"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's Alive!

This past week felt so strange to me without my laptop. I did fire up the desktop one day so I could check my email, make sure all was well with our ING and Smarty Pig accounts, and scan the news headlines. I moved some of our furniture around so that the desktop computer is now back in the "master bedroom" which we are using as the study/computer/kitty room. The cats were kinda annoyed with me being back there, as they had gotten used to having that room pretty much to themselves during the day. They are both grouchy old ladies who prefer a warm and quiet room for their numerous naps.

I'm still working on unpacking boxes. It's going slower than I had hoped as I keep finding boxes that I can't do anything with at this point, and if haul too many boxes around in one day, my back starts giving me fits which affects what I can do the next day. *grumble grumble* The closet in the "master bedroom" is a work in progress. It will eventually be my main kitchen pantry, various storage, and where I put the clothes that won't fit in the small closet in our bedroom. I've got two of my food storage racks arranged in there the way I want, but I'm having trouble getting a third one put back together. I need to remember NOT to take that third one apart before the next move as it's a real bear to get back together!

 The dress code at Mr. Hairball's new job only lets employees wear jeans once a week, so I also spent some time hemming and taking up some of his dress pants that were too long and too big in the waist for him.

As for bad news, it seems that the portion of Mr. Hairball's paycheck discrepancy related to getting credit for all of his education and work experience will take longer to resolve than we had hoped. In the good news column, I think I'll be able to finish this month about 10% under budget for groceries, so that's more money we can put towards the "New Laptop For Mr. Hairball Fund". I've been putting my grocery store receipts up on the refrigerator as a reminder of what I can do when I put my mind to it. *grins*

We don't have cable at our new place, and the local channels I can currently receive seem to be paid up primarily of Judge XYZ, talk shows, televangelists, infomercials, and programming directed at small children. Needless to say, when I found my box of DVDs I was really excited to have some more viewing options! I spent the last week in a nice retro bubble as none of the DVDs I watched/listened to during the day contained movies or TV programs made after 1980.

I was thinking maybe I should start doing theme weeks where at least one movie/program a day fits into a theme.  I own this set, so the theme for next week will be Joan Crawford movies. I'll watch them in chronological order so I'll start on Monday with The Women.

Hope all of you have a good week!


Lidian said...

Looking forward to a Joan Crawford week! I wish Joan could come and organize my life right now - I have a feeling she'd deal with stress a bit better (or, hmmm, maybe not).

Moving is a pain long after the actual move, isn't it? Hope things get better and better every week!

Hairball T. Hairball said...

Thanks for your good wishes, Lidian!

Hope your week is calm and peaceful. :)

Snowbrush said...

Hello, fellow Banacek fan!

Jeez, if you get all those channels without cable, does this mean you have an antenna? If not, think what all you could get if you DID have an antenna.

Hairball T. Hairball said...

Good Morning Snowbrush,

I can get up to five TV channels right now with the antenna I have. Sadly, none of the channels I receive show Banacek. :(

I could likely pick up a few more channels if I worked on improving my antenna. I'm planning to work on that project a little later on.

Snowbrush said...

Well, hon, you BUY Banacek on DVD. TV Guide came out with all 13 episodes a couple of years back. I would check Amazon or E-bay for them. In fact, I'm going to do just that because the ones I bought when they first came out are already wearing out due to frequent usage.

I watch PBS almost exclusively, so a cheap antenna works well for me because there is a whole row of big broadcast towers a mile from here.

Hairball T. Hairball said...

Banacek is DEFINITELY on my list of DVDs to buy!

Snowbrush said...

Well, good, I wish we could watch it together because my wife doesn't understand my enjoyment of the man. Sure, he's arrogant and sexist, and, sure, those are his GOOD points, but I've still been hooked for years now, partly because they take me back to when I was young and newly married. One of the women in the opening scene even looks like Peggy. I've never felt that way about any other show, and I'm sure it says a lot about me psychologically--I just wish I knew what it was.

Hairball T. Hairball said...

You know, it really could be just as simple as watching Banacek takes you back to a time that you were young and happy. The world is pretty scary right now, so it makes perfect sense to me that people are taking refuge in the past.

Snowbrush said...

"You know, it really could be just as simple as watching Banacek takes you back to a time that you were young and happy."

In my memory, imminent catastrophe was ever a looming possibility, so I will buy the young part, but maybe not so much the happy part. Besides, why should I be enthralled by Banacek instead of some other show? I suppose I would have to get psychoanalyzed to know, and, well, I guess I had rather spend the time watching Banacek.