This is the last part of the Half Dome hike. When I first saw this, I said no way! But then I did it and it wasnt that frightening.
This is the last part of the Half Dome hike. When I first saw this, I said no way! But then I did it and it wasn't that frightening.

As I am remaining to keep my blog quasi-anonymous, I realize that there are some things you should know about me. (I’m kinda stealing this post idea from Ryan’s 8 Random Things About Me post from Planting Dollars – Sorry Ryan!) So here are just a few quick and dirty facts about me:

  • I’m short. Barely 5′ 2″. My husband, on the other hand, is a foot taller than me.
  • I’m a Starbucks addict. You probably already knew this, especially if you checked out my guest post at
  • I love my green, Raleigh, Comfort bike. I bike as much as I can to Starbucks (of course!) to school, to the bank, to the grocery store. (Though lately I’ve been a little lazy :(!)
  • I use Quickbooks to help track my spending. I’m the bookkeeper around my house, including handling all of my husband’s client invoices (he’s self employed), purchase orders, and even help out on projects occasionally.
  • I’ve been able to pay down about $8,000 in debt. I still have more to go, but I’m getting there. I should be seeing that finish line in under 24 months, whew!
  • My husband and I are hoping to purchase a house in the next year to year in a half. Perhaps a little house, under 1,500 square feet.
  • I’ve increased my credit score by almost 200 points this past year. I need to raise it about 60 more points, but if I continue making on time payments and using my credit cards lightly, that should happen this year.
  • I love architecture, especially little house plans. For those of you who are looking for terrific house plans, I finally created a ‘House Plan’ category and organized my posts that include links to house plan sites I’ve found. You can see this category on the right side bar. I notice that much of my Google traffic is from people searching little house plans, so here’s to you!
  • I like to hike. I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon twice, hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome in a day (up and down), hiked Vernal Falls twice, and I hope to someday hike Mt. Whitney. (I’m not at all interested in Mt. Everest!)

Random facts that confirm I’m boring!


  1. Great job increasing your credit score by 200 points! That is very inspirational and definitely a post in the making!

    Tell me more about the Grand Canyon! I’m thinking of going on a week long trip in May. Where should we fly into, go, eat, sleep? Another post perhaps? Thnx!

    Best, Sam

    • @Financial Samurai – Thanks for your encouragement! As for the Grand Canyon, when I visited there last I camped at the Mather’s Campground on the south side of the canyon (That’s where most tourists visit – the north side is much less crowded.) I drove there, so I’m not really sure where the closest airport would be, I’m guessing maybe Flagstaff or Vegas. You could probably fly to Vegas and rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon. If you are going to hike the canyon, you will probably want to plan to stay overnight at the bottom. Visit the ranger station and get an overnight pass. Hike down the Kaibab trail and up the Angel Bright Trail (Kaibab is a bunch of switch backs and it makes going down quicker, but don’t go up it: too extreme!)

  2. That picture freaks me out (I have a fear of heights). I’m so impressed you hiked (climbed) half dome.

    I’m a Starbucks addict as well, but control the habit with home brewed beans during the week and Sunday runs for a latte.
    .-= Bucksome Boomer´s last blog ..Grins from Google Alerts =-.

    • @Bucksome Boomer – It freaked me out too when I first saw the climb. But when I saw kids climbing up and down it, I decided I could do it too. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be. As for your Sunday runs, that’s very smart. It’s too bad I don’t drink hot coffee, if I did, I could probably get my Starbucks down to a couple times a week!

  3. Nice information, this really useful for me. There is nothing to argue about.
    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. Thanks.

    • @Financial Samurai- The views from the top of Half Dome are amazing. I would definitely recommend going in the summer! Especially since you are so close!

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