Pretty decent weekend, spent mostly at home with the exception of walking with Betsy Saturday and watching the World Cup final at Midway Pub yesterday.

For all of my whining about not getting lucky at Wordle last week I have reversed that by getting the answer in two yesterday and today. I have still yet to achieve the ultimate goal of getting it on my first attempt.

I solved today’s Wordle in two attempts; my starter today was MEANT

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43 Responses to 2022-12-19

  1. Maybe I’ll get it in one for a Christmas miracle? 🙂

  2. While I didn’t shatter a Wordle record, I did manage to finally, and unfortunately, shatter one of the dishes I felt were indestructible while washing dishes this morning. A dish slipped out of my hands and hit another, shattering onto a hundred shards. To show how tough these Corelle dishes are, one survived a fall onto bricks the other day when I took some scraps out to the compost bin!

  3. David says:

    Yep, the news is true, Wordle in 1 today! I forgot about Wordle over the weekend because my wife’s movers arrived early Saturday morning. The move went smoothly. With each passing day I’m ever more convinced that I’ve made the right call. For instance, I’ve slept through the night 3 out of the past 7 nights. I used to go weeks in between getting a single full night of sleep.

    I read the blog this morning and almost used Paulie’s word try to get it in 2, but I decided not to, and literally guffawed when all of the letters turned green on the first pass. I never expected to get Wordle in one, but there we go, I can check that off of the bucket list. I then couldn’t not share the news directly with Paulie. I truly didn’t mean to steal your fire there!

  4. I think that I am going to sign up for Big BRAG this week, selecting the shuttle option to take me from the end city to the start city. If my little birdies are correct, it will be easier for me to drive my shit to/from East Atlanta to/from the ending town, than the starting town.

    I still can’t commit to STU, because I still can’t fathom enjoying myself in the presence of someone. I know, get over it, and all that shit, but I am just speaking the truth. The price increase for STU isn’t as great, so perhaps I will wait awhile to make my decision about it.

    • Bob says:

      Good on you for signing up for BRAG! It’s always a fun week. However, I would not purchase the shuttle yet. Wait for the route to be announced as we may be able to self shuttle if the start and finish are not 5 hours away. You can always purchase the shuttle later.

    • Registered for the full week of Big BRAG (don’t tell anyone but I said that I am a Chattahooligan)! Per Bob’s tip I didn’t register for the shuttle (yet).

      Merry Fucking Christmas to me!

      • Bob says:

        Welcome to the team!

        • Oh crap, now I am going to have to be in good enough shape to ride a century in June… hahaha

          • David says:

            You can totally get there. In 2019 I went from having to lay on the ground to recover from a dizzy spell after taking a hill too fast a couple 0f miles from my house in April to doing my first century in September. And that was a spontaneous, seat-of-my-pants, unsupported century. Having ridden a solo century versus two supported ones, the support makes all the difference.

  5. Steve says:

    A genuine ace! Congrats, David. In 4 for me.

    We had a sick pong. Gausey colliced Saturday. We were going to clean the barn and when I came, she was laying down (OK)but I put hay out and she still laid down. I got her up but she still laid back down. Debbie came out while I walked her and gave her something for pain while calling the vet. As we were hitched and ready to roll, Debbie and friends took her to the clinic where she has spent the last 2 nights. Seems all fine yesterday and we threw in another day of monitoring just to be sure.

    The match yesterday 2as an amazing heavyweight fight. France finally found their game at the 80 minute and it was all on from there.

    Off to get he horse, then to the ophthalmologist this afternoon.


  6. Jenka says:

    Whelp, our Christmas plans got totally 180-ed over the weekend. We have Finn until Christmas morning and then we were going to get on a plane to Sandestin and look at the ocean for 3 days. We did that last year and it was litrally the most relaxing couple of days I have ever experienced, and we wanted to re-create it. But it’s going to be 46 degrees there. What would we do, sit in our hotel room? I mentioned this to my brother while we were Facetime-ing and he said that our dad is going to his house and we should come too. So I changed our flights and we’re now going to be ensconced in the family bosom in freezing Connecticut. He lives in New Haven so the day after Christmas it’s an easy train ride to NYC where we’ll spend 3 nights going to Broadway shows. HEH!

    I cooked a lot this weekend, made a soup on Saturday and my annual frozen cheesecake on Sunday.

    • Yeah, I will be in Florida shivering slightly, but a lot less than I would be ITP. I’m thinking of bringing down a slew of warm jackets and selling them to Floridians at a healthy profit! Well, I am not that evil nor industrial, so that will just have to be an idea.

      I am trying to plan my meals for the week, eating as many leftovers and using only ingredients currently in my house.

    • Jenka says:

      Oh my god. I think I just ruined the poor lady at the Hilton Sandestin just now when I called to cancel my reservation. It’s a late cancellation so I knew that I would have to forfeit the deposit. So she says, “oh, this is a late cancellation, do you have an emergency?” And I said, “Well, if you call a guilt trip from your family an emergency, then yes.” Dead silence. Oops!

      I thought it was pretty funny.

  7. Jenka says:

    I got Wordle in 1 ONCE and it was a complete fluke. I still took credit for it, obviously.

    • David says:

      Today was an interesting experience, because normally solving it in 2 felt like getting it one. I really thought about using Paulie’s word, but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s another sign of how on fire my intuition has been as of late, now that I can finally trust myself.

  8. You all make me happy that I have never bought horses, nor convinced a woman that I’d make a good father. Where were you all when I thought home ownership was a good idea? Lol

    • David says:

      I know the parenting ship feels like it has sailed for you, but you never know, you could meet someone that has a kid. Don’t let that be a rule out. There was no fucking way that I wanted to be a parent. My wife didn’t want kids either, and so we were married for 15 years before we had my daughter. I went along with the process to get there because I had no self-confidence and my wife was suddenly driven. I will always remember going to the hospital and STILL not wanting to be a father. My wife had to drive because I had taken a sleeping pill or something. Anyway, it all changed once the moment I met my daughter. And ultimately that’s when my recovery began, although it took about a decade for it to pick up in earnest.

      I share all that to say it’s easy to undersell ourselves, but we truly don’t know how we’ll be until we’re in a given situation. The narrative in our head is ofthen completely hosed. I bet you’d make a great father.

      I’ve found its really powerful to do for my kids so much of what doesn’t done for me. I am a way better dad than I ever imagined I would be. Some of it is hard, yes, but mostly it’s just easy, or hard but I don’t care, because it’s my kids.

      • David says:

        *wasn’t, not doesn’t

        • Steve says:

          Wisdom, David. I never had that “father” need either, but was told on many occasions what a great dad I would have been. A high compliment.

          • David says:

            It is, and you would too, Steve. It’s not in the cards for everyone, but that doesn’t diminish the qualities that make you and Paulie excellent father material.

      • I was thinking expense more than anything. I have actually been told by a close friend that she thought that I’d be a good father, which was nice to hear.

        I try to rule nothing out in my life, but unlike stocks my past is probably a decent indicator of my future because meeting women is something that has been incredibly difficult for me during my adult(ish) life.

        • David says:

          Our past does not have to be our prologue. I am living proof of that. Be mindful of the narrative that you tell yourself, because it can truly be a self-fulfilling prophecy. I managed to have a 29 year marriage, but prior to that I had no traction at all with women. So I have some trepidation about getting back out there again, but that just means that’s the direction I need to head in. I’ve learned that through my recovery work, whatever I find myself resisting the most is what I need to work on next.

  9. And congrats to Sal, whose Oregon State Beavers kicked the ass of my pathetic Florida Gators on Saturday. Because I chose to wear my UF hoodie to the bar yesterday I caught a mild ration of shit from guys there. Whatever…

  10. Debbie Brady says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with PEACH. This would have been a great day to start with SALET.

    This damn horse is making me question horse ownership. I’ve spent nearly as much in vet bills as I paid for her and I haven’t even ridden her yet. So far, I’m not a fan of her personality so that makes it a bitter pill for sure.

    Jenka, checking back in from Friday – the adjustable base works with any mattress so if you like your mattress you can buy a base and go into permanent incline. That’s what we do. Steve won’t go for any crazy angles, but I think we both sleep better with the head raised a little.

    • David says:

      Hah! Yes, you would have been thrilled with SALET. 🙂

      Life is full of best laid plans. Hang in there. I find just went I can’t stand a situation another second, something always shifts. This can happen here.

    • Jenka says:

      Oh, this is really good to know! Kevin really likes the pillowtop mattress we have now so he will be happy about that. I use like 3 pillows just to get to the angle I need.

      Duly noted on SALET, I will be using that later!

      • Debbie Brady says:

        Our base has a zero gravity setting that is like being cuddled by your mattress. I like it when I’m on my back, but as a side sleeper, it’s not great. It’s fun to play with the settings!

        We’re staying in a hotel tomorrow night and I’m sure laying flat will feel strange.

  11. David says:

    Current status: soaking my feet as part of a pedicure.

    Separately, today’s therapy session unexpectedly reframed an incident with my father when I was 6 (a botched swimming lesson). It’s interesting how much in life that I’ve viewed through the lens of that day. I have a sense of peace about it now that I’ve never had before. He was *trying* to show up but it got out from under him and he never tried to repair it. And then piled a mountain more of stuff on top of that.

    Therapy is a pain in the ass lots of times, but when it works, it really works.

  12. Barb says:

    Hi everyone from Iowa!
    Spent the weekend doing family stuff, but nothing really at all. Ran errands, cooked some food, that sort of thing.
    Damn it’s cold here, a cold wind makes it so much worse.
    Found some interesting things in the basement while looking for the “winter” picture to hang above the fireplace. Parents are not hoarders, but there’s some crazy stuff stashed here & there.

  13. Not nearly as many leaves on the roof as I expected, but good that I got the questionable inner roof corners cleared. Then took the LOUD leaf blower to the ground and blew the carport, driveway, and WLF sidewalk clear ahead of the rain we may get over the next few days.

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