Up Too Early

I’m not sure what kind of event warranted my body wanting to wake up at 6:30am, but here I am and the coffee has been made so we’re starting the day. I give it about an hour before one of the kiddos begin to stir, and the day will officially begin.

Not a whole lot planned for this weekend outside of a birthday party for Jen’s friend’s little guy and then it’s Father’s Day Sunday. I kind of want to watch Money in the Bank with Ricky on Sunday evening as all of his favorite guys are in the ladder match, but we’ll see if he wants to watch it or not.

It looks like it rained overnight which makes me regret even more that I did not mow when I had the chance. Hopefully I can get a spot of dry days coming up to get out there and do it. The higher it gets, then the harder time the mower has of getting it mowed without kicking off every two seconds.

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Another project I’ve been cautiously debating is re-arranging our basement a bit, and more specifically, moving the location of my desk. I kind of want to move it to the opposite side of the basement so part of it does not press up against the wall. I’d really like to get back in to the swing of making YouTube videos, and this would give me a better angle to do that by sitting behind the desk while facing the camera instead of trying to find an awkward angle to face how it is now. My concern is it may take up an excessive amount of room, but right now there are just toys on the floor so it’s not really crucial space.

The fun part will be moving all of the figures off of it and then placing them back on without anything coming apart or pieces getting lost (I’m looking at you Gundam figures). I really need to get some kind of display case for some of the stuff, but there’ a lot of cleaning and organizing that needs to be done for that to happen. I guess shelves could be an option too. I want to turn the basement into a cool pop-culture styled room with some cool art and figures on display.

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Alrighty folks, I’m going to finish up my coffee and get this day rollin’. I hope you have a great Saturday and an even better Father’s Day! I know I’m pretty lucky to have such an awesome dad and father-in-law.

 

Hey June

I thought I’d take a quick break from the day and write a quick little blog here.

I managed to lock myself out of the house this evening after work. I forgot my backup set of keys, which I am currently using, does not have a house key on it. When I locked the house this morning when leaving for work, I was doomed. It wasn’t a huge deal because it was nice out and Jen got home a little while later, but Lola and Biscuit (our dogs) were not pleased seeing me outside waiting. Jen is at Wal-Mart as we speak getting a copy of the key made for me.

While she’s at Wal-Mart I also put the pressure on her to look at French Press coffee makers. Are they still called coffee makers? Should I just leave it at French Press? Who knows, either way I’m thinking we may start getting out of the Keurig business and aim for something that I hear tastes better, but also doesn’t murder the environment. Oh, the money saving thing also has a bit of appeal. I am having her look at the Bodum French Press, and it seemed to have pretty good reviews.

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I guess if we go that route, then we’ll have to either get up a little earlier to boil some water or possibly also pick up an automatic kettle. I don’t mind heating the water on the stove, but if we are running late, then it could be costly. I guess that’s what drive-thru coffee places are for though right?

In other news, we have entered June and I’m still not sure where 2017 has gone. We’re already halfway through the year, and just a few months my son Ricky will be starting kindergarten. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. It will be Christmas time before we know it.

I hope you all have had a good shortened week with Monday being the holiday, and I am looking forward to the weekend. At some point Jen and I need to do some “spring cleaning.” There are a lot of items that need to be donated or sold or whatever just to declutter. I will be excited for the day that we have a bit of organization to our lives, but at the very worst that can be our 2018 new year’s resolution right? RIP Kathy Griffin’s NYE shenanigans with Anderson Cooper.

Have a great day all!

I Should Jot Down Some Words

Hello one and all and welcome to the start of this Memorial Weekend. Even though I’m about to be at my new position at work for a year, I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that I get holidays off. For almost 7 years I normally had to volunteer for certain holidays so getting to enjoy the three day week will be nice.

I’m sitting in my basement rediscovering the greatness from Fort Minor that is, The Rise Tide. It is such a good album, and it’s one that was on frequent play during my college years. There are a few albums from those years of my life that deserve a listen.

  • LostProphets – Liberation Transmission*
  • Sugarcult – Palm Trees and Power Lines
  • Yellowcard – Lights and Sounds
  • Funeral for a Friend – Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation

* Feel bad cause the lead singer turned out to be a douche pedophile

I’ve decided to just sit down and do some writing on here. I really need to set myself into a schedule for writing. The fact that I went a year writing a blog every day (for the most part), it’s baffling that I have a hard time writing even once a week or even a month. I guess motivation is a hell of a drug.

I’m thinking about sitting down and watching a movie after writing this blog. I kind of have two movies in mind, Arrival and Beauty and the Beast so the debate will begin soon on which one I decide to sit down and check out. Arrival seems like it’d be a more fulfilling movie and I’ve heard it’s awesome. Beauty and the Beast will probably be one to check out with the wife or kids.

I hope you all have an amazing Memorial Day weekend, get out and do some grilling if the weather permits, and just enjoy it. I am going to try and do the same. So long for now. Until next time, here’s a picture of some kind of monkey.

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-Chris

 

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So I’ve spent a total of a few hours working on the header image you see at the top of my page. Unfortunately, it only looks “kind of cool” when you view it on a laptop. I would have to pay for a WordPress subscription to be able to fully customize the HTML and such for mobile or tablets. It’s really annoying, but the overall header I’m kind of proud of.

I’ll post the full image below in case you are pulling this blog up from your Nokia 6510 and you can’t see the full image. It’s nearing midnight, and the work week is not going to come any slower, so I need to probably go to sleep.

I’d love some feedback on the header. It is essentially just a variation of stuff I really like in some way or another. I may add to it, to try and put some not so obvious references in it, but that will come for another day. There may be one not so obvious reference, but even that you could probably figure out. Good night, and here’s to hoping this is just a small spark of motivation to continue making this blog look less hanky.

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Vol 2., February 2017

These weekends tend to go by way too fast, especially when we get to enjoy some nice weather during it. I wish we had a summer vacation from work or even a spring break as long as we got paid right? The kids and I got to get out and have a nice walk during the beautiful weather to give time some quiet time as she has been feeling a little under the weather as of late. It was nice to take the wagon out and get some exercise. I love the soccer park right by our house, and it’s so easy to get to walking.

We also got to get out and hangout in the driveway and put some stuff up in the garage. The icing on the cake was getting to participate in my very first father/daughter dance with Amelia; more on that below. It looks like we are set for a week of beautiful weather so I’m excited to maybe get out and enjoy that some after work.


Movie That Made the List!

There seem to be a lot of good movies coming out in the next few months. I don’t get to the theaters often, and the last one I saw was Sing, but I’m overly excited for a few specifically.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIe6UZHSXw
    Power Rangers – How can you not be excited for this movie if you grew up in the 90s. I’m a sucker for the nostalgia trip that this may provide, but I was the same way for Ninja Turtles. I’m not sure which series I was more a fan of, but as of right now I think I’m more excited for Power Rangers. It’s not going t change any lives, but I’m pretty excited if they are able to build it in to a bit of a franchise, especially with all of the history in the Power Rangers’ universe.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nl_TCQXuw
    Beauty and the Beast – I think  may be more excited than Power Rangers because I am such a huge fan of the original animated film. What is amazing about this version is that it almost looks like a legitimate animation to live action make. They aren’t really trying to put their own spin on things. You are basically coming to get the nostalgia boost and hear the songs redone, which I am absolutely ok with in this instance.
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    Logan – I haven’t followed too many of the X-Men movies or any of the spin-off films such a Wolverine but the fact that this movie could almost be called The Last of Us hooks me in to wanting to see this movie. I know it doesn’t resemble much of that game, but the vibe is there where he is protecting the girl. This even was one my wife Jen said we should check out.

Father/Daughter Dance

I never went to prom or homecoming in high school, and at weddings I’m not the most outgoing dancer. I’ll do it, but it takes me a little bit to just go for it so when I got the invite  in the mail for Amelia’s father/daughter dance, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous. That nervousness actually quickly turned to excitement and the ability to be part of something like this. Now, Amelia is 2 so she isn’t completely aware of what this is and the lack of dance skills her dad has, but still she was excited about getting to hangout with me with just her. We turned it in to a the closest thing to me going to a prom that I think I’ve gone too, and it was a blast.

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It was a lot of fun and great to see the turnout of all of the dad’s and daughters. Jen even got chance to take Ricky out to have a little mother/son “date night.” Amelia wasn’t huge on dancing for too long, but they played a song from Trolls so she definitely rocked out to that. She stuffed her face with some little treats they had there, and got to dance with one of her little buddies who was there also. It was a great little shindig and I look forward to going to these more as she gets older.

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It’s back to work tomorrow so I’m finishing up the night by watching WWE’s Elimination Chamber after taking a short little bike ride. It definitely cooled off more today so it was a quick chilly ride. I really like getting on the bike and going for rides, and I really want to buy a bike rack so I can take my bike with me places to hit some trails. I also want to maybe use it if I’m going places by myself. With how our town is now set up, its easy to get to anywhere with the new sidewalks in place.

I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy your week. I hope the weather is nice on your end.

Chris

CleanMyMac 3 Review – Easily clean your hard drive

I had the opportunity to try out the application from MacPaw called CleanMyMac 3. This application runs through your computer and searches for any unnecessary files that may be taking up space on your Mac. As with any product I may review or recommend, I wanted to try it out on my computer first, and boy was I blown away at the space I quickly reclaimed.

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CleanMyMac 3 is a simple bit of software that scans your computer to search through various files. It finds all of the really large files on your computer as well as the thousands and thousands of small files that end up adding up to a large amount. What I love about this is how straight forward it is. You don’t have to know much about the clean up process to have it be successful. Their Smart Clean feature gets the job done and gets your additional hard drive space back in what was probably about an hour or less.

After my first scan I was able to get one 23GB of storage back, and also was provided a list of large files that it did not delete. What I like about this, is the files it found were movie and picture files that I could manually got through and decide if I really needed them, or if they were just taking up space.

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As I ran the scan, and even after, I never was concerned I lost any important videos or files because if there is a big file, it gives you the ability to review it and will not just automatically remove it.

I would highly recommend using CleanMyMac 3 and I can’t wait to run it on my Macbook Air to see how much space I am able to get back. It’s a simple and easy to use product, and I highly recommend it. You can also check out the video I made below showcasing visually CleanMymac 3 at work.

Download CleanMyMac 3: http://macpaw.7eer.net/c/358178/289000/1733

Vol 1., February 2017

I’m writing this right in the middle of one of those Full House lesson moments. The piano and violin are going strong on this one. I think DJ and Kimmie just had a fight because DJ forgot her birthday and threw her a short notice birthday party. I really didn’t need to go in to that much detail, but here we are. Bottom line is that they’re friends again, and they’re about to go to town on some “hash brown cake.”

We are in to February, and I really have no idea where January went. All I know is that we are already a month down in 2017 and my son Ricky is now five-year-old. He will start Kindergarten after this summer, and I’m still dreading his first day of school. He’s been going to pre-school for two years, but this will be different.

I spent the evening getting the kitchen picked up, and we will see how long it lasts. It always seems to go from clean to disaster in like two or three days. We’ll see how this go around ends up.

Quick shoutout to my best friend Tippin who got engage to his girlfriend Brooke recently. These two are amazing and I can honestly say that I don’t think Brooke will try to murder him at any point, not intentionally at least. Super happy for those two and was honored to be asked to be his best man.

Chris


Music all over the place

I absolutely lover Apple Music and any other streaming service. It’s nice to be able to just listen to whatever song that pops in my head, but it’s even better having direct access to new music. I kind of keep my eyes out for new music recommendations and in the last few days I have found out about pianist Chilly Gonzales and the electronic group Sohn.

I learned about Chilly through an interview he did on The Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick. The dude is a genius when it comes to music theory and really provided some amazing insight in to music construction. He has worked with a lot of artists including Drake.

Sohn on the other hand comes from a recommendation from both Apple and Kevin Rose. As I’ve mentioned, this blog format stems a bit from Kevin Rose’s email newsletters and that was a group he mentioned. It just happen to be a recommendation on Apple Music as well. I listened to it on the way from work on Thursday and their new record really jams out.


St. Louis Football Club

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Today it was announced that the city has approved funding to move forward with a proposal that could bring a Major League Soccer club to St. Louis. St. Louis submitted an expansion request to the MLS commissioner, and there is hope that St. Louis will be one of four expansion teams brought in to the league. St. Louis is one of the bigger soccer cities in the US, and Busch Stadium has hosted more than a few English Premiere League teams including Chelsea and Manchester City.

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What really seems awesome about this is having a new beautiful stadium right by Union Station that would host the team. St. Louis does have a “minor league” football team, and one of the core owners of that is primarily involved with the MLS expansion process. I lived in Charlotte when they first go the Panthers, and it’d be fun having a team to cheer for at the very beginning of their history.


I’m ready for the weekend of having nothing planned, and I actually hope to catch some Manchester United soccer on Sunday. Obviously the Super Bowl is on Sunday and I think I’m more excited for the Stranger Things season 2 trailer than the game itself.

I hope you all have a great weekend, I think I’m going to throw some headphones on and lay in bed and take it easy.

Chris