This is what happens when you don't take care of your pool the way you should:
It looks much worse when it's dry but I assure you there is some nice blue mosaic tile under that. I have no idea the last time these were clean...probably a few years ago.
Today we are draining our pool so the tile guy can come blast all that lime crap off. We love hanging out in the pool in the summertime and can commit to keeping it cleaner so it's worth the pricetag to get it done.
OHHH and other news, my coworker just had a brand-new very large home built and she moved in around New Years. A week later there was a sewer back up and it ruined some of the carpet in her basement (basements are also very rare and very expensive in AZ). The builder replaced ALL the carpet in the basement even though it was just a small hall area that was ruined. She GAVE me the 20x30 remaining piece they replaced for FREE. Weeeee!!! Free carpet!!! So now the pink room will lose the last remaining piece of pinkness whenever we get around to having it installed. Hooray!
Labels: Home Improvement
However, we have some new developments on the horizon: the husband got a new job he starts next week AND we are having our pool drained and the tile cleaned on monday. We are shopping around for a hybrid car so he can cruise down the HOV lane without a passenger. Exciting, I know!
I also bought some new living room furniture that got me in some hot water with the husband but I think once it gets here and is all assembled he will be okay with it.
What else, what else? I'm dragging ass re-doing the second bathroom but I need to get on the stick because a LOT of family will be descending upon us at the end of March.
That's pretty much it for now. I will post again if anything cool happens. We're still planning our trip and all that nonsense. And no, I'm not pregnant.
I'm pondering doing the whole hosted-with-your-own-URL blog thing. IF I were to do that, I need input from you people.
or your own ideas
I like fresh-off-the-tree citrus and all that, but I can't wait for summer!!
As a science person I always enjoy hard data like the graphs he provided for various things. He also seemed to portray scientists as absolute and ethical authorities on the subject. Naturally, I like scientists and hard data can be hard to refute. However, I still think its good to question everything. I would LOVE to have his sources for his info, preferably in written format for reference. I'm not saying I doubt global warming and the impact of our actions on the environment; I just think you can't always take everything at face value. Scientists, just like any other profession, want to put their best work forward. Sometimes perfectly good info is omitted from journal submissions because it complicates the main focus.
Just because things get published doesn't make them reputable. We had a seminar this week discussing the ethics and temptation of image manipulation in research journals. Only ONE journal has routinely scaned EVERY SINGLE IMAGE submitted to them for the past 3+ years to check for tampering or over-manipulation. It's kind of an unspoken issue in the scientific community. If you can adjust the image contrast to make your picture look awesome, why not? Why NOT remove ugly background? Obviously its WRONG and unethical to completely fabricate results (and we were shown examples of data that some scientists DID fabricate, unfortunately).
It was very interesting to hear from a major journal editor that some manipulation is okay but for the most part fellow scientists (and the public) need to see data as it was observed, as ugly as it may be. So now I am skeptical of everything I read. Did they really include everything? Probably not. Did anyone check to verify their results, or their references? Al Gore did make a point that 0 scientific articles disagreed with the theory of Global Warming and yet 53% of media articles took a skeptical position. Interesting. Scary.
The media drives the taxpayers. Taxpayers drive research. Most taxpayers can't sort through intellectual journals to decide what is true and what is merely a media sensation. Hell, even a lot of scientists can't do it.
Regardless...recycle your shizz. It isn't hard.
Here are some pics from our mini-adventure: