It's been a while since I've had a chance to write anything.  Once Owlcon was over I had a major job-related project (two, really) that took every spare second.  This is what has happened since the Con...

  • Still reorienting myself after last week's major brain dump. Two of the biggest performances I've had career-wise, and back to back at that. I'm watching the fallout even as we speak, and so far so good.
     
  • We decided to take a piece of last year's bonus and buy a grill. (Finally!) We had an old gas grill for years that had degraded to the point where we weren't comfortable using it, so we've been grill-less for several years now. A year or so ago I went shopping for grills and was stymied by the cost vs materials issue, so we ended up just not getting anything. When I got my bonus in December, we decided to designate a chunk as "let's do something we normally wouldn't do" money. It could have been a trip, or some sort of service, or a purchase, and we decided to go for the grill. It's a stainless steel Weber, which we wouldn't have bought otherwise, and it should arrive Saturday.
     
  • We also picked up a new phone, which means that we have a new answering machine message. Those of you who were sick of the old one can now enjoy Angelo's latest artistic endeavor. There are two handsets in this one, which helps me on the days when I have 9 hours of concalls and am working from home. Darned battery!
     
  • Over December break I did the bridesmaid thing with Megan and picked out a dress. The dress came last week, and now we need to find shoes and an undergarment before we can get the thing altered. It's a very rich navy color (almost sapphire), halter style top, with a mini train. I like it a lot. :)
     
  • While the trees were dormant, we decided to have an arborist come in and help us to make sure they weren't damaging the house. Having five live oaks on our little postage stamp of a piece of property is pretty ridiculous, but he gave them a significant pruning to make sure they wouldn't fight with each other, and we asked for a root barrier as well, to assuage my Durkon-like fears that they would destroy the foundation of the house some day. (In preparation for this we also had a foundation person come check the foundation, and all was well there too. Yay!) So, now the oaks look more like oaks; you can really see what they're going to look like when they're more mature, and it's pretty cool.




Scraped up the gooey stuff last night and put down new.  This time the new stuff smelled nasty, just like it's supposed to.  It began curing so quickly that it was difficult to get a good smooth bead when I went back over it with a wet finger to smooth it out.  I think touching it caused more problems than it solved.  I also used painters tape to get a good line on the top.  That may have caused additonal issues.  :(  We'll see how well it adheres the next time it gets cleaned.

Cross your fingers!
I caulked our shower floor yesterday morning, with silicone caulk.  On the tube it says, "30 minutes to non-tacky surface, 24 hours for full cure."  As of this morning it is still completely uncured.  The consistency appears to be the same as it was when I put it down yesterday.  The shower was completely dry when I applied the caulk, and I've kept the shower door open the whole time to allow air flow.

I am slowly coming to the conclusion that the material is bad, and that I am going to have to scrape it up and put down new.  This is not helping my mood one bit.  So, how does one go about getting wet sticky caulk up from off of tile/grout/plastic without leaving any behind to screw up the new caulk and without damaging the underlying surfaces?



at least I trimmed the crepe myrtles without screwing that up...

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