Monthly Archives: January 2011

Never again

Never again will I go to home depot and feel like a loser for not being able to tell the helpful handymen there what I am looking for.  Okay, that's blatantly untrue, but at least I can now tell them what kind of screw or bolt I'm looking for thanks to this helpful chart.

I am nowhere close to being a handyman or hardware geek, computer or otherwise, but that chart appeals to my (obsessive compulsive) organizational side on a deep level and makes me smile.

More to come…

We were talking about some wedding stuff this morning over breakfast and Amber inadvertently reminded me how long it has been since I've blogged.  One of the things I've been meaning to post was that Amber and I recently celebrated our second anniversary!  As some of you know, we are what I like to think of as romantic and we like to celebrate every month (others may consider us sappy), but this was an honest-to-goodness anniversary.

Time flies when you are madly in love, doesn't it?

Amber had long ago purchased tickets for us to see Spring Awakening (one of Amber's favorites) the following weekend at the Pantages Theater, which happened to be where we had our first date.  So as my gift, I booked a room at a nearby hotel and we made a bit of a weekend of it.  Happily, downtown Tacoma has cleaned up quite a bit since I lived down south and we had a fun time checking out the waterfront and the Museum of Glass.  Our hotel, the Murano, was even named for a Venetian island famous for its glass.  Of course, I had no idea of this at the time.  The museum was really cool, especially the hot shop where we saw glass being blown.

I started out writing this post thinking that the title would refer to more posts to come, but now I realize that it is really me looking forward to all the great stuff to come for me and Amber.  Love you, Sweetie!

Health goals for 2011

I've had some friends ask me about my New Year's Resolutions, but honestly, I've not actually codified them yet.  There are a lot of things that I would like to do and achieve this year, but as always, I suffer from angst about how to fit everything into a day along with work and getting to bed at a decent hour.  Admittedly, I do spend at least some time in front of the TV that could be channeled into other efforts, but I also think that down time is necessary.  So I continue to struggle with with this.  I can't imagine how people with kids manage their time.

One of the things that I am resolute about is improving my health this year.  For me, this primarily means eating better and exercising more.  Over the last month or two of 2010, these efforts went pretty far off the rails, but I'm determined to get back on track this year.  For the eating side of things, here are some of my goals:

  • Eat at home more often.  Toward this end, Amber and I are doing another month of home cooking to kick this off.  I've been taking my lunch everyday (with the exception of a team lunch out).  We also went out for dinner Sunday with Heather and Jason (their Christmas gift to us) and we are going out this weekend for another special occasion.  Even with these exceptions, I'm still happy with our progress so far.
  • Keep track of what I eat.  I've done this before and it is the single biggest factor in my success.  I have an Excel spreadsheet where I itemize everything I eat and estimate of how many calories I've consumed.  My daily goal is 2000 calories for now.

The exercise goals need some more work.  I need to come up with a plan for gradually increasing the amount and variety of exercise I'm doing each week.  Right now, I'm focusing on the exercise bike and stretching.  Here's my goal for this week:

  • Ride at least 30 minutes four times this week
  • Stretch every day
  • Always take the stairs.  This is something that I usually do, but I will admit that sometimes I get lazy at work even though I have a maximum of four flights to do.  I'm not expecting much of a benefit from this, but every little bit helps, right?

The stretching is pretty important I think since I have bad knees.  The exercise bike doesn't seem to aggravate this too much, but I want to be working back up to running and that seems to lead to serious knee pain if I'm not careful.

Over the next few weeks and months, I want to add:

  • Elliptical
  • Some sort of weight training
  • Swimming (my nemesis)
  • Real biking
  • Running

It seems daunting when I write it all down like that, which is why I'm taking it slow.

So far this year, I've managed to lose eight pounds, which is a little more than I would want to lose this quickly, but I'm assuming that it is going to taper off to between 1.5-2 pounds a week soon.  If it doesn't, I'll adjust things. 

37.4 pounds to my goal.

In conclusion

I've been intending to post this since Saturday, and since I am now (somewhat surprisingly) getting questions about the state of our refrigerator saga, I've decided I better get to it.

So, without further ado, I give you the most boring video ever.

We have ice being made on demand.  Finally.

XKCD and wedding goodness

Amber, family and friends are all at the big Seattle Wedding Show today.  I am home waiting for yet another attempt to get a refrigerator that actually makes ice, which is probably for the best.  In the spirit of doing wedding stuff, though, here's a great link that Anne shared with us the other day: XKCD Wedding Cake

Here's the XKCD it is based on:

For those readers who are new to XKCD, make sure you hover over the comic to see funny text associated with the comic.

Should we start a movement?

Everyone needs to take a moment to look at this XKCD comic and the related Wikipedia article.  I think the XKCD is one of the best ideas ever.  Any teachers reading this should consider implementing its wisdom.

The Ice Man Cometh… Not!

Welcome to 2011!  I had a great holiday in every respect, except one: our ice maker still does not fulfill its stated purpose.  Our friendly Sears service technician came yesterday and replaced the brand new ice maker in our brand new refrigerator with another brand new icemaker that was shipped to the house last week.  Unfortunately, it worked no better than the older brand new icemaker.  He spent about two hours fiddling with the refrigerator and talking with sears tech support.  These fine support professionals came to the same conclusion they did before: the brand new icemaker is broken.  Their proposed solution: ship a new icemaker to the house and have the service tech come out to install it in two weeks.


I don't know how many of you have heard the saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, but this thought immediately popped into my head at this proposal.  I think I said something clever like, "You're kidding, right?  Are you insane?"

I'll allow that it is possible that two ice makers have arrived on my doorstep D.O.A., the first safely encased in our expensive brand new refrigerator, but it seems relatively unlikely.  As a more rational person than the technician on the phone, or at least as someone who could actually see my irritation at this proposed course of action, the service technician wisely suggested that we should get a new refrigerator since it was still under warranty and not continue to waste everyone's time repeating the icemaker replacement.

The soonest they could schedule delivery for my new brand new refrigerator was Wednesday, but of course, they couldn't tell me when.  I had to call tonight to find out that they planned to deliver it between one and three tomorrow - exactly the time neither Amber nor I could be home to accept delivery.  So now we are expecting our new brand new refrigerator sometime Saturday.


Despite our lack of ice on demand, we really did have a great vacation and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.  I'll try to post some pictures in the next couple of days and some of my goals for 2011.

Happy New Year!