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Thread: It's Friday! - 12/20/2013 Edition

  1. #1
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    It's Friday! - 12/20/2013 Edition

    Well, almost through another week. I'll be on vacation all next week, but planning to work on the living room project (walls and paint mostly, maybe some flooring).

    First though I have to do a repair to the hot water heater, it went out on us yesterday and didn't notice until 9:30 last night. Luckily I had a spare thermocouple, but it was only 18" instead of the 24" I needed. So I ended up popping the sight glass out to give me a direction with some slack and bending it to hover over the pilot flame until I could pickup a longer one tonight. Also have our nieces coming over to bake cookies with my wife for our family xmas tomorrow.

    What's everyone else got going?

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Dec 2012
    Bedford, NH
    Well, with 15-20 people coming over for Christmas Eve I have to get ready this weekend:
    Vacuum the house.
    Check & refill the bar.
    Finalize the tree decorations.
    Pick up the 15 lb rib eye roast that I ordered last week.
    Rub down the roast. May also decide to inject a tasty sauce this year, but am somewhat reluctant to affect a great piece of meat???
    Get the grill ready (not a good time to run out of propane).
    Check the calibration of the new Maverick ET732 Remote BBQ thermometer & the Thermoworks RT616 Mini Thermometer (thanks for the recommendations Brent). Last year the thermometer failed me & it was panic time. Now I can monitor the roast temp remotely.
    Pick up my daughter who'll be visiting for the week.
    Looks like I just made up a "To Do" list.
    Thoughts entering one's mind need not exit one's mouth!
    As I age my memory fades .... and that's a load off my mind!

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  3. #3
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Today I'm working on the drawers for our queen size platform bed - final top coats. I'm also starting the glue-up of the flag and display case I'm building for FIL.

    Then there's remodeling three bluebird houses (hice?). Took them down and cleaned them out yesterday. I'm modifying them so cleanout is easier - just lift the front panel.

    Saturday: Mount the drawer slide parts on the drawer boxes and install them in the bed. Hang the bluebird houses back on the trees.

    Sunday: Brunch - rest. Lupper - rest. Sippy-cup and chill by the fireplace!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
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    Dec 2006
    I am enjoying an extended weekend because I need to use up my "Floating Holiday" before the 20th. We had been hearing predictions all week about snow today. Went to bed with the hope of seeing some snow. (I need to get back to skiing!) Was disappointed to only see a smidgen over an inch this morning. Turned on the TV and all of the Seattle news programs have preempted the broadcasting so they can cover the "Storm Watch". I am watching in amazement and embarrassment as every news person available is spread throughout the Puget Sound area with their little wooden rulers showing us the amazing amount of snow that has accumulated...trace to 2".

    The demographics of the state has changed considerably over the years as many people have migrated from CA to here. A reverse migration from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Before that, I would guess that most people came here from the northern Midwest and northern East Coast. My own grandparents came from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Eastern Canada. And traditionally Seattle had a large immigration of people from Scandinavia. Before Microsoft and high tech, it was Boeing, fishing, logging and little else. It was the uncool place to live, being a very blue collar place with no major sports team or "culture". It was full of hardworking, tough people working in the elements 365 days a year.

    Now it is apparently so concerned about a measly inch of snow. I am truly embarrassed and glad that none of you from the back in the snow belt can see this TV coverage.
    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - John Ruskin
    “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Paperwork. Ugh.

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Busy weekend for me. Some last minute shopping on Saturday and like Al I've got to get the house ready for a slew of visitors Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

    We found out the other day the the Church Choir is planning on coming to our house Sunday night I'm not quite sure where we are going to put 30 or so carolers Between my grandson and my father in law passing away this year the folks at the Church have been doing there best in helping to raise our spirits during this Christmas season. So the wife has me clearing snow off a few walk ways and touching up a couple of million spots in the house that have chipped paint. I absolutely hate painting.

    My grand daughter Abby would like a TV for her room for Christmas. She is a sweet, kind and generous kid. She is defiantly grandpas best buddy so I have to run a few cables into her room so all the guy from Direct TV has to do is add the box and plug it in. Shouldn't be too difficult.

    My TV cabinet is all built so all I need to do now is put on the finish. Hopefully I'll get the first coat on tonight second on Saturday and then haul it upstairs and see how it fits. I hate finishing almost as much as I hate painting
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    ........... I am truly embarrassed and glad that none of you from the back in the snow belt can see this TV coverage.
    Ha, around here the forecasters would have one believe that the Armageddon is going to strike any moment....sad thing is, a trip by any grocery store will show the mad crowds that believe them sheesh, it's winter, it's the northern states, it's normal every year, & yet somehow a scary amount of folks seem to think & act like they've never experienced it before.

    Nothing much planned other than gobbling all the goodies the Mrs is making, under the guise of taste testing
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    another family gathering, kids, bil, sil, nephew and nieces and all the bf and gfs(of the children and nieces and nephew) who want to come.
    were all meeting this weekend on the jersey shore, should be a nice time, a lot of eating, a lot of adult beverages, a lot of laughing, maybe a little gambling.
    Human Test Dummy

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    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Working feverishly trying to get the jewelry box done for my grand daughter before Christmas, It's going to be close
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Festivities for the holidays start tonight with a great group of friends and kids. The host always sends us home with a baked good we leave a couple bottles of wine (if there's any left over ) Saturday I need to finish up some last minute gifts for the neices and nephews. Watch the Jayhawks take down the Hoyas and another get together with another group of friends, sans kiddos. Sunday will involve watching the Packer game with a warm fire and possibly babysitting my sister's dogs if they are able to leave town...snow/ice in forecast.

    Back to work on Monday, but then off until Friday.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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