Tuesday, February 9, 2010



So I was (and still am) pumped about starting this running program. Problem is, I need a watch so I can time my intervals when running outside. We are trying to do the Dave Ramsey Cash Envelope system, and it works pretty well. Except that I (the spender) routinely run out of money while my wife (the saver) socks hers away in an undisclosed location and has enough for a car downpayment.

So, I told myself I would force myself to wait to buy a watch until I got the next two weeks worth of spending money instead of just busting out the debit card like I usually do. The day came, I grabbed my cash Friday morning and was Walmart bound directly after work. I was hoping to find a watch on clearance (had to be a Timex, don't ask me why because I don't know).

And find one I did. It was $15 off the original price and $10 cheaper than similar "non-clearance" models. I was PUMPED!!! There was another that I liked better, but since I paid in cash my dollars were precious to me and I refused to pay more. I was so excited about this little spending victory that I called my wife on the 3 minute drive home from Walmart.

So I got home, opened the box, and put the watch on. To my surprise and horror, the band was barely long enough to wrap around my wrist.

Yes, my friends, I had purchased a women's sports watch.

I've tried for three days to be ok with wearing it. "It's just when you work out!" "No one will notice, you didn't when you bought it." (I'm an engineer, so that's probably not a valid argument.)

I can't do it. I'm returning the watch tonight.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Done with School!!

YEAH!!!! Finally done with my Master's Degree!! Yes, this probably means that I won't be posting every Wednesday evening (not that I was before) but oh well. It's pretty weird to not have to be thinking about school all of the time, but it's nice. Not that I have much time to miss school with trying to get the house ready for baby Tigger.

Now that school is over, it is time to focus on other things. Like Modern Warfare 2. Yup, I'm a gamer (Xbox) and this is probably the most fun and addictive game I have played to date. The hard part of gaming for me is not giving it a place higher than it should have. (Notice however that it's the first thing I listed.) ;-) So often I tend to want to just get through my day so I can play, but I need to remember that I need to enjoy everything I do, not set up gaming as the end goal of the day. Besides, it really bums me out when I don't do very well. Amazing how that affects my attitudes.

So let's see, what else is there for me to do? Got to get the house ready. It is defying me pretty much at every step. Seriously. I think our house is haunted, and not by any ordinary ghost. We couldn't get a normal one that just groans and rattles chains in the attic. No, we had to get the ghost of some dude who tried to cross the Sahara without water, and died of dehydration. Every chance he gets he causes water leaks. Everywhere.

The first year we lived in the house he was content with routinely breaking the water heater. We replaced that, but I think in the process he somehow escaped from living in there and has proceeded to wreak havoc throughout the rest of the house. The tub started leaking into the nursery, the dishwasher shutoff valve (which some genius installed in the ceiling of the basement and covered it up with drywall) started dripping, and water started coming into various parts of the basement when it rained. So I'm working on those, and most of the problems have been fixed. If it ever stops snowing I can fix the rest.

Other than that I am going to try to lose some college weight and start working out again. I'm trying something new this time. I want to start running so both myself and Kelso can benefit from exercise. Tomorrow I plan on starting the Couch to 5k running plan. Only problem is that we are supposed to get another 15 feet of snow by tomorrow night. Ok, so only 5-6 inches but that might delay my start a bit.