Happy Thursday!

Hey Everyone!

I had some plans change yesterday and wasn’t able to get a post out yesterday. I kept thinking I forgot to do something all day and I think this was it haha. πŸ˜€ What happened was I scheduled a doctors appointment as soon as they were available, which was the middle of the day.

Since Saturday my back has been killing me. I have full range of motion but it hurt/hurts when I breath deeper. It was confusing to me and I couldn’t calm myself down about it, so that is what I did. Once I was done with my appointment I just went home. The PA-C determined that I strained my diaphragm. Just like doing curls with your arms all day would hurt your arm, I hurt my diaphragm by using it all day. The two points where, I guess, it meets other parts of the body are where it hurts and that is why it felt like two separate spots. He prescribed me some muscle relaxer for the evening and ibuprofen three times a day for inflammation. I have felt pretty good today, so far. I’m sure I’ll be fine to get back out there for the tournament.

In other news I am finally getting my car fixed and inspected Friday. I have to drop it off at the shop tonight, and I can’t forget. That is part of the reason I am telling you haha. πŸ˜€ If you didn’t know I totally forgot to get it inspected in May and didn’t realize it until July. It is now August and It will finally get the work done. Don’t worry, since I found out I haven’t driven that car. It has only taken this long because it needed brakes and calipers. The other reason it has taken so long was that one of our shops in town completely burnt down, so every other shop is backed up. I hope to be back in business next week.

Yesterday my wife’s family came down to see Everett So her grandma and mom were there when I got home. They brought some ice cream cake from DQ for all of our birthdays and bagels from our favorite spot in our college town. They make bagels daily and they are really delicious!

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

 

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Yep It’s Monday!

Hey Everybody!

To be very honest, I did nothing all weekend long. My goal was to lounge and do nothing only on Saturday. This was achieved, no problem. Sunday I was supposed to have two softball games, these would be my first in 3 weeks due to my vacation. That got scratched real quick when I woke up to rain, rain, and more rain. ALl of the games were canceled by 9am and I was left with no reason to do anything. Again. haha. πŸ˜€

We all stayed home for the most part. We did focus on trying to get Everett back into his better eating habits. We tried introducing a few more foods and in different ways. He responded fairly well to getting back at it. His fever has finally broke and he is feeling much better.

My boss is off on vacation this week. He is going to help his daughter build a deck or something, and wanted to work on his own house. While we are still at work and expected to work, it just feels a bit more lax. I am ok with that. I ran into a snafu with the printers from the UPS program I was to use for the shipping upgrades, and am now dealing with the fallout. I am basically CC’d on all of the emails being sent from our Purchasing Manager, the Sales rep. I used (and shouldn’t have), and the UPS Rep. I’m just sitting here twiddling my thumbs while the argue about who is going to pay for what and how I did it all wrong haha. Whoops. At the end of the day it isn’t the worst thing in the world. If we have to buy the printers I still have a use for them. If we don’t…then great. It is just very awkward to be a spectator.

I would have had a movie review for you but, it may have been the worst movie I have seen in a long time and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of tearing it down on a Monday haha. It was Singularity if you were wondering. To be short, “Don’t bother!”

I did start watching Community over the weekend and was able to squeeze in about 40 episodes haha. I told you I didn’t do anything! πŸ˜€

I hope you are all having a less awkward Monday than I am haha. I hope to see you back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Ermehgerd!

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WOW! I can’t keep anything straight this week lol. No morning post as you probably realized. :/ I have again been running non-stop since I got in to work today. My co-worker was supposed to have the day off so I ran everything my self this morning, then he decided to come in the rest of the day haha. Don’t ask me why anyone would want to do that! πŸ˜€

However, it is Friday! I’m excited for the weekend and for the time off. Last night I was able to program my garage door remote and get that all working for my wife. She will be very pleased now that she/me doesn’t have to lift the door manually anymore. πŸ˜€

We are all starting to get over out colds and hopefully we can have a sickness free weekend! I let you in on our weekend plans yesterday so I guess there is no need to go over them again.

I do have a bit of a rant that I’m sure you can all get behind. This morning, before work started, I had some bills to pay. Who doesn’t right? I was sitting here going through each bill online and paying them off, when I got to my quarterly garbage bill. (Disclaimer: I know it is a small bill and only quarterly, but this is about the principle haha) I noticed that it went from $74 to $86. That caught my eye and I dug a little deeper. I looked at the bill itself and saw that on top of a site fee, which I always have, I had a “Fuel Fee” of over $11. I then looked at all of my past bills and this fee was no where to be found. So since I deemed this ridiculous, in my own head I called them the moment they opened!

Once I got a lady on the phone I asked if she could tell my why my bill was 11 dollars higher than normal for the same exact service. I wanted to give them the benefit in case it was for a real reason. She said that they increased the fuel fee as of April 1. (I made sure to bold that word, because that means that she is passing this off as a pre-existing charge when it is not one.) I went right in on her a bit and said something along the lines of: “This is a fee that hasn’t been on any of my other bills and is an increase of over 10% to my total bill.” She instantly told me that she would see what she could do to lower it for me and put me on hold lol. I may have scared her a bit. Also it is about 15% higher once you do the math. She got back on the phone and lowered the $11 charge to a $2 charge and I was content enough lol.

How these, companies we are forced to use, can get away with this crap is beyond me. There was no notice that anything was changing and with something changing that drastically you would think they have to send out some sort of notice. I get that this amount quarterly isn’t a big deal, but lets consider how I’m being raped by my student loans and then you will get the idea. They have increased their interest rate 7 times on me in the last year! I went from a $300 payment to $400 in a year, that’s nuts. I certainly didn’t get a raise to coincide with that increase. That is when things like this get bad. I just can’t stand that they can do what they want and I have to try and keep my head above water. For Shame! lol.

Anyway that is all. I don’t want to work myself up again lol. I hope you all have a great weekend and with any luck I’ll be back Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Rough Start!

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It’s Tuesday and do I have a bad morning story for you today!

I awoke like a normal morning, tired and groggy from the recent time change. I took my shower, and while brushing my teeth, I missed and jammed it pretty hard into where my gums meet my lip. I didn’t look but I can feel that it is all bruised and cut up. Overall it doesn’t feel very good! I noticed when I was putting on my clothes that my heel, like around my Achilles Tendon, was in pain. I’m not sure what I did or when, but still to this moment it hurts to walk or bend my foot in anyway. So random heel pain, no bueno! I hobbled along the rest of the morning and made breakfast, like normal, as well as fed the pets and helped get Everett ready. Since it is snowing and crappy here I had to go outside and start my car to get it warmed up for Everett and to get the snow off the windshield. I took one step down the stairs and slipped on ice. I flew backwards, catching my arms on both railings and sliding down the rest of the stairs. OUCH! I have a couple bruises on my arms, but other than that I’m OK. I did instantly think about just calling off from work and calling it a day, but I persisted. I have tried to stay inactive at work, as far as physical labor is concerned, for good reason. That is my sob story for the day haha. I reallllllly hope you are having a better day than me today! πŸ˜€

My wife and I gathered all of the things we needed for the pre-approval process. We had to gather our W-2’s for the last two years as well as our last two pay stubs. This accompanying a form with basic information will be processed, in a few days and we will know if the bank will lend us enough money to get started on a house. It is all pretty nerve wracking. I’m not handling it very well. I get overwhelmed with multiple variables that I can’t control. It has me in bad moods and finding myself with a shorter fuse than normal. I am trying to cope with it and not outwardly attack anyone that doesn’t deserve it haha. Once I know more I’ll be more at ease with the whole thing.

The other thing I am handling today is Everett’s referral for tubes. His pediatrician said that we may as well start the process, and that if we chose not to do it we can at any time. Well, we found out that the person we were refereed to does not accept our insurance. I have canceled his first appointment and now have to see if they will refer him to another ear nose throat doctor. That is if this lady ever calls me back.

I hope you are having a great Tuesday, and I hope to see you all back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Milestone, Weather, Masons, & Weight!

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First Hump Day of the year wooo! Here we are on third day of the new year and, hopefully, feeling good.

I woke up this morning with a bit of a sore throat, which may have something with Everett going back to day care. So not super happy about that, but what are you to do? Oh well! It has gotten better throughout the day so I hope it just goes away haha.

Yesterday I didn’t think I would even post and look at me go! I got two out, surprise haha. I was super swamped at work and still, sort of, am. This is the lull in the eye of the storm in a manner of speaking.

Last night was the first night that we put Everett to bed, with out him coming with us. He is still in our room and in his bassinet but we made the decision to put him upstairs right after his last bottle, and see how it goes. We had the monitor on, and with minimal fussing he went right to sleep. He slept well the rest of the night and I think we have a good thing going with this. I am confident that he can sleep in his own room, but my wife would like to still hold off on that for a bit longer. I’m OK with that decision. So that was a big win for us I think.

This winter weather is hitting our area pretty hard, and right now it is bitter cold. Schools in surrounding areas have been closed due to the low temperatures. In some areas it is reaching -20 F. We make sure to bundle Everett up as best we can, and keep him out of it as much as possible. I however notice that my facial hair freezes up instantly if it is even a tiny bit wet. I can lick my lips and it will freeze right up. I was shoveling the snow off of my sidewalk the other day, wearing big winter gloves, and my fingers were still numb by the end of it. Our water company as issues a warning about pipes freezing. We are supposed to have the water on to at least a drip to prevent it. That last thing we need is busted pipes. I’ll have to get on that when I get home today.

In other news I have our first Masonic meeting of the new year tonight. I am in a new position and have new lines to speak, so I’m a bit nervous. I know I have the lines down, but saying them in your head and out loud to yourself is different then doing it in the meeting haha. It should be OK though, I mean it is the first week after all. I’m not sure what they are serving for dinner but I know it’ll be good.

Speaking of eating, I am back on my regular diet. I gained 13 pounds from eating like a fatty over the span of a month. There really is just no good way to eat well, when you have an overindulging mindset. It is hard the rest of the year to stay healthy but over Christmas and New Years forget it! I’m not mad or even worried about it though because I know I’ll get it back off, but it is crazy to think I just gained that all back haha. I knew I was when my work shirts got a bit tight. Oops! πŸ˜€

That is all for now, I hope you all have a great rest of the week, I’ll see you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Snow Blower, Infected PC, & Everett!

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This post is a bit late because, reasons. In reality I just got super busy right around lunch time and had to run to our other building to fix a few issues. It took longer than expected and I just got back.

The other day I went and looked at a snowblower. It was bigger than I expected and that was ok. It was in god working order and had very minimal rust. I decided to purchase it. I got it home and the very next day I was excite to fix some of the rust spots, throw on some new skid shoes, and add some oil. You know, just some last minute preparations before I had to put it to use. I tore into it and had in pieces. I sanded some rust and covered it in an awfully ugly teal paint. I took the wheels off to paint the rims where I had sanded off some surface rust, and put them back on. Once I was somewhat satisfied with my now ugly teal/orange monster I put it back together. Everything was just the way I found it, so I thought. It wasn’t until I tested it that I realized that the wheels did not spin when I engaged them. rip. I’m not at a loss and need to find a way to tear into the back panel. Without knowing what is what, I’ll see if my quick internet searches can help me fix the issue simply. I mean it has to be kind of simple right? I mean it was in perfect working order when I brought it home, so it isn’t like it is missing any pieces. If I can’t get it soon I’ll enlist a guy I work with to help me. He does this crap for fun.

A couple other little things while I am here. Everett’s great grandpa Francis got him a quarter collection. That as indeed very thoughtful, but I had to put them all in their proper spots, which was a nightmare. I felt like my thumb was going to snap off from pushing each coin in its spot.

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In local nerd news, my PC was infected with a nasty rootkit, that left malware all over it. I wasn’t able to run new executables therefore I couldn’t’ remove the rootkit. It was a vicious cycle. I finally found a way around the rootkit and got rid of it. The bad news was that even though it was now gone it left behind over 70,000 pieces of malware. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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It is a terrible picture but it proves it all haha.

Our baby as you know is getting over his infection, so he was sitting with me this morning before work watching the news.

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I will have to bust into my snowblower again, maybe tonight, and that should be about it for night. We are just sliding into the long holiday weekend!

I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

 

 

What A Fun Weekend!

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This weekend was a blast. I mean nothing crazy happened, but it was an all around good time. It really started on Saturday. My wife left in the morning to get her hair done for the first time since having the baby. It was something she really wanted to get done, so I’m glad I was able to watch Everett while she did that.

Once she got home, I packed my stuff and headed to camp. Before I left I stopped at a place that over looks most of my whole city. I had a nice panorama, but it looked weird when I threw it on here.

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Once I got to camp I helped my brother and dad, who got there before me. We brought wood and supplies to the site. Here are the 4″ pieces that we used to cover the cracks of the other boards.

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When we were on the last board, we had to notch it. This was to ensure that it would fit around a stud. I was notching it out with a hand saw when it jumped up off the board and sliced my thumb. It was pretty bad but I got it wrapped up quickly.

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It is a bit hard to do most things with your thumb covered like this haha. I had a glove over it so I would not get dirt and stuff in it. Plus, I was staying the night so I was going to be there a long time.

Anyway, with that set back out of the way we were able to get the pieces up!

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Since we had more boards from the last time, we started work on one of the ends. It gets the most weather so we wanted to cover it up a bit. We are going to, possibly slat shingle the peaks, and cover the cracks with more 4′” boards like the front.

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A couple of my brother’s friends showed up as well as my older brother. They hung around most of the day. But after a while I was getting hungry for that juicy steak I told you all I would get. I threw it down on our grill over some hot coals and let it ride.

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While that was cooking up nicely, my brother’s friend Ben made me a drink. Stick with me as I explain what’s in it. He mixed bourbon and blueberry preserves in an empty water bottle. Once it was shaken together he poured it through a strainer and into my cup. Similarly, he mixed lemonade and club soda and poured that in too. To finish it off he squeezed a lemon in there and here is what we have!

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It was really dang good. I had a couple of those and enjoyed my steak.

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Once everyone left I hung out by the fire until it got dark. I threw a few more logs on because I wanted coals for breakfast.I decided to just roll my sleeping bag out in the cabin and stay there for the night. It looked creepy but it was better than a tent!

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With my head lamp on I started into my new book! I only got a few chapters in before I turned in for the night.

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I’m pretty glad I slept in the cabin because it rained pretty hard that night. Which did ruin my breakfast plans. I had no coals and with the clouds over head it stayed dark longer than I had hoped. When I woke up I packed my things and just headed home. You can see below what it was like on my way out.

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I stopped off to get pop tarts for breakfast and brought them home for my wife. It is a craving she has somewhat often so I figured it was a good choice. We ran around Sunday and got groceries, as well as cleaned up around the house. My mother in-law came down and wanted to spend some time with Everett. That gave me some time to play a few video games. I checked the mail later and was pleased to find two pieces of mail from real people haha. First a card from my great aunt Arlene. It was a “First Halloween” card fro our son.

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The second was a nice thank you from my brother and his wife.

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We closed out the weekend with some Netflix and ice cream. Sounds good huh?

That is all for me. It was a fun weekend and I’m glad I got some time in the woods! I’ll be back tomorrow, see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Technical Trouble

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As you know I was out of work early yesterday. I have finally felt a little weird without my computer. It is fine though, I really don’t mind it. I found myself with time to kill and just ended up watching ‘Narcos’ on Netflix. Even though I got paid today I don’t have any money to get the tool for my tub, or a collar for my dog. Not yet anyways! I threw in a load of laundry and just tried to relax on the couch. When my wife got home we made, home made, turkey subs. They were delicious, we buy fresh sub buns, deli turkey, and American cheese slices. Since my wife is pregnant we heat the turkey in the oven, all while melting the cheese and toasting the bun. After that I usually just add light mayonnaise, spinach, and banana peppers, so good.Β  I was able to hold strong with no snacks, and eating healthy, well portioned meals yesterday. I have done the same today. I know I should lose about 40 pounds, but have zero interest in exercise. That leaves me with healthy eating habits. My goal is to eat three meals per day, avoid snacks, and to cut out the pop. If I can do that I should be good.

Today at work we have been really busy. We created a ‘Restricted Access’ policy for one machine in the shop, which would normally be 100% OK. What we didn’t know was that our other domain controller (server in charge of everything) wasn’t syncing with the other one. It still saw every machine in that same group, and applied that strict policy to everything in the shop! Whoops! It took us a minute to figure out what happened, but once we did we got to work fixing it. I was in charge of going out to the people in the shop and letting them know what had happened, and help them get back to normal. Out network admin stayed at his desk and disabled the link between the two and fully restarted the wacky server. Once everything was correct we re enabled the policy and everything was right in the world again haha. I have also been in the process of replacing out maintenance managers PC, and we are hung up there as well. He runs a piece of software that requires ActiveX and a certain version of Java. He has everything he needs, buuut it still isn’t working. Now you can see why we haven’t replaced his in over 7 years haha. By the end of the day he will have it, that is my mission.

I have a Masonic initiation tonight, that will keep me busy until bedtime. We are bringing in another six guys this year already, and that means there will never be a free Wednesday for a while haha. It is a fairly long process, they have to get three different degrees over the course of three months. So with six new guys it will take 18 meetings to get them all in. Each degree takes anywhere from one to two hours. I will hitch a ride with my dad, and we will pick up my cousin on the way. It is nice to be able to do stuff with family.

That’s it for me today. I hope you are having a less stressful day than I am! Enjoy the rest of your day, and I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Almost Forgot!

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I almost forgot to post today, I’ve been super busy.

As you know we are working on closing on a house. I was contacted by our bank with somethings to read over and sign. It took forever and I wanted to make sure I was doing it right so that took more time as well. I did finish what I could do here at work, but I have to instantly go home and do some more.

I also got to replace some PCs today at work and finish setting up my new one. I have been catching up on some YouTube channels like Philip DeFranco, Casey Neistat, and other small Tubers. My day has gone by fast, which is a good thing because it was also productive.

Since this is a shot post I’ll show you a picture of what our future home will look like:

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The inside is super nice as well. Thanks for stopping by! 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˜€