Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Journal, July 23rd

No blog updates, I haven’t done anything with them.  I will probably post one to My Sports Obsession later but other than that, nada.

They posted the OT schedule for the weekend and it looks like I have the weekend off.  Woo Hoo!  Now I just have to survive the next couple of days without my better half.  She’s going to a 31 conference, she leaves bright and early tomorrow morning, probably earlier than I get up which is 5 am.  She’ll be back Friday night, just in time to enjoy our weekend of probably not doing anything.

Here’s a listing of all the new (to us) episodes that we watched tonight.

  • the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (DVR) – Main guest was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  I’ve been a fan of his since his wrestling days.  He seems like a genuinely nice guy.
  • Arrow (live) – This show just keeps getting better with the twists.
  • Extant (live) – This show is getting really good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Journal, July 22nd

I’m thinking about setting up a schedule for each day of the week.  Once I get done with my daily’s I have to decide from a few things to do.  I’m thinking if I make a list of what to do that day, it might force me to spread my online time a little better.  I’m way behind on my feedly again because I spend my time doing other things.  We’ll see.

I did sit down after my daily’s and filled up most of my Tumblr’s.  I have 48 queued for My Sports Obsession, 28 for My Sports Obsession – Wolverines, 24 for Cats are Cuter and 23 for A Day In The Life of a Nobody.  So all 4 of those will run for a week.

Nothing going on today.  Worked, came home and sat around all evening.  Actually texted with my oldest daughter which is very, very rare.  My youngest daughter on the other hand seems to be going crazy with her phone.  Our billing period started on the 18th and she’s already been on the phone for 914 minutes and have used 1867 text messages.  That’s only in 4 days and 99% of both of those numbers are to her girl friend as in friend who’s a girl although with those numbers, I’m starting to wonder.  Thank God both of those are unlimited.  I want to tell her she doesn’t need to be on the phone that often but she’s not really hurting anything.  She doesn’t use it like that if we’re together, just when she’s hiding out in her bedroom.

Here’s a listing of all the new (to us) episodes that we watched tonight.

  • Witches of East End (DVR) – We liked last season but are having trouble getting into this one.
  • Switched at Birth (DVR) – One of the few dramas we watch.  We like it and have watched it from the beginning.  Although, last night’s episode was a little overly dramatic with Daphne trying cocaine because her father died and she blames her mother.  He died of an aneurysm.
  • Major Crimes (DVR) – We really liked the Closer and have followed this spin off when it ended.  It pretty much has all the same cast minus Kyra Sedgwick.
  • the Lottery (DVR) – A new show, this is the pilot episode.  It was pretty good, we’ll continue to watch it I’m sure.
  • the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (DVR) – Kate Hudson was the main guest.  They played Box of Lies, Cheri and I always enjoy when he plays games with the guests.
  • Arrow (live) – This show continues to impress me, I’m not sure why I never watched it originally.
  • Married at First Sight (live) – The wedding nights and honeymoons.  Awkward!
  • the Wil Wheaton project (live) – I’m a geek, I can’t help it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Journal, July 21st

Not much going on today.  Worked 12 hours so I doubt I’ll do much online tonight.  I did get through my daily’s but I doubt I’ll do much else.  It’s already 10:30, I’m pretty sure I’ll crash pretty soon, probably after Under the Dome.

TheEx picked up the kids because it was her birthday so they went out for a birthday supper.  After they dropped them back off, the JackAss called and apologized for being a douche and basically blamed it on his medical issues and was telling me he was trying to get better.  Blah, blah, blah, I’ve heard it all before.  I’m sure it’s a ploy to let me let the kids stay at their house during the week while theEX is at work.  Right now, I don’t allow it because I don’t want something medically to happen to him while the kids are there.

  • Return to Amish (DVR) – Another reality show.  It kills me that the Amish consider themselves so holy but shun their own family.
  • the Strain (DVR) – This show definitely has my attention.  Apparently it’s vampires but it comes as a virus of some kind.  It’s been a pretty cool show so far.
  • Under the Dome (DVR) – It’s based on a Stephen King novel.  I have to watch it.  It helps that it’s pretty good as well.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Journal, July 20th

Not too much going on today.  We woke up a little late and was planning on going to Hardee’s for breakfast (Cheri was having a craving) so we got ready quickly and headed out and hoped they would still be serving breakfast by the time we got there.  We had to go a couple of towns over and technically, into another state, but we made it.  It’s about a 25-30 minute drive up into Michigan to get there.  They used to have them around here but they all closed down.  When Cheri lived in the south, they are all over the place, hence the craving all of the sudden.  We make the trek about once a year anymore.

About 3 o’clock we headed over to my grandfathers sister in laws for my cousins kid’s birthday party.  She has a pool and we use it time to time for birthday parties.  You may remember Samantha having her birthday party there earlier this month.  It was very warm out so Cheri could only stick it out for so long but the kids had a good time.

I don’t know if I’ll be spitting one of these out tomorrow, I have to work 12 hours to cover the guy on 2nd who took another vacation day.

  • the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon – Main guest star was Dan Akyroyd who mainly talked about his new movie about James Brown.  It was Friday’s show so there was Thank You notes which is one of his best features.
  • the Last Ship – A pretty good episode.  Some of the crew and captain go into the woods to get monkeys to start testing an antivirus but find a cruel leader of a village who uses his authority to do what he wants.
  • Falling Skies – This season hasn’t been nearly as interesting as the previous.

Journal, May18th & 19th

I meant to post this last night before I went to bed and forgot.

Yesterday, I spent all evening getting posts to go for the My Sports Obsession Tumblr blog.  I got 49 of them set up so it’ll run for a couple of weeks.  I planned on getting other Tumblr blogs done but I didn’t realize just how many I had saved up.  Guess I took way too much time off.

I did get a post on My Sports Obsession the last couple of days as well.

I had ok day work wise yesterday, the bad news is the seem to be running a line of BS as far as rolling me over to the company.  The good news was, I was so pissed off all day that the day went pretty quickly.

We had our company picnic at the county fairgrounds during the fair today.  The food was really good and they gave away some great prizes but I didn’t win any.  I don’t really have a whole lot of friends at work, I’m not much of a social butterfly, so it’s not like it was a great time with friends.  I did enjoy taking the kids on rides afterwards though.  The company gave out free tickets for rides as well so the picnic was definitely worth it.  I didn’t like seeing the guy that pissed me off yesterday and he didn’t say anything to me but he just annoys me and I don’t think he likes me, which I wouldn’t care about except he’s one of my bosses and I’ve never given him a reason to not like me, he just doesn’t.

Tonight we are just chilling at the homestead. 

Yesterday

  • Impractical Jokers (DVR) – I love this show, if you have never seen it you need to make sure you do.  It’s on TruTV.
  • the Carbonaro Effect (DVR) – A magic prank show.  Michael Carbonaro does magic in everyday life and then BS’s to the people that witness it.  The peoples reactions are usually pretty funny.
  • Married (DVR) – It’s the pilot episode.  It’s pretty funny but I’m not sure how long it will last.
  • the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (DVR) – The parts I watched were ok.  I fell asleep through most of John Lithgow but the part with Miranda Kerr was funny.  I didn’t know who she was though.  The music guest was someone I heard of at least – Jason Marz.  I didn’t know the song though.
  • Beyond Scared Straight (DVR) – I must admit, I mainly watch this to see the teens that think they are the shit, end up crying when they realize they aren’t as bad as they think they are.

Today

  • House of Cards (Netflix) – We watched the first 8 episodes of season 1 tonight.  I’m not much for political shows but we like this one.

 

We rented a couple of DVD’s last night as well.

  • 3 Days to Kill – This was a pretty good action with a little comedy/drama in it.  Kevin Costner is doing one last job before he quits but is also in charge of his 17 year old estranged daughter for 3 days.  I’d give it 4 stars, Cheri said the same.
  • Non-stop – Liam Neeson in a action/thriller, you know it should be good, and it was.  You really had no clue who the bad guy was until they wanted you to know.  It made for a very interesting movie.  I’d give it 4 stars as well, Cheri says 5 stars because it’s Liam.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journal, July 17th

I don’t have too many updates.  I have kept up with My Sports Obsession blog so far and I had kept up with my Tumblr blogs, until tomorrow.  I didn’t take the time tonight to set posts for tomorrow.  As you can since your reading this, I did post here though.  Woo Hoo!

I got off work at 2 and I’ve had some cardboard boxes that I needed to give back to my mom that we borrowed when Skyler moved a couple of weekends ago.  I was going to take the back a couple of days ago but I ended up just driving by because my mom wasn’t home.  So I guess technically, I just wanted to see my mom.  I hadn’t seen her since the 4th (I think).  I’ve text with her here and there but that was about it so I just wanted to stop by and chit chat.

I sent a text to Cheri to tell her where I was at and she said that her and the kids were waiting for me to go to Steak ‘n Shake and get some shakes.  So I ended up leaving my mom’s and picked them up and headed out to Steak ‘n Shake.  They have “Happy Hour” between 2-4 every weekday and you get half price shakes so we got 4 shakes for $7.  Then we hit the local grocery store to pick up a few items that Cheri didn’t get at Walmart this morning (mainly meat and vegetables) then headed home.  Here’s my Facebook status that pretty much sums up everything and a little something else.

Got off work, hung out with my mom for half an hour, took the kids to Steak 'n Shake for Happy Hour shakes, went to Martin's for some groceries, came home, showered and shaved. All that and I was in my PJ's and relaxing by 5:15. Getting off at 2 is way better than 7. #SuckItAACOA

I was going to screen cap it but it isn’t apparently working unless I restart my computer and I’m really close to going to bed so screw that.

I did play chess again with Trevor tonight.  He about had me, he actually had me playing more defense than offense which is what I told him he needed to work on.  He made 1 mistake and it steamrolled from there.  Both kids think I’m really good at chess and I’m really not, I’m just better than they are.  I told Trevor that if he played often enough, and took his time thinking out his moves then it wouldn’t be long until he was beating me.

  • Duck Dynasty (DVR) – I’m not in love with this show as I once was, but it’s still pretty funny.
  • Big Smo (DVR) – Another new reality show, it’s not too bad and I do like a couple of his songs or raps or whatever you call them.
  • Hot in Cleveland (DVR) – You wouldn’t think this show would be as funny as it is.  Of course, having Betty White helps.
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (DVR) – It was an alright show, main guest was Whoopi Goldberg and as usual on this show, never heard of the music artist.
  • Cooperstown:  Frank Thomas (DVR) – A 1 hour special on the career of Frank Thomas who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
  • Defiance (DVR) – One of the sci-fi shows I like that Cheri doesn’t care for.
  • Dominion (DVR) – See the above description.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Journal, July 16th

I was working on my special project, I guess I need to come up with a name so I can refer to it on this blog, and I hit the end of March (2009) when I joined Twitter.  Holy crap, did I tweet a lot.  I’m hoping that doesn’t last long.  I was getting a month or so done on the nights I worked on it, but April took a whole night and I haven’t even posted anything yet, just screen crapped everything.  I don’t hardly ever post anything to Twitter or Facebook now, other than plugs to my blog posts but I won’t be putting those on that blog because they will already be featured on the section of the blog it was originally posted.  Although I am looking forward to May because that is when Cheri and I start dating so it’ll be fun to go over again.

I’m posting on all my Tumblr blogs again, it’s been awhile there as well.  I’m trying to start posting on My Sports Obsession too.  I posted a quick one last night saying I might be returning, we’ll see if I actually do.  As far as the Tumblr ones go, I’m trying to set up 3 posts for the next day each night instead of sitting down and spending a whole evening then getting a weeks done, but then I get out of the habit of posting and go a week or longer before I post again.

They didn’t post any overtime this weekend.  The 2nd shift guy has vacation days Friday thru Sunday so I have to work 12 hours and I really didn’t want to do it Friday and Sunday.  I knew we’d have Saturday off because it’s the day of the company picnic.  Although if they had made 2nd shift come in after the picnic, I would have had to come in to cover half the shift.

Trevor, who never comes out of his room, actually went outside and rode around on his scooter for about an hour.  We were shocked.  We didn’t even tell him to go out and play, he just went.  Then when he came in, he wanted to play chess with me, which he hasn’t done in awhile.  We played 5 or 6 rounds before he headed off to the shower.  It was nice, there are some nights where I see him at supper and bedtime, and the occasional peek in on him on my way to the bathroom.

Here’s a listing of all the new episodes that we watched tonight.

  • Arrow (DVR & Live) – We watched the 1st season on Netflix and are now watching season 2 on the replays throughout the summer.  We watched the one from last week as well as tonight’s episode.
  • Sullivan and Son (DVR) – This show is a lot better than I thought it would be, sometimes the raunchy humor is hilarious.
  • Married at First Sight (DVR) – A new reality show where 3 couples get married and have to live together for 30 days.  Oh yeah, they never met until the actual wedding.
  • Covert Affairs (DVR) – I like this show but I’m not really into it like I used to be.
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (DVR) – The main guest star was Cameron Diaz.  She’s always funny because her and Jimmy are good friends in real life so they always have a good time.
  • Extant (Live) – I’m liking this show already, doesn’t help that Halle Berry stars in it.
  • Taxi Brooklyn (Live) – It’s an alright show, I don’t hate.  Cheri and I like the lead actress, we knew her from her stint on Grey’s Anatomy.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My new project

There hasn’t been anything really going on and I haven’t felt much like blogging so I haven’t.  I’ll try to be better.  It will go with my latest “online” project anyways.

This will sound stupid to a lot of you, if not all, but it’s what I do.  I started a new blog, don’t get excited, only members can view it and I will be very selective as it is all about my family and life.  So if you’re a family member or close friend, ask me and I’ll send you an invite (I’m not expecting anyone to ask, maybe my mom, that would be all that reads this.)  Basically, I’m combining all my social media into one blog.  Here’s the info at the top of the blog.

In a world of everything being online, I'm going to try to compile the life and times of myself from all my social media accounts into 1 place. It's definitely a long term goal and I would like to eventually be caught up to just add daily, but until then, there'll be multiple posts a day. You can check out the labels at the bottom of the page.

First I went to Shutterfly and transferred all my older photos to the new blog.  I tagged them all with the year they were taken and tagged everybody in them.  So I can go to the blog and click on my mom’s name, or grandmothers, and see every photo with them in it.  Or I can click the year and see everything for that year, or just click the photograph label and view only pictures.  I was born in 1973 but my photos start in 1978 and so far, I’m up to 2009.  I also tagged them all with Shutterfly so I know where they are online.  Once I got to 2008, May 22nd, 2008 to be exact (the day I signed up with Facebook), I started to add anything I’ve posted on Facebook.  If it’s a photo I copy it over, if it’s a status, I screen cap it and post it as well.  On March 31st of 2009 (the day I signed up with Twitter), I started adding any tweets from Twitter that I posted.  As I get later in those years, I’ll add other stuff.  Here’s my start dates for all my social media that I may be adding.

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I haven’t decided what all I’m going to be adding, I will probably do everything up there but I think for the blogs, I’ll just provide a link rather than the whole content, other than personal photos, we’ll see.  I’m playing it by ear and hoping I have it figured out by the time I start hitting the blogs.

Why am I doing this?  Well for one, it would be nice if it was all centrally located into one spot.  What I’m hoping is when I’m gone (dead) that my kids or family can have a place to come and learn about me.  I realize that this will probably never be an issue but I think because my father died when I was only 8, I only have a few memories and whatever stories I’ve heard about him growing up, I feel like I don’t really know him much.  I guess this is my way of leaving some kind of legacy.  With all the online content that’s being put out there, why not keep all of mine in one spot.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Missing in action

I know I’ve been MIA, between working almost every day and little league games most nights, I’m just to worn out to blog when I get home.  I have made some headway on my Feedly, I’m under 4300 unread posts now.  While I’m watching TV I tend to just scroll through it.  It takes little effort and I don’t have to be fully awake to view a lot of them because there are pics and such.  The blogs I read are all in my All-Star folder which I check daily.

I just want to sleep in once in awhile

We were supposed to have today (Sunday) off of work but they came to us on Saturday morning and said they were taking volunteers because we had some maintenance issues that stopped work too much this past week.  Once they got enough volunteers to run at least one of the lines, it makes it mandatory for me.  If the line is working, so am I.  They ended up running both lines but didn’t have enough people to cover every position so some people had to jump back and forth.  They ended up training me on part of the line as well so I could help out.  I didn’t mind it once I got into a rhythm, I though I was doing pretty good.  I could probably do that all day if they would allow me to listen to headphones but they don’t.  So today I finished my 8th straight day working with at least 5 more scheduled this coming week.  I would assume at least 6 because we’ve worked every Saturday but holiday weekends since I’ve started there.

I talked to the regional HR lady this week about getting hired in and off temporary status.  Our HR lady got fired awhile back and they haven’t replaced her so the lady doing the job now is also still trying to do her job so hiring us temporary people is the least of her problems.  The regional HR lady said she would run the reports with our hours and such and start the paperwork this week so hopefully this is the start of officially getting hired in.  I desperately want to get hired in for 2 main reasons.  Not getting paid holidays sucks ass and the temp place I technically work for, sucks ass.   I have to check every paycheck because they screw them up constantly.  Twice now they didn’t pay me double time for Sundays.

I wish these were my clubs

One nice change with the new job is getting off at 2 in the afternoon means I’ve gone golfing 3 times already this year.  The local city course is fairly cheap so we can go play 9 with a cart for $14 so my brother and I and various other people are trying to go once a week or so, time and weather permitting.   I’ve been really enjoying it, so much that I actually purchased brand new balls (first time in probably 20+ years) and I’ve actually (window) shopped at new clubs and a bag.  I play with the clubs I bought from my friend 25 years ago.  After seeing prices, I highly doubt I’ll be buying either for awhile, if ever.  I’m sure I’ll get a bag sooner or later but clubs are just outrageous.

This is how I feel at games this year

If you followed my blog last year then you know how much I love little league season.  Well, this year, not so much.  Both kids teams suck but that’s not the bad part.  Trevor is in his first year of minors which is the first year that kids pitch, which means there are a lot of walks and still not so great defense.  I love baseball but these games just drag on and on.  Trevor doesn’t do much in the field and he’s not a great hitter.  He seems afraid of the ball, although I’m not sure why because he hasn’t been hit at all this year.

Samantha’s team is a whole another story.  The “star” player on the team (and she’s not as good as she thinks she is) is a spoiled, moody brat.  She has all the talent in the world to be a really great player, but her attitude absolutely sucks.  So bad that I’ve found myself not enjoying Sam’s games at all.  Her mother is the coach to and it’s clear where the spoiled, moody attitude comes from.  She does nothing in the way of coaching the girls and then when they make mistakes she’s yelling at them from the dugout.  Samantha says she’s still having fun and she’s had her shining moments but I fear that her (hopefully) last year of little league isn’t going to teach her anything.  I say hopefully because I’m hoping she makes the school team next year.

This is the first year I remember ever dreading having to go to either one of their games.

Not to much else going on in my life so it’s not like you’ve missed anything.  I’ve had one nephew graduate and running off to college this fall and our daughter is transferring to another university.  Cheri is not to thrilled because it’s a few hours away and she likes having her close to home.  Their relationship has really gotten pretty good in the last year.  Skyler has finally figured out that her mom isn’t the enemy.  She’ll be a Junior this year and we have been pretty proud of her previous year, she seems to be growing up in a lot of ways.

I’m now going to head off to my Tumblr blogs and add some content there since I’ve been MIA on those too.  Although I have been posting my Last song of the Day on A Day in the Life of a Nobody.  It posts the album cover along with the song itself so you can listen to it.  Everything posted there goes to my Twitter as well so if you want to follow along with those, feel free.

Until next time.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

the Ex strikes again

I do everything I can for theEx.  She complained that she didn’t get to see the kids enough so I told her she could have them every weekend instead of every other unless I needed them for something.  I let her keep them an extra day when they have a Monday or Friday off of school.  We share all holidays, most of them, I have them in the morning and she has them in the evening.  She is going to a family reunion in Virginia this year, on Fathers Day weekend, and I said she could take the kids.

What do I get in return, pissed off every weekend.  A few weekends ago, she took them to the zoo, on Sunday.  Knowing we were supposed to meet at 7 for her to return the kids.  She texted me around 4 and all she said was she would drop the kids off at our place a little late.  No problem, 3 hour notice, she’s dropping them off.  No biggy.  At a quarter after 7, I get on Samantha’s Facebook page and send her a message asking when she will be getting home, I don’t even remember what her response was but it has a location thing and it said some place in Ohio.  I googled it and it was just north on Cincinnati.  I called theEx and asked where she was at, she said they went to the zoo but they had GPS problems so they are going to be a little late.  Again, I asked where are you at?  Well, we went to the Cincinnati zoo but our GPS cord quit working and it died.  Blah, blah, blah.  I said #1, you have an iPhone, it has GPS on it and #2, it’s a school night, what time are you bringing them home?  Uh, it won’t be until around midnight.  I was livid, midnight on a freaking school night.  Now I have to be up late, and will be anyways since they aren’t home, and I have to be up at 5am to go to work.

First of all, Cincinnati is over 4 hours away from here.  Why they did this on a Sunday knowing they would have to have them back by 7 is beyond me.  Actually, I know why.  They don’t think about anybody but themselves.  Secondly, she is not supposed to take the kids out of state without me knowing.  That’s the law, not my rule.  I don’t really care that she did, but had something happened, I would have at least like to known where they were at.  Regardless, she didn’t drop them off till after midnight that night, which of course, was a school night.

I was pissed, I debated on making her custody every other weekend but I feel like I’m punishing the kids because of course, they love her and she’s the fun parent so they’ll just think I’m taking away their fun.  So I didn’t.

Now today, I’m sitting in the meeting spot at 7, and they aren’t there.  Here’s the conversation, the right side is me the left is theEx.

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My family has done the same thing for Memorial day every year since I was born, and I’m almost 41.  She was part of my family for almost 15 years of that.  We’ve been seperated and divorced for over 4 years.  That’s 4 years of the same situation that we are in now, and she has never kept them on Memorial day.  We get up early, go to breakfast, go to the parade, then hit a couple of cemeteries and pay respects then to my mom’s for a cookout.  In the midafternoon, I meet her and she takes them for the evening.  It’s been the same for the last 4 years.  What my family does has been the same for as long as I can remember and then some.  Now had she texted me sometime throughout the day and asked if she could just bring them to the parade, I probably would have said yes but no, she just changes the plans without notifying me.  So I sit out there at the meeting spot for 20 minutes plus the drive out there, when I never had to leave the house.

I used to love this woman, even after we separated, I cared about what happened to her.  Now, I don’t want to see her, let alone talk to her.  I’m really close to putting her on my “hate” list.  Which I can only think of a couple people who I have ever put on it.  Her husband would be on it already, he’s just a douchebag.  You can read about his exploits by clicking on my nickname for him – the Jackass.

Once again, I’m left thinking, should I take away her every weekend.  After bringing them home after midnight on a school night, and I found out this weekend, they took them to a horse track where theEx was betting on the horses.  Which isn’t illegal, but it isn’t exactly great parenting either.  I don’t want to take the kids away from their mom, I don’t want them to hold that against me.  But lately, it may be for the better.  I don’t know what to do.