Tea And Toast, Take Two

The rain into which I drove this morning kept me from making a side trip to Starbucks for a coffee. Willpower was the only thing which kept me from stopping at the Chick-Fil-A table which has been set up as a makeshift food source until someone reopens the cafeteria in the office building in which I work. Instead I’ve opted for the nearly-free breakfast of tea (provided by the Company) and toast (baked by yours truly this past weekend). And if two fairly skinny slabs of bread don’t proved to be sufficient sustenance I have some apples and a pear waiting to be consumed.

Another Good Lavanderia Noche
There is a sliver of curiosity inside of me which wonders if/when I ever get my plumbing fixed at the house if I’ll stop taking my laundry to the lavanderias which sit adjacent to some of my favorite cheap eats in town.

Last night I did laundry at the lavanderia which sits adjacent to Las Tortas Locas. To my pleasure I managed to beat the crowd to the lavanderia and was able to get my three loads, one of which was a comforter for my bed, done with no hassles. For my meal I noshed on two tacos — uno pastor y uno chorizo — and snacked on some carrots and sweet potatoes from their salsa bar. ¡Delicioso!

ITP Flickr Pic
I wanted to post another sunshiny shot to brighten another gloomy day. However, I have no more at the ready. So, I’m posting just the opposite.
Reminder Of Our Checkered Past
This was taken in what used to be a City of Atlanta public bus. What a shameful past this country has.

The Heat Is On
When I awoke to my many alarm clocks I noticed that the temperature in the house had dropped to 61º F. I have been holding off turning on the heat until I thought it was “needed” (though I know I should not wait until it’s absolutely necessary in case something is not right). With today’s high temperature in Atlanta predicted to be 58º F I thought the time was right to cave in to Scana Energy and turn on the gas.

Thankfully the heat and heater cooperated this morning, I have my fingers crossed that the same can be said all Fall/Winter.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – mur
Current Music – listening to last night’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts”
Website Of The Day – Though I don’t have much time for tv these days I still love the medium. LocateTV helps you locate tv online.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

November Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Tea And Toast, Take Two

  1. Martha says:

    I caved last night and turned the heat on. It was 61 in the house, I set the heat at 64. If it was just me, I would have held out longer, Jerry just doesn’t have the natural insulation that yours truly possess.

    Tea and toast was pretty much my dinner last night. I puked on the way to work yesterday and my tummy was not at all happy with me for most of the day. The 4ish miles I ran on the treadmill didn’t really seem to help things. Feeling better today, I’m off to the gym so that could change.

    I’ll be volunteering tonight at packet pick-up for Romp and Chomp if anybody is running on Saturday swing by and say hello!

  2. I too let the house warm up to 64. I think what warmed me more was hearing the heater actually turn on and kick out some heat.

    While I’m certainly not running this weekend I’m not exactly sure what I am doing. The really cold temperatures predicted keep changing my mind.

  3. Barb says:

    I just put another blanket on the bed last night, I think I really sleep better when I have heavy covers over me.

    We get to go sign our names a million times re-financing the house (again) this afternoon – went to a 20 year 4.25% loan (with no appraisal since we stuck with SunTrust again) & the payment won’t even increase $50/month. I think this should be the last re-fi, I really can’t imagine the rates going much lower.

    We are also going to see Race Across the Sky tonight – if Leadville, CO & a 100 mile mountain bike race interests you, tonight is the only night to see the movie. I heard last years movie was pretty damn cool, so we decided to go this year. (playing @ many theatres around town @ 8:30pm)

  4. Barb says:

    I don’t understand banks – I just got a call from Suntrust – if I set up a checking account & do their SurePay program for at least 2 months (autopays mortgage) they will give me $250. If I set up direct deposit into that account, I get another $150. So, I guess I’m opening a new checking account for at least 2 months.

  5. Barb, it does help explain why so many banks are failing.

  6. Martha says:

    Jerry’s out of town this weekend and so far the only thing I have planned is the 5K. Maybe I can get some stuff done around here.

    Barb, between the extra blanket and the heat, I woke up around 2am and had to change pjs because I was soaked in sweat.

    I’m waiting a bit longer on the refi…I’m in the first year of the adjustable part of my 5/1 ARM, I think it’s at 3.25%, it will adjust again in March. I’ll wait and see, plus by them maybe I’ll have a clue what I’m going to do with this place.

  7. I’ve had that happen to me on occasion, Martha.

    I haven’t even considered refinancing. The last time I refinanced was about eight years ago (you know who was living with me). I guess that my constant thought of selling keeps me from making long-term planning.

  8. Barb says:

    damn Paulie – I can imagine your interest rate. Even if you want to sell soon, you could do a no closing cost re-fi & lower your rate. We chose to pay closing costs because the interest rate was that much lower, and we will save more money over the life of the loan.

  9. 5.625% fixed

    I paid so much for appraisal and closing that I decided that it was a pain in the ass to refinance.

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