Welp, That Happened Again!

Hey Everyone,

I won’t make you guess, I got another sinus infection! I can’t believe it. I really think it is from taking our son to daycare, that is the only thing that has changed in our lives in the past few months. I get sick once or twice every five years, not twice in two months! What the hell? I’m hoping this doesn’t become a regular thing, not only do I have limited time off, it straight up sucks!

That all being said I missed  Monday’s weekend round up , so I ‘ll muddle through it today. I am still feeling like crap and covering for a co-worker so its an early day for me today and tomorrow. Go figure I get sick when the most amount of responsibility is on my shoulders.  Well lets start on Friday night. We went to bed and that was the most exciting thing, until about 2 am Saturday morning, you know the day we are taking wedding pictures. I woke up not able to breathe through my nose and with a terrible sore throat, as well as a nice pounding headache. I made sure to try and finish getting some rest, but that didn’t go too well. We finally got the family up and had to get our son ready to go to his grandparents house all day and into the evening. We also had to finish pack up up our photography equipment and get our itineraries straight. To keep it short we were gone on assignment from 10 am until 7 pm. That is a nine hour work day, on a weekend, while sick, no thank you.

I traveled with the groom and his party, while they golfed, and got ready. While I had some time I took a few drone fly overs. I’ll like just this one, but the quality is crappy because it came off of my phone compressed. It will be in HD when we get it ready for them.

There will later be music added with a couple other videos and picture from the weeding added in a nice video/slide show for the bride and groom. I tried to make it all night, and I did succeed, but I felt like death and my whole body hurt.

I spent the whole day Sunday on the couch, being about good for nothing. My amazing wife did everything she could for all of us. I’m not a very easy person to be around when I feel like that. She deals with me pretty well. 😀 I must have done something right though because I started feeling a bit better late in the day, but still not well enough to do anything. I made the decision to not go into work, not knowing if I was contagious. I, instead went to the clinic Monday morning, and got on an antibiotic. I also had a meeting with the plumber to tell me that to fix our main water line that is broken, that it will cost about $2100 that I don’t have. So that is fun.

That brings me to today. I came in early to cover a co-worker. I made sure to go to bed early and get some sleep. everything has been going OK thus far, but I’m still achy and not in any mood for crap haha. I will get out about an hour before the others so that is nice. I have my antibiotic for ten days then I should be well in the clear. I really hope I don’t get this crap again. I hate being sick.

As for the plumbing, I think it is one of those things we just have to do, and we are going to have to bite the bullet and go for it. We should still have enough come tax season to waterproof the basement so that should still be a go.

That is all for me today, I may or may not be able to post tomorrow, we will see. I hope you had a much better weekend than I did. and I’ll see ya! 😀 😀

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Shopping & The Weekend

Oye! Good afternoon everyone!

I have been lurking around in a haze. It was one of those mornings. I woke up thinking that it was Saturday, which is the worst since it is definitely not Saturday. I quickly re-routed my brain and was able to get ready for work on time. I don’t know if it was how I spent my Thursday evening that tricked me or what, but something got me all messed up.

Speaking of my Thursday evening, I went shopping for new work clothes. This is something I hate doing. I do not like to spend money on things like clothes. Maybe it is just the guy in me talking but whatever it it its true. I furthermore don’t like spending a good deal of money on similar items. What pushed me to the edge was that at about 1pm yesterday I noticed that not one, but BOTH sleeves shirt had holes in them, right in the elbow. I had been walking around all damn day looking like a hobo. The soles of my shoes are worn awkwardly since I walk like a duck, and I found a rip in the upper thigh of my pants. I really looked like a mess. I thought back for a minute and remembered that I had a couple other shirts with ripped sleeves as well. It was time to do something about it, something small, but something nevertheless.

Knowing that I hate spending money on clothes I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, so I ended up going to Walmart. I by no means am always a big fan of theirs but in this case the more clothes I could get, cheaply made or not, the better. I just needed to replenish my closet with clothes that were slightly better than what I had. Everyone tells me: “Go spend a little more money on a couple better shirts, they will last longer.” and to that I say hog wash! I am a man who does not watch what I am doing, and doesn’t mind getting dirty. I am rough on everything I have ever owned and clothes are no exception. I am an IT professional so its not like I’m working in an oil field but I am still under desks, and squeezed into weird corners often. I snag my clothing almost on a daily basis, so something a little fancier than Walmart still won’t make a difference. I ended up getting four solid color, long sleeved dress shirts. Along with those I bought two short sleeved dress shirts, one pair of new pants, and a pair of new shoes. I bought truck bed liner too but that its something different entirely. When that day comes you will hear all about it.

I got all of my new clothes home, washed, and dried. Everything was hung up, and I laid my shirt and pants out for today. Again somehow I forgot that it was going to be Friday. I think what threw me off was that along with getting clothes, my wife and I got groceries as well. I usually only go with her on a weekend if at all, so that may have been the determining factor.

Anyway, this weekend we have some more running around to do. I’m not too sure but we may leave tonight or tomorrow morning to go back to my wife’s home town.

** Got bored and went to get some water**

Her sister has a graduation ceremony on Saturday. We may bring her drone out and practice flying it some more. My wife has a side business as a photographer, and she wants to start getting some drone footage of her clients to add another element to her photography. (If you are interested or just want to look her Facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/jordyntrisketphotography) Check it out or don’t, it won’t bother me haha. She has a wedding booked in August and its on a rooftop so we may get some cool shots there. We were also planning on attending a friend of mines graduation party, but he has since canceled due to inclement weather. Also our first wedding anniversary is Monday so we may celebrate in some way this weekend. As always I’ll update you on how my weekend goes so you don’t feel left out.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to letting you know how my weekend turns out. Have a good one! 😉

Mother’s Day & Softball

Good Monday morning everyone!

Well as all good weekends do, it has gone by too fast. My wife and I were busy traveling and visiting with family over the weekend. The fun started Saturday with a trip to her hometown area. We stopped in to her dad’s house to see him, his long time girlfriend, and their new born baby. It was fun to catch up with them, as it always is, and find out what they have been up to. They have been super busy with a one month old baby boy. He has grown so much since we saw him a month ago. It is kinda weird and fun at the same time thinking that I kind of have a new baby brother in-law. Although we sadly won’t see him often, we will still be able to be a part of his life in some ways.

After we left her dad’s house we went down the road a little way, to her grandmother’s house where we met up with her grandparents, mother, uncle, sister, brother, and brother’s wife. They had a fairly large cookout planned for all of us. Again we caught up with everything life related while the food was being prepared. Most home made meals are amazing and this was no exception. We dined on BBQ ribs, grilled chicken breast, venison burgers, and Italian sausage. Of course we had sides and deserts that just comes with the territory. My wife’s brother and his wife are pregnant as well as my brother and his fiance, so we are going to have our fill of babies this year. We ourselves do not have any children yet and will be waiting until we have a house to raise a family in before we do so. After dinner my wife and I got her drone out to fly it over her grandfather’s farm land. We are still testing out the waters with it and how far it will go. We took it off from their backyard and flew it 330 feet up and 350+ feet out. It was getting to the point where you almost lost sight of the drone. Surprising to us, it was ready and willing to go farther, but we didn’t push it. The video was great and of course in great 720p quality. The drone battery is still being broken in so it loses charge fairly quickly. After about the fifth or sixth time it should hold a better charge. It was starting to get late in the day, and although we wanted to stay we had to say goodbye to everyone and head home.

That next morning (Mother’s Day) I had our regularly scheduled Sunday slow pitch softball league. My younger brother and I have been on the same team for about eight years with a good family friend and his family. We always have games on Mother’s Day so my mother has gotten used to it. She does like watching us play so I’m sure it’s not too much of a burden for her. Our games were at 9am and 11:30am, and it was a pretty cold morning. Our first game was against one of our rivals, it was a match up that we had every year and seems to always tilt towards the opposing team. They were up 11-0 in the second or third inning and most hope was lost early on. We managed to get the sticks out and glove it up in the perusing innings to come back and win the game in the bottom of the seventh by two runs. That helped us shake the out the cob webs. The next game was supposed to be an easy win, and of course when you say that you instantly underestimate the team you are about to play. This was indeed the case, as they hung with us most of the game. We did however lead the entire time, but not my the margin we would have like to. We did end up winning, but they did take us to the seventh inning, which since I didn’t mention before is the amount of innings we play in this league. The “Ten Run Rule” is in effect in the fifth inning. So with an opening weekend record of 2-0 we went home to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother.

Since it was a little chilly and windy we decided to cook out but eat inside so no one was cold. My brother and his fiance were there and got my mother a couple tomato plants for her garden, and my wife and I got her a nice glass humming bird feeder to hand off her patio roof. We had hamburgers and hotdogs and watched some TV. It was a relaxed afternoon, in good company. Later that day my older brother came over and hung out for a bit. He just started a job working second shift, so it has been hard to see him. After he left and everything settled down I took to bed early because today I had to be at work early to train with a fellow employee on our data collection system. Today has been pretty jammed packed with work and this was about my only free time to get this in

I hope you all had a good weekend and a happy Mother’s Day. I look forward to chatting again!

Drone…What Drone

Good morning everyone!

My wife and I are about to be celebrating our very first wedding anniversary this May. She is an avid photographer and wanted to add a new element to her work. Being the guy I am I bought her the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone. The drone shoots 2.7K  video, 12 megapixel still shots, and has a 3-axis stabilization gimbal for you fellow nerds out there. We (mostly me) had about the worst time setting it all up and upgrading the firmware. I will put the link to my struggles upgrading the RC firmware here: Drone Mishaps

Once we had everything upgraded we were ready to fly this thing! We took it outside, calibrated the compass and the drone itself. Everything seemingly was in working order, until we turned it all on. In this sequence, we turned on the RC–> drone–> DJIGO app, and everything was great, until we took it off the ground. Once it left the crust of the earth we lost all live video transmission and GPS signal. We later, (days later, yesterday in fact) determined that it was either an issue with my wife’s Apple cable, or her iPhone that it didn’t like. We got it all working last night with the Android cable that it came with and my Galaxy S4.

We practiced piloting the craft, taking videos, and still shots. It is absolutely amazing! The quality is top notch and we can’t wait to see it in action during a photo shoot or wedding. I personally would like to persuade my wife to take a few landscape videos of our local dam. When we get things moving I will be sure to post links to videos or pictures right to my blog for everyone.

On another nerd note, I woke up to a missed call that came in at 1:30am from work. Our inventory carousel was not working and wouldn’t log into the domain. We are currently in the process of replacing the current PC with a new one and somebody……..accidentally used the same computer name when setting up the new one thus creating a conflict. We won’t name any names but it may or may not have been me. So this whole morning they have been down there manually picking items and dealing with it like the troopers they are. As of now everything is back in full working order, but that has been a valuable lesson learned. It was something I knew about but slipped my mind at the time.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I’m sure we will meet again soon!