Monday Monologue #277

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Not happy that events that are marketed as being broadcast “live” are actually somewhat delayed. There have been a lot if spoilers with everything appearing almost instantly on social media.
  • It’s a bit creepy; but, we got a report from our smart thermostat showing that the heat ran 5 hours less last month than the January before. And that the average temperature set was 1-degree less. An interesting report; but, it does raise some privacy concerns.
  • It’s getting harder and harder to find the specialty incandescent bulbs that fit some of fixtures in our house. LED bulbs are available; but they are expensive. And, they don’t match, so you have to replace all the bulbs at once.
  • Now that we’ve got everything, it’s time to start working on our taxes. We always owe, so we approach tax season with even more dread than most people.

Wednesday Weirdness #271

I’ve been getting a lot of packages this week. Mostly because I picked ship “faster rather” than “fewer boxes” when I was doing my Christmas shopping since I was concerned about one item delaying everyone else’s Christmas presents. The shipping cost (to me) was the same either way. I expected a few more boxes. But, not nearly as many as I’ve received. Still, its great to be ready fore the holiday even if I have extra cardboard boxes to recycle.

Monday Monologue #271

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

  • I mostly finished my Christmas shopping this weekend. I think I got good gifts for everyone. I just need to get some more outdoor decorations and visit the local stores for a few small items.
  • It seemed weird going to work today. Its been many years since I worked the week before Christmas.
  • I washed my car on Saturday to get the road salt off. So, of course, it rained and there was still enough residue on the high way so that it doesn’t look like I washed it. Our SUV is the darkest color that we have ever had; but, really shows dirt.
  • We’ve almost reached the shortest day of the year. In not looking forward to the start of winter. But, I will be happy to see the days start getting longer.

Monday Monologue #270

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

  • I’ve somehow managed to NOT catch the flu from The Wife. But I do have a lingering cold. Not too bad. But, I’m not quite my normal self either.
  • I had to shovel snow on Sunday. I would have preferred to use the snow blower. But, we drove over the drive way a lot on Saturday and too much of it was packed down and needed scraping. Today is sunny; however, more snow is forecast for Tuesday.
  • For a variety of reasons, my “alternate” gym is now my “primary” gym. I don’t think I’ll be returning to my former main gym anytime soon. Especially since it was so inconvenient.
  • I still have lots of Christmas shopping to do. Hopefully, I can get it to it sometime this week. I’ve got ideas for everyone. I just haven’t sat down and done all of my shopping.

Monday Monologue #268

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

  • We had a great Thanksgiving holiday. It wasn’t long enough. But four-day weekends never are. We’re already looking forward to Christmas.
  • Someone scratched up the door of my SUV. Not bad enough to need to go to the shop. But bad enough to require touch up paint which I don’t have. So, the entire incident is doubly irritating.
  • It’s actually been warm enough the past few days that I’m debating whether or not to cut the grass one more time. I’ll probably leave it. I can think of much better things to do outside on a rare December weekend with warm temperatures.
  • I’ve ordered a few items online today. But nothing expensive. Unfortunately, most of the items we want/need were not on sale.

Wednesday Weirdness #265

I may be finished mowing the grass for the year even though it could use one more cutting. My next-door neighbor may not be happy; but, it’s been far too cold and wet to cut the grass. And, with the time change, there’s not enough daylight in the evening. So, it’s a weekend task if the weather cooperates. I haven’t switched over to snow-blowing mode; which will eliminate any possibility of mowing; but I likely will over Thanksgiving. I’m sure I will get a few comments.

Wednesday Weirdness #263

We closed the pool yesterday. We thought about getting in it one last time over the weekend. But the sun is so low on the sky we would have been in the shade most of the time. Having a heater is nice. But, it still can’t make up for a sun that barely seems to come over the horizon. So, we went for a row and did the homeowner thing instead. Spring seems a long time away.

Wednesday Weirdness #262

We just replaced our deskside shredder which broke over the weekend. It’s quieter even though it’s the same model which is probably why the old one broke. We didn’t realize the motor in the old one had gotten so loud. That’s the way of things; but I still don’t like unexpected surprises.

Monday Monologue #261

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

  • It’s been relatively warm and dry recently so I decided not to cut the grass this weekend. Hopefully we will have some rains overnight one day soon or we’ll have to start watering the grass it which is rare for this is late in the year.
  • My next-door neighbor did cut his grass even though he didn’t need too. His lawn is almost exactly the same height as it was. I’m just glad most of our yard is fenced so he doesn’t damage too much of our lawn with his excessive mowing.
  • We have to check what time the sun goes down every day before we go rowing to make sure we’re not on the water after dusk and will still have enough light to put our boat away. We don’t have much longer to do things outside in the evenings.
  • I did finally get my email back at work today. Mostly. I have a lot of duplicate emails. And all of the rules and alerts I created over the years to keep my inbox from overflowing were gone. So, I have a lot of cleanup to do. And, of course, I’m behind on things that I didn’t know I was responsible for until today.

Wednesday Weirdness #260

My next-door neighbor has NOT cut his grass since late last week even though I cut mine this weekend. He must be out of town. It will be “interesting” if we are still living next to him when he retires and has more time on his hands. Hopefully it’s not anytime soon.