I'm down another two pounds this week (has CF become a weight loss support group or what?). I have to admit that the Monday morning weigh-in really sets the tone for the rest of the week. Given the list of things I'd like to accomplish this week, I need all the help I can get.
First thing on the agenda is carpet removal in my former office. I need to start letting it air out, especially since not using it seems to cause the stink to get worse. No open window, no open door, not good. So I got lots of garbage bags to toss many old boxes in the closet, a plastic container for many things in the old filing cabinet (like the manual for my stove, for example), and a knife to cut that carpet right down the middle, creating two four-foot wide sections for the garbage man to take away. All of these items came from a morning trip to...
Target. To quoteth Mr. Jandes, I love me some Target. I suspected I'd do some damage in there today, but escaped for $140. I picked up and put down a new toaster, some tacky bamboo party lights, a hose reel and some stainless steel grill tools. That stuff would've easily put me over $200, and those were things not on the list.
What I did get was a little rattan trunk, which was $50, but you know that Crate & Barrel would've charged $200 for it. I needed something functional, light and at least slightly not cheap for the new office/lounge/makeout room, where I could put a beverage or book or whatever. Using the stool from the pinball machine wasn't cutting it.
I also got stuff for my party this weekend. I bought two folding lawn chairs (I now have four), a metric asston of tiki torches and something else I can't remember. I feel that I'm in a pretty good place to pull off this party. I'm trying to find a place that can ship Maui chips to me (taters taste way different grown in the soil in Hawaii), but I don't think there's a reasonable shipping arrangement.
I've managed to lure Diana into helping me prep for the party by telling her she could use my new knives (foodies are drawn to the strangest things), which is a load off my mind because I don't even know where to start cutting a pineapple.
Still on the list is grocery shopping for said pineapple and marinade supplies (not sure what exactly that will entail), and a trip to the liquor store for the 12-litre mai tai. I decided to scale it back from 16, because my gut feeling is that it wouldn't be entirely consumed. That, and two litres each of rum and amaretto won't empty my wallet.
Overall, things are shaping up, and I'm looking forward to the big gathering!