September 22, 2006
*cough* *wheeze*

I don't remember the last time I stayed home from work because I was sick. Usually I don't feel sick enough to not go in. Today, however, felt like a day to stay home. I'm still working thanks fo my laptop and our wireless connection, but only between naps.

This is day 3, and last night / this morning were (I hope) the worst of it. My head beels like an overinflated balloon, and my nose is making me think about buying stock in whoever makes Kleenex. All I have to say is thank goodness for DayQuil and NyQuil. Best. Stuff. Ever.

Posted by Austin at 11:41 AM
September 19, 2006
Roll me back home

So Neener and I were in California this past weekend, back home with both sets of 'rents for an extended weekend. It was somewhat of a mini Summer vacation, if only barely.

The main reason for the trip was my parent's wine bottling party. About 50 people crammed into a 2+ car garage full of wine, bottles, labels and tables. The assembly line was efficient (even if the foiling machine broke down a half-dozen times, as is the norm), and the lunch afterward was quite yummy. Our reward - a full case of vino to bring back to Illinois. Definitely worth the price of admission!

The other highlights included a trip to Carmel & Monterey, various knitting shops, hangin' time with the parents, visiting my step-father after his knee replacement surgery, and copious quantities of FOOD! Ugh... I'm still digesting Sunday night's dinner!

Posted by Austin at 08:30 PM
September 10, 2006
This is both funny and sad

What the...

This actually came in the mail... a little membership card 'bait' for Austin Coffman, whoever the hell he is.. I know I just turned 27, but this is regoddamndiculous.

Posted by Austin at 12:21 PM
September 09, 2006
Back to School, again.

Melissa just started her Ph.D. work in St. Louis about 2 weeks ago, but is living in an apartment with a bed, desk and lamp. Needless to say, the girl needs some cheap furniture.

So... she's making the 5 hour drive from St. Louis to the 2nd nearest IKEA, which just happens to be in Schaumburg, IL.

So... we're gonna head south and do a little IKEA shopping and Sweedish meatball eating with her once she arrives, and she'll be hanging out with us until Sunday before she makes the drive back. Once she's back in St. Louis, she'll suddenly learn that "some assembly required" isn't as much fun as advertized.

Posted by Austin at 07:04 AM