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Day One Hundred Fifty-Four

July 25th, 2016 at 06:12 am

Calories: 1457

It's WINDOW-WASHING day! At least I hope so. I haven't heard from the company yet. The washers are not yet on site.

I'm on my last nerve dealing with the heat, but today is a bit cooler. And I have the hope that I can install the AC tonight after the windows are all clean, inside and out.

I went to the library yesterday to cool off. Unfortunately, they do not have comfortable chairs, and my back started hurting. (I think as a result of the strength-training exercises.) So I did not stay as long as I thought I might.

While there, I read a bit in a book called "The Joy of Half a Cookie." It's about using mindfulness to lose weight -- in a nutshell, eating what you like but being very mindful of how much you are enjoying it, and whether you feel sated or not. The idea is that you will naturally eat less if you learn to listen to what your body is telling you. I didn't check the book out. I will try to be more mindful of my eating, but I'm not going to stop counting calories. My experience has been that when I change horses in midstream, that's when the diet fails. Or I fail.

While there, I went to the book sale section (they have a continuous book sale of donated items). I found five books at a total cost of $2.50. The reason I am buying books rather than checking them out is that I can share them with friends and family after I read them, and there is no time limit. It's worth it to me for the small cost.

On the other hand, if there is a specific book that I really want to read, I will always check it out at the library. I don't ever pay the retail price for a book.

My variables spending so far this month is at 85%. That would be a cause for celebration, so late in the pay cycle, but it doesn't include the upcoming fee for window-washing, my property taxes, or insurance premium. Overall, it's been a costly month, which will require draws from savings. (And the savings are there for that purpose, I just hate to do it!)

7 Responses to “Day One Hundred Fifty-Four”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I love the library! My husband just mentioned yesterday we don't go to Barnes & Noble much anymore. True, because we use the library. I think we went primarily when the girls were younger and had gift cards!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Is anything better than the library? I'm not sure. I have a book rec for you: The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. Not complex, dark, or deep, but very well written and enjoyable about a family running an apple orchard in southern Wisconsin. It's a quick read and very charming. Man, I hope it cools off soon.

  3. snafu Says:

    We happen to live near the largest and very popular suburban library in our city. They did a huge 3 year refurbishment adding more club chairs and those clever laptop 'stations' which support their rows of large screen computers. They sponsor a variety of 'how to' programs targeted to different age groups so the place is super busy. It's had a huge resurgence of popularity since the oil and gas market collapsed which now makes it noisy and crowded after 3 pm.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, EC. I like Jane Hamilton, so I'm sure I will like this one!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Enjoy your sparkling windows!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Barnes & Nobles, etc. are a good shopping place for what to get at the library. Smile

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Hope your windows are crystal clear!

    We use the library a lot too!

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