I took out the trash this morning, and when I did, I pitched the flimsy "bamboo" shelving unit I got from Home Depot for $35 some months back. I doubt I could even pile a stack of books on that thing without it cracking. One less thing.

I also ran the dishwasher, and will start laundry in just a little bit here. I will wait until the usual 6:00 AM hour to do laundry, though - just because.

I am without flame, without a lighter or matches, so I am relegated to sparking a flame on a rolled up paper towel off the electric stove to light pipes, and that is more than a little annoying, but it makes me realize that if I am patient when lighting one (a pipe) initially, I do not have to re-light, re-light, re-light, again and again - I can just get a good cherry going and puff slowly and consistently.

Had some instant espresso this morning, too (along with the bowl of VA/Per tobacco), and the Motrin is still working well from last night, as I think Motrin (or, Ibuprofen) is a longer-lasting type of pain reliever, instead of  simply an anti-inflammatory like Tylenol is. Tylenol is trash, lemme tell ya. Haha.

I don't know why, but I have been watching bushcraft, backcountry, camping, hiking type of videos lately. I mean, IDGAF about "survival tips" or "the best Bug Out Bag" or anything like that (mostly because I have seen dozens of them before, and if you've seen one, you've seen them all), but I do like to see different variants of the BSA "essential 10" (or some go by the "essential 7"), which is something I have more or less put into practice since I started to hike more often over the past couple years. A lot of the stuff I find I do need out of pure necessity, not because of a "just in case" situation (like a rain jacket, a hat to keep the rain jacket hood out of my face, First Aid Kit with pain relievers, etc.). And then I have my usual Every Day Carry (EDC) which looks nothing like what a bushcraftsman or "survivalist" would have with them. Mostly because an old rule of thumb (from Myke Hawke, I believe) is that: if it's too heavy, bulky, awkward to carry with you ALL the time, then it likely won't be with you when you need it most. So I keep everything (from EDC to hiking essentials) down to their bare bones, so A) I don't have to think too much about what I need to have with me when I walk out the door, and B) so I am not uncomfortable when on a simple hike. And again, if there isn't any practical application to the things I carry, I don't bother to carry them. So...yea.

Anyway, the STLWX is supposed to be a bit warmer/clearer tomorrow (Tuesday), so I hope I can get a hike in then. Until then, laundry and chores around the house.

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