Sunday, March 11, 2018

A plead for help

There's a lady at work who is one of the nicest people I know. She loves to have fun but knows how to put her boss pants on when she needs to. She's not technically my boss but I usually do whatever she asks because I like her and she always helps me out when I need it. I've only known her for about 6 months but she's definitely one of my favorite people there.

She has been battling cancer for awhile now. According to her gofundme page, she has stage 4 breast cancer but it's a little more than that. I'm going to try to remember everything she told me but I'm not guaranteeing all this info is correct. She has 3 different types of cancer right now. She also has a tumor that they need to operate on. She is going in for a surgery before she starts chemo and radiation and then stops that long enough for more surgery before continuing it. This is the 3rd time she has fought cancer, beating it the previous 2 times. There is no beating it this time, it is in her bones so it will always be there to some extent but they are going to try to get as much of it as possible.

They have given her 22 months to live. To her, that's just a number to beat. They only gave her a limited time to live the last time and she went way beyond it and then some. She has been missing work and her husband has been working during some of her appointments because they just can't afford for both of them to be off.

What can you do, well, you know what this is about. I rarely post on here for your money. I can only think of 2 other times in the 7 years I've been here. MS Society because of my wife, and another fellow employee that was battling cancer. You guys have come through before and I hope you will again. She means a lot to a lot of people including her fellow employees. She's just one of those people who you like to be around, and I want her to be around for as long as possible so please help. I don't care if you donate $1, please donate something.

I appreciate anything you can do to help. Cancer has affected my family (lost father and grandfather) as well as some who have fought it and are still around so I know how much this sucks.

YouTube TV

Wow! It's been over a month since I posted. I started doing a personal (instead of public) journal which has taken away from here but I do type on that daily. I like that I can say whatever I want without having to worry about repercussions. I don't like to talk about work here for a couple of reasons. Because this is public, I don't want to speak bad about work, even if it's about the people I work with, in case my employer does run across it. Not that I would have that much to complain about but you never know. I also don't want a fellow employee run across something that I said about them. I don't ever use names but if it's about them, I'm sure they'd figure it out so I don't say anything. It's kind of the same thing with home. So I always have to be concerned about who sees what so I don't post much. Like I said, it's been nice not having to worry about that.

About a month ago, we finally dropped our cable. TV, not internet. I still have internet through Comcast/Xfinity because they are the best there is, at least around here. We looked at dropping our internet and just using hot spots on our phones for internet at home. Verizon has an unlimited data plan but if you read the small print, it slows down after 15 gb and we use almost that now without using it at home. Like I said though, we dropped the cable TV portion and are using YouTube TV. It saves us about $65/month which in the long run, is quite a bit. We've been using for a month now and are completely happy. There are a few channels that we don't have now but not enough to even be a negative and they seem to be adding channels as they can. The added all the Turner Network (TBS, TNT, ect.) just after we signed up. We can't seem to get the app to work on our Roku that's part of our TV. So we stream it through our phones through the Chromecast to our TV. We had to upgrade our Chromecast because we still had the 1st generation but other than that, it's been fine.

The positives about YouTube TV.
  1. You can have up to 5 accounts. Each account is separate so all 5 accounts can record their own shows. Cheri records her shows and I record mine and our shows since we only watch them when I'm home.
  2. Unlimited DVR cloud storage for each account.
  3. Live TV on over 60 channels. All my local channels are included as well as a whole slew of sports channels. Most of the channels we watched are here as well, like I said above, only a few we watched aren't.
  4. The most positive for me is the live sports. That's the whole reason we hadn't cut the cord until now. I can still watch my Michigan games as well as the White Sox. I'm also looking forward to watching the NCAA tourney on my phone at work since they play games all day long in the early rounds.
The negatives about YouTube TV.
  1. It records everything. You can't tell it to just record new episodes but it does show new episodes in a different location than the reruns so it's not a very big negative in my book.
  2. It doesn't have all the channels we watch but again, not a huge negative because it has most of what we watched. It might be a bigger negative to other people because it depends on what channels you tend to watch.
  3. You can't record 1 episode of something. An example is I want to record a regular Big Ten Network show that is doing an episode on the Michigan head coach, but it sets it to record every episode. After that episode airs, I will take it off of recording.
You can take what you will out of the above but those were the positives and negatives that we have noticed.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Walking update

Figured I could at least update my walking on this snowy Sunday.

Day 406 - Funk, NE (1324.8 miles)

I actually had some issues with my Fitbit for a day or two. It wasn't charging right, I was having to charge it every night for it to last through the day but it seems to have fixed itself and now I only have to charge it every 5 or 6 days again.

I actually had a decent week this week because we weren't doing production and we're doing grunt work. 3 of my 5 days of work I had over 10,000 (1 day over 13,000) and the other 2 days were over 9,000.

Goal - 1500 miles (4.1 miles/day)
Currently - 146 miles (3.56 miles/day)

So once again, I went up on my miles/day average, although this time it was only up .03. It's a good thing I had a busy week during the week since I haven't done nothing yesterday or today.

I'm a long ways from my next stop so it'll be awhile before you get to see another stadium tour post but I'll try to at least update this every week.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I'm out

Yep, I decided not to journal here much so blog post counts will go down. I told you about the Timehop sort of blog that I've created for myself, I'm going to journal there. It's my eyes only so I can shorten things, I don't have to explain things, and I can cuss. Plus, I can talk about everything, not just what I want to make public. I can use names and details that I have to keep off of this public blog. I'm still going to try to update my walking here weekly, although I forgot last weekend, not that anybody noticed. We'll see how it goes.

For future reference, since I've been doing the Timehop sort of blog (I need to come up with a reference name) I've noticed that every January, I post a lot more than other months so I assume after the first, I get the bug to post more than it wears off so we can just say I did what was expected.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

More snow

I got up at 9 today which is good since it was almost 2 this morning when I went to bed. That long nap yesterday kicked my ass last night.

We've pretty much got most of our DVR cleaned out today after watching the last 7 episodes of Jimmy Fallon before I went out and shoveled the driveway.

After that I ran to get the kids and grab some Taco Bell on the way home. We've been watching the Super Bowl ever since. I got home after it started so even though at this time, it's over, we're still watching the end of it because it's the Super Bowl so we're not fast forwarding the commercials. Either way, a Michigan guy wins a Super Bowl ring.

Back to the grind tomorrow.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Saturday, Sleeping and Samantha

Since I wasn't going to be at work all day, I didn't pack anything for food or drink. Since it was Saturday, there was little to no traffic at all. Because of both of those situations that I hadn't thought about when I set my alarm, I ended up getting to work a half an hour before my start time. That's alright though, I just chilled in my car and listened to music.

I went in to decant 3 tanks and fill them back up and add Sufuric so they would be ready to use for 2nd shift. Except that when I got there, apparently 3rd shift had finished everything that needed to be done so 2nd shift wasn't coming in. So now I didn't need to fill up the tanks because we were going to be shutdown for 2 weeks and we have to pump them around to different tanks so they can work on the tanks. I only got 2 of the tanks decanted before I ran out of room in waste treatment. Since I wasn't having to fill them up, I got done pretty quickly and was out of there after only 2 hrs and 45 minutes. Part of that time was spent talking to the general manager about all the stuff going on with the line.

I came home, showered and then started to watch stuff on the DVR but I only got through 1 show before I was dozing off. I knew since I was tired already that I wasn't going to make it through the day. Cheri was tired to so we went to take a nap. Only what I wanted was an hour or so nap ended up being about 4 hours so now I'm pretty sure I'll be up most of the night.

Samantha is spending the weekend at a friends house and the winter formal is tonight so they got dressed and did their make up and all that without anything from us. Whatever. I'm a little annoyed by it but that's what she wanted. It was a cute dress but I wasn't impressed with her hair or make up. It just wasn't really her. She tends to be more "dark" and goth type when she hangs out with this certain friend. She wasn't going with any boys, so she says, so we'll see.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Here we go again

There wasn't much to do at work today. The only 2 tanks that I needed to make an add to were tanks that we are going to be messing with during our 2 week shutdown that starts tomorrow so I didn't want to bother making the adds, which normally takes a few hours of my day. I sat around on the laptop working on some charts, mainly updating the ones I already use instead.

Tomorrow is supposed to be my Saturday off but I volunteered to go in. It probably won't be a full day but every little bit helps. I'm going to do a huge decant on all the anodizers to get the aluminum levels down. I had planned on going in on our next Saturday off, which will be tomorrow. It just worked out that with the next 2 weeks being shutdown, I won't have to work another Saturday for a few weeks anyways.

Not much went on this evening. I had to run Trevor out to meet the Ex and came back. Nothing exciting. The White Sox shirt in the pic above is the shirt I use for my PJ's because I'm wearing them in the car on the way to drop Trevor off.

Samantha went with a friend to pick out a dress for the formal tomorrow night. We saw pics of it but we'll see her in it tomorrow.

Cheri drove down to Indy to pick up Milo again. He has been misbehaving when he's left home alone so apparently we're his punishment? I don't know, all I know is he's here which will make my wife happy and I get to watch her fawn all over 2 animals instead of 1, while I sit in the corner by myself.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Actually made it to bed about a quarter after 10 last night and woke up feeling pretty good so that was nice. Got to work to find some donuts so that's always a good way to start the day.

Apparently they were left overs brought in the day before but I'm okay with that, they still tasted good to me. The boss called me in his office, apparently he has to take 30 minutes to talk to everybody. He only has to do 2 a week but he said he chose me because he knew I'd be easy. He basically asked what my goals were, what good and bad things does the company do, what do I like and dislike about working there, asked about management, that kind of stuff. It was interesting and it's good the company takes the time.

Other than that, it was a normal day. I've had some issues with the off shifts with some things but I don't like to get into a bunch of detail about negative things at work. I'm not going to get fired for saying stuff on the internet.

You can see how my drive home went. I actually was only behind him briefly. The bad part is it was just as I was going into town so I couldn't really pass so although I didn't follow him long, it took some time since he was slow.

I came home for a bit then went to pick up Trevor at the school after J-Club. I came out of our neighborhood to a line of traffic all the way down to the light. Now when I say all the way to the light, the road is half a mile from the light. I've noticed the traffic getting this way around 4 and 5 in the afternoons. I hadn't noticed it until the last few weeks, I'm not sure what's going on or if it has been going on and I haven't noticed it.

Since it was bad that way, I took the longer route around and traffic was just as horrible. It took me 20 minutes to drive home what normally takes me 6-7 minutes. It was ridiculous. The kids are just going to have to walk home from now on. I get better things to do like sit on my ass at home.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New lab

I had the usual morning at work except that I got together in the office and was told they are building me a lab in the future and I got to plan what it would look like and how big. It was fun because I really wasn't sure I was going to get it even though when I was hired, they said I would. They just made an addition to the building so they are going to start moving departments around and my lab will be a part of all that transition. I'm hoping in the next couple of months. I'm really excited about it.

It's a good thing that I'm a lot more patient driver than I used to be. I got stuck behind someone doing 40-45 down the back roads that I normally do around 60. I could have passed if I really wanted to but I just chilled behind him. Then we got to the highway where the speed limit is 55, once again, he did 40-45 and I just stayed behind him. By the time we got to the bypass, which is where it goes to 4 lanes, there were about 20 cars lined up behind us. I stayed behind him all the way until I got into the left turn lane. There are 2 left turn lanes and he got in the inside one. The light turned, I went left and he decided to go straight and cut off all the people that were in the straight lane. Maybe it was a good thing I didn't pass him.

Even though I went to bed at a decent time (for me) I was still pretty sleepy today at work and kind of dozed off in the recliner really quick earlier so I think I'm going to try to start to go to bed around 10 for awhile and see if that helps. I can function with little sleep but that should stop me from getting real sleep. I used to stay up so I can go to bed with my wife but now she stays up really late so there is no point in trying to stay awake for that anymore. We'll see how well I do on that goal.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Boring day

I went to bed last night with my knee wrapped, I didn't expect it to stay and sure enough, when I got up this morning, it wasn't even covering any part of the sore. I tried to take it off but I couldn't get it started so I ended up running it down over my foot. I didn't bother covering it for work since I knew it wouldn't stay anyways.

Started off this morning with the Communications meeting which puts me behind on my schedule but I'm also getting paid to stand there so there is a trade off. I also lost some time when our chemical guy came in and we talked to him for about 45 minutes. We also had a carry in for a birthday so it's amazing I got anything done.

Picked up some ice and Samantha on the way home. Been here ever since watching the DVR, except for the quick nap I took. Samantha has gone to the high school basketball and Trevor headed off to his friend's house for a bit. The nice quiet house made it easy to doze off for a few.

Being as this is become more of a here's what I did today, rather than an actual blog with stuff, I debate if I shouldn't just make it private. or maybe just followers only. I don't know. If I made it private at least I could bitch about work more but I generally don't do that in a public forum. Not that I have a lot to complain about but we all have our bad days.