Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat July 14 - July 20




BillBlueEyes
07-14-2014, 05:32 AM
My goal for the week was to get some items done without snacking my way through them. I got them done, but used snacks like crutches. Yay and Ouch.

Today needs a trip to the library to return a stack of books. I do love any excuse to drop by the library. And I like easy items on the to-do list.


Mudpie
07-14-2014, 06:29 AM
My husband is also an avid library user Bill. I can never get through the book quickly enough to return it on time so have given up on that. But we still get free DVD's and CD's. Toronto still has a decent library system, despite Rob Ford's attempt to gut it.

I took a big hit this morning. Went on an interview Saturday to possibly walk 2 dogs. That's a BIG deal for me in these times. She decided, with my input, to send one dog back and I was supposed to start with the other today. This morning she emailed me to say she was sending both dogs back as they had "issues". Most dogs from rescue do - there's a reason why they are there in the first place. ARRRGH!

I'm only 2 weeks into the advertising push so I'm not despairing. But this was a big blow.

Dagmar :(

silverbirch
07-14-2014, 08:26 AM
:wave: A rainy day here. I have cracked a laptop problem with the help of the household rapid response tech support unit (DB). The offsite unit (SO) did not manage to isolate the problem. And I had already spent too many hours of my life on it, not getting anywhere.

Is the advertising push for six weeks, Dagmar? Is it just in one cinema or more? And is it backed up with flyers and/or business cards? (I've decided to go for a website at long last. I don't think it will necessarily attract brand new clients but it will give those who are already interested a bit more information.)


Mudpie
07-14-2014, 09:31 AM
:wave: A rainy day here. I have cracked a laptop problem with the help of the household rapid response tech support unit (DB). The offsite unit (SO) did not manage to isolate the problem. And I had already spent too many hours of my life on it, not getting anywhere.

Is the advertising push for six weeks, Dagmar? Is it just in one cinema or more? And is it backed up with flyers and/or business cards? (I've decided to go for a website at long last. I don't think it will necessarily attract brand new clients but it will give those who are already interested a bit more information.)

Six months. The ad runs in the local cinema in the area where I work. It's backed up by my wearing a logo t-shirt every day to work, magnetic signs on my vehicle, postcards delivered every 6 weeks, redo of the website, and me glad handing and passing out business cards whenever I can. I have also put up cards in various public locations - pet stores, vet, library, etc.

Dagmar :cheer2:

silverbirch
07-14-2014, 09:37 AM
Crikey! That should produce something! Very GL.

saef
07-14-2014, 09:41 AM
Today I am rewriting a piece that I worked on early last week for analysts in Japan. Some of the sentences are extremely difficult to decipher, as I just recognize a few nouns and verbs. I gave them a pretty decent-sounding rewrite, but at the end of the week, they asked me to do it all over again, only with track changes in Word to show what I'd worked up. With some non-native speakers, I simply rewrite without track changes as I've found from past experience that it helps them save face and they get less upset over extensive markups. I do not know how they will take this work, but it's slow-going. In this rework I'll be less about making this sound excellent and highly professional and more about pedestrian correctness. Maybe that will work.

Mother's heading home today after staying for a week. We had a nice time over the weekend but my issue with her visits is unchanging, that she is not very good at amusing herself with a book or magazine, or venturing out on her own, so she requires a lot of tending. And if she chooses to visit when I don't have any time off, well, all I can say is, it reminds me of what some of you who work with long hours and also have children probably experience routinely.

In other news, I finally borrowed the first season of "Breaking Bad" from our wonderful library system and watched it through -- easy to do, as I believe there were only seven episodes due to a writers' strike in 2008 when it aired. This show has NOT been overhyped. I had no idea about the black humor, though, or the gorgeous landscapes and cinematography, and the extremely strong sense of place. Also I think I have developed a slight crush on the drug dealer character of Jesse Pinkman, a skinny blue-eyed middle-class white boy who emulates da thug life. He's just so dumb and emphatic and fast-talking and contrived ... he's fascinating. As is, of course, Walt, and pretty much everyone else. Must get hold of Season 2 once I return from next week's business trip.

Mudpie
07-14-2014, 09:54 AM
saef Breaking Bad is as fascinating and entertaining as everyone says it is. DH and I followed it faithfully through all the seasons and episodes and it continued to hold our interest throughout. I was particularly taken with Walter White. Is he a nerdy pushover who discovers he has a secret talent and is forced to become a villain to support his family? Or was the villain already there, waiting for the opportunity to seize the reins of power and destroy all those in his path? MUAHAHA! :lol:

Dagmar

BillBlueEyes
07-14-2014, 10:21 AM
I didn't watch Breaking Bad. I feel like I've missed out on the educational program of this decade.

alinnell
07-14-2014, 11:48 AM
I loved Breaking Bad and often wonder if I have the time to watch it again. We own the whole thing on DVD.

There are other series that I did not watch that I feel as if I should have. The Sopranos, especially, but also Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I understand it had quite a following. I remember watching Gilmore Girls with DD when she discovered it in middle school or high school. Those were a lot of fun.

Leaving in less than a week for Napa and my sleepless nights are getting worse. We have a bit of a kerfluffle over getting a new state contractors license and I don't know if we can get the paperwork submitted before we leave. I KNEW this would be the biggest obstacle and I was right. DH seems unperturbed (which just makes me more perturbed).

CalCounter1003
07-14-2014, 06:01 PM
Allison, I find that if I know my DH is worryng about something I just drop it from my list because I know he's worrying about it. I know he will handle it. I think he does the same with me. We both seem to pick different worries.

Went to visit a friend from many years ago who lives 3 hours from Monterey this weekend. Had a blast but my gosh it was so hot there, Monterey weather is just amazing. Going to Portland to visit my sister tomorrow for a few days.

I've been walking/jogging almost every day here and am going to hate going back to FL where it's just too hot. Plus I'll be back in my routine so don't have time to do like I do here. Oh well, still have about 12 days left so need to focus on the great time I'm having and not the end of it!

alinnell
07-14-2014, 07:55 PM
Allison, I find that if I know my DH is worryng about something I just drop it from my list because I know he's worrying about it. I know he will handle it. I think he does the same with me. We both seem to pick different worries.



I wish it were that simple! I worry because it needs to be done ASAP and we've already lost two weeks and we're not guaranteed we'll get it out before we leave for vacation so there goes another two weeks. We cannot do any of the other stuff we need until we get this license. DH has clearly put this in my court to handle--therefore he is not worried about it. He doesn't understand the repercussions on my part if we don't get it in place before escrow closes. Basically we won't be able to do any work! And I cannot obtain new city licenses without the state license. Right now I'm relying on my insurance broker to find the correct bond we need to proceed. I just hope he finds out soon...

traveling michele
07-14-2014, 08:22 PM
I'm got a little crush on Jesse Pinkman myself! I still haven't finished the whole series but I'm in the last season. It's just hard to find time to watch at the moment. Funny to say because I'm off for the summer but I'm keeping very busy and don't want to watch in the evening when dd is home.

Allison....I can only imagine your stress levels now. I'm getting very stressed about preparing for my trip to London. I feel like it's too early to start packing, yet I'm freaking out that I haven't started packing!

Lunch with a dear friend today, Pilates with dd tonight....
Later this week I've got a baby shower that I'm co-hosting (hence much to do), a massage I finally gave in and scheduled, and the dachshund picnic in Carmel this weekend! Dh returns Sunday from China and we will be busy getting ready for our trip!

I had another niece born on Saturday (now have 3 nieces and one nephew). They live in Hong Kong so I don't know when I'll meet her.

Sheila53
07-14-2014, 08:57 PM
"Jesse Pinkman" went to my DD's high school. As a real person, he was kind of dorky, according to her, but I understand many actors are. Actually, doesn't it seem like most of the time the not-so-popular kids in school turn out better than the popular kids? Reminds me of Springsteen's song about glory days. . .

ICUwishing
07-15-2014, 09:53 AM
:wave: all!

Allison, good luck with the licensing. So many hurdles for small businesses!

Michele, congrats on the new niece!

Cal, yes, enjoy the moment. I haven't been in the northwest corner yet and it's really high on my list. That's wonderful that you get to spend some extended time there!

Dagmar, that's quite the advertising plan! Sorry the rescues didn't work out. :( Will think "more business" thoughts for you.

Only series I've watched with enthusiasm is "24", which ended very loosely again this season (just in case they can give Kiefer Sutherland enough money to do it again). I have heard nothing but good things about "Breaking Bad" - from acting to production to music. Feels like I ought to carve out time for it. DS is reading "Unbroken" for the summer. I read a blurb that says the movie will be out Christmas Day, directed by Angelina Jolie. The word is that it's going to be a winner (many Oscars). That, I imagine we'll go see.

How'd it get to be mid July already?

paperclippy
07-15-2014, 09:53 AM
Argh, I typed up half a reply then hit the wrong button and it got deleted! Sigh. Anyway, to follow up on last week's thread, the vet behaviorist we met with recommended we try working on retraining him for 30 days and then make a decision about whether to euthanize or not. She confirmed that Carter is not adoptable due to liability issues. She also suggested if we have no improvement in the next two weeks that we try changing his medication. Her suggestions included how to work on training him for some things (teaching him to back away on command, rewarding him when he is calm and quiet while he's gated away from us, working on down stay and leave it), and she suggested trying a pheremone collar and possibly a basket muzzle as well as keeping a leash on him at all times. We tried keeping the leash on him but he just whines constantly until we take it off. Sigh.

We'll see how it goes. I'm trying to do my best by him but it's not looking good right now. We have gated him away from the babies during their mealtimes which helps a lot, but he's so pushy that once we start doing any kind of training with him he will start whining and barking as soon as we go to do something else and stop the flow of treats. We're trying to reward him when he's being calm and quiet. He's great once the babies are in bed, so it's extra frustrating that he can't just relax and be like that all day. In any case I do feel good about having a firm date of when we will make a final decision.

The other interesting tidbit from the behaviorist: apparently the whining is characteristic of German Shepherds. So now I know, Dobermans are prone to spine injuries and German Shepherds whine all the time. As much as I love Carter, I think I will stay away from those breeds next time! (Not that I had any idea that's what he was probably a mix of when we got him, since he just looked like generic mutt, but still.)

Dagmar -- we tried the thundershirt with Carter but it doesn't help at all for thunderstorms. It helped a little bit for other stressful situations but not much.

Saef -- I watched part of Breaking Bad but decided it was too depressing to bother watching the rest. I had the same problem with Six Feet Under. Also once I tried watching 24, but it was so intense that I was exhausted from being at the edge of my seat constantly so I gave up on it. :lol: I like my entertainment to be relaxing!

More upheavals at work going on right now. It will all work out in the end, but I may have to wait a couple years for another chance at a leadership role.

alinnell
07-15-2014, 10:20 AM
The other interesting tidbit from the behaviorist: apparently the whining is characteristic of German Shepherds.



I've found this out myself! Bogey whines quite a bit but I've gotten him to quiet down easily. Now that he's settled in with us he rarely whines at home. The office is a little different.

I hope the thundershirt will help his anxiety in places like the vet. He's not afraid of anything (he'll sleep through thunderstorms and fireworks) but in an environment with scents of other animals (whether present or not) he'll get super whiney and bark a bit and won't listen to my commands at all. At the pet store where I took him to get his nails done he totally ignored the other dogs but jumped on the counter to sniff the merchandise, whined and barked and then tried to bite the groomer. I should get the shirt today but don't know when I'll have a chance to put it to use.

saef
07-15-2014, 03:15 PM
My apartment is as dark as dusk because of a thunderstorm, I'm trying to relax after speaking to a camera for 12 minutes during a lengthy WebEx meeting, during which I'm sure it was obvious I was reading from notes -- and I'm rewriting four pages of sentences that go like this:

This vision, which describes the assumed future technology trend in globe and [company name's]’s directions, can be evaluated valuable.

At the end of this day is a facial at a day spa in our village, but right now, the prospect of that is also stressing me, as I need to get this document rewritten before I can walk off to the appointment at 5:30 PM, and this feels like a job that will take me until 7 PM at least.

Sheila, so your kid went to school with the actor Aaron Paul? Not surprised he was a dork. You know the reputation that theater kids have, because they are openly enthusiastic about something, and many kids feel enthusiasm is just not cool. You're not supposed to look like you care. Thank goodness we have the rest of our lives to overcome high school. Do you know how often I tried to get out of gym, way back then? How I hated even changing into gym clothes, because the other girls would see me doing it? And now I am a gym rat. Talk about overcompensation.

Mudpie
07-16-2014, 05:35 AM
DH is making dinner all this and next week. We had a really good vegetarian pizza last night that he made from scratch. I hope these two weeks inspire him to cook more. He is quite inventive in the kitchen and combines things in ways I would never think to do.

Dagmar :yay:

ICUwishing
07-16-2014, 07:55 AM
Dagmar, he sounds like he's a creative guy and gets bored easily. If he has the lightbulb moments in the kitchen, all you may need to do is stock the pantry. ;) My spouse's interest in food led to all sorts of kitchen mastery, and then to a huge garden (because nothing tastes as good as fresh), bees, beer brewing, and I fully expect once he retires there will be chickens and possibly a goat. :rolleyes:

saef, you are so right about enthusiasm! And high school. Yuck. I wouldn't take a million dollars to go back to that time and relive it. Double yuck. Sympathies on the Japanese rewriting, if that sentence is representative of the whole document.

My living room is a wispy white mess. Alcide, my white mutt of Lionhead and Jersey Wooly, is SHEDDING. Shedding like I've never seen - shedding great globs of heavy undercoat, so thick and fine it literally is like wool. This stuff is so fine it welds to the carpet (very dark green) and requires multiple passes of a Kirby vacuum to pick up. He is getting smaller by the day from the shoulders rearward and man, is he ever crabby. I can't imagine how itchy that must be. DS and I are brushing him about 6 times a day. :p

Mudpie
07-16-2014, 09:50 AM
Becky You can save all of Alcide's wool and make him a small pillow on which to lay his now considerably less plushy body. :rofl:

Mudpie sheds a little every day. It's consistent so no cat hair blizzards. Best cat ever!

Dagmar :devil:

traveling michele
07-16-2014, 09:57 AM
Poor puppy! And poor you Becky! I know my dd says her lab is blowing out his coat.

Luckily we don't have carpet and I just swiffer the hair up. Lots of cat hair in the bed though!

alinnell
07-16-2014, 10:42 AM
Can you use a Furminator on Alcide, Becky?

ICUwishing
07-16-2014, 10:56 AM
Allison, we can as long as we are exceptionally careful. Rabbit skin is really thin and fragile, plus they squirm a lot. :) I've so far had the best luck with petting him around the shoulders with one hand, and plucking wads of fur out of his butt with the other. :D Furminators are terrific devices and it will probably be okay to use after we get through the worst of this.

Dagmar, I usually just put it outside. Certain birds LOVE the stuff for nest building!

Michele, I threaten them both with hardwood floors. I haven't mentioned yet that the other one, Jamie, has been eating holes in my carpet (which was due for replacement anyway). Hard floors are a bear for bunnies - they don't have pads on their feet for gripping; it's all fur on the bottom. Thus, they do NOT like slippery surfaces. Sure would be easier to keep up with the hair, though ...

alinnell
07-16-2014, 11:42 AM
Most of you know my saga with my office assistant, right? Well once again she called in sick (dizzy, ran out of the meds they prescribed her for the dizzinesss--didn't she think to have it renewed?). And yeah, I have a hair appointment today to get gussied up for the wedding.

And she is also my pet sitter. I'm terrified that she's going to not be able to feed the six animals! I'm going next door tonight to ask the guys there (we've taken care of their dogs) to be on standby if she can't make it.

Meanwhile, my Chewy (pet food) order was supposed to ship Monday for delivery Friday and it still has not shipped. I'm going to have to go out for emergency rations that will hold everybody over until we get back from vacation.

Stress? No, I have to stress in my life. (And I still can't submit my contractor's license request as my insurance guy has not found the proper bond.)

ICUwishing
07-17-2014, 08:15 AM
Allison, yikes on the stress! Hope the neighbors agreed to back you up - it looks like from the list that that might be the only element you have any chance of controlling. Sometimes it all comes down at once, doesn't it? :stress:

Loving this cooler weather! Mid July is generally not like this. The only downside is it does make the outdoor swimming and beach activities less enjoyable.

Mudpie
07-17-2014, 09:40 AM
Allison, yikes on the stress! Hope the neighbors agreed to back you up - it looks like from the list that that might be the only element you have any chance of controlling. Sometimes it all comes down at once, doesn't it? :stress:

Loving this cooler weather! Mid July is generally not like this. The only downside is it does make the outdoor swimming and beach activities less enjoyable.

I too am loving the cooler weather. I have to wear my jacket for the first walk but hey! it sure beats getting up and finding out it's already 80+ outside. If the sun is out here it's t shirt for the second and remaining walks - a bit chilly if the wind is blowing. The dogs are crazy for this kind of weather!

Dagmar :beach:

traveling michele
07-17-2014, 09:59 AM
Becky- we have laminate floors rather than real food. Maybe they are a tad less slippery?

I'm not building in my vacation buffer! My weight went up a few and it's stubbornly staying there. I'm throwing a baby shower today. It's at a tea room so I'll have high tea and all that entails so I know my weight won't be down tomorrow! Wish me luck!

Off to an early bikram class with my least favorite instructor but it's the only class I can squeeze in today.

silverbirch
07-17-2014, 11:31 AM
Becky- we have laminate floors rather than real food.

Love this typo!

BillBlueEyes
07-17-2014, 11:38 AM
Less calories, LOL.

silverbirch
07-17-2014, 12:07 PM
You're right, Bill, but you have to pick the bits out of your teeth. That's the one thing I don't like about them.

ICUwishing
07-17-2014, 12:12 PM
:lol3: Vegetarian flooring would solve a whole lot of bunny problems. But would make fat bunnies. ;)

alinnell
07-17-2014, 01:15 PM
Okay, one less item of stress for me, although it put my office assistant in tears. I explained that I just can't take the worry of her not feeling well enough to drive and take care of the animals. I would worry too much and this is not only my vacation but my daughter's wedding! She understood but felt bad as she looks forward to taking care of them for me. But she also said that she never knows when she's going to feel bad. Some days she wakes up and is fine and others she is too dizzy. Anyway, a friend volunteered to do it yesterday (kind of begged) so I asked her if she still wanted to and she does. She's trying to earn a little extra money to send her son to science camp, so it's a win-win for us.

bargoo
07-17-2014, 02:59 PM
I didn't watch Breaking Bad. I feel like I've missed out on the educational program of this decade.

My record is intact, have not seen one of the programs that are up for awards.

Mudpie
07-17-2014, 03:56 PM
:lol3: Vegetarian flooring would solve a whole lot of bunny problems. But would make fat bunnies. ;)

:lol3: How about that artifical grass?

http://www.synlawn.ca/

Dagmar :beach:

traveling michele
07-18-2014, 12:13 AM
Love this typo!

Oops! Didn't catch that!:dizzy::o

ICUwishing
07-18-2014, 08:18 AM
dagmar, :chin: . I'd need to get a test patch and see what they do to it. Am I crazy enough to consider having what looks like grass in my living room? Why yes, yes I am. :D Obviously a LOT of questions need to be answered first!

Busy weekend coming up with a lot of driving - beach party on the west side of the state on Saturday, and yard party on the other side on Sunday.

Megan1982
07-18-2014, 11:18 AM
Hi all,

Popping in to say hi. After about two months of flying by the seat of my pants for work and for fun, my inner planner/introvert is digging her heels in and telling me I need to sit in a quiet room by myself for a while to recharge. I suspect I also need several good nights sleeps in a row, to eat a few more vegetables, and to attend a few yoga classes. It's not that I haven't done any of those things lately, but I haven't done them with the consistency my body likes. Unfortunately there's too much going on to take a break right now, but I took the time last night to pack a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks for today. I'm at a "one step at a time" place right now. Of course hormones are not helping. Sorta hoping that's the case and in a few days I will regain equilibrium. But the veggies & sleep still aren't a bad idea.

I am never home enough evenings to figure out when a show is on in real-time. I have thought of adopting Breaking Bad and will have to stream it at some point. When I stream things I binge on about 5 episodes at once, then don't think to watch it again for a few months. My TV watching is usually with BF or in much shorter stretches. I think I could get him to watch BB with me, though. I watched some earlier seasons of 24 but he said that's too stressful. He is one of those who thinks life is too stressful, so when he watches TV or a movie he wants to be entertained in a relaxing way.

Allison, sorry about all the stress with getting your new licenses etc. I hope you're able to get it in before your vacation. Glad you at least got the pet sitter sorted out.

Gosh Becky, that sounds terrible! My dog sheds a lot more in the summertime but one pass of the vacuum will take care of most of it. I am imagining you & DS sitting in a living room with tumbleweeds of white fur blowing around you. Enjoy your beach & yard parties!

Jessica, I'm glad you're able to follow up with the behaviorist and work on the situation with Carter. I hear ya on the upheavals at work. We have a lot going on, too. I'm trying to tell myself that change can be a good thing, even great.

Dagmar, sorry the new dogs didn't work out. With all the advertising you're doing, though, a few more clients are bound to turn up. Fingers crossed.

Hi everyone. Hope you're all doing well. :wave::spin::hug:

CalCounter1003
07-18-2014, 03:14 PM
Hey everybody!
I'm popping in also to say hello. I went to Portland, OR for 3 days to visit my sister and her family. Wow, I love it there too! It is beautiful. They actually live just over the river in Washington. We went to Voodoo donuts, those are obscene in more ways than one! We went on two hikes up peaks/waterfalls. It was a lot of fun. I had no idea that hiking out west meant going up mountains so much. Really loved it. I'm back in Monterey for today but my DH flies into San Fran tonight so DD and I are meeting him there and doing tourist stuff for the weekend.

Then I just have 5 days left in Monterey! It's been so great. I am trying not to let myself get depressed about going back to Florida. Going back means I start school in a week (preplanning and then a week later classes). The college class I teach at night doesn't start for 3 weeks, thank goodness, and I just started teaching an online class 2 weeks ago .. that's year round but I can do from anywhere.

Every morning in Monterey I have been walking/jogging along the bay. Today I did 6 miles. The last mile was just walking because it is all uphill back to the condo. The rest of it is jogging and then some walking ... I watch the heart rate monitor. I just don't think I can do it in Florida -- too hot. And I don't have the time. I am going to start some weight lifting when I get back but haven't figured out where yet.

Every time I think about going back and feel bad, I tell myself "STOP IT! be grateful for the time here and not sad about going back!" The only thing I'm excited about going back for is to see my DS and his GF, the dogs and the scale!

Have a great weekend!