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.

Monday Monologue #360

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

  • I wore multiple rain coats; but still got wet on Saturday when it was either raining or raining hard. Not the best day to be outside; but I survived. Unfortunately, I lost my gloves. Though I wish it wasn’t glove weather in October.
  • I ordered some new gloves online that are one size smaller than what I usually wear. Hopefully they will do a better job of keeping my hands warm. They are exactly the same kind as the ones I lost so I should be able to tell if sizing down makes a difference.
  • We’re busy later in the week so we did our final weekday row today. We will be done rowing on weekdays after the time change next week. It was a good day to be outside (until the sun went down and it got chilly).
  • I finally filed a bug report with the company that makes some software I used since no one else did. In order to report a bug, you have to sign up for an account which requires providing a lot of personal information. That shouldn’t be required. I think that data would be mostly useless for marketing purposes. I just made stuff up for most of the required fiends so I could submit the form.

Monday Monologue #355

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

  • Today is the first day of fall and there was a bit of a chill in the air after the sun went down which was mildly depressing since we like to do so many things outside.
  • We visited the temporary dog and her owner this weekend. The two of us being house guests (rather than the other way around) still seems slightly weird.
  • I skipped cutting the grass for yet another weekend. I can finally see a difference between mine and my next-door neighbor who cuts his all the time. So, I’ll probably need to mow soon.
  • The water level in the river is as low as I’ve ever seen it. We can’t row when the water gets too shallow so the laps we row get shorter and shorter.

Monday Monologue #351

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

  • It was interesting to watch some of the rowing championships on TV. Everyone has decent technique. But like most competitors at the international level, they are mostly freakishly good athletes.
  • We finally have had some rain. I didn’t cut the grass this past weekend (again). But, hopefully, it will recover quickly and I’ll need to mow next weekend.
  • The Wife and I ran today since it was rainy. We haven’t run a lot recently since almost every day that was good to be outside was a good day for rowing.
  • The weather this week is forecast to be much cooler. We are looking forward to a three-day weekend next weekend. But, with Labor Day being the symbolic end of summer coupled with the change in the weather, it’s seems like the warm, sunny days we love are over until next year.

Monday Monologue #350

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

  • Both Saturday and Sunday were busy days like we “like”. Probably a bit too busy. But much better than sitting inside waiting for warm weather.
  • The river we row on is really shallow because of the drought. There ware always places you could see the bottom. But, now it’s not deep enough to safely row in places that the water level was never an issue.
  • I washed my car so, of course, it rained. Not enough to help the grass. But enough so that my car didn’t look like I washed it recently.
  • We’re both taking some time off this week so we won’t be posting until after we go back to work. It Looking forward to our time way.

Monday Monologue #347

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

  • The heat wave we are having has been great! We were able to get in the pool and row afterward in the late evening on the same day. Probably too hot for most people; but great for us.
  • It rained some on Sunday evening. It’s been so hot and dry that it didn’t make the river get to high and the grass still isn’t long and shaggy (although I will need to cut it soon).
  • Kinda sad for the people who had outdoor events cancelled this weekend due to the heat. We like it warm; but don’t like seeing people miss out on things that thy had been planning.
  • I wore a hat when we rowed on Sunday and jut keeping my face in the shade it made a big deference in how cool I felt. Something to keep in mind for the future.

Monday Monologue #344

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

  • We rowed and got in the pool both today and yesterday. It doesn’t get any better than that. Day’s like today don’t come around too often.
  • We’re on vacation all this week, and so far, the weather has cooperated. Rain is in the forecast almost every afternoon or evening; but; mornings are supposed to be sunny and warm.
  • We’re soccer fans so we’ve been following the games from France. Its great being on vacation and able to watch the big game tomorrow live.
  • I still haven’t washed my car. Mostly because I’m slightly superstitious and don’t want to jinx us.

Monday Monologue #343

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

  • We rowed yesterday even though conditions were marginal. It was good to be on the water again.
  • With all of the poor weather that has kept us from rowing, I’ve been cutting the grass more than once a week. My next-door neighbor doesn’t know quite what to do and cuts his grass more frequently than ever.
  • I am not missing all the fussing with extension cords now that I exclusively use my gas string trimmer. But I am missing the automatic feed. Having to stop and bump the head to feed line is a nuisance.
  • I still haven’t washed my car recently which is very unusual for me. Waiting in line at the car wash is the last thing on my mind we have a rare period of extended sunny weather.

Monday Monologue #341

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

  • I was outside all day on Saturday and Sunday even though it rained. It wasn’t cold even though it was wet. We’ve had very few weekends of good weather this year. It was still better than being inside.
  • We have been taking more walks in the evenings we can’t get out and row since our fitness trackers show how sedentary we are when were stuck indoors. The wife has good habits. I need a lot of exercise to match my diet.
  • Because of the weather, I’ve been cutting my grass slightly more frequently including Saturday afternoon. Still, not like my next-door neighbor who is obsessed.
  • We rowed today even though it was windy. Ordinarily we may not have. But, even though it’s June, it’s still a somewhat rare treat to row (semi) regularly.

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.