List/Grid Yearly Archives: 2010

December Update – working through our 2010 financial goals

Wow, Christmas is almost here…are you ready? My wife and I are normally the types to have our acts together but this year, with our move to a new home just days away and many other things on the go, we’ve fallen behind in our holiday preparations. It doesn’t feel good because it’s not our style. Luckily for us, most of our family is committed to a wine bottle exchange for Christmas. Well, at least the adults are!  Kidding aside, we have tons of shopping to do over the next week while getting settled into the new place; we’ll ...

Why I hate moving

While I try to avoid ranting on my blog (I sound like my friend Big Cajun Man…) I just can’t help myself today. I hate moving. But we did it to ourselves. Earlier this fall, my wife and I fell in love with a home just outside Ottawa and submitted our purchase offer for it. Within hours, our offer was accepted. Even though the songbirds were singing and we were overjoyed with the news, the shock quickly set in about what just happened – we needed to sell our home. That was almost two months ago. Fast forward to today, we’re packing ...

Welcoming Emera to my portfolio

  Who they are: It’s a well-known, established Canadian dividend-payer in the energy sector, generating primarily electricity and making sure that electricity gets to their customers. A bit more details from the Emera website: “With strategic energy services and infrastructure that includes electric utilities in the Northeastern US, Atlantic Canada, St. Lucia, Grand Bahama and Barbados, a pumped storage hydro-electric facility, natural gas pipelines, a gas-fired power plant, an energy services company and a renewable tidal energy company, ...

November 2010 Dividend Income Update

  A few days late with my dividend income update, but better late than never! It’s been hectic week since we got back from vacation but in a good way. My wife celebrated her birthday this past week, we started packing for our move (coming in two weeks, whoa) and we got some Christmas shopping done. Fun and productive I must say!   Like some of my fellow bloggers already announced (Passive Income Earner, Loonie Bin to name a couple), shareholders of Enbridge were also given a reason to celebrate this week: the Calgary-based pipeline ...

Project management and personal finance parallels

  Getting back to work and into the grove (or rut) from vacation this week, I feel compelled to import some of what I’m experiencing at work into my blog today. I’ll set the scene… You’re asked to work on a new project, it’s high-profile and you’re the project manager. You’ll be given resources, although there are limits. You’ll be given time to complete the project, although there is a due-date down the road. You’ll be given scope to work within, although you’ve got some wiggle room to manoeuvre. You’re excited and you ...

Back from Argentina edition – Part 2

In my last post, I mentioned our vacation to Argentina has quickly come and gone, but not without many memories and experiences. Our vacation started in Buenos Aires and we stayed in “BA” for 5 full days. It was an amazing city and as my last post mentioned, full of culture. Beyond visiting and enjoying numerous cafes and restaurants, we also visited the city’s fine arts museum, their beautiful parks, watched some tango in rustic San Telmo neighbourhood, visited the botanical gardens in the heart of the city, the city zoo and also the ...

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