The Cardboard Box Part III

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I didn’t really think I would be writing about BW’s cardboard box again, but here I am.

See that blank space under the sign where the box is supposed to go?

The box was there when BW left work.

And then when she came back today it was gone.

It turns out the cleaning staff took and then recycled her $100 recycling box. Essentially it went into the black hole of recycling boxes.

This is not good. Because: $100. That’s a lot of pies.

BW went and found the sanitation people and it turns out that yes, the box got recycled and yes it’s now cut up into tiny pieces. And yes, she’s hosed.

BW did manage to find the part of the box with the pre-paid fedex return sticker on it and the plastic bag that was in the garbage and with some tape and markers managed to make a new box so she can continue her recycling hobby.

All this to save candy wrappers from the landfill. Next time you think about tossing that gum wrapper think about all the hard work BW is doing to try and save the little fellas.

I laughed and and laughed today when BW told me this story because I thought something like this might happen, and sure enough it did.

I’m hoping I don’t have to write about this box again, but with BW – you just never know. 🙂

Mr. American Pie

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Today was a pretty big day for me. I became a US citizen.


A few things about the photo above:

  1. I have no idea who the guy behind me was. (kidding! He was the judge)
  2. This was the first time I have worn a tie in over a year

Also, I was given an naturalization certificate. I have proof. I didn’t just make this up.

BW could not make it to the event today due to work, so my MIL drove across the state of New York to watch yours truly take his oath because – well, I’m family now (and have been for a while) .

It was a very, very nice venue for such an event as it was held at the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Site which is not the norm so not only was it a special event but it was at a special venue too – just one day past President’s day (and family day back in the old country)

Today 31 people like myself became US citizens from 18 countries.

There was a play about the inauguration, as well as a barbershop quartet that sang the national anthem. This was not what was expected. The judge was very nice and even allowed us for a re-shoot so we could get a few more pictures after the ceremony.

The form said no mobile phones so we left them in the car, but lots and lots had phones and I think that I would have more photos rather than have to show how to use a camera. But we got a few good ones and they are all the same save for one of me at the stage to collect my certificate.

I have to tell you that I was getting a little nervous and thought I was forgotten about because it seemed like they called everybody but me but the worry was all for naught because I was called up and handed the certificate.

I have to share that it was kind of scary handing over my green card for the last time as it took me so much to move here and get it and then give it away. The USCIS representative joked about this when she was talking about what to do when you get the certificate, etc so it seems this is a common thing and I’m not the only neurotic one. 🙂

This was a team effort. I might have been the one with certificate in my hand but I would not be here without the Support of both BW’s and my families and friends that helped in so many different ways. Also, I would like to thank the Academy…..

Of course, this would not be a blog post without some mention of pie, but I hate to disappoint. Considering that the last time I got handed a certificate of any kind was over 25 years ago you would think that pie would be on the menu right?


We did go out for a nice dinner at Dick and Jenny’s and then we split some cheesecake.

So it’s kind of like pie. Regardless it was still delicious.

Lastly, the best part is that I am done with the immigration system. No more forms to fill. No more fingerprinting.

I remember when BW and I were still dating and we talked about how it would take about five years or more to get here and it seemed soooo long and far away – if not impossible to actually get to the citizenship step, but here I am.

And I have to tell you I kind of like my new home. 🙂


TH and Co.

A Trip to Best Buy

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I have gone to Best Buy many many times over the years and have always come home empty handed, because of the wife approval factor.

It took me six years of wedded bliss and an OK by BW but I was finally allowed to go and actually buy something! As the photo shows, I bought a Google PixelBook that I am writing this on now in Google Docs

And It’s great and all I need for my work. I have used – and still love – using Macs and other PC’s and I have tried to return them but then I realize that I do all my work in Google Chrome so it made sense to just get a Chromebook.

In a way, this laptop purchase is a celebration of sorts but I can’t share what just quite yet.

So as they say in the movies…. Stay tuned.

The Hundred Dollar Box, Part II

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Yesterday after spending too much money at Home Depot, we continued our errands and went to BW’s office, because big exciting times would be had: the $100 box is here

Of course we just had to see what a hundred dollar box looked like when all assembled:

And… it’s a box. But you do get a free garbage bag with it as well so there’s that. It even comes with instructions on how to build the box.

After it was built, we had to test it out and see if it worked:

And what to you know, it does! BW seems afraid of it though. 🙂

And that’s how we spend our Saturday night.

The big question I guess is – was the box worth it? I think so. It seems silly to cough up that much for a box but BW seems to be having a great time with the recycling and composting thing and there’s much worse so I won’t complain.

Also, she had Hershey’s Kisses in her office so I was good. And when I was done, I tossed the wrapper in the box.

A Carpet for the Pet

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I should have been helping.

It started out as a slow Saturday but then I suggested that after lunch we go out and buy the blinds she wanted.

Today’s Lesson: Do not go to Home Depot with your wife. She will find stuff to organize and beautify the house with.

Today’s example is a new area carpet for the Living Room that I did not know we needed.

We bought it, and only after did we realize it might not fit in the Honda. Thankfully, it did.

And I don’t think there’s anybody in the house that’s more thankful than the dog about our new purchase.

Because after years and years of nothing but laminate floor to lie on, she finally has a warmer and softer place to sleep.

Is Your Refrigerator Running?

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I get a call from BW just as I am leaving work:

“What do you NOT want to do tonight?”, she asks.

Ummmm… I give up. Tell me.

“We are going refrigerator shopping”, she tells me.

Our fridge has died.

Oh. Good.

So I forget hitting the grocery store on the way home because what would be the point?

About 10 minutes later, she calls me back and informs me that the fridge is once again running.

Good. Crisis Averted. $1000+ Saved.

Once I get home,we realize the real problem with the fridge: The light bulb is burned out.

My guess is this: BW opened the fridge and was greeted with darkness and went into OMG WE NEED A NEW FRIDGE mode. She didn’t hear it hum so so she assumed the worst. But in fact the fridge was off because it was cool enough. But the lights were indeed burned out.

At least this is what I am going with. I could be wrong but my backup pie in the freezer is still frozen so that’s good because otherwise it would be PIE FOR BREAKFAST!

And to think I didn’t know what I was going to write about earlier today.

BW to the rescue once again.

This Note’s For You

Categories 2018

I think that after six years BW and I have finally figured out this ‘being married’ thing. Like most couples, you have high hopes that it will all work out but you never really know. It’s important to have a right ‘match’ in life and with BW I have it.

Last year, I just picked up some cookies on the way home for Valentine’s day. But this year I went all out and made BW a card that you see above.

I actually went to the dollar store and bought the poster board and the stick on letters. That was the easy part – the hard part was trying to sneak the stuff in to the house. You never realize how much we are joined at the hip until you try to smuggle something in the house that your wife won’t notice.

This would not have been a problem if it was a laptop computer because I’m always buying and selling these but hoo boy is hard to sneak poster board into the house. Thankfully BW did finally go to work and this allowed me to get creative and make the card.

This card needs some explanation.

My work schedule has changed, but when I was working Saturdays – before I left in the morning I would get the coffee maker ready and leave BW a note with her cup ready to go – all she had to do was push the button. It somehow became a Saturday morning tradition.

These notes are just silly little rhymes or drawings but what makes these special are the fact that they are written on ugly christmas sweater notes that my 7 year old nephew gave me.

Over time I’ve saved these notes.

BW has been asking me to blog about these time and time again, and kept telling her to be patient because I had this card idea in my head

Finally after a very long wait I presented her with this beauty of a card.

And I have to say it was a success. Between the anniversary and the fact that valentines day is 2 days later, there’s been flowers and books and home made cards but now that all that is over we have to get back to normal routine.

Besides I’m out of poster board.

The Crown

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I was going to write about valentine’s day today because, well, it is.

But BW gave me better fodder for my blog today so I will write about the big day later this week – tomorrow probably. But today..

BW had a cracked tooth and today went to get started with a new crown for her busted tooth.

But things got a bit out of hand. Fast.

Apparently her idea of getting fitted for a crown was in an alternate reality compared to what really needs to happen.

I wasn’t there to witness this but in BW’s pretty little head she thought a crown would just be some plastic cap or something the dentist would slip on and she would be in and out of the dentist’s office in a jiffy.

So one can imagine her surprise when she saw the needle! OMG the needle! Nobody said anything about needles!

She tells me she had a nervous breakdown at the sight of this and protested the entire operation because she thought there would be no needles and grinding.

Spoiler alert: there were needles and grinding.

It was so bad she had to go home and sleep and yet when I got home from work she was still grumpy and miffed that this dental exercise caught her completely off guard. In short, she was not prepared.

In her pretty little head she had a completely different scenario than what would actually transpire, and there was drama. Oh boy, do I feel for our dentist. the spirit of the day I came home with cookies.

Because cookies make everything better when you’ve had a bad day.

Happy Valentines Day, BW!

Ground Dog Day

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A few weeks back I wrote about groundhog day but today is ground dog day. They are not to be confused.

As the name suggests – this is a holiday just for dogs where the dogs notice that there’s some sun in the window and promptly start to lie on the ground in the sun.

Here’s how to celebrate this holiday:

Rules For Dogs

First , you note that there is this strange glow coming in from the windows – you realize that it’s actual sunshine.

Then, you get down off of your heated throne and go lounge in the sunshine for the first time in many months. This is great! You say to yourself as you zonk out on the floor until it’s dinner time – or the sun goes down – whatever comes first.

It’s not quite summertime yet where you can go sunbathe on the back deck but after so many short days it’s a treat to do some sunbathing. Sleeping on the couch when your owners are not around was getting so old. Same couch – different day. But this..this is great!


Rules For Dog Owners

It’s easy to recognize ground dog day even though technically it’s not on any calendar:

Check your flooring areas. If there is any sign of sunshine and your dog is lying there then today is the day. If all you see is dog hair then it means that winter is still here. Also, maybe you should vacuum.

Rules for all of US

Hang in there. It will be spring soon. 🙂

Pretty in Pink

Categories 2018

If you wait long enough, fashion will come full circle and what was once out of fashion is now in fashion once again.

For example, I have bigger glasses again than I have in the past. They’re not quite the tortise shell montrosities of the eighties, but they are getting there.

And then last week I went jean shopping and found that the jeans of my youth are in style again.

And they’re under $30 bucks for a pair. Oh, and they’re stretchy too which is a good thing because: pie.

Oh the flashbacks of all the hours I fretted about having the right taper on my pants in the 80’s . I was a regular customer at many a tailor over the years because the thought of being caught in a straight leg or even worse – floods, still gives me nightmares.

Fast forward to today where I go to buy any old pair of jeans really, but find that the fashion of my youth is cool again and this time around they are cheaper and stretchy too (because, pie)

It looks like for a brief period of time this spring I might actually be considered fashionable for a change.