Tuesday morning. Interesting phenomenon. I woke up this morning, without the alarm, at 4:45am. Yes, you read that correctly! I think it's a combination of not being adjusted to Pacific time yet and the side effects of eating like a pig for the better part of a week without any appreciable exercise. Why would the gluttony and sloth make me unable to sleep properly? As a diabetic whose disease is generally tightly controlled through diet and exercise, when I go off course, I get hot and sweaty, my blood sugar goes up, and I have to get up to use the bathroom several times in the middle of the night. And yet, still, this does not seem to be enough to get me back on track. Frustrating? Oh, yes. Moving right along...

This California couple exploits many methods to build wealth - Oct. 3, 2003 is an article about a family living in one of the most expensive areas in the country and thriving with only one income. It is always so inspiring to me to read about people doing more with less, making material sacrifices in order to get where they want to go. This story goes a little further because the couple says that they actually enjoy their sacrifices, speaking as though saving money and doing without things like a DVD player and cell phone are part of an enjoyable game. I just don't know if I could ever get into saving money in that way, which is part of why I'm so terrified about the possibility of giving up my job, and my lifestyle, and moving to Knoxville or somewhere near there. Still, it's nice to know that it can be done, even if I'm never brave enough to give it a try.

Back with more later.


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