I’m sitting in a local Starbucks, for coffee and Wi-Fi access.  A lot has happened since my last update, which I hope to blog about again.  The holidays came and went, we sold our house and bought a new one and are now trying to do some important repairs updates before we move in.  I think it would have been interesting to record my stress levels during the past four months, but sadly, I was too stressed out to even think about doing so.  OK, let’s be honest, it would probably be a spiky, upward-trending graph that only now has finally started to turn around.

Mostly, because this week, I finally caved in and started calling a bunch of different contractors for electrical, carpentry, plumbing and heating work.  Up until this point I had believed I could do most or some of the work to help offset costs and because, well, how hard can it really be?

Without going into all the detail that I don’t have time to blog about at this instant, the past seven days have been a roller-coaster through the complexities of buying a 42 year-old house where it has become exceedingly clear that the original (and only) owner did *nothing* to update the house, not even a fresh coat of paint.  We are coping with the interconnectedness of all the utilities in the house, and there is so much work needed that I had to transition away from doing it to become the general contractor.  I’m sure I could blunder my way through some of the work, but I had to admit to myself that I didn’t have the patience to wait for me to do it all.

On the positive side, besides some relief of pressure, I now have more time to plan for things like the new home network and media system.  Anyone have recommendations?  Stay wireless or install structured cabling?

Ah well, my time is up, mustn’t keep the contractors waiting.

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Sadly, you are not a monster

by mike on October 19, 2010

in Humor,Kids,Video

Yes… I love the Old Spice advertisement and the copycats, and the voicemail generator and, of course, the video in this post.

In other news… I have to admit I’ve lost the will to blog!  I *want* to blog, and even though I’ve got a whole list of topics I want to talk about, they never make it to publication.  Heck, I haven’t been on Facebook in weeks, and until 2 months ago I was on virtually every day at least to see what all my friends were up to.  As my friend Jimbo would say, “Real Life 101″ is keeping me busy.

There’s LOTS of work to do at work.  The kids have entered a phase where the 1.33 year-old son is getting very “clingy” and the 3.5 year-old daughter needs to be engaged almost non-stop.  And by the time I’ve got time to think about a post, I’ve got very little inspiration or creativity left.  And lately, even when I try for something more than 5 hours of sleep, like 7… I still feel like I got run over by a Mack Truck.  I can feel the stress of the “holiday season” building up, which I think began back in August when stores started to sell Halloween junk.

On the bright side, the kids make me happy.  They can both *really* turn on the charm and cuteness, they greet me like I am the very best thing in the world to see when I drag my tired ass in the door and at the end of the day, that helps to ease the weight on my shoulders, if only just for a little bit.

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We No Speak Americano

October 5, 2010 Video

I was bopping around some of my favorite links and came across this video at Jimbo’s site, ParkwayReststop. The last several weeks have been tough — lots of work, and then the last thing I have energy for is putting thought into blog updates.  Best laid plans, and all that.  But hopefully with some alterations [...]

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Silently screaming

September 14, 2010 Humor

I spent an hour in my dental hygienist’s chair today, wondering about the state of affairs of Dentistry. I can distinctly recall a time when a dental check and cleaning took half an hour, involved 5-10 minutes of some mildly-painful poking and scraping, 10 minutes of polishing with some fluoride gunk, and then maybe 10 [...]

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HULK SMASH ALL-IN-ONE PRINTERS!

August 24, 2010 Computing

Today has been scarred into my memory. When I came home today, my wife reminded me that she couldn’t print anything from her computer.  The printer (which happens to be an HP C6150, one of those “all-in-one” printers) is fairly new, maybe a year or two old. So off I go into the basement, with [...]

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Delicious Links

August 13, 2010 Computing

Here’s a quick list of links that I gathered at my Delicious account this week.  If you’re not already using Delicious, you should at least know about it — it’s a great tool for cataloging all the links that you collect.  Extensions exist for Internet Exploder and Firefox, which add buttons to your browser’s toolbar, [...]

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