Links Grow on Trees – Its Been a ‘Dry’ Week!

Desert | Source: Guilherme Jofili on FlickrI had some great responses to Monday’s post, detailing my rage at being peed on by a squirrel, my second animal excrement encounter this month. I’m happy to report that I have now gone a full five days without any more squirrel attacks! That said, I am thankful to know that I am not the only person in Toronto who has been having problems with obnoxious animals. On Wednesday night, award-winning Toronto Star journalist Daniel Dale was chased around a park by Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who claimed the reporter was spying on him. For those of you not familiar with Toronto politics, this is just the latest in a LONG line of weird incidents involving our mayor. Otherwise, it really has been a bit of a dry week as I have been very busy with school, starting my last course this week in an attempt to graduate by the end of the summer.

Last week’s article, a Comparison of Foreign ATM Fees Charged by Canadian Banks, was included in a whack of blog carnivals. I put a lot of research into that one, so I’m glad to see it being read. Thanks to all the carnival hosts!

Also, I’d like to thank Sustainable Personal Finance for including my green frugal wedding series posts about invitations and food in his monthly link love post, which I’ve learned is a tough one to get into.
And finally, here’s a look at some of the best articles I read in the blogosphere this past week…
  • A major announcement came down from one of my favorite personal finance blogs – Young and Thrifty has sold her blog. The new owners? Teacherman and his partner from My University Money. Y&T will still be contributing, but on an infrequent basis. Best of luck to the new owners!
  • With all the talk I’ve been doing about throwing a green and frugal wedding, there’s a question to be asked in there – does a couple need to get married anymore? Krystal @ Give Me Back My Five Bucks doesn’t think so and doesn’t want to. While I agree that its not necessary anymore, I still want to do it. The reason why just might be the topic of a future post here at Earth and Money.
  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter shares her story of how to successfully take courses while working full-time. It can definitely be a heavy workload, but with a little diligence, its certainly possible.
  • Musings of an Abstract Auklander went a week without a smartphone, and then realized how dependent she was on it. A little scary!
  • My Own Advisor has a $10,000 emergency fund. It seems like a lot, but he presents a great case for the money.
  • Canadian Finance Blog asks if you’re still paying bank fees. Even with a traditional bank account, these days, there are a lot of ways to bank for little to no fee.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

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Do I Look Like a Bathroom to You?

Squirrel with a Starbucks CupDISCLAIMER: Today’s post has absolutely nothing to do with personal finance and only a little to do with the environment. Today’s post is a rant.

This is actually a little embarrassing…yesterday, a squirrel peed on me from up above in a tree. For those of you counting, this is the second time this month that an animal has peed or pooped on me. Earlier this month, a bird took a crap on my shoulder. Yesterday was worse. The pee actually bounced off my shoulder and up onto my face before landing down the front of my jacket. At first I thought it was just water and I couldn’t figure out where it had come from. Then I looked up and saw him staring down at me, with that wily little smirk of his and I put two and two together.

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