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 #261

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

  • It’s been relatively warm and dry recently so I decided not to cut the grass this weekend. Hopefully we will have some rains overnight one day soon or we’ll have to start watering the grass it which is rare for this is late in the year.
  • My next-door neighbor did cut his grass even though he didn’t need too. His lawn is almost exactly the same height as it was. I’m just glad most of our yard is fenced so he doesn’t damage too much of our lawn with his excessive mowing.
  • We have to check what time the sun goes down every day before we go rowing to make sure we’re not on the water after dusk and will still have enough light to put our boat away. We don’t have much longer to do things outside in the evenings.
  • I did finally get my email back at work today. Mostly. I have a lot of duplicate emails. And all of the rules and alerts I created over the years to keep my inbox from overflowing were gone. So, I have a lot of cleanup to do. And, of course, I’m behind on things that I didn’t know I was responsible for until today.

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 #257

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

  • Saturday was wet and dreary; but we were able to get in the pool both yesterday and today. A great way to commemorate the symbolic end of summer.
  • Looking forward to pro football season. Hope springs eternal for the downtrodden fans of our favorite team.  Especially before the first game of the season. Perhaps the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to get attend some games in person without freezing.
  • I replaced one more item on our boat that I didn’t think needed to be replaced but was actually more worn out than I thought. We row it a lot so things get worn out faster than if we didn’t use it so much. Hopefully this is the last thing for the season.
  • For some strange reason, an old computer game that is a favorite of The Wife and I has been crashing a lot recently. I’m not sure what, if anything, has changed; but it’s frustrating, especially when we’re winning.

Monday Monologue #256

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

  • I enjoyed the big fight this past Saturday. Usually, events like that don’t live up to the hype; but this one did.
  • We rowed and got in the pool on Sunday. Hopefully, there will be more of the same over the three-day weekend next week. Hopefully we won’t be in the path of hurricane remnants.
  • We have our pool closing scheduled so the un-official end of summer is near. It’s already starting to get dark much earlier than it a couple of months ago so it’s clear that that the long hot days of summer are coming to an end.
  • We’ve had to replace several things for our boat recently. Having your own equipment is nice but there is more ongoing maintenance that that I thought there would be. Probably because our more stringent definition of needs replacement.

Wednesday Weirdness #254

We replaced all the wheels on the seats on our boat today. I hadn’t realized how worn they were. Just like everything else, you don’t realize when things slowly degrade over time. The new ones don’t squeak and roll much more smoothly. I guess that’s yet one more thing that we need to do every year or so.

Monday Monologue #254

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

  • The events of this past weekend went well. Despite rain on Friday and Sunday. the weather on Saturday was great and everyone had a good time. And, it’s getting to be normal behavior; but the temporary dog was very well behaved.
  • I had my car in the shop for what should have been a simple task which ended up taking hours. New vehicles are nice; but they all of their electronics makes them extremely complicated.
  • I purposefully didn’t cut the grass over the weekend. It isn’t too long yet; but it will be by next weekend. Especially if it rains. But that’s the way of things. I would rather be cutting grass tan shoveling snow.
  • We had a great row today. We can go faster than we thought we could when we are adding speed and power. All of the work we’ve done this summer has been beneficial.

Monday Monologue #252

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

  • After my problems last week, I bought some jumper cables to put in my new vehicle even though its less than a year old. Hopefully I won’t need them; but it will save time if I ever do. Definitely quicker than calling roadside assistance. Of course, with two new vehicles, I thought that I was done with doing stuff like that.
  • We got absolutely soaked during our row on Friday. Heavy rain (but, thankfully, no lightning) suddenly popped not once but twice. Then the sun came back out. Of course, we were quite wet by then. Fortunately, it initially was a warm July day so we didn’t get too cold.
  • I finally got a small battery backup for our desktop computer. It won’t help for the longer power outages that we always seem to have. But, we’ve had a bunch of short ones where the power was off just long enough to restart the computer. Now we won’t lose our work when that happens.
  • We did another evening row today. Except for putting things away in the dark, we both kinda like rowing whine the sun is going down. Especially when its sunny and warm. A lot better than the days when we want/need the afternoon sun to make it warm enough to row.

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 #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.