Well, I would like to say that my vacation has been nice and relaxing and that my time away from my job has been carefee. But, as some of you who follow me on Facebook know, that was not the case for my break for this Spring. I know I had lofty goals and I know I was expecting to get a lot done. Probably expecting to get too much done! But I also had fate against me on this break and that seemed to set me back from the day I left for vacation. Then there was my day today, it was stressful and I feel that some people are not listening to me. So, let me go over how my break started after my last post last week.
Thursday was my last day of work before the break and it went fairly well. I had tech rehearsal after school and we started to pull things together for our musical at school. I must say that the new sound system is rather enjoyable. It’s rather easy and simple to understand and will make things immensely simpler on all of us over time. I now need to get used to how to operate the system and put things together the way I want them together. I’m getting there and I’m confident that I can get it done when the time calls.
The next day was Good Friday and all I can say is that my Good Friday was not so “good”. I forgot about all the things going on for Good Friday and Heather reminded me of all the things going on, so I had to make the decision to cancel recording for the podcasting that night. I felt bad because Gary didn’t get the email and he ended up coming over to my house anyway and unfortunately, he ran into a “storm” going on in my house (almost like he did the night that I had to try and put in a new garage door). The storm was all centered around the fact that our oven suddenly stopped working. And of course, it had to be the part on the bottom of the oven and not just the burners on the top of the oven. I thought that it couldn’t be that big of a deal and tried to light the oven manually. The gas clicked on, but I was unable to actually light the oven. Somehow the gas was not lighting up. It was driving me insane. So, I turned to my good old friend the Internet, except I had a minor problem, our Internet in the house was not working. So, I had to switch over to using my cell phone to look for solutions to the problem. General gist – I cannot light the pilot light the way I was because there is a default safety mechanism under the stove that is there to keep me from getting my head blown off. By the way, THIS is why I don’t like playing with anything that has gas! Anyway, after some further research I found out that my stove ignition switch had probably bitten the dust. That put Heather and I in quite the bind. I was not keen on the idea of trying to play with gas and put in a new ignition switch. So I told Heather to start looking at the price of new stoves. They were NOT cheap and they have actually gone up in price significantly since I last looked. So, we talked about it more and I continued to dig into my research more. Finally, Heather ended up going over to Lowes to ask if they had the part. They did not, but they were able to tell her where to get the part to fix the stove. By this point I’m getting really concerned because if I don’t get the stove fixed by Saturday, then Sunday’s Easter dinner goes right down the tubes!
On Saturday morning, the entire family got up early and we all headed in different directions. I took Austin and Ruth and we headed over to the church. Austin and I had to practice our Easter morning songs with Karla (the organ player) and Ruth had to practice her NYSSMA Solo with Karla as well since Karla is accompanying her for the competition. So, it was kind of a “two-for”. Meanwhile, Heather headed over to a local dealer of appliance parts and got a new ignition switch for the stove. She made sure shew as there as soon as it opened so I could work early. I got done practicing with Karla when Heather let me know that she was on her way home, so I left the rehearsal at church and headed home. It took me about two and a half hours, but I was able to replace the ignition switch on the stove and got it working again. It was about a $100 part, but that’s better than a $500 to $600 stove (and that’s on the cheap end!). Now, I will admit that putting the ignition switch in was not easy and it was definetly followed by some blue “smog” on my house with my cursing out of the company that designed the stove. There wasn’t a lot of space for me to work in which made it more difficult. But, I got it done. The rest of my day was spent getting ready for Easter. Heather and I headed right back out and went shopping for things for the kids. We went to Guitar Center and got some two in one metronome/tuners for them to use so they don’t argue with each other. We went to “Five Below” and got some candy and other various assundries of things and then we stopped at Wal Mart and finished our shopping rounds. The rest of my day was spent organizing the house (making it look semi-decent) and then I spent some time in the shop working on Matt’s (Ruth’s boyfriend) armor as well as Austin’s new Falco bucket.
Easter Sunday went well and things started to come back together for me and my family. We went to church and had a great service with the congregation. Austin performed well and we helped to give Easter Sunday a good “celebration” feeling to it. It was nice to be able to celebrate Easter in this way at my church. After a very nice service, we came home and the kids immediately opened their Easter gifts. Heather started to cook her Easter dinner of ham, corn, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings to go with it all. While she prepared all these things, the guy from Time Warner Cable arrived to hook up our Internet. When he went to hook up the line, he discovered that not only was the line from the pole to the house a complete failure, but so was the line from the side of my house to my family room. I felt bad because it was a former friend and he was working on Easter, but he said he was used to working on holidays such as this and he ran a new line to our family room and to our house. More importantly, my house FINALLY got Internet again! YEAH! I’ll admit that everyone in the family jumped online at the same time and we probably overloaded the system at first. We had a nice evening of relaxing after that. We watched (as a family) shows like “Duck Dynasty”, “Hell’s Kitchen” and others before we sat down as a family and watched “The Bible” as a collective unit together.
On Monday we headed to Albany to go to a bunch of stores that we all wanted to visit. Heather went a bra shop while the kids and I went to a costume shop and I was able to get new boots for my Jedi costume to work towards my Rebel Legion approvable Jedi. I then came back and picked her up and we went to Mohawk Army and Navy. I have to admit that I was disappointed in Mohawk this time around. There wasn’t nearly enough things there for me to be interested in and their shelves seemed bear of all of their tactical gear. Which is a shame because I had some things in mind that I wanted to get for my Resident Evil costume, yet they didn’t have any of those materials. We then went over to the mall and the kids went shopping with some money they received from their grandparents/aunts/uncles from Easter and Christmas. Their favorite store, of course, was “Build a Bear”. After that we then headed over to some Comic Book shops and I tried to shop for comics, etc. However, someone sent me an email that got me so upset that it completely ruined my mood and I ended up not getting anything. This email was something that had me distracted for the rest of the week. We then got some dinner and then came home. When we got home, I suggested we try the new “eatery” in town called “Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt”. We were confused at first when we went in, but got the hang of it. The Frozen Yogurt is AMAZING and we were even more excited that the company is Christian based. The “Frog” in “Sweet Frog” means “Fully Rely on God”. That made the kids like the place even more. We got done there and went home and crashed.
Tuesday was supposed to be a day for us to get some stuff done for the musical at school. However, we tried to deal with the issue that I received the email about yesterday, that morning. What had me really upset today is the amount of time this issue is going to hang out there and the fact that I had to pay out close to $80 out of my own pocket to prove something that was done, that others KNOW was done considering they saw a “Thank You Card” for the things that were done, but because someone has a bug up their rear end, I have to now suddenly spend my own money to prove that it was done. So, who gets to reimburse me for having to spend my own money on something that I volunteered for? Just feel like it’s a way for this particular individual to kick me in the rear end because they simply hate me at this point and want to make my life miserable. Well, if that person is reading this – thanks, you made my life miserable! It worked! So, not too much got done with the musical, not anywhere near as much as I was hoping to get done. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and recouping from the day before.
Today was a day to start/work on projects. I spent most of my day today working on building projects. I finished up painting Matt’s (Ruth’s boyfriend) new gun that I put together for him. I needed to black coat the rifle and put it all back together and that portion is done. I also worked on finishing up Austin’s bucket and am working towards completing that task as well. I’m hoping to actually clear off my work bench by this summer and at the rate I’m working, it is actually completely possible to do so! Other than that, I watched movies while I worked and tried to relax.
Okay, so let’s not read for one more week. I have many podcasts to catch up on, so we will be seeing some more podcasts soon. And, as you can see, my life is a little chaotic at this point, but I have faith that all of it will improve in the future. So, head on over to the GalaxyCast Website and check out our latest Episode – #97. As always, I would like to thank Ian Palmer and Gary Boughton for taking part on my podcast and Mike Wilkerson and the 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network for all their support! MAY THE FORCE BE WITH THOSE WHO LISTEN!