Every January 15th, I pause to think of my dad, it’s been seven years since he left us and I still miss him. I’m sad that he didn’t get to see some of the toys I bought and what my life is like now. I’m guessing if he could see it he’d be proud at least I like to think so. The regret I have is that I only got to the place in my life where I could start to include him, maybe that’s just hind sight. In any case, miss you dad, I hope our spirits cross again one day.
Monday’s are never easy and the first one back that not after a 4 day weekend is especially cruel. Oh well, it’s not like I had anything that needed to get done. I’m actually a bit worried that work has dried or is drying up. It doesn’t have anything to do with the virus, unless you can call Oracle a virus, and the way they destroy software they acquire that may not be too far off. MySQL, Java, Star Office are just a few that come to mind. Oh well, after a year and a half of primarily helping clients archive the data to move off of Taleo, it looks like there are some changes in the wind. Whatever is next on the journey I’ll do my best to embrace and make the best of the changes that are coming.
3 football games yesterday and three today, although the Cowboys were watching the games from the couch like I was, it was still nice to have football on for 18 hours over the weekend. Not sure why, it just felt normal despite no one was in the stands and even the head coach of one of the teams was out for the Covid protocol.
I did get a chance to talk to General, it’s always good to talk to him, he thinks that the end of the virus shutdown is in sight, it would normally abate as spring and summer come to be and with the vaccination push on it should be mostly under control by the end of the summer. I’m hoping things are back to normal sooner than later but I’ll keep improving myself and my surroundings during the down time.
In other notes, I’ve started the procurement project for the materials for the shed, it’s looking to set me back about $3500 for materials alone. I guess that’s not too bad, I spent probably $1000 on tools to build it and I think to get it built would have been about $5500 so I guess I saved myself $1000 in trade to do it myself and got the tools for free, at least that’s how I’m looking at it.
So Sandy is on her way to visit her friend in Colorado Springs and got the best deal on Southwest, I’ve never flown them personally and have nothing against them but they are based out of Love Field in Dallas, which isn’t really that far away but it’s twice as far as DFW. As I type this I realize how trivial it is but I’m not good on 4 and a half hours of sleep I got to get there on time. There’s part of me saying I’ll have energy one day when I can get out and do stuff. I’m wondering if that day will ever come if I don’t force it to… Oh well, the weekend is here and I’m going to make the best of it.
After some careful consideration I’m consolidating my food blog with this one. I’ll be adding a category under food for recipes and tagging actual recipes to it. I’d always been keen on splitting out the different sites (e.g. food/recipes, tech, movies, document site) but I’m going to try to consolidate except for the tech site, that one has more than enough content to warrant it’s own iteration of word press. So stay tuned for the good eats!
You know I’m not much of a sports fan these days. I mean I hold nothing against them and I really enjoy having live sports on, maybe it’s the pandemic but it feels normal even if there isn’t anyone in the stands. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a Cowboy’s fan just because I was born and raised here but I’m not about to stand idly by without laughing hysterically at Jerry Jones and his coaching follies. Today’s major blow coaching call was a non-challenge decision on something pretty much everyone agreed would have been over turned.
I do hate they are consistent losers but it does lend credence to my theory on the Jimmy Johnson curse. Jimmy Jones was such a prick when they won the Superbowl the last time with Jimmy Johnson that he will never have another trophy until he leaves the team to someone else. We shall see if this is the case but so far they’re doing a great job of proving me right.
So it was statistics and hanging around today. A good way to spend the fist Saturday of the year. Sandy and I took a two mile walk in the afternoon south of Pipeline, I make my steps for every day this year! Both of them. Dinner was the teriyaki pork chops with baked potatoes and corn. I also got the framing and roofing nail guns along with assorted other tools from Harbor Freight, I could have bought the pieces one at a time for 25% off with coupon but I want to get this underway. So they have a bit more of my money but I have my tools:)
Tis the season for Christmas cookies and our household has them aplenty. Here Sandy is messing up the kitchen.
Even in this day and age you can still miss the passing of an old friend. I found out my old roommate Bill Adams passed a couple of years ago. Brain cancer of all things. It makes one stop and think. The older I get the more I’m stunned by the revelation that life is finite, it will end one way or the other. And given my age the ride is well over half way done. I really don’t like to think of it but it’s the looming iceberg ahead and there’s no way to change course, no way to avert.
So I married a girl with an artistic streak, talk about opposites attracting. I’m completely left brained seeing beauty in logic and science, my career in and addiction to computers is convincing evidence. Sandy is solidly right brained, social worker, loves beach sunsets, likes art and can paint. I can draw a pretty convincing stick figure… In any case I thought I’d showcase some of the art I see laying around the house, enjoy!