Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Good morning! It’s Tuesday, as in Two Days down, three days left to go. So what’s been going on? Well…
First, over the weekend, I realized how difficult it is to find a Sonic Screwdriver in this town when you’re actually looking for one, especially a Matt Smith version. FYE looks to have slowed down on carrying the Doctor Who merchandise, and Downtown Comics only had the Build Your Own sets, at least Downtown Comics in Castleton. I’m sure Who North America by the airport has them, but I don’t want to pay for shipping from someplace here in town. However, one will be found.
I’ve also been setting up a new PC for the family. It’s a cheap eMachine from WalMart.
Don’t judge me. It’s what we can afford, and it’s cheaper than building one.
I think I’m FINALLY done getting all the Windows updates, and updating the underlying software like Java, Flash, and so on. I have a lot of information to pull off the laptop that I’ve been using, but unfortunately the USB ports don’t like to work, so putting that info on a thumb drive or an external hard drive is kind of out of the question. For a lot of the documents and pictures, those will be moved using Dropbox. For the music, which is about 20 Gigs of CD’s that I’ve put on there, luckily most have been uploaded to Google Music, so those are currently downloading through Google Music. I think so far, I have 900 out of 4,500 done, and it’s running right now. I also have some videos on there, but we’ll just have to see about getting those moved over. I might just have to write them off.
Luckily, since I use Google Chrome, I didn’t lose any bookmarks when coming over, so that was nice. What is NOT nice is all the crap that I have to clear off the PC. Whoever decided to pre-install Norton on PC’s should be put in the stocks and subjected to lashings.
In other news, for those who use Swagbucks and weren’t aware, you can only cash in on FIVE of an item in any given month, and if you go for a big money item, they think you’re cheating the system and down comes the banhammer. I learned about the limit of five yesterday when I went for another Amazon gift card. Oh well, $25 a month isn’t that bad, for essentially not doing much of anything. I know I can also get $5 deposited in Paypal, but it is 700 points vs. 450 points, so I’m probably just going to save up for my next five Amazon cards before I think about that. At least with all this, I’m picking up the two Matt Smith Doctor Who Christmas specials on Blu Ray with nothing out of pocket. Next month will be a Disney film for Mary. I can’t be greedy, I need to spread the love around the family.
Well, this is enough for today. I have a laundry list of items I need to do here at work, so I should start doing what they pay me for.
I hope you all have a great day, and I’ll see you all tomorrow.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The meeting was at Scott's Brewhouse, which is tasty but a bit pricey. But that could have also been the Founder's Breakfast Stout that I added to my order.
Mostly business stuff, but it was a good time meeting a lot of people who's names I slightly remember. It was a good time, but it did take up most of my day. Plus, dang it, now I want to make costumes again. Even more.
Right now, I'm getting stuff done around the apartment, then I'll be heading out to dinner with my folks and my aunt.
Oh, and added bonus: found two of those wine-ad style framed art prints from Target leaning on the dumpster by my parking spot. I love people who throw something out but think, "Someone else might want this, so I'm going to throw it in the crap and the grime." If you're curious as to what they look like, they're here.
I hope you're all having a great day, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wow, nothing yesterday? I guess Blogger doesn’t even pull in the spambots. Oh well, such is life. Time to move on.
It’s Friday. TGIF and whatnot. It has been a long week, and it’s not over by a long shot. It’s another long day of work today, which I’m not complaining about because, even though I haven’t had any time to do anything else, I am getting some good overtime in. Tomorrow there is a meeting downtown for the local Star Wars groups that I finally have a chance to attend, and that’s at 12:30. After that, family is in town and they want to meet for dinner, so yay, free food! Sunday, that will be the day I tackle the pile of laundry I’ve accumulated and hopefully go out and pick up some much needed supplies.
So, short bit today. Tomorrow, I might just throw down some more memories of working in the FX Industry. Yeah, riveting, I know.
Have a great day!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So I was looking over the end of yesterday’s post, and I said something about posting something more substantial.
Yeah, I apologize for that. I don’t know what I was thinking. Me and substance are not good bedfellows. Plus, I don’t want to be accused of having too much substance. I hear substance abuse is a bad thing.
Now that we have that out of the way, how’s everyone doing? I know I’m above ground and providing for my family, so it’s not too bad here. As much as I complain about work, I do have a job, and I do mostly work with good people, so it’s not that bad at all.
Out of curiosity, I stopped by Barnes & Nobles near work last night to check out the Nook Color Tablet. I’m not much of an iPad or Android Tablet fan, but I’ve been curious about how the hardware responds and how the media looks.
Now, let me say, while I love paper books, they are kind of a pain to keep at work. A few Christmases ago, I got one of the 3G/WiFi Nook readers that was a refurb, back when they were JUST starting to hit around $100. I have used this every day, and I’m currently reading the final book of the Hunger Games on it. I have been very pleased with it, and I’m not looking to replace it because it still works beautifully so that would be foolish, but I do wish I had something that I could share with the Geekling, with children’s books and the like.
I have played with the Amazon Kindle Fire, and while it’s nice, it looks like it gets a lot of its perks when you’re also an Amazon Prime member, which I am not. Plus, while I do like some “brickness” to my devices, as shown by my love of my Microsoft Zune, it just seemed a little too thick for me, and it wasn’t comfortable. So, since I already have an existing product relationship with B&N and the Nook, I wanted to give it a try.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a working demo of a Nook tablet in any retailer? Even in B&N, the one they had on display was dead from use, but the gentleman, who I believe was named Jared, at the Nook counter was able to get a working demo unit from the back to show me.
They have just released an 8 gig version for $199, and that’s the one I’m curious about. That’s 8 gig onboard memory, and it’s still upgradable to 32 gigs using a micro sd card. You can load movies and music onto it, and it looks good.
The onboard apps looked outstanding as well. I didn’t look at the normal books, since that’s not quite what I’m looking at it for. I prefer reading paper or an e-ink screen, and I don’t like reading too long on a back-lit LCD screen. I did have a chance to look at Netflix streaming on it, and the picture was clearer than streaming through the Xbox to my 720p TV. We also downloaded “Hop On Pop” which is one of the Geekling’s favorite, to see how it looked, and dang, is that Read To Me interactive book feature fun. It lit up the words on the screen as they were read, and if you clicked on the Cup, it showed the word and said what it was, and same with Pup. Even items not in the story, like the grass when they all fall off the wall, is recognizable for them to click on.
The tablet was smaller, but fairly sturdy. Since the Geekling loves touch screen devices, even having her own (deactivated) Motorola Cliq that has kids apps on it, this seems like a good idea. It has a long battery life, even when showing movies, so it will work well on flights to California or in the car, and while it’s not something that the wee one will have constant access to, it still has enough fun stuff that I know she’ll enjoy that it will make a good “You’ve been a good girl today, you want to look at a storybook?” item for bedtime to switch up the actual storybooks a little bit.
Shannon will be taking a look at them out in Cali now that I’ve said they look interesting, and if she likes them, then we’ll discuss picking one up. Something like this is going to be a family item, so we need to make sure all in the family agrees with it.
So I ask you, my limited and silent readers, does anyone have a Nook Color Tablet? What do you think about it? What have you heard? Please, feel free to let me know in the comments.
I’ve said before…
It’s so lonely.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
You know, I never considered Wednesday “hump day” because I’ve always had weird schedules. I’ve worked Monday through Thursday, or those weird retail schedules that are never the same week after week. Now that I’m Monday through Friday, 8-5, I totally understand it. So, happy hump day!
I don’t have much for today. I got thrown into a training yesterday that’s providing some temporary overtime, so I’ve got that going for me. Not a lot, but every little bit helps.
Oh, it has begun. Two nights ago, I passed out around 10PM, two hours earlier than normal. Why? So I could get up early to hit the fitness center to work out. Well, Monday night, I had everything laid out, lunch already made, everything ready to go except for setting my alarm. I will admit, that was an epic facepalm, but at least I was very well rested yesterday. Needless to say, my alarm was set to the correct time before I even got to work yesterday, so this morning, it was much better.
However, I forgot to plug in my phone, so I had to leave it on the charger while I was on the treadmill.
I took it easy, just did the treadmill this morning, before going home and doing my morning routine. I can say this, I’m a lot more awake. However, I’m writing this around 8:30, so I’ve also already been awake for four hours. Now, let’s see how I’m feeling come 5PM when I get off work.
I hope everybody is having a great week, and I’ll see if I can come up with something a little more substantial tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
So is everybody doing all right today? I certainly hope so. I know I’m trying to keep up with everything, keep my chin up, moving ahead without dwelling on past failures, insert motivation platitude here, that sort of thing.
One thing I’ve been trying to focus on is keeping my outlook more positive and up. I used to smoke half a pack a day, and that’s how I used to deal with stress and uncomfortable situations. That is no longer an option, and hasn’t been the case since the Geekling was born. So I’ve seen myself slipping into being snarky, a jerk, and even a bit of a mean jackhole. That is not who my wife married, and that is not the father my daughter needs, so I’ve been putting forward a conscious effort to try to get my attitude up.
In my position at work, I do what I can to bring a smile to the face of my co-workers, or the visitors. I’m currently in the role of front desk/reception/switchboard at the office, so I see almost everyone at one time or another. Since good vibes breed good vibes, I do what I can up front. However, do you know how difficult it is to remain positive when you have CNN playing on a TV in the lobby for 9.5 hours a day? I am so tired about hearing about Whitney’s funeral, and the Republican Clown Show of a primary race. And while there is important news, like the fighting in Syria, I don’t CARE about a gay sheriff in Arizona, and I especially don’t care to hear these stories cycle through every 45 minutes. Luckily, since I have spent years working around televisions blaring videos, and radios blaring music, I have become very good at blocking everything out.
Another thing that doesn’t help is when people just expect me to do things without questioning at work. For example, I normally show up early. Let’s me make some oatmeal, and casually get schedules printed out for the conference rooms and not be rushed. However, when people come storming up to me with a problem, or expecting me to do something right when I walk in the door? Seriously, I can NOT clock in early. I am NOT authorized for overtime, and I don’t have people that can easily cover me if I have to leave early. Yet, they don’t back off. Luckily for their sake, no one has filed a complaint when I tell them that they have to wait until I’m on the clock, probably because I’m a LOT nicer than I have any right to be, but it still grates on me.
Yet, through all of this, all I can do is take a breath, remember my family, and keep going. That’s all anyone can do.
Just don’t push me, since I might be getting close to my breaking point soon. ;) However, in the mean time, would you like some tea?
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I feel really bad, since I'm really trying to get my output up, but honestly, weekends are when I want to be doing more than just sitting here. Or, if I AM just sitting here, I'm catching up on things I don't do the rest of the week.
Plus, right now, I have the beginning of a migraine happening, so staring at a monitor isn't helping with that.
Enjoy your evening, and I'll be back in the morning with my Monday update.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I am worn out.
I really don’t think it was the change in the time zones. Honestly, that was a week ago, and jet lag does not last that long. I’m leaning towards hours of recycled air in a packed flight across country, but who really knows? I’m not really ill, although I did get really warm and almost got sick yesterday afternoon while just sitting and reading, but I’m just exhausted.
However, like I said yesterday, no excuses. I made it to the fitness center last night around 8:30 and spent 30 on the treadmill and 30 on the bike. I can tell that I haven’t been in a few weeks, and I’m kicking myself for it. Then, when I dragged myself out of bed this morning, I noticed that the scale hasn’t been giving a correct weight, having been stuck on the same weight since Shannon left, so I pulled the batteries and checked it again.
That was not pretty.
So I’m seriously back at the grind. My main motivation might be gone for a while, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be motivated. I’m not eating out any more, I’m definitely not drinking any more soda, I’m avoiding the coffee and the hot chocolate at work, and I’m re-evaluating my schedule and priorities at home.
I’m also working on a shopping list/menu today for the next week. Working on 3 square meals a day that are decent, and don’t involve anything from the companies Hostess or Frito Lay. Meats, vegetables, whole grains, and a couple of Healthy Choice meals for when I get home and I am too tired to cook.
I really need to buckle down. I do have a weight goal and date in my head, and at this rate, I’m never going to even come close to hitting it. And this might be why I’m feeling so tired and worn out. I started eating healthier and exercising, and then I dropped it cold turkey.
So let’s see if I can get back into that swing of things.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Okay, no more time for excuses.
I’ve fallen way behind in my goals. Ever since Shannon left town to visit her side of the family in Cali, I’ve lost all motivation to do, well, anything. I’ve been able to come up with excuse after excuse as to why I’m not exercising, or why I can eat Taco Bell, or why I can just sit and read instead of doing something a bit more constructive. I’m back up about 8 pounds, which doesn’t have me totally back up to my previous weight, but it is close, which irritates me to no end.
Tonight, I’m doing what I can to get back on a schedule. I need to run an errand on the way home, then I’m getting back to the apartment, making a light dinner, going to sit down and work on the PC while it digests, then I’m hitting the fitness center. If a treadmill is open, I’m taking that. If only a bike is open, I’m taking that. Heck, at this point, if an elliptical machine is all that is open, I’m taking that. I’m getting my fat arse back in there and starting again.
This weekend, I need to do some serious grocery shopping. Veggies, meats, whole grains; I’ve got to get myself back in the habit of healthy eating again.
I have a lot I want to do this year, and a lot I need to get done, and I’ve got to get the lead out and get to work on it.
So how about everybody else? Are they happy with how their year is going so far, and how you’re doing on your goals?
Feel free to comment.
It’s so lonely in here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
It happens in Indiana, especially during the winter. It should come to a surprise to NO ONE when it appears, falling from the sky and accumulating on the ground. And yet, here we are. People are coming in late to work, the social network feeds are being flooded with “OMG SNOW!!!” and there are people telling me of slide offs that they saw as they were coming in.
Seriously, there’s not even a lot of snow. And we knew it was coming.
Now, I admit, I live just east of Castleton Square Mall, right before I-69, and I work at Keystone at the Crossing. Not exactly a long drive, and 82 nd /86 th Street is normally very clear. The road out of my apartment complex is normally junk, as is the road heading to the parking garage at Keystone. With that knowledge, I left a bit early for work.
And I ended up being 50 minutes early.
Now, I’m normally 40 minutes early, but that’s not the point. The point is, WHY ARE PEOPLE RUNNING LATE?
Happy Valentine’s Day?
Came into work this morning, and there was a single white rose sitting across my keyboard.
There are no deliveries that early, plus, I’m the one that lets delivery people in. My backup is consists of a group of 3 women who all work different schedules, so I was 98% certain that this was not for me.
Supervisors thought I would be upset that it wasn’t for me, but honestly, I was relieved. It kind of freaked me out, honestly. Nobody here should be buying me roses. I’m not THAT friendly. And I knew Shannon didn’t send it, because like I said, I accept all the deliveries, and none had come in.
Finally, I have tickets this evening to an advanced screening of Titanic in 3D. I was going to have a friend come with me, but he can’t make it. Now, I’m not sure I’m going to go. We’ll see how I’m feeling, and if I can get some other stuff done before it starts.
Be careful out there, and I hope you all have a great day! Tony
Monday, February 13, 2012
All right, it’s Monday, and I’m exhausted. Who knew it only took a few days for your body to get used to a three hour time difference? I even passed out early last night, but it was still difficult to pull myself out of bed this morning.
Anyway, I know on Monday, I like to review the previous week, but I honestly have nothing to review. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t hit the gym, and while I WAS watching my intake, the trip to Cali had me cheating just a bit, so I’ve packed some back on. I’m kind of irked at myself over this, but it does no good beating yourself up, so I’m going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start hitting the gym again this week. I’m REALLY hoping that I can hit the one at the office after work today, so we’ll see how that goes.
I was also rather proud that I got a new blog posting up on the SoCal site, which is still up and running despite my best efforts. Plus, I was able to get a buffer around and set scheduled updates so this blog still had content being added to it. Probably didn’t matter much to the 5 people who visit, but it mattered to me. Plus, I was able to add a couple pictures to yesterday’s post, so I might continue throwing in some visuals every now and again. I’m not a picture a day sort of person, so I’m not always clicking away to be able to throw stuff up, but I might want to throw something up on occasion.
Coming up this week, I’m hoping to see a tax refund check deposited, to which Shannon and I have decided is going to buy us a new computer. When that computer is up and running, I get to load all my information up to it, and then I’m revamping a LOT of my online profiles. Also, I’m starting to clean the apartment top to bottom, getting things ready for Shannon and the Geekling’s return at the end of March.
Eventually, I’m going to pick up the knitting needles and start figuring that out, but once again, I need extra money to get started, which I don’t have.
I’m going to cut it off there today, as I really need to find a way to wake up.
I hope you all have a good one, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I hope you enjoyed some memories of Disney and Hollywood, and I'll continue those in the next week or so, but I just got back from Cali, and I like to post something current for once.
First things first, I flew out on packed Southwest flights on Wednesday evening, flying from Indianapolis to Las Vegas, then on to Ontario, California. I was picked up there, grabbed some dinner, then dropped off at the Candy Cane Inn, which is located right on the edge of Disneyland. I like this place, as it is close, it is affordable as far as the "Resort District" goes, and it is clean. Plus, they also have free parking for a single car, and a free continental breakfast of donuts, muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and beverages, which, while it doesn't include bacon, it's still enough to get you going in the morning, so you don't have to buy overpriced food at the park. Once there, and once I know Shannon had made it home okay, I crashed, since it was midnight Pacific, which was 3 AM Eastern.
I woke up the next morning, had breakfast, then walked down to the park, easily making it before it opened. I walked around the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney, a large store that carries almost anything you can find in the parks.
Stay classy, Disney.
Anyway, while waiting, I had to hit Star Tours 2.0 IN 3D. Yeah, what can you do? But it worked out very well. The ride was smoother than I remembered the old Star Tours being, and the 3D effects were done really well.
The walk through to the attraction was kind of cool. The beginning part of the queue was very similar, and rather unchanged cosmetically, with R2 forever trying to repair a Starspeeder.
The rest of the queue was changed, though, with droids waiting to be repaired, and a new security scanner that, after being held up in line there for about 5 minutes, started getting REALLY annoying.
After entering the attraction vehicle, I noticed that it just felt more comfortable, and put on my glasses when it started. I'm not going to go into too much detail here, as it's been written about to death online, but for those who aren't aware, there are a ton of random options that this attraction will go through, so it helps keep it from getting stale. My ride consisted of the Vader/Stormtrooper opening, dropping out of hyperspace on Kashyyyk, and then ending up on Naboo. It was a lot of fun.
The family showed up around noon, and the Geekling looked a little thrown off seeing her Dad there after leaving him in Indiana. She was presented with her birthday button and we spent the rest of the day hitting attractions that she loves, like The Little Mermaid, It's a Small World, Peter Pan, and the Carousel.
Sadly, I didn't get any photos from my phone for most of this, as I was honestly paying more attention to her than I was taking photos. There are photos out there, just not mine.
I know she had a wonderful birthday, and I had a fun time.
Back to the swing of things tomorrow, though!
Have a great day!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Me? I'm just sitting here, doing laundry, trying to figure out why everyone is partying and throwing a fuss over an Owl.
I don't care how Superb it is. It's just an owl.
Even though I will admit I shed a tear at the beginning of Deathly Hollows.
Talk at you tomorrow,
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
All right folks! Good morning! It’s Groundhog Day! Two things I want to get off my chest today.
First, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we have six more weeks of winter. So, we’re going to have a six week winter this year? The rest of winter has been pretty weak sauce so far. It’s been in the 60’s this week, for crying out loud! Those Super Bowl Scarves that the volunteers received are looking pretty silly!
Second, and I’m only going to say this once: If anyone walks up to me today, trying to re-enact any of the scenes from the film “Groundhog Day,” I’m going to punch them square in the junk. You’re not Bill Murray. You’re not funny. Just stop.
I hope you all have a great day!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
All right, it’s a new month and I’m still at it.
First off, today is my wife’s birthday, so happy birthday to her. I’ve already posted on Facebook and sent her a text, because that really shows you care, right?
Second, It’s one week until I fly out to California for the Geekling’s birthday. I’m planning on heading out on Wednesday night and surprising her when they get off the tram at Disneyland on Thursday morning. I’ll be out there until Saturday, when I’ll be on a plane all day and get home late that night. I figure there will be no blog postings on those days, because I can’t guarantee internet connectivity, and I don’t want to type it out on my phone’s keyboard or on the mini-keyboard on the Netbook I’m bringing with me.
I’m not a fan of flying. Even when I’m smaller, I’m not quite built to cram into a small seat with two other people. I hate sitting still for a 3-4 hour stretch, with nothing to entertain me than a movie or three, my Nook, and my Zune. People don’t want to converse. If you try to be friendly, they look at you like you’re a freak, or worse. All you can really do is stick your headset in, sit back, and pray for the purgatory to be over soon, or at least one of those peanuts to get lodged in your throat to end it even quicker.
I could keep going, but every two bit comedian and hack writer has touched on how lousy flying is, and this two bit comedian/hack writer isn’t going to dwell on it.
Now, while I’m out there, I’ve got some things I need to do. First and foremost is surprising my daughter at the Magic Kingdom, so called because when you visit, POOF! Magically, all of your life savings have disappeared because you wanted a churro. However, it’s a good time, and the Geekling loves it. I’m sure I will have multiple trips on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, It’s a Small World, and The Little Mermaid, and I’m looking forward to getting a picture with her on the Carousel and bringing her on Peter Pan, which she has recently watched and started digging on. Personally, I just want a couple trips on the new Star Tours, so hopefully I can snag that.
Also, while I’m out in Sunny Southern California, I need to meet up with some friends for some pie, get some pastrami at The Hat, and see if I can get my butt over to Burbank to try to find some stuff at a great Army/Navy Surplus store over there that I really enjoy.
Then, when I come back, I get to write all about it.
I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures, see if I can throw in some actual visuals on this blog every once and a while.