Monday, May 26, 2008
Yep, you read right. Home Depot is the new love of my life. And I'm sure I'm not the only closet - or out-of-the-closet - lover of HD. Every time I go, I see people just like me lovingly gazing at all that HD offers.
I've been to HD two or three times this week, walking up and down the aisles, pricing needed items for upcoming projects or dreaming about what I would do with an unlimited budget. And it never gets old. I'm frequenting HD so much that I'm becoming a regular face, the sales people knowing who I am and what I'm looking for. One guy even knows my Texas history and teased me about it today.
And it doesn't stop there. My love doesn't hold back, and makes me feel like I can do anything. Yesterday, I walked out of the store almost certain I'm going to be an electrician when we're done installing and updating the outlets in our home. Do you have any idea how cool that is? I've learned how to update our switch boxes, install new outlets, wire the outlet plugs, install ceiling fans and fish wire through the walls. Thank you, HD, for making me feel empowered!
At this rate, and with this kind of empowerment given to me by my love, HD may replace Target as the place I take my weekly me-time trips.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Well, last night our instructor was telling us where we could go play during the summer and he mentioned that he needed two extra people that night for the class, so A and I got to play with the boys. I can't tell you how great it was to play volleyball with people who actually knew what they were doing and who cared about doing it right.
Also, I don't know if I ever mentioned this before, but I have a HUGE stigma about setting the ball. For whatever reason I've always been afraid of doing it - and as a result I've really sucked it up whenever I tried to do it, and managed to jack up my thumb the second week of play (and it's still so swollen that I have a man thumb!) Last night though, I had some amazing sets. And oddly enough, I felt really good doing it. That's not to say that I'm really good at it; there is definitely room for improvement, BUT I think I may have conquered my fear of setting.
So... it turns out that I REALLY enjoy playing volleyball and I'm going to try and play as much as possible. I'm going to make it my mission to go to pick-up games every week and try to get on a team this summer.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
- Tearing out carpet is disgusting, especially when the carpet is 40 years old.
- There's a good chance the carpet pad underneath will disintegrate on contact with air.
- Always have fun - it makes things so much easier
- If it seems too easy, brace for the hardship, because it's coming (and it came... in the form of a stairwell runner)
- Plumber's crack is funny, even when you're not a plumber and ESPECIALLY after 9 hours of removing carpet, tack and staples from 4 rooms and 15 stairs.
- Shop vacs are the greatest invention known to man - they pick up the biggest piles of disintegrated carpet with the greatest of ease.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Stephen closes on the house Friday, and we'll spend the weekend ripping out carpet; we've postponed the housewarming party to a TBD date since we don't want to rush things. We'll start moving next weekend and we haven't even packed yet, which is good, I guess, considering we don't have movers reserved.
I've been sick the past 4 days. Ironically, this is the third time in the past 4 months I've been sick: chills, fever, nausea, sweats, etc. Today was the first time I've been to the doctor up here. After being stuck in each arm to have blood drawn (yay for blood cultures!) I've got one minor infection (antibiotics for the next 10 days) and was told that my body isn't immune yet to the viruses up here.
My friend Kelly is moving back to Iowa today to spend her last two weeks in the country with her family before she goes off and fulfills her lifelong dream of serving in the Peace Corps. I saw pictures of her going away party and I'm so devastated that I missed it. For those of you who don't know, Kelly is the one who actually got Stephen and me together. And when she did, she said I better toast her at our wedding. Now I have to wait almost 3 years to toast her properly. So K, while I'm so proud of you for chasing your dream, know that I'll miss you more than words can say and I can't WAIT for you to come home! In honor of that, here is a photo of us from our greatest night ever.
My friend Devon is coming to Boston in a few weeks - our first visitor! I am so excited for her arrival. I'm going through the list of things we'll be doing while she's here. And then we're headed to Texas for the annual tube trip, and the week after that Bucky and Dusty are coming to visit us (or the Red Sox, but that's just semantics, right?). June is going to be a busy month.
Despite being ill multiple times since I've been here (dammit, hurry up you slow immune system!) I'm loving every day - ok, ALMOST every day - of Boston. This was seriously one of my better decisions, and each passing day makes me more grateful.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I ask this because office gossip spread like wildfire the other day and allegedly one of my colleagues was offended by a post that another colleague had written about them on their personal blog. Without going into more detail than that - because I don't know more than that, and, frankly, it's something I don't really want to know about beyond having a better understanding of what went down - it makes me wonder how to openly express your thoughts and not worry about offending people.
I'll admit that I'm cognizant of offending people on here, and I've written things that at some point that probably did offend someone. But I have to remind myself sometimes that my blog is written for me, not for other people. While I appreciate the fact that people actually read my blog, my blog is an area for me to discuss what's important to me, and sometimes things happen where I'm upset and I want to talk about them. Sometimes I'm upset about work and sometimes I'm upset with the people I work with, but I try to exercise extreme caution when discussing work - especially anyone at work - because I know that some people in my office read my blog and I don't want to be put in a bad situation.
So what do you think? How do you retain the ability to talk about things important to you when the lines are being blurred?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
If you don't like it, go easy on him - he's a newb.
Without further ado...
So here I am trying to come up with something witty pertaining to the fact that I’m originally from
News from the North!
You may be asking yourself, what possible news could this random individual have that pertains to me? To be perfectly honest not much if any in regards to my humble social life. News that SHOULD pertain to everyone however is the current political climate in the country. I’m a fairly avid reader of websites like www.Digg.com, www.slashdot.org, www.drudgereport.com and some various political blogs. I’m always amazed at our generation’s ability to vomit up ignorant buzz words. I don’t think it’s localized to just the 20-odd-something-or-others, but it’s depressing to see an onslaught of emoticons, poor grammar and poorly thought out editorials regurgitated over and over again.
Partially fueling this ‘intellectual shift’ seems to be the ever-increasing sense of entitlement in this country. Playing the victim card has become a past time in the legal system. Take a look in the realm of medicine: Have you injured yourself somehow? Call this number and we’ll make someone pay! This basic inability to accept consequences of your actions has numerous repercussions, not the least of which is driving up medical costs causing insurance prices to soar.
Wait a second:
(I really love this picture)
This post requires more ZAZZ! Let’s go ahead and switch gears a little bit. Allow me to illuminate you a little bit on who I am and why I’m even posting here to begin with. My name is Dan, yes I’m originally from
Thinking back I honestly can’t remember when the first time Michele and I met. It may have been at one of my co-worker’s parties, it may have been at volleyball. It doesn’t make a difference in the long run because I CAN BEAT HER AT
She does seem to share my affinity for social sports (
That’s about all I’ve got for this horribly convoluted post….I’ll leave you with a bit of wisdom in picture form:
Monday, May 5, 2008
I can't explain why I hate the Wings so much, but that hatred runs deep. Ever since I started following hockey, the Red Wings have been a thorn in my side. Perhaps it's because they're so good (it pains me to even say that), perhaps it's because my defensive idol, Darian Hatcher, was traded to them shortly after the '99 season when the Stars won the cup.
Regardless, once Detroit and Dallas go head-to-head, there will be so much smack talking between Stephen and me, we'll be sleeping in separate rooms by the time the series is over! At least it will be worth it when the Stars advance to the Finals.