No, I thankfully did not find a body buried at my home last night. Had I done so it would have immediately been the last-straw for this abode.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat a food high in lycopene, such as tomato, red pepper, watermelon, grapefruit, or asparagus.
Lycopene is an antioxidant, so it has a protective effect on our body’s cells. Studies suggest that it is effective in warding off heart disease and fortifying bone health. Lycopene also shows promise as a way to prevent prostate cancer.
After stopping off at Lowe’s last night to pick up a t-bar, one that I will be returning soon since it is identical to the one I found in the basement while cleaning and moving things last night, I got home and started “The Plan.”
Figuring that I probably didn’t want to shut the water off in the house until today “The Plan” was to move many of the things that would do nothing more than get in the way today (and get ruined if they got wet) got moved upstairs (and above the potential water line).
The other part of last night’s plan was to mentally map the path of my pipes. Getting into the heads of 1956/1957 house builders can be a tricky thing (shit, in their minds we’d be using atomic power in our flying cars by now), so I was cautious not to make assumptions. I popped a few of the basements (gawd-awful ancient) drop-ceiling tiles to find nothing more than three black widow spiders whose lives ended with the suck of a shopvac, but alas no water pipes. After feeling a bit down I moved to another part of the house with a little more success. I think that I found the main inside cutoff point (and today need to move the pile of wood that makes getting to it nearly impossible) and think I understand the path of the cold water to the kitchen and water heater (Under the foundation? Really, what that a great idea?) as well as the path of the hot water to the kitchen and to the main bathroom. Today need to understand how the cold water gets to the two bathrooms.
I’m bummed to have not made it to the gym yesterday nor today but I the amount of sweat that I produced meant that I at least did some physical exercise.
ITP Flickr Pic
Back in the “early days of blogging” I stumbled upon a blog called “Romanlily.com” (not the official website for the then-open restaurant). If memory serves me right I found it via Google (yes, it was the dominant search engine even back then) search for a local salon called “Salon Red;” I think I was trying to find their phone number so that I could make an appointment. I was not a blog reader back then, but the trials and tribulations of “Grace” and her (then) husband reeled me in. I believe it was at the blog’s end I learned that “Grace” was a nom-de-plume for someone that I have now met and am happy to know IRL today.
What you see above is a print out I made nine years ago today (holy shit!) containing a recipe for Confetti Stuffed Burritos that I came across while cleaning out my briefcase over the weekend. The only thing crazier than realizing that I printed this out nine years ago today is that I have been carrying this paper nearly daily since then and have only made this delicious recipes a few times.
Also on today’s agenda is turning off the water to the house so that I can take out the closet ceiling that has been collecting the water drips. From my investigative work last night I am fairly certain that the leak is occurring along the hot water line that takes water to the far bathrooms (main and basement). My hope is that the leak is a direct leak from the area that I demolish today, and that it is not running down the pipe from somewhere else.
My main goal prior to the plumber’s scheduled arrival some time this afternoon is to have the leaky area completely ready for repair without having one of those DIY disasters that I have seen so many times while having playing on DIY Network on my TV at work.
Today’s Personal Project
Start thinking positively in hopes of steering the rest of my life in the right direction.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – My morning reading — How Stuff Works’ “How to Fix Pipes”.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 212.6 pounds
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (2 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 15
Carnivorous Meals – 9
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– not get sick
– lose two pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 50 miles
– lift weights at the gym no fewer than eight times
– finish at least two of the books I am reading
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
– drink a lot less alcohol
– prepare a house repair plan and budget
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
– return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her
2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate
2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013
- Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
- 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg