Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Organizing PC Programs and Games...

Like many I have a ton of PC programs and games. Some I will keep forever others will end up passed on to friends or family and even more will end up sitting around collecting dust. I have come up with a way to keep the boxes and instructions together so that when I want to get rib of them (garage sale, ebay, halfprice books) I will have everything needed to sell at a reasonable price and be complete.

I take apart the box and toss the cardboard inserts so that I can collapse the box so that it is flat. If I have no need of the instructions I place them with the flattened box and put them in a hanging file folder. As the collection grows I make sure they are in alphabetical order so that I can find the box and instructions needed quickly. I find that places like HalfPrice Books and game trade in stores give a premium price on programs with original box and instructions. Now the only problem is being able to part with some of my games....but hey it works for me!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tuesday's With Bryan

The boy is doing very well. He spent yesterday playing with his nephew (3) and doing homework. He did a FANTASTIC job on his homework last night. He called to ask if he could get on the computer to type it all out, he even typed out his Math homework with correct symbols and all. He then asked my mother if he has the time from homework and chores if she would give him cooking lessons when he is at her house. I called his guidance councilor and told her about some troubles he is having at school (this is the 4th school in 4 year due to moving twice, and redistricting). She met with him and they had a nice talk. The boy said he liked it and is going back again.

I know it is only one day but it makes me feel good to see him stepping up and making the best of it and not sulking about it.

Work is slowly killing me, they were totally caught off guard by the Super Bowl and now are playing catch up, and not very well. I am convinced that nobody in television actually understands how television works, it is not FM (Fu*king Magic). A lot of hard work and planning goes into it on my (production) end and that is AFTER you (news/management) decides what you want. I have actually had producers hand me rundowns/scripts 10 minutes before a newscast and expect it to go right. As a director we go over a show script by script, so if it is an half hour show then it will take about 20 minutes for us to mark scripts, block shots and confer with the TD and Audio op to make sure everything needed is in place. I am counting to 10...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Countdown Begins...

Today starts the week from hell. The Colts are in the Super Bowl and we should be going all out. Right now we are not, due to various reasons I have not the time to explain (but will). My whole worry is the fact that since no one in charge has their ducks in a row, it will fall on us little people to pull their butts out of the fire. And it is always done well but always feels SO BAD!!!!

No update on the investigation has started and I am talking with the Asst. Principal today.

The boy had a good weekend and took it like a man, so far so good. He asked to talk to his girlfriend and we let him do it in front of us. His grandmother is picking him up all week and we have several chores for him to do to work off his debt. He seems optimistic about it and is taking it very well. I know I always say this but I have high hopes (how can you not for your child). I will update as we go along.

Also thank you for the comments and emails. I am feeling much better now. I just got hit pretty hard last week all in a row with the boy and it leaves one a bit overwhelmed. I have righted the ship and sailing to calmer waters. Plus I worked out today which makes it 3x in a row.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Saturday Night Lights...

Sitting here at work tonight getting ready to direct a special for the Super Bowl. The boy is at a camp out this weekend. I know he is grounded but we are NOT taking Boy Scouts away. That's like saying you've been bad, no church this Sunday for you young man. So far he is taking it like a man. He turned in his phone and electronics and we are starting from scratch. For the next week we will be with him like white on rice. If one of us are not home, my mother will be there. Homework, music practice, reading. No tv, no music, no PC (unless school related). He has 2 after school programs. If he does well in school and acts properly then he can get those back. His next Pep Band concert is on Feb 5th, so he has time and the first TV he can watch will be the Super Bowl. So he knows he has one week to prove to us he deserves it. After the Super Bowl we will go on a case by case basis.

Good news on the Ipod front. The band director made an announcement and several kids talked to her and we have it narrowed to two boys, and the Asst. Principal is starting an investigation. I said if it turns up, no questions asked but it better turn up ASAP!!! We shall see...

Well if you are in the Indy area, check out my work at 7pm (in 20 minutes) got to go....

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Not At The Bottom Yet....

Now I Am...

That thud you might have heard at 9am this morning was me hitting bottom! I had a great talk with the boy this week. All about teenagers, sex, love, school, family, responsibility, and being a man. I think it was a great talk. The past few days he seems to be better, I think. Then I got the cell phone bill. While in Florida with the wife he made 4863 text messages to his girlfriend. At .10 sending and receiving that is a $464.00 bill, just for texting.

I hope you were sitting down for that. I know I wasn't and actually felt dizzy and sick. As I write this I feel dizzy thinking of the punishments that will be handed out over the next month. I am so upset and angry and saddened and confused I just don't know what will happen when I see him tonight. I feel like getting sick, my stomach is a wreck, my mind keeps floating off and I can feel my heart breaking. He has had too much for too long. I had a chat with my father this morning and he took some of the blame as well. While not a spoiled child he keeps his wants reasonable and usually gets them from either us or his 3 sets of grandparents. Well those days are over, with the loss of his Ipod, the now worthless accessories we bought for it, and the $500 cell phone bill, this kid has cost me $1000.00 this week or a little under one of my bi-weekly paychecks.

It looks like right now, grounded for a month. He will attend Boy Scouts and Hitting Class (both paid for already). Gone is the PSP/XBox, computer access, cell phone, movie night with friends, television and home alone privileges. Tonight no Pep Band, he has 2 more games left, we shall see if he goes. When we are not home he will be at my mother's with her at all times. He has homework and a nice collection of books that he will be reading for the next 4 weeks. As the grades get better and his attitude changes he will get things back. Now I have to find his girlfriend's phone number and call her parents. I can imagine what their phone bill was as well and am a bit surprised I have not received a phone call from them yet.

Wish me luck...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Calendar Keeping

I have 3 different calendars I work on. The one on the ridge, the one on the PC I use at work and one small paper one I keep with me. To keep them all in sync I use the small one as the go between. I add most of my stuff (work, family, scout, baseball, etc) on my Google Calendar. Every day when I get to work I open it to see what the day holds, I also take out my little calendar book (cheap at Targ*t or wallyworld) and make any additions needed. When I get home I transfer the info to the fridge calendar which the rest of the family uses. And if they need to add anything they do it on the fridge and I make the notes and transfer to Google Calendar. I know you are saying but Bryan why not just use the pocket calendar, well A) it does not keep the family informed and b) sometimes I leave it home or at work and I can access my online calendar from any PC... Anyway, It works for me!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Man I am depressed today. My boy had his Ipod stolen from a pep band rally the other day and just told us. He thought he could get it back and not say anything but it is gone. I have spoken with the band teacher and she will make an announcement about a reward. I am going to make a flyer and hand it to the parents at the next rally. It has his name engraved on it. I am hopeful and doubtful at the same time.

We had another knock down last night about his lying. His grades are great, his teachers have emailed and said what a turn around they have seen but I was very upset about this keeping the missing Ipod from us.

That's it for now, not into it today.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Quick Shocking Hits....

- Colts are heading to the Super Bowl!!!!! There is much rejoicing!!!!

- I may or may not be heading there as well. The higher ups are taking their time coming up with a plan.

- One friend just gave her 2 week notice. I had no problems with her but others are dancing for joy. I will miss her and told her that.

- Another friend did not make it to work this morning. He was arrested for DUI and spent the night in jail. He works from 4am till Noon and the boss had to be called because he did not call anyone and just did not show up. Could be very bad for him. Could be the example my boss needs to make and get the rest of the AM crew in line.

- Trying to get tickets to Yankee game this summer. Opening Day is the same time as the boy's spring break. Things are coming together.

- Had a good weekend with family. Wife and boy and I had fun and it was nice to visit with LA brother and his wife and the niece! Cutie at 2!!

Super Monday...

What weekend?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Put aside the family visiting from LA, the niece playing in the snow, the craziness down at the RCA Dome while I worked all Sunday afternoon....WHAT A GAME!!!!

I have nothing to say as I am still riding the high!!! The Indianapolis Colts are Super Bowl Bound!!!

Friday, January 19, 2007

What Happened To US.

What happened to us these past 30 years? What happened to Men, what happened to Women. Where have our balls gone? My 8th grade son is coming home and talking about the evils of Christopher Columbus, my wife has to apologize to a bad employee when she yells at her and then 'makes her feel bad" and if I talk about a movie or TV show around the water cooler that someone else finds offensive I can lose my job.

I know I have written about this before but it still bugs me that we are becoming a nation of momma's boys and weepy nancies. And no not a gay thing just a frustrated look at the path we are taking. Some of my best friends from grade school were guys I beat the hell out of or they beat the hell out of me. Afterwards there was a hand shake and a friendship. When a classmate acted out he got his butt sent down to the office and did detention and if they had to a nun smack his ass. There was no meeting with doctors and then meds given to 'focus' him. When you were being a bad ass down the street a person could look out the door and yell at the kids to knock it off or he'll tell your parents and you ran like hell. Sports had scores. We won games and lost championships and that made us better players and better people. After you kicked someones ass on the field you lined up and shook hands. And when you needed it your parents gave you a good smack to the back of the head.

And finally when a person called a man a liar he got a punch to the face...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Good Morning...

I had a terrible day yesterday. I was in not mood for anything! I did not talk to anyone and wouldn't it be the busiest day of the year so far. I had so much stuff to do yesterday that I had no time for lunch. I was able to leave it at work and headed home to have a nice dinner out with the wife and then pick up the boy from Pep Band. He has been so busy lately, he goes right to bed when he finally gets home. Tonight is a late night in that he has a hitting class (baseball) from 9-9:45, with a former Major League Player. Should be fun!

Worked out today, 40 minutes cardio, 16,000lbs lower body weights. Tomorrow we do the upper body!

I am working the Colts game this weekend. So if you are in the area stop on by, I will be the freezing Director standing outside in a portable studio for 2 hours before the game. It should be fun, but not as nice as last year's playoff game when I stood on the field for the entire game. If /when they win I am heading to Miami for the Super Bowl, at least that is the plan. They said they want to send 2 directors and 2 audio people, keeping my fingers crossed!!!

I got this comment from jenean:
That's a great idea! Now what do you do with the bill stubs? Do you archive those in a file drawer somewhere or do you just toss?
keep the bill part and file and then put in a folder for the year and keep for 7 years. I have an excel file that I put the bill's Total Balance and then the amount I pay. I then shred the bill stub. The bottom part is my record, my excel sheet shows my total payments over the year and running balance on all bills. Hope this helps, works for me.....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Organizing Bills

So it is the new year and I am getting better organized in my life. To start off I have organized my bill station on my desk. First go get a coupon organizer (or accordion file) with a flap to close it and tabs. Then label the tabs 1 thru 31, for me each tab is 3 days. When the bills come I file the paperwork and place the bill stub and envelope into the file under the day it is due. When I do my bills weekly I know exactly what is due and it gets paid. It might be simple but man oh man does it help me tons!!!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Happy Anniversary...

To my lovely wife of 14 years...

Today you once again make me the happiest man alive. I love you more today than that morning 14 years ago. You make me laugh, you make me happy, you drive me crazy and annoy the heck out of me. All that adds up to a wonderful life as a couple. I would not trade a single second of our life together, every moment is what makes us us...

To 14 more glorious years!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Monday Already?

The weekend was quicker than usual. Aside from helping my parents all weekend I was able to go to an Eagle Scout Court of Honor and read The Eagle Charge. It was a very nice ceremony and the Scout's brother was there (an Eagle Scout as well). In his Eagle binder was a letter from Gerald Ford, congratulating him on achieving his Eagle. One of his last as it is dated right before Christmas.

Sunday we carried 52 pieces of drywall from the garage to the basement my parent are finishing. Talk about a workout. I am still sore!

In the TV world today is Monday, so I must work. But to the nation it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To honor this man I ask that you read his I Have A Dream speech. Has his Dream come to pass, you be the judge...


I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men - yes, black men as well as white men - would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice. We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end but a beginning. Those who hoped that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "for whites only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification - one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!"

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi - from every mountainside.

Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Quick Hit Thursday

I have had too many thoughts rambling around in the old noggin so here are some Quick Hits:

Congrats to Cal Ripken Jr and Tony Gwynn. Two players who more than deserved to be elected into the Hall of Fame. They are really the first major Hall of Famers to start and end in my generation. They played hard on the field and were gentlemen of the highest caliber off the field. Nothing teaches the players of today and tomorrow by honoring men who PLAYED the game. It is nice to note that they both spent their entire careers with ONE team!!! Put aside Cal's streak and Tony's highest career batting average since Ted Williams and you still have two of the best ball players that have played the game in a very long time! It is a time of celebration for all of baseball!!!! Oh and Goose Gossage in 2008!!!!!!!!!!!

My body is bouncing back from 3 weeks of not working out. Coming back knocked me on my butt but I am so glad I did...

Some comments on yesterdays post: I think the ACLU will, in the end, lead to the destruction of America if someone does not stand up and say enough. The newest case involving them is that of prosecuting the Rhode Island State Police for violating the Constitutional rights of 14 illegal aliens. See a State Trooper pulled over an erratic driver early in the morning (ie drunk time), the driver of a van was swerving all over the road and got pulled over. When the Officer approached the vehicle he found 14 men in the van of whom NONE spoke English and the drive had neither License nor registration. But since they could not provide ANY identification and there was no common language the Officer had the driver and the van follow him to the Immigration Offices. He then turned them all over to ICE and went his way. Now the ACLU says that this Officer was racial profiling these men, who all turned out to be ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!!

As for gay men in Scouting. I know gay men and women and I know that not all are pedophiles but I believe it is a matter of protection. While all men are not pedophiles you do not have men as leaders in the Girl Scouts. Let us see, a troop of 16-18 year old girls on a campout with a 35 year old man, not to say that some would happen but you have to protect yourself. In the end, this is a private organization with it's own rules. There is no Federal or Local Funding. It is all based on fundraiser (Cookies, Popcorn, Candy) and generous donations from private individuals. So if tomorrow they decide to exclude left handers then that is their right. I would be disappointed and saddened but I would have to find or form my own little group...just my 2 cents.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Slow Motion...

Finally it is Wednesday! Took forever to get here, not sure why. Yesterday was slower than any day I have ever had! Everyone at work was tired. I mean literally yawning all over the office. Every department, every level, it was unreal. I was sore from the workout, but in the end I felt great.

Did anyone watch any of the Ford coverage? Did you see the one constant from DC to his final resting place? Boy Scouts. The man was an Eagle Scout and always said that all of his good qualities came from his Scouting experience. When dignitaries from all over the world came to the National Cathedral they were greeted and ushered to their seats by 100 Eagle Scouts. At various points Eagle Scouts helped carry his casket. An organization that helps build young boys into strong men, filled with duty and honor to their community, country and fellow man. This same organization that some (ACLU) are trying to ban from using schools as meeting places, ban them from using State and National Parks for camping and hiking. It is terrible what a loud mouth and some money can make our courts and government do.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Yay Me!!!!

So the wife and son are home and I am happy. They returned from a wonderful trip, had a great time and were able to relax. The boy drove around the golf cart all week, and texted and called his girlfriend as well. It seems I have to have a talk with the boy about priorities, responsibilities and love. It was just nice to have them here last night and I was finally able to get a good nights rest!!!! I am quiet unable to sleep right when the wife is not there, I guess I have grown used to her after 15 years in the same bed!!!

Not much time for chit chat today as I have to get ready for work. Yes I did exercise today and I am already feeling it. It was almost a month since my last visit. That will NOT happen again. Today I did 2 rounds of cardio and one trip around the weight machines. I had a nice breakfast of Chex and a glass of OJ. I am getting ready to make lunch so I am not sure what is is yet. Most likely leftover chicken cutlets from last night. Might be some salad left as well. We shall see.

Cardio: 40mins
Weights Lifted: 17,000lbs

Monday, January 08, 2007

The End Is Here

My bachelor days are now behind me. The wife and son return this afternoon and I could not be happier. I did not get all the things I wanted to do out of the way, but I did get most of them. The house is clean, all the Christmas decorations inside are nicely put away until next year. The outdoor ones are still there, it rained on the day I wanted to do it so I just left them. My office is straightened but not cleaned. It is getting there. I did not play any computer/Xbox games all week. By the time I got home, cleaned up and made dinner, I had time for a movie and then bed. I still have the game I want sitting here on the desk in it's original wrapper. I was able to return the gifts and put some food in the fridge for when they get home tonight.

I did not go to the Y. I never set my alarm. I find it very hard sleep without the wife in the bed. I know she does not have the same problem but I wake up a lot at night when she is not there. But today starts the healthy eating and tomorrow the exercise. I shall be here daily to track the results. Wish me luck (again!)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Just Because

Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday After Next...

What a week. Yesterday was the worst day at work. People on my nerves, people who do not know how to do their jobs and then try to blame others. New year, same garbage.

I did get to go to the folks for a nice dinner. We talked and ate and had fun and then I came home to a nice clean house (except my office) and watched a movie and went to bed. We dumped Netflix for Blockbuster Online. It is nice to be able to return the movies to a local Blockbuster and get a free one right away while they mail you the next movie on your list. You also get one coupon for a free game or video in store per month. Which was the fact for us as the boy can now get one free game from them (grades willing).

The wife and boy are having a blast in Florida. They went to Epcot and enjoyed themselves. They are taking pics and calling but I really miss them. I am glad they got to get away and enjoy themselves in a nice warm place. The wife seems to be getting along with her mother and the boy was able to drive a golf cart around with his grandfather. I'll get some pics up when I can.

Dark and gloomy here in Indy. I am leaving early to buy my weekly supply of bottled water and maybe return a gift or two before work. Wish me luck...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Seat Up - Day 3

Last night was nice. Got home from work and grilled some burgers on the new griddle/grill. Worked great!!! Then sat down and watched Millions, a movie about a boy who finds a million pounds the week before England switches over to the Euro. His brother thinks they should spend it but the young boy, who see the Saints, thinks that they should give it all from the poor. An excellent movie about faith and loss, greed and charity, love and I sure do sound pretty sappy, I think I miss the wife....

Well on the honey-d list I got the house cleaned and will work on de-Christmasing on Friday night. Tonight is dinner at my folks and then maybe a movie before bed. This morning I awoke at 6:50am and my body would not let me get back to sleep, a little f-you for not getting up and working out. Instead I got up and did dishes and cleaned up. Not the workout I wanted to do but I did get moving and got something accomplished.

Well, off to work, let us see what today brings...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Seat Up - Day 2

The wife and boy are in Florida for the week and I am home alone!!! Today is day 2 of my being able to leave the toilet seat up. However they did not leave without instructions. I have several 'projects' to do before they return next week.

  • Clean the house
  • De-Christmas
  • Attack my office
  • Return Christmas gifts
  • Organize Workbench
  • Return books to library
  • Workout
So far I can cross the Library off my list. I have this weekend so I might be able to do everything, we shall see. I think my office will give me the most fits but I believe if I spend Sunday in here I can 'get'r done'.

Wish me luck!

Works For Me Wednesday

Well it is the first Wednesday of the New Year and I figured I would try to keep up this year, so....

Important Program CD Organizer...

With Christmas behind us and many of us getting Computers or programs I figured I would share my organization tip. Every new PC, Camera, Ipod, printer, etc comes with tons of preloaded software , drivers, install programs and tons of those little white CD sleeves with the Official Code on them. What I did was buy a CD Holder that zips up and has pockets for 20 CDs. I then put all the important CDs in the sleeves and cut the Security Code sticker off and put it in the sleeve with the CD. So when the Computer crashes or I have to reload printer drivers or camera programs instead of going through the boxes or filing cabinet trying to find the right disk and right 26 numbered code I just open the CD holder and it has all the CD's and codes lined up and at my finger tips...

Monday, January 01, 2007

Good Morning 2007

Well we had a nice quiet night last night. The boy went to my sister's for a party but I left early to be with the wife who is very sick. She was abed/couch ridden all Saturday and Sunday and I will not let her up today as she is leaving (with the boy) for Florida tomorrow for a week, and I want her to have fun! So it was a quick kiss at midnight then good night. Actually much better then the alcohol induced party haze of yesteryear.....

The 2006 Wrap Up:

Having a look over the year I see that I had:
  • Read 30 books
  • Watched 42 movies
  • Went to the Grand Canyon, Louisville Slugger Museum, Cincinnati, a Reds Games, a Monday Night Football game and went camping with the Scouts 4 times.
  • I failed to continue my exercise routine to it's fullest
  • I ate better and had a somewhat better attitude (that can be improved on) in life
Here is hoping that 2007 brings a better exercise record, a continuing attitude adjustment at work and at home and a continuing better home life for me, my wife and the boy. I think I might be able to handle that...