Had a good day yesterday, perhaps too good given what I saw on the scale this morning. I met up with my buddy Hank for some beers in Decatur, and then heard from my friend Bill, with whom I have not spoken in a very long time.

I solved today’s Wordle in six attempts; my starter today was GROUT. I “saw” the correct word by my third attempt, but couldn’t convince myself that it would be today’s word until I eliminated two more possibilities.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 197.2 pounds (+3.2 from last week’s weigh-in); it will be difficult turning the ship around this week, but goddammit that is what I need to do.

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36 Responses to 2023-02-21

  1. David says:

    Uneventful night at home.

    Wordle by the skin of my teeth in 6, Mini in 53.

    • Have you considered a Sunday hike with the Meetup group yet? I keep reading the emails they send out but obviously won’t be available until March at this point.

      • David says:

        I turned off the emails this week because the hiking days have consistently not worked for me. I have also realized lately that I want to fly solo for a while. I am really enjoying my newfound peace and I do not want to disrupt that by trying to get into a new relationship.

        With that said, I’m still in the groups and if you find a day that works for you, let me know. I’ll be glad to go and just get a sense of things.

  2. Had a few sprouting potatoes in the kitchen so I decided to take a risk and put them into WLF. We may be about a month away from our last frost date, but they may not grow large enough by then to be in peril.

  3. steve says:

    Wordle FAIL! I had all but the first letter going into 6 and guessed wrong. MF!

    I was wiped out after my 30 miles yesterday. A bit better today, but still can feel it. 20 minutes in the hot tub and some work with “the stick” helped. The weather for Saturday is looking a bit sketchy- I think I’ll still try, but I can always bail.

    Debbie rode Harry yesterday and decided he isn’t the one. Apparently, he doesn’t do well in mud- having grown up in Florida, he’s never really had any to deal with and had some problems. Not a good sign around here.


    • Well, if Harry goes back I’ll look for Debbie flying past me on I-75 tomorrow. Lol

      I’m debating bringing my bicycle with me on this trip. The weather in Florida will be fantastic for riding, but I am not sure how much time I will have to ride. Since I haven’t ridden since early December I am sure I will be disappointed by my first few efforts.

      • David says:

        I’d say take your bike and take advantage of the weather and flat terrain. And just be kind to yourself, you are where you are, and the way to change that is to keep getting out there.

        • Thanks, good advice. I most likely will tote the bike even if I am unable to get a ride or two in. I do want to get back on the bike so I can lose some weight and be in better shape for Spring Tune Up in April.

          • David says:

            One more thing, maybe lower your standard on what counts as a ride. Even a couple of miles on a bike is way better than no miles at all, and it’ll get your trend moving in the right direction.

          • Excellent point, I am too much of a perfectionist at times.

          • David says:

            I am a recovering perfectionist. Somewhere along the way I realized how paralyzing it was. I have left a lot of money on the table over the years from not shipping projects because I had what I call “dog whistle” standards that were so high no one else could appreciate them. Which made me realize I could water down my standards a bit, and still deliver a quality product. No one else is judges us nearly as hard as we judge ourselves. Lowering standards is truly liberating.

        • steve says:

          Drag the bike with you, even though it may never get ridden. Sure as hell, if you don’t, you’ll find plenty of opportunities.

      • Barb says:

        did you try your hotspot on your phone to see if you could make that work? Or call AT&T to ask them about it? I think you will be much happier in FL trying to figure out everything if you can use your laptop at your mom’s place

        • Yeah, I tried to use the phone as a hotspot and it did t work, just a message telling me to contact AT&T. I doubt that I will because I keep thinking of moving to T-Mobile with a new phone in March.

      • Debbie says:

        Hahaha! I’ve been reformed for at least as long as the sting of the $400-ticket lasts.

        Drive safely!

  4. Barb says:

    I didn’t do much at all yesterday – (still need to get back to doing our taxes)

    Finished that Fleishman is in Trouble show in the afternoon- didn’t really like it -thought it might get better, it did a little, but not enough. Was very depressing. But, I tend to finish shows when I should just quit – hoping for something better.

    Then last night I finished a network show The Cleaning Lady – thought it would be cancelled after this season, but I read it was picked up for another season. I may not watch it anymore, it should have been a 1 season show & it was 2 seasons.

  5. Huh, today is Fat Tuesday. I should have remembered this and made it into a comment about my weigh in today…

  6. Barb says:

    Wordle in 6 – what the hell is that word?
    Mini – thought I might have a chance when David got it in less than a minute – no such luck for me.

  7. Barb says:

    it just started monsooning over here

  8. Annoying cough and shortness of breath continues. It has been three weeks since I initially got sick.

  9. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with TIMID

    Bummed that Harry didn’t work out. The deal was too good to be true though. Since it didn’t work out, I’m not going to add another personal horse. I’ve got my eye out for resale projects, but hoping Phinney can get me through the next two years until Tanner is ready to go. Phinney is only 16, but he’s had a lot of issues. He feels really good right now though.

    Spent a small fortune at the grocery store. I guess I have to cook dinner now!

  10. David says:

    I am so relieved to see new growth sprouting on the loropetalum bushes in front of my house. The hard freeze made it look like they were dead and gone. Those bushes are pretty resilient, so I’ve been waiting for spring to come around and hopefully bring some good news, which it has! I have some other bushes that look dead and gone too, but it won’t be as catastrophic if those didn’t make it.

    This is what loropetalum looks like if anyone is curious: https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/products/crimson-fire-loropetalum?variant=39402599055422

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