$2k Spent And Still Not Happy

I have a new functioning water heater. I have a fixed water leak. I have a new master shutoff valve and pressure regulator inside a box in the front yard outside the house, yet on my side of the water meter. I have knowledge about my leaking drainage pipe. I found out that one of my leaking sinks has rusted to the point where it needs to be replaced. I have a wealth of new understanding about the utilities in my house.

However, I still have the same weak water pressure that lead me to find the leak on Sunday night. The pressure to the toilet and shower seem okay, so maybe it’s the sink’s faucet or water line?

I am not happy.

A good question would be “Why didn’t you check the water pressure before the plumber left?” I have no good answer other than “I don’t know.” or “I assumed fixing the leak would fix the sink.” or “With $2k worth of work I expected everything coming into the house would be fine.”

Must. Sell. House. I’m targeting this Fall/Winter.

Perhaps it’s time for me to get a MSH tattoo in order to repeatedly remind myself of “The Mission.”

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share the number-one thing you do to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Getting sufficient sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but with millions of adults complaining of insomnia, we clearly can use some help getting those zzzs! By sharing your sleep tip and reading how others do it, you may get some good ideas that you can use tonight.

I guess “drink until I pass out” is not the answer they are seeking.

Wakey, Wakey. Latey, Latey.
I don’t know what came over me this morning but I managed two turn the alarm off twice and go back to sleep each time. I finally arose near 7:00am which is far too late for me to hit LA Fitness before going into work.

Bummer. I was hoping today was going to be the day that I resurrected my workout routine.

ITP Flickr Pic
“The Waiting Is The Hardest Part”
The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
As I have been doing on many recent Sundays I, along with much help from my bread machine, baked a loaf of bread. This being National Beer Day I substituted a can of beer for the water (okay, I do this every time I make a loaf of bread — it works quite well!).

On most Sundays I cut into it while it’s still piping hot, smear butter on a large slice, and consume while grinning ear-to-ear. Today I chose to let the loaf cool as instructed.

I hait hate waiting…

And since I’ve started making loaves of bread I understand the adage “It’s the best thing since sliced bread” as I am fairly unsuccessful slicing my loaves well.

What’s Next For The ITP Estate?
Well, the plumbing (all sinks and other known issues) is obviously still a major issue. I need to strip and paint all of the exterior iron work. I need to hire someone to come in an re-plaster (or maybe just repair) the living room ceiling. I need to clear out the back yard — specifically the huge fallen branch, but more generally clear it out so that it looks nice. I need to hire someone to repair and paint my soffet and eaves. I need to get a replacement window put into the kitchen, perhaps two so that they will match. I need to install one ceiling fan and replace another.

I need to win the lottery, or some equivalent to that.

Tonight, A Play?
Tonight is my rescheduled night to see “The Fabulous Lipitones” at Theatrical Outfit. I was originally scheduled to see this play last Saturday night, but had to reschedule for Ira Glass. In hind site with the NCAA Final Four downtown that same night it’s fortunate for me that I had to reschedule, and oh yeah, I got to hang out with ITP-Reader Jenka that night too.

Today’s Personal Project
Catch up at work; stop worrying about my house; attain happiness.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – I could use a hug
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – It’s barbecue. It’s banjos. It’s Memorial Day weekend. It’s Evans, Georgia. It’s Banjo-B-Que 2013. Wanna go?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
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 – 17
Carnivorous Meals – 10

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

April Goals
– 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

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
  2. 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to $2k Spent And Still Not Happy

  1. And today I am suffering from “inhaled sheetrock dust” + “insane pollen count” induced discomfort.

  2. Debbie says:

    Consider yourself hugged.

    The good news may be that it might finally be a decent time to put a house on the market. Even down here in the sticks, I’m seeing lots of sold and under contract signs recently.

    Bunny, what a sweet name, is hell on wheels. It’s like trying to walk Cujo on a leash as she lunges at every other animal on the place. Hope she mellows soon or this might not work out.

  3. Martha says:

    hait?? is that the British spelling?

    Plaster? Your house doesn’t have plaster does it? Most of those are pretty simple, do it yourself tasks. I replaced most the windows in my house, all by myself. It isn’t that complicated, I’d be happy to supervise.

    As a matter of fact, I’ve done drywall, replaced fans/lights, windows, installed a new sink/faucet…and I can bring over the chain saw, we can make quick work of the back yard. Who’s in for a work day? I’m free Saturday and Sunday afternoon this weekend.

  4. Barb says:

    Allan works Saturday, and I’m hoping to go ride the Tony Serrano bike ride with a start way the hell out in Monroe with Michelle & whoever else wants to tag along. It is rumored to hav ehte best rest stop food, not that that is why I want to go,b ut it is an added bonus.
    Sunday is the spring dress wheelhopper, it wouldn’t break my heart to miss that.
    Allan has also done a lot of plumbing, he might have an idea what the water pressure issue is. Glad at least some of the problems are solved.

    So, my market research study last night was all about a possible new A1 based sauce for Arby’s roast beef sandwiches. Very interesting, we taste tested 6 different sauces, getting a new sandwich each time. I did manage to be good & only eat a couple bites each time. We got paid $85 for about an hour & a half, not counting traffic. Damn Paulie, that traffic does totally suck near your office at 5:30pm.

  5. bob says:

    Your low water pressure is probably due to your pressure regulator that was just installed. Your pressure was too high which caused the leak which dropped the pressure. Now with a regulator you will not spring leaks but you will have to learn to live with lower water pressure.

  6. “hait” must mean that I’m officially Southern. 🙂

    The walls are sheetrock. The ceiling is sheetrock with a plaster layer below it. Repair may be out of the question since it has a funky pattern. I have considered doing a popcorn ceiling (read “relatively cheap and easy”) even though I know everyone else hates them.

    This weekend I’ll be up in North Georgia camping otherwise I’d take you up on the offer.

    Barb, yes it does hence my nearly 500 Taco Mac beer list and my membership to LA Fitness. Where was the research held? When I used to do them it was right next to my old office at 85/North Druid Hills.

    Bob, the water pressure at that sink is almost unusably low right now.

  7. Barb says:

    Jackson & Assoc. is on Hammond – where all that construction is going on, pretty close to Peachtree Dunwoody.

  8. Steve says:

    The PRV should be adjustable:

    And I’d be in for a day of labor- I’ve got fences to mend at JEFDSDR and will need some extra hands!!

    Bunny is indeed hell on wheels. I got home about 10:15 lastt night from the Games meeting and took Bunny out for a walk. More like a pull actually- we step out the door and she’s after Brownie, about taking my shoulder out of the socket. We attempted to walk down the driveway, but the concept seemed quite foreign.

    This will be interesting…


  9. Steve, when do you plan to do fence work? If I am available I will be available to help out.

  10. Steve says:

    We haven’t set a date- we have to do some inventory, go buy the boards and whatnot, and find a generator (a little one) to drive the air compressor and saw. Debbie would like it to be sooner rather than later so it’s not so bleeping hot.

  11. Barb says:

    we are pretty booked up on the weekends for April……Sunday May 5 or the next weekend is pretty much it for “free” time any time soon.

  12. Martha says:

    I can not recommend enough a gentle leader for the dogs…we have one for Logan and another for Nibble (her’s is more of the no jump harness thing, and yes it is pathetic that I can walk a 10 pound dog without one). I can walk both now without all the stress.

    Just let me know about any work days, I need to bank some good karma, who knows what I might need once the home reno is on the way 🙂

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