A few things.

Maybe I’ll get into the hang of this blogging thing yet. Saying that aloud has surely doomed the whole effort.

I moved the blog to AWS off of Google’s Blogger platform (or was it blogspot?). I bailed and took the easy path and used their Lightsail product, vs actually spinning up EC2 instances and doing real work. But hey, it only took me 20 minutes that way. Work smarter, not harder, right?

I realize hardly anyone will understand that paragraph.

Still waiting on my new car. It’s taking forever. I probably should have started shopping at least 4 weeks ago. I think it’s on the auto transport now, and hopefully will be here within a week. Waiting…waiting…

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the boys. They both are feeling rather nebulous about going back. I would too. They are getting up there though, 7th and 3rd grade. Pretty crazy how times keeps whistling along.

I’m listening to Lana Del Rey’s new album on Apple Music. I’m enjoying the album quite a bit. She’s got a nice sound about her. I just switched to Apple Music because Spotify doesn’t have any parental controls. I had Spotify hooked up to Alexa and the boys were telling her to play music and she was playing some really f*#$&#( harsh S#!+.

For real.

Not sure what else is going on. That’s it for now. I probably should get to bed so I can thoroughly enjoy my 6.5 hours of meetings tomorrow. :-/

End of an era

It’s been seven and a half years since I got this car. It’s been mostly smiles and trouble free miles, but now it’s time for something new. Kieran was just over a year old when I got it, now he’s trying to drive it (illegally, someone call the cops).

See ya round, old friend.

 

What a horrible site!

Yea, I’m talking about this one. Life has been busy, but it’s mostly self-inflicted at this point.

I’m hoping to get a new ride in the next couple of weeks, and we’re starting to look at finishing our basement a little more seriously. There’s always work stuff going on for both of us, which of course I can’t talk about until after stuff happens, and the kids are enjoying the last few weeks of summer.

K is starting up a magic class this week, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to ask how to make his brother disappear. Those kids really need to get back into school. AB is binge-watching Lost right now, even though he keeps saying it’s stupid, I think he watches it like 6 hours a day.

We went out last weekend and saw Spiderman, which was pretty good. We’ve been going to the movies on a monthly basis, which is way more than we ever have. We probably just miss our basement home theater. I know I certainly do.

Without getting too technical, I’m going to try and pry this blog out of Google’s hands this week and move it to Amazon Web Services. It should be a lot of fun for me, but we’ll see how it goes.

Talk to you on the other side!

Tough Mudder

I had other stuff to post up, but my “friend” just talked me into doing the Tough Mudder this fall. Plenty of time to train for it, right?

Shenanigans.

Upon being asked, my first thought was “why not?”.  Then he told me it was a 20 obstacle, 12-mile race.

I then responded, “so it’s a relay?”

His response was laughter.

Yea, this’ll be something.

Deleting facebook

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/13/will-the-last-person-to-leave-social-media-please-turn-off-the-light/

That’s a great read, especially given how bad people are acting on FB these days.

I’ll post something more original in a bit. Life is good otherwise!

New Year’s Restitution

December was not kind to the waist line. I was/am ok with that, and now it’s time to jump back on the horse. No booze, limit carbs, increase protein, good fats, and water intake. It’s pretty simple really, except for the fact I live in the US, where everything is coated with carbs.

I’m having lots of eggs for breakfast, and turkey patties for lunch. I need to increase my veg intake too, which is easy if I go up to Hen House and put together a salad, but that’s pricey to do day in and day out.

I’ve already lost 3.8 pounds in 5 days, but that’s most likely because I was feeling like Augustus Gloop the whole month of December. Between turning 40, NYE, Christmas, T-day, the Chicago trip, there were plenty of opportunities to imbibe and eat lots of good food.

So enough about that I suppose. Going to have a jam session tonight. I think there is going to be six guitarists. That’s a lot of six-stringed wankery going on. I suppose our “set list” is pretty low key though. Hopefully we can get Gold Dust Woman in, but it’d be nice to have a bass and drummer to keep things moving along.

Just a little something to put you in the mood.

That’s it for now. I probably have more stuff, but I’m not up for it. This blog post took almost all day since I got distracted for 8-ish hours (work).

What happened

It wouldn’t be one of my blog posts if I didn’t post an apology about neglecting this blog. Sorry for that. I’ll blame the recurrence of posting on some co-workers who shared my site around the office. I’ll let them remain nameless for their privacy, eh hem.

It’s been a busy year. The house is nearly done sucking money in. Oh wait, who am I kidding. There is always stuff to buy. It should be slowing down though. We’re all still enjoying the house, although I’m pretty sure I can’t fit anymore Christmas stuff in here. It probably also compounds the amount of crap magazines I get in my mailbox on a daily basis. It’s gotta be a 10:1 ratio of mail I recycle vs what I actually need.

I did re-read some of my blog posts, and found it amusing all the typos and crappy grammar I displayed, especially when I read someone else’s typing and all that jumps out at me. Perhaps it’s because I never re-read blog posts, and it’s more of a free stream than actual thought-out content. I think the more years that get between me and my English classes, the worse it gets. Kind of like handwriting. I sometimes like to claim that when I took my German classes 100 years ago it screwed up my grammar. It certainly did something to it. Those crazy Germans. 😉 So logical!

What else…let’s see. I turned 40. That’s impressive. Kind of. It’s not that hard to make it to 40 I suppose. I don’t do very many dangerous things, I won the lottery by being born in the US, and there isn’t anything that can kill/eat you in Kansas. Penny took me to Chicago and we saw Hamilton and went to Second City and ate and drank and drank and ate. It was terrific by all counts.

That’s it for now. I’ll try and come back once more before the end of the year. It might be tough since the kids will be bouncing around and my ADHD will be flared up. Merry Christmas to all 3 of my readers. I could probably just tell you that in person at the family gathering anyway.

Disney-whirled

The fam went on an extended vacation to the land of round ears and bad drivers. We flew down last Thursday, and since Kieran had been fighting a cold, his ear drums could have fit in Mickey’s ears no problem. Try calming down a baby on a flight. Now multiply that 10x when a 7-year old is going into a fit of misery and rage, and telling me to land the pain plane. Yea, that was real fun. At least our nice Southwest hostess explained that gum doesn’t work, and the only thing that really does is to pinch your nose and try and blow out. I’m pretty sure K was blowing so hard he was shuddering. That kid doesn’t do anything at 99%.

We finally landed, and was greeted by 80 degrees and a warm breeze. Weather like that doesn’t endear me to the midwest, especially when we got back it was 35 degrees with flurries and all I had was shorts. Over the course of the next 6 days we went to Animal Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and finally capped it off at Discovery Cove where Kieran snorkle-chased a 100-pound manta ray around until he wore it out and let him touch it. Star Wars was in full effect at Hollywood Studios, and they still have a few things coming out in the next few months. Of course, I found reason to complain, as I’m not sure why everything wasn’t ready then. TFA came out in December, and it’s 3 months later! Where is my fireworks show!?!?!

Anyway, after logging multiple days of 15k+ steps and standing in a couple of one hour lines, we packed everything up and drove to the beach for a couple of days of roasting relaxing. The boys got sunburned a bit, but that’s too be expected with our pale Kansas winter skin. At least they are ok now and starting to peel in relative comfort.

Our 10th and final day was pretty much crap. Penny for reasons forgotten by all, decided to book an 8am flight out of RSW. We were cutting it close by arriving at 6:50, but of course got held up at the rental return because the lady receiving the car thinks we put a huge gash on the front bumper. I told her we didn’t hit anything, and weren’t given an opportunity to check the car out before we left. We’ll see how this plays out, but I’m not optimistic and may have a blog post/internet rant about Alamo. Fingers crossed.

We made it through that, and had checked in with the American Airlines front desk when she told us out gate was 4D. By told, I mean mumbled. We go hauling arse down to D terminal’s security checkpoint when the TSA guy told us we need to be at B, on the other side of the airport. Thankfully RSW isn’t huge, but of course B terminal had a 30 minute security checkpoint line. Penny and I start puckering up, but I try to remain calm. We get through security, and I’m the first one so I grab my shoes and belt and backpack and bolt for the gate to get them to hold the plane. Thankfully we all just squeeze on to the plane, and then realize 1.5 flights later that we left a bag in security at RSW. Figures. We finally make it back to MCI and get this lovely weather that I spoke of earlier, and that was a wrap. The car started and we didn’t run out of gas on the way back. That was a long vacation that happened in the blink of an eye, but I think we made some good memories. I even rode a couple of small rollercoasters. That’s a big step in itself.

That’s it for now. I have more stuff to post but it’ll have to wait.