Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

Seems that either I slept through my alarm or I shut it off without waking up.

I got a lot accomplished yesterday. I went through my medical bills from 2007 and got my flex account reimbursement paperwork in, which was a pain in the ass since they wanted everything itemized. I spent a lot on medical stuff last year, way over my FSA withholding, but that does mean that I should get reimbursed for the whole withholding amount, which is a nice chunk.
And while I was doing that, I found an old insurance reimbursement check. It was beyond its validity date, but I called them and they're re-issuing the check, which is also a significant chunk of change, so that in and of itself was a happy. Between the two, it pays for the new TV, the wall mount, and a new Wii. I'm okay with that.

Then I got home and worked on the boiler. Yesterday morning it was way cold, like 50 degrees in the house. I won't go into the whole thing of trying to figure out what's up with the boiler flame sensor because it's very likely boring as hell, but I ended up replacing the ground wire for the sensor with a 10-ga. stranded copper ground wire. It seems to have made a difference, but we'll see if it still works in the fall. I think I may be replacing the pilot burner/igniter/sensor assembly over the summer anyway.

Then a quickie going through the basement and replacing the burned-out incandescent bulbs and empty sockets with compact fluorescents. Not a perfect solution by any means, but I can at least light up a good chunk of the basement workshop area now.

And I already mentioned the fun of figuring out the Windows Installer bidness. While I did manage to get the Windows Installer installed, I think it's probably not over yet, because I think the Wondows Updater might be hosing up now as well. I'm thinking it has to do with getting the right system services started, which would be the easy fix. The hard fix would be reinstalling Windows.

And no, I'm not ready to take the plunge into a Mac Pro quite yet.

And yet, even with the accomplishments yesterday, I still feel like it wasn't enough. I got some banker boxes so I can store old paperwork and bills and tax forms and stuff, but I have yet to sort them all. The kitchen needs cleaning, the living room and dining room ditto, the basement, the porch...

Not like I'm gonna run out of stuff to do.

The flex account thing was the one on a deadline. There are other less pressing deadlines, ones that are a bit more manageable. Installing Quicken is a way for me to be better organized with bills and the like, which is always a worthy goal-- I just have to figure out how to use it properly, and then use it.

It's all progress, right? It doesn't have to be all at one time, it doesn't have to be continuous, it just has to be faster than the entropy.
Tags: cleaning, fixing stuff

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