Friday …. even thought it was just yesterday it feels like it was 2 days ago. I woke up in the middle of the night and watched the first episode of House of Cards, Season 3. Went back to bed afterwards and slept in a little bit. When I did climb out of bed, I took care of the children, got dressed and headed out to breakfast. Then on to the car dealer. Where I had a coupon for my oil change to be $39.95. The funny thing is that it never, ever works out to that, because they add in labor it’s usually a $65 job. However, I had my reward cards so I didn’t care the cost. I also qualified to get a $10 rebate by mail, it’s like I am collecting rebate cards. In any case they told me that the other thing that would be recommended is to change the brake fluid. I didn’t know but learned that brake fluid breaks down and moisture is the enemy. My fluid was 5 years old. They told me that they would replace it with a dot 5 formula instead of the dot 4, because it’s got better moisture wicking. I allowed them to do it. I am supposed to notice improved response with the pedal, but it all breaks the same to me. I just looked it up before writing this and dot 5 fluid is not recommended for anti-lock break systems. I’ve got anti-lock breaks on my car. This was the dealer I went to not a shade tree mechanic or a quick lube place. They said that they had been doing this for a while and it really works. As long as the breaks work when I want them to and this doesn’t cause any problems I am fine with it. From the dealer I went to get a hair cut. I went to a new place ‘just for men’ and I got some super expensive package that gave me a scalp massage, hair cut, shampoo, condoner, neck shave, and neck and shoulder massage. I never got the neck massage but the shoulder massage was okay, done by a machine not a person. I may switch to this place a regular haircut and shampoo is the same price as the other place, add on a couple dollars more and I can get my neck shaved – that is awesome. They also do regular shaves as well, which is highly unfound in today’s society because the barber is essentially dead. However, this place is a barber shopish type place but only women work there. My late partner always said a women can’t cut a man’s hair, you need a barber. He went to a barber for many years as did I but the times changed and I changed with them. They do an okay job the difference is they charge more now than they did back then. I remember haircuts for $8 and now they are $21, seriously. It’s robbery but that is the price I pay because I want my hair to look good, well I mean I need everything even and I know I can do most of it okay but the back , that is next to impossible to do on my own. Anyway, then it was time to go back home. I had to start in on more House of Cards. I managed to squeeze in a nap and then it was time to venture off to therapy. I took the truck for the 1st time ever to therapy. It was a nice drive and good to get that bucket of bolts out of the driveway and on the road. I went to Cracker Barrel after therapy, had a nice meatloaf dinner and peach cobbler for dessert. Then it was time to get cat food. I was early and the chances of running into you know who were high. Sure enough he was in the store and once he saw me he had to go hide. We didn’t speak to each other. However, if and when I get the opportunity I plan on letting him know that I understand it’s easier to say I will call you then no, but that he gave me false hope and in the end it would have just been better to tell me the truth. Even if he did call me now, I have him in a lie and don’t believe that I could trust him. I made my food purchase and left. Back home, back to the TV. Soon it was time to feed the little beggars again. There faces always light up when I come in with bags, they know when it’s food for them. They also want it right away and things don’t usually happen that way. Then I passed the evening with more TV, a little computer time and paying the car insurance. I checked out about my usual time and retired to my bedroom and started falling asleep during the show. It’s time to put it on pause and I called it a night.
Saturday… More winter is in the forecast so I got a start on things. I went to breakfast at Bob Evans and had this Blueberry Brioche French Toast, it was more than delicious. they only gave me two slices but I could have easily eaten 4 plus the omelet that I ordered. Then it was on to do more running. Stopped off at the post office to pick up the junk mail that was waiting for me. Then it was on to Target to get cat treats and litter. As well as a couple of items for me, which were mostly dental related. Then I got gas for the truck. It was 1/2 full and since there was weather on the way I don’t want to incur a frozen fuel line, if I needed to use the truck I wouldn’t be able to. Small price to pay for peace of mind. Then I went on to Sam’s Club. I was supposed to go to another store to pick up sweat pants and tennis shoes but I gave that up. It’s just too damn cold. The two things I went to Sam’s for Chocolate Covered Blueberries and Hand Soap Refill I wasn’t able to find. I did manage to pick up impulse buys. The best one of them being Irish Stew. It was $13 but the best money I spent on food that was simply heat & eat. You could taste the wine and it was rather a rich gravy. I started to feel full so I stopped. There is plenty of meat and potatoes left as well as onions but no so much on carrots. This was really a great meal for a cold winter day. Then I came home, switched vehicles and gassed up the car. Then came home, and put away all of the things I bought. I’ve been here since around 11am and haven’t left. It’s been House of Cards for most of the day. I am ready for the last episode of Season 3 tonight. Then I will move on to my DVR and catching up on all of the other shows that I recorded from earlier in the week. I got a nap in today as well. I am presently washing my bed clothes and will start regular laundry tomorrow. I plan on taking a nice shower before bed and then watching TV. It started snowing around 2p just as my iPhone said it would. It hasn’t let up since and I have a feeling that I might be clearing off the truck to get to the store tomorrow morning. Time will tell.
Kind of a hum drum weekend thus far. Things didn’t work out like I wanted them to but I have managed to accomplish a lot and pamper myself with the haircut and food. So it’s time well spent. I did manage to check on my work e-mail and I got at least 100 messages of which most was BS. I did find that there will be local travel in my future, not looking forward to it but it’s far better than being on-call and it will be a day out of the office and away from the phones so what’s not to like, plus a free meal and mileage so it’s like money on top of free money that kind of makes up for the slight inconvenience.
All of the bills are paid and there is money left over. I was really stressing about the car insurance but it didn’t break the bank. My partial tax refund is in so that helped but I haven’t touched it. The plan is to save it not to spend it. If all goes well then there will be more on the way soon.
I’ve got a Kenmore ceiling fan in my bedroom. I picked it out and paid for it many moons ago after we moved in. Together me and my late partner installed it. One of the selling points was the remote control that came with it. Nice to be able to turn on the lights or the fan with just a touch of a button. Over the years the remote has become worn and the lights now are really difficult to turn on, so much so that I have revered to the manual method. I looked on-line and Sears no longer makes the fan or parts for it. I found a discussion group where someone had similar problems and a universal replacement remote was recommended. There is/was no word on if it worked. So I thought I would take my chances at a local hardware store first. Turns out they don’t sell replacement remotes. They have kits to convert your fan into a remote controlled fan, which I don’t want. So I looked and sure enough the same remote Sears is selling for $51 I got from Amazon for $37, plus free shipping. It should be here on Monday, unless the weather screws that up. I really hope this works and is the answer to my problems. If not then I will have to go with a plan B and order a remote controlled socket to hook up to the lamp next to my bed. It was nice to push a button and then walk into my room. Now I have to walk in not knowing if I am going to step in anything or on a cat. I make enough noise so they know I am coming and the only one usually in my room is Marv and he is in the chair or on the bed. He loves my room and spends the bulk of his day there.
I heard from my cat sitter friend just checking in to see if I am alive. He did it by text. I noticed a pattern in that I would always call him and he would never call me. Since most of my life's problems have been solved I no longer have the need to get him on the phone. We haven’t spoken since we went to dinner on the 2nd of January. I HATE communicating by text or in written form with friends, it’s much easier to pick up the damn phone. However, in this case I am stubborn and don’t plan on giving in.
I have managed to get my old ‘sex blog’ deleted. Given the changes in Blogger/Google’s policy that will take effect next month. From what I have read on-line most people are saying this is a witch hunt and goes against our right to free speech. They are unfairly targeting the gay community. Because apparently gay people are the only ones who have the need to post porn to the web. I know that isn’t true but we do tend to obsess over men just a tad. Blogger is a free service and there are other platforms that one could use if they wish to engage in posting nude photos to the web. I’ve been stung once by the Blogger Scorpion and don’t plan on a 2nd. The 1st was really a huge hit - I lost my blog and all of my many followers from around the world. I had no way to get in touch with them, it was as if I just disappeared. There was no advanced warning or threat, they simply pulled the plug on me and it wasn’t unique to me, it happened to so many other people. I said all of that to say this. This is a free service if you don’t agree with the terms and conditions of the service then it’s time to move on. I like free and the wonderful easy format that they have provided to use. So for me it’s a no brainer to comply. I will admit that it was hot and I got off on posting nude photos of other guys/porn stars to the web and talking about them and the few hot comments I got back. However, in the end it was a fantasy world and that world is gone. I am thankful to have this format to post my boring daily life, thoughts and feelings to. It’s therapeutic and I am pretty well certain even though I only have 1 regular commenter that others are reading this, just not leaving comments. While I wish I had more people leaving comments, I can’t force anyone to do anything – so I accept the situation for what it is.
Speaking of accepting I found an app called CP (compatibility partners) it’s ran by eHarmony and it’s specifically for gay people. I was excited and downloaded it. Completed the profile and then hit the pay wall. Like most other service they want your money before you can do much. I am able to see matches most of which are more than 200 plus miles away. I can’t view photos of other guys because I haven’t paid for that privilege. While I think they have a great matching system I don’t feel the need to pay to find my next partner. I’ve done that in the past and it’s gotten me no where. If it’s going to happen then it will and I don’t need to throw money at that problem. Just invest time and save the money part for when I go on an actual date. I know this will be a long process. I told my therapist that I didn’t think that it was in the cards for me to have a partner based upon all of the negative experiences I have had with on-line dating. She said that usually when clients say that out of the blue someone comes into their life and presto the search is over. I told her that I hope it happens for me, but that I don’t have that kind of luck.
Okay, enough yammering I will stick a fork in this post and call it done. Hard to believe tomorrow is March 1. Sounds like it will be coming in like a Lion. Also next weekend is time change weekend so we will be losing an hour of sleep. Boo Hiss, but it also means that I will be driving mostly in the day light and no longer have a need to daily use my headlights, which is a good thing.
Stay warm, be well and I will talk with you all again soon. God Bless!