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20/20 Posts of the Week- Dark Ages Edition

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde

It was an interesting week here as our internet went down on Tuesday and was down for over 24 hours. The outage affected the entire area. I tried the library and even McDonald’s without luck. Speedy technical repair is not a perk of living in a small town. Even after everyone was back online, our house was not. After two hours on the phone with technical support, (They actually suggested that I check their website for troubleshooting tips) we got it up and running again.

I have to give a big shout out to my good friend John at Frugal Rules. He might rant and rave sometimes, but he really helped me out with some scheduling stuff that I needed to do before the internet came back. Without the web and no TV, I read a little and went to bed at 9:00. A good eight hours of sleep does a body good.

In other news, the weather is fantastic right now. We got to do the Petroglyph Point hike in Mesa Verde National Park last weekend, and we have a camping trip coming up at the end of next week. I’m determined to squeeze every moment I can out of summer before we get into back to school mode.

This was the first full week of Jim’s new job. I think it is going to be a huge challenge, but something he is ready for. If you are just phoning home at your job every day, that’s a good formula for burnout. It will be pretty sweet to get the nice salary bump on the next paycheck as well.


If you haven’t entered the two giveaways I’m participating in, what are you waiting on? I’m giving away $100 in PayPal cash to celebrate my one year blogoversary. You can also enter to win your share of $900. With that much cash, I bet your internet would never go down.


Thanks to everyone who shared this week. I hope you have everlasting internet service.

Mo Money Mo Houses, I Heart Budgets, The Frugal Farmer, Stacking Benjamins, Monster Piggy Bank. Our Insurance Canada, Planting Our Pennies, Budget and the Beach,Yount Adult Money, and The Weight Chronicals

Our friend Lisa, a substitute Ranger. How cool is that?

Our friend Lisa, a substitute Ranger. How cool is that?


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20/20 Posts of the Week

Ditching the Day Job: Six Months to Go! at Single Mom’s Income. Have you set a date for your goals yet? If not, take a lesson from Alexa.

The Financial and Life Benefits of LASIK surgery at Young Adult Money. I actually had a LASIK post op on a patient in his early 20’s yesterday. He was about a -7.00, which means he couldn’t even see the big E on the chart, and he’s now 20/20. Let’s just say he feels it was worth every penny.

How to Make Extra Money Online at One Smart Dollar. I’m always looking for tips for making extra money.

$11,117 in July Extra Income-Growing but I Crave Stability at Making Sense of Cents. That’s just amazing, truly amazing.

Becoming a Big in the Big Brother Big Sister Program…Hopefully… at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. I think this is a great program and I think it’s great that Crystal is donating her time this way.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. What would you do with a 24 hour non-internet window?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Glad to hear you are back up and running now. Gosh if the internet went down here I wouldn’t know what to do. Yes I would, my wife would have me doing even more than what is already on her honey do list lol. Have a great weekend Kim.

  2. Ugh, when we were having internet troubles, the automated waiting voice on the phone line would say, “sign online for…”, and I always wanted to yell at it because I had dialed the line for when your internet service is out!

    Glad you got it bacl =)

    • When you get a real, live, intelligent customer service rep on the phone it’s wonderful. Unfortunately, they are few and far between.

  3. Thanks a lot for including me this week.

  4. I’ve had internet trouble in the past and it’s sad to admit how upset I get over it. A sign of addiction for sure. I think if I had a planned 24 hours I’d do some kind of getaway. I’d have to be away from the computer, otherwise I’d just stress about it.

  5. In southern California, power outages are more common. I read a lot and started to use the battery radio again. It certainly slows down your life. After you get over the stress, it is sort of nice.

    • If I had been more prepared with my online scheduling, it would have been much more pleasant to take a forced evening off.

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! 🙂

  7. So glad that you’re with internet again Kim & glad I could help as well. If we went without the web for 24 hours…I bet there’d be a whole lot more reading in our house. We’re having nice weather as well – low 80’s/high 70’s…MUCH better than 20-30 degrees higher last summer. Have a great rest of the weekend!

    • My mom was saying the same thing about the weather in KY. They have not had that super hot July and August like normal. It’s very nice because my Dad works outside quite a bit.

  8. What did you say when they suggested you look at their website for troubleshooting tips? lol I’m glad you got everything straightened out!

    Thanks for the mention. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  9. How weird is that? We were down for about eight hours on Tuesday and I thought it might be the end of the world. I was going to walk down to the Cable One office and surrender.

  10. Love Mesa Verde! That was one of our stops on our big family road trip back in June. We also went to Durango and Silverton, such beautiful country, you are very lucky to live there!

    • We are very lucky. I think people have a habit of thinking the grass is always greener somewhere else, but usually you can find remarkable things in your own back yard.

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