Wednesday, February 27

busier than a bee

Actually this week is going a lot better than last. I think I'm finally catching on to this "office" thing. For one, I'm not as tired this week. I'm still behind on some things around the house (I probably would be either way), but I'm relatively where I need to be. The adjustment to working in an office every day isn't as bad as I had feared--I haven't been taking a full lunch hour, so I've been able to leave a little early each day. Though, I still look forward to the day when I can telecommute a few days a week.

Saturday, February 23

chilean wine party

My parents hosted a Chilean wine party this evening. There was a nice mix of wines there, but coincidentally, 5 of the 7 wines were from the same winery. As luck would have it, it happened to be one of my favorite wineries, so this was not a bad thing. My mom made some nice snacks to go with the wines, too (no chili, though!). I wasn't really in the mood to go anywhere today given how busy we've been, but I knew once I got there I'd have a great time. And, I did. Now, I'm just waiting for the next party to be scheduled. I think Brian's parents will be hosting this one.

eastern promises

This was a really good flick. It starred Viggo Mortensen (who's quickly becoming one of my favorite actors) and was a story involving the Russian mob in London. Naomi Watts (another one of my favorites) was in it too, but she didn't have a very meaty role even though she was one of the main characters, a midwife. Anyway, the movie told a story of an unidentified young mother who died while giving birth. The midwife found a diary on the young woman, but it was written in Russian. A business card for a Russian restaurant was also found in the diary, so she went there in the hopes of having the diary translated and finding out who the unidentified mother was so that the family could be contacted regarding the baby that was born.

As it turns out the guy who owned the restaurant was the head of the Russian mob in London. The diary implicated him in some crimes and the shit pretty much hits the fan from that point on (mostly because the midwife had her Russian uncle also translate the diary, so she was in the know). And, there's a nice little twist at the end, too.

Great movie.

Friday, February 22

fish fry

We hooked up with Lish and Brent at St. Rochus this evening for supper. I wasn't overly impressed with the food, but it was ok. It was nice hanging out with Lish and Brent, but it was hard to talk in the church hall because it was very crowded. We'll just have to get together someplace a little quieter in the future.

Monday, February 18

first day

Today was the first day of my new job. As expected, things went just fine. My new manager happens to be my old manager and I'm sharing an office with one of my former coworkers. So, this is definitely making the transition easy. I have to admit, I'm not sure how I'm going to like having to actually go to the office every day. But, the real bummer is that I feel like I'm getting a cold. Of course, I've felt like this about 100 times this fall/winter and haven't come down with anything yet, but with my luck, I will this time since I don't have any time off that I can take.

Saturday, February 16

the game plan

We had another family movie night last night. This time, Jacob picked the movie. The movie was so-so. It wasn't particularly funny and it was pretty long for a supposed comedy. Jake liked it, so that's all that matters. I think I'll pick next month's movie, though.

Friday, February 15

closing day

We closed on our property this morning. Things went off without a hitch. We met up with my parents after lunch so they could check out the place. They donated their old coffee maker and my brother's old microwave for the cause. Coupled with the fridge that comes with the place (which hopefully works) the office kitchen is now fully outfitted in appliances.

This afternoon, Brian's parents called to invite us out to dinner to celebrate our new acquisition. They took us out to the Boulevard Grill. After dinner, we took them to see the building. The more I go there, the more work I realize we have to do. We're shooting for Brian to be moved in by April 1. We have a lot of work ahead of us.

Thursday, February 14

quickbooks?

I think this might be a misnomer. I spent two days porting Brian's company's finances to QuickBooks, so I wouldn't call that quick. Luckily, I met with our accountant today for our taxes and she set me straight on some questions I had regarding the software. So, that's how I spent this evening--updating QuickBooks. So much for getting anything else done today.

I had such grand plans for this week...I was going to cook a bunch of stuff and freeze it, clean the house, iron all of the clothes in the closet, catch up on my sleep, train the dogs, and much, much more. Instead, I haven't done anything outside of my normal routine. Sure, I've completed a bunch of work for Brian's company, but that was during normal working hours. So, that didn't leave me any more time than usual. And, next week, I start my new job, so time will be even tighter then.

On the plus side, at least I didn't have to go to work this week.

Tuesday, February 12

the uninsured

Our health insurance ended with my job last week. Our new health insurance doesn't start till next Monday, since I am taking this week off. I was hoping we wouldn't have any health-related issues in the interim, but today Jake woke up with a red, gunky eye. I took him to the eye doctor's, which cost $25. He was diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis. He needed a prescription for eye drops, which cost $80 (but, we got a bonus of $1 off on our next gas purchase at GetGo for some reason, so not all was lost). This little episode certainly doesn't justify spending the $1800 on COBRA for the week, but let's just hope we don't get to that point.

Sunday, February 10

birthday dinner

Today, we headed to my parents for Brian's annual birthday dinner. We hadn't seen my parents in weeks, which was unusual, and they were definitely suffering from Jake withdrawal. We had a nice dinner, but were unfortunately unable to stay very long due to the puppy. Amazingly, in the 3 1/2 hours we were gone, he didn't have any accidents. This was in contrast to this morning when we went to church, were gone 2 hours, and he had 2 accidents.

death proof

This movie was the second half of the Grindhouse double feature, directed by Quentin Tarantino. I didn't particularly care for it. The ending was rather good, but the almost 2 hours leading up to it didn't hold my interest. Normally, I find Tarantino's movies pretty entertaining, but not this one.

Saturday, February 9

bodies...the exhibition

We met up with some friends in Pittsburgh today to check out Bodies...The Exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center. It was pretty cool. The kids were a little bored by it, believe it or not.

It wasn't as gross as it could have been. I thought the freakiest exhibit was the skin one--they basically skinned someone and had it on display. It made me think of Ed Gein. I thought the coolest displays were the blood vessels and nerve system. I can't even imagine how they pulled that off.

Definitely a "must see".

Thursday, February 7

last day!

Tomorrow is officially my last day of work, but I had one vacation day I could use so I'm taking advantage of that tomorrow. My computer has been shipped back to the company. My phone line has been canceled. So, I guess you could say I'm done with this job.

I don't start my new job till the 18th. I wanted to take a week of to get caught up on things. It's a good thing, too, because I already have a bunch of stuff scheduled for next week. Even so, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy my 10 days off. I haven't had a week off in a while. Too long, actually.

I'm excited about starting my new job, but it has been tempered a little over the excitement I'm feeling over Brian's business. He's going to be taking a giant step this year and I have no doubt he will be successful.

Wednesday, February 6

corporations and stuff

In preparation for buying a property for Brian's business, we set up an LLC which will own the property (because it's the smart thing to do). Brian also converted his business to an s-corp as of January 1. So, there are all kinds of interesting things going on around here. If your definition of interesting includes accountants and lawyers, that is. We met with our accountant this evening to go over the details and are now all set. I've felt sort of in limbo since the beginning of the year, but now that the deal is done, I really feel like things are moving forward. And, closing on the building next Friday will surely magnify that feeling even further. And, once we get the bills for the accountant and the lawyer, I'm sure that the feeling will set in for good.

Sunday, February 3

the superbowl

Wow! What a great game! If you were rooting for the Giants, that is. I happened to be rooting for the Giants, so this was quite enjoyable for me. I'm not a Giants fan, but I wanted to see the Patriots lose. I've had just about enough of their winning for one season. I have been disappointed so many times this year. Finally, redemption.

This year, we did a New Orleans food theme. I made some gumbo and a muffuletta and Brian's dad brought some New Orleans-style appetizers. Brian's mom stopped by after work and we hung out in the bar, watched the game, and drank some wine.

It was a good way to spend an evening.

almost too busy

Yesterday afternoon I headed to Judy's for a Lia Sophia party. While I'm not a huge fan of their jewelry, I was enticed by the promise of drinks (that was a good mojito!) and snacks. The party was entertaining enough, but I had to leave after an hour in order to go to Jake's annual cub scout Blue and Gold banquet, which was held at Ace's Lounge. The banquet was ok, but not particularly exciting. We were scheduled to go to a wine party at my mom's last night, too, but she ended up with a cold and the party has been postponed. I was kind of relieved because that was enough stuff to do in one day.

Saturday, February 2

planet terror

This movie was the first half of the Grindhouse double feature. It was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who directed Sin City, among others.

The movie was about a bio-weapon that accidentally gets released and it turns the infected into zombies. The uninfected have to fight the zombies, with plenty of gore for everyone.

This movie was fun to watch, but definitely not thought-provoking. Sometimes entertainment is just entertainment. And, that's fine by me.