Saturday, July 17, 2010
I was over on calories by about 200. This evening, after work, BF and I went to test drive a newer used car. I liked the car but did not love it. Then, when it got to talking numbers, turns out I could not afford this car if I want to keep my payments at my chosen number. The hits kept coming. My credit score has fallen by 60-80 points in the last 2-3 years. Then, I saw the CarFax on my car and learned, to my absolute shock, that the odometer was rolled back about 9K miles before I bought the car! So that decreased the trade in value tremendously!
They wanted to talk me into another test drive with a different car, but BF was hungry! So we left and went to taco bell. His choice - he won the baseball bet a couple of weeks ago. Nothing healthy so I ordered mindlessly. It didn't taste as good as I remembered and nothing tasted good tonight anyway.
I am tired, drained, but don't want to sleep yet...
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I ended the day on track nutritionally except for being very low in fat. Go figure. Must be because I skipped the chance to have a Reese's Dark...!
I got over 7K steps, still moving gingerly not because the tendonitis is bad but because I don't want to reawaken the pain.
The car repair bill was about what I thought it would be, but I was stunned by the cost of the rental! I did not get everything repaired, just the urgent items. I may end up replacing this car very soon. I have loved my New Beetle and hope to replace it with a newer used one...I'm going to visit Enterprise Rental Car sales on Saturday just to kick the tires on a deal. The hinderance will be the interest rate and monthly payments. If it's too much, no deal. Either the repair was a bad idea or replacement is a bad idea. I can't decide...
My cousin Jack is coming home from an in-hospital chemo treatment. He looks great, judging from the picture on Facebook. Jack is my eldest cousin and we have never met. LONG story. I hope we do soon! I met his wife Norma at my cousin's funeral 3 years ago.
As far as my situation goes, I keep reminding myself that it is always darkest before dawn. Boy, am I hoping for daylight soon!
THANKS, everyone, for all your comments and prayers for Michael. I have not heard any updates yet.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Yesterday's headline about a workplace shooting in Albuquerque did not generate a call, so I know Larry is ok. Thank you, Lord!
I don't spend much time on Facebook, but I went on there tonight and found, to my shock, that the son of a close friend (former coworker) was in a diving accident. Apparently, he is now paralyzed from the waist down. That certainly puts my trials and tribulations into a humbling tiny perspective. Michael is a young man, 20s, and this tragedy is tough on everyone.
I should be able to bail my car out of the shop tomorrow after more than two weeks. Not all the work is done, but I authorized as much as I could. I wonder if I did the right thing in having the car repaired instead of trading it in. This incomplete repair will cost about $1500 (not including rental) and nearly that much more needs doing. The car is not yet paid for (ALMOST!). Late this afternoon, I learned that VW is not going to make the New Beetle any more! 2010 is the last model year for the car that fits me better than any other car. Had I known that two weeks ago, it might have been enough to push me into trading it in. NOT that I can afford repairs or a newer car, but you have to do what you have to do to keep functioning!
I pray for Michael, for his family, for his caregivers and I give thanks for the zillions of friends he has and the support they are providing...
Monday, July 12, 2010
An early blog today just because of my yummy discovery. Several of my Sparkfriends have commented how much they like Greek yogurt. I thought it would be a food on my "later" list - later being when money is not in quite such short supply.
I shop at a discount grocery store, the kind of place where you never know what you will find. Lo, and behold, yesterday they had Stonyfields Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt in chocolate flavor. Four 4-ounce tubs for $1.49! BF put it in the freezer, which I did not know until this morning when I looked for it to bring to work.
For my morning snack, I pulled it out, still very cold, added some craisins and Kashi cocoa beach granola and was in heaven! As one Sparkfriend says "yummo!"
Thanks to all of you wonderful friends who commented on yesterday's blog. I am still very sore this morning from the fall, but not as sore as I thought I would be. I did not go to yoga today. The tendonitis is still bad enough that I don't even want to do my normal walking let alone anything else. One Sparkfriend suggested I try acupunture. I have no experience with that, but have been curious for years about it. Alas, not in the budget and not covered by insurance. Definitely on the "later" list.
I saw a headline today that there was a workplace shooting at a company in Albuquerque. My stepfather just started a new fab job and I don't know where it is, so I am HOPING it was not his shop and that he is not one of the 6 dead or 4 wounded. Please pray for those victims, their loved ones and their coworkers. These kinds of events put my battles in an entirely different perspective.
They are putting solar panels on the roof at work. The installation will take about 6 weeks to do. We had a "ground breaking" party a week or so ago complete with a visit from the mayor. Lots of press and positive vibes. As I walked past one guy this morning, I wished him a good morning and said I am glad he's here. Turns out this is his first job. He just completed a job skills program (thanks to "stimulus" funds) and is just happy as anything to be working! I think we both gained some positive energy in that conversation! I could tell that he's on the low end of the ladder by the way the other guys spoke to him, but his smile was dazzling! Those kinds of interactions stay with me and they remind me of some of the more profound aspects of life. I did not mention that the reason I still have a job is indirectly related to stimulus funds.
Certainly everything today reinforces my attitude for gratitude. I have a job, I have good health, I am getting more fit, I thoroughly enjoyed my food today. The tyranny of "diet" and banned food is gone (for the most part).
Life is great!
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