POUNDS

I surprisingly lost five or six pounds in the last month or so. I did this purely through diet as my level of exercise did not increase at all. I cut down on snacking considerably and reduced the amount of carbs I ate for dinner. I also did not eat much past 8pm.

While I was eating less, I began to worry that what I was eating didn’t have enough fruits and vegetables. As such, it was really important for me to have at least some of that in every meal. At work, I made sure I had a salad or vegetables for every lunch. I should have bought more fruits for home but I’m going to fix that going forward.

When I weighed myself, I was down to 161 pounds which is great for me. I’d like to increase my level of activity and continue to eat less but also healthier.

RETURNED MAIL

In a recent post, I detailed how my new debit card did not make it to my mailbox from CIBC. When I phoned the bank, they weren’t sure what happened but one possibility was that the card was sent in the mail and returned to the bank. How that was possible, no one really knows. I fixed that problem easily by going into a local bank branch and getting a new debit card directly.

Fast-forward to Sunday, when I realized one of my credit cards, with a different bank, was set to expire on Tuesday. I had not received a replacement card, which is usually sent out weeks in advance. This problem seemed eerily familiar to me. What is going on?!?!?!

I called the bank associated with my credit card and they told me something that was a bit worrisome. Apparently, they did send out the card in the mail but it was returned to them. Just like CIBC did, they also neglected to contact me to tell me the card was returned. Why are banks so stupid? Did they think I didn’t want the card anymore? Why would they not follow up and figure out if I had moved or something?

The bank rep said I had two options: wait two weeks for the card to be re-sent again through the mail or have the card couriered to a local branch for pick-up. I chose the latter option and will pick up the card tomorrow morning.

The remaining mystery is why two important pieces of financial/banking mail never arrived in my mailbox. It’s not like I stopped getting all mail. I’ve received correspondence from different institutions on a regular basis. The fact is, however, that at least two pieces of mail never got to me. Why? And why did other mail get to me fine? Is something sinister happening here or is just bad luck?

I need to stay vigilant about those two banking cards and I also need to make sure my mail isn’t being diverted somehow.

TIRED

After a whole week off, I returned to work today. Even though I didn’t have much to do, I felt tired in the early afternoon. My energy waned a bit as I wasn’t used to getting up early. I had a bit of trouble getting to sleep last night as well.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad first day back but I’m looking forward to get more rest tonight.

COLD AND DRY

It’s just the end of September but this Sunday evening was downright cold in my apartment. The temperature read 20 degrees Celsius in my bedroom but it sure felt a lot colder than that. More importantly, the humidity had dropped to 30%. It was double that on Friday and still 50% yesterday. My skin feels a bit drier now. I actually brought out the humidifier out tonight and turned it on. It’s probably the earliest I’ve taken that out since I bought it.

This week, the lows will get down to 6 degrees Celsius. That’s pretty chilly for a Vancouver fall. Yes, I know the forecast is for snow this week in Calgary but that’s totally different.

Well, I gotta go back to work tomorrow. I better bundle up.

SHOES

I just bought shoes using an online store for the first time. Buying clothes or shoes online can be a terrible way of buying things since you can’t try on the items beforehand. In my case, I bought a pair of Converse shoes. I have several pairs of Converse at home, which made me somewhat confident that I know what size will fit me. Still, you never know as every different model might be slightly different.

I salute every brave person who buys a shirt or a pair of pants without trying them on first. Those people must know exactly what they’re doing.

LUNCH

I’m waking up “early” tomorrow because I’m having lunch with a friend. This outing requires me to be in Vancouver proper by 12:30pm. So far this week, I’m usually still in bed at that time. It’s great. I will make an exception tomorrow but that means I’m going to bed before 2am tonight. Early!

MONDAY

With my alarm off, I woke up well after 12pm today. I got up after I felt like I had enough sleep. I didn’t plan on doing anything crazy for my first day off. I went and got lunch, consisting of Thai chicken wings and fried cauliflower. I also got a coffee. I did two loads of laundry. I vacuumed my apartment. I deposited a cheque. I organized some things. I took out the garbage. I did some dishes.

It was a pretty rainy, wet, and grey day outside, so I was more than willing to stay indoors for the most part. Since Sunday, I’ve seen two movies that I missed out earlier this year: Dark Phoenix and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Both were not critical successes but I didn’t think they were as bad as the review said they were. I just enjoyed having the time to watch them.

For tomorrow, I have nothing planned other than having dinner with my parents. We’ll see what else the day brings.

ALARM OFF

Tomorrow is the start of my week off. I have turned off my alarm and I’m going to sleep until I don’t feel like sleeping anymore. That’s the way every human being should approach sleep. It’s unfortunate that not everyone can do that.

AREA 51 RAID

The Area 51 raid is supposedly happening today, in just a few hours if you are to believe the original start time. I think social media is mostly stupid but if this dumb viral event even causes one newsworthy thing to occur, it will have been worth it. I don’t expect them to actually get far enough into the facility to find aliens but if the whole thing exposes one just one thing about Area 51 that we didn’t know about before, that will be awesome.

Come on millennials, this is your world stage to show you’re capable of great things! I do not want to wake up and find out the government was forced to shoot at some kids.