Wedding Photography & Home Search

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I’m glad you all made it back. I had a very busy weekend like I knew I would. It went fast but it was fun at the same time. Friday night my wife came home from her week long training and we just went right to bed. We knew we had a long 10+ hour day on Saturday. We woke up early and made sure that we had everything that we needed for the wedding. It was overcast all day which believe it or not helps when taking pictures. You don’t have to play the sun and just have a good amount of natural light all over. I dropped my wife off at a house where the girls were getting ready and then hurried back to the reception hall. about an hour later the guys came filing in. My one best friend was in the wedding and had his two little twin boys with him, they were the ring bearers. I was in charge of shooting them while they got ready.

Once that was done I followed the guys to the ceremony spot. It was in a nice park with a small stone building. We had some time to kill before the girls arrived in their party bus. I was able to pose the guys in a few ways that the bride requested. Turns out the bus showed up super late for the girls and they were about a half hour late to the park. People were there and ready for a wedding, so when the girls got there it started instantly. Like I said, the venue was small but cozy and nice. It was a quick ceremony, so no one had time to get bored haha. Most of the people left and headed to the reception hall. We stayed behind with the bridal party, and families for more pictures. We ran through the list of photos that the bride wanted. The coolest part was for the last real picture they arranged themselves in a heart and let me take the drone up. I got a few good shots to make sure I had a usable photo. Again my favorite little twin ring bearers were obsessed with the drone so I flew it real low beside them and took a few photos of them. The flower girl got in on that action too.

We all left and went back to the reception hall, and fairly soon after they introduced the bridal party. Then the normal wedding festivities began. They did the dances and the cake cutting, eating, and following that they did the garter and bouquet toss. The rest of the time were were there they did a dollar dance, which is when you come up and pay a dollar and dance with the bride or groom for about 30 seconds. All the money goes to them for things that they will need as newlyweds. We got out of there at 9pm and we were beat. It is hard work being on your feet all day and holding a heavy camera. It hurts your back and knees more than you think it would. We got home and plopped into bed and that was that.

As for our home buying situation, we were supposed to draft a contract for one house today. We are doing a walk though of it at 6pm today, but we are pretty sure we don’t want it anymore. We found out that we really wouldn’t own the driveway and its next to a parking lot. We would have people blocking the garage all the time. It is really big, probably too big. It would work but we realized that if we only want to buy one house we want it to be what we want. So in light of that realization, we upped our price point to look at some houses that are at the top of our realistic budget. We  found one that has been on the market for four days, and its perfect. It has most everything that we wanted and needed. The yard is great, it has sheds, a garage, 3 bed , a finished basement, and in a really nice neighborhood. I want to jump on it before we are kicking ourselves when someone else buys it. The price is on the high end for us, but if it is a house that we want to live in for 30-40 years it would be worth paying for. We would have to manage our money well and I think we can do that. Anyway we are also looking at that house tonight and I would love to put in an offer for it instead.

That is all I have today guys I hope you have a great week! 😀 😀

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Quick Monday Update

Hey Everyone!

I have some exciting stuff to tell you. My brother had a baby girl yesterday!! That makes me an uncle for the first time. She is a healthy 7lb 14ox, 21.5in long baby! Her name is Rory Jean and she looks a little like this:

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Today’s post is short and early because I will be leaving work at noon to buy some parts for my truck. I will be picking up a cold air intake and hopefully spark plugs and wires. I may not get to all of the work today but ill be able to get it done this week since my wife will be out of town for job training.

My Minecraft server is up and running. We had a hiccup with it during a big storm that hit our area Saturday, but we are back up and running with no issues. Again feel free to come in and have a good time. I saw Riley from Rileysbackpack.com joined, lets see if we can get a few more people as well. It is just a chill survival server, where you don’t have to be threatened by other players griefing.

I may or may not go to my brother’s house today to see them and the baby. I don’t want to intrude because I am sure they are tired and have stuff to do. I’ll keep you posted as always. I hope you have a great start to your week and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 😀

Back From A Busy Weekend

Hello Peoples!!

I just sat down in my office for the first time today and it is currently 2:57pm. I have been running around all day helping people get ready for a trip they are going on. Their laptop had to be set up in a way that would allow them to access another PC to help a new employee if need be.

This weekend my wife and I went to Buffalo, NY as photographers for a wedding. It was a fun, fast, and busy weekend. We arrived in Buffalo at 10am and checked into our motel. From there we proceeded to check out the spots that we would be at during the day. This gave us a decent idea of what we would be doing that day.

My wife dropped me off at the bride and groom’s apartment, to take pictures of the guys getting ready. Meanwhile my wife met the girls at their hotel to do the same. This was the first time that I had ever taken pictures like this. I like more of the nature and landscape photos. I have never really captured people before. I welcomed the chance to do so and help my wife in the process. The groomsmen were a bit difficult and the lighting in a small apartment isn’t great but I had to work with what I had. I had them gather on a small balcony and had much better lighting out there. In the end I got many good and not so good shots. The groom was great to work with all day.

Now was the time that we would all meet at a local park. The bride and groom were going to do a first look. The groom was standing at the top of a stone stairwell facing away from the stairs. The bride slowly walked to him and stopped a few steps away. He turned around and saw his bride for the first time, in her beautiful wedding dress. The typical hugs and kisses followed. Soon after the rest of the bridal party showed up in a party bus. We took individual head shots of each one of them as well as a few group photos.

From there we went to the venue. The ceremony was on a rooftop overlooking the water. It was a great day, weather wise, for a wedding. The ceremony was short but sweet, and we went downstairs for the reception. We gathered the bride and groom’s families and took photos of them outside, before anything officially started. Once in the hall where the reception was being held. They cut the cake in the middle of the room and proceeded with the first dance. From there it was your typical wedding reception. They danced, ate, threw the garter/bouquet, drank, and danced some more. My wife and I were there until 9pm. By the end of our time there we were exhausted. We packed up and headed back to the motel. It took us a while to get back since her GPS was acting up and we didn’t know our way around Buffalo. We did it! It was done for now. We took the pictures, all that was needed now was to have my wife edit them and get them out.

She found out we had close to 3000 pictures of the whole day. She is going to narrow it down to a good 300 that she will edit and send out. This is by far her biggest project, but she does what she loves and loves what she does. So far from what I’ve seen they are great. Of course there is the occasional blurry, or unusable photo, but that’s why you take 3000 haha. We got home the next day around 1pm and just relaxed the weekend away.

I can say that I did start playing CS:GO again and I kinda suck after not playing for a few months. I quickly got the hang of it again, but still can’t get over the new sound changes to the guns. Gah I hate them. I asked my buddy what he thought was the issue with the domain routing of my Minecraft server and he didn’t really have an answer. He also has never run one this way. He told me that he would just run a web server. Since I am not familiar with that I’m not sure what to do. This is all that I can think of for now. I’ll have a sneak peek photo from the wedding at the bottom. Please feel free to like and follow my wife’s photography Instagram @jordyntrisketphotography .

Have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 😀

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Monday Drag

Hey Everyone!

As you know I had a softball tournament this last weekend. It didn’t really go as planned, which is a little disappointing. Overall it was still a good weekend with good friends and family.

We had our first game at 6pm on Friday night. This was by far our worst game. We got ten runned in the 5th inning. I only got to hit twice and they may have been the worst two hits of the entire season. I was initially very mad at myself. It carried on until the next morning. I just had a sour taste in my mouth. I had let my team down by not doing my part and I didn’t live up to my own individual standards.

The next day I woke up hopeful. At this point I took the stress off myself and had a “what happens happens” attitude. Once I did that I no longer felt like I was trying too hard, which was probably my issue the day before. We played a local back team, on one of the local baseball fields. So that meant that there wasn’t going to be any ball his out of the park. I got up four times that game and did really great. I hit a deep ball over the center fielders head and got an in the park home run. The next time I was up I hit a hard grounder through shortstop and third. The third time I hit a one hopper to the fence in left field, for another in the parker. As a wise decision by the other team, my fourth time up they walked me intentionally. This was the only game we won, and was by far the best game we could have played.

The last game was later Saturday evening. It was against a team that shouldn’t have even been in out division. They were a group of kids that had a regular Sunday team and they just added a sponsor. None of the guys worked at the place, which in an industrial tournament is a must. Either way we played and lost by a couple runs. Our fielding fell apart a bit, but we also weren’t hitting very well. I got up three times and didn’t do anything significant. That game ended out tournament.

We had catered meals all weekend thanks to our company. Good food and cold drinks are things you can’t beat during a hot softball weekend. My family came back down to the fields the next morning at 8am because my little brother’s team was still in the tournament. They did lose their game against the city cops but they did fairly well.

Now I just feel sore and older than I am lol. I will take it easy the next day or two. My wife was gone all weekend at a bachelorette party and bridal shower. She will be home tonight and I can’t wait to see her. It is weird being home alone for a couple nights.

I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow! 😀 😀

Weekend Trek & Minecraft

Good Monday Afternoon!

I have my Pandora station set to Linkin Park, and I’m ready to go.

Friday evening I played two games of softball for the co-ed end season tournament. Again as a fill in for my brothers team I don’t have to do much. They had me extra hit, since I know how to. I generally hit in the 4 hole or 5 hole depending on what team I’m on. This is a spot for power hitters, and I guess that is what I am. I use that DeMarini 30oz monster bat, and hit the sh*t out of the ball. I don’t really spend time on ball placement. I generally hit to the left side as I am right handed. My main goal is to first make contact, then hit it very hard. This works out most times. I have a pretty good swing and on top of that I do a quick hop step and put my body behind the swing. Anyway we won both games. It started to pour in between games though and the second game was a muddy mess. I let the guy in charge know that I wouldn’t be there the rest of the tournament. I had decided that since they were only going to EH me that my time would be better spent going back with my wife to her families place.

Saturday she had a photo shoot planned with a friend of hers from grad school. We wanted to go to Butter Milk falls in Erie, PA. The only thing was, none of us knew where it was. There isn’t a path or trail to it so we had to kind of wing it. We went to Asbury Woods and got on a trail that would get us close. We had to walk up the creek bed quite a ways to get to the falls. We had a drone two cameras and a client with us so that was interesting. She was a great sport and everything did go smoothly. I would have pictures but my wife hasn’t had a chance to edit them yet. If you do want to see some of her photography check it out here:  http://www.facebook.com/jordyntrisketphotography . It took longer than she expected and were didn’t get to any other spots, but we had plenty of good pictures to use. When we got back we got some ice cream and headed back to my wife’s grandparents house.

We finished out the night watching some of the Olympic games. The next day we got up and headed to my brother in-laws baby gender reveal. They had it in a barn down the road. They had balloons in box and opened it to reveal that they are having a …………………….

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Baby.

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Boy! haha

She was expecting a girl and was pleasantly surprised when she found out that it was a boy. Up until that point they both didn’t know the gender. It was revealed to her mother and then they set this all up.

As for the Minecraft update. I have been doing work! I expanded my horse stalls and doubled the size of my house. I made a tiered fireplace, made a village, and spruced up my garden:

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Tada!

That’s all for now!

I have a few PCs to set up, I’ll see you all tomorrow! 😀 😀

Lazy Weekend

Hey People!

I have a huge headache at work right now literally, so bare with me. I have my Pandora set to Linkin Park radio and we will power through. I’m sure it isn’t the best for a headache, but screw it.

First thing on my mind other than m headache is the fact that while giving my cat his antibiotic this weekend I bent my fingernail back on my left ring finger. It is on my mind because, well I’m typing with it and it kinda hurts haha.

I wasn’t sure if I had a softball tournament this weekend or not but I never heard anything so I didn’t do anything. Thankfully I didn’t have one. My wife was home visiting her family so I was home alone all weekend. I took the rare opportunity to stay up late and sleep in. During the days I played GTA V and Overwatch. I bought a Shark card in GTA V, this gave me the opportunity to purchase the Benny’s upgrade to my Sultan RS and turn it into a rally super car. I also got a Saber Turbo muscle car and jacked it all up at Benny’s as well. It is said to be the fastest muscle car in the game when built up. It is by far my best looking car. I bought a Dinka Double-T bike and suped it up as well. To be honest I jacked up all my cars. The last car I bought was the Banshee. It has the best top speed of any car in the game. I have all the meaningful upgrades done to it, and now have to save up for the cool interior and what not. I was doing all the races I could during the double RP and Cash stent.

In Overwatch I was doing a mix of quick play and competitive. In quick play I was learning some characters that I wasn’t very good with. These included: Tracer, McCree, Zenyatta, Di’Va, and Mercy. I have almost got my original comp rank of 45 back. I fell all the way to 39 …Yikes! I have it back to I think 42, so I am climbing back up the ladder slowly.

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful. When my wife came home we watched some Harry Potter, since the release of the new book was at midnight on Saturday. Freeform had a Harry Potter marathon on all weekend. We are both big fans, she has read all he books, I have not. Reading isn’t really my thing, I’m pretty bad at it. I do force myself to read because I do enjoy it, but I’m slow and I don’t like being bad at things. Anyway we also finished watching Mr. Robot, season one. My wife never saw it so now she is almost caught up. We will watch the current episodes of season two and then be all good.

I also picked up my ukulele some more and practiced with that. I need to lean more than one song haha. I know how to play and sing, “You’ve got a friend in me” from Toy Story, written by Randy Newman. It is somewhat difficult but is really fun. I need to learn a few more. I like playing kids songs and theme songs. It is harder to play real songs because they never sound quite right. I also like songs that were made on teh uku like the theme song to Steven Universe.

That is all I have for today. I hope you all had a good weekend! 😀 😀

P.S. here is the uke I have:

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So Much Softball & Day Trip

Good Monday Afternoon.

I am very tired, maybe I haven’ caught my self up from this weekend. Starting Friday night after work, I had a co-ed softball game. It was a good game and we won so that is a plus. I was very out of my element though, as they put me at shortstop. I am an infielder and have been my whole life, but I play first base. I can still field a ball just fine but my arm is awful. I have a slight tear in my rotator cuff, so I really cannot through a anything with any force. So stopping and getting the ball wasn’t difficult for me, it was throwing the ball that didn’t quite work. It didn’t help that our first baseman is a 5′ girl. I threw the ball everywhere but her glove. I apologized to her multiple times that game. I did manage to turn a double play and make one or two throws. I hit amazingly I got up six times in seven innings. I had three home runs, one double, a single, and a ground out. The game ended with a score of 24-21 in our favor.

Saturday was our regular season tournament. We had our first game at 9:15am. It was against a team from out of town, and we never got to play them during the season due to weather. We didn’t know what to expect. We lost very convincingly. We couldn’t hit the ball and we had way to many fielding errors. Honestly it was embarrassing. At that point I was ready to hurry up and lose the next one, so that we could just be done for the day.

We had a game wait and then we were back on the field. This time it was against a group of younger kids. They generally are faster but don’t have the mechanics down, even if they were baseball players. We did much better against them. We hit fairly well, not like we should still, and we didn’t have as many errors in the field. This game gave us our confidence back. We ten runned them in the 5th inning. Being a double elimination tournament we could only lose one more game. We won the game and played again right after.

The next game was against my brothers soon to be brother-in-law. They are a good group of guys and we always have fun, yet close games with them. We started well and were beating them pretty good, until the 5th inning or so. We threw away an inning and let them get back in the game. In the end we did beat them out by a few runs. This kept us live for another game.

After our game wait we played a team that we battle with all the time. That day they happened to get the better of us. It was hard fought and well deserved. We let them pull ahead of us and we could never get back in it. It was hot and we were ok with being done at that point. I think over all we were in 5th place. We shook their hands at the end and that was that. We played five games of softball in two days. It wasn’t the most ever but it was long and hot.

We still had enough time to make it out to my cousins high school graduation party right after our games. Once I showered of course, my wife and I left. It was nice seeing family that we don’t see often. It was a nice way to spend the evening and unwind from the days events.

Sunday we got up and on a whim we ran out to Erie, PA for a quick day trip. I had a gift card from my wife’s grandparents. They gave it to me for my birthday.  I ended up getting a 7″ bushcraft knife. I haven’t had one and I wanted one to take with me in the field. I needed it to be full tang and sturdy. I will baton it through wood for kindling and make fire sticks with it. I also carry a Case gut knife and a pocket knife. In my pack I also have a hatchet and a silky saw. I would say I’m good on cutting utensils for now haha. Anyway back on topic. We ate lunch at the local Olive Garden, which is always a treat. Next we ended up at the Barns and Noble beside the restaurant. With my wife’s birthday coming up I offered to buy her some books, if that would be what she would like. She was all for it. I got her six books and some bookmarks. We also made sure to pre-order the new Harry Potter book as well. Overall it was a great day and we got to get out of town for a bit.

I hope you all had an exciting weekend too! I’ll talk to you tomorrow! 😀 😀

Bushcraft Camp & High Winds

Good Monday afternoon everyone!

Oddly enough the title of this post seems like they are related, and surely they could be. They are not. Early Saturday morning I got up and…

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…grabbed my camping gear bag and a hand saw and headed out to my dad’s land. With my brothers coming out and my dad my goal was to get most of my shelter built. Well they went and helped my dad build his tree stand, and it took more time than they thought so I worked alone all day. It is originally how I had planned it so I wasn’t concerned in any way. We were there for a little over eight hours and it was hot and humid. I’m sure it didn’t help that I had on a long flannel, jeans, and muck boots. If you remember from a few post ago I was still looking for that perfect spot. Well early that morning I found it. It is about 30-35ft from a small crick, and on fairly flat ground. The hardest part of making a modified lean-to is finding two suitable trees the correct distance apart, on level ground. Once I found the perfect spot I was ready to work. To make heat matters a little worse, I wore gloves to protect my hands from cuts and scrapes. I first needed to try and find a good crossbeam to go between the two trees. When I did I cut it down and processed the branches off. This left me with a straight and sturdy piece of timber to start my project. The most frustrating part was next, square lashing it to the damn trees. The first tree was the hard part, not only did I forget how to square lash, but the tree was bigger than expected and it made tightening the lashing hard. Once I figured out what I was doing I was off to the races. I got the other side up and tight in no time. The only down side is that I used twine. It will dry rot and fall apart, so I am going out again today, after work. I will stop at Lowes and grab some nylon rope and re-lash the twine sections for a more permanent shelter. Next I needed to see how deep my shelter needed to be, seeing how I wanted it to accommodate two slightly raised beds length ways. To do this I laid flat on my stomach and drug my feet across the dirt to mark a spot. I then guesstimated that I would need a buffer and made sure to cut my poles a bit longer. I wanted to have a raised back to my shelter to fit the beds, but to also host a small stone fireplace in the back of my shelter, in between the two beds. I squared up the corners to the best of my ability and drove two small posts into the ground. I lashed a back crossbeam to the small posts to raise the shelter off the ground about a foot and a half. This gave me a bare skeleton of what my shelter would look like, and I liked it. I got sick of cutting wood with a crappy saw so I decided to work on the fire place next.

The crick was again about 30ft away so I made many trips down there to get stones. It was really low which made it a little easier to find more stones. At first I was going to start and have the fire on the ground, but much to my surprise I instantly found a huge round, flat stone that would later be my fireplace base. I would build the majority of the fireplace around this base. I gathered as many brick like stones that I could and brought them back. I arranged them a few times looking for the best fit. The next challenge was that I needed a mantle stone to go over the stacked stones and be under the back crossbeam. This would be so that I could have a fire going and not burn the wooden back crossbeam of my shelter in half. I wandered around the crick and within moments I found a stone that would work. It was thicker than I originally wanted, but you have to make due with the materials that you have. I currently have the fire place stacked to be even the whole way around up the the height of the crossbeam. I will need to build it up a little more to have it act like a chimney. Once I have the fire place the way I like it I want to slap some mud in the cracks to make it more efficient and hold the stones together slightly, once I have fired it. I’m sure that will be a fun day. I’ll make sure to bring a five gallon bucket to make the process easier. That was the extent of what I got done in eight hours. Like I said before I will be heading to Lowes after work and getting a Corona folding saw and nylon rope and heading out to do more work tonight.

Yesterday we had some storms. Some rain, then a lot of rain, then sideways rain. Next no power. So what do you do when you have no power. Call and order wings, that’s what! Thankfully they had power to cook our wings. It probably wasn’t a good time to go pick them up but we were hungry and had nothing else to do. We didn’t know how bad the storm really was until we got home and ate. My parents have a scanner and there were reports of winds reaching 70+ miles per hour. One the storm subsided we listened to where the first responders crews were called out to. We went to check out the damage. (Most of which was 5 or less miles from our house)  One cemetery took the most of it. there were three or more huge trees completely up rooted from the ground leaving 6ft holes in the ground. They fell on every electric line in the area. When we were at the cemetery other people told us that the same thing happened in other areas and even right up the street from us. I guess I should let you know that no one was hurt from the storm, but up to 100 people were being put up in hotels and shelters for at least the night. We regained power after three and a half hours. Other people still didn’t have it this morning. Anyway, today is freakin’ beautiful. If you didn’t still see some of what happened you would never know there was a storm. They aren’t calling it a tornado, but it must have been as damn close to being one as you can get for all of that to happen.

I hope you all have a great rest of your Monday and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow. 😀

Graduation, Scanning, & Anniversary

Good morning everyone! I had a great weekend and it seemingly will continue through tonight. I hope you all had a great weekend too!

Saturday we woke up knowing that we were going to my sister-in-law’s college graduation. It was about an hour and a half drive to get there. We met up with my mother-in-law and drove to the college, only to find there was about no places to park. We drove around for a while and some aggressive driving took place. We did find a spot about two blocks away from the gymnasium where we need to be. It was a cold and windy day so the walk did suck quite a bit. The graduation ceremony was nice but everyone was sitting in awful wooden chairs for three hours, and couldn’t see a thing. To be honest I brought my portable cell phone charger and played games on my phone most of the time. The ceremony ended and we met each other right outside the gym. Hugs were given, and then we were off to the car!

After we made it to the car and turned on the heat. We had to get moving though because we had reservations at a local country club for dinner. I must say that my meal was one of the best ones I have had ever. I ordered the 16oz blackened prime rib, Texas beer cheese soup, and fries. That meal coupled with a good view and great company made it perfect. It is always nice to catch up with family that you don’t see everyday. From there we had to head straight home, to get back to our dog and cat.

I guess for this next part to make any sense you would have to know what my wife got me for our anniversary. She got me a very nice G-Shock watch, that is virtually indestructible. I wanted one to wear daily and also tough enough to go camping and bushcrafting. She also got me a Doxie Go scanner, to eliminate the need for a filing cabinet. It is portable and works very well. Anyway, since it decided to snow and hail yesterday I had all the time in the world to scan my entire life into my PC. Once I ran through the simple setup and charged the battery I was good to go. I scanned most of my documents and it did take all day. I still have to rename the .pdf files, but that can be done anytime. It scans at 300 or 600 dpi and is quicker than I thought it would be. It was just a relaxing way to spend the day, not particularly fun, but relaxing. Later that evening my brother and his fiance came over and my parents made home made Stromboli. It is a family favorite for sure. That was a good way to end the day. I shaved myself up, laid out my clothes for work, and hopped into bed.

I woke up thinking that it would be a great day, being my anniversary and all. Nothing would get me down and I would fly through the work day and go have a great dinner with my lovely wife. My day decided to test my theory out, and see if it could crack me. I walked in the door to my work and was bombarded by people with PC issues. I didn’t make it to my office until about two hours after I walked in the door. The front desk receptionist was having network issues, a dude in the shop couldn’t connect to the network,  a woman in purchasing had a dead monitor, and oddly enough one of the monitors died at a printing station in the shop as well. That wasn’t what I wanted to walk into but I took it all in stride. It made my morning coffee late, but taste much better knowing I earned it this morning. It has been fairly quite since but all I can do is keep my fingers crossed at this point. As I eluded to earlier in the paragraph, we have dinner reservations at a very fancy (expensive) restaurant to celebrate tonight. It will be a great end to a great day. My wife deserves the world for putting up with me. We have been together for five years now and grow stronger every day.

I suppose I’ll leave it here today. If I took anything away from this weekend it is that you only have one family, and it is important to be with them while you can. Make the most of the time you spend with them. Have a great week everyone!

 

Welp it’s another Monday

Hello World!

Setting this whole thing up is rather confusing. I feel like the site is scattered and not as easy as other blog sites, but what the hell. I have to to where I want it and I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it.

Hello World!

Setting this whole thing up is rather confusing. I feel like the site is scattered and not as easy as other blog sites, but what the hell. I have to to where I want it and I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it.

This last Saturday (4/30/16) my slow pitch softball team and I had our opening tournament. It was a double elimination bracket with 18 teams. I have played on the same team since I was 18 years old and wouldn’t have it any other way. Normally it is a three day event spanning from Friday evening to Sunday night, but this year it was only one day. The people in charge decided to play the weather and squeeze it all in. In order to do this they started every batter at a 2-1 count (Two balls One strike). Each game lasted about 45-50 minutes and was a blast. My team is sponsored by Gray’s Floor Care, the owner and operator forms the team every year. We played four and a half games before we lost to the weather. Being a double elimination I shouldn’t have to tell you that we were 3-1-0. The event coordinator came into out dugout in the second inning of our fifth game and let us know that after this game the tournament was over. We continued to play into the fourth inning, when the rain decided to flood us out and both teams conceded. Our regular season play will be mos Sundays from now until the end of August with tournaments spread throughout.

Over the weekend I decided to further advance my knowledge of computer science and signed myself up to take the CS50 class offered by Harvard University and edx.org. It is an introduction class into all things computer science. It is a work at your own pace year long course. There are 13 weeks total with problem sets each week. This will be an addition to my Associates of Specialized Technology in Networking and Database degree that I received in 2014. It seems like this class will teach me more about programming than the school I previously attended. The work at your own pace thing really pulled me in as well. Since it is absolutely free, unless you want the $90 certification, I can finish if I so choose to with no pressure to stop if I desire. The instructors are energetic and love what they do. I’ll keep you all posted on how this pans out for me.

As far as work for today it has been fairly slow and I can’t help but think that is a Monday thing all over the world. As an IT worker most of my daily grind is helping employees fix their minor issues. But when they are slow moving they don’t take the time and bother to report anything going on until later in the week. That’s ok because then I can fill everyone in on what has gone on over the weekend. For the rest of the day I will set up a few needed PCs and continue to listen to my Kraddy Radio Pandora station.

Enjoy your day and keep moving forward!