Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Party

Two days down, two more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get over that noon time hump and it is going to be a party at work. Nice way to start the downhill portion of the workweek as we work towards the Pre-Christmas Weekend.

My contract is having an office Christmas Party this afternoon (my third of the year...lol) and I'll be taking a crock pot full of scalloped potatoes in. Michelle says to start it early this morning and let it cook until the party. I'll take it into my office and plug it in until the chaos begins. It was the best party of last year in my opinion, and of course the chaos is right outside my cubicle so it's real easy access for me for everything. I can be snacking all afternoon.

As of the time I am writing this, I think Michelle's Office Christmas Dinner is this evening, so I can stuff myself this afternoon and make sure my belly is full when I leave work so I don't have to worry about cooking dinner for myself.

Have yourselves a great day.

Ho ho ho ho

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again in our rear view mirrors and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,106 days since I was born, I guess the world needed a future fat bald headed Geographer =)

* It has been 5,329 days since I graduated from WVU, speaking of WVU they just had commencement and the students are gone till after the first of the year.

* 3,930 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC were on the agenda for the evening.

* 3,154 days ago I proposed to Michelle, the day my life changed forever.

* It was 2,691 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I with the help of a co-worker of hers, became husband and wife.

* I have now lived 317 days longer than my Dad did, he missed out on so much due to his early passing.

* I have 4,732 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,369 days away. It did feel good beating them in Basketball a couple weeks ago.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 348 more days, I'm staying the same age this year as well as next.

* There are 232 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 92 days until the next start of my favorite season, SPRING!!!!!

* 53 more days until Groundhog Day, I have sent Phil liquor, cigars, fine cheese and a few female groundhog ladies of the night, hopefully he gets the hint of early spring.

* 13 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, I'm currently writing it and am near the warm time of the year. I really do enjoy taking the time and writing this, taking a month at a time and taking the time out and reflecting. It is written over several weeks.

* There are 6 more shopping days left until Christmas.  It's next Tuesday and now is the is the time to finalize everything.

* I have written 5,480 blogs in my 14 full years now of writing this little piece of my life on the internet.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I'm running out of season to fly. I'm such a slacker.

* I hate snow, not sure if I have ever mentioned that on my blog.

* Will Grier announced he wasn't playing in the bowl game, but Arizona States QB basically screwed his leg up (and possible NFL Chances) on the last play of their bowl game this past weekend.

* I think Michelle's office is going out for an after work Christmas Dinner one day this week, it;s just going to be a small gathering of the employees.

* My Christmas shopping is done. Yeah!!!

* I have a Co-Worker who is going to be the Westover Santa this Thursday Night. They change out who is going to be Santa every Night and this is his night to do it.

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, December 17, 2018

Back to Work

Time to stop having all that weekend fun and stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

This should be my last full week at until the second week of 2019. Next Tuesday is Christmas which is a Holiday which will cut that week short and the following week New Years falls on a Tuesday and then it is off to St Louis for me (and the beginning of a couple of months of Chaos) for the rest of the week after the New Years. We do have my Department's Christmas Party on Wednesday to look forward to.

Speaking of RTI, I am switching over to them as my employer (rather than the sub that employed me), so they sent me a new box of supplies for the 2019 year to do my field work. I still haven't really looked through the box, I guess I should to see if my 1st quarter lead letter and segment materials are in there..lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up a little early watching who knows what on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day.

I got a start to my Christmas Shopping yesterday, Kim and Brittany picked me up and we ran to the Robinson Township Mall for the day. I have to say it was a pretty memorable day, I think they three of us had a pretty good day, Kim taught me a few iPhone / Facebook picture features that wasn't previously aware of. now I know how to do the 3D and their version of 360° pictures on Facebook. I do have a 360° camera Michelle bought me a few years ago laying around here somewhere. It was a day that I will always remember.

Michelle baked Christmas Cookies with her Chris and Amanda and a few others. They did manage to bake a wide variety of cookies for all to share. I know Michelle loves to bake, something tells me it was more of a memorable day when a group of them got together and baked.

Overall I would say both Michelle and I had pretty memorable days with some very special people.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblins

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm up early and going back to bed, but thought I would put my daily thoughts into the world wide interwebs while I'm awake. Not sure what is playing on the TV behind me, but it doesn't seem like something I am going to watch. Peanut is still sleeping in the bedroom with Michelle and I'm just here with Sammy.

Today is a cookie day, Michelle is going over to her Sister Chris's and they are going to start baking Christmas Cookies at her house. A group of them are getting together, so they should be having a lot of fun making cookies. Me, I'm going to get a start on my Christmas Shopping today while Michelle is baking. She has done most of hers online leaving me as the slacker on this.

I have finally started writing my Goodbye 2018 Blog, the year end re-cap where I go through my blog month by month and relive it one final time before we start on a new year and new content. I'm about a 1/4 of the way done with it (not including all the formatting I've done) and have about none months worth of content to still write.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, December 14, 2018

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.

It's going to be a busy day and weekend, I have to finalize some business travel for January, obviously I'm going to be in St Louis the first week of January for RTI, I do this every year for certification and this year I am actually becoming an RTI employee instead of being a subcontractor to them, I will be employed by RTI.

I will also be heading to Washington DC again for the ESRI Federal Users Conference in late January, I have to handle all the travel arrangements when I travel while working for AECOM, I just have to finalize my hotel, I'm taking a Federal Vehicle down rather than my own car, that was if I get stuck on the beltway I'll be in an automatic as Pearl is a 5 Speed. I was there a three years ago and I'm a little excited about this one as well. The Mecca of GIS is the ESRI Conference is in San Diego and it appears I will be going to that one as well this summer.

Tomorrow will start a busy weekend, I'm basically going to start my Christmas Shopping while Michelle is going to go over to her Sister Chris's and bake Christmas Cookies. A group of them are getting together to bake, they are trying something different this year. Hopefully this will work out well and there will be lots of delicious Christmas Cookies.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks picture goes all the way back to August of 1999, might even had been my first day of college. I had my psychology assignment in front of me and I was just starting to rejuvenate my academic career, it had been 17 years from the time I had graduated High School to the time I started college. I was 35 years old and had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it was about to change my life and I needed to grab the bull by the horns on this one.

This is me studying after my first day, note that this is so long ago that a few things were present. One, I was still into NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt was still alive and racing. The other thing, yes that is a cigarette in my right hand as I was a smoker then and for a couple more years until I gave them up for good in May of 2002. Going on 17 years ago.

Todays post is brought to you by the number 17...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho