Thursday, January 31, 2008
Its a busy day at home even though I'm not there. The groomer is cleaning up the dogs so they should look cute and not smell. A plumber is also dropping by The Son's condo to see if a leak in his bathroom can be located. Hopefully that won't be a big deal.
Congratulations to Anyabeth who had a babygirl on Monday.
LOST is back tonight. I can't wait.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday morning Ann dragged me out of bed at 7:00 to walk the dogs. It was cold, but there was no wind so it wasn't too bad. We were scheduled to meet Daughter#2 for lunch. She had traveled up from Harrisonburg with friends to attend another friend's birthday down in the District. As we waited for her to call us and make arrangements, I started working on our 2007 taxes. I managed to get the software loaded and our Federal taxes done, but not filed by the time she called. We agreed to meet in Pentagon Row for lunch at Lebanese Tavaverna. We didn't arrive to almost 2:00 so it was more a late lunch/early dinner type get together. I'm usually not very adventuresome when it comes to food so I ordered lamb chops, potatoes and stuffed grape leaves. Where I'm conservative when it comes to food, Daughter#2 is not hence us eating at a Lebanese restaurant. However, when she arrived it turned out the birthday party celebration had taken its toll on her delicate digestive system and she wasn't up to eating much of anything. In fact she came home with us after we ate to shower and take a nap. She ended up staying the night to recover for the trip home the next day. We ended up the evening watching the Miss America pageant. Given daughter#2's tomboyishness and feminist leanings, I'm always surprised when she wants to watch shows like that. Miss Virginia did well making it to the finals before losing out to Miss Michigan.
Sunday I skipped my erg class to run Daughter#2 out to Manassas so she could hook back up with her friends for the ride back to the Shenandoah valley. She must have been feeling much better as she manged to consume a good sized breakfast. Upon my return from dropping off Daughter#2, her twin, The Son called and asked about lunch. This was about 1:00 and Ann and I had already eaten. He wanted us to drop by and get him set up to pay what few bills he has on line. So we loaded up the car with his paperwork, stopped at McD's for some lunch for him and traveled the few miles to his new place. We killed some time while he ate. He's been having trouble with his sliding glass door to his balcony not shutting properly. It won't close the final inch or so. The door has definitely seen better days. I manged to wrestle with it and finally get it closed all the way. I told him not to use it until we can get it replaced and if he had to go outside to smoke, go out the front of his condo unit. His place is slowing coming together. he and his gf painted one of the bathrooms and it looks good. We spent the rest of the afternoon going over his bills and getting him set-up to pay most of them on line. he also invited himself over for dinner. I think he was getting tired of eating left over spaghetti. He showed up around 5:00 and we cooked up some steaks as we watched the UMD vs Duke game. It was pretty exciting game until the last few minutes when Duke finally managed to pull away. It was entertaining though.
It was a bit of a different weekend for us and I'm sure we'll enjoy a slower one this coming weekend.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It has been a fairly quiet week. Having Monday off was a nice treat. I spent most of the day catching up on my rowing club treasurer duties. I have to send out tax forms to our coaches. I completed those, but I didn't have the right size envelopes to mail them. I also renewed our club membership with US Rowing and paid the club's insurance bill. Not very exciting, but the IRS gets picky when you don't meet deadlines.
The saga of The Son's mailbox continues. The lock was changed out and lasted all of one day before the lock broke. The management company hasn't been back out to fix it yet. The post office won't leave his mail with the broken lock so they're holding his mail for him. Trouble is he can't be bothered to drive to the post office to pick it up. There is always something more important to do. Wait until he misses a bill or two. Maybe that will motivate him a bit more.
Speaking of his condo management company, they did call him to let him know that the owner of the unit under his had called about a leak that appears to be coming from The Son's shower. A plumber is suppose to be dropping by to see if we can figure out exactly where and what is leaking. The Son is really enjoying being a home owner. Luckily he has a home owners warranty that should save him from any big bills.
I had an appointment with my Doctor on Weds. I've run out of refills on all my meds and needed to get more. Normally I get my prescriptions during my yearly physical, but I was unable to get an appointment for that until April. So they had me come in and I met with the Doctor for about 30 minutes while he wrote them all out. Ann mailed them out for me, but it will be another week or so before I receive them. I should survive until then. When I went to pay the co-pay for my visit I reached in my back pocket for my checkbook and lo no checkbook. I checked my other pockets and my jacket. No checkbook. I checked the exam room and waiting areas and still no checkbook. I paid using a check card and left. Once I got to my car I searched it and the ground around the car. No checkbook. I drove home wondering if it had fallen outside the car and someone had picked it up. When I got home I searched the house. Still no checkbook. I looked in the garage and our front walkway. No checkbook. I finally called the Credit Union and put stop payments on the nine checks that were still in my checkbook. After that I walked outside to get the mail. There on the front lawn was my checkbook. It must have fallen out of my pocket when I took the dogs out right before leaving for my appointment. I'm out $10 for the stop payment, but now at least I know I have the checkbook and not some thief. Tomorrow Ann and I are off to see our Dermatologist. I think I'll let her carry the checkbook.
The pictures are of a sunset during our cold snap. The first is of the full moon rising around 5:30 or so looking northeast from our house. The next two are taken from the back of our house looking southwest. They just look wintery to me. I was hoping to get more of the sun in the second two, but it sank out of sight before I could get the camera.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The erg class was completely filled today. Over 24 rowers. We even had to turn 4 rowers away as there were no more ergs. Part of it is that our instructor is a crew coach at South County High School and several of her rowers are now attending her class. That's enough to completely fill the class given the large number of Master's age rowers that show up to every Sunday. The high school season starts the end of February and I assume the high school rowers will drop off at that point. It's not a bad thing to have them in the class. They bring a certain level of energy and enthusiasm that the rest of us feed off. I managed to get my 10,000 meters in during class so it was a good day of rowing. Not as good as being on the water, but it will do for now.
I've been on the verge of catching a cold. Not quite there, but right on the edge. My nose as been producing impressive quantities of snot for the past three weeks. Now my eyes have decided to join in and are currently zombie red and tearing like crazy. As a final act, the congestion is moving into my chest. Now I can cough up the same amount of phlem that I am blowing out my nose. Sweet. Thank goodness Monday is a holiday so I don't infect the van pool.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Daughter#1 is currently enrolled in a Certificate Program given by UMass in Event Planning. One of the requirements for the class she is currently enrolled in is to plan and execute a dinner party for ten people. Given that a certain percentage of people invited won't be able to attend, Daughter#1 invited 16 people figuring she would get her ten. All sixteen accepted. Ooops. It definitely ratcheted up the stress level for it, but apparently it all went off ok last night. She did the invitations, seating chart, menu planning and cooking a four course meal. Apparently a good time was had by all.
Today, now that my meeting is over, is just relaxing and watching some basketball. The Son's alma meter, Radford, is making a rare TV appearance today so we're watching that at the moment. Radford is in what might be politely called a rebuilding year so they aren't doing to well this year. They're also playing Winthrop, the perennial Big South Conference winner, so to find Radford behind by 11 at the half isn't really a surprise. Hopefully they can build for the future with their new coach.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Daughter#1 rolled in about midnight on Friday night with her bf. They had left Connecticut a bit later than they planned, but still seemed to make pretty good time. Ann and I tried to stay awake until they arrived, but we both fell asleep pretty early. What can I say, but we're old! Daughter#1 woke us up by calling when they were close so we were awake to greet them. We stayed awake long enough to say Hi, show them to their respective bedrooms and and say Goodnight. The following morning we all enjoyed some french toast dripping in melted butter, confectioner sugar and cinnamon. Quite tasty. Alas it was just a short visit as they were headed to Harrisonburg to spend Saturday night with Daughter#2 and to see some friends of the bf. The bf is a James Madison graduate and still has friends in the Harrisonburg area. They made a night of it by taking in the JMU basketball game. They had to make an early departure from Harrisonburg Sunday morning to beat the forecasted nor'easter that was suppose to hit early Sunday evening. They arrived home safe and sound, which every parent loves to hear.
After Daughter#1 left on Saturday, I spent the rest of the day parked in front of the TV first watching basketball. Auburn was playing Florida and then Maryland was playing Virginia Tech. Tech won and Auburn didn't. After the basketball games, but before the football playoff games started, we did make a run to the grocery store so we could eat this week. It was fun watching Green Bay and Seattle play in the snow. I enjoyed watching Seattle fall after Seattle had beaten the Redskins the previous week. A little payback. I manged to watch about a quarter of the Jacksonville - New England game before falling asleep. Too much of a good thing.
Today was much of the same. I did get off my butt and go to the erg class. I managed 11,000 meters, which surprised the heck out of me. I'm lucky if I make 10,000 meters usually. To tell the truth, I wasn't feeling that excited about going so it was good to see I cranked out some meters. After class Ann and I met up with The Son and his gf at Bar J for some lunch. I got some Texas chili, but couldn't finish all of it. I'm still tasting it tonight, but it was good. After lunch, Ann and I settled in to watch the Sunday playoff games. Upsets both. I love me some upsets. I hope it snows in Green Bay next week. I need to get a cheese head hat.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Its rainy and cold today. This morning as I walked the dogs is was just misting and the fog was still hanging around the tree tops. Definitely a day for a nice afternoon nap. For now I'm off to go shopping at target and to eat some BBQ. Darn Marines are at it again today.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The first week back at work wasn't too bad as work weeks go. It wasn't nearly as crazy as I thought it might be. Busy, yes, but not crazy. Today was my treat day for the office. Unfortunately I didn't get to partake of it. Family matters kept me working from home today instead of going into the office. As I had already purchased the goodies, I did meet the vanpool at the usual time and handed them the treats to drop off at my office. They were happy to do so. I think.
Daughter#1 and her bf will be dropping by tomorrow night on their way to hang out with her sister in Harrisonburg for the weekend. We get to provide lodging for the night. It will be good to see her and I know she is looking forward to the weekend road trip. She called earlier today to let us know that her workplace had given her a nice raise. Congrats to her. Now maybe she can pay for her own car insurance.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
To it lying in the gutter waiting for the garbage men to haul it away. Actually I think there is a poem or story that tells the sad story of the Christmas tree. Alas poor tree, we will miss you in all your lighted glory and your sweet pine smell.
I had a problem with my outside lights this year. They worked fine until the weekend before Christmas when about half of them failed to come on at dusk. The ones that wouldn't come on were all linked to an extension cord I run from the back of the house. In a brain fart designing the house, the builder did not include any outside sockets in the front of the house. Brilliant. Anyway, I discovered that a circuit breaker was tripped. Every time I reset it, it would immediately trip off again. I even tried a different outlet, but the same thing happened. I assume both outlets must be on the same circuit. Finally I just gave up and they stayed dark until I took them down today. In dismantling the various connections and extension cords, I discovered this:
At first I thought it was just covered by mud since it rained yesterday. Closer inspection revealed that it was burnt and had melted some of the rubber insulation. I couldn't separate the two cords since the melted insulation from both cords had made them one. No wonder the circuit breaker would trip. I suspect that when Daughter#1 arrived home and used her hair dryer that was the straw that broke the camel's back. I swear half the house is wired into that one circuit. I'm glad to see the circuit breaker did what it was suppose to do.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I slipped away at lunch time for a dentist appointment. Actually my dentist is a periodontist. Not that I have bad gums or anything gross, just bad genes. My back wisdom teeth didn't come in properly (do they ever?) and caused some damage to my back molars. I've been seeing a periodontist since I was 24 years old. Seems like a long time now, but really its been pretty unremarkable 99% of the time. Today's visit was pretty typical. I go in, get my teeth cleaned and polished by hygienist. The dentist will come in at the end for a quick look see, tell me things are looking well and we'll keep an eye on those back teeth and see you in four months. Frankly, I prefer keeping the visits boring. Now my periodontist is in Friendship Heights and for those of you familiar with the area you know its a pretty hoity-toity area. There's a Tiffany's next door to the building that houses my Dentist just to give you an idea. Upon leaving after my appointment I had a celebrity sighting. George Michael, the long time local NBC sportscaster and host of the Sports Machine got on the elevator with me. He retired in 2007 after GE/NBC ordered him, in a cost cutting move, to dismiss a large portion of his staff. Good for him although he is sorely missed. Photo by Washington Post and NBC Channel 4.
After finishing up work for the day, Ann and I headed out to catch a movie. We saw Charley Wilson's War. Very entertaining and pretty remarkable what one man was able to do to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Tom Hanks was good as was Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Adams is pretty cute as Wilson's (Hanks) Administrative Assistant. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a good movie with a large bag of popcorn. Yum!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Son is having a few minor repairs done to his condo that we discovered since he moved in. I spent this afternoon at the condo to let the handyman doing the work in. He had his bathroom regrouted, and his linen closet door repaired. His sliding glass door also popped off the track and almost fell in on him and his gf. It's an old door and needs to be replaced. The Handyman got it back on the track and adjusted it a bit, but its still marginal. While the work was being done, I just played on The Son's computer and watched tv until he was finished. The work seemed to be well done and not expensive. We'll probably have the handyman come do some things around our house.
I erged again this morning after taking yesterday off since I was working. I did a 30 minute row and did just ok. I'm still rebuilding my aerobic base and its coming slowly. I didn't get the distance I wanted or I'm capable of. Since I'm working tomorrow and I also have a dentist appointment, I'll probably skip rowing tomorrow and row Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully I can improve on my performance during January.