Thursday, July 18, 2019

the Walking Fat

If you remember way back at the beginning of 2017, I started tracking my walking on a map just to see how far I'd get with my daily steps. I changed it up a little after I started and decided to walk to all the MLB and Big Ten stadiums and if I go by others I'll log them. Well, the last stadium I was at was in Colorado and from there I went to Seattle, there is a whole lot of nothing between those cities which is why I haven't really posted about it much. I'm finally in Seattle so you finally get another stadium post. Sadly, it really didn't look that impressive from the ground.

Only thing I know about this stadium is the retractable roof and when I watch games there (on TV), I always hear horns in the background because of the train tracks next to the stadium. Oh, and the Mariners play there.

I also noticed the Seahawks stadium was next door so I went around it as well. So let's see where that puts us on our tour.
  1. Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox - MLB)
  2. Soldier Field (Chicago Bears - NFL)
  3. Ryan Field (Northwestern Wildcates - B1G)
  4. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs - MLB)
  5. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers - MLB)
  6. Camp Randall (Wisconsin Badgers - B1G)
  7. TCF Bank Stadium (Minnesota Golden Gophers - B1G)
  8. Target Field (Minnesota Twins - MLB)
  9. Kinnick Stadium (Iowa Hawkeyes - B1G)
  10. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska Cornhuskers - B1G)
  11. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies - MLB)
  12. Pepsi Center (Denver Nuggets - NBA)
  13. Mile High Stadium (Denver Broncoes - NFL)
  14. T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners - MLB)
  15. Centurylink Field (Seattle Seahawks - NFL)
So that's my 6th MLB stadium and my 3rd NFL Stadium.

Day 928 - Seattle, WA (3108.2 miles)

Goal - 1,500 miles (4.1 miles/day)
Currently - 719.8 miles (3.64 miles/day)

As you can see, I'm below my goal pace but I don't really go "walking" anymore. Most of my steps come from work and a little around the house. I have already matched my days with 10,000 or more steps from last year and we still have 4 1/2 months to go. I don't know what all that means, but it is what it is.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Stealing #6

I just got back from Virginia for the week. We left on Tuesday and came back yesterday. We didn't do much "fun" stuff, it was all about spending time with family and friends. I ran off from the in-laws for a couple of days to spend time with my cousin and family outside Asheville, NC. Not much more to say about that, like I said, it was all about spending time with family and friends.

I ran into this Sunday Stealing post and liked the questions so here goes.

1. Are you satisfied with the way your life is right now?  Yeah, could always use more money but my life is way better now than any other part of my life.
2. Do you drink enough water?  Nope, my wife tells me all the time.
3. When was the last time you ate at Burger King?  Week or two. We don't have it a lot but occasionally.
4. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?  Mountains, not even a contest. Love the mountains, hate the beach.
5. How do you usually feel when you wake up on a morning?  Sore, very sore.
6. Would you rather take someone on a date or be taken on a date?  Doesn't make a difference to me, it's all about the time spent not the quality of the date.
7. When was the last time you wore high heeled shoes?  Um, never.
8. Vodka or wine?  Vodka, I rarely drink but I prefer hard liquor when I do.
9. How often do you cry?  Rarely do I cry cry, but I tear up all the time. I'm an emotional guy.
10. Ever had a crush on a teacher?  Probably, I would assume most boys do at one time or another.
11. Can you wire a plug?  Nope.
12. Do you wear socks to bed?  Yep, wear them all the time. My feet get cold, I get cold.
13. What is currently bugging you?  The damn teenagers in my house, or I should say 2 of the 3 teenagers in the house.
14. Can you change a car tire?  Yes, changed many of them.
15. Have you met more than ten celebrities?  No, definitely not. Can only think of 2.
16. Do you sleep naked?  Almost. I used to before kids were roaming the house.
17. What was the best music gig you’ve ever attended?  Nothing comes to mind, I've been to hundreds of concerts but nothing stands out.
18. Have you ever had sexual feelings for anyone you follow online?  Sexual feelings as in she's hot and I'd like to see her naked, sure. Sexual feelings as in I want to tap that, no.
19. Who is someone who has changed your life positively?  Cheri, she's the reason I can answer question 1 like I did.
20. Favorite city?  I guess Chicago.
21. Can you drive?  Got my license the first day the law allowed.
22. Cigarettes or alcohol?  Neither. Smoked 1 cigarette in my life. I drink alcohol but very rarely.
23. Favorite and least favorite accents?  Accents do nothing for me, as long as I can understand what they are saying, that's my favorite.
24. Did you play Red Rover when you were a child?  Yes.
25. Do you like 1980s fashion? No, only thing that should survive the 80's is the music. The rest of it needs to stay there.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Stealing #5

I haven't posted in awhile, I start to post, than I slack off. I ran across this Sunday Stealing and it was about music so I figured it'd be a good post.

Questions from Unusual Music

1. A song that gives you goosebumps.  There's a few but Watch the Lamb by Ray Boltz always does it to me. Almost Home by Craig Morgan is a more recent one that does.

2. A song you hated once but now love.  I can't think of any, there's a bunch that grew on me but I wouldn't say I hated them.

3. Do you remember your first CD?  My first CD would be a bunch of them because I had to replace all the cassettes stolen out of my car. I refused to buy CD's until I had no music to listen to. My first cassette I purchased was Emotions in Motions by Billy Squier.

4. Has your music taste changed much since childhood?  Most definitely. I hated Country, now I listen to it. I used to listen to some pop and rap, now I'm not a big fan. I can tolerate some of it but not most of it.

5. Favorite genre?  Most versions of Rock.

6. What’s a genre or style of music that you just don’t understand?  I listened to most anything so I can't think of a genre that I just can't stand.

7. Do you have a process for listening to music, such as listening to the instruments more than words?  Depends on my mood, some days I just want to jam to some loud music, other days I listen to the lyrics.

8. What’s your favorite thing about your favorite song?  It's a classic Rock song. I really get into certain songs for awhile, but they never seem to last like my favorite does.

9. Do you have a favorite decade for music?  I listen to all decades but if I had to pick a decade it'll probably be the 80's. That genre is probably in the top 3 or 4 on my playlist.

10. Can you play any instruments?  Nope

11. Do you remember your first favorite song?  Not really. I wasn't really "into" music until I was an adult.

12. What was the first concert you ever attended?  Back when I strictly listened to Christian music, I probably went to hundreds of concerts but I have no idea which was my first.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Last Songs For Music Monday

I had a slow week in music because a lot of my listening comes at work and I only "worked" 2 days this week. Monday was Memorial day so I had it off. Tuesday I had a vacation day. Wednesday I worked. Thursday I worked but I was at a conference all day so I couldn't listen to music. Friday I worked but it was a bad day and ended up being half a day and I haven't done much this weekend.

It's a little Rock heavy this week but it is all random so get what you get.

The stats.
  • Songs on the Playlist - 3,373 songs (up 7 songs from last week.)
  • Songs listened to this week - 233 songs (down 288 from last week.)

  • Listened to the 50th song by Elvis Presley since 2018 on Monday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Metallica since 2018 on Wednesday.

  • Listened to the 100th song by Halestorm this year on Wednesday.
Monday - The Best of Times by Styx
Genre - Classic Rock

Tuesday - That's All by Genesis
Genre - 80's

Wednesday - Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg
Genre - Soft Rock

Thursday - Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch
Genre - Rock

Friday - Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Genre - Country

Saturday - Fake It by Seether
Genre - Rock

Sunday - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle
Genre - Country

Monday, May 27, 2019

Last Songs for Music Monday

I started this a couple of weeks ago and I decided I was going to try to move it to Monday's because I always liked the "Music Monday" term.

First up, the stats.
  • Songs on the Playlist - 3,366 (up 3 songs from last post)
  • Songs listened to this week - 521 songs (down 39 songs from last post)
  • Listened to the 50th song by OneRepublic since 2018 on Monday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Colbie Caillat since 2018 on Monday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by the Doobie Brothers since 2018 on Tuesday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Def Leppard since 2018 on Tuesday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Linkin Park since 2018 on Tuesday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by DeGarmo & Key since 2018 on Thursday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Three Days Grace since 2018 on Friday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Frank Sinatra this year on Wednesday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Tim McGraw this year on Wednesday.
  • Listened to the 150th song by DC Talk this year on Wednesday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Prince this year on Thursday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Journey this year on Friday.

Monday - On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
Genre - R&B

Tuesday - Bring Me To Life by Evanescence
Genre - Rock

Wednesday - Get Back Up by TobyMac
Genre - Christian

Thursday - Some Beach by Blake Shelton
Genre - Country

Friday - Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen
Genre - 80's, Rock

Saturday - Ready Set Roll by Chase Rice
Genre - Country

Sunday - 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins
Genre - Indie, Rock

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Not so great week

It hasn't been a great week for me, hopefully things will get better.

Monday I went to work to find out one of my friends died early that morning. He was having chest pains and we believe he was driving himself to the hospital when he had a horrible crash. Coroner believes he died of a heart attack before the crash so he didn't suffer in that. He was only 52. It's been a pretty somber week at work.

On Tuesday, my boss informed me that he put in his 2 weeks notice. This boss is the reason I have the job I do. We worked at a different place together for 15 years and than I left and eventually he left and than he got me transferred to where I'm at. I really like the job and it's been great for us. I can survive without him. I can still contact him and will probably see him a little but what fears me more is who we end up with as a boss. I think I'm going to put in for the job but I doubt I'll get it. I'm not "enthusiastic" enough for them.

Wednesday I went golfing so there is that. Not that I had a great day golfing but it's always nice to be out there.

Thursday my daughter was all kinds of attitude because my wife texted her and told her not to make plans tonight so they could complete their chores. Than later on, I texted them not to make plans for Saturday because we were all going to work in the yard. She gets pissed at the stupidest things and just carries it forever instead of just letting things go. Chores are weekly and we ask the kids to help us in the yard once a year, in the spring. She acts like we make her do all kinds of things. Their chores took an hour and the yard work was maybe 3 hours. Heaven forbid we ask for 4 hours out of her life. Stupid teenagers.

Friday, I got off work early and came home to my wife asking me to run to Walmart to pick up groceries because they were ready. No biggy, it's right up the road. Pull up, check in and they bring it all out and load the car. Wrong! I pull up and check in to only realize that she put the wrong Walmart address in so I ended up having to drive all the way out to a further one, about 20 minutes. As I'm pulling in, I get a call from the wife, saying she just got a call from the school and the girl we have living with us was in an "incident" and that we needed to come in. Now we figured she got in a fight because they wouldn't tell us what was going on. So we weren't in a hurry. I drove home from Walmart, unloaded the groceries and picked up my wife and than headed for the school. We pull in to ambulances and a cop car. We go in and they tell us that she got in a fight in the lunch room and punched a boy. What was worse is that she punched a wall when she left the lunch room and broke her hand. The school talked the parents of the kid to not press charges because she is 18 and the kid she hit wasn't yet so she could have been in huge trouble. They threatened to file charges on him because of the hate stuff coming out of his mouth that instigated the fight. Once we were done at the school, we took her to the ER to get her hand wrapped and we have to take her to an Orthopedic doc on Tuesday, which is the same day as my court date for child support and my friends funeral. So it continues.

Saturday we got some yard work done, kids all helped and had good attitudes. It was a good day and I haven't done anything today so things are already starting to look up.

On top of all of this, Cheri has been in a lot of pain and fighting a lot of headaches. She's been diagnosed with arthritis in her spine and neck to go along with all her other disabilities. What's worse than the arthritis is it tends to give her headaches, which turn in to migraines.

We'll see if I get through tomorrow with the usual festivities of Memorial Day. We spend the morning at a parade and than caravan around to a couple of cemeteries where we have family buried before going to my cousins for a cook out. I already told you what I got going Tuesday. Wednesday I go back to work, Thursday I have an EHS conference to go to and then more work Friday. Here's hoping next week is quick and painless.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Senior Discount

So yesterday, they let us off work at 11 as we were caught up and coming into a holiday weekend. I grabbed my lunch box and headed home but Taco Bell was calling me more than the leftover pizza in my lunch box so I ran through the drive thru. I ordered 4 Steak Soft Tacos and a small Mountain Dew. She said my total was $12 something.

I pulled up to the window after waiting my turn. I hold my debit card out when I pull up and the cashier glances at me but goes back to her register. I just figured she was taking someone else's order. She finally turns to me and as she's taking my debit card, she says it's $11 something, seniors get drinks for free. Now, it took me a minute to realize what she said and what she meant. I would have corrected her but hey, it's a free drink and I figured she owed me after telling me that she thinks I'm 10 years older than what I am.

However, upon coming home and Googling that the Taco Bell senior discount is for those 65 and up, I'm thinking she should have given me my whole meal free for saying I was 20 years older than what I am.

Now I know when I haven't shaved my head recently, I look a little older than I am, and it has been about a week since I shaved it but I don't know about looking 65 years old. There are days where my body feels like it's 65 years old, but not look that old.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Busy week for me

I've actually had a busy week, or at least busy for me. I actually filled up a laundry basket of regular clothes. Why does that mean anything? I wash my work clothes separate so I have a laundry basket full of those every week, but when I come home from work, if I have nothing to do, which is most days, I shower and than get in my PJ's to sit around in. Most days I don't put on my regular clothes at all. So when I say I filled up a laundry basket of regular clothes, it means I actually had to get dressed after work.

On Wednesday, I went to the before mentioned class. I talked my work into giving me a shirt with their logo on it to wear there since I was representing them. The class was good, I learned some things. Most people in there were already certified so it all came easy to them, I struggled with some of the newer to me kind of stuff but I think I got it all. It was a 5 hour class and they had a bunch of breaks, free snacks and drinks as well so all in all, it went well.

On Thursday, I went golfing for the first time in 5 years. The work golf league plays every week (9 holes) but I signed up a week late so I needed to make up the first 9. They golf on Wednesdays and since I had that class, I missed the 2nd week. So on Thursday, me and a guy from work went and played 18 to make up the first 2 weeks. I had some really good shots, and some really bad shots. I shot a little higher score than I liked but I'll forgive myself for going over 100, even if it was only by 4 strokes.

Today, I took the fam (mom, stepdad, brother and sister-in-law) to their 1st major league baseball game. I think my Stepdad had been to one before but the rest, it was their first game. We parked, than walked down to O'Malley's where we got a bunch of Chicago Dogs (I had Chili Cheese Dogs) and ate before the game (it's cheaper). Plus we got greek fries at the game (pic on the right) that were really good. It wasn't a great game for the Sox but it was still a pretty good time for us.

That was my week, like I said, it was busy for me. Now I'm going to sit down and watch the Game of Thrones finale and start a new week. Other than my weekly golf game, I have no other plans as of now so I'll go back to being boring.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Last songs for the week

For those that don't know, I have a huge playlist (currently 3,363 songs) that I put on random for most of my listening. I have a couple of other playlists that I'll occasionally listen to. Favorites and Equinox (songs to crank up on warm summer days with the windows down) as well as the Traveling playlist that I usually listen to when my wife is in the car because she only likes about half of my music.

I've decided on the weekends that I could post the songs that I've used on Last Song of the Day. A big part of my life is music as in listening to it. On work days, I average around 100 songs a day (yes, I keep track). On the weekends, not so much unless I go somewhere and I'll listen in the car. On that blog, I list the last song (unless it's been used already) that I had playing. It's up to 788 posts, you should check it out. There is a link to my playlist on that blog as well.

Anyways, before I get to the actual music, you all know I love stats, so here's the stats for the week.

Songs listened to - 560 songs since last Saturday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Toby Keith since 2018 on Saturday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Adelita's Way since 2018 on Monday.
  • Listened to the 250th song by Taylor Swift since 2018 on Tuesday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Fall Out Boy since 2018 on Wednesday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Motley Crue since 2018 on Thursday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Thousand Foot Krutch since 2018 on Thursday.

  • Listened to the 50th song by Eagles this year on Monday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Shinedown this year on Tuesday.
  • Listened to the 50th song by Bon Jovi this year on Thursday.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Random Catch-Up Post

I was going to post today, but I don't really have much to talk about it so I'm just gonna start typing and see what comes out. It'll probably end up being a random type post but it's better than nothing.

We've been binging on some shows this weekend. Yesterday and this morning we knocked off what was left on the DVR and we watched the whole season of Bonding on Netflix, that sounds like a lot but all 7 episodes were under 20 minutes a piece. I didn't know that when we started it but oh well, it wasn't bad. It had it's funny moments, and raunchy moments, glad the kids weren't home. Now we're watched Dead To Me, also on Netflix. It's listed as a comedy but it's much more of a drama, but either way it's still good. Lots of twists for such a small story. When we're done with that, we'll watch the new Game of Thrones tonight.

Things are going pretty good at work. I just got enrolled for a few classes this summer as well as a class in September to prep me for a huge test that could get me some certifications, which will hopefully come with a big raise. I just hope that's the way my job sees it. It would save the company money, quite a bit so I would think that would be raise worthy. The first class is in less than 2 weeks and I have to travel an hour and a half one way. All 3 of the classes are there (the other 2 are in June) and the test prep class is in Indianapolis which is just under 3 hours from here. It's overnight as well so they'll have to put me up in a hotel. So like I said, I think my job is going well.

We've felt bad that we haven't been taking the dog to the dog park, our oldest always did and said he had a blast so we finally got around to taking him. He pretty much just smelled around everywhere and barely interacted with any other dogs. So now we don't feel bad for not taking him so often. He sniffs and runs around in our back yard, do I really need to take him somewhere else to do that?

I got tickets to my first White Sox game in awhile, I think the last one I went to I took my kids to their first game in 2013. I'm taking my brother and his wife (who hate baseball) and my mom and stepdad (she hates baseball, he doesn't, but he also never watches it). They've been begging me to take them. They said "I don't know why you've never invited us?" Um, because you hate baseball. They'll enjoy it though because they'll like the atmosphere. It's also in a couple of weeks.

I'll post about my walking again in the near future. I've been going from Coors Field in Denver to T Mobile Park in Seattle so there has been a whole lot of nothing to post about. I am in Washington so I'm closing in on Seattle.

If you're confused about this paragraph, go click on the Walking label.

I guess that's it for now with my exciting life.