Monday Monologue #224

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • This weekend’s professional football games were forgettable. Hopefully tonight’s college championship game will be better.
  • We still need to take down some of our Christmas decorations. I was planning on doing it when I recovered from being sick; but I didn’t expect to be sick for neatly this long.
  • I washed my car on Sunday even though it was freezing cold outside. I love the color of my new vehicle; but it’s really not suited for a place where they salt the roads during the winter.
  • I’m not the first person its happened tool and everything is fixable; but the benefit deductions from my paycheck are wrong. Of course, I have less money than I was expecting (rather than the other way around).

Monday Monologue #222

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Merry Christmas! We know it’s a day late; but, since we’re having our Christmas celebration today, it seems fitting to wish everyone merry Christmas.
  • For us, it wasn’t a problem; but the datacenter our server is in was offline due to network issues (again) over the weekend. This blog is just a fun hobby for us. So, the lost uptime isn’t catastrophic.
  • It was almost 70-degrees today. I’m sure that winter will return shortly; but it was nice to run outside in shorts and a lightweight shirt.
  • The Wife and I went out for dinner on Christmas since it was just us. Not something that we would want to do every year; but it was still a good evening. It was definitely more crowded that we expected.

Monday Monologue #221

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping without leaving home. There are always a few things which I purchase a local store; but I’m buying more and more online. The retail shopping experience has really changed in the age of the internet.
  • It was nice not having to go to work today. Instead of a typical hectic Monday, I enjoyed a day without much to do. Work is becoming in a distant memory.
  • I went to Sears exchanged the socket that I broke last week when I was working on one of our cars. The store wasn’t very crowded which was good for me; but it’s probably not a good sign for them. Especially considering how crowded the mall parking lot was.
  • It’s cold outside! If this is what December is like, I don’t even want to think about January and February. It was finally warm enough to go to the car wash which is good since my car was covered with road salt. The water that didn’t get dried off still froze on the way home; but, at least the car wash was open.

Monday Monologue #219

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • I reconfigured my outdoor power equipment from grass cutting mode to snow blowing mode even though the lawn could/should be mowed one more time. It’s cold enough outside that I really don’t see myself cutting the grass until next spring.
  • I joined a new gym today even though I still workout in my old one. It doesn’t have the character; but it’s much better managed. That shouldn’t make a big difference; but it does.
  • This past summer was fabulous so the onset of winter seems especially miserable. I know that it can’t be summertime year around; but it’s the recent cold temperatures somehow seem worse after having warm weather until mid-November.
  • I know what I’m getting almost everyone for Christmas even though I haven’t bought it all yet. My immediate family is really easy to shop for. Unfortunately, that is not the case for all of my relatives. Thankfully I’ve still got a couple of weeks.

Monday Monologue #218

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • The long weekend was GREAT! The only “bad” thing is that it ended all too quickly. Unfortunately, I won’t have the opportunity to do it all over again in a month like many people. Where I work, Christmas Eve is not a holiday.
  • I’ve started running more and boxing less recently. Boxing is fun; but, I would much rather be outside enjoying the sun and relative warmth of late fall. There will be plenty of days to box during the cold, dark, dreary winter.
  • I browsed; but didn’t do any Cyber Monday shopping. Nothing that I was really looking to purchase was on sale. I’m sure that I’ll do most of my Christmas shopping online again this year. I just haven’t got started.
  • I do like the new version of PaintShop Pro. It’s got a few refinements that make it quicker and easier to use than the previous version. Plus, it isn’t quite as buggy which was the main reason I wanted to upgrade.

Monday Monologue #206

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Except for being the symbolic end of summer, The Wife and I really enjoyed our extended Labor Day holiday weekend. It was long and relaxing. I wish we had more weekends like this one.
  • We cleaned the hard water stains off of our boat on Saturday. We don’t think about it since its (mostly) clear; but, it’s amazing how dirty water is. This is the second time we’ve done it this summer.
  • When the sun is out, it doesn’t seem like fall; but, college football was back this weekend and pro football will be back next weekend. We love fall sports; even though we prefer summer weather.
  • We can tell that summer is winding down now that the house is cooling down at night rather than warming up when the smart thermostat allows the temperature out of the comfort zone when we are sleeping.

Monday Monologue #197

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Happy Independence Day! Always good to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  • It rained some today; but we took advantage of the cooler temperatures to go out and have a great row. We should have good pool weather by Wednesday.
  • The battery in the Wife’s watch is running down. It’s good having a nice wrist watch. But it’s a nuisance that it has to be sent out every other year for battery replacement and pressure testing. My watch has a much larger battery so it’s still running on the original one. The battery in the backup watch had died too.
  • I need to cut the grass sometime this week; but, I’ve already done everything else around the house that I need to do. I even replaced the sensor in the outdoor light fixture that was malfunctioning.

Wednesday Weirdness #100

I heard through the grapevine (i.e. another family member) that my brother is planning to move this coming weekend and “may” need help. Who plans to move over a holiday weekend without definitively arranging help in advance? The Wife and I (and our son) already have plans and would not be very happy if we need to rearrange them. And, unfortunately, everyone else in the family isn’t much help for one reason or another, especially for heavier items. This could be an “eventful” weekened.

Monday Monologue #66

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Comments should now be open on all recent posts. There was a bug in WordPress that always closed comments despite what was selected. There is a workaround if an author is aware of the problem; but, considering how significant of an issue it is, I think they should have released an update by now.
  • As in previous years, The Wife and I got a few gifts that we can’t use for Christmas. And, of course, we also received clothing that is too big. My mom thinks that I’m the same size as my brother; but anything that fits him is too big for me. And The Wife is MUCH smaller than my sister. They are not comparable sizes to us.
  • I can’t believe that it will be 2014 in two days. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were talking about the turn of the century and the “millennium bug”. With our youngest on schedule to graduate from college, 2014 will be another year of change for us.
  • Congratulations to the Bengals. Hopefully, they can finally win a playoff game and won’t be “one and done” as in past years. But, no matter what happens, it has still been a good year. Their head coach didn’t get fired today.