Now, having said that again, to start off this This and Thats post is a blurb from a draft I wrote back in December, after I made my decision to back off a bit.
- "In my first year and two thirds, 2009 and 2010, I posted at an amazing rate of about 20 posts a month. I took to it quickly and buying our first house at the same time gave me some material to work with. In 2011 I slowed a bit to about 8 or so posts a month on average. I think I realized how much time I spent on posting crap. 2012 and 2013 - coincidentally have 99 posts each. I found my rhythm. This year was on the same pace, perhaps a few more even, until something... changed. Changed in that my computer, 10-15% of my normal 24 hour day, took a dump on me. Changed how I looked at how I spent my time. Changed because I wanted it to. Hell, I needed it to." - Scoakat's Blog draft from December, 2014.
- My most recent post was on a day we reached over 70º F, we haven't been even close to that since. Mother Nature has given us more snow on a few occasions, and I have had to get back out some winter gear for the temperatures. This week we are to settle in with highs mostly in the 60's. Hopefully it can finally be - and stay - spring.
- I bought a power washer a few weeks ago. I liked the gas powered ones a lot but I didn't feel I could justify the higher cost and maintenance for the few uses a year it would get so i got an electric. I have assembled it but I have not tested it yet, the temperatures have not been warm enough to start anything. It looks like next weekend I can finally test it out and get started on our foundation - cleaning, sealing and repainting before the flowers come up.
- We bought two very nice new floor lamps for the living room recently so the living room is almost how we want it to be. We still need a couple nice end tables to replace the very cheap temporary things I bought a few years ago. And we need to get rid of my La-Z-Boy recliner, it is just too big for the room (and not the best for my back). We need to replace it with a different kind of living room chair, one that fits and matches the space we are creating.
- We also bought a very nice light fixture for the bedroom (pictured above). Before, there was just a plain, white ceiling fan without a light. Since we've had the house I would often hit the switch wanting a light to go on, even recently still, so it was time to get rid of the little used fan and replace it with a nice light fixture. We could have gotten a cheap but adequate replacement like we did in the other bedroom, our office, when we moved in, but we wanted something nicer. My wife pointed out one or two of this style and eventually I really warmed up to it. It was for sure expensive, but it looks great in there I think it is worth it.
- My next two big projects are to look up tree removal services to utilize in the very near future, and to start looking for a new car. I want both done by summer, and hopefully done by the end of May, my next extended time off from work. I also have a new shelf to assemble downstairs. I write that now to remind myself to do it, it's been down there waiting for 2 weeks.
- The new Nightwish album will be released in the US on Tuesday. Amazon says I should receive it that day so it should be here when I get home from work. I can't remember anticipating a new release like this in a long time. Of course, I've had it free from the internet already for about a week, but I do not want to listen to it yet. I want the CD so I can hold it and read it and follow along with the lyrics, like people used to do for a much anticipated release. These days most things are leaked early and shared, long before the artist intended.
- I've noted here before how it is a pretty good time to be a sports fan in Wisconsin, and it still is. The Wisconsin Men's Basketball Badgers have reached the Final Four for the second year in a row. They play Kentucky next Saturday in a Final Four rematch from last year when we lost to them by one point. The Badgers are better this year than they were last year, I think they can get by Kentucky and go for the national championship! I'd love to see that happen but it will be tough, only one team in the tourney ends with a 'W' and only the best are left. (Congrats to Michigan State, too. May we meet in the championship game!)
Thanks for stopping by and checking out what my wife and I are up to. I have high hopes, as we do every spring, but our to-do list this year is very specific and there is much on it - and it is to be done very soon.
We also have enough fun things scheduled out that I'm sure I'll have more to share here in the coming months. Weather permitting, of course, it would be nice to be able to fully come out of winter hibernation!