Archive for September 2012
Posted on September 30, 2012 by Ching under Home Ownership, Projects.
We had a productive day yesterday. Then again, days are likely to go better when you start out with mimosas. Too bad we can’t do this everyday. LOL.
We like to use Korbel Sweet Rosé in our mimosas for three reasons: it’s sweet, it gives the mimosas a pretty pinkish tint, and, best of all, it’s cheap.
For breakfast we had rice, sausage patties, eggs, mimosas, and Saturday morning cartoons — a winning combination. And, by the way, it was the season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I went to teach my Zumba class that morning, which only consisted of two other people besides me yesterday because there was so much going on. There were several fund raising events like Race for the Cure and Dancing for Sonya, just to name a couple. Lucky for me, Jenni was one of the two people who came so she drove me home. Since Brian didn’t have to come back and pick me up, he managed to get a head start on the garage clean up.
Although, I can never leave this guy unsupervised. He managed to break the high-pressure washer that dad loaned us. When he told me what happened, I urged him to call dad immediately and tell him what happened. My thought was that surely, this has happened to dad and he knows how to make it work again. But, in the back of my mind, I’m also thinking, “They’re never going to loan us anything ever again.” LOL.
I was like, “Great. Now we’re going to have to buy him a new high-pressure washer for Christmas.” So much for getting off cheaply this holiday season.
Anyway, Brian told me that dad said he had a feeling it might have been broken when he loaned it to us because it was leaking some oil. I was like, “Nice. And he didn’t bother to warn us about it maybe going tits up on us? What a jerk!” Bwa ha ha ha ha! Just kidding, dad! You know I love you.
The garage looks so much better now that almost everything has been sorted and organized. I say “almost” because Brian still has a couple of large plastic storage containers of stuff that he needs to go through. We had one plastic tub full when we moved from the old house to the townhouse and it never got sorted or looked at. We had to move the same plastic tub, in the same condition, from the townhouse to the new house and now we have another full plastic container in the same situation. I told him, I’m going to nag him every few months until we go through the stuff and sort what we need to keep from what we need to toss. I’ll be darned if I’m moving those storage containers again the next time we move. Blech.
On a brighter note, I’m really glad that we finally got around to organizing the garage because now we can park the truck inside too. We should have done this a long time ago because, as you can see, the Flip and Ching mobile suffered extensive hail damage due to our negligence and laziness. Okay, we’re not really negligent or lazy, we are just really busy people. Either way, sorry Crichton!
The garage is looking pretty good, though. I’m happy with how it turned out. Even though, Brian is yet to get some Versatrack to hang the bikes and the tools and free up some more garage floor space for us (for my future Zumba studio – he he).
We did so well yesterday that Brian even had time for a brief nap before we went to Old Town Square for Zumba. Of course, he was rewarded with yummy Caffe Moderne after. He is such a fantastic husband! Oh, and a really good looking one (according to Nick, who didn’t realize that Brian is almost 40 — he really thought Brian’s only in his late twenties). I am one lucky woman!
Posted on September 29, 2012 by Ching under Food and Drink.
I’d be lucky to spot a food truck every once in a while. Yesterday, I spotted three and ate from two. I got to eat an Air Capital cheesesteak sandwich with a side of homemade potato chips for lunch courtesy of work, which brought in B.S. Sandwich Press and Mmm Sandwiches as our reward for doing well over the summer.
I would have taken pictures of my food, but I forgot my cellphone at my desk.
Brian and I were in a food truck food kind of mood, so we caught The Flying Stove in Old Town Square after my Zumba class last night. As food trucks go, The Flying Stove is definitely the best. They have the most creative menu out of everyone.
I had the Hawaiian Loco Moco, while Brian had the Japanese Chicken Karange. We also shared an order of truffle fries, which are not to be missed. It’s almost ilke The Flying Stove signature. They have the best fries in Wichita in my book.
Here’s a picture of our feast…
My food was good, but I think Brian’s had better flavor. It reminded me of another dish that I’d tried before from their menu.
The one thing I will recommend, if you’ve not tried The Flying Stove or this new menu before, is to ask for the egg to be fried hard (if you don’t want it somewhat runny) and the burger patty to be well-done. Mine was still pinkish and Brian and I get pretty oogy about that. I still love, love, love The Flying Stove, though.
Posted on September 28, 2012 by Ching under Leadership.
I drove to Topeka yesterday to listen to Bruce Tulgan talk about leadership. That’s leadership with a lower case L, by the way. I normally ride with Darcy, but she didn’t sign up for the training this time around. So I ended up driving myself because Isaac accidentally left me out of the carpool email. It worked out okay though because I need to drive more anyway. I’m always the passenger.
Brian always worries about me when I have to drive long distances because I turn into a narcoleptic in the car. It wasn’t too bad this time. I was actually alert the entire drive home. Maybe it was because of Tulgan’s energizing talk that morning.
Unlike other speakers we’ve had in the past where everyone gets a copy of their book for free, Tulgan actually makes you work for yours. If you are engaged and ask a question, you get rewarded with a free copy of one of his books. Would you have expected anything different from the author of Not Everyone Gets A Trophy? LOL. Isaac actually ended up getting a free copy of that book yesterday, which is quite fitting since he’s a member of the Y Generation. Though, he probably doesn’t need any tips on how to manage himself.
I was fully engaged but had a challenging time coming up with a question to ask (so I could earn my free book, of course). Every time I thought of a question, I also thought of the answer. I know. It’s really hard being me.
Time was running out and he was quickly running out of books to give away so I desperately had to say/ask something. I did get to squeeze in a question (which hopefully wasn’t as bas as Angie’s “Cookies” comment from the latest Survivor episode), but he was out of the hard cover books and only had “Fast Feedback” left, which I already had. Thankfully, Tracey who asked a question earlier and got a copy of It’s Okay to Be the Boss was willing to trade me. She probably figured that I needed all the help I could get. LOL. Actually, she’s just really nice and saw how badly I wanted a copy of the book. I’m hoping to finish reading it this weekend so I can just give it back to her.
Thank you, Bruce Tulgan for giving making me work for my free book. (Thanks to Tracey for trading me.) More importantly, thank you for stimulating my brain enough to keep me awake on the drive back to Wichita.
Posted on September 27, 2012 by Ching under Things to Do.
It took some convincing, but I did it. I finally convinced Brian to let us get on WattSaver program. He didn’t want to at first, but we agreed that it was the environmentally responsible thing to do. The free programmable thermostat is a nice bonus also.
Brian met the WattSaver installer, who was very knowledgeable and professional, at the house yesterday. Here’s a shot of the two of them talking, courtesy of our video surveillance system.
Speaking of video surveillance, check out what Brian did today when he came home for lunch. He figured that I would get the motion alarm email with the video capture images. Isn’t he the sweetest?
I had the same idea when I got home, even before I saw motion alert email that Brian generated over lunch. I can’t share those images with you guys though. LOL.
BTW, if you don’t get it, this is how a couple of nerdy people romance each other.
It was a little chilly this morning so we decided to eat breakfast inside instead of eating breakfast out on the deck as we’d been doing the last couple of weekends. The iPad has actually come in quite handy because we can take our TV shows with us wherever we go. LOL.
I made the rice. Brian made sausage and eggs.
We spent the day doing chores and relaxing at home. In fact, I didn’t leave the house at all. Amie decided to take the day off and spend it with her boys so I took the day off as well. I didn’t work out at all today.
Not too much excitement happened, other than the frustration of setting up our wireless video surveillance system. We were super excited to get our FOSCAM working after a couple of hours of tinkering with it (okay so it was more like four hours) that we didn’t even bother to test its wireless capability. When we finally untethered it, we couldn’t get it to work. What good is a surveillance camera when it’s confined to the office because it’s wired? We need it to be wireless so we can put it in the middle of the house. Ugh. Maybe Brian can figure it out while I’m out of town tomorrow.