500 days in a cave

The solitude, the social uprooting, it consumes you. Or, to put it a better way, you eat—you down nutrients—but you consume yourself.”


Rainy day thoughts…

I really should call mom, but my thoughts, stubbornness, and fear once again gets in my way. I tell myself that there was a time when I wasn’t like this, but it’s hard to remember when. Like I’ve make this thought up and I’m gaslighting myself somehow. Hopefully I can get some answers today; though it will probably lead to more questions.

Luckily, I don’t have to pay mom’s cleaning fee for the old place, so my upcoming tax refund is safe. Wonder if I should use it all on the Apple Card, or wait for my bonus to pay the card off. Or just say fuck it to everything and start planning a trip to Singapore to see Eric and the fam.

Going back to mom, I could wait for Eric to come back out here. We definitely have to deal with the situation that we should have dealt with years ago.

Too much time spent at dealerships

So issue with the financing for the new car (approved but not eligible for membership to the credit union) so I had to come in and redo the contract with Hyundai financing. Blah. The interest and payments went up a bit but are still manageable. It actually works out so that the monthly payment isn’t at the end of the month with rent.

I probably should have bitched more or tried to get some kind of upgrade out of it. Maybe get the blue one or goto the limited and get the sunroof and the parking assist. But if they can program the nfc card for me, that will be enough.

Still no name for the Tucson yet, but it will have a name. Can I name it Vanessa like the other cars I named in the past?

With the weather, glad that Eric got me the mats for the car. The cargo cover should arrive today. After that, I think the car will be complete. Maybe some under seat lighting on the inside. Maybe seat and steering wheel covers. Hmm, maybe.

A Month with Vanessa

So I named my 2024 Hyundai Tucson Plug in Vanessa. I think this is the first car that I have named in a while.

So the original plan was to get a Mitsubishi Outlander plug in. But for whatever reason, decided to stop by the Hyundai dealer in Vallejo to check the Tucson out. Usual Car dealer BS, but it was a little cheaper than the outlander, they found me an interest rate under 7% and payments under $650, and got Honda to buy my lease back $500 over the payout price.

Getting used to the size difference between Vanessa and the Civic. But it is nice and roomy, and the inside has some nice features. The plug in aspect is great, even though I’m figuring it out. Since work pays for electricity and I live so close to work, I should only have to pay for gas when I goto SF or Vacaville. But on a work trip to SF, between the battery and the hybrid part, I don’t think I used too much gas, if any. Still figuring out the EV part; certain conditions will turn it on or switch it to hybrid or gas.

Thought I was going to be extra cool and be able to unlock and start Vanessa with my phone, but it’s only for Android. The next version supposedly supports iOS, but not sure if Hyundai is going to roll it out to other cars.

What else? Heater seats are nice. It has wireless charging (but not wireless CarPlay/Android Auto). And with all of the rain we have had so far, thankful for Eric getting me weatherproof mats and the cargo cover. I’ll add pics to this post later.

…In bed

Taurus Horoscope 2024: What the Stars Predict for You This Year (from Allure.com)

2024 sees you growing more famous, and your pretty ruling planet Venus doesn’t retrograde at all.

Welcome to 2024, Taurus. With Uranus still in your sign all year long (it first moved into Taurus in March of 2019 and will stay there through July 2025), the rough news is that you can continue to expect surprises. Uranus is eccentric and unpredictable. You’re a grounded earth sign and a fixed one at that. You’re happiest when life is calm and stable. Uranus has two retrogrades, one that started in August of last year and ends on Saturday, January 27, and another that runs from Sunday, September 1, through the end of 2024. During these periods, the surprises occur from within. Rather than fear unexpected news to fall from the sky, you may change your mind about what you want out of a relationship, your approach to self-care, or the direction that your career is headed.

However, here’s some welcome news: Your ruling planet, darling Venus, ruler of delicious things (love, beauty, and money), does not go retrograde. Again, this is really awesome news. When Venus does go retrograde, lovers are more likely to bicker, money talks slow, making major changes to your appearance is ill-advised. But you don’t have to worry about that this year. Keep reading to learn what to expect in matters of love, friendship, career, and health from 2024.

Important 2024 Astrological Events for Taurus

  • Friday, April 19: Sun enters Taurus
  • Monday, April 29: Venus enters Taurus
  • Tuesday, May 7: New Moon in Taurus
  • Wednesday, May 15: Mercury enters Taurus
  • Sunday, June 9: Mars enters Taurus
  • Friday, November 15: Full moon in Taurus
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Last.Year Report & Last.Year Playback from Last.fm

Difference between this one and the Apple Replay is that Last.fm is based on the music that I own, and Apple replay is based on everything that I listened to from Apple Music. Still the most the things align up the same and it’s interesting to compare the differences between the two. And I do like the graphs and charts that Last.fm produce with my listening data.

…In Bed

The Best New Year’s Resolution for You in 2023, According to Your Zodiac Sign

Taurus (April 20–May 20): Make new friends.

Get ready to get social. This year is “all about friendships and connections for Taurus,” says Kirsten. Taurus’s ruling planet—Venus—will be heavily in the spotlight in the new year, prompting a close examination of self-worth, self-esteem and insecurities, and a look at how they play out in your relationships. “The cosmic ox has a deep desire to be valued, loved and appreciated for what it brings to the table, so it only makes sense your New Year’s resolution revolves around letting your true self shine,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, ditch toxic relationships and find a community that loves you for you.”

..In Bed