It seems that few people from the barrio do laundry on Tuesday night; I was one of four groups of people doing laundry in this usually-crowded lavanderia. I just have to make Tuesday my official day for laundry, at least while I am in a situation that causes me to do laundry elsewhere.
After packing up my clean clothes I wandered into Las Tortas Locas (huh, no website?) where I had a burrito al pastor, and an order of chips and queso.
I was home by 9:30pm, early enough to pass out on the couch thus ruining any chance of sleeping through the night.
Traffic was pretty good as I drove into work at 5:30am this morning.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Find out where to recycle outdated or unused electronics in your community.
Old cell phones, printers, and computers that end up in landfills can pollute our communities with toxic materials, making oceans and streams less safe for drinking, swimming, and supporting wildlife. To keep electronics out of the trash, many cities and towns have recycling centers for e-waste. Others schedule drop-off days throughout the year. Bonus: recycling e-waste can help you clear clutter from your desk or closets.
In the City of Atlanta there is a website called Keep Atlanta Beautiful (assuming you believe that it’s beautiful currently, which I do not) for this information.
Speaking of this I will have a small haul for them next month when this event is hosted.
Harry’s Not In A Hurry
Last night I became a Harry’s customer. I hemmed and hawed all day about using the service which I dutifully recommended yesterday, and then when I heard that I could save $5 on my first order using the offer code “quit” (it’s the name of a podcast on 5by5) I was compelled to buy.
My first order consists of a $20 kit called “The Truman Kit SS14” and an order of blade refills. I chose the free 5-10 business day ground shipping since I am in no immediate need of shaving paraphernalia.
The $150 Gamble
My fixed-rate natural gas plan renewal is imminent. In the next few weeks I must decide how long I want to lock in my gas rate, with a whopping $150 “exit fee” if I leave Scana Energy before the duration of the plan I have chosen expires.
Currently Scana Energy offers three lock-in period lengths — 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months. Realistically, even if I were to put my house on the market today I wouldn’t be able to sell and move in the next six months, so that plan is right out; this leaves the twelve and eighteen month plans. While I could see being out of the house by next April it’s unlikely given the speed at which I am repairing (or more accurately not repairing) the things that need be fixed in order to list the house. Truthfully, I’m not sure I want to think of being in the house a year and a half from now (I need to live more as I’m getting no younger, you know.) so perhaps the twelve-month plan selects itself. I suppose that if I am not out in the house by next April I could always choose the six-month plan then, assuming that I am not in the exact position in which I find myself today.
Thinking Of Getting Away
It hasn’t been a month since my Austin trip and I am due to head to Black Mountain, North Carolina in a few weeks, but I am having serious wanderlust issues at the moment. The website that I will be featuring as the Website of the Day hasn’t helped matters either.
Today’s Personal Project
Getting a haircut tonight, may wander into George’s to see who is there.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – ambivalent
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Because of the needs of my job I have been looking into stock photography and illustrations. Recently I discovered Pond5.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep failing to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
2014 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
– 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
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)
2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to 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)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
- “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
- “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway