Archive for July, 2008

Jul 31 2008

Perhaps, blood?

Published by under Media,The Fam,The Man

The Man is in the living room watching There Will Be Blood, a movie in which I have zero interest.  I didn’t watch Deadwood either.  Anyway,  The Man claims that this movie is really, really boring, which makes me feel pretty good about my decision to opt out.  However, when I asked him what he planned on doing tonight he told me “I’m going to watch that movie.  Um, There Might Be Blood?”  And then I laughed.  Because all I could picture were a bunch of passive-aggressive oil barons.  As for my night, I went to my Grandma’s, and my sister was there too.  It was pretty fun.  All we did was sit around and talk, but I like sitting around and talking.  J-bird brought some leftover banana birthday cake, which was yum.

We’ll be going up north in a couple of weeks, which means I’ve had to get my List Of New Reading Material together and narrowed down.  I’m taking four books with me, I hope.  I hope I can get them all.  My local Barnes and Noble sometimes lets me down.  Anyhow, this is what I’m going to get:

I’m so excited for new books!

OK, I can hear people yelling on this movie The Man has in, and I have to say, there is a lot of God-themed bellerin’ in this flick.  “I am a false prophet!”  “I am a sinner!”  “I abandoned my boy!” OK, that one wasn’t God-themed, but he was made to holler it out in church nonetheless.  Add to that the soundtrack of ominous, discordant violins of doom and it sounds like a REALLY ANNOYING MOVIE.

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Jul 24 2008

New system of septic.

Published by under House Renovs,Photos

I know I’ve been The Suck at updating, but if you could see my backyard, you’d understand.  No, scratch that, you are going to get a breakdown in pictures of what’s happened to our yard in the past few days.  I took 84 pictures total, but I will cut it down for you and your Internet connection.

This is kind of what the yard looked like before we started doing anything.  We had to take out that blue spruce, a smaller spruce behind it, the apple tree (partially seen on the left), and a large elm tree that died this year.

Here’s The Man working on taking down the big, dead elm tree.  Not shown: Me and Chris hauling brush and logs out of the way.

The next day the actual workers showed up to begin working.  They removed all our stumps for us, and it’s a good thing, because the elm stump took a bulldozer and a backhoe to get it out.

This is only one of the like. . . ten truckloads of fill dirt that was brought in to raise and level our yard.

Big hole getting dug for the new tank to go in.  That guy is standing up in the bottom.  The hole was actually too deep, but only by a couple of inches.

Here’s the new tank going into the ground.  I love all the different trucks they have to do different jobs.  This one has a nifty winch/crane deal on it.

After they got the tank in, they spent a lot of time leveling the dirt.  They got it really nice, level, and smooth.

And then they dug it all up and started putting in the trenches and pipes to build the drain field.

We’re on the third day now.  The inspector came and went, and everything is copacetic, so today they are bringing in the topsoil and finishing it off.  Then we have to either plant grass, or just leave it alone and let the weeds and crabgrass come in.  It’s a tough call at this point.

But I am SO GLAD this is done.  Do you know how ridiculous I feel for being so happy that I can do more than one load of laundry or one load of dishes a day?  If I have to do more, I CAN.  IT’S SO LIBERATING.

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Jul 17 2008

Bad planning.

Published by under In The Kitchen,Outdoors

For the past two days I have chosen to do things that didn’t mesh well with the high temperatures and humidity that we’ve been getting here in mid-Michigan.  Yesterday I went to the grocery store.  When I came out, it was 94°F, according to my car.  I’m sure the inside temperature was more like 1265°.  And what did I have lots and lots of?  Frozen food.  No ice cream, luckily.

Yesterday I also tried to use my clothes line for the first time, regardless of the fact that the humidity levels meant the clothes would be dry someone around next Tuesday.  But that ended up not mattering, because not an hour after I got them on the line, thunder started to rumble in the distance and a big ol’ thunderstorm moved in.  My stupid desktop radar lied to me!

Today, it is once again really hot.  However, I chose to try canning for the first time.  I really couldn’t put it off, as I had all this fruit, and I’m going to visit Mackers tomorrow.  So, I canned.  And I have to say, it took a long time for the small amount that I did.  I decided to stick to something very, very simple, since trying a new technique and a new recipe all at once seemed like a Bad Idea.  Hence: syrups.  I ended up with six jars of strawberry syrup and three jars of blueberry syrup.  That’s a lot of syrup for a house that doesn’t eat a lot of pancakes.  But, I’m planning on taking one of each to Dr. Mom and Moll, and I want to give some to my sister.  The Man only cares about the strawberry, so as long as I leave him two jars of that, I’m good.

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Jul 15 2008

Oh no, I’m going insane.

Published by under Stupidity

Have you ever had one of those moments, where something isn’t working the way you expect, and you’re so flabbergasted you start to wonder if something’s gone wrong with the world?  And then it turns out that no, you’re just a little dumb.  I just had one of those moments.  I wanted to plug my headphones into my laptop.  I grabbed my headphones, which were conveniently sitting next to my laptop.  I stuck the headphone plug into the port – or tried to.  Either the port was way too big or the plug was way too small.  Either way, it was not a proper fit.  I just sat there, trying to figure out how this had stopped working in the day since I had last used my headphones (and please understand, I was still trying to plug in while working this out – not my smartest look, probably).  Had the port broken?  Had some integral piece managed to break off and fall away, leaving this (relatively) gaping hole?  WHY WAS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?

Then I actually looked at what I had in my hand, and it was not my headphones.  It was, in fact, a cell phone headset.  And while that is a very understandable mistake to make, I still feel like maybe someone should be watching me to make sure I don’t accidentally hurt myself with sharp things.

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Jul 14 2008

NO way.

Published by under Media,Rants,Snippets

Is anyone other than me annoyed with the Toyota SUV commercial that shows this family driving all over creation?  Like “Let’s go to the beach!” “No, let’s go downtown!” “OK, now let’s go into the mountains!” “We did the mountains, now let’s go camping!”

Gas is expensive!  It costs me around $40 to fill up my tank, and I drive a 4-cylinder car with an 11 gallon tank!  These people are blowing through like. . . $200 because they can’t decide where they want to hang out for the day!

I want to strangle them.

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