Saturday, March 31, 2007

Boots at Target!

Yay! Boots has finally made it to my Target! Happiness! There's going to be a consultant there every weekend to help out and test stuff. Plus there's samples. Oh yeah. Happy fun!

It's freakin' gorgeous out today. Green trees. Flowers. Happy cats. Once the batteries charge up I'll have pictures. Good stuff. We sat outside and drank beer and just watched the world enjoy the pretty day too.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Fluff n Stuff

I haven’t been sleeping very well lately, but that’s no surprise. I can’t figure it out. I can fall asleep easily but I can’t stay that way. I tend to wake up at least once or twice a night and if it’s around 3am, I can’t get back to sleep. My body just won’t calm back down. It really sucks. I exercise regularly so that’s not it. I’ve been trying to eat well and I don’t eat after 7:30-8 pm if I can help it. I’ve tried a sleeping pill before, but that just made me feel horrible and it still didn’t stop me from waking up in the middle of the night. So I guess I just need to get used to this not sleeping feeling. I wish I could fix it but I don’t know how.

We went out this weekend so that didn’t help. Friends came up from Houston and we partied Saturday night down on Sixth St. We started out in the Warehouse district on 4th St, which I like, but of course we eventually migrated over to 6th with all the college students and the crowds of crazy, drunk people, with which we blended right in. I haven’t been drunk in a while so that was interesting. We were up until 6am and I only slept till about 9:30. Between my body saying it’s my wake-up time and the girls (well Gabby) standing on top of me and meowing in my face, I had to get up. I felt awful all day long, and it really wasn’t even a hangover. It was a tired-over.

The girls are now officially indoor-outdoor cats. We bought a screen door and installed it on the back laundry room door and the Boy installed the pet flap. They are so happy about the ability to go outside. Right now, they tend to stay in the back yard. Plus there are dogs at the house behind us and next to us, and they are terrified of them, even though the barks are WAY worse than their bites. Every time a dog comes out they run back inside. It’s pretty comical.

For some reason, they both like to stand half in, half out of the flap, as if they can’t decide whether they want in or out. They usually do this when there are birds strutting around the yard and they don’t know quite what to do about it. It’s crazy. They run right back in when one of us comes home or opens the fridge. Actually, they are usually lounging around inside when I come home but when I shut the door (don’t do nights during the week, it’s now a weekend privilege) they go beserk. If I open the door again, they go out, only to come back in and stay in 5 minutes later. They just want the option of being able to go out. Little brats. And they still have to come in to use the litter box. No going outside for them, which is actually good for us.

Gabby is a tree climber though. We have a lowquat (like a kumquat) tree in our yard and it’s not very tall. The first time that we let Gabby out, she headed right for the tree. Next thing I know, the tree was moving and I saw a tail hanging out and Pumpkin was underneath looking up. She didn’t go very high that time and managed to get down pretty easily. The next time she went up, she went a little too high for her comfort and started crying a bit. She didn’t want me grabbing her though, she just needed to be talked down. Silly kitten.

It’s pouring outside right now and the roof leaks at work. One of the ceiling tiles over my desk got too wet and collapsed so I have a hole over my desk. At night I have to cover my computer in plastic and there’s a bucket on my desk behind my computer to catch the drips. The roof is being fixed but it hasn’t been dry enough to do anything, much less the quick tar fix. So there are leaks all around the building. It’s pretty bad. I just can’t get away from structural problems.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss and give a kid a book!

A recent study concluded that the average child these days has 13 books to call their own. Tragic. (I think I had at least 50, if not tons more. Plus the library at which the librarians knew me by name.)
Go to to read more about the study, and if you send the Cat in the Hat a 50th birthday card from the site, a book will be given to a child in need. It literally only takes a minute, so check it out. Or you can get all arty and color for a bit. Skip the surveys today and help a kid learn to read, and hopefully LOVE to read instead.
Repost this so we can get the word around.

Seriously. I went to the site and it's sponsored by Random House. Go give a kid a book!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Yo Monks!

I need to read your blog!!! It's an addiction! Help a fellow Masshole out!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

One problem solved

The leak is fixed. Yay. There was a nail put through during the remodeling of the house. Apparently it just set and rusted a bit until poof, one day it let loose.
I called the Homevestors people and he came out today. They are going to fix up the wall and restore it to it's original condition. (No more hole!) They are going to reimburse us for the plumber and they will pay for half of the drying out stuff. (It was pricey and could have been done cheaper. I know that now, but oh well. We're eating what would be our deductible.)
So yay! That got resolved! After all, it wasn't our mistake.

These people have been so great in everything. I have nothing bad to say about them. I would recommend them to anyone.

NOTE: Woohoo! Big ol' check in the mail for us! Yay Homevestors! The Austin Branch of the We Buy Ugly Houses people are truly good peeps. As for Centex foundation, we'll see. We made our complaints. We'll see what happens with them. I'm ready to do what it takes to get them to fix their mistake. I WILL go to the media if needed. I know people who know people. So they better fix their problem. Or I will be a big one.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Oh hell

Looks like I'm not going to the gym tonight. We have a true plumbing leak. Water seeping up through the tiles and the drywall has water spots at the bottom. It's a slow leak and it's the ONLY sign. The water meter isn't running and there's no sounds or anything. Just water on the floor. If this, in any way, is tied to the foundation issue, heads will roll. I'm calling the foundation people tomorrow morning to get the ball rolling on that. They WILL fix the drywall.
I love my house yet I hate it too.

EDIT: So it's fixed. I'm not posting more until homeowner's insurance has taken care of it all but let's just say I'm calling the fuckin' contractors who remodeled. Someone messed up this time for reals. At least it wasn't a slab leak and all but it's still a mess. This is really just a trouble house.