Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Here we are today - our 26th wedding anniversary. Seems like yesterday we were walking along the path to the Little Harbor Chapel in Portsmouth, NH. Fast forward to today and we find that Ashleigh has started her junior year at Stevenson University and tomorrow we will be taking Elliott to Boston College. It's bad enough that we are suddenly finding ourselves older than we feel or really recognize, but the house is sure going to be big and quiet without A&E coming and going. All part of life and we are feeling so blessed - things could be much worse. Turning the page and looking forward to what is coming next...
Sunday, June 23, 2013
- If the power washer is labeled, "Easy Start," it doesn't.
- The choke on the engine is foreshadowing for what you want to do to yourself while trying to get it started.
- There is never a neighbor around when you need a hand with the ladder.
- There is always a neighbor around to watch you drop the ladder when you try to move it.
- The hose will find any object in your yard to tangle itself around.
- More time is spent working on the power washer than actually using it.
- There is a direct correlation between the degree of dryness you are trying to maintain and the temperature of the water (dryer=colder)
- You will have more water run down your arms when spraying overhead than what actually comes out of the end of the sprayer
- Your legs shake faster on a ladder than they ever could on land
- Everyone in the house suddenly has errands to run when the power washer is rolled out
- The power washer will only run out of gas when you are at the top of the ladder
- It doesn't matter whether you wash an overhang first thing or last thing - you will always get dripped on
- The wind blows directly towards you as long as you squeeze the spray trigger
- The dirtiest spot on the house is 6 inches beyond the reach of the spray
- You only notice the spots you missed when everything is put away
Posted by Shawn H at 9:11 AM
Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Meanwhile, Elliott is out in Anaheim, CA sightseeing and having a blast - and doing a little DECA competing as well. He is representing Delaware in the national competition. He ran into some future Boston College attendees out there and he is having fun. Ashleigh is doing well on her finals and will be home in a week or two.
Now about the rings... The top left image is what is left of my original wedding ring from 26 years ago. It was pretty thin metal and broke so we had it cut and mounted on another band about 25 years ago. The other day I pulled the sliding glass door shut a bit too hard and it mashed the ring, and the finger in it, pretty good. The ring took the biggest hit and it squashed into an oblong shape. I had to get pliers to just get it off but I couldn't get it back into shape. So I did some digging and found that tungsten is about the strongest metal you can get and it is quite inexpensive. So I went to a few jewelry stores but wound up finding that one in the lower right at Kohl's. After using a 30% savings coupon, gift card, and other markdowns, I got it for 74% off! It is thick and heavy which are terms I can identify with...
Posted by Shawn H at 5:59 PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
So customer service at restaurants - seems to be a thing of the past. A few weeks ago we went to a new local seafood restaurant chain and waited quite a while to be served. The food was good and they were new so we weren't too concerned. Went back last week. Waited 15 minutes just for our drink order to be taken and an entire hour (I timed it) for our meal to come out. At the 45 minute mark I asked the manager what the problem was and he blamed it on the kitchen. I made sure to say the waitress was very attentive and not to be blamed. When the food came out 15 minutes later, the waitress was upset and had been crying. To make it worse, our bill wasn't right (they should have given us the meal!). A couple of days ago we grabbed our Hardee's coupons and headed off to the drive-thru for a buy one, get one free burger special. Very simple - 4 burgers. No meals or anything extra. We got to the pick up window and waited, and waited, and waited... Finally they told us to pull around to the front and someone would bring us our food. So we did. And we waited. After 8 minutes we went back through the drive-thru. Oh, they were so sorry. Terribly sorry. So sorry that they gave us free apple pies. TWO! What?! Clearly there are 4 of us... On a positive note, our friends took us out to Chili's and we had GREAT service and a good time. So it's not all bad. At least I didn't think so till this morning. I was filling out the online customer review survey for Dunkin Donuts (they give you a code for a free donut when you submit it) and I happened to notice on the bill that without asking, they gave me the senior discount...
Posted by Shawn H at 11:20 AM
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Ashleigh is doing fine at school and is active at her church - looking at doing some outreach ministries over spring break and maybe the summer. Hard to believe that soon she will be halfway through her undergrad nursing program.
Work just keeps getting better and better for me. Loving everything I do and the people I am working with.
The lease on Lucie's Rav4 is ending later this month. We thought we would just buy it outright or possibly lease a newer Toyota. But our local dealer, a guy we have worked with for years, went to the dark side and was so focused on putting us into a new, more expensive car, that Lucie got sick of him and his half-truths so she went across the street and leased a Buick Verano. More features, newer, nicer car - and cheaper. She is pretty happy. The color? Mocha... Picture below:
Posted by Shawn H at 11:46 AM
Thursday, February 7, 2013
On the way home the other afternoon, a rock flipped up and took a chip out of the Acura windshield. I am like a rock magnet. I don't know how many windshields I have had repaired or replaced over the years. I immediately called GEICO and within a couple of hours, a tech from Safelite was in my driveway fixing the crack! He finished in about 15 minutes - no charge. The trick is to get it sealed up before it spreads. So that worked out well.
The final story, staying consistent with the "cracking" theme, is that I read it is not only OK, but encouraged to feed your dog raw eggs. No danger of salmonella since dogs can eat raw meat and other things humans can't. It is a good source of protein and makes their coats shiny. So every morning I barely crack an egg in Mocha's bowl and she eats it right down! Britni the beagle doesn't like them though.
Posted by Shawn H at 11:50 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
That pretty much captures my day so far. My last post told the happy ending of my ADT story. The tech came out yesterday and put in a nice new keypad. Of course he didn't leave a manual or write down the numbers of the alarm zones but I am working on that. Anyway, the original keypad issue came from their proposed cost for repairs because I didn't have a maintenance agreement. Since they were kind enough to waive the repair fee, I thought I would go ahead and sign up for the maintenance plan. I called and asked the rates. They told me I was not eligible for a maintenance plan because my system was over 8 years old. My only option was to upgrade the entire system. So I needed a maintenance plan to avoid a high repair cost but I am not eligible for a maintenance plan. Nice. At least I tried.
Meanwhile, I have been having terrible internet connection speeds with my internet provider and after 3 calls, I found a knowledgeable rep who determined I had faulty equipment. He ordered me a brand new gateway (combo modem and router) and said I would get it early this week. It is not something I can pick up at the local cable center. Meanwhile, he scheduled a tech to come out and look things over. The tech was out the next day, checked that all of my wiring was good, and confirmed the gateway would be delivered within a week. So I patiently waited a week (until today) for the gateway to arrive. It didn't. I called the cable company. Of course they did NOT order the gateway and said the tech was supposed to bring it. Wrong. The rep said she could place the order today and I would get it NEXT week. Unacceptable. I asked if I could pick one up at a cable center. No. I asked if a tech was driving around in my area with one that he could bring by. She had no way of knowing that. After explaining to her that none of this was my fault, and I am paying for service I am not getting, she said she would ship me one priority. But since it was after 10, I wouldn't get it until Friday. The tech who came out last week was kind enough to leave his cell number with me so I called him but he couldn't help me either. Guess I will have to wait and hope they placed the order this time.
And on it goes...
Posted by Shawn H at 2:04 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Speaking of Comcast, lately my internet has bogged way down. If I reboot the modem and router, I get my usual fast speeds. But during the day, the speeds drops way down. After 3 phone calls and a tech visit to the house, I am getting a new gateway - combo of modem and router all in one. Looking forward to that.
Northeastern University is in town today to play the University of Delaware in men's basketball. The NU Alumni Association offered discount tickets along with a pre-game social time at Wild Wings. Elliott and I were all set to go but he couldn't get off of work so Lucie and I are going to the social event, then another friend and I will go to the game.
Posted by Shawn H at 9:44 AM
Saturday, January 12, 2013
All is going good. Very busy with work but it is a good busy. The weather has been great. Ashleigh goes back to school on Sunday. Elliott saved up his money and bought himself a laptop (obviously disappointed he didn't get one for Christmas!).
This month both the Pathfinder and the older Rav4 were due for inspection and registration. The Pathfinder needed a new windshield (for over a year actually) and rear brakes and the Rav4 needed new tires. We weren't sure how we were going to pull that off but we had some unexpected money come in that just covered the costs! What a miracle. Got all of the work done and both cars passed inspection with no problems. They are good for 2 years now. I'm pretty happy and relieved that both of them are safer now (they are the cars the kids drive).
Posted by Shawn H at 11:00 AM