Trying to get all my tasks done before I leave for Canada. Today I was intending to pre-pack, but then got working on my thesis infographics and now it's 9PM and the day's done ;) On the upside, I got draft of five of them done and I am shooting for the other four done this week. That way I can just review the follow-up information while I'm away and integrate all that data when I return. (BTW: Thanks to everyone who took part in the initial survey and those that are doing the follow-up surveys now.) I feel like my need to have an even number of pages in my thesis is going to eventually aggravate me, but for now my rough draft is looking good!
My doors are FINALLY done, after having to wait three weeks and a missed appointment for them to come back and wrap the door they forgot to do when they came out over Labor Day. With that out of the way, and the last payment supposed to go through next month, I can focus on what is hopefully my last outdoor fix - vinyl siding. The house will look much better once the old siding is replaced, and it'll show off the new windows and doors better.
Before I got wrapped up in thesis stuff, I had to sit through an hour of Windows 10 updating on my laptop (thank goodness my PC had already done that yesterday). And then when I was trying to clean my fish tank the pump gave out. It's been a yearly occurrence of having to replace what is supposed to last "many years" and has a "lifetime warranty." I wrote Aqueon yet again to complain, but went ahead and ordered a replacement from Amazon in the meantime. Periodically checking on the fish to make sure they're okay until it arrives :(
Hope everyone's having a nice Sunday! Talk to you soon!
Been kind of a laid-back weekend as I gear up for the next stage of my thesis writing. And trying to figure out if I've got all my pre-Canada trip planning done. My running schedule keeps getting messed up, so I'm doing back-to-back run days now so I'll be done with the program before my trip and can restart after I get back. Weight loss is slow, but steady, so at least I'm seeing something for my actions :P
I've been looking over what's streaming this month on Amazon and Netflix, to see if any Paul Gross or CKR guest starring eps might pop up anew. So far I've re-watched the second season of Californication with CKR (about to watch his 2 other eps where he came back...I don't remember if I watched them when they first aired) and watched Paul's eps of Republic of Doyle (which is a surprisingly good show, not the least of which because I can play Spot the Canadian and see random Gordon Pinsent).
Oh, and I was looking over my AO3 fics today for some reason (I think I stumbled upon one of them when I was searching fandom fics?) Anyway, aside from the fact the archive reconfigured and I had to mark all the fics done again instead of Part 1 of ?, I discovered that I apparently wrote two Due South short-fics back in 2009 where I wanted them to come back to Chicago and keep their relationship a secret? Which, I don't know if I was playing against type or honestly wanted that back then, but it's funny what a couple of years will do. Now, I can't fathom forcing Fraser to come back from Canada after knowing he was home again. Plus, I like to think of Ray making a long-term commitment to Canada.
Okay, back to Sunday night task clean-ups and preparing for the week ahead!
I have been on a home improvement kick with Lowes this year and perhaps I should take a lesson that it's a bad idea, since every single installation has been problematic.
First up, I had all the windows in my house replaced over the summer. First installer came out, then walked off the job after 15 minutes because he didn't do that type of work. One month later, I finally got a second installer to come out and while he did a great job, he turned what was promised to be a one day install into a three day install (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday - meaning I had to take extra time off work).
That was paid off, so next up I replaced all my exterior doors (front, side, and French double doors). The install was scheduled today (after trying to get them to call me with an install date for three weeks), with a race against the hurricane / tropical storm. I will give them props that they worked non-stop from 10AM to after 6PM and got the doors and storm doors installed with interior wrap. However, first of all the guy lost my front and side door keys and tried to tell me "since they're all keyed the same, they probably only give you one set." No, I bought three locks in three separate packages, all of which had a set of keys in them. So he had to go dig through the trash to find the two sets he lost. Then, after they left, I discovered that they didn't wrap the exterior of the French door like they were supposed to, so it's just exposed wood against the siding. I shoudl have gone over the entire exterior of the house in the dark I guess so I could have caught it before they walked out, but I was so focused on the lost keys that I didn't. I've emailed my Lowes contact in hopes he can get the matter resolved soon. [Then spent almost 2 hours cleaning up after them and trying to get the glue off my French door windows.]
All of these foul-ups are not giving me high hopes that my next (and final) exterior project of replacing all my vinyl siding is going to go much better. And considering that's a huge chunk of change, I do not want to have to go through hassle after hassle just to get it done. I don't understand it. I want to give them money, so you'd think they would want to get things working right and smoothly. We shall see how long it takes to get the door wrap done, because it has to be done. Grrr, frustration :/
Then I emailed Amazon just to let them know my Echo still won't play CBC Radio 2 on TuneIn, even though it works online and in the Android app. They called me...and thanked me for calling them. I didn't call you! Lady on the phone couldn't understand what I was trying to play, then she wanted me to unplug my Echo and plug it back in, to no avail. Then she said just play it through the Echo app. Um, no, that doesn't work because I tried that already. Plus, the whole point of my Echo is hands-free control. She put me on hold so she could try it. Meanwhile, another customer support person answered my email and said the developers are aware of the issue and were working on it. Phone lady comes back and says the station's working for her, but the developers know it's a problem and are working on it. One, how is it working for you, yet you know it's a problem? Two, why are you talking to me on the phone when I emailed and already got a response from someone else, who told me the exact same thing?
The frustration was so much after today that I broke down and drank a Pepsi, first time in two weeks. Still sticking with the calorie count and increased exercise, but sometimes you need a drink :) I'm hoping tomorrow is better, with less frustrating people.