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|Thursday, March 6th, 2008|
If you haven't figured it out, my plan to separate personal family stuff has pretty much failed. I'm going to mostly retire this journal, and do everything at www.sevesteen.com
|Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007|
|How many trips
First trip: Get the drain plumbing needed to hook up the sink and disposal.
Discover that over the years the disposal sat not being used, significant parts have corroded away. Remove old disposal from the sink.
Second trip: Buy new disposal.
Discover that I should have left part of the disposal attached--I didn't need to completely remove it, as the new disposal uses the same mount. I need plumber's putty to redo the mount I could have left.
Third trip: Plumbers putty, and while I'm there I remember to get the clamp thingy for the cord.
Discover that I can't find any wire nuts. I know I've got dozens of them somewhere....
Fourth trip: Wire nuts. Picked those up on the way to work, so haven't had a chance to figure out what else I've forgotten.
Edit: After the disposal was hooked up, I was looking for something completely unrelated. I found a box of at least 100 assorted wire nuts....
|Monday, August 13th, 2007|
Home Depot had 8 foot sections of the countertop material I wanted for about $20 LESS than 6 footers in the same type and style. I'm re-using the old sink base for now, with the eventual plan to build doors to match the ones on the new drawer base. Not putting a dishwasher in yet, but I'm going to leave the space and get the plumbing set up.
|Thursday, August 2nd, 2007|
I just bought some stuff at the ghetto Walmart near work. There were a bunch--Not one or two, a bunch--of kids riding bicycles up and down the aisles near sporting goods. WTF?
|Tuesday, July 31st, 2007|
I've decided to separate my blogging a bit, and (hopefully) increase my general-audience blogging. This one will remain, mostly stuff that would be boring if you don't know me already. Sevesteen.blogspot.com
will be commentary and hobby stuff, that might potentially interest someone who doesn't know me.
|Monday, July 23rd, 2007|
My mother in law is one of Bella's favorite people. Bella recognizes the sound of her car when it parks. Or rather, she recognizes the sound of a Dodge Stratus when it parks. Yesterday we were walking the dogs when a Stratus parked nearby--Bella got all excited and didn't want to walk anymore until she saw that it wasn't anyone she knew in the car.
|Saturday, July 14th, 2007|
|Sunday, July 8th, 2007|
Being on vacation has helped tremendously on getting the house in shape. Got the garage siding finished--I left the slightly scorched soffit in place, at least for now. Also finished up the siding on the side of the house between the new kitchen and bathroom windows. I mismeasured, and wound up with two extra pieces.
Re-did the porch gate that Dad thought was ugly.
More progress on the bathroom, too. Ran the gas line up to the attic for the gas dryer (which broke yesterday...The igniter went out, again. Fairly easy to fix, but annoying) and water lines for the washer and dryer. While I was looking into a hole in the wall to see where pipes were routed, I saw a big pair of green eyes staring back--Charlie had decided to explore.
And today, finished framing the tub, and all the pipes and valves, and have the non-tub walls in place. Pipes look like a mess, since I didn't plan ahead all that well, but they work. The bathroom might be functional tomorrow.
|Monday, June 25th, 2007|
I think I've finally figured out how to reliably smoke chicken (and probably other meats...). I smoked 4 chickens and a batch of chicken breasts, none of them burned or dried out.
My smoker is a large barrel-type grill with a separate side firebox. You can grill in either or both sections. To smoke, you build a fire in the side firebox, and put wet wood chips in a container on top. This time, I also kept a can of water boiling on top, to moderate the temperature and keep the meat moist. Kept the main chamber temperature at around 275 for several hours, took the chicken out when it was at 180 degrees. Wound up tender and delicious, with pink smoke color all through the meat. Tastes great with no other seasoning. Almost all the work is tending to the fire and wood chips, and the meat tastes just as good re-heated (or cold on a salad) so when I smoke, I want the grill as full as possible.
2 of the chickens were on roasting stands, two were just tossed in the grill. The ones on stands cooked quicker, with a bit more flavor and a lot more color throughout. I found more stands today at Home Depot, so I bought two more.
Your Score: Zombie Master.
You scored 74% survivability and 60% kickass-ability!
You were born for z-day. Not only will you be killing zombies left and right, but you will be leading the other survivors. You will be the one making decisions and the person who is looked to for advice. Congratulations.
|Monday, June 18th, 2007|
|Bikes and Dogs
We've started walking the dogs via bicycle--Drive to the river, and ride along the bike path while they run. Oralia started this when she walks the dog to save her sore foot.
Today when we let them loose, I took off kind of fast. Bella kept looking back at me and speeding up. I'm guessing I was up around 20mph+, Bella was running for all she was worth--I finally stopped when she started foaming at the mouth, after about half a mile. I don't think she's used to me keeping up.
Angie appears to have decided that bikes aren't fair, and she's not going to participate. Normally she runs right with Bella, but she hangs back and just walks--She'll finally speed up and run when we get off the bikes.
|Saturday, June 16th, 2007|
For some reason, Angie has decided that the best time to eat is right after we go to bed. Of the two bowls of dog food available, she wants the one nearest the bedroom door. She doesn't eat quietly.
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
| So, sevesteen, your LiveJournal reveals...
You are... 25% unique (blame, for example, your interest in practical pistol shooting) and 25% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy music). When it comes to friends you are lonely. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.
Your overall weirdness is: 59(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 93% of other LJers.)
Find out what your weirdness level is!
(Thanks to areawoman
|Sunday, May 27th, 2007|
Came home around 9 and sat on the porch. The police drove by slowly. Then they drove by again, slowly. Then from the other direction, then they sat in the alley for a minute or two--All in all, they spent 45 minutes or so driving slowly up and down our street.
Went to Walmart afterwards, and saw a dumpy woman riding one of the electric carts...with a distinct 5'oclock shadow.
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007|
|Sunday, May 20th, 2007|
For the first time in 6 months or more, I don't have temporary dental work, so I can eat caramel again! Wasn't all the same thing--An old root canal that should have had a crown years ago, a recent root canal, and something else that I can't remember anymore. They'd take impressions and prep the tooth, and put a temp crown on. When the permanent one came in, it was time to prep the next tooth for it's crown...I think I'm finally caught up--Hope so, because I've used all my dental benefit for the year.
I love Sugar Babies, because a little Halloween-sized bag (probably leftover from Halloween, but I don't care...) is enough to be reasonably satisfied. As soft as they are, they are enough to pull off a temporary crown. Pulled one off with Sugar Babies, pulled one off (and bit it into pieces) with Mike and Ike.
|Wednesday, May 16th, 2007|
|Friday, May 4th, 2007|
I'm doing my old job (onsite tech support) in addition to my current one, in addition to various other things. Don't feel sorry for me, this still doesn't take up the majority of my night.
Anyhow, had a call the other night from a security guard who was complaining that when he left his computer alone for too long, it would make a noise and freeze. He wasn't actively using it for anything then, just watching a mainframe terminal session. We talked for a while about random things while we waited for it to make it's noise. He bumped the mouse and typed...
"nope, not frozen yet".
"It makes a noise?"
"Yup, a sort of whiny noise"
"OK, why don't we leave it alone and wait for the noise"
...another couple minutes of pleasant conversation, he bumps and types again
"Still not frozen...I don't understand, usually it won't go but a few minutes before I have to restart"
"Probably best if we wait for it to make the noise before we check on it"
(repeat two more times)
"Doesn't look like it's going to do it while I'm here, call back if it does it again..."
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
I just got a call from my wife--She was walking the dogs by the river, and they cooperatively herded a Groundhog back to her, close enough that she had to poke it with a stick to make it stop.
Even though I've worked in the corporate world for years, the bureaucracy still astounds me. I volunteered to dispose of old Y2K documents that were marked "Discard after 4/07". I assumed that would be physical work--Separate the pages from the 3 ring binders, and dump them in the shredder bin.
Not hardly--There's a corporate process.
First, I need to order specific boxes that come 12 to a carton. (I might need 3, 4 at most)
I need to print out specific labels, and place them on specific places on the boxes.
I need to identify our corporate records coordinator.
If we don't have a records coordinator, I'm supposed to fill out another form, appointing a records coordinator. Since I'm a peon rather than a chief, that might be a problem.
I need to remove the records from hanging folders or binders, and pack them in the banker's boxes, unless the binder is part of the records.
Enter the employee ID of the records coordinator (who doesn't yet exist).
Temporary box number
Retention schedule code
Record Name, Description, Media Type.
Records Span From and To (Not sure how this is different than Alphanumeric Range)
Corporate box number (not sure why I need a temp box number, if I'm going to need a corporate number before I can send them off)
...to throw away records that had no purpose after 2000.
We will then get a record of the records we turned in, which I suppose will eventually become a record we will need to dispose of under the same procedure...