Tuesday, October 21, 2014


For weeks the scale I have been weighing myself on has been acting funky. I weigh myself and I weigh X. Then a few minutes later I weigh myself again and I weigh Y. I changed the battery, still no luck. I just knew I could not lose 2 pounds in five minutes.

Today I bought a new scale. The old scale has gone in the trash. I guess 10 years is a good life for a scale. The new scale has all kinds of fancy stuff. It measures BMI, etc.

It is a pleasure to weigh myself now. Especially since I have lost 16 pounds.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, October 20, 2014


Today I went after work to return the cat5e cables.  It took about 5 minutes to find the correct length cables and go to customer service and return the 6' cables.  Now I will be able to set up my office the way I want.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Today I went for a bike ride and went to Best Buy. After riding all the way to Best Buy, the store had no bike rack. I had no where to lock up my bike.  I wanted to return the Cat5e cords that were the wrong size. I was bummed that I rode all the way there and there was nowhere to lock up my bike.  I will have to return it tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I decided to move the router to my computer closer to the middle of the house.  That required a trip to Best Buy to buy a longer Cat5e cord. I measured the length of cord I needed before I went and bought a cord a bit longer. I got home and moved the router to the location I want it. The cord was too short! Of course I didn't lay the tape measure along the ground. I measured as the crow flies. Now I have the cord across the window.  Tomorrow I will have to return it and get a longer cord.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, October 17, 2014


Tonight I went to dinner with some friends. They have been away for two months on a trip abroad. It was interesting hearing about their travels. They went to Canada, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, and England. I find it fun to hear about travels to cities I have never been to.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I saw my nutritionist today for the first time in three months.  He was happily surprised with my 16 pound weight loss. We had a long talk on how I got to this point and how I can lose more weight while staying healthy. We talked about my eating habits, exercise.  I have a better plan for the next three months to expand my food choices.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


As everyone has heard, the West Coast has a drought. Many of us have thought of ways to save water. Not washing our cars, not watering our lawns, using dishwater (gray water) to water our plants, and taking shorter showers. We came up with a novel idea after our last water bill.

We had filled the pond. During the summer the pond loses water from evaporation (the exact opposite happens during the winter rainy season when I have to pump out water)  and I have to fill about 1/3 of the pond every three months. The pond is about 750 gallons so 1/3 is a significant amount of water.

The last time I had to fill it, I got dinged on my water bill. If you go over a certain level of water usage you get a super charge. Because I used 250 extra gallons, I got dinged. We are trying to avoid getting in trouble again AND keep our fish alive.

At first we were taking buckets of the cold water from the shower before it gets hot. But that was getting tedious, I got costocondritous, I couldn't carry the buckets of water down the stairs. Then our brainstorming team came up with the idea of putting a big bin (with a lid) on the balcony, dump the buckets of water in the bin, then once it us full, put the dechlorination liquid in it and pump the water into the pond.

Today I tried this method for the first time. All week we have been filling the bin and today I pumped the 25 gallons into the pond. It took about 10 minutes total to set it up, pump it, and break it down.  Of course it would be best if it rained but I won't be holding my breath. The pond is down about 200 gallons so hopefully we can keep up by adding 25 gallons every 4-5 days.

Until tomorrow...