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Welcome to 2009
2009-01-01, 8:07 p.m.

Day 1593

This is what greeted us from the corner of the backyard this morning:

Thatís the view to the north. The temp was hovering down around +12F, I think. Cindy had rejected all my attempts to get a thermometer. One of these days soon Iím just gonna get one and hang it out on the back porch. Just like that hammer drill I got the other day. For the fireplace. It was necessary, I swear. The drill itself is red & black, so I hope it kinda looks like some mish mash of my current drills Ė the black corded drill and the red cordless. Get a little dust on it and itíll look old soon enough.

Hmmm. I distracted me. The view to the north was that lovely blue spruce. To the south, it unfortunately wasnít any warmer. That view looked a little like this:

After that set of storms we had a couple of weeks ago there was over a foot of snow everywhere. Then we had a couple days in the 60ís (temps AND wind) and all that snow disappeared. Of course, the local creeks overflowed their banks and we had some localized flooding, the type usually reserved for spring. No biggie really. So after the thaw, we actually had bare ground showing. Until Tuesday night. That 8 or 9 inches outside now is complements of the latest system to come through. That gave us an even 45 inches of snow for the month of December Ė nearly half our seasonal average. And winter has only just started. Oy.

Laying low getting a lot of the finishing work done on the laundry & family room jobs. Most of the molding is in, just needs touch ups. Be time to switch over to the fireplace tomorrow, then itís almost done. Might even get to enjoy a bit of no active projects for a bit before spring gets here.

As is habit I made no resolutions again this year. I DO want to trim off some weight Iíve managed to put back on. Poor choices in eating and a lack of serious working out. Itís time to hit the ellipticals on non spin days and add a little weight training back into the mix. Got away from the weight room and running and it shows.

Think Iíll wrap this up. Cindy is off to a new AA meeting so I had a wee bit of an opportunity to update.

Oh Ė one very important thing. Tonight (Thursday) marks the second consecutive week of no bowling. Damn holidays gotta go fall on Thursdayís this season. Now thereís only a week left till we bowl again. Canít wait to get back at it. Hoping that the break helps to cure the funk Iíve been in. The bowling funk. That other funk? Eh Ė still there. The drinking is still happening, sheís just not doing it quite so much and sheís hiding it really, really well. But hell, I can see the bottles, I can see the levels decreasing. Sheís just keeping it low key Ė for now. Sheíll crack though. Then the consequences kick in.
But Iíve got 3 more days of no work to enjoy, so Iím gonna do my damndest to do just that.


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