Fri-YAY [NOT 25/3/21]

drawing of smiling sun with a baner saying "happy weekend"

Hi, friends! Happy Friday!

I am so glad it’s Friday and I am done with the week. It wasn’t a bad week, but I am glad it’s over.

What’s on your agenda for this weekend? I’ve got the usual cleaning, laundry, and cooking. I think I’m going to go to a farmer’s market even though it’s probably too soon for anything local yet. Hope springs eternal that they will have more than meat and eggs and baked goods. Although I certainly do love me some baked goods!



  1. I have run out of excuses…it is time to do our income taxes. At least we should hit the max medical deduction ( looking for the bright side in that heart attack, Keitel). Thanks to @butcherbakertoiletrymaker doing both the Brain Drain and Dirty Business tomorrow, and the food we can eat this week being total freezer clean out…I guess it will be time to suck it up and become one with TurboTax. Should you hear a stream  of foul language across internet land, that will be me.

    • Knocked ours out a few weeks ago.  We’re still qualifying under the standard deduction for the 2nd year in a row.  Of course, eight years from now we’ll be back to itemizing and paying, so we’re not changing anything we do tax-wise.

    • Ugh. I did my taxes yesterday and have to pay A LOT back. It’s comforting to know that my money will go toward the bungling of Ontario’s vaccine distribution by means of the quite expansive new health budget Doug Ford is rolling out that *checks notes* barely covers the severe cuts to the health industry that Ford put in place when he first sat in the Premier’s office (and is directly responsible for Ontario’s bungling of vaccine distribution). 

  2. Garlic is up!  Also, the peeping toads have made their presence known, so it is officially Spring.  I’ll be starting some seeds, making tortillas for the week, and hopefully the ground has thawed enough that I’ll be able to turn it over and maybe even test some of it.

  3. I’m headed to the gardening store tomorrow to buy some potting soil and seeds for a gardening activity to do with the kids…
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    I’m looking for an edible plant (herb, or edible flower) whose seeds are easy to grow and sprout relatively quickly. We don’t get much direct sun outside. My plan is to grow them in egg cartons indoors and then transplant them to pots outdoors.
    So far I’ve got egg cartons and used coffee grounds. 😂 gardening is not my forte.

  4. I’m tired.
    Had a 3-day weekend, and I’ve been enjoying my bike commute and new bike, so I thought maybe I’d do my first-ever recreational ride today.  Was supposed to be about ~50 miles, but I’m not sure if that was counting the initial public transit trip across the bay, but then again, I made so many wrong turns, I probably made up for that distance if it was initially counted. 
    I think I’ll try this again next 3-day weekend, although I’m not sure if I should try a totally new route, or try and get this one figured out.  San Francisco, acrosss the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, some other towns and cities, eventually to San Rafael, and then across the bridge to Richmond, and then home.  took me close to six hours, but I was trundling along at a pretty slow pace just because I’m lazy like that.
    I need to do laundry, fix my sink, and clean my bike chain, but I think all of those can just wait till tomorrow.  Also need to do some standard weekend-errands at some point.

      • lol at the visual innuendos in that video, and I’m just going to assume I completely missed most of them…
        unfortunately, my sink to be fixed isn’t anywhere near that sexy…  Just a leak in the drain.  initially I assumed a gasket cracked or something, but after buying spare gaskets and opening it up, I found out an entire slip nut corroded away…  So, had to get more parts, figure out how to get the old parts off, resorted to damaging the old parts, had to get more replacement parts, started to put things together, got it crooked, and then just haven’t had time/energy to deal with it.   I think I’ve got everything figured/out addressed, so it should just be putting in a bit of effort/work, but I just can’t be arsed to attempt it right now.  I’ve still got a bathroom sink and a bathtub that work, so it’s not like I’m without plumbing or anything…

  5. Got a bunch of stuff done today, including directing the boys in hauling out Husband’s mattress (he got a new bed-in-a-box deal) down our incredibly steep stairs with a very tight corner. It took all 4 of us to maneuver that sucker out of here (and my left arm is all bruised and my back is very unhappy because I foolishly tried to help physically.) 
    Also, got the bathroom cleaned and a new toilet seat put on. The old one had a broken bolt. Hooray for being able to sit down on it without sliding around! 
    I wanted to keep “doing things” but my body informed me that that was quite enough of that nonsense, so I took a nap instead. 

    • I’ve never actually done it, but I’ve often thought about just cutting something up and chucking it out the window, and then going downstairs and hauling the debris off to the dumpster/trashcan.
      Sometimes at work, I’ll end up moving something bulky/heavy, when nobody is looking, and once in awhile I’m asked about it.  I’m often tempted to claim the fairies did it, or I sung it into place, but I don’t have the charisma to pull that off, so I usually just shrug and say something like I’ve lived alone for over fifteen years, and moved about a half-dozen times during that period.  You learn a lot about how to use levers and such when you need to…

      • The kids and I did briefly discuss finding a saw to get it unjammed from the hallway! Then BabySmacks decided he was done messing around and Hulk-ed out on it. It came loose pretty quick! Unfortunately, so did the heat vent cover it had been stuck on… gonna have to fix that… 

  6. im popping to the farmers market for some fancy bread (olive and pepper baguettes..they are awesome)
    then coming back home to watch F1s last free practice and after that trundling over to the fishy man in his fishy van to fetch some fried fishies to go on my fancy baguettes with some nice creamy irish butter…and a token leaf of lettuce coz im trying to eat healthy

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