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March 7, 2007

More solar, the anniversary, and the new job search

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Last week Nickey and I were pretty sick. H-man was sick too but you couldn’t tell by the way he was so hyper during it all. The snot was running almost as fast as he was! We tried to have him blow his nose but he doesn’t quite get it yet – he blows through his mouth mostly, which, if you’re there, it kind of funny to watch. Nickey and I felt like death for a few days and now finally we are almost back to normal.

While I was sick I worked from home a few days and on one of those days we drove to Culver City to pick up a couple of solar water heater panels I saw on Craigs List for $35 each. That’s a really good deal. They did need a little maintenance but not much. I took one apart and have been fixing it as time permits, which isn’t very often. I was surprised to find out that it’s made from two huge copper sheets welded together with dimples to restrict the water flow. Hmm, no wonder it’s so heavy. I’ve been using one of them for the pool until I can get them mounted on the roof. Have to wait for that tho since we’re getting a new roof put on soon. It’s almost a fully self sufficient system. I have a solar “panel” hooked up to a marine battery and a FlowJet 2.5gph pump pushing pool water through the whole thing. I left it running all day one day and it had hardly any effect on the battery. I know I shouldn’t be using them for the pool because of the chemical reaction between the pool water and the copper, but it’s only temporary.

Last Sunday was Nickey and my second anniversary. A full two years. There are a *lot* of people we knew then (and a few we still know) that said it should never happen and that it wouldn’t last. Of course two years isn’t like a monumental test of time but I think we’re happier today than we were when we got married. To celebrate we sort of broke tradition. We got married in Vegas, went to Vegas for our anniversary last year, but decided to do something different this year – we won’t go into what happened last year to cause the change ;). This year we went to Magic Mountain for the day and rode extreme roller coasters. We did that until Nickey rode a ride that didn’t agree with her (a kids ride!) which she never really recovered from. I’m sure we’ll be back again. The park has this thing for the “locals” that if we bought one full price day ticket then we got the rest of the year for free – and Hayden got a year pass for free as well. I think we rode on five or six roller coasters so we got our moneys worth for the day. After that we went to a restaurant called The Vegan Plate. It was a Thai restaurant which was pretty good. I’ve never had something called chicken soy before (tofu expected to resemble chicken in taste and physicality). We had seen it on Living with Ed and had been wanting to try it out. All-in-all a pretty good day.

I’ve been looking for a new job recently, trying to find one closer to home. It seems I hardly ever see my little guy these days. I see him for about 15 minutes in the morning before I go to work – I usually sit and watch tv with him during that time, and only about 45 minutes at night before he goes to bed. My commute isn’t terrible by L.A. standards but it would be nice to have a 10-20 minute commute instead of a 40 minute drive each way. He’s got a lot of stuff going on in his life right now and I want to be a part of it as much as I can. My job is okay, but I know there’s a better fit out there somewhere. I figure I’ve already got a decent job so I’m going to take my time and find the right job this time. I’m in no big hurry.

I still plan on posting pictures of my electric pocket bike, but I still haven’t received the controller yet. As soon as I do I’ll put up pics.

1 Comment »

  1. AAARGH! Take pity on a starving mom/grandma! I need NEWS! It’s tough, not being able to see you guys and my grandson is growing SOOOOO fast! When you (either of you) post, at least I can get a peek! (Not a voyeur, you know, just missing you all.)

    Love, Mom/Grandma

    (HI, HAYDEN!)

    Comment by De Loris Collier — March 20, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

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