Friday, November 29, 2013

Randomness #20

I’ve been in a mood to put things in order or make a list, something with statistics.  I know it sounds stupid but I get that way sometimes.  Sadly, I can’t really think of anything to do in that area.  So I’m trying to catch up on my Feedly.  My current amount of unread items is 11,308.  I’m just a tad behind.  Basically what I’m doing is I go through 250 items on Feedly, then I type up a post for My Sports Obsession, then maybe one here if I can think of one (other than this one).  I suppose I could be prepared for Music Mondays or Written Word Wednesdays.  I just don’t find too much to do on this blog anymore.

It has been a horrible year for Michigan Wolverines football.  At the beginning of the year, I was begging my mom for her Michigan vs. Ohio State tickets.  Earlier today, I had the opportunity to purchase a pair, I turned them down.  I have seen no life from this team since the 3rd game of the season and I think they will get crushed tomorrow.  I’m still in shock that I turned down tickets for the greatest rivalry we have.  It may have something to do with the fact that I’m just getting tired of losing to Ohio.  I’ll still have it on my TV come noon tomorrow, but I expect it to be over before halftime.  I hate admitting that I’ve become that kind of fan.  I truly hope they prove me wrong.  They have the talent to win the game, but all year they can’t pull it together to do so.

On the other hand, while I was typing the first paragraph of this post, I was watching the Michigan basketball team and they continue to look good.  They have one loss and it was just a horrible loss.  They played so poorly that I don’t think they could play that bad again if they tried.  I don’t know about being the best team in the nation, but you never know what can happen in a tournament.  They should definitely make a run at the championship this year as they made it to the finals last year.

It’s been a pretty boring day today, and I have 2 more days with nothing planned.  Maybe by then I’ll get through my Feedly.  I’m kind of getting in the mood to get out of here and do something.  That happens every so often.  I know we plan on going grocery shopping on Sunday.  We are waiting until Sunday to make sure all the shopping madness is done since part of our grocery shopping is done at Walmart.  Cheri goes through ads and collects coupons so we always get good deals, sometimes as little as free for some things we pick up.  We go to the local supermarket for meat and vegetables because we are never really happy with the selection at Walmart.  I did do a little black friday shopping today, online that is.  I went to COMC and picked up some cards pretty cheap, that’s about the extent of my black Friday shopping.

I’m now at 9900 posts on Feedly.  Sadly, I haven’t really added much more to this post, and I only did a few other posts for My Sports Obsession.  When I started this I was watching the Michigan basketball game in the afternoon.  Since then, we’ve watched the end of Star Wars II and all of Star Wars III and have been watching the Garth Brooks special, which I think is about over.  But I’m not writing anything else here so this is all you get.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Randomness #19

I know, I disappeared again.  I told you last weekend I was out of town all weekend.  Which included about 20 hours in a car.  I was wore out when we came home on Sunday from all the driving.  Then Monday and Tuesday were 12 hour days.  I had Wednesday and Thursday off but used those days to recover.  Then I turned around and had to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 12 hours each day.  So you can see, I just wasn’t really in the mood to do anything and that included even getting online for a couple of days straight.  Don’t feel like this blog was the only thing I neglected, I hadn’t posted on My Sports Obsession most of that week and once my Tumblr blogs queues ran out, they were dormant for awhile as well.  So see, it wasn’t you, it was me.

I started my chiropractor appointments last week.  I had one both of my off days and then I have 2 this week, earlier today and tomorrow.  It’s definitely different.  For those that don’t know, I don’t like to be massaged or even rubbed on my back or neck so it takes getting used to.  It really takes getting used to when I sit in the chair and he cracks my neck.  Too many movies of watching people getting their necks broken.

I do think it’s getting better, I’m not nearly as sore.  Which is good because the more I go, the less Cheri can go and she really needs it.  So I need to get fixed so she can continue.  We just can’t afford for both of us to go.

Pat Maloy Flyer.7.24

This week I have today (Monday) and Tuesday off, work Wednesday and then have the rest of the weekend off so I’m really hoping to recoup this week.  I debated on taking a vacation day on Wednesday so I could have the whole week off but with Christmas coming, I need the extra 12 hours on the paycheck.  Other than turkey day on Thursday, I really don’t have any plans all week.  I had planned to do some stuff with the kids but they chose to stay with their mom all week except Wednesday thru Thursday afternoon.  I realize that they don’t get to see their mom often, but it still hurts my feelings.  We watched Iron Man 3 last week and talked about watching Avengers and Thor this week since we were both off work and school but now they aren’t going to be around.  I had also planned on working with Samantha on her basketball skills before her season starts after the 1st of the year but I guess not.  The good news is, with all this time on my hands, maybe I’ll get some blog posts out.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Written Word Wednesdays #5

Since I’ve been combining my WWW Wednesdays and Stacking the Shelves into one post, I’ve decided to rename the posts to Written Word Wednesdays. 


WWW Wednesdays #31

To play along, I’m supposed to answer 3 easy questions.

What are you currently reading?

A Vow of Tears

A Vow Of Tears by Jill H. O’Bones

I think I’m at 37% on this one.  It’s been ok but it seems for 37%, I should be further into the story.  It seems like I just started it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Day Soldiers (Day Soldiers, #1)

Day Soldiers (Day Soldiers #1) by Brandon Hale

This was definitely better than I though it would be.  Day Soldiers are people trained to battle werewolves and vampires who are at war with humans.  This mainly follows one character as she battles before and after becoming a Day Soldier.  I’m going to add the other 2 in the trilogy to my wish list.

What do you think you’ll read next?


Demonworld (Demonworld #1) by Kyle B. Stiff

A world of flesh demons.

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Stacking the Shelves #15

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


The City of Worms (Everville, #2)


The City of Worms (Everville #2) by Roy Huff

I reviewed the first book for Mr. Huff upon his request and enjoyed it so I picked up the 2nd one when it went for sale.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle Edition

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Our Weekend

I haven’t disappeared, well not completely.  Last Thursday, Cheri and I headed out to Virginia for a weekend visit.  I dropped the kids off at the bus stop and once Cheri got up and ready we were on our way to leave the apartment, but apparently not ready to head out on our trip.  We had to run something over to Skyler and then we went to my mom’s house to drop the kids stuff off because they were going to spend the night there and get on the bus in the morning.  As we were leaving, I noticed the door to the garage was open.  Upon further investigation, the door was forced in because the frame was still attached to the door.  So we called them and hung around at the house until they got home.  Nothing was taken, I don’t believe anyone could have fit in the door because they don’t normally use it so it had stuff in front of it and the car barely fits in the garage so when it was forced, it would only open 3 or 4 inches.  But on to our trip, we finally got going a little later than we had planned.  First we hit a McDonalds to grab some lunch, but they didn’t have any sweet tea so we bailed, I told the lady on the speaker never mind, we would hit the next McDonalds since they are on every block.  We eventually found the next one and bonus, the McRib was back.

I love the McRib so I got 2 of them.  I figured that was a sign that things were looking up after our late start.  Now I’ve eaten McRibs while driving, they are messy, but you can do it.  I usually hold the box underneath while I eat it, but upon opening the bag, there was bar-b-que all over the outside of the box.  So I pulled over to eat so I didn’t make a mess, especially since there were no napkins.  Yes, that’s right, 2 McRibs and they didn’t give me any napkins.  So much for our day looking up.

We eventually got on the road again but ran into major traffic problems 3 times during the 600 mile trip so we ended up taking awhile longer to get there.  When you get into Virginia it turns into 2 lanes for awhile and you are going right up and over the mountain.  So it’s 2 lanes that are really curvy and at some spots, nothing but a guardrail to protect you from falling down the side of the mountain.  Being as we got a late start, we were going over this part in the dark and I don’t know the curves really well so I would have to really slow down in order to go around them.  This is where the one good thing happened, or at least good for me.  We got behind a semi with a trailer during most of this part.  Now that would normally be a bad thing because there aren’t very many spots to pass, but the dude was flying.  Usually around 60 mph and I figured if he could take the corners at that speed, then my little 4 door sedan should be able to do them at that speed as well.  The reason I said it was good for me, is because Cheri was freaking out but we made up some time so I was all for it.  We finally got there a little after midnight.  We talked to our son for a little bit before finally crashing.

We slept in on Friday but when we did get up, the first thing we did was hit Bojangles for breakfast.  Cheri loves her some Bojangles and we don’t have them up north so it was one of the restaurants she wanted to hit while we were down there.  We then went bowling with Chris which we usually do when we are down there.  It’s one of the few things that we have in common so I usually enjoy going.  I especially enjoyed it this time because he wasn’t having a good day and I actually won both games, which is rarity.  I am a decent bowler, averaged around 160 last time I bowled regularly but he usually still tends to kick my ass.  He can be a very good bowler when he wants to be.  I don’t think he was really trying on Friday but I’ll take what I can get.  We didn’t do much the rest of the day until the evening.  We went out with Cheri’s mom, stepdad, sister and nephew for supper.  Cheri’s other request was for Japanese food because we only have one place up here and she doesn’t like it.  So we had a pretty good supper, I love Japanese food.  I sat next to Cheri’s sister and while we have talked, we’ve never really gotten to know each other so I mostly talked to her and her son.  They are both sci-fi geeks like I am so we had plenty to talk about.  I made plans to hang out with her on Saturday since Cheri was going to be doing her BFF’s hair and I didn’t feel the need to hang out with them.

We woke up later than we had planned but we still made it on time to meet Cheri’s BFF at IHOP.  After a late breakfast, we ran to Walmart because I was looking for a cord that would go from my phone to a HDMI jack on the TV and Cheri’s BFF needed formula for her baby.  We split from there and I headed over to her sister’s house.  The night before I had grabbed Star Trek:  Into Darkness from a local Redbox because she said she hadn’t seen it yet so we watched that for a couple of hours and then I hung out for a couple more hours chit chatting.  It was a pretty good time, I am a talker when I get going.  It was nice because I didn’t know much about her other than what I’ve been told by Cheri and her other sister who lives closer to us.  When I left, I called Cheri and they were finishing up doing each other’s hair so I went and hung out at her BFF’s salon until they were done then we went out for some supper.

After supper, I hit a gas station to fill up because my gas light had come on, and we were leaving in the morning so I needed to fill up.  Only one problem, it wouldn’t take my debit card.  I figured it was an issue with their computers so I went to another gas station and once again, no dice.  Now I was pissed because it was our card not working and we had just used if an hour ago at 5 Guys.  So we went back to the condo where we were staying and got online to find out what was going on.  We got the number to call and of course, their hours are Monday thru Saturday and they were no longer open so nobody would tell me why it wasn’t working.  We left to go back to her BFF’s place to drop some stuff off and hit another gas station.  Once again, denied.  So I ended up using our credit card so we could get home.  We went over there and then stopped at her mom’s to say goodbye before heading home.

Once again, we got up later than we wanted and got a late started heading home.  First, we had to check off the last restaurant on Cheri’s list, Pal’s.

This was a daily stop for Cheri when she lived there.  Every morning before work she would stop for some Cheddar Rounds and a sweet tea.  So we grabbed some breakfast and heading out.  We got through the mountains unscathed but once we hit the interstate in Kentucky, it was massive downpours that slowed all the traffic down.  We finally get through it and start to get into some sunny skies before turning west onto the next Interstate.  But I’ll let you read that on my article that Yahoo paid me to write (that means I can put paid publisher on my resume now right.)

First Person- Severe Weather Traveling in the Midwest - Yahoo Voices -

Upon returning home, we had power and all was good.  Until a couple of hours later it went out.  Go figure.  We had just ordered a pizza and then it goes out so we enjoyed pizza by flashlight for supper.  It was a good weekend while we were down there, the traveling itself could have been better but we survived.

On Monday, Cheri called our bank to find out about the debit card.  Apparently we have to notify the bank when we are leaving town.  They said they deny any charges at gas stations, drug stores and grocery stores when it’s used out of state.  Except that we used it in Kentucky to get gas on the way down there, and Walgreens on Friday.  They say it’s for our safety but they are just covering their own asses.  How do I have to get permission to use my own money when I travel?  Stupid banks.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Written Word Wednesdays #4

Since I’ve been combining my WWW Wednesdays and Stacking the Shelves into one post, I’ve decided to rename the posts to Written Word Wednesdays. 


WWW Wednesdays #30

To play along, I’m supposed to answer 3 easy questions.

What are you currently reading?

Day Soldiers (Day Soldiers, #1)

Day Soldiers (Day Soldiers #1) by Brandon Hale

Technically, I haven’t started it yet, but it’s next on the list.

What did you recently finish reading?

Children of the Fog

Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kate Tardif

I gave this 5 stars, it was really good.  The Fog is a serial abductor who kidnaps children.  But when Sadie stumbles on her child being kidnapped, she’s forced to keep quiet or he will kill him.  But when her husband finds out what she knows, all hell is broke loose.  As Sadie struggles to deal with the death of her son, she stumbles on something so much worse.

Sea Sick

Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright

I gave this 4 stars but it was pretty good as well.  It was a cross between Groundhog Day and Day of the Dead.  But what I liked about this book was it gives the reason for the zombies and also a chance to contain it so it doesn’t become an apocalypse.  It gets a little old at times, the repeating, and it’s the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)   Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)   Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

The Hunger Games (the Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (the Hunger games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (the Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

I actually purchased this as the trilogy for $.99.  I gave all of them 5 stars.  After reading the first book, I went back and watched the movie again.  The book is definitely better, so much better, but I’ll still see the second when it comes to DVD.  I won’t go into a real review since we pretty much know what these are about.

Prison Nation (Prison Nation, #1)

Prison Nation (Prison Nation #1) by Jenni Merritt

I gave this one 4 stars.  In a new America, or the Nation as it’s called.  If your parents are in prison, you grow up in the prison as well where you learn to be a person of the nation.  When you turn 18, you are released into the nation to become a free citizen, but are you really free?

The Unwashed Dead

The Unwashed Dead (Zombie Armageddon #1) by Ian Woodhead

I gave this only 3 stars.  While it was a zombie book, it was a little all over the place.  The story was good but I felt like it could have been told better.

What do you think you’ll read next?

A Vow of Tears

A Vow Of Tears by Jill H. O’Bones

A vampire book, it has been awhile.


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Stacking the Shelves #14

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

It’s been a good couple of weeks in the free kindle books department.

Homecoming (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Thriller)


Homecoming (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Thriller) by Scott Langrel

A paranormal handler has to go home to face his past.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version



Death's Hand (Descent, #1)


Death’s Hand (Descent #1) by SM Reine

Angels & Demons, I like the books with religious overtones, I purchased the trilogy for this series.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version




The Darkest Gate (Descent, #2)


The Darkest Gate (Descent #2) by SM Reine

See above

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version





Dark Union (Descent, #3)


Dark Union (Descent #3) by SM Reine

See above

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version




Casting Shadows Everywhere


Casting Shadows by LT Vargus

A bullied teen learns to fight back from his cousin.  But what does he become because of it.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version




Chosen (The Chosen #1)


Chosen (The Chosen #1) by Denise Grover Swank

A mother and her 5 year old son are on the run from the people who want to take him to use his abilities, he can see the future.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version



Chaos Born


Chaos Born (Chronicles from the Applecross #1) by Rebekah Turner

Hunting a killer and it has magic.  Hopefully it’s like the Hollows series.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version




The Ghost and the Graveyard (Knight Games, #1)


The Ghost and the Graveyard (Knight Games #1) by Genevieve Jack

Who’s full of lies?  The Ghost or the guy in the graveyard.

Purchase Price – Free

Kindle version

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Donating Blood

When I was growing up, my mom used to donate blood.  I remember her doing it all the time, I remember her bringing home the stickers.  I always respected her for it and I always said I would do it, but I never did.  For awhile, I just never thought about it.  I was young and living my life and it just never crossed my mind.  As I got older, I developed borderline high blood pressure.  I don’t take any meds for it so it’s not bad, but I always assumed that it effected the chances of donating blood.  I spent some time at the hospital a couple of weekends ago while my sister-in-law was having surgery.  I spent one whole day hanging out with her husband while she was in the operating room.  I don’t remember how it came up, but we were talking about blood types and I had no idea what mine was.  I think I mentioned about donating blood, but I didn’t think I could because of my blood pressure.  He told me he didn’t think it mattered and being as he’s a firefighter and does all kinds of search and rescue, I figured he knew what he was talking about.  So yesterday, I went and got screened and donated.  It felt pretty awesome.  I’m eligible to donate again the first part of January and I plan on going back.  From what I read, one donation can help up to 3 people and considering the surgery that my sister-in-law ending up requiring her to get some blood, someone that donated helped her out.  How can you overlook that?

I recommend everyone to go get screened and donate if you can.  I was in there about an hour but it was also my first time so I imagine it’ll be quicker the next time.  As I was sitting there having the blood drawn, I was thinking maybe next time, I’ll bring my Kindle and get some reading done.  But it actually only ended up taking 5 minutes, 35 seconds to draw it.  The nurse said I was a fast bleeder, I’m not sure that’s a good thing.  There were 4 other people getting blood drawn, and when I left, the same 4 people were still there.  So I would definitely say I was faster than everybody else.  You should go and do it because you can help, plus, you get free cookies and some juice

Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Mondays #12


Welcome to the next edition of Music Mondays.  It’s pretty basic, I take a playlist and put it on random, and post what comes up.

  • Playlist – “Anything & Everything”
  • Description – Anything from Christian to Rock, Rap to Country, Classical to 80’s.  It goes from the 1960’s to current.  Pretty much anything and everything that I like.
  • Number of songs on the playlist – 1,606 songs (up 29 songs from last post)


  1. Shakin’ the House (Petra)
  2. So Far Away (Avenged Sevenfold)
  3. That Summer (Garth Brooks)
  4. Dirty Minds (Here Comes the Mummies)
  5. Devour (Shinedown)
  6. Leaving Las Vegas (Sheryl Crow)
  7. Girl Can’t Help It (Journey)
  8. There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) (Billy Ocean)
  9. No One Does It Better (Salt–n–Pepa)
  10. Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
  11. Bitch Came Back (Theory of a Deadman)
  12. Holy Ghost Power (Petra)
  13. Oh Yeah! (Yello)
  14. Joy To The World (Three Dog Night)
  15. Satan, You’re Cancelled (ETW)
  16. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)
  17. Callin’ Baton Rouge (Garth Brooks)
  18. Pressure (Billy Joel)
  19. Liberate (Disturbed)
  20. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles)

Nothing to impressive up there.  2 Petra and 2 Garth Brooks songs out of over 1600 songs in 17 songs.  Yes, I broke the 1600 songs mark, I started a new playlist with every song from this playlist and started it (longest song to shortest song) back on September 8th.  At that time there was 1,397 songs.  I finished all those songs today so it took just over 2 months to play every song.  Since I had that playlist started, when I added a song, I added it to the bottom of the playlist.  Now I’m playing through those.  There are 209 songs that I’ve added since then.

In this section, I randomly choose an artist from above and show all the songs I have on my playlist.  I used, put the numbers 1-20 and click random 3 times, the number 4 came up at the top which would be Here Come the Mummies  in accordance to the list above.

Random Thoughts From A Random Guy- Music Mondays

I only have 3 songs from Here Come the Mummies.  I came across this group back when I listened to the Bob & Tom show in the mornings.  You’d have to hear the lyrics to understand why they were on there.

Here’s the 2nd verse from Attack of the Weiner Man, which is technically about a hot dog cart vendor but you be the judge.

He waits all patient out in the street
All the honeys want to sample the meat
He can't help but relish the fact
(The Foot Long® Keeps you coming back)
Once you're feeling safe and cool
That's when the wiener man makes his move
(You can't scream when your mouth is full)

And here is the chorus from Pants.  It talks about waiting until a date night with a girl.

I'm coming in my pants, my shirt
It's my best suit baby
Gonna pick your flower
Gonna be there in an hour
Coming in my pants, shined shoes
In my neck tie honey
I'm so excited I hope that I don't come to soon

I really like the background music on their songs as well, be sure to hit YouTube and find a video or 2 of their songs.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

This Week on ADITLOAN

This is a recap of what I post on my Tumblr page “A Day In The Life of a Nobody”.  The majority of it is TV and Movie stuff but I throw in other things I like occasionally.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013





The Big Bang Theory

A mix of the Title


Friday, November 8th, 2013

Father Daughter photo

Star Wars

Star Wars

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Well it worked, didn’t it?



Star Wars

Pat Maloy Flyer.7.24

There is a lot of gif’s in this post, so if they don’t all show up and you want to see them, go to A Day In The Life Of A Nobody.