Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shopping spree, DSL, the cats, & weekend plans

Calories eaten yesterday: 1374
Fat: 32g (20%)
Carbs: 105g (30%)
Protein: 173g (49%)
Weight this morning: 129.2 (One week ago: 130.2)
Calories burned in exercise today: 129

Well, finally a number under 130 for the first time since my move.

Today was payday so I went on a shopping spree - $158 at Safeway for groceries, including $20 spending cash. I had so many groceries that someone asked if I was having a party. No. It's just a BIG shopping trip. I spent $105 at WalMart, including buying another bottle of Alli. I also bought a "maximum support" knee brace. It doesn't look very comfortable, but we will see. I paid a bunch of bills when I got to work - Direct TV, my cell phone, home phone, and $200 more toward my computer. I owe less than $100 on it now, but it will make the next couple of weeks tight.

I also called Earthlink (my ISP). My one year pre-paid dial-up plan finished out. They dinged me $2 they shouldn't have for the last month, and I got them to reverse that charge. Then I discussed high speed Internet with them. I finally decided on a DSL/home phone combo. They said I could cancel my AT&T home phone service once I get theirs set up. Total will come to about $50 a month for both, plus a one-time $40 activation fee and $20 mailing fee to mail me the kit. This is what I ordered:

Service Plan for Earthlink DSL & Home Phone Service

* DSL speed up to 1.5Mbps
* 500 minutes per month
* Activation fee: $39.95
* $49.95/month

I figure that if I can cancel my current home phone service then I can probably afford this. It's a one year contract.

Xena looking out the windowThe cats are still going at it and I'm beginning to make sense of it. It always starts with one of the neighborhood cats coming up to the front door. Xena gets territorial and they attack each other through the panes of glass (no actual contact because of the glass). After that Xena will start hissing and swiping at Abby and after a little bit of that, the two get into an actual fight. They did it again last night, but thankfully it was shorter than the night before and no one got hurt.

Step one: tonight when I get home I'll tape paper over the bottom panes of glass so Xena can't see the neighborhood cat. Step two: I occasionally take Xanax (an anti-anxiety medication), and last night I got so desperate to calm Xena down that I cut a 0.5mg Xanax in half, crushed it, and mixed in into a spoonful of wet food. She ate it all, but it didn't seem to help. *sigh* I put some Rescue Remedy in Abby's spoonful. I'll do it again tonight, hopefully before Xena spots the cat outside. Someone also suggested Feliway, but I don't know when I'll have a chance to go to the pet store.

Brad on the Lake Chabot trailExercise today was walking to Safeway and back with my rollie cart, and then walking from the BART station to work.

Tomorrow Brad and I will walk in the Lake Chabot area. Saturday we will be at church all day. After church and the potluck we are having a business meeting and then we are probably having a movie night with popcorn and ice cream. I'm bringing some healthy snacks for myself. But there will be no exercise that day. I hate business meetings and I hate movie nights so it will not be a very restful Sabbath for me. I just have to grin and bear it because Brad thinks the movie nights are the greatest thing in the world.

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1 comment:

Arthur_of_Old said...

Hey, greeeeeeaaat news. You on DSL, way to go. I'm surprised you did it!! I thought you would be with dial-up permanently and move to the Smithsonian to keep it. =-D!