Sunday, February 29, 2004

Working On the Weekend

Did I do anything today other than work? I don't think so. It looked beautiful outside, but I stayed indoors, so I can't say for sure.

I paid some bills. I ate some. I threw out some envelopes. I might have replied to someone's e-mail, but I can't remember. I talked to my parents a little.

Being able to work from home isn't such a good thing, because then you always have the ability to work. If you aren't working, you always have that feeling of guilt that you should be working. It's like being in college again, but less interesting. Of course, this is only true if you have a lot of work to do.

Soon I Will Have a Garage

Not too long after I got up this morning (and I do believe it was still morning), I got a call from JA. They were going to be near Hillsborough, so they thought they'd stop in at the new house. I wasn't dressed yet, but he talked to me on the phone while they were there, which was pretty cool. I felt as if I should have gotten up earlier, but it worked out okay.

Later in the afternoon, I did drive over to the new place and looked around. For one thing, I finally pulled into the garage all the way and fairly far to the right. Another car will easily fit in there. I will need something to indicate how far I can pull in, such as a ping pong ball dangling from the ceiling, to make it easier. Maybe I can have more than one hanging, so I can pull in exactly where I want. I am so looking forward to having a garage so I won't have to worry about getting eaten by bears anymore. The main change from the last time I was there that there was insulation between most of the studs.

I had been planning to go to JJ and JA's house to have dinner at 7. Around 6:30, I got a call from JJ, who wanted me to pick him up at Home Depot. Well, there were all kinds of problems, so I ended up waiting outside about an hour. I enjoyed people watching. There were a couple of young toddlers who were having a field evening, climbing all over the John Deere lawn mowers. Dinner was also worth the wait. As soon as we got to their house, JA served a wonderful chicken curry. Yes, chicken. It was, perhaps, the best chicken meal I've ever eaten. Of course, it may taste better if you haven't eaten meat in a month and a half. It also probably helps if you're absolutely starving. I would have probably scarfed down their dogs' rawhide bones, if given the opportunity. Seriously, with any appetite or prior eating habits, the meal would have been delicious. We had a very nice time, all sitting around talking with their friend, LS. JA also provided us with some of his homemade apple sorbet, made from his mother's apple jelly. Excellent.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Not Enough Yellow

We had six to nine inches of snow and sleet last night. I'm hoping it will all melt soon. This has definitely been the theme this winter. Fortunately, a swift melt seems more realistic when it actually gets significantly above freezing during the day. Of course, it's all freezing up again tonight.

IBM was closed today, so I worked from home. I was actually looking forward to that part, because I wanted to get some real work done, undisturbed. I would like to think that I made some progress at what I've been working on. I'll keep at it this weekend, though.

I was just looking at the latest e-mail from Levenger's. It's one of my favorite catalogs. They have all kind of nifty leather goods and office gadgets. They just added a bunch of spring colors, including a nice yellow, but most of the things I would want don't actually come in yellow. This is actually a good thing, because I don't want to spend any money on things like that right now.

Thursday, February 26, 2004


My sincerest apologies for not writing since Sunday night. I've been busy, which is isn't exactly a bad thing.

Early Monday morning, I met with the cabinet maker. We went over my elevations and did a lot of measuring. He showed me some pictures of his work, which looked fantastic. I'm sure many of you have seen wire "drawers" that can be put in base cabinets so make the contents more accessible. Well, he basically does a wooden version of that. The shelf bottoms pull out and it's all concealed by cabinets fronts, which open. I'd seen examples of multi-level drawers attached to a single fixed cabinet front in Fine Homebuilding, but this is actually a lot more functional, because it's easier to access from both sides.

My builder also gave me some marble samples, so I can choose which kind I want for the face of the fireplace. I've been thinking about it a lot, but I'm leaning toward the black marble.

I had fun backing my van out of my driveway, with two pick-ups and a larger insulation truck that was trying to run over me. Fortunately, my builder helped me out and made sure I didn't run into anything. Oh yes, this does mean that my house is well insulated now. Even the interior walls are insulated, which should make it nice and quiet.

That day, I also went out to lunch at Fowler's with JJ. I had a delicious goat cheese and vegetable gratin and spinach potato soup. It's still a great place for lunch. I'm so glad they reopened. We had fun, spending the whole time talking about both our houses.

Last night I went over to RK and LK's to have takeout Chinese and watch Smallville and Angel. I definitely had a good time.

It snowed today. Yes, it snowed! I worked from home again. It's supposed to snow more tonight, but it's also supposed to be really nice this weekend, so hopefully it will all melt soon.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Cooktops and Cake

Today I asked lots of people at work about their cooktops. Two of the best cooks there, who don't already have gas, said that they would like to have a smoothtop or were actually planning to buy a smoothtop. I think that's what I'm going to get, for various reasons, most of which I enumerated in last night's post.

One of the managers brought in a King Cake this morning! I was very excited, because I liked the one so much that I had at WH & BZ's Mardi Gras party, last year. My second slice contained the baby, so I should have lots of good luck for the next year. Traditionally, that also means that I should bring in a King Cake next year. With the added luck, I will find a good recipe and have halfway mastered cooking by then.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Cooktops and a House Visit

Early this afternoon, I went to Lowe's, to look at cooktops. I pretty much knew that I wanted Jenn Air, because that's what we have in my parents' house. Narrowing it down to a brand doesn't make it that much easier. I have until Tuesday morning to decide which one I want or at least know the size of the cutout. I'm primarily looking at two models. One is the JED8430, which has four radiant heat glass/ceramic smoothtop burners and the other is the JED8230, which is modular. The modular one comes with one grill cartridge and one open bay, so you have to buy a burner cartridge, which is extra. In theory, you could get two burner cartridges and just keep the grill one for when you want to grill something. You can get either electric coil or the radiant smooth top cartridges. One of the things I like about the JED8430 is there is a small burner that is close to the edge, in addition to the large one. I don't think you can get that with the cartridges, because you can't turn them around. Of course, I can go around to the other side, since it will be on a peninsula, but the small burner is the one I will use the most often. I don't know how often I would want to use the grill cartridge, but probably not that frequently. Looking at the pictures again, I'm not even sure that I wouldn't prefer the black one over the white one. How will I ever decide?!

Not too long after I got back from Lowe's, I met JJ, EB, MP and their friend, D, at the new house. It had been a while since I had been there, so I noticed a lot of progress. The fireplace has been installed, which looks very cool. They are starting to put the insulation in the attic. All the electrical work looks all tidy now and there are several air ducts in the attic. All the exterior doors are installed, except for the main garage door. Unfortunately, that still allows birds to get in. There was a dead finch in the great room and D rescued another small bird by catching it and releasing it out the front door. The sheetrock has to go up before the garage door can be installed. It's all moving along pretty fast, though!

Actually, I may have just found a cartridge that has the small burner closer to the front. I don't know if this will make my decision any easier or if it will even work with this model of modular cooktop. I'll have to investigate further... According to the manual, the answer is no. That cartridge model won't work. It must be for one of their other cooktop lines.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Reenacting Mardi Gras

My first accomplishment of the day was to sleep until 10am. In fact, that might have been the only one.

In the middle of the afternoon, I went to downtown Hillsborough, to see the reenactment of the 1781 occupation by Cornwallis. DS, one of our friends from the amateur radio community, has been participating in revolutionary war reenactments for years, but this was the first time I'd ever seen him in action. He was all decked out in his lobster coat, fancy hat and wig. His wife, KS, was also appropriately dressed. It was such a beautiful day for it, so it was fun wandering around and talking to people as they cleaned their guns and showed off their costumes.

Meanwhile, I was desperately trying to figure out when the party I was planning to attend was supposed to start and find out where my friends were, whom I had been planning pick up along the way. While DS was not even wearing his glasses, because they were not suitable for the period, I was happy dialing numbers on my cell phone. I finally found out that I was going to be fairly late if I didn't leave right then, so I did.

I had a great time at WH and BZ's Mardi Gras party. I attended their party last year, so I knew I would have a wonderful time. Wendy is a marvelous cook and she demonstrated her skills again tonight. I had vegetarian red beans and rice, crawfish pie and shrimp bisque. All were fantastic. There were lots of people eager to gobble up the crawfish pies, so I only managed to get one of them, but I made up for it with an extra bowl of the bisque. Other than that, I enjoyed watching the inebriated guests and talking to JJ, JA, EB, MP, and, of course, WH and BZ. Yes, there was some overlap in those two activities! It was great finally getting to see W&B's new/old house, too. WH also made some jambalaya, but I showed tremendous self restraint in not sampling it, because it looked and smelled delicious.

Afterwards, it was only a few more miles to RTP, so I decided to drop by the office and snatch my laptop from my office. It should make it a little easier to work some from home tomorrow if I actually have it with me.

Friday, February 20, 2004


Today was just beautiful here. I was able to enjoy it, on my way to and from the van, when I went to the dentist. As I mentioned in an earlier post, half of one of my molars broke off last Wednesday. I was worried that my dentist, Dr. Howell, would just pull the tooth. Much to my relief, he put on a crown. I'd never gotten a crown before, so I was entertained by the process, particualrly the purple silly putty, used for making the mold. One of the funniest things was when I was told to bite down for ten minutes and they went away to work on another patient. Not five minutes later, one of the ladies working at the front desk came by and asked, "When would you like your next appointment, Lenore?" Mild panic set in. Through expressive eyebrow wiggling and varried "mmmM!" noises, I communicated the best time surprisingly quickly. "3? Morning? 8? 9:15?" It occurred to me later that holding up nine fingers would have been faster, but I don't seem to be at my best when I've had two shots of novacaine and from what little I could feel, a mouth full sculpey, cotton and tin.

No, hours later, I was still not at my best. I need to work at home this weekend, so I carefully wound up my power cord for my laptop and brought it with me. The problem is, I forgot the laptop. I'll have to waste over an hour this weekend, driving over there and back, to pick it up. The only good thing is that I'm unlikely to ever let myself do this again.

Actually, it was amazing how quickly the novacaine equivalent wore off. I left my office and was fine. I still really couldn't feel my face and my tongue felt decidedly strange. Minutes later, by the time I got to the van, my mouth was hurting and nothing was numb. It was pretty weird, but I'd say it was exactly five hours after he gave me the shots. The pain got a lot worse, but it seems to have subsided, for the moment.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Just Another Evening

I got home on the late side, this evening, just in time to watch Survivor. I always love it when they have the challenges where the players are blindfolded. It must be painful when they fall and bump into things, but it still seems hilarious. I don't usually appreciate slapstick, I'm not sure I quite understand my amusement.

I watched CSI. It's consistently good, but somewhat unrealistic, I suspect. I do wish William Petersen, the guy who plays Grissom, would shave. I would be surprised if things like that were the choice of the actor, so I'm puzzled as to why it was advocated by whoever "designs" those kinds of things for the show.

I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend. Whenever I have to work late, it's harder to vary the evening routine. Also, one of the things I have to do this weekend is pick out a range for my kitchen. That should be fun.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

While watching a basketball game....

Right now I'm watching the Duke/Wake Forest basketball game. It's pretty intense and there are only 5 minutes to go. It's been physically rough and started off on a bad note. It's very close now and Wake is leading.

I worked from home a while and then drove in around 11. It was nice to be in the office, although it's definitely less distracting at home, since it's more difficult for people to come in my bedroom and talk to me. It's fun when people come by my office to talk, though, and it can be very helpful when I need to ask technical questions. I think the commute is actually one of the nicest things about getting out of the house and going to work. I really enjoy driving.

I did watch American Idol and I was relatively pleased with the people who got through. The football guy is very talented, even if I didn't like the song he chose.

Duke lost their second game in a row. Weird. Sometimes when they started losing, I think they were just overrated, but I actually don't think that is the case this season.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Yummy Cookies

The way the weather forecast was predicted, either it was going to start snowing around noon and it would be huge or it would be later and not as exciting. Well, it started snowing even before I woke up this morning and my alarm went off at 7:30am. Early morning wasn't one of the options, so what did it mean? It snowed all morning and early afternoon, but we didn't have the major blizzard that would have brought this bustling metropolis to a standstill. Nevertheless, it was not something I would want to drive in, so I worked from home, yet again.

Again, working from home does have its advantages. My mother brought in a plate full of warm homemade chocolate chip cookies this morning. Yes, people bring in baked goods on occasion, but they are rarely warm. Yes, as I'm sure many will remind me, once I move to my own house, I will have to make them myself. Even if my mom delivered them to my house, they would not be quite as warm and the chocolate chips would not be quite as gooey. Of course, call me crazy, but if I heard rumors that chocolate cookies were being made, I could always decide to work from my parents' house that day, if I could get there. If I could get there, then I could probably get to work, too, but that is neither here, nor there, but over there.

After a long day of work, I finally got to the point that I couldn't concentrate anymore and decided to eat dinner. I also watched American Idol. I didn't think that any of the singers were spectacular this week, but they mostly chose terrible songs.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Snow Work Snow

We got about four inches of snow last night. All the tree and bush branches had a thick layer of snow stuck to them, which was quite lovely as the sun was rising.

I started working today about 9:30 am. I stopped about 10:15 pm. Well, I did take a break for dinner. Lunch was a single hand affair, easily manageable when eating hard boiled egg sandwiches. Since that was more snow that I prefer to drive in, I worked from home. This time I spent the day (and night) in my room, which was a lot less distracting than being in the family room. That way the dog doesn't decide to loom over me every few minutes and I don't hear my mom yelling at him or telling him how cute he is. It's a lot quieter, at least. I would say that it was definitely easier to concentrate today than it usually is in my office, when I have my door open. I did have to call in for a meeting and that's not an advantage over attending in person. It was, however, a lot safer.

There's a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow. We could have even more snow. More. Snow.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

I Still Hate Winter

Today we've been waiting for the impending frozen precipitation. They've been predicting sleet and snow, anywhere from 1-4 inches. Last time I looked outside, it was snowing very hard. Snowing hard seems like a weird thing to say for something so soft, but it was really coming down.

Not long after I finished with my kitchen elevations this early afternoon, I started working. I've been trying to get some stuff done, to hopefully make the week a little easier. My meeting with the cabinet maker was postponed until later this week, but at least I'm prepared.

Half of one of my molars broke off last night, so I had to eat carefully today. I've been kind of bummed about it, because it was a nice large tooth, even though a quarter of it had broken once before. I need to go to the dentist, but I don't think I'll be able to if there is frozen snow gunk on the ground. Hopefully, it will melt soon.

The only good thing about winter is that you can see the branches of interesting trees, such as oaks. I would still prefer to see leaves.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Kitchen elevations

I neglected to write anything last night, because I didn't really have much to say. I didn't get home from work until a few minutes before 9pm and I needed to vegetate.

Today, I've been working on kitchen elevations, because I'm supposed to meet with the cabinet maker on Monday morning. It's not easy deciding what I both need and want. I've got to think of what I need to store, what will be easy for me to reach, how to efficiently use the space and how it will look. I've been looking for ideas in Fine Homebuilding and Fine Cooking. Both had some innovative ideas, such as a tall cabinet fronted drawer that would hold a trash can, but not all of the things I like will work, based on what's already been decided. For example, they have a neat three level drawer. All the drawers are attached to a large cabinet front. There aren't, however, any good places where both sides of the drawer would be easily accessible, since all of the tall ones would be next to a corner. Therefore, it makes more sense to have individually openable drawers. I think everything I've drawn looks pretty good, but I'll sleep on it and see what I think tomorrow.

They are saying that it will probably snow again tomorrow, so that might delay things for a bit. Hopefully, their predictions will be as accurate as their last. More rain would be good.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

You mean *tomorrow* is Friday the 13th?!

We were supposed to have snow this morning, so I decided to work from home. It was clear by the time I got up that we weren't going to have nearly as much as predicted, if any. We did have a little and then a nice downpour of sleet, but it was slightly above freezing. There was no denying, however, that it was cold, rainy and yucky. I had everything I needed to work, so I stayed here.

This was all good until we had a UPS Delivery. They've decided change some of the routes and this was a new driver. Last night someone from the local UPS office called because he had reported our address as not existing. Since I was home, my van was blocking the driveway. There's a grassed over gravel area in the neighbors' yard that allows one to do a K turn, so one doesn't have to back up all the way to the main section of the driveway. Well, my mom explained to him what he should do, but somehow he missed, managed to get stuck and ended up with one wheel over the bank to the pond. Not good. We could hear attempts to move with the wheels spinning, over and over. Eventually, a pickup truck appeared, which unabashedly went across our neighbor's yard to pull from there. It was apparently a friend he had called, to help him out. Now, imagine a small pickup trying to pull a UPS truck, up a hill. Imagine even more wheels spinning and more mud flying. Not good. My mother was livid and called UPS. They claim they will pay for the damages. I hope they do. A while later, a humongous tow truck arrived. They got a bunch of stuff from a different neighbor's yard, probably trying to jam it under a wheel. This didn't help, but made even more of a mess. It took a long time before they gave up, backed the larger than mammoth sized tow truck down the driveway and pulled the UPS truck out. The tow truck momentarily got stuck as he turned onto the main driveway and had to back up three times. My mom took pictures with my camera. It wasn't pretty. It would be nice if they would hire people who can drive, but I guess that's too much to ask.

All of this would have never happened if I had braved the yucky weather and worked from the office. I was trying to work throughout this whole episode, but it wasn't easy, so I ended up working fairly late. It would have been nice if this were the only thing that went wrong, but I think I should have stayed in bed today, rather than just staying home. Overall, the day could have been far worse, and I hope it won't be tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

More Snow? Oh no!

Tonight was yet another evening of watching television, primarily the Duke v.s. UVA basketball game. It was a good game, but I was worried that someone was going to get seriously hurt. Several people fell very hard and I suspect there will be some nasty bruises, at the least.

I wasn't entirely happy with the people who were voted to be two of the American Idol finalists. I really liked Fantasia's rendition of "Proud Mary" in her original audition, but something bothered me about her version of "Something to Talk About". I thought the other finalist, Diana, was very poised for a 16 year old, but vocally not very impressive. Obviously, a sizable percentage of the people voting didn't agree with me. The only time I've ever voted was in the finals last season. Generally, I think the voting is a little hokey, since you can vote multiple times.

It's supposed to snow tonight. We still have lumps of snow from the last storm! Hopefully this one will melt a lot faster, but I'll be working from home tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Random Television

Tonight I'm watching American Idol. Most of the contestants seem pretty good. I didn't always agree with the judges, though. Big surprise.

I watched the Daily Show episode that mocked Bush's NBC interview. Actually, they didn't exactly have to mock it. In many instances, they just played parts of it and that was enough for a comedy routine.

Now I'm watching the Westminster Dog Show again. I really can't imagine owning a really hairy dog. I've never even had long hair, so dealing with huge amounts of long pet hair is unfathomable. Right now, I'm watching the Hound Group, so it's chock full of adorable dogs.

I should be reading some documents for work.

Monday, February 09, 2004

In the Dog House

Tonight, I was watching the Westminster Dog Show on tv. It's fun watching all the different breeds. One thing that's weird is they said that the Jack Russel Terrier is now referred to as the Parson Russel Terrier. I think changing the name of a dog breed is weird. I guess if you can spend lots of time changing the name of plants, why not change the names of dog breeds? I thought one of the other particularly cute dogs was the white Bull Terrier. The Fox Terrier was simply elegant, with a half dark brown and half white face. I'm looking forward to the Sporting Group, tomorrow, so I can see the best Weimaraner in show.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Tortellini and the House

This morning, I ventured out to North Raleigh to have lunch with BD at Ragazzi's. It's his birthday today and I needed to take him a basketball ticket, so he could go to the game early. He was meeting my dad, who likes to get there right as the game is starting. BD likes to watch the cameron crazies prepare for the game. Right now it looks as if Duke is 20 points ahead, so it's not quite the nail biter that everyone enjoyed the other night. I tried looking for a Ragazzi's website, but this article pretty much explains why I couldn't find one. Individual Ragazzi's have their own webpages and the one in North Raleigh just doesn't have one. It's Italian food. BD and I both had cheese tortellini. It's fairly good, especially for the price.

Not long after I got back, I went over to the new house. They've definitely made a lot of progress. Almost all the electrical work is in place. Most of the plumbing work is finished. Of course, the actual fixtures aren't there yet. The front door is there and it really looks nice, with a transom and skinny windows on either side. The doors to the deck in the great room don't quite fit, so they are actually going to have to redo some of the framing there this week. I photographed everything I could, to try to get reference photos indicating where all the pipes and electrical boxes are. That should make it easier to avoid putting nails in the wrong place, once the sheetrock is up.

Saturday, February 07, 2004


I went to Kathy's funeral this morning. It was a very religious ceremony, which generally makes me feel, to borrow a trite phrase, like a fish out of water. I've attended so few religious services in my life that it feels very awkward. Of course, I respect other people's customs and traditions. I thought it was a beautiful church and the area where the reception was held was structurally very interesting. It would have, however, been nice to reflect more on Kathy and her life. A bunch of her friends did perform a Scottish dance and International Dance, in honor of Kathy. I haven't been to many funerals, thank goodness, but this was the first time that I had seen someone play bagpipes at a funeral service. I'm not sure there's a more appropriate mournful and yet beautiful sound than what bagpipes provide.

Friday, February 06, 2004

X40 and Duke Basketball

I was going to write this earlier this evening, but I was distracted by Gizmodo's informing me that the Thinkpad X40 will be released next week. So, I started looking at the IBM website, playing with customizing X31s and watching the expected price grow and grow. The X40s weren't on the site yet. In either case, I don't really want to spend that kind of money on a laptop right now.

Last night, while watching the first half of the Duke vs. UNC game, I was marking up changes on a design document for work. I didn't think I could tackle yet a third activity, so I didn't write another blog post. The game was extremely suspenseful and I was much more into it than any game I've watched in a very long time. When I was eight to twelve, or so, I was practically obsessed by Duke basketball. Then they really started getting good and winning national championships. That's when my interest began to wane. I'm not saying I wasn't a fan and didn't make an effort to watch all the games that I could, but I wasn't obsessed. I think that's somewhat atypical, since most people seem to prefer to be fans when their teams are at their best and most popular. For the last quarter of the game, I was figuratively on the edge of my seat.

I am so looking forward to sleeping late tomorrow morning. Perhaps I should consider starting that activity now, since it's already morning.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

William and Return of the Shadow

I was worried that the most exciting thing to report about my day was that I installed XP over NT at the office. Little did LvA know that he would rescue me from this great peril. He sent me the URL for one of the most memorable American Idol auditions ever. One has to admit that William Hung's performance was entertaining and uplifting. He had excellent rhythm, too. It was very catchy and certainly more pleasant than the torturous rendition of "Like a Virgin" from last season.

In other news, Shadow came home from the vet's. He's been gone all this time, because it's been so cold outside and we didn't want him to return to his normal outdoor life cleanshaven. His bed on the porch is heated with a heating pad, but it was much colder than usual. By the time I got home from work, he was already sound asleep, so I will have to look forward to the greeting ceremony tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

TV and Veggie Pizza

After I got home from work, I watched American Idol and Survivor, recorded with TiVo. This season's Survivor is definitely the most entertaining since the first season, even after just the first episode. It's probably because they brought back two of my favorite "characters" from that season, Richard and Rudy, and a few good ones from the other seasons. I actually forgot to watch American Idol, Monday night, but it didn't seem as if I missed much.

I did try a Boca pizza for dinner, which was excellent. About the only thing wrong with it was that I was sharing. I really like vegetarian pepperoni, because it isn't greasy. Fortunately, I first tried fake pepperoni several years ago, on a pizza that E&ES made, so I already knew how much I liked it.

All in all, it hasn't been an eventful evening, but I just needed to vegetate after work.

Monday, February 02, 2004


At work this morning, I got a call from my dad, to tell me that a friend of mine passed away, early last week. It was sad and shocking news, which was in my thoughts throughout the day. It's so important not to take life or friends and loved ones for granted.

The rest of the day was much more cheerful. Everyone at work was talking about the Super Bowl and very little discussion was about the game. At lunch we talked about if for a while and if we paused, we could hear neighboring tables talking about it. Before I left for work this morning, I saw film on the news from Boston celebrations. It was pretty amusing, comparing the puny celebration for a large professional team to the massive burning festivities in honor of the Duke Basketball team.

I have a quote, from my dad, that I thought was truly wonderful. He was asking me where I had learned about a term I had used and when I questioned his curiosity, he said, "You seem to be well educated and sometimes I wonder why."

Sunday, February 01, 2004

House and Football

The roof is almost finished. My roof is fairly steep, but the roofers seem very comfortable walking around without safety harnesses. My dad and I went over to the new house this afternoon. It looks as if all but one of the outer doors have arrived and the electricians have been busy.

Right now, I'm half-heartedly watching the Super Bowl. It seems like every other ad for a CBS show is TV's "most watched show". They are all different, so I'm not sure how that's possible. Maybe that's not important. I thought the half-time show was just dreadful, but I guess it was entertaining if you like the music of any of the people performing. Using the word, "music", may be a bit of a stretch in some cases. It made me wish I had participated in the boycott. Some of the ads are pretty funny. I liked the Honda ad with the guy who was raised by wolves as well as the AOL/American Chopper ones. Actually, I have to say that this is a pretty good game and I don't even like football. It's tied with less than a minute to go.

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