The new place…

I did the move-in inspection for the new place yesterday morning.  Nothing out of the ordinary to report, the place is in good shape.  The owner has installed new taps in the bathroom and a replacement tap and shower head in the shower.  The place has been cleaned and looks good, ready to move in.

The fridge and stove look new.  Fridges are a pain in the butt to clean, I know from experience.  They did a nice job.

He showed me where the furnace filter needs to be changed from and how to adjust the on-demand hot water system.  It will be nice to be able to do laundry, wash dishes and shower at the same time, if I wanted to.  I am typically never quite that busy though.

The furnace has been serviced and the ducts cleaned.  The fireplace has also been cleaned and serviced.  It is a wood burning fireplace with an interesting gas lighter that they don’t use any more.  Will make lighting a fire a much easier process.  I doubt that I will use it all that often, but who knows, if we have a cold winter, I might use it here and there.

The owner has left some furniture in the place, all stuff that I can use for sure.  One bedroom has a single bed and two dressers which will come in handy, should anyone want to visit.  I might move it into the other room and use the current “spare” bedroom as my office – I have to see which room is larger.

The master bedroom is huge, will easily house a king size bed, should I ever purchase one.  It won’t be cramped at all like my current bedroom is.  The kitchen is also huge, lots of counter space, more cupboard space than I will know what to do with as well plus a nook area and separate dining room.  Space will not be a problem in the new place, that is for sure.

I brought Blondie and Hera with me yesterday.  It will be their place as well so they might as well explore.  They ran all over, likely wondering why were in someone’s empty house.  They will have to get used to stairs in the house, currently we are all on one level.  I think though, as long as they are with me, they won’t care where we live.

Move in day is Saturday.  I am looking forward to it.

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I’ll take my cheese burrito now please…

As I have likely reported, my German Shepherd, Hera, has epilepsy.  She is perfectly healthy otherwise and her seizures are completely controlled by the medication that she is on.  I would tell you what it is, but I can’t spell it, I can’t even say it.  Even if I had the name of it right in front of me.  Anyway, it is the same medication that you or I would take if we had epilepsy.

It costs me about $1.25 per day for her pills, maybe a bit less.  She was at the vet about a month ago to test her blood levels and she was fine – the amount of medication was perfect.  She takes 150mg twice per day, 8am and 8pm.

When I first adopted her, I had a small supply of pill pockets which are beef flavoured soft biscuits essentially.  Well, they cost around 40 cents each.  A bit expensive.  Not that she isn’t worth it, but I switched to Kraft cheese slices.  So, at least I don’t but the cheap cheese slices.  She gets her 5 pills wrapped up in a cheese/pill burrito.  Blondie gets a quarter cheese slice as well, sans the pills because, well, if you’ve ever had dogs, what one gets, the other had better well get, or you will have issues.

She has never given me a hard time about taking her pills, never spit one out which is awesome.  Zeus wouldn’t take a pill under any conditions, he’d spit them out, just to spite me I am sure.  I’d end up having to hold his mouth open and throw the pill to the back, he’d choke a bit and swallow it.  Poor guy…

There is a chance that Hera will outgrow her seizures, time will tell.  I wonder what I will do if that happens – she knows when it is 8am and expects her cheese slice.  Maybe I will just continue to give her the cheese, can’t hurt.

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Almost time to move…

Just over a week until I move. I am fairly well prepared. A majority of the packing can’t really be done until a day or two before I move. I am off for half of the Thursday and all day Friday so that’ll be plenty of time to get all of the packing done. Not my favourite job in the world, that’s for sure.

I’ve been in this place to two years. It is a pretty good place really. Cool in the summer since it is a basement suite, stays warm in the winter. Having neighbours above your head when it is wood floors isn’t ideal. An apartment building would have concrete floors, a lot quieter. I will only have a neighbour on one side in the new place, similar to the first place I lived in when I moved to Calgary. Having a garage will be good too, not having to clear the truck of snow and ice will be nice.

The move shouldn’t take any longer than 2.5 – 3 hours and I think we can do it all in one load. I have a 19′ truck for the day. I will bring a bunch of smaller stuff over with my truck so it should be a smooth move.

Well, this week is almost over. Already Thursday. No real plans for the weekend, other than the move in inspection of the new place on Sunday. I think I’ll use a bit of time on Saturday to get whatever else I can pack packed. Or not… I guess it depends on how lazy I am. :-)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, th weekend is almost here.

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Where’d that weekend go?

The weekend went by, like most weekends do, too quickly. I was off work today, wasn’t feeling well, wasn’t feeling well most of the weekend either. I spent the morning sleeping which was a rare thing for me to do. The dogs were good, I think they’d sleep all day if given the chance.  Feeling better now, back to work tomorrow.

Only 10 days or so until my move. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be nice being in a new space for sure. Everything is pretty well set, this is good. I’ll be able to get everything packed the day before and then the move should only take a couple of hours.

Not much going on this week, nothing planned anyway. I do have some after hours work to do, but that’s ok, I like the lieu time. It is hard to believe that November is half over and 2015 will be coming to a close before too long. This year flew by, that’s for sure.

Well, time to take the dogs for a walk, they still need their exercise, so does their owner. 

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The weekend, two more weeks until the move…

The weekend is here, it was a pretty quick week. Work was fairly busy. I’m planning on getting some additional packing done this weekend. The move is only two weeks off now. I’m looking forward to it.

Sunday is my first board meeting on the Babe Ruth Board of Directors. I’m going to enjoy being on a baseball board again, it has been a few years.

No other plans for the weekend. I am sure I’ll hit the dog park with Blondie and Hera, I’m sure it is a highlight of their weekend. Ha, that’s funny… Dogs needing a weekend. They lead pretty good lives.

Hope you enjoy yours.

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A winter wonderland this morning…

It is a winter wonderland this morning.  Last night, there was no snow on the ground, at all.  This morning, 4″ or so.  Luckily, it is just below freezing so the snow melted when hitting the sidewalks so no need to shovel anything.

It is supposed to warm up by mid-week so I am sure this will all be gone in a few days.  A taste of winter to come, I am sure.

Well, that weekend, like most weekends before, went by too quickly.  Don’t they always though.  I got a bit more stuff packed up for my coming move. I won’t be able to do most of it until the days leading up to my move.  I was speaking with my new landlord yesterday, he says I could get the keys earlier, BUT, since I will be waiting for a pay day to pay first months rent, that won’t work.  Oh well – I still get the keys on the 28th.  Hopefully we will get everything done in one load of the U-Haul and it shouldn’t take any longer than 2-3 hours, I don’t think.

Back to work, if it is like the last few weeks, it will go by pretty quickly.  Enjoy your week.

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Weekend post…

The weekend is here. The week at work went by in the blink of an eye. It was a fairly busy week, this is good. You have to like it when weeks zip by.

I’m settling into a more relaxing routine, but I’m looking forward to baseball returning. That’s a good sign since last year at this time, I wasn’t sure I was going to coach again.

I’m going to take care of some more organizing and packing today. I’m looking forward to moving. Three weeks. Hopefully, it’ll zip by quickly as well.

Not much else going on, I sort of like it. Enjoy your weekend.

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Did you restart?

I have been having issues recently with my Nexus 6 Android phone sending and receiving MMS messages.  Those, for the non-technical in the crowd, are pictures and what not sent via text messaging.  No one could send me pictures, the download would fail and I was unable to send as well.

I looked through various forums for a solution.  I had recently upgrade my phone’s OS to Android 6, Marshmallow.  I was thinking that I had not been able to send MMS messages since I did the upgrade.

So, some of the solutions were pretty simple – use Google Hangouts as your default SMS app, it gets around some of the issues that other SMS apps might have.  Hmmm, I am already using Hangouts.  I tried an alternate SMS app, same issue.  I tried some of their suggestions, same issue each time.

Then I was thinking – have I restarted the phone since the upgrade?  I mean, the phone was restarted during the upgrade, for sure, but, I don’t think I’ve shut it down.  I typically don’t have the phone off.  I might restart it once a month or so.

So, I restarted it and low and behold, MMS is now working.  I should have thought of that earlier, much earlier.  On a daily basis, in my job, I ask people if they’ve restarted their computers to resolve an issue and they normally, sarcastically, reply, no (they think it won’t work) and more often than not, presto, it does.

So, I am hanging my head a bit.  As an IT guy, I should have tried that first.  Oh well, at least I can send/receive pictures via text messaging, you know, that’s really important, isn’t it?

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A winter routine

I find this time of year tough.  I go from being very busy with baseball quite a few evenings a week and both days on the weekend to having nothing to keep me busy after I am done work.  It takes a few weeks to settle into my winter routine.

Essentially, that routine is working and hibernating.  In past years, by this time of the year, I am having issues waking up in the morning.  Right now, I am still waking up early, before 4:30am.  I am OK with that, actually.  I have plenty of time before I start work at 6:30 to take the dogs for a walk, make coffee, do some reading or whatever else needs to be done before I start my work day.

I don’t end up staying up late, typically, unless I am out, I hit bed by about 9pm.  Sort of early…  The dogs like going for an early morning walk.  Surprisingly enough, there are not many people up and about at 4:30 in the morning, imagine that?

So, I am not sure if this will be the new “norm” or if I will find the ability to sleep in again.  Either way, I am good with whatever.  I would like to be able to sleep in on the weekends, but if it isn’t meant to be, oh well.

Three weeks until I move.  Packing has been started.  Clothes that I won’t be wearing and miscellaneous stuff from the office are packed away, ready to be moved.  I am using both of my suitcases, likely for the first time ever.  I am looking forward to being in the new place.  Having control over my own heat so I don’t have to wear a hoodie all day while I work will be nice.  I am not sure what the issue is with the people upstairs.  I don’t know if they are just being asshats or if there is an issue with the heat.  The last two winters, it has been toasty down here.  This morning, it is around 66F which, I think, is about 18C, maybe 17C.  A little cold.  I am sure it is warm up there, otherwise they’d turn the heat up.  I know that they have a portable heater so I am guessing it is on high.  Who knows.  I am tired of texting them, asking to have the heat turned up.  At any rate, only three more weeks…  A move out inspection hasn’t been done as yet.  It was supposed to have been, last week, but that does not surprise me.  My dishwasher also hasn’t been fixed – it works, but the mounting screws came out and now when you open the door and pull a tray out, the dishwasher leans forward – yeah, that’s nice.

Hopefully the inspection report will be done soon.  No damage in the place, so I am not worried about it.  That will end the Upper Mount Royal chapter of my life.  On to bigger and better things.

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Packing help, anyone?

Does anyone want to help with my packing? It has to be one of the worst jobs ever. Well, perhaps not, but still, it isn’t much fun.

I guess I am basically done for now. I really can’t pack up stuff that I’ll be using over the next month. I can pack away some kitchen stuff and clothes that I know I won’t wear are packed but I can’t really do anything with my office until the day before I move. 

The unpacking will happen a little quicker. I tend to like to be set up within a few days of moving. I’m moving on a Saturday and I have the following Monday off so my plan is to have everything done by that Monday. Ambitious I guess, a bit anyway.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself over the winter. I don’t have anything planned as yet. I was going to rejoin Big Brothers and then seconded guessed myself. I’ve had two little brothers since moving here, neither has worked out as one would hope. Perhaps I’ll skip on that for now. I know it is a great organization but maybe I’m not the right fit for it right now. 

Yesterday was an insane day at work, Monday’s often are. We had issues with our Citrix farm causing many employees not to be able to do anything. It made my day fly by. Hopefully, today will be a little more normal. It is a good thing when we are busy though, does make the time pass more quickly.

Off to walk the dogs, in the dark. It is a cold start, -5 rig now. The snow we got yesterday is mostly gone now, it got to 5 in the afternoon. Thankfully, the furnace was serviced yesterday, pilot relit and we have heat again. Damn gas line cuts…

Enjoy your Tuesday. 

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