Friday, March 23, 2007


'Couple of benchmarks coming up... Tomorrow I turn 39 and next week I'll hit 100 posts on this blog.

Birthdays and round numbers tend to inspire retrospectives for some reason... so I guess this is as good a time as any to take a look back and update some of the events I blogged about over the past 4 and a half months (seems like so much more!).

Kitchen Accomplished:
My first home improvement project. It's holding up very well! The biggest issue with this room is that paint around the new switch plates had to be touched up, but the touch up paint my builder provided me is not an EXACT match. So there are some flaws... I should just repaint the entire back splash with the touch up paint.

The Train:
Frustrating issue for me right now because I specifically chose This New Condo based in LARGE part to it's proximity to public transit. Two months into living here my supervisor changed my hours to a shift that will not allow me to take mass transit to work. This is a temporary change, but a long term one. I still ride MARTA whenever I can.

Robot Banking:
AWESOME!!! One of my most successful plans of action. Having my mortgage and my HOA dues are paid AUTOMATICALLY via a system of automatic deposit and online banking makes home ownership possible for me.

The Chocolate Wall:
I’ve learned that dark walls are hard to keep pristine. Even just brushing past the wall with a light colored shirt on or can leave a mark. And FORGET about putting your hand on it.

My Favorite Things:
MOST of the things I listed there I still love... the one exception is the OXY CLEAN clothes detergent ball. I'm starting to wonder if it is all that it claims to be. My clothes ARE clean, but I don't know if they are AS clean. I miss the smell of GAIN too.

The Hole in my Bathroom Floor:
All fixed. Don't know if I mentioned that I ran into the foreman on the Ted's Montana Grill build a few weeks after the repair had been made and I thanked him for taking care of it so quickly. He assured me it was no problem, after all it was their fault. He also mentioned he was surprised at how much it cost to fix. It was over a thousand dollars... which does NOT seem right. Not my bill to fight though.

Haven't seen him since.

Flashback Fridays:
Never really caught on.

The Sign:
Much ado about nothing as it turns out. From inside this new condo you'd never even know there is a giant neon buffalo hanging just below my living room window.

I was really worried about being a pet owner, but MAC is doing just fine! I even bought her this cool fake rock/cave thing that she can swim around and through.

Still not very good at this. I haven't had an official "house warming" event. My only overnight guest (other than P) has been my Mom. I just don't give good parties, so I'm reluctant to do it...

Yeah... um... about that... not so much.

Trying to be Funny:
This just didn't work out. I was really trying to mock that dumb Beyonce song, because I REALLY DO NOT understand it. I get that she's kicking him out, but what is the deal with the box being to the left? TO THE LEFT OF WHAT?! In the end it turned out to be a post about my unpacked boxes, but that wasn't what I was going for.

Niles unwraps his Xmas present:
He's still the bestest, smartest, cutest dog in the whole world. I love dog sitting!

Dream Home:
I didn't win.

Bathroom noises:
No movement here. That's a pretty good pun by the way.

BOTH my refund checks showed up yesterday! A very nice way to start off what I hope will be a very nice weekend.

I over reacted:
Turns out Mr. Keillor wasn't trying to malign gays. I wrote that I don't like to use this blog as a soapbox because we (the universal "we") tend to get worked up about things without having ALL the information and that is exactly what I did.

Dishwasher D'Odor:
Getting it's vinegar bath as we speak.

Big Mouth:
Haven't been to church since, though I was invited to attend the Easter service... and I intend to.

Everything went really well. A couple of rough patches, but nothing that affected air. I'm stopping short of calling it a complete success... but maybe by next Friday I will.

Finally... a shot of your’s truely on the eve of his 39th. This way, next anniversary I’ll have something to start my updates with!


Paul said...

Gosh, CB --

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. If I'm ever in the neighborhood, I'd love to buy you a drink. Just to celebrate!

The update was great. I've been wondering about the hole. That was an expensive hole!

Finally, you really look different without the hat. I wouldn't have recognized you in Ted's.

- Paul

Matt said...

Happy Birthday!!!! So far 39 hasn't been totally cruel to me - I hope it's a good year for you.

Nice picture, too! :)

Sorted Lives said...

Happy Birthday!! Nice Condo -- the owners not too shabby either!!

Have a great weekend!

kevin said...

Happy 39th birthday mate. I hope you have a great day and may your year be fun and exciting.

Great pic of you by the way. You look much younger.

Kev in NZ

Maddog said...

Happy Birthday. Thanks for catching us all up on the outstanding issues. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great birthday!!
Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy around that condo. Oh, and I did love the Star Spangled Banner as performed on Shortbus. Whenever I hear that song now, I will have a big grin on my face! lol.

CondoBlogger said...

Thanx for all the B-Day wishes!

Had a great Bday with friends and family, even did pretty well in the present department!