Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Physically, yes.  But also, I'm tired of a lot of stuff.

I'm tired of the hoopla about Chik-fil-a.  Give it a rest already people.
I'm tired of calling someone who killed a dozen people, and hurt scores more, 'accused'.  As if he might not have done it.
I'm tired of aggressive drivers (sick and tired of them).
I'm tired of living in such a small house, compared to the amount of *stuff* we have.
I'm tired of being a homeowner, actually - all the yardwork I'm not able to keep up with.

And more.  I'm just tired.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Working From Home

Is convenient some times.  Like today, when the furnace estimate guy had to reschedule for later in the day.  I worked in the morning instead of the afternoon, getting some more organization done, and working on another test plan.

After the repair guy came, we watched some tv, catching up on shows that recorded while I was gone, and I played LOTRO, doing some festival things that didn't kill my main computer.  After dinner, we watched a couple more shows, I played some more LOTRO, then went to bed.  Tomorrow is a busy day, lots of meetings, starting as soon as my shift starts, which means I have to go in a little early.  Yay.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Pretty uneventful flight.  landed, came home, had a little 'dinner' (what do you call the meal at 11pm?) watched one episode of "Dark Matters", and went to bed!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Homeward Bound

Tomorrow. :)

Went to a couple comic book stores, but they didn't have much of what I was looking for.  After lunch we watched Thor, I did some laundry, we watched some TV and had some dinner.

After the news, I watched 3 episodes of Table Top, and went to bed.  I'm mostly packed, so tomorrow should go smoothly!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Opening Ceremonies

Work was ok - a couple of meetings in the morning where I actually got some useful information, then most of the afternoon was spent working on a test plan for another project that I volunteered to help write.

After work, I stopped by Krispy Kreme and picked up some donuts for breakfast - we don't have any at home, so I thought it would be a treat.  After that, I visited with one of my oldest friends, and half watched the Olympic opening Ceremonies.  Her daughter graduated this year...She was pregnant with her when I got married!  We had a lot to catch up on (actually she did most of the talking - she's had a more eventful life than I have).

Drove home (it's a looooong drive), read my emails, and decided to call it a night!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Almost There

Thursday. One more day of work, then the weekend.  Today was another bunch of meetings, although I did get some work done.  Tomorrow is meetings in the morning - we'll see how the afternoon goes.

After work, we had dinner, I watched a little tv, checked my email, watched a little more tv, then played a little bit of LOTRO - there's a festival going on, and it was really crowded, causing my computer to bog down, so I logged out.  I'll do the festival on the main computer when I get back.

I watched another episode of Battlestar Galactica, then went to bed.

Exciting stuff, I know :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Good Friends

Work was half and half today.  Some productive things, some non productive things.  After work, though, I got to have dinner with a good old friend and her son.  Her sun was a bundle of energy sometimes, but it amazed me how proficient he was with his mom's iphone.  He could find videos and watch them all by himself.

We spent a couple of hours just chatting, covering all sorts of topics, catching up over the years we've not been in touch.  I had a really good time, making up for the so-so day at work.  When I got to mom and dad's, I had to log in and check on some things...I couldn't do everything I needed to, because of timing issues, which means I'll have to do them first thing in the morning.

Tried to play LOTRO for a little bit, but the bad guys got the best of me, so I decided just to log off and read for a bit before bed.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Another day of meetings, talking about things we'll probably never do.  Very frustrating sometimes.

After dinner, we watched a little tv, I checked my emails, we watched a little more tv, and the 9 o clock news.

Then I came downstairs, played some LOTRO and watched 2 more episodes of Battlestar Galactica.  After that, I read a little bit and went to bed.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Quite a few meetings today, including one long training session.  We had pizza for lunch.  I'm kind of tired of pizza now :)

Afterwords, we went to a happy hour and chatted for a couple hours.  I came home, watched a little bit of a Antique Roadshow, and a bit of news.  After that, I played some LOTRO and watched a couple episodes of Battlestar Galactica again.

Oh, and welcome to my 200th blog entry!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Typical Sunday with the Folks :)

Chatted for a while, watched a movie, had pizza for lunch, watched some more tv, played on the computer a bit.

Came downstairs after the news (such as it was), watched another episode and a half of Battlestar Galactica, played some more LOTRO, then called it a night.

Tomorrow is going to be all meetings followed by a happy hour.  We'll see how that goes!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Between the plane trip and the heat, I'm exhausted.  I made it to Denver just fine, no excitement at the airport.  Had a relatively long line at the rental car company, but once I got to a clerk, went through pretty fast.

The temp in the car when I got in it was 109.  ugh.

Visited with the family for a while, then had Chik-fil-A for dinner.  Came back, watched some TV, but mostly stayed downstairs where it is much cooler - much more to my liking.  Played LOTRO for a little bit before I learned that I just couldn't keep my eyes open.  So logged off, made this update, and started to get ready for bed.

Friday, July 20, 2012

All Packed Up

I'm ready to go to Denver.  Not so ready for security theater, but ready to visit my family, and get some face-to-face work done with coworkers - much easier than email or conference calls.

Maybe I'll get to take some decent scenery pictures, like of the mountains :).

Thursday, July 19, 2012


In kind of a pissy mood tonight, so no updates, no pithy comments.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tiring Day

I really didn't do much today - spent the whole morning working on an excel spreadsheet, and most of the afternoon working on a word document.  I left work early because, well, my stomach wasn't behaving.

We had steak for dinner, which is usually ok even with an upset stomach.  We watched a little tv, then I played a little LOTRO while watching Restaraunt Impossible.  Then I went to bed.  I have a lot of meetings tomorrow, then I have to meet with the company coming to give us an estimate on replacing the furnace.

Friday I get to pack for my trip.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yet another day

Another day that went by pretty fast at work.  Had sausage and kraut for dinner, watched a little tv, played some LOTRO, watched Storage Wars while playing.

Below is a picture of the work I'm doing on the alley.  It's supposed to be hot all week, so the rest of the work will have to wait till after I get back from Denver.

The odd colored patch is where the city repainted over the grafitti.  We bought a new can to re-paint the re-paint job :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

The day just flew by

Work flew by today.  I had a lot of varied things to do, and that always helps.  We had hamburgers for dinner, watched a little tv.  I talked to my brother for a little bit, then I played LOTRO till it was time for bed.

Below is a picture of the three trolls Bilbo ran across that got turned to stone.  They are in the game, though if you don't know where to look for them, they can be a bit difficult to find :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Nothing Day

Slept in a little bit, as I woke up about 430 with neckache again.  Got back up about 1030 feeling better (yay for aleve).  Went out and chopped some saplings.  I'd say I'm about 1/3 of the way done.

Spent the rest of the day chillin.  Watched some tv, played quite a bit of LOTRO, talked to Dad, watched some more tv, had some dinner, played some more LOTRO.

Supposed to be ugly hot again tomorrow, so I probably won't do any chopping after work.  Probably come right home and sit in front of the a/c.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Woke up with a pain in the neck.  It didn't go away for nearly 4 hours, and by that time it was too hot to do any yard work.  We ran to the comic book store and the Mall of America, picked up a DVD set, but not the one we were looking for.

We had supper at Quiznos - we haven't had that in a really long time.  I didn't even know there were any left up here.  It tasted good, but unfortunately, even 8 hours later I can still taste the peppers and onions that were on my cheesesteak.

We got home and just kind of vegged.  I played LOTRO for a good while, surfed the web some, and called it a night.  Tomorrow, assuming my neck isn't sore, I'll chop on those saplings.  Not much else planned for the day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Rainy day!

Got some storms this afternoon - caused the temps to go from 90 to 65 in just under 2 hours.  Of course, it was happening while I was leaving work, so I had to leave in a downpour, but better than 110 in the shade :)

During dinner we watched a little tv, and after we were done, I played a little LOTRO and watched a couple episodes of Good Eats.

Tomorrow, I hope to start working on the saplings in the alley, next to the garage.  It's a multi-day project, but I'd like to at least start.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Uneventful day at work.  After, we did a little grocery shopping, and came home and had dinner.  We watched a little tv, and I played LOTRO for a while, watching Dirty Jobs.  Pretty fascinating show!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

6 and a half hours

That's how long my conference call was today.  It was needed, but man, that's a long time to be on the phone.

Watched another Fringe and Lost Girl tonight during dinner.  Rather tired, so I don't know if I'm going to play on the computer or just go to bed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quiet today

Got some work done at work, came home to home-made chicken fried steak. watched an episode of Fringe, a couple episodes of Storage Wars, played a little LOTRO, and called it a day.

Sometimes quiet is good!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Not too much cost.

Thankfully, it was just a capacitor.  No charge for the service call, but still $130 for parts and labor.  BUT the house is cooling off.  It might even be 80!

We started to catch up on our shows, since we didn't watch anything during the indoor heat wave.  I spent a lot of time on the computer at work, so I thought I would just take a break and rest my eyes.  Probably play on the computer tomorrow, instead.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Coolness - elsewhere

I played DDO in the morning, while T went to the farmer's market.  After that, we went to get haircuts, and the wait was a long one... which was fine, because it was cool in the shop.

Then we went to MOA for lunch, and I had clams...which I thought I had had before with no problems, but this time, they bothered me like other shellfish.  So while she was in Lane Bryant, I was feeling pretty bad.  We eventually came home, and I sat in the semi-cool office (the window a/c we put in is pretty weak), and she sat on the couch and read.

Eventually, it cooled off enough upstairs to lay down.  I certainly hope they can come tomorrow and fix whatever's broken without too much cost :(

Saturday, July 7, 2012


The compressor stopped working today while we were at the movies.  86 inside when we got home, 86 5 hours later.

I'll be calling the repair company to see what they did!

We did buy a reversible fan for the bedroom, so we can blow hot air out during the day, and cooler air in at night.

We did go see the new Spider-man movie today.  It was pretty good.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Hot and Cold

Went from 102 to 72 today.  Still hot in the house right now, tho, at 82.  Ugh.  And here things were going oh so well.

I got carded at dinner.  I'm still kind of surprised at that.

We'll be sleeping on the pull out again, because it's so hot in the house, and leave the porch open with a fan blowing cooler air in.  I am SO over this.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Declining Temps

It's kinda odd when you think that 83 is cool.  But there it is.  We had someone come over and give an estimate/bid on replacing the furnace and some other work we need done.  Going to try and get a couple more over the next couple weeks to get some comparisons and figure out where to go from there.

We had leftover yesterday for dinner, and watched a couple of Fringe episodes.  After that, we decided it might actually be cool enough to sleep in our bed.  Going to try anyway.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


That was the high temp today - a record setting temp.

I went out only to take the trash out and put it in the garage, and it was hot enough to hurt my eyes.  I spent most of the day playing LOTRO, tho I did take a break for dinner and watched some tv.  We had burgers and hot dogs, various salads, and fruit salad for dessert.  It was just like a picnic, without the awful heat. :)

Have to go back to work tomorrow, and tomorrow night is when we meet with the furnace people.  Hopefully that won't be too traumatic.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sleeping on the couch

Well, it was warm enough upstairs last night to make us sleep on the couch.  Not the most comfortable fold out in the world, but better temps at least.  I didn't get a lot of rest, so it was a short day at work.

I came home and just kind of mentally blanked out.  At least tomorrow I can take a nap in the middle of the day if I want :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Hot

Yeah, it's hot everywhere, but I live here, where it's not supposed to be hot  And when it gets hot, I get cranky.  (I'm starting to sound like a DirecTV commercial, so I'll stop).

Might be sleeping on the couch tonight, because it's hot upstairs.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

So much for that

We ended up going out and about today, even with it being so hot.  We had to go to a couple of used book stores to pick up some more books in the series T is reading.  We also stopped by a garden store to pick up a dill plant, since her other one died.

Before we did that, I played DDO with my friend in the morning (actually updated my DDO blog), and updated my main page image for July. After dinner, I updated my food blog with our dinner the other night.

We had homemade burritos and spanish rice for dinner, watched a little bit of television (a new show called Chef Wanted) and I played a little LOTRO before going to bed.  I got a title for my guy that I've been fishing with, "Trout Master".  I caught 9 different trout over the last week or so.

Since it's supposed to be so hot all week, we will probably not do much for the 4th.  We may grill.  Maybe.  We may cook on the stovetop.  As long as the A/C keeps going, I'm voting for staying inside as much as possible.