February 5th, 2020

This 'n that

Every morning I open up the laptop and check email, a handful of Twitter followers, a little Instagram, LJ, of course and then I check my finances. For many years I have used services that aggregate all my accounts and present me a total picture of all my financial assets - bank accounts, investments as well as everything I owe to anyone. Currently I'm using Tiller. Yesterday, having received all my income for the month, I paid off all the credit cards. (None had big balances, so not as dramatic as that might sound.)

This morning, my Tiller feed showed - in the liabilities column - exactly $0. Very cool to see. Not really true since there are pending charges out there on at least one card. But, still, I'll take it. I'm often close to this but never has everyone aligned together and the line on my spreadsheet of money I owe anyone and everyone comes to a total of $0. I will be enjoying that all day.

I will be remembering this day when, in 10 days time, the county will be wanting their annual real estate tax which for me is likely to be in the $6,000 or $7,000 range. At least I have it and won't have to borrow to pay it.

This morning, I swam but worked 4 laps (100 yards) of jogging into the mix. High knee jogging. It was pretty difficult but I did it and I'll likely do it again tomorrow.

amw is providing some fascinating detail about what it's like to live in China right now. Her journal entries are public and well worth checking out.

The Seattle Times was running a special a few months ago - dirt cheap for x months. I knew better but signed up anyway. And found nothing really worth even the cheap price. Now I am faced with canceling which is always a gynormous Pain In The Ass with The Seattle Times. I knew that and so it's my own fault but now, of course I am on indefinite hold but, fortunately, my call is very important to them.

I have 30 minutes left in my current book - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. I'm really interested to see how she wraps this story up. It's been a very excellent read/listen. I may just not wait until tonight (my normal book listening time) to find out.

Biggie is suffering from Restless Cat Syndrome. He's knocking down everything he can find. On the up side, he knocked over a box that has been tethered to my desk but now I no longer need there so I can go ahead and tidy up that whole section of desk. Thanks, Dude.

The Smalls is just after some snuggles. I caught this with the web cam on my laptop. He makes it difficult to type but he's still worth it.


I need some meal inspiration. There's a large Fred Meyers grocery that always gives me good ideas but it's way north of here and not handy at all. It is near Seattle Recreative where they sell donated creative stuff including yarn and knitting tools and fabric and all kinds of cool stuff that I do not need. So probably, I'll just pop into Grocery Outlet to see if they have anything left before they close in a couple of weeks. I'm so lazy.

Now Biggie can't decide what toy he wants... It's always something.


drama drama

I ran into the partner of the ousted HOA president today and asked her if Sandy was Ok. She allowed as how she was but then went on to share that the drama since the election was getting intense and ridiculous. And includes the building manager (who is the original drama queen even when everything is fine and dandy). Apparently there are rumors flying around like birds in The Birds and trouble is a-brewing. Then the building manager, who I saw next, alluded to the same thing.

I got no details because I didn't ask because I don't want to know. That there is drama drama is enough info for me. I'm going to ostrich this sucker out myself. If you need my head, look in the sand.

I did go out to Grocery Outlet which is now not even opening until 11 and the parking lot has a giant dumpster in it. It was 10:30. I went to the bagel place and got a sandwich and came home.

Biggie is still on a tear. He's bound to crash here in a minute which will be just after he knocks down everything in the house. His latest game is a drawer in a shelf in the front hallway. It's one of those cloth/foldable drawers. I kept finding it on the floor and putting it back. Finally today, I figured out he gets behind it and knocks it out that way and then takes a seat in the space it had occupied. Oh Biggie.

I did consider my grocery/meal options while I was out and came home and ordered Door Dash for 5-5:30.Mongolian Beef from a new (to me) place. I hope it is delicious.