- Vapor Space is the best #vape store we know in #ABQ. Just had a great visit. And unintentionally persuaded a customer to buy his 1st RBA :) 13:04:37, 2014-03-11
- RT @sween: My wedding vows did not mention lay-flat-to-dry clothes. And yet here I am. 06:32:02, 2014-03-12
- RT @YouVersion: RT @brentguice: It amazes me how much reading the bible has become part of my daily routine thanks to @YouVersion. 06:40:57, 2014-03-12
- RT @davewillis: Show respect even to those who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours. #Soc… 16:12:53, 2014-03-13
- Tonight, Terra and I are starting the 5th and final season of Northern Exposure. (Season 6 shouldn’t exist – I’m not gonna let her see it.) 20:05:27, 2014-03-13
- Wesley hurt himself and had to come home from school. Again. Tooth through the lip this time. #nsfl? http://t.co/HRyHZRvhui 13:01:20, 2014-03-14
- This espresso blend from Whole Foods is terrible so far. Impossible to work with. Seems to be made for newbs with cheap equipment. 10:05:30, 2014-03-15
- Wesley and I are deep cleaning his room, listening to Jungle Jam. I loved it years before having a kid. It’s just well made audio theater. 12:24:15, 2014-03-15
- I am SO not ready for winter to be over. I love cold weather. Sweaters, my fave coat. And slippers. I’ve rarely worn shoes for four months. 21:30:48, 2014-03-15
This morning was pretty chilly, but the rest of the day was quite warm – to warm for my taste. It got to 82 inside without me noticing – AC was off while I was doing house work.
Now that I finally got some idea of how to pull decent shots of those Satellite beans, we ran out. Bummer. And I don’t see paying $11 for 12oz of what is clearly a blend made for noobs. I strongly suspect the blend contains a lot of Robusta to make it foamy for those who don’t know how to pull a proper shot – it’s the only way they’ll get crema.
Tomorrow, we are getting some old faithful – Espresso Italiano from Red Rock Roasters. I’ve used it for years. While it may not be the best, I know it backward and forward, I can do anything with it, use it on any equipment in any conditions and always get consistent quality.
And at $47 for 5lbs, it’s an exceptional value. I’ve not found better beans in Albuquerque.
We spent money we couldn’t afford to get a blender the other day so we could start having protein shakes at breakfast again. We think we were a lot better off – it used to be our daily breakfast but stopped what must be a couple years ago now. This morning was the first in a long time – a cup of raw oats, a banana, half cup of yogurt, half cup of milk, half a scoop of protein powder and a few ice cubes. I had lots of energy and didn’t get hungry until a reasonable lunch time.
Got some laundry done today, not fully caught up. I keep falling behind, grrrr.
Terra’s training at her new job was very tiring today, but she got to come home for lunch, which was nice. She’s off tomorrow (except for her brief side job visit in the morning) and then Thursday and Friday trains on the floor from 6am to 2pm. Presumably, she’ll start her permanent schedule soon thereafter.
Got caught up on my Bible reading again today.
I’ve begun gathering Halloween movies. It’s not getting here fast enough.
We got our first Netflix disc today – Titanic on bluray. We watched it tonight, which was Wesley’s first time seeing it. I love the movie but it proves yet again that James Cameron needs someone else to edit his films – there are so many trims that could be made to tighten the movie up.
I made coffee in my stove top siphon pot. First time in a very long time. Wesley helped…
Moogle threw up his breakfast this morning – on the tile floor, fortunately – he hadn’t done that since before we moved in here and we’ve feared it. I guess we’ll start locking the kitties out a little while after their breakfast from now on.
It was quite chilly this morning at Wesley’s bus stop. I gave him a little hoodie but I should have given him a real jacket. And I didn’t notice until we got there the zipper didn’t even work.
And I was wishing I’d worn something warmer than my little black leather jacket. Maybe some shoes instead of sandals :P
Either way, today’s the first day we needed jackets.
I’d updosed my espresso shots to 21g the last couple days and it seemed to have solved the large bubbles problem but this morning they’re back. Grrrrr. I just don’t know what else to do – I’m out of variables except the beans themselves. But, we are confident enough with our skills that we went ahead and got some good water. We’d been using tap water so far – no sense spending money if every shot will just be a practice shot anyway. Hopefully, we’ll be able to spend a few bucks on some good beans this weekend.
I thoroughly scrubbed, descaled, and backflushed Lady Gaggia and have set reminders in my phone to do it periodically.
I resurrected my 6v Prodigy v3.1 but I need a new tank carto and some Adam’s SinApple from VaporCast Store for my favorite after-dinner vape :)
Making my oaty veggie meatloaf tonight – gonna try it with baked potatoes.
Tonight we’re going to home fellowship and it’ll be the first time in… uh… let’s see – last week was canceled, week before we didn’t go because Mom & Dad Benton might arrive, and the week before that was church cleaning night.
So, we haven’t actually been to the host house since before we moved in our new house.
Btw, Terra starts her new job on Monday. Just orientation, so it’s a day shift but she will presumably start her regular shift (2p-10p, ugh) soon thereafter, which means I’ll start my house husband job full time. Hopefully it doesn’t last very long.
I got caught up on my Bible reading plan – I’m on day 34, I think. It’s a one-year plan but I started a six-month plan last night for bedtime listening. I was playing the audio portion at bedtime (I have been going to sleep to an audio Bible for many years) but it ended too quickly so I figure a plan half as long should have portions twice as long.
We got a couple small bottles of Torani syrup at Walmart the other day, caramel and vanilla. This morning, I made Terra an iced vanilla latte and I had an iced caramel Americano.
We really do avoid flavoring coffee – we see it as what people do to cover the taste of bad coffee – we keep it on hand for guests who insist on flavorings. But, needless to say, we currently have bad coffee that could use some covering up. At least until we can get some more practice and better beans.
Btw, both drinks took between 9 and 10 minutes each to make, from pulling out the grinder to cleanup completion. I make one drink at a time and like to be fully reset after each – everything clean and put away.
No phones in bed seems to have worked – I slept nine and a half hours last night! I’ve been using a sleep tracking app since August 1 and so I can say definitively that it’s the most sleep I’ve gotten in over a month, at least.
I am almost caught up on my Bible reading plan, thanks to the YouVersion Bible app‘s feature that will read you your daily portion out loud. (I’m using the ESV translation, which has an audio version – not all do.)
After several days of not being able to connect to my favorite internet radio station, 181.fm – Chill, I posted on their Facebook page to see if anyone else had this issue and got an immediate reply from Curtis, who works there doing I don’t know what. He not only got me going again (he gave me a special backdoor stream link!) but even put me in touch with a guy named Justin, who is the one who actually programs the station! It was like meeting one of the artists themselves and I drooled all over him telling him how much and for how long I’ve loved his station. I told him it truly is the soundtrack of our life.
Did some house cleaning, still caught up on laundry.
Terra worked her side job this morning, came home for lunch, and then had to go see her patient in Bibo (hour and a half or so away and out of cell range) and, when she gets back, she has an interview at a place very close to here that called her this morning because of a resume she turned in there in MARCH. Praying praying praying…
UPDATE: She got the job! She starts pretty much immediately and the pay is great. BUT, it’s a bad schedule. 2p-10p, 4 on, 2 off. Hmm… A steady paycheck is great. And it’s a nursing home, so it will be steady hours, and that’s great. But, still. She’s going to take it but we’re not looking forward to what this is going to do to our home life and our evening church-related stuff – both very important to us.
The garage door didn’t close when she hit the button on the remote this morning. Took me forever to figure out it was the sun shining on the sensor, so I leaned a piece of flooring tile against it to make a shadow and it seems to be working. Wow… I fixed something :P
I mixed up a big batch of vape liquid today. I have always just made a 30mL bottle at a time until all the nicotine liquid is gone but this time I used a condiment squeeze bottle, poured in all the nicotine liquid, then added 4 parts VG to that and shook it up. We got some strawberry flavoring with this shipment for her, so I then took a smaller bottle and put one part flavoring, then filled it with four parts of the liquid I made. I hope she likes it. I’ve never made flavored stuff before.
We got our first electric bill. It only covers 10 days but it’s $62. That’s a huge relief. We’ve been scared how much utilities would be and, if it’s only gonna be less than a couple hundred bucks a month in the summer time (we have AC, not an evap cooler) then we’ll be fine :)
After dinner, we watched my DVD of 9/11 – she’d never seen it and I haven’t watched it in a few years.
I guess tomorrow, she quits her job in preparation for the new one. Big changes coming…
I swapped out the lock nut type thing from my old Kyocera grinder into the new Porlex grinder. The internals of the two seem to be identical yet we can’t seem to get as fine a grind. With this old nut in, it does cinch down tighter and I almost choked my espresso machine this morning so that’s a good sign. Still have the bubbles issue, though.
Kept Wesley home from school today. He’s been kicking it on the couch all day watching a ‘how stuff is made’ show on Netflix for Kids. He felt fine all day but, after a fever half of yesterday and most of the night, it seemed the thing to do.
Cleaned house, mopped the kitchen, listened to some Bible to try to get caught up on my reading plan. Tried to nap a bit – got about half an hour.
Terra had to leave at 7 so we got up at 530. Always harder to wake up when it’s still dark. And we got to bed late.
Tonight, we are starting a “no phones in bed” policy because we both (uh, and especially I) lay there way too long after we should be sleeping.
(I am therefore gonna start typing this daily recap post up throughout the day and finalize it at our nightly quiet time.)
Out favorite internet radio station, 181.fm – Chilled, is down this afternoon, presumably because of the GoDaddy outage/attack.
I am trying, again, to make a mexi-chicken rice bake sort of thing. The last try was total disaster. If it’s good, I’ll post the recipe.
UPDATE: It was sensational! :)
Wesley finally fell asleep on the couch and Terra is having a nap and my favorite internet radio station is out. It’s just way too quiet in here.
I got a category-specific recent posts widget for my sidebar to list the ten previous daily recaps and a separate one for everything else.
I have put our phone chargers across the bedroom. I have been making updates to this post all day. It’s now time to go put my phone on the charger, set my internet radio alarm clock app, put my audio Bible app on, set the sleep timer, hit the ‘going to sleep now’ button on my SleepBot app (it’s on a15 minute delay), and try to go right to sleep rather than laying there wishing I was Pinteresting or reading my news feeds, etc..
It’s the only way I’ll get this sleep debt down…
I made iced coffee with espresso shots (“depth charges”) this morning. It’s good to have the new grinder.
Stayed caught up on laundry.
Swept the rocks of the sidewalk.
Did some long overdue video editing.
Made a deer roast in the new crock pot with frozen mixed veg and tater tots. Served with Texas toast.
Found out I have to turn off wifi on this phone to send/receive mms. Not happy about that.
Still behind in my Bible reading plan.
Terra brought home a couple cool pots from Thrift Town that look nice on the new table.
Terra made iced lattes this afternoon – her first try of the new grinder.
We watched Glengarry Glen Ross in HD on Netflix – her first time. I brushed Terra’s hair during most of it.
She got news on how her mileage will work from now on and it’s not good news.
Day two of Wesley being grounded – his first time in life, ever.
I’m so ready to have some guests for coffee. Need some good beans.
Created a “somewhere” category on Pinterest for pics of cool places I see.
Came up with the idea of doing a daily recap blog post and giving up on a Lifestream. This was prompted by seeing that Twitter is not going to support rss much longer. But I’ve been wanting to simplify my homepage for a long time anyway.
Didn’t get a shower today, ew.
Still awake at midnight. This not sleeping regularly has been going on ever since I stopped working.
Called for info on SAFE program for Wesley so I can go back to work and we can’t exactly afford it. Hmmm…
This hot weather seems to be going on forever. We’re both so ready for fall.