Around The Water Cooler!

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A bit late today but never the less, I am here.

I had a few unexpected events happen today. First I was asked by my coworker to go give blood. It was out of the blue and I hadn’t done it in a while so I figured, why not? So around 10:45am we left the office ans went and gave blood across town. It was at his wife’s place of business so it was laid back and kinda fun.

Later, after we arrived back at the office, I was invited to go out to lunch with one of our vendors. This particular vendor comes from an hour and a half away and hits multiple client spots all in the same day. This time he was taking us out to lunch and just chatting about our current projects. We went to a nice little dive in town that I had never eaten atΒ  before, surprisingly. I ordered a turkey panini with cajun french fries. It was really good! I’m going to have to take my wife there some time soon.

In other news Everett woke up today not feeling well, I guess. My wife called me and told me that he was just laying and staring. He wasn’t very active and looked like he wasn’t having a good morning. 😦 He seemed fine last night and slept all night without any issues. She thinks that he may be just teething and we both hope it is nothing more. I just text her and she said he was playing a bit more than he was, so hopefully he is feeling better.

This weekend we have a few things to do around the house, like taking down our pool and possibly our umbrella in the yard. Saturday we have my niece’s second birthday party, down at the park where we play softball. It should be a good time, and if Everett is up for it, he can play with his cousins. I’m not sure if we have anything going on Sunday, but we may go work on the cabin some more to try and button things up for winter.

That is all from me today. I hope you all have had a great Friday, and I hope you have a great weekend! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Great Surprise & Happy Birthday To Me!

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I was sitting at work Friday trying to figure out if I wanted to even try to cut the grass in the heat after work. When out of no where I receive a text from my brother. About four weeks early, my new niece Bridget Jo was coming into this world! We all now assume that the due date was a bit off as she is of a normal height and weight. She was 6lb 13.3oz and was 18.5in long. She was born at 2pm on the dot, Friday the 13th! My plans to cut the grass took a back seat, to visiting them in the hospital.

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Everything went well from what we know and we look forward to watching her grow, like her sister!

I must admit I have more pictures for this post, from this weekend. Do you think for a second that I could transfer them from my phone to my PC when I needed them? NOPE, me either! haha If they come though I’ll post them. As I was typing this those first set of pictures came through, but none of the other ones. Darn computers! πŸ˜€

So as you can tel our Friday was exciting! Saturday was busy. We headed out to a local park near my wife’s family, for her family reunion. Her uncles were back in town and we wanted to see everyone. Everett had a great time on the playground. Afterwards we stopped in to see her dad, and his family. We don’t make it out to see them as long as we want to so I think we are trying to plan a weekend just for them in the near future. Once that was said and done, we headed to yet another party. My cousins co-ed bridal shower. It was also at a nice park, with games and volleyball. They had a silent little aution that was put together by the wedding party, as well as a somewhat catered bbq for dinner. It was pretty freakin delicious! πŸ˜€

Sunday, my brother and I woke up and had a double header in our slow pitch softball league. If you can remember back a bit, I have been telling them that I’m the reason we have been winning, since the only two weekends we have lost were the two I missed being in Colorado. I’m glad to say that I will be saying that heading into the end of season tournament in two weeks, because we won them both again. This year out of 17 teams we are 4th with a record of 12 and 4 I believe. We were 2 in 4 after the 3rd week, but have won the last 5 weekends in a row! We will be seeded in the ‘A’ league for the tournament and hope to do as well as we can. If it stays as hot as its been I’m ok with only playing a few games haha. After our games we stopped at my brother’s house to have a nice family lunch for my birthday.

That brings us to today, by actual birthday! Woo and Nooo, all at once. I am the big 30 this year. It is bitter sweet. I think this is about the age where as a younger boy I thought that was the age of old people haha. Something about it makes it a bit sad. The rest of me is fine with it. I know I have a somewhat older than myself audience, and by no means am I trying to say that I am ‘old’, but I think this is a milestone year for most where they feel a little more divided from the younger generations. Just a day ago I could play ball with a 19 year old and it seemed pretty normal, all of a sudden its a teen and a 30 year old man haha. I’m not really too bothered by it. πŸ˜€ My wife and son will go have a nice dinner tonight to celebrate. I didn’t really want a party of any kind so we are keeping it quiet tonight. Just the fact that our family is growing and I got to see everyone is A OK with me! πŸ˜€

P.S. Totally unrelated, I put in the last damn piece to that crazy UPS project this morning. I have had to wait and wait and wait to do this thing and I did it! Everything is looking good and I’m going to wash my hands of it all haha.

That is all for me today! I hope you have a great day today, because it is my birthday! πŸ˜€ I’ll be back again tomorrow, and I hope to see you all then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Distracted Tuesday!

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I have been a bit distracted today. My boss is off with an illness and I need his input on a project. I am kind of dead in the water here, just a bit. I have done a few things here and there, little fires, but nothing crazy. I also have a few things I need to order, but they have to go through my boss, so why bother until he is back lol. πŸ˜€

I’m catching up on some World Cup news, while I wait. I’m still determined to root for Iceland until they are out haha. The ultimate underdog! I love sports that are overseas, because they are on at a reasonable time for me on the east coast. I hate when I try to watch a ball game, of other kinds, because they are most always further west and on super late for me. So I like this! πŸ˜€

Lets see. What is coming up for me. Oh, my brother is having a diaper party for my new niece arriving in August! We will also have some more softball this weekend. the next few weekends will be packed. We have a wedding, a birthday party, bridal shower, and a family reunion all packed in. It’ll be a bit hectic. I’ll try to have some pictures.

In some cool gaming news. I bought Conan Exiles a while back. It is a great game to play at your own pace and at your own difficulty. You are in well Conan the Barbarian times and level up and survive, all while completing quests and what not. Disclaimer there is anatomically correct bodies if you do have a child that wants to play it.Β  There is full nudity, if you don’t turn that off. There are ‘safe’ servers but you have to find them.I have been having a great time with the game. Here is a link to the Conan website!

I also bought House Flipper on Steam for $15.99. It is a part of the Steam summer sale, until the 5th of July I believe. Even my wife seemed to kind of like this one! πŸ˜€ If you have ever dreamt of being Chip and Joanna Gaines this is the game for you. You start small doing odd jobs for people while fixing up their places and your own. Then you can buy a house, flip it with your budget and sell it for profit. It is highly addicting and fun. At $15.99 it really is a steal.Β  My man Jon Sandman had the first video I saw!

That is all for me today! I hope you all have a great day! I’ll be back tomorrow, and hope to see you then. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Weekend Update!

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Our plans for Saturday didn’t happen. We were going to go back to see my wife’s family and that all fell through. We spent the day at home, doing a bit of everything.

Sunday was similar up until dinner. We headed over to my parent’s house. It was Super Bowl Sunday and my parents always throw a party. Nothing crazy, just some family and what not. We, as I have stated before, weren’t going to stay for the majority of the game. We got there early and let everyone spend some time with Everett and all that good stuff. My brother and his little family came and my niece Rory had some nice little pig tails in.

Here is her and my dad putting her baby doll in the play set.

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Her she is again trying to give Everett her doll. He was clearly watching the TV or someone else in the room lol.

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Rory is sitting with my dad in this one talking with my Aunt.

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We had homemade pizza and plenty of snacks. There was everything from veggies, to chips, venison balls, and brownies. We stayed a bit later than we planned, but I figured that would happen once people were there. It was a good night. We got home at a decent time and put Everett to bed around 9pm.

My wife has the week off to burn some vacation time. If she doesn’t use it she loses it so why not right? She sent me this picture of Everett playing in the new jumper I bought him Sunday.

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He really seems to like it. The three buttons by the globe speak in English, Spanish, and French. It is a nice learning tool for that age. All sorts of things make noise on that thing haha.

So now I’m stuck at work while they are home all week. 😦 Oh well. I have to do what I have to do I suppose! That is all for me today. I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Coffee Talk

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I hope you are all having a wonderful morning. I remembered to write this post so that instantly puts me in a decent mood haha. I have one cup of coffee under my belt, or in my stomach for you literal types, and I’m ready to go.

While having coffee it is imperative that you talk about the weather. Out weather went from -15 to + 50 in one day. It is insane. We had more than a foot of snow and over the course of two warm days it is all gone. Here is the kicker, tonight and over the weekend we are getting another foot of snow, DOH! Make up your mind mother nature. I’m hoping your weather trends are less harsh.

On a Friday whilst drinking coffee with your friend you are also obligated to talk about any plans you may have for the weekend. I’m fairly certain that some one on my mom’s side of the family is getting married and we said we would go. We don’t see them often, probably for good reason, but it is nice to get a dose of them here and there haha. I think most of you can relate to something similar.

Lastly, if you have a family of your own you have to catch the other person up on what has transpired since you last spoke. In this case, Everett is doing much better. He is getting over his yeast infection, croup, and ear infection nicely. He is as happy as could be, somehow, and growing like a (good) weed. In other somewhat family news a little while back, my brother and sister in law announced that they are having another baby. So I will have another niece or nephew in about 7 months. Yippie!

Then you have the always awkward park, when your are both done with your coffee and realized you ran out of things to talk about. You say “Welp…” get up and pay your bill. Say your good byes and head on your way, until next time. I’ll see ya then! Have a good weekend. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Weekend Hustle

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I’m glad to see you all made it back. My weekend didn’t all go to plan but it was still a great time. Friday was gong to be a lazy evening which turned out to be quite eventful. My brother text me and asked if I’d like to come over and watch a movie with him and two of his friends. I agreed since my wife had some work to catch up on. We ended up watching ’13 Hours’ it was all about Benghazi. It is a really well made movie, and the fact that it is a true story is equally disturbing and interesting. His baby was a little cranky so it was a bit stressful, but we all mode it out in one piece lol.

Saturday my brother and I went out to my camp. We had full intentions to tear it all down to put up a small cabin. I got there and started having second thoughts. I had already had a ton of man hours into this camp and it really wasn’t in bad shape. We decided against tearing it down and worked on adding to it and fixing it up. We brought the chainsaw for extra support. I said I wouldn’t but thinking about how many times I’ve been able to get out there it was a must. We cut down 4 small trees and cut them to length for the one wall. My brother took my hatchet and put a point on all of the ends to later be hammered into the ground. We are going to stagger them in a row and then fill them with horizontal logs and debris. I cleared out the floor and fire place to make it look nicer. We also cut down a larger tree in the front. This will be where my fire pit will be. I need to go back and establish that and burn out the roots of that tree. Here are a few pictures for ya.

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You can see that I will be stacking fire wood between those two trees, and that stump you see is where the outdoor fire pit will be. We are thinking that we will need about 12 more little trees to get the wall posts done. Then a handful more to finish the walls.

Later on Saturday we all went out to dinner with my dad for his 58th birthday. His birthday wasn’t until the next day, but it was the only time he could get all three of his kids together. We went to a Chinese buffet in the area. Afterwards we went back home and had some ice cream cake.

Sunday I got a lot done around the house. My wife wasn’t feeling well so I made breakfast and lunch, did the dishes, and kept all the animals fed. We were planning to go out and see our new baby nephew but his parents were stressed and super tired so we didn’t. The baby also was low weight and ended up back in the hospital that day anyway. He should be ok with some help. Since we didn’t go out and do anything I got some game time in before heading to our company league basket ball game. We played from 6pm until 8pm. I am absolutely terrible at basket ball, and it really shows. The good news is that it is all in fun and it is a great way to get in some exercise.

Our new work hours are 8-4:30pm now that we turned the clocks back. I would have thought that today would drag on and on but it hasn’t. It is gone by really fast and I’m not sure why, but I like it haha. I have been working on a use for a company tablet, as well as helping a few employees with minor issues. The rest of the day will be smooth and I’ll be out of here in no time.

That is about it for today. Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment and drop a like if you have enjoyed my post. I’ll see you all back here again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

My Apologies!

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I feel like it has been a while since I posted last, and why is that? Oh! Because, I spur of the moment left work on Friday and called Monday off on a whim. I really did. All kosher of course I used my paid time off and let the appropriate people know first. I sadly forgot all about posting and didn’t let you know that I would be off. For this I am sorry to you all. I hope you missed me πŸ˜€ haha.

I did have a busy weekend. After I left Friday because it was a nice day, I started painting the rims on my truck. At first I didn’t think that this would take very long. Then I thought some more and realized that it would take quite a bit of time. I only have two jack stands, meaning that I can only take off two tires at a time. So I would have to take two off and completely finish them, put them back on then do the same on the other side. That ended up being exactly what I did. I had to take two off clean them, sand them, paint them, let them dry overnight, and put them back on. Repeating those steps took me all weekend. while the paint was drying I was able to do other things.

Saturday I went with my brother and his one friend to my dad’s land. We went up to do some manual labor on some of the trails. We want to clear cut some areas to plant fruit trees, and we have to level some hills that are in the way of the paths. We had his four wheeler up there and found some high ground and took shovels to the spots. We ultimately wantΒ  to have a nice trail to ride without much hassle. There was one spot in particular that was a mud hole. I dug out what I could of the side so the water will drain out, my brother and his friend gathered logs to lay horizontally on the ground. I later helped them with that part as well. We got about 15 logs laid across the mud hole and it looks and rides much better than it did. It was a hard day but fun being outside and working.

Sunday was my busy day. I was finishing up the painting of the second set of rims, when I was told that my family was going out of town for the day to visit with family and show off my baby niece. Of course I wanted to go and see everyone. I finished up what I could and put on decent clothes. I rode out with my family and spent the better part of the afternoon there. Once I got home I had to change into gym clothes to go play basketball with people from work. I again got a huge blister and still really suck at basketball lol.

With Monday off I took my time getting my tires back on my truck, but I did do it. My wife and I were able to hang out and relax for most of that day. We did some chores and that ate up the rest of the day. We popped into Dairy Queen for lunch, which I know isn’t healthy but it was damn good. I got the 6 piece chicken finger basket. Mmmm! She is an ice cream junkie, she would eat it every second of everyday if she could. We go there often haha.

That was my weekend. I hope you all had a great one as well. I will be back again tomorrow so don’t miss out. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Truck, Football, and Home Buying?

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I left work at noon yesterday to work on my truck some more. I was able to get spark plugs and spark plug wires from Auto Zone. I went home and with out a jack and jack stands had one hell of a time replacing the wires. I did manage to get it all done in the few hours I had to work with. Not everything went well, I ended up ripping the old wires in half trying to get the out haha. So that really made me feel some pressure to get the new ones in, or I wouldn’t have had a car to drive today. I wans’t

*Pause while I helped “re-decorate” a co workers office with post its*

Hmmm not sure where I was going with the first two words of that last sentence so forget that was even written. πŸ˜‰

I had to order my cold air intake, and to my surprise I is here already. I will be picking it up today after work and putting that in tonight. I will hopefully remember to snap a picture or two so I can show you tomorrow.

The Steelers played the Redskins last night, and with most of my family being Steelers fans we were able to go to my brother’s house and watch the game. Having a new baby and all it was easier for them to have us over. It was a good game to watch and I love seeing the Redskins lose as a Dallas fan.

Today brought some excitement and stress. My wife told me to go ahead and start the process of putting in an offer on a house. It is a huge 3500sqft house. It is in the historical district of our city. It isn’t out of town and has a smaller yard but what it lacks there is made up for in the hugeness of the house. It is over 100 years old but very well built. We are going to meet up with the realtor again Monday I think. It is exciting and scary at the same time. I just want to know that if we get it that we can afford everything. I hope it moves fast and slow at the same time lol. The faster we can move in the better and the slower we get hit with expenses the better. I need to acclimate myself a bit.Β  I will keep you updated there as well.

I’ll see you all again tomorrow. I have some PC work to do now, byeee.Β  πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€