samedi, octobre 14, 2006

After months of trials and tribulations without a complete kitchen, we have finally rejoined the modern world. This last week our stove became functional as did our dishwasher. We have been trying to get the gas turned on at the house for over a month. We called CenterPoint Entergy four times and each time the pertinent information was asked for and given only to find the next time we called to hear those unforgettable words “You are not in our system.”

Each time I called Centerpoint it took 20 minutes of listening to a machine pressing the correct number button so that you could hear another recording with more selections. AAAUUGGHHH!!!!!!!

So on Tuesday, my first day off in two weeks, I went to the local Centerpoint office hoping to have better luck than I had had so far on the phone. All went well and Tuesday a man showed up at the house with a gas meter and by that afternoon we had gas and a working stove. The next morning I cooked bacon and eggs for Lisa and the kids (and me too). It was so nice to eat a stove cooked meal in our own house.

Wednesday was also Morgan’s birthday. The family and a number of her friends went to Johnny Carino’s to eat and celebrate. Morgan had a party at the house last night. Last year the Hurricane ruined her birthday, so Lisa told her she could invite some friends over and celebrate, so she had a costume party.

I was at work and missed the whole thing, but she had a good turnout and everybody had a good time.

I joined Library Thing. It’s a website that will catalogue your books and show you who else has books like you. I’m very excited and can’t wait to get all my books listed in the system. I’ve listed a little over 200 books so for, but I still have a long way to go. My books are listed HERE.

Coram Deo,

dimanche, octobre 08, 2006

Tomorrow evening I will finish these fourteen days at work without a day off. I did make the swing from night shift to day shift, which is always very hard for me. I worked off at 6 am one morning and had to return to work at 6 am the next morning. I find that quick turnaround to be brutal, so I have a prescription of ambien to help when I have to switch like that.

When I work off in the morning I have to sleep. I will usually wake up around 11 to 11:30. On my last day I try to get up and function, otherwise I go back to sleep until 2 to 2:30 pm.

On my first night off it is always hard to go to bed at a decent hour, but when I have to go to work the next morning I must get some sleep. Ambien does the trick. Thankfully this does not happen very often, so a prescription will last a good while.

Friday, Lisa drove to Dallas. Morgan (Mo) and Elisabeth took care of the little boys after school until I go home. After work that evening, TK came by to have a beer and converse on the porch for a while. Then Woody and a little later MK and his son also dropped by.

The four of us had a good visit on the porch. We drank Killians and some red wine also. We talked until well after 9 pm. When they left I got ready for bed and crashed (Lisa and I spoke earlier while the company was here).

Saturday, Mo took the boys to their Reaux Reaux’s house to spend the night. Since I was going to be all alone, I called TK to see if he was interested in joining me a Chili’s Restaurant after work. Chili’s is close to my house and it is on TK’s way home from work.

TK met me there. We had a good meal, several margaritas and good talk. After eating I went home. Woody and Elisabeth were there. I said hello, got cleaned up and went to bed. I read a little bit in Calvin and then slept until my alarm went off this morning.

Tomorrow, Lisa will be returning home and I will finish this two week stint of working 12 hours a day with no days off. I can’t wait for my lovely wife to return home and for me to be off work for a few days.

Coram Deo,

Ps. Yesterday was opening day for squirrel season. I really would like to do some hunting!!!!!