Saturday, October 09, 2010

Birds and Trucks and NaNo (oh my)

So... yesterday, my very handy husband fixed a fuel line leak in his truck. It's awfully nice to have a handy husband around -- just saying. The repair itself was incredibly simple, but getting to the line? Not so much.

We had to pull the bed off the truck AND drop the gas tank (which, unfortunately, was full). When DH looked at some online forums to get information about taking off the bed, he said they all said you needed four men to get it off. Since we don't HAVE four men, and since it was a Friday and all them men we knew were off at their jobs, it was up to DH, DD and me to do the job.

I'm happy to say that, although it was a little dicey and DD nearly dropped her side when we took it off, we got it done. DH was tempted to leave it off and drive around what he called a redneck vehicle (kind of like when he was painting his car and almost clear-coated over the primer, just because).

In any case, here's the truck sans bed (I either cropped out or blacked out DH's face ... he's not a fan of pictures and he's especially not a fan of having them online):

Surprisingly, putting the bed back ON was easier than getting it off. But, my arms are a little sore this morning, and I'm willing to bet they'll get more so. It's not going to help that we're starting to split, move and stack our wood for the winter today. Whee!!!

In other news, we had our annual visit from the grackles. These things are amazing -- they come in these huge, NOISY flocks of several hundred birds. When they're here, all you hear is chirping (or whatever you'd call what they do) loud enough it's a little scary. Here's a partial picture of them on my lawn. I was taking the picture through the window and most of them are actually around the corner of my house:

It about drove Dakota nuts.


In writing news, I signed up for NaNoWriMo. I'm not feeling really positive about it this year, but I just can't NOT give it a try...

Yeah, I know. But it's in the blood. I love NaNo.

If you're doing NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a friend. My user ID is (oddly enough): MarianneArkins


You Are a Silk Scarf

You are sensitive and emotional. You are easily moved by the world around you.

You tend to be quiet and reflective. You prefer to stand back and observe rather than making a splash!

You are a good listener and a truly caring person. You have plenty of time to devote to your friends.

You try to tread lightly while making the world a better place. Doing good deeds brings meaning to your life.

I don't FEEL sensitive and emotional ... :::shrugs::: Maybe I hide it well -- even from myself. *G*



groovyoldlady said...

I'm in. You're still in my buddy list. I'm excited because the girlies gave me an awesome and fun idea to weave into the story. Pink farm equipment, anyone?

I'm proud of you all mastering the truck bed. That was amazing!

MJFredrick said...

Those blasted birds will be here in a month or so, and will stay until April. They particularly like to congregate on the Riverwalk, downtown and on the main street by my school. Ugh, I hate getting gas there those months.

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne, I'm surprised at you!

That cartoon you had at the top of your post is very dark and perverse. (Which means I liked it. LOL.)

Ceri Hebert said...

My DH is pretty handy with vehicle repairs too, which is awesome. Saves us lots of money. He has his books and goes to forums a lot for info when he needs it.

I'm so not ready for NaNo. I don't know what I'm going to work on.

Tori Lennox said...

I. Hate. Grackles. I would not be the least bit sad if they all dropped dead. They have to be the most obnoxious bird on the planet.

Dru said...

I had to look up grackles since I've never heard of them. That's a lot of birds on your lawn. How many would you say you had?

You Are a Cashmere Scarf

You have a down to earth personality, and you prefer to go with what's classic.

You always rather be chic than hopelessly trendy. You appreciate quality.

You are trustworthy and of high character. People know what to expect from you, and you never disappoint.

You fit in beautifully, but your class and style always make you stand out a bit.

50% accurate

I hope you're having a good Saturday.

Brandy said...

I don't remember seeing grackles here. Though we do get huge flocks of birds later in the month.
I wish I had a handy hubby. I meant that another way, but yeah. Mine is great with computers and most electronics but anything to do with automobiles and we're out of luck.

You Are a Wool Scarf
You are a smart and sensible person. You plan for the future and always try to be prepared.
You have a great sense of style, but you never sacrifice comfort or function. Your scarf needs to look good and keep you warm!
You know how to take care of yourself. You find comfort easily, and you are good at comforting others.
You are streamlined and efficient. You are very productive. You know how to cut the junk out of your life.

It's about 80% correct. Funny thing is, I don't even have a scarf. *g*

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Marianne Arkins said...

Groovy, your stuff is always so fun!!! I'm glad you're giving it a go (and I can't wait until you have something done and submitted, because I'm betting it's a winner).

Mary, we're lucky because we only get those flocks of grackles a couple days a year. They ARE a real pain, and just this side of scary (I always flash to Hitchcock's "The Birds").

Marianne Arkins said...

Maria, clearly you need to get to know me better (or else the real me doesn't show up well on the blog!). My humor is frequently dark an perverse (one of the reasons I LOVED the movie "Serial Mom".

Marianne Arkins said...

Ceri, I'm not ready either. I need to take some time, sit and do at least *LITTLE* planning.

Tori, I'm not fond of them either!!

Marianne Arkins said...

Dru, we had at least a couple hundred... maybe more. It's pretty incredible and they are SO LOUD!

Brandy, I'm truly blessed in that my DH can do just about anything. He's a computer geek for work, so my electronics are covered. He was a car mechanic, so cars are covered. And for a time he worked for a government contracted construction company, so my construction needs are covered. House, computer or car -- it's all good.