Probably the coolest thing that happened this week is we got to see Dave Ramsey and Chis Hogan LIVE via their Smart Money Tour!

Dave Ramsey's Smart Money Tour

Originally we weren’t planning on going because we thought it would just be more of the same stuff we already knew, and eventually we’re going to do a trip to meet Dave and do our debt-free scream. As the weeks progressed and he talked about it on his show, I started to regret not getting tickets. Then Joshua and I came to our FPU class Monday night and the head of the finance ministry asked if we were interested in going since one guy was sick and couldn’t go.

I’m so glad we got to go! Even though a lot of the material convered was review for us, it was still neat to see both Dave and Chris. Not only that but they introduced their new budget program called EveryDollar which is like Mint but for people who are on the Dave Ramsey program.


It’s still in Beta and you have to join the waitlist, but we all got invite codes at the event that allowed us to start using it right away. Yesterday Joshua and I did our budget for March with it, and it we LOVE it! Just what us nerds need!


Monday was a nice slow day at the office which was great given that we were all coming off a weekend away with each other in Bodega Bay. At the end of the day we began disassembling this massive desk unit in preparation for remodeling the office. We pulled the love seat and two chairs in from the lobby and had a nice little lounge area for the day.

dg lounge area

The next day we went to IKEA and came back with a few black tabletops and a bunch of KRILLE legs.

dg lounge area

We’re still trying to figure out where the desks should go; that’s the beauty of having legs on wheels – we can move them around however we want. Next is deciding on paint colors for the walls!


I spent this week trying to finalize my site architecture for TheLovelyGeek.com. It has been a challenge because I am forcing myself to go through the same process I make my clients go through instead of just jumping right into design, which I tend to do with my own personal projects. I know that by doing it this way I will have a better end product, but the designer in me just wants to create right now!


Week in Review

I’ve had a little writer’s block lately, so when I saw Dana’s weekly review post I thought this would be a great idea to get out of my blogging slump.

February Week in Review


It’s been quiet and a little lonely at home this past week. Joshua left early Tuesday morning to fly to Alabama for Mercedes training and didn’t return until yesterday. In the evenings I hung out with the animals and finished up season seven of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

I took the dogs to Doggie Day Camp at PetSmart on Tuesday, and overall they had a lot of fun. I was a little worried at first because Tucker has a bit of anxiety, so I had to carry him into the store; he doesn’t like getting groomed, so I think he thought I was taking him to get groomed. Once he realized he was there for playtime he got excited.

By the time I dropped them off again yesterday for boarding they were excited to be back, and I had no issues with Tucker. I’m thinking about taking them to Doggie Day Camp maybe once a week now. I’ll have to see how to fit it into the budget.


It was a short but productive week at the office. Monday was President’s Day, so no work for me. Tuesday I wrapped up the last of my stakeholder interviews for the research phase of one of the new projects I am working on.

I only had two meetings, so I was mostly able to focus on research. There have been a lot of changes at work in the last couple of months (new management and whatnot), so we’ve been working on new ways of doing things, one of which is spending more time in our research phase.

Yesterday we had off because we’re spending the weekend up at Bodega Bay for a company retreat. With all the changes happening we felt it was important to have a weekend retreat away from the office where we can come together and talk about the future of the company.


It’s a been about a year and a half since I’ve had my blog here at CristinaRobinson.net. At the time I wanted to keep my blog and my web portfolio separate, especially if potential clients are Googling me.

As I’ve thought about the improvements I want to make on my blog I’ve found myself missing Lovely Geek as my overall identity. I’ve decided that I want to go back to that. It makes sense, especially since all my social handles are Lovely Geek – even this blog has been referred to as Lovely Geek.

So I’m happy to announce that in the next coming months I will be moving the blog over to TheLovelyGeek.com, so expect some changes happening real soon. I’m excited!


A couple weeks ago the Roomba ran over some cords in the guest room causing my little lamp on the nightstand to shatter. I decided to replace it with the owl lamp from my office seeing since the light is a lot softer, much better suited for a bedroom than desk.

My desk is now a little lonely for some light…

Current Office Setup

Well, the beauty of this is that it happens to be my birthday month (Saturday), so I’ve been getting quite a few birthday coupons for my favorite retailers. There are a couple different ones I’ve had my eye on…

Desk Lamps

I really like the Mid-Century one from West Elm except I am not a fan of the gold trimmings. I’m curious to see how the first one turns on and how much light it puts out. I like the last one from IKEA, but I wonder if it would conflict with the two lamps I have on the other side of the room I got from Target.

I think with all of these I need to see them in person. Guess I need to make a shopping trip!


Tonight, Joshua and I will start our second round of co-coordinating Financial Peace University at our church. It also marks one year that we began this journey, and I can’t help but think how far we’ve come.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

Joshua and I started Financial Peace University a year ago with “too much month at the end of our money” and a variety of debt (credit cards, car lease, mortgage, furniture payments), but with the optimism of winning with money. We had no idea that nine weeks later we would have cut up all our credit cards with a vow of never going back to borrowing money.

Now a year later we’re FPU coordinators and able to share our story and wisdom with others. We do a budget every month, use cash for the majority of purchases, we’re debt-free minus the house, have a fully-funded emergency fund, contributing to retirement, and we try to incorporate different ways we can be better spenders and givers everyday.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, but this was truly an awesome class. If you have the opportunity to take it… take it!

Otherwise I recommend Dave’s book that started it all, The Total Money Makeover. Warning: if you invite me to your wedding, you’re getting this book from me as a wedding present because man I wish someone had given us this book as a wedding gift! It truly changed our lives, our way of thinking, and our marriage – for the better!


January has been a busy month for me, and while I haven’t done every single assignment for the January Cure like I have done in the past, here’s a look back at what I have accomplished around the house:

We got the closet doors hung up in the guest room and cleaned it up a bit:

Guest Room Closet

Cleaned Guest Room

The kitchen got a good cleaning:

Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen

So did the living room:

Living & Dining Room

As did the master bedroom:

Master Bedroom

Of course there is always more to do, but I really am happy with how far this house has come in the two, now going on three years, we’ve been here. Now this weekend I can relax (and start on my taxes – hah)!