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Halloween

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - Comments (4) in Holidays, Life

So today was Halloween and it was kind of disappointing. The weather was crappy and I felt like I was walking around in a fog all day. 

Last week we bought candy at Target and went completely overboard despite consciously trying not to. I still don't understand how that happened. We didn't get many trick-or-treaters last year so we knew we didn't need a ton of candy. Somehow we still came home with a ton and a half.

We bought a couple pumpkins from a local farm a few days ago and decided to carve them this afternoon. We got a carving kit at Target while we were candy shopping that had some neat stencils in.

2009 pumpkins

Tonight we had to answer the door only about a dozen times. Sure there were multiple kids each time, but it wasn't a very stellar turn out. Toward the end of the night I was giving out handfuls of candy to each kid. We still have way too much left over.

There was nothing Halloween related on TV at all tonight, it's a total bummer. I expected something like a Friday the 13th marathon or at least to show the movie Halloween. The only thing even remotely scary was the original Night of the Living Dead, which wasn't very scary. We ended up watching I didn't know I was Pregnant, that was by far the scariest show on.

Jason's Wedding

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 - Comments (0) in Life

A couple weekends ago we were in Albany for my friends Jason and K's wedding. This was my first experience as a best-man and I was glad to find out it was nowhere near as involved as being a bridesmaid/maid of honor. Don't get me wrong, I would've been happy to do anything for him, but there just wasn't that much to do. I already wrote about his bachelor party, which was a great time. Other than that I just had to hang onto the rings and make sure Jason didn't freak out before the ceremony. I was pretty sure I was going to fail that last part, but he held it together. I kept telling him to sit down and relax but he just wanted to pace around the room.

They had a catholic ceremony and I was delighted to find out they insisted on the condensed version. Everyone loves weddings when the ceremony is only 15-20 minutes long. I can't take it when they drag on for over an hour. The other groomsmen got to sit in the first pew during the ceremony but the maid of honor and I had to sit in chairs next to the bride and groom. It was a little more "in the spotlight" than I'm usually comfortable with, but I'm sure nobody was looking at me.

in the church

I'm usually taller than everyone, so that doesn't faze me. However I was significantly taller than the maid of honor Jackie. As I understood it, she had some monster heels on and I was still well over a foot taller than her. The only time I was really standing next to her was when we walked out of the church and then were introduced at the reception.

Me and the maid of honor Jason and K

The photographer must have been very sure of himself because he really didn't take many shots of the various poses. With our photographer, after weeding out the out of focus and eyes shut shots, we still had like 800 pictures to pick through. Maybe he took more than I thought, it just seemed like the pictures didn't take very long.

The reception was at The Appel Inn. It was a great place for the reception; it was the perfect size for the number of people there, it was very nicely laid out and not too far from the hotel. The reception was earlier (3-9), so after it ended many of us went to the bar right next to the hotel to hang out for a while.

I had a great time; I'm really happy for Jason and K and am glad they wanted me to be part of their special day. It was great to see some of my college friends I haven't seen in years.

Sprung a Leak

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - Comments (4) in Cars, Life

Last week on a particularly rainy morning commute I noticed a bead of water under my driver's side vent window. By the time I got to work it was obvious that the window was leaking. 

leaking vent window

My dad and I replaced this window years ago because the original one wasn't functional. We did replace it with a junkyard find, hence all the rust, but I was still kind of disappointed. I looked at both surfaces that make the seal and everything looked ok but I guess the rubber was just tired.

These windows are great for getting airflow while driving since I don't have air conditioning, but the more you use them the looser they get and eventually just flop around in the wind. At that point I just stopped using them. Since I don't use this window anymore I didn't feel bad sealing it up with silicon caulk.

Nursery Fan

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - Comments (4) in Life, Projects

I've heard that babies are enthralled by ceiling fans so we decided to put one up in the nursery. There was no overhead light in that right either, which always irked Rachelle, so it seemed like a good time to take care of that. She found this pastel flower-encrusted fan with butterfly pulls on uber-sale at Lowes and it seemed perfect for a little girl's room.

I had only installed a ceiling fan once before, in our bedroom, so I sort of knew what I was doing. None of the rooms on the second floor of our house have overhead lights, so I had to squeeze myself up into our attic, mount the box and run the electric. This room happens to be at the opposite end of the house from the entrance to the attic, so I had to move insulation and crawl along dragging my tools while concentrating on not stepping on the ceiling drywall and fall through to the second floor and have to start all over again.

Once I got to the right spot it didn't get any easier. I had to fish a 12/3 wire from the wall switch box at the room's entrance up into the attic and over to the new box the fan got mounted on. I had to use 12/3 because it has an extra wire in it allowing me to control the light and the fan separately, but that extra wire makes it thicker and harder to deal with. Once I got the electric done it was a piece of cake.

This particular fan could not be flush mounted according to the instructions. They didn't take into account my desire to not whack my forehead on the light globe when I walk under it. I had to cut the down-rod that connected the mount to the fan and drill some new holes, but I was able to raise the fan up a good 4 inches. I can how walk directly under and only my hair touches it! I can always make it higher later if that annoys me or I get taller.

The only pictures taken were at the very end. I meant to take more of the whole process, but I was too busy shouting profanity and coughing from the dust/insulation mix in the air in the attic.

fan 2

fan 1

OMG I'm 30!!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 - Comments (6) in Life

Yeah so I'm 30 years old today and I'm not terribly thrilled about it. I guess it's not so bad, I just need to get used to the idea of not being in my twenties anymore. I still feel like I'm in my twenties and usually act like I'm in my low teens, so it'll probably be okay.

I had a very low-key birthday weekend which was needed. I'm really glad Rachelle didn't throw me a surprise party or anything (I don't really like surprises). Saturday we just kind of lounged around most of the day; my big excursion was mowing the lawn which desperately needed it. Rachelle made a wonderful dinner and we went out to a movie.

turning 30

Instead of a cake Rachelle made me a birthday apple pie. I think it was an excellent choice. I'll feel way less dirty eating leftover pie than leftover cake for breakfast.