Bill Gates can go to hell…

“So what did you do this weekend?”

Well as exciting as it sounds, I spent this weekend rebuilding my profile with Microsoft Money from the ground up – woo hoo! It seems to me that instead of making you agree to that 150-page long EULA for every product you attempt to “upgrade,” Microsoft may as well just throw down a nice, animated picture of Clippy giving you the middle finger because that’s about how I felt this weekend when trying to span from 2001 to 2005. Note that this is actually the second time that I’ve been granted the opportunity to reorganize my finances from the ground up – the last time a few months ago was purely by accident.

The next time it happens, I’m switching to Quicken.

Surprisingly, though, it did go a bit easier as I learned that through the miracle of online banking, I was able to import statements directly into the software of my choice…except from Chase because they’ve been “updating” their website for the past three years now, apparently…

But financially I am doing quite well now – last night was the first time I’ve checked to see where the old portfolio stands and, well, I don’t want to talk about it! Nonetheless, my new salary kicks in next week and my 401k should start accumulating nicely again, so at least not all is lost.

Two credit cards left to go and one will be gone by Christmas – man, it feels good to finally see the light at the end of that tunnel! I don’t know off hand just how much I’ve paid off this year – I’ll compute that in another couple of months, but let’s just say that Santa will be mighty proud of me this year.

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