Tuesday January 30, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_04

The weather was nice for the beginning of the week. Then we had rain (although rain can be nice too. :-)

They've been doing sewer construction work in our neighborhood. This past week, they started on the lower end of our street. It won't come as far as our house but it's a mess to drive through, and sometimes they close part of the road and set up detour signs. Some friends of ours have the work crews (and the big trench in the street) right in front of their house and driveway.

Sometime last Friday, between lunch and dinnertime, a customer accidentally broke the ball-shade on one of the combination lamp/ceiling fans at our local diner. We were in at lunch on Friday and the shade was OK; we were in for dinner and it was gone. Yikes!

Anyhoo, this meant that a bare compact fluorescent bulb was hanging there, glaring. It was still glaring when we stopped in for lunch on Tuesday. We were planning to run some errands after lunch, and would be near the hardware store, so Rich offered to pick up a new globe. The diner owner was in and thought that was awfully nice of us and happy to reimburse us for the purchase.

We were lucky enough to find two globes of the right size, in plastic. Unfortunately, there weren't four (which would have allowed us to replace the other glass ones). But we replaced the missing globe, gave the restaurant a spare "just in case", and will keep watching for two more plastic globes. After all, if one broke, another could break.

We changed ISPs this week. We've upgraded from microwave (which worked when it worked but had weird intermittent problems) to DSL. We've been running on the new service for several days with no hiccups. The "old" service runs month to month from the 27th to the 26th so we missed the opportunity to cancel it in January. We'll have "belt and suspenders" for a few more weeks and then give back the microwave dish.

Back in early October, I ordered a "sunrise alarm clock" from Soleil Sun alarm. I've been using it, but I never really liked the results. The bulb is too actinic for my taste and I found it rather unpleasant to wake up to in the mornings. (Don't believe the nice yellow color of the image on the web site. It's bright white and harsh. At least, I think so!)

However, along with the Sun alarm, I had purchased a controller for an external lamp. I talked things over with Rich and decided that what I thought would be nice would be a wall sconce or cove lighting fixture – something that would shine upwards and illuminate the ceiling. So, we stopped in at the hardware store, where I chose and bought a "faux alabaster" wall sconce.

Rich wired that up and attached it to the bedroom wall, near the head of the bed where it will be handy as a reading light, too. Then I removed the bulb from the sun alarm clock and plugged the new lamp into the controller. Now the clock drives a 60-watt bulb that bathes part of the wall and the ceiling in a less harsh light. This is much nicer for me to wake up to.

It's awfully nice to have a sweetie who understands 'lectric. :-)

This week I read Dead Men Don't Lye, a cozy mystery by Tim Myers and Greywalker, an urban fantasy (with a novel premise) by Kat Richardson.

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. We had an especially great "Beer and Scripting SIG" dinner this week, with 14 people converging from two different groups (with Rich and I acting as the pivot points). A good time was had, along with excellent food.

Onward and Upward.

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_04 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 30 Jan, 23:08 Pacific | «e»