Too Many Computers

Being a geeky family, we have never thought we had too many computers. Friends who haven’t been to our house in a while commented on the number of computers we own. What’s funny is that we are thinking of adding another one this fall.

There are three of us. Both my husband and I have desktop computers. Our old desktop (Windows 7) is still in working order. I have a laptop and a Chromebook. We both have Surface Pro. So yeah, we have a lot of computers. My computers serve different purposes. My desktop has become the YouTube viewer for my daughter. My Chromebook is for Internet surfing while on the couch. When I’m working I use the Surface Pro. My laptop doesn’t get much usage but as a learning playground for Linux.

While we may can only use one computer at a time, it’s nice to have different options for different computing situations. So yeah we may have more computers than most people but it works for us.

A Dance with Dragons DONE

After the first season of A Game of Thrones had ended, I started reading the books. The first book took months to finish as it was pretty much what I saw from season one. The next two books took a few months to read as well but I made it through. Then I hit a wall with A Feast for Crows.

This book was really difficult for me to get into. I just couldn’t get that interested in it. My husband had read it and finished A Dance with Dragons at this point. I could tell that both books were disappointing to him.

I had started over reading the book about six months ago determined for finish before the next season. I had found a suggested reading of chapters for both Feast and Dance. I began to follow that and started to make progress. Sadly I did not finish in time for the new season.

So the new season aired with some twists that aren’t in the book. But a lot of what happens in the book is in the series, so some of my joy from reading was spoiled. It didn’t bother me, though, as I don’t mind spoilers.

I read for a few more months completing A Feast for Crows and making it really far in Dance with Dragons. Tonight after skimming two chapters and finding myself unable to focus in this book any longer, I gave him and read the rest of the chapter summaries online.

While I had hoped to properly finish Dance, it feels great to have the book behind me. Now to find some lighter reading. I need a small, 200-300 page book I can get lost in and read really fast. Looks like it’s time to see what Amazon has to offer.

2015 Goals Update – June

It is June! Why am I making no progress? Summer is here and it’s time to get busy.

Freelance full-time
(Feb)Still would like to do this but exploring options right now.
March – Still wanting to do this and thinking either by the end of the year of next spring is my goal to make it happen.
May – This month I plan to actually do some writing for two content websites. I’ve worked with them before but it has been a while. I plan to write 2-3 articles for each.
June – I want to make money blogging and article writing on certain topics. Now to go forth and just do it.

Debt Free
(Feb)working to dwindle down the smallest student loan which should be paid in March. Two more to go and then the car. This goal is pretty much on track.
March – The IRS wants more of our money for taxes so this will hinder paying this off until April.
May – Got the IRS their money and also knocked out another student loan. 2 more to go. Both are $2800 so should be relatively fast. Then it is just the vehicle.
June – Been saving a bit. No big debt payments made.

Save at least $3K
(Feb)I haven’t started saving this yet.
March – no change. Haven’t started saving.
May – Sadly no savings.
June – Yay! more savings! Finally.

WRITE
(Feb)Have written very little. Have to do more.
March – Have done a few blog posts and have an idea for Camp Nano which will start in April. I have a goal of 15,000 words.
May – Failed Camp Nano. Had less than 3K words. But I am working on a novel idea and a short story.
June – So many ideas. Working on an idea for Camp Nano in July and hope to blog a lot.

Draw
(Feb)I’ve drawn a little bit and bought a drawing book that I’ve yet to open but looks promising.
March – I try to draw everything – at least something. My new project is work on one comic for a week and then post the best drawing of it.
May – I haven’t drawn much. Have plenty of ideas but just can’t get them out of my head. ARRGGHH!!!
June – I have drawn a little bit. I plan to draw more and do a few comics.

Lose Weight and RUN!
(Feb)have gained a pound. Must tighten up this even if it means doing a diet like Atkins to get started just to see some progress.
March – Not much progress here. I did buy a stepper exercise thing that I enjoy using and am gaining some stamina. Now that it is better weather it will be time to get out more. That is if the pollen doesn’t dictate otherwise.
May – Have lost 9 pounds but haven’t started running yet. The goal is to do a 5K by September.
June – I start walking tomorrow. School is out and I have the time in the morning to add this.

Organize and clean house
(Feb)House is still an utter chaos but have started working on a plan.
March – The living room is now in order. This weekend we will shampoo carpets, wash curtains, and rearrange furniture.
May – Downstairs not bad – The big stuff is done but still plenty to do.
June – This needs more attention. I hope to eBay some stuff we no longer use. Just got to get stuff together.

(Feb)While I haven’t had a lot of progress, I hope the next update to have the clutter under control and to have lost 5 pounds. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
March – Not too many updates and not where I’d hope to be. But that is the whole reason for doing an update is to remember these goals and to work on them.
May – I feel good about where I am. Ofcourse I would like more progress on the writing and drawing but I feel the more I do to organize our home, the more focused I can be on other tasks. Here’s hoping for a great May.
June – I hope for a productive June. I am hoping to really make progress with freelancing as I would love to move up my timeline to leave full-time work. I had been conflicted about pursuing a possible job change at work. Now I know what I want to do so I feel a lot better about that. It’s time to make 2015 count. Here’s to an awesome June.

New Person

If you have ever wanted to be someone different, just wait until you reach your forties. Recently I’ve come to realize just how different I am from my twenty – even thirty- something self.

Our work space is open. There are no cubicles. You have a small desk and close neighbors – the better to cram as many people in a room as possible. My team is made up of mostly twenty-somethings who still have dreams and aspirations -seeing this job as just their first on the path of a great career. Ah I remember having that job,too. The one that would launch your career to greatness.

So they have a lot of energy – which is good because to advance at this company you need to be willing to socialize. That means attending after hour events or better yet helping to plan those after hours events. I’m too cynical to care anymore about ‘climbing’ a corporate ladder. I have a sneaky suspicion that all that is waiting at the top is a noose.

Since we sit so close together, I can’t help but overhear their many conversations which usually lead to laughter and giggles for five minutes. That is fine on occasion but this is all day, everyday. I would like to think the twenty-something me wouldn’t have even given this a second thought. It’s just people talking at work. That is still allowed, right? The thirty-something me might have not been thrilled with it but it wouldn’t have bothered her. The forty-something me finds this distraction completely annoying and here is why.

It’s disrespectful. Have some common courtesy for those working around you. Take a break if you want to talk about gossip, other employees, or the latest funny YouTube video. I feel like I’m in high school again. It would be alright if I felt eighteen but instead I feel forty-something knowing this behavior shouldn’t be accepted.

That felt good to write it all out. I doubt it will improve but at least it has shown me that I am a different person than I used to be. Let’s hope that is more of a positive than negative.

A Farewell to Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is my go-to pain reliever. It has been a staple in my life ever since I landed my first job out of college over twenty years ago.

I worked at a television station in the production department. Working there gave me many headaches as I thought surely I was allergic to the place and to the people. Still I managed through many eight hour shifts thanks in part to ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen also helped me bare the pain of impacted wisdom teeth and then removal of said wisdom teeth. I have taken many ibuprofen tablets for PMS cramps. It also helped with pain from two surgeries: a myomectomy and years later, a c-section.

Lately I have been devouring ibuprofen for sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. But alas, it looks like those days are over. Results from my physical show elevated liver levels – which I’m not sure what that means only that my doctor asked me if I took ibuprofen to which I said yes. Then she said to stop that. My

2015 Goals Check – 3 months

Here it is. The last day of March already.

Freelance full-time
(Feb)Still would like to do this but exploring options right now.
March – Still wanting to do this and thinking either by the end of the year of next spring is my goal to make it happen.

Debt Free
(Feb)working to dwindle down the smallest student loan which should be paid in March. Two more to go and then the car. This goal is pretty much on track.
March – The IRS wants more of our money for taxes so this will hinder paying this off until April.

Save at least $3K
(Feb)I haven’t started saving this yet.
March – no change. Haven’t started saving.

WRITE
(Feb)Have written very little. Have to do more.
March – Have done a few blog posts and have an idea for Camp Nano which will start in April. I have a goal of 15,000 words.

Draw
(Feb)I’ve drawn a little bit and bought a drawing book that I’ve yet to open but looks promising.
March – I try to draw everything – at least something. My new project is work on one comic for a week and then post the best drawing of it.

Lose Weight and RUN!
(Feb)have gained a pound. Must tighten up this even if it means doing a diet like Atkins to get started just to see some progress.
March – Not much progress here. I did buy a stepper exercise thing that I enjoy using and am gaining some stamina. Now that it is better weather it will be time to get out more. That is if the pollen doesn’t dictate otherwise.

Organize and clean house
(Feb)House is still an utter chaos but have started working on a plan.
March – The living room is now in order. This weekend we will shampoo carpets, wash curtains, and rearrange furniture.

(Feb)While I haven’t had a lot of progress, I hope the next update to have the clutter under control and to have lost 5 pounds. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
March – Not too many updates and not where I’d hope to be. But that is the whole reason for doing an update is to remember these goals and to work on them.

Things I learn at work..

That are way more interesting than work. One tidbit from this past week is banana ice cream. No, it’s not ice cream with bananas. It is banana ice cream as in the banana is the ice cream. Apparently if you freeze bananas and then use your food processor to mush them up long enough, it can pass for ice cream. So right now I am freezing some bananas to try this later tonight. I feel so let down by the Internet as I use it everyday but never had I ran across this recipe before.

But before I do that, we are making sugar eggs. If it turns out halfway decent then I will do a blog post about it. If it turns out terrible I will do a blog post about it. Although if it turns out great then I will be very excited to share. I had one when I was a kid and loved it so am hoping daughter enjoys making one.

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It’s been a quiet week. It seems spring is arriving so I’d say we have about two weeks to enjoy pleasant temperatures. I am surprised that our trees still have leaves on them since most seem to be all over the yard.

I did get a new phone. A Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s nice. Glad to be rid of the iPhone. I love my iPad and iPod but the iPhone just didn’t have what I needed in a phone. What I really wanted was a Windows 8 phone but will wait until more apps are available.

So that’s been about it. Nothing too exciting. I won’t bore you any longer and hopefully will have a good report this week about the sugar eggs.

Week Wrap #2

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This week is Spring Break but last week wasn’t and is the focus of this weekly wrap. Not too much happened. It was cold then was warmer and then back to frigidly cold. Besides the weather, we were able to play our weekly Dungeons and Dragons game where my character was much more useful to the party. We also gained enough experience to make it to 3rd level. This is where my character will really hopefully begin to shine.

We almost bought a second Xbox One but didn’t. We did get a second controller for our first one. The husband bought Minecraft for Xbox and found it was multi-player. So naturally it was time to get another controller. We also bought Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and a few amiibos. That has been taking some our free time but it is also creating family time, too.

The time change sucks but on the bright side all of the clocks downstairs are once again display the correct time. I have forgotten how to set the time on my alarm clock so I woke up at the old time which was way past when I normally wake up but was okay since we didn’t have to worry about school. That will give me a few days to figure it out or either buy a new alarm clock.

Overall a quite week but those are nice every once in a while.

Week Wrap

Why, yes I am doing a weekly wrap on Friday. I’m not sure I posted last but since I plan on blogging more in March and want to start a weekly catch-all post, why not start that today? So here are some things that caught my eye on the Internet or otherwise this week. You know..stuff..and things..

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Dry Shampoo
Sure I’ve heard of dry shampoo for cats and even bought it for ours before but there is dry shampoo for humans. This is a product that I must try as it never fails. Wednesday comes along and I wake up -late for work – and with oily hair. This product would make the middle of the week a lot easier for us. My daughter will get oily hair about mid-week and refuses to do anything about it saying it’s fine with her. So now with something like this we could at least give the appearance that we groom as much as we should. An Update – I found dry shampoo at Target and tried it today(the day after I started this post) and like the results.

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I should have taken a before picture, too. But my hair is definitely less oily and fluffier.

THE Dress
This is not referring to some dress worn at the Oscars or a “wardrobe malfunction” but the dress that has been blowing up social media. It’s a dress that looks either white/gold or black/blue or any shade of those in between. I’ve heard purple/brown for instance. Anyway what is great about the Internet and things that go viral is that they become old and boring very quickly. In six months someone will read this post and have absolutely no idea about this dress. Don’t ever change, Internet.

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Reaper minis

Way back in 2013, my husband backed a Kickstarter for Reaper minis. This week they were shipped and delivered! The base set has 140 minis and we got a few of the add-ons. So there are quite a few miniatures to paint. Exciting stuff. I am not that great at painting minis but looks like I will be getting in some practice. We are considering attending ReaperCon in April so this is a great way to get in some practice and an idea of what I might like to learn if we attend.

Clean Towels

When I do laundry I never use bleach. Today while doing a load of beige towels that were for the most part white now, they looked dingy and had a pinkish tint probably from being washed with a red or pink towel. So I used some bleach and the towels look amazing.

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This weekly wrap has taken way too long to complete. It is now Sunday so it is actually a weekly wrap. Next week’s task is to write the weekly wrap in one day and on Sunday.

For the Love of Blogging

Once upon a time, I had a website. An actual website as this was the days before blogging became of age. I had registered a domain as a ‘sandbox’ area to practice web development. At the time I was a webmaster of a small website and was considering growing my reach and a platform to showcase my growing skills.

While making the web page, I wanted a way to update it fast without having to upload the changes to the website through FTP. I discovered a simple blog platform that used a flat file to store data – which was good because I didn’t have SQL database through my web hosting. This was a thing of beauty as I was able to type through the admin page a blog post that then – upon publishing with a click of a button – appeared on my website. I was hooked. I love the simplicity and the instant gratification of publishing. My blogging career started with that simple yet effective platform. While the website may be long gone, my love for blogging continues.

Although some months I don’t even visit my blog or think about blogging at all, I cannot quit blogging. I must keep it going. Blogging is what my inner voice tells me to do that I completely ignore most of the time. “Who would want to read about THAT?” I say to myself as I brush of blog topic after blog topic. But I must remember one piece of advice I was given as a news producer – don’t pretend to be the audience. And so I must do that with blogging as well. I am a reader of other blogs but who knows who may read these words and it resonate so soundly with them? Yes, I cannot keep the words or silly ideas inside my head. They demand to be heard and who knows – someone may find it useful. If not at least I don’t have to listen to my inner voice nag me about it anymore.