Yesterday was my birthday. 42, ugh. To celebrate, I pampered myself and went in for a sensory-deprivation float. I had an amazing, blissful time. I felt like jelly the rest of the day.
I started a Diet Bet game at the beginning of February and the official end weigh-in began today. I made my goal weight, despite Auntie Flo showing up a week early. So, no cake on my actual birthday, but I did scarf down two donuts once my winning weight was verified by the powers-that-be.
In other news: Madonna announced tour dates yesterday. There’s a date for Portland, not Seattle, this time around. FUCK YES! Happy Birthday to meeeee! Seeing Madonna live has been on my bucket list since 1985. I can’t wait to get my hands on a ticket! I’m giddy just thinking about it!
I’ve changed my Word Press blog theme. Again.
I didn’t start this current diet I’m on because it’s the beginning of a new year. I started dieting after I weighed myself for the first time in over 2 years. I’m using the LoseIt! app and a Misfit Shine to help me lose weight. Like most women, I’ve tried many diets over the years. I’ve found that a low-calorie diet works best for me. It’s also the only diet I’ve tried that doesn’t make me poop soup.
I need a new rheumatologist and a new shrink. The former is retiring and I’m tired of the latter. I’m looking in the Portland metro area, preferably on the west side. If you have any recommendations for me, let me know.
One of the few things I like about this time of year is the ‘Best Of’ lists. What are your favorite things of 2014? Share them with me in the comments section below! Here are a few of mine…
Top Recommendations of 2014:
- Influenster. In a nutshell: free products.
- Instacart. Grocery delivery within 2 hours of ordering for a reasonable price. Sa-wheat!
- Prize Candle. Scented soy candles with a ring of random size and value inside. My favorite scent so far is Vanilla Chai (hint hint).
Favorite Reads of 2014:
- The Down and Dirty History of TMZ (via Buzzfeed). The history, culture, and behind-the-scenes stories of TMZ are more interesting than you would think.
- How I Work series on Lifehacker.com. I like reading about the work habits of highly successful people. It inspires me to at least try to get my shit together.
- I Do What I Want: The Unmotivated Young Woman’s Guide to Independence by Gina Covarrubias. I needed this book when I was an Unmotivated Young Woman! But I still enjoyed reading this as an Unmotivated Old Lady. Gina is one of the funniest people I know.
Favorite Electronics Purchases of 2014:
- Clore JNC300XL ‘Jump-N-Carry’ 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light, CEC Compliant. Something is wrong with the electrical system in my 1999 VW Cabrio. I’ve had several people look at it–including the dealership–and nobody knows what’s draining the battery. Needless to say, it sucked to constantly have to hit up strangers, neighbors, friends, and Triple-A for a jump. It’s so nice to be able to take care of it myself! This jump starter saved my ass more times than I can count!
- Sunforce 50013 1-Watt Motorcycle and Powersports Solar Battery Charger. Yay! I’m impressed at how well it works in the almost-always-gray Pacific Northwest. Now that I have this “trickle charger” hooked up to my car, I no longer have to use my Jump-N-Carry multiple times a day!
- Raspberry Pi (kit).Google “raspberry pi projects” and see all of the cool things people are doing with their Raspberry Pi. I’m using mine as a print server for my ancient 1000 series HP LaserJet.
Websites With Much-Better ‘Best Of’ Lists:
- Gawker’s Best of 2014 lists: * Television Trash * The Weirdest Shit in Movies * Best Things We Listened To This Year * The Best Things We Read
- NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014’s Great Reads
- Huffington Post: The 2014 Health Trends We Can’t Wait To Leave Behind
And, just for the hell of it:
- 6 Of The Best Butt Exercises You’re Probably Not Doing. The only New Year resolution I have is to put this list to good use in 2015.
Well, I tried but quickly fell out of the habit of posting daily to my “favorite things” blogs. I don’t have as many favorite things as I thought I did. But I did update my documentary page. I watched good docs on Divine and Buck Angel this weekend. I also watched a German movie called The Hairdresser. I hate to call it heartwarming, but yeah, my heart was warmed.
I started a “My Daily 3″ journal this weekend. It’s not a to-do list, it’s an already-done list. I got the idea from here. Yesterday: paid bills, ate a Frosty from Wendy’s, farted a lot. Today list, so far: wrote a blog post, sent an email I’ve been meaning to send, jotted some notes down for a writing project.
Keeping a My Daily 3 journal will either depress the hell out of me or motivate me to get off my ass. Maybe it will do both. There’s only one way to find out…
I spent the entire weekend in bed, suffering from menstrual misery. Today is Monday and I feel better, which is good because there are things I need to do. There are so many things I need to do. I don’t know where to start.
My microwave bit the dust last week. I told myself I need to get rid of it before I replace it. My home has become a dead electronics graveyard. I have broken phones and ancient computer towers in my kitchen and living room. Two broken printers and a FAX machine have occupied the back seat of my car for months. I need to get rid of all of these things soon, especially the microwave. There are some things that just don’t heat well in a toaster oven.
My bathroom needs new shelving, but I have to get rid of a ton of shit in the bathroom first. Same thing goes for my office area. I have a zillion pens and I’m guessing 80% of them are dead. Did you know there’s a guy in California that recycles old pens? He takes donations. Donations of old pens. And he’ll be getting a large envelope in the mail from me soon.
I’m creating a list of books I’ve read and liked: book-aisle-fifteen.tumblr.com (with affiliate links). My goal is to update it daily.
I love making lists. If only I was better about completing any tasks on them.