I was interested this morning to see how my week of illness would affect today’s weigh in. In addition to eating less, I have not had a beer in a week. The former is a habit that I intend to continue, the latter will end tonight when I meet my buddy Shelby at Brew Dog.

New to my tv viewing rotation on Hulu is a short-lived, but soon to be rebooted tv show called “Party Down”. The series, about failed actors working as caterers, has an interesting bloodline. Initially created in the early 00s, Party Down was supposed to star Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and Jane Lynch. However the pilot never aired, and then the show launched with a whole bunch of faces you will recognize if you’ve watched Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, Veronica Mars, or Glee. It’s mildly entertaining, and I should be caught up for the reboot in a few weeks.

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was CLAIM. Oof, that was harder than it should have been.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 192.8 pounds (-5.2 from last week’s weigh-in); I should get sick a few more times, or just continue eating the smaller portion sizes I ate since I had no appetite last week.

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I thought that I was finally “healthy” again on late Saturday night, that was until I started coughing sporadically and having some chest congestion on Sunday. This remains an experience I don’t wish to live again anytime soon.

On Saturday morning I walked around WLF a bit to see how after five days away, with rain occurring during most of them, it had held up. Unfortunately, it really didn’t. All of the seedlings I planted in the past few months were eaten by something. Normally I blame the squirrels, but one of the beds was covered with bird netting, so the culprits must have been much smaller, like mice, slugs, or snails. Ugh.

I spent a good number of hours yesterday working on my Wordle clone iOS app. Believe it or not, it mostly works, but is coded a bit crudely and is missing a lot of the entertaining characteristics like the flipping of the tiles to reveal their changes. These sort of tricks are but one of many things I still need to learn in order to interview for a job.

This week I need to do all of the adulting that was put on hold while I convalesced. And with any luck this week will also see the return of exercise to my life.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was PASTE. This is the my third consecutive three day. Woot!

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To say that this has been a trying week for me is an obvious understatement. As of this morning my body has still not rid itself of this flu. I no longer feel horrible, but I don’t feel great either. I’m hoping that I will feel well enough to walk with Betsy tomorrow morning.

Regardless of my health I continue to try to rebuild my coding skills, because with each passing day I realize how much I need to relearn.

Happy birthday to the guy who has to refer to me as his brother!

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was GROAN

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The last time I was this sick was in February 2020. Back then, we joked that I contracted the novel coronavirus after eating in a Chinese buffet. How naïve were we?

Unless I have a variant that is undetectable by my COVID home tests I once again have escaped the dreaded disease, but that doesn’t diminish how shitty I have felt this week. And each time I believe that it has broken, the virus looks at me and says “Oh, I’m not done with you yet.” (during some fever pitches the other night I might have had a vision quest like this) As of 5:20am I am still afflicted, I have a cough, am achy, have a minor headache, and occasional shivers.

Maybe today will be the day it vacates my body? Fingers crossed. Regards of my progress I think that I will self isolate for the next few days. This will help the budget, and maybe even my waistline.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was MOGUL

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Happy ITP New Year! I figured if the Chinese can decide when their year starts, so can I.

The plan was to start my efforts for losing weight and saving money today, but then I got sick on Monday throwing all plans in the air. I thought the illness had broken when I awoke at 5:00, my shirt was damp from sweat but my head was clear and my headache gone. That improvement didn’t last long however, I am back to feeling shitty.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SPOUT

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Something came upon me yesterday causing me to spend most of the night under covers on the futon. When I’d get up to pee I’d uncontrollably shiver as if it were 30°F in the house. I’m supposed to meet up with a buddy this afternoon, let’s see how I feel later.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was HOUSE. I am pleased with the strategy I employed to get me there in four today.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 198.0 pounds (+2.2 from last week’s weigh-in); not going to beat myself up about this today. It is what it is and it’s been a tough weather and health week so exercise has been sparse.

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One of the last things I expected to encounter on Saturday night was the M6’s goddamn TMPS alarm going off on my drive home from meeting my buddies in Chamblee. I woke up yesterday and checked the pressure in each tire, and if you can believe it, I discovered that after only one day one of the tires has a fucking nail embedded it. FFS, it’s not like I am driving around construction sites or anything like that. I am returning to Discount Tire this morning, hopefully the insurance I purchased will mean that they will patch it for free. I wasn’t feeling physically/emotionally great before discovering this new problem, and this turn of events really derailed my day.

One good thing to happen this weekend was discovering a little library that also is a jigsaw puzzle swap! I grabbed a free puzzle on my walk, and will return it when I am done, as well as the one I completed a few weeks ago to keep the cycle going.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was TREAD, apropos for all of the tire nonsense with which I am dealing.

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Did a five mile walk yesterday. This weather has not been conducive to the thought of outdoor bike riding (but has not stopped the hardcore, so I guess that I am not hardcore), and look, more rain is predicted for next week.

I experimented with dinner last night, making a baked pasta dish. The experiment came by not boiling the pasta prior to baking it. I have done a similar magic trick using the Instant Pot, but wanted to try using the stove. Conclusion? I should have baked it without the lid, because in order to drive off the water I needed to bake it an additional twenty minutes, which did not help the texture of the final product. Oh well, at least it was an edible failure.

Off to get expensive new tires for the M6. I’m bringing my laptop with me, because at the rate I am burning through my savings I am going to need to earn an income again.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was GUILE, admittedly a low-percentage word for getting Wordle In One.

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It wasn’t until it was too late that I realized I never read my daily short story yesterday. Oh well, streak broken, perhaps I will start a new one today. At least I feel as if I had a good excuse, I was busy working on my “homework”, went out for a 4.5 mile walk, and went over to Betsy’s for dinner.

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was CAMEO

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I’d like to tell you at what time the Department of Watershed Management finished their job and reinstated my water, but I have no idea because they never told anyone. At 6:30pm I wandered down toward the job site, and upon seeing vehicles driving past had a good feeling that they had finished and cleared out. Of this I was correct, and when I returned home I was able to purge the air and dirty water from the ITP Estate’s pipes and resume life as “normal”.

If you live in the southeast of the US the rain is a’comin, or has come and gone by the time you read this. It seems that we’ve had a very wet winter. I probably could have filled three rain barrels with what has fallen in the past three months, sadly I have but one.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SLICE

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