Where did January go?

January 30th, 2006

Wow, it’s already the 30th of the month….. I apologize for you regular readers out there in blog-land, but work and taking care of amos and me not wanting to be on the computer unless I needed to, all factored into me being M-I-A for the last 2 weeks. Let’s see… what have you all missed during my hiatus????

  • On the Amos front, I was out at Costco and while buying his normal mikbones and greeny-bones (that make his breath smell better), I passed by a huge bin of fluffy doggy-pillows and had to get one for him. He uses it as his new sleeping bed in my room. I’ve been trying to keep him from going out in the backyard past midnight or before 7am, since sometimes even when he doesn’t have to pee/poop, he still goes out and barks his head off. I feel sorry for my neighbors, but he’s a dog, and i’m sure he’s telling the neighborhood, “hey, i’m a loud dog and wanted to let you know that i’m here”.
  • On the work front, it’s getting to a busy part of the fiscal year, so i’m definitely kept occupied for the most part. Since this blog is more about me than my work, i’ll just leave it at that.
  • On the fun front, the Seahawks are Detroit bound, and even though i haven’t been to a playoff game, i have gone to two regular-season games this year and i have been to tailgate parties outside Qwest Field before each playoff game, so I like to think that I’m part of the “12th man”, the unofficial title given to the Seattle fans. (FYI, there are 11 players allowed on the field at anytime, so the fans are given 12th man status). It’s a lot of hoopla upcoming this week as the hype usually outweighs the actual game. I broke down and got a Netflix subscription this week. When Lee & Sachi were leaving, they asked if I wanted to continue their Netflix account, but I told them that I wasn’t into movies that much… turns out, Netflix gives me a chance to unwind with movies that I haven’t seen, since I almost never get out to the theaters anymore (did you know theater tickets cost like $10 now???) I’ve already watched Two for the Money, Along Came a Spider, Sum of All Fears, and I have Garden State next to watch. It’s not a during the week thing, since that’s already full of work-functions, pub club, regular tv-watching and odds-and-ends chores…..
  • Maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but on the link list on the right, our friends Blake and Christi have recently entered the blogging world and their respective sites, Black Death Monkey and Griffin and Calder, are cool insights into their lives. Blake’s site was expertly designed by Anthony… Big props dude! If these two can blog and handle 2 little rugrats, then I really have no excuse for ignoring my blog. I’ve been told that Lee & Sachi keep track of Seattle through all the many blogs of us Seattle-ites. Lucky Lee & Sachi can now have two more blogs to make them laugh and miss home…. if they ever have time to relax between fishing (Great catch Sachi!!!), rafting, wine-tasting, and all the other fun stuff in their New Zealand leg of their trip….Sachi\'s Perch

Now that you’re kinda up-to-speed on what’s been happening, I’m all set to start another work week. I washed my car, since there was a 2 hour break in the rain-showers this morning… did I mention it was 43 degrees outside? Yeah, it was cold. And when i finished, the skies once again opened up. Ain’t Seattle grand?!?!? Stay tuned for more posts this week… i promise, no more multi-week absences :)

Being productive

January 12th, 2006

The amount of responsibility I have is finally being realized. On top of all the bills, deadlines and other appointments I keep in my life, I’ve added bills and chores that Lee & Sachi have left for me to do on a regular basis. In those 4-5 evening hours between coming home from work and going to sleep, I try to not be my normal lazy self and actually get stuff done. I used to leave errands and chores till the weekend, but then my weekends fill up with unenviable tasks such as cleaning the house, picking up dog medicine from the vet, etc… So i’m now trying to do things during the week. On Monday, I spent 2 hours paying bills and opening a weeks worth of mail, instead of watching tv. Quite productive if you ask me. I also cooked dinner too (which falls under one of my new years resolutions). Tonight I gave Amos a bath, which is something he reluctantly participates in, since on one hand, he likes getting rubbed down with towel afterwards, but i’m sure he’d rather smell like a dog, than shampoo.

Given all these new responsibilities created from Lee & Sachi’s departure, they were kind enough to send me a bunch of email reminders to keep me on top of my chores. Some of the things were helpful, like reminding me to contact their tax accountant in Feb…. but other tasks seem too obvious to even remind me, such as giving me a daily reminder to give Amos his medicine… really? a daily reminder? you’d think that after the 4th or 5th day, it would be as routine as brushing my own teeth. My favorite (and most useful) reminder is the reminder to take out the trash, since i always seem to remember at 7:30 in the morning when i’m driving to work and passing the trash-truck in the neighborhood. Speaking of which, i need to take the trash out after i finish composing this post. Hopefully the rest of the week (and year for that matter) continues to be as productive, since it’s a good feeling to know that you’ve accomplished something and didn’t just sit on your ass on the couch watching tv all night…. sitting on the couch is what the weekend is for (at least during football season).

Woohoo to the weekend

January 6th, 2006

A four day week is always a nice treat… but coming off the winter holidays and after working from home for the last week of December, it still felt a little long. Here’s where it’s at… NFL playoffs are here and that means games on Saturday and Sunday! Don’t expect me to leave the house this weekend, which I’m sure Amos will love, as well as my pocketbook for that matter. Playoff football is so much more than just a game… it’s a way to celebrate indoors, since it’s still cold outside. So instead of just waking up and lumbering to the couch in the morning, playoffs require some type of special food, special place to watch it, or a drink that incorporates your favorite team’s city. For Saturday, Washington vs Tampa Bay & Jacksonville vs New England… not much there, no really good food, unless you feel like shelling out $$ for New England lobsters (sorry for the shell pun). On Sunday, Carolina vs NY Giants has the possibility of New York style pizza or Carolina BBQ… both nice football foods. Pittsburgh vs Cincy is a good game, but nothing good about those cities, so looks like pizza and bbq it is.

Nothing says “bring on a fun weekend” like staying home Friday night paying bills, cleaning the hosue and doing laundry… WOOHOO! Maybe i’ll get really crazy tonight and order take-out…. oooh, you never know. Just wanted to give a happy travels shout-out to Lee & Sachi, who embark tonight on their first international leg of their year travel, leaving Hawaii for New Zealand. Wishing them all the fun and happiness at every stop on their journey. BON VOYAGE!

Happy 2006

January 2nd, 2006

The new year was rocked in style… with a bunch of friends over to toast 2006. Seattle on New Year’s Eve is mostly house parties, since it’s more fun celebrating cheaply at home versus at some expensive club at $50-$100 a ticket. Not much else has been going on this week, so that’s why i haven’t been writing. I guess resolutions are in order given the new year. Hrm… haven’t thought of what resolutions i want to have, so i’ll just give a few generic ones so i don’t have to be held to such stringent rules.

  • Keep the house clean on a regular basis - I’m afraid that if i let it go a week or two, then it’ll get out of hand and i’ll forget what a clean house looks like
  • Better time management - It’s so easy to sit down and watch tv all night…. but i need to use that time to get things done so my responsibilities don’t pile up on me
  • Connect with friends - I need to make the effort to contact friends so that time doesn’t become a barrier in getting together.
  • Cook at home more - Eating out is not only more expensive, but less healthy, so eating at home more will be beneficial for many reasons

Hope everyone had a great New Year’s. 2006 should be a great year filled with good health, happiness and hearing about all of Lee & Sachi’s travels!!!