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Progress (or lack thereof) on goals

February 21st, 2017 at 05:24 pm

Whew, it's been a long time since I posted!

Luckily I keep our menu plan in a Google spreadsheet, so I can look at revision history and see what new recipes we tried. Smile

NT found a vegan crab cake prepared food, so we tried that. I made a new kind of purple coleslaw and a new (very standard) rice pilaf to go with it. We really liked all of it. I'd get the crab cakes again and definitely make the rice pilaf. It's just from the Campbell's website, but nice comfort food.

Another night we did "pizza style" grilled cheese sandwiches. (No recipe, just something that occurred to me to try.) We used pizza cheese, and for the grownups added sauteed peppers and onions, vegan pepperoni slices, and marinara sauce on the side for dipping. It was pretty good but not transcendent or anything.

That's 15 new meals tried, 35 to go!

No progress on the financial goals, and no progress from my neighbor on the agreement for selling the lower unit of our duplex. No decluttering progress. No movement on refinancing the US place or selling the UK one (that similar UK place is still on the market, now for almost a year).

No progress on self-publishing. I asked AS to read one of my two novels and give me some recommendations, but I don't know if she's actually going to do it. She started getting irritated with me asking, so now I just have to wait. I've decided if she doesn't look at it by end of March (birthday month), I'll just do the best I can to edit it without her input. We have a week at a cabin with no screen time, so if I bring a printout, I can work on it there.

Renovations: the bathroom is almost done! Unfortunately, the other bathroom's tub/shower has sprung a bad leak. It was a small leak for a while and I hoped we could ignore it until the other one was done, and then figure out how to close off the water until we get around to renovating that one completely, but it's gotten really bad. The plumber who's working on the renovation will hopefully come tomorrow and we can hopefully ask him if he has a recommendation for the cheapest, fastest solution. The other bathroom really is almost done, so we could turn off this one very soon. I'd hate to spend a ton to fix it knowing it will be completely renovated down the road, but I'm also concerned this leak will turn into a flood soon. (It's already a very bad leak, and it's hot water coming out as well.)

3 Responses to “Progress (or lack thereof) on goals”

  1. snafu Says:

    Sorry to ring alarm bells but water has the power to do inordinate damage, unseen behind walls in a very short timeframe. [see Oroville, CA] Even if it causes debt, this needs immediate action. Talk to anyone whose had unanticipated water damage! The story gets worse and worse every hour delayed. Can you tell, I'm talking from experience. I'd plan the second renovation immediately. Do not use water in that bathrm until you know the cause and damage already done. It's pointless to fix a 'hole in the dam' if you're planning a renovation in the future.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    It seems I'm always reading people's books and stories. Good luck with yours and better luck even with the leak!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Well, our contractor plumber kept sneaking out while AS wasn't looking, so we gave in and called Roto Rooter. $320 and a 10-minute visit later, the leak was fixed. He said it should hold for a while until we're ready to undergo a complete renovation. Oh, and our water bill was about $20 higher for the month, probably due to the leak.

    I'm not happy about the $340 but we're definitely not ready to start another bathroom reno. So if this helps us hold out a few months to a year, I'll be satisfied.

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