Denis and I love to watch three or four game shows on cable. We don't record them, so we have to live through the commercials. Fortunately, few of the commercials are political advertisements. When they are-- regardless of political party-- I make use of the remote's MUTE button. As for the others, I made Denis laugh with a comment or two of mine. If you believe all the commercials, you'd swear on a stack of Bibles that all the women in the U.S. have leaky bladders. I know that can't be true so at least once I'd like to see one for male incontinence. Just once. That's all I ask!
And with the pandemic, another type of commercial has reared its annoying head: those centered around kids running amok in the house and ruling the roost. The ones that bug me the most are the ones that show parents being "forced" to bribe their children to eat a mouthful of healthy food by giving them mouthfuls of junk food. This is wrong on so many levels-- and don't even get me started on fruit bowls!
Something did actually happen here at Casa Kittling-- the exercise equipment finally arrived, the box weighing in at well over one hundred pounds. Just horsing the box inside the house and getting it unpacked wore Denis out, so I can't wait to see what happens when he starts using the machine. (I can't wait to see what happens when I start using it, too.)
Denis did find out that the instructions (or as he likes to call them the "destructions") lied. They said that the machine could be assembled in thirty-eight minutes. I didn't keep an accurate check, so all I will say is that it took well over that allotted time. Wonder of wonders, however, I did not hear one swear word come from the dining room the entire time.
Another surprise came yesterday when I opened my mail. I've spoken of my insurance woes in the past. The two years running when the insurance company told me I was paying too much so I didn't have to pay my premiums the rest of the year only to have the government tell me come tax time that I didn't pay nearly enough, so I owed thousands. Well, the insurance company sent me a rebate check that, although it doesn't come anywhere near reimbursing me for all that money I had to pay at tax time, it does pay for the exercise equipment. I'm going to overlook the imbalance and call it a win. You probably would, too.
Before I mosey out to the link corral, here are a couple of photos of our new dining room furniture. It's going to get a lot more use than what was originally in there. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
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