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.

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Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, that just means we need to get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

Morgantown should start seeing a lot less traffic for the next month starting just about today. It is finals week here and there are a couple days left, but I can see a number of students who are done or about to be done taking off. It really the only time of the year when the University really shuts down. Grad students, especially those who come from abroad stay here during the summer for summer sessions, but Christmas break was the longest continual break for them and that is when they even traditionally went home, or at least that was my personal observation when I was there.

I have set up the formatting for my end of the year blog, the one that recounts my year based on what is posted in my blog. It is the funnest blog of the year to write, because you have to reflect back and recall your past year including events that you may have forgotten about. Now comes the fun part, writing it.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again completed, now we are staring down the barrel of a Tuesday once again, time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,099 days since I first showed the world myself, this planet has been blessed with my presence ever since.

* It has been 5,322 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. Seems like only yesterday.

* 3,923 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.

* 3,147 days ago I proposed to Michelle, right in our back yard at 4:00 in the morning, she accepted.

* It was 2,684 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 310 days longer than my Dad did, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

* I have 4,739 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 1,376 days away, even thought we did beat their ass in basketball this past weekend.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 355 more days, I'm staying the same age this year as well as next.

* There are 239 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 99 days until the next start of my favorite season, SPRING!!!!!

* 60 more days until Groundhog Day, Phil don't disappoint me this year buddy.

* 20 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, the blog that is my last blog of the year and recaps the previous year. Time to start formatting.

* There are 13 more shopping days left until Christmas.  You still have plenty of time.

* I have written 5,473 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 has announced this past weekend that he is forgoing the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. I thank him for all he did for us and wish him the best and continued success at the next level.

* Sammy the Elf on a shelf is still running around the house getting into things.

* It feels like it's Christmas Prep time, I know Michelle is going over to her sisters this weekend and they are all baking cookies.

* The house has been sold and closed on, we have new neighbors upstairs as the new owners son is moving in. They seem like some really nice people.

* 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 10, 2018


The weekend fun is all over with, time to stick our collective noses back onto that so called  grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. 

Looking at my week ahead, it seems like all of my meetings are to be held today and tomorrow, with the rest of my weeks schedule pretty much open, but that can always change. We still have one more Christmas Party at work, but that will be next week and my companies Christmas luncheon. We've already had the NETL wide one and the one for the prime on our contract, now it is time for the Engineering Group to have our Christmas get together. That's held in our office area, so food and drinks will be available all day so to speak. That is next week though. 

Michelle will be working at the vet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so I will be on my own for dinners most of the week. I tell you I am starting to make a pretty mean corn dog with that air fryer we bought a few months ago, move over Gordon

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho