Monday May 29, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_21

The weather was sunny and clear most of the week, with gusty winds most afternoons.

One of the burner switches on our stove went out as I was cooking scrambled eggs Monday morning. I swapped over to another burner when I realized I had been stirring the eggs for a while and they weren't changing. The light was also out on the burner panel.

After breakfast, Rich opened the stove and checked things out, then made some phone calls. he was able to locate and purchase a replacement switch. We're back to four burners again.

I had a job interview this week. I thought it went well at the time. Unfortunately, the company decided to move another employee into this position instead of hiring (me). Sigh. Plod, plod, plod.

I have another interview scheduled for the coming week. I need to "win" a job soon. My unemployment benefits have only one week left.

I got a freelance assignment to write an article for CalorieLab (an online diet and nutrition site).

Rich found a PhotoShop contest site; have you seen it? One of my favorites is King Sully.

The big news for this week is that we're having our roof re-done. A few months back, I noticed two discolored spots on the kitchen ceiling. oops. We had a leak. So Rich made some phone calls and got some bids; we chose our shingles and signed a contract; then we waited for better weather. That came this week.

The tear-up-and-shovel crew arrived at about 7:00 Thursday morning. The cats were not happy with the unauthorized noise and confusion. They spent most of the day hiding downstairs.

The old roof was gone, driveway swept, and new plywood tacked down by Thursday afternoon. Then the shingling crew came on Friday morning to lay shingles (with associated reprise of feline disturbance). The shingling was about 2/3 done at the end of Friday. With the Memorial Day holiday, I don't expect the roofers back till Tuesday, but you never know. We'll move the car out of the driveway, just in case.

We have new throw rugs in the hall in the bedroom wing, purchased at Target. One of the rugs we had in that space was starting to deteriorate and stick to the floor. These new rugs are reversible and don't have any weird backing material at all. The cats like them. They feel interesting under my bare feet (the rugs, that is, not the cats, although I like to rub my bare feet on the cats too).

Bored? Try this: Learn how to fold five dollar bills into an Origami spider.

I'm reading A Secret Atlas, by Michael Stackpole. I've been reading this one for a while, alternating it with other books. It's quite good and very complex. About a third of the way into the book, the chapters started alternating — we're following at least 4 or 5 people and groups of people in multiple locations around the world.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. Rich has been trying some experiments. The best was turkey-meatloaf-stuffed bell peppers.

I've had a few chats with my Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.

Onward and Upward.

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