Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday

Sweetie went shopping early then we got everything out of the kitchen. Painted walls and tiled to back bedroom. Completed phase one, living room is almost done. Kitchen tile tomorrow; i have two boxes left.
We had baked potatoes with chives and salad and grilled steak ooh ooh good. Tigers are getting slaughtered....

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday after yestreday's watching the fireworks with my bride

...wow...
"did the beam", apinted it (used tape) and will wait til tomorrow to see if it needs another coat.
...wow... spectacular

Me and the Missus rode out to Menards and found lots of fun things:..before that we picked out cabinets from the Home Depot in Brighton. Sweetie changed her mind again but these are 20% off the clearance so we're excited.
60" island, 35" sink, 2" cabinets, 18" cabinet next to the stove, and our lazy susanne for the corner. Also, the all-in-one sink for $174  more doing, that's the power of the Home Depot.
Feeling weird lateley, but i can get back on my water pills to take the swelling out of my leg/ankle/foot. Ate alot to-day but i'm humgry at 10:45 hmmm....


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here, below
Praise Him, above, ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

I am clean and scraped of face and well fet. I have slept soundly and am greeted by the morning-birds-who-love-to-sing (and who are all naturally sopranos). There is gas in the vehicles and beer in the fridge; the grass is cut (courtesy of my new Weedeater, with the Briggs and Stratton Engine), and the world is awakening.

I have been tiling the living room mostly, for the better part of three days, also some trim and such. Everything has glue on it, the floor is frightfully uneven, but I'm blessed to be able to use my hands to better our home.

Time for Uncle Herschel!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday

Sweetie is off to-day but this time she let me sleep in and took laundry to Brighton. I started painting the living room and hall walls and cielings. Twiggy green and cozy cottage! I also got the kitchen and long hall ceiling done. So, ceilings are done except for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Cleaned my brushes, put my tools away, and enjoyed burgers and salad with my bride.
Clean clothes, a ful belly, a JV two0hetter, cold Nattys, and Nick Jonas crooning...life is good.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday

Sweetie was off yestreday so we had an early Dragon Court breakfast and then off to Home Depot for paint and pricing cabinets and sinks. Painted interior walls and ceiilings, patched some walls...
Up early this morning for a Hamburg Coney breakfast (where the food is fast, hot , and good) then back home to await the Nielson people (shhh....). Chemire, Dave, and the heavily-scented woman made sure we were ok. Then back to Home Depot from a gallon of the celing paint to replace the gallon I spilled yestreday. Then to Lowes to price cabinets.
We also picked out a white enamal sink and coll ass faucett.that wil match our copper backsplaceh material. Ate White Castle snack between box-store visits.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday that week...

Cable is all hooked up and we also had our Nielson interview. After that, we explored the far-off land of Ikea for what seemed like ever, but we got good ideas and almost made an impulsive buy for the kitchen. Had a balanced Ikea meal and then home to Mario and Rod and the Hi Def Tigers. JV was again stellar (leads MLB in "quality" starts) and Avila and Boesch provided the pop. Hod some salad before bed (along with tons of chips) but my leg seems to be doing better.
Met Sweetie at Hamburg Coney (where the food is fast and hot) and sent her off to work with a list in my hand! To Krogers first then build a slo-cook pot roast. Si and me are on the deck listening to Nirvana and life is good. Will come up with lots of distractions to avoid going under the trailer, but this is my fate. And sure my fate will be the same as mine. Cool, cool breezy night (glorious sleep)
By the time I'm up at 6, the birds have long been up and Si is ready to be out. She's quiet now, enjoying the wood decking like I enjoy a baby-boomer era sealy posturepedic with a couple of comforters and my feather pillow. Boy am I spoiled?!?

Friday

Got the cable and Neilson interview yestreday. After that we explored the far off country of Ikea for what seemed like ever, but we got good ideas and almost made an impulsive buy for the kitchen. Had a balanced Ikea meal and then home to Mario and Rod and the Hi Def Tigers. JV was again stellar (leads majors in quality starts) and Avila and Boesch provided the pop. Had some salad before bed (and, of course, tons of chips) and my leg seems to be doing better.
This morning we had breakfast at Hamburg Coney (where the food is fast and hot) and sent her off to work with a list in my hand! To Kroger first then built a slocook pot roast. Si and me are on the deck listening to Nivana and life is good,. Will come up with lots destraction to avoid going under the trailer, but this is my fate.And sure my fate will be the same as mine.
Cool, cool breezy night (glorious sleep). Been getting up at 6:00 sharp, the birds have long been up, Si is ready by then to go out. She's quite now, enjoying the wood decking like I enjoy a baby-boomer era sealy posturpedic with a couple of comforters and my feather pillow.
Boy I am spoiled.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Day Home Wednesday

Ate breakfast with my sweetie at Hamburg Coney (where the food is fast and good) then kissed her off to work. Hot hot hot...ordered cable (Charter) and began the Master Bedroom Breaker project. Began also the Slider Screen project and finished it, praise God! Cleaned out the shed also.
It stayed cooler in side than out doors until evening when it got up to 92 inside except our bedroom was cool with the little window air unit (-8. We hung a sheet in the doorway to keep the cool in, cooked brats; sweety got home about Tiger-time and we talked in the cool of the bedroom til the game ended (finally, ... lost to Texas )-8) Slept well in the air next to my sweetie.
Up at 6 the next day and off again to breakfast at Hamburg Coney (where the food is hot and fast) and then to Wards to continue the Master Bedroom Breaker project. Back again and we can order a replacement, thank you, Jesus!!! Cable guy has come and gone so now we'll be ablt to tune in to Mario and Rod, both of whom have sons recently drafted by the Tigers.

Wednesday

First Day Home

Had breakfast with the wifey at Hamburg Coney (where the food is fast and good) then kissed her off to work. Hot, hot, hot...ordered cable (Charter) and began the Master bedroom breaker project. Began also the slider screen project and finished it, praise God! Cleaned out the shed also.
It stayed cooler inside than outside utnil evening when it got up to 92 inside except our bedroom was cool with the little window air unit (smiley). We hung a sheet in the doorway to keep the cool in . Cooked brats while sweetie got home about Tiger-time and we talked in the cool of the bedroom til the game ended (finally; lost to Texas). Slept well in the air next to my sweetie (smiley)
Up at 6 to0day and off again to breakfast at Hamaburg Coney (where the food is hot and fast) and then to Wards to continue the Master Bedroom breaker Project. Back again and we can order a replacement than you, Jesus!!
Cable guy is here now so soon we'll be able to tune in to Mario and Rod, both of whom have sons recently drafted by the Tigers.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Good food, good baseball...

Thank you, LORD, for this food; please bless it to our bodies, and bless the hands that prepared it.

We fed ourselves well tonight on asparagus, potato salad and pork.I made only my second batch of potato salad ever and it turned out so good, with the help of foodnetwork.com. Landlord's grill never dissapoints; we used roasted garlic in the marinade on the pork...melted in the mouth.
Papa Grande is one big hotdog, Miggy is like a big kid always smiling and having fun. They're fun to watch, especially while eating well.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Brother Gary in Urbana...

I love you...miss you bro

Black Plague

Return to your monastery if you feel betrayed, or join us and do God's work.

Exams, Day 3

Friday.
Last day for students of the 2010-2011 school year.
One of the school board members just bought me breakfast and reminded me to save room: his wife was bringing in a cake to celebrate a colleague's retirement.
There is no more real coffee near the staff pot, only decaf...yuk.
Dropkick Murphys make up for the lack of caffeine. (I still don't know how to spell that word.)
There is an aid that works with the special ed kids in my morning math class. She was willing to take the darling 8th graders to the gym, God bless her.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Exams, Day 2

FST is the affectionate, shortened version of the title for this course; it stands for Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry, and one can clearly see the reason for the desire for some sort of abbreviation. The remaining scholars have begun the measly three-page test; seniors have already departed weeks ago and three scholars asked to take this exam early for various reasons. One girl just stopped showing up months ago. The room is silent save for the muted sound of my typing (not the clickety click stupid noises computers make in the movies) and random sniffles and coughs. These juniors have all recently presented a lesson for their fourth quarter project and done wonderfully...to-day we will see how much they remember and can regurgitate. Nice kids, all. Trudy is brilliant and asks questions about things days before we 'cover' them in class.Danny is polite and mostly quiet but will laugh insanely at any spontaneous random time. Chicken moved up here from New Mexico and has made friends with everyone by virtue of his friendly demeanour and quick wit. He's quite a gifted scholar also. Ni-Ca is quiet but asks real good questions and is one of those tough students to read because she never responds after I answer the question...like " oh, ok, i get it" or "ooooo don't get it, try again", or even "i'm sorry, your ridiculous choice of color combinations in your outfit really distracted me, could you repeat that?", ... something, please!!
Bradly is a great thinker but tries too hard with the puns sometimes. He's got himself the King of all Calculators and has taught himself a good deal about how to use it when doing functions, trigonometry, and (of course) statistics. Tyrone would rather be somewhere else and lets me know this daily, in spite of a decent math's aptitude. I made him promise if he got through this year in good shape that he'd never take a math class with me again. Madjesty is brilliant and asks tough questions that I can't answer sometimes. She used to get mad when she didn't understand something (kind of like how I do when there's no more pizza left, or if the Tiger bullpen gives up a game), but she's been more civil of late. Justly is a runner and really nice. She used to come get help like every morning before school and the grades reflected her increased labors. Amity is also very bright and could teach this class but occasionally just doesn't do an assignment or two. (I've found this to be the case with brilliant folks as well as with folk of average intelligence: we all choose to be either lazy or dilligent, and some of us choose both!). Lindy is studious, pays attention to detail, and is fun-loving. The work she turns in is some of the best in the class. Bile is another extremely gifted mathematician but is extremely lazy. He consistently does the absolute minimal to get by, but can get average grades without really trying (which seems to satisfy him to no end).  I look forward to working with most of these scholars in the future, Lord willing.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

...last week of school

I'm sitting at one of the desks in the K-12 office waiting for copies of the geometry final i'm giving tomorrow. The desk used to belong to one of the secretaries here; she now is working down at the other end of the building for our Superintendent (may he live forever). So this desk is cleared off now, except for my HP EliteBook 8540p, and it's weird. The copier in the Student Services office (SS) is not unlike the 'main' copier that most of the high- and middle-school staff has been using for the past several years, and is now being phased out by a newer, slicker model from another company. The newer, slicker model has been a wonderful beast of burden for us all (it'll staple a big old test wherever the hell you want it to!) for the past few weeks undoubtedly. To-day, though, I noticed some symptoms that were not unlike symptoms Robby the Robot began exhibiting when the Robinsons thought he was all that. I was making copies of my Advanced Algebra exam, a meager single-sided 7 pages (compare to the 19 page double-sided bitch for Geometry =) and right about the end of the jam, what do ya know but the Alert! beeps begin chirping and the Danger! display shows me the 27 spots where there are papers jammed inside. Now I'm no rocket scientist, but should a brand stinking new machine be jamming in 27 places after only a couple o' weeks work?!? So I follows the directions as best I can and tries to remove all the paper. It took about 1500 opening and slamming parts of this machine I had no business exploring, but finally I heard an agreeable hum and away she started again. (It must be said that the whole 'fixin it' process took about 12 minutes or so...enough time to get me breathing hard, cursing loudly, and sweating profusely.)
After one more complete copy damn if the beeps didn't start again and here we were all jammed up like logs on the Mississippi. But this time, I knows what I'm doing - I'm virtually an old pro!!! - so I begin the loathsome ritual once again, this time taking only seven or eight minutes. The paper was hot, but not streaked. There are other options, I remind myself, and ponder this for future jobs.
It's time, now, to photocopy the big-ass Geometry final. Options: retry the new, slick, recently-twiced-jammed lounge copier, remove to the Media Center (where there are way fewer jams, but the copies come complete with streaked black artwork non necessarily budgeted for which has, in the past, obstructed the actual print on the pages), or really remove to the Student Services Office, where I hear tell that copier NEVER jams.
You don't have to guess which option I chose, and my little rambling herein is the result. 20 perfect copies all in the time it took to type this!! Praise God!!!