So I picked up a pretty nasty case of the bird flu last week and spent most of the week sucking on lozenges for my sore throat, then sneezing, sniffling, and sleeping. Over the weekend it turned into a nasty chest cough, but lots of mucinex and robitussin seems to have put it on the ropes. I'm still coughing up foul-tasting chunks of stuff but the worst seems to be behind me. It's put a damper in my running though.
So in an effort to try and be clean shaven for work every day, I bought a braun synchro 7526 shaver at tarjhay. I like it. Doesn't shave as close as a blade and you have to go over and over the area being shaved and it's just generally not an enjoyable process, but it does seem to leave my skin less irritated, which was the idea. If I shave 3 days in a row with a blade my fase is just raw, but 3 days in a row with this and it's just marginally itchy. Overall, 8/10 but I should have held out for the Activator which has a better foil design and supposedly doesn't make you go over and over quite as much.
My car developed an intermittend CEL last week. It seems to have gone off for good, but I don't know what was causing it. Coincidentally, it was on my first tank of biodiesel (B20) so my theory is that the biodiesel broke some crap loose in my fuel system that fouled a sensor or something, and after a few "italian tune-ups" (e.g running it at high RPM's for a bit) it got betta.
I got to use the new saw. Sadly, not for anything cool. I used it to cut up the holiday shrubbery so it'd fit in garbage bags. Works much better than the circular saw for this task, but a chainsaw would be better
The hvac duct above my desk is vibrating/rattling something awful. The hvac guys are up there now trying to figure out how to stop the rattling, but aside from having one of them stay on the ladder holding the vibrating bracket, they aren't having much luck.
So I want a macbook pro. I decided long ago that my next computer will be a mac laptop, and this looks like the one. The laptop fund is still depleted though, so it will be a while.
I start on $toothpaste this friday. $ad_agency still hasn't made me a conversion offer, but $toothpaste doesn't allow contractors to bill to their account for more than a week or two so it's just a matter of time. THe rumour is they're matching my current salary, which is fine by me. I think I'm going to raid my 401K ($2500) when I leave $contracting_firm, becuase that plus my unpaid vacation puts me about a month away from wiping out my credit card debt, and it makes sense to get rid of the 17% interest debt so that I can replenish the 401K quickly, instead of leaving that money in at around 9% and waiting several more months to pay off the credit card debt. At that point, once I've replenished the 401K, I can start funding project Acquire MacBook Pro.
Operation Internet Poker isn't going so well. Overall, I'm down $17.00, or $14 from my last update. I think my play has improved, but I need to find my fold button when my hand doesn't get there. But at $0.05/$0.10 levels, even if I keep losing my bankroll will hold out for weeks.
I've got a sore spot near the gumline on my right top molars. When I floss it hurts like hell, and it's been bugging me for about a week. My dental visit / xrays from a month ago didn't turn anything up, so I'm not worried, but I'm not sure how to make it quit.
There is a rumour that teh gf's father is going to get the CEO of his bank to let him use the chateau (lodge? Cabin? 3rd mansion?) in Vail for a 3-day weekend in March. That would rock the fuck out. If nothing else we could raid the wine cellar :) (Supposedly he's got about 2500 bottles, some of which go back to the 60's).
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