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I sent my renter a text and left him a voice mail earlier this week, asking what he was going to do for October. He's moved his stuff out of the room, except for a dresser. And he's left some stuff in the kitchen. Mostly dry goods.
I haven't heard a thing from him.
It's really irritating, mainly because he was such a good tennant. He paid early and was quiet. Then he met this girl he's moving in with and I don't see hide nor hair of him for the last two months. Which was weird. But he was still paying the rent on time.
This month, though? Not a peep.
So, he has until the 5th to pay rent. After that? I'm throwing out his stuff and rekeying the locks. I'm hoping he'll show up before then because I don't want the fucking hassels.
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Well, it looks like my renter is definitely moving out. I came home tonight and found a pile of trash bags tucked away in the corner of the front porch. Almost all the stuff is gone from his room, except for a dresser and the stuff in his bathroom. Which, I have to say, is disgusting. I don't think that boy has cleaned that bathtub since he moved in. I'm gonna have to get in there with bleach.
I hope he plans of paying for October, because, according to the rental agreement, he's supposed to give me 30 days notice before he moves out. If he plans on skipping out of his agreement and fucking off into the wild blue yonder, I'll be seriously pissed.
I'm not even trying to think about renting the room out again. Not right away. I'll have to clean it and fix the faucet, which he said he'd do but he never did.
I'm really gonna miss that check.
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I'm in a weird place this evening.
Lately, whenever I speak to people with 'normal' lives (9-5 jobs, spouses, kids, a mortgage,etc.) I feel like a Martian. Like I'm out of touch and out of step and I find myself wondering if the choices I've made in my life have been mistakes? Maybe I should have kept working for the fedgov? Maybe I should have stayed in Alaska? Maybe I should have gotten married and had kids and gotten a mortgage?
But then the more I think about it, the more I realize that I pretty much like my life. I have a job that I generally enjoy. I have a small circle of friends that I don't find onerous to be around and who I hope feel the same about me. I've done what I wanted, gone where I've wanted, been with who I've wanted.
All in all, I'm living the life a lot of people wish that they had.
I suppose it's just a case of 'the grass is always greener on t'other side of the fence.'
But, really, the grass on this side is pretty damn green too.


Sep. 12th, 2017 09:59 pm
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They've cast Brendan Thwaites, the Australian actor, as Nightwing in the new live-action Titans series.
I'm sorry, but I just don't see it.
Because he is not cute enough.
And he does not have a rockin' booty.
Nightwing is all about the booty.
Just my two cents.
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Hurrican Irma is sabotaging my attempts to eat healthy.
Everyone here is spazzing out because of Harvey and remembering the floods from 2015. All the bottled water has been sold in my local grocery store. Most of the bread's gone too.
No big loss there. I don't really eat bread.
But, with inclement weather on the way, and the possibility of losing power, I went out today and bought supplies. A few cans of ravioli, a box of crackers and a big jar of peanut butter. Also three packs of hot dogs.
That should be enough to get me through any bad weather we have coming up next week.
If not? Eh. I'll cope.
Just had a salad with some spinach greens that were a little wilted. I'm regretting it now. As is my toilet. Thank God for Diet Coke, to soothe the savaged belly.
Also, I am looking after my boss's dog this weekend. Yeah, that's gonna be fun. :/
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Today I got up early and took a friend grocery shopping.
Did I mention I didn't get to sleep until 4AM? Ugh.
Needless to say, today was not a great day for the new lifestyle. I had a Starbucks vanilla frappacino, two sodas and then came home and ate a roast chicken.
Also, my boss asked me if I'd mind dog sitting for him this weekend. I haven't given an answer, although I really want to say 'no.'
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I just left the house at 9:00 PM to go hunt for supper. I went to the grocery store and grabbed a couple of cans of chunk white chicken breast, some sour cream and a pack of hot dogs. Came home and mixed the chicken and sour cream together, seasoned to taste, and am currently eating as I type this. I've also got a big bag of spinach in the fridge that I'll probably nibble on later, if I get peckish. I'm trying to save the hot dogs for tomorrow, but, again, if I get hungry, I'll eat 'em.
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Its my fourth day back on the diet and I've already lost a ton of water weight. I did really well on Day 2 but Day 3 was problematic. I hang out with friends on Sundays and there's usually food and soda involved. Yesterday we went out and had pizza. It was cool and all, but I think I should have just gotten a salad or something.
Anyway, I'm not hungry today. All I've had so far is a can of fruit cocktail.
I'll try to update later today after I've had supper.
Oh! And Happy Labor Day.
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This past August I chose to jump off my diet bandwagon and just indulge myself for the last of the summer. I ate anything and everything that I wanted. Restraint became a dirty word.
Now, with September freshly arrived, my little food sojourn has ended and, once again, I have entered the realms of Dietland.
Today has not been bad. Mainly because yesterday I ate everything in my house that was bad for me and am still regretting it.
I'm currently fixing supper: turkey sausage, a can of spinach, a can of tomatoes w/lime and chillis. It's all simmering in a big skillet. In about a minute, I'm going to remove it from the heat and let it rest. Then I'm plating it, in a bowl, and eating it with a big dollop of sour cream.
For desert, there will be blueberries.
I figure this is about 1100 calories altogether. I know that doesn't sound like much, but bear in mind that I'm currently at a caloric surplus from yesterday.
Anyway, back on the bandwagon.
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Tonight, after work, I went on a date.
It was sort of 'meh.' Honestly, just between you and me, I wish I'd just come home and eaten cake.
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As I lay in bed, laptop propped on my knees, typing this, I have a bag of potato chips and a 2-litre soda waiting to be consumed.
No, this is a not a 'Cheat Day.'
This is a 'Choice Day.' I choose to eat some carbs because I haven't been getting enough calories on a daily basis. I'm tired of being tired and wooly headed.
I should point out that, no, I am not starving myself. It's just, I've only been eating when I'm hungry so for the last couple of days I've had, maybe, a max of 900 to 1100 calories a day.
That's not enough to really keep me going at peak performance.
So, I'm eating junk calories and, so far, I feel fine.
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Last night I ate all the food in my house.
Well, not all.
But most!
And I felt bloody great. My lethargy was gone. I went to bed feeling satisfied and woke up this morning feeling back to normal.
So, definitely have to get more calories into my diet.

WOE is Me

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:55 pm
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Since my last post I've been checking my blood pressure at the pharmacy down the road. I thought it might be the cause of the general lethargy I've been experiencing the last few days.
Turns out, though, my blood pressure isn't high outside of a doctor's office. I'm a bit hypertensive, but I don't have HBP. So, that's good.
So why am I feeling so tired? I sat down and thought things through. The biggest change in my life right now has been my eating. So I looked at that and realized that, for the last few days, I've only been eating between 900 and 1200 calories a day. That's about 600 cals less than I think I need to continue losing weight while staying healthy.
So, I'm going to have to eat more calories, which is going to be a challenge. I'll have to tweak my WOE (Way of Eating), so I can better achieve my caloric goals.
With food in mind, today I found an ice cream that isn't off the menu. Gasp! I'm really looking forward to have it after supper. Plus, it should push me out of my calorie deficit.
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So, last week I was waking up light-headed and a bit dizzy. I mentioned it to a friend who said it sounded like low-blood pressure. There's even a name for it, postural hypotension. Well, I decided to get my blood pressure checked so I went to the clinic down the road.
I don't like going to the doctor. Honestly, I don't trust most doctors to wipe their own asses. Most seem more interested in selling pills to treat symptoms than determining the underlying cause of the disorder. If I could find a homeopathic doctor in the area who didn't cost a fortune, I'd go to them in a heart beat.
Anyway, I went to the clinic and had my blood pressure checked and was surprised to discover that it was high. Now, high blood pressure runs in my family, but mostly in the women. It's atypical in the men. The clinic checked their records and determined the last time I was there, back in '15, my blood pressure was high as well. Not as high as it was then, but above the average.
So, I went home, considering my options. Since July 4th, I'd been off keto. I'd been eating a lot of crap and I'd noticed changes in my body. I could tell I'd gained weight, I was more gassy, my sleep wasn't as good and in the morning, when I woke up and got out of bed, I'd be light-headed.
So, I went back on keto. Hardcore. I kept to under 20g of fat per day. I felt better. Not back 100% but better than before. When I woke up in the morning, the light-headedness was gone. After a few days, my belt was loose again and I was sleeping like a babe. But I still didn't feel like my old self. Also, continuing hardcore keto just didn't feel right any more.
So, today, I decided to adjust my way of eating. I'm not keto any more. I'm doing a low-carb/low-fat diet. I'm not setting a daily limit on either, since I figure finding stuff to eat that fits my requirements will probably limit my choices anyway.
I just got back from the grocery store where I spent an hour and a half wandering the aisles, looking at nutrition labels. I came home with an interesting bag of grocery: a loaf of whole wheat bread, a jar of sugar-free grape jam, a container of pimento cheese, a pack of turkey hotdogs, a can of hot dog chilli, a bunch of grapes, a banana and a bottle of flavored sparkling water.
I should note the bread is atypical for me, as I'm not a big sandwich eater, but I wanted to try that sugar-free jam. Also, I figured I'd make turkey dogs and then have some pimento cheese sandwiches.
Some of my food choices on keto are no longer available to me. I used to eat kielbasa/sausage daily, but it's too fatty now. It looks like I'll be limiting myself to turkey, chicken, fish and some pork. However, I can still eat pork skins, surprisingly enough, and now I've got a broader selection of veggies available to me. I still can't do beans, aside from green beans, but now I can have yellow corn if I want. Potatoes, though, are still off the menu; too many carbs.
Also, I have the weirdest desire to try artichoke hearts and cottage cheese. Not together. Seperately. I've never had them before.
Anyway, I just wanted to document my choice here. I'll probably natter on a bit more about food and this new WOE I'm trying in future updates. Hope I don't bore anyone too much.
More later! - MEL
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Last night I ran a D&D game for my group.
It wasn't a fucking difficult adventure. They should have pretty much finished it in one night.
Naturally, they didn't. And not because of roll play or anything, but just because of general dickbaggery.
It took them an HOUR to pick a race and a background.
One player decided he was going to roll randomly for EVERYTHING.
He wound up playing a high elf acolyte serving a god of lawful evil. Cool from a story point of view, but Jesus H. Christ!
Then, of course their characters are all dicks to each other.
I just wanted to run a short adventure where they got to kill space-zombies. That's all. Is that too much to ask?
I like my friends, but at this point, I'm ready to quit roleplaying with them and just do board games.
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I spent today with a friend of mine who is bipolar and who is going through some hard economic times. He was spiraling up and down all day and it was just really exhausting, psychically, dealing with his shit.
I just got off the phone with a mutual friend, kind of commisserating on the situation. We agreed that there is definitely a line in the sand that we will not cross when it comes to helping our friend. Like, if he loses his house 'cause he can't pay back taxes, neither of us is letting him live with us.
And I know that sounds awful, but it's just the way things are.
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So, I've been working at the shop for a little while and I think it's time I started considering something more full-time. I like working here, but I think I want something more. *sigh*

Food stuff

Jun. 29th, 2017 04:03 pm
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Hmm. I'm having to adjust my diet. Again. My acid reflux has been triggering a lot lately and I'm not sure why. It could be the dairy, although I've never had a sensitivity to it before? But your body does weird things as you get older. *sigh*
So, not doing a strictly keto diet. Still low-carb, but not under 20g a day. At the moment, this is what my macros look like: Protein 125g, Fat 65g, Carbs 33g.
I think I may have to cut out the dairy from my diet. If so, the only thing I'll really miss is sour cream. *sigh*
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It's ten-o-clock on Friday night and I'm doing laundry. Wow. So, soooo daring!
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Today, I got up super-early and decided to paint the half-bath. It's one of those projects you have that you just put off again and again for no good reason. So, I went to the paint store, grabbed some paint and came home to get to work. Naturally, I had to go back to the paint store because I didn't have any rollers.
Anyway, the half-bath is partially painted. It needs a second coat and then I have to paint the accent wall behind the toilet, but it's mostly done.
Stopped at 1:00 to let the paint dry overnight and had a light lunch: spinach, four boiled eggs and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
Then went upstairs intending to write, but somehow I fell asleep and didn't get anything done.
Went downstairs a while ago and had supper: canned mackerel with a side of saurkraut, all of it drizzled with butter. There were watermelon slices for desert.
Then photography, which sort of sucks. I got a new camera and I'm not enjoying it at all.
Pheh. 21st Century problems, right?


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