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 #328

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Today is a holiday for some. Unfortunately, I am not one of the lucky ones. For me it was just a regular work day. Memorial Day is still a long way away.
  • I had to recharge the tank of our reverse osmosis unit thus weekend. Unfortunately, you can only add air when the tank is empty. Then you have to wait for hours until the tank refills to see if it’s under or over filled. Not the best way to spend a Sunday.
  • We decided to watch a movie in the home theater since it was typical February weather outside. We (especially me) like our spectacle-type moves. They look great on a big screen with surround sound. Much better than on the A/V system in the living room.
  • I put my snowmobile suit back in the basement. Not because the weather forecast calls for warmer weather. Despite the winterly mix we are having today, I’m hoping the bitterly cold snowy days are over.

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.

Wednesday Weirdness #325

I disabled the nightly setback on our thermostat. When its cold like it is, the furnace takes a long, long time to warm the house back up to daytime temperatures. It’s probably more efficient to let the heat run off and on during at night and not so much later rather than running constantly for an extend period while warming the house back up to the schedule temperature. It’s definitely more comfortable. Our home is well insulated. But, it still loses a lot of heat overnight in extremely cold weather. Looking very forward to determining the optimum schedule for the air conditioner when its burning hot this summer.

Monday Monologue #325

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • Winter is coming. Or more specifically the Polar Vortex will be pushing a cold front our way. We have cold winters generally so we have “big coats” and everything else we need; but, it’s still no fun. I’ll definitely be using the remote start in my car.
  • Out of curiosity, I looked up the current wind chill formula and discovered it was created and calibrated using human test subjects in freezing cold wind tunnel. I know that some people are accustomed to the cold; but, that’s definitely not the sort of thing I would ever volunteer for.
  • Today I ended up parking my car next to someone who parked very close to the line. It was the last space availed or I would have parked somewhere else. I wonder why people don’t park at least a little bit neater; especially in a crowded garage. I left them as much space as I could; but, I’m pretty sure they had to get in on the passenger side.
  • I looked at some tax stuff on Sunday. Not too much since I didn’t want to get annoyed or aggravated. But a least it was a start. I’m hoping if I do it in small chunks rather than in a few long sessions it won’t be quite so frustrating.

Wednesday Weirdness #324

It was below zero on Monday after a weekend full of snow and ice. Not it’s raining and in the 44-degrees. That’s already a dramatic swing in the weather. Another wild swing is expected tomorrow with forecast temperatures near zero. Spring can’t come soon enough for me.

Monday Monologue #324

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

  • We got less snow this weekend than was forecast. There was still a lot. Just not as much as predicted. But the high winds made huge piles that needed to be cleared which was not any fun. Especially since it was only a few degrees above zero and still windy.
  • Amazingly, we got to the gym and had our regular weekend workout before road conditions deteriorated. It was actually relatively crowded with other people doing the same thing.
  • The smart thermostat we have doesn’t properly account for extremely cold outside temperatures. It was still several degrees colder than scheduled when we woke up today. Tonight, I’m not going to let the temperate in the house go down so much overnight.
  • Unlike The Wife, I did not have the day off. Today was just another day. And, with the frigid temperatures, it really wasn’t a day for going outside. I was very glad our SUV has long range remote start capability form my smartphone.

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.