Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yoo 629 - That Thing and This Weekend


I drove a 15-passenger van for probably my first time ever today. It was just from the airport to work but I felt like I was in control of a MONSTER TRUCK. Out of my way baby cars! And then I hit a curb in front of a security guard pulling into work.

This is all in preparation for the Capital to Coast relay from Austin to Corpus Christi tomorrow. I was a last-minute recruit for a team formed by a few of my coworkers. At least 5 other people joined the team and backed out/got injured before me. Or something. I know where I stand!

The plan is to run 3 6-8 mile legs on the 223-mile course. It'll be my first "official" run in over 2 years.

Here's to hoping I'm not the slowest and also, that I don't have to drive that thing up there ever again.

Have a great day :-)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yoo 628 - Back From Nebraska Drivel





The pictures above. One: the moon. Two: Greg doing dishes!! In the dark because we still have no kitchen light. Three: Depressed dog. Four: Not depressed dog.

We took a long weekend and drove to Nebraska last week. The first leg took 18 hours because we stopped at Cabela's and later fell asleep at a gas station for 3 hours. Also there was another hour spent at a dog park in Wichita, KS because pups was tired of the car. You know that scene in Tommy Boy where the deer is trying to escape the Plymouth? Just kidding, he's not that bad! Mostly because he doesn't have antlers. Other than all that we made good time...

The way back took less than 14 hours and was rather uneventful. Except when Greg thought he saw a kangaroo. And when we waited too long to get dinner and one of us got hangry.

Shifty eyes.

But the trip was a blast. The longer I'm in a city the more I love visiting Nebraska. I would have never said it at the time but I was so spoiled growing up there. Ahhhh, the years just keep on sugar-coating those high school memories.

Smiley face.

Now I have 300 photos to sort thru from just 3 days of family stuff. This may seem extreme but there were sibling football and volleyball games that found Greg in possession of the camera with instructions to "capture something good". He just kept clicking but I think there are some winners buried in there.

Well, Monday I hit the ground running. Five loads of laundry were did and groceries were shopped and I even took the recyclables out. Enter Tuesday and that last load of laundry was still waiting in the dryer and the black bean soup I was planning on making became cereal and then I was super sore from a weight workout and hated having to move. Today hasn't been much better. The post-trip high wears off quick.

Have I mentioned it's cooling off here? The 70s, can you believe it?? October and I'm already thinking of hibernating.

That's all the drivel for now. Roscoe needs some outside time.

Have a great day :-)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yoo 627 - Four Thousand Dollars


So far the failure of an $8.00 part has cost us over $4,000. And that's the non-plastic version of the part...the plastic version is only $5.00. Yes we have insurance and are only responsible for our deductible but it's still a lot of money to pay for the failure of an $8.00 part.

This is such a fun learning experience! Want to know how much water mitigation costs right now? Then I'll tell you!

$142.17 to rip out a small kitchen cabinet.

$22.87 to throw that cabinet away (even though it's still sitting on my porch??).

$371.99 to rent a massive dehumidifier and 4 large fans. This does not include the anticipated spike in utilities. Every month from here on out I'll be checking that bill with trepidation.

$135.87 to monitor equipment over the course of 3 days.

And that's just the main line items on a thousand dollar receipt.

Another contractor came by the other day to give us an estimate on repairing everything from the leak/mitigation. Their estimates came to over $3,000 with major endeavors like replacing the entire ceiling in the kitchen/dining room and rebuilding a few cabinets.

As said contractor was leaving they casually dropped that they're really backed up and wouldn't be able to get to the work for at least three weeks.

Therefore I have made peace with the gaping holes in the ceiling/walls and lack of a kitchen light.

It could have been a lot worse but it also could have been prevented. I think I'm going to replace all the hoses in my house every year so those parts are always under warranty.

Other news that will utterly bore you: laundry, work, dishes, overtime at work, 90 degrees outside, and my dog. He's awesome.

A tidbit on Cubscouts: we pulled together a really last-minute activity that rocked last week. We basically walked the scouts thru basic maintenance on our vehicle and bicycles for the handyman badge interspersed with lessons on Dutch oven cooking. It was a win because they did our chores and we got to eat cheesy biscuits at the end.

Have a great day :-)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Yoo 626 - Things That Happened, Part 1




The following are things that happened at some point this year. They are now being covered in brain dump order, not chronological.

Above are pictures I took on a short Easter hike in Idaho. I spent Easter in Idaho with family I rarely get to see! It was awesome. And delicious. Also, there was a young man with a German accent who introduced himself at church. He was a BYU student like my sister and was just in Idaho for the weekend visiting a friend's family. "Note" passing ensued:


We'd watched a lot of Hunger Games with the cousins that weekend so the "Chins up!" part was a combination of an inside joke and a reference to that movie. However, my coaxing was unsuccessful and she did not end up talking to the German. Though I'm certain they'd be married by now if she had.


I stayed home from work one morning (in May? or June??) and watched a good college friend graduate from MEDICAL SCHOOL. That was pretty special. I won't even claim to understand all the work and sacrifice she's put in but I remember this being her goal from our college days and some of the struggles and setbacks she's encountered as we've kept in touch over the years. Also, per her recommendation, I started regularly checking in to #whatshouldwecallmedschool and thought of her EVERY time. It's the little things.

Calvin was rescued from the closet to play a triumphant call when her name was read and then the camera was grabbed to snap a quick picture for the memory books. A friendship forged in the cramped quarters of the Snow's practice rooms...long live the horn crew! I'm so excited for her.


Oh yes. Roscoe jumped out of our second-story window. This was traumatic for about 5 minutes. We were getting ready for bed and had our room window open to cool off the upstairs. Our upstairs is a furnace! So it was open about half-way and the screen was in place and Roscoe was lounging with his face there like he always does. Well, enter me in my PJs and Greg in his PJs and it was time to shut the window. Only, as I went to shut the window, Roscoe was like "be right back!" and he nosed thru a torn portion at the bottom of the screen and flew away.

Haha, just kidding! He's a dog so there wasn't any flying. To his credit, it was a regal leap considering the circumstances. I responded and tried to grab around his abdomen on his way out but he was committed. I watched helplessly as he landed ON HIS FEET with only a minor stumble below. The dog is now 85 pounds...this is significant. Then he popped right up and started prancing about the yard with his tongue hanging sideways out of the stupid grin plastered on his mouth.

By the time I had turned around and was beginning to sputter out "HE JUST JUMPED OUT THE #@%* WINDOW!", Greg was half-way dressed and on his way to chase him down.

Shortly thereafter pups was successfully recovered and no injuries were discovered, so all ended well. Though that screen remains scarred and the window forever closed.

Speaking of pups.



Memorial Day stroll thru Phil Hardberger Park. We had torrential downpour for most of the day so the trail was just like this. In other words, dog heaven. He loved his life.

And that's it for now.

Have a great day :-)


Monday, September 29, 2014

Yoo 625 - Roscoe, According To My Phone


"There is an immense hole in my soul now that dad has left."


Just doing yoga.


So bored.


So ready to go tubing!


"Just give me the treat!"


Sleeping.


More sleeping.


Hanging out with Dylan! She was his pupsitter while we were in Washington. Best arrangement ever.


Helping me work.


"Are you going to eat that?"


"No, seriously, are you going to eat that?? We should share..."


"Don't ask, I'm comfortable."


"If you let me off my leash I puppy-promise I won't go chasing after all the deer."


"You don't trust me."


He's my best dog on the planet.

Have a great day :-)


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yoo 624 - Water Mitigation In Progress

We're currently playing host to a dehumidifier the size of my washing machine and 4 industrial fans. They're noisy and expensive guests. I can only imagine what my utility bill is going to look like next month...

Their reservation is scheduled to end on Monday so here's hoping. I'm really glad it's just Monday...the nice dude who set them up got a fun reaction out of me when he first joked that they'd be here for 3 weeks! That was a good one.

Soooooo yeah. I've already discovered that the microwave is off-limits for the time being. Tripped a breaker when I tried to heat up dinner last night. Also, the stove is completely blocked by the mammoth dehumidifier and we have to kick around two fans in order to access the fridge. Not to mention spending any amount of time in the kitchen makes you feel like a shriveled, dried-up worm on the sidewalk.

It all rolls into a perfect excuse to order pizza every night. Just kidding, we're eating cereal.

Now for the tour!


TOILET THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT! The upstairs bathroom actually fared pretty well. Just had to pull off the baseboards to get some air flowing to the sub-floor.


Meet the dehumidifier. It's too legit to quit. Except when I trip the breaker and kill all power to the kitchen and then it just blinks "Power Failure" for 5 minutes.


There used to be cupboards here. Now there's just a fan. Also, over 16 square feet of sheet rock behind the fridge is missing. The fans on the floor are aimed at that gaping hole.


Ceiling is getting aired out.


The dehumidifier works...water comes gushing out of this hose every few minutes.


And an overall state of affairs in the kitchen.

Life is definitely not dull right now. 

Have a great day :-)


Friday, September 26, 2014

Yoo 623 - Bryce Canyon National Park (And Ripping Apart My House)

There's a nice dude ripping my house apart right now. I just watched a kitchen cupboard get busted off its perch. And I can see the wall's innards. Now he's slicing into the ceiling, probably hating all of that horrible popcorn flying off into his face. Keep your mouth closed!

Anyways, he came swooping in with a little gadget to detect moisture and I watched as it beeped affirmative all up and down and side to side. It's about as bad as I suspected. Good thing I'm not overly fond of my kitchen. I might just be using this as a springboard to update the area since a wall and half of the cupboards are already gone.

While that's happening, I'm going back to April and Bryce Canyon.



So, Sunrise Point. Were we super impressed when we arrived? Not really. CLOUDS. 


See...cold and not impressed. There were snow flurries! I had just froze thru the prior night!

But we pushed our skepticism aside and tried to be patient.


Slowly, as I paced back and forth along the rim to stay warm, the patience began paying off.






Closer to expectations! The smiles came out.




This was the pink fleece blanket I used to "keep warm" all night. It didn't do much then and it wasn't doing much here but I still had it on.





Blizzard Titanic.





Our time at Bryce wasn't real adventurous. There wasn't any hiking. Just the typical drive thru the park with occasional stops and sprints to take in an overlook or two. Maybe if it hadn't been snowing! But it was cool in its freshly-dusted glory and we had the place mostly to ourselves.

I'll probably need to go back and spend a few days off the beaten path sometime to really appreciate it though!

Now back to watching my floor get tore up. And listening to fans!

Have a great day :-)