Challenge A: Week 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Ok, on the car issue?  Well, the insurance has picked up the fender-bender car so that’s gone.  I’m still looking for my rachet wrench box.  Also because I don’t want to work on my steep driveway, I’ve talked to Carol and she said I can work on her driveway which is flat.  Just have to tow the car over there.  Once there, my first tasks will be to pump up the tires and drain the fuel to put in new fuel.  If the tires are cracked, it’ll be more visible once they are pumped up again.  They are not too low, just a bit.

Meantime, I need to get around so I bought a bike for $75 from Lisa, Carol’s neighbor.  It’s a mountain bike that she never used but bought brand new and has a french pump.

When I lived in Japan teaching English in Koriyama eons ago, I got around by bicycle.  I even cycled out to the countryside.  I didn’t lose any weight or anything but I was pretty fit.  This area of Tucson is flat for the two miles to the grocery store and back.  So I think a bike would be a good thing.  Only problem is I have to be concerned about security because bikes get stolen a lot around here.

I also lived with just a bike or walking half the time I lived in California.  It’s a different mindset but I am having a problem getting that same mindset here in Arizona because I dislike the bus system.  The city is very spread out and so are the bus routes.  So to get to Walmart, it’s either 2 bus changes or walk one mile to take a bus that goes straight up the street to it. By car, it takes about 8 minutes.

There is one bus stop half a mile from my house and that route goes to downtown as well as all the way over to the main community college which is a good thing.  I am thinking I need to take some car mechanic (automotive) classes if I want to work on that other car.  Also I need to get a bus pass.

One thing I learned while riding buses in Oakland, you learn the shops on the route so you can hope on and off the bus on the same route to pick up different items.

Carol lives at the bottom of the hill so when I got the bike, I cycled for about 3 blocks and then walked it up the hill.  Cycled for another two blocks and walked it the rest of the way home.  I walked it home partly because it was getting pretty dark and mostly because I am way more out of shape than I thought, lol.  Things I noticed that I need to take care of — needs more air.  Looks fine when I am not on it but once I sit on it the tires flatten down.

Also there is a weird shoecap? on the pedals which I dislike intensely so those need to come off.  The problem with them is A) they don’t feel safe and B) I can’t get both on my feet when I’m riding.  I can get one on when I mount the bike but they tend to flip to the bottom of the pedal so I can’t get the other one on once I am mounted.  Since it flips under the pedal, it scraps against the sidewalk while I ride.  It’s a pain.  Whoever invented these shoe caps is a knucklehead.

Other than that, it’s a great bike.

So I am thinking to have a bicycle life although honestly I’ve seriously started looking for a cheap car because not having a car is already beginning to bug me.  The good thing is that without it, I save money because if I get that impulse to go grab fastfood or something, I can’t go.



Challenge B: The Livingroom: Day 1


I am still doing Challenge A but as I need to find my ratchet wrenches and this week is bulk pickup, I am also starting Challenge B which is reorganizing the house starting with the Livingroom.  (Sorry, Rie but I promise I will get to the Diningroom soon).

First thing is I need to get the loveseat out as the city is doing bulk pick up this week.  The cats have done a number on the back using it as a scratching post.  We have had it for decades and mom liked it because it was comfy. I have another loveseat, black leather which is quite nice. I will move it in the livingroom but will probably need help with that.

Ok, I am not strong and I live alone.  My brother’s family lives on the other side of town so moving furniture is a little tricky.  Luckily since it’s going to the dump, I don’t have to worry if I damage it during moving.

First I scooted it across the livingroom carpet by pushing it.  When I got it to the hallway, I made sure the hallway carpet was under it and scooted it again.

The front door was a little tricky.  I went out first.  Then used the carpet to pull it towards me, then shoved it a little to the side to tilt it, then pulled and out it popped.  I scooted it down the sidewalk by pushing it.

The driveway was easy since it’s tilted.  I used gravity and pushed it to get it rolling.  It rolled down the driveway and a little scoot to the side and we are done.

So now that the livingroom floor has more space, I have enough space to put together an Ikea bookshelf I bought a year ago.  So that is the next project.  I am putting it into the hallway initially so that I have something to put things into while I move things around. Oh and I’d like to paint the bookshelves in the living room — mom and dad liked dark brown but I really don’t.  The walls needs to remain a bright white since we don’t get much light.  White bounces the light so it helps a lot to light up the room.  But the dark brown on the white doesn’t work–too contrasty.  I was thinking of either painting those shelves a sage green or taking them out of the living room.

But we also have a good entertainment center that I’d like to move into the livingroom.  That’s also dark brown.  I don’t want to paint that entertainment center since it’s nice.  So maybe I should paint the one wall?  to make it less contrasty?  And leave the other walls white.  Maybe a warm cream or a light tobacco?  What do you think?  Feel free to weigh in.


Budget: Friday 11/3 National Sandwich Day!


Friday is national sandwich day.  So here are the deals I could find.  Best I could find was buy one, get one free.

Buy one get one free (or free with purchase)

Get 1 free sub of equal or lesser sub when you buy a sub with a 30oz drink.  Also Subway will donate 1 meal for every sub and 30z drink purchasedto Feed America

Buy a soft drink, get a free roast beef sandwich if you sign up for Arby’s email alerts to get coupons

buy one, get one free offer on QuickChek 6-inch subs when you download the coupon from the QuickChek mobile app.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Don’t see this on their site but seen it mentioned on a couple other places so check first. (I didn’t want to sign up for Perks because it wants my phone# and I have limited text msgs) Get a pastrami sandwich, and get one free if you sign up for or are a member of the restaurant’s rewards program, Potbelly Perks.

Press’d Sandwich (Canada)
Buy any sandwich and drink and get 2nd sandwich free.

Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli
Buy one sandwich, get another free of equal or lesser value with Bogo Mo coupon. The chain has locations in Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin and a handful of other states.

Sandwich Lottery

The Press Shop (NYC)
The NYC sandwich spot is donating 100% of proceeds for the day to Edible Schoolyard NYC, and will give away free sandwiches for a year to one randomly chosen lunch guest (11 a.m. through 3 p.m.).

free on next visit

Firehouse Subs
This one is a race.  If you are one of the first 50 orders for any size Hook & Ladder sub on 11/3 you will also get the a free chips & medium drink with a medium or large sub purchase on your next visit



Challenge A: Day 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Ok, short report.

check the fluid levels for oil, brake, and water and they were fine.  Except for a big spider being near the oil thingie.  Ewww!  Hosed my engine down to get the  Continue reading Challenge A: Day 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Challenge A: Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


For myself, doing these self challenges is working pretty well, better than I expect.  Both challenges I got results better than I expected and faster.  You would think I would just do it — it being Continue reading Challenge A: Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


On blogging: Day 15 &16 Challenge Finished!


Yay!  Finished! Hit the 100 mark of the challenge on day 16! New Pageview, WordPress Likes and other likes.  Very happy.  (Actually I think I got lucky on Sunday to hit 100 because a couple people were playing catchup so it put me over the top.  Thank you, thank you, thank you)

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On blogging: Day 13 & 14 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku


Both Thursday and Friday hit a new high pageviews for their respective days but not a new all-time high. Friday is second highest all-time high, though.  You can see the difference since I started “the challenge” in yellow versus before.  Visitors haven’t changed much since last week but I am getting a lot more coming in from nonWordpress blogs.
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On blogging: Day 12 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku


my day 12 Cactus Haiku increasing popularity report

Day 12, omg! sooooo close but no cigar.  Hit a new high!  96 but did not quite nab that 100. Again my pingback for Daily Prompts Brave did not work. New high on Facebook.  Starting to get referrals from blogger etc.
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On blogging: Day 11 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku


Day 11

Tuesday was pretty good.  It was the highest for a Tuesday although not a new high. Medium kicked in.  People left comments.  Joined two new poetry challenges.  It was a good day. Continue reading On blogging: Day 11 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku


On blogging: Day 9&10 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku


Day 9 & 10,

I hit 83 views.   On Monday, I hit New highest pageviews and visitors! Sunday highest Pinterest referrals (GA stats, WP stats show 3),

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