Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wuthering Heights

I first read this book in a high school English class, and I remember having mixed feelings about it then: the story and the characters intrigued me, but I found the reading to be difficult and tedious. Still, the book persisted in my memory for a long time.

So when I was looking for something to read on my new Kindle -- more on that shiny device coming soon in a future blog post -- I realized that a lot of the classics were freely available for download through Project Gutenberg, and Wuthering Heights naturally caught my eye. So I downloaded it and began reading.

The first thing I noticed, to my surprise and delight, was that the text didn't seem difficult or tedious at all. I guess that's what an extra ten years of education and life experience will do for you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

To Rent Or To Own?

Keep renting that apartment, or buy your own place? It's a question that seems to have many conflicting answers, and a question that I suspect is particularly common among newlywed couples first starting to build a life together.

My husband and I are at that stage in our married life. We're gearing up to start expanding our family soon, and our one-bedroom basement apartment just isn't going to be enough. Not too long ago, I blogged about how we briefly considered renting another place, and even went around looking at some apartments, before deciding that we'd rather save up for a place of our own.

But what exactly was the logic behind our decision? In this post, I'm going to look at the arguments for owning vs. renting, and the things we took into account when considering this important question about our future.