Busy day

Sep. 1st, 2009 03:11 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I've decided that I am no longer going to plan trips to Austin. An impending Houston-to-Austin drive apparently does bad things to my car. *sigh* Immediately prior to my last trip to Austin is when my Civic's check engine light came on and I ended up buying a new car rather than pay for the repairs needed to make the Civic travel-ready again.

This morning, immediately after I backed out of the parking space to take Corwin to preschool orientation, the new car started beeping at me and one of the warning lights was on. I pulled back into a parking space and pulled out the owner's manual -- apparently the pressure in one of my tires is low. PROBABLY not a huge deal, but I didn't have time to do anything about it at the time because we didn't have more than a minute or two of time to spare to get to the preschool on time (and I'd already used that looking in the owner's manual). I did get out and do a visual inpection, and the tires all looked fine to me (nothing obviously flat).

After orientation I left Corwin in his classroom with his teachers while I tried to do a more thorough inspection of the tires. Visually, I still couldn't see a darn thing wrong with them -- none of them looked low, and I couldn't see any nails or such (we were at the new house last night briefly, so we could have run over something there). So I pulled out the tire pressure gauge I carry in my glove box, and TRIED to check the pressure in the tires. Unfortunately, I have the FAIL when it comes to using that thing, as I can never get the same reading twice. I know I'm not doing something right, but I can't seem to get the hang of how to do it properly (and Andrew has tried to teach me). Around this time, the man who was parked next to me was coming out to his vehicle and asked if I needed any help. I explained to him what was going on, and he said he thought my tires looked fine as well, and that I was probably fine driving on them until this evening. So I'm gonna have to get Andrew to check my tire pressures this evening and help get that remedied tonight, or else determine what I need to do tomorrow to get it taken care of before we drive to Austin in the evening. *sigh* It just seems like it is always something.

On the other hand, Corwin had a blast playing in his classroom at preschool; he was happy as a little clam, and his teachers were surprised that he wasn't upset when I left to go to the parent session. I was hoping he'd react the way he did -- he was great at being dropped off for mother's day out last year at the end of the school year; I was hoping that being in a new place wouldn't trigger a new round of fussing at being dropped off. Apparently there were plenty of fun toys to be played with, so I guess he didn't need mommy. In fact, he fussed when I came to pick him up after checking the tires because he didn't want to leave yet.

From preschool, we went to the mall and got my engagement ring cleaned and inspected. We were supposed to have had that done in July in keeping with the warranty requirements, but we moved in July and that just got forgotten in the shuffle. I only remembered a couple weeks ago when Andrew and I were at the mall and we walked past the store and my brain went "oh, crud!" Fortunately, they didn't seem to mind that I was late. Yay!

Then we went downstairs to the children's playscape area and let Corwin run around for a half-hour or so. It was so nice being there now that school has started and it's no longer overrun with older kids who are really too big and rough for it -- it's obviously designed for children under age 5, but no one seems to enforce this (unlike at Memorial City Mall, where there was a security guard there for just that reason).

Then we hit the grocery store (and the Buddy Buck machine) to get more yogurt for Corwin since we were completely out and HEB didn't have any on Sunday when we shopped. The HEB I hit today didn't have the kind of yogurt we buy either, so I ended up getting a couple containers of HEB brand yogurt for Corwin to try. Corwin got a 20 point sticker out of the Buddy Buck machine; too bad he doesn't yet have any concept of how awesome that is (most of the stickers range from 1-5 points).

Then the bank to deposit a $1.62 refund check from AT&T related to the cancellation of our landline, and then a stop in the apartment office to pick up a package -- our new digital camera! It's a Canon Powershot SD780IS, and it is TINY! It's only slightly larger than my cell phone. Currently I'm charging the battery so that I can try it out and familiarize myself with it a little bit before Dragoncon. When we finally got back to the apartment, [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami was waiting for us with a couple of books he's letting Andrew borrow for reading on the airplane, and pest control had already been here, so I don't have to worry about that this afternoon.

I thought surely Corwin would be tired enough to take a nap this afternoon between playing at preschool this morning and running around the playscape at the mall (not to mention walking around with me at all the various stops we made), but apparently I was incorrect. He's been talking and carrying on for over an hour now, so I need to go let him get up and play. Wish I could figure out the magic formula for wearing him out enough to sleep at naptime.

Busy day

May. 21st, 2009 03:17 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I finally have a few minutes to sit down and breathe today.

This morning I dropped off Corwin for his last day of Mother's Day Out at 9:00 and headed straight to the car dealership for an oil change on my car (both in preparation for heading to Austin tomorrow and because it's the last chance I'll have to do so without having to drag Corwin along until next September). After the oil change and new windshield wiper blades I headed home to meet our realtor, who was already in the house working with the photographer getting pictures taken for our listing. Finishing up the pictures and the paperwork for the listing took until noon, at which point I gobbled some lunch and then headed off to the university to pay for my parking for the summer. This involved a stop at the Galleria to get my parking permit and card from Andrew since I drive his car to work on the weekends and forgot to get my stuff out last night. So I paid for my parking and stopped to chat with my former boss for about 10 minutes or so (as neither my current boss nor the library director were in their offices at the time I was there) and then headed back home to pick up Corwin. We hung out in his classroom for a few extra minutes because the kids were eating cookies that someone's mom had brought and taking pictures with the teachers (in all my busy-ness I totally forgot my camera, so I'm hoping Morgan's mom will remember to email me the picture she took on her camera). Then home and got Corwin in bed for his nap and now I am finally sitting still. Corwin is still carrying on up in his bed though, so maybe he's not going to take a nap today. *sigh*

I'm feeling more sadness than I think I should about Corwin's last day of Mother's Day Out. I think it largely has to do with the fact that he has been enjoying it so much, and also that he's not likely to see his teachers again (unless we are still here in the fall, which I hope we aren't). And he doesn't seem to understand what "last day" means enough to be sad about it himself. I think he's going to miss a couple of the kids from his class, too, but I'm hoping maybe we'll be able to get together with them for some playdates or something this summer, which should help. I'll also miss having the time to myself, but I don't think that's at the root of how I'm feeling. It's almost like I'm feeling what I think Corwin should be feeling if he understood what was happening. Whee for being a parent! ;)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was Corwin's first day of Mother's Day Out. It sounds like it went pretty well overall. Problem areas seem to be going potty and nap time. Their nap time is scheduled to start at noon and go to 1:30. Corwin's normal nap time is more like 1:30-3:00 or later. So, he didn't sleep today, though his teachers did say he wasn't disruptive about it...just every time he heard a noise he would perk up to see what it was. With regard to going potty -- This part is cut 'cause I know some of my friends aren't interested ) Having him nap at home after MDO works fine for me, but I'm not sure what to do to work with their earlier nap time. I LIKE the schedule we've gotten into at home, and don't really want to adjust it, especially as that would likely involve a consistently earlier wake-up time for me.

As for my kid-free morning, I spent it doing errands and enjoying the freedom to get in/out of the car without also having to get Corwin in/out of his carseat every single time. Oh, was that nice...but weird. I kept thinking I was forgetting something, and it was odd not having someone in the car to talk to. But I got my state inspection done and an oil change for my car, both things I hate doing with him in tow. Then I stopped by Williams Sonoma to check whether the gravy separator I got for Christmas was defective (it wasn't; just for some reason they ALL look different in reality than they do on their packaging materials), went by Corwin's doctor's office to pick up his health form for MDO, and went by the post office to mail some checks I have been holding for nearly a week (that's a rant for another day, unless you are [livejournal.com profile] destroyerj who facebook chatted me at just the wrong time, or my husband). Then I came home and had lunch and a brief break, and then got to work cleaning out Corwin's closet further and vacuuming/cleaning in his room. Sadly, I ran out of time before I got completely finished. Oh well.

On Monday, I think I'm going to get my car washed (see a theme here?) and drop a shirt off at the dry cleaners, and then spend the rest of the time cleaning/organizing here at home. Have to get the house ship-shape for Corwin's family birthday party on Saturday the 21st and continue getting it ready to go on the market. I have a vague mental goal of the beginning of March for that, but somehow I doubt it will happen. If nothing else, I suspect getting the glass replaced in our master shower will be a holdup.

And now, I should go get ready for bed as I am back to full-time child-care tomorrow.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I am happy. I have a wonderful son and a wonderful hubby who is a good daddy to our son. I'm just really happy with our family and my life right now. Yeah, I'd love to have a cleaner, neater house, but I've always wanted that but I've never had the time, energy, or motivation to really whip it into shape. I can live with it the way it is. :)

Amazing the perspective a few hours out of the house by myself (work) gives me :)

Ask me again at about 6:00 a.m., and I'll probably be ready to sell Corwin to the gypsies for a quarter. (Okay, not really, but I'll threaten to!) Sleep stuff )

We've done a lot of shopping this week. Details! )

Andrew's computer is still at Fry's. He's been calling every 2 days to check up on it. Today they said they think it's the motherboard, but they still have a few other things to eliminate first to be certain. Andrew's (rightfully) a bit grumpy at me for throwing out the receipt for his computer upgrades at the end of last year. I'm gonna be a bit grumpy at me, too, if they would have been covered under warranty still, but we can't prove it. *sigh*

Work's been going well for me so far. This weekend is my first to work both Saturday and Sunday. I'm amazed at how tired I feel this evening, when I only worked 5 hours and they hardly qualified as stressful (I actually got to spend a fair chunk of time just sitting and reading, as there weren't many questions and there were two of us manning the desk). I think the tiredness is probably more due to my interrupted sleep than the actual working. I'm still awaiting my first paycheck, though. Hopefully soon! :) Tomorrow the new Electronic Resources Librarian (my former position) is coming in to pick my brain about ER stuff. That's going to be odd. It still feels a bit weird to me not to be doing that job any more. It was especially strange the first time I got an email from the new person with Electronic Resources Librarian listed as her title. Ah well. I wouldn't be happy working full time right now, and I well know it. :)

BLARG!

Sep. 14th, 2007 08:14 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Andrew's computer is FUBAR'ed. He's just run off with it to Fry's to see if they can diagnose what's wrong with it. And of course I don't have the receipt for the hard drive 'cause it was purchased in 2006, and I threw out the 2006 receipts when it turned out we didn't need them as support for our 2006 federal tax return.

When I was at Target on Wednesday, I noticed that they had the Britax Marathon, the carseat I want for Corwin, on sale for $229.00, down from $269.99 through Saturday. So Andrew and I went back tonight to try to get one. Well, turns out that Target won't let you test the display model in your car to see if it fits, which is a genuine concern for us with our two small cars. I've seen anecdotal evidence online that it fits rear-facing in a 1999 Honda Civic, but I'd really like to know for certain before I spend $200+ on it. And not only will they not let you test the display model, the sign noting the sale price was missing, and the sales associate we commandeered scanned the barcode and said it wasn't coming up for the sale price. So we didn't buy a car seat tonight. When I got home, the Marathons are still on sale on the Target web site for $229, and it says they will be on sale for that price through tomorrow. So I'm a bit confused as to what was going on at the store. I have now called Babies R Us, and was told that they DO let you test the models in your car. So we may end up doing that, and then ordering online if I can find it somewhere where the sale price + shipping isn't more than $269.99. Unfortunately, I work 9-6 tomorrow and we're having people over on Sunday afternoon, so I don't see us getting it done this weekend.

In slightly less blarg-worthy news, Corwin and I went and visited Dawn at the hospital this afternoon. She's pregnant, with her son not due 'til December 9. However, her water broke this past Sunday, so she's been in the hospital on bedrest since then. So far the baby and Dawn are both doing well; she's hoping to be there for several weeks, to give baby Ben time to develop as much as possible so he'll have a better chance of survival in the big bad world. Dawn is doing extremely well so far...very upbeat and calm and happy. She has a huge support network (one I envy) so has had a nearly continuous stream of visitors; she said she hasn't been alone long enough to get bored yet. I plan to go back next week if she is still there (which we are all hoping she is).
cifarelli: (Ember)
We are home from Corwin's first doctor visit. He woke up this morning with his right eye majorly crusted over. I wiped it with a warm washcloth to clean it up, but a couple of hours later it was all crusty again. Turns out it's a clogged tear duct. Nothing majorly worrisome, but we have to keep it clean and massage it when it gets all crusty like that. And apply antibiotic drops as needed. And the condition could persist until he is 9 months old. Yay. I'm just going to be an optimist and hope it will clear itself up earlier than that. :)

The doctor visit was very reassuring to me as a parent, though. He's up an ounce from his birthweight already, which is a good sign that breastfeeding is going well and he's getting plenty to eat. Also, his color is good and the doc is no longer worried about him being jaundiced (he was mildly so when we left the hospital).

Andrew just called me from the grocery store (he went to fill Corwin's prescription, pay my car registration that is due this month, and pick up a few groceries) to tell me that I have to get new license plates for my car and thus we can't pay the registration there; I have to go to the courthouse to do it. Just exactly what I want to attempt with a new baby. *sigh*

Weekend

Feb. 4th, 2007 09:22 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I hurt, just about everywhere from my butt on down to my feet. *sigh* All I did today was go shopping with Andrew, but that much time on my feet seems to have done me in. We hit the grocery store first, and then came home and took a lunch/laundry/strategic planning break. Then we headed back out: to Borders, where we used some of our gift/discount cards; to Michaels, where we bought frames and archival glass for 6 of the 7 prints we have for the baby's room, and dropped off the 7th for a custom framing job; to Wal-Mart, where we found some but not all of what we were looking for; and then to Target, where we found some more, but still not all, of what we were looking for.

Here I ramble about shopping )

Yesterday, I had intended to spend the afternoon working on finishing off the closet organization/consolidation and writing the thank-you notes from the baby shower last weekend. But I realized on Friday that my car inspection is due in February (rather than March as I had in my head; turns out it's my registration that comes up in March), and I figured I better get that taken care of now, just in case of an early baby arrival or other complications that could come up between now and the beginning of March. So I ended up spending the afternoon getting my car inspected (it took the place over an hour 'cause they were incredibly busy and only had one tech who was certified to do inspections working), getting a birthday present for Erin, and getting my car washed. I had time to make some minute progress on the closet stuff, and I started writing the thank-you notes, but neither project is yet finished.

We met a group of folks at Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant, last night for dinner for Erin's birthday. For those of you who know me well enough to be familiar with my lack of adventuresomeness when it comes to food, you know this is a big deal for me. I had a lamb dish which wasn't bad, but I ended up eating mainly meat and bread. It's now on the list of places I CAN eat if a group outing is proposed, but I wouldn't choose it on my own.

We had a couple of options for things to do last night -- a party at [livejournal.com profile] bindusara's, or adjourning with the birthday group to someone's house after dinner. Unfortunately, both options involved freely flowing alcohol, and I ended up opting out just because it's really not all that fun for me to be around lots of drunk people when I can't partake myself. I was also tired (it was after 10:00 by the time we finished dinner). I've never been a heavy or frequent drinker, and honestly I haven't really missed it since I've been pregnant...up until the last month or so. It seems like in the last month or so opportunities for such keep throwing themselves in my path, and it's driving me crazy that I have to keep turning them down. I think the craving may be being made worse by the fact that I can't do (or can't do without serious effort/contortions) several things I enjoy right now due to my body being a completely different shape, feeling unwieldy, and feeling tired a good chunk of the time due to not sleeping well. I'm ready for the baby to come out; wonder when he will agree with me? ;)

I have the first of my weekly appointments tomorrow afternoon (the doc is on vacation Weds-Friday this week, so my appointment isn't on a Wednesday for once). I still need to pack my bag for the hospital, and we still have some shopping we need to finish to be ready for the baby. We picked up a few of the things I want but don't already have for my hospital bag today, but failed to find a couple of them. Guess we'll end up getting them next weekend, when we do the rest of the baby shopping as well. We also need to install the car seat.

Even though I've tried really hard to plan ahead and have stuff done ahead of time, I feel like I'm getting down to the wire and there's still a ton to do. I just keep telling myself that the house doesn't have to be in tip-top shape before the baby arrives; we will all live if parts of it start out being messy or unorganized. Now I just have to convince myself to believe it! ;)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Stayed home from work yesterday due to acid reflux stuff keeping me awake all night again Tuesday night.

I didn't sleep well last night either -- had trouble falling asleep when I went to bed, probably due to napping too much during the day (but dammit, I needed those naps after not sleeping the night before!). And when I did sleep, I had stressful dreams. I'm taking a midterm I didn't study for! )

So then, I got to drive to work in the rain again this morning. Then I got stuck at the light under I-10 because the train that sometimes goes through about a block down from there and holds up traffic for a couple of minutes had actually STOPPED, blocking the street completely. I sat there for about 10 minutes until the traffic ahead of me finally cleared out enough that I could go somewhere (there are a couple of sidestreets between the light and the train, one of which was the one I needed). So it was 8:30 by the time I got into the parking garage, and there was one covered parking space left. Unfortunately, it was between a large F-150 parked nearly on the line on the left side, and a support post on the right side. I figured I could still get in there since I drive a small car, but I didn't pull close enough to the F-150 when I turned and ended up scraping up the paint on my right rear door. That was just the capstone to my morning. *grumbles*

And now that I'm actually in my office, Andrew has informed me that they're now blocking lj on the internet filtering at his office. So...if you need Andrew's input during the day for any reason, you'll need to either call his cell phone, catch him on ICQ, or ask me to relay a message.

Hopefully the day gets better from here. Please?
cifarelli: (Ember)
I haven't had any pain at all so far today. :) Hopefully I haven't just jinxed tomorrow.

I took my car for an oil change today, as it was slightly overdue. They found that the radiator hose was leaking coolant, so I had to have that replaced, too. But, better that than having my engine overheat at some point down the road. First real problem my car's had, and it's 7 years old now. And they caught that before I ended up stranded somewhere. So I'm happy :)

After I got home from having that done, Andrew and I went back to USA Baby and successfully ordered a glider. :) Just walked in, told 'em what I wanted, and they were like, "Sure, we can do that." So it's ordered, the chair I want, fabric and wood of our choice. It'll take 10-12 weeks to arrive, though, and then we'll need to recruit someone with a truck or SUV to help us get it from the store to home (it was that or pay an additional $60 shipping). They also had some really cute stuffed frogs in there. I told Andrew I want one for me...to heck with the baby! ;)

Then we went and had dinner at Carrabbas, which I have been craving. I was good and didn't have tea, even though it was made even harder to resist by the fact that I haven't had any pain today.

After that, we headed home, where I left Andrew to raid BWL in World of Warcraft. I ran off to Dawn & Bryant's for a game night. It was small, with me, Melody, and Ed being the only attendees, but fun nonetheless. We played several rounds of Scattergories. And I concluded that I don't see Jack often enough. He's walking, and apparently has been for a few months now. Still an extremely cute kid! :) Now I'm home again, and Andrew's still raiding, so I'm hunting around for stuff to do to entertain myself since I'm not sleepy yet. I was in bed for 12 hours last night....I didn't sleep stellarly, but after being in bed 12 hours, I must've at least gotten the amount of sleep I needed.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I never knew that weeding and pruning the flower bed would be such a good workout. At any rate, my legs and butt have been IN PAIN since Saturday evening, and the only thing I can think to chalk it up to is all the squatting and standing I did while I was working on the flower bed for an hour Saturday morning.

I also took my car in for its 75k maintenance on Saturday. I managed to get there not too long after the heavens opened up and it started pouring rain, so they weren't busy at all and I was in and out in about 45 minutes. Impressive, especially since the guy behind the counter said they were insanely busy in the morning and I'd have been there for two hours at least if I'd come earlier. My car is still in perfect working order, except that 3 of my 4 tires are at their minimum wear (the fourth tire is the one I replaced after I ran over a nail not too long ago), and thus I need new tires sometime in the next couple of months. Whee...more large non-recreational expenses!

Sunday Andrew and I went bowling with [livejournal.com profile] mahtab, [livejournal.com profile] zhaph, and [livejournal.com profile] sirbobsalot. I bowled a 118 for my last game, which I think might be my best score ever (yes, sad I know). I actually won the first and last games we played...also a first for me. I'm never the best bowler in a group I'm in. My right arm is twinging at me today, so hefting and swinging that 10-lb ball around must have been a bit of a workout also. I seem to have escaped pain in my left hip this time, though -- usually I get pain there also after bowling, but either my movements were less strenuous this time, or the workouts I've been doing are accomplishing something (even though I can't SEE it or feel it in the way my pants fit).

I think that is about it for news here, though. Today is really a wasted day to be at work. My desk shift from 8-9 this morning was COMPLETELY dead -- not a single question or person wanting to be logged onto the computers. Another librarian came up here a bit ago to drop something off, and said she'd walked around the library and that she only saw 1 patron in the entire place.

Tomorrow we will likely spend playing WoW and cleaning house in preparation for [livejournal.com profile] onefishclappin and [livejournal.com profile] krikwennavd to visit this weekend. It'll hopefully be a fairly relaxing, if not particularly patriotic, day.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Whee! I'm the proud owner of a new tire, as of tonight.

I noticed this week that my rear left tire was looking kinda low, and by the time I remembered it long enough to show it to Andrew last night, it was so flat that he couldn't get a pressure reading off of it with his little tire pressure measuring thingie (yes, I am SO technical!). I drove it to the Shell station and we aired it up; by this morning it had lost about 4 psi overnight. Since I had important stuff to do at work today (and had to be there for an 8:00 desk shift and a 9:00 meeting), I drove it to work since it was at a reasonable pressure, and made it back home again fine as well. I took it to NTB this evening, where they found that I'd run over a nail. They said it couldn't be patched (I have no way of knowing if this was true or not, knowing extremely little about tires and all), so I am now the proud owner of a new tire.

Tomorrow I shall get my car an oil change and a bath. I just had it inspected last weekend. And I'll need to renew its registration this month sometime -- need to remember on one of our trips to the grocery store.

For a car that never has mechanical problems, it sure needs a lot of work/attention all at once!
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today is Andrew's first day at his new job. I don't know what kind of Internet access he has at work, so no telling if he'll be able to check lj, talk to me on ICQ, or whatever. So far, he's not been online, though I have had an email from him with his new phone number and email address. So...here's hoping he has a good day :)

This weekend was really nice -- we had the whole time to ourselves, with no planned activities to schedule around. I've been feeling better, so it was nice to be able to get useful things done and goof off, without feeling like I did too little of either.

Saturday )

Sunday )

So far, it's been a decent day at work. We got donuts this morning for someone's birthday. :) And my boss volunteered to cover my Wednesday afternoon desk shift for me (I had a conflicting meeting come up), without asking me to cover something else for her in exchange. So that's nice, too. And because the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, I don't have to work late tomorrow (4:30-5:30 tomorrow was one of the possible meeting times). So good things all around. However, I have things I ought to be working on now, so I should get back to it.

Tonight, I am meeting Carly at 7:00 for her wedding dress fitting (for alterations). Other than that, not much going on here.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Well, the dealership took my car apart and told me there's nothing at all wrong with my fuel gauge. So now I am totally confused, and the only thing I can really think of is that somehow the gas station I used in Austin allowed me to fill my tank more full than other gas stations do (i.e. it let me put more gas in before triggering the auto-cutoff). But most people I've proposed this idea to think it's not really feasible. But, it's either that, or my car is getting INSANELY good gas mileage all of a sudden.

I won't even mention how much they charged me to tell me there was nothing wrong. The good news is that she got a bath while she was there, so I don't have to pay for that in addition.

Lesson learned: There is nothing wrong with your car, Paulina. Stop worrying about it.

(I'll be keeping an eye on it for this next little while anyway, just to see.)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Well, we're back in Houston now, still safe and sound. We left my parents' house at noon, and arrived back here at 4:00. If you take into account that we got gas that was a little out of our way on the way out of Austin, and stopped at Dairy Queen in Columbus for about 15-20 minutes (long line for ice cream!), the trip really wasn't much longer than usual. There were a few slow stop-and-go spots, but nothing even remotely like what we encountered on the way to Austin Thursday evening/Friday morning.

Our house seems unscathed. It seems the only thing with any problems is my poor car -- the gas gauge seems to have stopped working. We had an inkling it wasn't quite right when we filled up before heading out of town and I put in over 6 gallons of gas even though it said I had 3/4 tank. We KNEW something was wrong when we got back to Houston and it was still sitting on Full -- hadn't budged in the slightest. So I'll have to get that looked at sometime soon. I think I'll try calling tomorrow and see if anywhere is open to look at it. She also deserves a bath after transporting us so well this weekend, so I'll probably try to find an open car wash, too :)

We had a generally enjoyable weekend, once the hurricane was past and it was clear that Houston didn't sustain much damage of note. Friday we were exhausted and spent the day just lazing around and/or sleeping as the mood took us. Saturday evening some friends in Austin had a "Hurricane Party," and Sunday we visited [livejournal.com profile] sunflowerkwm and her family in the afternoon, and hung out with [livejournal.com profile] onefishclappin and [livejournal.com profile] kwikwennavd in the evening. [livejournal.com profile] sunflowerkwm's daughter just turned three this past week, and she was happy to tell us about it at the drop of the hat. For example:

Me and Kristen: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Maddie: I'm three!
Me: What do you want to do when you're older than three?
Maddie: I'm not two, I'm three!
Me: When was your birthday?
Maddie: I'm three!

And the conversation went on from there. She's the cutest little girl, though, and I really enjoy spending time with her. :)

After we left Kristen and Jim's, we met up with Christi and David at their place and went to Whole Foods for dinner. I picked up some dark chocolate almond bark for my dad ('cause it's one of his favorites, and it's hard to find these days) while we were wandering around deciding what to eat. Then we went to Dave and Busters and played pool for a few hours, meeting up with Christi and David's friends Gary and Kris who they'd wanted us to meet, and then we all went home and crashed. It was a pretty relaxing weekend (once I was able to stop stressing), so I'm glad we went, even though in hindsight we didn't really need to. It was nice to be in Austin without anything in particular to do, no schedule to stick to, etc. :)

All in all, the evacuation was a bigger disaster than the hurricane for the Houston area. My university isn't opening for classes again 'til Thursday, and I'm off work until noon on Wednesday. Hopefully that'll be enough time to get my house back in order and my car taken care of.
cifarelli: (Ember)
[livejournal.com profile] kashent and Amber came over last night and we installed my new CD/MP3 stereo receiver in my car. [livejournal.com profile] kashent did most of the work (being the electrical engineer and all), but I now know a lot more about how my car is put together, so I learned something from the experience.

And I got to drive to work accompanied by Shirley this morning. My car rocks now! :)

[EDIT: Anyone have any suggestions for what do with my old AM/FM receiver (no cassette, no CD)? It was the factory standard model that came in my 1999 Honda Civic LX. If anyone has a use for it, I'd be happy to sell it cheap or possibly give it away. Are there any charities that take this kind of thing?]

Woot!

Jul. 25th, 2005 08:05 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
My CD/MP3 player for my car has been ordered! :) I'm getting an Alpine CDE-9843 model -- pretty basic, but since I'm upgrading from an AM/FM radio, it's a big deal! :)

Not sure how long the thing will take to ship, but since we'll be out of town this weekend, I'll probably bug my installer sometime next week. :)

Now we just need to get some CD-Rs for me to burn mp3s onto. ;) And to make sure Andrew's CD Burner is working, of course.

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