Friday, August 29, 2008
The kids are off from school today so we will get them into the action.
I got a follow up call today on the job I am pursuing. They had some more details about the position and will start interviews next week.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I got the screen on the kids' laptop fixed finally. But when it came back from the shop, the screen was dark. I put it next to Lucie's and made sure all the settings were identical but it was still dark. Then I found that when the techs installed the new screen, they must have reversed something because when I tried to brighten the screen, it darkened and vice versa! So back I go tomorrow. Should be a quick fix.
The kids seem to be enjoying school but are having to get used to going to bed early - after homework. Ashleigh actually starts driver's ed tomorrow! Yikes!
We went to Texas Roadhouse for supper to celebrate a friend's birthday. Always a good time there. The rest of the day was spent unpacking boxes that have been in the basement for 12 years, vacuuming, laundry, and burning DVDs of Lucie's ceremony the other night. Pretty slow. The update on the job I have an active application for is that interviews will begin September 8. Meanwhile, I keep looking and following leads from all sources.
Monday, August 25, 2008
We went to our friends' wedding on Friday night. That was fun and we had a good time and some good laughs. They have rode off into the Florida sunset for a week at Disney then a cruise. Above are a couple of pictures of the Hale family at the wedding.
On Saturday, I got up at the unholy hour of 4:45 AM and took Ashleigh to school to catch a bus for a 2 hour ride to the southern part of the state for a field hockey day. A lot of schools participated and she had a good time. Lucie spent the day preparing for her girls honoring/recognition program at church Sunday night. Which went very well by the way.
Today was Elliott's first day back to school and after wearing shorts all summer, we found he has outgrown all his long pants. So it looks like a trip to Kohl's tonight. Ashleigh starts school tomorrow.
The Olympics ended last night so it is back to hum drum TV. But with all the new channels, there are some good older movies on that I have recorded. Everything else is pretty quiet.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Ashleigh is still doing double sessions of field hockey practice. And trying to finish her summer reading and report writing. Elliott is fine tuning his Halo and Guitar Hero skills... I am still waiting on the finaly tally for the books I am selling online but we donated a bunch to our church and the Cancer Federation is coming tomorrow to pick up about 300 of them. Lucie is planning the Honors Celebration for a large group of girls at church Sunday night. After that, we are going to paint the family room.
No basketball for me tonight as our cruise friend is having her wedding rehearsal at the church. I told her we would play real quietly but I think she is afraid some of the people in the rehearsal would run over and play with me! ha ha Best wishes, Katie...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Meanwhile, I continue loading ISBN numbers on to the web trying to get some prices. I have gotten a few hits. It is like playing a slot machine - I enter the numbers, hit SEND, and see if I am a winner. It is strange what they want to buy - obscure, dated books, cookbooks, etc. When I get a hit, I then do some online research to see if the book is actually worth a lot more than they are willing to give me for it. I have done a few hundres books so far and should finish the rest tonight.
Ashleigh started double field hockey practice sessions today. She and Elliott went to Six Flags with the church youth group yesterday. It was pretty hot out but they had a great time. School starts for them next week (though for some dumb reason Ashleigh starts this Friday...).
Someone posted a comment in the Constituting blog post asking who Elliott was mimicking in the picture. Neither he nor I remember. They had plaques on the floor saying who was who but we don't recall.
I have an application under review right now. I got an initial email saying that I was qualified for the position I was applying for. Now to wait for the interview. I will post details when I can.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The house looks a lot bigger and more organized now. Moving the stuff around really opened up the place. We bagged up at least 6 big bags of old stuff (and I mean stuff like an MS DOS 6 upgrade package, Ashleigh and Elliott's homework for the past few years, and cookbooks that were never opened...!).
One thing you can say about us Hales, when we put our minds to something, we work at it till we are done! All of us were working on sorting out stuff, throwing things away, vacuuming, moving furniture, etc. Good day!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
We have been watching the Olympics every night and loving it. Very exciting. Almost as exciting as the on-going story of those guys in Georgia that found the body of Bigfoot...!
Ashleigh survived her first day of field hockey. We are going to be doing some furniture re-arranging today (thus I am online 'working'!). I think we may unpack some boxes from 12 years ago when we moved here...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday was a beautiful day at the beach. Once we got there... Traffic going down was horrible and it was more crowded than I have ever seen. But we met a bunch of church friends there and it was a good time.
On Sunday, Lucie had a bunch of church lady friends over so I and another orphaned husband took the kids out for lunch and to the mall. That evening we had a rough storm come through quickly and it hailed for a while.
We have been re-arranging some furniture and Lucie is wanting to paint some more so that has kept us busy. The pool valve that regulates the water return to the steps or the regular jets is acting up when the solar valve opens. Not sure what to do about that besides watch it I guess.
Watched one of the all time worst movies I have ever seen last night: The Signal. It was supposed to be scary about a tone that comes over the TVs and cell phones and makes people go nuts. It was nuts all right. Fast forwarded through it. Terrible.
I have a good lead on a job that looks promising. Some things have to line up just right for it to work out but there is something in motion.
Elliott has a final toe appointment tonight and then it is boneless ribs on the grill!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We are heading to the beach later today so I called the cable company again and asked if I could return the box that doesn't work to a cable place down there since our local one is in the opposite direction. Nope, can't do that as the boxes are configured differently. While I had the rep on the phone, I asked her if and when I do get the right box, will it work as soon as I hook it up? "Sure," she says. I told her last night the rep said I had to wait till Friday. So she digs around and finally says that the tech that is coming out Friday has to activate the digital channels and she can't do it any sooner or it will mess up the phone switching schedule so I am out of luck.
I need a day at the beach after this...
Off Elliott and I went to the cable place to get a digital box (we have never used one nor needed one with the basic cable we had). The person behind the counter handed over the unit (actually handed the unit through a bullet-resistant one-way door at the cable service center fortress) and we headed home. We did some other running around for the evening.
When we got home, I hooked up the digital converter box and called the number on the sheet to activate it. However, that number rang to a hotel reservation desk in St. Lucia (in the Caribbean!!!). That person said they get those calls all the time! So I called the cable company and this rep told me that I was given an HD converter box (which I didn't need) and it was going to cost me an additional $6.95 a month! Not only that, but even if we had the new box, it wouldn't be active until the following Friday when the guy came out to hook up the digital phone service! What?! So now the box has to go back and after a LONG day, we are no better off tonight then we were this morning! Except we are saving money I suppose.
Amazing how we really couldn’t get a straight answer from anybody at the cable company. They all seemed to mean well, and it will end happily, but it was kind of aggravating.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Lucie hosted a pool party for a girls group from church last night. Great day for it and everyone had fun. Especially the person who took home a parting gift - my swim goggles! But I am sure they will turn up somewhere. Elliott went to a pool party last night with the boys church group.
Had a nice talk with a friend from NH who is in IT security. He was very kind and forwarded my resume to his HR people. He also put me back in contact with an old friend who retired from the Army as a security specialist.
Made some adjustments to my new outside light last night. That seems to be working really well.
In the middle of grilling some chili cheeseburgers, the gas tank ran out. Swapped that out for a full one so I will be exchanging the empty one today too I guess.
Lucie is off today doing a bunch of stuff. I may drive her around for the day. Basketball tonight. Looks like another really nice day out.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Yesterday I took the kids to the dentist (they are fine - no cavities and Elliott's teeth still aren't ready for braces the doc says). While I was there waiting in the lobby, an old man was having difficulty getting out of his chair. His granddaughter couldn't pull him out so a couple of nearby women got up to help. Well, I couldn't let them put me to shame so I got up and took over. The old man had me turn this way and stand in that way and then he finally grabbed my arm and I raised him to his feet. As he shuffled off to his car, he thanked me and explained that he had no legs below his knees...
Cooked up some steaks and scallops (on sale) for dinner last night. That was good.
Today I am taking Ashleigh over for her annual contact lens checkup and tonight there is another girls church group pool party over here.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Ashleigh got back after 10 last night but had a good time. Not too tired as she slept in the van quite a bit. Things are going to get busy around here for her soon as she has some school work to do and start training for field hockey.
I added a link to the left of this which will bring you to a photo album of all of the pictures I have used in the blogs. I grabbed a lot of them off of the web so feel free to do the same.
Our outside motion detector light stopped detecting motion so I will be replacing that today.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Ashleigh is on her way home from Alabama after spending a week there with a church group. I guess she had a good time - we didn't hear much from her!
Pretty quiet weekend. We went to some outlet shops this side of Baltimore and I got a new coffee maker because I broke a little tab off my old one and the filter holder wouldn't stay shut. Got a great deal (cheaper than WalMart).
We picked up Elliott from his campout on Saturday night at 5 and he slept from the time we got home till 8 the next day! He had a great time riding behind the jet skis and getting bounced into the water.
On Sunday we got some great prices on steaks so we cooked out and hung around the house.
I sent my resume to a friend from NH today who is going to review it and possibly send it on to his company. Still looking to stay local here - his company has many locations.
Looks like a nice day so I will go mow the dead grass. Hardly worth the effort but it is kind of uneven so I will spruce it up a bit.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
We did some errands all day and then it was basketball for me last night. I played fair all evening but did well in the last game. Good workout.
Tonight Elliott is going to a campout with a bunch of kids from church. Not sure what Lucie and I will do.
Oh, and I almost forgot to add that the Red Sox traded Manny Ramirez to LA. I guess our picture of him on the refrigerator has to come down...