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Meme Monday

It’s Monday.

The Mustang still isn’t running.  It has new injectors and fully plumbed up EFI (FAST XFI 2.0).  My Element battery is dead.  I ubered to work.  I’m sleep deprived.  I’m car depressed.  I’m mourning the loss of another weekend with no running Mustang.

Here’s some memes…

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How to Upend Your Life, Part 1

The last year’s been a game changer for me.  New job, new home, new city, new….everything.  Except the chihuahua. Stanley’s the same chihuahua.  If you’re looking to leave your entire life in the dust and do something new, here’s your step by step guide!

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Three Things Thursday

  1. I was supposed to get my car running over the weekend.  My car’s not running.  It’s a point of mild frustration, but mostly just exhaustion.  We slaved basically all weekend, and it probably would’ve felt worth it if I’d gotten to hear my car fire….but I didn’t.

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The Diet History

The first time I put myself on a diet was in seventh grade.  By my calculation, that means I was 12 years old.  No one PUT me on a diet, and I wasn’t truly “fat” in retrospect.  I remember feeling that way, though.  I imagine it probably stemmed more from being 12 years old, nearly six feet tall, and wildly uncomfortable in my own skin.

When this photo was taken, I was “fat” through my own lens…

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Three Things Thursday

Today was a super busy day at work getting ready for big event this weekend…in the low 40s, in the rain.  Really looking forward to that…



Me IRL this week

I decided for Thursdays I’m going to do a “3 Things Thursday” series, so at least I’ve got that going for me.

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The Car History!

I suppose I should write a little about the PSI before this blog heads any further away from it’s intended purpose!  This is a story all about how….I got into cars and learned how to burn money as fast as (or faster than) I could make it!

Like most gearhead types, I came from a family that raced.  My dad raced dirt track cars, and motocross as a kid, and karts, and Baja trucks in the SCORE series, and…and…and….

My mom drove my dad’s chase truck in Baja.  So that’s pretty cool too!  But like so many people, my parents divorced when I was a kid.  My dad moved to Oregon (2 days drive from where I was), so I didn’t get to actually grow up racing personally.

My first car was a family car hand me down — my mom’s recently retired 1995 Ford Explorer.  My sister (who obviously drove it after me) named it (her?) Dora.  Dora the Explorer.  I had some great times in that thing!  It’s amazing how much fun just driving around with your friends is when you’re high school.  It’s also amazing how a vehicle that should be reasonably reliable can just decide to not run when it felt like it. NO mechanic was able to trace the issue as long as I had it, but that thing would (seemingly make the willing choice to) leave me stranded. Often.  Everywhere.  On several occasions, I stopped for a Red Bull before work, and wound up sprinting the rest of the way to work (about a mile) with moments to spare.

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The House Hunt Has Started

About a month ago, I started to really look at buying house in the (much) greater Memphis area.  Coming from my last experience of buying a house in Southern California, it’s been a pretty crazy experience.  For one, I can actually do it solo – which is crazy.  The cost of living differences between California and Tennessee/Mississippi still catch me off guard in day to day life, but nowhere more so than in the housing market.  In this area, it’s not weird for young people to be homeowners.  Where I came from, my ex and I were definitely an anomaly (and only because of a perfectly timed house hunt that involved a fair payout when the house we were renting got foreclosed on, and because my family gave us a place to stay free of charge after we were displaced).

So I started the process of getting pre-approved for two separate loan types – FHA (for first time buyers – which I qualify as on a technicality, no complaints here), and a USDA rural development loan.  There’s a few factors involved in the USDA loans – income levels and the location of the house you buy both matter.  As the name says, it’s for rural housing – no downtown Memphis condos for me.  That’s a-okay with me, since what I’m looking for pretty much requires “rural.”

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Sunday Life (and Food) Prep

Sunday’s probably my favorite day of the week.  It usually starts in slow-mo with LOTS of coffee.  After that, it’s all kinds of productivity: laundry, general tidying up, grocery shopping if I haven’t fit that in already, and the usual prep for the week ahead before I hit the hay early.  I know, it’s tough to be as cool as me.

So that’s basically what I did today, but one of the biggest things I do to prepare for a successful week is get my work bag in order.

It’s a little crazy on Monday mornings, because I take all of my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for the week into work in giant Thirty One bag full of healthy choices for all the time I spend at work.  I’m lucky to be able to have a good size mini-fridge stashed under my desk, so I only have to take everything in once, and more importantly I’m able to keep options I really like.

Doing this has helped me to lose 13.6 pounds in the last 3 weeks (as of yesterday morning), so I thought I’d share what’s in the bag…

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…and so I started a blog

...and so I started a bog
…and so I started a blog


Thanks for stopping by!  Like the stolen Pinterest quote alludes to, I have a real tendency to work on overprocessing an idea for a long time before finally saying…..well….what that image says.  That’s exactly the process that got me to this blog.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to start a blog.  Another was more action, less time processing plans to do things…like starting a blog.

Besides the fact that over processing is a character flaw I’m working on, my interests and life are so incongruent most of the time that I didn’t know where to begin.  Eventually, I just had to say, “fuck it,” and make a move.  Here we are.  It’s a blog about weight loss, cars, cooking, my current house hunt (and the likely house projects to follow)….it’s literally whatever I want.  Because I own the domain, and I pay the host, and I can.  Hopefully someone finds it interesting enough to follow along.

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