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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from May 2005.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Didn't miss this a bit

First day back to work from my first furlough. Didn't miss this place a bit. The amount of important email stacked-up is actually overwhelming. New projects coming up that actually scare the hell out of me. No, really. I am worried sick about this one thing coming up. All-in-all, I don't feel good being back here. Maybe it'll all work itself out... by the time I go on my next furlough...

posted at 05:48 PM | Link | Work |

Monday, May 30, 2005

Nah, I just don't think they're going to make it

Hostas - I'm no longer hopeful
Nope. No change. How long do you wait until you give up?

posted at 08:39 PM | Link | Mundane |
White Sox 5 - Angels 4

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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posted at 07:32 PM | Link | White Sox |

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Holiday BBQ

Carol, Pat, Debbie, Carol, and Buffy outside socializing The table before we sit down to dinner
Nothing is better than spending the day with your friends, barbecuing, drinking, eating, talking and having a good time. That's what we did at Barry & Buffy's today. Barry grilled some pork chops (and a chicken breast for Deb), Carol made a salad, Buff made some corn on the cob. Wonderful. Pat made a great blueberry bundt cake for desert. Yummy. I love days like this. Wish we were together hours earlier and stayed hours later.

posted at 10:35 PM | Link | Friends |

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Day 3 of Hostas Watch

Day 3 of Hostas Watch
I don't know... the hostas don't appear to be getting any better.

Spent a long time this evening trying to kill a wasp nest inside the cable demark box on the outside of the house. Took a while, and I soaked the mother and every damn wasp I could see.

posted at 08:12 PM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, May 27, 2005

Furlough - Day 5

You can almost see the second arc after the rain I think the gutter on the garage is clogged The hostas show nice signs of reviving
Today - I SLEPT. For HOURS. Though I was up and about, I just napped on the couch, finally getting up after noon. Had a nice drenching rain storm go through early this evening, so I didn't have to water anything today. Of course, I had to find another problem - I just happen to walk by the garage and noticed some water dripping from the gutter. I didn't think the gutter should be dripping any water. So, I grabbed a ladder, which is just too short to really use on the house, grabbed my camera and reached up into the air and took a shot of the gutter. FULL. The gutter was clogged. I got a stick and moved some gunk )since I couldn't see it, it must have been leaves or something) and got the gutter unplugged. Gushed out the downspout, but didn't was away any pea gravel. Hostas status: no change.

posted at 08:38 PM | Link | Mundane |

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Carol got out of work early and we went to the AMC South Barrington 30 to catch a 5:00 showing of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Action - good! Script - weak, though it actually does tie everything together in one neat bow. Worst acting ever: Natalie Portman. She looked gorgeous, but her acting was terrible. The script turned her from a strong leader to a woman without a backbone. Terrible.

I actually shed a tear at the end. Not because of the acting, not because of the storyline. Because it's over. Six movies and 3 decades. It's over.

posted at 07:57 PM | Link | Movies |

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Furlough - Day 3

The second border against the garage Diane split-up some of her hostas and transplanted them to our garden
Diane's back at the house today. I finished with the border in the front garden, and built another along the garage, where Diane had reworked the soil. More Home Depot shopping where we picked-up and then planted some Day Lillies on either side of the garage door. We got some pea gravel and we worked some areas around the downspouts. Diane also dug-up some large groups of hostas out of her garden, split them up, and replanted them under our hawthorn tree. Um... I don't know - they're not looking so good. I'll water them every day, but... I don't know...

posted at 08:38 PM | Link | Mundane |

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Furniture shopping

A Chair at La-Z-boy A Media Cabinet at Ethan Allen
So, the phone call that I took at the movies was that Carol wanted to go shopping for her chair. It's a chair for the family room that matches the couch. When we got to La-Z-Boy, they no longer had the couch on display in our color, so it was easier to look at alternatives (Carol didn't like the color of the chair - it matched the couch pillows, and it may look good on pillows but not on an entire chair). We found a chair that she liked and it was significantly cheaper than anything we were looking at before, so we ordered it. We then took a ride to Ethan Allen in Arlington Heights to look at a media cabinet. It's part of a much larger entertainment center, but all we wanted was the low cabinet to replace the base of the TV we have now, and in preparation for acquiring a much larger TV in the near future. We didn't buy the cabinet - I had to measure the shelf areas and make sure all of the equipment fits. It looks like it will.

posted at 07:15 PM | Link | Mundane |

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Big crowd at the AMC 30
I went to the AMC South Barrington 30 this afternoon to catch a 2:15 showing of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm not sure what I was expecting - my exposure to the storyline is the BBC TV miniseries. I liked the movie (I'm not going to rave about it - I don't think it's worth "raves"). The character I was most disappointed in was Mos Def - I felt he just mumbled his way through the picture. A disappointing performance.

Had an unusual experience in the theater. For the ENTIRE movie, I was the only one in the theater. No one even poked their head in to see what the crowd looked like APR peek at the movie. It was my own private screening. Carol called my cell phone during the movie. I actually talked on my cell phone in the middle of the movie - I wasn't disturbing ANYBODY!

posted at 04:44 PM | Link | Movies |

Monday, May 23, 2005

Furlough - Day 1

Look! I'm landscaping! Really! Diane working hard, trying to make our crappy soil good
It's my first day off in months, and my sister Diane comes over to work on our front landscaping. After a trip to Home Depot (Where I had a bird take a dump on my head, thank you very much) we started working on our tasks. For me - trimming out the area with decorative brick. It's not quite as easy as it looks, but it's looking great. Diane's trying to rework some of the dirt in the corner by our second burning bush. The dirt around the house is absolutely terrible - clay and construction rubbish, loaded with rocks. We had another trip to Home Depot and called it a day. It's starting to look real good.

posted at 03:55 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Chinese Birthdays

The Gate to Chinatown Buffy and the mass of food we're wading through at our table Debbie & Carol sing before blowing out the candles Birthday Cake by Dinkel's
It's that time of year again when we get together and celebrate Carol's & Debbie's birthdays'. This year, Carol came up with the idea of just going to Chinatown, walk around, shop, and just find a restaurant to have dinner at. So that's what we did. I drove everyone down to Chinatown, parked, and walked down Wentworth. We stopped in a few stores to look around. We walked a few blocks, and finally settled on a restaurant at the end of the street, with the un-Chinese name of Evergreen. We went inside and it was more than half empty, with many tables of 10 just sitting there idle. Our hostess struggled to find us a table, as it sounded like they were going to be busy tonight. The cobbled together a table for 5 in a corner of the room( Which actually blocked-off serving traffic to some of the tables). We ordered a Deluxe Dinner for Five with an additional order of roast duck. We COULD NOT BELIEVE the amount of food that showed-up at the table! No, really! The table was covered in serving dishes and we barely had room to maneuver anything around. LOTS of food came home with us? Oh, and those empty tables? FILLED! A Bus pulled-up outside and people poured-in. They all had ID's from the National Restaurant Show! Guess we picked a good place... the food was wonderful... all of it.

We "waddled" back up Wentworth, stopped in more stores, and drove back to Barry & Buffy's for desert - a birthday cake from Dinkel's which was great as well. A nice, fun evening.

posted at 10:48 PM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, May 20, 2005

New Rugs

One of two new rugs for the Dining/Living Room
We've seen a new rug store open up in the area. I'm always leery about these places. Then we got a flyer in the mail and it looked like it had promise. Tonight, we went shopping at the store - Capel Rugs - and we were really surprised. The store was huge, the selection was huge, and the prices were damn affordable. We wound-up coming home with not one but two rugs, identical except for size, for the dining room and living room. (How the hell we got the big rug home in my car was a damn miracle - my car has a small pass-through hatch from the trunk into the back seat and the rug was tightly wound enough to fit through the hole, with the rug resting just 6 inches short of the stick!)

posted at 06:57 PM | Link | Mundane |

Spent most of the day making sure things run OK while I'm gone.

Gone? Yeah. Starting Monday I will be out of work. Without pay. For a week.

I'm being furloughed. Actually, all of the contractors are being furloughed for a total of two weeks sometime in the first quarter to help the company make some numbers. My first week is next week - the week before Memorial Day. The second week will be the week before 4th of July.

Quite frankly - I'm REALLY looking forward to this!

posted at 12:56 PM | Link | Work |

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Wolves 4 - Moose 3 - Western Conference Final Game 1

2005 Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Manitoba Moose

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posted at 10:30 PM | Link | Wolves |

Monday, May 16, 2005

We'll be poppin' soon...

Our new GE microwave from Abt The store even supplied a box of their own popcorn
Carol and I went out and got a new microwave tonight. What's wrong with the old one? Nothing, really. It's just 20 years old, has a manual wind-up turntable, and it's huge and doesn't have the cool settings that the newer ones have (you know, like throw in a bag of popcorn and just press the "Popcorn" button - it's times it out correctly with its internal sensors). Also, you can make the beeper quieter - great for the real late night snacks where you're trying not to wake up your spouse...

posted at 08:16 PM | Link | Mundane | 2 comments |

Sunday, May 15, 2005

White Sox 2 - Orioles 6

Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles

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posted at 09:34 PM | Link | White Sox |

Saturday, May 14, 2005

White Sox 6 - Orioles 9

Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles

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posted at 10:17 PM | Link | White Sox |

Friday, May 13, 2005

Wolves 4 - Mighty Ducks 1 - West Division Final Game 5

2005 Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

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posted at 10:59 PM | Link | Wolves |
Happy Birthday, Carol!

Chip's not feeling well
So, today is Carol's Birthday. We spent the night with restless sleep, each of us taking time to check-up on our little Chip. He's not eating, he's not moving around. About 2:30 this morning I just picked him up out of his cage and held him for a while, trying to make him feel better. Even Indy didn't know what to do - she just looked at me as if to say "I don't know what's wrong here - you have to do something."

When morning came around, Chip wasn't any different. We both went to work. Carol called the vet - no openings this morning, but she could just show-up and they'll treat it like an emergency, wedging her in between appointments.

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posted at 11:20 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Oh, oh... Sick Chip?

Back to long sleeves and coats.

Figures that we have White Sox games this weekend - we're back into what appears to be annual cycle of "if the White Sox are in town and are playing on a weekend, the weekend is going to be crumby".

Since the Chicago Wolves lost the other night, they have to play Game 5 of this round tomorrow night. Big deal, right? It is when it's your wife's birthday. So we went out to dinner tonight (nothing fancy - she had a craving for meat, so we went to Outback).

We seem to have a problem - our youngest bunny Chip is not acting right. He was fine this morning, running, jumping and zipping around the family room. Tonight - he's not moving much, if at all. He looks uncomfortable. When we pet him, he "vibrates". Based on our history of rabbits, that's a strong indication of pain or discomfort. He's looking for a place to be by himself. We're going to have to watch him.

posted at 06:44 PM | Link | Mundane |

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Always get the latest weather

It's been in the 70's for days now. This morning, we've got a major thunderstorm coming through (cool!) which is already forcing the temperatures downward. It's supposed to be in the 40's by the time I leave to go home...

and me, dressed in short sleeves and no jacket...

posted at 10:07 AM | Link | Mundane |

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Didn't even last a week!

Indy is chewing on the brand new paint!
We have barely had the fresh paint on the walls for, what, 5 days?

There, on the stairs, I can see where a certain older female bunny has satisfied her urge to chew by chewing on the fresh paint on the outside corner of the wall! I guess we setup the gates a bit too late.

Time to break out some touch-up paint!!!

posted at 05:52 PM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, May 09, 2005

Moving day?

Carol took today off to try to start putting the house back together from our pre-paint pre-flooring days.

Today - in what I consider a smart move - she hired some movers to move furniture from the garage into the house. Took less than 30 minutes and saved us pain and agony of a few days, not to mention a drastic reduction in yelling and arguing on how a certain piece of furniture fits/does not fit through certain doorways.

posted at 05:07 PM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Underpass Mary

I know I'm going to somehow wind up complaining about this, but it's actually hot outside! It's humid and almost in the 80's, sunny, not much of a breeze.

We drove into the city to pickup my Mom to bring her over to Diane & Melinda's so we can go out to dinner. Diane told Mom to have me get off the Kennedy Expressway at Fullerton just to see "Underpass Mary" or "Our Lady Of The Underpass". Well, we did, but we didn't know that the image is actually on the north side of the underpass and we were going southbound. We couldn't see it at all - all we could see is a crowd of about 50 standing around where the image would be. Odd - very odd. Yet, somehow, I feel compelled to see this before it gets defaced again or changes due to rainfall or whatever.

We went out to dinner at Tufano's Vernon Park Tap, which is pretty decent Italian food - nothing fancy at all, but good. We went back to the house and did the present thing. There was a fire truck and ambulance down the block at the nursing/retirement home. They're there so frequently, that they don't even use sirens anymore - just lights. Sad.

We didn't stop on the way home. Still have a need to see this... icon?

posted at 10:18 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Wolves 2 - Mighty Ducks 1 - West Division Final Game 2

2005 Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

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posted at 11:10 PM | Link | Wolves |
Sox Yard Sale

The annual Yard Sale in the Patio Area at U.S. Cellular Field Going through a rack of player jerseys
Time for my annual commute to the White Sox Yard Sale (formerly Garage Sale) at U.S. Cellular Field. Again, this year it was held in the Patio area while Family Day was held out on the field itself, where the outfield was covered with families running around playing catch. How cool it is to watch these families - dads and sons and daughters just playing catch in the outfield of a major league ballpark. It really is special. Sort of a weird passing of the torch, inspiring the young ones to get involved in baseball.

Anyway, there weren't many racks of game-worn jerseys this year - I think there was only 3 or 4. The "deals" in jerseys would be the most recently traded or released players - this year, that would be Carlos Lee and Jose Valentin - both players had at least half a dozen jerseys on the rack that went quickly. This year, I picked up a jacket for Carol (a gray "Away-Style" version) and one for me (the standard black "Home-Style" version). at $75 each, they were a steal. I can't find any ID in Carol's jacket, but I found a "46" in mine - I guess that would be Neal Cotts.

Good turnout. I don't know why people buy player's hats. Just don't want to wear something that sweaty. And bats? Most of them were cracked, but some were still in good shape. Had some catchers gear, too. Actually the best deal is the Media Guides from all of the MLB teams for 25 cents each.

Odd things? Bricks from old Comiskey, Parking Lot signs, and very worn On-Deck circles (pads).

posted at 11:13 AM | Link | White Sox |

Friday, May 06, 2005

House Project #2 - Day Four - COMPLETE

The Dining Room The Family Room
That's it - John and his crew have completed and are we happy about the quality of his work (You need a painter in the Chicago area and we'd be more than happy to give you a recommendation). It's hard to get the feel of the place - it's way different and looks great, but it's different, too, compared to the last 20-some years. It takes getting used to.

Went to Expo Design Center tonight and looked at area rugs. Fell in love with one that's on sale. I mean, it called out to me from across the room. Alas, we don't have the money - even at 50% off - to buy it tonight. Who knows how long it will be there.

Followed that up with dinner at Fuddruckers and a trip to Home Depot for new paint-able switch and outlet plates, a piece of Plexiglas for the rabbit cage (long story - let's just say it's about neatness and protection), and some knew door pulls for the foyer closet bi-fold doors.

posted at 08:12 PM | Link | Mundane |

Thursday, May 05, 2005

House Project #2 - Day Three

Color and an accent wall - can't tell, can ya?
The walls are done and most of the trim. It's really great walking in for the first time and seeing the color - everything is just warmer than before. Our accent color is not what I expected. The swatches made it look as if the colors were further apart than what they're looking like on the walls. Looks like it's an optical illusion, though. It depends on lighting and the angle that you look at the wall. The third accent color is even better than I thought, turning out slightly lighter and redder than the swatches (actually, all of the colors are slightly redder, but that could just be lighting). That color as an accent is like the best move yet with the painting. It's a small wall, but it just punches it up so well, we're both pretty psyched about it.

And it's just damn paint.

posted at 05:12 PM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment |
Cinco de Mayo Symmetry!

Happy 05/05/05! Kinda cool in a very geeky sort of way. We've only got one opportunity each year for the next seven so we might as well celebrate Symmetry Day...

What am I doing up?... Long story, other than Carol being up, the TV is on, I have 2 cooped-up rabbits running around my bedroom, and they've blocked-off Michigan Avenue downtown because of the Bombing outside the British Embassy in New York... (that's why the TV was on because Carol heard the police calls on the scanner...)

posted at 05:05 AM | Link | Mundane |

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wolves 5 - Mighty Ducks 2 - West Division Final Game 1

2005 Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

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posted at 10:47 PM | Link | Wolves |
House Project #2 - Day Two

The first coat - first color on the walls
The guys were gone by the time I got home. There isn't a lot of visible things going on - it's obvious that the day has been spent with more nail pops and patches and filling and sanding. But, you can tell that they ended the day by putting some color on the walls in the living room (it's still really wet when I got home).

I need to see an accent wall to see if we're on the right track, but I have to tell you that I like the base color a lot.

posted at 04:37 PM | Link | Mundane |

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

House Project #2 - Day One

Over a hundred screws in the wall and new paint on the ceilings
Well, we are officially into our second house project - painting the first floor. Well, actually, hiring someone to paint the first floor.

The guys are doing good - they've applied primer on the God-awful baseboards and have actually painted all of the ceilings. We had a lot of nail pops in the big wall in the living room/dining room. The guys took the time and felt the wall, and installed over 100 screws and patched over them.

I like these guys.

The "Kidlettes" - Indy & Chip - are back in our bedroom, just as they were during House Project #1 - new Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors.

We're not going to be as "put out" living in our house this time. In fact, other than the rabbits being upstairs, it's business as usual.

Actually... this is kind of exciting! The guys said we'll start seeing colors tomorrow.

posted at 05:17 PM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, May 02, 2005

It all even's out...

Mother Nature is striving for balance as she's making-up for the wonderful weather we've had over the past few weeks. There are freeze warnings up for tonight as we did into the 20's. It's dark, cold, and windy outside.

And, of course, it's May. Hopefully by the end of the week it's going to warm-up again.

I'm struggling to type as my right index finger is just a bit sensitive right now, and I'm limping around the office building because of that damn hole in back of my right heel that got ripped-open because of the stupid shoes I wore Friday night. I'm in pain and I can't get it to stop. At least I have a desk job so I don't walk all that much, but damn, I'm uncomfortable.

posted at 12:03 PM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, May 01, 2005

White Sox 8 - Tigers 0

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 05:35 PM | Link | White Sox | 1 comment |
*nose wiggle* x 2
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