i got the car inspected at the nearby shell gas station (-$29), went to belmont to water the habanero pepper plant and to set up the vcr to record tonight's episode of 24 (my sister was home), went to the library to pay for some overdue books (-80¢) and to renew that southeast asia guide, and helped renata's friend anne (who lives in north cambridge and came to pick me up) with some problems regarding her iphotos. our session lasted 3 hours and she insisted on paying me (+$45), even though i was reluctant to take any money for something as trivial as sorting out her collection of photos. renata had batch-sent an e-mail from china to let all her friends back home know that she was fine and i read the message at anne's place (i was happy to find a personalized e-mail when i got home). earlier in the day i thought about going out for a run but felt that there was still too much snow on the ground (at this point, the snow will still be here by march). still no word on my health insurance, although my NASE membership officially kicked in and i got some copies of the documents i signed. bank america also sent me a new debit card to replace my old fleet card, and after activating it, i went online and changed my credit card number for all the places where i have automated billing. i made myself an anchovy pizza for dinner (groceries -$14) while watching (and recording) the rebroadcast of game 1 of the 2004 ALCS series between the red sox and the yankees. and throughout the day, i avoided being impaled by falling icicles. and finally my ibook power adapter arrived (-$80), i can surf the web and write my weblog in the living room again! although the battery will need replacing: it only gets about 30 minutes worth of power now when fully charged. maybe i can use my mac help service dinero to pay for a spare battery!