Melinda and Christa have been doing such an amazing job, you may or may not have noticed my sudden disappearing act here on MomVesting. Fortunately, I have a really great reason for being MIA. I’m pregnant!

Needless to say, between the nausea and the extreme exhaustion (nobody warned me of the latter taking over my life), I’m way behind on my reading! The little person who’s causing all of this mischief is more than a welcomed addition, but I wish he or she would let me stay awake long enough to live a little.

I finally watched The Social Network this weekend. Have you seen it yet? While I’m not going to take time reviewing the movie, there was one line I wanted to mention. In the movie, they make the distinction how the Internet is written in ink, not pencil.

The evolution of blogging has always fascinated me. From online diaries to money making ventures, the blogosphere is just brimming with new uses every day. One thing that seems to remain the same is an odd balance of anonymity and popularity.

Here in the good old U.S. of A., we’re celebrating the Fourth of July weekend. My mind is on sunscreen and insect repellent. It’s also on sports and recreation.

My husband is starting up a new business out here, and I have to tell you that it’s a bit scary. With my own business, there was not a lot of overhead, so I was able to bootstrap it from the ground up. His, on the other hand, requires quite a bit of equipment, so we’ve really put a huge chunk of change onto the books already.

With the onslaught (negative connotation intended) of harvest upon us here in Kansas, my role as a rancher’s wife has seemed to trump all other roles right now. Balancing the investments of ranching can sometimes be tricky with emergency expenses popping up daily.

Between storms that blew our greenhouse 300 feet from its original resting place and lug nuts actually pulling through tire rims, everyday seems like a loss with no gain in sight. So, what keeps us farming?

Here on MomVesting, you’ll find that along with investing our money, we often explore the topic of investing in self. Well, this Friday evening I spent half of my day punching holes in my magazines. I haven’t decided if this was a good investment of my time yet or not.

Have you ever had one of those weeks that seemed to have just slipped by without you noticing? Well, now that I realize it’s already the end of May, it occurs to me that I must have had one of those months.

I’ve been so wrapped up with my projects that I didn’t even notice that my husband changed my desktop background. It now reads, “Drink Coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy.” I’m not sure where he found that image, but I think I’d like to plaster it all over my office.

How about you? Let’s take a look at what you’ve been up to this week:

This weekend, I will be out on the lake, fishing and playing in the sand. How about you? How did you spend this weekend? I know a lot of people’s minds were on something else that the media was covering this weekend, but it looks like we’re all still here blogging.

So, without further adieu, let me share with you my favorite recent posts:


Balance Junkie “Opportunity Cost and Opportunity Lost

Growing up on a farm, I can still remember the feelings of peace of comfort that come along with thinking your little family is all that actually exists in the world. I used to pick up dandelions that had gone to seed, made a wish, and then blew all the seeds off. I was sure this was the quickest way to get what I wanted without actually having to tell anyone.

Has anyone else noticed just how crazy everyone is going over Extreme Couponing? While I was going back and rounding up some of the great posts I’ve seen over the week, I was amazed at how many were about couponing.

Our own Melinda is a couponing extraordinaire (according to me), and it’s fun to see her get so excited about the Sunday coupons coming out! In my town, it’s a rarity to see someone going in the line in front of you with a coupon; however, that is quickly changing.

Happy holiday weekend! I’ve enjoyed reading many great posts over the last week. I tried to include most of them here; although, there were quite a few of you who I considered added multiple posts for in this lineup. I can’t wait to find out what you have in store for us next week!

Money Cone had a rather exciting Friday in “So Someone Tried to Use My Credit Card to Buy a Laptop.”