Saturday, April 28

another day, another project

As if we don't have enough stuff going on around the house, we're now in the midst of remodeling Jake's room. I use the term 'remodeling' loosely. I mean, remodeling a bedroom isn't exactly the same thing as remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, you know? Anyway, the kid's room has been a complete mess for at least a few years--mostly due to lack of storage space. I found a really nice desk/wall unit that would be perfect for his room and should clear up the clutter. And, I've been meaning to get new carpeting in there for the past year. But, if we're going to replace the carpeting, we need to replace the trim. And, if we're going to replace the trim, we might as well paint first. And, if we're replacing the trim, we also need new doors. So, you can see why I'm calling it a remodel.

Today, we removed a bunch of items from the room so we'd have room to work and then we ripped out the trim and doors. We took a break at one point and went to REC Carpeting in Tire Hill and picked out new carpeting. After all of that was done, we ran to Home Depot and bought some paint.

Unfortunately for Brian, the floor trim needs to be installed before the carpet can go in. It'll be a few weeks until the carpet will be installed so he has a little time. But, I've been waiting 7 years (and counting) for trim in my living room and dining room, so this will be quite a feat for him. The only issue that needs to be worked out is that he is also building the doors for the bedroom. Obviously there is not enough time to do this before the carpet goes in so it will be tricky installing the floor trim without having the doors installed. Hopefully we can find a way around that.

Tomorrow I need to prep the walls for painting. If we got them painted that would be a definite plus, but I'm not counting on that at this point because I have too much other stuff to do.

Friday, April 27

home at last

Unlike our trip to Stamford, our trip home went quite smoothly. We didn't run into any traffic issues or construction problems this time around. We got home sometime between 6:30 and 7:00--I'm too tired to remember at this point. I got most of my stuff put away and read all of the mail for the week. I even started washing clothes. However, it's not time to put away the luggage quite yet. I have another trip coming up next month for some technical training (my new job uses a bunch of technologies I am not familiar with, so the purpose of the class is to catch me up to speed). Hopefully that will be the end of the travel for a while.

Tuesday, April 24

elf

I brought this DVD with me on my trip. This movie was actually kind of cute, so I guess Will Ferrell has redeemed himself. I may have to watch another one of his movies now (but, I'm not so sure about that ice-skating one).

Thank goodness for laptops. I don't know what people did with their time in the days before laptops and hotel internet connections.

Monday, April 23

stamford, ct

So, here I am in Stamford. I had to come here for a week of training for my new job. Luckily, my new company hired four other people I know, so we all came up here together. I'm not much for travel to begin with, let alone having to travel alone, so that worked out rather well for me. We left yesterday after lunch and we were making excellent time until we hit some construction around Allentown. That put us back almost an hour. Then, of course, there was a bunch of traffic near New York City. That wouldn't have been so bad, had we not just sat in traffic. But, we finally made it here around 8pm. The three others wanted to go out to eat, but I opted to stay in and order room service. All I wanted to do was hook up my computer and check my email. So, I got all hooked up, only to find there was a charge for it. Since it was so late, I decided to wait till today. Then, I found out this morning, that my company is also paying for our internet access during our stay here. So, I think they are A-OK and I will be taking them up on that offer the rest of my stay.

The hotel I'm staying in is the nicest place I've ever stayed in. If I ever have to come back here when Jake's not in school, I'll definitely bring him and Brian with me. Brian's sister doesn't live too far from here and we're really close to New York City, so that's another option for stuff to do.

I can't believe it's only Monday, though. I feel like I've been here for two weeks already. Today actually went pretty fast, but there's still four more days to go (well, OK, hopefully more like 3 1/2, but still).

Saturday, April 21

the falcon and the snowman

Have you noticed a lack of movie reviews lately? Maybe that also explains my lack of posts. Anyway, since spring is here, I cut back our Blockbuster subscription to two movies a month. Last year I cut it out entirely. But this year, I added a few TV series to our list and those will take a while to get through, so that's why I kept it going.

Anyway, about a year ago, I read an article about Sean Penn's film career. This was recommended as one of his best movies. While his acting was good as always, I just wasn't into this film. It was ok, it just wasn't that compelling. And, the movie was on the top of my Blockbuster list for like 4 months and I just received it yesterday. I think they had to go buy a new copy of it just so they could send it to me.

Friday, April 20

i quit. again.

My new job didn't last too long--two months to be exact. Today was my last day.

For brevity's sake, a much better opportunity fell in my lap and I decided to take it. My current job was going just fine, but the new job had too many pluses, so I couldn't pass it up. It was just one of those things. I felt really bad quitting a job that I had for such a short amount of time, but as I always say, you have to do what is best for you.

Anyway, my new job starts on Monday. I'm kind of looking forward to it. At the very least, I'm looking forward to getting the next few weeks over with. This starting a new job stuff is rather stressful and I've been doing a little bit too much of that this year.

Wednesday, April 18

gardening

I haven't been doing much gardening lately, but I did go outside today to transplant 50 myrtle plants into the myrtle patch. I still have 25 strawberry plants to get into the ground--maybe tomorrow. I'm sure the yard will still be like a swamp, but the strawberries (much like the myrtle) are bare-root stock, so they can't wait much longer. The weekend is supposed to be warmer and drier, but I don't know if the ground will be in any better shape by then. I hope so because it is time to plant quite a number of things in my vegetable garden.

In better news, I put one of my cold frames to permanent use today. Previously, I was bringing my plants in at night because it was just too cold. It's going to be kind of cold tonight, but it's not supposed to be freezing cold, so this will be a good test. Let's hope it passes.

Saturday, April 14

almost social

Jake stayed at my parents last night so I was hoping to go to the movies and use a "Great Cheap Date" gift certificate that's been burning a hole in my pocket. For a change, there were some movies playing that we wanted to see. But, alas, my plans were foiled. Brian was invited to a happy hour for one of his former co-workers and that was the end of that. Given the turn of events, I had fully planned on going to the happy hour. But the allure of a nap on the couch with the dogs was too much for me to pass up, so I begged out at the last moment and Brian went alone.

We considered going to the movies later in the evening, but then decided against it. I like going there when we can eat a meal and 9PM is not the time for that. So, instead, Brian and I did some more work in the library. Do we know how to have fun or what?

Friday, April 13

winter returns

We're supposed to get 6 inches of snow this weekend. Six. Inches. Of. Snow. This weather is seriously screwing up my gardening plans. I have plants all over the place. I can't even put them in my brand-spankin'-new cold frames because it's to friggin' cold outside. Besides the plants I grew, today, Brian picked up a bunch of stuff I ordered from the county's annual plant sale. For whatever reason, they moved the pickup week 1 week earlier this year. I bet that gets changed back next year. I know I can't be the only person in this situation, but I still feel the need to complain about things I cannot control.

Sunday, April 8

easter

We started off the day with Jake figuring out that there's no Easter bunny--something about rabbits not having opposable thumbs worked its way into his logic. He then commented about the fact that Santa does have opposable thumbs, thank goodness.

Next, we went to church. For an Easter service, it was pretty quick and painless (if you define quick and painless as 90 minutes). We even got there early enough that we didn't have to sit in the front row.

Dinner was next on the agenda. We went to Brian's parent's for that. Brian's dad had quite an impressive array of wines picked out for dinner. Unfortunately, we didn't make it through all of them, but 4 bottles is probably enough wine to drink for dinner given the relatively few people that were drinking.

Right now I'm gearing up for HBO's Easter present to me--the season opener of The Sopranos.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Friday, April 6

tonight, tonight

Brian's mom's 60th birthday was this week, so we all celebrated it tonight at Surf N Turf. Yum. I got my usual jumbo stuffed shrimp. And, as always, they were delicious.

After the party, the three of us were supposed to go to a Chiefs game--Jake won 3 tickets for tonight's game at his Cub Scout banquet the other month. But, he decided he'd rather go to Brian's parent's and play with his cousins (all three of them were spending the night tonight). So, he went to that, and Brian and I went to the game. We got there for the second period and the Chiefs were losing 4-1 by the end of the period. We didn't think they had much of a chance to win and since we had a bunch of stuff to do, we decided to skip the 3rd period and head home. The Chiefs ended up losing 4-3, so we almost missed a good game.

Thursday, April 5

jake

Jake has a new website! It contains pictures that he has taken and some of his artwork along with his comments (hint: click on the "i"). Check it out.

Sunday, April 1

south african shiraz

Tonight, I mixed up my first of four wine kits for the year, a South African Shiraz. I've been meaning to do this since we last bottled and finally found the motivation to do it today--namely the realization that I already have three kits sitting in the family room with fourth kit on the way. The Shiraz kits I've made in the past have all come out really well, so I have high expectations for this one, too. Making wine got me thirsty, so I pulled out the last bottle of Pinot Noir we made a few years ago. Mmm.

children of men

This movie starred my new boyfriend, Clive Owen. The plot was this: it's some year in the future and all women have been infertile for 18 years. Due to this, the world has gone to hell. Then, by a miracle, this one woman gets pregnant. A group of scientists wants to study her to find a "cure" for the rest of the world, but some bad guys get in the way of things. Clive Owen's character has to escort her to safety.

This is the kind of movie I love. The movie was less than 2 hours long. And, because of this, every second of the film was relevant. Plus it dealt with the whole "end of times" scenario that I find interesting.

Two thumbs up.