Monday, September 22, 2014

Back to Work Kind of Monday

Well I have avoided them for a few weeks, with Holidays and Vacation, but Monday has finally caught back up to me and I have to work today. This is the first one in a while, so I guess I can't complain too much, but it's time to stick the nose back on the grindstone and start another week of work.

We did watch the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 yesterday afternoon. The Pirates set a season home attendance record this year with almost 2.5 Million fans that made it out to see games this year. This isn't just the record for PNC, it's the All-Time Pirates record for attendance. Magic number is now 3 and it's looking like we're going to the post season for the second straight season.

Looking at my week ahead, my schedule seems pretty open but that could always change, you never know what kind of a curve ball work is going to throw you or what kind of fires you are going to have to put out.

Michelle had a sleep study last night, so I had the house to myself for the evening. So me and the cats had a party, it was catnip all around for everyone. (Can you tell it was an uneventful evening?)

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Well here I sit once again in a quiet household, first to recover from that butt kicking I took last night from the Sandman and up early watching Coyote Ugly and catching my thoughts for the day.

Well the Mountaineers made it a really good game for the first half last night. It was a 24-24 tie at halftime, but Oklahoma was just a little too much better in the second half and the Mountaineers lost 45-33 to the Sooners last night. I honestly thought we were going to pull the upset last night, but the Sooners took control of the game of the second half behind Freshman Running Back Samaje Perine who ran for 242 yards as the Mountaineers had no answer for him last night. The Mountaineers are off this week and will play Kansas at home in two weeks.

Today is going to just be a normal day for us, shopping and Laundry or what ever is left of it for the day. Michelle has to do a second Sleep Study tonight as they are going ton test her with a CPAP machine to assist her in sleeping. She can never seem to get enough rest and is always tired and is beyond the long work week she puts in at work. She just never seems to get enough rest. Hopefully this will assist her in getting quality sleep.

Have a great day.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm the first one to recover from that losing battle with that dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up early collecting my thoughts for the day and surfing the Net. Man of Steel is playing in the background on HBO, but I'm not really watching it.

You wanting some football? West Virginia University plays host to #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners this evening at 7:30. I'll be watching the game from here to avoid the mayhem that will be all around Morgantown this evening. Traffic was bad yesterday as many of those attending the game arrived in town. Hopefully we can give the #4 ranked Sooners a good game as we stripe the stadium.

I'm almost back down to my pre-vacation weight, within a pound now. I packed on a few (about 10 lbs cause the ice cream machine kept calling my name) on the cruise ship as I simply enjoyed myself for the week. I haven't lost it all back yet, but I'm almost within a pound and hopefully will be earning my 75 pound badge from in the very near future.

With all that weight loss, my extremities have went from always being warm to absolute ice cubes over the past few months. I was at the point where I was about ready to buy a pair of gloves to sleep in my hands and feet were always so cold. Well we solved that problem yesterday when we bought a king sized electric blanket for the bed. I set this thing on the highest setting when I went to bed last night and it was nice and warm and toasty. In the middle of the night I had to turn it to the lowest setting as it was too hot. It has the dual controls so each of us can control how we like our comfort level. Well worth it, I wanted to get one last winter but they were sold out. Now I have one for this winter and this thing is awesome.

We also had two atomic clocks here, neither one of them as of yesterday were working any longer. One just never worked right and the other went on the fritz yesterday morning after working from the time we moved here. So we bought a new one to replace the two that were no longer working. It's my primary timekeeping time piece at home (other than my phone) and I felt lost without it.

Have a great day, be careful driving around town and Let's Goooooo Mountaineers!

Friday, September 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!!!

Looking for a little High School Football action? Morgantown and University will both try to bounce back from losses last week. The Mohigans will travel to Washington and University High will play host to Wheeling Park at University High School. Clay Battelle plays host to Hundred, but I'm not sure if Hundred is fielding a team this season. Just double checked, Clay Battelle is idle this week, so University will be the only High School action played in Monongalia County tonight.

No plans on the agenda for Michelle and I this week. Next weekend will be a busy one for us and we just came back off of vacation, so it may be a rest at home type of weekend. I know Michelle has been running three weeks in a row with her Grandmother's Birthday the week before Vacation. You never know what the day may hold for us tomorrow however, I know I want to be home in the early evening to watch WVU and Oklahoma play.

Have a great day and a great weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off the internet through the years. Little lost moments of time that are preserved by me to share with everyone in my blog. Sometimes finding that one special picture is pretty easy and sometimes it's not that easy, it is however always a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic goes back a few years, seven to be exact. Back when my summers were filled with the sport I played every year for about 27 summers before I retired. This was the game of Softball and this was the first MVP Paintball Softball team. I'm the bald guy in the back row on the right.

This was yet another great team that I played on, one that was very good during the regular season and then played a team in the playoffs that we mercy ruled in the regular season only to be sent home early. Amazing, that the team that beat us in the playoffs had only two players that were there from the regular season matchup. IOW they loaded the roster up with players who were not on their team to play for them come playoff time, but we took our lumps and called it a season.

This was a fun year and this was a very close knit group of guys that I always referred to as my boys of summer.

Yes I do miss playing, but know I can't perform how I would like to anymore. I guess being a member of AARP makes it harder to compete with a bunch of young kids.

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Happy Birthday Calvin McClain

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Nephew Calvin Michael McClain a very Happy 19th Birthday today.

It has been my pleasure to see this fine young man grow up and mature over the years. He just graduated from High School earlier this year, an event that we all made it to to witness.

I'm not sure what Calvin's plans are for today, maybe to spend a little time with or talk to his girlfriend, or maybe he's just working today.

If you happen to see or talk to Calvin today, make sure that you wish him a very Happy Birthday today,

Happy Birthday Calvin.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hump Day

Well I finally made it back to work after being off on vacation for an extended period of time. and yesterday felt like two days trying to get caught up from being off work. Nothing we couldn't handle though, so I guess that makes today a hump day for me even though I only worked one day this week.

I am now back to eating like I did prior to the cruise, mainly because I have a number more healthier options than I did on the cruise ship. I did pack on a couple pounds, but I've already lost half of what I put on and am back on track to reach my goal and maybe even beyond.

Now that vacation is over with, Michelle and I have a couple more things planned in the near future. We'll be going to the Steelers - Tampa Bay game on the 28th and we're going to the Springs Festival the following weekend. This weekend however is not one where we have anything planned yet. It is football season and Oklahoma is coming to town, and we are actually playing pretty good so far this season, so you just never know what may happen. Maybe a couch or two will get burnt around Morgantown..LOL

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well mine and Michelle's vacation is now officially over and we are going to be returning to work today. It was absent last week but your beloved tidbits returns this week.

* 18,552 days ago your favorite decade long blogger was born.

* 3,775 days ago I realized a lifelong dream and accomplished it by graduating from West Virginia University.

* 2,376 days ago I took a wonderful woman out for a night on the town, a day my life would change forever.

* 1,600 days ago I got down on one knee at 4:00 in the morning and proposed marriage to this wonderful woman.

* 1,137 days ago and three trips to the Caribbean later, we are still happily married.

* I have about 6,285 days or so, give or take a few hundred here or there, until I enter into retirement.

* 324 more days to go until mine and Michelle's fourth Wedding Anniversary.

* 106 more days of blogging to go until I do my favorite blog of the year, the Goodbye 2014 Blog reflecting upon my last year as a blogger month by month.

* The count is on, we are down to the last 100 shopping days to go until Christmas.

* This is my 3,784th blog that I have posted for George's Journal, going strong for over a decade now.

* We uploaded a total of 656 pictures from our week long cruise. I still have a lot of video, daily video blogs, ship tour, and underwater videos to sort through, but the pictures are up for everyone to see and enjoy.

* West Virginia Grand Bash is doing it again. It will be on January 17th and tickets are on sale now. We purchased a ticket last year but didn't win anything, I stopped by the venue a couple of times and it was a rocking place last year, so we will get our ticket for this year as well. Proceeds go to the WVU Children's Hospital. 

* Coming off a cruise, it's hard to get back to reality. You're a little out of touch with anything that has went on locally, and your only news is what comes on one of the major networks. Talk about struggling for

* We do have our cats back. Hayley watched them and took care of them for us while we were gone. She brought them back last night.

* We have went from 90° days to 45° days in a very short period of time. I miss the Caribbean.

* Well as everyone now officially knows, we won the 2014 KDKA McDonalds Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Challenge again, we are scheduled to go to the September 28th Game against Tampa Bay. Hopefully it will be much warmer than it was the last time we went. We'll be VIP's for the game and will be on the field during the entire pre-game.

* I do have a favorite desert from our cruise, I still love the Chocolate Melting Cake, but the Creme Brulee I think is my new favorite.

* I did just find a Pintrest page that has a lot of the Cruise Lines Recipes.

* I think our patio garden is done for the year, I got a great yield from my Cucumbers and Banana Peppers. I still have Green Peppers growing, but I'l a little worried now that the temperatures are dropping.

* Do I really have to go back to work? Is vacation really over?

* Hi ho hi ho