Joe's New Blog

Nothing special, this is just my third effort at writing a blog about my life and what goes on in it: Hobbies, cooking, work, maybe the occasional book or DVD review, and so forth. Nothing really noteworthy, but this is sort of a little subset of my world...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 84 of 365

We went to Ernie’s training class today. There were actually people who showed up this time, which was good. There was a young couple with two puppies, a terrier of some sort (like an Airedale, perhaps) and a puggle (half pug, half beagle). The puggle looked very much like a tiny little boxer. And there was a young girl and her mother who had a mongrel which looked like it was primarily lab. I think Ernie was the youngest pup in the class. He behaved himself quite well. I was half expecting him to try to bully around the other puppies, but he wound up being pretty much a little pushover himself. The little puggle must have weight about a third his weight, yet as soon as she came over to him, he pretty much rolled over on his back and let her lick his ears and romp all over him. Overall, it was a good class, and hopefully the rest will be even more informative.

After the class, we drove down to the girlfriend’s mom’s house. We thought that they were going to be gone, but they had recently returned home. Nevertheless, we brought Ernie inside and were just careful to keep him on the tile areas. We also let him run around outside for a little while, since they have a fenced back yard. We really haven’t had any other chances to let him run without a leash on, so it was good for him. Her mom really seemed to like him a lot. He fell asleep on their kitchen floor, which has some nice ceramic tiles. They felt much cooler than the linoleum at our house, and the cold seems to feel quite nice to him. Hopefully he’ll lose most of his puppy coat before summer, because otherwise he’s going to be absolutely miserable.

After visiting for a while, we came home and watched the Olympic hockey final. It was a pretty great game, with the US just losing to Canada in overtime after falling behind 2-0 in the 2nd period. I’d have rather seen the US win, of course, but it’s nice that Canada won it on their home ice.

Speaking of hockey, I also called John, the girlfriend’s brother, and asked if he wanted to go see the Stars play the Kings this Tuesday. Fortunately, he wasn’t working late that day, so I’m going to actually have a fellow hockey fan to go with. That’s a good thing indeed.

And now, since it’s getting late and I need to return to work tomorrow, it’s off to bed with me…

Daily Journal: Day 83 of 365

It’s been a fairly quiet Saturday. I got my physical done today for the life insurance. That was a lot quicker and less involved than I expected, which is a good thing. It only took about twenty minutes, mostly just taking the blood sample and weighing and measuring me. Definitely not as involved as most of the physicals I’ve had in the past.

After that, we pretty much just sat around and watched the Olympics and kept an eye on Ernie all day. It certainly wasn’t the most productive day, but it was fairly restful, at least. In face, it was so restful that I managed to take a nap for an hour or so during one of the cross country ski races. It was a beautiful day out, and I should have spent more time out of the house, but such is life. We did take a little family walk up to the natural food store with Ernie, expecting to have dinner at their little cafe. Unfortunately, they seemed to be closed, so we just ordered delivery from El Guapo’s, one of the Mexican restaurants here in town. It wasn’t a bad dinner, but nothing to really write home about. The refried beans and the chips were both pretty good, though.

Tomorrow, we have the puppy training class at Petsmart in the morning. We’re probably going to go down to the girlfriend’s mom’s house after that and let Ernie run around in the back yard. Beyond that, who knows what the day will hold. I guess I’ll see then…

Friday, February 26, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 82 of 365

I’m glad it’s Friday. The day at work was pretty typical. I did finally manage to get caught up in the file room, so next week I’m going to take one of those days when I finish early and I’m going to head down to NCTC and talk to the admissions people about taking some classes over the summer term. Driving today was virtually nonexistent, which would have come in handy when I was trying to get caught up on filing. Today, however, it just made for a long, boring evening. I did get the storage unit bill paid today.

This weekend, I’m scheduled to have a physical done for my life insurance tomorrow morning. Then I need to make some kind of gate for the stairs, so Ernie isn’t climbing up when he gets a little bigger. And I need to see if anyone wants to go to the hockey game with me on Tuesday. This game I’m definitely planning to attend, because they’ve upgraded me to lower level seats. I also need to do some work on getting the upstairs room into a little better shape, and I should clean Kala’s litter box again. Aside from those things, I guess I’ll play it by ear. For now, off to bed…

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 81 of 365

It’s been just another typical work day. There was a truck overturned off the freeway exit this morning, so I was a bit later than usual getting to work. And they finally finished with some audit that’s been going on at work, so I got to file all of the folders that they wanted from the file room. So, in general, I wound up pretty much just treading water in the file room. The driving was not bad. I stayed busy enough that I wasn’t in the office much, but it was again not so hectic that I felt all that rushed. I did some shopping after work, and the girlfriend made meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner. We watched the Olympics for a while, and now it’s time for bed. Typical boring sort of day…

Daily Journal: Day 80 of 365

So I’m kind of fudging a bit on the dates, because I didn’t actually write anything yesterday. But it’s early morning, so I’m going to let it slide this one time. Not that there was a whole lot to say yesterday. I went to work an hour late because I was over signing papers for life insurance in the morning. The agent had said it would take about twenty minutes to half an hour, but it took more like an hour and a half. Oh well.

Work itself was fairly slow, at least on the filing side, so I managed to get quite a bit done. Driving was fast enough that I didn’t have to sit around for very long, but not so hectic that it was annoying. Overall, it was a good work day.

And then I came home and looked after Ernie for about four hours. The girlfriend still isn’t feeling all that great, so she was napping on and off. She actually took half the day off work, and she was asleep when I got home. Hopefully the sleep and the medicine will help knock back the illness and get her back into her stride. And now, I have to finish getting ready for work…

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 79 of 365

Today was another long day at work. The other morning driver called in sick today, so they called me at a little before 7:00 to see if I could be there by 8:00. And when I got there, we had almost no driving to be done. But at least I did manage to get a bunch more of the filing done. I think there’s a remote chance that I might actually be completely caught up by tomorrow, assuming that I don’t have to drive again, or that there isn’t much driving to be done.

One thing that was interesting at work today was a call I got from one of the cashiers. I answered expecting to be told that there was some driving to do, but instead she told me that there was a person at the desk who was looking to start a band. I talked to him for a bit. He’s an older guy, and is looking to do mostly original music, with enough covers to get gigs. He’s a drummer, which is a good thing, and he’s just down the road in Lewisville, instead of halfway across the metroplex. I’m going to call him tomorrow, possibly, and see when would be a good time to get together and jam. Possibly the band thing may happen after all.

The work day was extended somewhat unexpectedly today. A lady who got her car back from us at about 6:30 broke down a short time later, and I got to drive about halfway to Flower Mound to pick up her and her three daughters. So I didn’t get off work until after 7:30. A little more overtime, which is always a good thing. And, since I might wind up getting overtime tomorrow, too, if the other drivers don’t both show up, I should go to bed now…

Monday, February 22, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 78 of 365

I got a call today while I was getting ready for work. One of the other drivers called in sick, so they wanted me to come in early. Unfortunately, I had the appointment to sign papers and such for my life insurance, so I couldn’t really get there very early. I went over to the insurance office and found out that they were expecting me to get a basic physical done there, so it was going to take about half an hour or so to get everything done. Since I was a bit pressed for time, I rescheduled for tomorrow.

When I got to work, I had one milk run to make around Denton, taking three people home. After that, there was no driving to do, so I managed to get caught up a little more on the filing. I did do some driving in the afternoon, but it wasn’t one of those frantic sort of days, like I’d expected from all of the take homes in the morning. I also found out that the other driver wasn’t feeling all that well today, so I will probably get called in early tomorrow, too, and I might be the only regular driver all day. So I doubt I’ll get much further ahead on my filing. Oh well.

The girlfriend went to the doctor today and found out that the rash she was getting on her midsection is shingles. She got a prescription to treat it. Ernie and I had to run up to Walgreen’s to get her some money for the prescription. I didn’t really feel like dragging the cat carrier out to the car for him, so he just sat in the passenger’s seat. He really was a pretty good little passenger, which is a good sign for future travel.

And that’s about it for the day. Early day tomorrow, so off to bed with me before I pass out…

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 77 of 365

We went over to the hospital in Tyler today to visit the girlfriend’s dad, who is in the ICU there after having a hematoma removed from his brain a couple of weeks ago. He can’t speak yet, and we realized that it’s actually quite difficult to try to carry on a one-way conversation for the better part of two hours. He can respond to yes-or-no questions, and his son made a sheet with the letters of the alphabet, which he can point to in order to spell out words, but that’s a very slow process and seems quite tiring to him. Still, he seemed happy to have us there, and he’s doing very well for someone who recently had brain surgery.

After the visiting hours were over, we had a late lunch or early dinner with Jenny, my girlfriend’s stepmother. We talked about how her dad was doing and just about other things, like the puppy and the ongoing repairs on their house. It was a good time, and the meal was all right, too.

And then it was driving a couple of hours back home, and dealing with the little terrorist for another several hours. It’s getting late now, though, and it’s back to work tomorrow. Since I’ll be doing the late night potty shift, I guess I should head off to bed pretty quickly now…

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 76 of 365

It’s been another long day. I had to get up earlier than usual because I worked this morning. Fortunately, the girlfriend took the night shift with Ernie, so at least I didn’t have to get up in the wee early hours and then at 6:45.

Work was pretty hectic. I only got to do a little driving, so most of the rest of it was being a porter. We had a ton of oil changes and quite a few of the recalls on the Pontiac Vibe. I guess the brake system was manufactured by Toyota, so the same problems they’re having have trickled over into that particular GM product. I got off work about fifteen minutes later than I should have, and hurried home so we could take Ernie down for his first day of training.

And, as it turned out, the first day of training was pretty much canceled. We were the only ones who showed up, so we’re being moved to the class that begins next Sunday. One of the big things about the class is the socialization of the puppies, and making them do things with distractions and such, and that just doesn’t work when you’re the only one there. So it was a bit of a bust today, but hopefully we’ll be able to work with the new schedule.

Aside from that, most of the day today was pretty uneventful. We’re going over to Tyler tomorrow to see the girlfriend’s dad, who is still in ICU after his stroke. So I’m going to head off to bed so I’m not a total zombie while we’re over there…

Friday, February 19, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 75 of 365

This morning, while taking Ernie out for a walk, I managed to lock myself out of the apartment. Of course, in addition to not taking my keys with me, I also didn’t take my cell phone. Fortunately, my insurance agent is right across the street, and I walked across just as one of the ladies who works there was driving in to work. So I asked her if I could use the phone after she finished oohing and aahing over how cute Ernie is.

In addition to receiving compliments from the agent and the other lady who works there, I also got to call the girlfriend and was sold a life insurance policy. So I guess maybe it wasn’t a bad morning in all. The girlfriend showed up twenty minutes or so later and let me back in, and I almost made it work on time anyway.

Work was slower than it has been, which was good for me. I’m still not entirely caught up, but I guess it’ll probably just take another three or four good days to get there. And I only had three drives to make today, although one of them was quite a long one, up to Pilot Point. I’m working tomorrow, so I’d better get myself to bed pretty soon…

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 74 of 365

It’s not been a great day today. The early part of the morning went all right. It was time for Ernie to go to the vet and get his second round of shots and worming. He didn’t want to ride in the old pet taxi, which he’s rapidly outgrowing. So I just left the lid open on it and he pretty much rode leaning out of it and staring out the window. He never really tried to get out or move around, which is good. It seems that driving him around a little is having a good effect on him.

At the vet’s office, he behaved quite well. Everyone thought he was just adorable. He did get over-excited and peed on the sidewalk on the way in, but I don’t think that’s something to get too upset over. The appointment went well, and we’re going to have to schedule another one for about a month from now to get his last round of shots done and to make sure the worming has worked.

At work today, I got some stuff done, but the combination of finishing up the warranty stuff from yesterday and having to go chase down a couple of files really didn’t help much. I guess I’m a little closer to caught up than I was yesterday at the end of the day, but still nowhere near as close as I was the day before. I’m not sure that I’ll ever get as far ahead as I was a few months ago.

Driving was kind of a mixed bag today. I was told that I don’t look anywhere near my age, which is nice. Of course, it was a lady who is probably close to 80 herself who said as much, but I’ll still take the compliments where I can get them. I had to take one young lady home, and that one was sort of an odd ride. She made a little conversation, but not much, and when we got to her apartment complex, she just had me drop her off at the office. It’s like she thought I was going to drive back and stalk her or something. Oh well. Most of the other rides were just your run of the mill people. I’d describe them a little more, but it’s not really all that terribly interesting.

After I got home, I wound up getting in a bit of an argument with the girlfriend over the training of the puppy. She’s been trying to get him to sit and stay before eating, instead of just running over the bowl. Today, we wound up feeding him later than usual anyway, and he didn’t have much lunch, so it just felt to me like it was starting to become sort of a torture to him. And when she said that letting him have the food was just giving in to him, I pretty much just snapped at her and let her deal with him for the rest of the evening. I shouldn’t have done that, and I feel bad about it. I’ll apologize when I go downstairs.

I did use the time when I was angry to get the litter box cleaned and to install the scanner software on my laptop. I scanned all the recipes from an issue of Taste of Home for her. She wanted some of them, but I can’t remember which ones, so I just did the whole thing. And now, since it’s getting late and I’m still on night-watch, I’m going to go downstairs and go to bed…

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 73 of 365

Today was actually even less productive at work than yesterday was. I wound up printing out warranty paperwork all morning, and I didn’t even get down to the file room at all today. Which means, of course, that all the paperwork that should have been filed today is sitting there waiting to be added to tomorrow’s workload. I also didn’t manage to get all of the warranty paperwork printed out, because I had to go pick someone up at 6:15 this evening. And it wound up being about a 45 minute round trip.

On the home front, I accomplished virtually nothing today, too. I did finish emptying the dishwasher at lunch, but I didn’t do anything else aside from tiring out the little terror-dog. Tomorrow, I’m going to try to get Kala’s litter box cleaned out and see if I can scan some of the recipes from the magazine the girlfriend got from work.

And now, I’m going to go watch a little more Olympic hockey while I probably drift quickly off to sleep…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 72 of 365

I didn’t get anywhere near as close to finishing with the filing backlog today as I would have liked. While I missed out on the major work of pulling about 75 folders for an audit, there were still a few that needed to be pulled today, and we also received a bunch of warranty paperwork from our other office that needed to be filed. So, instead of being almost completely caught up, I’m actually a little further behind than I was yesterday.

And when I got home today, I wound up doing almost nothing that I wanted to get done. I did at least get the dishwasher half emptied, but that’s about it. And now I’m going to bed, because if I don’t, I’m going to just pass out here on the couch…

Monday, February 15, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 71 of 365

Today at work was fairly productive. I finished about a third of the backlog, as well as all of today’s stuff. So, if we stay kind of slow, I certainly should be finished with the backlog by the end of the week. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

The evening shift was non-stop. I got there a bit early, oddly enough. I’m usually a little late getting there, or at least I take a long lunch. I finally dropped off the recycling on the way to work. We’ve been collecting more and more recycling since Ernie got here, and we’ve been saying we really needed to take it, but it took until this afternoon to get it done.

And then, when I got there at 3:30, I had one take-home and one pick-up already waiting for me. And by the time I got back from those, there was another pick-up. And then I had to go pick up the earlier take-home. And two more pick-ups were waiting after that. I actually spent a total of about five minutes in the office for the three and a half hours that I was working. On the plus side, it does make the day go a hell of a lot faster.

And now, since I once again get to wake up in the middle of the night, I’m going to head off to sleep. At least after I get the kitty fed…

Daily Journal: Day 70 of 365

It’s been another long day today, despite the fact that it wasn’t even a work day. I really accomplished little to nothing that I wanted to get done this weekend. I did go to the grocery store and do some shopping, and I made breakfast and lunch for the girlfriend and myself today. Aside from that, it was mostly just keeping an eye on the little guy and taking him out for his potty breaks and such. It’s just been pretty much impossible to get caught up on sleep, though, so I’m sitting here with my red eyes drooping closed. Time to go to sleep, because I get to wake up at three in the morning and take him out again…

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 69 of 365

This morning, we took Ernie on another little field trip. We brought him down to the dealership to meet some of the co-workers. Everyone thought he was just adorable, and he was on pretty much his best behavior, which is a good thing. He only nibbled on a couple of people, and those were both guys who sort of tousled his hair and roughhoused a little with him, so it wasn’t that big a deal.

After his big adventure, the girlfriend and I had a bit of shopping to do. We were both a bit hungry, so we stopped at Le Peep Grill for lunch. I’d never eaten there before, and she said that she hasn’t been there for several years. I had the Monte Cristo crepe, and she had a club sandwich and chicken tortilla soup. Overall, it was a decent meal, but certainly nothing to write home about. The crepes were okay, but the potatoes that came with them were over salted. The girlfriend said the soup was a bit bland, but the sandwich wasn’t bad. As she said, we’ve tried it, and we probably don’t really need to go back there again. Or at least not for a few years…

After the lunch, we went to Petsmart and bought Ernie some new food and water dishes, as well as a couple of toys that he really doesn’t need. We also signed him up for the puppy training course, which will begin next Saturday. Hopefully he’ll come out of the whole episode treating us a lot more like he treats the strangers at work.

Following the Petsmart run, we went to Best Buy so she could look at the laptop computers. She ended up buying a little Gateway netbook. It’s certainly not the kind of machine that I’d want, but it should do a perfectly good job at the stuff she does. And it was quite a bit less expensive than any of the regular notebooks, which is a good thing.

Now it’s getting late, it’s been a long and active day, and I’ll still need to get up in the middle of the night and take the wee beastie out for his potty break. So off to sleep with me…

Daily Journal: Day 68 of 365

No new snow today, but there was still plenty on the ground from yesterday’s storm. Today was just gray and cloudy and cold. Because we closed early yesterday and because the weather was so lousy, there were not very many orders needing to be filed, so I managed to not only do today’s filing, but managed to catch up about a third of the way with my backlog. I’m guessing that Monday will be similar, because we had very little business today, and tomorrow we have the short Saturday hours. I’m hoping that I can manage to be completely caught up by the end of next week. If I do get caught up, I’m going to take a little time off during one of the days and go down to NCTC and talk to them about taking some classes during the summer.

In other news, I received the Garmin GPS which I ordered from Amazon a few days ago. So next week I’ll be able to put it to the test at work. Right now I’m downloading the free map update for it. They have a lifetime map update product, but it costs $120, and I just can’t really justify that right now. Their quarterly updates are $70 apiece, but I think I can probably get by with doing one of those a year, if that. I don’t really plan on being a shuttle van driver for years, so I don’t think I’m going to need to keep the device up to the minute or anything. It’ll just be nice to update it if we go on vacation again, so we’ll have the latest routes around whatever city we decide to visit.

It’s getting late, and I’m getting tired, so I guess I should head off to bed. I’m going to have to get up in a few hours to unleash the hound, so I’d best get whatever sleep I can…

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 67 of 365

It was a short day at work today. The last weather report I saw yesterday said that it was supposed to start snowing this afternoon, but there was already about four inches of snow on my car when I left for work this morning. Ernie seemed to have fun in it, although the snow on the ground was mostly just slush when we went out in the morning.

The girlfriend called me at about 12:30 and said that they were going to be shutting down the sales portion of the dealership in about half an hour. Of course, no one from my own department bothered to call me, and by the time I finished what I was doing and wandered back to the office, almost everyone had already left.

When I was a little kid, I used to love snow days. Not only the fact that I might have a day off from school, but I just generally enjoyed going out and playing around in the snow itself. Now that I’m just a wee bit older, I really don’t care if I ever see another day with snow again. Not only do I lose the hours at work, but it generally makes the driving a mess and I just plain don’t like the cold and wet when I have to take the little man out to do his business. But it is pretty, I suppose…

Daily Journal: Day 66 of 365

I’m not in a really great mood today. I’ve just not been all that happy with where I am in life at the moment, and I’m not really sure how to make the situation much better. And I’m very, very tired. I think I’ll feed the cat and go to bed…

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 65 of 365

Today was a decent sort of day at work. I didn’t have to pull any orders for anyone, so I not only managed to get today’s filing done, but I managed to get a bit closer to being caught up with the backlog. The afternoon shift was busy enough that I wasn’t bored, but I didn’t have to do a bunch of driving in heavy traffic or anything.

The girlfriend got a call at lunch today from her stepmother. Her dad collapsed today and had to be rushed into surgery. He had an old hematoma that was causing pressure on his brain. She called back later and said that he made it through the surgery fine, had regained consciousness at some points and recognized the family members and such. So he’s probably going to pull through all right, which is a very good thing. We’re not going to go see him really soon, because right now they’re severely limiting visitors anyway. But we might go over when he’s stabilized a little more.

And now, since I need to let the little guy out to go potty in a couple of hours, I’m going to head off to bed…

Monday, February 8, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 64 of 365

I didn’t get anywhere near caught up at work today, and in face I’m now further behind than I was last week. The department manager had a list of orders he wanted me to find, but he didn’t have all the information I needed on the printout, so I wound up going through about a thousand orders trying to find the right ones. And, of course, I didn’t manage to find them anyway. And then there were three or four other orders that people needed me to find, and they were all at different times, so the filing is falling further and further behind.

The afternoon shift was all right. I spent the first hour working in the file room, trying to get at least a little closer to caught up. Then I had two runs I was supposed to make, one to Carrollton and one to Argyle. And the traffic didn’t help at all. Fortunately, the lady in Argyle decided to get a ride with her husband instead, so I just had to make the one run. That took almost an hour and a half anyway. At least the lady I picked up was nice, so it wasn’t a silent ride back to the office.

I left work about twenty minutes early and headed over the Petsmart to pick up some new toys for Ernie. He chewed the paint off one of the feet on the little duck we got him the first week, and he seems to like it, so I was looking for something similar. I don’t really think the paint will hurt him at all, because it’s designed for a dog to chomp on all day, but the girlfriend would rather not take the chance. So I got him a new rubber chicken, which he seems to really like, as well as three or four other toys. So far he’s just received the chicken, but he’s enjoyed it quite a bit. He’s in bed now, and I need to follow suit, since I have the first potty shift tonight…

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 63 of 365

I slept in a little later today than I have been for the past couple of weeks. The girlfriend took the morning shift of taking care of Ernie, so I was able to sleep in until nearly ten. After that, of course, it was business as usual trying to keep an eye on the little darling. He does seem to be getting a little better, but it’s still a long road ahead. He seems to be all nice and calm for a while, and then he’ll just snap like a light switch was flipped and start trying to bite us. Not like the little nibbles he does when he’s being nice; he turns into pretty much a wild-eyed little snapping snarling demon-dog. I’m not sure how long it’ll take us to break him of that, but I do hope it’s fairly soon.

I went to the grocery store after I got up to pick up some things for the Super Bowl party. The place was fairly packed, which surprised me a bit. I guess I shouldn’t have been, because a lot of other people were probably getting their last-minute party supplies, just like me.

I made some pepperoni pizza bites for the party. At least that’s what I’m calling them. I took some mini pepperoni slices and pushed them down into mini cupcake tins. I put them in a 350-degree oven for about three minutes. Then I added about a teaspoon of spaghetti sauce and about a tablespoon of shredded cheese, along with a sprinkle of oregano, to each cup. They went back into the oven for another four minutes, then came out to cool for about ten minutes. Pop them out of the cups and let them cool further on paper towels to absorb the pepperoni grease. And there you have it. Delicious…

The party itself was pretty entertaining. There were quite a lot of people there, most of whom I’d never met before. But there were several people from the book club there, so it wasn’t like I was a total outsider or anything. And of course the other people who I didn’t know were all very nice and all.

I was glad to see that the Saints managed to win their first Super Bowl. I don’t have anything against the Colts, but I think New Orleans deserves it after all the years of futility the Saints have been through in the past.

And now, since I have to go back to the grind tomorrow, I’m off to sleep, at least for a few hours until I need to let the wee beastie out to go potty…

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 62 of 365

I ended up not going to the hockey game today. I couldn’t find anyone who both wanted to go and had the time, and while the girlfriend said she’d go with me, she also has been having some problems with asthma and the cold air in the stadium seems to aggravate it. So I just ended up watching it on TV. Aside from that, we took Ernie down to the girlfriend’s mom’s house and introduced him to part of the family. He was quite excited, but behaved very well. Nothing else of serious interest happened today. We’re going to a Super Bowl party tomorrow. Hopefully that will be fun. And now, I’m exhausted, so I’m going to feed the cat and head off to bed…

Daily Journal: Day 61 of 365

I wound up not going down to Fort Worth today, mostly because I was so damned tired. I nearly fell asleep a couple of times while I was waiting for something to do at work. The evening shift was pretty uneventful. I had one run to make up to Krum, but after I got back to the office at 5:30 or so, I was pretty well done.

The morning shift was more interesting than the evening. I got some of the filing done, and then I got called up front to do some more of the warranty stuff that I knew how to do. I was making decent time on that, thinking I could get back to the files to get caught up, when the department manager asked me if I could drive a car up to a subcontractor’s shop. So, I did that, but they weren’t able to fix the problem quickly. So I got to sit around and wait for one of the other drivers to come and pick me up. That was a waste of an hour or so, and I never did manage to get back to the file room. So I’ll be even more behind than I was when I get back to work on Monday.

For now, it’s off to sleep…

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 60 of 365

It’s been another long and useless sort of day, for the most part. I really wish I could keep up the ambition and energy all day which I sometimes get for part of the day. This morning while filing, I had these plans of things I was going to do when I got home today, but it all wound up being just the same, sitting around playing with the puppy a little. Got my hair buzzed and took a shower, but that was about it for the productivity.

The last run I had to do driving today was to pick up one of the porters who was delivering a car to another lot. On the way back to the office, he let me know that he was going to class at 6:00, and he was the last porter there. So I got to be the only porter for the last hour of the day, and I’m not even really a porter at all. I don’t know how to close down the shops and the car wash and such. The typical good planning by management.

A couple of days ago, I got an e-mail from a musician I had written to about the middle of September. He said that his band was looking for a bassist, and would I like to come down to a studio in Fort Worth and try out on Friday. So tomorrow I’m going to go see if I fit in with a somewhat harder rocking band than I’ve played with in the past. Hopefully it’ll go well. In any case, I still need to get up in the middle of the night and let Ernie out, so I should go to bed now so I’m not a zombie tomorrow evening…

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 59 of 365

It’s been a very long day today, but not a totally unproductive one. We went to the free potty training class at Petsmart. While we didn’t really get a whole lot of information that we didn’t already have, we did find out that the teacher is a fun guy who seems to really like the class. So we’ll be signing up for the puppy training course in a few weeks. He said that he wants them to be nine or ten weeks old anyway, and Ernie’s only about 7 weeks old now. So the classes that start in a week or so will be too early for him. Which is all right, because they’re already booked up.

Aside from that, work was mostly just the same old stuff. Not too much of interest at all. I didn’t get the chance to talk to the manager about the training, again, and I really need to do that. I got the last piece of paperwork I need to file my tax return, so I’ll probably end up doing that this weekend. For now, though, it’s off to bed, at least for a few hours…

Daily Journal: Day 58 of 365

It’s been another long day. I slept in a little too late today and got to work about 15 minutes late. They don’t really care all that much as long as I get the work done, though. The morning shift was pretty much just the usual crap down in the file room. I didn’t get the chance to talk to the manager about the training stuff, so I’ll try to get that done tomorrow.

The evening shift was kind of interesting. I drove one old guy home early on. He was getting in the van and pulled a pistol (in the holster) out and stuck it on the floor. “Don’t worry, it’s unloaded,” he tells me. He just didn’t want to leave it sitting in his car unattended, for which I can’t really blame him. Then when we got to his place, he tells me that I should come by if I want and pick up as many of the pecans around his place as I want. He has five or six trees and says that he can’t find anyone around to pick them. I told the girlfriend when I got home, and she thinks it would be great to go collect a bunch of them.

Ernie seems to be doing a little better with the biting. He started biting me again today, and I pretty much just held him in a hug under my chin until he was whining. Usually, once he starts that, I let him go, but this time I just kept holding him until he was really crying about it. Since then, he’s tried to take a few little nips at me, but I’ve grabbed him by the scruff and given him a little shake, and he’s minded himself a lot better. I’m hoping that maybe he’s finally come to the conclusion that we’re the dominant ones. We’ll see how tomorrow goes…

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 57 of 365

It’s been another long day. This morning I didn’t really do anything except the filing at work. I figured I’m far enough behind on that already, so why go look for other things to learn at the moment when it’s not necessary. I would like to get some more training on the warranty submission stuff at work, but I don’t know that I’m going to get all that great of training as the situation exists now. I need to talk to the department manager about the online training that he mentioned a week or so ago. I think that would be a much better route for me to take.

The driving part was pretty much constant today. I had one run waiting for me when I got there, and I wasn’t in the office for more than a minute or two at any time before I was out on the road again. It’s all right though, because the time passed tremendously quickly.

When we got home this evening, Ernie was fairly well behaved at first. But he still is going through his little spells of trying to be the dominant one. I’ve been trying a number of tactics to try to keep him from biting, but so far nothing is working all that well. We’re also continuing to have problems with him peeing on the rug, although he seems to have the whole concept of going poo outside down pat. The girlfriend and I have decided that we probably will go ahead and do the classes at Petsmart, as long as the guy teaching seems halfway decent.

For now, off to bed, because I need to get up in two hours to try to get the little guy to pee outside for a change…

Monday, February 1, 2010

Daily Journal: Day 56 of 365

It wasn’t exactly a very productive weekend. I did manage to get a little bit of a nap while I was watching a hockey game this evening. I had tickets to the game, but wound up not going because I couldn’t find anyone to go with. That’s the third time it’s happened this season. Not sure that I’m going to buy tickets to any more of the games.

We took Ernie out on a little field trip today. We went to Target and Home Depot, where one of us remained in the car with the little guy while the other went in to get what we needed. And then we went to Petsmart and brought him in with us. The vet had warned us that we probably shouldn’t take him in, because of things like parvo, but we held him the whole time, so he didn’t have any chance to lick the floors or anything like that. Everyone thought he was absolutely adorable. We signed up for the puppy potty training course, which is this Wednesday and is free. We’re thinking about signing up for the regular puppy training course, too. It’s eight weeks of training for $109, which seems like a decent deal. We’re going to see how the potty training course goes, and how we’re doing with training him, before we determine whether we’re going to spend that much money. We also bought him a new little jacket, and of course the collar and leash to match it.

Well, it’s been a long day, and it’s going to be another long night, so I guess it’s off to bed with me now…