High score

I have been struggling with my weight for years.  Until a little more than two years ago, I had my weight to a reasonable level.  I mostly did it by exercise, so when I got an injury, my weight skyrocketed.  I keep telling myself that now that I am released to use the gym again, I should be getting serious about losing the weight.  I need to get up early and do the exercise before work, since I can’t seem to get there after work.

I will get serious when I am back from my trip.

Slow news day

It hasn’t rained here in a while.  We’ve been in drought for years.  This winter, the universe is making up for lost time.  Unfortunately, the heavy rain came on a slow news day.  At the beginning of the news, they showed a large sinkhole that had gotten an SUV.  They showed pictures of the pipe that caused the sinkhole, and reported that the pipe had been laid in 1902.  Roosevelt was president.  Apparently, who was president was an important thing for this sinkhole.  Then, they went to surprise that the pipe broke after 117 years.  “After all this time, what caused the pipe to break?”   Well, could it have been that it’s a 117-year-old pipe?

The next story was about an Acura that got stalled trying to drive through a puddle.  “Well, I saw that a large truck went through it, so I thought my car could, too.  I do it all the time.”  Well, your car is lower than than the truck.  Then there was five minutes of video of the Acura being towed out of the puddle.

There was the weather report.  Rain.  Storm.  More rain.  Flooding.  Snow where it normally doesn’t snow.

Then there was a story about a police cruiser stalling in the puddle.  They didn’t show video of it being towed out, but they reported that it got towed.

When they broke for commercial:  “Coming up… more updates about the rain”

There was 45 minutes of only rain coverage.  There was a tiny blurb about Kaepernick not being appropriate for black history month celebrations, so that was briefly touched upon.  I turned the tv off after that, so I don’t know if they had more rain coverage or not.  I guess there wasn’t much else going on.

Reading makes you dumb?

This comment has been going around my online book club.  It raised discussion, but most of the discussion was about how wrong the original author was.  A lot of the comments were about how the author’s comment muddied up the thoughts in the brains of the book group members.

I don’t really read for knowledge.  I read for entertainment.  I don’t read to write more books.  I don’t write expecting to give knowledge to anyone.

The final decision was that the author is just attention seeking and trying to get others to talk about him.  It seems that it worked.

Goodbye, old friend

This was the first real car that I made payments on.  I purchased from a coworker whose mother had just passed away, and his siblings were making him liquidate his mom’s estate quickly.  We both benefited from the deal.

My younger daughter was not yet out of the car seat, so she must have been under 6 when we got the car.  She remembers because she wanted to ride with me when I picked up the car, but it was a pain to move the car seat from one car to the other.  She was so mad, she still brings it up occasionally.  She is an adult now.

Both of my daughters learned to drive on this car.  It took me to and from work for at least ten years.  It had a few issues, but we managed to work around them.

My youngest daughter started driving this car regularly to get her back and forth from school once she got her license.  She was supposed to drive the other car, but this car was an automatic and she isn’t comfortable on a stick shift yet.  I started driving the car with the stick shift.

The car started getting bumpy and we took it in to the mechanic.  The mechanic has been very honest with us about what does and doesn’t need to be done to our cars.  In this case, he said that the cylinders are leaking and it needs a complete engine rebuild in order to keep it running.  He told me that it would be really expensive, and it wasn’t worth the cost of the car.  “Put a sign on it ‘mechanic’s special’ and sell it for $500.”  Well, I waited because my daughter needed to get her stuff out of the car, and I wanted to keep the radio because it had sentimental value.  It took months to get it all together.  In the meantime, the battery stopped charging, and it wasn’t worth it anymore to move it for street cleaning every two weeks.

We got to the point where registration was coming due and street cleaning was coming up, so I started to get moving on it.  I decided that I didn’t want to bother with a test drive that started with a jump start, especially since the car didn’t really run well anyhow.

I got the radio out and emailed the car donation place and the car was picked up in less than 24 hours.  It was an easy process.  I can’t believe how much weight this took off my shoulders when I finally called the insurance company and took the car off the insurance.

I will miss this car.  It came into our lives exactly when it was needed and stayed as long as we needed it.  It had wonderful timing all along.  Goodbye, old friend!

Post #300

When I started this blog in October, I thought it was going to go the way of my other blogs. I used to blog sporadically, and then give up on it. I think I just hadn’t figured out the right topic for me.

I go off topic a lot, but I generally stick to book and getting myself to “normal.”  It just clicked when I found my topic and allowed myself to go off topic a little.

I have been enjoying writing the blog more than I thought I would.  I never thought I would get to 300 posts, but here we are!  I am grateful for all of you who follow and like regularly.  Thanks for reading!

What a mess

I have many draft posts ready to go.  I am prepping for my upcoming trip.  I have posts that are ready to post, but I am waiting on them.  I have some that just have titles.  I have some that are partially written.  I have the prep work done for some of the challenges, but I need to read the books, still.  I have to decide which books are going with me, too.

I am sorting and writing and basically just wading through the mess.  It will be beautiful when I am finished, but you can’t see the mess that is in the background.  It will get sorted out and completed by the end of the month, I think.