Today had it's moments. On the way in I was hit by a strong desire for a meat pie. I stopped at the local Hollywood and by then had changed my mind and looked at the fruit salads before finally deciding on a salad sandwich.

When I got to work there was a strong smell of paint. All the internal doors were being done. So I needed to take the sandwich out onto the balcony to eat it. While I was out there I noticed that my ashtray had vanished. I found where it had got to, it had blown away and ended up on the balcony below ours. The lid's come off, but luckily it was empty & cleaned out. I don't think the people on that level ever go onto their balcony, but am wondering if I should go down and 'fess up or just leave it. It was only $3 from the dollar shop, and I don't need it any more so it's not like I care very much.

I've been having problems running an ancient version of a program that doesn't seem to like 64 bit windows. I couldn't run it in a 32 bit VM because for some reason these couldn't see the database. After struggling all day I finally got it going right on 6PM. 15 minutes later I was out of there so fast you couldn't see the dust. I had to get to a date with my new toy.

As I write this I'm having a coffee. Not just any coffee, but a freshly brewed long black from my new fully automated Delongi espresso machine. Water in the side, coffee beans in the top, press the button and there's my coffee.

Yes, I have spent some of that money I've saved by not smoking on another of my likes. I picked up the machine at a reduced price at the big box sale Noel Leemings had at the showgrounds last weekend.

I unpacked and set-up the machine last night but by the time I'd finished it was too late for coffee. This morning I lazed in bed enjoying the warmth and once I was out I needed to leave quickly so the grand christening was tonight and then I was stuck at work.

I've just finished the cup so I'll post this now.

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    AXL said:
    08 October 2014

    Great blog as usual Bruce. Good to see you've bought something with your savings that will last a lot longer than a packet of smokes!

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    Ladylene said:
    08 October 2014

    ooh nice reward Bruce. I have a Breville but have been off coffee for months. I was having 11-12 per day and had the most awful migraine whilst quitting!



    Two days ago I discovered that instant coffee contains fillers (some of which are wheat based) .. I am celiac so its no wonder I was reacting to coffee. So tonight I made a real coffee. I have some green beans which I roasted myself (not taking any chances). It tasted divine! Heres hoping I have no reaction and can at least have one coffee per day .. I do love the taste :) Enjoy your reward !

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    Julia C said:
    08 October 2014

    Ooooo, home roasted beans. Ooooo.



    I bet your house smells divine while they are roasting.



    (Wipes drool off keyboard)

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    josienz1958 said:
    08 October 2014

    I say leave the people below guessing - no idea why you have 64 bitsof a window and I am most puzzled over what a VM might possibly be but I do agree you deserve to enjoy your new coffee machine - keep up the great work.

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    SusyQ said:
    08 October 2014

    Leave it! Do a social experiment and see how long it stays there! Imagine never going out on your balcony!

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    Julia C said:
    08 October 2014

    Sorry Josie. I'm a computer software developer and forget that otehrs don't necessarily follow. A 64 bit computer is kind of like a souper up engine with a Weber carburettor and a VM is a ficticious small computer running inside a big one like running a RC model car across the floor of your bus. Hope that helps.

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    Julia C said:
    08 October 2014

    AND Now without the typos. otehrs = others. souper = souped.



    Rather ruined the joke.

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    Theo22 said:
    08 October 2014

    Coffee... nice. Regrettably I have gone from about 15 a day to 2... herbal tea is ok... not really. But enjoy your reward! U deserve it. Ladylene, I know what the headache is like but it will only last for a week or so.

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    Julia C said:
    08 October 2014

    I understand that for a lot of people coffee was/is a trigger. Luckily for me it was the other way as I used to have a ciggie while the kettle was running and the coffee afterwards. This means that the coffee doesn't make me feel like a ciggie, quite the opposite really.

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    Ceroca said:
    08 October 2014

    Nice to see someone who benefits from all those "savings" lol I just ended up buying more and more food LOL

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    Julia C said:
    08 October 2014

    :) Ceroca. I'm not doing this for the money. I'm doing it for the health. But, I'm happy to use some of that money that's not going up in smoke.



    Some time in early January I will have saved enough to buy myself a 3D printer. Then we'll see how good I am at resisting temptation.

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    sunray said:
    08 October 2014

    Great stuff Bruce enjoy your new coffee machine sounds divine. I love coffee. Funny I was always a tea drinker before I quit. Have a great night. ☺ ⭐

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    Nana22 said:
    09 October 2014

    That's a brilliant treat Bruce and one that will last. Every time you have a coffee it can be a pat on the back for being smokefree. Enjoy.