"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, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween And A Wee Update...

 Yeah, I know, I sucketh much as a blogger. *hangs head in shame* I'm also not completely unpacked yet either. *hangs head in shame and sighs deeply*

I still haven't found the charger and extra battery for the digital camera. I'm starting to think that Mr. Hairball must have packed it in one of the "office" boxes, because it's not in any of the "computer desk area" boxes. Most of those "office" boxes are still stacked up against the wall in the study/kitty room, because he's not going to be taking them all up to his new workplace. The thought of digging through all of those boxes is overwhelming right now, so I may just have to continue to do without my camera. I really do need to start deciding which of the remaining boxes will be unpacked and which will be stored "as is" until the next move.

I've been working on some  window quilts. Our apartment still has its original windows, and once the temperature outside gets below about 50F, it's chilly over by the windows. I went through my fabric stash and linen closet for some of the materials, and I went to the local thrift store for the rest. I'm sewing these by hand so it's taking me longer than if I used a sewing machine. I've got the one for our bedroom done enough that I can use it while I continue to work on it. We've had some nights where it's gotten down into the forties at night, and it's much more comfortable in there with it up than it was before. We choose to keep our heat turned down lower than a lot of people do during the colder months of the year, and these new window quilts will help keep it warmer inside.

I'm ready for election day because the political commercials are pushing me to ever closer to destroying my TV. Currently, I'm in the habit of watching/listening to TV in the mornings during the week while I pack Mr. Hairball's lunch and tidy up the kitchen. I usually turn on one of the channels that features the local news and weather so I see what's going on in Hometown City. As most of you are aware, the commercial breaks on TV right now are an endless stream of  political ads. I live in ReddyMcRedville, so the candidates are really just fighting over who is the biggest Teapartier of all. I'm seriously thinking of just skipping the local news and weather until after the election. It would probably do me good not to hear about how politician X is actually a ______ (insert your scary word of choice) who hates America.

Mr. Hairball finally got all the paperwork properly filled out, stamped, signed and turned in, so that his past work experience would be properly credited, and he would get an increase in his future paychecks. He gets paid the last day of the month and it shows up early if that date is not a workday. I eagerly checked the bank Friday late afternoon to see if the paperwork had been approved early enough to change the amount of his October paycheck. It did. It made it smaller. *beats head on desk* It looks like when the information was entered that someone made a mistake and instead of having his raise added to his check, it was subtracted. Awesome.

We also still don't have our health insurance cards even though our health insurance started in September. We have a snazzy printout that we can take with us if we need to go to the doctor that says we have health insurance, but the cards are still AWOL. We've asked HR repeatedly if since his old employer used the same insurance company if the insurance company might be confused and is not issuing us new cards because it thinks we still have our plan through the old employer. HR keeps telling us no, but I find it hard to really trust them after all the drama Mr. Hairball has gone through in trying to recoup a portion of the salary he was verbally promised. He's calling them again on Monday to ask about fixing his paycheck and to remind them about the missing insurance cards.

Mr. Hairball has started looking at the job ads in his field trying to find something better for when this contract is up. He's found a few that look promising, and has started working on his application materials. The thought of possibly making another big move next summer is overwhelming for both of us, but we knew that moving to Hometown City would only be a temporary stop. His boss does seem to like him and his work, so if something better doesn't turn up for him, he should be able to stay here for another year.

We are still saving for a new laptop for Mr. Hairball over at Smarty Pig. I  finally found the power cord for the old secondhand laptop, and I've been using that some during the week. Unfortunately, due to its age, it is in pretty bad shape and only the Linux side still works.  Most of the time this isn't a real problem for me, except when I want to do something like use the instant watch feature at Netflix. I shouldn't complain though, at least I have access to a laptop during the week again. Hopefully by the end of the year we'll have enough saved to buy his laptop so I can get mine back again.

I'm about to make some dinner and decide on my viewing choices for tonight. Mr. Hairball doesn't really like horror movies, so he will be spending the evening in the study/kitty room while I enjoy some spooky goodness.

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it and my apologies to those who don't. I know from spending most of my life in very conservative places, that Halloween can create divisions between those who celebrate it and those who do not. Hopefully, that will not be the case here.


Lidian said...

It was so great to see an update from you, I was wondering how you were doing!

I had never heard of window quilts, they sound like a great idea. We could use some because our windows are very rattle-y indeed. We have updated a fair bit here but at the rate we are going those windows are going to be rattling for a long time yet ;)

joe said...

Hairball does not suck as a blogger. Hairball does not suck at anything.

joe said...

You'll also find that, even though you've got anti-spam moderation, you'll still get a ton of spam from the chinese. of course, they'll gush about how great your writing is, so it's not necessarily a bad thing...

Hairball T. Hairball said...

Hi Lidian!

Thank you, Joe.

Yup. I get the various spam about how incredibly awesome my blog is and how they want to give me a free XYZ if I'll review it on my incredibly awesome blog. I laugh, roll my eyes, and hit 'delete'. *grins*

Draven Ames said...

Interesting blog. Did you make design it yourself? I enjoy your writing and will check this again. Hopefully you're having a good time with Mr. Hairball :P I love that. Also, I like the labels you use.

Draven Ames

Penny Auction Software said...

I appreciate the information which you offered here in your post. I enjoyed to read such interesting post which is really good read to me.

BLIND said...

life blog, keep it up!

wanna to visit back?


don't forget to comment on my tagboard, and if you want I link you on my blog, just say it under your comment :)