Disassemble house, insert couch, reassemble

Some of you might know that we live in an older home, approaching 100 years old actually. Apparently 100 years ago, they didn’t have large sofas, and therefore didn’t arrange the doors to allow for them to pass through. So we disassembled part of the house to put the couch in.

Our back porch has several sliding doors, these come completely apart, as in the screen and both doors, so I took those out. We have a large window in our living room which is basically the one way in and out for anything large in that room, so that was gone too.

Our last couch was this red monstrosity that we bought about 5 years ago, it was cool when we bought it, something just odd enough to suite both of us. After about a year, Erin might say a month, we decided that we really didn’t like it. It just didn’t sit right and we never really got comfortable in it. We brought that one in through the window too. It was pretty light, I would say it doesn’t weigh more than 75 or 80 pounds. We took the cushions off, and basically shoved it through the window and carried it out the porch. Piece of cake.

When they loaded the new couch on to the truck, it was two regular looking guys who basically just lifted it up and laid it down. Piece of cake.

After the red monster was gone, we looked at the brown beast, as we would soon know it. Since our new couch has two recliners built in, this thing weighs quite a bit more. Like 200-300 pounds. I lifted on end and knew we were in trouble.

Thankfully our neighbors were outside and offered to help. The four of us struggled for 20 minutes getting the thing in. After putting every thing back in order in the living room, it was definitely nap time.

2 hours later, I decided the brown beast could stay…

And it was good.

We bought a couch going to a baseball game

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We had a pretty good date night last night, it started with a morning walk to the farmers market and ended up at The Vic.
Tipton has started a farmers market, this being the first week, we wanted to go and support the cause. We got some dog treats, fresh sugar snap peas,, and some of the best homemade bread I’ve ever tasted! This stuff was amazing, the lady told us that she had milled the wheat format on Friday and fresh baked the bread. It was just so sweet and chewy and just perfect. Definitely going to be on our frequently visited booths list. On our way back home we stopped by the plant store, picked up,some begonias, like 48 of the to be exact, we got those planted out back in a bed that we’ve long neglected, now it’s starting to look pretty good.

Once we got all that done, we decided we needed mulch, a quick trip to Lowes was in order. On the way, we were talking and the Indians game came up, we decided to go, the game didn’t start for another 4 hours or so, we figured we could load the mulch up, head back home, change, and make it with tons of time to spare. No problem.

We left a little earlier than we had even planned though, we were going to be there about half an hour before the gates even opened, let alone the first pitch.

You see, there is some major road construction going on in Hamilton county, on US 31, Major Moves I believe it is called. The intersection at SR32 and US31 is due to be reconfigured next year i believe and as such they are closing some local businesses at the corner to allow for the new interchange. A furniture store is one of those effected. Erin and I were thinking about stopping by for quite a few weeks, but it’s one of those things that we never seem to get around to, we decided to finally stop and look around. Not planning to get anything but just see how good the deals were and if they had anything that we might want to check out.

About 5 minutes after walking in the door, she sat down on a couch and decided it was perfect for us. I totally, 100% agreed. It was the right color, size and everything, heck, it even had a recliner built in to each end. Perfect.

So we bought it.

Of course we couldn’t take it with us downtown and set everything up to pick it up this morning. After that we headed downtown and watched a great Indians game.

Definitely a change of plans from what we started that day with. It was awesome.

This morning, I went to pick up the couch, that’s when the fun began again. More on that next time…

Woohoo!

This has been the most exciting and eventful few days that I can remember. First off we had all the holiday madness, friends, family and all the turmoil as usual. We had a good Christmas and got some great gifts. But after all that, like two nights ago it all got a little weird.
I’m sure most of you know that I’m on twitter (@gibb626) and pretty active within my one little group. I follow about 300 people and its mostly reciprocal. I “speak” with probably 15-20 regularly. Jim Irsay is someone I follow but he doesn’t follow me and I don’t speak with him at all. Until Tuesday night. He posted a riddle and the winner got a trip to Hawaii and the ProBowl.
I won.
Seriously, yesterday I spoke with his assistant and they are working out all the flight and hotel details, but we’ll be spending 5 nights in Honolulu and the end of January! Erin and I are both still in shock a bit to say the least.
The answer to the riddle was “one hundred forty characters” the question was basically a long tweet that had the numbers 1, 4, 0 and the word characters at the end. It wasn’t that hard but it wasn’t that easy either. Tons of people got it right after me. I was lucky.
After Irsay declared that there was a winner but that they were working on determining exactly who it was, I started to check to see if it was me. I was flooded with tweets that said i had won, of course not from anyone with any authority but still… People were saying I’d won! I was wired. Did I mention it was after 11pm and Erin had work the next day? She didn’t quite believe what I was talking about mainly because she wanted to go to bed and secondly because I think she thought my Twitter fascination was a waste of time. But I didn’t really care, I thought I had won and I had no chance of actually sleeping until the real winner was announced. Irsay then tweeted that they would announce the next morning.
Kyle and I headed the Steak N Shake to kill some time. I got home about 2:30am. I laid down and stayed awake all night. Waiting…
The next morning at 8 I moved to the couch to wait. At 10 I got a direct message that they thought the winner was me but they weren’t announcing for sure yet. Well that pretty much made me twice as excited, phone calls went out to friends and family with the caveat that it wasn’t official yet. At 2pm I got another direct message this one was a phone number to his assistant to setup the travel arraignments. Moments later he announced it on Twitter. I was flooded again…

The other big news is that Erin and I are moving forward on our Debt Snowball. Yesterday we also paid off the next in the line. We still have a ways to go but since this was our first big payoff, I think now this is just the start of really getting the snowball rolling. It only gets bigger as it rolls along.

Another trip to Ohio

I went to Ohio for work again today. Just another delivery, nothing out of the ordinary. I found a Chipotle in Richmond so at least I have a good reason to get done early so I can stop there on my way back now. Man I’d missed those carnitas bowls. $1.80 for guac is a bit much though.

After I got back to work, I didn’t have much going on so I went home to mow the yard. Man that was a mess, I haven’t mowed in like 10 days, it was half way up my calf in a few places!

Erin and I are working on finding ways to replace wheat flour in our eating lately. She’s been a little funny with wheat lately, not a gluten weirdo yet, but not “normal” either. Tonight we tried rice flour and corn meal on some fried cubed steak. I think the rice flour was pretty tasteless honestly, the corn meal though left a nice crust. I think we’ll do both again sometime.

We got some groceries tonight and now we’re just chilling in front of the TV. Life is good today.

A week later basically

I haven’t written anything in my book the past few days so I’m not even sure I remember much of what went on the last week or so.

Work has been pretty slow lately so I’m not sure there anything exciting there for now. I did work from 230am – 2pm on Thursday, had a deadline to meet and wanted to get everything done on time. That made Friday a short day too which was nice.

Saturday Erin and I headed down to Seymour to see Greg at camp, we had fun just being outside and seeing new things. erin was absolutely thrilled at the chance she had to go down the zip line. She was grinning the rest of the day. We did get to see some good storms on the way home too, we stayed dry but it was moving towards us as we were coming around the east side of Indy.

Sunday I got two big things accomplished. First, I washed my truck. Washed it good. I took it to the do-it-yourself place and powerwashed the bugs and junk off the front. Then I took it back home and got the bucket and sponges out and went to town cleaning it. After that I hand dried it with a chamois and then let it air dry the last bit. Then I worked on the tires and wheels and got the glass sparkling clean. I waxed it after that and Rain-X’d the glass. Looked perfect. I went to the grocery store after that, of course it rained just enough to spot everything up. I didn’t rain at our house, but 6 blocks away at the grocery store it did. Nice.

After that, I was on the couch doing nothing. It was wonderful.

Monday I went to Ohio for work and relaxed at home a bit.

Today was another lackluster day at work and I’m just chilling tonight.

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.

Like a one-armed paper hanger

Bananas, Oranges, and Yukon Golds

Man I’ve been busy the last few days.

Yesterday and today were incredibly hot at work, the heat index was over 90 by 10am today. That’s insane! I think it was up near 100 later in the day too. Thankfully some rain came by and it got a bit cooler.

Green Beans, Cukes, Berries, and Romaine, the dog bones were ours.

Erin has been a little sick so up until today its been a little hectic at home too. Probably the biggest news around our house is Hoosier Organics, we signed up this week and got our first box yesterday. The gist is that you sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of fruits and/or vegetables that are organic and as local as possible, so you’ll get seasonal stuff as well. This week we got oranges, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, yukon gold potatoes, romaine, green beans, and cucumbers. All delivered right to our door, bi-weekly in our case. I had an orange today at work, perfectly sweet and tart at the same time. We had the green beans and yukon golds tonight, man they were good. I sampled the berries last night and they were pretty good too. I think so far they are doing a great job for us.

I’ve wondered lately about my former writings here in parable. Is it just passe? Is writing this, writing in that rhetorical voice just overdone and tired? I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the transition from a free writing space to a daily journal here, perhaps it can be more of both, individual posts could be a combination of both or just one type of writing.

I’m heading to Ohio tomorrow for work, should be a nice drive, not sure what I’ll get into when I get back. I don’t even know if I have plans this weekend yet, I’ll find something to do I’m sure.