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I hear the fat lady singing

Posted by joeabbott on November 30, 2014

Well, it’s nearly over: my vacation of a week off is just about done and I’m looking back at my time off. It’s been a nice vacation that has had its ups and downs, but rounded out as very enjoyable. Let me put into perspective what it is that I did.

WP_20141127_002First, what I didn’t do. I didn’t do a lot of work-work. Usually when you’re off just a few days, you keep an eye on work email and help move items along that only you have context on. It’s not required but it is a quiet norm and one that I follow. What made this past week off nice is that I’d covered my bases on work-hand-off, and with everyone out for the Thanksgiving days off, it meant there was little to no email traffic for the last half of the week. Nice to be able to completely forget about work!

My various prior posts cover a good number of the days: time doodling about with Suzy, getting the house ready for the holiday (decoration-wise), there were the two service calls (one resulting in a couple of industrial dehumidifiers … that are still running … in our home) and the other from Comcast, and then there was the snow and cold.

WP_20141127_003The snow and cold have kept us from setting up our outside deer. This is less to do with the snow and more to do with the cold, as it’s just darned unpleasant to work in those temps. The cold has also conspired to keep me out of the garage and away from my workbench!

In the case of shop-time, it’s less about the cold than it is the other projects going on. I’ve long since learned that I’m not good “sharing space”, and I always end up stumbling over the pile we intend on getting to the Goodwill store, I’ll knock over the bulb and fuse box I have nearby, or the old stereo cabinet will be right where I need to walk … all while spinning blades and lots of sharp items are at hand. It’s a bad combination that I chose to avoid this week. There always seemed to be the hope of finishing up those other things later and having time to get on projects “later”, but it wasn’t to be this week.

I played some video games, or one game in particular, and I plan on a more elaborate write-up on that later. It was fun and diverting but a few of the defects in the game have got my attention and I’m now fixated on the problems. I know I have a “just quit when it’s no longer fun” motto these days, but it’s still enjoyable as I play through a second time as a different character type.

One item I hadn’t previously reported on is the new chair that we got! We purchased a recliner for me a couple months back, but they were putting custom upholstery on it and it got caught-up in some port work slow down or other. Anyhow, it’s here now and perfect for enjoying a seat in the front room in preparation for reading or gaming or whatever! A couple things make it a little less perfect right now: we have the industrial dehumidifiers roaring away right next to it, and we still don’t have the couch we got along with it.

The couch not being there means Suzy doesn’t have a place to land when I’m sitting in my new chair; it also means that we don’t have the final layout. So, before I start fiddling with the perfect light and the right table nearby, I’m waiting for that couch to help me “build my nest”. The new couch should be here the first week in December … let’s hope the port work slow downs don’t delay it too long!

IMG_2578Oh, and the reason for the replacement? It was twofold … while we loved the old couch it really wasn’t comfortable for two people to sit on to watch a movie and it needed to be reupholstered. A single person lounging on the couch was more than fine; it was great! And if you had to share with three or four others, you could all line up and have a decent perch. But two people relaxing on it? Just didn’t happen comfortably. And we did try to get it reupholstered … there’s a growing rip on the top of the “cushion” … but it was outlandishly expensive. As in three-times-the-price-we-paid-for-it expensive! So, sad as it was, we bid this one farewell.

imageAnd the last thing that I did was get in a bit of blogging! It has been a long time since I enjoyed telling daily stories, so it was nice to get into that routine and I won’t give it up that easily! I have the post on the video game I’m playing, a post on our holiday decorations, and I still have a day or two of vacations that should be fertile field for additional stories! It may be a little while before I get them all done, but they’ll be coming!

Today I plan on seeing if I can’t get a few deer out, we have a family friend in town and we’ll spend time with her, and I need to get to bed early for so I can start December out crisply at work tomorrow! Hurts to say it, but there it is.

Thanks for continuing to drop by and we’ll be in touch!

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One Response to “I hear the fat lady singing”

  1. momma said

    Enjoyed the whole darn thing a lot, Joe. Thanks! Momma

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