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April 14th, 2022 Comments off

Joe is switching jobs later this month and has a few days off between the old and new one.

Are we going to do something fun on those days? Of course not, because we have obligations. He has to get some dental work, I need a diagnostic scan, and our association decided to force everyone to be home one of those days so our fire alarm system can be inspected or they will charge us to come back at a later date.

Being an adult sucks.

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Taco Bell Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito

April 10th, 2022 Comments off

We had to make a Taco Bell run yesterday because rumor has it the limited time Nacho Fries are leaving this week. They added more items to their value menu, so I decided to try the new Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito.

I’m not a fan of their chipotle sauce, however, so I asked they omit it, which they did. It was pretty filling for a $2 item! I just wish they would take their time putting these things together. The first three-fourths of the burrito was excellent, but the last quarter sucked because there wasn’t any avocado sauce and there was a big pile of wet, soggy, unripe tomato cubes. Blech!

Next time I’m going to order a side of the avocado ranch, open up the burrito, redistribute the ingredients, and add extra sauce. That’s assuming it’s still on the menu in a few months when the craving strikes again. Without the nacho fries I’m not that tempted to eat there.

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New Neighbors

April 9th, 2022 Comments off

We have new neighbors as of March 31st. I think they’re a late thirties white couple with a son who is around 10-12 but I’m not absolutely sure yet. I’m just going by what I’ve seen on our video doorbell.

They don’t seem to have a dog like the last tenants (the place is being rented), so there are a lot fewer video doorbell alerts than before which is nice. They seem to primarily use the garage for coming and going like we do, although they park both their vehicles in the driveway. They must both work out of the home as both their vehicles disappear sometime around 8 am and then reappear between 4 and 6 each weeknight.

I was worried I might have seen the woman out on their patio smoking the first day (she was standing with her back to our unit so I couldn’t see much), but I haven’t seen her out there since so hopefully they’re non-smokers as I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time on the patio this summer.

My biggest concerns other than them being smokers was them putting their TV on our shared wall instead of over the fireplace, but either they didn’t do that, or they don’t blast it like one of our former neighbors (several neighbors back), so that’s good. We didn’t hear them at all when they had visitors yesterday, in fact, and wouldn’t have known if not for the doorbell alert.

So to summarize, so far I have no complaints. I really hope it stays that way!

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New Shark Cordless Vacuum

April 7th, 2022 Comments off

I’ve been wanting a cordless vacuum that could covert into a handheld vacuum for awhile now. I’m tired of using the attachment hose on our upright and having it fall and hit me. Usually it hits me in the head, but a couple of weeks ago it fell on my foot and bruised it, so that was it; I decided it was time to find something new. Our old Dustbuster’s battery hadn’t worked in years, and while we have two stickvacs that convert to handhelds, they are both corded and a pain to deal with.

I really didn’t want to spend $400 on a Dyson, however. We also don’t have a spot in the house to mount it to the wall. I did a little research and people seem really happy with the Shark cordless vacuums, so I started looking at those. Some models can be just as expensive as a Dyson, but I found one in the $250 range I liked. Plus it can stand freely by detaching the handheld part and hanging it on a hook on the larger section.

We’ve racked up a pretty large cashback balance with our Discover card. We usually cash it in for restaurant cards or Bath & Body Works, but haven’t used it much lately so it had gotten into the $300 range. Even better, they give you a discount on the card. I started looking at which retailers carried the vacuum I wanted that also had gift cards available through Discover. I settled on Kohls and wouldn’t you know it, not only was the vacuum on sale for $229, but there was a one-day only 35% off coupon on Sunday, bringing the total, with tax, to $183.27. I snagged a $180 Kohl’s gift card for $162 in cashback and paid the balance of $3.27 for the vacuum, which I received two days later.

After it was fully charged (which takes 2-3 hours), I used it to vacuum the area rug in the workout room, the laminate floor in all the rooms upstairs (it gets into tight corners in handheld mode), and to suck up dead ants in the dining room (they are the bane of my existence every spring).

This morning I used it to clean up the laundry room, foyer, and guest bathroom downstairs. It is so much easier to use than the regular vacuum with hose attachment. Quicker too. Best yet, it cleans the throw rugs without trying to eat them. I love it! I’ll probably only use the big vacuum for the wall-to-wall carpeting and the Shark for everything else.

The suction is really good, and for particularly stubborn spots there’s a boost option which gives it even more powerful suction. It’s really upped my cleaning game. I keep a pretty clean house as it is, but my laziness keeps me from keeping up with the crumbs and whatnot. With the Shark I don’t mind cleaning that stuff up on the daily.

There’s 3 bars that light up on it to keep track of the battery power left and it’s still on the second one after two days of cleaning which is good. I didn’t track the actual total time I’ve used it, but it’s supposed to last up to 40 minutes on a single charge. I told my friend that my only worry is that the battery will go bad quickly and stop holding a charge (like it did in my Dustbuster) but I hope that’s not the case for a $200 vacuum because a replacement battery is $75. Only time will tell, I guess.

Right now I’m keeping it in the office closet with the attachments in a small plastic trashcan. It doesn’t weigh much so it’s easy to move it between floors, unlike the Bissell vacuum. If it wasn’t for the wall-to-wall carpeting, it would be the only vacuum we need.

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The Flight Attendant

April 5th, 2022 Comments off

We started watching a new series on HBO Max called The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco.

Not only is it binge-worthy, but I was immediately in love when in the opening scene of the first episode they were playing a Sofi Tukker song (Good Time Girl). Cut to just a minute later and they were playing another song of theirs (Energia).

This is not the first time I’ve heard their music in shows/movies. In fact, I feel like I hear them every other week in something new. I’m so happy so many other people like their music as much as I do.

Update 4/7/22 – They featured a Cure song in the 8th episode – alt.end – which is my favorite song from their self-titled album. Incidentally, the second season of the show premieres April 21st: Robert Smith’s birthday.

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