Watching 76 year old Tommy Chong do the cha-cha to Snoop Dog’s “drop it like its hot” on dancing w/ the stars just made my day!

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got out of work early. had a good dinner w/ my mom & we went for a walk. only 2 miles tonight. it still left me pretty sweaty. it was much warmer tonight than the other night.

went w/ my mom to the car dealership yesterday. she ended up buying the ford escape titanium in “sunset orange.” she’s happy. she liked the toyota rav4, but as expected, the newer escape was a no-brainer choice over the rav4. she’s also happy b/c she loved the orange color (she use to have a chevy avalanche in that color).

although i’m gung-ho for getting a new car, i’m still wanting to work on my credit. haha - my mom had hers ran at the dealership yesterday to try to qualify for 0% interest (which is always advertised, but you have to be WELL qualified). the salesmen came back w/ her credit report and said he’s never seen a credit score that high before. her’s is 867! holy shit, mom. the highest is 900 and she’s almost there! craziness. when i last had mine checked, it was 737…which is pretty good. above average, that’s for sure. but i’ve gotta work on paying down my credit cards. i owe $800 on the one that i put $700 on for oil change/wipers/new tires. $1400 on the one i put the tv on. and $1200 on what i consider my main credit card - the one i would use for typical purchases. it’s also what i used when i got 2 sets of mattresses and a bunch of house stuff. i also owe $2850 on my car still. so basically, i need to lower all those numbers before i go car shopping. so, we’re definitely talking at least 6mo down the road, if not more. but i’ve got years of paying all these cards, my car, and now a mortgage ON TIME and IN FULL! no missed/late payments!!!!

this is the life of an adult. money. work. finances. being over 30. haha. but yeah. i’ve said this before - i wish someone taught me how to handle finances better when i was younger.

Slept like a champ last night. 6 straight hours is a total win for me.

I did it!

Walked three miles tonight. My shirt was drenched with sweat. It felt good. I can’t wait to really get my momentum going and shed off all this weight I’ve gained in the last ten months! I want to re-gain my self control and get back on track. Of course, history proves that it’s easier said than done.

The weather is finally making walking a little less agonizing. The temps are going down a little. Rather than a high of 95-97, it’s 90. The mornings are a bit cooler too. I cannot fucking wait for colder weather. I love the fall & winter holiday seasons. Black Friday is 2mo away 😉. Always freezing standing in line for that. To start getting in the fall mood, I got some fall scents for bath & body works wallflower refills.

Work was ok today. It was steady. We had some majorly sick dogs. I got through it. Tomorrow doesn’t look busy, but we’ll see what happens. If the afternoon remains slow, I’ll be able to have off. If so, I’ll be going to another car dealership w/ my mom. Then hopefully go walking after that.

Tonight I need to figure out some meal planning. I almost want to make my own personalized cook book for healthier meal options. I could write the total calories for each meal. I don’t know…we’ll see

After consuming a bag of white chocolate candy corn m&m’s, I’ve decided I need to take losing weight seriously again. I fell off the weightloss wagon at the end of November last year. I’ve made many half assed attempts to restart my diet - but I never stuck to anything. This is the longest slump I’ve ever been in. And I’m over it. I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m tired ALL the time. I’m having more headaches. My body aches all over. I’m so tired of being fat again. I let this get wayyyyy out of control. I just texted my mom to ask her to start walking with me again…no response yet.

Yesterday I did nothing. Found out that my mom was out looking at cars & getting prices. We both had stated that we weren’t going to buy new cars until we paid off our loans. I guess she couldn’t stick to that plan. She liked the toyota rav4 and of course the newer version of her ford escape. She visited the nearby ford dealership and the toyota dealership. I went with her today to a different toyota dealership whose motto is “we’ll never lose your business over price” - and they did. They wouldn’t budge on price. So after 2 hours of them trying to talk her into purchasing - we left. I told her the rav4 was nice, but I think she’d like the 2014 ford escape - that has all the features my focus has - much better than the rav4.

I, however, have the patience to wait. My intent has been to get the 2015 focus next year. I have the SEL sedan. I want to get the titanium hatchback. It’s basically fully loaded. But…I keep seeing commercials tonight for the honda fit. It’s a bit less than the focus, even when fully loaded. When I say fully loaded, I’m talking moonroof, leather seats, stereo system w/ touch screen & navigation, push touch start, rear parking cameras - and all that jazz. But no looking until next year - spring or summer time.

This week will be long. We have a relief doctor in. When we have someone filling in, I don’t get a day off. It sucks. It wears me down. There’s a slight chance, it it’s slow, I might get the afternoon off on Wednesday. I doubt it. The odds are never in my favor.

So back the the weight loss thing. I have some incentives. I have racked up $75 in old navy rewards - the first reward than expires is for $35 and it expires 11/30/14. So I need to lose weight before buying any clothes. Also, I want to look good when I get a new car next year. Don’t want to look like a total fat ass when I could potentially be matched with a good looking salesman (good looking car salesmen are a rarity, but you never know). And it looks like I’m going to Vegas next year - probably in April. So….can’t be looking like shit while I’m there.

We’ll see how all this goes…

Mortgages are crazy

So today I sat down and made my mortgage payment for next month. I’ve mentioned it before…when I was first figuring out how mortgages worked, I had no clue. No one prepared me for the fact that if you borrow like 100k - after 30 years when all is said and done, you end up paying close to 200k. I had no clue. I put a good chunk of down payment on my home and got a loan for $66,900. The lender gave me an amortization paper that shows the breakdown of principal and interest and what not. If I paid only what is due, then I would end up paying back approximately $125k - so $58k in interest. Right now I’m rounding up my mortgage and paying an extra $165/mo on the principal. By doing that, instead of having the mortgage paid off in 30yrs, it’ll be paid off in 12!!!!! TWELVE!!!!! Also, instead of $58k in interest, it’ll be like $21k. So instead of paying back $125k it’ll be about $88k. Muuuuucccchhhhhh much better.

Math is fun when it works out in your favor.

Lazy day. No work. Slept in till 10. Then laid in bed till 11:30. Showered. Paid bills. Went to post office, medical scrub store & target. Then did some cleaning. My mom stopped by for a bit. I did some laundry. So I did stuff…just with minimal effort. This somewhat explains my catastrophic weight gain in 2014. That’s something I need to put effort into. I need some motivational help. A pep talk. Or someone to yell at me. Ughhhhh.

I wish I had something wonderful to share, but I really don’t. I’ve been eating too much & not exercising for 8 months. So I’ve seen a number on the scale that I never thought I’d see again. So obviously I’m pissed. I’ll consider doing something about that soon.

Finally got my 3D blu Ray DVD player working w/ my tv. So I watched avatar in 3D. And tangled. Pretty cool. Then again, for the cost of the whole set up, it better be fucking awesome!

Work is work. They hired a person to work with me. My boss said she’s ready to cut her losses with her. She’s a moron. She also looks like she’s on meth. So….there’s that.

Tech savvy help needed!!!

So a few weeks ago I got samsung 3D/HD/smart tv. It’s samsung model UN46H7150AFXZA. My mom got the same tv. To go with it, we each got a 3D blu Ray DVD player - both samsung. Hers was model BD-H6500 and mine was BD-H5900. I purchased Avatar 3D blu ray. The DVD player will play standard DVD & blu Ray DVD. But when I try to play 3D DVD I get audio & no picture. I took the DVD to my moms, and the same thing happened. So I exchanged for new DVD but problem persisted. Samsung support suggested things like resetting DVD player & disabling BD Live - neither of which resolved the problem. So I decided to try a DVD with different production company, but got same results - audio but no video. Then I traded in my HDMI cable for a high end cable - still no video. As a last resort today, I returned the samsung 3D blu Ray DVD player and got a Sony BDPS5200 3D blu Ray DVD player. To my disappointment, the same issue persists.

I’ve been in touch with samsung customer support via twitter. Although polite, they have been useless. I just can’t believe that my mom & I are having the same trouble. The common denominator is the TV. But how likely is it that 2 TVs are having this problem?

Are my settings wrong or something? I just don’t get it at all!!!

Can anyone help?

Fuck my life!!!!

Transmission control module. Does that sound like something expensive? Well, it is. Turns out, my car battery exploded and was leaking acid onto my transmission. Since the battery caused the problem, the power train warranty didn’t cover it. So, a new transmission control module & battery cost $1,400. Yup. They generously gave me 15% off, so I ended up spending just over $1,200. I mean…what could I do? I have no choice but to get it fixed. I wasn’t surprised that the warranty didn’t cover it b/c I has corrosion on the battery. What I didn’t know, is that the transmission is fucking expensive. And this after I spent nearly $700 on tires/wipers/alignment/oil change. Holy fuck!!!

Despite spending an arm & a leg on that, I did some shopping afterwards. The 3D blu-Ray DVD player that’s usually $129 was on sale for $89, plus I had $25 in best buy rewards. So I got that, and decided to get avatar in 3D. It was AMAZING! Best home movie experience. Better than I imagined. So awesome.

And, ladies & gentlemen, that is why I don’t have or want children. If I had kids, I can’t imagine that I’d be able to afford to do either of those things. It’s nice to have cash reserve that is for my rainy day, not a dependants.

update on life

family still here. went to disney’s magic kingdom on wednesday. one of my nephews had like 3,764 meltdowns. the other nephew, surprisingly, was angelic.

saturday night i had a “transmission malfunction” alert go off in my car. it remained through most of sunday too. nobody (tire kingdom, pep boys, etc.) does transmission repair & can’t look at & even tell me if car is ok to drive. also, naturally, no dealer service center is open on sundays. the alert didn’t pop up today, but i’m still going to drop it off on wednesday to see what’s going on.

last night my brother who lives down here kicked me out of his house. his daughter - who is VERY demanding of my attention - ripped my cellphone out of my hand and it went crashing to the ground. i raised my voice at her. he told her to go inside & proceeded to tell me not to fucking talk to his daughter like that & it was an accident & i can get the fuck out of his house. first of all - it wasn’t an accident. obviously she wasn’t intending to cause damage to my iphone - but she was trying to get my attention & since i was ignoring her she pulled down on it to get my attention. essentially, she was being a brat. i told her she’s lucky she didn’t damage it b/c i wouldn’t be talking to her if she did. it’s not like i threatened to punish her or anything. i could have said much worse in the heat of the moment - but i restrained big time b/c every word in his house is a bad word. can’t even say “butt” in his house. its tushie - so ridiculous. she can’t always be the center of attention & she’s never going to learn to behave if her dad is making excuses for everything she does. i don’t care if you’re 2 years old of 80 - if you cause harm to me or my personal property - i’m going to be pissed off. and unlike him - i don’t make 100K a year. nice electronics are a luxury for me. so i’m done with him if he’s going to get mad at me for his daughter’s behavior. obviously his passive parenting has been unsuccessful.

today i went to legoland with my visiting brother & his 2 boys. it was nice but i wouldn’t go again. its 1.5 hours away from orlando. obviously the shopping is shitty - all legos. the food & beverages were more expensive than disney. but there were a good number of rides i went on that were fun. i guess, compared to disney, it’s kind of pathetic. it only opened 3 years ago, but seems old. it use to be another water park - i don’t know how much of what’s there is new & how much is original. bottom line - fun, but not fun enough to go with them again.

tomorrow i have to work. i’m technically on vacation through wednesday, but offered to work b/c i knew my coworker needed a day off & i knew i’d need a break from my family.