Friday, April 22, 2022

Social Media and Me

I want to be better about social media. I do like posting stuff just so I have a record of what's going on in my life and I have a blog where I record everything. Such as the Facebook timeline where it tells you what you did on that day in previous years. My blog is the same way only it has everything from journal entries (3 different) to social media posts to blog posts. Even list everywhere I've been that day so I like the concept of social media as a timeline, I don't really care about the social part of it.

My last Facebook post

My problem is, I don't take the time to post on social media when something happens. My instinct isn't, grab my phone and tell the world what's going on so by the time I think about it, it's usually, I should have posted about that. Therefore, I suck at social media.

I have all the social media on my phone but I rarely use it. I send out a snap a day to the couple of people I have streaks with and that's about it. I don't get on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on my phone, not just to read. The only social media I do on my phone would be Tik Tok (watching) and I only do that when I'm alone at home, which usually means in the bathroom.

My last Instagram post

I just don't use if much for the intended use. I do get on each of those listed above but after I get home and settled in the recliner and I use my laptop. I go through Facebook but I have a favorites list with about 30 people on it and then I have a few pages bookmarked that I check daily and that's it. I have 263 friends, I would say half of that is family if not more, the rest are people I went to school with or work with but the majority of them I don't really follow. I added them way back in the day and I don't really unfriend anyone unless there is a reason so they just sit there.

My last tweet

Twitter is the same way, I made a couple of lists and only follow those people, not the 1000's of followers I accumulated back when I made an effort to gain followers. Instagram as well, for the most part I watch the stories and move on. As much as I love being connected to everything, I also don't really care. It's kind of like carrying my phone. I can't imagine not having it with me, I have to have it, but I rarely use it. It's more because if I need something, it's there. I just don't really need it for anything. Although that's not entirely true as I listen to Spotify on it all the time but other than that, it's just there. I used to text a lot but not so much anymore. I get more spam calls than anything, I use it for work phone calls but even those are occasional. I rarely use it for personal phone calls. My peeps prefer texting.

I have noticed that I tend to use it more when I don't work. During the month off of Covid, I used Twitter more, same with this past week that I've had off. I always say that I'm going to start doing better, but I know I won't.

I guess it just isn't for me.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Music Monday ish

I know it's not Monday, but I was busy yesterday. I rushed home after work to get showered and dressed up to go to a viewing. I didn't really know the lady as she was my brother-in-laws (I rarely see him) mother. I probably met her at graduation parties or a wedding somewhere, but I didn't know her, know her.

Anyways, the music portion.

I exercised 6 days so I got through quite a bit of artists but I don't remember really adding much. Let's check it out.

I added 10 songs. The Mylon there in the middle I stumbled across and looked for songs last week and added some ones I weren't sure about to this playlist to listen to once I got down to them.

I also added these 5 singles that were released over the last week.

Here's this weeks stats.

  • Added songs - 15 songs
  • Total songs on the playlist now - 5,213 songs
  • Total songs listened to - 1,042 songs (up 2 songs from last week)
  • Different artists listened to - 440 artists (up 4 from last week)

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Weight Loss Wednesday

Just a quick post as it's getting late (for me) and I'm getting sleepy but I wanted to get a post up.

So about a week ago, I decided I needed to get off my ass and at least get a little active. My role at work has changed some in the last few months and that has me sitting on my butt a lot more and messing around (mostly) with Excel sheets. I feel like my weight has slowly been creeping up. 

The problem is, I suck at motivating myself to do things I don't enjoy and I don't enjoy working out in any kind of way. We have an elliptical bike just sitting there (my wife uses it) but like I said, no motivation. Well, as I said on Monday, I'm into music and I've been wanting to go through certain playlists and find new songs so I figured a half hour a day, I could ride the bike and go through that playlist. So that's my motivation, finding new music. I'm hoping by the time I get through the playlist that it'll be habit and just keep riding it.

Since this my 1st post about it, I'll go ahead and throw it out that the last time I weighed myself I was 312 lbs which was on Monday so that will be my starting weight. I have rode the bike for 8 straight days but there has definitely been days where I had to force myself to do so so we'll see if I can keep it up. 

Here's to another week of riding the bike.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Music Monday

Let's face it Music Monday just sounds good. That's why I knew today I would post about music. I may come up with some themes for a couple of days, that may help me post more often.

As I stated yesterday, I listen to a lot of music (you can follow it by clicking the LastFM graphic on the right side of this blog) and lately I've been trying to add new music and expanding my listening. I've made a playlist of songs I want to check out by going through my current Everything playlist and going artist by artist and adding 5 songs from each artist that I haven't heard before. I'm currently in the F's (I've been doing it for awhile). I've been exercising a little more in the past week so I work on this playlist while I'm working out. It preoccupies my mind so I'm not thinking about working out.

Here's the artist I went through this week and any songs I added.

As you can see, I added 13 songs this week that way. I also go through New Releases of artists I follow which is where these came from.

Both artists released new albums. I'm not a huge fan of pop but I do like a good upbeat song. I was surprised I added 4 songs from Avril.

I've also added songs randomly for various reasons.

  • Wig Wam - Do Ya Wanna Taste It (heard it as the Peacemaker theme song)
  • Trace Adkins - You're Gonna Miss This (my wife played it for me)
  • Jax - Like my Father (also from my wife, she got it from Tik Tok)
  • Mylon & Broken Heart - Heaven, Jesus, It's You & Gospel Ship (I think I was looking at Russ Taff songs and saw Gospel Ship, than searched for the version that I knew and in the rabbit hole I went. I added more songs to my Check It playlist to possibly add later, these were just the 3 that I recognized by the title.)

As you can tell, I added a few songs this week. Here's the stats for this week.

  • Added songs - 26 songs
  • Totals songs on playlist now - 5,196 songs
  • Total songs listened to - 1040 songs
  • Different artists listened to - 436 artists

That's all for today, I know it's not extremely exciting for you but maybe you found something worth listening to.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

We'll see how long this time

Wow! It's been 224 days since I posted last here. I have more going on in my life than I did back then but it still isn't a whole lot. I do actually leave the house more often on the weekends because my cousin moved back up here from North Carolina. We're both into sports cards so we hook up and do related things that I won't get into now because I'm going to try to post more about that when it happens.

Kind of looks like me, if he was fatter.

As far as going on's, the majority of my life is still work, which I won't (can't) post about here. It's going ok, I like what I do and there are days where I feel important in the cog of the machine but there are a lot of things that piss me off as well. My company is a pretty big company and they watch social media, which is why I don't post about work. I'm not really one to bitch about work to the masses anyways. I rarely bitch about work to my wife because I have a 45 minute drive home and I relax and let it all go in that time so by the time I get home, I don't want to talk about it and I've forgotten the majority of it.

Back in our younger days.

My wife and I are still going strong after over a decade (doesn't feel like it's been that long). We have our issues like any married couple does but again, nothing that I would want to post on social media. We both still love each other and enjoy our life together so you can't really get better than that.

Not a good likeness, but it's clipart.

My 19 year old has now moved out and on her own. She's like any typical 19 year old who complains about life but doesn't do any of the steps that she needs to do to improve it. We give her all the tips to help her, she listens intently but never does them. Like I said, typical 19 year old.

My 17 year old is doing great in school. Taking Engineering classes at the career center so we're hoping that's a field that he continues on in college. At this point, we're hoping he just doesn't decide to make the decision to not go to college. He's too smart to waste the opportunity but we know how teenagers make decisions. He's been working for the same fast food place now since he was 16 and he likes it there. He has been promoted to an assistant manager which he enjoys as well.

My other love is music. I love listening to music and do it all the time. You know I'm a stats guy so I can even tell you that I listen to around 1,000 songs a week. Sometimes under a bit, sometimes over. (I'm listening to music now.) So I'm going to try to post something tomorrow, probably music related.

I know I've said it a hundred times, but I'm going to try to be better here. I post almost daily on My Sports Obsession and Random Music so I don't know why I can't do the same thing here. Hopefully, starting tomorrow.

Here's to a new run of posts!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Last week in Music

I don't have much going on but I wanted to get a post up so I figured I'd give a rundown of what's going on with my music. Maybe show what I've updated in the past week.

Songs in my playlists - 4,755 cards

I listened to 166 songs on Tuesday and Saturday but only 76 on Sunday of last week which is typical, I listen to a lot more on work days.

My top 9 artists from last week. There were 6 tied at 8. Jason Mraz is up there because he had a new album out but I'm pretty sure I only added 1 song to my playlists. Blake Shelton and BJ Thomas were artists that I listened to to find new songs.

These are all the new songs to my playlist that I've added in the past week and how I came across them. I'm in the process of going through artists on my playlist and listening to the top 5 songs that I don't already have just to see if I like any of the other stuff, I'm currently working through the B's. All links are to Spotify.

  1. Lois Lain by Olivia Lane - My wife showed me a Tik Tok with this song on it.
  2. the Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) by Betty Everett - Heard this on Beat Shazaam and I knew I didn't have it already.
  3. Here Comes the Hotstepper by Ini Kamoze - I noticed the original track on my playlist was no longer available so I added a different one.
  4. Run Away With You by Big & Rich - Found this going through the current artists.
  5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by Bill Medley - Found this going through current artists.
  6. Do I make You Wanna by Billy Currington - Found this going through current artists.
  7. Details by Billy Currington - Found this going through current artists.
  8. Good Directions by Billy Currington - Found this going through current artists.
  9. Hard by Fuel - New release.
  10. Take My Name by Parmalee - New release.
  11. Feast or Famine by Seether - New release.
  12. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz - New release.
  13. Toy Soldiers by Sarahbeth Taite - My wife showed me a Tik Tok with this on it.
  14. Cradle of Love by Billy Idol - Found this going through current artists.
  15. Not Every Cowboy by Dustin Lynch - New release.
  16. Why You Gotta Be Like That by Scotty McCreery - New release.
  17. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel - Found this going through current artists.
  18. This Is It by Kenny Loggins - There was a remake while going through current artists so I went and grabbed the original.
  19. It's Been a Long, Long Time by Bing Crosby - Found this going through current artists.
  20. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Bing Crosby - Found this going through current artists.
  21. Don't Worry Baby by BJ Thomas - Found this going through current artists.
  22. As Long As We Got Each Other by BJ Thomas and Dusty Springfield - Found this going through current artists.
  23. Amazing Grace by BJ Thomas - Found this going through current artists.
  24. the Old Rugged Cross by BJ Thomas - Found this going through current artists.
  25. Just As I Am by BJ Thomas - Found this going through current artists.
  26. She Talks to Angels by the Black Crowes - Found this going through current artists.
  27. Good One Comin' On by Blackberry Smoke - Found this going through current artists.
  28. You Hear Georgia by Blackberry Smoke - Found this going through current artists.

Whew! Didn't realize how many I added this week. I went through current artists one evening last week and most of the day yesterday.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Is less sleep really a problem?

I've been wearing my Fitbit to bed and tracking my sleep. I have an appointment with my doc at the end of the month to discuss my breathing while I sleep. I assume he'll have me do a sleep study and I'll probably have to wear a CPAP.

I sleep okay, I don't wake up tired but if I stop and do nothing during the day, I will start to get tired but I usually have to be doing nothing for awhile before that happens. To me, that's just boredom. Even when I get up early and drive to work, I'm usually half an hour early and I just sit in my car, eyes shut, relaxing and listening to music. I don't ever fall asleep, just relax. I would think if I was having that big of issues that I would zonk out as soon as my eyes are shut while chilling in the car.

My wife says I stop breathing and than gasp for breath. I wouldn't know, because it doesn't wake me up or at least I don't remember waking up. The fitbit does have an Estimated Oxygen Variation chart and when that gets high, it means you're having breathing issues. I'll usually go into the high range once or twice a night. I don't know what that means, but I'll discuss it with him.

One of the questions I'm not looking forward to is how do you sleep? I think I sleep fine, nice solid sleep. I don't wake up and while I'm tired when I first get up, that goes away once I'm up and moving around. The problem is, I don't sleep much, I never really have.

Here is my last month or so.

It says I average over 5 hours but for the most part, that's because on Saturday night, the one night where I'm not getting up for work the next day, I usually have a really long sleep that extends that average.

My wife hounds me about getting more sleep but I don't really think it affects my life much. I could go to better earlier, I'm a put my head on the pillow and am sleeping within a few minutes type of guy. I just like to have more time to do stuff (usually online) and once I go to bed, that's just quicker until I have to go to work.

I guess we'll see what the doc says.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Dashcam fun

Haven't really been doing anything other than working. I got a dashcam for Christmas and have taught myself (it's not hard) to edit videos because it records in 3 minute blocks and even on one video, it started at the end of a 3 minute block and continued in the next so I had to figure out how to combine them. I posted them on my You Tube channel, mainly for my own safekeeping but they are public so I also had to mute the sound on the videos because they were getting marked with licensing problems because of whatever music I had going in the car.

I haven't really gotten anything crazy yet, but here's what I got so far.

This first one was on my way home from work. I got stuck in a long line on one of the back roads. A lot of people turned around but after work, I'm in no hurry so I just chilled, listened to music and waited. I waited less than 10 minutes before starting to move again. When I finally got to the intersection, I see this. A semi trailer hauling a trailer home couldn't quite make the corner and was up in the grass and took out the stop sign.

I don't know what this guy was doing. Both lanes turn left and the the lane he is trying to get into at first, ends after the turn so I'm confused at what he was doing. Apparently he was confused about everything.

This was filmed after the stop sign on the first video (different day). I was doing about 50 mph when this lady looked like she was going, stopped and then pulled out when it was too late.

Posting these videos isn't the reason I got a dashcam but it's a fun bonus. I don't have to tell my wife about the idiots on the road, now I can show her. I got the dashcam because I don't trust people and don't want to get blamed for an accident that I had nothing to do with because people are stupid. For proof, see the videos above.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Week in the Life of

I'm still finding my way around these posts. They are essentially what happened in the last week. I haven't really had an order to them yet. I just went through my "A Day in the Life" posts to see if I had anything to talk about this week. I'm not going to rehash my Instagram posts, you can follow me on there if you want to see my post a day.

Monday night we didn't have much to walk so I searched for a movie. If I don't already know of a movie, I just pick one of the streaming services or on demand and go through it until we find one. We ended up watching Unknown, I believe it was on Netflix. It stars Liam Neeson and we hadn't seen it so we figured why not. It wasn't anything special but it was a decent movie. Enough to entertain us for just under 2 hours.

Had Taco Bell this week. If you don't know my history with Taco Bell, here's a quick reference. Used to love it, had it all the time (see my stats post). Last year they took a bunch of stuff off their menu, including most of my usual order. Haven't been going there nearly as much but my wife likes the Queserito so I would just grab some chili cheese burritos. The problem with that is her order can only be ordered through the app, not a problem, use it anyways, but the chili cheese burritos aren't on the app, no idea why. So basically I get annoyed every time I go there because I have to do an online order as well as one at the drive-thru. When I get to the last window, they'll hand me one order and I always have to explain that the next one is mine as well. Like I said, it was just annoying.

Well this week when we grabbed it, I noticed a Club Chalupa and tried it. It was pretty good so I can order that now instead of having 2 orders. They also announced that they were bringing back their Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes which is one of the items they took away that I liked. So my Taco Bell intake is looking up. I just hope the Club Chalupa isn't a promotional, it wasn't listed there on the app so I think it might be a regular menu item.

I pass a mall on the way home from work and it's a dead mall (see above). A really dead mall. There are only a few stores left in it besides the anchors (JC Penny and Hobby Lobby). There are supposed to be 4 anchor stores and even 2 of those are empty. Basically, it makes it nice to walk, not many people and warmer than walking outside right now. I see more mall walkers than customers. I ended up walking 3 days last week. I started Tuesday, went back on Wednesday. Thursday my sister-in-law and niece were visiting my wife so I came straight home after work to see them. My wife tends to visit all of her family in the middle of the week while I'm at work so I don't see them often. My mom ended up meeting me out there and we walked on Friday. I went over 2 miles each day which is my goal, for now. 

Part of the problem I have with walking at home (other than it's winter right now) is by the time I get home, I just want to shower and relax so I talk myself out of walking. That's the main thing on why this mall walking might be good for me. We'll see how long I sustain it though, because to be honest, I really don't enjoy walking.

We had to work yesterday (Saturday) and I might have stopped there on the way home but I had made plans to have lunch with my youngest daughter. Her girlfriend and my wife, neither care for Hacienda and we both like it so we tend to go there. It's the second time we've done it, I'm going to try to make it a regular thing. Every month or two or something. Otherwise, I don't see her much as she doesn't visit us much more. Even though she is in the area all the time. Damn kids!

I ended up walking 7.75 miles at the mall this week. Hopefully I can make it a regular thing since last time I went to the doc, for the first time I was over 300 lbs. Being 6'3" helps we wear it better than most but I would like to get rid of some of my gut. I've been pretty steady in the 290's for a long time so it's not like I put on a ton of weight but there's something about that number, 300 pounds just seems like a lot.

Not to much going on at work. The city surprised us with an inspection on Wednesday. During our Q&A, he mentioned that he only schedules us for an hour because he knows the walk through never takes long because we are always on point. He said some places he goes he has to schedule 4 hours. Everything went well, he even contacted our EHS coordinator and told her that he was impressed with our staff (which is me and our EHS person) so that's always good to hear.

The wife and I went out Friday night, it seems to be becoming a regular thing where we drop my son off at work and than go to 5-Guys burger and fries (they have curb side pick-up) and than we just sit in the parking lot in our car and have supper. Afterwards we run down to Steak 'N Shake and grab a couple of shakes, and again, sit in the parking lot and have our dessert. It really is the perfect date night for us. We enjoy the food and I would rather sit in the car, listen to our tunes and enjoy a meal than be stuck in a restaurant where people are annoying and it's usually loud so you can't really talk that well. My wife has issues with a lot of noise, it makes it hard to focus when there is a lot going on so it's a nice date night for us. We can even stay in our PJ's which is what we tend to do. Don't worry, our PJ shirts are regular shirts so you won't notice unless you see our PJ bottoms.

Not sure how much this will continue though because my son is taking his driver's test on Tuesday. Hopefully, he'll pass it so we don't have to drive him anymore. The taking him isn't a big deal. The picking him up between 10 and 11 pm is because on work nights, I'm in bed around 10 and my wife has trouble driving at night. She goes and gets him, luckily traffic isn't really bad and it's not real far. Her eyes have issues with the lights coming at her as they don't dilate very quick so she can't go from darkness and than a light in her face.

I guess that's all for last week. No real plans as of this week other than my son's driving test. Hopefully see you all back here next week.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

New Family Member

I didn't post one of these posts last week because I did my annual stats post which takes some time to set up but I did post. I just went back and looked at my posts in January each year and it's usually higher than most months. The last few years it's been almost half the posts that I put out for the year so I'm guessing I usually tell myself this year, I'm going to make sure I post and by the time February hits, I've stopped. Hopefully this year will be different.

One thing I have been doing so far this year, is using my Instagram account. I send out daily Snaps on Snapchat to my daughter and my mom (called streaks) so I said how hard would it be to take a daily photo on Instagram, so that's what I'm doing. I used to have a widget over there on the right side but it stopped working awhile ago. I tried updating it but apparently everybody wants money for it so screw them. I'll just post the content right here. I do encourage you to go to my Instagram and follow along. You can click the Instagram icon above this paragraph to go to it. So here's getting you caught up since the 1st, next week, I'll just do the past week.

January 1st we had freezing rain and the 2nd it all got covered with snow.

January 3rd is our cat in her princess pose, January 4th I had to go back to work.

January 5th was my first Tuesday morning Taco Bell breakfast, the 6th we brought home a new dog.

January 7th is our cat again, in her daily position on my recliner, the 8th I tried to visit my daughter at work.

Yesterday, the 9th, I wore my new hoodie.

As you can see, nothing really exciting but a little look into my life. I haven't taken a photo for today yet so I guess you'll see that next week or on Instagram later.

Milo, Duke, Kitty and Trevor

On Monday, we drove to Michigan City to see "Dude" at the local human society. We were looking for a companion for our dog Milo. We wanted someone that would play with him but also be a pretty chill dog as we have a pretty quiet household. On Tuesday morning, we got the call that we were selected to take him home so we drove out again to pick him up. We took Milo with us so they could meet and that went well but they really wanted us to bring 2 cars to take him home. Well, it's an hour drive and because of my wife's MS, she can't drive at night because her eyes don't react quick enough to the lights coming at her. So we took my son and told them we'll be good, we brought the teenager to separate them if we need to so we eventually talked them into letting us bring him home. They both pretty much laid on each side of him all the way home. You wouldn't have even known there were dogs in the car.

He's a German Shepherd/Lab mix. He is a pretty sweet guy, he likes to cuddle more than Milo. Although we did have to change his name, we didn't want to because if he's used to a name, it would be cruel to change it but we couldn't leave it Dude because my wife uses that word so we change it to Duke so it sounded the same and he wouldn't be confused. 

My wife has occasional doubts on whether it was the right decision or not. She's a very clean person, likes things orderly and in their place and Milo was pretty good about that, Duke, not so much. When he drinks he walks away from his bowl and drops water all over the place. He licks himself on the couch and leaves big wet spots so stuff like that just drive her nuts. We moved all the squeaky toys downstairs and kept the noise free, rope ones up here because they like to tug against each other.

They've been good for each other though and Milo is definitely playing a lot more than he was which is good for him. 

Ignore my wife's meds.

That's what has consumed our week so far, it's starting to get into a normal routine more and more each day and than we won't even think about it.