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Not Normal Yet

Monday, December 26, 2011

Strangely believe it, I was the same weight this morning as I was on December 14, the day before the visitors arrived. That was after a 1.4 pound drop from yesterday, so it may be an illusion, but still not bad for the sort of partying that has been going on. I put out the trash and recyclables today, and the recyclables are very heavy because of all the champagne bottles (and other wine bottles) in the toter. The goodies that go along with the drinks are possibly a problem, but it will all be over in another 10 days and we can get back to normal. The last two days have been serious eating days so I'm looking forward to it.

I did walk the dogs 2.72 miles this morning, so the holidays have that going for them. There was a light fog, we didn't start until 7:40, and we only saw three walkers, three runners, and a few cars. It was very quiet late in the day, maybe because everyone was sleeping in.

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MS.ELENI 12/31/2011 5:11PM

    I heard someone else mention the strange fog this morning.I am not up that early. have a good time tonight.
Bill just said he saw it

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TUDI4480 12/27/2011 11:44PM

    Sounds like you're having a wonderful, social Holiday with friends & family. Good for you! Happy times are good stress relievers. I hope your good times buoy you through the end of this year and all the way through a joyous 2012 (Note: Not necessarily with champagne everyday, but once in awhile...absolutely.)

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MS.ELENI 12/26/2011 1:55PM

    You are doing great with your weight

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SPARKCHANTAL 12/26/2011 12:28PM

    your title implies there's such a thing as 'normal'...?

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Nothing But Leftovers

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I still have the revue - and today I found out that both the Roku2 and the Revue sake some time to get up to full resolution when they first start looking at a scene, but the Revue is not as fuzzy and doesn't take as long as the Roku. It's about 30 seconds total for the Roku, and maybe 10 or 15 seconds for the Revue. At this point I figure I'm willing to keep both of them, and use one or the other for a backup in case there are more surprises in store.

We had a 12 course dinner last night, and the BW is fixing a seven pound standing rib roast for today. I don't think four people will eat it all, and Annie is predicting two or three days on nothing but leftovers.

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MS.ELENI 12/25/2011 2:00PM

    Sometimes the left overs are the best emoticon Glad you are having a good christmas

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Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Two things happened lately. First, the Roku guys wrote back, told me to update the software, so I plugged it in, did the update, and everything works perfectly again. I was going to take the Revue back, then didn't, but I think I will take it back today. the keyboard is a pretty bulky remote, and I get along fine with just the Roku.

The other thing was that Annie wanted to try another slice of the white bread I had baked, and liked it. She asked if I could make rolls, so I mixed up another batch of straight white flour dough, baked a bowl full of rolls, and Jerzy and Annie both loved them. They claim my bread is better than any they can buy, and wanted me to bake rolls for breakfast. I told them they were nuts, and I wasn't getting up at 4 AM.

Then I did wake up at three to use the bathroom, and pulled the dough out of the refrigerator and set five rolls to rise - three for them and two for me and the BW. I woke at six, turned the oven on, and baked them at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Then I took the dogs for a two and a half mile walk.

Jerzy was up when we came back, and he and Annie took all the rolls off to have breakfast at the local coffee shop.

I normally just bake two loves of whole wheat bread at a time and freeze one, but I had made white bread for a change - and they like fresh artisan bread.

Now I think I'm on the hook to bake bread twice a day to keep them off my back, unless they will settle for day old bread for breakfast. Annie told me three times that day old bread is not as good, and they wanted fresh baked rolls for breakfast.

Merry Christmas.

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MS.ELENI 12/24/2011 12:07PM

    Aren't you the sweet thing. There is nothing like fresh baked bread emoticon

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Business as Usual

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Everything is going along - mostly smooth. The Logitech Revue still works just fine and we have watched movies for two nights while the dishwasher is running and can't even tell it's there, which is a big improvement over the old one. The BW would always stop the old one because of the background noise.

The visitors are working on their sixth day here, and there are only two weeks left after today. It makes the BW a little cranky because this is a small house, only three bedrooms. I have one for me, the BW has one for her, and we use the last one for a bedroom for us. While they're here, they get one car, sleep and store in the BW's room, and use my room most of the time. We have two computers and Jerzy brought along another for him, but yesterday they were using both of our computers for a few hours, so it's a mixed blessing to have the visitors. It's great that they're here, but it makes a big disruption to the way we normally live. It's kind of tight quarters for everyone.

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MS.ELENI 12/21/2011 5:33PM

    sounds like a good visit so far.Could be much worse. We have no room for any visitors unless they sleep on floor.

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EJHEINRICH1 12/21/2011 11:46AM

    I hear that! Happy Holidays and keep smiling! Those 2 weeks will fly by just like this year did!
Merry Christmas!

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New Dishwasher

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday the top rack on the dishwasher stuck once too often, the BW finally conceded, and we bought a new dishwasher. The delivery and installation guy was supposed to call sometime between 8 and 10 this morning, so I took the dogs out at 6:10 this morning, as if it was the middle of summer. The new moon and stars were out, so there was enough light to see where we were going, but the east didn't start to get light until 6:30, and the sun wasn't up when we got home again, but there was plenty of light. It was 53 degrees when we got back, my nose ran and my hands got cold, but I wore a long sleeved shirt and cap, and it all went well enough.

I do have everything out from under the sink (at the installer's request) and we are waiting for the new appliance.

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MS.ELENI 12/19/2011 2:12PM

    Enjoy the new dishwasher. I wash a few things by hand once in awhile but I would be lost without my dishwasher.

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THINRONNA 12/19/2011 1:49PM

    Your walk sounds nice! I am up at 6:30 in complete darkness and the sun does not begin to rise until after is not all the way up until after 10 or so.

A new dishwasher is great! I'll bet you notice the dishes are cleaner!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/19/2011 10:51AM

    Did you get a particular brand for any particular reasons? We may be in the market soon and I figured I could leverage off of your research. Good deal on the walk this morning, I probably would have found myself playing with that new TV gadget. heh.

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