A nice long weekend

Friday I headed out to Ohio for work, just the usual easy trip over there and back, nothing spectacular.

Once I got home though, I headed out and did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, bought a new charcoal grill. It’s just a little Weber Smokey Joe, perfect for Erin and I to make dinner on. We had pork chops on it that night too, they were amazing!

Saturday, Kyle and I headed out early to Wright-Patterson AFB to see the National Museum of the Air Force. We had a good time, just kinda wandered through the place and got to see some real pieces of history up close. I love looking at the medals and awards of soldiers, sailors, and airmen, the valor they exhibited that got them highest honors among their peers and among all Americans. On our way home we stopped for some Big Boy, it’s been a while since I’ve been here too.

The last stop we made on the way home was Hoosier Park. Horse racing and a casino, the perfect place to end the night. We placed a few bets on some races, if we would have had a clue as to how to bet on a race, we might have won a few bucks. It was cool though, I did learn quite a bit about how the betting works and maybe next time

Once we got home, I found the perfect way to end the night. A small fire and just some quiet time to reflect. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday was a typical Sunday. Mowed the yard while Erin cleaned the house up and then headed out for dinner and grocery shopping.

Today: I worked. Kinda. It was slow and long.

Gotta get back at this…

There’s been so much going on the last few days this might just be a dump post to catch everything up, I’ll probably miss a bunch too.

My birthday was last Saturday, the 28th year, it’s already begun and I feel like it shouldn’t be here yet. I feel like I’m getting older but not moving forward as fast as I always thought I would. I guess I just feel old or something and don’t know how/where to push forward right now. I’m sure in 20 years I’ll look back and wish I wouldn’t have pushed forward so much.

I wonder if I’ll still be writing then?

Saturday, Erin and I went out on the town so to speak, not a fancy thing, just out and about in Indy. We don’t do that much anymore, life gets in the way too much. We went to an auction first thing in the morning but didn’t stay long because things were just going for way too much money. After that we went to get her a new iPhone 3GS, I got my iPhone 4 Friday so she was itching for a new one too I think. We’re both pretty happy with each of our choices. We stopped at Lowes next and bought a new microwave, we had to do it, our old one took like 3 minutes to cook pizza rolls, now we can do it in 1. Then we went home, installed the new microwave, and chilled for a bit. Dinner at Logan’s and a quick grocery trip rounded out our day.

Sunday was my official birthday party or whatever you want to call it, family dinner basically. We had a good time. I did a good deed, and honestly it made me feel like I was making a difference and helping out someone who really needed it. I love that feeling. That selfless giving feeling that you get when you go out of your way to make a miracle happen for someone.

Last night, I went out with Kyle for a traditional guys night dinner, Hacienda and Best Buy. Had a pretty good time there too.

Work: What can I say about work other than it’s been stressful at times and dead at other times. Just not into talking about it now I guess.

Its odd to have old friends coming back into the picture now, we’ll see how that goes.

Courtney just headed off to Tasmania, it’s going to be a while before she gets back. I hope we can pick up right where we left off when she gets back.

I’d better get going… more forthcoming, including July 4th plans.

We got like 2 inches in an hour!

I just got home from dinner with Kyle tonight, it was snowing off and on and we joked about a delay or something with the schools tomorrow, he might be right, we have about 2 – 2 1/2 inches of snow in our driveway right now. It’s the nice, light, fluffy stuff though so I’m not sure that the wind won’t just blow it off the roads later tonight. We’ll see.

Erin’s watching a movie right now, nothing I’m particularly in to so I’m just cruising the net and thinking about going to bed soon.

I got quite a bit done at work today but I still have a big pile in front of me, I might go in a bit early to stay ahead of the game. That may change when the alarm goes off tomorrow morning early.

The basement is pretty much completely dry now, at least with the ground freezing up again, I don’t have to worry about it happening again for a while.

I ate way too much at dinner tonight so I think I’m going to head to bed.

Not quite how it was planned

I woke up Sunday night to an awful racket. Sort of a “ca-chunk” followed by the sound of running water. I had no idea what it could be, I got up to investigate, the toilet was running. Odd, I couldn’t have flushed it from my deep slumber. I opened the tank to see a broken valve. The water was going to just run until this was solved.

Broken ToiletI managed to finally get the shutoff valve to close so that it wouldn’t run all night but that still left me with a toilet that really didn’t work. At 2am, I honestly didn’t care nor did I consider what I would do in the morning without a toilet.

I woke up, realized my predicament and finally just resorted to using the toilet, turning on the valve, under the toilet, flushing and then turning it back off. Not a great way to live. Unfortunately, the management of my apartment only works from 1-5 M-F, it was 7 on a M and I needed it to be at least 1 on a M.

I arrived home early on M, taking time off of work to make sure that everything went smoothly. After arriving at home, about 315 in the PM on M, I found a note on the office door. “Sorry, we’re cheap, can’t afford two managers at our two properties, I won’t be around this week, I have a cell phone the number is _______, please only call in case of an emergency.” Sorry? Please sir, you’ve got to do better than that. I called, a broken toilet when you live on the second floor and have an iced tea problem is an emergency.

So about 330 on M I called the manager. He said he would get a hold of the maintenance man and get back to me, because for some reason just giving out the maintenance man’s phone/pager number would be too hard. I got a call back about 5 minutes later, the maintenance man was at his other job and wouldn’t be able to be there until at least 715 on M. This sets me off pretty much, he has another job, I respect that, but doesn’t this qualify as an emergency. Am I really supposed to go without a toilet for more or less 4 hours? Screw that, I’m going to Ace and get the parts myself.

Fixed, no problem at all, toilet repair isn’t that bad actually. At 630 on M, after finishing up, cleaning up, and making a delicious dinner for myself, I called the manager to tell him that I had it fixed, don’t send the maintenance man. I think he was pretty much ticked. He can get over it. I feel much better now.

Vacation Day 1

I took off the rest of the year from work (except for 15 minutes via the web on Friday/Saturday at the end of the month). 11 days of no work basically. I have some plans, painting, relaxing, cleaning, etc. I’m going to try to blog about each day at it goes.

I planned to wake up early today, head to the bank and then head out to finish my Christmas shopping before it got too crazy out. Didn’t happen. I woke up at 1045, I finally got out of the house at 1130, the bank closes at 12 and it’s 35 minutes away. I made it to the bank. Then I headed off to the mall. Everyone else got up before 1045 or didn’t have to go to the bank because they were already there.

I think I literally walked a quarter mile to get in the place. I headed to my first stop, sold out. Second stop, long lines but they had what I needed. Third stop, longer lines but they have staggard lines (half close to the door, half a little farther back) I ran to one of the closer to the door ones, around about 6 other people, and got out quickly. Did I break a rule or some kind of social more by doing that? I don’t care particularly, it’s Christmas time and it’s every man for themself.

I’m back home now and totally just relaxing, while doing some laundry, I need to clean the house but I’m just not in the mood today. Maybe late tonight or tomorrow, or next week.

Relaxation.

After outting update: Erin and I went out with Kyle tonight. We ran into my grandparents and they even bought us dinner.  Nice. We headed out to Best Buy and the mall. It’s always an adventure, though we didn’t go to Penney’s for towels (inside joke). All in all it was a pretty good time. It’s raining out now but the night was great with great friends and always interesting conversation.

Christmas Vacation is on Tivo now, my favorite holiday movie after A Christmas Story. What can I say, I’m a little demented. I’ve enver seen White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life, so I go with what I know. Heading to bed soon so I can do nothing tomorrow but football and chillin’.