Stewing

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I got tired of sandwiches all the time and decided that it was time to cook. So I got three pounds of cubed stew meat, carrots, mixed veggies, and beef broth (already have onion and a fresh bag of spuds). And I got milk and pan sausage for gravy (and risotto). And I got an avocado too. I have a full freezer, but nothing was punching my button. I was looking for an alternative to the usual.


I need to cook a bag of chicken quarters and some pork tenderloin, as I’m getting low on both, and it’s not getting any cooler for the oven. But they were out of chicken quarters. (People are obviously bbq’ing this weekend.)


Spent the last couple of days doing digital house keeping. Tossed all the installer duplicates. I discovered that I have 150 folders to burn to DVD. I may give up that practice and place them on the idle 4T drive. It’s cheaper, takes up less physical space, and the drive seldom spins, so failure is not likely. I still have 1T on the catch-all drive, so no hurry.


New laptop is taking its place in the workflow, now that it’s got the bulk of its muscle. It is hosting the movies off the catch-all, testing out the graphics card.


Getting into doctor appointment season. Primary for 6 month followup, ophthalmologist for an overdue exam, and dentist for a new liner.


Not hitting the 90s yet, a late starting summer. But tonight may be the last night the windows get shut for the night. The AC will run when it’s humid, dew point in the mid 70s or higher.

Just a jump to the left

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The new laptop took residence on the desk. All the laptops rotated left. The eldest that Sarah gave me is now on the camping table. The tablets remained where they were. This gives a strip down the middle of the desk where there is nothing crossing the gap. (External drives connect to the left now.) New laptop is connected via ethernet, oldest via wifi, for the moment.


And the alarm went off for evening meds, and I went to the wrong laptop. *sigh* New habits to learn, but for the best in the long run.


New power pole on the curb, next to the existing one. The linemen trucks had me homebound most of the day, so I closed off with the AC on and slept through most of it. The RV had disappeared and reappeared to the rear of the house, the gate and parking bed (iron ore) finished for it. I have a feeling these two things were related. But it’s off the street now. The power wasn’t transferred over, so I expect the city to cut power to swap the feed to the new transformer.


Not much happening otherwise. Chili, spuds, dogs, and chicken are gone from the fridge. Working on tamales. Also had fajita chicken tacos. Lazy meals.

Empty folder

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The install folder is empty, at least for the moment. The big guns are on board, except for five that didn’t register properly. And one of those has a different version that does. New system security blues. This is not to say that everything is done. I still need to launch everything, configure, add content and plugs, etc. And the learning curve. And there will be more installations. But it is a major hurdle that was cleared today. 715G left on the SSD.


There was also a system update when I finished.


The rest of the day was pretty laid back. AC came on in the afternoon, as much for the dew point as the temperature. Not a big appetite, a couple of chili cheese dogs has been it for the day. Sleep has been the commodity of the day, despite the installation surge.


I had to dabble.
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Lighthouse

Saturday night R&R

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Starting to recover from Thursday night’s jam session. There were five leaders, and the music was consistently upbeat. A good night, a fair amount of applause from a laid back audience. I played some of the familiar, some other stuff too. And I brought home a tub of chili, which is about half gone (4 chili cheese dogs and a chili cheese spud). The Popeye’s bag in the fridge is shy three out of four pieces. The other eight pieces are in the freezer with the remaining four pieces from the last batch. (13 to go.) Gourmet tamales are the next slot. Thinking of some pulled pork.


Expecting a store run in the next day or two, taquitos, shrimp, scallops, etc. Been waiting for the weekend crowd to mellow on this sunny stretch. Only treat I got on the prescription run was macadamia/white chocolate cookies. In no hurry, as I am well stocked.


Starting to recover from activity, bank run, jam, chores, etc. Been sleeping quite a bit. Been staring into space, watching movies, occupying the LZB. Giving my body a chance to mend from the physical stress of good times.


Starting to install the small guns on the new MBP. Freebies, easy registration, nothing that requires a lot of work getting established. Good tools, but mostly specialty items. Three that would’t work, errors I’ve never seen before, requiring some learning curve. Getting the clutter out of the way for the big guns. Moving what apps I can into category folders. Aliases to come later on when it fills out. Feels good to whittle some of it away.

Cinco de Bayou

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Made the bank run today, and a Popeye’s digression (12 piece mixed spicy and two biscuits). A nice sunny day, mid 70s, lots of black eyed susans and gaillardias along the roadside. Texas has turned yellow, time to get those final spring chores done. The truck handled well.


So my finances are set for the month, except for storage. A very early month financially. I ended up well set after the MBP purchase. I’m also well stocked with food. (I finished the turkey dressing.) Without mad money to burn, I should see low expenditure for the month.


It’s still slow on the laptop. It surfs and entertains, and it will become productive in the course of the weeks ahead. I’m still gathering, but not installing more than a few apps a day, the easy stuff.


Jam session tomorrow night.

AC

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Just turned on the AC for the first time this year. 88°F and warming. Myka stood in front of it to feel the cool air. Then she promptly wanted out. She was never a big fan of the AC. Or the closed door. One of the two. I think it’s the high pitch whine of the compressor.


A front is on the way, and this is the preceding tropic bulge. The coming highs will be around 80°F, but the lows will be in the 50s. So cooler, but not drastically so. Snowing in Colorado.


Finally getting around to laundry. The relative humidity is low enough to air dry for a change. Expecting a soak in a bit. Good day for it.


Planning on a bank run Wednesday. Popeye’s too.


Not much to discuss. Just more slow times. Ambition will return soon enough.

Silver

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Myka’s birthday was yesterday, and she discovered silvervine. It’s similar to catnip, but more potent and effective longer. She loves it. I was going to hold it for her, and she went into “MINE!” mode. She was not going to be denied. And the feather boa was also a hit.


It rained for two and a half days. Lake Somerville has risen a couple of feet. It led to a lot of idleness, delayed chores, and general laziness. I have been waiting for a drop in humidity to do laundry, which is starting today.


The upgrade has stalled for the most part. The system is secure, the fluff is suppressed, it surfs the internet, and it makes for good entertainment. The primary obsolescence is under wraps. I’m doing a little here and there, but the focus is elsewhere. If I need something, I’ll install it. Otherwise, I am not going to rush into it. I have time and I’ve waited long enough, a little longer isn’t going to hurt too much. And I’d rather take my time and do it correctly, a piece at a time.


I made the turkey/veggie/cornbread dressing casserole, plenty left. And I had a baked potato with butter, bacon, cheddar, and avocado last night. Carrot cake and turtle creme pie adding to the Piroulines. Plenty of alternatives. Bacon and provolone sandwiches for brunch.


Internet bill not paid yet. Not pushing financial issues, since mad money is history for the nonce. It will take a while to gather funds and get back to it.

Stiff

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My neck is stiff and sore from the craning while working on the new laptop. The tables were not ideal, so I went with the bigger table. I think it will keep my neck from bunching up. It will eventually make it to the desk when MBP1 is retired.


I sort of took yesterday off. There was an update to the new laptop and the iPad, and that added an update to Xcode. The Xcode installation maxed out the 8 cores for a few seconds, surprised me. That sort of got me involved, though not heavily.


Today, I concentrated on the Mac App Store, grabbing free stuff. Some of it mirrors apps on the iPad. I’m not marathoning, but I am making progress.


Still not cooking. Overcast day isn’t inspiring me much, nor is the neck, even though it’s improving. Windows stayed open last night. It is beginning to encroach on summer as May nears. Myka stays on the floor most of the time, and she is showing signs of the summer shed.


Flavored Tapioca

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First post from the new MBP…


The hard way. I have basic security set, Safari has the most pertinent links and passwords. Navigation is pretty solid. Lots of applications downloaded, but not many work tools have been installed yet. The annoyances have been tamed, for the most part. It’s a start, a good one. Sure feels longer than 36 hours since it arrived.


Not eating much, not sleeping much.



Listening to music, no external speakers, a good sound. Full fidelity. A good experience.


I have it at stage one, where it can be used to conduct business online, interact with others, basic functionality, bookmarks (trimmed), passwords, secure. It will be a slow build, I’m not hurrying it. Performing a proper assembly from the ground up. No residual upgrade issues. Takes a little longer, but saves pain down the road. But the first wave is done.


Just ordered a protective travel case made specifically for it. Navy blue.


Tapioca

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My brain is entering the tapioca stage. I have made the basic system changes needed to proceed, like firewall, Default Folder, monitors, primary folders, annoying system feature deactivations, cookie management, etc. But I still have a looooooooong way to go. Far too many details to describe, but mostly ones I’ve done before.


One thing I wasn’t expecting was 11.2.3. A lot of familiar tools won’t be available, because Apple disabled a number of protocols. This forced a number of developers to rewrite software from scratch and others to simply abandon it. So I have alternatives that I need to uncover, if they currently exist.


I’ve started downloading gigs upon gigs. It’s productive and essential, but it’s not as taxing on the grey matter, giving me a bit of a refresher.


One issue I’m facing is whether or not to rebuild the password base/keychain, from scratch, manually, rather than put up with the quirks of migration. Rebuilding is a pain early, but less of a pain later.


Shovel, shovel, shovel…


Finished the brisket chili cheese dogs, but a little of the chili is left for a spud. Not going to do any major cooking for a few days, but I can coast for weeks. I’ll broil a rib eye when the MBP reaches a usable point.


Waiting for the Piroulines to arrive. It’s a late mail day.

ETA

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Arrival time for the MacBook Pro has been moved to tomorrow. I’m not ready, but that’s okay. Not my first rodeo. I know how it goes. Importing things like certificates and passwords is going to be a pain. It will get done in time.


Still waiting for the ethernet adaptor. Window is the next 5 days. Shown online to be out of stock, and I’m probably part of the reason for that.


The Piroulines are still in-house at Amazon, shipping to one of their centers near here.


Brisket chili cheese dogs got started. Haven’t been eating much since the last of the sketti. Slowly making room in my digestive tract.


Tabbed The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond yesterday.


Windows are open, 72°F for the high, overcast, rain tomorrow. Not warm, but manageable. The warmth starts returning tomorrow and increases as we approach May. A couple of fluctuations in the forecast, but no more dips. Next 40s is likely in October.

Turn over

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The state came through today. So financials are now in the May cycle, and nothing needs to be paid before the first (30th). Mad money is disengaged.


I ordered vanilla Piroulines, a 6 pack of tins, from Amazon. Due on Sunday. The price was right. My one final indulgence for the month.


6th anniversary of MOADB.


Reached 82°F this afternoon, so a long soak was partaken. Temperature will be dropping for a couple of days. We’ll get a hint from the Colorado cell that is freezing. Low 40s tonight. Wind is turning around as I type. Thermometer shaving off a few degrees. A few more and the windows will shut.


The sun has reached the office window in the late afternoon. It is summer, though the temps haven’t caught up yet. I may look for a shade or shutter for shade.


Spaghetti is gone. Now it’s brisket chili cheese dogs.




It took 5 days for the MBP to get from Shanghai to Incheon, and it’s scheduled to be here in another 5 days. I am assuming the first leg, ship, the second leg, plane.

Tweener

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The days in between the money being spent and the rewards… Tap… tap…tap… I used the UPS shipping calculator, and it said that the laptop should be here Thursday, opposed to Apple’s Tuesday, a week tomorrow.


Turned out that the ethernet adaptor was sent to Brownsville. A new shipment is on the way, according to the seller.


Storage rent wet through today. Down to Texas being the tail dragger for the month, and that is because of federal changes requiring recalculations, but not for me.


No end of month flurry, like paying the internet bill, because mad money is history for the time being. I made a store run, because I was running low on cheddar, and the list had grown. Found an 8 oz chunk of Jarlsberg for $2.26. And french vanilla Piroulines. And suspenders were finally in stock. And clamp lamps. And shredded parmesan. It was a venture of unrequited rarities obtained.


There’s still a need to eat, as spaghetti and chili remain in the fridge, along with the smoked turkey. It’s hard to race with such filling items. A lot of unopened packages to follow (brats, chili cheese dogs, pastrami, tamales, and more) and I have forgone alternatives such as fried chicken, fajita chicken tacos, pizza, etc, that have caught my eye in the freezer. And then there have been the rib eyes calling out to me. *sigh*


My left hand is still a victim of overly ambitious jamming, pads and fingers. I have been treating the pads with coconut oil. The arnica treatments have stopped, but the ibuprofen hasn’t.


In the low 70s today. Windows are open. Forecast says low 80s tomorrow.

Shipping

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The MBP has shipped. No estimation of delivery date yet, as it needs to cross the ocean first.


Made the jam, it was held indoors. There wasn’t much of a crowd, thanks to the weather. But it was fun, I played a fairly non-standard set, and there was a jam party next door afterwards. My voice is starting to return, but it’s not there yet. The evening left me ibuprofen sore, mostly furniture induced. Brought home a tub of brisket chili.


I didn’t eat a whole lot yesterday. No spaghetti made. I’m not going hungry, just the low end of the cycle. Avocado still needs a little time.


The rain yesterday came with marble size hail. Myka was freaked, and I had to keep reassuring her that everything was okay until it passed.


Looks like a quiet weekend.

Ka-Dunk

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That was the sound of my bank account taking a hit this morning after Apple got through with it. Good news, the transaction went through with my pampering and persistence. The MBP is preparing to ship. Stimulus well spent.


And the storage rent was paid too. Last hit of the month. The rest will be trivial, mad money is history for a while.


Crossing the Rubicon, all before breakfast.


Hoping the jam happens tonight. Weather forecast is improving for the time slot. I have been practicing, polishing up a few songs from years past.


Only chore is last night’s sketti dishes, all well rinsed.

Day after

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I said I wasn’t going to spend any more money yesterday, but then I decided on a USB-c male to RJ45 female, so I can ethernet the laptop to the internet. I’ll have USB-c to USB-3 hub (4), USB-c to lightning (iPad), and USB-c to ethernet. That should cover the four ports, given the charger.


They haven’t charged the bank account, nor do I expect them to until they ship. So buyer’s remorse hasn’t really set in yet. At least there is an adequate cushion.


Still haven’t been up to replacing the brake cylinder. It hasn’t been leaking for a few days. But then I haven’t driven it since Friday.


Made spaghetti sauce last night, once the sloppy joes were gone. Freezer has been supplying variety, nothing in the fridge is open.


Not a lot going on. It’s been a do nothing day, giving my brain time to adjust to the purchase. 4.5 years in the making is pretty monumental. It’s not hitting me yet, since nothing has changed yet. Yet. No small chore, downloading, installing, configuring, learning curve, making it mine.


Windows stayed open all night.

MBP 16″

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Staticism

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Not much has changed in the last three days. I made a store run on Friday at 5 pm, but the shopping gods had my back, prime parking spots, no lines at check outs, green lights, and I even missed the line of cars on the 290 feeder waiting to get into McDonald’s drive thru. I was blessed.


Ground chuck for sloppy joes and spaghetti, and a little for the freezer. I finished the jambalaya, so it’s time to cook.


Today was cool enough for the brake cylinder replacement, but it was too windy, too much dust stirring. At least the air was leaked out of the line, self-bleeding. Maybe tomorrow. It’s not at the point of failure yet.


So I’m pretty much sitting it out. No laptop yet. Bank will be callable on Monday. Letting the balance sit there a few days for my perusal, before the bottom drops out.


Windows are open more than they’re shut. A good time for a dose of spring fever.

Is today different?

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It doesn’t feel like it. Differences from yesterday:

  1. Stimulus deposit cleared the bank and is available.
  2. It’s been two weeks since the second vaccination.
  3. The brake cylinders are on their way here, overnighted.
  4. There are no voice mails showing on my phone.
  5. I didn’t have chicken fajita tacos for lunch.
  6. It’s not Tuesday.


Similarities and continuities.

  1. It will be overcast in the 80s.
  2. I haven’t been to a store.
  3. I had flautas for breakfast.


Okay, I see a trend. Everything that is different is somewhere or somewhen else. Except the tacos. I haven’t had lunch yet, probably a tamale. That means that I am thinking small today. I made it as far as the street to bring in the trash bin. But by and large, my consciousness of the world today has been contained in less than 100 feet square. I attribute that to lack of ambition.


Perhaps lack of ambition is not correct. I would be more prone to classify it as a shift in paradigm. I have finally reached the point where a new MBP is in reach. Years of focused tension no longer have a handle. But it’s a little like enlightenment. With: haul water, chop wood. Without: haul water, chop wood. The new workhorse MBP is not here in front of me to apply the brakes and refocus.


And the brakes are still not secured. Maybe tomorrow. I still have decisions to make there, here or a shop…


But I have reached CDC’s max protection for COVID-19. I can officially hug again. No one has hugged me yet, but then no one has been around to hug me today. I’m not taking that personally.
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Myka, almost 7 years old, hogging the LZB.

CDC magic number

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14 days after the second injection. No more interpolating efficacy and efficiency, I’m there tomorrow. Whew. The side effects have finally abated, or at least my attributing them to my aches and pains.


Tomorrow is the EIP3 deposit clearing the bank. Nothing stopping the MacBook Pro except my plunge and a call to the bank to clear the amount on the credit card. Adieu, obsolescence. And a large chunk of change…


Not much else going on. A quick store run yesterday, bread, flautas, a few sundries.


Breaking into a string of 80s for highs and 60s for lows. Sleeves are falling to the wayside, at least during the day. The AC could see its first firing of the season this week as it approaches 90°F. Windows open every day from here on.


Practicing three songs for the Pioneer jams, each for other people. No telling when I’ll need to sing them. But they’ve all gathered a little rust.


Passenger rear brake cylinder is leaking. *sigh*
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Blue bonnets, flox, and yellow daisies.

Jambalaya

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Finally got the jambalaya on the stove. Lots of other things delayed it. Chores, avocado spud and ensuing nap, other naps, staring out the window after naps, etc.


I got the configuration of the 16″ MacBook Pro set. I decided I didn’t need to spend the extra $400 for 64G of RAM when 32G would do. Going over $4k for the package just isn’t necessary, when $3.6k (includes sales tax) will handle my needs with a comfortable margin. The stimulus was posted to the bank today, it will clear Wednesday the 7th. Farewell to mad money for a while. I will get to be frugal for a while. Yeah!


Not happy with AT&T over the mandatory 5G upgrade, which will kill the daily use schedule and demand a flat monthly charge, a minimum of $30. That is quite a hike from $8/mo. I need to check my internet plan and see if I can do better with a bundle. Also refund for my current plan. I have time, until June for current billing, February for the final obsolescence. 14 voice mails from numbers I don’t recognize that I’m ignoring.


No windows today, it stayed just below threshold this afternoon, a big rain cloud keeping the temps down. Not a whole lot of rain, though. Starting tomorrow, it will be a rare day that they’re not open.


Weekends… the wastelands of turistas, the void in the theater, the unanchored zone.


Still a tad achey, slows me a little, and the tiredness slows me a little more. Comes with the territory. But I can still dazzle. So I can’t complain too much. I think the vaccination side effects have finally worn off. It’s just me and the life I’ve led.

Be chickin’ ya

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Got a 20 piece box (two 10 piece boxes, actually) from Church’s. 18 pieces went in the freezer, as did the bags of unpulled pork. With the four other pieces of Church’s and four pieces of Popeye’s, I am uncharacteristically well stocked on fried chicken. Except for roasted chicken quarters, the freezer is well balanced in its fullness.


Jambalaya is in the starting phases of being cooked. Prepping the chicken quarters is next.


Made a store run today, it was busy enough to get the police directing pre-holiday traffic. Fortunately I didn’t need a whole lot, I wasn’t particularly in the mood. I’m well stocked for the weekend. Coconut cream pie thawing in the fridge. Fresh produce, a couple of small avocados.


Windows managed to be opened today. I expect the trend to continue.


Birds or squirrels are raiding the oat grass seeds from the newly planted trays.

Done, unpulled

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Done, unpulled.


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Done, removed, unpulled.




3:30 pm, done. Bags in the fridge. 11.5 hours after it started, the last washed pot is in the drying rack. Cycle complete, except the freezing, and that can wait until the freezer gets rearranged, the next phase in the kitchen. Chicken, pork tenderloin, shrimp, and scallops have started thawing for jambalaya and to make room in the freezer.


Not sure about the jam tonight, how cool it might be, the wind, etc. Time will tell. I need to eat. I haven’t had anything but a few small snacks today.




Made the jam session, though it was fairly low key and on the cool side, but fun enough to stay for three hours. I put the jambalaya ingredients in the fridge before they thawed, so I may wait until tomorrow for that. On the tired side.

Out like a clam

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Been spending the last of the month at home. Got all the chores done. An occasional odd sensation, mostly lymph nodes complaining, a little tiredness, a tinge of headache, lingering from the vaccination. But that’s mostly behind me. Overall, I’m doing well.


An RV showed up out front last night. Not mine. I hope it doesn’t present a trash pickup problem.


It seems that my stimulus deposit will happen this coming weekend and clear a week from now, on the 7th. That is okay by me. Paycheck clears after midnight. In good shape financially.


I plan on getting the Boston butt slow cooked today. Haven’t started yet but I’m not in a hurry. Doesn’t take a lot of effort to rub the roast, spice the broth, and chop up an onion. It will take more work to rearrange the freezer for it and package it for freezing. Jambalaya will be part of the rearranging (thawing). I will be getting more fried chicken from Church’s, using a coupon before it expires. That will top off the freezer.


The wind is turning around to the north and picking up, the arrival of the front that will drop temps for the next three days. After that, we’ll be seeing consistent 80s. I got the house closed up while it was still warm. Haven’t layered up yet, but otherwise I’m set. Had a long soak yesterday in prep, and the laundry done. This should be the last cool spell for some time, like September or October.



Weakend

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Just got back from a store run that capped a do nothing weekend. I killed the mad money for quite some time, in all likelihood. I got a Craftsman ratcheting screwdriver that uses drill tips (flat, phillips, torx, allen, square, etc). A handy tool when a drill is a little too bulky. It has an extending socket for variable length, and a left/locked/right ratchet. A handy tool, and I already have a bunch of tips to go with the 24 that came with it.


I also got some magnets to hold my receipt bag against the filing cabinet. They are magnitudes stronger than the ones that were on it (chip bag clips). Well worth the $2.50 I paid. The total put me three dollars under limit.


I also got a 9.8 lb Boston butt. I was out of pulled pork in the freezer. I forewent the pork loin and ground chuck, as I already have sufficient pork tenderloin and chuck in the freezer. So that takes care of the store runs and bills for the rest of the month (3 days).


Made the tuna mac, much to Myka’s delight. So it’s that and risotto as the primaries. Plenty of secondary options. Pulled pork and jambalaya are approaching. I found a Church’s chicken coupon page that expires April 4th. *sigh* As if I need more fried chicken.


I have pretty much gotten over the odd sensations from the second vaccination, though there will be a stray one here or there, mostly respiratory. I have been using arnica on the shoulders and knees, and it has helped considerably. They have both been very dense, like I’ve been juggling truck tires while squat dancing for Olympic training.


There was a high temp on Saturday of 83°F. Today, it managed 70°F. More ping pong this coming week.