Z.Monkey’s Blog


September 6, 2007 at 9:12 am  |  home,rant

I was asked to write up something so Jefe would not have to look at himself when he visited the site.  This confused me because I’ve become so reliant on Google reader that I almost never visit a site unless i know there’s an update.  I think my mocking of him may have forced him to set one up.  Plus the reader now (as of today) has a search feature!  Now if only I remember what I was looking for…

Anywho, I’ve posted anything lately because I’ve been extremely busy with a new baby, new job (that I try not slack off at), updating a website, redoing our back yard (pictures later) and generally keeping busy.  And for this reason, my post will be short.  Remember there will be beer tasting soon!  Lambic Lunch, or, more accurately, Brunch.

 Carpet Diem

August 1, 2007 at 9:52 am  |  home,photos

Yes, that is pretty bad. Anyway, the basement floor is completely done (minus putting down a threshold, which will be one day soon). The work was done over Friday night and Saturday, as I went over to my dad’s place on Sunday and helped him put in a new walkway. I’m hoping next weekend will be more relaxing… and it probably will be as the only plans we have are to drink beer. Here are a few pictures.

Jefe Helping (bribed with beer and pizza)

The Edge

The Last Carpet Tile

Check out all the pictures here.

P.S. The cats or a cat has already pissed on our new carpet. After becoming incredible pissed off, I’m just just depressed. Those cats just shat on (er… pissed on) all our hard work. WTF. If you know of any way to keep cats from peeing on carpet, please let me know. The tiles do make it much easier to clean though, you can actual get the smell out of them!


July 19, 2007 at 12:52 pm  |  home,photos

So we’ve finished tearing up the smelly carpet in our basement and putting down the subflooring.  We ended up going with something called Dricore, which seems to work really well.  The finished portion of the basement is much warmer, the entire house smells better, and it wasn’t that hard.   My back and knees were/are a bit worse for the wear and we had to dodge thunderstorms to get the edge pieces cut but all and all not bad.  Thanks to by dad for helping out, it definitely made things go by quicker.  Here are some pictures…

Stacks of material

Taking up carpet and watch the Tour

Finishing up the first row (sacrilegious)

All done… well now we’re just waiting for carpet tiles.

Check out all the pictures.

 I’m hungry and need food

July 13, 2007 at 11:38 am  |  food/drink

The scientist and I are thinking of having a beer brunch sometime in the near future.  This would be a beer tasting that focuses primarily on summer, flavoured or fruity beers.  I’m thinking have waffles, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit and eggs to eat, with mimosas and blood marys served on the side.  Mmm…  What do you think?  Anyone interested?

 Man Robs NH Bank Disguised As Tree

July 9, 2007 at 11:14 am  |  comics/humor

Title speaks for itself.  Make sure to take a look at the article in the article.


 I don’t want to make up a title.

July 2, 2007 at 12:12 pm  |  food/drink,home

Our window is still broken, and pieces of glass are slowly starting to fall onto our deck.  It was supposed to be replaced sometime last week but the window from the manufacturer had a big scratch in it (it would have been nice to receive a call portland glass).  Anyway, hopefully that will get replaced soon.

On Sunday, Goof, jefe, addie, the scientist and I all piled into the car and drove to Pittsfield for a BBQ/Beer tasting.  I had never been to Pittsfield so it’s nice to be able to say I been someplace else, though I’d probably never go back accept for the fact that people I know live there.  The beer this time was a lot more summery (i.e. light and/or fruity) which was a nice change from the very dark beers that we had last time.  There were some pretty interesting beers there, here are some highlights (there were 13 total… I’ve only got 9 here and 8 named.  If you remember let me know and I’ll update the list.):

  • Fraoch Heather Ale – it is different.  It reminded me of drinking a field.
  • Chipotle Ale – Tastes a lot like smoked beer but milder.
  • Ommegang Witte – A white beer that I brought.  Very mild.
  • Summer Lightning – Tastes very british to me but it was not warm so I liked it.  (The scientist beer choice)
  • Dave brought a porter that was really good but I can’t seem to remember what it was called.  I was drink, shoot me.
  • Sam Smith’s India Ale – This is the only Sam Smith’s beer that I’ve ever really liked and it wasn’t half bad.  Though as jefe put it, “how can you mess up an IPA?”
  • UFO – too fruity.
  • Festina Peche – still too fruity (and I brought it).
  • Elephant Malt – Okay for a malt, but I’m not a big malt fan.

I think fun was had by all (even Addie and Jess who did not drink due to age and pregnancy) though I had a small tummy ache this morning.  Blah…

 UNH Projects

June 28, 2007 at 9:06 am  |  work

I found this site on the UNH page.  It has all the current construction that is going on on campus.  If you went there you might be interested.

 Fun with stuff, or, lists are lame

June 26, 2007 at 4:52 pm  |  books/reading,family,sports,technology

I’ve been able to play with some new stuff lately, and I thought I might share.

  1. A Baby – She was ‘playful’ last night.  I don’t think she likes the heat.  We may need to move into the basement till Friday, or I guess we could turn on the central air. 1stDadDay.jpg
  2. Wize.com –  A page that lets you compare products.  It’s kinda neat.  I only wish it had better ways compare things (i.e. TV screen size and resolution).
  3. Google Reader – A pretty cool way to view RSS feeds.  You can even share what you find interesting (here’s mine, send me yours if you like).  Here’s a video on how to use it (or not… that’s just too many feeds).   Kinda wish it had a search… which is weird since this is a google thing.
  4. AutoHotKey – Used this at work today to cut out hours of tedious data entry.  It can learn your keystroke and mouse clicks and turn that into a script (kinda like the macro builder in excel).  Going to try and see what else you can do with this but it looks pretty powerful.
  5. GoodReads – Many of you probably got spamed from all the people joining this.  I haven’t given it a try but it looks like everyone else has.  I’ll add what I’m reading.  Got this from Dan.
  6. Jeff’s old golf clubs – I went golfing for father’s day (my first my dad’s 27th).  It was fun, now I need to move the clubs into my trunk so I can occasionally hit the driving range.

On an interesting aside, I have found that I need beer.  This has nothing to do with the alcohol but everything to do with the empty calories.  When the scientist was pregnant I lost 5 pounds (like 3.7% of my normal body weight) just because I gave up (read limited) my intake of beer.  So if you see me without a beer please think of my health and give me one.

 Father’s Day

June 18, 2007 at 9:14 am  |  family,photos



June 15, 2007 at 10:12 am  |  home,photos

Woo… yesterday our back window randomly (?) broke. There are no rocks under it and the Scientist did not see anything on the deck after it happened so who knows…

Anyway, here’s a picture. Someone is coming out today (nowish) to give a complete estimate and order the glass replacement. It should be a couple hundred bucks so less than our deductables. Woo.


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