Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Morning Ramlings

Here I sit once again in the early AM, I'm the first one to recover from a losing battle with that dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up checking out some scores from yesterday and collecting my thoughts for the for the day. The TV isn't even on yet.

Well we didn't win last night on Steelers Trivia, but our score was high enough to advance us into the Championships next weekend. This is the third time we have been in the tournament and this will be the third time that we have advanced to the Championship round. In 8 shows show far we have won six of them, came in third in last years Championship earning us a trip to Steelers Training Camp and came in second last night. We were the highest scoring team in round 1 of the tournament and then had the highest scoring for a runner up last night giving us the wildcard nod. Will we be the first group of guys to ever win the Tournament a second time? Tune in next week and find out how we do.

I did not go to East Liverpool with Michelle yesterday and opted to stay home and watch the WVU game. My Brother in Law Nick called me and invited me down so I went to their place to watch the game and cheer on the Mountaineers. We did lose 33-23, that is to a very good Alabama team and I think we are vastly improved from last season. I think we are going to have a much better team than people, including myself, anticipated.

Normal schedule for us today, grocery shopping and laundry, typical Sunday for this week. Next week will be a whole different story as we will be embarking onto our boat for our cruise. However that is next week and this is this week.

Michelle took a number of pictures yesterday and we have posted them on Facebook.

Have a great day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm the first to recover from getting knocked out by the Sandman yesterday and I'm up collecting my thoughts and surfing the internet. I'm up watching The Heat on HBO and surfing the net.

Michelle is going to head home to East Liverpool today for her Grandmother's Birthday Party. I was going to go, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay here and get a few things done around the house while she goes home and visits.

The Mountaineers play their first game of the season this afternoon when they take on the Crimson Tide at 3:30, my primary reason for staying home since I probably wont be able to see them play until we get back after our cruise. We'll be traveling next weekend and miss it and will be returning from the Caribbean and out in the Ocean the next week.

Make sure you tune in to watch the KDKA McDonalds Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Challenge tonight. We'll be competing in the Semi-Finals for a chance to play in next weeks Championship round. Will the Pudgy's advance, or will they be sent home. You'll have to tune in to see how we do.

Have a Great Day, cheer on the Mountaineers and be sure to watch us tonight.

Friday, August 29, 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 THREE DAY weekend, and a Big Ole Hairy Friday!!!

Looking for a little football? We won't disappoint this weekend. High School action starts tonight. The Morgantown Mohigans start their season off at home against Anacostia, D.C. tonight at Pony Lewis Field. University High will be traveling to to Moundsville to take on John Marshall High School, Clay-Battelle will be playing host to Paden City. Should be a good weekend to catch a game.

Looking for College Football? Well we have that as well as the West Virginia University Mountaineers will be traveling to Atlanta to take on the Nick Saban lead Alabama Crimson Tide tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the Nationally Televised Kickoff Classic on ABC. Hopefully Nick Saban who is from Monongah will take it easy on us.

Michelle and I will be heading to East Liverpool tomorrow morning for her Grandmother's 92nd Birthday.

It is the unofficial end of Summer and a Three day weekend for everyone, for Michelle and I it's the weekend before we go on vacation.

Have a great day, stay safe, watch some football and enjoy your extended weekend.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photo Flashback Thursday




Once a week I like to take some time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off the internet. Little lost moments of time that I like to relive and share with everyone. Sometimes this is a pretty east task and sometimes it's not so easy. One thing that it always is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks picture takes us way back, back to the late 80's when Dad walked my sister Pam down the isle so that she could marry my brother in law George. I know it was the month of February, and I'm thinking it was possibly 1987, but I could be wrong on that.

The wedding took place in the old Drummond Chapel Church, that is now called Suncrest United Methodist Church.

It was a small ceremony mostly attended by family and that may have been the final time anyone in my family has been wed there that I can think of. Ironically all of our families weddings were always held in the main chapel for as long as I can remember, or at least up until Pam and George were married.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hump Day

Well that is two days down and two more ahead of us. Now if we can just get over that dreaded noon time hump we are on the downhill slope towards another fun filled weekend and a three day one at that.

No Wisdom Wednesday today, I'm not going to make it a weekly blog until I get a few more ideas. I know the one line quotes went over pretty well, a couple of times, but there are other areas I would like to take that area of my blog. For this week you get me blogging as I normally would.

I guess this week coming up is going to be a busy one for me and Michelle, we'll need to start getting packed and organized for our cruise the following week. Believe it or not there is a lot of planning that goes into packing for a week long cruise out in the middle of the Atlantic, unfortunately we tend to OVERPACK and we're going to try to cut down on that a little. Same number of suitcases, just probably not going to be bringing some unnecessary things like 5 different pairs of shoes each...lol. A Formal pair, a pair of sandals and the ones I wear into the ocean are all I'm taking this year.

The WVU Football team has finally released their Fall Depth Chart for this upcoming season. I think we are going to be a better team than we were last year, we're going to have a lot more depth, but I'm not sure if our record will indicate it due to such a tough schedule which starts with a team many believe are capable of winning the National Championship this year in Alabama. I think we're in for a long road as Mountaineer fans, but I think our fortunes are going to start getting better. Last year was an utter embarrassment.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well the last Monday that I am going to work is behind us, now we can start concentrating on Tuesdays for a while. Still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* 18,531 days ago yours truly was born.

* 3,754 days ago I accomplished a lifelong dream as I earned my degree from West Virginia University, a decision that I have never regretted.

* 2,355 days ago on a cold spring evening, Michelle and I went out on our first dater together. Yes even after all of these years now, the movie still stunk it up to high heaven.

* 1,579 days ago, I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to a remarkable woman.

* It's been 1,116 days now that we have been married. I'm lucky enough to be married to not only someone I love very much, but my best friend and soul mate.

* I have about 6,306 or so days, give or take a few hundred here or there, until I enter into the world of retirement.

* I have 345 days to go until my 4th Wedding Anniversary.

* My Goodbye 2014 Blog, my favorite blog of the year, will be presented in 127 more days. I still have a lot of time to add content.

* If you're getting ready to start Christmas Shopping, you have 121 more days to go. For those of you possibly on a tight budget, Walmart starts their Christmas Lay Away program for 2014 in September. They have signs up now promoting it.

* We are only 12 days away from heading out on our third cruise. Yes two weeks from now I will be out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where the Ocean Floor is about 16,000 ft below us.

* Only 4 more days until the 2014 West Virginia University Mountaineer Football team takes the field for the first time as they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta. I guess that means this weekend it's officially FOOTBALL!!!!!!

* I had a little unpleasant surprise yesterday morning, I had to stop at Krogers before work and when I went out to the car my Battery was deader than a doorknob. I called Michelle and she helped me jump start it. I drove straight to Advance Auto and purchased a new battery, the battery was dead once again as I tried to restart my car at Advance. Fortunately the Alternator tested out fine and I was able to make it in to work and out out a few unexpected fires.

* The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $79.2 Million as of the time of me writing this blog. That is a pretty remarkable grass roots fund raiser.

* It was announced this past week that the former Jamestown Jammers will be the professional Baseball team that will be playing in the new Ballpark being built in Morgantown and they will begin play here for the 2015 season.

* I'm down 66 lbs so far since May, and 81 since Christmas (and my surprise 50th Birthday Party) last year. Still got a ways to go, but I walked the trails yesterday at work and did the big hill with little to no problem. We're talking about a hill with a 15% grade and me going up that. It's much easier than it was last time I tackled that hill due to all the weight loss.

* The High School Football Week 1 Power Ratings are out. The Morgantown High Mohigans are ranked #5 and the University High Hawks are ranked #9 in the AAA Power ratings.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning

All good things must unfortunately come to an end, and by good things that also means those fun filled things we refer to as weekends. Now it's time to stick our noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of work, so we can do the things we like to do on the weekends.

For me, this is my last Monday for a few weeks as I will be off the next three either due to Holiday or vacation that is extended an extra day as we regroup from our cruise. I guess all I have to do is get this week in and to do that we have to go through a Monday.

Looking at my week ahead, there are no Doctors appoints that I have scheduled this week, that's the first in a while for me. I've done everything that I have needed to do other than two more dietitian meetings to fulfill all the obligations on my end to have the gastric Bypass Surgery. To be honest though, I'm down 65 lbs since May 28th and 80 lbs since Christmas, and I am within 15 lbs of being within the high end of the target weight the Dr had set for me one year AFTER surgery. I may be within a few pounds or have reached that by the time I get to my sixth and final dietitian meeting in early October. The odds of me actually going through with this surgery now are getting slimmer and slimmer, especially when I'm doing so without any medical assistance or surgery. I've not been this low in weight in I can't remember when, maybe the early 90's and I've still got a long way to go. There is no finish line, only goals as this is a lifestyle change and not a diet.

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is amazing in what it can do, it's raised over $70 Million as everyone and their brother are either doing it or donating to it. I can't say I have ever seen a grass roots campaign ever have this much success or be that successful. It's actually quite amazing what it has accomplished.

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