Monday Monologue #370

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • The football games this past weekend were very entertaining. I don’t like the drama when it’s a team we follow, but it is fun when we’re watching more casually.
  • It’s definitely weird being in the year 2020. As was pointed out somewhere recently, 2050 is now closer than 1980. And that is a year that we both remember well.
  • We still need to take down the Christmas Tree and the rest of our Holiday decorations. We typically leave up the tree the week after Christmas; but weren’t doing anything extra this past weekend.
  • We are still sick; so, we probably won’t be posting much until we both recover. It’s very unusual for us both to be sick at the same time. And hopefully it will be a long, long time before it happens again.

Monday Monologue #369

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

  • I’ve caught a bad head cold. Not unusual for this time of year; but relatively rare for me. I’ve been fortunate to seldom get sick for most of my life. Of course, that makes me extra miserable when I am.
  • We got outside and rowed on Saturday. After almost two months of being stuck inside, it was good to be back on the water.
  • It still seems a bit weird working while The Wife is off. It’s OK since there’s not a lot to do since it’s rainy and dreary outside. But, it is strange.
  • I got a new fitness tracker with much-improved battery life for Christmas. Unlike my old one, it’s still going strong after five days. Great to eliminate a nuisance that I didn’t even know I had.

Monday Monologue #368

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • For the first time in many, many years, I am working this week and not vacation. It’s was weird getting up this morning; especially since The Wife is on vacation.
  • We have our tickets to see the new Star Wars movie later his week. Hopefully we won’t see or hear any spoilers before we get to watch it.
  • Now that we have our own fitness equipment in the basement, The Wife and I are doing most of our workouts at home. It’s nice to be able to set our own schedule, particularly on Sundays when our gyms have limited hours.
  • I seem to be catching a cold. I’m just hoping it’s not the flu. Obviously, I don’t really have a choice; but I hate being sick.

Monday Monologue #367

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

  • We had a significant accumulation of snow overnight so I was pleasantly surprised that the driveway was mostly clear when I opened the garage this morning as I was preparing the snow blower. For whatever strange reason the concrete pavement was warm enough that more snow melted than stuck. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to snow all night and I doubly I’ll be that lucky tomorrow.
  • This year, I made sure to inflate the tires on the power base so I would have enough traction to get through the first snow fall. Last year I forgot and was struggled through most of the driveway before I figured out why it was so hard to turn around. So, I’ll be ready for tomorrow.
  • We haven’t had a day that the weather was remotely good enough for rowing since we returned from our final rowing trip of the season. The weather around here has been “typical” for December. We’re hoping for a good day or two this winter; but we may not have one until next spring.
  • Christmas is next week. I’ve had a lot of distractions this December so its really rushed up on me. I’ve done some shopping; but still have a bit to do. Hopefully I can get finished on Tuesday which will allow a week for shipping.

Monday Monologue #366

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

  • Now that we have had a chance to use it for a while, we are really enjoying the exercise equipment we got on Black Friday. Much better than going out ion cold, dreary winter days.
  • The exercise equipment was expensive so we won’t be doing an elaborate Christmas gift-giving wise this year since its already our big gift to ourselves.
  • The only downside to our new workout room is that it gets hot even with the register closed. I didn’t think just two people would create so much heat and humidity. But it is nice to get dressed in lightweight workout clothes and not need a second layer for the walk to and from the car.
  • It’s only early December and it already seems like winter has been going on forever with only an occasional sunny day. That’s normal for around here; but the unending dark, wet days are mildly depressing.

Monday Monologue #365

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • I replaced the wall console for our garage door opener. I like to support the local parts store so that it will still be open in case I need something in a hurry; but it was a lot pricier than the same item online. I may have had second thoughts if it wasn’t a relatively inexpensive item.
  • I actually got a large physical item in a post-Thanksgiving Day sale. That’s a rarity for me. Usually I only get small items or software. I’m glad I did; because, unlike some “sales” the price went back up. Its not her yet; but should be very useful when it arrives.
  • Over the weekend when I was using a full-featured photo editor to add depth-of field to a photograph I took over Thanksgiving, I was thinking how pointless the “rich photo editing” capability of many online packages is. Having basic zoom, crop and resize functions is useful. But they are far too primitive for anything but simple edits.
  • I cleaned the oven over the long-weekend. It wasn’t warm; but the house was still tolerable with a few windows open. We like to clean it around this time so that its not supper dirty in the depths of winter when it’s far too cold outside open any windows.

Monday Monologue #364

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • Looking forward to Thanksgiving and the 4-day weekend. Work has really ben raising my blood pressure recently. I also enjoy the “Rivalry Saturday” football games. One of the best weekends of the year for college football fans.
  • The battery in my cell phone doesn’t last nearly as long as it used to. I’m not yet to the point where the phone seems old, slow and in need of replacement. But it doesn’t go all day on a charge anymore. Some of it is the battery. And some of it are a few battery-draining applications that I have recently uninstalled.
  • The weather forecast doesn’t look promising for doing anything outside this week. I’m sure my next-door neighbor will bundle up and cut hos grass. But I’m done with yard work until spring.
  • I’ve been getting a LARGE amount of spam at my oldest email address. Its actually rather annoying since it’s the only account I have that still works when I have server or network problems. It’s not some clever new variety of spam so I’m not sure what the problem with their mail filter is.

Monday Monologue #363

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

  • We’ve stared back going to the gym on weekends. The workouts are fine and keep us in shape. But It’s not nearly as much fun as being outside.
  • Sunday was sunny and “warm” for around here especially for November. It was good to be able to get outdoors for a couple of hours in the early afternoon and enjoy the day before it got cloudy and colder.
  • The snow mostly melted so my next-door neighbor cut his grass. I didn’t even contemplate cutting mine since more of my grass was covered with snow as my yard is larger and somewhat more shaded by my house. I don’t ever cut grass in the snow.
  • Its time to stock up on Blu-Rays so we’ve got something to watch on TV this winter. Our favorite NFL team is definitely unwatchable. I don’t even bother recording the games anymore.

Monday Monologue #362

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

  • Our weekend trip was very well timed. We’ve been back for less than 24-hours and its already snowing outside.
  • Rowing season suddenly being over is mildly depressing. Obviously, its time. But it looks like we’ve got a long, cold snowy winter ahead of us.
  • When I was leaving work today, I saw someone driving the wrong way down a one-way street deliberately as a short cut. They weren’t going very far and no cars were coming so it was “OK”.
  • Happy Veterans Day to all of the veterans out there.

Monday Monologue #361

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

  • We had a great weekend on the road. The only bad part was returning to the cold and dark on Sunday.
  • I know I say this every year; but I hate the time change.
  • It’s also annoying to set our old-style analog watches with second hands since it can only be done accurately when the second hand is on the hour.
  • It’s almost time to winterize our boats. A sad but necessary step that marks the absolute end of rowing season.