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Old 12-17-2012, 12:29 AM   #11521
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Pretty average day. Ironing clothes while watching an episode of Wallander. Went to see the doctor to get some specialists referrals. Will have a pilate session later. Cooking dinner.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:14 AM   #11522
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The winter rains started, so we have had a couple of days of Seattle's best, not the coffee, the weather. That's OK Vanguard has TurboTax up, so I started our return.

Oh yea, winter rains in the desert, kinda like, sunny days in San Francisco.

We were watching a great French movie, "The Hedgehog" on NetFlix streaming last night. All the dogs were inside, when the motion lights came on the porch. So I get up to see if a tumbleweed or owl blew by the sensor. No instead it was a beautiful Grey Fox, coming to get a drink from the doggy bowl. Now I know what has had the pups so upset at night. I thought it was a neighborhood skunk getting the dogs all worked up.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #11523
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I fixed our washing machine today. It is a front loader, and we really like it, except the control module failed about 10 nanoseconds after the warranty expired. It would only half complete a cycle, then you'd get an error code and we'd have to manually select "rinse and spin". A hassle, but I refused to pop for $250 for a new module.

So, I put the part number on an on going eBay alert and one finally showed up for $60 + shipping, new, but with no box.

I also got a new cell phone and service. I had been with Virgin mobile paying $15 every 90 days, but they increased the rate to $20. This got me to looking, as the Sprint network it runs on is weak in many areas. I found Page Plus from a post here, which runs on the Verizon network and is only $10 for 4 months. They also allow you to activate a smart phone, so I picked up a Droid off eBay for $80. This Droid is amazing in that it incorporates everything from a 8 meg camera / video, to an FM radio, to a GPS, to a mobile hot spot, to an MP3 player, plus browser in one inexpensive device. I don't plan to use the 3G function much, as the data is expensive on this cheap plan, but it works great on Wifi.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:33 PM   #11524
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Thanks, grasshopper, for the Vanguard TurboTax info - I'll add that to my list.

Went out shopping first thing this morning - all was calm and bright. At yoga class (at my former w*rkplace) heard that several very talented former peers were laid off last week. Morale has sunk to an all-time low (one of the reasons I left, and it's only continued to go down). Very glad I'm not there.

Wrapped and boxed up some Christmas gifts to ship (yes, I know I should have done that last week, but this way I got to re-use the box my sister shipped gifts to us in!). One more box to go tomorrow - waiting for something to arrive from Amazon which hopefully will get here before the PO closes. Took the boxes to be shipped and went to the bank to straighten out a problem with a check (only to find it had been fixed this morning after I looked at it online last night).

It's a nice warm day so I'll grill a steak for dinner. Then finish knitting a prayer shawl while I watch some TV.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:39 PM   #11525
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Just so you know, the TiVo does not have a power switch -- it stays on all the time. One problem solved.
Oh no! I would have to remember to unplug it, so that it would not suck up juice recording shows that I would not remember to watch.

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I really love this thread. This and "What did you eat today?" I think are my two most favorite here. Compare to many of you, I lead a very tame existence in retirement. And most of you certainly eat a lot better!!!!!!! I am envious and will try to "work" (bad word) to try and keep up!!!!!! Great stuff!!!!
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Well, while I do try to eat better, I certainly try not to eat more.

And if you do make an effort to "keep up" in the food category (food is cheaper than other indulgences like cars, boats, planes, etc...) do not forget the drinks too. Food and drink certainly go together. I would not touch smoke though, having quit 10 years ago.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:54 AM   #11526
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Got one of the usual Christmas letters from a former neighbor listing all the usual things that their family has done in the last year. The part that floored me was that the last portion was a political rant about how unhappy they were with the last election.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #11527
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Got one of the usual Christmas letters from a former neighbor listing all the usual things that their family has done in the last year. The part that floored me was that the last portion was a political rant about how unhappy they were with the last election.
Send them some bacon.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #11528
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Send them some bacon.
Yeh, at least bacon has some taste.
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Yeh, at least bacon has some taste.
Nice one!
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Got one of the usual Christmas letters from a former neighbor listing all the usual things that their family has done in the last year. The part that floored me was that the last portion was a political rant about how unhappy they were with the last election.
Make a tiny anonymous donation in their names to their nemesis so they will receive literature from that party forever and ever and ever.
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Make a tiny anonymous donation in their names to their nemesis so they will receive literature from that party forever and ever and ever.
Ooh, you are wicked!
But it's a great idea!

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Got my car inspected, confirmed safe and meeting pollution standards.

Then went skating for a few hours. After which sat in the bookstore's starbucks, sipping on an Americano and munching on a oatmeal cookie and watching the mad dashes of last minute shoppers.

There will be no more skating until the kiddies ar back in school.


Awaiting the promised big snow, .... any day now.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:37 PM   #11533
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I received a flattering E-mail from my little sister who wants an 8x10 print of one of my pictures signed by the "artiste".

I'll try not to let it go to my head, but y'all can begin bowing and scraping now.

I was going to do a grocery store run but fled when I saw the parking lot was jam packed at 1:00 PM. WTH? This is West Virginia! That's not supposed to happen here! Oh yeah, the weekend before Christmas... I shoulda known.

I'll go tomorrow morning before 8:00 and that should be okay.
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Enjoying the last quiet hours before the in-laws, including sis-in-laws and her 6-year old twin boys, get to the house for the holidays. They'll all be here between seven and ten days so I'm mentally preparing for the noise, which is mostly generated by the kids, although parenting style in hubby's family consists of mostly yelling so that gets interesting (not).

It's funny now that I'm older I completely understand why my grandparents, who were in their late 60s when I was born, used to say to me and my brother...ssssshhhhhh, quiet is good!

I really need to change my avatar...just realized its still from Halloween!
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Enjoying the last quiet hours before the in-laws, including sis-in-laws and her 6-year old twin boys, get to the house for the holidays. They'll all be here between seven and ten days so I'm mentally preparing for the noise, which is mostly generated by the kids, although parenting style in hubby's family consists of mostly yelling so that gets interesting (not).
I really pity you. This, to me, would be absolute torture. Within 3 days I would be begging them to leave.
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Went to work and passed out the wine stoppers that I made to the 4 girls in the office. Went to our lawyer's office and sold my last remaining ownership in the company. Bought a six pound brisket that I'll smoke for Christmas. And a frozen pizza for dinner. All is well.
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Yep, I had the same reaction many a day. The only real cure is retirement.
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Yep, I had the same reaction many a day. The only real cure is retirement.
Yes - I'm beginning to see that.
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It was a warm day so I took the catamaran out for a spin. It's nice to experience the wind and the simple pleasures of a simple wind powered machine.
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Went to our lawyer's office and sold my last remaining ownership in the company.
You did a lot better than I did. Shares of both of the start-ups that I was a founder of became worthless.
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