Monday Monologue #263

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

  • On Saturday, it appeared that my grass would be shorter than that of my next-door neighbor who is obsessed with cutting his grass. But, he came outside an hour before sundown and mowed and edged. We enjoy our space; but, sometimes, I wish I could cut my lawn that quickly.
  • With the weather turning colder, I placed an order for cold weather workout gear. It will be nice to have; but I was waiting as long as possible. Psychologically, it’s kind of like closing the pool.
  • Switching to a more flexible workout schedule is both good and bad. Its good because I can get outside when the weather is better rather than at a pre-determined time. Its bad because its much easier to let myself get stuck at work.
  • I just had another birthday. The older I get, the faster the years go by. It was a good day. I just wish it didn’t seem like my last one wasn’t that long ago.

Monday Monologue #262

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

  • It’s taken over a year; but I’m actually almost comfortable transporting our boat on the roof of our car. I still don’t drive as fast as I normally do which is probably wise.
  • We visited the temporary dog and her owner. It was a bit weird being the guest rather than the host. But everyone, dogs and humans were glad to see us.
  • It rained so I didn’t cut my grass over the weekend. It’s going to be kind of shaggy before I get to it this coming weekend.
  • I didn’t realize it was Columbus Day until I was already in my car preparing to run errands. Unfortunately, it’s just a regularly day for us.

Monday Monologue #259

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

  • I was able to cut the grass in between the time we rowed and we got in the pool after we got home on Sunday. So, I got my weekend chores done and had still had a relaxing day.
  • My next door neighbor cut his grass too even though he cut it few days ago. It’s kinda funny that my grass can never be shorter than his. Of course, the grass in our yard is much thicker and looks a lot better since it’s not stressed by constant mowing.
  • Earlier today, I almost got run into by a car turning left into oncoming traffic after going the wrong way on a one-way street to go the wrong way on the one-way street I was driving on. Thy didn’t seem to know or care that they were going the wrong way.
  • Every day the sunset gets noticeably earlier and earlier. It’s kinda depressing. It won’t be too long before we’ll only have the weekend to do outside things because it will get too dark in the evenings.

Monday Monologue #258

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

  • Both our favorite college and professional football teams endured thorough beatings this weekend. Hopefully they can regroup; but, right now, it’s still kinda depressing.
  • It didn’t need that much; but we put water in the pool for the first time on Saturday. Its definitely been a wetter summer than previous years.
  • It was good to have my more powerful gas-powered trimmer back from the shop. I did all the areas I hand been mostly neglecting due to the difficulty of using my corded electric trimmer.
  • My weight has been staying around 150lbs since I gave up eating snacks at the beginning of last month. I knew I snacked too much; but I still didn’t think it would have such a dramatic effect.

Monday Monologue #251

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

  • My almost new car wouldn’t start on Saturday morning! Not the best way to start the weekend. Especially since it will be a couple of days before I can schedule an appointment.
  • I edged and trimmed everything even the occasional areas with my old electric trimmer since my gas one is still broken. Ad of course I cut the grass. So, our yard looks really nice; especially with all the rain.
  • The wife and I got in the pool both days this weekend. It was glorious. Actually, not super-hot; but the “feels like” temperature was in the 90s.
  • The data center that our mail server is in had a total network outage on today. We were disconnected for several hours today. And its only Monday.

Monday Monologue #248

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

  • Since the river was too high and fast to row, The Wife and I used the time that we would have ordinarily been rowing been rowing to strip and wax our boat. It looks really nice and should probably be more than a once a year task.
  • Our swimming pool is almost over flowing. It went from almost needing to add water to nearly overflowing the sides in the matter of a few hours. It definitely would have overflowed if the water level hadn’t been low.
  • By Sunday, the grass had dried out enough to be mowed from Friday’s heavy rainfall. It was still a bit wet in places; but dry enough to cut. I was actually surprised that I could mow the entire yard.
  • Both of us got some new athletic clothing to wear while rowing in anticipation of hot weather. Hopefully we will “need ” to wear our new stuff in the very near future.

Monday Monologue #247

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

  • The weekend was even busier than planned. But it was all good. Looking toward another crazy busy couple of days outside in the sun next weekend. The upcoming long weekend for the 4th of July should be nice and relaxing.
  • The new outdoor power equipment I got last year is great for hectic weekends. The engine is powerful enough that yard work always takes the same amount of time even if the grass is long and/or wet. Definitely quicker than the small push mower I was using previously.
  • I did take a break and get in the pool on Saturday afternoon which was nice. It was a great way to relax after a busy day. Unfortunately, Sunday was super windy and not good pool weather. I really could use an extra weekend day sometimes.
  • It rained today; but we still got our row in after the storms passed. It’s nice not being on a schedule and being able to get out whenever we want. Much better than rowing at a specific time.

Monday Monologue #246

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

  • The weekend was glorious. We rowed every day and got in the pool as well. I did have to cut the grass along the back line; but skipped the rest of the yard. It was a cool spring. So, we are really enjoying the hot weather.
  • The new automatic chlorine feeder certainly makes checking and adjusting the pool chemistry an easy task. Every time I replace it I think that Its not that expensive relative to operating a pool I need to get a new one more often before it becomes such a nuisance.
  • Our printer is running out of whatever ink cartridge is represented by a circle as opposed to a bowtie. I wonder why they couldn’t just use words rather than cryptic symbols since it has an LCD display. I think it’s low on color ink.
  • The Wife and I did our second twilight row today. We love the long days of late spring and early summer. We just wish they lasted longer. We’re already almost to the longest day of the year.

Monday Monologue #244

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

  • Our garbage disposal was making noise and dying (again) so I spend the first part of the holiday weekend under the kitchen sink replacing it. Definitely not the way I had planned to kick off the weekend.
  • The starter on my trimmer is broken and, for some reason, the parts needed to fix it aren’t available online even though they are common repair items. So, I’ll have to take it at the “authorized service center” and leave it for what otherwise would be a very basic repair.
  • The supply hose and associated fittings for the automatic chlorine feeder to our swimming pool also broke. So, the simple task of adding chlorine to the reservoir became yet another repair. That’s kinda how the weekend went.
  • Even though it rained some, The Wife and I were able to row every day over the long weekend. And, for us, any warm spring day on the water is a good day. So, it was still a good weekend.

Monday Monologue #243

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

  • We had a great day of racing on Saturday. The Wife and I make a pretty good team mostly because she makes up for my deficiencies. And, we’re still improving.
  • Once again, I couldn’t cut the grass along the back line. If it’s too wet, it’s too wet. But its mildly irritating have a yard that’s mostly neat except for one area.
  • I had to call customer support for something today and, for once, the representative wasn’t in an off-shore call center somewhere. Unlike most of the calls I’ve made about broken items needing repair, the call was quick and painless.
  • We both can’t wait for Memorial Day weekend. Just knowing that next week is a short week makes this week seem shorter.