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Thursday, June 7, 2007

And To That I Say Phbbt!


I Farted!
Well, that's the kind of look she's got (if you ask
me) in this picture. Always a little cutie she is.
It's been an interesting 24 hours since the last post. We've basically had two windstorms, a little rain, and random activities.

While I'm not feeling overly verbose tonight (it's been a bit of a pattern lately, it seems), I'll try to keep things interesting enough to justify a read. It all started last night around 3am. You'd have thought the house was falling apart by the noise of the wind. It was incredible. Very little rain (just a few sprinkles for us), but a load of wind. That probably lasted about 10 minutes or so, and then things settled down again for the night. I didn't notice too much damage from that bit of a windstorm, but it was still enough to keep me awake for a while. I think it was around 4am when I finally got back to sleep.

I guess that's why I overslept by about a half hour this morning. Yeah, that's my excuse. :)

We had another set of storms roll through early this afternoon. Same sort of deal, a load of wind. This time there was more rain (at least at home), but it again was fairly short-lived. Things are at least supposed to calm down for a few days now. That'll be nice. Only noticeable damage was a bit of an apple tree we share with the neighbor (at the property line) broke off, so if that's all that happens...not so bad.

I was pondering whether or not to play the old NES tonight, but then I decided instead to break out the Atari and play with that. It'd been at least a year since my last endeavor with the Atari. And it was good. I can't play the Atari (or any particular game for that matter) for terribly long because of the controller design and how it makes my thumbs hurt, but I did enjoy my near hour or so of game time.

Not everyone can play an Atari on a 32" TV, either. At least not in the year 2007. :) I remember fondly the days in college when I got the old Atari working again. Sure, everyone had a PlayStation or whatnot, but I was the only dude with a genuine Atari. And it was good.

While I was playing the Atari tonight, the chloride truck came by and did its thing. I was a bit surprised that they came by at around 8pm to spread that on the road, but in a way I was glad because I'd not ever seen that done before. So the road got sprayed and I got to see it done. As an added bonus, tomorrow there will be significantly less dust stirred up as people fly by our place on the road. Sweet.

I'm not such a big fan of paying the bill for this 'service,' but it sure is nice to have done. Last year's application was more or less effective until the early fall, so that's cool. Hopefully this will be as good.

Anyway, it's yawning time now, so I think I'm heading for bed. Check out my recent del.icio.us posts on the right-hand side. If you read this post within a week or so of this, you should check out the Ball Thrown Backwards at 100km/h thing. It's a bit long (three minutes or so, but it's really seeming long because you can't understand the language), but is fairly easy to understand. And cool, too.

Until next time...

--MZ

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Insert Title Here

So I'm a bit devoid of ideas for a title -- fill in your own as you see fit, I guess.

In random news, Kirstin is 12 weeks old today. Next week Thursday makes three months. Crazy. :)

I had a most productive day at work, oddly enough. It just seemed as though I was flying through stuff. Of course, the fact that I was able to chop away at several small projects (rather than spend all day working on a single project) makes a big difference there. It's all in perception. So that was a good way to end my work day, by looking at all of the stuff I was able to complete.

When I got home this evening I decided to finish mowing the remainder of the lawn. That took about an hour, and I was fortunately able to get it done before we get any more rain...which is supposed to happen here into the early morning. Nothing as of yet, but we'll see what happens. After I got the lawn mowed, and knowing that it's likely to rain again, I decided to finally put up the one section of rain gutter that I'd taken down last fall when I replaced a fascia board on the house. I didn't want to put it up for the winter (due to the snow), but I'd not yet put it up this spring. So I re-attached it and set up my other downspout extension. Should be set now.

Short of that, I really don't have anything interesting to ramble on about tonight. I've just been keeping myself busy, so by the time I sit down to write these, I'm getting to be quite tired. Speaking of which, beauty sleep is calling...so until next time...

--MZ

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tipsy Tuesday?


What?
If this isn't some sort of mischievous look, I'm
not sure what is.
Not really, from the drunken perspective. Although, my head was certainly spinning enough today at work with all the various things going on.

It's days like today that make me wonder why anyone works; at the same time it's days like today that give me all the drive to continue working. Very strange. Does that qualify as an idiom?

Anyway, by the time my work day ended, I was glad to come home to the relatively mindless lawnmowing task at hand. I was originally hoping to wait until later in the week to mow, but 3" of rain throws a bit of a wrench into that situation. I didn't get the entire yard mowed, but all of the important parts are done, and there's only another 30-45 minutes remaining. This probably won't get done until later this week at earliest, though, depending upon the weather situation.

I sat down and played the piano more today than I think I have in the last month combined. It was kinda nice to just stay somewhat mindless tonight. I also watched a lot of YouTube videos of accordion players (one guy from Sweden is particularly good). Yeah, I'm a dork.

Anyway, I really don't have much more to share right at the moment, so I'm heading in the direction of bed. Until next time..

--MZ

Monday, June 4, 2007

A Garden Is Planted

So it's true, the garden got planted today. And tilled up again.

It was good to spend a few hours outside after work. All three of us were out and about; it was a pretty good time...and the garden got planted. :)

I also had a pretty killer asparagus pick tonight. It's amazing what a three-inch rain will do for the stuff, combined with cool (not incredibly hot) temperatures. It's getting to be the end of the asparagus season, though, because it's harder to pick the non-woody spears (and while the spears are getting longer on average, the non-woody parts are significantly shorter). So, I figure there's another week or so left before it's good to simply let it go. That's fine, though, because I've currently got enough in the fridge for about three really good asparagus meals...and I'm sure there will be more.

Aside from that, not much really new here. Got my haircut as expected (it's amazing how much can grow in just a few weeks), so I'm set for a while again. No more afro-Matt. That's good for everyone.

Anyway, I can't keep from yawning anymore, so I'm heading for bed. Until next time...

--MZ

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Just Having A Good Time


Just Having A Good Time
Beth was 'doing the monkey', which usually gets
her to smile a lot.
Well, today was more or less like a normal Sunday, with the normal Sunday routine. Nothing terribly special about the happenings of the day, unfortunately. But that's alright.

We did manage to (all three) spend some time outside this afternoon, though. Beth and I transplanted flowers into planters and hanging pots to decorate outside a bit. We bought them all last weekend while in Alexandria, and seeing as how they're all full sun plants (and they were in the kitchen, where it's a bit dim during most of the day) they were starting to quit growing some...so it was time to take care of that.

So a few weeks time will make a significant difference. They should fill out and look pretty good. In other completely random news, I just finally got the small bug out of my right eye. It flew in there during the afternoon planting, and I'd been trying to get it out all evening. It finally happened. Hooray!

The water levels are going down pretty well I noticed in many areas (especially where there wasn't much collected) today. There's still standing water around (I noticed several acres underwater on the way to church this morning), but it does seem to be going away. There's no more water coming up through the basement floor either, so that's a Good Thing. In fact, most of what came up has already evaporated.

So one of my 'hopefully' projects during the next two weeks is to get the basement cleaned out. If that project gets done, I would be a very happy man. I'll have to store some of the basement stuff elsewhere (like the shed or the garage) for a while (until the sump basin and whatnot gets installed, which will be this summer sometime), but the basement needs a significant cleaning. So we'll see what happens and/or how that goes.

Anyway, I'm heading for bed. I get a haircut tomorrow (finally -- it's been five weeks and that's about a week too long, but that's another story), so I've got to get up and out of bed about an hour earlier than normal because of it. I need my beauty sleep...yeah, something like that.

Until next time...

--MZ

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