I read something somewhere that August was considered the doldrums. Whover “they” are, they are correct. The summer is about over, there isn’t much going on, it’s hot outside. I can feel it. I think I’m slightly burned out, eight months into the year. I believe it’s the fact that I’ve taken little of my alloted vacation time this year. I was supposed to take two weeks off in March/April after Lily’s birth, but I ended up taking only two days. I’ve taken maybe 3-4 max this year, but nothing contiguous. I think that’s the problem. I’ve got a little under 15 days left to take this year. I’m already taking two days in August, but maybe I should take a few more. Maybe some more in September as well. I gotta think about it.
This weekend was fairly quiet and uneventful (see previous paragraph.) We had dinner with Num’s parents at Chutney Manor over in South Brunswick. A little upscale, and the food was excellent. I got the chicken vindaloo and saag paneer. Oh man, it was good, and I tried not to stuff myself. Tried.
Oh, I did forget the “big news.” My Norelco beard/mustache trimmer (purchased September 2003 — ha, I still remember the wild goose chase through Essex county that mid-Sept night) stopped working after five years. Go figure. My beard has been getting bushier, and no one locally sells the replacement I want — the Norelco T980. I ordered it from Amazon.com, but it won’t be here for a few more days. Meanwhile, did I mention the beard was getting bushier? I made an executive decision, and shaved it all off Friday morning.
I was instanteously transformed into Joel, circa 1997. I figure I only have a few days until my chin returns to its original erogenous self. My wife hates it, but the beard will return.
Speaking of Amazon.com, it’s definitely been my favorite store for years. I lost my phone holster and all my cell phone wall chargers, so I ordered new ones through their merchant program. I ordered a replacement holster for $8, and a new wall charger for $4. The original holster cost me $30 at the AT&T store back in January. Sucks that I lost it, but awesome that I don’t have to spend gobs of money to replace it.