Monday Monologue #318

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

  • I never realized how much I use the remote start feature of my car when it’s cold until it wasn’t working since the check engine light was on due to one of the occasional false alerts that clears itself after the car has been driven for a few medium length trips. Not what you want to happen in the winter.
  • I washed my car this over the weekend since the weather was supposed to be clear until later in the week. Of course, it snowed today. Not a lot; but enough so that the roads has to be salted. So now my car needs washing again.
  • For the second time in as many fill-ups, I accidentally put regular gas in The Wife’s car. So, once again it was off to the auto parts store for a bottle of octane booster. An engine with a turbocharger is nice; but it only drinks premium gas.
  • I still have my cold; but I slowly seem to be getting better. Unfortunately, now The Wife has caught it.

Monday Monologue #317

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

  • Sunday was warm and sunny so we were at least able to run in the park. Unfortunately, the river was too high to row from all the rain. And it’s supposed to snow later tonight. It was expected; but still frustrating since yesterday had great weather for December.
  • I updated the database that supports this blog to the latest version. The upgrade with amazingly smooth even for a “major” upgrade. Something may be broken; but, everything I’ve checked looks good.
  • We dropped from the 92nd percentile to the 98th percentile in the energy efficiency score our electric utility has recently started distributing. I’m sure it’s just a computer program; but I don’t think we’re actually being compared with comparable households.
  • I need to go to the car wash and get the salt off my car. Unfortunately, it always seems to be snowing or raining. Sunday was dry. But the car wash I like was closed and now the weather is wet again. We’re really not liking the last few weeks of fall.

Monday Monologue #316

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

  • It was hard to get back to work today after being off for four days. I really didn’t feel like going out this morning. Especially since the weather is cold and blustery. The sunshine we had over the weekend totally vanished.
  • Thanksgiving was great. We did all of the traditional things that we like to do. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a week earlier than usual. So, we have more than a month until our Christmas vacation.
  • Amazingly, we rowed over the weekend. Of course, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. It was a lot more fun than cutting the grass or raking the leaves. Especially since we’ve never been able to row this late in the year. Of course, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow.
  • I did not buy anything today. There were a lot of good deals. Just not on the items we want/need. These days, I do almost all of my Christmas shopping online. I just don’t need to be finished before the end of November.

Monday Monologue #315

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

  • It hasn’t sleeted and snowed enough to require removal; bit I gave up on cutting the grass one final time and changed my outdoor power equipment in to snow removal mode. It feels like it could snow at any time outside even though it’s only November.
  • I was able to replace the light socket on the oven without any unexpected problems. Except the new fixture came with an unlabeled halogen bulb. I don’t know what lamp to replace it with the next time it burns out. I checked online; unfortunately, all of the documentation still listed a standard incandescent appliance bulb as the replacement.
  • We were able to run in the park this past Saturday. It wasn’t warm. But it wasn’t so cold that we would have been uncomfortable in our cold weather gear. We like to get outside as much as we can in November and December even if it is a bit chilly since it will likely far too cold in January and February.
  • Everything seems good with switching everything to secure. I haven’t had very many painless upgrades. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned. Like “automagic” upgrades are neither.

Monday Monologue #314

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

  • Though its actually several weeks away, Saturday seemed like the start of winter. It was cold and blustery with snow swirling in the air. I wanted to cut my grass one more time before switching my outdoor power equipment to snow removal mode. But, looking at the extended forecast, I don’t see that happening.
  • The light socket to our oven is broken, and, unfortunately, our local supply store doesn’t stock the part. I ordered the replacement online from a cheap but slow appliance parts supplier. Even though I ordered it today, they’ll won’t ship it until the end of this week so I won’t get it until sometime after Thanksgiving. I would never ever, purchase something I was in urgent need of from them.
  • With all of the browser warnings that are starting to appear regarding “insecure” web sites, I changed this site to redirect to HTTPS. I modified the database directly rather than use a plugin so everything should still be the same. If not, please let us know.
  • The wife and I both donated blood on Saturday. It was a good thing to do over Veteran’s day weekend and an appropriate way to end the outdoor rowing season and start indoor training. It will be months before we “need” maximum cardiovascular capacity again.

Monday Monologue #313

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

  • We broke another water bottle this past weekend. We didn’t have any issues for a long time; but we’ve broken two (and lost one) this summer. We’ve dropped them without a problem in the past. Recently, however, the bottles have cracked where the lids screw on.
  • We came home Sunday to a clogged drain pipe in the kitchen. It wasn’t difficult to un-clog. Just disgusting. I had to disassemble the trap in order to remove the lateral pipe that was the source of the clog. So, we had to deal with the smell from the rest of the drain pipes in addition to the smell of the clog. Not fun.
  • Sadly, we’ve put our new boats away for the year. It’s too dark to row in the evenings after the time change. We’re hoping for a warm sunny weekend day where we can row our older, less tippy one. But, the season is definitely over for the smaller, newer ones.
  • As always, we are both struggling to adjust to the time change. Our internal clocks don’t adjust as smoothly as electronic ones.

Monday Monologue #312

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

  • I purchased some new digital music on Friday for the first time in a long time. I like having new songs to listen too. But, sometimes, I get busy doing things and realize I haven’t got any new .MP3s in several months even if I have digital credits.
  • I had a flat tire on Saturday afternoon and had to rush to the repair shop and have it fixed before they closed. Thankfully, the tire was repairable (unlike the last flat we had). But, I didn’t have the lazy afternoon around the house that I was expecting.
  • We’re back on the air after having technical difficulties for much of the day. The web server was still on the intranet. Unfortunately, DNS resolution for our domain was broken. Everything is fixed now. Hopefully this is the last hiccup for a while.
  • Amazingly the checker at the hardware store had never seen a dollar coin before and refused to accept it. Rather than use a larger bill and get a bunch of tattered 1-dollar bills back, I made her call the head cashier who could explained that it was real money to her.

Monday Monologue #311

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

  • Unsurprisingly, the replacement cable TV boxes that the technician left both dropped dead and need to be exchanged. He wanted to install a different model but did not have any. So, he used what was on his truck which, of course meant an extra trip and waiting in line for me.
  • We had a long but successful weekend running and rowing. November and the end of outdoor activities will be here soon. So, it was nice to have some good weather to enjoy even if it’s the last time for the year.
  • Transporting racing sculls in strong, gusty winds is no fun! We had no mishaps. But it made for a very long, very stressful trip home. (But still better than sitting at home looking out the window waiting for spring.)
  • I did have time to cut the grass on Sunday. This time of year, it gets dark too early in the evening to cut the grass after work. Hopefully there will be warm weather the next few weekends and I’ll be able to finish mowing for the season before it gets cold.

Monday Monologue #310

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

  • I just got a new case for my phone. The old one did a good job of protecting the phone. But, I hadn’t realized how much the plastic had yellowed. Or, how hard buttons had become to press. I didn’t know it how much I needed a new one.
  • The cable TV technician was able to fix the missing channels issues I was having. I didn’t realize it until I scheduled the service call; but, they work weekends now. They are a lot more customer focused now that they’re losing subscribers to the competition.
  • I cut the grass over the weekend even though it was wet. Unfortunately, there’s going to be a bit of wet grass smell in the garage for the next few days. If it’s warm enough, I’m going to thoroughly clean off the mower next weekend after I cut the grass.
  • I turned on the fire place for the first time this season on Saturday. It came on without any problems and worked fine. But; it’s a bit depressing how quickly the summer has gone.

Monday Monologue #309

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

  • We had a good weekend visiting our daughter. She is doing well. But, it is strange being a guest in her home rather than the other way around.
  • We came home this weekend to discover that someone had cut the grass in our front yard, presumably our next-door neighbor. I guess it bothered him that much. One less chore for us; but I’m still kinda annoyed.
  • Looking at the weather forecast, I don’t think we’ll get into the pool again this season. It was a good summer. But; suddenly, it’s turning cold.
  • Yet another good weekend for the college and pro football teams I follow. I’m not sure they are good. But; so far, they’ve been lucky. And very entertaining.