Toilet Woes

OTB Where are you?!?!?!   Our toilet seat is getting pretty old looking and a few weeks ago Palley picked up a replacement.  I went to put it on and discovered that she bout the wrong size.  Today I decided I would go to the home improvement store and get the right one.   I drove the 50 mile round trip to pick up one that would fit.   When I picked up the box I heard a little rattling in the box, but I thought nothing of it because toilet seats have screws that would rattle. Well, silly me… when I got home and opened the box one of the hinges fell out in pieces…

Oh well… I guess I will need to hit the store again sometime this week.

Great Dinner

Tonight Karl, Gabi, Bob and I met up with Craig for dinner.  He was passing through and called to see if we would be available.   (Ok, he called Bob, and Karl and they invited me… Craig didn’t have my number)  Wow what a blast!   It was well worth the trip to Kenosha. Thanks to Karl for driving too.    While at dinner we called Jen and wished her a Happy Birthday too.   Ok, it’s bedtime.. just had to post… hehehehe…

To much crap…

We have entirely too much crap…   This is not really news to me…  I’ve known it all my adult life.   It’s just really starting to get to me over the past few years.  I am a pack-rat and I know it.  While trying to change my ways, I’ve really realized as of late that I come form a long line of pack-rats.  Today I took a big step in removing some of my personal clutter, and another step in removing some of the inherited clutter.  1st off, I took a car load of old computers and electronics to the county E-Recycling drive.   The guy checking me in must have thought I was nuts when I told him I had 9 computers, 1 monitor, 1 LCD projector, 2 LCD panels, 1 VCR, and a bag of assorted boards and cables.   It feels good to have gotten rid of so much stuff, but, the sad part is… I could easily make 2 more of those trips and still have stuff left over.  I hadn’t realized really how much I had accumulated.

The second part of the day involved more cleaning out of the room attached to my bedroom, that I will be taking over.  This room was Sonja’s when I was a kid, then when she moved out,  was my grandmothers.  I swear to god, no-one in this family ever throws out papers.   I now have about a car load of stuff to take to a shredder.  There are tax returns from my great grandmother who has been dead for almost 20 years.   There are boxes and boxes of old bills.  I even found a stack of electric bills paid by my father… The funniest thing I found though, was my great grandmothers suitcase.   She had apparently used it for a trip to the hospital.   When I opened it, inside was her release papers fomr the hospital. “Important notes about your visit, including your 1967 medicare coverage statement”, a blanket (nothing special about that…); then under the blanket in a hospital bag I found a pair of slippers, and a smaller bag containing some grey and blue cloth.  I started to remove them to see what it was, when I discovered they were quite heavy.  I started to unroll one of the bundles and as I suspected, I discovered her silver.     This silver has been a major bone of contention with various factions of the family.  each accusing the others of stealing it. My grandmother was nearly ostrisized because it was decided she had to have stolen it. To her dying day she swore that when she helped clean out Great Grandma’s house the silver was NOT in the house.   It turns out, out of dumb luck she did have the silver…   Personally, I think great grandma took the silver to the hospital with her to keep someone from stealing it out of her house… She did things like that. 🙂
Palley is now making the call to notify the family, and perhaps this feud can get some resolution.


Tonight was another of our once a semester “Late Night at the Library” events.   This time, in addition to all the excitement of studying we added a little more fun.   One of the staff members brought in their Wii and we set it up to run off one of the  LCD projectors.   From the moment I turned it on, students came in, drawn by the sounds of the Wii.   We played Bowling, Tennis, Golf, and even threw in Rayman Raving Rabbits and raced the armadillos (or whatever they are).    Midnight hit in no time, and no one wanted to leave.   I don’t know how the rest of the event went, but the Wii room was a major hit.
I have a feeling I’ll be sore tomorrow from all the tennis.