Help, Internet, you’re my only hope! I am searching for sheet music for “Mighty Science Theater,” the song that plays over the end credits of MST3K. Music for the synth will work just fine for my purposes.
Can anyone help me out?
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Homemade and Thrifty Christmas Gifts
This year for Christmas, I made a handful of the presents that I gave people, and I really enjoyed doing that. Had I been really disciplined about this, I think I could have saved money on gifts, but I tended to make up the saved cost by getting supplemental presents (oops!).
Most of the things I made were cross-stitches, which, by the way, are really easy to make - they just take time. If you’re a beginning crafter and looking for gift ideas, I highly recommend cross-stitching. All you need is to be able to follow a simple pattern and obtain the starting materials (embroidery floss, embroidery needle, hoop, and cross-stitch fabric - all of which are available at stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby). There are also a ton of really cool patterns to make on etsy - I’ve got dozens favorited on that website.
Anyway, here’s a sampling of what I made:
I made this Avengers cross-stitch (and put it in a frame) for my uncle. You can find the pattern here.
I made this Dr. Frankenfurter cross-stitch (and put it in a frame) for one of my friends. You can find the pattern here.
I made a handful of other cross-stitches - I just didn’t take pictures. I also made a couple of little mini-quilts for my mom, who’s a big quilter. These 19x19 quilts took an entire weekend day each, and their beginning costs are a lot higher (you need a sewing machine, thread, cutting board, rotary cutter, and the fabric). However, since I already had all that stuff, all I did was follow the video tutorial instructions found here. I thought this was a great beginning project for me.
My other somewhat thrifty present was the gift I got my little brother. He really likes “The Walking Dead” tv show and he hadn’t read any of the comic books. A while ago I bought the first four trade paperbacks of the series, and I’d read them and they were just sitting on my shelf. Having only been read once, they were in really good shape, so I wrapped them up and gave them to my brother - and he really liked them! I was glad to give my brother a gift he really liked without having to spend a bunch of money while also decluttering my house a little tiny bit. Triple win!
I think making a handful of gifts this year led me to making more thoughtful and unique gifts than I’ve made before. I’m excited to try it again next year!
As of Dec. 24, my federal student loans are 100% paid off. I started actively making payments on those loans starting about this time last year, and I began making consistent payments in February of this year. After I graduated from my masters program and started my new job in May, I began throwing as much as I could afford at the loans.
In between now and May, I’ve reconsidered (multiple times) how I was going about paying off this loan. Since federal student loans are pretty low interest and have a lot of repayment options, they aren’t the worst kind of debt to have, so I was aware that the money I was throwing at my loans was money I could be throwing into savings or retirement. What my decision came down to was that I knew I could pay back my loans by the end of the year. This was a financial decision that I made more for my own peace of mind; I know it’s not a bad thing to pay off debt, and I wanted to do it now.
Now I’m trying to figure out what my next financial new year’s resolution should be. Last year I wanted to have this loan all the way paid off, and I did that! A fully funded emergency savings account (6 months of expenses) is at the top of the list, but I’m not sure what else I should be shooting for. A maxed-out Roth IRA? Paying back a certain percentage to my parents?
On to the next thing, I suppose!
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