Monthly Archives: December 2010

Not a Christmas Miracle

The refrigerator technician was here, right smack dab in the middle of the four-hour block of time.   Other his arrival time, it turns out that I was mostly right in my prediction for today with the following exceptions:

  • He didn't use a screwdriver.
  • Sears apparently doesn't use dirigibles.  They use UPS (whom I assume don't use dirigibles).

So instead of ice, we have another service appointment, bright and early on January 3rd and a new icemaker on the way.  I feel compelled to point out once again that the icemaker we have is actually already BRAND NEW as it came already installed in our BRAND NEW REFRIGERATOR, but apparently there is some subtly in this that I'm missing and I should expect the new "brand new" icemaker to work better than the old "brand new" icemaker.  Sigh.

By request here are a couple of pictures of our new appliance.

Shiny new cold goodnessThe inside of shiny new cold goodness

Christmas Vacation!

It's official, I'm on Christmas Vacation.  Ah the sweet taste of freedom.  Or semi-freedom.  Does semi-freedom taste like semi-sweet chocolate chips?

I write semi-freedom because this isn't quite like the Christmas Vacation of my youth.  Don't get me wrong, there will be much slacking, merriment and sleeping late, but there is a holiday project plan Amber and I have to get through.  There is still much to be done between now and Christmas, and New Years as well.  Top of the list for me: finish my Christmas shopping.  But that is going to wait until tomorrow, I think.  I can't bear the thought of fighting the crowds in the stores the weekend before Christmas.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Under ideal circumstances, I would go in the morning in hopes of missing more crowds, but unfortunately I have to be home tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a service technician to look at our BRAND NEW REFRIGERATOR.  It's shinny and it keeps the cold stuff cold and the frozen stuff much colder.  What it doesn't do, what it has never done,  is deliver ice cubes on demand through the convenient ice/water delivery chute in the front of the freezer door.  As this was the primary motivation for replacing our old refrigerator, we are both disappointed with this particular defect.

At this point, you are no doubt bursting with helpful troubleshooting suggestions.  Let me stop you right there.  Amber and I have both troubleshot the issue.  We've reviewed manuals.  We've sought out professional advice.  Yes, we are getting water through the door.  Yes, the ice maker is on.  Yes, it is cold enough in the freezer.  No, we still don't have any ice.  Yes, damn it, we are really getting water!

After careful examination, we've come to the conclusion that the thing is just plain busted.  Either that, or the product manuals and Sears professionals are deliberately trying to keep the solution from us.  Possibly in an attempt to once again gain entrance to our home for reasons passing understanding.

My hope is that the service technician will be here bright and early tomorrow, will point out the hidden and undocumented "don't make ice" bypass switch, sneer derisively at my incompetence and flip the switch, causing a cascade of perfectly formed ice cubes to burst forth at our whim.  My suspicion is that the service technician will be here at two, will look at the thing, maybe poke at it with a screwdriver, and say something really helpful like, "yep, that's busted."  At which point he will inform me that the part they need to fix our BRAND NEW REFRIGERATOR will be shipped by dirigible approximately three months from now and I should schedule another convenient four hour block of time for them to fix it sometime around April.

Maybe I'm wrong and there will be a Christmas miracle yet.


Made it to Wednesday.  That's a good thing.

I don't know why but the last couple of days I've been wishing we'd planned more vacation time for the holidays this year.  Maybe it's all the stuff that needs to get done between now and Christmas.  Or more likely it's just my laziness kicking in.

100_1351 Tonight is officially Christmas decorating night here, a.k.a. where are we going to put the tree now that we have the extra couch night.  I'm sure we'll figure it out.  The lighting isn't great, but I like this picture from last year's decorating.

On another note, you may have noticed I posted a little blurb from my phone the other day.  The app didn't work perfectly - unfortunately it doesn't seem to get tags from the blog - but it may be a configuration thing.  I'm still tempted to write my own, but I'd love it if someone would port Windows Live Writer to the WP7 platform.  I did download the tools and sign up for the marketplace so very soon I should be able to write and submit apps myself.  Still, I doubt my first app will be a blogging app.  I'll probably start smaller.

Blogging from my phone

Downloaded an app last night that should work with my blog. Just trying it out.
Posted with BloghuB for Windows Phone 7

December already?

I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it is December already.  I'm never sure where the time goes.  I'm also not sure how more than a week slipped by between posts again, but that probably comes as no surprise to my devoted readers (both of you).

I know you've all been dying to hear whether I got my new Samsung Focus as expected.  I did and I'm loving Windows Phone 7.  It is a huge step up from my last phone.  (Of course, I am a Microsoft employee, so I should point out that any comments or opinions I offer are my views alone and not those of the company.)  I've been playing with it a lot and I think it is a very competitive experience with other phones.

Thanksgiving Goodness! Pie!

I've taken some pictures with it, and I think the flash is amazing.  It may actually be brighter than the sun.  It seems like the reviews I've read really like the camera.  Unfortunately, most of my pictures have turned out a little blurry, but it is probably just my poor photography skills.  Here are some pictures I took at Thanksgiving with my phone.  I don't think these turned out too badly, but I'll keep working at it.

Amber and I were at her sister's place with their whole family and some friends for Thanksgiving.  As you know from previous posts, there was a little weather excitement in the form of snow leading up to turkey day so we were a little worried about slick roads right up until we were heading out, but the weather cleared up and the drive to Maple Valley wasn't an issue at all. 

It may have been the biggest Thanksgiving gathering I've attended.  There was quite the crowd of people and everybody brought incredible food to share.  Amber's sister Heather made a wonderful turkey with all the fixings and a ham for added measure.  We made mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, brussel sprouts, stuffing (all Amber's efforts), and a couple homemade pumpkin pies with a caramel pecan topping (my contribution).  After dinner, we played Bananagrams and Apples to Apples - apparently we couldn't stop with the food even when we weren't eating.  It was a great time and Heather deserved a round of applause for all her hard work making it happen.  Thanks, Heather!

I suppose I could say more about my phone, but I need to decide how to talk about it without sounding like a company shill so that will come later.  I did just download a trial version of a blogging app, so maybe I'll try posting using that for my next post.