This has been a pretty good week for me. It started out where we got free tickets to the Cards/Cubs game last Saturday, and we got to meet Mike Shannon. He even held my 2 month old daughter, and gave her kisses. In addition to that, the Cards won the game 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, while we were standing in the radio booth right behind Mike and John Rooney.
In fact, the whole week was great, just from a sports perspective. Monday I flipped between the Cards playing and the Cowboys playing at the same time. Both games were really exciting and close the entire time. The Cowboys won, and the Cards lost, but it was still really exciting.
On Wed, the Cards completed a huge comeback. They were out of the NL Wild Card by 10 1/2 games on Aug 25th, and ended up winning the Wild Card on the last day of the season. It was probably the most exciting day in baseball history, especially for the last day of the season.
Back to my life now… The car I bought as a third vehicle to drive to work has leaked oil since I bought it. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that the previous owners did not take very good care of it. I changed the oil this past weekend, and tried to figure out where the leak was coming from. I didn’t think I’d end up being able to find it, but I am pretty sure I found the main source for the leak. Now I just have to take half the engine apart to change out a $10 gasket to get it fixed.
Sort of along those lines, I’m realizing that my thinking is different than most of my neighbors. We just moved into a new neighborhood that’s in a higher price point than our old one. I’m realizing that we’re entering that price point of people that would rather pay others instead of doing work themselves. If they only knew how much cheaper it is to improve your house, fix your car, maintain your yard, etc. is compared to paying someone else… It’s just a different mindset that I’ll never really understand. But it does make me happy that I can save money doing all these things myself. It also gives me the added bonus of saying things like “We did all the work on redoing our kitchen” when people say they love the way it looks. There’s no better feeling than that.
My daughter’s starting to grow up a little more this week. We’ve noticed her getting heavier, but she’s also more alert. She’s getting really good at holding her head up during “tummy time,” and she was grabbing my hand over and over last night. It gets me excited to see her learn new things.
We got to meet a new neighbor of ours this week. They just got married not too long ago, and are both very close to our age. He likes to do all the work himself, and he just finished building a beautiful backyard patio with a built in fire pit. We talked to them for about 45 mins while we were on a walk this week. Hopefully we will get to know them a lot better over the next few years.
I’m finally retiring our 26 year old dryer. It’s had a few issues over the past 2 years, and I’ve replaced a lot of parts in it (doing it myself, of course). The drying sensor went out, the belt should probably be replaced, and I have a feeling the drum rollers are never going to last more than a couple years anymore, so we decided to get a new set. My wife’s been wanting front loaders for a while now, so we are finally getting them tonight. I posted the old washer and dryer up on craigslist last night, and got a call from someone who wants to pick them up tonight. Hopefully he shows up.
So yeah, it’s been a good week so far. It’s the little things in life you have to enjoy.