We don’t have many trees in our yard, but the neighborhood is full of them. Huge oaks and maples, mostly. The leaves tend to blow to our side of the street. I’m not sure how that happens, but a significant portion of leaves end up in our yard or along our sidewalks. The city posted the schedule of when they’d be sending around the leaf sucking truck and, for our neighborhood, we’re still two weeks away from the start of the leaf sucking truck. We could certainly bag and have the regular trash guys pick them up, but bagging leaves is hateful.

Today we saw the leaf truck go by in front of our house and we were outraged that with a day’s warning we could have gotten the leaves into the street, but no. Then we thought about how a bunch of rain is expected today, and, maybe, the city is being proactive about the drains and they are just hitting the highlights. As it turns out, as we were returning from an errand, there were trucks at the other end of our side street and it didn’t seem like they were only collecting around drains.

We quickly raked the side street’s shitton of leaves. As we were nearing completion, a city worker stopped and talked to the better-half. One of the things he said is yep, we’ll come get these leaves and the other is where is your leaf blower. The better-half said it isn’t much of a leaf blower and I refer to it as the crappy leaf blower nearly always. It was fine for blowing grass off the pool deck, but it isn’t useful for much else. Yet another thing we need to spend money on in the future. As in not this leaf season.

We will end up raking the backyard at some point, but most of those leaves are also from a neighbor’s tree and the grass is already dead in that area anyway. We can wait another two weeks to see when the leaf collection signs are posted and then scurry to take care of that task. In the future. Leaf raking procrastination is the best kind of procrastination.

Wouldn’t you know, they knocked off before they got to our house.

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Took a little trip

We took a quick trip to Florida with my mother and sister to visit my other sister. My other sister is a Floridian and she moved to a new town.

We walked down this pier:

Eventually finding this:

This guy was hanging out in town:

No trip to Florida is complete without walking on the beach. It was really windy and so it was a quick visit to the Atlantic:

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Cat Therapy

For a brief moment, I thought both cats were going to hang out with me on the sofa this morning. Simon got his jodhpurs in a knot when Lucy joined us.

This week at work was a bit tough. I’m still working on a project with the person who is chronically unprepared. We recorded system training, multiple times, and I edited the heck out of those sessions so we have two training recordings to offer learners next week. My boss and the director of our department thanked me for my hard work. That meant a lot.

Coming up, I’ll be taking one of our existing modules and laying in text and audio that has been translated into Spanish. A first for me. The translation service has been great so far so I’m looking forward to what they send me.

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Why don’t you ask him what’s going on?

Train travel is kind of cool:

So is seeing Fleetwood Mac, even if the seats were in nosebleed:

We ate at Lincoln and how cool was the serving dish for the deviled eggs?

When we got home, someone showed us how displeased she was that we left her alone with Simon:

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Three from our backyard

I was planting bulbs this afternoon and dug this up:
1951 dime

The sweet potato that sprouted and we planted into our garden trough has been blooming this week:

And, finally, the lantana is still kicking it:

We went by the neighborhood garden center, family owned, to buy some bulk mulch and we bonded a bit with them because I was wearing my Black Kow t-shirt. Good taste in manure will get you far.

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Baby, you’re no good (I’m gonna say it again)

Well, the last week has been full of crap. It included the worst concert experience we’ve ever had. We keep a list of shows we’ve seen and the one last Wednesday was #136. I feel like we’re missing some, but that’s still a lot of shows.

The headlining act, Earth, Wind and Fire, were an hour late coming out to perform. Seriously, was this some bar band that’s waiting for people to drink more because they are making their cash out of how many beers purchased? The venue clearly oversold the space and that meant 1000s were crammed into a tiny outdoor space. The sound system was atrocious. At one point, someone was speaking on stage and every person around me complained that they had no idea what was said. Then the band came out and the sound was no better.

We weren’t the only ones who walked out. We walked away from an Earth, Wind and Fire show. I never thought I’d do that, but at least we had a surprisingly great meal at a Mexican restaurant. Our friend suggested going there for margaritas and to commiserate over our bad experience. It was a damn fine chile relleno.

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Sunday night concert

We went to a concert last night. We were tired when we got there because we’d spent the weekend either cleaning out the MIL’s room or hacking back the stupid privet hedge that lines the sidewalk. Behold, people of the neighborhood! Your sidewalk is back.

The opening act was forgettable. The better-half was rooting for him to get better and I was just “meh” about his entire performance.

Then the Broken Bells came out with a great set and an outstanding lights/video show. We didn’t leave the venue tired.

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And we are back

The site was down for several days because of a vulnerability in the server. We are back to the regular and lazy trickle of posts.

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I first surmised the Horses’ Heads/Were toward Eternity

The MIL passed away and I’m grateful she is no longer cursed by Parkinson’s. The better-half and I talked about all of the things she could do now that she’s free from that nasty disease (assuming you believe in an afterlife). All of the things we came up with had to do with movement which has been in short supply for her in recent years.

A few reflections on the aftermath of having a loved one die:

  • The MIL’s primary care physician was incredibly caring especially while he was delivering the message of “you aren’t going to make it” to the MIL, the better-half and me.
  • The nursing staff at St. Mary’s in Richmond is incredible.
  • After consulting with the funeral home and the cemetery, we felt like we needed a shower.
  • The better-half’s aunt has been such a help over the last few days. She went with us to the funeral home and cemetery and has kept us on track on the “right” thing to do–those things the MIL would want.
  • Walking into a room full of coffins is oddly fascinating. Seeing how ugly, tacky and expensive coffins can be makes you want to be cremated.
  • As painful as visitations are to attend, they are even worse when you have to play host/hostess. I’ve hugged more people I don’t know very well or at all in the past week than I have in the past year. Let’s go back to my personal bubble, shall we?
  • We’re hosting the reception after the graveside service. Know how weird it is to plan a party and you have no idea how many people to expect?
  • My sister is going to work at keeping the buffet of food flowing. I can’t tell you how glad I am that she volunteered to come help. Because what trait do my sister and I share? Organization. There are lists, there are plans and there are a gazillion platters, bowls, and serving pieces downstairs tagged and set up for tomorrow.
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Pretty but kind of dumb

I upgraded my phone and iPad to iOS8 and aside from it taking a really long time (for the iPad it was an overnight job), I noticed that the Apple ID (or is that aPPle iD–seriously who cares about your stupid abbreviations Apple) was attached to an email address I no longer have. Considering I changed my Apple account ages ago, it was puzzling to see the wrong address on the screen.

As pretty as Apple products are and as solid as their hardware, some things are just dumb. So, hey Apple, knife.

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