Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Middle of the week

The disaster test (delayed from Monday) was a disaster.  Either nothing worked, or my helper wasn't helping.  6 and a half hours of pretty much wasted time.

Very frustrating.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rough Day

It was one of those days where I learned more and more about how useless my job really is.  No matter what I do to try and make things more efficient, more productive, there's someone elsewhere that decides that it needs to change - right or wrong, good or bad, it's got to conform.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it" doesn't apply here.  It's more "change it because I said so".

Needless to say, I ended the work day on a not happy note.

After dinner we caught up on 19 kids and counting, Hawaii 5-0, and Elementary.  As late as it is, I probably won't even play any LOTRO.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Today was movie day.  Watched all the Indiana Jones movies, and the last Matrix movie.  Marathons are easier when you can pause the movie :)

Played a little bit of LOTRO, did some dishes, but that was about it.  Tomorrow is my last disaster prep test.  Hoping it goes fairly well.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Ran my errands this morning - CVS for prescriptions, Best Buy for a DVD binder and Quantum of Solace for 10 bucks, convenience store for lottery ticket (100 million is nothing to sneeze at!).

After that, I played LOTRO for bit.  Later, I spent the afternoon and a good part of the evening reorganizing some of the DVDs, putting series and seasons together a little better.  With over 3000 DVDs, it's a massive job to reorganize.  In fact, later I had to run to Target to get two more binders, since I needed some more organizing to be done!

While I did all that I watched the really old TV movie TekWar - I liked it the first time it came out, but it's a little dated now.  Then I tuned in to Galaxy Quest and watched that all the way through.

I thought I'd play some more LOTRO, but not really enthused for it, so I'll probably just go flip tv channels and then head to bed.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pay Day

Work was ok - had to go back and re-review one of the documents I had written, as it got converted to a different format and somethings didn't work right.  Didn't finish that, even after 3 hours!

After supper, I just surfed the web for a while - looked at Mom and Dad's pics of their trip to Estes on Mom's birthday, read some news...just vegged.

Played LOTRO for a little bit while I watched an episode of Dirty Jobs and two episodes of Property Brothers.

Tomorrow I have some errands to run outside, even though it's going to be cold.  At least it's not supposed to snow... yet.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Snow Day

Well, sort of - we had a few flakes at lunchtime, but it was mostly rain till then, and then it cleared off after that.

Made it through another day of work.  Stopped by the store to pick up a few more groceries, but I didn't really have much for dinner.  Not feeling hungry, surprisingly.

Watched the final bit of Battlestar.  Not sure if I liked the ending or not.  It was an ending at least.

Now I can start catching up on the shows that recorded while I watched BSG :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Better Day

Felt better today.  Work was ok.  Got my report documenting the exercise finished, so I actually felt like I accomplished something.

Dinner was chicken and rice.  The chicken was marinated in chardonnay and had some spices.  After dinner was LOTRO and Battlestar again.  Getting close to the end.  (after a few years!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Foggy day

Woke up sick - flushed and upset stomach.  Worked from home part of the day (did the exercise over the phone).

Started feeling a bit better late afternoon, so I had a little dinner, played some LOTRO and watched some more Battlestar.

Kind of a crappy day inside and out.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Routine Day

Meetings went well, although we didn't really accomplish anything.

Stopped by the store after work, got some dinner and lunch for the next few days.  Had a dinner of salad and sushi.  Played some LOTRO and watched some more Battlestar.

Tomorrow's my next disaster exercise - hope it goes well!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Quiet day - played DDO in the morning, LOTRO for most of the day, watched a lot of Battlestar - finished season 3 and the first 2 episodes of the final season.  I'll finally learn how it ended :)

Tomorrow is a day full of meetings, but this time I don't mind.  They're about things I'm actually interested in.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Laundry, LOTRO and Battlestar - that was pretty much my day.

I did take a couple of breaks to go get gas and lottery tickets, and to go get a malt from a local ice cream shop that the last day of the season was today.  (I only got a small).

Beyond that, it was pretty much sit in my chair all day (except for switching loads of laundry).

Tomorrow should be pretty much the same!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nothing much

Stopped by the bookstore and the comic book store after work, picked up a new book and a new cd.  Had salmon and Brussel sprouts for dinner.

Did some laundry, played LOTRO, started watching Battlestar Galactica again, started season 3.

Went to bed. Tomorrow is more laundry, but probably not much else!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I've had better days

Came home early from work today because my sight got really blurry. Couldn't really read, which makes working with emails difficult.

Sat on the couch for a while this afternoon, just kind of resting my eyes.  Later, I had a salad for dinner, watched some tv - Restaurant Impossible and several episodes of Dirty Jobs, played some LOTRO and headed to bed.  My eyes are still kinda blurry/watery.  We'll see what a full night's sleep does.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


It's amazing what I can get done when I have a block of uninterrupted time.  I got about 3.5 hours of 'free' time today, and I wiped out almost 400 pending emails.  Yes, I was that far behind.  mostly filing or deleting, but still.

Stopped by the store after work, picked up some dinners and breakfasts.  Visited the Dr this morning (for insurance), and he gave the ok for me to try a new food plan.  we'll see if that helps with me being tired all the time and better control of my diabetes.  So I had grilled salmon for dinner.  A treat for me because the wife doesn't like it.

After dinner I played around on the web, browsed through Mom and Dad's pictures of their trip to Taos last month, played a little LOTRO and then headed to bed.

Tomorrow is another day of few meetings, so I might get some more work done, including emails!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jinxed myself

Got a wake up call at 5am.  That was fun.  Work had issues.  It was all resolved by about 930, but still - a few hours lost sleep makes a lot of difference.

So, left work after putting in 8 hours or so, came home, had a little dinner, played a little LOTRO and went to bed really early for me.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Not much today

Relatively quiet at work.  Thankfully.

Stopped and picked up a few groceries after work today, including dinner - balsamic and rosemary grilled chicken.  It was pretty good.

After that I played LOTRO and headed to bed.

Like I said - not much happened today :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunny Day

...after I get home from all my errands.

Ran to Best Buy and picked up a couple of DVDs.  Went to Menards to get some birdseed.  Went to White Castle for lunch.

After I get home, and hang my coat up, I see the sun shining.  Of course.

Other than those errands, just played LOTRO on and off all day.  I did watch the first and second Matrix movies the TiVo recorded for me.

Tomorrow starts another week.  Since I'm on call, I hope it's a very uneventful week!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Game Day

Played DDO for a while in the morning, then played LOTRO.

Took a break from that and watched a little TV while trying to get my upset stomach settled down.  It didn't, not very much.

Went back and played some more, and watched the 2006 Family Activities DVD while playing my game.  Decided to call it an early night and see what else is in the medicine cabinet.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Travel Day

Got up at what seemed like the crack of dawn to pack T in the car and send her off to her mom's for a few weeks.  I went to work, and got some work done.  A couple of my meetings were rescheduled, so that freed up my time to work on other things.  I got assigned to assist on a few other projects - the fun never ends!

When I got home, I had leftover yesterday, and played LOTRO.  Instead of festival stuff, I visited an area I hadn't been before with some of my gaming friends.  We did ok, except for this one huge monster spider.  Kicked our tails three we gave it a rest for the night. :)  It was fun grouping up for some quests.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Long day

Busy in the morning, then busier in the afternoon - late afternoon I got to working on an excel document, and needed to delete an extra 41,000 columns.  It wasn't done deleting by 7, so I left the computer to work overnight, instead of bring it home.

We ordered Pizza for dinner, and she did some last minute packing (ok it was all last minute).  We watched CSI and that Elementary episode we missed (via the laptop, and a cruddy connection to the tv).

Tomorrow is a full day of meetings, although I did cheat a little bit and scheduled a 'meeting' so I could get some work done.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

quiet day

finally. no fires at work, nothing urgent or out of the ordinary.

Had a pasta and butternut squash dish for dinner.  We watched a couple episodes of 19 kids and counting, then I played LOTRO for a while and watched a couple episodes of Dirty Jobs.

the only thing I can't yet figure out is why my antivirus program just gives me a blank white screen, instead of a menu with actual options...

eventually I'll get it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Crisis day

So the first big part of my day was working through the crisis that I got the email for last night.  Then I got to take a quick class (I passed with an 81%), then I moved on to the next crisis that someone else was supposed to be working in the morning.  Of course, they waited till near the end of the day to actually start working on it.  After working on it for a while, I found out it wasn't a huge crisis, although I did leave instructions to call me tonight if it happens again.  So I might get a call at 3am.  I hope not.

We had turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner.  The turkey was a tad dry, but pretty good.  Our first time for trying to make it.

After dinner, we watched Hawai'i 5-0 and Bones.  Then I came in to play LOTRO for a little bit before bed.  We'll see if I get any sleep.

Monday, October 8, 2012

On Schedule

Today actually went according to schedule at work.  The exercise went well. I got some other work done.  I felt pretty good when I left for the day.

We had a small dinner - some chicken and sliced sweet potatoes.  T wasn't feeling well, so we didn't watch much tv.

I played LOTRO for a while, till the computer locked up, corrupted the antivirus again, so I had a fun time rebooting, uninstalling, rebooting, it back working again tho.

Just read an email from work.  1) why am I reading work emails this late at night?  2) why are they sending me emails this late at night telling me to drop everything and do this one task tomorrow?  I really need to look into this whole work/life balance thing.  It's really out of whack.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


...I have it, but I don't understand it.

After a night of being unplugged and turned off. the DVR worked this morning when we turned it on.  I don't get it.  I'm glad, though - we only missed a couple of cooking shows, and all of our other recorded shows were still there.

We still went out shopping today, though we didn't need to stop by Best Buy.  We hit Barnes and Noble, because I had a coupon.  Picked up Person of Interest on dvd :)  We swung by Walmart, picked up a few things, then came home.

We had a 'mocktatta' for dinner - a mock fritatta - the pasta from the other night, with some eggs and cheese.  It wasn't too bad!  During dinner we watched the season finale of Warehouse 13, CSI NY and Last Resort.

I played LOTRO for a while after dinner, catching up on a bunch of Good Eats episodes.  Tomorrow's my disaster exercise at work.  I hope it goes well.  I'm a bit nervous about it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

No words.

The living room's DVR hard drive crashed, so we lose 50 season passes, and a boat load of shows we haven't watched yet.

I'm grumpy.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Well now...

Had a lunch meeting with my boss(es) - the working relationship is kind of hard to describe.  Explained some of my problems I'm having with my job, and we talked through some things that might be done to make me, well, happier.  We'll see if they actually get implemented.

After work, we had BLTs again, and watched Person of Interest and the next How Booze made America.  We would have watched Elementary, except it didn't record.  We'll have to watch that on the web instead - hook the laptop up to the tv and do it that way.

After that, I played LOTRO and watched a couple of Property Brothers and an Ancient Aliens episode.

Tomorrow, I think I'm going to visit a comic book expo, and maybe we'll see a movie.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blustery Day

Windy all day today.  And cool - Fall is definitely here!

Work went ok today.  Learned what I need to do for insurance next year, got some more disaster work done, worked on a training plan for a new hire, got a training class in.

Tomorrow is meetings all day, on a wide range of topics.

Tonight we had pasta with the leftover sauce from the other night.  We watched Restaurant Stakeout and the first episode of How Booze Built America, with Mike Rowe.

After that, I played LOTRO for a little while and headed to bed.  We might go see a movie after work tomorrow.  haven't been to a new movie in a while, so hopefully we can make it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


We had a cookout at work today to celebrate the end of summer.  Supposed to be fairly cool tomorrow, like in the 50's.  I did get some work done, around all the eating :)

We just had hot ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner, and watched 19 Kids and Counting, and a couple of cooking shows.

After that, I played LOTRO for a while and watched Restaurant Impossible and a show on the History Channel about the 10 commandments.  It was an old show, so I really only paid half attention.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One thing after another

Spent part of the day cleaning up yesterday's mess, part of the day working on updating my disaster document, and the last part of the day watching another crisis unfold.  Not much I could do on that one, other than watch folks try and figure out how to fix some servers, so I went home.

We hada vegetable dish for dinner - roasted tomatoes with sliced squash and zuchinni.  We watched Hawai'i 5-0 and Last Resort.  Haven't decided if we'll keep watching that.

I played a little LOTRO after that, then headed to bed.  Nothing too terribly exciting at home, which was nice considering all the craziness at work.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Yet another Crisis

Another day at work dealing with an issue that took all my time, which meant I had to cancel the disaster test.  Don't know when I'll be able to reschedule it.

Still didn't feel all that great after yesterday, so we had a light dinner of cheese and crackers.  Really good cheese.

We watched the finale of Food Truck Race, Bones, and Elementary.  That last was a pretty good show, so we'll probably keep watching it.

After that I played LOTRO and watched a Triple D and an old Iron Chef America.

The new pillow seemed to help some last night. We'll see if it continues to help!