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Saturday.  §

I have an awful lot of work to do but it’s a weekend and I’m struggling to get motivated to actually do it. Kids are still a bit sick and indoors, snow is melting, there are no movies in the theaters. It’s a kind of not-overly-unpleasant malaise weekend.

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© Aron Hsiao / 2003

I type a lot slower than I used to. I think this is because I’m getting old. It’s not that I’m typing slower because my fingers are losing their ability to move quickly, but because the words and thoughts don’t come as quickly as they once did.

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Car has, I think, a bad CV joint on the rear driveshaft. It’s loud and embarrassing. I need to have it fixed, but I hate—hate—spending money on cars. I miss the subway.

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Need to do a partial water change in the aquarium.

Need to do some housecleaning.

Need to keyword a bunch of photos an upload a bunch of photos for keywording.

Need to get more sleep.

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Costco hot roasters run $4.99. That’s less that I can get smaller, raw chicken for. I like the idea of cooking myself, but it’s a lot of work, and it’s often more expensive. I read an article somewhere the other day in which the author said, “if you cook yourself, with healthy, fresh ingredients, you can live far more cheaply.”

I found myself wondering just where it is they live, because here that’s not at all true. It’s hard to resist the temptation to buy two complete spaghetti and meatballs microwave meals for the kids for $0.80 on sale when a bag of uncooked pasta alone runs $1.99 or more. Then you have to buy the tomatoes, onions, ground meat, etc. and spend rather a lot of time cooking it all.

So far as I can see, it is astronomically less expensive to by pre-prepared food. So we end up going about 50/50. When I can afford the time and cash, I cook. When time or money are tight, it’s microwave meals.

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No bicycle. I keep forgetting that my bicycle was stolen. That makes it a lot harder to do things like take a car to the mechanic, given the state of public transportation in this town.

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This post has gone on long enough.