I don’t know about the rest of you who have lost parents and had to clean out their house(s), but I am learning things about my parents that I have never before known. (Wait, that is the definition of “learn”, isn’t it?) Most of my findings are from documents that have been long stored away, only to be unearthed as I fastidiously pore through folders and envelopes. I will expose some of these findings in the future.

This back problem has thrown a huge monkey wrench into my life, and honestly has made me depressed. I was looking forward to exercising in order to start losing weight and now I am sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.

Wordle: six, my starter was SPINE
Connections: perfect, Green > Yellow > Blue > Purple

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44 Responses to 2024-01-09

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 6. connections yellow purple blue green.

    Today would have been a great day to work from home as the weather was S H I T T Y ! I made it in and hopefully this will have passed by the time I head to the Games meeting.

    My plan to run yesterday was foiled by my thought it was really cold. It wasn’t, but it was windy and I don’t have any kind of light pants to run in. 40 minutes on the trainer. I even brought work out clothes to the office so I could run at lunch and keep my streak going.

    We had Italian sausage to cook, so it was a nice sauce and pasta last night.

    Stay dry, and be careful if you’re travelling.


  2. David says:

    That’s a heavy load, Paulie. Hang in there.

    All of the art is off of the wall in my bedroom and my daughter’s, and all holes are patched thanks to a friendly handyman that I was referred to. I did a color consult with my friend Shelley yesterday. Next step is to get some paint samples. Most of the art from my bedroom is not going back up. I’m going to print large format photos from my 2023 travels.

    I had a lovely Monday night Fellini’s with Scott and Jamie before yoga with my daughter last night. The class reminded me of how goddamn rusty I am at yoga. The first
    30 minutes was calisthenics, and I did what I could. The second half was stretching, and I did what I could. Rachel loves the class so we’re going back for sure. Next time I’ll at least have the lay of the land.

    Wordle in 5, it could have easily gone to 6. I started with GHOST. Connections, I got the purple category first! Stupid yellow tripped me up twice, no other misses.

    • Barb says:

      I’ve never gotten actual paint samples, just the little color cards. I bring them home & just decide. Never decide on the color at the store, as the lighting is totally different than what it is in your house. I’ve never had to “match” anything, so there is that to make life easier.

      You are really making me think about painting the bedroom, as I looked at the 1 wall that is bothering me this morning.

      • Barb, I remember buying paint for my dining room and just picking a color off the card. When I went to buy it a young woman was there trying to match a color on the pillow she had brought with her, an idea that never crossed my mind.

        What my bedroom walls need is a great cleaning. They are plaster, and I need to move furniture away from the walls, and wash them with some of mild soap to wipe off twenty-five years of my inhabiting it.

      • David says:

        Lighting definitely changes how paint looks, which is why Shelley wants me to get samples and paint a couple of spots in different areas of the room to get a true vibe for how the paint will look. I hope that you follow through on fixing that wall. I’m a little bit giddy about getting to reclaim my bedroom and truly make it mine.

  3. Sally says:

    Already back from getting my oil changed. At least they didn’t say I needed new air filters. lol

    Wordle fail. No mistakes in Connections. Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple.

    GUTS run tonight. The trails will be good and sloppy.

    Hang in there Wee. I hope you can get some answers to the back pain.

  4. Tornado Warning for the ITP Estate vicinity. Holding out in basement until threat passes.

  5. Pity I wasn’t in a position to capture any of this rain. All barrels are full, and with a significantly diminished WLF plan for 2024 watering won’t be at such a premium this year.

  6. Jenka says:

    At times the rain was seriously strong on my way in this morning, but it wasn’t too bad. I’ve driven through worse. Like snow.

    The painters will move the furniture into the center of the room, but last night we did a lot of prep work. Still had to take the tree down, take down paintings, move the house plants, etc. Kevin says he likes a clean space like me, but in reality he has a bunch of tchotchkes on the bookshelves which we had to secure. Contractor says it will be three days, but I dunno, I feel like professional painters could get the job done in two. But what do I know?

    • Bob says:

      Under promise and over deliver 🙂

      But really, the dude that painted my house took longer than expected. It was worth the wait though, he was super methodical.

      • Jenka says:

        I mean, that’s more important. I don’t want to notice a fucked up paint job every day for the next 10 years.

    • David says:

      It also depends upon if there are holes to patch (that needs time to dry), if they need to prime (that also needs time to dry), and how many coats they have to apply. Plus it sounds like you have some fancy trim, and that takes time to do right. Pretty soon you won’t remember the 3 days at all.

      Separately, how bad is your commute? Rachel and I crossed over Oakdale last night and the portable barrier was on the side, so maybe it’s not fully blocked?

      • Jenka says:

        The patched the holes last week, so that’s done at least.

        I took the dog to daycare this morning so I went west instead of east over Oakdale. But when I was coming home last night it looked like Oakdale was going to be closed between North and Benning, is that right? If so, it won’t affect me!

        • David says:

          I’m not sure. I know that North is one boundary. We crossed over on Candler Park Drive (Street? Avenue?) last night and there was a barrier off to the side there. I’m mostly out of the driving to Paideia business except for Monday mornings, and I never go on Oakdale until I approach it via South Ponce so that I can then get to the new junior high building.

  7. Perhaps it’s the ibuprofen talking, but the back is feeling a *wee little bit* better. Don’t get me wrong, it still hurts.

    Back from optometrist appointment. No addressable issues detected, so I’m good for another year.

    Will spend the rest of today resting, reading, and doing a little cooking.

    • David says:

      Do you like your optometrist? I think it’s been decades since I last had my eyes checked, and I know I should get them looked at.

      • I do. I’ve been going to him for over twenty years.

        Colony Square Eye Care

        • David says:

          Nice. I’ll make an appointment. I’ve been seeing my dentist in Colony Square since 1989. My daily commute involved walking through Colony Square for a year in 1992-1993, back when we lived on 14th before buying our 1950’s ranch, pardon me, mid-century modern in Buckhead. From ‘89 to ‘98 my office was across from the High. Last night’s yoga class was in Colony Square. Those buildings keep drawing me in!

          • That’s funny. I too have a long history with Colony Square, also once the home of the Goethe Institute. Until we were all forced out of offices I worked caddy-corner from Colony Square at the SW corner of 14th/Peachtree.

          • David says:

            I remember those days, both Goethe, and you working across the street.

        • David says:

          I emailed them to make an appointment and gave you credit for the referral. Thank you for helping me get an item off of my unending to do list.

          • Cool. I hope they work out for you.

            And, if/when you go there, they have at least one dedicated (read “free”) parking space outside their office. They are now located behind where Houlihan’s used to be, outside of the main portion on Colony Square.

          • David says:

            Oh sweet! I’ll look for the parking spots. I had some great lunches and after work drinks at Houlihan’s back in the day.

  8. Bob says:

    Crazy storm last night, woke up to thunder around 4:30. Super strange to have lightning in January.
    Hopefully your back is just a small strain and you heal quickly.

    Wordle in 4 and no mistakes in Connections. Funny as I was looking at it and trying to figure it out I sneezed. Hey, there is blue! LOL

  9. Barb says:

    its actually looking like daylight finally – not still night time

  10. David says:

    I forgot to mention earlier that a few months ago when I got tires on both vehicles that I own at Discount Tires, they were unable on both cars to get the TPMS sensors to pair with the car. They threw up their hands and said it’s working on our machine, which I could see. Fast forward to yesterday, my mechanic of 30+ years got to the root of the problem. Some cars have provision for two sets of tires, say summer tires and snow tires. Discount Tire set the TPMS monitors to look for the second set of tires, which does not exist. Discount Tire said “it’s the motherboard on your car, go see the dealer.” I politely declined that bit of advice. I’ve been living with the TPMS light because neither car berates when the light on.

    Dale said it’s a complete scrum in the tire business, anyone that knows what they’re doing gets promoted immediately, so it’s pretty much a bunch of clueless people putting tires on these days.

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