February 2009

22. February, 2009 - too much excitement
16. February, 2009 - Not even a month

After the election last November, I wondered to myself how long the honeymoon with our new president would last. Turns out the answer is that it didn’t take a month for him to start disappointing people. Seems inevitable when you consider how high expectations were in some quarters, but that won’t stop me from feeling the odd bit of schadenfreude now and again over the next four years.

Does that feeling make me a lesser person? Well, it’s probably not an embiggening emotion, but I think as long as I try to minimize the neener-neeners, I’ll be okay. That said, well… neener-neener!

9. February, 2009 - warm-up

It seems that our January Thaw this year is running a bit late. Made for some very nice days this weekend, in any case. Of course the problem with it getting above freezing this time of year is that at some point, it’s going to get colder again, and while that doesn’t seem to be due until later this week, there’s freezing rain happening not all that far from here. Careful on the roads, kiddies.

Full Library
The full library

In spite of the nice weather, I spent most of the weekend (and Friday, which I took off from work too) indoors. It’s nice out, but it’s not that nice out. Plus I need to get things buttoned down indoors before life gets busy in the summer. To that end, I worked on the library some. All the boxes of books are unpacked, except for one or two which are hiding behind other boxes in the basement, and most of the furniture is in place (I still need to find a day-bed or something I can use as a guest-bed, but that’s not going to be a critical issue until I have a guest). The room is pretty darned nice. A few more things on the walls, find and unpack the rest of the books, organize things a bit, and I’ll be ready to call it “done.”

And that’s got me thinking again about what my next project around the house will be. I had planned to completely re-do the bathroom, almost doubling it in size and adding cool new fixtures, but the expense on that might be more than I want to tackle at the moment. Maybe it would be best to just bide my time and work on smaller projects like getting the ground floor and basement of the house cleaned up and sorted out. That could be a nice lead-in to the garage sale I’ve been pondering for a few years now. I know I’ve got too much “stuff” and maybe it’s time to get rid of some of it so I don’t have to keep moving it from room to room as I tackle various projects.

But at the moment, the much more pressing business is getting all the tax stuff bundled up for the accountant, dropping that in the mail, and getting to work for the week. Which I guess I’ll get started on now. Have a great week!

4. February, 2009 - Making progress

Yeah, it’s winter. And yeah, it’s cold again (though that’s supposed to change tomorrow as we get some more melting). But surprisingly, I’ve been a little productive around home lately. Last weekend, I managed to clean almost all of the “stuff” out of my library, so it’s just got books, and furniture and the things that belong there. I still need to figure out where to store the extra shelves for the book-cases and unpack one particularly troublesome box of books, but it’s almost turned into a real room.

On the Roomba front, after seven consecutive days of successful cleaning missions, it seems to have gone into a slump. I’ve now had four days in which it failed to complete its rounds and make it home to its charging station. But the upstairs is significantly cleaner than it has been for years, and that’s largely due to the little robot that sometimes can. I was ready to buy one for the downstairs (in part because it would prompt me to pick up the clutter), but with the recent failures, I think I’ll be waiting a couple more weeks. I also want to research the battery life issue. Sounds like the batteries are only good for two years and cost $70 to replace. That seems a little steep, but I can probably live with it.

And that’s about it for now. There are signs of spring on the way, such as the Bud Shootout this weekend and pitchers and catchers reporting in ten days, but we’re still solidly in winter here in Minnesota, and that’s going to last for a while yet. I expect my updates will remain spotty, but I’ll try to do better than January’s three.

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Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:02:26.