Friday, April 18

Easter Weekend

Today is Good Friday (aren't most of them?) and I know I am glad it is the last day of work for this week. The warmer temperatures here in the Valley make my days a bit miserable while I am in the shop pulling parts. There is hardly any air circulation/cooling aside from a on-the-floor fan, and so it gets pretty warm in there. Meaning I sweat a lot. Thanks goodness I have a good deodorant.

Anyways, so today is Good Friday, which means Easter is on Sunday. Usually we go to the Sis' and the families all get together for the afternoon. This year it is different. I still have no clue what our plans are. I guess it is up to the Wife and how the MIL feels. I have no clue, but presume the Daughter will be coming to town as well. I haven't heard anything. That's normal though - to keep me out of the loop.

I got nothing. I had somewhere to go with this post, and it all just went *poof*!


Wednesday, April 16

Useless Trivia

This morning (this is Monday, so this is a canned post) I had some time to kill before the dreaded hour to leave for work. Seeing how my usual haunts had been perused, and nothing of any importance (if ever) was going on Facebook, I started just entering random sites that found their way to the forefront of my mind. One site, was which belongs to the local news talk radio here in the Valley, a station I listen to quite a bit during my route. Through their site, I found this little article ( )which has a short video included about the "Bliss" picture that is the background for Windows XP.

I took the about 9 minutes to watch the video. It was somewhat interesting, even if I am not a photography nut. I didn't realize the location of the picture, but recall hearing/reading somewhere that it had been a true photo, and not a photo-shopped or drawn picture. The videographer of this video also went to the location, after the interview with the photographer, and it was interesting to see the site today, versus the picture, which was taken about 1996.

Now that all being said, and I have this information now in my head, what did I lose? Sometimes I worry about things like that. The Wife has said numerous times that the loss of important information I could retain, is an astounding amount, considering the amount of useless, pointless trivial matters I can spout at any given moment, in any location, about whatever I just happen to see, or think about.

I know. Scary, right?


Monday, April 14

Becoming Disconnected

My internet connection is being a pain this morning. For some unknown reason, it will be fine, I'll be cruising around the internet, then BAM! Unable to load the page. I glance over at the modem, and the usual number of green lights is displaying fewer greens, and occasionally a red. Nobody likes red lights. I went through the regular rigamoral of the modem reboot, and now things seem to be running okay ... for now.

Becoming Disconnected. Makes me think of my family a little bit. Not my immediate family, but my siblings. And before you two (Stuman and Sis) go all freaking out on me, this is just my opinion. I've always been disconnected from them. I spent several years growing up separate from them, that I just never could quite get the connection that most siblings seem to have. Then because we were raised differently, our adult lives (and decisions) have led in several different directions. Nowadays, we just can't connect and relate as well to things. The older we get, there is just less and less that we share to connect on, because we don't do the same things, or have the same experiences. Yeah, just typical things that life throws at ya. Sis had emailed us all this past weekend, about Easter. In the past, most holidays we would all bring our families to her home for a family dinner/get-together. This year, due to some other commitments and plans, the day cannot be spent (at Sis') as we used to do. I already replied that my family would not be coming. We are trying to spend the day with the MIL (if The Wife would ever figure out what is going on).

Heck, I don't know where I was going with this. Well, yes I do know, but I can't write about it. That whole thing is convoluted and overall just a pain in my ass.

Anyways, I like to disconnect with a book. One that you just feel pulled into the story so well, that the physical surroundings diminish. Been awhile since I have read a book that good.


Thursday, April 10

Intriguing Post Title

Forecasters are predicting that the temperature today will reach the 99 degree mark. Earlier this week, we hit the first 90+ degree day for the year. There is speculation about how many days of 100+ we will have this summer, as well as how miserable the heat will be over the next few months. I, in particular, am not a fan of any day with the temps over 90. In the warehouse, I end up sweating quite a bit due to there not being any good air circulation, and definitely no cooling (evap or air conditioning). On the bad days, we have a small fan we set up near the doorway to help, but there is only so much it can do. Mostly give you a slight breeze in the main aisle. Yesterday I noticed how drenched my shirt started getting. Maybe I should bring a change each day, for when I finish in there and another for when I start my route.

Nothing more exciting than the weather today. Pollen counts are up, my sinuses are running non-stop one day, and dry, to the point of bleeding, the next. Allergy pills don't seem to do anything but make me spend money buying more of them, hoping that at some point, there is a difference I will notice. Even the news radio this morning had nothing I had not heard since yesterday.

Well, guess that is all I got for today. I am off to wonder if I should have chili before heading to work. It could lead to an interesting, though smelly, ride for the afternoon.


Tuesday, April 8

A Nice Little Break

When the sound of the crack of dawn happened here in AZ, I didn't have to rise out of bed to take the oldest son to school. The simple luxury of able to lay in bed an extra 20-30 minutes was enjoyable. Seems that the school is doing their AIMS testing today, so their zero hour was canceled. I know it will be back come Thursday, but even one day of respite is nice.

I heard yesterday, that after 4 weeks of no luck, now they supposedly heard 2 'pings' from what some "official" says, that they feel 75% sure that is the black box of the Malaysian flight 370. You know, I am tired of this story. The people are dead, considering there is no floating debris in the supposed area, so the plane is sunk. Recovering the black box would be nice. Then they could see what happened and the order, but not the motive. I think the last viable motive I heard was the pilot intentionally crashed it. Either way, getting to be pretty old news to me.

Phoenix is supposed to hit about 98 by tomorrow, if I remember correctly. Which signals that summer is starting. We have not hit 100 yet, but I am sure those days are not too far off. I have been running the air conditioning in my work truck for the first part of my route over the past couple weeks. At least until about sundown. After sweating quite a bit in the warehouse, then sitting in the fishbowl of my truck cab, some good cold a/c is good.

Tomorrow I still have to rise early. The truck is due for an oil change, and I set it up for tomorrow morning. Takes me a good hour to drive across the Valley, even at 6:30 am. I treat myself with breakfast at Denny's afterwards, so sometimes it is a good exchange. Of course, then I feel too full to go to work, but I am already on that side of town ... and I need a paycheck. Or rather, it is nice to get a paycheck. I am happy to be working.


Monday, April 7

It's That Time Again

Bah. Today just hasn't quite gotten off to the start I would want of a Monday. I feel like I am still half asleep, even after a cup of coffee. I went to bed at a decent time last night, too.

Nothing new to share today. Too tired to feel like griping about anything.

Think I will go take a shower and see if that helps wake me up.


Friday, April 4

Twiddlin' my ... uh ... you know

Thumbs! Geez, where is your mind!

It has been a fairly boring week around here. I am not complaining. Sometimes I just get so tired of the useless drama that goes on. Work has been light, though I cannot speak for how today may go. I've been told that this is the time of year that appliance repairs sort of drop off for a bit. I guess with summer vacations coming up, etc, that unless it is a major emergency, people don't call for service. Less parts to deliver for me, but I still am getting my hours. Actually racking over 40 a week even now. Did I mention I got a raise about a week ago too? Yeah. They appreciate me that much. It was a significant amount as well.

Got a look at the two younger boys' report cards the other night. They are both doing well for 2nd & 6th grades. The younger needs to work on his reading fluency. To me, this doesn't make much sense, as how often do we read aloud? But I know this is also the only way to be sure that word pronunciation, etc is being used properly. At least he isn't coming home speaking Spanglish.

The older son's report card hasn't come. Though, through the school's Parent Portal, his grades are fine, except for one C (in Algebra). I know this teacher has a different way of allowing them homework/test completions, and I am sure I will be speaking with him about the need to get that grade up a bit. His GPA was lower than it should be considering his barely passing some classes last year. I think keeping him out of accelerated classes has made a difference this year.

The Daughter still has not taken any of the three licensure tests she needs to complete to begin searching for work. This frustrates me. It has been about 4 months since she graduated. I know she is probably thinking that she needs to wait on her fiance to find a job in his field of study; that she doesn't want to settle into a job, then a few months later he finds a job out of town. I told the Wife over the anniversary that she needs to talk to the Daughter about this, after all, we are fully supporting them financially while this is going on. I would love to be able to be putting that money in the bank for the next kid to go to college.

Okay, I'll quit complaining about my kids, today anyways.