spending mostly because he makes a lot more money. We split rent even. We also don’t worry too much about it, because we plan to combine incomes after we’re engaged/before marriage. We usually talk about purchases together beforehand, even though we have our own money and can make our own decisions. It’s a good habit to have early on though, I think.

    Workout: I usually think about what I’m doing next, something that’s making me happy lately, something frustrating, or whatever else is going on in my life.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 14, 2012, 10:37 am

    I can get so much accomplished in my head (ideas, to-do lists, meal plans, etc.) while working out. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the most productive times of day for me!

  • Kaitlyn August 14, 2012, 10:39 am

    We do things mostly separately, but I pay all the bills and plan ahead. I’m better at that. But, we still like having our own money because then as long as everything else is planned and saved for we can spend it how we like. It works for us. I used to think people were crazy for doing it separately, but hey-whatever works.
    When exercising I think about my day ahead and what I have to get done, brainstorm writing ideas, and not a whole lot else. That’s the beauty of exercising.

  • Megan@ The Running Doc August 14, 2012, 10:42 am

    My boyfriend and I have separate accounts but I imagine when we get married we’ll merge into one. I think he’ll be largely in charge of the finances simply because I have a bad habit of forgetting to pay bills on time. If I don’t pay them the minute I receive them I always end up forgetting!

    What I think about largely depends on what exercise I’m doing. When running, I usually only think about putting one foot in front of the other, ha. But that’s part of why I enjoy it. Running allows me to totally tune out everything else. But when I swim I’m always focused on counting laps. I need to figure out a way to keep track, maybe taking coins and moving them for every 2 laps I complete?

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl August 14, 2012, 10:43 am

    I’m currently reading two books as well. I’m reading Gone Girl (NY Times best seller) and Live the Dream by Larry Winters. 😉

  • Elizabeth M. August 14, 2012, 10:57 am

    I am cracking up that you do math while you exercise. For me, it’s like my math abilities just completely go away! For training intervals I have to write them on my arm or I forget. It’s kind of sad! Right now though I am training our pup to go running with me, so that takes up a lot of my thinking ability, she needs constant attention!

    Right now I am not really reading anything… which is odd for me.

  • Laura August 14, 2012, 11:03 am

    I just finished reading Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, by Florence Williams. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

  • Rachel O. August 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    I’m in the market for new reading material. i think i’m going to download the fault in our stars per a recommendation

    right now i pay most of the bills, and will probably continue to do so in our relationship. our plan is after the wedding to have a joint savings account/emergency fund

    when i workout for ~30 minutes i usually just try to focus on the music, otherwise i listen to podcasts on long runs and try to think about the conversation taking place.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    I do a lot of math in my head when I run too! I’m just about to start the new Jodi Picoult book! And I don’t have a spouse! Lol

  • Rae August 14, 2012, 11:39 am

    I always write blog posts in my head while working out….the trick is to remeber them when I am done 😛 I need some sort of voice recording for my mp3 player, though hat would be pretty funny ni the pool!!

  • Ashley August 14, 2012, 11:42 am

    We got our finance plan from our friends and I love it! Paychecks go into our big joint account and we use it to pay rent and the rest of the usual bills. Then we each get x amount in individual checking accounts for the month. We use this to pay for stuff like groceries, nights out with friends, date nights, frivolous purchases we want to make. It allows for autonomy and sharing – and also gift buying without the other being able to see!! It usually divides pretty evenly since I use my account to pay for groceries on the weekends and the husband uses his to pay for both of us when we go out. I kind of like that it plays to traditional gender roles. We’re a pretty traditional couple and I know the husband likes to pay for stuff. Sure it’s all the same, but it’s tradition and he likes it.

  • Liz August 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    I’m also reading two books at once. I’m currently reading Killing Abraham, which is a historical thriller about the assasination of Lincoln (kind of into history these days) and the Operation Beautiful book — which I’m really liking.

    Lucky for me, I’m single so I don’t have to share finances, but when I was married we kept separate bank accounts with him moving funds over to my account and me being in charge of all the bills. I’m was better with budgeting.

    • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 5:43 pm

      Thanks for reading the OB book!!!

  • Regina August 14, 2012, 11:45 am

    As part of a couple with separate bank accounts, I’d say I think it actually eliminates spending arguments. We split expenses and have similar views on savings and big purchases. Sometimes it’s a little cumbersome, but it’s a good reminder that each person is earning and should be able to spend without guilt. Neither of us would let the other end up a hobo.

  • katie August 14, 2012, 11:50 am

    you should check out – its a free budgeting software that allows you to link up all of your accounts in one place (even your mortgage, car loans, IRAs, etc.) and create your household budgets, create ‘funds’ (my hubs and I have an emergency fund and travel fund that mint helps us with ways to increase and meet our goals), and a ton of other stuff. We used to use an excel sheet, but we’ve really found helpful – and its so easy with everything all in one spot.

  • Barbara August 14, 2012, 11:53 am

    I also do a lot of math when I workout! I constantly try to guess what time will be the next quarter mile or mile at my pace on the treadmill. Since I’m constantly changing my pace and do a lot of intervals, it really keeps me on my toes (literally). 🙂

    I’m really into Jonathan Tropper’s books. Highly recommend them.

  • Carina August 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    It’s so funny because I’d assume the opposite on relationships and money — I’d think if there was a joint pot there would be more fighting about money. I guess it just depends on the couple — if you’re going to fight about it, you’ll fight about it whether it’s a 1 pot, 2 pot or 3 pot system. We’ve always kept our finances separate and it’s never been a problem. We have our monthly bills divided up (I do mortgage, he does groceries, phones) and we tend to alternate on big non-recurring expenses (for us, that’s usually travel). 2011 our trip was Boston (for the marathon), then Italy, then Paris, and hubby funded it. 2012 our trip will be China and I’m funding it (and I funded 2010, which was Russia and Sweden, and he funded 2009, which was Italy, Greece and Turkey). And we’re also on the same page about savings, retirement planning, etc., even though the money is in separate accounts. We could probably do one pot without money being an issue, but our current system is so perfect, I don’t think we’d ever change.

  • Chelsea August 14, 2012, 11:59 am

    I’m currently reading the Vampire Academy! Super god! I’m obsessed with anything fictional and has vampires in it haha.

  • Catherine August 14, 2012, 12:02 pm

    My husband and I have separate bank accounts, and we each have certain bills that we are responsible for, more or less in proportion to our salaries. That way the responsibilities are taken care of, and neither of us feel that we have to ask permission to go shopping or buy something for ourselves that we really want. For other expenses that arise (vacations, going out to eat, replacing the garbage disposal,) we discuss it, but operate from the understanding that ultimately the money is coming from the same place, so it doesn’t really matter who pays for it!

    • April August 14, 2012, 2:12 pm

      My husband and i do exactly this and it works out fabulously! We have been married for ‘almost’ 4 years and we have not had any fights about $$$$. Now that is said this i am sure we will, ha ha.
      I also love to hear what works for other couples….this is fun!

  • Kristins August 14, 2012, 12:08 pm

    We’re a single pot couple too — when we first lived together, we had separate accounts, but it got to be such a pain to pay rent and stuff. Like I’ll write you a check for $200 and then next week you write me a check for $100. Don’t even mention grocery shopping.. That was always an adventure!

    Just out of curiosity… That view of the Intracoastal looks familiar. Where in Florida were you guys? My parents have a place in Ormond Beach — love it down there!

    • Angie @ Pint of Goals August 14, 2012, 12:55 pm

      I spent many vacations in Ormond Beach! Both of my sets of grandparents lived in a trailer park (sounds trashy but it was nice) for retired people.

      • Kristina August 15, 2012, 10:31 pm

        Nice! A retirement trailer park is where my parents just moved into in May! Theirs is surprisingly nice too — all lush and winding streets. And you seriously could not argue with an under $20K price tag!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 14, 2012, 12:12 pm

    I think about all those exact things when I am exercising too – anything to get through the run quicker. I am training for a 5k at the moment…it’s tough!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 14, 2012, 12:19 pm

    We have joint accounts–SO much easier that way! The hubs is better at math & finances, so he does that all. I just work & buy the groceries! Hah.

  • Debbie August 14, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I’m currently reading Gone Girl and Complete Women’s Book of Running (Runners World).

    My husband and I are jointly on every account. I only do charity work (no paycheck), but I am in charge of running the household (bills, food, travel arrangements, etc.) We don’t have any arguments regarding spending. He never says a word about what I choose to spend money on although we are very open with each other and pretty much discuss everything.

    When I run I pray and think of my to-do list. If I’m doing yoga, weights or zumba, I usually focus on proper form.

  • Marie August 14, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I just finished Matched (its a dystopian style book, and the first of a trilogy) and it is so good! I am now starting the second book, Crossed. Similar to Hunger Games but I feel a little more emotional, and I can really relate to the main character. I think I enjoyed it better than Hunger Games (can’t believe I’m saying that!)

  • Cindy August 14, 2012, 12:51 pm

    I just finished (well I read it in one night; Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult). I should be reading more for my PhD, but it has gotten a bit repetitive, so I’ve taken a bit of a break.

    I don’t have a partner, so my money is mine. 🙂 (Well technically it’s the governments, since it’s student loans, but….)

    If I’m on the treadmill I think about everything, I mentally write blog posts, make a shopping list, pretty much anything. If I’m taking a spinning class I’m just trying to breathe and keep my heart rate from being too high. 🙂

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals August 14, 2012, 12:52 pm

    I am currently reading I am Legend and like it a lot – it’s hard for me to read a futuristic, post-apocalyptic book and not enjoy it. The book I just finished and highly recommend is The 19th Wife. It is about the Mormon religion (and the more extreme sects) and reminded me a lot of Under the Banner of Heaven.

  • TiffanyS August 14, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I’m currently reading the third book of the Fifty Shades series, and The Island by Elin Hilderbrand. I read Run Like a Mother and loved it, so the new one is on my list to get.

    We tried the seperate accounts, you pay these bills, I’ll pay those, and my hubby sucked at it. I’d come home from a road trip from work, and find all kinds of disconnect notices. So, it goes into one pot, and I’m in control. He has a debit card that I load money onto. He thinks I spend more, and I probably do. But if he has a dollar it is gone like poof! So, there is some arguing, but I think this is the best system for us for now until there is more than enough money to have to track it so religiously if that day ever comes!!!!

    When I workout I’m usually focusing on how much longer to hold a plank or whatever. I work out with my friends ALOT, so we gab most of the time even though we can barely breathe. So, I usually don’t have time to think of too much. Often, I think about what I have to do when I get home which takes the fun out of my me time. I’m trying to get into yoga to really focus on that time and my body relaxing. I think it would be good for me.

  • Tori August 14, 2012, 1:00 pm

    My husband and I share an account and budget really well thanks to Excel. Each week we get a set amount for “fun money” and can easily look onto the spreadsheet to see how much we have. It’s an easy way to save/spend on our hobbies without ever arguing.

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 14, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I think about random things when I workout.. the music, the people around me, and things going on in my life. It’s a great “thinking” time for me.

  • Anne August 14, 2012, 1:36 pm

    We have separate account but do 50/50 on everything (once a month I transfer the money), always did this way and it’s perfect. We can give each other gift without having awkward moment !

  • Racheal @ Running with Racheal August 14, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Reading: Just finished The Violets of March (great short book) and downloaded Gone Girl (for the Peanut Butter Fingers book club).

    I control all the finances – super control freak that way! 🙂 My husband gladly hands over his paycheck in exchange for never having to worry about money.

    I also think about math when running! I remember when I first started running I was taking calculus in college and I would do these derivations of my speed or the length of the track. Super nerd, I know.

  • Melissa August 14, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I love doing mental math while I work out, too!

  • Brigid August 14, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I just finished “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides and am planning to start “The Outsiders” tonight, since I’m from Tulsa and have never read it.

    My husband doesn’t have a bank account, and we essentially live off one income (mine), so it’s a little difficult to answer this question. We also have very, VERY little left over after paying bills and buying groceries each month that there really isn’t an opportunity for us to fight over the “fun money.” Yay, I guess?

    When I’m exercising, I either sing songs in my head, work on my to-do list, or I silently scream “OH MY GOD WHY AM I NOT DONE YET I’M GOING TO DIE!!!!” 🙂

  • Robyne August 14, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I am also reading Train Like a Mother. I got it on my kindle 2 weeks ago. Not only is it informative, but funny and real. I also have been downloading Another Mother Runner podcasts on my Iphone and I listen to them on my long runs. They keep me laughing.

    Plus I just finished reading “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfreund.
    It is a very interesting story that mixes a Dystopian fantasy with homage to Jane Austin. Intelligent book that keeps you thinking and wondering.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB August 14, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I’m reading The Art of Fielding right now and love it.

    My husband and I have kept a household account and seperate accounts (checking and savings each) since we got married almost 4 years ago. We put x amount of dollars in the joint checking each month for all household expenditures and everything else (student loans, car payments, car insurance, new shoes, videogame needs, etc…) comes out of our own accounts. When we bought our house we put the same amount in from our seperate savings. It works really, really well for us since we have different spending habbits and hobbies.

  • Sarah F. August 14, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Fun questions this week!

    I am currently reading “Clash of Thrones” which is the second book in the series of Game of Thrones (I havent watched the tv series but I’ve heard they’re great too).

    My boyfriend and I (we live together) have a joint account where we put in an equal amount each month. Those costs go towards our bills, groceries, when we eat out together, etc. All of our bills are automatically paid out of this account so I’ll typically check it once a week to make sure we have enough for any bills that will come out. Then we each have our separate accounts for any personal costs that we incur- such as shopping, nights out with friends, alcohol, etc. It works really well for us- that way we never “owe” the other person but we also have our money to do with as we want.

    When I’m swimming I usually think about my day, or sometimes rant about how a slow person is in the lane labelled “Fast” (rant in my head of course). When I go to yoga I try and not think and focus on my breath or the alignment of my body. Anything else I try to zone out to my music but end up thinking about what I need to do after my workout.

  • Katie August 14, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Just read The Paris Wife, a fictional account about Hemingway and his first wife HAdley. I think you would enjoy it!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life August 14, 2012, 4:11 pm

    I’m reading Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende. So far, so good!

    Hubby and I just combined bank accounts recently. We’ve always had separate accounts mostly because we’ve been together since we were both teenagers and neither of us were as responsible with money as we should have been. It didn’t make sense for two irresponsible people to merge funds and become one unstoppable negligent force! Even after we grew up a bit and started to get more responsible with our accounts I think it was just habit that we kept things separate. Now we have a child and one on the way so it just made sense for the merge to happen! I also handle the bills and what-not. I kind of enjoy doing it! {Nerd alert!}

    I couldn’t begin to tell you what I think about when I work out! It depends on the day and what is happening in my life at the moment. Usually I’m thinking of random things or how much I wish my bum wasn’t as jiggly! 😉

  • Vicki August 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I’m currently reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfus. It’s the 2nd book in a 3 book series called the Kingkiller Chronicles. It’s a huge book (almost 1,000 pages!) but it’s a good thing! I’m totally drawn into it. The 3rd book in the series isn’t out yet, and I think I might just cry when I finish this one, knowing I have to wait for the third to come out. 🙁 Also reading various parenting books, and just checked out The Game of Thrones from the library.

    Husband and I have joint accounts as well. We have always felt it was important to treat our marriage as a joint effort, including our finances. He makes the majority of our income (right now he makes all of our income – we have a 4 week old!), and I’m in charge of managing it. He’s not a spender AT ALL so that’s my job too. I listen to Dave Ramsey (on itunes), whom I totally recommend – he’s a financial dude and has kept me on track. Actually his is one of the podcasts I listen to when I workout.

  • BB August 14, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Caitlin, I just started YNAB and I love it:

    You can use the free trial for a month without giving credit card information. After that, you can purchase it if you want and all of your saved info will transfer. Hope this offers a new perspective on budgeting!

  • Lauren August 14, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Currently reading, umm, 4 books. Don’t ask. I’m reading Wild, 50 Shades, Wheat Belly and Drop Dead Healthy.

  • Claire August 14, 2012, 6:46 pm

    I’ve just finished reading Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. It took me forever to get into, but in the end it was so wonderful. It’s a new entry to my all time top 10. Just beautiful. Can’t recommend highly enough.

    We have joint finances and have for years, and I do all the budgeting. I love it. I maintain that no matter how tight your budget, it’s really important to budget in no-questions-asked fun money for each person, even if it’s only $20 a month.

    When I run I think about the day ahead, plan my life, and think through any problems or issues. Such useful mental time that makes me much more productive in the rest of my life.

  • Rachel August 14, 2012, 7:02 pm

    I’m currently reading “A Little Wanting Song” by Cat Crowley. She’s an Australian young adult author, and her other book “Graffiti Moon” is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It feels like a warm hug (I hope you know that feeling–where everything is good and happy but you’re reflective (I was going to say sad or teary, but I don’t think that’s the right sentiment..maybe emotional?). I highly recommend Graffiti Moon if you ever want an easy read.

    When I run I think about a lot of stuff. I don’t actually like listening to music because I get bored, so I usually listen to a book on tape (currently Book 6 of Harry Potter for the 8th or so time). I also go back through situations in my head–how I would have done things differently, continue arguments or discussions with myself, or sometime reflect on past experiences (such as best summer memory of my childhood or funny family moments).

    It can be funny doing math while exercising because the longer you go the harder it is!

  • Meghan @ CarmanClan August 14, 2012, 7:35 pm

    We have a joint account but pay our individual bills separate. We keep talking about changing banks and rolling everything together but haven’t yet. I can’t wait to hear your review of Run Like A Mother, because I start a new job Friday on top of having a 6 month old I worry about juggling all that plus training for the Disney Marathon.

  • Liz August 14, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I’m almost done reading On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves – a very quick, highly enjoyable easy read! I will probably start Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn next.

    There were several good Ernest Hemmingway novels I read in high school, but my favorite books I read then were The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird. 🙂

  • Chattynatty August 14, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Reading “The Wilder Life: My adventures in the lost world of little house on the prairie” by Wendy McClure. Good memories of reading the “Little House” books growing up.

    I liked Run Like A Mother better than Train Like a Mother, but still good read.

  • Joy August 15, 2012, 6:27 am

    I am currently reading the beginners goodbye which is a fiction and I have no idea why I grabbed it but I’m enjoying it

    I’m in charge of finances (2 thumbs down)

    And for exercising it depends what I’m doing – if I’m taking a class I’m thinking about the class. If I’m hiking with the poodle I used to be thinking about blogs or music or — and I realized that that wasn’t fair and now no technology comes along except for emergency and I think about and enjoy him (that’s why I got him after all)

  • Anne August 15, 2012, 7:30 am is the greatest thing since well, what came before sliced bread?

  • Ruby Leigh August 15, 2012, 7:59 am

    Just finished Marathon by Hil Higdon… I really enjoyed it. Lots of great advice and it was well written too.

    I think joint money is the way to go, and I’ll be glad to make the switch with my current boyfriend (of almost two years) sooner rather than later.

    I’m somewhat similar to you…I’m always calculating parts of the run (Swim or bike), I plan out my days, sometimes think about future races, think about what I’m going to say on post run (lol).

  • Charise August 15, 2012, 8:07 am

    We keep our money separate still, after almost 3 yrs of marriage. The bills are all divided up approximately by our income percentages (which is partly why we keep things as-is – don’t want to change all those autowithdrawals!) and we have joint savings goals and take turns paying when we go out. Other than that, we each get to spend whatever money we have left on whatever we want without the other having a say. I think it’s a mental thing for both of us – wanting to be independent and have our “own” money to buy what we want. It’ll stay this way unless we end up deciding to have a kid, in which case I think it will be easier to just have most of the money in one pool.

    I am currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking, which I am finding to be fascinating, and just started Fingersmith, which is so far intriguing and well-written.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2012, 8:20 am

    Right now I’m reading Where the Heart Is – it’s not bad, but it hasn’t really captured me yet.

    I write blog posts in my head when I workout too. 😀 Or I also make lists in my head, review study material if I have an exam coming up, and plan what to make for dinner!

  • Cristina @ Tiny Perfect Bites August 15, 2012, 3:23 pm

    My husband and I combine everything except for small personal accounts (for cash withdrawals, etc.). Financial planning is very important to me, so by combining accounts, I feel like we are combining our long-term goals, etc. (I know you can work towards the same goal with separate accounts, too, so it’s largely a mental thing.)

    Running clears my head so I usually just think about whatever has been on my mind a lot. By the end of a run, I always feel better!

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