So, yeah, here we go...

Saturday, Nov 20 )
Sunday, Nov 21 )
Monday, Nov 22 )
Tuesday, Nov 23 )
Wednesday, Nov 24 )
Thursday, Nov 25 )
Friday, Nov 26 )
Saturday, Nov 27 )
Sunday, Nov 28 )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My job and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Hey there! So, how the hell are ya?

I'm doing fairly well. Getting over a cold that my son brought home. I love my kids, and I'm so proud that they freely share. I just wish they'd stop sharing their mini-plagues with the family.

*sigh*

Anyway, here I am and there you are and here we are and isn't it a loooooooovely day! OK, no it's not, given that it's cool and rainy. But we need the rain here in the DC area, so I can live with it.

So, not much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. We went to AnimeUSA for Friday & Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B had a good time wandering around and going to various panels. F & I kinda camped out with a bag of games and played them with each other and random passers-by. Played/Taught several rounds of Castle Ravenloft. Also played Ninja vs. Ninja, Munchkin Impossible, Frag! Gold, and one or two other things. Had lunch in the Maid Cafe. We left around 7 on Sat because I was really starting to feel run down.

I have to say that I saw only a minimal amount of body-inappropriate outfits at AnimeUSA. This is a good thing. I had a longer writeup, but decided to cut it because I know y'all don't need that. The only one that disturbed me a bit was the dude dressed as some anime chick who had long, dark, curly chest hair poppoing up over the top of his bra. Looked like some sort of cthuloid tentacle thing waving around in the breeze.

Watched the Sam Kinison Tribute on Comedy Central Sat night. The man still makes me laugh after nearly 25 years.

Watched my beloved Philadelphia Eagles lay the smackdown on the Redskins last night. It was...painful to watch at times. Loved Sonny Jurgenson's line "They were Vicked".

Need to finish up Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Need the fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and other stuff.

Actually, I need to put up a Do-List for myself. Get my shit together.

But, before I do that, I want to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
The newest addition to the condo creeps:

The itsy bitsy spider...

The rest of the set can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8800472@N08/sets/72157625159698341/
Yeah, I lost track again. Go me. :rolls eyes:

To be fair, I have been busy since last I wrote here. Like, wrote for real.

How busy? Well, I'll detail that...
under the cut )
Hey there, folks! Hope you're all doing well!

So, here's what has transpired since having seen you last.
cut for rambly length )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My new job, and the people who "prompted" me to find it
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
When did that happen?

Oh well.

Nothing overly exciting happened since I last spoke at ya.

Well, almost nothing. Seems that on Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and the kids were on their way home when a deer decided to cross the road in front of her. And while she missed that one, she was not so lucky with the five more that followed. Or, more precisely, the last one or two. Fortunately, no one was hurt (except the deer) and there was minimal damage to the TrailBlazer (front grill, driver's side headlight mount). Insurance will cover the repair (minus the deductible). We went to the USAA-recommended body shop yesterday; they ordered the parts and we'll drop the car off tomorrow night. I'll be taking the metro to and from work until we get the car back.

Otherwise, as I said, not much going on. Did the Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Also got the main course for Christmas eve dinner as Giant had frozen geese for sale. Damn thing cost me more than the 2 turkeys I bought. Oh well.

Made chili on Saturday for the family chili cookoff on Sunday. It came out great. Shame that the Eagles lost to the Chargers, though. I think that a combination of too many injuries and talented but inexperienced rookies is going to cost us a run at the playoffs this year, though I could be wrong.

Watched the Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved special on Monday. While I was glad to see that Ted Allen was using the AB turkey frying rig, I wanna know who brought back that corpse they named Claire Robinson. Dude, she was disturbing. It took me half the show to figure out why she bothered me so - she looked like a damn zombie. The dead were alive and trying to remake green bean casserole on Food-f-in-Network! Also, I don't remember who the hell it was that did this, but some idiot took a shot at Ted Allen because he was "afraid of hot oil". I don't need to tell all y'all how many fires are started every freaking year because people didn't exercise sufficient caution and common sense when frying their turkey. Bad scripting, Food Network. Overall, it didn't suck, but it didn't help or inspire me either.

Right now, we have our "Do list" of what needs to happen when for the next week or so.
so as not to bore people )
Is it busy? Yes. Absolutely. Will I enjoy every minute of it where I'm not at work? Most likely.

This is where and when the memories are made, folks. These are the times I treasure.

But before the rushing around and silliness starts in earnest, I would remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
So, I received a Tweet from JobCircle today linking to an article detailing the Top 10 metro areas where you are most likely to get a raise.. I looked at the list and found myself wondering where these areas stood as far as cost of living. As this is something that is constantly on my mental radar, I decided to look them up.

Here is the list from the linked article:
  • Washington, D.C. – average raise of 2.3 percent, 77 percent of companies giving raises
  • Tampa – average raise of 2.2 percent, 79 percent of companies giving raises
  • Boston – average raise of 2.2 percent, 77 percent of companies giving raises
  • Philadelphia – average raise of 2.1 percent, 77 percent of companies giving raises
  • Denver – average raise of 2.1 percent, 76 percent of companies giving raises
  • Chicago – average raise of 2.1 percent, 76 percent of companies giving raises
  • Cincinnati – average raise of 2.1 percent, 75 percent of companies giving raises
  • Dallas – average raise of 2.1 percent, 75 percent of companies giving raises
  • New York – average raise of 2.1 percent, 75 percent of companies giving raises
  • Baltimore – average raise of 2.1 percent, 75 percent of companies giving raises
And here is the cost of living by area, as taken from Kiplinger's:
  • Washington DC: 138
  • Boston, MA: 129
  • New York, NY: 121
  • Baltimore, MD: 121
  • Chicago, IL: 113
  • Philadelphia, PA: 103
  • Denver, CO: 101
  • Tampa, FL: 99
  • Dallas, TX: 92
  • Cincinnati, OH: 90
Note: 100 is the national average; the higher the number, the more expensive it is to live there

I suppose you can draw your own conclusions, but to me, it shows that this area (The greater DC area) is still too damn expensive to live in.
In less than 36 hours, my living space will be infested by 5 pre-teen girls.

Yes, B. is having a sleepover for her birthday.

I KAN HAS EERPLUGZ NAO?

I dunno. I mean, these are generally good kids. But the more of them you get together, the more high pitched screeching and giggling you get. And it increases in geometric proportion per child added.

I have already told B. that her brother is off limits. They are to leave him alone.

I have already told F. that the girls are off limits. He is to leave them alone, especially since they will outnumber him 5-to-1. And, I have something for him if he complies.

I will be in the dining room. I will have the laptop, headphones, and several Nerf guns at the ready. I'm thinking the 10 shot automatics, the longshot, the firefly & one or two of the shotguns. From there, I can see all and dispense Rapid-Fire Hot Nerf Death (tm) on offenders.

Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the (Nerf) gun. hehe

Pizza for dinner. Waffles for breakfast. World of Warcraft for me. Pre-teen super-sappy schlock Disney creations for the girls (including, most likely, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0). Maybe some Wii.

I think everyone's going to behave; not really worried about that. My greatest fear right now has less to do with the sleepover than with work tomorrow. I don't want to have a craptacular day and come home cranky. That will not be fun for anyone.
So, here's what happened...
Wednesday )
Thursday )
Friday )
Saturday )
Sunday )
Monday )
Finally, I am extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My parents, brothers, and sisters in law.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • My friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
But I have Pants!

So.

I'm at work today.

I was ready to go home at 0601 hrs.

Slept for absolute crap last night. Woke up every hour or so. Part of that was probably the congestion. Part was that the "Nighttime Brain Theater" was in full production mode. And yet, I am less sleepy than on any other morning this week. Odd.

In what can only be described as a complete surprise to me, I got to play some World of Warcraft last night. Spent the time on my new DeathKnight, DarthGnome. Why, yes, he's a gnome. How did you guess? Now if I could only give him a big red mohawk... ;-) The new content has been fun so far. Looking forward to more of it.

Picture session went well last night. I got the kids to smile for the photographer. New photographer as well. Not even trained on the register yet. Still, she took good pictures.

Made up a "Do" list over dinner last night. Nothing on it should take long, but it seems like there's sooooo many entries. Why hasn't someone invented the self-cleaning carpet yet? On the list, however, is to watch my yearly "inspiration": A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Garfield's Thanksgiving.

Power supply on main computer at home died last night. Have replacement. Probably won't get to install until Sunday. Laptop working well, fortunately. Looking into replacing computer with new one. *sigh*

Had interesting conversation at work today where I had the opportunity to correct misinformation. Not only correct it, but prove that I gave them the correct information back in July. Once again, if people here would actually read the directions and information I write, everyone's lives would be easier.

So, in about 2 hrs, I'll leave here, go home, make the brine and put it outside to cool, got to the store for bagels for tomorrow AM, come home and work on the Do List. By the time tomorrow, I'll be in the kitchen prepping food.

If I don't post again before tomorrow, It is my fervent wish that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Oh, and eat a piece of pie for me.
Well, no real updates in a while. Again.

I tried to update yesterday, but ran smack into a full blown case of "don'tgiveaflamingcrapitis". That happens to me sometimes. What can I say. Must mean I'm human.

So, on with the bullet points!
  • Me: Doing reasonably well. Health is good. Life is good.
  • Family: Also doing well. Kids are actually off from school today for Rosh Hashana, and as such are at my sister-in-laws for half the day and at my mother-in-laws for the other half. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 should find out this week when the person she's replacing will be coming back, so she'll know how much longer she'll be there. It's a shame, in certain respects, that the person isn't leaving for good, as [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 seems to like it there. Hopefully, the temp company will be able to find something else quickly.
  • Work: Well, it's work. Doesn't suck too badly. It's starting to look my schedule will actually be shifted in the next week or two, which is good. Still no word on who will be awarded the new contract, or even when it will be announced.
  • Condo Asshattery: Apparently, someone around our unit is having problems of some sort. The Condo management announced last Wednesday (24 Sept) that they were going to inspect all the units in our section on Friday (26 Sept). Now, I have never professed to be a perfect housekeeper, but we've been keeping things in reasonably good shape for a while, so it was reasonably easy to straighten up to something closer to my grandmother's standards. I was there for the inspection, and aside from one or two things that I knew they'd mention (ex. faucet in bathroom), things went well. I just get annoyed by their "fishing expeditions" - they were obviously looking to blame something on someone. I'm pretty damn sure that they weren't able to blame anything on us.
  • The weekend: Once we got through the inspection, the weekend was pretty good. B. & I got more videos packed up Friday night and we all watched some more of Heroes Season 1. Saturday, we picked up our Angel Food order. Shortly after we had gotten the food put away, the phone rang - it was the HellDesk manager from work, asking me to call the head of IT Security to fix a problem with his laptop. Since I was 99.9% certain of the problem, I agreed to take care of it. 20 minutes later, it was done, and B & I proceeded to replace the hardware on the bathroom sink. A leak had developed where the faucet met the hot water pipe. The only irritating thing about the whole project is that the cabinet that the sink sits on is about 24" wide. Those of you who know me IRL know that my shoulders are far wider than 24". This led to some interesting contortions on my part. But it's done, no leaks, and the faucet and handles do look MUCH nicer. That night I went to [livejournal.com profile] tth & [livejournal.com profile] aylinn's for a get together. Sunday was more football, food (Irish theme week!) and fun at [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's.
  • Football: Speaking of which, I was very happy with the defensive efforts of my beloved Philly Eagles on Sunday night. The offense, and more specifically the play calling, was freaking horrible. I seem to remember a definition of "insanity" being "trying the same thing over and over, expecting different results each time". 3 times up the middle, and you got stuffed. So why would a 4th time be better? Grrr. OK, we need the win this week. Down with the Washington Redskins!
  • Current Financial Crisis: Yesterday's silly post aside, here's the problems I've been having with the "crisis" and "bailout".
    • Bernanke and Paulson have been saying that everything's all right for what, a year and a half, and then they want an ungodly amount of money with no accountability or supervision? Yeah, I don't think so, Scooter.
    • Why, exactly, do I and millions of others have to pay for the bad decisions of a relative few? And, I might add that if these asshats had come out ahead, they sure as hell wouldn't be spreading their wealth around.
    • Didn't we see something similar when the "d0t-c0m" bubble burst? Only this time, it's the housing market?

    I just can't help but wonder how this is all going to play out. And if perhaps we shouldn't let this play itself out.
  • Events we're hosting: Game Day date is yet to be determined, but I'm thinking early November. Starting to think I might need to order 2 copies of Munchkin Quest. (jk) New Year's Open House is a go, to be held Dec 31/Jan 1 as usual; details and eVites will come out around Thanksgiving, I think.
  • This weekend: The plan is to be at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Saturday. I don't know what Sunday will bring, except that we'll be at home, watching football and engaged in minor chores.
  • Holiday Goodness: Not only have I scored a copy of The Peanuts Holiday Collection, but also copies of The Original Christmas Classics and Christmas Television Favorites. We've watched It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, mostly for the extra stuff. The extras on the Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, well, we've seen that. So it can wait.

So, that's it for the moment, I think. I'll likely do a post sometime soon about Holiday Traditions; blame [livejournal.com profile] delazan for that one - she started it. Seriously though? for me, it's a nice walk down memory lane, and it's neat to see and hear what others do as well. The holiday season, for me, is as much about family as it is anything else. Reliving old memories and making new ones with the people that mean the most in our lives.

And for me, that includes you, my good readers.

Remember, you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that means it's a good day.

Peas.

Out.
I feel like I should be entering something here.

Problem is, there just ain't much going on.

School starts on Tuesday.  Kids are ready to go back.  Not ready, however, to go back to homework.

[livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo and [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth are taking the kids for their annual weekend stay.  I expect them to spend 90% of their waking time in the pool.  I expect on Sunday to pick up 2 pink & tan raisins that sorta look like my kids.

In the meantime, I'll be picking up our order from Angel Food and putting the ceiling fan back up.  Plus trying to get things together for TCEP.

And maybe some WoW.

I've put in applications for a number of jobs, both locally and in the DE area.  I'm just tired of the half-assedness of stuff here.  Plus it'd be nice to be paid more. 

An interesting political thought:  Not too long ago, I observed that Senator Obama was rising in my opinion because of his lack of attack ads, and that based on the last several presidents who had a "lot of political leadership experience", that it was perhaps time for someone without so much experience.

My observations were countered with the rebuttal that based on that logic, if my car was broken, would I then take it to a vet?

My answer then, as now, was simple:  Right idea, wrong example.  If the mechanic who has been working on the car has not only not fixed it but made it worse then it would be wise to find another. Now, if you did this with a series of mechanics who graduated from the same school, it would then make sense to find someone from a different school, since it would appear that the first school is doing something wrong.

I don't know if Senator Obama can make a real difference.  But maybe it's time to try something new, because continuing to use what ain't working is nuts.

And yes, I joined the Pro-Obama D&D Crowd.
Well, so far...

Hey y'all, how ya doin'. We've gotten the "spring Cleaning" bug around here. Mostly for the bedrooms. F. is almost done his room; B. has a little ways to go. Our room is in pretty good order, though I need to finish up my side.

One vaguely annoying thing is that my dear son is easily...distracted...when working on projects he doesn't wanna work on. Like, say, cleaning his room. Which means that one of us has to be riding herd on him to make sure he gets it done.

This was my task yesterday. Pretty much all day.

Well, we're back at it today. But first, a break to make brunch. I've got some thick sliced maple bacon on, and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is whipping up some waffle batter.

Hope y'all have a loverly day!
Well, here we are.

Monday.

Monday of a week that may sucketh major ass through a very large straw.

Some of it is work related. Some is not.

The work related part revolves around the government side being pissy about settings that they have never given us any documentation on, so far as anyone can tell. And the items are due Friday.

The non-work related part revolves around the fact that the funeral services at Arlington National Cemetary are Thursday.

And where the frack is all this spam coming from?

Congrats to the New Yawk Giants. They earned their victory last night.
Wow, it's Monday.  Another Thanksgiving weekend gone in a cloud of turkey, football, pie, and travel.

And you know what?  It was a great weekend.

But before I go into that, I need to do a bit of

Administrivia:  Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] moonshadowed , an old friend who has found my LJ,  Hope I don't bore ya too much darlin'...

I've already talked about Thanksgiving day.  Or at least, all I'm going to discuss in public about it.  So let's start with...

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Quotes from the weekend )
Finally, I am extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 , B, & F.
  • My job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My parents, brothers, and sisters in law.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • My friends, whether near or far, whether they read this tripe I write or not.
Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing  from each and every one of you.  Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day.  Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them.  Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Well, for me it is.  While the US Government is open for business on Friday, I will not be at work. 

Yay for 3 day work weeks!

So, it's another day on the phones for me.  I really don't mind it all that much.  There are just the occasional people who insist on being asshats.

So, let's see, what else is going on.  [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 seems to be over the worst of her cold.  The kids are doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving.  As am I, actually.   Despite the amount of work I put into it, I really enjoy the cooking. 

B. told me the other day that I was too much like Alton Brown.  I said to her "What, I make so much good food?"  She said "Yep".  I said "So why are you complaining?"  Her response?  "I  wasn't..."

Although everyone enjoyed the food on Sunday, I personally had a few issues.  But then, one is always most critical of one's own work.  One of the things I simultaneously loved and hated was the mashed potatoes.  I had three types of potato in there: Russet, red-skinned, and Yukon Gold.  I poached the garlic in the heavy cream (because I'm a freaking moron and forgot to roast it), but I think I used too much cream.  Plus, I didn't work it enough with the masher - found some LARGE lumps.  Not that they weren't cooked, just not mashed.  It tasted ok, just not the right consistency.

One thing that made me smile (other than the gusto with which everyone attacked their plates) was that I had yet another person come to my table saying that they don't like stuffing, then try my cornbread stuffing and love it.  It's a serious ego boost.  One day, I may even post my recipe for it.  If I can figure it out - some of it is me saying "that looks about right".  LOL!

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 's dad is making slow but steady progress.  As of yesterday, he was still in ICU, but they were talking about taking out the feeding tube and seeing if he kept food down.  I think that's one of the major obstacles at the moment to him getting out of ICU.

Unfortunately, I think that this also means that he won't be getting out of the hospital before Thanksgiving.  Or rather, I'll be extremely surprised if he does.  Which is a damned shame.

Played some WoW last night.  Played as my mage alt (Gunsnbutter) since I wanted to check out the new stuff in DWM.  Unfortunately, he was still too high level for most of it (47), so I went back to Ferelas.  It was nice way to unwind for a night, though.

I think that's the majority of it right now.  Hope all is well with you and yours.

Peas.  Out.
...or "How to zombify oneself in 3 easy days"

Welcome to Tuesday, gentle reader.  For those of us who work in the gov't sector, it's effectively Monday.  Which means I have a 4 day week followed by a 3 day week.  Oh joy!  Oh rapture!  Oh fuhgeddaboutit...

I suppose I'll put this behind cuts because it might get long. 
Me )

Mousecat0's Dad )

Friday Night )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Monday )

Final note:  My sympathies and prayers go out to
[livejournal.com profile] delazan  and [livejournal.com profile] phoxxe , both of whom lost their mothers recently.  Know that although I may not have said much about it, you are thought of and loved in your time of sorrow.  If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Peas.  Out.

Updates

Nov. 10th, 2007 02:14 am
No news on [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's father. I will work under the "no news is good news" assumption.

For the record, yes they are local. As in ~5 miles away. They are both in their mid-80s, and are one of the big reasons we have not moved, as we are the only family in the area.

I got home, sent [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 to bed, and took the kids to CiCi's Pizza for dinner. When we got home, I tucked in the kids, cleaned the dinidng room a little ans started painting. The first coat is on, and it looks good. It definitely needs a second coat (especially the dark color), but I like the color combo.

Tomorrow, I switch out the sockets (none of the electrical sockets are grounded. EEP!) and do the second coat.

Now, I will finish my 32 oz glass of cold water and go to bed.
hehehehe

Greetings, gentle reader.  It's Wednesday, the middle of the workweek.  Time to motor that car over the hill and cruise down the other side.

Bought the paint for the DR last night.  Now, I'm usually one for supporting small and or local business.  However, last night was the last straw.  I overpaid for the freaking paint.  By too much.  No more.  From now on, it's Lowe's or nothing.

(No, I will not consider Home Depot.  They screwed my Uncle Tom horribly.  Short version is that they fired him because he was making too much, and in the process screwed him out of his stock options as well.  Expo (A Home Depot company) did bad things to another good friend.  Fuck Home Depot, Fuck Expo, and any other companies under their banner.)

So tonight, I paint.  At the very least, I'm doing the edging on the ceiling.  If it goes well and relatively quickly, I may roll the ceiling tonight.  That will directly depend on my energy levels and, as I said, how well the edging goes. 

For those of you who have the time, the inclination, and the interest, Food Network is starting their Thanksgiving lineup tonight.  Double Good Eats at 8, then the new Thanksgiving special at 9.  Tomorrow is Romancing the Bird: A Good Eats Thanksgiving at 8.  I'll probably have them on while I paint.

(Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] ironkite , Alton is my personal culinary hero.  You have to have at least a modicum of respect for any man who takes a DeWalt cordless drill and makes it into a pepper grinder.)

Bumper sticker seen on the way to work:  WWBD? What would Buffy do?

More later.

oog

Nov. 6th, 2007 09:48 am
So, here I am, at work.

So, here you are, reading the drivel I type.

I suppose I may as well make it worth your while...

Sad to say, B. is under the weather. She seems to have a nasty cough that abates only with medication and rest. I suspect that some of this is due the ungodly amounts of dust (drywall and regular) that have been kicked up over the last 7-8 days or so. Some of it is probably due to the weather. Cause aside, when I took the kids to the bus yesterday, she started several coughing fits that would pretty much guarantee that she would be sent home. I decided to cut out the middleman and kept her home. I called out from work, and we sat around dozing for the first part of the day and watching The Mummy Returns and Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on USA for the second part of the day. During commercials, I did more cleaning, dusting, and organizing in preparation for the painting of the dining room. After dinner, all 4 of us took on the daunting task of cleaning the teacup collection, the knick-knacks on the hutch, and everything out of the hutch and china cabinet.

Aside #1: We haven't moved those two pieces of furniture since we moved in 10.5 years ago. The color difference between the carpet then and now was nothing short of disturbing.

Aside #2: If anyone had told me 20 years ago that I would have a teacup collection on display in my dining room and a collectible Barbie display in my living room, I would have laughed at them and called them batsh*t crazy. Yet, here I am.

Well, the Dining room is all but ready for us to paint. There's one bookshelf that needs to move, and one set of drawers that needs to move. And neither of those need to move for me to paint the ceiling. I'll stop on the way home tonight for paint and some supplies.

Don't I lead the exciting life?

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