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fun with jackhammers




fun with jackhammers

Originally uploaded by tb0n3z

So. Happy. To. Be. Done. Me and my little thumper friend destroyed all cement in our backyard on Monday. Currently it looks like a bomb went off, but the final backyard plan is on the move!

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Tarace boulba plays chestnut st




Tarace boulba plays chestnut st

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Tarace boulba, a 25+ piece french funk jazz band touring the usa stayed in our neighborhood. Their host threw a block party and they played a ton! Awesome sound. The rain didn’t dampen any spirits, tents and umbrellas appeared from all over.

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Tarace boulba plays chestnut st




Tarace boulba plays chestnut st

Originally uploaded by tb0n3z

Tarace boulba, a 25+ piece french funk jazz band touring the usa stayed in our neighborhood. Their host threw a block party and they played a ton! Awesome sound. The rain didn’t dampen any spirits, tents and umbrellas appeared from all over.

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i LOVE being on-call

Just finished a quick crisis. But the fun part is that note that when first paged, I was standing in the backyard in a mixture of mud and dog****, picking up the latter. Dogs were outside. Ran to house, left shoes on back step, wash hands (bleh), fire up laptop in kitchen due to ongoing piano lessons blocking way to office. Left dogs. They commence barking like mad. I look outside. They have stolen my shoes and are running around the yard with them (usually a precursor to eating them). Run back outside during a break in the action, retrieve shoes, lecture dogs ineffectually about not stealing my shoes when I’m picking up their ******* ****, lock them on sun porch (covered in mud), resume outage fun.

Off to clean sunporch and dogs and shoes. 🙂

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New furnace




New furnace

Originally uploaded by tb0n3z

Merry Christmas! Thanks honey, I always wanted a furnace for Christmas!! 95s Bryant with special electrostatic filter. It also has a DC motor with a special Low speed (3 speeds) so that it can run 24/7 and help keep the hot/cold spots in an old house like ours more evened out.

Amusingly enough, I just went with the top rated local company on Angie’s List. A work buddy lost his furnace Sunday (the cold snap has been killer for furnaces) and got 5 quotes on a replacement and ended up going with this same company anyway (we didn’t find out until today when we were both home from work due to having furnaces installed).

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Update from the House of Job

As in the biblical Job.  It is a frosty morning here in our 60 degree house as the furnace gets completely replaced downstairs.  But 60 degrees isn’t bad considering last night it was -7F outside and today it is a balmy 2F.  And of course the air conditioner was old too and wouldn’t you know it, it has been leaking down into the furnace and so they don’t recommend putting it back in above the furnace … meaning we need a new air conditioner before summer as well. 

Janet, while we were at it, we threw in a super fancy electrostatic, charcoal blah blah flugensnafel blerglesnorf furnace filter … just for you. 

Anyway that’s oh-so-happy thing number one.  Then of course there’s Morticia.  She had a bad spell post-surgery with low calcium which is a very quick killer.  She went in, got on an IV, and they wanted us to do 24 hour IV care at an emergency vet and we had to cut it off and say no, that’s too expensive.  Instead we took her home and fed her oral calcium — yes those huge pills — dissolved in water.  She loved that … not.  So she’s now on Vitamin D and calcium daily and seems to be rebounding well.  If all goes well her body should take over on its own with the calcium, but it’s a tricky business with the remaining parathyroid glands and possible damage and seeing if they will re-vascularize and blah blah blah. 

There’s more but really it all pales in comparison. 

On the PLUS side, Max had a fantastic piano recital last night with all of Max’s students!  It went really well, and fortuitously was the first one ever scheduled at a public location rather than at our house, which was handy since it was a bit frosty at home. 

As well, after Thanksgiving I started my new job as an Oracle DBA (Database Administrator) and I am enjoying it and learning a lot.  My new boss is a good guy and the whole team is happy with who we hired.  It was one of those rare occurrences where the team agreed with management about who to hire, so at least there’s no drama. 

Other news … MeeMee has decided not to join us for Christmas due to the long drive.  Instead she’ll be spending Christmas with our good friends Wendy and Julian who are also hosts in the Host Home program, and some of her friends as well. 

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Morty is sick




Morty in her sickbed

Originally uploaded by tb0n3z

Morticia had a bad spell this morning, to do with hyperthyroid and possibly kidney issues. We get more test results tomorrow. Send her good thoughts, and Max as well since we both – but Max especially – are very worried and sad about our aging kitty baby.

This is the ‘heatlamp’ sickbed I made for Morty behind my computer monitor; she loves the Bluesbuster full spectrum bulb in my desklamp. She has lost so much weight (she is only 5.4 lbs now) that she is attracted to any heat source.

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