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Meeting Day/Trash night

I had four back-to-back meetings today, stretching from 11 AM to just about 3 PM and that effectively took away half of my work day. No chance to call more places about the rehearsal dinner. I called the Chart House yesterday only to find out that they don’t do special parties on the day we want because of Boat Week in Annapolis. I’ve got a few other places to call tomorrow.

I’ve got an appointment for Saturday morning for regular maintenance on my car.

I was at Kelly’s last night and will be there tomorrow night, too. After work, we’re going over to Pentagon Row to see a band perform. It’s an 80’s cover band called Gonzo’s Nose and that reference alone is enough to make them worth seeing. I’ve heard good things about them from others who have seen them.

Usually I go to Kelly’s on Wednesday nights but we’re switching nights for the next few weeks (until we move) because Wednesday night is bulk trash night (pickup is Thursday morning) and I wanted to be around to put out some bulk trash. This evening, I put out the old sofa, along with a bunch of other junk. Kelly suggested I do it before I sit down to write. I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to do it that way. Good thing, too, because it poured here a few minutes ago and if I had waited until after I was done writing, I probably wouldn’t have put it all out. Now let’s see if it all gets picked up tomorrow…

My right elbow joint has been aching lately. 1,000 mg of Tylenol don’t seem to do much to ease the pain. I chalk this up to “getting older”.

And I’ve been playing Scrabulous on Facebook with kruppenheimer and one other person. That’s been kind of fun.


Pretty productive day overall:


I called Washington Gas and had the gas service transferred to the new place beginning July 25. I also called WSSC to discontinue water service, but apparently I am supposed to call on the day I move out. I may try for a little more packing later this evening. We’ll see.

Wedding related

I called a restaurant at which we want to have our rehearsal dinner. The events person is out today but they took my information and told me that they’d have her call me tomorrow.


Got my renewal for Science Fiction Writers of America in the mail today. Nothing from the insurance company yet. If I don’t have the new policies in hand by Friday, I’ll call them up.

Okay, I’m done for the evening. Going to go start reading Words and Rules.

Packing and more packing

Kelly and I headed up to my place after work yesterday and I spent several hours yesterday evening and most of this morning packing. I got the rest of my office packed up. It took 36 boxes to contain all of my book, but they are packed up and neatly stacked in the extra room. I cleaned out my desk and file cabinets, shredding something like 4 large bags worth of paper. What was left was a small stack of files not more than a foot high. I packed all of my DVDs and CDs. We packed most of my dishes, pots and pans (leaving a few unpacked for the next couple of weeks).

I even got my desk taken apart. It turned out to be very easy. There was a lot of dust involved in all of that packing and that activated my allergies, but I felt like I made significant progress. There is still more to pack but I think that the hardest part is now done.

Yesterday and today

Busy days, both. I was very productive at work the last few days, making good progress on two separate projects. Yesterday, I also managed to make huge amounts of headway on move-related stuff, canceling services at the old house, changing addresses with most of the companies I deal with (and even requesting a new certificate from the FAA to replace my crumbling one). I went to Kelly’s after work.

The work day went by quickly today. Todd and I had a late lunch at Johnny Rockets and before I knew it, it was 3 PM and my boss told our team that we could get an early start on the weekend. I met Kelly at the metro station and we headed up to my house. Kelly napped for a while and then we went to Costco so that I could get one more moving kit. I then spent the rest of the evening packing. I actually made good progress. All my books are now packed. It took 36 book-size boxes. All the DVDs and CDs are packed. And I cleaned out the file cabinet, and shredded 4 bags worth of stuff, so that only a small stack of paperwork is left.

I’m about 340 pages through The Language Instinct

One month and counting

We move to our new place on July 26 so we are officially one month and counting from the big move. There is a lot going on between now and then. Aside from continuing to pack and continuing with wedding-related tasks:

  • We are going to see Dave Matthews in concert on Saturday
  • We have a Fourth of July BBQ to attend next Friday
  • We have a 40th birthday part to attend on July 12
  • I will be attending Readercon in Boston on July 18-19

And then it’s move weekend.

Weekend update

We had a busy day on Saturday and a less busy day on Sunday. We were up early on Saturday. We were supposed to go to Annapolis with AJ and Dennise, but I had a message from them in the morning saying that they wouldn’t be able to go.

First order of business was getting to the bank to open a joint account. We were at the bank 15 minutes after it opened and it somehow took over an hour to get our account setup. That seemed a bit excessive to me, but at least that’s done.

Next, we cleaned out a good portion of Kelly’s storage area, throwing some stuff away and setting aside other stuff for donation. We then headed over to the donation site and dropped off a carload of stuff.

Then it was off to my house for a quick stop, and then on to Annapolis. We had lunch at Buddy’s. After lunch we decided to walk to the site of a restaurant that is a potential location for our rehearsal dinner. The walk was about a mile but it was a pleasant one. We walked back and decided to stop into the Calvert House to take a few pictures. From there, we walked to another hotel where we reserved a block of rooms in order to see what it was like.

We left Annapolis and headed back toward home, with two brief detours. First, we stopped at Costco to look at flat panel TVs. We found one we think we like, and I need to ask around a bit about it’s features, knowing little about what to look for. I made some notes. While there, I found that HBO’s miniseries John Adams had been released to DVD and I bought it. David McCullough’s book, John Adams is perhaps the single best piece of non-fiction I’ve ever read, so I was anxious to see how the miniseries was done. Finally, there was some grocery shopping and we called it a day.

Sunday I was craving pancakes and we went to IHOP for breakfast. I surprised myself by demolishing in minutes my plate of strawberry banana pancakes, sickly sweet though they were. After breakfast we went for a walk around the lake and then decided to head out to Bowie to do some shopping. I got new hiking shoes, to replace the ones I got 4 years ago, the bottoms of which had worn flat. I also got a new shirt for our engagement photo shoot on Wednesday. On the way there, I saw an accident happen. First I saw it happen before it happened, then I watched in anxiety as it happened. We were stopped in some traffic and there was an intersection without a light. I don’t block intersections so I stopped before the intersection, leaving a gap for cars to make turns through. A minivan approached from ahead and made a left turn into the space we’d left in front of us. I assumed he’s slow to to check cross traffic in the lane next to us. I glanced at my side mirror and saw an SUV barreling down the lane. In that instant, I knew there was going to be an accident. The minivan crossed in front of us and never stopped, never looked. The SUV had no chance–it broadsided the minivan. It didn’t look as bad as I though it would, but it got my adrenaline going. The driver of the minivan was an idiot as far as I am concerned.

Kelly headed home around 1 PM or so and I spent much of the rest of the day watching the remaining episodes of John Adams. It was spectacular. It did both the book and the reputation of HBO films justice.

And Sunday evening, we confirmed that we have an officiant for our wedding.

Another good reason for moving to Virginia

I had a goal of getting a bunch of move-related stuff done this afternoon and I did pretty good. I got new policies for my auto and renters insurance–ones that are designed for Virginia. I found out what I needed to do to obtain a marriage license. I setup utilities such as electric and cable at our new place. I felt productive and good about it all.

Turns out, I discovered another good reason for moving to Virginia: better car insurance rates. I’ve used the same insurance company for the last 6 years. I keep more the minimum insurance required by law, and I prefer low deductibles. This year, for my 1997 Saturn, my insurance premium was $828. When I had my policy updated for Virginia, same coverage, my premium dropped to $570/year. When Kelly and I are married in October and we add her car to the policy it will go down even more.

So anyone looking to lower their insurance premiums, forget Geico, just move to Virginia.

Softball practice after work today. Three people showed up, including me. It made for an interesting practice. I’m doing some laundry (no money in my pockets!) and then heading off to bed. I’m pretty tired this evening.

Productive Saturday

We had dinner with AJ and Denisse last night at Bertucci’s and it was a lot of fun seeing them and hanging out with them for a while. Also, our “Save the Date” post cards arrived, and they look great! They were made by he11o_sunshine over at Buttercream Cards and we love them!

This had to have been one of the most productive Saturday’s we’ve had in a long time. We had a plan when the day began and both Kelly and I were surprised to just how well our plan worked out.

First, we went to the gym. I hadn’t eaten and my legs were sore from yesterday’s lower body workout so I only did 10 minutes of cardio, but I augmented it with a couple of sets of upper body and core work. After the gym and a shower, we packed up Kelly’s laundry (to bring to my house) and then headed over to Potomac Yard (driving past our new house) in order to stop in at the Men’s Wearhouse and arrange tuxedos for the wedding. We suspected that would take some doing, but it turned out to be incredibly easy. Both Kelly and I are equally decisive and don’t hem and haw over decisions. I saw what I liked, Kelly liked what I liked and we took it. We arranged and account whereby our groomsman can get fitted and either pick their tuxes up where they live, or locally here in our area.

With that task done, we headed to my house. We stopped briefly at the house to drop off Kelly’s laundry, and then headed back out. We went to Home Depot to pick up some canvas work gloves, and then headed to the grocery store to do the shopping for the week. Then it was back to my house. We made our lunches (we were pretty hungry) and watched the end of The Shawshank Redemption. We then prepared for the big task of the day: cleaning out the garage.

I have been dreading the task of cleaning out my garage for years now. Junk has accumulated in there to the point where it was pretty full. The garage is a one-car garage but it has what is essentially a fully workshop on one side. Aside from being filled with boxes that were put there 6 years ago when I first moved in, there was 6 years worth of dust, bugs, mouse and raccoon droppings. I estimated it would take me several hours on three or four weekends to get the job done.

Kelly and I got most of the job done in 90 minutes.

Again, decisiveness and teamwork were key. We’d look in boxes. I’d make a quick decision as to whether it was something I wanted to keep or not (90% of the time, the answer was “not”). Kelly would then quickly decide if it was in any condition to donate. If it was, we set it aside. If not, we bagged it as trash and moved on. When we’d gotten just about everything done, we swept the garage clean. I couldn’t believe just how well we worked it all out and how quickly we did it. I have some pictures which I will upload at some point to show just how successful we were. The garage is virtually empty. All that’s left is “bulk” trash which is picked up on Thursday’s in my neighborhood.

After cleaning the garage, we showered and then rested for a while. We then addressed just about all of the “Save the Date” cards well be sending out (I have three more to do but need some additional address information. We went to Boston Market to grab some dinner and while eating dinner (and afterward) watched Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

We worked hard today and got a lot done. Kelly even managed to do a ton and a half of laundry while all of this is going on. We don’t have nearly as much to do tomorrow, but it sure felt good getting a lot done today.


I’ve been so busy lately that I feel like I am a day behind on this blog, so this is my attempt to get even and back on track. I had a fairly busy day at work yesterday. It was another hot day and I wore shorts to the office. I was still hot. When I got home, I waited until the front yard got shaded and then mowed the lawn (it needed it). I cleaned up the house a bit, did a little more packing of books.

My landlord came by around 6:15 to show the house to possible new tenants. They liked it and signed a lease later that evening. They move in August 1, which means I have been released from the last month of my lease and don’t have to pay rent in two places.

I’m 110 pages through Bright Shiny Morning and I am very much enjoying it. I like the style in which it is written, but more than that, I’ve been aching to read a story that takes place in L.A. and in which L.A. forms a major character in the story. This fit the bill perfectly. It’s becoming one of those books that I am closely keeping an eye on how much I have left because I don’t want it to end. Fortunately, the book is 500 pages long, so there’s still plenty to go.

Talked to he11o_sunshine yesterday, and also talked to Doug. Dad put me in touch with his travel agent and I spoke with her too, and began arranging our honeymoon trip, which at the moment, looks as though it will be a 10-day cruise through the Panama Canal.

On Friday, I had my review with my boss and it was a pretty good review overall. I got a better raise than I’ve gotten in a few years, but it’s still small compared to the kind of raises I used to get.

Off to have some breakfast now.

Weekend update

It was a busy weekend and I didn’t have all that much time to update this blog-thing, so here is a brief summary of the weekend.


  • Got some badly needed sleep
  • Went to the gym with Kelly; did 30-minute cardio workout
  • Kelly and Sarah went looking at wedding dresses; I was excluded on the basis of my groomhood
  • My company had it’s 60th anniversary dinner cruise on the Potomac. Though it was incredibly hot out, we went and had a very nice time hanging out with friends and co-workers.
  • We dashed out to Bowie so that Kelly could check out a David’s Bridal shop before they closed for the evening
  • We finally called it a night, and ended the evening watching The Shawshank Redemption, which Kelly had never seen before


  • Breakfast and laundry
  • Gassed up the car ($40 for 10 gallons, a new record!)
  • Drove up to Ellicot City to meet with our photographer. It was a good meeting; we signed her and put down a deposit. She was nice enough to throw in a free engagement shoot, so we have to arrange that, too
  • Came home, finished laundry, watched more of The Shawshank Redemption
  • Kelly left to go look for wedding dresses with Sarah; Kelly found a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • I went to Costco and got a membership, and then, on vickyandnorm‘s suggestion, bought 2 moving kits from Costco (50 boxes)
  • Managed to pack up 3-1/2 of my large bookshelves in 24 boxes. Still have 2-1/2 bookshelves to go
  • Started reading James Frey’s new book Bright Shiny Morning which is a work of fiction and takes place in L.A. a’la Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.
  • Lights out around 9:30 and I set my alarm for 6:30 instead of 4:20. What the heck. I deserve it.


Busy work day on Wednesday, but that’s really no different than every day has been. I noted that my reimbursement from my trip to Santa Monica was deposited yesterday, $2,060. Just in time for me to pay the bill, too.

Early in the afternoon, I heard back from Edmund Schubert at InterGalactic Medicine Show on my story, “The Golden Watch”. He’d requested revisions on the story a while back, but this time he was writing to tell me that while he liked the style and the characters, something about the story just didn’t work for him and it was time to hand it back to me. He sounded as though he felt pretty bad about it, but I thanked him for taking the time to work on it with me. I always learn a lot working with Edmund and his advice and insights into story-telling are always helpful. Still, I was pretty disappointed (in myself, not in the rejection) and so I treated myself to a banana split. I decided that instead of submitting the first three chapters of my novel to Viable Paradise, I’m going to send this story instead; it’s the perfect workshopping story. Edmund isn’t sure why it doesn’t work, and I’m not sure where to go with it from here. Maybe others can help.

After work, Kelly and I headed over to Avalon at Arlington Square to sign our lease papers. There was an incredible amount to read and sign. My current lease is (and has for the last 6 years) been 2 pages long and has worked just great for me and my landlord. This lease and various satellite papers exceeded 30; fine print, too. But read them we did, and sign them we did. After, I asked if we could go back to the unit we saw so I could take some measurements so that we can figure out where things will go. Kelly was incredibly patient as I spent 45 minutes measuring. On the way over, we passed right by our new place. I snapped a picture:

(We’re the one in the middle.)

For dinner, we took advantage of the mild weather to walk over to Whole Foods and get small salads at the salad bar.

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