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Internet Cross Connection Fees, UTD Shuttle Bus Tours...A Very Tiring Day Indeed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So this time I'm sitting in the Student Union building using the internet, because I still don't have an internet connection in my apartment. It turns out I have to pay a $35 "cross connection" fee, I guess because of the "free" wireless internet that's in the apartment (I finally figured out how to get that, by the way, but it was running at about .25 mb per second, which I think might actually be slower than dial up...). Anyway, I have been told that my connection should be up and running by Friday at noon.

I haven't tracked my food for the last few days. I could track it on my phone, but since I still don't have any measuring cups yet either, it just seems like too much effort when I'm having to estimate on a lot of the quantities anyway. I'm still watching what I eat, but it's kind of become an experiment to see how I can do if I don't measure and use the tracker religiously.

I have been getting a lot of exercise just from walking around campus! It's also extremely hot here, which makes getting water in easy, too (of course, that's because I've been losing more of it, so it probably evens out, doesn't it?). And I've been using the pool at my apartment building. At first I was a little aprehensive about being seen in my bathing suit in public. The first time I went swimming at the apartment, I went in the morning when I thought no one (or very few people) would see. But now, I pretty much don't care anymore! This evening, I actually swam while there were two other people in the pool with me and one other person in the pool area...it was so hot today I just didn't give a damn anymore!

Earlier today I went on a Campus Shuttle tour of the area around UTD with a group of international students. I was actually the only one on the tour who wasn't an international student, and I did get some "and why are you here...?" type questions ^_^;; (Actually, I don't think anyone minded that I was there, I think a lot of them were talking with me to practice their English, to be honest!) Anyway, it was very useful, since I don't have a car up here. They took us around the entire shuttle route and even up to the Bush Turnpike rail station, where you can get on the DART rail to go downtown.

After that, I actually took the shuttle to go grocery shopping for the first time, which wasn't bad at all! My food was actually still cold by the time I got back to my apartment, anyway. It will work! So, I probably will be selling my car after all, and saving tons of money on the insurance.

OK, it's getting late, and I still need to take care of a few other things before I go back to my apartment!

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MIRDREAMS 8/24/2011 9:47PM

    Living car free (if one can) rocks! I miss being in a city where I had easy access to public transportation. I went shopping a lot more frequently ('cause I didn't want to have to lug everything back) but I tended to buy only what I needed because I knew I'd be going again a day or so. I also used to walk a few miles a day without even noticing it, so that when we moved I put on about 10 pounds just because I wasn't moving as much. Not sure if that's quite your situation but overall it sounds good. Hope you have internet soon!

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