What a quarter it’s been…
I got a second dog. I started a new weekly blog format. I signed up for a half marathon. Football started. The second dog has gone crazy and is going to a 17-day obedience program on Tuesday.
Yet it feels like I was just sitting here, typing up last quarter’s entry. So how’d things go?
- 15 Books:
- 3Q projection – 11.25
- 3Q actual – 10
- It’s been a slow quarter, reading-wise. I read my momma’s Edisto Stranger and reread the first two books in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. My momma’s book was good and interesting to watch her navigate the previous book’s twist. The Gunslinger was weird to read again after years and years. It’s not a very good book as a stand-alone story but sets up the rest of the books well. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to read it before the rest were out. It’ll be tricky to get through five books this quarter. I took a break from King and I’m about 100 pages into The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne. I stole it from my momma’s pile of books and she liked it but I can’t quite figure out if I do yet.
- 365 Miles:
- 3Q projection – 273.75
- 3Q actual – 144.80
- Whoa. I still may not get this one wrapped up since I’m still a good ways back from my projection. But I have killed this. I more than doubled my total miles at the half year mark. I guess signing up for a half marathon will do that for your motivation. I put in exactly 80 miles this quarter. I still have 107.2 miles in my training schedule, a 5K at Thanksgiving, and a 5K for the ACC Championship game. I need to average 2.45 miles a day from here until the end of the year to get to 365. So let’s see what I’ve got…
- 4 House Projects:
- 3Q projection – 3
- 3Q actual – 4-ish
- All posters are officially hung. I’ve decorated the stairway with my cross-country, Africa, Alaska, and Hawaii pictures. I picked out an entertainment center, successfully put it together, and moved my old TV stand upstairs. And finally, with my grandparents moving into an assisted living facility, I rescued the two twin beds my brother and I used to sleep in for one of my spare bedrooms when the nephews come visit. So let’s lump all of those into one house project. Also, if Lucy comes back obedient, calm, and controlled, I’m absolutely counting that as a project to improve my house given the fact that she just chewed the inside of a door on Friday night.
- 83% LTV:
- 3Q projection – 83.5%
- 3Q actual – 82.0%
- First, the good news. I’ve officially gone past my goal. If I stay on this pace, I should be down to 80.5% after my December payment, which gets me close to finally getting rid of my mortgage insurance. I should also have my bedroom and living room furniture paid off by December, which will be a nice chunk of change to get back every month. But the bad news is that this quarter has been an uphill climb to being a financial nightmare of a fourth quarter. I’ve added the bill for the entertainment center (12 month, 0% financing is a blessing, kids!). I will have a HUGE bill for Lucy’s training starting Tuesday (that’s fortunately spread over six months). I have my IPTAY dues in November (#firstworldproblems). And that doesn’t even count the bookshelf I want, the million fall birthdays in our family, and the income-suck that is Christmas. Sod for the backyard? Paint and supplies to paint my walls? A huge Charlotte skyline print for my living room? All pipe dreams at this point. I’ll have money again one day…
- 1 Website:
- 3Q projection – Who even knows at this point…
- 3Q actual – … nope
- Let’s put this one out if its misery. But with our football pool growing again this year, it needs to make its way online at some point. Both of my domains (jerdanfantasysports.com and tigerarchives.net) get renewed on 12/11 this year. So the dream is still alive.
- 12,000 Gamerscore:
- 3Q projection – 9,000
- 3Q actual – 2,460
- With the dog issues, I haven’t had time to just sit down and focus on a game with both of them out in the house. The structured running and football schedule get in the way too. But I have added 420 from Destiny 2. When Lucy’s gone, I’ll have to work with Harper every day, but it’ll also give me some time to finally sit down and play. But at this point, 3,000 is a realistic goal. Maybe. It’s ironic that the older you get, the more disposable income you seem to have access to, but the less time you have to actually enjoy it.
All in all, I’m pretty proud of this quarter. I met my house projects goal. I cleared my financial goal. I made an unscheduled HUGE dent into my running deficit. Now I just need to get through a couple more books and I’ll be good to go.
Hope your goals are still within reach for the year! This time next go ’round, we’ll be planning for a new year’s batch of goals!
- Sight: Normally I wouldn’t make a big deal about a Boston College game. They’re not good. And even though the game was tied 7-7 going into the 4th quarter, Clemson won 34-7. So it wasn’t even really exciting. But my nephew made it through his first football game. He had a blast. And even though it may have cost my brother a small fortune constantly buying Dippin’ Dots, pizza, nachos, and drinks, he survived the whole game without wanting to leave or getting too restless. Good job FJ! Glad you had fun!
- Sound: The Dixie Chicks were so good before they went off the rails. Wide Open Spaces may be one of my top five albums of all time. I almost went with You Were Mine, which is an excellent song by the way, but felt like I need an upbeat song this week.
Could have been true love
but it wasn’t.
It should all add up
but it doesn’t.
- Taste: It’s a boring one this week. Friday was lunch at Blaze Pizza with some old coworkers. Saturday was Bojangles on the road to Clemson and Cook Out on the drive back. Tuesday was Just Fresh since Lunch Roulette was moved and I couldn’t make it. And that’s it. Which is really good because…
- Feel: Broke. This week has consisted of taking Lucy to the vet Saturday for a fight she started with Harper to have some bite marks on her leg checked out. Then my first emergency vet visit Monday night with Lucy for deeper cuts that required stitches. Then a vet visit Tuesday for Harper for an unrelated sore. Then a late night run to PetSmart on Wednesday for a cone, gauze, and bandages because Lucy decided to take out her stitches when I was at work. Which… of course she did. It’s not like that wasn’t the most expensive thing I have paid for in weeks. Straight down the gutter. Wasted. Then Thursday, I signed her up for an obnoxiously expensive dog trainer. I feel like I’ve done nothing but hemorrhage money since buying my house.
I’ve got a neighborhood 5K tomorrow, so it’ll be good to see how helpful my half-marathon training has been. Then I’m staying put in Charlotte for the first weekend in awhile, which will be nice. My boys are in Blacksburg this weekend, so Go Tigers! A Hokie isn’t even a real thing.
- Sight: We watched Clemson D.E.S.T.R.O.Y. Louisville this past weekend. Like… it wasn’t even close. It was 33-7 going into the 4th quarter when Clemson bailed on the starters. I had no idea our team had this in them this year. It may be time to start saving for another playoff run? I’ve never been to New Orleans or Pasadena!
- Sound: Was on a big Paramore kick this week at work on the iPod. Riot! came at both a good and sad time in my life back in 2007 [which it just hit me… was 10 years ago?!?]. So my mind’s been there lately…
And when it rains…
Will you always find an escape?
Just running away…
From all of the ones who love you.
- Taste: Friday lunch was Green’s Lunch since I was running late and didn’t have time to fix lunch. So cheeseburger, hot dog, fries, and a Cheerwine it was! Friday night was Marko’s with the brother. It was really good to just chat with him about life since we don’t do that nearly enough. Saturday was FJ’s 4th birthday party. And what do middle class white people love eating at large gatherings? That’s right. A Chick Fil A tray! Sunday was Mac’s Speed Shop with the mom and step dad since they helped bring some furniture up for a spare bedroom. Lunch Roulette was Pollo Royal since the original spin of the wheel landed on a restaurant that’s closed. Wednesday dinner was McDonalds because I simply didn’t give AF. I feel like I’ve actually done fairly well this week, compared to most others.
- Feel: Desperate and exhausted. Lucy isn’t the same dog anymore. My cuddly puppy who liked to do her morning stretches across my chest is gone. Something happened Sunday that caused her to snap and she’s been constantly attacking Harper. Like… hackles raised, snarling teeth, and biting. It’s been at least a couple of times a day, every day. You can cut the tension with a knife in my house this week. And it’s incredibly tiring. The worst part is that I can’t narrow down what it is. Fortunately, last night was a pretty good night [knock on wood] and I only had to pull them apart once. I’ve got an in-home consultation with a trainer on Sunday afternoon. I’ve got another consultation on the phone with another trainer on Monday. And another in-home consultation with another trainer scheduled for 10/3 because God forbid you need to expedite some training. They’re all insane amounts of money. But I’m also tired of Harper feeling like she can’t move around the house and Lucy randomly flying off the handle. I just want my sweet, playful puppy back 😦
Heading to Clemson for the game this weekend. Then back to get in a 6 mile run (this is getting daunting…) on Sunday. And finally, I’m hoping I get some good news with a trainer in the afternoon. Enjoy your weekend, Internet people.