Long time no blog

I realize it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog.  I have had lots of things to write about and little time to write about each topic.  In the coming weeks expect to see a few posts about some new gree products that we purchased over the past few weeks including the Solatube we had installed in our bathroom on Earth Day.

On another note, this week is “Bike to work week”.  Ok so Friday is actually bike to work day but it seems the powers that be are trying to turn it into an entire week.  I do live but one mile from the office and have not switched over to biking to work 100% of the time but am hoping that I will start biking to work more frequently in the coming weeks.

I have started a “biggest loser” weight loss competition at work against Dan.  We are now three weeks in and I have lost 17lbs.  There are a few factors that make that number a bit higher than it really is (ie we weighed in after lunch in jeans the 1st day and before breakfast in shorts every week since then).  I am still happy for the amount of weight I have lost as a result of tracking my calories and running.

That’s all for now!

HomeDepot – Free CFL Bulb + Free Water Saving Faucet Aerator + B1G1 Organic Seeds on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, visit your local Home Depot on April 19th for a free CFL Bulb. Limit 1 per customer while supplies last. Home Depot will also be giving away Free Water-Saving Faucet Aerator Inserts and will have Buy 1, Get 1 Free on assorted seed packets including organic selections.

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More Earth Day Freebies:
Disney Store – while supplies last, guests can exchange three empty bottles for a free commemorative Earth Day reusable water bottle
Reynolds Wrap – Free Roll of 100% Recycled Aluminum
EarthBound Farms – Free Tote bag if you are one of the first 10,000 each week in the month of April. Read the site / fill out the pledge to be eligible for the tote
Starbucks Canada – Free Coffee if you bring in a travel mug

Mortgage Rates Hit Low of 4.75% Again

When I initially locked in back on Dec 17th, I got 4.75% with 0 points / 0 origination fees.  As many of you know, the funding company (Provident Funding) backed out at the last minute back in late January / Early February.  I have been looking ever since and locked with Wells Fargo a few weeks ago at 4.50 with 2 points (would have been 5.0 with 0 points).  As of today, I just noticed that Artisan Bank here in Delaware is offering 4.75% with 0 points. For a complete list of national rates, check out the updated mortgage rate deal posted here on DealCatcher!

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Saying Goodbye to a Friend…

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I met Cheryl Rice in my Sophomore year at the University of Delaware. I had just started my first course in Computer Science, my newly found major.  We met in a computer lab and became instant friends.  Cheryl was outspoken, determined and incredibly intelligent.  After our first class together, we decided to sign up for all of our remaining major classes together for the next 3 years. Over the past 10 years Alison & I have had the honor of calling Cheryl one of our closest friends.

picture-5During college I remember going to Cheryl’s dorm on a weekly basis to work on homework assignments and projects together.  We almost always tried to pair up whenever a project was assigned.  I have to admit that I don’t know if I would have made it through college without her.

I also remember what a fun time  Alison & I had when we went to San Francisco with Cheryl & Tricia in 2004 to see them get married.  Unfortunately, by the time we got out to San Francisco, they were no longer performing same sex marriages but we still had a wonderful adventure.  I will forever remember the picture of Cheryl behind bars with her cell mate Tricia in Alcatraz.

picture-61I greatly miss her and am heart broken by the fact that my daughter Haley will not get to spend more time with her Aunt Cheryl.  Haley will however, get to hear about her Aunt Cheryl, especially when we go to Disney and each year when we pull out the snow globe ornament Cheryl gave us.  I also plan on explaining to Haley when she starts driving the importance of putting on your parking break while near a body of water.

Cheryl’s death may seem sudden to most of us, including myself, however after looking back over the past 2 1/2 years, I realize it was not so sudden.  The death of Tricia took so much out of Cheryl which is completely understandable given their deep connection.  There are so many people who helped ease her pain during these past few years and to them I say Thank you.

I’d like to read a poem that Cheryl sent to me a few months back for the 2nd anniversary of Tricia’s death that I feel is helping me deal with her loss.  It is a poem about the Summer Solstice.

Today the sun crosses over the equator heralding the arrival of the autumnal equinox – the time when the northern and southern hemisphere receive the same amount of sunlight and day and night are of equal length.  As the long summer days are transformed into the shorter days nature slows down.  It is a time of harvest, a time for gratefully accepting and graciously letting go of that which is no longer needed.

The equinox invites us to consider what we have harvested in our lives and how we have been transformed by our experiences.  Nature serves as a constant reminder that transformation and change are necessary for new growth and expansion.  A tree releases its leaves in order for the next cycle to begin.  Some animal shed the outer layers of their skin – a yielding must occur for the new to emerge.

Transformation is often precipitated by a loss, a breakdown of existing structures or illness and we can easily become fearful or erroneously presume that something is not as it should be.   Remembering that all things have their season we are inspired by nature’s example to accept the countless blessings and gifts every season of life offers us.

Before Tricia passed, she and Cheryl decided they would meet in the far left corner of heaven and that Tricia would be wearing a big hat. Cheryl – we expect you and Tricia to be waiting for us in that same far left corner!

Welcome to my Blog

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My name, as you may have guessed, is Kevin Kahn and I am the affiliate manager for DealCatcher.com. Our site helps you save money by posting coupons & deals for hundreds of online merchants.  I have worked for DealCatcher.com since Dec 2000 and have to say I really enjoy helping friends & family save money.

In my spare time, I’ve been helping friends and family set up their sites and blogs. I have thought about writing my own blog for some time but never pulled the trigger. I have to admit that I finally decided to start writing my blog after seeing how much fun my brother-in-law Mark is having with his blog over at WineLife365.com. Thanks Mark!

I plan to use my blog to write about the many things that interest me including: saving money, going green for less, eating local / organic and saving more money. Ultimately the underlying theme of the blog will be to show you what types of green products we’re using and ways to save money.