Monday, March 30, 2009
Uncle B cut off some of his cactus for us to plant in our yard. I hope they take, but we shall see. I've killed regular houseplants, so we'll see if I kill these too. I didn't do any research before planting them in the ground, which I should have done.
One of my favorite Monday night T.V. shows is Rules of Engagement, I highly recommend watching this show on CBS. It's funny and a great way to finish out a Monday-back to work-night. In fact, the whole line up from 7-9 is great on CBS on Monday nights.
I actually went to the gym on a weekend. Yesterday was day 1 of the new "trying to work out 4 times a week". Tonight was day 2, half way there!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Last night the Mutual Funds department was invited to free drinks and appetizers by one of the fund companies. Naturally, I took up on this offer. I sat at Jilly's American Grill from 4:15 until 7:30 and took in as many free drinks as I would allow myself to have in order to still drive home safely. The appetizers were rather tasty and the conversation was interesting. There's nothing like getting to know your co-workers like loosening up at the bar. The stuff that comes out of the mouths of others when they have some poison to loosen their lips. Good stuff. The wind was blowing like crazy, tumbleweeds blowing across the freeway, dust blowing as though it appeared to be foggy. It sure made for an interesting drive home.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When I took my car into Honda for an oil change, the first time since moving here, they came up with a small list of things that needed to be repaired. Which just frustrates me because I know that I have a lot of miles on the car and that this would happen eventually, but I didn't want it to happen right now. That is how everything happens to me; all at once and in full force. It's something I don't get used to, I just accept it. Well, it's been a pain calling around to see if any other places could do the same thing for less money. Generally, I like to take my car to Honda places since they specialize in them and know what can or can't be done and what's a priority and what's not. The first thing to take care of is the brake pads. Next will be the leaking struts and then someday a new timing belt with water pump. Ultimately, we've decided to take my car to Honda and get the best service and knowledge. It may cost a few bucks more than those other places, but they aren't going to tell me to do something that isn't necessary as some of the places we've visited for an estimate. Honda also has great customer service and a luxurious waiting area.
In the meantime, I've been shopping for car insurance. Since I've moved states apparently you have to get insurance in the state you live in no matter what. I am currently under my parents name which means my premium is discounted and dirt cheap. AZ has the largest auto insurance in the nation. I haven't been able to find insurance cheaper than $549 for 6 months! I just can't believe it. That's how much I've been paying for one whole year. There is one minor problem that is making it a little larger. In 2006 I backed into my parents metal trashcan. I won't get into any details, but there is small claim on my VIN now which raises a flag and won't be erased from my name for another 2 years (5 years total). I have decided to stay under my parents name until the underwriters catch wind that I've moved states. My insurance company was cool with it. Once that happens, then I'll start shopping for insurance all over again. At least now I know what to expect.
I wanted to start going to the gym 4 times a week, but that hasn't been happening. In fact, I haven't been to the gym yet this week. I have been unusually tired the last week or there has been something going on.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tonight I added larger weight in the Body Pump class. They recommend increasing your weight every 6 weeks. I've come along way since I first started that class it's pretty cool to feel yourself making progress. I'd like to start going to the gym 4 times a week rather than the 3, but it can be hard to get the motivation for that extra day.
J and I will be coming to NE over Easter weekend. Plane tickets have been purchased today. We'll spend a day and half with each family to balance it all out. The trip will be another quick one, but with me having Good Friday off, has made it a lot easier to plan.
Over the weekend my brother announced his engagement. It took us by surprise since we thought he never wanted to get married and has never made any mention of it.
We bought curtains for our living room area two weeks ago, but they just sit and wait for curtain rods to be purchased. It seems that stores never carry enough of the same rod. We need a lot of rods so it makes it difficult to find enough of the same ones, but also finding the correct size and color.
The weather has been perfect for the past week. Upper 70's and low to mid 80's. The 80's are my favorite temperature.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The weather has been warming up nicely within the past week getting up in the 80's. This week we will probably see a few days in the 90's. I've been told between now and May the weather is perfect.
It's nice that the price of gas had begun to fall again. We are sitting at $1.87. I never thought I'd ever see it below $2.00 again.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday I slept in until 10:00, I haven't done that in months! Then we got ready to head out to Ace Hardware and Kohl's. We went to the Ace Hardware down about 5 miles from our house at the Sun Lakes location to look for air filters. When we got there it was full of old people outside lining up. They were giving away free hot dogs and pop. You see, Sun Lakes is an age-restricted community and when someone advertises free stuff they take full advantage. Of course we lined up to get in on the action, but they were out of buns. We headed inside to pick up the filters and a toilet seat and headed back out to see if they had more buns in. I went to get my hotdog and tried to snatch one up for J, but some old person grabbed from underneath me! They need to simmer down, it was a hot dog frenzy out there! We made it out alive and then headed to Kohl's to see if J could finally find some shorts. He didn't find any shorts, but found shirts instead. Saturday night we went to Ruby Tuesday for supper.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday J and I went to Hoosiers for breakfast. This place is known for their breakfast and hometown feel. It's basically a diner-looking restaurant with home cooking. It was really good. Afterwards we had planned to head downtown to the Chandler car show. Uncle B had his Charger there. They had food vendors, live local bands and lots of cars. We spent a good 3 hours there and had a good time relaxing.
Saturday night Stephen invited us out again to meet up with Tim and Randi, whom we met a few weeks back. We met up at Bogeys and had some grub and a drink. It was laid back and oldish, you know, not quite the hole in the wall, but on the border. I love these kinds of bars. Around 9ish me, J, Tim and Randi headed down the street to a biker bar called O'Kelly's to watch a band called the Cover Junkies. These guys rocked! They play rock and roll, the good stuff like Alice in Chains, AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, Tesla etc. This bar also rocked! It was normal, average Joe type-people, including bikers. No metro-sexuals around there! We'll be going back there for sure.Sunday afternoon, J set out to find sandals, shorts and a belt. He found sandals and the belt, but no shorts. Old Navy had a $5 sale going on. Two flip flops for $5, tanks and polos for $5. I snagged up some flip flops and tanks. The rest of my Sunday was filled with cleaning and laundry, yee haw.
Friday Stephen invited J and I out to Rock Bottom Brewery then we went down the street to Z' Tejas for a drink and try out their cornbread. It turned out to be a good night and was nice to try out some new places.