Good Surprise!

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Last night I tried working on my lights again, and boy let me tel you it was awful! I tried thinking about what needed connected and where. I tried putting the knob and tube wire that I had to the hot wire from the additional run, and it popped and flashed and I was done. Nope, a whole lot of nope after that. I’m at a loss, as to what to do. I hope to find someone to give me a hand that has a clue about what they are doing. I really don’t want to rip it all out and tear down a wall or my ceiling so I hope I find someone.

Today I got some good news about my current position here at work. I was bumped from a category ‘B’ position to a category ‘A’ position. That starts me off at the lowest rate for that and from there I will get reevaluated at 9 and 18 months from when it starts, to get me to the mid range. From there I can get to the top of my category by merit raise only. If I get to a point where I cap out before I get a new position I believe there is a way to change my job description and open up a new set of ranges.

I just realized today that Monday is Labor Day. I get a nice long weekend! I can use that for sure. I’m not sure about the weather yet, but if it is nice it would be a good idea to work on the cabin. We will probably get together with my family and have a cook out or something. We may just have a quite weekend at home, I’m ok with that too!

That is all for me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow, and after that I’ll see you again Tuesday! 😀 😀

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Happy Wednesday!

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It is Wednesday, I made it through my interview yesterday and everything went well. I’m not sure what I said about it, but it was the first round of interviews to become the head of my department. It is a pretty big deal. the interview really did take an hour and forty minutes. I never thought I would have someone want to ask me that many questions and for that long of a time. This is all new to me and this was a first. It was really laid back, and I obviously knew everyone in the room, so that helped my nerves. I met with the HR manager my manager, and the CFO of the company. I was able to bring copies of my resume, notes I’ve take, and my final project from my last semester of school. I used those materials to compliment my documentation skills, project management, and organization. I think over all it went great! I’m excited to see if I make it further along in the process. My boss came over to me before the end of the day and said I did a good job and that means a ton.

In other news I have been using my Varidesk 100% of the time, and I’m still loving it. I have a few gripes, but they aren’t anything to make me stop using it. I have noticed that it cramps my wrists when I’m using it for a long time, which may be just a height issue. It does take up a ton of space, and all of my files and things are so much lower that it is kind of a pain in the butt to reach down and grab them. Overall I have been using it for about two days straight and haven’t stopped yet.

That is about all I have going on today, I have Masonic practice again tonight, because we were really rusty on our lines and movements. I hope you all have a great Wednesday! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Around The Water Cooler!

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Its Friday! Thank goodness, I’m ready for the weekend. I never got around to cutting the grass last night, so I’ll have to do that tonight.

Another thing I’m going to to tonight is go hit a bucket of golf balls with my co-worker. He wanted to anyway and since I’m play tomorrow as well he invited me along. I can use all of the help I can get.  😀

Everett is obsessed with putting things away, and in containers lately. It is really kind of helpful and funny at the same time. For instance, he will walk over and put his dirty diaper in the correct trash bin, all we have to do is open and close it. He will also hold and put the dog food scooper back in the food bin when I am done feeding the dog. On the other hand he stacks his food on his sippy cups, and puts his shoes in the cabinets.

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So either way its awesome! He cracks us up every single day.

He has just, in the last couple of days started to spin. You know how most babies will kind of waddle around in a large circle to turn around or just fall down and twist around? He was doing that too, but has now found enough balance to spin right around. He does it constantly and gets dizzy half the time. It makes him laugh to turn that fast.

Today I got a text from my wife about Everett being Everett. He is all over and into everything. Today she caught him crawling up and standing on his train.

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For what reason? I have no idea, probably just to see if he could. He is at the stage where he will be climbing on everything and getting up the stairs and everything. He is more mobile everyday. We have a second room in our attic that we want to turn into a library of sorts, and my wife had the idea to turn it into a play area for him. While she is working in the other room he can be in there playing with free reign to go between the two rooms. All we need it to clean that room up a bit and get a gate for the top of the stairs and we would be in business. I really wish I had the money now to get a contractor in there and build those book shelves. Oh well, some day I hope. 😀

That is it for me today! I’ll be golfing tomorrow, and being lazy Sunday! I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you all again Monday! 😀 😀

Thursday Goings On!

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We are certainly making our way through the week.

I have been busy today helping set up multiple stand up desks for the people at work. I am also starting back up running the daily routine on the database side of things here as well. It is a big change from what I normally do, and it is very tedious. I would like to help minimize it and automating it as best I can.

The rain here has finally let up, and the sun is back out! 😀 I’ll be able to mow my grass tonight as long as it stays nice. I haven’t been able to mow for a little bit due to weather and the ball tournament.

My golf outing is this Saturday. I’m pretty excited to golf again. I haven’t been since my brother’s bachelor party, which was a while ago. We are in teams of four and doing a scramble. We will be doing a full 18 holes and having dinner after. The company is paying for most of it. The cost for each individual is only $22.50 for 18 holes, a cart, and dinner. That is a damn good price! I hope I do well. I have been thinking about getting into golf, but only if I have a way of doing it often enough. Either way this Saturday will be a fun one! 😀

I’ll have to get back to work, we are still short staffed this week. I’ll be back again tomorrow! I hope to see you then. 😀 😀

Bits of Everything!

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This will have to be another quick post. Today for lunch we met in the cafeteria and ate with one of the summer help kids that worked within our department. We had a couple departments there and the new VP. It was nice to just chat with everyone a little bit because we don’t always see each other.

It is pouring down rain here today. It was pouring down rain last nigh as well. I’m sure my yard is flooded lol, and I hope it hasn’t come into the house. Fingers crossed! We haven’t had a ‘flood’ in a while so I hope we are ok. It has been a nice reminder that the summer is, sadly, ending soon. 😦

Everett has a haircut scheduled for tonight around 6pm. This will be his 4th cut in less than two years. His hair grows pretty darn fast.

I was also informed that tonight we have a Masonic practice. I found out about it this morning. It got lost in the long month. It is usually the 4th Wednesday in the month and general the next Wednesday is our meeting at the beginning of the next month. Months like this one have five Wednesdays and screw everything up haha. They are going to motion at the next meeting to just have it be the last Wednesday of each month. That will be much better.

Lastly today is my pay day! Woo! I was finally able to put a couple bucks into each of my savings accounts this time.  XD I’m hoping to keep saving until I hit my own set buffer amount and keep going. That way I can feel safe in getting a few things done and know that I didn’t just drain the whole account.

That is it for me today. I hope you have a less rainy Wednesday than me, and I hope to see you back again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Industrial Softball Tournament!

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This was a great weekend, spent with family down at the ball park. We started off Friday night with a game at 8:30pm. We won that game by one point, keeping us in the winners bracket for the next day.

Saturday we started bright and early with a game at 9:15am. We promptly lost that game in the wet conditions, and weren’t feeling the best at that point. The next game couldn’t have been a more fun match up, because we played our other company team! We beat them pretty convincingly, but it was fun all the same. Now up until this point I hadn’t hit the ball very well. I was 3 for 11, which is terrible for me. I was in my own head and needed to snap out of that. Everett was my official bat boy all weekend!

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He really wouldn’t let that thing go haha. Later Saturday we played one last team. We beat them by 26 points and we were ready to play again Sunday morning. I hit really well that game and the rest of the tournament. What was interesting, was that my brother’s team lost and now had to play us in that game. We got there and the nerves were there. I knew their team was good, and I knew we had to hit well to win. In short we did. We won the game by a few runs, and secured a 3rd place finish.

Next on the agenda was the team that beat us before. We again had to show up and play the way we did the two games before. We did fall short yet again and lost to the same team twice. :/ we really wanted to beat these guys and didn’t get to. It just wasn’t happening, we had too many mistakes in the field and gave up too many runs. As far as my hitting went the last three games I went 11 for 11 with three home runs. That brings my overall stats for the weekend at 14 for 22 with three home runs. That is much better than what it was looking like at the start. We did spend the rest of the day watching that team lose terribly to the team that won it all, and that was fun! 😀  Everett was just chilling in his cousins little chair.

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Watching the games and having a bottle haha. 😀

We finally got together and had a family picture. My brother changed his shirt to root for us when he got back to the fields. My dad was on the other company team, and Everett and I.

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And finally, my main man and I holding the third place trophy! 😀

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That was a great way to spend the weekend. It was full of family fun, and great food. There were highs and lows but at the end of the weekend we were all proud of what we accomplished. 😀 😀

Birthday Girl! (&Some Work Stuff)

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It was one of those days again, yesterday. It was a fairly calm day until just before lunch.

My co-worker called me up and needed me to bring him a tool. He was in our other shop location, and was sick of driving back and forth. He offered to buy me lunch, so of course I was in! 😀 That is why I wasn’t able to post yesterday. I was helping him gt the WiFi up and running at our other location. It took about an hour, then we stopped off and grabbed a sub from the local gas station that makes them pretty well. I picked up a weird taco sub, with Doritos, and your general taco stuff. It was really good! That busy momentum from before carried all the way through the afternoon.

If we go back a bit further, it was my wife’s birthday yesterday! I got up ad made her a breakfast sandwich, with some strawberries, and an iced coffee. I was able to fix Everett some breakfast too, taking some of the load off of her. She and Everett have been getting up later since she starts work later now, so she has been getting stuck making her own breakfast most days.

I ordered her a camera bag that she has wanted for some time. It was on back order for ever and still won’t ship out until the 31st but it is worth the wait. I let her know she had that coming and now she is super excited and can’t wait to receive it.

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If you would like to take a look around that small shop click the link: Here!

After work let out, and my wife finished up working as well we got ready to go out for dinner. I let her pick where she wanted to go and she decided on the local Taco Hut! They have some of the best ‘south of the border’ food around us. My wife got some Fajitas, I got the steak tacos, and we split a nacho buffet! 😀

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Everett picked off of our plates. He really seemed to like the beans more than anything, but also had rice and chips as you can see from his chin haha. 😀 😀 That rounded out our day and we just spent the night watching New Girl re-runs and lounging.

Today, so far is a terrible day for the terminals in our shop. I came in to three of them not working correctly and have only been able to get 1 back online. I took a break from them to write this because they are driving me nuts.

These are the two models that have been failing hard lately. They are both about 20+ years old and need to be thrown out, but until we upgrade the whole thing they need to work. If you don’t already know 20 year old technology is not something you want incorporated in your modern business haha. 😀

that is all for me today! I hope you have a great hum day and I’ll be back again tomorrow! (as long as nothing drags me away again) 😀 😀

Monday Photo Dump!

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Welcome to the start of the week! We did quite a bit this weekend. Friday we went to Pizza Hut with my parents for dinner and Everett was being a normal goofball.

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Saturday morning we headed back to the cabin. We are hoping to have the beds in before the start of the hunting season. We added stairs to the front and added boards to the ceiling. Some of the wall pieces are missing, because they are all pieces we have to cut to a custom size.

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This area will be the bed room, with bunks on the right and left.

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This next one is looking from the kitchen area to the bedroom. We have that half wall up to divide the room.

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While I was at camp my wife’s two friends came into town. One of them has a little three month old. We got ready and went to the county fair for a few hours.

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Next is a must have golf cart. Just sayin. 😀

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Towards the end we lowered Everett’s stroller and he passed right out!

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Sunday we went out to visit my wife’s dad. He has been in a nursing home for a little bit now. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a while ago and can no longer live on his own. It is pretty sad because he isn’t very old. He remembers us and Everett and loves holding him.

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We were able to meet with his wife and their kid Remi and take him to the courtyard. The kids ran around like crazy.

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The lady in the wheelchair is Lois. She has sort of been watching over my wife’s dad while people aren’t around. She came out with us and loved seeing the boys.

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Everett and Uncle Remi are playing here with some cars on the little bench.

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Later to round out the day and make the most out of it we met with her grandparents and brother’s family for lunch. It was at a very nice golf course in the area. They have great food and service.

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If you have your volume on you can hear Everett slurp up his noodles haha. if you look close you can even see his top teeth! 😀 😀

Once we got home, we got in our comfy clothes and watched some New Girl. Everett has been looking though his legs so my wife was doing it too and he was laughing hysterically.

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That was our weekend! We did a lot and it was, like always, worth it. I hope you had a great weekend too! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀

Around the Water Cooler!

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Yesterday was a sorry, not sorry day haha. I was invited to go to our other building, by a co-worker to have pizza ate lunch. That is something I couldn’t pass up! 😀 I wasn’t able to post because of it though. 😦

I’m back now though, and the good thing about being around a water cooler vs. coffee talk is that you can have it any time of day haha. So here we are!

Some what of a project summary for me right now would be a few things. I have been roped in to helping a local nursing home extend their network with my co-worker. We went there last night to get the lay of the land. I have spent some time today gathering a list of items that they would want to get as upgrades, as well as drew up their current and proposed network in some free software. If everything gets agreed upon we could be in there getting that project done in a month.

The gas plant project is coming along slowly. I have been ready for a week to do some work for them, and they are in the process of making me a key like I said in an earlier post. I think I have everything I need to map the segment of the network I’d be in and address the gas chromatographer.I really hate that word, it’s to large and complicated haha. Here is the little guy causing all of the issues at that plant:

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Here at work we are working on starting out huge ERP upgrade. We are talking a couple milion dollars here. We will be upgrading our current system in its entirety. We are going from a company we have used for over 30 years to a completely different one. It will involve our 4 man department a ton, and will probably take a couple years to implement fully. Yikes! :S

In personal life, I hope to mow the grass tonight. My wife’s friends are coming tomorrow to spend the day and go to the county fair. In the morning tomorrow I’ll be helping build the cabin a bit, I hope to get a few pictures to keep you all updated on that progress as well. 😀

That is it for me today! I hope you all have a great weekend, and I hope to see you back on Monday! 😀 😀

Plumbing Fixed!

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Soon after I got my post out I called my plumber and asked when I could be expecting him. I was told 20 minutes, so I packed up my day and headed home! He arrived at my house moments after I got there and changed out of my work clothes. He had to go purchase a new flange, anchor it to the cement floor, add the wax ring, and set it all back up. You can see the flange installation below.

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It always gets a bit messy when dealing with concrete, but he has done work for me before and is great about it. The hard part with this is that the anchors in concrete may not last as long, because it can break down quite easily. He was in and out of there within 40 minutes. Heck, my bill was even kept under $100, I’ll take that any day! 😀

This week is our fair week. We have a county fair through Saturday. We have a pair of tickets that my parents got us. We normally go Saturday because they have a demolition derby that night and fireworks. This year we all have kids, so the thought is that we can hang out at the fair all day, and have my parents take the kids while we watch the auto part. We aren’t 100% sure yet but that may be the way we go about it. My grandparents have a campsite on lock down, so we have a spot to relax and eat as well. It should be a good time. Everett is at the age where he would love to see all of the animals and pet the ones he is able to.

We also have a checkup appointment for Everett tonight. Fingers crossed that his Iron levels are up where they should be. He still has a cough, but we think he is congested from allergies. My wife has them pretty bad sometimes and it looks like he may have them too, unfortunately. We will have to wait and see.

That is it for me today! I hope you have a great hump day. I will see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀