House stuff

Jun. 2nd, 2002 09:19 pm
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Replaced our kitchen faucet today. Let me just say, plumbing sucks! Crawling underneath the sink in the dark, avoiding the rust falling from the old faucet, grunting and groaning while you try to be manly and unscrew the old faucet nuts, and failing miserably is just not fun. Eventually, with liberal use of WD-40 and a hammer, the old faucet was detached from the sink.

It took us 3 hours, which I guess is reasonable although it felt like it was taking forever. We also took one extra trip to the hardware store to pick up Plumber's Putty and made a side trip to get snow cones (without the cones). I got cherry. J. got grape. Fairly yummy, even though I'm not a big snow cone fan. It's just ice. I don't really get the appeal.

When we were all done, and everything was connected and tight, we turned on the water. No leaking. So far, so good. Then I turned on the cold water. No leaking. Still good. Then I turned on the hot water. No leaking. Waited for it get hot, which took a while. But so far, so good. Then I tried the hose attachment. And still, no leaking. We had done it! The water pressure is 10x the old faucet, it looks nicer, and the handles work better. A job well done by both of us. Sometimes I think we might actually get the hang of this owning a house shit.


May. 4th, 2002 11:26 pm
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Went to work (on a Saturday) from 10:45am to 1:30pm. Our release is coming up soon, and there are just not enough days in the normal week sometimes.

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It's almost 10pm, Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse of Reason is on the CD player, I'm all alone (J. is out at choir), hungry and can't think of anything to eat.

I hate it when I get like this. Nothing looks appetizing, even though I'm hungry. I look in the cabinet: cereal, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, and junk food. Nothing I'm interested in. I look in the refrigerator: Soda, OJ, mayonnaise, bread, and various condiments. Still nothing. I look in the freezer: chicken breast, ground beef, ice cream, and bagels. It's a lost cause. Everything just kind of looks "ehhhhh" right now. I don't want to go out either. It's late, I'm tired, and I just want to be inside for the rest of the night.

This happens occasionally. Usually when I forget to eat for awhile. It takes a push to get me interested in eating again. Cereal usually does it. So does bread and peanut butter. There's also four fresh bananas on the window sill.

My own fault. I came home after work, mowed the lawn for an hour, took a shower to get all the icky grass stuff off of me, and then Angel was on. Then I'm not sure what I did. Probably just web surfed for a little while. Went into the kitchen to start thinking about dinner, but instead of eating, I started cleaning things up a bit and ran the dishwasher. So, I was kind of productive. But, now it's 10pm, and I'm in this state. J.'s going to be home soon and going to be miffed and confused that I still haven't eaten. She worries about me.
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Grrr... Quizno's put lettuce on my roast beef sub when i specifically told them just roast beef and mustard on bread. I didn't notice until i got back to work with it. And now I have to pick all these pieces of lettuce out of my sandwhich before I eat it. Being picky sucks.
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My parents are coming in this weekend. I have mixed feeling about this.

On the upside, it'll be good to see them. It's been awhile. The next time I'll probably see them is the wedding in 6 1/2 months.

On the downside, they want to see where we're getting married, and that's a long drive from here, about an hour. So we're meeting them as they drive up from Houston. (That was the cheapest flight they could find). That's a pain. And they also want to see the place where we're moving to. That's not so far away, but since we don't live there yet, obviously, I have to call the owner and see what time is good for him for everyone to go traipsing through the house. Sigh. And, the apartment's a mess, because we're in box hell.

Today was blah. The weather was grey and almost raining, and the energy level in the office was really low. I spent most of the day staring at my computer pretending to be doing useful work. I don't think I was. Luckily, my two boss's seemed to feel the same way about the day and weren't too rah rah rah about getting much done today. They both left early, one was sick, and other was just ready to go home at 5pm exactly. I feel a bit of justification for my lack of motivation. Or at least I don't feel so bad about it.

I found out the CEO of my last failed company got a new CEO position somewhere else in Austin. Some of the people I used to work with at work there. Actually, when I between jobs this last time, I called some of them to see if there were any openings, but no luck. I wonder if they're doing better. Getting a new CEO either means the company has progressed to the point of needing real leadership or it means that all else has failed, so let's hire someone to fix all our problems. My last company failed, true, but the CEO was really good. He wasn't hired until all the mistakes had already been made, and there was nothing left to do but damage control, which he did very well. He kept us going for another 7 months after the first mass layoffs, and found a buyer for the company. So, I'm really happy for him, and happy for my ex-coworkers who get to work with him now. I hope this new company does better for him and them. I sent him an email offering my congrats today, but I haven't received a response back.

Went out to dinner last night at a seafood/steak place J. and I have been trying to go to for awhile. Reservations are a must. I tried to make reservations for this place on Valentine's Day, but they were all booked up three weeks ahead of time. I called the day before, and surprise, surprise, no luck. But, I made reservations yesterday with plenty of time. It was really good. I had a big hunk of steak, which is not something I indulge in very often. Very good. J. had Tuna Steak, and seemed to like it. Then came desert. Oh my. It was a a chocolate cake shell filled with melted Godiva chocolate. So good. But I could only have like half of it, the richness of it all was just too much. But, I'll definitely have to try it again.
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I came home today for lunch, since I wasn't feeling well, and the idea of having a Subway Roast Beef Sandwich or Chuy's (texmex), didn't really appeal to me. Those were the two places my co-workers were headed off to. So, I decided to come home and have something simple. I ended up having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which was pretty good and reminded me of being 4 years old again.

My stomach's been bothering me all day, and I know it's because I don't treat my body very nice. I don't exercise enough (or at all, really), and I don't eat well. I hardly ever eat anything with fiber in it, so it's no wonder that I have stomach problems every once in a while. I've tried eating more green-type food, but I just can't force myself to ingest it. My mouth just freezes up and I run back for more chicken fingers. Sigh... I should also be taking vitamins or something. I'm treating my body like crap. It's amazing that I still have no significant health problems and haven't gained a whole bunch of weight. That's going to change as I get older, though. I keep meaning to start going to the gym, since we have a membership, but I don't know what's stopping me. Laziness, probably. And me whining about something that I completely have the power to change won't help either.

So, in conclusion, I feel like crap, it's all my fault, and I have to go back to work now. And I'm still hungry, damn it.


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