Friday, June 29, 2007

I'm feeling much better. I think I might like to go for a walk.

Ok, 4 days off the drugs, and I feel pretty good. It turned out the itching was caused by the infection still thriving in my left hand, so I re-medicated, wore a very sexy cotton glove with little yellow and blue flowers to bed, and life has been much better.

Last night Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream celebrated the grand opening of their second location. Alastair and I went down to enjoy some coffee and live music, and right after we walked in the door, an intense summer storm blew through. We got a great, free light show.

Anyway, life is good, the 4th is coming up (heading down to Irvington on Tuesday and coming back Thursday), then I'm off to training in North Carolina for a week, and then 2 weeks later, it's vacation time! July is gonna be fun.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Caution: Use of this drug may make you a drooling idiot

Or at least that's what the label should say. Hydroxyz 25MG was prescribed for me to stop the itching last week. The doctor described it as a mild sedative, but that doesn't exactly capture it. This shit is a horse tranquilizer, and at only 1/4 the recommended dosage, I can barely function. Granted, I don't itch, but I hardly know where I am right now.

The bottle gives a little more insight: it claims that the drug is also useful as anxiety medication. Um, yeah, I'll give it that; I can only feel 2 emotions right now: slightly happy or slightly angry.

It took me close to 5 minutes the other day to even hear the alarm clock, let alone the 1.5 hours of snoozing I did afterward. Every afternoon when this stuff starts to wear off, I get migraine symptoms (partial blindness, sensitivity to light, slight nausea, fatigue) without any accompanying pain.

My God, the itching is bad, but is it this bad? Everybody who's come to my desk today has asked me if I'm ok, and frankly no: I'm not. I was listening to my iPod a few minutes ago, and when someone came by to talk to me, I couldn't figure out where the music was coming from to turn it off.

I wonder what would happen if I took the recommend 4 / day. Yeesh.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Goings on

Let's see...I've been a bad blogger lately, so here's the short list.

Racing: the Miata now has a full roll cage and is technically legal for Spec Miata, but is back in the shop this week getting some problems hammered out (I got burned in the car when antifreeze dumped on my leg, then Daniel gashed his leg on an exposed sharp ledge trying to get out of the car, and then I ran out of gas because the fuel gauge doesn't work...).
Work: Still very busy, but I've had a moment to catch my breath this week. That's nice. In about 2 weeks, I'm heading down to North Carolina for a SAN training class. It's my first formal education since starting this job in September 2001, and I'm excited. I'm not too happy about leaving my family, though...
Boy: Awesome. He's so much fun, and he's starting to move to a 1-nap-a-day schedule, which makes life so much easier.
Health: I started feeling itchy last week, and finally broke down and saw a doctor on Tuesday. I have scabies. How freakin' weird is that? I haven't visited Turkey recently, spent time in any nursing homes or daycares, or fooled around with any transvestite hookers. So where the hell did that come from? Turns out to be fairly common in all socio-economic groups, but the only things I've done differently lately include gardening and a change in soap. Perhaps it was some nasty f***er at work who lingered on the toilet a bit too long right before nature called me. Anyway, I've been treated, and hopefully I'll be itch-free in time for my impending business trip. And no, it's not leprosy.
Wife: I love my wife! That's not really news, though.
Politics: This morning I heard an ad for Wintergreen, a popular ski resort in the area. They're trying to get some Summer business, and their pitch is that since they're in the mountains and it's therefore cooler, you can go there and "experience Summer the way it used to be". WTF?! I've never read that Summers had average highs in the mid 70's in this area. I was mortified that global warming is so accepted that its being worked into our advertising.
Driveway: It's a thing of beauty, and I'm hosting a MINI tech day in late July to celebrate the joy that is my new driveway.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Having the mulch folks come last week was great, but it left a huge mess in the gravel driveway, one that I couldn't easily remove. What to do?

Duh: a new concrete driveway!

Actually, we've wanted to pave the driveway for years. The constant weeding, sloughing, and bottoming-out of the MINI (and sometimes the Miata, too) was getting very tiresome, and it generally took almost 2 gallons of RoundUp to clean the whole space. The driveway is huge.

So a month or so ago, when I placed the call to ServiceMasters looking for an electrician, I mentioned my driveway desires. The dude who called back was initially very high-priced, but then called back last week to offer a $1300 discount. Um, yeah... sold.

The dude came on Monday or Tuesday to show us what they'd do, and offered to dig trenches under the driveway to run gutter pipes out to the edge of the property. I jumped at that chance, too (no run-off over the driveway for me!), and the fellows got to work on Wednesday.

Yesterday they poured the concrete, and they were still working last night at 9:30pm. Today they came back, cut expansion joints, and issued the edict that we were not to park on it for 5 days, and that it must be watered twice a day for that period to keep it from curing too quickly.

But hot damn, we got ourselves a great looking driveway!

Monday, June 04, 2007


Wednesday morning, the task list of things that must be accomplished before Saturday night looked insurmountable. We had not ordered mulch, bought balloons for the balloon arch, finished wiring the lights in the back yard, done anything about mosquitoes, or bought any of the necessary food or drinks. There was a big pile of trash in the back yard, the grass needed mowing, and Amanda was planning to be out of town Friday afternoon.

And yet it all came together beautifully. Hats off to Pete Rose, first of all. I called them at about 8:30am on Wednesday and asked when they could deliver 10 cubic yards of mulch. They said, "About 11am". Wait, what? Today?! Awesome! So with that taken care of, I made plans to start working on spreading it that night.

I don't know if you've ever seen 10 cubic yards of mulch, but it's about chest-high and covers an circular area about 15 feet wide. It's a lot. Thank God for wheelbarrows and pitch forks. I managed to get it all spread and evened out on Thursday (took that and Friday off), finished the lighting, and headed to Costco for food & drinks.

Friday afternoon, my mom came over with her F350 dualie and hauled all the trash away, and I got the yard handled. Sweet!

Anyway, prom was a blast. We had 21 guests in various degrees of prom attire (hats off to James and Ben, who actually wore tuxedos!). The music was horrible, but in a good, cheezy prom kind of way; the food was tasty, and the company was fabulous. No neighbors complained, and the case of Yeungling was utterly destroyed.

Apparently Daniel is screwing his wife's husband, but that's neither here nor there.


Thanks to all who came out, and to those who didn't, we're sorry we missed you! Oh, and congratulations to the Prom King and Queen: Jeff and Evelyn Cronin!