I went for a walk yesterday which was okay, except for the one point at which I almost had to come within six feet of people because of an awkward confluence; there were neighbors talking across the street, I was walking in one direction, and at the same time a person was walking toward us in the other direction — none of us were wearing face coverings. I like the shoes in which I have been doing my walks, a pair of New Balance “trail shoes”, model MT460GB, that I bought in great condition at Value Village last year. I like them so much that I went to buy a new pair from Zappos (aka Amazon), but lo and behold, this model hadn’t been made by New Balance in years, and New Balance doesn’t seem to make anything similar these days. Rats!

With the exception of one meal I will be cooking either today or tomorrow, I will be eating leftovers for the remainder of this week. This means that I certainly don’t need to go grocery shopping again until next week. Hooray for lessened social interaction?

I am struggling with German and may be in a class above my skill. It’s not like Goethe requires you to take tests in order to prove your worthiness for moving forward so I may have moved up when I shouldn’t have. Worst of all, I have been doing a lot of re-evaluation about life, who isn’t it these days?, and don’t know if I want to dedicate the time to trying to close the gap. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 209.0 pounds (-3.2 from last week’s weigh-in); that certainly seems impossible.

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35 Responses to 2020-04-14

  1. Lying in bed, listening to helicopters circle. A quick look at Google Maps shows two accidents on westbound I-20 causing a traffic jam. Ah, remember when this used to be the normal?

  2. I have completed Day 2 of “100 Days of Swift” and “100 Days of SwiftUI”! The first fifteen days seems a bit like cheating as the subject matter for each during this period is identical. Days sixteen through one hundred will put me to the test to get it all done in a day, along with all of the other things I have to do. Who knows, starting some time in May I may be forced to leave the house on a daily basis again…

  3. Have run out of coffee from Joe’s, I’ll have to wander up tomorrow morning when I have the time and have showered first thing in the morning.

  4. Bonnie says:

    *Fist bump* Paulie! Yay you! I am also down, 128.5. While that isn’t as good as the 126 I got down to a few days ago (126!!!), all I can do is try and right the ship, as you would say. Two cocktails last night and some Easter candy didn’t help.

    I know it’s awkward, but it seems to me there’s usually something you can do to get out of the 6-foot zone, even if it’s to temporarily step a few feet up into someone’s yard, driveway or even step aside and wait in the middle of the street. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Thanks! I have to think it’s a complete anomaly since I’ve not increased exercise, nor decreased eating considerably.

      I was headed straight down the middle of the road until I saw the woman also walking toward us. After I passed through the conversation zone I quickly moved to the other side of the road for the other walker. I also walked in a few yards to avoid children on bicycles, because most children have no idea what the hell is going on.

      • Bonnie says:

        I also encountered 4 children on bicycles riding in round and round in big circles around an intersection in Grant Park. A bit annoying, and they just did what they wanted.

  5. Has anyone signed up for the free HBO Go/Now offering? I’m considering doing it to watch Silicon Valley since I think that there is one (final?) season that I’ve yet to see.

  6. Steve Brady says:

    A fairly quiet day yesterday. More network issues that I need to overcome. Don’t know if it’s the iPhone or just what.

    Cut grass, ate dinner of chicken pot pie which was provided by Nicole when she delivered the children’s flea meds. Nice having your vet around the corner.

    Thanks to HwC, last nights sighting of a “train” of satellites was confirmed. As I sat in the hot tub I noticed at least 4 small, silent points of light which “disappeared” just beyond zenith. Travelling north to south (I don’t have any view north from the HT) on almost the exact same path. I reasoned they were just picking up the last of the setting sun at the altitude they were at and disappeared as they went into the shadows. They have no need for lights themselves. HwC led me to a website where such incidents can be tracked. Neat!


  7. Wish I were photogenic and had a kitchen conducive to filming, because I just converted up a (admittedly not original) idea based on my findings over the past few weeks — most Instant Pot recipes create way too much food.

    Some of you know that I am not a fan of freezing leftovers, though I have resorted to doin so currently.

  8. barb says:

    Another mellow evening at home, Allan spent most of the day pressure washing, so he was tired & sore. My friend Mike did an hour FB live concert, so that wasted an hour- and even sang my song suggestion (Walking In Memphis).

    I finally baked some bread – it was a no knead recipe – it may have been a little over proofed – as it didn’t rise up very much, it was a little dense, but it was tasty with the Happy Cow butter.

    We actually got in the hot tub last night too – but didn’t see the aliens (aka satellites) Steve was watching.

  9. Wish I could convince myself that I enjoyed yard work so my daily exercise would also be productive in cleaning up the ITP Estate.

    • barb says:

      but-aren’t you supposed to be working?
      I’m terrible at yardwork, I’m so glad Allan is good at it.
      after about 1 hour – I’m tired of it.

    • I am working, but I am trying to get exercise every day. Yesterday I walked. Today I just used my lunch hour for riding the trainer. If I could do yard work I’d get exercise and do something productive that also needs to be done.

    • Bonnie says:

      I try to tell myself the same thing! I did clean the whole porch and the furniture yesterday—I suppose that kind of counts as yard work. It did allow me to complete my 10,000 steps yesterday. 🙌🏻 But then I drank 2 cocktails on it. 🤦‍♀️

  10. Bonnie says:

    Shopping for 2 weeks and/or in bulk does not agree with me. It stresses me out. Living across the street from Kroger, I’m used to walking there every couple/few days and just buying what I can carry. I think it’s kind of fun actually. I about had a stroke when I saw the final bill today—I have never in my life spent anywhere near that, not even for the holidays when I cook “better food” and the family is visiting. And I didn’t even buy any alcohol! 😮 Granted there was some cat stuff and a couple things I’d normally buy at Target included, but still—most of it was grocery items. I did hoard a little because I have coupons expiring in a couple weeks and I wasn’t sure when I’d go back so I just bought that stuff today. I suppose I’m also buying food for 3 meals per day x 2 which isn’t required all that often.

    That experience has squashed my mood to exercise but I’ll try and make myself…

    When will life be normal again? Ugh.

    • No alcohol? 😱

      I have coupons but they have not been top of mind when I have shopped recently, since I am really trying to reduce human interaction with strangers.

      • Bonnie says:

        I know?!?! I was so tired of being in the store and making decisions I couldn’t expend any more brain cells on deciding on alcohol. So I essentially just gave up. That trip really drained me.

      • I feel you. The last two grocery runs have been very stressful for me.

    • barb says:

      I am with you on grocery shopping multiple times a week – this is so weird to me now to not do that. Allan is doing most of the shopping too, which is usually my job. I can’t think far enough ahead to plan everything out.
      We have way too much food, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of more things I “need”. And- I laughed – Allan bought a fresh pizza crust at publix. I mean, I finally found some yeast! (now I don’t have to try to make pizza dough, which is good, but still)

  11. barb says:

    Guess what? there’s a pretty good chance we might go ride our road bikes this evening. I really need to make myself get on the bike – its been WAY TOO LONG.
    its a little chilly, but a gorgeous day – so I told Allan that is what we should do tonight.

    • steve says:

      My CX bike is getting a workout as soon as I pull the plug today.

      I have a 7:30 Zoom Games meeting tonight, which should be interesting. While I certainly don’t think we need to cancel at this point, I think it certainly needs to be on our minds. And how are our suppliers fairing in all this? Golf carts? Tents? Tables and chairs? Will they still even be around to service us? I hope so.

    • Nice! One thing I look forward to when this covid-19 thing dies down is riding with y’all.

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