Traditional Thursday #277

The Husband on top of The Wife with her legs togetherOne of the things that good about working downtown and walking everywhere rather than driving is that I’m going noticeably longer between fill ups. I did not realize how much gas a few lunchtime errands were using each week. I still walk when it’s cold or rainy and not much fun to be a pedestrian But, I am really looking toward to spring. Winter gas mileage probably isn’t a major concern when you drive a big SUV. But, even though it’s not very much, I still have a list of items to purchase as the “efficiency savings”. accrues

Wednesday Weirdness #277

Happy St. Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. Believe it or not, I had evening activities postponed because of the “holiday”. I know events in the past must have cancelled or rescheduled even though I can’t remember it. I just never considered Valentine’s Day the type of event that things got rescheduled for. Personally, we would rather go out when places aren’t so crowded.

Tuesday Two For #277

The Wife getting The Husband readyWhenever it’s cold and we have trouble turning on the fireplace, I think about fixing it. Sadly, it’s such a gigantic nuisance that I still haven’t gotten around to it. First, I have to remove the fake logs and the all lava rocks so I can reach the gas piping. Then I need to take out both the thermopile and the thermocouple. Clean them up enough to read the part numbers so that I can find replacements. Then put everything back together. Order the new parts. And do everything all over again in a week or two when the parts arrive. And that’s assuming that the needed parts are readily available. One of the problems with everything being available on the internet is that very little is available at local stores. And this is definitely the type of involved disassembly that I would prefer not to do twice. An ideal indoor task for a cold, rainy weekend in the summer. If I don’t forget when its ben months since we turned on the fireplace.

Monday Monologue #277

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Not happy that events that are marketed as being broadcast “live” are actually somewhat delayed. There have been a lot if spoilers with everything appearing almost instantly on social media.
  • It’s a bit creepy; but, we got a report from our smart thermostat showing that the heat ran 5 hours less last month than the January before. And that the average temperature set was 1-degree less. An interesting report; but, it does raise some privacy concerns.
  • It’s getting harder and harder to find the specialty incandescent bulbs that fit some of fixtures in our house. LED bulbs are available; but they are expensive. And, they don’t match, so you have to replace all the bulbs at once.
  • Now that we’ve got everything, it’s time to start working on our taxes. We always owe, so we approach tax season with even more dread than most people.

Wednesday Weirdness #276

After literally months of phone calls and letters I finally got everything straightened out and got my “refund” from the IRS. Now, its almost time to do it all over again. It’s amazing how something that should have been simple and straightforward become so convoluted. And it was totally their mistake. We try hard to always owe them so that we avoid ending up in this situation. But, when they can’t read, there is nothing to be done.

Monday Monologue #276

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • It was a good game yesterday (if you like offense). I always watch; but this year’s game was more interesting than some. There is a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking today.
  • It’s snowing (which is not unexpected for this time of year). I just don’t like shoveling when it’s still snowing. So, I’m just watching and waiting for it to stop. At least it’s just “normal” cold.
  • It’s been months since we were able to do anything outside. The last few winters there were days where we could get outdoors and enjoy the usually warm weather. This year all of our workouts have been indoors.
  • We want a heated driveway and heated garage at our next house. Totality frivolous and not likely to happen. But we can dream.

Friday Featurette #275

The Wife standing naked in front of the mirror drying her hair

Best of luck to whomever you are rooting for in the Super Bowl. We’re hoping for a competitive game without another 4th quarter comeback by the league’s MVP. They have already been in more games than anyone else. And, of course, our favorite team home is watching on TV. An upset is not very likely, but we’re hoping. Have a great Super Bowl weekend!