Tag: household work and chores

More Tiger

Productive day at work today.  It was cold and overcast and there were threats of snow flurries, but I didn’t see any snow today.  When I picked Kelly up from work, I cleaned up a bit.  I scoured the kitchen, cleaned the litter boxes and took out the trash and recycling.  We watched the two most recent episodes of Dexter this evening, too.

Played some Tiger Woods tonight.  I got my first hole-in-one today (on a par 3).  Also got my second double-eagle.  Not only that but it was right after another eagle.  I finished that round something like 14 under par.  I shot a 58 on a par 72 course.  I had a whole bunch of birdies.  It was by far the best round I ever played.

Spoke to strausmouse  this evening.  He’s back from China.

Not much in the way of reading today.  A few pages of Franklin Roosevelt.  I did finally get the November 8-14 issue of NEW SCIENTIST in the mail today.  Naturally, I’d already read that one online, and so now I am awaiting the next one.

My sleep cycle is off, somehow.  I’m going to bed near midnight.  Been doing it for about a week or so now.  I’ve got to get back on-track.

TV day

Up at about 6:30 AM in order to take Kelly into work.  I stopped in at the office in order to fill out some HR paperwork to update my marital status and add Kelly to my various insurances.  When that was done, I spent much of the day catching up on various TV shows that I missed while on vacation.  I watched episodes of The Shield, True Blood, and Entourage.   I ran back into the office to take care of some remaining paperwork, and then came home and did a bunch of cleaning up and chores.

I put together a final "Thank You Notes" list and plan and getting started on Thank You notes tomorrow.  Picked Kelly up from work and we went grocery shopping.  I made pasta for dinner, and then went through strausmouse ‘s cookbook and starting making a list of things to getin order to prepare dinners in the upcoming week.

Got the latest issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the mail today.  Looks like a good one.  Had messages from vickyandnorm  and my friend Rich, who is back from Iraq!  I will return calls tomorrow.

Watched more TV late this evening.

I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew

I went to deposit some checks at the local branch of our bank and it turned out the branch was closed because it had been robbed. This is a mall branch. Go figure.

After work, Casey took me over to Saturn to pick up my car. When I called earlier in the afternoon, I was told it would be ready at 5 PM. I arrived at Saturn at 4:45 and the car wasn’t ready. I was told 30 minutes. I waited patiently. To make a long story short, the car was finally ready at 6 PM. This is remarkable for several reasons. In the 12+ years that I’ve regularly gone to Saturn dealers for service on my car, this was the first negative experience. But, to make up for it, the service manager, without my prompting, cut the price I paid. I was quoted $704 and I paid $589. When I mentioned this, the cashier, said, “Shhh! What are you doing?” as though I wasn’t supposed to be honest and fess up that it seemed they’d undercharged me. I was told, however that it was all good.

I got lost on the way home, which to someone with my almost unfailing sense of direction, was a bitter embarrassment. I ended up at Reagan/National airport to avoid crossing the bridge into D.C., and then swung around to Route 1 to get oriented again. Don’t ask how it happened. It just did.

Watched Entourage and True Blood last night. We practiced dancing for the wedding. Then I vacuumed the house. It took an hour because I did the stairs, too, and there are a lot of stairs in the house.

Out-of-towner’s begin to arrive tomorrow…

Rockin’ out and cleanin’ house

Last night we went t a friend’s house to play Rock Band.  It was my first time playing.  We started the evening off with some good pizza from a local pizza joint.  The three of us started playing Rock Band around 8:30 PM.  When we finally decided to call it quits, it was nearly 1:30 AM!  It was a lot of fun.  I played drums most of the night, and started to get the hang of it after a couple of hours.  I also sang at points.  Singing was the easiest.  I tried guitar, but that seemed way too complicated for me.  All told, though, it was a really fun evening, and I certainly play again.

Incidentally, right before we left to go home, we watched the last 2 outs of the Dodgers sweep of the Cubs.  I decided a few days ago that I was pulling for the Dodgers all the way this year (now that the Yanks have been eliminated), so it was nice to see them get the sweep.

We didn’t get to bed until almost 2 AM so we slept in this morning.  Initially we woke around 9 AM, but I convinced Kelly to stay in bed another hour, so we finally got up around 10 AM.  Since then, we’ve been cleaning house.  Kelly cleaned the kitchen, dusted up, while I cleaned the bathrooms, and swept and mopped the various floors that needed to be swept an mopped.  I still have to vacuum but that is scheduled for tomorrow.

We are packing for our trip today, and then, a little later this afternoon, we’re heading downtown to watch the closing ceremonies of Sarah’s three-day, 60 mile breast cancer walk.

And, of course, a new episode of Dexter airs tonight.

Wedding prep

We’re one week away from the Big Day, and this weekend is all about wedding prep.  We were both tired last night and went to bed around 10 AM.  We were up shortly after 7 AM, after a good night’s sleep.  I had an appointment at Saturn this morning to get the alignment on my car adjusted.  It had been pulling to the right ever since Williamsburg and it was about time to get it fixed.  We are both skeptical about major repairs to our cars these days, both cars being well over a decade old.  Nevertheless, the price was as reasonable as such things can be so I had the work done.   Part of the work involved getting 2 new tires, but my car is so old, they don’t make the size anymore.  I had to get larger tires and that meant 4 new tires.  Only 2 were sent over so I now have to pick the car up on Monday.  When all is said and done, it’s not a big deal.  I don’t drive the car that much anyway.  But $700 seems like a lot to pay for a car that is slowly on its way out.

Back home and Kelly went off to some spa appointments.  I climbed on my bike and road down to a park just south of the Wilson Bridge.  Since the bike computer is still not working, I checked Google Maps and my best estimate is 6.5 miles one way, or 13 miles round trip.  I took just over 1-1/2 hours.  It was a good ride, a good workout, and this time, it didn’t rain.

When I got home from the bike ride, I worked on wedding itineraries for the wedding party.  I called the restaurant for the rehearsal dinner and gave them the final count.  I called all of my credit card companies and the bank and let them know I would be traveling out of the country for 10 days so if they saw activity on my account in, say, Cartagena, Colombia, the would know it probably wasn’t fraudulent.  When Kelly got home we ate some lunch and then headed to the grocery store to stock up on groceries for the week.  We’ve got a lot of company coming into town beginning on Tuesday and we wanted to be prepared.

Kelly has been doing laundry all day and tonight or tomorrow, we are packing for our honeymoon.  We’re doing it now so that we don’t have to do it when we’ve got a houseful of people.

In two-and-a-half hours, we’re heading over to a friend’s house to play Rock Band, or Guitar Hero, or one of those games.  The fun never ends.

I sent the next draft of my story to the workshop.  It had a bunch of changes that were suggested by the group.  I got comments back today, and sure enough, the comments are helping.  We’ve got a good group, and I’m anxious to work in the comments and get a final draft before I head on vacation  I’d like to get the manuscript in the mail no later than a week from today, if I can.

Very little time for reading these last two weeks.

On the other hand, I’ll I’m looking forward to seeing Andy and kruppenheimer  and strausmouse  and rmstraus  and stubiebrother and he11o_sunshine  and everyone else coming into town for the wedding very soon.

When the walls came tumbling down

The economy is falling apart, but life goes on. I’ve decided not to look at my retirement accounts for at least a year. I figure it will take around that long to make up any losses I’ve taken. I woke up this morning feeling pretty good about finishing up my workshop story yesterday and that generally good feeling has lingered throughout the day.

Good day at work. I’m working about 100% of my time for our Facilities group for the duration and spent most of the day today figuring out what needed to get done. I lost the last hour of the day to network problems, which sucks because I was in the zone.

Stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work. When I got home, I put away the groceries, cleaned out the litter boxes, emptied the dishwasher of clean dishes, loaded the dishwasher with dirty dishes, wiped down the counters, took out the trash and recycling, fed the cats, and collected the mail. (The latter was completely uninteresting. I received a check for $8 from Chevy Chase bank, which, if cashed automatically enrolls me in their fraud protection program. I wonder if the program protects me from checks that automatically enroll me into programs I have to pay for.)

Scott Adams’ blog on the economy today amused me. Particularly this line, which is vaguely reminiscent of Steven Wright:

Lately I have been hearing that the $700 billion should go directly to help the people who need it, not to help the greedy corporations. In other words, the government should borrow $700 billion from the taxpayers and then give it back to them. I think that is the kind of thinking that caused the problem in the first place.

I’m determined to finish up part 2 of Rob Sawyer’s serialized novel, Wake, before I have to go an pick up Kelly.

House elf

We started the day with various errands and tasks.  We ran over to Home Depot to look at grills, but decided to wait until we got back from our vacation before buying anything.  We also wrapped up several wedding-related tasks.  (Only two weeks to go!)  Kelly made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.  Yum!

Then it became a lazy day.  I went to go read and instead, fell asleep on the living room couch for something like 1-1/2 hours.  Kelly, meanwhile, fell asleep in the family room.  When we had finally woken up, it was close to 5 PM.  We decided to walk over to Shirlington and make use of more of our "date night" goodies.  We had dinner at Capital City Brewery.  After that, we went to the 7:10 showing of Burn After Reading.  Very well written, funny, and well acted.  But it’s what you’d expect from the Coen Brother’s in terms of how it all ends.  We walked back home slowly after the movie and it was a very pleasant walk.

This evening I discovered that we do not, in fact, have a house elf.  It turns out that Kelly is the one who has been emptying the dishwasher, cleaning out the litter boxes, doing the laundry.  I had assumed it was the house elf.  I thought Avalon included that with all of their "luxury" rental town-homes.  Kelly said that I was mistaken.  I checked the lease, and sureenough, she’s right.  Section 7.2 specifically says that "even-numbered town-homes are equipped with fireplaces and ceiling fans, but do not include house elves."  You can imagine how bitterly disappointed I was.

Grow old along with me

We overslept today.  It was almost 7 AM before we finally crawled out of bed.   Once again, I had a pretty rotten night’s sleep.  The first half wasn’t so bad, but then, sometime in the middle of the night, an alarm clock went off that shouldn’t have gone off and that got us both restless for much of the remainder of the night.  I finally got to sleep sometime around 5:30 only to have to get up a little more than an hour later.

I packed my lunch and we headed into the office.  I was fairly productive today, and I’ve got a number of things to work on tomorrow.  I certainly felt like I put in a full day, despite the late start.  I left the office half an hour later than usual.

Once home, I did some chores and then picked up Kelly from work.  We had chef salad for dinner and lazed around for much of the evening.  She’s heading to the gym now but I’m too wiped to go tonight.

I did my week 4 assignment for the writers workshop.  This week’s assignment was on dialog.  I rewrote my opening scene and I ended up doing 1,600 words today, which is remarkably well for me, considering I put in a full workday.

Still haven’t finished Rainbows End, but I’m getting close.  I’m about 300 pages through the book.  It’s a bizarre read, but I’m far enough into it to want to know what the whole mystery is about.

We had some rain today.  It’s supposed to be "fall-like" tomorrow.

The roads must roll

Just finished up 4 scene critiques for the writers workshop.  Professor Gunn has us working on "setting" this week.  I think I have two more critiques to write, but those scenes haven’t been submitted yet so there’s not much I can do.

Very productive day at work today.  My Universal Importer for the Big Application we’ve been working on for the last year got it’s first trial run and was successful, which made me happy.  I spent all morning on it.  It was one of those days where I got into the office, disappeared in code, and when I came up for air it was 12:30.  I had to interview someone this afternoon, and then it was back to work on the Universal Importer.  I headed home around 4 PM.

Comcast called me early this afternoon.  They wanted to see if they could troubleshoot my phone problems now, rather than have me wait for a technician on Monday.  "Monday?" I said, "I was told he was coming today between 3 and 6 PM."  Turns out, when the Comcast rep said, "Tomorrow between 3 and 6," she meant "Monday between 3 and 6".  They called me back around 4:30 to do some troubleshooting.  They were going to remotely reset the modem or something.  They also told me that the phone number we’d been assigned was never "registered", whatever that means.  In any event, they solved half the problem.  I was able to make an outgoing call from the house phone tonight, but still not able to receive an incoming call.  So the Comcast tech will come on Monday.

Did some banking today, depositing various checks.  When I got home from work I found our engagement pictures on a CD in our mailbox.  There are 91 pictures, many of which came out really good.  Especially the pictures of Kelly.  At some point, we’ll make some of them available.  I also had a message from the concierge that they had a package for me.  I walked over there and would you believe they couldn’t find it.  They were very apologetic and asked me to come back tomorrow–they’d have it all sorted out.  Stay-tuned.

Paid the credit card bill and that means the honeymoon is paid for in full now.

Spoke to Mom briefly this evening.  Also spoke to vickyandnorm.  I did laundry when I got home from work.  It was my first time using out washer and dryer.  Kelly likes doing laundry, but I badgered her into letting me do some today.  She made us scrambled eggs with mushrooms, peppers, and cheese for dinner.  High protein.  We headed to the gym around 8:30 and I got in a decent chest and back workout.

I’m 172 pages through Rainbows End and it’s slow going simply because there isn’t enough time in the day.  Tomorrow we’ve got Poker Night; Saturday is the Think Tank softball tournament (if it doesn’t rain), and on Sunday we’re planning on wrapping up what’s left of our wedding to-do lists.

And if that isn’t enough, when I checked to see if Dad’s tux had been added to the list tonight, I discovered that it had–except they spelled his first name "Dan".  This is remarkable only because I spelled out his name when I called to have him added.  I’ll get it changed on Sunday when I go in to get fitted.

To shower and to bed…

Happy Birthday, Casey!

Peaceful weekend, part 2

Up just before 8 AM, once again.  We lazed around for a little while and then decided to walk to Shirlington again, not for breakfast, just for the walk.  We left the house at 10 AM and didn’t get back until almost noon.  We walked to Shirlington, and then from there, we headed to the park and walked up through the park, through the dog-walk, and then back down.

We ate lunch when we got home.  I had 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Yum!  Kelly took a nap on the couch.  I finished up reading Old Man’s War (more on that later), and then started in on Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge.  But before I got too far, I felt sleepy too.  All told, we napped for about an hour and a half.

When we woke up, we took care of a few chores.  First, I fixed the back tire on Kelly’s bike, replaced to tube, adjusted the brakes, lowered the seat, etc.  Kelly tested it out and it seems like everything is working well.  After that, we finally took some time and put up pictures on the walls of the house.  The house looks even more lived in now.

I made four cheese ravioli for dinner.  We had salad along with it.  After dinner, I sat out on the balcony to read for a while.  It had cooled off and was really comfortable.  I read out there until just about 8 PM, getting through about 50 pages of Rainbow’s End.  At 8 PM, Kelly and I headed to the gym.  Tonight was cardio.

Spoke to he11o_sunshine  on the phone, and then did the last chore of the evening:  put up a shelf rack in the powder room.

Oh, and I had cookies and milk for the first time in a long while.


We spend Saturday morning around the house. I lazed around a bit, listening to some jazz on the excellent iPod speaker system that strausmouse got me for my birthday. Kelly was productive around the house as usual. More productive than I. We did head over to Macy’s to pick up the bridesmaids dresses, which had come in. From there, we headed over to Trader Joe’s to do some shopping. We picked up some free-range chicken for Kelly. I also bought some frozen Copper River salmon which I am going to attempt to cook.

AJ and Denisse came over around 1 PM. We chatted for a while, and then went back over to the clubhouse so that they could look at some apartments. They met with the person that they talked to last week, and we went with them to see two different apartments in the complex. They now have some decisions to make. Afterward, we walked to the Arlington Diner for a light, late lunch.

Around 7 PM, Kelly and I headed over to Shirlington to meet her friend Kevin for dinner at Guapo’s. We had a nice dinner and then dashed over to Maggie Moo’s for ice cream. We walked around Shirlington for a little while, eating our ice cream, before calling it a night and heading home.

We closed out the evening watching the rest of some movies we’d Tivo’d.

Poker night and productive Saturday

We were out late last night, at Todd and Jen’s for our second poker night. We arrived there right about 8:30 and we left 4 hours later, after once again losing at poker night. This time I think I was 4th out, out of 7. Jen won and Karl came in second. It was a lot of fun and we’ve decided to do a poker night on the first Friday of each month. Next month we’re doing it at our place.

Didn’t get to bed until after 1 AM and then I was up around 7 AM in order to do some chores before heading to my 8:30 Saturn appointment. I went to Saturn of Alexandria for the first time. The purpose of the appointment was to get my Virginia safety inspection and emissions test. The whole thing took about 2 hours. My car passed inspection with 1 adjustment. Apparently, my horn was not loud enough for VA state requirements. It had to be replaced. The inspections cost $44 and the horn replacement $200. Go figure. But I really didn’t have a choice if I want to register my car in Virginia.

After the inspection, I drove up to Rivedale to pick up a bunch of cat food I’d ordered for Zeke. 2-16 lbs bags and 2 cases of wet food. I came back here. Kelly had put together the office/guest room and the house is essentially in good order, one week after we moved in. We took my bike to a bike shop near Kelly’s old place and I had a full tune-up done. Cost me $200 but it includes new tires, a new lock, and new bike computer (speed, mileage, etc.) They’ll call me sometime this week to come pick up the bike and then I can start riding to work.

Early this evening, we went to the Pentagon City Mall to see if we could get Kelly her new phone, but they were out of iPhones until tomorrow. She returned some clothes, and then we headed over to Potomac Yard in order to see the 5:20 PM showing of The Dark Knight. I thought it was good, though not quite as good as the last one. Also, it seemed to go on a little too long.

After the movie (during which it had poured!) we stopped at Target and then Giant, and finally headed home. I made Macaroni and Cheese for dinner. Kelly added steamed broccoli, and I had a baked potato.

It was a productive day. We’re having AJ and Denisse over tomorrow. Possibly Sarah, too.