Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Well, for those of you NOT keeping up with us on Facebook or Twitter, I have a bit of news.

Donna and I are preparing to move again. We're staying in Orange County, but moving a bit north to Lake Forest. It will actually allow me a shorter commute, but increase the time that Donna spends on the road. Still all things considered it should be better for us financially, plus the new place is close to twice the size of our current apartment. In case I haven't mentioned it before, we are buying a mobile home in a gated 'senior' community. When I have a chance I'll try to post some photos of the place.

This is all new to me, since I've never been a 'home-owner' before. Donna has gone through all the documents, credit checks, etc. before so I'm gladly following her lead on this. I'll keep you all updated and contact some of you with our new address and phone number once we have all that set up. Wish us luck!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

With our lease coming up for renewal again, Donna and I are seriously considering moving. It's a combination of finances and just wanting a change. It would be nice to have a bigger place and possibly, with a decent mortgage, a cheaper one. Not only could we do what we wanted with the interior, since most places have very, strict guidelines on what you can do with the exterior, but there wouldn't be somebody above or below us. It sometimes seems the guy upstairs is bowling or lifting weights right above our bedroom. The former tenets below us would be visited by their daughter, who was a heavy smoker and we'd get blow back through the vents and from open windows. I'll keep everyone updated on if or when we do make the move, so you can send those house-warming gifts. :-)

Had to bring my car in for some maintenance this past week. The 'change oil' light kept coming on and initially I thought I was just overdue for the 3,000-mile check. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the pistons. I had to leave the car overnight and got a rental (paid for), but it turned out to be worse than originally thought and it became a two-day affair. Strange driving around in a new car, but Enterprise was pretty good about it and even waved having to pay for used gas, which was really nice of them. Will definitely use them again, as we have in the past. The repair even came in under-estimate so except for having to get up earlier than usual for three straight days (in order to get to work on time), it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Man, where has the year gone? It will be Labor Day in a few weeks, Fran is coming out for another cruise and the birthday I could happily ignore is too rapidly approaching. Hope things are going smoother in your lives!

Monday, August 16, 2010

How Do I Print?

Welcome to my life! Joe, does this seem familiar to you? LOL!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

As I mentioned over on my Facebook page (You have friended me, right?) I seem to have become the statistics guy here at the library. When being hired, I happened to mention that I was comfortable with Excel and now find myself not only doing the stats for Adult Services, but for the entire Main library. They have now handed me responsibility for the annual report to the State Library, as the guy who formerly did it is retiring. Job security, I guess.

Just spent part of the morning trying to make an appointment to have my car serviced. I knew I was overdue, but when the oil light started to blink yesterday I figured I should put it off any longer. Unfortunately, the phone numbers I have for the service center have either been disconnected or they are not picking up. I don't trust their website, where supposedly you can make an appointment, as I don't know when or if they ever look at it.

Donna, Fran (my alternate wife) and I are off on another short cruise in a couple of weeks. We always have fun and sharing the cabin is always an adventure. Have to get a promise that no photos of me climbing into the upper-bunk will be allowed this time. Wasn't funny then...not funny now!

Fingers crossed that Prop.8 will be overturned out here. Sad seeing some good folks denied what they want for no good reason. Hey, I'm a big fan of marriage! I've done it three times already. :-)

Have a good weekend!