I’ve had the exact same thing for lunch at work for seven consecutive work days now. The cafeteria at the studio is so bad now that it’s a miracle that I’ve found something that I think is tasty and is relatively healthy.

For seven straight lunches, I’ve had a turkey sandwich and a side salad. The sandwich consists of sourdough bread with some cranberries baked in. The cranberries gives the bread a bit of sweetness. I believe the turkey is smoked and is sliced thin. There’s a slice of cheese, not sure what it is but it’s like white. A bit of lettuce is added. The finishing touch is a bit of mayo. The sandwich tastes good which is such a rare thing to find at the cafeteria these days, a good tasting item of food.

The side salad is nothing to write home about but it is healthy and contains greens. I am not sure how long I can continue to eat the same damn thing but we’ll find out.


One of the things I dislike about winter is the lower relative humidity in the air. The dry air wrecks havoc with my skin and scalp. Cooler air can hold less moisture and winter is where we find lower temperatures. Strangely though, it seems this winter, the relative humidity has stayed higher than normal.

We’ve had some night where it was near or at the freezing point and it still didn’t feel all that dry. For example, tonight the low is supposed to be at -1 degrees Celsius but according to my hygrometer, the relative humidity in my bedroom is an acceptable 47%. This is with no humidifier or other artificial means of increasing the moisture in the air.

During most winters, the humidity drops to the 30s and stays there for while. At this point, I can really feel it on my skin and I have to break out my humidifier. So far, this year, it’s stayed in storage because it hasn’t really been all that dry.

I wonder if this is the first year in a long time that I’ll be able to go through an entire winter without having to use my humidifier.


My cold kinda got worse on the weekend. I started coughing more. I really wanted to see a movie this weekend but it would have been terrible to sit in the theatre and just cough every five minutes. I know I wouldn’t want to pay good money to see a movie and then hear someone start hacking away on the regular.

Fortunately, other than the cough, the only other ailment I have is some fatigue. It’s just a regular cold with a cough and that’s sapping some energy. Hopefully it will resolve itself before the next weekend as the company party is on Saturday evening.


It looks like I’ll have to pay just over $300 this year for my condo insurance. This is the first time that I’ve broken the $300 mark. I remember the first year I got insurance, it only cost $220. Everything gets more expensive and peace of mind is especially expensive.


Health-wise, I’ve had a great winter so far. I usually get sick in December, with a nasty cold and cough. It’s like clock-work. December came and went, and I was 100% illness free, even during the holidays. Many of my co-workers spent the holidays with a cold or a flu. I was fine. Did it have anything to do with the flu shot I got earlier? Possibly.

My blemish free run lasted until this week. I woke up this morning with a bit of a sore throat and lower than usual energy. I am definitely afflicted with something but at this point it seems really minor. My sinuses are fine and clear. I have no headaches or soreness anywhere. My throat just hurts a bit. Hopefully, that’s all there is.


Holy, I just won $2.50 doing an online scratch-off lottery ticket. It’s so easy to spend money on lottery tickets online now. I didn’t realize scratch-offs were on the Internet now. It’s a good thing that most of the people that are addicted to scratch-offs aren’t the type of people who know how to access the Internet.


In early December of 2018, I purchased a new laptop. I’ve been looking for a new laptop for a couple of years now. The last one I purchased was from 2011 and a seven year-old laptop is a relic. The old HP I have has run slow for years, even for basic things like web browsing. As such, I’ve been looking for a replacement but since it’s not a critical item for me, I’ve been waiting for something that was a reasonable price.

Along with a reasonable price, I wanted specific requirements. I wanted a 13″ screen, 1080p resolution, and not a crappy mobile Celeron or Pentium processor, so an i3 or above. I found such a laptop from Dell in December, post-Black Friday, all for less than $500. In my mind, the Dell Inspiron 13 5378 was a good deal.

I didn’t realize how useful having a new laptop would be. I was afraid that I wouldn’t use it that much since I have a powerful desktop that can do everything, including gaming. In the month or so that I’ve had my new laptop, I’ve used it quite a bit though. I have it on my dining room table and it’s become the computer I use to do productivity tasks, like filling out paperwork, sending out e-mails (to the property management company, insurance brokers, etc.), paying bills, and other financial matters. When I’m on my laptop, it feels like I’m more efficient and more productive.

I think I do better work on the laptop because I don’t waste too much time on it. On a 13″ screen, you can’t really have too many windows open at once. There’s no YouTube video to distract me from my tasks. On my desktop, with my 24″ monitor, I can have many windows open and my attention is divided amongst several things. My laptop is not powerful enough to game, so when I’m on it, I know I can only do non-gaming things.

Anyways, I hope this new machine will run a lot better several years down the road compared to the budget HP I still have. What to do with that one now?


Like clockwork, my property assessment arrived in the mail just after the new year began. As you can see above, I experienced the second largest increase in the last five years. My apartment is now within striking distance of being assessed at twice the purchase price I paid back in late 2009. I wouldn’t even need a percentage increase of double-digits next year for this to happen.

I’ll parrot what I’ve said in years past. It looks good on paper and validates my decision to buy, but it’s practically useless unless I’m selling. In the meantime, it just means my taxes are potentially going to go higher.

If you know my exact address, feel free to look at the actual numbers on the official BC Assessment web site. While you’re there, look up your friends and families as well! See how they’re doing!