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.

Getting back into the swing of things

I think that the best way to move forward with this blog that is approaching 10 years old now is to give you a quick (very quick) update and then move back into the journaling that made this site was it once was.

Update since the last “real” post: Saw about 8 Indians games. Got married to Erin 09/09/09. Let it Be by the Beatles was “our” song, found out on the honeymoon it was written while Paul was on drugs and Mary came to him in a dream. Went to French Lick for the honeymoon, gambled with $30 walked out an hour later with $30. Spent all summer working on the wedding and the house. The backyard grass is growing nicely. The front yard looks like crap. Money dried up for working on the yard/house early in the summer. Work has been up and down, I work on the stone CNC machine now and pretty much love working with machines and my hands now. Setup the Man Cave in the basement over the last 2 weeks and now have everything pretty much where I want it. Became entirely sick of politics, health care, the wars, etc., I just don’t care anymore really right now.

OK, so now that we’re up to date, sorta, let’s move forward.

Today was the first day that we’ve needed the furnace. It was 68 in the house when Erin got home, of course it didn’t light or even turn the blower motor on. Called the guy and found out that yet again the transformer went out, fixed, warm again.

The CNC has been having problems all over the place lately. Today I fixed the halo water and then broke the spindle water, that may not mean much to most people but suffice to say that I fixed one problem and created another one. This is all on top of the electrical problems I’ve been having with it. It never ends.

I mowed today, the grass wasn’t too long but more importantly I got the leaves picked up.

Today was also the day that I finally broke my lease at the apartment. I’m getting my deposit back and 2 days rent as well, if I would have known that they were returning the rent money I would have broken it a week ago. Oh well, a little found money is just as good I suppose.

In a few days I should have everything put away from the apartment and feel totally moved in I suppose.

We still have to write thank you notes, 3 weeks after the wedding, is that too late? I guess something is better than nothing right?

Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12.

via Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch – Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com.

This will clear the House today most likely.

Anyone want to take a bet that when June gets here they will delay it until December? 2010? Seriously, lets move on. You gotta make the jump, some people are going to be left out in the cold, lets get them out there and then deal with them getting back in.

How should I say hello again?

I’m back, at least for now. I’ve said many many times before that I’m back and that the long delays between postings is over, this time I mean it, for now.
I wondered when sitting down to write this post how I should write it, should I jump right in and continue on as if the last 3 and a half months hasn’t happened? Should I try to catch you all up on the entire summer? should I just give up and accept that the last post of this blog has long since been published and the 210,000 words I wrote over the last 8 plus years were the last I would write?
I think I’ll do a mix of all three actually. I’m not sure that I have it in me really to sit here at the keyboard and pontificate, procrastinate, and whine my way through post after post about everything and nothing.
Over the summer much has happened. So much has happened that I honestly can’t remember it all. I enjoyed my 20 pre-paid Indianapolis Indians tickets immensely, we went to 8 games I believe. All but the final game of the season was great. The final game, we scalped our tickets for less than 25% of the face value and had great ribs at Famous Dave’s.
Erin continues work on her house. It’s coming together really well and honestly looks amazing! When I first walked in to the house I wondered how it would ever be fixed again. She did it.
Work today was definitely different. Our monthly meeting was today, it was interesting to say the least. I think there might be some changes still forthcoming in the next little while that could affect us greatly. We are still on the cusp of either doubling our size or staying exactly where we are and just gearing up for the busy fall season that no one seems to ever understand except the 500 or so people that will buy new counter tops this year.
Things with me over all are pretty good to be quite honest. Erin and I started Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University this fall. While we have only been to one class thus far, I feel like we are making progress in our relationship and with our money. It’s about taking control of your money, tell it what to do instead of being told by it what to do. My goal is to have my $1000 baby emergency fund completed before the class is over in December. I have also called and reduced my credit card interest rates and actually canceled 2 of them. The others will follow soon I’m sure. I have a quickie budget finished and actually have started taking it a step further. I realize that I am very lucky to be where I am today, my problem has always been that I didn’t have a plan for my money. Now I’m working that out and want to be ahead from now on.
So that was pretty much all over the place. I promise you no less in my future posts. Hopefully you’ll be back to read this soon before I post again.

A short but HUGE update.

I feel I should update you all on what’s been going in life in the past month or so. Here’s the short list:

  1. Bought a car, new to me but used in reality.
  2. Erin bought a house in Tipton about a mile away from me.

There a huge details to go into both of these but I thought that I should at least note the events here.

On the car front, I basically had no choice but to buy a new one, I was having doubts about the car making it anywhere day to day. With over 140,000 miles on it and a huge dent in the front fender it wasn’t a pretty car but even so, now and then it would die for no good reason when backing up and there were so many caution and warning lights on the dash that it looked like a Christmas tree.
I knew that the new car was coming but one day I was fed up enough and found something that I did kind of like that seemed to be a reasonable price. I did some wheeling and dealing and got what I think was a good deal. Not great, I would have rather had a bit lower payment but I’m OK with what I got. A 2003 Dodge Durango, dark gray with running boards, bigger tires and alloy wheels. Its perfect for me, I’ve always had small cars, Cavaliers, Sunfires, etc. and now for me to have a truck is absolutely great. I love the size of it, the feel of driving down the road and not feeling like I’m sitting exactly on the road. I love to drive it.

The other big news and probably bigger news is that Erin bought a house in Tipton. A two bedroom, one and a half bath room house in the older neighborhood of Tipton. Older neighborhood is a good thing, I mean the neighborhoods that have been around a while, large houses and well groomed yards. She’s currently working on fixing it up the way she likes it. There are hardwood floors to be finished, walls to be re-plastered and painted, everything to be checked and rechecked. It’s a big job but she’s handling it remarkably well, all the stress of buying a house and remodeling it can’t be easy to deal with and she’s surviving just fine.

So my life has had some big things happen in the last month or so. I’ve neglected to tell you all for no other reason than I just haven’t felt like blogging much. Not because I don’t want to share, but more because I just have been lazy about sitting down and typing it all out.

There’s more excitement to come in the next few months of summer, plenty of baseball games to attend and who knows what else. Stay tuned loyal readers, there are still some of you out there right?

Only a guest now…

I went somewhere the other day. I walked in the usual door and said the usual hello’s and how’s it going’s. Nothing out the ordinary really. I went down the hallway as usual, except on the way down, I realized there was no where for me to go down there. I was a guest, I was just someone there to sit in the common room and share the company of those that are always there.

Of course I’m talking about my house, not where I live now but where I’ve lived for most of my life. Home. It was a weird feeling. I didn’t have a room to go to, a TV of my own to watch, all that home stuff that you take for granted. I was just a guest comign over for dinner and conversation. I wasn’t uncomfortable really, it just felt weird.

My old room isn’t even the same anymore, sure the furniture is gone, I knew that would be the case, but now the walls are being painted and the carpet is being torn out to make room for new colors and textures. I knew that things would change, I guess I just didn’t expect them to change that fast really.

None the less I’m happy with the way things are going, apartment life is treating me well and I’m finding my groove with things, laundry, cleaning, chilling, all that is finally working out.  It all just takes some adjusting.

Snow Day!!!

This is what I saw This is what I saw this morning as I looked out the window. Fortunately, IUK is closed today. So it’s now almost 3pm and I have yet to take a shower or really do much of anything other than play on the computer. Last night I stayed up extra late to finish studying for my Psych test… which of course now I don’t have. It’s been a pretty boring last few days; the weather has been basically keeping me in the house and junk. Oh well, I guess I should go do something productive… maybe I’ll pirate a game or somethin…