So, when I last left off, we were in St John.
(It turned out the swimmer had died from a heart attack, and not from drowning.
Still very tragic.)
We have since returned to PA.
Cold, wet, icy, snowy PA.
It makes me miss the beach.
We had a fantastic Christmas.
As usual, it was just the 4 of us; no extended family, no visitors.
We ate out at our usual Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day with some great friends (who will soon be leaving us, so if anyone else wants to join us for Chinese Christmas 2014, let me know!) and just hung out at home.
We celebrated New Years with friends as well, but didn't make it until midnight.
Since then, things have calmed down, and the regular routine has started.
This consists of: school (for the kids), work (for Rocky and somewhat for me), hockey (for Rocky and Caden), gymnastics (for both kids), and cooking, cleaning, errands, etc (for me).
One new development:
There is a semi-truck driver that has started parking next to our house.
He doesn't live in our immediate area.
But just likes to park there.
This is annoying for many reasons.
1. When pulling out from the alley behind our house, you cannot see the oncoming traffic.
Beside being dangerous for us the in car, the kids tend to cross the street there because there are friends whose house is right across that part of the street.
2. It is loud. He has begun to start the engine at all hours of the night, and leave it running for at least 30 minutes. I know there is a reason for him to do this, but it wakes us up every time, and I can't go back to sleep until he either drive away or just turns it off.
And when I say "all hours of the night," I mean all hours. Sometimes it happens at 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, 6am. Plus at random hours during the day.
3. I hate looking out my windows and seeing a huge, ugly semi parked there. This reason is less of a problem than the first 2, but it is annoying to not be able to see anything beyond our fence besides a truck.
We are at a loss as to what we can do to better the situation.
Rocky did call the cops one night at 3 am when he left the truck running for almost an hour.
But he continues to park there, and start it up whenever.
We have tried talking to him as well, but to no avail.
So we are going to have to get tough.
There apparently is no ordinance (currently) to prevent him from parking there.
But I would think that common sense would just tell you that parking a semi in the borough is not the best idea.