I got the “not enough quarters for the washing machine” blues!

Well, hey there, and a hearty good morning to all my nieces and nephews out there in Blogland! Yes, it’s Auntie 50by60, here to entertain you with another edition of “Why Can’t I Get Off Plateau Point??”

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That’s right, today’s weight is (drum roll please):

189.2
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Yep, EXACTLY the same as last week, give or take a millimeter or so.

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And that’s fine! I’m not really complaining. Just that earlier in the week, it swooped down to a dazzling 185.4, which I was hoping was a harbinger of the future! Unfortunately, like 99.999% of all predictions and prophecies (so far!), that turned out to be incorrect!

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No duh, Yogi Berra! Well, anyway, getting back to the TITLE of this here blog post, our beloved washing machine of 23+ years picked this week to pass on to its eternal reward, taking the ease of tossing our dirty duds into it at any time of day or night, for free, with it. At first, Mr. 50by60 thought he might be able to repair it.

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But it was too far gone, so we’ve decided to replace it instead. However, due to busy schedules and a general lack of resolve, we’re putting it off till next weekend, or maybe the week after that. Sometime before Thanksgiving, that’s for sure!

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Meanwhile, I’m enjoying what used to be a major social event in my single days: going to the laundromat!

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And I have to say, it’s actually kinda fun! Our neighborhood laundromat (located in the semi-strip mall where the Jo-Ann’s used to be, thus and hence having oodles of parking) is sparkling clean, not too crowded at the times I was there, and most importantly, has a restroom that’s actually been cleaned within living memory!

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So far I’ve hauled our big bags of stinky laundry down there twice, and enjoyed all that retro laundry stuff immensely. You know, estimating how long the wash cycle will be so you can figure out how many snacks you’ll have time to consume out of the overpriced vending machine … Oops!!

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Forgot for a moment I’m a respected, prestigious diet blogger!! No, what I meant to say (ahem!) was, estimating how long the wash cycle will be so you can figure out how much time you’ll have for a nice, healthy walk or jog!

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And then, of course, since our dryer is still working, I haul all the wet stuff back home so I can save the few precious, precious quarters that are still left. Although I have to confess, last time I cheated and used the dryer. Yeah, I know, 75 cents down the drain, but it gave me an extra half hour to scarf down some Doritos eat some healthy salad!

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So as you can see, I’ve definitely had some ups and downs this week, and not just the weight! However, on a brighter note, the temps have been dropping a lot, due to this thing called climate change autumn, so you know what that means — it’s outdoor exercise time!

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Yeah!! So hopefully next week I’ll have (a) climbed down from Plateau Point, (b) taken steps towards getting that fancy schmancy new washing machine, and (c) most importantly, found some Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer at the grocery store!

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Seriously, they just fly off the shelves! So wish me luck — and have a GREAT week, y’all! Remember, Hallowe’en is on the way!!

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Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Fare Thee Well, Colonel Sanders!

Good morning, everyone! Well, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve slacked off a bit this past week, so I have a bit of a gain this morning. Let’s get this over with, shall we?

208.8
Wow, that’s not so great!
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Oh well, as Homer Simpson once said, “Hope springs internal!” And if you’ll permit me to explain, I do have an explanation, kinda sorta!

Now as I’ve said before, this isn’t a religious blog. However, my lame excuse perfectly reasonable explanation involves religion, so those of you who hate God feel uncomfortable with that should feel perfectly free to go back to bed.

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For the handful who remain, the excuse explanation is that, as I’ve mentioned before, we’re Eastern Catholic, which is similar to Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was Meatfare Sunday, aka “farewell to meat,” or as I like to call it, “Bye-bye Colonel Sanders!” Sunday. That means it’s the last day we can (well, *should*!) eat meat before Lent starts next week.

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So I allowed myself to overindulge a bit this past week on things like KFC and, er, chicken-fried steak with gravy and scrambled eggs at Corky’s Diner. Because breakfast food, amiright?

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So this week was a bit of a wash. Howsomever (and yes, that’s a real word! I looked it up! so there!), for the next six weeks I’ll be foregoing the hot cooked flesh of helpless animals, so things should even out pretty soon.

Still, NEXT Sunday is Cheesefare, which means I’ve only got a week to indulge in dairy products … milk, butter, cheese … oh no …

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Oh dear! Well, luckily, we have some friends in high places who have some excellent recipes for meatless cheeseless Lenten indulgences, so perhaps I’ll find some delectable substitutes to get me through this.

Seriously, if you’ve never seen Father Moses and Mother Gabriella’s show, “Eastern Hospitality,” it’s a real treat! They make all sorts of excellent stuff (plus I think they’re really cute together!)

Maybe during the next few weeks I’ll actually try one of their recipes, instead of just saying what a nice idea it is and then buying some overpriced fake cheese at the grocery store, like I usually do. If so, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Meanwhile, on to the real cheese!!

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