Wednesday Weirdness #326

I stopped at the ATM when I was running errands only to discover that it was out of money. Obviously, that happens; but, after a recent upgrade, it doesn’t indicate that it can’t dispense cash until after you’ve used your card and entered your PIN. And, I still had to decline an offer for additional information on one of their financial products in order to “cancel” the withdrawal that was already disabled. That was the frustrating part.

Monday Monologue #326

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I spent much of Saturday and Sunday updating our spam filter. What should have been a simple minor upgrade took hours and hours to get right. And its not the sort of thing that I could have left for later or my inbox would have been flooded with spam messages. Fortunately, I did get it right after a long night.
  • We had some gorgeous weather this weekend. We couldn’t row despite the spring-like temperatures since the there was still snow and ice on the river water. But it was still nice to be able to drive around with the sun roof open.
  • I washed my car on Sunday to clean off all of the salt that had accumulated during the recent snowstorms even though I know it was going to rain today. It’s annoying when it rains just after I’ve washed my car. But getting salt residue on everything whenever I’m getting into the vehicle is even more annoying.
  • The big game was as boring a championship game as I could remember. I’m glad I recorded it so that I could fast forward though the game itself. The half-time show was ordinary too. In fact, the only interesting thing was some of the commercials.
  • When I was walking to back my car today after my workout, I barely avoided a guy driving really fast through the alley splashing slushy water everywhere. Thankfully I was just far enough away or I would have been soaked. It’s only one vehicle wide, not a though street, and used as much by pedestrians as vehicles. But some inconsiderate people like him use it as a shortcut to bypass a few one-way streets.

Friday Featurette #325

The Husband and The Wife enjoying a moment togetherThe extremely cold weather that accompanied the polar vortex is finally over. We got a bunch of stow dumped upon us overnight. But even though the roads were terrible and schools and businesses were closed, it didn’t seem so bad since the forecast for this weekend will actually be warm enough to melt a lot of the snow. So I’m really going to enjoy any day that isn’t freezing cold and/or snowing. Have a great weekend. And best of luck to whichever team you are rooting for on Sunday.

Wednesday Weirdness #325

I disabled the nightly setback on our thermostat. When its cold like it is, the furnace takes a long, long time to warm the house back up to daytime temperatures. It’s probably more efficient to let the heat run off and on during at night and not so much later rather than running constantly for an extend period while warming the house back up to the schedule temperature. It’s definitely more comfortable. Our home is well insulated. But, it still loses a lot of heat overnight in extremely cold weather. Looking very forward to determining the optimum schedule for the air conditioner when its burning hot this summer.

Tuesday Two For #325

It’s cold outdoors; but its warm inside. Partly because I turned the heat a couple of degrees so it wasn’t so drafty. And partly because we decided to make our own warmth. Not much to do except stay in and wait until it’s not so bitter cold. If you are inside the vortex, say warm and stay safe. And, if you are not, enjoy your good fortune (and the accompanying warmth).

Monday Monologue #325

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • Winter is coming. Or more specifically the Polar Vortex will be pushing a cold front our way. We have cold winters generally so we have “big coats” and everything else we need; but, it’s still no fun. I’ll definitely be using the remote start in my car.
  • Out of curiosity, I looked up the current wind chill formula and discovered it was created and calibrated using human test subjects in freezing cold wind tunnel. I know that some people are accustomed to the cold; but, that’s definitely not the sort of thing I would ever volunteer for.
  • Today I ended up parking my car next to someone who parked very close to the line. It was the last space availed or I would have parked somewhere else. I wonder why people don’t park at least a little bit neater; especially in a crowded garage. I left them as much space as I could; but, I’m pretty sure they had to get in on the passenger side.
  • I looked at some tax stuff on Sunday. Not too much since I didn’t want to get annoyed or aggravated. But a least it was a start. I’m hoping if I do it in small chunks rather than in a few long sessions it won’t be quite so frustrating.

Friday Featurette #324

The Wife sitting naked on the bed before a "photo" sessionA hopefully quiet weekend awaits me. I’ve completed two high-priority projects at work and perhaps only a light dusting of snow is in the forecast. So, the only things I “need” to do are get a couple of workouts in and wash my car. We’ll probably watch one of the Blu-Rays we have. And look at the huge pile of snow in the tree lawn and wonder how many days or weeks or months before we can row again. Have a great weekend.