Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Cat Blogging

Earlier today I found a bunch of Lucy's ping pong balls under the treadmill, which eventually all ended up on the papasan chair in the office.

Lucy decided this would be a perfect place to nap, promptly curled herself up on top of them, and even managed to maneuver one into her "this is mine" space. At least that's my interpretation. You be the judge.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quiet Moment

So, yesterday, when I was changing the contacts over from my old phone to my new phone, I realized I still had my PopPop's cell # stored in it.

At first I stared at it for a while, not really sure what to do, just remembering for a bit. Then rational Nik started yapping, saying of course there was really no reason to have it stored there anymore, it probably already belonged to someone else, and really this was taking way too long for a simple phone number that I'd never have a reason to call anymore. But of course, it wasn't just a simple phone number. It was PopPop's phone number. And making the active decision to delete it meant I was making an active decision to delete a reminder of him. Even though I have so many other reminders (pictures, memories, letters, etc) that aren't related to this.

After a few minutes of thinking, I deleted it. The indecision and open-endedness just got to be too much, and I had to do something. And I knew that if I didn't do something permanent, I would keep thinking about it forever now that it was in my mind. So I made a decision that I couldn't undo. And now ... I'm glad I did, but I wish I hadn't. I know that doesn't make any sense, but it's the best way I can describe how I feel.

It's so strange ... only 10 years ago these little devices we call cell phones were a novelty, a tool to be used, nothing particularly special. Certainly they didn't contain anything particularly special. And now, for whatever reason, deleting a 10-digit # that I couldn't tell from Adam off of a microchip just feels so much more permanent, so much more meaningful, than anything else I could possibly do. It's so strange.

Love you PopPop.

Department of I-didn't-know-that

Oh Virginia...

Via Mother Jones, I learned today that sodomy and oral sex (ie gay sex, although it applies equally to straights) are still classified as a class 6 felony in the State of Virginia. The Supreme Court's Lawrence v Texas decision means that can't be enforced, but the statutes are still on the books, and all efforts to repeal have been blocked by social conservatives in the General Assembly. *sigh

Monday, April 18, 2011

Long Day

Ugh ... today was one of those brutishly long days that just didn't seem like it would ever end. Nothing necessarily bad happened, but no matter how many different items I crossed off my list, there would be another one waiting.

The work day was almost entirely free of meetings (a big rarity these days), so I spent most of it doing busy work that needed to be done but I just couldn't normally find the time to. So by the time 5 o'clock rolled around, I'd been staring at a computer screen all day, having thought through a gazillion small issues, which was ultimately satisfying but also exhausting.

Day didn't end with work, though. I made myself go to the gym for an hour, then to the gas station (which just always seems like a chore, I don't know why), then across Richmond to the FedEx facility to pick up my replacement phone. Once I got home I had to finish trimming the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street that I couldn't finish yesterday, then inside to cook and eat dinner, then transfer all my contacts & pictures off the old phone, and then some more work, and etc.

Finally, finally, everything that can't wait until tomorrow is done, and now I have just enough energy to vent in a blog post before collapsing into bed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Time!

Ok, fall will ALWAYS be my favorite season, but I have to admit that spring has its perks too. I was a little worried at first that my tree out front wasn't turning green along with the rest of the block, but now some green is starting, and I couldn't be happier. Funny how tiny things like that can make such a difference.

Next up, planters out front!

Sunday Cat Blogging

Sleepy head. It's tough doing nothing all day. :)

House Update

It dawned on me the other day that I've had the house for almost 6 months, and besides some minor repair work, I really haven't done anything to it that I planned. No fence, no bathroom, no planting, and (most importantly) no renting out the downstairs.

This isn't entirely my fault - I called 3 contractors to come out, look over the house, and give me estimates. The first one I wrote off almost immediately as way too expensive, the 2nd one (recommended to me by my realtor) got me an estimate in less than a week, and the 3rd one ... well, the 3rd one is now 2 months overdue for the estimate. I called him in mid March to check in and see if he was going to get back to me, and he promised he would in a few days. 30 days later ... still nada.

He came highly recommended by a friend, so I really wanted to give him a chance, but the weeks just kept going by, so last week I made the decision that 2 months overdue was too long of a wait, and called back #2 to give him the job.

First up is a fence for the backyard (right now it's completely open to the street), followed by some gutter work, and then some major work on the bathroom. The bathroom is going to be tricky, since I won't be able to use it while he's working on it, which means either a hotel or imposing on a friend for a few days, and figuring out what to do with Lucy.

Once that's done, though, it's time to rent!