Working hard in the call center (pic related) and sometimes the calls are damn long.

I had a 2+ hour one today as well as an hour long one. Other guys seem to be getting huge amounts of calls where I seem to be getting the ones that require long periods of step through and hand-holding.

It doesn't really matter to me because I honestly enjoy helping people but I really have to learn to get up out of the chair and walk around a bit while on those calls. Thankfully we're using Bluetooth headsets so that's not a big deal.

Needless to say I really need to eat better at this job. Today I had some horrible cramps that were likely from how much bad food I've been eating the last couple weeks. I've got a craving for chop suey or beef and broccoli over rice. I may yet go out and get some.

But so far despite putting my foot in it and making a major mistake earlier this week I'm still employed and doing well. And frankly I'm enjoying the job. to see if there's still a Chinese place open this late...
March 24, 2009 11:10 AM 3/24/09

Worked out on the Wii yesterday for 20 minutes and my Wii Fit age went down to 36! Cool! Of course it also said I gained 4 lbs between yesterday and the day before. Not too concerned because that happened the last time I got in shape due to muscle mass and increased blood flow. I can’t wait to see what it says when I get on it today. :-)

The damn thing tired me out last night so I went to bed pretty early so I didn’t get anything but the dishes done.

Things are getting a bit better organized at home. I’m going to move the wireless router and re-wire a couple of things so that the small printer is in the library. That will leave the wire in the third bedroom free for the large printer and be a little better wired.

Now that the plow is off the lawn tractor there’s a little more room in the garage for me to work so I can get more organization into that. I need to have work space for both computers and everything else. I really need to get moving on that because once planting season hits I’ll be too busy.

Worked out the basic solar/thermal design in my head. I’ve got the original sketches done so now all I need to do is acquire the building materials. Not sure where I’m going to mount it for testing but a southern exposure will obviously be best.

The Vicodin isn’t helping with gum pain. I’m taking a generic ibuprofen at work but I don’t want to take too much of that for obvious reasons. The suture is still in my mouth and hasn’t dissolved yet so it feels like there’s something stuck back there when there isn’t anything but the suture. Still got to be careful about eating but I can eat out of the left side of my mouth for now and be okay. Have to flush my mouth with water after eating which turns out isn’t a bad thing to do anyway.

Been taking my full complement of vitamins the last few days without issue. I shouldn’t have a problem continuing that as long as I remember to eat before taking them in the morning.

Still non biting my fingernails (Yay!) and typing has become interesting. I’m filing them okay but it’s still weird having that extra pressure when I hit a key on the keyboard. Never thought fingernails would be an issue...

Back to work for me!
March 23, 2009 10:12 AM 3/23/09

It’s sprinkling today. Ugh. Well a least it isn’t snow. And since it’s unlikely to snow from this point on I took the plow off the lawn tractor yesterday. Haven’t put the moving deck back on but I’ll probably do that in a couple of days.

My dad mentioned my weight yesterday which irritated me a little since I’m already losing weight. I’ve gone from 275 to 263 in the last couple months. My Wii Fit age has dropped to 44 which is only 4 years older than I am physically. I’ve got to remember to get on that thing every day.

Do not point fresnel lense at remaining eye... )
March 19, 2009 11:38 AM 3/19/09

So today is the day I remove some wisdom from my head. Not that I have that much to spare anyway. ;-) That will leave yet another hold in my head for a while until it grows over. ^_^

Regardless the oral surgeon’s office wants 20% paid at time of service so I’m kind of glad we’ve got those funds lying around.

All that aside I’ll be glad to get rid of the regular pain this thing has caused me.

There's a hole in my head dear Lyza dear Lyza... )
March 11, 2009 11:11 AM 3/11/09

So a friend of mine got told today that his little part of the working universe will not exist past a month or two. More of that going around. Regardless if anybody knows of an opening for a “perl wookie” in London please shoot me a private message and I’ll get it to him.

Having proper fingernails is making me type different... )
March 9, 2009 11:09 AM 3/9/09

We had our first real thunderstorm yesterday. Spring is on its way...

I’ve volunteered to teach Plants 101 to my sister-in-law which shouldn’t be too hard as she’s pretty bright. She’s interested in growing her own tomatoes so I’ll start with that and walk her through the entire process including making the upside-down 2-litre planter as she has very little horizontal space in her condo.

Anyway to teach her this stuff I’m going to have to clean off the one workbench. Thankfully I need to do that anyway so I can set up the starter tray with the pet bed heater and the LED grow light.

DIdn’t eat right this weekend really. Ate far too much food and a good portion of it not good for me. I did try stir-frying some extra firm tofu but that didn’t turn out well. I’ve had some friends a number of years ago prove to me that tofu can be meat flavored/textured properly but at this point I don’t believe them and think they were lying to me at the time because what I cooked yesterday tastes nothing like meat

It’s supposed to be colder and rainy the rest of the week so no closing the valve on the rain barrel yet but soon...

We ordered the Wii Fit yesterday from Amazon. That should be here some time this week. Supposedly it kicks all sorts of ass - including the players. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out. I’m curious to try the yoga for some reason.

No sign of the other E-Bay items I’ve bought yet. I’m hoping the brain bucket and gloves will be in this week because I want them for when it gets warm enough to ride again. The rest of the stuff cane trickle in as it will.

No cuts needed in my posts time to write long stuff...
March 3, 2009 11:15 AM 3/3/09

So my back is still killing me thanks to one Mr. Stone, Kidney. I’ll get through it but along with other things happening recently I’m more than a little cranky.

No fries or pie today. I really need to stop eating them. )
February 27, 2009 11:14 AM 2/27/09

So they did layoffs at work today. Thankfully I’m not among them but due to my being in charge of certain things I had to know a couple days ahead of time. That kind of ate at me because it meant I had to work with people I’ve known for quite some time, several years some of them, and not say a thing. Act like everything was okay.

I hate doing that shit. I know it’s necessary but I hate it with a passion. *sigh*

No pie today despite what it says below... )
February 22, 2009 11:12 AM 2/22/09

So [ profile] acelightning gave me the solution for my germination dilemma. The garage is too cold and the LED grow light won’t give off any heat so I need a heat source. Her suggestion was a heated box. In thinking about that I wondered “Why can’t I just put a heating pad underneath the tray?” and I remembered the tag on most heating pads that says “Do not leave on overnight.”

So what could I use? Well it turns out that I found just the right thing - a pet bed heater. They’re designed for low heat and are designed to be left on for long periods of time without incident. And they should raise the soil temperature in the seedlings more than enough to germinate properly. I’ll still have to turn up the heat a little but not nearly as much as I would have before. The heating pad will ding my electricity a bit but I’m prepared for that.

Upside-down tomatoes of eeeevil! )
February 13, 2009 11:08 AM 2/13/09

Just rescued a small computer for a friend of mine - an interesting little thing called a Pied Piper system. A small desktop from more ancient times. ;-)

I don’t mind rescuing things like this as they are truly part of people’s heritage even if they don’t think so now. In another decade there won’t be near as many old computers around thanks to people scrapping them with great speed.

Speaking of computers... )
February 9, 2009 11:13 AM 2/9/09

And we certainly seem to have a lot of rotten danishes in life.

Stupid me forgot my vitamins this morning including my 5-htp. Not good as I tend to act flakey lately without them. But then I didn’t eat this morning either.

Another one of my friends got laid off today. I think they’ll hire him back right away because he can work with what they’ve got whereas the overseas people they hired to replace him have no clue.

Make you want to learn VMS doesn’t it? ;-)

Can I get a summer breeze? )
February 5, 2009 11:57 AM 2/5/09

So after getting annoyingly sung to by the restaurant staff I got balloons in my cube and a banner that my co-workers signed. That was okay.

Needless to say I’m glad that’s over with...

It was a nasty -1 degrees out this morning when I left the house. That was fun. Not.

Garage puttering and squirrel mania... )
February 4, 2009 11:01 AM 2/4/09

So today is the day of decay. For those of you that are fans of scans_daily and Super Dictionary I am now as many years old as the number of cakes Lex Luthor stole.

And that’s horrible.

Don’t have anything planned for my birthday and hopefully I won’t come bak from lunch to find my cube decorated. But if it happens I’ll accept it gracefully as usual.

I just want to go home and decay in piece... ;-)

(Not cut because dammit I only turn this old once.)

So what’s for the next 40 years? I want to take over the world one mad scientist invention at a time.

Way back when I was hoping to celebrate this particular birthday on the moon, then later it became in an island paradise, then it became in my own mountain halls of stone, then it became a hidden home in the woods, finally it just became a quiet place apart.

None of which is where I am now - at lunch during the workday.

I have to admit it somewhere so it might as well be here - I’m not happy with where my life has gone so far. I love my family (for the most part), my wife, my child. I wouldn’t change any of that.

But I see so many people younger than me leading so much more active and exciting lives.

But I also understand that the universe often puts people where they are needed. And on some level that makes it okay.

I’m not going to wish for excitement because the universe perversely loves to dole that out in completely unexpected ways...and right now more of the unexpected would be an issue. ;-)

I think I’ve said it before but the universe gives us not just we need but what we want as well. The problem is that most people don’t _know_ what they truly want. Myself included on some level.

Things that I want right now...

I want the garage and the house to be organized.

I want the economy to be better.

I want to have the room and materials to set up my starter plants for this season in the garage.

I want the time and materials to brew my own beer.

I want the time and materials to fix my truck/seond bike.

I want the time to spend on my family.

I want the time to spend on myself and my projects.

I want the weight to be gone of my own action.

I’m working on all these and more but it takes time to form the request of the universe properly so there are no serious side-effects.

For instance if I form the request for the weight to be gone but don’t specify of my own action then the universe might respond by giving me cancer or some other serious disease that would cause me to lose weight.

If I form the request for the time to spend on my family and myself then the universe might respond by me being laid off.

See what I mean?

People can get what they want from the universe they just know how to ask.

Sometimes asking involves forming the request using hard work, sometimes words alone suffice, but if you’re not careful the response you get will not be the answer you want or expect.

As for me? It’s going to take me a lifetime to get all the things I want from the universe.

But the same goes for all of you too. ;-)
January 30, 2009 11:07 AM 1/30/09

The cold medicine is helping really it is! *shudders at the taste*

So we’re pretty close to some organizational milestones at home. I truly hope I can get the garage/third bedroom stuff sorted out this weekend. That would allow us to shuffle loose stuff from the rest of the house into that room and clean/organize the remaining stuff.

Having the house nice and clean will allow us to tackle other things without having the main house stuff on our minds and it’ll be easier to keep clean as well.

And hopefully I’ll be able to start the garden plants in the garage soon as well. Some of the things like the pepper plants just have to be set up and started by the end of February if I want a decent harvest from them. I’m not doing like I did last year and start too late and plant too early. I love my heated garage... )
January 26, 2009 11:09 AM 1/26/09

A wonderful Monday to start off the week. Network traffic I don’t understand, bandwidth limiting issues, tiredness due to insomnia, and a great many other things. Wonderful.

Got some more stuff organized yesterday so hopefully by next century I’ll have it all done.

And since talking to my local Nextel/Sprint franchise place my Nextel continues to hang up my data connection and reboot at the most inopportune times. It’s odd that something that worked so consistently for so many _years_ suddenly starts to have problems the moment I talk to them about upgrading. I don’t seriously think they’re screwing with anything but in this day and age of corporate fuckery I wouldn’t put it past them.

Been catching up on TV shows I’ve missed thanks to Netflix. I’m now almost through season 2 of Heroes.

Not much else going on really. I’m just biding my time and getting things done. The same old things still apply - I need to be more active, I need to lose the weight, I need sleep, etc.

One thing that is more consistent is the taking of my vitamins in the morning. I took them without food today but I went to sleep on a full stomach so that wasn’t an issue.

Still trying to figure out what to do with my neighbor’s system. His chip is definitely good as do the other parts appear to be. I think I’ll make one more test and then just get him another board when we can afford it. The question is do I get the same board or do I get a different one. I don’t want to have to re-load Windows but it looks like it might come to that.


My mind is a little stalled at the moment. I hope I can get the rest of the shuffling done thing week. Having everything at least in the _general_ place its supposed to be will be a big relief because then it’s just minor shuffling. Nothing has to go far then and it’s a lot easier to work on getting everything in order.

Came up with a wonderful idea for the garage to strengthen it using a framework of long cross beams around the edge of the inner walls that would leave the center beam able to be removed and the cable ties moved up creating a completely open ceiling. Definitely a long-term plan.

I also came up with something else. Remember the garden monitors shaped like crystals? Turns out if I use the casing resin I can embed broken solar cells into them and make them completely battery powered. I think that would look really cool as well.

I definitely need to get more sleep...
January 22, 2009 11:09 AM 1/22/09

So I got a few more things on my list done last night but there’s still more to be completed. Tonight I will hopefully compress everything in the third bedroom so that tomorrow I shall be able to move the bedroom/office stuff that is in the garage into that room. Then this weekend I re-organize the garage (among other things) and move the compressed stuff out there.

It’s sad how long this is taking me - truly sad. I should have had this done the middle of last year. :-(

I feel so old sometimes because I’m moving so slow on these things. When I first became an adult I used to move quickly, get what I needed to do done, and then go back to fun things. Then for some reason I’ve slowed down.

The weight of age and the weight of myself. It almost feels like I imagined Bruce Wayne felt in the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. I used to be able to just DO all this stuff and now it’s like I’m a shadow of my former self.

I know I’ll get some of that back once I lose the weight but it’s more than that. Huh. Sounds like a genuine mid-life-crisis but late. Figures. I’ve been a late bloomer with everything else in my life. :-/

Regardless I need to handle the situation and handle it soon or I’ll wear myself down beyond the capacity for repair. And that would suck most mightily.

I need to get things in order so I can go back to the fun things. And I’ve got a _lot_ of fun things I want to do. ;-)

But then I suppose that’s true of a lot of people. So many hours are wasted by doing things that suck. Star Trek style replicators and self-sufficient power can’t come soon enough for me. Having those would reduce quite a bit of strife in the world in my opinion. Not all of it obviously but it would certainly but probably enough that we would be able to take a breath as a species.

Still working on the garden plan in my head but not that much more as it’s pretty much finalized. Now I just need to get it all on paper and then start acquiring/producing the materials. Yet another reason to finish the garage organization.

I really would love to do something like help someone build a hydroponics system in large-scale. I’d love for someone to fund something like taking one of the old empty manufacturing plants that abound in the Midwest and convert it for growing food hydroponically. I think it could easily be done especially if the building was not used to manufacture anything toxic. (The seller/donator would have to pass an EPA inspection on the building which I think they have to do anyway.) One of those single-story, long and flat, old-style buildings would be perfect. Put in a bunch of solar cells for power and LED grow lights along with the flood pumps and all the other stuff and you’d be able to grow almost anything productively.

One plant of that size could grow year ‘round and thus make money year ‘round. And in a declining economy the one thing people are going to need is food. You’d be able to under-cut the competition on whatever you could grow during winter, it would be locally transported only so you wouldn’t have any bug fuel costs, AND did I mention that it would be an insanely longer growing season?

Geeze. This is a great idea and would be perfect for a co-op of people to get their own business running. Get it together people! C’mon!

Because if you don’t _I_ will. ;-P
January 21, 2009 11:17 AM 1/21/09

So we’ve done it and our choice for the presidency is now in office.


I for one am looking forward to what he is going to do in his first 100 days. This should prove very very interesting.

I’m not going to say much more on this today except that I now have something I didn’t have before. Pride in a number of my fellow Americans. That’s long been lacking.

I hope it continues and I know _I_ will try and work it into my life goals.

There’s an idea - be someone that _everyone_ can be proud of. A tall order but doable by anybody if they try.

So I feel a little better now that I gave my neighbor the news about his computer. )
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January 20, 2009 11:05 AM 1/20/09

I’m at the restaurant today but I really shouldn’t be because we can’t really afford for me to eat like this any more. Money is tight this week.

As usual we overspent a bit but that is correctable and we have enough to pay the bills still. I need to get my office stuff set up pronto so I can get a handle on the paperwork. I’ve been slacking. And anyway I’m not going to do all the money related stuff outside anyway for security reasons. It’s not any more or less secure in the garage than the average home I just feel funny about it.

I couldn’t get to sleep last night - the mind just kept racing. But then I also have been busy and forgot to take my vitamins the last week so I’m not surprised things aren’t working right. (And yes I’m well aware of the fact that the vitamin situation is similar to having to take “meds” every day. The irony is not lost on me.) )
January 13, 2009 11:11 AM 1/13/09

So I have a tendency to listen to people on a regular basis. In fact monitoring the conversations around me in the office (and other places) is a wonderful way to catch technical support calls/problems and help people with them before they become big issues.

I hear a lot of things doing this. Sometimes things I don’t want to hear but regardless a lot of things.

One thing I’m hearing more and more regularly is that people are waking up consistently at 3 or 4 in the morning. I do this regularly as well.

Now I know that many people wake up in the wee hours of the morning for whatever reason, bathroom, car doors, barking dogs, snacks, etc. but to have that many people waking up at around the same time usually means there’s some cause.

The problem, once again, is that I don’t have enough data to come to a conclusion as to why it’s happening and why at that particular time.

It could be anything.

But then it could be something... )
January 6, 2009 11:36 AM 1/6/09

Macjournal just horked and I had to restore from the copy stored on my thumb drive. (A copy that I will promptly update as soon as I post this.)

So it looks like I might have to update Macjournal just in case.

In other’s snowing again. Thankfully it seems light at the moment so I’ll probably wait until it accumulates a little before plowing.

It’s okay getting back to work and I’m getting things done but *shrug*.

So other than almost losing everything I’ve ever typed into Macjournal things are moving right along.

Considering paying off the one personal loan in a few weeks here then letting the auto-deducted money go into savings. It’ll take time to build up cash but that should be okay.

My wife’s back is killing her and she should be at home in bed but she’s not going to do that because she needs to save vacation time for our trip to Montana this year.

I finished the basic layout of the garden plan for this year on the computer yesterday. Now I just need to accumulate bricks and eventually topsoil. We’re expanding it out to the end of the garage and replacing the fence with a better one. I’m also going to put down weed guard and rocks between the back of the garden and the neighbor’s fence so I can get behind the climber beans I’m going to put there AND so that I don’t have to trim the weeds there as well.

I’m trying the L-Tryptophan for sleep aid this week. So far it hasn’t kicked in but we’ll just have to wait and see. I know that melatonin keeps me awake for some reason so I can’t try the valarian/Tryptophan/melatonin comb unfortunately.

I need to seriously get cracking on the garage so I can get set up to start plants in there soon. I need to be able to do that and still be able to move the racks out of the way for vehicles if they need to be repaired. (And I still need to make a place for the “ugly green couch” as my wife calls it.) Getting organized is high on my list because after that it’s all maintenance and improvements.

Back to the grind after the holidays... *sigh*


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