Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Another sign of spring is our company softball games. Practice may start as early as tonight, and I can't wait to put on my cleats.
That's me last year. Just call it my softball slouch. Man, I need to do some yoga to work on that posture...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Woo hoo! A Wii Fit! I've really been wanting to add this to our Wii repertoire. We set it up today and have been getting quite the good workout. J kicks butt at the hula hoops, and is determined to show off his prowess at the ski slalom. I stink at the high wire, but I'm quite proficient at the ski jump. I think we're going to get a lot of good use out of this.
Speaking of Fits, we test drove a 2009 Fit yesterday:
Man, this thing is fun to drive. It's roomy as all get out and suits us well. I always notice the dumb little things, like the huge winshield that gives you a great vantage point, and the little storage nooks for drinks, change, etc. And it's quiet, which isn't a surprise, given the fact that we each have 10+ year old cars that probably lost their soundproofing capabilities years ago!
We're checking in on prices with our local dealer this week and finding out if we have to order one. But we hope to have a new car in the house by summer :)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Because I've gotten crunchy granola in my old age, I used my trusty hemp milk instead of the Lactaid that was in the fridge, and I used organic sugar and agave nectar to sweeten it. Despite my best efforts, it stuck to the pan a little, but I just sprinkled extra powdered sugar on top and it looked fine.
It was divine. Everyone loved it. The chocolate liqueur glaze soaks into the whole cake, making it very moist. J was particularly pleased, since there were a few slices left over to share with him when I got home.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Well, we sold our rental property. Yep, I drove down to Montgomery County this morning and signed our names a few times. And then we were done. I had lunch with our realtor and then headed home with a nice settlement check.
We're now down to one mortgage, and a really nice couple (and their son) are now the proud owners of a townhouse.
I think J will be a little sentimental tonight, since this was the first home he ever purchased.
When I got home, we received flowers from our awesome realtor.
Thanks Steve, they're beautiful!
If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Montgomery County, PA, you can't do any better than Steve Miller at Century 21. He made this about the smoothest process I've ever experienced, and he's a really nice guy. It was a pleasure from beginning to end.
Now we're off to have some shepherd's pie and a glass of champagne.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Our first trip was in Dallas, and we stayed at the Grand Hyatt DFW at the airport. It was great. You could literally walk off of your plane into the terminal, take a left, and you were at the elevators to the hotel. The staff were amazing. They would drop everything to greet you and ask if they could get you anything. The rooms were nice--when a hotel bathtub is practically calling you to come soak in it, you know things are good. And the food--pecan pie to die for, afternoon snacks that made me drool, it was great. I think the only drawback was a lack of outdoor ambience, but we were so busy it didn't matter too much.
We had a very successful meeting and I got home safely. Mission accomplished.
Berries on the nature walk
Florida has pretty flowers
We were then informed that the water would be shut off again from midnight to 6am, and were provided 2 bottles of water in the meantime to brush our teeth due to a boil water advisory. We were warned to shower the night before our final meeting, considering we had to be ready to go at 6:30, and 6am wasn't a guarantee.
Sure enough, water wasn't restored until 8am. Thank goodness I showered the night before, or I would have been screwed. But let me tell you, pouring a bottle of water over my head and trying to make my hair look decent was a challenge. Considering the fact I had to do a whole meeting, then get on a plane and travel back home over 5 hours, you wouldn't be surprised that I showered as soon as I got home at midnight.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Then the credit card company called and asked if we had charged $1400 worth of plane tickets on our card. Hey, I like to travel, but not that much. So we had to cancel our card, order new ones, and make sure nothing else was fraudulently charged.
Then J's work called wanting a document, so he had to hop onto a conference call while I dealt with the water company rep.
Once the water came back on (yes, it was a frozen water meter), J forgot about the bathroom sink that was on full blast with a slow drain. He finished his conference call while mopping up the water that was by then flowing all over the countertop and beyond.
All in all it turned out to be not too big a deal--water was restored at no charge to us, at least our CC company called us and didn't hold us responsible for fraud, and our bathroom "flood" was minor. It was just a lot of stuff to happen in a short period of time.
Today was better. The water is still running rather nicely, no major excitement happened before 7am, and we both got to work safely. Let's hope this winning streak continues.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
So here we sit, dirty, waiting for the water company to come.
Monday, March 2, 2009
It's work travel time! I'm on a 3-day break before the next jaunt. Just got back from Dallas, and at the end of this week I head to Tampa. Don't be jealous--I'm not actually going to see Tampa, just like I saw a grand total of 20 seconds of Dallas. And that's just because I walked outside of the airport hotel, so it's not like I actually saw Dallas, just a snippet of DFW.
Still, it will be nice to be someplace warm. We're having a snow day here in the Poconos, so I'm hanging out in my PJs enjoying the pace of life before it speeds up again.