Monday Monologue #333

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • There have been several of outages in the data center our server is in; both scheduled and unscheduled recently. Thanks for sticking with us. Hopefully you are able to read this.
  • It was a bit chilly on Sunday afternoon; but we were able to row both days this weekend. That makes it seem more like spring even though the weather was too dark and rainy to do anything outside today.
  • We need to get new tires for our SUV. We’re use to below-average fuel economy, so, most of the time, we really like having a larger vehicle. Except when we need to replace the tires or do similar maintenance. Nothing that fits our vehicle is competitivity priced.
  • We are going to be offline for the rest of the week. We will see you in seven days.

Wednesday Weirdness #332

Today was the first day of spring. And, the forecast rains head off long enough for The Wife and I to go for a row. The weather wasn’t totally spring like; but it was good to be on the water. Somehow, over the past few years, we’ve become “diehards” and do things we wouldn’t have remotely considered doing a few years ago. I’m still not sure how or when it happened.

Monday Monologue #332

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day everyone. We did a few errands; but, otherwise, mostly stayed in. A quiet day at home was what I need to relax and recharge
  • We are (mostly) adjusted to the time change and its only taken a week. Usually it takes us longer. Perhaps having several somewhat sunny days last week helped. It was definitely a welcome change from the gray skies we have so often during the winter.
  • Now that we’ve been outside rowing, I am having a hard time getting motivated for my indoor workouts. I still go to the gym; but, it’s difficult to really go as hard; especially with the first day of spring on Wednesday.
  • Looking forward to “March Madness”. We don’t have a favorite team; but, it’s still fun to follow since every game is “win or go home”. And, there is a “Cinderella” almost every year.

Wednesday Weirdness #331

Earlier this week, I was trying to remember the last time the Wife and I were able to go for a run in the park. I’m sure there must have been a time or two; but I can’t recall when. All of the weekend workouts that I remember were at the gym. The weather this winter has been that miserable.

Monday Monologue #329

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Amazingly, we survived this weekend’s windstorm without a power failure. More often than not, we’re the unlucky ones who lose power, sometimes for days.
  • I’ve recently started using a fitness tracker. It will be interesting to see how I compare to The Wife. She’s had one for a while now.
  • Working downtown, I often see cars going the wrong way on one-way streets. Usually, they turn around or turn off once they realize. But for the first time, I saw a driver increase speed in an attempt to reach the two-way portion that is quite some distance away as quickly as possible.
  • The latest update of our smart phones’ mail app doesn’t always retrieve all the mail from the server. It’s a very unlikely scenario that probably most people never encounter. Unfortunately, it happens for us all the time. It took a while; but we’ve got a workaround which is good since the issue will probably never get fixed since it is so rare for everyone else.

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.

Monday Monologue #322

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

  • The water was higher than we would have liked and it was a bit breezy; but, we rowed over the weekend. Very slowly and very carefully. It’s supposed to snow before the end of the week; but, Saturday was a good day on the river.
  • The crisis that started on Friday continues to expand. I’m spending more time giving status updates that I am actually fixing the problem. Christmas vacation was an eternity ago.
  • I did not take the Christmas tree down as I had planned. I’ll save that chore for a day when it’s cold and snowy outside. (Like the forecast for next weekend.)
  • The National Championship game doesn’t seem too interesting. Hopefully things will change. But this has not be a good year for fans of the playoff system.

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 #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.