Stressed

I’m stressed out. I’m so stressed out that I took a 5 mile bike ride tonight just to clear my head, if was a bit warmer and I wasn’t sick, I probably would have enjoyed it more but it was a bit of a help.

Work has just been going like crazy lately, but it’s not the good kind of crazy. I’ve got to go to Ohio tomorrow so I’ll have some peace once I get on the road maybe. Then Thursday it’s right back to the grind.

I planted some carrots and cilantro in the garden here at The Green last night, those both should be ready to harvest by Memorial Day or even a little before maybe. I’m ready to plant other stuff, but its still early yet.

I’m trying to find some new music, I’ve tired “what’s hot” on all the lists lately, Vampire Weekend, Owl City, etc. Not my thing really, basically all of their songs sound just like the last one. My music is just getting a bit old, I want a refresh. The summer of ’95 was magical for music, Morrisette, Oasis, Green Day, Weezer all came into my consciousness. I need another summer like that one where I can load up on music for another 15 years of enjoyment.

I’m still sick, I can’t seem to shake the head cold I’ve had over a week now. Maybe I just need more rest.

Sick

I’ve been sick the last two or three days. Some kind of death cold that Erin gave me. The good news is that she’s been taking pretty good care of me, bringing me food and drinks, and making sure that I rest. I feel much better today though so i think things will be getting back to normal.

I’ve got tons to do at work this week so who knows if I’ll be able to rest any this week really.

Spring is coming on pretty good now here at The Green, the garden is tilled and setup, I’m just waiting on warmer weather before I plant anything. I’ve also got some grass seed and wildflower seeds down, we’ll see how those do.

I feel like I worked a day and a half today

I went in early today, trying to get a head start on things. I got a ton done today. I was there about 9.5 hours but it felt like I did more than I do in 12 hours. I’ve still got some stuff left to do but for the most part I think tomorrow will be a relatively easy day.

I read something tonight while I was thinking about writing this and it totally struck me as amazing.

When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

I have no idea why that had such profound meaning to me but it just struck a chord and rocked my world.

Here at the The Green things are actually pretty quiet, chili for supper tonight and just chilling in front of the TV for probably the 4th night in a row. It’s not bad but there’s part of me that feels like I should be working on something, there’s always something to do here. I guess I’ll just get through the pile on the weekend, hopefully.

It’s been a long day

Today was one of those days that started off with me getting up a little too late and then got worse from there. I wasn’t “late” to work but I don’t think I was really on time either. I just can’t seem to get enough sleep this week really.

Right now I’m training to be a sawyer at work too. I’ll be running the bridge saw cutting the stone slabs down to the pieces that will be eventually edged and polished by my CNC machine or one of the other machines in the shop. It’s yet another one of those things that I say “Man, I wish I remembered more geometry from high school.” Remember kids, pay attention to just about everything in high school and college, you never know where you’ll end up and what you’ll end up doing. So now I’m sort of doing two jobs, it definitely keeps me hoping around, but I’m always happy to learn something new.

I got an email from one of our clients late today that basically means I’ll have to work a little late at least one night this week. Oh joy. I don’t mind, honestly it’s nice to work in the quiet shop, just me and the machines, no other distractions like phones and people to bother me. It’s a big order and that’s always good for everyone.

There’s still water in the basement here at The Green but it seems like it might be going down a bit, so hopefully it’ll be dry by the weekend. The snow storm for tomorrow is pretty much a non-starter, the one for early next week is still a bit too early to tell. Let’s hope.

Winter can’t be over!

It’s been warm the last few days here at The Green. Raining too. So basically the foot of snow that we had on the ground is almost gone. They say that there could be an inch or two tomorrow night and then there is talk out there on the weather nerd forums that there could be a storm coming later in the week after that. Maybe even a huge storm coming around the 1st of March. We’ll just have to wait and see about all that though.

The one big problem with all the melting and the additional rain we’ve had is the fact that the basement here at The Green has bit of a flooding problem. It’s not a “water coming through the walls” problem so much as its a “water comes up through the floor” problem. So when we have rain, the floor isn’t wet for a day or so, time for the water to soak in and then come up under the floor. The joy of the spring fall is indescribable. Tonight I’m dealing with that problem, it’s still soaking in to the ground so basically anything I try to do now outside of running a few fans and squeegeeing the floor now and then is moot. Later this year though I’m going to reseal the floor and see if I can make some progress that way.

I’m going to miss winter actually, I love driving home a little early from work that one or two days of the season where the snow falls quickly and it’s wet and heavy enough that you can’t quite get up to speed on the highway. The car in front of you is throwing a little wet snow off it’s tires and there is an eerie silence even when you’re in traffic. I love the quiet still of winter, in summer there’s usually locusts and dogs barking. Winter though, even when it’s a little too warm and humid, is usually quiet and even the smallest noise pierces through the air.

We’ve got some interesting stuff coming up in the next month or two, baseball is starting, I think we’re heading to Avenue Q at Purdue soon, and who knows what work will bring.

I’ve got plenty to plan to do around here, repairs to make to The Green, flowers to plant, landscaping to do, should be a great spring/summer coming up. I’m just not quite ready to start it all yet, bring on the blizzard!

Only 1 star, does that make me unpatriotic?

I’m sitting down in the basement tonight, jamming, surfing, basically just messing around and wasting the only free night I’ll likely have this week.

Last week Amazon gave away a bunch of patriotic music for Veteran’s Day, I just got around to listening to it, I just gave The Star Spangled Banner 1 star and then when Come on Eileen by Save Ferris came I gave it 2…Does that make me a terrorist? Or at least a little be unpatriotic? I don’t think so, here’s why: I use stars to build my playlists, 1 star is something that will never show up on my random lists of music. Either because I don’t like it or I don’t want to hear it necessarily while I’m driving or at work. Thus, I am not a terrorist.

This week is going to be extremely busy at work and there’s still tons to do at The Green. I’ve got about 35 hours of work to do between now and Friday afternoon. I think I’m going to book it through the next two days and see if i can slack a bit later in the week and still get it all done, if not I’ll stay late on Thursday too probably.

I’ve got an eye doctor and dentist appointment tomorrow so that’ll take a little time away from work but I need to go to both desperately.

So much work left to do…

It’s getting towards the end of the year again. Winter is coming quick.

The leaves are almost totally fallen here at The Green (new name for the house I think), at least in the backyard. Our Maple is almost totally bare now, the Beech tree refuses to give its hoard up until its entirely too cold and snowy to do anything about it. I’ve got plenty of leaves to clean up though, our leaf blower died last weekend and Sears says it’ll take until at least December to get it repaired. Oh joy.

I’ve got plenty left to do though: There’s windows to seal from the drafts, gutters to clean out so the driveway doesn’t flood with ice in January, the garage needs cleaned out so Erin can park inside and we can get the snow blower in there, and probably tons of other stuff I haven’t even thought of yet.

There’s so much left to do to prepare our home for the winter that I know is just around the corner even though I still feel a warm breeze now and then. The sun that I catch on my way home warms me through but I know when I get out of the car I will certainly freeze again.

It seems that fall isn’t what it used to be, there’s no more crisp morning with a hint of leaf smoke in it, no long evenings outside with a fire or working in the yard. Sunrise and sunset seem to coincide with leaving for and returning from work. I miss childhood and the innocence from time that you get, it doesn’t matter when you start or stop playing only that you get enough in before dark comes. Now it seems that I just try to get through the day and prepare for the next one.