Monday Monologue #340

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • We are back and had a good time away in the sun. We keep hoping for sunny days around here; but the unseasonal rain goes on and on and on.
  • A recent update made some unexpected changes to Office. All of the icons are different and some things are moved around. It’s almost like a totally new version which is a bit disconcerting since you generally expect updates to not be as obtrusive.
  • I don’t know how long or how well I will be able to do it; but I trying not to complain. When things are good, they are really good. And when things are “bad” there are people wo would love to trade places with us.
  • We still have a lot of room for improvement; but our rowing is a lot better than when we first started or even compared to a few years ago. We are not “fast”; but we’re not slow anymore either.

Monday Monologue #321

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

  • The NFL regular reason is over. It was a forgettable season for our favorite professional football team.
  • We had a fleeting hope that we might be able to row today. Unfortunately, it rained a lot and the river will be unrowable due to high water for until at least the next weekend.
  • We will ring in the New Year quietly at home tonight. We do watch the ball drop since we’re usually awake then anyway; especially when we are on vacation.
  • Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Monday Monologue #320

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

  • In the spirit of Christmas, I changed the ringtone on my phone to a Christmas song. I won’t keep it beyond the festive period; but, it’s a good way to help get into the holiday spirit.
    The Wife and I are hosting Christmas this year. Or family doesn’t rotate holiday get-togethers so this will be new for everyone, especially us.
  • The gym was open until noon today so I got in a Christmas-eve workout. It was an “easy” day for me so I people-watched while I did my thing. Some people spend more time finding the perfect workout music than actually using the machine.
  • The Wife and I are really enjoying our time away. We always take vacation the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day (plus a few more days if things work out).

Monday Monologue #319

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

  • The battery died in my SUV last week. I noticed that it was starting slowly and had it replaced before we got stranded somewhere. But, I still didn’t like buying a new battery or paying for a charging system diagnosis.
  • For the second time in three weekends the weather warm enough to row; but, the river was unrowable due to high water. We don’t take chances in cold water. (Even when spring seems very far away.)
  • We’re almost ready for Christmas which is a good thing since Christmas is next week. I still have a few gifts to wrap and, if the weather cooperates, set up some additional decorations outside.
  • I’m not quite fully recovered; but I’m mostly over the lingering cold I’ve had. I hope it’s the last one of the winter. I’ve certainly been sick for a long time.

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.

Wednesday Weirdness #315

Its only Wednesday and my email inbox is over flowing with Thanksgiving Day sales. I do read them in case someone has a good price on something we plan to purchase. I don’t understand some of the advertised sales. It’s very, very, unlikely that we will be buying pool equipment or supplies in late November. Sending an email is technically free. But, most companies still pay someone else to send to the addresses on their email lists.

Monday Monologue #291

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

  • The Girl and her clan (AKA husband and two dogs) unexpectedly made it home for the weekend. Weekends like this don’t come around too often.
  • After sitting unused in the basement for years, we’ve started riding our bicycles again. You never forget how to ride a bicycle. But, helmets don’t age as gracefully. The new ones we purchased are cooler and more comfortable than the ones we had before.
  • We rearranged are storage in the garage over the weekend. It wasn’t haphazard. But, some things had spread out and were making it some items hard to reach. You can never have enough storage space.
  • It rained on Saturday; but we got in the pool on Today and Sunday. We didn’t even need to turn on the heater. It was a glorious weekend ending up with dinner on the grill.

Monday Monologue #284

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

  • We had a great weekend. I was even good to see the dogs. Primarily because they always accompany the daughter. And we don’t see her nearly as much as we would like since she moved away.
  • I somehow misplaced a five-dollar bill. Obviously, it’s not the end of the world. But, regardless of the amount, it’s the type of thing that annoys me. I’m hoping it will turn up soon. Otherwise, I’ll be slightly aggravated every time I think about it.
  • We rowed today even though it was cold. Mostly because it’s the only day that we we’ll be able to for a while. The weather in April looks like it may be just as unfriendly to rowing as the weather in March. And sunshine has been almost non-existent this spring.
  • I broke a tooth. Of course, it was late in the day after the dentists; office had closed. So, I don’t even know when I’ll be able to have it take care of.

Monday Monologue #272

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

  • We are back! Our time off was very refreshing. 2018 promises to be a very different year from past ones.
  • For the first holiday ever, we did Christmas on the road. So, we were actually at the permanent home of the “temporary” dog. Great to be together for the holidays but definitely different.
  • The “temporary” dog’s owner got hitched. I know this day was coming. But I still wasn’t totally prepared. Everything is good. The day just came up MUCH faster than I expected.
  • We had cold or record cold temperatures for a lot of the days that we were off. Its warming up now. But then its supposed to snow and get cold again. We can’t wait for summer.