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Thu
31
May '12

The End Is Here.

The end is here – for my subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I went in to update some suspend notices only to find that today is the last day of my subscription. Since they only allow the use of airline points for NEW subscriptions I guess I’m going to do without. Cold turkey as […]

Wed
30
May '12

Mission Accomplished.

Too Bad I Left The Pillow In The Trunk.

Another 4.5 hours on the project today and it is done (8 hours total): Seven days worth of bagged clothing. All fits into one purple tub (thanks Swanda for the donation of the tub years ago). A set of bedding fit nicely in a garage bag — too bad I forgot the pillow that was […]

Tue
29
May '12

Dinner With Jill And Murphy.

Well, I’ve picked up a little side work for the next couple of days. It seems a friend has a recurring case of scabies – never pleasant. In an effort to keep from reinfecting himself he’s asked for the following: (7) Pants (33 or 34×31 or so) (7) Sweatshirts/sweaters (L) (14) T-shirts (7) Briefs or […]

Tue
29
May '12

Memorial Day Errands.

I tell you, you go out for some Tung Oil and air hose fittings and come back with that and four bags of charcoal (on sale) and a 2’x2.5′ neon sign for the back deck ($50). Guess I need to change my name to Uncle Bobbie. I did finally get the air hose reel installed […]

Sun
27
May '12

Sunday Behind The Counter And In Front Of The Stove.

Well, while working Sunday, this showed up on FaceBook: My friend who caused the ruckus, or the TSA who caused the ruckus now has a line of t-shirts and other things to add to his legal fund. Click on the graphic above to purchase one. At the shop it was a closing reception for the […]

Sat
26
May '12

Spring Cleaning.

Today’s theme is Spring Cleaning. At the shop we are closing at some odd and ends at an additional 10% off, and our wine tasting this afternoon is all closeout wines from one of our distributors. Lots of good bargains. As for me, I’m doing some spring cleaning at home in anticipation of the June […]

Fri
25
May '12

Sunshine In The City

And The Country.

More time on website stuff – oddly enough things that were wrong with the forms last summer, but now fixed. A run to Safeway to discover that they still hadn’t received my Ambian prescription… got their card with fax number on it to email my PA (Physician’s Assistant). Nice that this could be done through […]

Thu
24
May '12

Time For A Little Yard Work.

Time for a little yard work now that the sun is back out: And some trimmings from the rose bush out by the sidewalk: And no, I’m not feeding the roses the Bourgogne, that’s for me to go with the steak and slaw dinner. Time to make the registration form on the site (www.cascadiafaeries.org) live. […]

Wed
23
May '12

Hump Day.

Spent the morning dealing with bounces from last night’s email blast about the gathering. No bad – 42 bounces out of 800+ emails sent out. Printed more postcards to send out and swung by the post office to get the remaining stamps. Now all that has to happen is to make the “private” registration page […]

Tue
22
May '12

Faerie Day.

I spent the morning working and reworking the form. And finally, a breakthrough. The damn thing is done (by the end of the day). Stops at Safeway, then UW Surplus, then home, then another Safeway (mostly for gas). And then the link from my ex – danger, Will Robinson, danger: http://pulse.me/s/9hxlH   It’s a website […]

Mon
21
May '12

Monday, Monday.

Lots of time working on making a PDF form that you can fill out, and then click and submit. All day, three versions, none working yet. Frustrating. This is before and after a wine tasting downtown – wines from the Loire Valley in France. Mostly whites, with a few bland reds. 77 wines later at […]

Sun
20
May '12

A Blissful Dinner After Work.

Slow day at the shop even an hour into the Greek Wine tasting, then it picked up – blame the weather? Finished out the day not too bad – half of our Saturday take. Guess I should really thank our bus driver customer who can’t come in the shop but gave me his credit card […]

Sat
19
May '12

The Fat Lady Sings After Work.

Today we were tasting Italian Wines – I’m surprised Jill didn’t show up, or maybe she did after I left. Two whites and three reds, and by the time I’d left, all but one of the bottles of frizante (slightly fizzy white wine) had walked out the door. Great work by our wine rep who […]

Fri
18
May '12

Friday In Print Hell.

Got back around noon from Olympia. Logged in for email, found approval from the QRs for the summer gathering so it’s time to print the postcard call for the gathering. Basically it’s a 500 postcard mailing, most in the US, some in Canadaland and six overseas. By 5:00pm the cards were printed, taken to FedExOffice […]

Thu
17
May '12

Thursday Back At College.

Left town around 1 headed for Olympia, with 2 stops at Safeway to restock the freezer – my meat supply is dangerously low – down to only half the freezer. Tonight’s gig at The Evergreen State College is the annual recognition dinner – and it being the 40th anniversary of the college, I thought I’d […]

Wed
16
May '12

Travel Is In The Air.

Well, several odd coincidences… I was checking out the cost for the ferry between Tawassan and Duke Point on Vancouver Island to send to Wonderful and CaddyDaddy, two possible roommates for the Colonels 2-bedroom condo the first full week in June, only to find out that the days we need to travel are 25% off […]

Tue
15
May '12

Anyone Need A House In Santa Fe?

So, between working around the house and poking around the web, I found the listing for my parents house in Santa Fe. According to my mother, they Photoshopped in the fire in the fireplace. The other amusing offer to cross my desk today was an opportunity to camp out at the South Pole. The cost? […]

Mon
14
May '12

Monday.

There are times I think apartment living would be good – like after spending an hour or so mowing and trimming the lawn. Luckily the trimmer ran out of line so maybe I’ll finish it tomorrow. I looked into that “Around The World” fare on United to get some of those 107,912 miles I need. […]

Sun
13
May '12

Back In The Sunday Saddle.

Sounds like Jimmy had a wild day in the shop yesterday for the local May Fair parade and festival. Last year was kinda dead, this year, with the sun out, was well attended. Not that I could have changed my plans (unless I few home from Winnipeg!) but with bottles open all day, he certainly […]

Sat
12
May '12

Off The Train And Into The Sky.

Rolled into Toronto on 15 minutes late which is good for those with tight connections to make. For me, it just means less of a nap after breakfast. Lordie knows what this trip is going to do to my weight loss program. After disembarking, it’s off to the Panorama Lounge to check email and sync […]