Friday, December 19, 2014

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend, and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

We had our company Christmas Party last night at the Fujiyama Restaurant, the dinner turned out well and it was the first solid meal that Michelle has eaten since her surgery. We didn't have a party last year due not being able to get any reservations anyplace that could accommodate all of us, so we took a different route this year with Fujiyama. I highly recommend the place, both Michelle and I were both highly impressed.

Michelle and I will be heading to East Liverpool tomorrow, it's her family's Christmas dinner that we used to have at her Grandmothers. Her cousin Julie will once again be hosting the party at her house taking the pressure off of her Grandmother.

Other than that, I'm off today and just doing a little bit of shopping of the Sam's Club variety. Nothing too exciting planned, just our routine stuff while Michelle is at work.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Photo Flashback Thursday

Hayley in Sweeney Todd

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out to look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find just one to write about. One little lost moment in time captured through a lens of a camera to be be shared and relived here once again. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task, and sometimes it's not so easy, it is however always a whole lot of fun.

This picture goes back a little over four years, back to a time when Hayley was a Senior in High School and decided to venture out into the world of the stage for a Production of Sweeney Todd that was put on by the local theater company.

This picture is from her on stage during one of the shows nights that it played, Michelle, Chad and I went to the Met Theater to see the play. The one thing I do remember from that night was the cast as part of the play ran out into and through the crowd, Hayley managed to run right behind us and in one swift and effortless motion managed to swipe her brothers hat off his head and kept on running. Chad is not an easy one to get anything over, but she did that night.

Hayley currently lives in South park with her Boyfriend Josh, she has been accepted into Fairmont State and actually meets with the school today to see if Financial Aid could be arranged for her to start attending in January.

Have a great Day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hump Day

Well here we are once again, two days under our belts, now all we have to do is get up over this noon time hump and we should be able to see the dawn of yet another weekend just on the other side of a Photo Flashback.

West Virginia University students should be finishing up the last of their finals, if they haven't already, and heading out of town today. I guess this means that the short period of time when Morgantown is the emptiest all year since there is so much going on in the summer is about to commence. Traffic should be manageable and as it was months ago before we got invaded.

Enjoy the peace and quiet, for come January 12th classes will restart and we'll have the student population back around town. I remember this was the time that even the grad students from foreign countries even went home. They all tended to stay and study during the Summer sessions.

Michelle should have her first regular post surgery follow up today. This is when she will be moved to Phase III of her diet where she can start eating solid foods officially. She has slowly eaten some things like chicken, but she has had to cut it up real small and has taken her time in consuming it. She will also weigh in today and this will be the first time she has stepped on a scale in a while. She has been avoiding it so as to get that sticker price shock in her weight loss.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well that dreaded thing that we refer to as Monday is over with, now that we have the week started and we are looking ahead to a Tuesday, I can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* 18,643 days since I entered this world, and I am thankful for each and every one of them, especially the last 1,228 of them.

* It was 3,866 days ago that I fulfilled a dream of mine, one that I started later in life but still accomplished. Graduating from West Virginia University.

* 2,467 days ago, Michelle and I went out on our first date. Dinner at Pizza Hut and a horrible move called 10,000 BC was the beginning of it all, I'm thankful for this date as it changed my life forever.

* 1,691 days ago, at around 4:00 in the morning, I proposed marriage to Michelle.

* 1,228 days ago in front of our closest family and friends we became husband and wife as we all feasted and partied at the Marilla Center.

* You have 9 more shopping days left to go until Christmas, if you haven't started yet you have plenty of time, but time is starting to run out.

* We have 15 days to go until my Goodbye 2014 Blog. My favorite blog of the year where I reflect upon the last year as seen through my blog. It takes a while to review everything and sort everything out like formatting and content. All of my formatting is done and I'm well over half way in filling in the content.

* There are only 94 days to go until Spring, notice I don't do a countdown for Winter.

* In case I've never mentioned it, I hate snow.

* My niece Brittany graduated from WVU and joins me as an alumnus in 152 more days. She messaged me and let me know that she is done with her finals for this semester and thinks she did pretty well. One more semester to go.

* There are only 233 more days to go until mine and Michelle's anniversary, this will be our fourth and I'm happy to report we are still going strong.

* Only 350 days to go until my next birthday.

* I only have about 6,194 days or so, give or take a few hundred here or there, until I finally enter the world of retirement. I still have a long way to go.

* This is my 3,883rd Blog post for George's Journal. A blog that I am now starting my second decade writing. Talk about putting your life story out there, this blog has most definitely done that.

* I ran into Danny Bell a couple of weeks ago and inquired about Daniel. He has provided me with his contact information and I have finally gotten off my lazy butt and written him.

* Michelle has a post surgery follow up tomorrow, they will be moving her to Phase III of her diet which will include soft whole foods. She is doing great and we are taking weekly pictures to document everything once she hits her goal. I need to get back on the diet wagon, but the holidays are a time I battle with girth issues lol.

* Company Christmas dinner later this week, I'm kid of excited to try this restaurant as neither Michelle or I have been there before.

* Traveling to Ohio this weekend, looking to do Christmas with Michelle's family.

* Speaking of Christmas, I have the Hot Sausage for Christmas Eve all ready to be cooked. 12 lb box of it is sitting in my freezer.

* The Pittsburgh Steelers final two games this season are at home, they control their own destiny and already have 9 wins on the season. We need to bring these next two home to win the division and guarantee a playoff spot.

* The Mountaineer Men's Basketball team won the annual Capital Classic Sunday in Charleston.

* Have a Great Day

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, December 15, 2014

Back To Work

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that includes those fun filled things that we call weekends. Now it's time to put our noses back on the grindstone and head back into work for yet another fun filled week of work.

Yesterday was a pretty relaxing day, Chad messaged Michelle and told her that his TV went kaput. We bought it for him a few years back, so we went out and found a real good deal on a 40" Smart TV and delivered it to him and Laiah in Fairmont. His other one just would not turn on at all, so we decided to surprise him with a new TV. See the video at the end of this blog post.

Chad had his snake (pictured here) in his spare bedroom, it's around 11'' for and probably weighs a good 35-45 lbs. It has been a while since I have seen the snake, so the amount it had grown both length wise and size wise was a little bit of a shocker. It is a friendly snake and a tame snake, Chad takes it to some of the schools and the kids absolutely love it.

For Michelle and I, it's back to work after watching bits and pieces of the Steelers beat the Falcons yesterday 27-20. My company Christmas dinner is this Thursday evening, and we are due to travel this Saturday back to Ohio for her family's Christmas dinner.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Morning

Here I sit once again in the early AM, I've always been an early riser so this is nothing new for me to be up before the roosters. I've got Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer playing in the background, since I recorded it last night and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day.

We didn't get into too much yesterday, we did make a trip to the mall and get another beater blade with a scraper for the kitchen aid that we broke when we were making Christmas cookies a couple of weeks ago. The mall was an absolute madhouse, a good reason to completely avoid anything commercial next weekend as the last minute shoppers are out doing their thing.

Today will be grocery shopping and the rest of laundry on our agenda. The Steelers play at 1:00 and the Mountaineers play Marshall at 4:30 this afternoon, but I might go into the back bedroom to watch that game as I won't make Michelle watch sports all day

Michelle woke up yesterday morning and actually wanted Tudor's biscuits and sausage gravy minus the biscuits so I went out yesterday morning and got her some. She was able to finish a whole side of the sausage gravy for breakfast. I was a good boy and as much as I wanted one, did not have one of their delicious biscuits.

Pam, George, Moke, Ang and I would assume Calvin and his girlfriend all were going to head to Wheeling yesterday. She has never seen the Festival of Lights  and wanted to go and see them. I hope they took my advice and went up early to avoid the ridiculously long wait this time of the year. I gave them directions to DiCarlos Pizza and mentioned Cabellas. I haven't heard if they did go or how it went yet. Hopefully they had a great time.

Speaking of a great time, you have a great day.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, I'm the first one to recover from that losing battle with the dreaded Sandman last night. I'm up early watching American History X and collecting my thoughts for the day.

My Great-Niece Kynlea had surgery yesterday morning. I called Amy mid morning to see how she was doing and she told me that they were actually home from the Surgery, they were out of thee by 8:30 she said. Kynlea wasn't going to go home until she had Tudors Biscuit Worlds Biscuits and Gravy. Amy said it was the first time that she personally had ever eaten from there.

No plans today for Michelle and I, which is actually kind of nice for a change. It may be a day of movies and napping, you know one of those lazy days that you wish you had a little more often. I'm not saying those will be our final plans for the day, but it may be a safe bet.

My Brother in Law Jim will be having his End of the Year Blowout Bargains auction this evening at the Cassville Firehall. He has a number of items up for auction, and I'm sure he will have some of the same sellers that will be part of the auction as well. So if you are looking for something to do this evening, a trip to the Cassville Firehall may be worth your time.

Have a Great Day.