Operation Reduction starts today
– reduce spending
– reduce calorie intake
– reduce possession count

I also need to start to eliminate my back and foot pains as they are both becoming chronic.

I had my first disappointing meal at Buc-ees yesterday. I bought a burrito, a brisket sandwich because I wanted to try their brisket, and some chips. My total was $18, the brisket was fatty, and the chips were tasteless.

My mail hold was due to end yesterday, but when I arrived home my mailbox was opened and empty. I hope that no one has swiped my mail, though it’s highly possible. This is incredibly frustrating.

It’s good to be home. Since I was so busy the last five days it felt as if I had been away a month.

According to today’s Connections I’m a homophone! (play and see to what I refer)

Wordle: three, my starter was REIGN
Connections: perfect, Purple > Blue > Green > Yellow

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54 Responses to 2023-11-15

  1. NYT Mini Crossword in 1:29. It took me nearly a minute to get my first answer, and then everything quickly fell into place after that.

  2. Though I am back ITP it will be a busy day. The weather may curtail a lot of WLF inspection/choring, but that’s okay since I have a ton of things that i brought home to organize and act upon. I’m hoping the weather clears, as I need to make a post office and bank run in the next day or two.

    I was going to get a chance to rake the many leaves that now cover the driveway before the rain arrived.

  3. Crap, GCN+ is ending on December 19. How am I going to be able to watch the races and movies they provided? 🙁

    • steve says:


      • You will get an email. Here’s what it will say:

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        What does this mean for you?
        Access: Your subscription contract will end and you will be unable to access the GCN+ service and GCN app from 19 December 2023. Following closure, you can still use your GCN account on the GCN website at globalcyclingnetwork.com and the GCN Shop at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com.

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        Thank you for subscribing to GCN+, we are very grateful for your support and for joining us on this journey.

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  4. David says:

    Wordle in 5, Conniptions was way too fucking cute, apart from your shoutout.

    Mini in 1:02.

    • Barb says:

      Mini was not my friend today – 2:41

      But – wordle in 3 – lucky 2nd guess gave me letters in the wrong places –

  5. Just raked the driveway and bagged the leaves, for my composting. Found two catalogs from a neighbor’s mail, which heightens my suspicion that mine was stolen. Ugh. Going to learn how to freeze my credit today.

    • Also found a cute lizard living in one of the empty bags into which I was going to rake leaves. 🙂

    • David says:

      Freeze all three, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. *Everyone* should have their credit reports perpetually frozen, it only takes a couple of minutes to “thaw” them for a designated period if you’re embarking on a major purchase. Freeze your mother’s too, while you’re at it.

      • Yeah, was told to go to DMV even though she didn’t have a drivers license. Waiting for death certificates, finding her state issued ID card (her purse was emptied out by *someone* before we arrived in FL), and a return to FL for that.

    • Jenka says:

      What are you getting in the mail that could affect your credit? My mail is 99% junk mail. It doesn’t even come into the house, it goes straight from the box to the herbie curbie.

      • No matter how I try not to, I still receive solicitations for credit cards, life insurance, etc.

      • Barb says:

        I’m with Jenka – and I don’t really worry bout hte credit card offers & life insurance junk mail – I guess maybe I should?

        We’ve never frozen our credit – not sure why – it isn’t like we are buying anything or getting new credit cards.

        • Jenka says:

          Right? It just goes in the herbie curbie anyway.

          It never occurred to me to freeze my credit all the time, but it makes so much sense!

        • I would be less concerned if I get it in the mail, I worry when others take it from my mailbox.

        • David says:

          You absolutely 100% should freeze your credit. This prevents others from stealing your identity and leaving you holding the bag on cleaning it up afterwards. I could go on and on about this but I won’t. It’s a risk management measure. No one can establish any new credit in your name, not even you, when your credit is frozen. It’s your best defense against all of the online hacking that goes on these days.

  6. steve says:

    Having a block on Wordle and screwed myself on 2 guesses!! Waiting for more inspiration for my last guess.

    Games after action report last night went well. Still no final gate numbers, but it has to be a great crowd, which means we made money.

    I am dragging today as I only got home around 10 and went straight to bed, but couldn’t fall asleep. This might be a long day.


  7. Sal, brought back about twelve jigsaw puzzles. Will pass them along once I’m sure all of the pieces are accounted for.

  8. Jenka says:

    Extremely quiet day at work yesterday, thank goodness. At one point the guy in the next office yelled through the wall, “you still there?” Absolutely no crises or anything! My boss was texting me pics from her Everglades tour yesterday. I could get used to this no-stress life.

    Went to Iberian Pig for dinner last night, absolutely amazing as usual. And we got a spot in the little lot right off the Square! It’s the little things.

  9. Jenka says:

    Connections with one mistake: Purple — blue — yellow — green. Never would’ve gotten green but purple I would’ve gotten even without the hint.

    Wordle in 3 using my usual starter word STEAL.

  10. Bob says:

    I got the burrito last time at Buc-ees and was impressed, it was really good.

    Fucking Wordle, I had 4 correct letters in 3 but took 3 more guesses to get it right. (angry emoji inserted here)
    One mistake in Connections, you were a homophone and my co-worker Haitao (who we call Hai) was another answer.
    Home project is coming along, we may actually be done before the family arrives. Drywall installed Monday, sanded and primed yesterday and is getting painted today. Coming down to the wire but the finish line is in sight.

    • The burrito was good. I just didn’t expect the burrito and sandwich to both be priced over $8 each. Shame on me for not paying attention.

      • Barb says:

        we learned, if you eat while driving, the burrito is the way to go. Do NOT get a croissant breakfast sandwich. (it was good, but way too messy)

        And – ice is cheap, a big fountain drink is cheap, the food is not so cheap. I wasn’t disappointed – too bad you got a bad piece of brisket.

  11. steve says:

    Wordle in 6. Still wasn’t seeing it and might have used some google.

  12. Barb says:

    I got to train the new girl yesterday (& today)0 but she’s got experience & is smart, so she just needs help learning our systems. So, I’m not that busy, getting her to do everything. Was on
    Teams with her all day yesterday, today she’s on her own, just asking me questions when she needs to.

    I did nothing last night – watched a few episodes of Transplant. Its a Canadian medical show, on NBC. I like it. Not sure where it might be streaming (besides Peacock)

  13. Got to chat with mailman, he said he delivered mail to me yesterday. So, it appears as if it has been stolen.

  14. OMG the credit services are FUCKING annoying to deal with!

  15. My mother had two credit cards from the same company, and I couldn’t immediately tell which was was newer… until I noticed that she signed one of them on the magnetic strip! Clearly this was one she received when her eyesight was worse. My suspicion was confirmed when I noticed the expiration date on that card was later than the other.

    • Barb says:

      but one wasn’t expired? 2 separate accounts?
      What fun.
      I know my brother has tried to streamline all my parents accounts.
      I did see a letter about an old life insurance policy – I told Tom to just cash it in – I mean, Dad is 93 &they are not broke.

      • Jenka says:

        Hah! We are still finding random insurance policies that Kevin’s dad had taken out from various places, 18 months after he died. Most of them are so small that the sum each of the 5 siblings receive is negligible. Um, thanks Dad?

      • I think the older card was reported lost since I found a letter from the company announcing their shipment of a new card.

        I have life insurance paperwork too but need to do more investigation.

  16. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 5, it took 3 attempts to get the first letter.

    I’m sitting at the tag office trying to get a tag for the truck we’ve had for 2 months. I made a tactical error in having it titled in our company name. That started an avalanche of other issues including the need to get our property rezoned. It should be pretty easy but there’s a whole process with the Board of Commissioners, and then we have to have an inspection by Animal Control to get a waiver on the number of dogs permitted and a business license for the company.

    I was issued a 2023 business license under a different category to get the truck tag. Nice that she worked with me on that to get the immediate concern addressed.

    We’ll have to post for the rezoning and then again for the kennel license. We have a couple of asshole neighbors so it could get interesting.

    On the great news front, Mickey has found his person!! A couple of hurdles to navigate to complete the sale, but I feel really good about it. Unfortunately, we still won’t get our numbers down since I will be borrowing a horse to get through the next season or two until Tanner is going. Grateful that’s an option though! I’ve got 2 potential candidates in mind to borrow for the next 18 months.

    • Barb says:

      Debbie – sounds like a BLAST!!!

      • What Barb said.

        Can’t say I’d be thrilled if any of my neighbors started a kennel, but you don’t live as close to yours as I do mine.

        • Debbie says:

          They are noisy little rascals, so we may get some pushback, but we’re on a 10 acre lot and the property surrounding us is owned by a friend who runs his business out of it. There’s quite a buffer between any of the other neighbors. We can all hear each other’s dogs barking though.

          I finally have another valid temporary tag for the truck, but there were yet more surprises. The paperwork from the dealer was missing a document and the title info for us is incorrect. The document was loaded and the lady who does the title work for the dealer is on it, but WTF! We bought the truck on 9/28.

    • David says:

      Ugh, talk about pulling a thread…good luck with your avalanche of paperwork.

  17. Ironically I just shredded the user manual for my mother’s shredder using my shredder. Why? Because it somehow managed to get into the stack of paperwork I brought home, and shredded can be added to my compost.

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