Tag: household work and chores


Took a sick day today because of a bad night of allergies and arm aches, which led to antihistamines and pain-killers. I’ve put myself on the DL for our game next Wednesday as I think I need to give my arm some rest.

I made as good use of the day as I could, considering I couldn’t log into work to check email. I did more packing, and made good progress on that front. I also did some cleaning. I got a haircut. I put out another ton or so of bulk trash for pickup tomorrow morning. I did my last bit of grocery shopping at the old house and the last bit of lawn mowing and bamboo trimming, too. I won’t miss the latter.

Kelly came over after work and we made dinner: ravioli, veggies, and a salad.

When it was close to sunset, I went into the backyard and sprayed a hornets nest that had formed under the back door. I bought this stuff that shoots 22 feet. I saturated the nest, as instructed, and in theory, I should be able to go out there tomorrow and remove the nest.

There was a full moon tonight and I took the telescope out so that Kelly finally had a chance to look at it. The angle was bad (tree branches, etc.) but I made up for it by getting a clear view of Jupiter the 4 Galilean moons. When I put in the more powerful lens, we were able to make out the bands of Jupiter. It was pretty cool to see.

Not a whole lot of reading today. I’m 354 pages through The Count of Monte Cristo.

Meeting Day/Trash night

I had four back-to-back meetings today, stretching from 11 AM to just about 3 PM and that effectively took away half of my work day. No chance to call more places about the rehearsal dinner. I called the Chart House yesterday only to find out that they don’t do special parties on the day we want because of Boat Week in Annapolis. I’ve got a few other places to call tomorrow.

I’ve got an appointment for Saturday morning for regular maintenance on my car.

I was at Kelly’s last night and will be there tomorrow night, too. After work, we’re going over to Pentagon Row to see a band perform. It’s an 80’s cover band called Gonzo’s Nose and that reference alone is enough to make them worth seeing. I’ve heard good things about them from others who have seen them.

Usually I go to Kelly’s on Wednesday nights but we’re switching nights for the next few weeks (until we move) because Wednesday night is bulk trash night (pickup is Thursday morning) and I wanted to be around to put out some bulk trash. This evening, I put out the old sofa, along with a bunch of other junk. Kelly suggested I do it before I sit down to write. I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to do it that way. Good thing, too, because it poured here a few minutes ago and if I had waited until after I was done writing, I probably wouldn’t have put it all out. Now let’s see if it all gets picked up tomorrow…

My right elbow joint has been aching lately. 1,000 mg of Tylenol don’t seem to do much to ease the pain. I chalk this up to “getting older”.

And I’ve been playing Scrabulous on Facebook with kruppenheimer and one other person. That’s been kind of fun.

Productive Saturday

We got off to a productive start to our day. First, we headed over to the bank, hauling a bunch of change that I had collected. We used the change machine and when all was said and done, we got more than $160 for the change. After that, we headed to Goodwill where we dropped up a bunch of stuff that we were donating to charity. From there we headed to the Pentagon City Mall where I got some new gym socks and new gym shorts (and where I also picked up my gym back and dirty gym clothes which I accidentally left at work over the weekend.)

Having been productive, we headed back to Kelly’s and then walked up the street to Baja Fresh, where we had lunch. We went back to Kelly’s and lazed around for a while, napping and finally collected the rest of the laundry and both headed to my house (in separate cars).

Kelly started laundry and then we headed up to Greenbelt to walk around the lake. From there, we headed over to Prince George’s Plaza and caught the 7:30 PM showing of Hancock, which turned out to be a fun movie that we both enjoyed (despite the mixed reviews that it received). When the movie was over, we headed to the Outback for a late (for us) dinner, and finally back home.

I have an Orioles game tomorrow.


I’ve been so busy lately that I feel like I am a day behind on this blog, so this is my attempt to get even and back on track. I had a fairly busy day at work yesterday. It was another hot day and I wore shorts to the office. I was still hot. When I got home, I waited until the front yard got shaded and then mowed the lawn (it needed it). I cleaned up the house a bit, did a little more packing of books.

My landlord came by around 6:15 to show the house to possible new tenants. They liked it and signed a lease later that evening. They move in August 1, which means I have been released from the last month of my lease and don’t have to pay rent in two places.

I’m 110 pages through Bright Shiny Morning and I am very much enjoying it. I like the style in which it is written, but more than that, I’ve been aching to read a story that takes place in L.A. and in which L.A. forms a major character in the story. This fit the bill perfectly. It’s becoming one of those books that I am closely keeping an eye on how much I have left because I don’t want it to end. Fortunately, the book is 500 pages long, so there’s still plenty to go.

Talked to he11o_sunshine yesterday, and also talked to Doug. Dad put me in touch with his travel agent and I spoke with her too, and began arranging our honeymoon trip, which at the moment, looks as though it will be a 10-day cruise through the Panama Canal.

On Friday, I had my review with my boss and it was a pretty good review overall. I got a better raise than I’ve gotten in a few years, but it’s still small compared to the kind of raises I used to get.

Off to have some breakfast now.

Weekend update

It was a busy weekend and I didn’t have all that much time to update this blog-thing, so here is a brief summary of the weekend.


  • Got some badly needed sleep
  • Went to the gym with Kelly; did 30-minute cardio workout
  • Kelly and Sarah went looking at wedding dresses; I was excluded on the basis of my groomhood
  • My company had it’s 60th anniversary dinner cruise on the Potomac. Though it was incredibly hot out, we went and had a very nice time hanging out with friends and co-workers.
  • We dashed out to Bowie so that Kelly could check out a David’s Bridal shop before they closed for the evening
  • We finally called it a night, and ended the evening watching The Shawshank Redemption, which Kelly had never seen before


  • Breakfast and laundry
  • Gassed up the car ($40 for 10 gallons, a new record!)
  • Drove up to Ellicot City to meet with our photographer. It was a good meeting; we signed her and put down a deposit. She was nice enough to throw in a free engagement shoot, so we have to arrange that, too
  • Came home, finished laundry, watched more of The Shawshank Redemption
  • Kelly left to go look for wedding dresses with Sarah; Kelly found a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • I went to Costco and got a membership, and then, on vickyandnorm‘s suggestion, bought 2 moving kits from Costco (50 boxes)
  • Managed to pack up 3-1/2 of my large bookshelves in 24 boxes. Still have 2-1/2 bookshelves to go
  • Started reading James Frey’s new book Bright Shiny Morning which is a work of fiction and takes place in L.A. a’la Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.
  • Lights out around 9:30 and I set my alarm for 6:30 instead of 4:20. What the heck. I deserve it.

Birdhouse in your soul

I worked late. I spent the last 2-1/2 hours of the day getting the application we’ve been developing for the last year to compile on my machine. Microsoft tends to make these things a lot more complicated than they have to be. I tried it one way and it didn’t work, so I tried it another way and it finally did work. The trick was that this had to sync with the code in our revision control system, and as it turns out, we use the opprobriously awful Microsoft Visual Source Safe. I have yet to have a positive experience with that piece of software.

Home around 6:30 and I immediately headed out to the side of the house to pull a bird’s nest out of the exhaust vent for the dryer. It’s a fire hazard for both the birds and me, and I don’t think either of us want to go through that particular insurance claim. The nest, by the way, was a Rube Goldberg contraption made of all kinds of things: leaves, feathers, twigs, newspaper, plastic, you name it.

A club sandwich for dinner and I’m heading off to bed as soon as the laundry is done drying. I need my gym clothes for tomorrow.

Junk mail today, except for the credit card bill.

Dad gets into town around 5 PM tomorrow. He’ll be here for the weekend.

And now for the remark that will likely garner the most attention: I checked the baseball standings today. I haven’t been paying close attention this season. I saw that the Rays were in first place in the AL east and that the Yankees still suck. They are still in last place. It’s a bitter disappointment. Ugh!

A last-minute vacation day

I realized last night that there was no way I could do everything I needed to do before our getaway this weekend without having more time. And the only way to make more time was to take a last-minute vacation day today, which I did.

I was up at 7 AM, and between 7 AM and 3 PM, I worked non-stop to get things done. I picked up my suit from the cleaner. I did laundry. I ate some breakfast and then headed to the gym, where I did a short (20 minute) cardio workout. After the workout, I got a haircut. Then I returned the DVR cable box to Comcast. (They’d been charging me a monthly fee for this box even though I never ended up using it.)

At noon, I called into a work meeting. I also updated the maps on my Garmin GPS today. I now have the most recent version of maps (2009 edition) and I know they are recent because they finally have vickyandnorm‘s street.

I cleaned up the house some, did more laundry, and finally got around to packing for our trip to the Homestead tomorrow. By the time I’d finished everything up it was 3:15 and time for me to head over to Kelly’s. I left my house at 3:15 and got to Kelly’s around 4:30, mainly because I took a different route that ended up taking me through Georgetown on the Friday evening before Memorial Day weekend. In hindsight, this was probably a mistake.

Kelly got home a few minutes after I got to her place. We went to Bertucci’s for dinner and by the time we got back from dinner, I was pretty tired, and decided to call it an early night, while she stayed up and watch some TV.

Saturday evening/Sunday

Kelly’s flight was delayed 2 hours yesterday, but I picked her up from Dulles at 7 PM and we headed back to her place. I think she was glad to be home because it had been a long trip for her.

We slept in this morning and then made pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast, Kelly went to the gym while I lazily read more of In Memory Yet Green. Then we packed up stuff into our cars (including my new telescope) and headed over to my house.

I was in a cleaning mood. I cleaned up the kitchen, and took piles of books from the living room and put them in the office. I mopped the floors. I emptied trash. While Kelly did her taxes, I went grocery shopping. I had to stop and get litter for Zeke and found that it was on a rather incredible sale. I got 2-14 lbs boxes of litter for $3 each. They normally cost $15.99 each. Crazy! I also got us stuff to make dinner. Later in the evening, we had a 3-course meal: salad with sliced tomatoes and broccoli; ravioli and pasta sauce; and apple pie for dessert. Meanwhile, I put my telescope together while Kelly did laundry. I took it outside to get it aligned. It was so cool. I managed to lose a small screw and spent about 20 minutes searching for it but to no avail. I gave up when I realized I could find an exact match at Home Depot for less than a dollar. Unfortunately, it was overcast out so I couldn’t use the telescope to look at stars tonight.

I gassed up my car today (over $30!), and then, gassed up Kelly’s car before she left this evening so that she could drive straight home. She left at about 8:20. I’m heading off to bed in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Things to do today

I have a number of things to do today in preparation for the trip up to New York this weekend. I figured I’d list them here for good measure:

  • Confirm dinner reservations (this morning)
  • Get a new tie (this morning)
  • Buy more spring water (on the way home from work)
  • Do laundry (this evening)
  • Pack for the trip (this evening)
  • Don’t forget GPS and EZ-Pass (this evening)
  • Gas up the car (for the first time since mid-March) (on the way home from work)
  • Clean/vacuum car (since I will have passengers) (on the way home from work)
  • Empty trash (this evening)
  • Clean dishes in sink (this evening)
  • Prepare iBook for Lisa (and don’t forget to pack the iBook either) (this evening)
  • ADDED: Pack the smashing thing for Denisse (thanks to Kelly for the reminder)
  • ADDED: Flummox the UCLA baseketball game tomorrow

That’s all I can think of at the moment. There may be more.

Also, I have to try and get to bed by 8:30 tonight. I’ve been staying up later (I was up until just after 10 PM last night for instance), which doesn’t sound like much, until you understand that I still get up at 4:20 AM. I need a good night’s sleep tonight because I’m still getting up early tomorrow, and because I have to drive up to New York tomorrow afternoon and need to be alert for that.

Oh yeah, and a significant streak of mine is coming to an end tomorrow, but I’ll have more to say about that tomorrow. Stay tuned…

Another lazy Sunday

We slept in until 9 AM, which was the beginning of the lazy day we had today. We seemed to linger about until nearly 1 PM before actually doing anything. (That’s not quite true. Kelly did a lot of laundry and wrote a letter of recommendation. I did a little reading.) At around 1 PM we headed out to grab a bite to eat, and then went up to Greenbelt to walk around the lake. It was cool, but pleasant. It was nearly 4 PM by the time we got back and an hour later, Kelly headed home.

I did some reading. It was my plan to work on my application to Viable Paradise, but I never got to it today. I rented The Usual Suspects from the iTunes store and watched that. This was the third time I’ve seen the movie, but the first time in quite a while. I also downloaded some music from the iTunes store, something I haven’t done much of lately.

Yesterday, I got the coolest poster in the mail, a birthday gift from kevnyc. It’s a kind of visual history of the “Race to the Moon”, an almost ideal poster for a science fiction writer, and one that will look great in my office, once it’s suitably framed. Thanks, Kevin!

Got a phone call from Michelle tonight. First time I’d talked to her in a long time. We spoke for nearly an hour and it was good to hear from her.

It’s late. I’m heading off to bed only to get up in less than 6 hours and get started on my day. I’ve got a lot of little things to do tomorrow. I guess getting a good night’s sleep is not among them.

Lazy Sunday

First of all, I slept in pretty late. Granted, we didn’t get back from poker until after 1 AM. But I still managed to sleep in until nearly 10 AM. Kelly had gone to the gym and returned by the time I got up this morning.

I headed home around 11 AM and went straight to the grocery store to do shopping for the week. When I got home, I ate my lunch, and watched he second half of Firefox on AMC. I hadn’t seen that movie since they used to play it on HBO back in the early 1980s (I remember seeing that movie in the theater in West Warwick, Rhode Island when I was a kid.) Then I sat down to read.

I read until about 3 PM and then couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I napped until about 5 PM and then read some more. I’ve been reading on and off since then. I packed my lunch for tomorrow, cleaned up the house a bit, and did some laundry.

Tomorrow evening, Kelly and I are going to dinner with her friend Sarah and some others. It’s “restaurant week” in D.C. and we’re going to to some place in Dupont Circle after work. Should be a lot of fun.

I’m about 285 pages through Our Oriental Heritage and I’m eating it up. I think that in some alternate universe, I was made to be a historian. Of course, it may simply be Will Durant’s writing style, which, as far as history writing goes, is the best I’ve ever come across. Why don’t they teach The Story of Civilization in high school? Certainly the reading level is not too difficult. It makes for fascinating reading, far, far better than any historical reading I recall doing when I was in high school.

Not-so-lazy Saturday

We went to bed early last night and so we were up pretty early this morning. I had a craving for strawberry banana pancakes and so we headed up to IHOP for breakfast. I wolfed down my pancakes while Kelly had cinnamon-swirl french toast and eggs (the eggs were not cinnamon-swirl).

After a breakfast like that, l felt like I needed some exercise to we headed over to the lake at Buddy Attick park and did a single lap. The weather was quite nice for it, cool but not cold, and bright and sunny.

Back to the house, where I cleaned out my closet and dresser of old clothes and clothes that no longer fit me. Kelly seemed to take a perverse delight in this. In the space of 20 minutes or so, I’d gone through the closet, dresser and clothes strewn about here and there and filled up four garbage bags worth of clothes that Kelly is going to take to Goodwill, along with some clothes of her own.

We left the house around 1 PM and headed over to Kelly’s. Kelly was in a cleaning/organizing mood today too and immediately started tidying up the place, but I quickly stopped her from doing that We walked over to the shops in Clarendon and went to Eastern Mountain Sports. I was looking for something I could wear under my new leather jacket on those extra cold days. Kelly suggested something from The North Face. I chose the only greenish North Face jacket that they had in the store. I liked it because it was the only one. It fits well under my leather jacket. It’s waterproof (“hydrophobic” the label says) and windproof down to very cold temperatures. It was $129, but what the heck, I bought it on the spot.

We had a late lunch/early dinner at Baja Fresh. We’ve got poker night tonight at Todd and Jenn’s and we wanted to eat something before heading over there.

After eating it was back to Kelly’s. Kelly went into a fit of cleaning, cleaning out her closets. I sat down on the couch to read for a while. My reading was periodically interrupted when Kelly came out in a variety of skirts, asking, “How about this one?” or “What do you think of this one?” Then it was shirts. Then back to skirts. Then dresses. I really liked the dresses.

I dozed off for a while and when I finally woke up, I was craving ginger snaps. So I walked over to the grocery store (testing out my new North Face jacket) and got a one pound bag of ginger snaps. When I got back, Kelly was sitting on the floor shredding what seemed to be hundreds of receipts she had collected.

We just finished making brownies to take with us to Todd and Jenn’s this evening. We’re heading over there at around 7:30 and it should be a lot of fun.

Oh, and I’m about 240 pages through Our Oriental Heritage.