Too busy to blog

Posted: September 25, 2005 in Uncategorized
Things are starting to get back to normal around the house, and the wife and I are both back to putting in our required 110% efforts at work. Of course, "back to normal" basically means taking care of improvements around here. My MIL came by today and worked her fanny off in the jungle just in front of our house, and cleared out enough foliage to fill both the King County-supplied yard waste can, plus another 32 gal. can. The small area in front of the living room window was very busy…it had a lot of thought in planting by the previous owner, and there were a lot of great plants, but it had overgrown…so many plants were pulled, and lots of cutting back was done, so it looks sparse in comparison to before, but also looks so very neat and tidy. I spend quite a few hours a week taking care of the yard, but mostly in mowing, weeding, edging, etc…it’s so nice to have somebody else come in and really rip away at this yard. Someone is getting a really nice night out for dinner soon…
The wife and I worked this weekend on getting the kitchen cabs painted. Silly me, I pulled almost ALL the cabinet doors before she got home and informed me we were just doing the one section, and I only need to pull off eight doors (d’oh). So everybody sees our lousy dishes and what kind of crap we ingest. Spent hours today taping the section to be sanded/primered/painted. She did the sanding and painting (I always seem to suck at that part), but my taping job was too excellent to allow a screw up and paint the un-intentioned, so we make a pretty good team.
Game night was tonight! It’s actually great to get a bunch of people together, lots of food, some beer/wine/wicked-good whiskey and play board games. C’mon, Xbox is just too detached and intense to compared to a game of Pictionary or Scattegories or whatever…once the buzz starts kicking in, the banter becomes more fun than the game itself….but then, that’s what the board games were originally designed to do (sans alcohol, perhaps…). With so many hours logged into Quake/UT/HL type games, this is a real fun gaming escape. Interaction with people can’t be beat…which when you think about it, Rocket Arena was one of those things that was supposed to be something like that, but it really isn’t at all (I can hear Quakers shunning me aloud as I type…).
Been trying to get my MCE machine to do the whole hands-off, scheduled maintenance thing, but defrag never seemed to work…I saw many websites like the highly regarded LangaList saying I need to create a batch file and schedule that to do a defrag, just like many other websites advised…but the scheduled defrags were still running 12 hours after starting on a machine that had been manually defragged already! Those defrags should have finished within a few minutes!  Maybe it’s cuz SP2 does certain things different, who knows. It took awhile, but I think this totally different solution did the trick. And it was a bit more simplistic, too.
Didja ever want to write something, vent about what’s really bothering you, but fully aware that you can’t cuz of the people who would read your blog? I have, just about every day lately. Anonymity seems to work for some people…

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