Monday Monologue #323

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

  • We got a LOT of snow this weekend as forecast. I had to clear the drive way on both Saturday and Sunday. There definitely will not be any rowing for a while.
  • I didn’t realize that the tires on the power base I use with the snow blower were low on air until I was finishing up. I wondered why it was such a struggle to maneuver even considering the fact that the unit doesn’t have reverse.
  • Our new refrigerator is already showing a message to replace the filter. It likely a time-based warning and doesn’t really need to be replaced since all of the water in the kitchen goes through an advanced filtration system. The “replace filter” light on the old refrigerator rarely illuminated since it always reset after a power failure.
  • Since the only thing to do outside was shovel snow, we got all of the Christmas stuff put away over the weekend. It’s past time; but we would much rather have ben rowing three weekends in a row.

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 #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 #318

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

  • I never realized how much I use the remote start feature of my car when it’s cold until it wasn’t working since the check engine light was on due to one of the occasional false alerts that clears itself after the car has been driven for a few medium length trips. Not what you want to happen in the winter.
  • I washed my car this over the weekend since the weather was supposed to be clear until later in the week. Of course, it snowed today. Not a lot; but enough so that the roads has to be salted. So now my car needs washing again.
  • For the second time in as many fill-ups, I accidentally put regular gas in The Wife’s car. So, once again it was off to the auto parts store for a bottle of octane booster. An engine with a turbocharger is nice; but it only drinks premium gas.
  • I still have my cold; but I slowly seem to be getting better. Unfortunately, now The Wife has caught it.

Monday Monologue #314

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

  • Though its actually several weeks away, Saturday seemed like the start of winter. It was cold and blustery with snow swirling in the air. I wanted to cut my grass one more time before switching my outdoor power equipment to snow removal mode. But, looking at the extended forecast, I don’t see that happening.
  • The light socket to our oven is broken, and, unfortunately, our local supply store doesn’t stock the part. I ordered the replacement online from a cheap but slow appliance parts supplier. Even though I ordered it today, they’ll won’t ship it until the end of this week so I won’t get it until sometime after Thanksgiving. I would never ever, purchase something I was in urgent need of from them.
  • With all of the browser warnings that are starting to appear regarding “insecure” web sites, I changed this site to redirect to HTTPS. I modified the database directly rather than use a plugin so everything should still be the same. If not, please let us know.
  • The wife and I both donated blood on Saturday. It was a good thing to do over Veteran’s day weekend and an appropriate way to end the outdoor rowing season and start indoor training. It will be months before we “need” maximum cardiovascular capacity again.

Monday Monologue #285

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

  • For the second Monday in a row, we woke up to snow on the ground. It all melted by the afternoon. But; it was still not the preferred way to start the week.
  • I did not cut the grass today like several other people in our neighborhood. Mowing the lawn on the same day it snowed just seems slightly odd.
  • We watched a spectacle type movie this weekend. That’s our preferred genre to buy on Blu-Rays. The movie was what you would expect. But the special effects were great.
  • I am getting really tired of getting muddy shoes every time I walk around outside. It’s rained so much this spring that the ground is still oozes mud even when it hasn’t rained or snowed in a few days.

Monday Monologue #283

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

  • It was a little bit hectic because of some of the things that we had going on; but, otherwise, we had a great weekend.
  • The Wife and I rowed for the first time of the year today. Later in the year than we would like for a first row. But, we can’t control the weather. And, the winter weather has really dragged on this year.
  • And now that winter is (almost) over, I seem to be catching a cold. Hopefully, I will get over it quickly.
  • I still haven’t done our taxes. This is as long as I can remember going without at even starting. Of course, we can’t file for an extension since we always owe.

Monday Monologue #276

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

  • It was a good game yesterday (if you like offense). I always watch; but this year’s game was more interesting than some. There is a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking today.
  • It’s snowing (which is not unexpected for this time of year). I just don’t like shoveling when it’s still snowing. So, I’m just watching and waiting for it to stop. At least it’s just “normal” cold.
  • It’s been months since we were able to do anything outside. The last few winters there were days where we could get outdoors and enjoy the usually warm weather. This year all of our workouts have been indoors.
  • We want a heated driveway and heated garage at our next house. Totality frivolous and not likely to happen. But we can dream.

Monday Monologue #275

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

  • The keyboard tray is rolling much more smoothly since I lubricated the bearings. I’m glad that helped since the lack on clearance on the sides makes it difficult to find a replacement that fits.
  • I didn’t have to shovel today; mostly because all the snow is blowing and drifting and the driveway is mostly clear. I probably will need to on Tuesday since it’s usually less windy overnight.
  • A company I do business with was recently bought out by a larger company and the transition is not going smoothly. I just received correspondence from them today that I ordinarily would have received weeks ago.
  • I cut my head just behind my ear when I was shaving today. It didn’t really hurt; but it was in a difficult impossible place to clean up and bandage. Especially since I always wear glasses.

Monday Monologue #274

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

  • It warmed up enough over the weekend to melt most of the snow. Unfortunately, the temperature is already dropping and its supposed to snow again on Tuesday. I know it, is only January; but I was still hoping for a few more warm days.
  • Updating the maps in the GPS on my car really highlighted how computerized today’s vehicles have become. It was much like Windows Update complete with a progress bar followed by the obligatory reboot at the end. But it was somewhat disconcerting to have all the screens go dark while I was driving.
  • The keyboard tray on the desk I use was getting stuck all the time so I lubricated the slides over the weekend. It moves smoothly; but now I get WD40 on my hand when I adjust the position and grab edge the slide rather than the tray itself. Very annoying since I have to go wash my hands since I don’t want to get penetrating oil on my keyboard.
  • Why do they install gas pumps that don’t work with gloves in places that get cold in the winter? I wear gloves that used to work with touch sensitive devices; but now they’ve worn out.