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This weekend was recover from the flu weekend for BW so we laid pretty low as BW was only conscious for some of it anyway.

Before I go any further I want to state that I did not create this flucollage. This is BW’s work


I never knew you could create a flu-selfie, but as the photo shows you can apparently.

A few other things are happening here:

  1. The dog is on the bed!! ON MY SIDE!!!
  2. BW is the only one i know that would take a photo of the flu test strip.
  3. There was a lot of dayquil consumed. Also tissues….
  4. I told her not to but she can’t help herself – she was working while she was sick.

I tried to tell BW that the world would continue turn at work without her for a few days but she’s so dedicated she just had to.

The good news is that we’re at the end of a week of the flu. BW wanted to go back to work Monday but I asked her to wait a day.

She should be on her feet by Tuesday. We hope.

Moving on…

My bluetooth adapter for my car died and with just classic rock FM to listen to it’s hell on wheels – literally. I have been spoiled with the adapter I had as it just worked and allowed me to get caught up on some of my podcasts which makes the drive a breeze.

This little orb just plugs into the cigarette lighter. It’s much smaller and nicer looking.

The Amazon Fairy also bought me an early birthday present for my birthday later this week (there’s still time to buy me a gift with 2 day shipping) : )

What would you think I would buy myself for my birthday? The old me would have bought some technology of some kind like a google something or some cables or speakers or something that I was afraid to tell BW what it costs.

But seeing as I am the tidy husband , I bought myself….

A vacuum cleaner!

This is actually the second vacuum cleaner I have received as a gift. The first one was a floor sweeper from my MIL so I could vacuum up the dog hair when we had the laminate flooring installed and we realized our vacuum for the carpet.

I never knew I needed this until I realized how dirty my car had become over the winter and I was going to toss 2 bucks into one of those vacuums at the gas stations but then I realized that it usually costs about 3 bucks because you never get it all with the 3 minutes the thing runs for. So for another 30 bucks I bought my own.

I really didn’t have high hopes for this but it works great – or at least as good as the car wash one. The best feature is it has a blower attachment so you can blast all the crumbs and stuff from the tight corners and between the seats and the dust in the air vents that you can never seem to get out.

It also vacuums up dry muddy dog prints from the back seat (we know who you are)

But it wasn’t all hard work here – we even had a bit of time for some fun.

To summarize, BW is getting better and I have more cleaning supplies.

What more could a guy want? 🙂

The Appointment

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I applied for my US passport last week. I filled in the forms and made copies of all the required documents and went and I had a passport photo all ready to go.

I’m ready. Off to the post office I go.

I get to the desk and say I would like to apply for my passport.

“Do you have an appointment? Asks the Clerk.

No, I replied

“You need an appointment – you can book online”

I looked back at all the other people waiting in line. Except, the place was empty. I was the only one there. It’s a small post office in a small town so I have found over the years it’s busy – or depnding on time of day you go and some luck, you are the only one there and that was the case for me.

No sense arguing. I went home and made an appointment. It should come as no surprise when I tell you that the day was wide open for me to pick a time for passport application but so it goes.

The following day I go in and the very same clerk who told me I needed an appointment was waiting for me. As it was early in the morning – again I was the only one there. The only difference between my first visit and now was the appointment.


This is not a big deal and it will all end well but after being interviewed and had physicals and more fingerprints and ‘biometrics’ than I can count I was hoping that this final step would be the easiest – but nope – I had one more bureaucratic hurdle to jump.

Next up: the SSN office. Stay tuned…

Pie Day

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It’s Pie Day!

Is this country great, or what?

I stopped at our favorite grocery store to pickup some things on the way home from work and there was a big sign that said happy pi day (because it’s March 14) but I thought they meant it’s PIE DAY so of course being a brand new American citizen I had to celebrate accordingly.

Because what’s more American than eating Apple Pie on Pie Day? I’m just doing my part. (or, slice).

Look what the Dog Found

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This is why we can’t leave the wild animal alone because she find trouble to get into. Today was some candy wrappers that BW saves because she is now the recycling queen.

BW had them stuck in a empty peanut butter jar and in a bag on the floor. I can only imagine the dog watches us leave and as soon as she sees taillights down the road she goes straight for it.

Today, the dog found a prize.

The prize we get? BW has the FLU

Half a Pie

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When BW came back this weekend from her conference, she also came back with half a peach pie.

If I had to guess I got the leftovers from a party and that’s okay by me.

Today’s Lesson: Half a free pie is better than no free pie.

The Man Cave

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Two things happened this weekend:

  1. BW went away for the weekend.
  2. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

I’m writing this from my new home office I decorated or ‘made over’ this weekend while BW was away.

Over time I’ve slowly been moving BW’s stuff out of her ‘library’ – a little corner in the basement where we kept her books and filing cabinets and all the other crap that never seemed to make it to the ‘real basement’.

When I moved in my desk a week or so ago we both knew it was just a matter of time. We bought some cheap carpet to cover the ugly floor and keep my toes warm but the carpet was still a little hard on the feet now that I am using my desk as a standing desk.

Earlier this week I bought a standing desk floor mat and then this weekend while the boss was away I bought some interlocking foam flooring which added some padding as well.

And then I got to thinking that I should do the entire office in the flooring. But first, BW’s bookcases would need to go.

Books – say hello to the basement.

It really is a library:

I kept things just as they were when the books were upstairs as I made note of what shelf they were on when I emptied the shelves and then put the books back on. The only thing I changed was that no books are on the bottom in case our sump pump decides to die and we don’t notice.

Once those pesky books were out of the way i then had enough room for a recliner which I swiped from the living room and a bit more flooring after a trip back to home depot.

Something was still missing… I know – pictures on the wall. I forgot I had these but they picture frames for albums so now I have some album covers on the wall.

And I have a nice cosy little man cave.

I also spruced up the basement a bit while I was down there and I tossed a bunch of stuff and set up a much brighter light and repurposed our old kitchen table that cannow be be BW’s craft table/my photo table.

I texted BW Saturday night that this is what happens when she leaves me unsupervised. We have found that it’s best if I do stuff like this when she’s not here. Besides, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness…

The Carpet Snake

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As I am apt to do, I have given the dog a new name: the carpet snake


Because now that it’s been a few weeks, I am sure that in her little dog brain she is thinking “where has this carpet been all my life?”.

If you’re looking for the dog – check the carpet first. Chances are she will be there.

She slithers from one end of the carpet to the other following the sunshine coming in through the window

Heck, even when we are waiting for the carpet to dry and have it upside down that didn’t stop her. Carpet is carpet after all.

Of course there’s the odd time that the snake gets confused and lies on the bare hard floor but that’s rare. It does happen from time to time though.

Last weekend we took the snake on the road trip to BW’s office and while she cleaned up thd snake still found some carpet to slither on.

You will notice that the snake did not barf on this carpet – because it’s only worth $20.00 tops.

I guess I have come to realize that we did not buy our new carpet for us we bought it for the snake.

Maybe that’s why they call it Carpet

PopCorn Time

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BW really likes popcorn. I like it but I find the risk vs the reward of popcorn too high. As somebody that grew up with braces in my prime snacking years I never felt the risk vs the reward was worth it.

But BW likes popcorn and for whatever reason I’m the great popcorn maker which is pretty funny since I really don’t like it that much.

Sunday night though, I caved and BW shared her batch with me. And I was stuffing it in my head while watching our latest series on Netflix I heard a crack.

When you hear teeth crack while eating, it’s never good and this was the case. I broke off part of a back molar. It did not hurt much so I just went to bed and in the morning I called the Dentist.

And the story here is really my Dentist. He’s older and only works Monday to Thursdays and there are only 3 dental assistants and a receptionist. One of the Dental assistants has another job at Target when she isn’t flossing my teeth. It’s just weird.

His office is an old house on the first floor on a big corner of land Downtown. It’s easy to find becauase there’s always an old tractor-trailer in the driveway. They even poured a special pad for this truck.

When you walk in there’s a sign that says “Door is not locked – it’s just stuck. Push Hard”.

Everytime I go I think to myself that they should get that fixed and every time I go.

Most Dentist offices I have been to have big screen TV’s and big X-ray machines and all the technology to make your dental visits a little bit nicer.

Not here. You get a chair and a Dentist that knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he’s still using the same tools from when he graduated dental schools.

When I move here and BW recommended him and I saw the lack of modern tools, the stuck doors and the truck outside I thought: “no way”. But I learned over time that this guy is reallly good.


When I went to get what I thought would be a consult visit for more trips in the future , it turned out I I was wrong. He had a look and then offered me the choice of getting a filling.

I opted for the filling and I bet our insurance covers all/most of the cost. He does not upsell you or refer you to a specialist and x-rays are only taken when needed.

Long story short, I had my broken tooth all fixed up in about 45 minutes and I was done and on my way.

Just no more popcorn for me for a while.

Right On Target

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Imagine you are a dog.

And as a dog, you start to feel nauseous and have a need to expel the contents of your stomach. Maybe that pizza slice you found on the road wasn’t such a good idea after all…

In your dog-mind ask yourself where would you go if you had to barf?

Some venues in our house are:

Under the Bed. (hardwood)

Family Room (hardwood)

Kitchen (Tile)

Various crappy floor mats from Target that are meant to be used by dogs and could be easily replaced.



You could barf on our brand new multiple hundred dollars worth of white area carpet. Because…. you’re a dog.

This is my life now

It’s never a good night when BW sends a text and asks you to bring home carpet stain remover. Never.

So with this in my shopping cart I head home and give BW the can to fix the barf situation.

Once there, BW gets to work:

She sprayed and wiped and sprayed and wiped and even dragged out her fancy $400 hair dryer to dry the carpet. And five bucks worth of goop later it seems to be good enough to pass as new(ish).

You know, I have to congratulate myself (or, the zoloft) but there was a time when I would have lost my mind when stuff like this happened. Now.. meh. They have more carpets at Home Depot.

It’s just not worth getting too upset about stuff anymore.

As the saying goes: barf happens.

At Least Something Fits

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After yesterday’s fiasco with the bookcase at very least I can share some good news from our recent adventures on craigslist.

While at the dealer shopping for ill fitting furniture, we also found this candle holder thing that we are both not sure if it’s really ugly or we like it.

Here, decide for yourself:

It’s about 2 feet across and although we don’t have them yet there’s four little holders for small candles.

It costs us five bucks, so it was really a no brainer.

We needed something to for the space next to the TV because the TV isn’t centered in the room because we need it to cover the breaker panels behind.

I had suggested a clock but this works well too. And it’s hard to beat the price. Heck, it’s cheaper than paint.