Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hump Day

Well two days down, a couple ahead of us and now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump today and it will be all down hill towards another fun filled weekend.

Me however I am starting a new Quarter so my days off are going to be non-existent until Easter. We had our kickoff meeting yesterday, and we are all just about ready to to head out. Hopefully we will have some good weather, the days are going to be longer so I will have more daylight hours. I think that really inhibited us last quarter, we're ready to go though.

Opioid overdoses in West Virginia have been on a rise, and that is a scary thought. This is one of the reasons I give up my free time to work on the NSDUH, what we are doing is trying to make a difference.

Michelle is loving the new job, I think that she is very happy now with her career and is loving MEPCO. Her office is much bigger than it was with her previous office and she is in seventh heaven. It warms my heart to know that she is finally being appreciated for what she does.

Have a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Michelle has now finished her first official day of employment with Mepco, sounds like a great time to do a tidbits.

* I know you guys have missed this count, it has been 19,476 wonderful days since my birth, I sometimes feel older than 21.

* There have been 4,699 days that have gone by since I Graduated from WVU, second best decision I have ever made in my life.

* It was 3,300 days ago that Michelle and I went out on our very first date together, it's amazing how far we have both come since that first fateful night.

* It has been 2,524 days since I proposed marriage to a very wonderful woman, did it at 4:00 AM out on the back yard.

* We are in day 2,061 of Marriage, she must like me as she has kept me around.

* I have about 5,361 or so days to go until my retirement giving the current rules for retirement give or take a few hundred here or there and depending on how I feel.

* There are only 1,999 days to go until the Backyard Brawl in football takes the field once again. I want to kick some Panther butt!!!!!

* My buddy Phil the Groundhog takes center stage in 311 more days when he forecasts the weather on Ground Hogs Day. I think Mother Nature however is inserting her will as we speak.

* I have 278 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 blog is written. That is the blog that I do at the end of the year that is based upon what I write here on this blog.

* There are 271 more shopping days left to go until Christmas 2017, never too early to start planning.

* There are but a mere 248 more days to go until I celebrate yet another anniversary of my 21st Birthday, or something close to that. I think my ages rounds out to about 21.

* There are 193 more days to go until we once again attend the Springs Festival, weather permitting of course.

* Our next cruise is 166 days away, we just booked our hotel for the trip. We'll be staying at the same one we stayed at last year. We determined which hotel by simply asking ourselves if we wanted to eat at Bubba Gump's or Guy Fieri's Restaurant. Guy won as we are staying beside Caesars in Baltimore. Hopefully I can actually win a little money this year.

* There are only 131 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Sixth Wedding Anniversary together.

* In 114 more days Michelle and I will be attending WV Mountainfest. Already have our tickets for this years events. Going to go see George Thorogood and maybe even Hank Williams Jr.

* There are 103 more days to go until our 2017 Friends and Family Picnic.

* There are 88 more days to go until Calvin and Jeanetta's Wedding next June, I really need to get my RSVP in and book our hotel for that. Their very informative website.

* It's just a mere 85 days away when Summer 2017 arrives.

* This is my 4,806th blog that I have written for George's Journal in the now 12 1/2 +  years that I have been writing it. That is a lot of thoughts, a lot of history and a lot of me.

* No work yest this year on the Hall Family Tree. This has not been a productive year for it at all on my end.

* Once again nothing new on the brother search, I am keeping the hope and faith, but I'm not finding the first trace of his existence anywhere.

* Still no baby yet on the Giraffe Cam, I know Michelle has been eagerly awaiting its arrival. I still think April is lying to Oliver to keep him, she's not pregnant.

* We have set the dates for our 35th High School Class reunion, it will be July 28th and 29th of this year.

* I did purchase a new firearm this past weekend, I bought a Sig Sauer P320C

* Have I ever mentioned that I love Spring!!!

* Have yourselves a great day and make the very most of it.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, March 27, 2017

Congratulations Michelle

A little over a month ago, early February, Michelle's employment ended at where she used to work at. It was not her choice, but she was underpaid, overworked and very much under appreciated. She was a dedicated employee who went above and beyond despite it being the root of some of her medical problems in the past couple of years. They burned the bridge and that bridge is now officially gone and she has moved on to a better place.

It all started a couple weeks after she was unemployed when United Talent contacted her and said they had a position for her possibly. She went in and did their testing (she typed 90 WMP) and was offered a temporary job with MEPCO through United Talent for more money than she was making per hour at her previous employer.

Prior to starting there she had two other interviews. One with UBC express scripts who did make Michelle an offer, but it was under her market value and she graciously declined the offer. She had also had another interview with Mylan Pharmaceuticals who made her a VERY lucrative offer. It was an amazing offer and she had accepted it and even went through the drug screen and was to officially begin next Monday. When she went to MEPCO, they told her they wanted to make an offer as well, that includes buying out her United Talent Contract and they actually exceeded Mylan's offer in Salary, 401K Match, Bonuses, and the health insurance plan. Both offers were pretty similar, but Mylan offered a little more PTO time and MEPCO offered her a salaried position.

Michelle had already accepted the Mylan offer when the MEPCO offer came in. She pondered it for a couple of hours and I asked her what does her gut tell her.

Well as of today, she is OFFICIALLY a salaried employee of MEPCO. She has really impressed them and they went above and beyond to retain her, they more than understood her value and more than  appreciated her.

I am very proud of my wife, she received three offers of employment and two of them were phenomenal offers. We have kept this quiet until the right time, it is now the right time.

Congratulations Michelle.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm the first one to awaken from a losing battle with the Sandman last night and I'm up watching Spiderman (the good one with Tobey Maguire) on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Michelle spent yesterday at Amanda's Bridal shower and had a great time visiting her family. She said she had a lot of fun and had a great time, Hayley was my photographer for the day and grabbed 197 pictures of the event. The groom is a is a multi-media specialist so I have only made them available to them for the time being. Hayley did get some great shots though, good job.

Last night we all met at the Mountainview Jamboree and surprised Amy for her birthday which was last week. I have to hand it to Ralph, Amy did not suspect a thing and he actually told her that they were going to Sonic, so she had absolutely no idea that everyone was there waiting on her. Kudo's to Ralph and the entire Dalton clan for being so hospitable and pulling this off, it was quite impressive. We played Dime Bingo later on, lets just say I lost all of my money. What a really fun game, I liked that.

I hope everyone has a great day today, get out and enjoy the wonderful weather.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, the first one here to recover from that knockout blow by the dreaded Sandman last night. I'm up early watching Hairspray on HBO and collecting my thoughts on the day.

Well Michelle is going to be busy today, she will be going to her niece Amanda's Bridal shower this afternoon at the Marilla Center. She has family coming in from everywhere for this, so it's going to be a chance for her to spend a little quality time with some very special people today. A number of them met last evening at Chilli's yesterday evening to reminisce and carry on as Michelle puts it.

This is my last free weekend for a while as we are getting ready to start another quarter next Saturday. My day will be filled with basketball as I watch the Next round of the NCAA Tournament. My brackets have all been busted for sometime, but I still enjoy the excitement of the tournament.

Have yourselves a great day today, the weather should be pretty decent so get out, enjoy it and make it special. You only get one chance to live today, make the most of it.

Friday, March 24, 2017

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.

Well this will be my last weekend of for a while, I'll start working for RTI once again next Saturday as we kick off the next quarter of our study. It was nice to have a few weeks off, but it'll be nice to get back to doing the study once again. I'll be working close to home this quarter, so that makes it pretty nice, not a whole lot of travel time this quarter. I know the last quarter of 2016 I was traveling anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes each way depending on which section I was working in.

I don't have a whole lot planned for this weekend, however Michelle will be attending her niece Amanda's Bridal Shower Saturday Afternoon. They are having the shower at the exact same place Michelle and I got married, the Marilla Center. HotRods will be catering both the wedding and the Bridal Shower. My Brother in Law Jim convinced him to go into business as he made his first batch of wings in Jim's back yard.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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 back to 2009, it was taken right after Amy and Ralph's Wedding at the church. We gathered he Motley looking crew all together to grab a group photo for the day and this is what we got. It's one of those rare pictures when all five siblings are in the same picture, but this time almost everyone else was there are well. I swear Calvin is a foot shorter in this picture than how he looks today.

Amy and Ralph hosted a reception at there home, but I seem to recall it was done the very next day rather than this day. This day was just the day that two souls were bound by matrimony.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho