New Ideas

This month is one of those months where I get three paycheques. It is nice when that happens because I keep my budget for only two of them which means I basically Read more

The stuff we talk about

When I am talking about things with the people I work with they often discuss some of the things they want to do.  There is one common reaction that I get when Read more

Warmer Weather

My wife was interested in blogging so I let her write my post below. Tomorrow it is supposed to be a high of -3 degrees outside. Do you have any idea how Read more

Popular Trends

There are so many websites out there, and it seems like many of them try to follow the same basic ideas as the well-known ones.  This is usually the way things go, Read more

Some Things I Need To Do

Maybe I should start cleaning my place a bit more often.  That’s actually what I was thinking about.  I have a tendency to not really clean or pick stuff up because I Read more


New Ideas


This month is one of those months where I get three paycheques. It is nice when that happens because I keep my budget for only two of them which means I basically have an extra cheque to do whatever it is that I want. Normally a large chunk of it goes towards bills but I am surprisingly all caught up on them at the moment. I don’t owe any friends or family any money either which isn’t always the case. It is definitely a nice feeling to have even though I’ll probably put most of it away in savings.

I am however going to buy myself at least one nice thing. I have a little balcony out front that needs some attention in the way of a nice metal garden furniture set. I would like to start spending more time out there especially after work when I have to unwind and de-stress myself. I work in a very fast paced and stressful environment and when I get home I am usually wiped out. I like to read so having a spot outside in the fresh air would be great. I’ll have to ask my Mum where she got her metal garden furniture because I really like their set.

I should actually call her tonight as it has been a few days since we last talked and she is probably worried. She would probably call me every night of the week but she doesn’t like to intrude and she knows about my stressful job of course. Maybe I’ll ask her if I can go over there Friday night for dinner. A nice home cooked meal is always nice and it has been awhile since I have been over to visit.  I’m sure she will have no objections with that as her and my Dad rarely go out anymore. He has some health issues that make going out a real chore these days. I’m sure me visiting will make him happy too. Doing things with him should be amazing.

I also want to take a little bit of that money and get my hair professionally cut. To save money I have been cutting it myself the last couple of months. I do an ok job at it but I think it is time for somebody that really knows what they are doing to have their turn. I want  and need a new look anyways and I certainly can’t do that myself.

The stuff we talk about


When I am talking about things with the people I work with they often discuss some of the things they want to do.  There is one common reaction that I get when I tell people that I want to do certain things and that is that they think I am amazing.  The thing is, I really want to do a couple things and I will mention them to people and everyone says that is some type of occurrence they would enjoy.  Another thing I like is when we are talking about the things we would like to do and people mention some of the things they like that are things they have done with other people.  I think that’s cool because it lets you learn a bit more about the stuff they like.

So basically we will be talking about this and discussing things that we all like.  I really like to go skiing and that is why I like to go to Breckenridge.  But when I am there I will be on some of the fields I Like because there are a couple of things I am used to doing when I go there and I want to make sure I have everything ready to go.  So anyway, I leave from the city and take a Breckenridge transportation service to get there and then I am prepared to do my skiing when I get to the lodge.  But the thing that is the coolest about all of this is that I can do whatever I want and just really handle the stuff that I need to when I get there.  So what happens Is I’ll set everything up and then I basically just get there and I can go and do the things I like.

That’s what I like about that at place.  Of course, the fact that there are other things that are cool helps.  But mostly it’s just that I am trying to get to a place where I can do more of the things I want and that is something that I enjoy.  changes help.  So that is part of the stuff I like about that place.  There are some other activities I have heard about that might be fun but I think that I will be doing this for a bit because it’s what I really like and am trying to get a bit ore comfortable with all of it.  But I will see if there are other things I might want to do.  However, there are a few other plans that may be some events I am expressly learning about, for me.

Warmer Weather


My wife was interested in blogging so I let her write my post below.

Tomorrow it is supposed to be a high of -3 degrees outside. Do you have any idea how cold that is? That isn’t even considering the wind chill factor which will probably make it closer to -25. Needless to say our vacation to Ireland can’t get here fast enough. We leave in exactly 18 days (not that I am counting). It is going to be so nice to get away from Old Man Winter for a week and a half. Two of those days will be spent traveling but we’ll have a full week plus to sit back and relax and enjoy ourselves.

We have a few things planned but the thing I’m most excited about is Ireland horseback riding. My husband and I both love horses and we used to own one about ten years ago. That was before I got pregnant. When that happened we could no longer afford to keep a pet so expensive so I ended up selling him (his name was Hank) to my cousin Stephanie. She kept him a few years and I would visit him on occasion but then she moved and I have only seen pictures of him since. I still need to research what kind of tours we can take while riding which I’ll probably get to after I am done writing this. I probably shouldn’t put that off much longer as there might be some kind of reservation system you need to use. My husband isn’t quite the equestrian that I am but he has rode his fair share during his day. He grew up on a farm and there were plenty of them to ride when he was a kid. He actually wanted to be a jockey up until he got too big for that to happen.

We are also going to be eating like Kings and Queens while we are there because we are both really enjoy food. I’ve already booked reservations for us for three different restaurants and each of them have excellent ratings. Our hotel is top notch too but I don’t want to spend a lot of time there. We don’t get to visit foreign countries too often so we want to see and experience as much as we can while we are there.

I’m definitely going to be taking a lot of pictures so make sure you check back in about a month if you are interested in seeing some of them.

Popular Trends


There are so many websites out there, and it seems like many of them try to follow the same basic ideas as the well-known ones.  This is usually the way things go, anyway, but it’s pleasing to think that things are generally following a certain course of development.  Ok, let me elaborate.

Analyze a website like this one and what do you see?  Everything is pretty well laid out, and you can find what you are looking for without much work, right?  That’s because this site is based on the successful design of other sites that are similar.  When I wanted to start a blog, rather than doing everything myself, I just took a design that was already known to work and used it for myself.

What I think is pretty sweet is that there are some pages that are much more involved.  I don’t just mean basic blogs like this one, but you’ve got sites that can let you do more, like upload files, or post your own thoughts, or even remember the last things you viewed which is something you see on shopping stores.  The design and collaboration involved in doing that seems amazing.  And then there are the sites that run their own little things on the side.  I think there are web application development groups that will do that so you can have something to offer that makes your page unique.

But as for the overall design of things, there are a lot of other options out there for people who want to have a website that is easy to use and doesn’t require too much knowledge of html and other things because it is all there by the design you have.

As far as design goes, I think it’s probably easier to use something that will do what you want it to do if you can find it rather than having to do everything from scratch.  The problem with doing that is that it might not be the best choice for someone who just needs to get a basic site up there and doesn’t necessarily need anything above what is available from many of the companies out there,k although it might be nice to have something that completely differentiates from everyone else, it’s not always going to be the best choice in every event, or even in more situations for most people.  If you absolutely need something unique, though, you can find it.

Some Things I Need To Do


Maybe I should start cleaning my place a bit more often.  That’s actually what I was thinking about.  I have a tendency to not really clean or pick stuff up because I usually know where the things I need are, and I know that if I’m just going to use something again I might as well leave it where it is rather than put it away.  But in spite of being kind of messy, I don’t wear my shoes in my home.  I don’t like it when people do that, and I always tell my friends they need to take their shoes off before they come inside if they are visiting.  Shoes leave dirt and stuff which means I have to clean eve n more often.  And it’s just more comfortable to wear slippers or whatever around the house, so I think I will just do that.



On the subject of cleaning up dirt, I should probably be shopping for a new vacuum.  My carpet is pretty awesome but it’s also a bit different from normal carpet and tends to be harder to vacuum.  It’s not that it’s longer, it’s just that it’s, I don’t know, the texture is different.  I have hardwood floors throughout most of my home but I have a large rug in the living room that I need to keep free from dirt and it needs a special kind of vacuum.  I am looking at a few by Hoover and then you always see those commercials from Dyson on TV but their vacuums are a bit more than I probably need since I don’t have that much to clean and I’m not sure if they are really that much better than the other ones.  Some of the Hoover Power Scrub reviews I’ve read make it sound like that one might work pretty well, although it seems pretty advanced and has some other features like heated scrubbing and it looks like it would be alright to use, although it seems kind of weird but that might just be the way it’s designed so I’ll have to see it in person before I decide.

The other thing I need to do is get some new pots and pans for my stove.  I have this stove that isn’t supposed to use the normal kind but they need to be made out of a certain design or something.  There was a note about it in the literature that it came with so I’ll need to make sure I get the right kind.

Annoying Websites


You could say I’m a big internet nerd.  As many of my friends will tell you, I do a lot of stuff online.  They will show me things online and I have already seen them.  When I have an issue with something I usually try to find the solution online.  I am active in many internet communities including forums, discussion boards, and the blogging community.  I have some social media applications that I use, too, although I must say that I’m not really as into social media as I am the other stuff.  I usually just go on there if I need to tell somebody something and I don’t feel like emailing them.

I’ve been noticing recently that poor judgement has been affecting some of the sites I visit.  It seems like a lot of places now will show you part of an article and then there will be a break in the page and it will say something like this: “like this page on Facebook to read the rest of this article.”

Um, no.

Why is everyone trying to get so many likes?  How about you don’t be a jerk and just let me see the article that I came here to read?  When I see that kind of thing I click back and never go to that page again.  If your page is cool I might like it, but if you try to force me into liking it you are a dbag and a giant moron and I’ll go get the info somewhere else.  It seems like you can just be a douchebag online now, too.  Don’t those people know you can buy Facebook likes online, anyway?  Here is a buy Facebook likes review if you’ve never heard of that.  It’s silly.  Why force readers to like their pages?  How stupid is that, anyway?  What do they even get if they get enough likes?  They can tell their friends how many people clicked on their page?  Who even wants to do that?  I hope that no one does it but it seems like those guys always have 1000s of like so I don’t know.  It just seems like they’re not being fair, and they’re not.

You never see that kind of thing on legit sites, though.  It’s always the ones that are kind of slimy and are probably trying to get you to sign up for something, too.  I hate that both in real life and online.  I prefer to visit sites that don’t hold back information and try to get you to give them a vote of confidence just to give you the information that they originally said they were going to give you.  Cuz if you do that kind of them, then i don’t like you, and I won’t like your page.  So it kind of seems ironic.

Exercise And Fitness


I am talking to one of my friends about his workouts. He’s the kind of guy who works out with all these different things like kettlebells and barbells and he does some pushups and these other kinds of things that involve dumbbells and he will do this other thing where he balances on this weird thing while he does something with a weight or barbell and it all seems crazy to me.

I want to learn how to do all that! I would like to get in shape and get to the gym and start doing some serious lifting. I want to get the best weights that I can and be able to squat twice my body weight and bench press 1.5 times my body weight and maybe even deadlift more than three times my body weight. Of course if you consider that I am just a beginner right now it probably becomes obvious that I have a long way to go. I think I went to the gym once and I was able to squat like 60 pounds which I think was the bar with a few weight plates on each side. I am going to go a gain and see if I can start increasing the routine that I do.

There are a few supplements I might want to look at as well. I heard that there are some that can help you lose weight. Some of those I’m sure work better than others but I don’t even know anything about that although I was reading about garcinia cambogia extract and wondered if it was legit. I think that there are a lot of other supplements people take that are good for things like making sure you get enough fuel for your workouts and seeing if you have all of the stuff that you see in the ads. I don’t know if I am going to need any of those but I think I should at least read about them so I know what people are talking about. There are some people at most who are about my size and who are really strong so I want to see if I can get as strong as them.

Concerts And Shows


My girlfriend says she wants us to be more “cultured” and wants us to go out more and do things. She wants to go see Wicked which I am actually ok with because I’ve heard a lot of the songs from that play and I think some of them are really cool. I’m into metal and I heard a metal cover of one of the songs from the play and it was awesome. Speaking of metal, my gf has gone with me to see a lot of metal concerts so I think it’s only fair that I go see some shows with her. Of course, she enjoyed the metal concerts so it’s not like she didn’t have fun. If she didn’t like them I wouldn’t have invited her. It’s not fun when you don’t enjoy something and I don’t want someone else coming with me to something that they don’t enjoy. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever gone with a friend to see something and didn’t have a good time? It sucks for you and it sucks for them, too, because they feel bad that you’re not having fun. I don’t want anyone to feel like that.

So anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing some plays and doing some other stuff. I think we are going to go to the museum, too, which is awesome. There are some good museums around here and I like going to them. Now, if she wants to go to a poetry reading or something I don’t know what I would think about that. I would go at least once, though, because I have no idea what it’s like and it might be cool.

Tomorrow we are going to look for Wicked tickets NYC and see if we can find them. I might surprise her by giving her a copy of the soundtrack so she can get familiar with the songs before we go. I don’t think people in the audience actually sing along but I’m sure being familiar with the songs helps. It’s like being at a concert where you don’t know any of the songs the band is playing.

Anyway, it should all be fun. She said she wants to take a cooking class together, too, which could be incredible since neither of us really knows how to cook. We could learn to make something more complicated that spaghetti. I have a few cookbooks right now but I haven’t really made anything from them.

Breakfast For Lunch


I don’t get sick very often–okay, really never–but sometimes you just wanna stay home from work, you know? I hate staying home for no reason, I don’t believe in that mental health day stuff that the women I work with talk about, so if I happen to wake up with a headache then I jump on it as a chance to stay home. Hey, why not right?

I don’t get headaches much at all but I admit that I’m not used to them, so they can turn me into a sissy sometimes. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I tend to wake up with them if I’m gonna get them–my wife says it’s probably because I slept on my neck or shoulders funny, or was grinding my teeth. Maybe so, but personally I’ve noticed that I am more likely to get them if I stay up super late then get up early, like for work. My wife and I actually work for the same company so we only have one car–there’s never been a need for a second one. I know some people will sometimes go to work then leave early if they don’t feel well but I don’t have that option so if my wife or I wake up sick or with a headache, then we stay home, period.

Anyway, that’s what happened this morning. I stayed up until 3:30am last night browsing the internet and was supposed to get up at 6am for work but I just could not do it. So I overslept and my wife, who gets up at 5:30am most days, shook me awake at 6:45am saying that I had to hurry up and get out of bed. But right away I felt the hard squeeze of a headache around my skull and told her I couldn’t do it, and she should go on without me.  I think it was allergies or something.  I don’t know.  I wanted to take some Migralex sinus headache relief and grabbed an ice pack and laid down on the couch, sipping cold coffee while I held that ice pack to my head.

I felt almost normal by 10am and by noon, after eating a lunch of greasy scrambled eggs and bacon, I felt normal and my headache was gone. But hey, we only have one car and there’s no way for me to get work without one so I just spent the rest of the day playing video games. Good day all around, I would say!

Man Cave

man cave

I have quite a collection of things in my “man cave” aka basement with a garage door. My wife gave me one area to call my own, where her decorating expertise and even presence are forbidden. As many of you know, that’s usually called a man cave. Mine is half garage half living room. We have a decent sized garage where I have my project car and quite a few toys, and the other side of the room has a couch, a big TV, a huge stereo, and a bunch of sports stuff I’ve collected over the years. I actually have so much stuff that I can’t even display it all. I have boxes of autographed stuff as well as cool novelties / trinkets / etc that I’ve gotten from ball games. In fact, I have about 30 bobble-heads that I’ve gotten for free by going to certain baseball / basketball games.

I need to take a lesson from work, though. My man cave is so unorganized it’s starting to bug me. At work when things started to get bad, we invested in a pretty comprehensive system for reorganizing everything. We ended up getting tons of wire shelving and organizing everything by a category. In fact, it looks pretty much amazing now. Customers walk in and instead of shuffling through bins looking for what they need they are able to be pointed right to where they need to go. Considering I was one of the people that helped organize the store, you’d think I’d be able to organize my house in the same way.

This summer, I have a couple of weeks off (been hoarding vacation for a while) so I think I’ll use a few days to reorganize my garage / man cave. We actually have quite a bit of wire shelving left over from the remodel at our store and I can get it cheap. I may grab a few sections for each half of my man cave. I’ll use it for displaying my memorabilia over in my man cave section, but I could use it to make the other side much more organized than it currently is. I have my toolbox which has all my small tools in it, but definitely need a way to organize all of my power tools. It’d be nice to have shelves for my woodworking tools, shelves for my car detailing stuff, and shelves for me general construction tools to name a few. I think I spend as much time looking for stuff as I do using it and reorganizing may be a way to fix that.