Three Things Thursday – 04/13/2017

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A New Fence….

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Actually 3 pictures stitched together, Android did a good job….  So did the contractor.

The wife wanted a new fence, so we got a fence.  It’s not a true Spring unless we go into more debt building a new fence to keep the dog in the yard.

Car Show This Past Weekend

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Really?  You’re taking my picture?  No, I’m not going to smile.

Ok, I admit it, The Dukes of Hazzard was my absolute favorite show growing up.  The General Lee was probably the most bangin car on television at the time.  I had no clue what the Union Jack meant back then, so no comments about that please.  If I owned this car, I would certainly replace that with the American flag.  The daughter was oh so happy standing in front of it for me to take the picture.

Fuzz Butt Cuteness

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Where’s Mommy?  I no want you.

The wife was away Saturday and Sunday, the dog didn’t like it.  This was her most of the night trying to get me to pet her stinky head.

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Distort Yourself

by Institute

Three Things Thursday – 04/06/2017

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Backyard Lake

 

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No, we can’t go swimming in that….Ew!

 

Earlier this week we had some crazy rain one day and this was the result.  Off our backyard is an overflow water retention area that collects water so that the sewer system isn’t overloaded.  When it rains hard, we get a rather impressive lake of sorts in our backyard.  The ground was so saturated that we were getting water in our sump pit that was periodically being pumped outside.  It was a really crappy day but I was happy that our sump pump was working and didn’t need to be replaced (as was the case with so much else in this house the last 10 months).  Yay for underground pumps keeping the basement dry!

Another Painting

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The wife had a bunch of friends over last weekend to have a painting party.  They get together monthly for some random activity that months host decides on and I’m happy they spend money on tangible things rather than on alcohol (which is what they used to do).  This is one of her best paintings and will certainly get a worthy spot on the wall in my office.  I’m starting to run out of wall space though, so I may need to come up with a genius plan to extend the available space so I can keep hanging her artwork.  If I ever get around to building the enclosure around the sump pit and the radon exhaust system in the corner of my office, I’ll add quite a bit of new wall space.  Motivation, where are you?

Fuzz Butt Cuteness

 

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I’m being cute.  Look!  Take my picture!

 

Our cat, Harley, was being cute again on Tuesday night.  He was even looking at me when I took the picture as if to say he knows he’s cute.  The fuzz butt was repaying me with this shot for having yacked in the only room in the entire house with carpet.  Queue the steam cleaner at 5:30am in the morning because if I didn’t clean it up, my wife would have definitely stepped in it.  I opted to clean it up as that annoyance was so much smaller than the phone call from the wife saying she stepped in it and yelling at me for not cleaning it up.  He’s almost 12 by the way, with bad teeth that cause sinus infections and weepy eyes.  Fuzz butt cuteness makes up for any frustration we have with him though.

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Wanderer

by Red Handed Denial

Three Things Thursday – 03/30/2017

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B-Day Hockey Game

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We had some free tickets to a local hockey game on the 24th, last weekend.  They were pretty damn good seats and we were only two rows from the ice behind the goal.  The picture is of the visiting team warming up ahead of the game starting.  We ended up moving up a few rows as I swear they were aiming pucks directly at our heads.

B-day Cake

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If you’re wondering if this was a death by chocolate cake, it most certainly was.  A special request by me for the chocolateiest cake ever.  It had fudge icing, chocolate points around the outside, chocolate cake and a fudge middle between the layers.  It took me and the daughter 4 days to completely eat the whole thing even after we had the party this past Sunday.

Total Geek (or Nerd) (or Dork)

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This is what you end up with when you procrastinate and pile up your computer work into a single day.  My work laptop (black) with the top mouse is to the left, personal laptop (silver) is on the right, the keyboard and second mouse is for the monitor on the top of the shelf.  The computer hooked to the monitor is on the floor in front of my desk.  I’m sure at this point I’m slowly dying from computer induced radiation.

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Breakin’ Outta Hell

by Airbourne

Three Things Thursday – 03/23/2017

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Finding Faith

The wife and I were having a discussion about religion and faith after having watched “The Shack” a week or so back.  The movie had a line that has stuck with both of us and had a strong impact with us.  The character that was implied as being Christ said “Religion is too much work.  All I ever want is friends.”  I may have quoted that incorrectly, but the gist is there.  Causing us both to think about this in our own contexts of religion, we have reached a point where it might be time to start venturing back into faith.  I have never been religious and always had a lot of questions that never really got answered to my satisfaction.  Part of me knows that the point of faith is not knowing everything, but accepting that it’s the way it is for a reason unknown to us.  My hang up was always on the “organization” side of religion and how so many people see faith and religion as the same thing.  I see faith as a completely separate thing from religion and feel that you be faithful to something without having to surrender to the organization of religion.

That said, I’m going to float an idea to the wife and daughter where we each choose a gathering of faithful people (religious or not) and attend each week for a month straight.  My wife will no doubt choose a Catholic church to attend, and that’s okay.  The only rules we will agree to is that we keep an open mind for ALL of the choices and we go through the entire month asking all the questions we feel are necessary.  I think I’m going to find a Buddhist temple to attend as that faith has interested me for years.  A future post will detail our progress and ultimate decision as a family.

Political Opinion

I made my 20th post to EatPrayVote.org yesterday.  My experience writing for this site has been awesome so far.  There is a really good group of writers that span the full spectrum of political positions; conservative, liberal, moderates, progressives, etc.  The level of the writing has improved how I write myself and support from a lot of them has allowed me to improve so much in a short period of time.  Writing for the site (after inquiring) is proving to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

Birthdays

It’s the dreaded time of year where it is once again my birthday.  The exact day is not relevant because like Christmas, it’s not something I like to celebrate.  This year we’re doing a family dinner at my house so at least I get to stay home this year.  We’re also doing a more subdued celebration and it’s only my wife’s immediate family.  My side of the family is doing a dinner later in April so we can lump my Mom’s birthday in there too.  Every year I wish to spend the entire 24 hours of my actual birthday alone, but it never actually comes true.  Only other introverts really understand why.  But, for my wife and daughters sake, I’m being a trooper and not being the grumpy-gus I’ve been in previous years.  It’ll all be over soon enough 🙂

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The Stage

by Avenged Sevenfold

Three Things Thursday – 03/16/2017

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Snowpocalypse 2017!

Coming home Monday this week, it was in the mid-40’s (F), sunny, and overall a very nice pre-Spring/late-Winter day.  The weather was talking about impending snow for days prior to Monday and I was skeptical that we were going to get anything as this isn’t the first time they’ve done this and we get about a wet sneeze’s worth of snow.  Here is a picture out my back door Monday at around 4:30pm.

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Really was a nice day on Monday!

Fast-forward 24 hours, and it’s a white wonderland of snow, ice, and 40 MPH gusting winds putting the wind chill down around -10F.  I didn’t get a picture of it, but there was a sizable drift of snow up against the window that was easily 3′ high that’s since blown away from all the wind we had Tuesday into Wednesday.

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Quite the difference, huh?

Trumpcare (aka American Healthcare Act)

Ok, don’t get all bent out of shape.  You can be happy about something like this when you see why it’s on my list this week.  Support for this mess of a bill with Republicans is quickly fading and is starting to be at serious risk of not passing one or both houses of Congress.  Having read the bill in it’s various stages, there is quite a bit that is clearly never going to work.  Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act) is not much better and certainly needs to be replaced with “something.”  What that “something” is actually going to be is still a mystery to me.

Awesome Headset Found!

I finally found my headset that I used at my previous job.  It’s noise-cancelling and was actually on the expensive side.  I had it packed away in a random box that I came across by accident over this past weekend moving some boxes around.  I no longer have to tote the surprisingly fragile headset I have at work with me on days I work from home.  I used it yesterday on a conference call and no one had any issues hearing me on the call.

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Binaural or BUST!

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True Self

by Soil