Two things this week that made me shake my head in wonder or dismay (I’m not really sure which!).
First, several times this past week I have found the thermostat to the heating/cooling system set to HOLD. I could not figure it out. It had been running on the scheduled program just fine when it is changing itself to the HOLD setting. I finally asked Bill about it Thursday morning. It seems that when he has been coming out at 5:20 a.m. to exercise on the elliptical, he has been hitting the Light button on the thermostat to see whether it is set to air or heat and to see what the temperature is. On cold mornings, if it is still set to air after he hits the Light button, he switches the program to heat. Only thing is, there is NO LIGHT BUTTON! He’s been hitting the hold button. And so some days I find it is on hold on the a/c side, some days on the heat side, depending upon what buttons he hit after the “light” button. Oh my. We’ve had the system for almost a year now. You can tell how many times he has (or hasn’t) monkeyed with it!
Second, on the weekends, Bill and I eat breakfast together. This morning, I doled out the vitamins and then finished up making breakfast. Bill had his usual plate of scrambled eggs with sausage and I had oatmeal. As I sat down to eat, I noticed the Bill had brought his container of vitamins to the table, but left mine on the counter. I said something about, “Don’t I get vitamins too?” His response was, “I didn’t think you wanted to take them at breakfast.” Say what? I always take them at breakfast, taking a few at a time between bites of cereal. They seem to settle better that way in my stomach. If I don’t take them at breakfast, usually I end up not taking them at all. I have been pretty regular in this routine since April … but for some reason, Bill remembered it backwards, thinking I needed to take them at some point in time that was NOT breakfast. I know he was trying, but really. If women paid as little attention to the needs of men as men to do women, well, I don’t know what would happen, but I suspect the world would be a very different place and probably not for the better.
As you probably noticed, I took a five month break from blogging. I *think* I’m back. At least I’m taking pictures again, which I hadn’t been doing for several months either. I guess I needed a creative break and a chance to regroup.
Here’s what I have been doing in those five months:
- Traveled to Alabama & back the end of March, getting some things done at my dad’s place and spending some quality time with Liana Rose, and also Bill (all those miles in the car!).
- Got Quicken caught up and finished taxes on time. Even better, I STILL have Quicken up to date. That is a record! This WILL BE the year that I have Quicken up to date at the end of the year. No 2014 two-to-three week marathon to catch up in order to do taxes! Yeah!
- Packed up about two-thirds of our books.
- Ripped all my music CDs and then packed them all up. I can now listen to them all on the good stereo speakers in the living room, accessing them through the Blu-Ray player from my computer. They sound so good that way!
- Planted three tomatoes and one container of green beans. That is the extent of my vegetables this year.
- Went back to plant-based eating mid-June and have lost 7.5 pounds so far.
- Started an afghan for Liana Rose, which I will hopefully finish for Christmas.
- Helped Bill with his job hunt.
- Scanned lots of old pictures (and I have tons more to do), thus beginning a project I’ve been planning to do for years.
- Started working on my LeapingFromTheBox.com website, making some much needed updates. Again, this is something I’ve put off for so long that I’m ashamed to say how long.
- Learned to play Canasta.
What have you been doing the last five months?
As you will have noticed, I got a bit behind in posting pictures this past week. I think I am now caught up to today and hopefully I’ll find something later today worthy of a picture! I also realized this morning that it is now May and time for an overview of April, which I will try to get done soon.
The last few days have been heart-wrenching and unsettling ones. For almost 48 hours, beginning late last Wednesday afternoon, I have been glued to the TV and the computer, watching the coverage of the devastation in Alabama. Most of Thursday I spent relaying information via text messages to my son Charles, since they had no power and no other way of getting news. We were very lucky that our immediate friends and family came through okay, but we do know that Bill’s IT manager when he worked in Huntsville lost their house to a tornado. And we also know that many relatives of friends in the area lost homes and businesses. Even this morning, five days later, I see the pictures and updates and I just can’t believe it. Some ask how one could live in an area where a tornado can wipe out everything in a second, but most of the time it is such a beautiful area to live. And I think it is human nature to believe it can never happen to you.
Interactive Maps of Tornado Activity, Deaths By County (Alabama)
Be patient. This loads slow but has quite an impact.
Lawrence County is where we lived and my Dad still lives. Morgan County is where Charles lives. The Tornado Activity tab shows a tornado touchdown in Speake, yet my dad said they had no damage.
In addition to being absorbed by the events in the Southeast, I have been spending much time updating Bill’s resume on the job boards and searching for opportunities for him. This weekend I printed off probably 50 possible jobs in Arizona (Phoenix and here in Sierra Vista) and Bill spent the weekend reading through them and making notes on them. Some we applied to yesterday, others are in a stack on my desk to apply to today, and many more were rejected for various reasons. Since his job ends June 3 and the contract has not been awarded yet (it was supposed to have been awarded the first part of April!) it is getting more difficult to see us staying here for much longer. Time to begin packing a few things, weeding out some stuff, and making plans!