horizon_greene: Robert Smith singing (rafa blue)
Today I received my 2011 property valuation notice in the mail.

...Yeah.

I bought my home in July 2008, and it's already lost 53% of its value. It'll make it a lot easier to pay my property taxes next year, but other than that I'm not terribly excited about this.

Speaking of finances and such, they say you should have an 8-month emergency fund stashed away, so I've been saving pretty aggressively for a little while now. Part of my strategy is to avoid the grocery store, where I always seem to go with the intention of buying milk and floss and end up spending $100 on random items. Instead, I've been buying vegetables and a small amount of meat at the farmers market, and making do with whatever I find in the dark corners—of the pantry, the freezer, cupboards, wherever. I had all the ingredients to make baked beans from scratch, which I did earlier tonight. Tomorrow, I'll make cornbread (which I also have all the ingredients for) to go with the beans. I came across half a bag of lentils yesterday and it was thrilling! So that's dinner for Friday, or maybe Saturday. It's amazing what you don't even realize you have until you take the time to look.

Ick.

Dec. 3rd, 2008 10:55 pm
horizon_greene: Robert Smith singing (diaw & marion)
I haven't been feeling right for a couple of days. I think it's just hormonal—after a month-long hiatus, I'm back on the pill and it's a bit of an adjustment.

I was feeling so off today after work that I stopped at AJ's to buy groceries and picked up some sushi for dinner while I was there. I can't even remember the last time I had takeout. Usually I love to cook, but I was totally disinterested today. It was lovely to come home, open a plastic carton, and eat. I was also thinking I'd get off easy on the cleanup, but unfortunately a pipe came loose under the sink and there was water everywhere. So that was quite the adventure, fixing it. The older I get, the more I realize that if you just look at things, you can generally figure out what's going on. And I did, eventually, and there's a certain sense of accomplishment that came along with fixing my own sink. But mopping up all that water was just...ridiculous.

Also, I suppose I should comment on the Phoenix/Miami game from the other night. Basically...nothing happened. It was nice to see Shawn, and the crowd gave him a nice ovation when he was introduced. But for god's sake, Shawn acted like he had no idea who Boris was. They didn't guard each other very much, and there was only one possession where Shawn was really getting rough and pushing him around. Which was great. But brief. And the Suns were so awful, it was really difficult to watch them play without Steve running the show. They are a hot mess, they really are. When the game was mercifully over, Shawn and Boris embraced. Again briefly. But there was no grabbing for Boris's ass, no prolonged hand holding, no nothing. It's as if they forgot everything they ever were to each other. And to me.

With that said, I am writing a new Shawn/Boris fic, so it wasn't a complete disaster. I suppose I did find some inspiration there after all.

sigh.

Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:21 pm
horizon_greene: Robert Smith singing (rafa & roger - ashe day)
So...yeah. I spent several hundred dollars on car repairs a week and a half ago, because my car wasn't starting. Today after work, I went out to the parking garage, and...yep! My car wouldn't start. Again. So I had to wait at work until 7:00pm for AAA to send a tow truck, then I had to pay $75 to have it towed across town to the shop where it was "repaired" previously. I don't even know. It's an awful, lonely feeling when your car won't start, and I hate it. My car is one of those things that I just expect to work. This situation makes me want a new car; however, I can't afford a new car. Or much of anything at the moment.

If I didn't have my condo, I probably could afford a new car, but I have to save up to pay my property taxes, which is one of the bigger drags I've experienced in quite some time.

Another drag? Is that, through a couple of months of trial and error, I've self-diagnosed myself as lactose intolerant and have cut out all milk and most other dairy from my diet. Which is depressing as fuck, to be honest. I love dairy. I used to drink 2-4 glasses of milk a day. I am obsessed with cheese and I love cooking with cream. Half and half is a wonderful treat on oatmeal every now and again. And it's just gone from my life now, for the most part. I can still eat it if I really want to, but only if I feel like paying the price.

I had a small meltdown in the grocery store the other day. I had some chocolate cake in the shopping cart, and all I wanted was some milk to go with it. Standing in the dairy aisle, I started to get really upset. It's stupid, I realize—it's just dairy, after all. But I was borderline teary, so I bought Lactaid (milk with the lactose removed). It made me feel gross, and it tastes really odd on top of it. It's just not a viable option, unfortunately.

Anyway, I feel better since I cut out the dairy, but I'm also starting to feel really strange at the same time. I think I have a calcium deficiency now, and I need to get some supplements going. I just tend to be a terrible procrastinator, and this issue is no different, and I have no brainpower the last two or three days and I'm sure that's the result of it.

I want to curl into a ball and sleep.
horizon_greene: Robert Smith singing (rafa smiles)
I'm in my new place. I haven't had anything remotely resembling a normal routine for the past five days, and my condo is a flurry of boxes and it doesn't really feel like home yet, but I'm here :)

And I'm back on the internet! I haven't had internet (except at work) or cable since last Friday. That's quite a long time for me, but it's finally all set up and working properly. I had to switch cable providers, which has been annoying, and the new graphics are ridiculously ugly and I have no idea what channel is what, but I do have the Tennis Channel at long last. It hasn't been very useful yet—so far I've just seen a lot of World Team Tennis and WTA action, but whatever. I'm sure I'll be glad to have it soon enough.

Also, I got a new little baby on Sunday—a 7-week old, charcoal grey kitten I've named Simon. Pictures coming as soon as I figure out which box contains the charger for my camera...

\o/

May. 28th, 2008 10:29 pm
horizon_greene: Robert Smith singing (victory racquet)
I got the condo!

Tomorrow, I have the pleasure of beginning all the paperwork :)

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