Friday, August 31, 2012

Long Day

Got up not-early, visited the nearby Newport Creamery for breakfast.  I had a short stack of blueberry pancakes, she had the cream cheese stuffed french toast.

Then we headed to downtown Providence, parked at the mall (a mega-mall), and went outside to see what we could see.  Ugh, tho.  It was hot and humid.  We managed to visit the Oldest Baptist Church in America, and got close to the Biltmore before we ran out of steam and went back to the airconditioned mall.  I found a comic book store in the mall, though they had more movies than comics. We ate a late lunch in the food court, a sandwich from a place called CheeseBoy - grilled cheese sandwiches.  For dessert we had ice cream from a Ben and Jerry's store.

After that we just walked the mall a little, till my friend could come down via the bus, then we drove down to Warwick (pronounced war-rick, go figure) and visited Iggy's.  The chowder was very good.  The fish was fresh.  Overall, it was a lot of food, and we sent our leftovers home with our friend, since there's no fridge in our room.

Tomorrow, we're going to the south side of the state, and drive along the shore, check out some lighthouses and beaches, and NOT do as much walking.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Made it

(like I had anything to do with the flight!)

We arrived at MSP early enough to have lunch at Chik-fil-A, probably the only time we'll get to have that in Minnesota for at least another year.  The flight was fine, getting the rental car was smooth (used the kiosk instead of waiting in line), eventually found the motel (yay for the iphone and the mapping feature).  I have to say that the motel6 we stay at in Avoca has us spoiled.  Here, we get a single queen, a musty smelling room, no wi-fi (well, we can pay 2.99 a night), no pool.  For the same price as the Avoca one.  Well, it was better than spending 100 bucks a night!

We stopped at a place called 99.  I had a panko encrusted cod, she had the plain old fish and chips.  Both were good, but way too much.

After dinner we swung by Walmart and picked up a few snacks for the room, and an extension cord for all the electronics (there's only one plug in the whole room).

Tomorrow, we're going downtown Providence, park at the big mall, and walk around downtown, hoping to see the Oldest Baptist Church in America, and other sights.  We're going to Iggy's for dinner with my friend, then we'll see what's up after that!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ready to go...

...I think.  We're all packed, except for the electronics, which I'll do first thing in the morning.  We went to Outback tonight, so we wouldn't have to cook and clean before our trip.

Watched a couple Restaurant Impossibles after we got home, and played LOTRO.  Looking forward to the trip, and taking lots of pics of the ocean and history.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More of the same

Work was work.  Did some things I didn't want to work on, but isn't that always the case.

We had BLTs for dinner, she watched news about the hurricane, I updated some of the comics I bought last week into the computer, then I played LOTRO and watched Storage Wars.

After that I played Star Wars for a little bit, then went to bed.  Tomorrow is packing, making sure I have everything printed and ready to go, and then we're off!  Starting to really look forward to this little trip, even if it is on a budget.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Quiet Monday

Nothing exciting today.  Spent most of the afternoon working on creating a new report, a pretty complicated one.

Came home, had supper, watched a little tv to catch up (still playing catch up, and we're going to get more behind when we go on our next trip).

Played a little LOTRO, talked to my friend Mandy for a while, tried to cheer her up. No job and no market is kinda depressing :(

Sunday, August 26, 2012

One event down, one to go

Today was fair day.  We spent about 8 hours there - could have spent more but I got overheated and we came home.

I'll be blogging about the different foods we had later this week.

After we got home, we just hung around the house.  I played LOTRO, she watched some tv.

Now we have to get ready for our next trip!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nothing happened today

Woke up as if it were a weekday, and didn't sleep in.  I played LOTRO in the morning, then we went to MOA in the afternoon for a little shopping and then to Target for some groceries. 

After that my knee started to hurt again, which tells me I'm not yet 100% - but it didn't hurt at all at the mall, so I started out ok :)

Tomorrow is State Fair day.  We're going early, I'm renting a scooter (I'm sure we'll share throughout the day), and we're going to have a good time.  I'll take pictures of the new foods we sample, and anything else that catches my eye, including some of the animals.

I bet we'll be tired at the end of the day though!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday was fair day for work - we had an activity in the morning, fair related, then we spent the afternoon at the fair.  I didn't eat much, and I didn't walk much either - kinda painful to do that.  I plan on renting a scooter when we go on Sunday - a half day (7-3) and I should survive the rounds a bit better!

Today I went to the orthopedic doctor, and he gave me a cortisone shot that should help.  I didn't stay long at work after that, as my leg hurt worse and worse.  I came home and put it up in the afternoon which helped.  The drawback to the shot is that it spiked my blood sugar really high.  He warned me it would do that, so now I'm just sitting here kind of bleh, with a headache.

We watched some tv this evening, catching up on a few shows, and I've been playing around in LOTRO in the summer festival - which mostly involves fishing and a lot of "You have acquired [Weeds]".

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Got some commitment from others at work to get moving on this project I've been assigned to, that I spent part of a week in Denver talking about.  Now, I can start seeing some progress.  I hate projects like that, where I get thrown at something and get told 'do this', without help, without guidance, without support.  I was told today I'll get all that now.  Finally.

After work, we ran to the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions and update our insurance information, since we finally got our insurance cards this week.  We had leftovers for dinner, watched a behind the scenes edition of Restaurant Impossible, and the premier of the Great Food Truck Race.  Sometimes on that show we have an early favorite we want to win, but not this time, at least not in the first show.

Tomorrow at work we have our team outing at the State Fair.  At least it's only half a day.  Sunday, the wife and I will take nearly a whole day, and after which I'm sure I'll be taking a painkiller!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Another day, another dollar

Or two.  Got some work done today, mostly on a document I wanted to work on, as opposed to the document I don't want to work on :)  Left a bit early so I could just rest - this cough is messing with my sleep.

We watched some tv and ate a little dinner, and I played on the computer and watched a little tv.

Hopefully, I'll sleep a little better tonight.  I am so ready to be over this cough.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Worked at home today - no point in needlessly annoying my coworkers with this cough that won't go away.  I'm feeling better, except for the cough.

One of the benefits of working at home was that we could order pizza delivered for lunch, so that's what I had.

After work, we ran to the store, picked up a few things we needed, I put gas in the car, since the trip back from grandma's pretty much emptied the tank.  When we got home, we watched some shows that recorded while we were out of town, had a small dinner, and then I played LOTRO till bedtime.

Tomorrow, I am going in, even with the cough, which will probably irritate some people.  I don't really like working at home, since I don't have a desk for the laptop - it's just easier to do a lot of things in the office.

I may be having a cough drop every couple hours - I'm sure my tummy won't like that!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Home again

Spent the morning visiting with Grandma (well, sort of visiting - still not feeling well, and the chair I was sitting in was pretty painful, so mostly I sat and listened to others visit), then had lunch with my uncle and aunt (on Mom's side).

then came home.  the drive wasn't too bad - didn't hit construction till we got close to home.  Actually made the drive in about a half hour faster than normal time.

Had a little to eat, and since there was so little unpacking to do, I played LOTRO and chatted with my friends in the game.

Then went to bed.  Tomorrow will be interesting, catching up on whatever I missed on Friday.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Went to Embers for breakfast - I must remember to never have their hashbrowns again.  Yuck.

After that, we visited with Grandma till lunch, then we kids went and played at a casino on the river for a while.  None of us won anything.  Sigh.

Fired up the computer to find it has only 10 minutes of life left on the battery, so I figured I'd update my blog now, even though I probably won't be going to bed for another couple of hours.

Tomorrow, it's visiting again, then lunch with my Mom's brother, then the drive home.  First thing I'm doing when I get home is plug in the laptop :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

I hate it when I do that

I forgot the power cord for the laptop for this little weekend trip.  So, I won't be playing LOTRO much, if at all.

The drive down was a little tough, being sick and drowsy still, but we made it, and managed to visit for a little bit before dinner.

After dinner, we visited a little more, then pretty much called it a night.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nothing much today

worked on some documents - one I didn't want to work on, and one I did.

When I got home we packed for tomorrow's trip, had some dinner, watched a little TV, then I played LOTRO till bedtime. 

Probably won't play much LOTRO this weekend, unless it's later at night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Not much of an update

sick as a dog.  went to the doctor, got checked out, got some drugs, tried to work for a while, and just couldn't, so I came home and just hung out.

I really hope this quits soon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

That stinks

...catching a cold/sinus something or other at work in the middle of the day, AND not being able to eat or drink after 830pm thanks to my pending bloodwork tomorrow.  Total stinki-ness.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Well, at least I didn't have any more cavities.  My mouth hurt most of the day though.  After an afternoon of meetings, I came home, took a painkiller for my mouth and my knee, and kind of blurred through the evening.  We watched a couple of tv shows, then I played LOTRO for a little while - nothing complex because my brain and my eyes are tired.  Hopefully I'll be able to wake up tomorrow!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tabletop fun

Played DDO this morning, then some Star Wars.  Then we headed over to our friends' place and played some games - Redneck Life and a card game called Dominion.  We had a great time - we're going to get together soon and play some more.  It's nice to have someone to hang around with and just have fun.

We stopped by the grocery store on the way home, had a little snack, then pretty much called it a night.  Tomorrow I get to go to the dentist. That should be fun!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Yep, lazy day

Played DDO in the morning, some Star Wars in the middle of the day, some LOTRO in the afternoon and evening.  Watched some TV, had some dinner, played some more LOTRO, went to bed.

Snuck a little laundry and birdfeeding in there, but that was it for today,  Nice, non-stressful day.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Another Nice Day

I actually drove to work with the windows down.

Spent a lot of time organizing/cleaning up something that I thought was already done, and trying to scramble to solve a problem that should have never been a problem.

It was nice to leave for the day.  We stopped by the comic book store and the book store, visited SmashBurger for dinner.  Went to Target to get some groceries and some goodies for Sunday, then watched some TV and I played LOTRO till bedtime.

Probably not going to the Pirates exhibit tomorrow.  Probably just going to laze about at home.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It was a nice day today

Too bad I was inside for nearly all of it.

One more day till the weekend.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Never wish for Excitement...

...because you'll get it.

Woke up with a neck ache at about 545am.  Laid down, and it turned into a fullblown headache by about 730.  I let work know I wouldn't be in (took me forever to even peck out the letters on the keyboard).

About noon, I could start functioning again, but ugh, it was still 'not fun'.  Played Star Wars for a little bit, did some other stuff, then my computer started acting up, rebooted and when it came back, I had lost connection to the network, and the internet.

Laptop worked fine, so it was isolated to the main computer.  So on top of the headache, I had to deal with rebooting the computer multiple times, messing with the BIOS multiple times, messing with the modem/router multiple times..  About 7, we ran up to Best Buy so I could get a replacement NIC.  They don't carry them any more.  Sigh.

We stopped at Noodles and got some dinner, then ran across town to Micro Center.  They had a card, so I got one, and a cheap network cable, just in case.  Got home, put the card in, and...nothing.

Spent some time on the laptop searching for other people that might have had the same problem (by which time my headache was starting to come back), and found someone had had this problem because of a bad McAfee install.

Sure enough, uninstalling McAfee worked wonders.  I've since redownloaded and reinstalled it, and things seem to be working ok.

So, I started the day with an awful massive headache, only to have it finally clear up in time for a headache of a different sort.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Usual

Haven't you ever wanted to walk into a restaurant and order that?  It doesn't work so well for work.  Did have a little break in the day with sitting in on an interview for a new hire, so that was a change of pace.  Tomorrow, more of the same (no interview, though).

We had leftover Monday for dinner, watched a little TV and I played a little LOTRO befrore heading to bed.

Not so exciting.  At least it's going to be cooler soon, and I'll be able to work in the yard after work, instead of putting it off till weekend mornings.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Work, dinner, tv, gaming.  Starting to get in a rut.  Hopefully, we'll be able to break that a bit this weekend.  Want to visit the Science museum on Saturday, and go over to a friend's house on Sunday to play some board games and just hang out.  That would be a nice change!

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Spent some time in the yard today, chopping, pulling, whacking.  After resting for a good while after that in the nice cool indoors (comparatively speaking), we watching some tv, I played a new game (well, new to me) Star Wars the Old Republic, then we had BLTs for dinner, watched some more TV, and called it a day.

Pretty mundane stuff, except for the part about not really being built to do this anymore.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Jeff Dunham

We saw Jeff Dunham last night at the casino, and stayed for all the other stuff afterwards - drawings for signed stuff from him, and free pull tabs and such.  We also gambled a little bit after the show, and actually walked away with $50 more than we started.

Jeff was really funny, and gave a few bits from his new show coming out in October.

Today, we slept in really late, since we didn't get home till almost 2 am.  I played LOTRO for a little bit, then we went shopping.  I got a few new books to read, and we got some groceries.  After shopping, we caught up on our shows.  Then I played WoW for about 15 minutes, before realizing that I'm still really tired from yesterday.

Tomorrow is some yardwork, and maybe some homework from work - doing some work I have no idea how to do :(

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Long movie, but a good movie.  A few plot twists I didn't see coming.  Very intense in some parts, dragged a bit in a couple others.  Worth seeing on the big screen, though!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Another one of those days

After a frustrating day at work, I came home, had some dinner, tried to play LOTRO on the laptop, which just aggravated my shoulder.  We watched a couple of cooking shows, Lost Girl, Dark Matters.  I moved to the main computer to play LOTRO a bit more - the festival is much easier on that computer.

Tomorrow, we're going to see the new Batman movie after work, which means the wife has to take me to work in the morning.  It'll be an early day.  And a long one.  The movie is at 7, and it's 3 hours long.  Hopefully I won't fall asleep!

Friday, we're going to see Jeff Dunham.  That'll be another long day, although at least I won't have to get up quite so early.

I'm really hoping tomorrow will be a productive day at work.  I need one.