Thursday, July 28, 2016

Last Song of the Day

For those of you who enjoyed the music posts I've had on this blog, I started a music blog called Last Song of the Day. You may remember those posts that I used to do here, if not click the Music label on the side of this blog. The new blog lists the last song, plus shows the album cover, as well as a YouTube video and the lyrics so it has a little more info then I've done here. It'll always be 1 post a day, it just may not be every day.

It also has a few pages of lists of mine. Top 20 favorite songs, Top 10 songs I like to jam to and of course, the CD that Cheri made me while we were dating. Of course, those lists only get revealed when a song off of it becomes a Last Song of the Day. Is it me or does that sound like a game show?

There are also labels for the group or artist, the year released and the genre. The songs also get added to YouTube playlists by genre that you can access as well. So as you can see, it's a little more involved then just telling you what the last song of the day was. I do have a few of my own words with it as well, but not much. It's more about the music, then myself. A couple of other pages that I have over there are who I've seen in concert as well as albums I've owned.

As of right now, I have 2599 songs on my playlist, so realistically, this blog can run for years without repeating a song. If you know me, there will be all kinds of genres represented. Right now, there is 23 posts with 13 genres represented. I can name a few more genres that I haven't even used yet.

I know, it all sounds so exciting so go join today so you don't miss out on anything.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Arthritis update and we're becoming an animal household

It's been almost a month since I posted about my arthritis and in that month, my knees have hurt 1 other time. So as bad as it hurt for that few days, if it's even arthritis, it's apparently not that bad. If I had to be honest, as much as my body aches, when I've played softball, my legs have felt pretty good. As a matter of fact, last week I was 3 for 3 with a single and 2 doubles. Even stretching out the doubles my legs didn't hurt. Last year, I could barely run to 1st without being in pain. This year, I sprinted out a triple and my legs felt good. I certainly don't think I'm in better shape, I'm still pretty round, but my legs seem to be doing a lot better. I get really achy, for the most part, when I've been sitting on my ass for to long and then get up. The cat loves to sit on my lap because I will sit for a good 3 or 4 hours without getting up but oh my god, can I feel it when I do. I'm guessing since I'm a homeowner now that mowing the lawn every week is probably a good exercise that I wasn't doing before as well.

Speaking of the home, the really good news is Cheri has been getting out and about and doing the outside of the house. She has been planting flowers, painting, putting down bark, shoveling, ect. Except this week because it's been ungodly hot. The great news is even with all that activity, the only real soreness is muscle soreness and not her bad back or the Fibromyalgia. So it's been good exercise for her as well.

We are dogsitting our granddog this week and maybe longer. To be honest, we're not sure how long he'll be here as our daughter is between places for a few weeks but we also know how much she hates being without the dog so I have a feeling, she'll end up on our doorstep sooner or later.

Having a dog here reminds me why I'm a cat person or I should say, why my wife is a cat person because Milo (the dog) is up her ass. Every time she gets up to do something the dog follows. Right now, she's in the kitchen trying to cook supper and he tries to sit between her and the stove. So needy. Cats, they want nothing to do with you most of the time. You can get up and go to the bathroom, come back and the cat hasn't moved. Don't even get me started on getting up to let him out and let him back in. Milo loves to go outside at night and run around for an hour and then come in. You'll be cool because you think he probably wore himself out but no, 5 minutes later, he wants to go out again. He does this constantly once it gets dark. A pain in the ass.

Example. Right now my wife is cooking. Here's the dog.

and here's the cat.

I won't even get to the phone calls I get from my mom and brother, "Can you go let our dogs out?" Cats, leave them some food out and they are good all weekend.

Don't get me wrong, I love dogs. I love that you can rough house with them and they are truly mans best friend. More obedient, easier to train, ect. but I'm lazy, and I like my house not smelling like dog. Especially wet dog because they still have to use the potty even when it's bad weather.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I'm just old

I haven't had a lot to say lately. Some of it is that there just isn't much going on, other is I just don't take the time to put anything into words. Plus, it's baseball season and I tend to focus more on my sports card related blogs.

I started playing softball again, we've played 3 games so far and are 2-1. I'm the pitcher, which is the reason they asked me to play for the church team. I've only walked 1 batter in 3 games so I'm doing what the asked me to do. My daughter, Samantha, plays as well but tends to struggle, she claims she's not used to slow pitch, and that she doesn't like to play in front of people. I think it's her lack of competitiveness, which I truly don't understand. When I played sports, I wanted to be the best out there. I was never flashy, but I was a fundamentally sound player. I took pride on not making mistakes and being a good team player. I still play that way but my body doesn't allow me to be the best on the field anymore so I have relaxed my competitiveness and just have fun.

not my knees

The day before our first game, my right knee started to hurt. I had surgery on it back in high school (25+ years ago) so I'm familiar with knee issues but I couldn't figure out why it hurt and why I didn't remember doing anything to it, it just started to hurt. After consulting with some people, mainly my mom, I think I have it diagnosed. Arthritis. Like I didn't feel old enough, that now I have to deal with arthritis but at least now I know what it is because that first game I was very hesitant to do anything, afraid it was an injury and I didn't want to make it worse. Now I just play through it since I know it's just pain and it's not going to damage anything. The right knee hasn't bothered me since that first couple of days 3 weeks ago but now I'm having issues with my left knee. I don't know if it's arthritis (I do believe I have that on that knee as well) related or not. My knee gets to the point where I have to straighten it to pop the kneecap, and when it pops, it hurts.

So basically, I'm just old.


The worst part of the knee issues is that there are some days where I'm cramped up in my forklift at work for long periods and when I go to get off, I can barely walk until it stretches out some. It's ridiculous how old I have been feeling as of late.

I have probably popped more Ibuprofen this past week than I have most of my life. I don't generally pop pills at every twinge, most of the time I just ride out the pain because I know it'll go away, but not now. My mom suggested Naproxen for the arthritis and I finally picked up some and popped my first ones last night before bed. My knee was better when I woke up so I'm guessing it did it's thing but we'll see.

I'd like to say that I'm going to get back here and post more often but I'm not promising anything. We have done a few things to the home that maybe I can post about, if I ever get around to it. I also still where the fitbit and while I have good days, I have outgrown the "going out of my way for steps" stage. Plus, there's always theEx and JackAss drama, not as much anymore, but it's still there.

We'll see if I can continue to post. Until then...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Have you ever...

I saw this on another blog that I follow, figured I'd give it a shot since I never post anymore. Why not? Consider it Friend Makin Wednesday though.
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
Have You Ever?

Fired a Gun? Yes, a 9 mil. 12 guage shotgun and an AK
Gone on a blind date? Nope
Skipped school? Yes, over and over again.
Watched someone give birth? Does a C-section count?
Watched someone die? Nope
Visited Hawaii? Nope
Visited Europe? Nope, have no desire to either
Visited Las Vegas? Yes, but I was a teenager so no adult fun was had.
Visited Washington? State, no.  DC, yes, twice.
Visited Amsterdam? Nope
Visited Florida? Nope
Visited Mexico? Yes, Tijuana. Same trip as Vegas so I was a teenager, no donkey shows.
Visited Australia? Nope
Seen the Grand Canyon in person? Technically, no. I vaguely remember flying over it on my way to LA.
Been on a cruise? Nope
Been in a movie? Nope
Visited LAX? Yes, or at least I assume so.
Been to New York City? Nope
Cried yourself to sleep? Yes
Played in a band? Nope
Used an adult coloring book? Is that a coloring book with porn? No
Sung karaoke? Nope
Gone swimming in the ocean? I don't think so but I have been to 2 oceans, just don't remember being in them.
Paid for a meal with coins only? Probably, as a teenager.
Made prank phone calls? Yes, a lot of them. I remember doing them, I don't remember the pranks though.
Laughed so much you cried? Yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? I'll say yes because I'm sure during a yawn or something.
Had children? Yes, 2
Had a pet? Yes
Been skinny dipping? Yes.
Repelled down a building/tower? No, but I have a real rock wall.
Gone zip lining? Nope, would love to though.
Been water skiing? Nope, tubing though.
Been camping in a tent? A lot, still do it twice a year.
Driven a motorcycle? Nope
Jumped out of a plane? Nope, but would love to.
Gone to a drive-in movie? Yes, ages ago.
Done something that could have killed you? Yes, probably more than once.
Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life? Yes, and I hear about it all the time.
Ridden on an elephant? Nope.
Ridden on a camel? Nope.
Eaten just cookies, cake or ice cream for dinner? Yes. Are we not supposed to?
Been on TV? Yes
Been in a newspaper? Yes
Stolen any traffic signs? No
Been in a car accident? Yes, more than one, less than 10.
Stayed in a hospital? Yes, my birth. Other than that, no.
Donated blood? Yes
Had to pay a fine of some kind in the past 12 months? Nope
Eaten snails? Nope
Gotten a piercing? Yes, no longer have it.
Gotten a tattoo? Yes, multiple.
Driven a standard car? Yes. First car was a stick and have driven others since then.
Ever owned your dream car?  No.
Been married? Yes
Been divorced? Yes
Fallen in love? Yes. Every day when I look at my wife.
Paid for a strangers meal? Nope, but have always said if I could afford it, I would all the time.
Driven over 100mph? Yes
Worked in a pub? No
Found a dead body? No
Lived on your own? Yes
Ridden in the back of a police car? No. Been in them but never got taken downtown.
Written or published a book/story/poem/song? Nope, unless a blog counts.
That was fun, I used to do these on Facebook back when I started dating my wife. Sort of a, getting to know you kind of thing. It must have worked, I suckered her in.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


I've really slacked off on the Fitbit. I would like to say that it's because our weather has gone to crap so I haven't gone out walking after work, but there has been days it's been decent and I just couldn't get up and go. I even went and bought some new walking (running) shoes so my feet wouldn't hurt so much afterwards and I think I've only walked once, maybe twice since and I've had them a few weeks now.

I still get between 6k and 9k on work days so it's not like I'm not moving at all but the weekends tend to be really bad. I know there was a Sunday in there where I barely broke 500 steps. Today will probably be like that as well. It is right now almost 3 in the afternoon and I'm half way to 500. I did work yesterday, plus did some minor running around last night so I had a decent day to help my weekend battle with my mom. I kill her on weekdays because she's retired and can't keep up with my work steps, but she usually kills me on the weekends because I'm fat and lazy. I haven't won a weekend yet but it looks like I might have a shot this weekend, I'm currently up over 5k steps. I'd go walking but you know, it's raining, again. It's also under 40 degrees, so there's that too.

I might have set a record for longest amount of sleep last night though, I haven't checked yet but 10 hours and 40 minutes sounds like a high to me. I worked yesterday and on Saturdays, we go in at 5 so I got up at 4:30. I managed a hour and a half nap when I got home so I ended up staying up till midnight but I ended up sleeping until almost 11 this morning. I needed the sleep, I bet I've averaged under 5 hours a day all week. The wife is out of town this weekend so that's probably another reason I slept so much, the cat doesn't wake me up like she does my wife early in the morning. I woke up once this morning and that's because she laid down on top of me. When I woke up at 11, she was laying beside me. I gave her extra food last night (which I keep telling my wife to do) so she wouldn't wake me up this morning wanting to be fed.


Wife being gone has also explained why my TV viewing has pretty much been all sports. I've been catching up on games I had recorded on my DVR. 3 White Sox games and 3 Bulls games.

My son is at a friends house since yesterday and my daughter's friend who is living with us has been at her moms all weekend so it's just been my daughter and I. We went out for supper last night and grabbed some blizzards from DQ on the way home and I had promised her we'd watch the Gallows so I streamed it from VidAngel in HD for $2. Although if she would have told me it was all filmed with like a hand held camera, I might have opted for the standard def at $1 instead. Oh well.

I have to leave in about an hour to pick up the kids out running around and my wife will be home tomorrow so everything will be back to normal then. I'll probably still be a lazy ass as well so like I said, everything will be back to normal.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fitbit weekly

Hey, I'm only posting one day after I got the email. I'm having a good week so far this week, but this post is about last week.

Every one of those stats is down from the week before. I sucked. I promise next week will look better. I did get the 10,000 step goal on Monday (11,0005) but it was all downhill from there. Pretty much work steps all week (even Saturday) and that was it. I had a very slow, not doing a damn thing week at home. I did manage to change one of my personal best records though. To bad it is the one inactive stat.

Daily Records
  • Steps - 12,774 steps (6.28 miles) (February 15th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 14 floors (February 19th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 9 hrs, 17 min (February 28th, 2016)

Weekly Records

  • Steps - 57,505 steps (28.26 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 50 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 51 hrs, 9 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)

Weekly Averages

  • Steps - 8,451 steps (4.15 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 8 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 7 hrs, 28 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)

*Green lines indicate a change from last week.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Last week on Fitbit

I really need to get into the habit of posting these when they come to my email, which is somewhere in the middle of the week. Nothing to exciting this week but I did talk to a lady at the optometrist who had a Fitbit on. She got reimbursed for hers as part of her insurance plan which I thought was a cool idea. I know there are days when it gets me to take more steps because I'm close to a goal or something. Her insurance (as does mine) offers to pay $200 for a gym membership and if you don't use that money, they'll reimburse the cost of a Fitbit. I've even noticed a few people at work who wear them, including my boss. They aren't close enough friends that I've asked them to join my friends list or anything but I've talked to them about having them. It must be one of those things where once you have one, you notice them all over.

Everything was down this week, including my sleep by 5 minutes. The steps was down almost a thousand and my floors were almost half of last week. Not a very good week apparently. I had a good Friday as it was my only day over 10,000 but the previous Sunday pretty much killed it for the week, I only had a little over 2,600 steps. I also did a better Saturday than normal because I actually went for a walk and added almost 3,700 steps.

There probably isn't any changes but we'll post it anyways.

Daily Records

  • Steps - 12,774 steps (6.28 miles) (February 15th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 14 floors (February 19th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 8 hrs, 18 min (February 14th, 2016)

Weekly Records

  • Steps - 57,505 steps (28.26 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 50 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 51 hrs, 9 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)

Weekly Averages

  • Steps - 8,451 steps (4.15 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 8 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 7 hrs, 28 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)

*Green lines indicate a change from last week.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Fitbit Weekly

Last week was a good week as far as my Fitbit is concerned. I basically had a busy work week which got me over 10,000 steps 3 days. Let's take a look.

If you don't remember last week, let me just say, the steps alone are 28,000 more and the floors climbed is over double this week from last week. You can see the green arrows on everything to see that everything has improved. You can also tell that I worked a lot more days since my average sleep duration is almost an hour less.

As you can see, the week didn't start off to well. Sunday was my lazy day, I didn't even hit 1,000 steps but then Monday happened. It was a record setter all around. It was a day of firsts.

It was the first time I hit green on every category. I had only 1 day of over 10,000 steps until this week where I added 3 more. Granted, on Thursday, I was a couple of hundred steps shy so just before bed, I paced from the bedroom to the living room until I hit it.

I have a feeling a lot of these will change from last week.

Daily Records
  • Steps - 12,774 steps (6.28 miles) (February 15th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 14 floors (February 19th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 8 hrs, 18 min (February 14th, 2016)
Weekly Records
  • Steps - 57,505 steps (28.26 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 50 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 51 hrs, 9 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)
Weekly Averages
  • Steps - 8,451 steps (4.15 miles) (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Floors Climbed - 8 floors (February 14th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 7 hrs, 28 min (February 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016)
*Green lines indicate a change from last week.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

House projects

We buckled down this weekend and got some stuff done around the house. I mentioned in my last post (about Fitbit) that I had worked on the house last Saturday and what we did then, and it took all day was to get the wood up for the board and batten in the living room. It was a lot more to it then I thought, my plan was to just glue and then nail the vertical boards to the wall. My stepdad, however, had another idea where we attached them to the horizontal pieces and then nailed the horizontal to the wall. It took a lot more work but I'm sure it looks way better than what I would have done.

We woke yesterday and sanded some spots on the wood, and then went and caulked the board and batten since the vertical pieces weren't attached to the walls, Cheri wanted it to at least look it was so we caulked all around the pieces. I had to make another hardware store visit just to pick up more caulk, we had no idea how much it would take. We originally bought 2 tubes and ended up using double that. After the caulk dried we painted again. Cheri painted the wood while I followed her and painted the wall between it. We were afraid that if we just painted the wood, then the wall wouldn't quite look the same since they were painted at different times plus you could see where she painted around the wood. It took a few hours to paint and we were both dead once we finally finished but it looks great.

While we were waiting for the caulking to dry so we could paint, we finally got around to hanging up the clock Cheri had purchased as well as another vintage type shelf. I'm not sure what other decorations she has planned for the living room so I don't know how close it is to being completed. I know she wants to hang the TV but she wants the cords to run behind the wall so that's a little more than just hanging it and there is also a mirror and hooks for coats that she wants to hang by the door. The mirror is off the dresser we bought a few weeks ago and then we are attaching coat hooks to the bottom of it so it looks like one piece. The mirror is really heavy which is why we haven't hung it yet, it's a little more than just pinning it to the wall. Cheri wants to do a couple of touch ups with the paint on the white and we need to touch up the gold where we caulked on it at the top of the rail.

Here's before and after.

Ignore the picture sitting on the railing at the left of the picture, I like to put stuff on the railing just to annoy Cheri. I keep telling her I'm going to put my baseball cards on it. You can see we changed the colors plus see the board and batten. You can also see the new clock up there, or down here

It says Laws & Co., Est. 2010

This is the other corner, she hung up the vintage shelf looking thing up there. Cheri has a few books on it (from the 1800's) but she's not sure what else to put up there.

Today our new dishwasher was delivered. I had planned on disconnecting the old one and connecting the new one. That didn't work out to well. I got the old one disconnected pretty easily but once I got the new one in and started hooking up, I noticed one small problem. The old one plugged right into the wall where as the new one is supposed to be hard wired. I'm not messing with electric so needless to say, it didn't get finished and I have to wait for my stepdad to get home from his anniversary trip to help me out. I had shut off the water to the kitchen in order to work on it but since I didn't get it hooked up, I had to figure out a way to get our water back on. I went ahead and hooked up one hose to the dishwasher figuring that would hold and the other hose I'm not sure where it goes. I almost wonder if I need a bigger hose to hook up to the new dishwasher so I took a drill bit and stuck it in upside down into the smaller tube just to plug it. I placed the end of that hose in the sink just in case it manages to spit out the bit. I went downstairs and turned the water back on and no leaks so yeah for me.

I really wanted to get the dishwasher hooked up because I am widely known in my family for not being handy so I was really hoping to be able to do it myself just to say I did. Of course, that didn't work out so now that I had to call for help, I failed, again.

House list
  • Den - Paint.
  • Dining Room & Kitchen - Paint and Stain the cabinets.
  • Garage - Rearrange and clean (clean probably won't get done till spring.)
  • Living Room - Put some kind of tile at the front door (there's carpet there now).
  • Main bathroom - Paint, possibly restain the vanity.
  • Master Bath - Paint, possibly restain the vanity.
  • Master Bedroom - Paint walls and possibly ceiling.
  • Outside - Reseed grass (spring), stain the deck and the porch, put up a column, paint the door, replace the lamp post.
  • Samantha's Room - Paint, take down fish wallpaper, put up chalkboard paint on one small mall.
  • Trevor's Room - Completed.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Fitbit weekly for last week

I would have posted this earlier in the week but I was having issues with blogger and uploading photos. It finally got fixed today so here you go.

I bet you're all happy that I decided not to post an every day journal of my Fitbit progress. To be honest, I just had one of those days where I did't have time or just did't get in the mood to post and it totally takes me out of the habit of sitting down to do so. I did get a weekly report from them in my email so I thought I could do a weekly post. Granted, I got it a few days ago and I'm just now posting so some things haven't changed.

I know, it's not very impressive at all but I only worked for 2 days and then was on leave for bereavement Wednesday thru Friday. Wednesday was the Celebration of Life party and afterwards we took the kids shopping at Target for clothes and shoes. Then we also went out for supper that night because my cousin was in town for the party and we always go out to Hacienda when he's in town. Thursday wasn't a huge step day, I was out and about and not at home but I really wasn't doing anything. I basically hung out with the family all day, just chilling. Friday I didn't do squat and Saturday I worked on the house so I got more steps than usual for the weekend but still not a bunch. As far as my friend ranking, I was 9th out of 10 friends, kind of pathetic if you ask me. Take a look at my daily steps

As I said above, the 2 work days were the most productive and it was all downhill from there. The other thing I keep track of, not sure why, maybe just because it's interesting, is sleep.

That is actually really good, but that is also again, because I only worked for 2 days. I get really good sleep if I'm not working because I tend to sleep in, sometimes as late as 10 or 11 in the morning. Put it this way, I actually have my sleep goal set at 6 hours and I hit that for 5 of the 7 days last week. So next week, you'll see more steps (more work days) and less sleep duration (more work days.) Side note, I do count naps in the afternoon so sometimes my sleep will look better because of it.

I will also keep records to date of this week's post. All the following records will be from this week since it's the first week doing this. Since we are so far into next week already, I can already tell you that most, if not all of these will change.

Daily Records
  • Steps - 10,015 (4.92 miles) (February 9th, 2016)
  • Floors climbed - 10 (February 8th, 9th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 8 hrs, 4 mins (February 10th, 2016

Weekly records
  • Steps - 31,149 (15.31 miles) (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)
  • Floors climbed - 24 (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 51 hrs, 9 mins (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)

Weekly averages
  • Steps - 4,449 (2.19 miles) (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)
  • Floors climbed - 3 (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)
  • Sleep - 7 hrs, 28 mins (February 7th - February 14th, 2016)