Odd Cat

Our daughter, a stray rescued from moO’s parents’ property, has an odd palette. Cats typically hate citrus smells and flavors. However, this one likes to eat oranges and, apparently, strawberries. Of course she loves cheese, milk, fish. But, sourdough toast? Yes. Hawaiian rolls? Yes.


2014 Year End Review

Yes, I’ve been slacking. I’ve had this draft for weeks and keep coming to it. I started thinking of what I was going to write last month but just never got around to it because of the holidays and work.

WORK, so busy, long hours like usual. A sad thing I overheard someone saying in the pit the other day about his daughter, “‘What is daddy’s favorite thing?’ ‘Working! He’s always there.'” Really sad, he had to explain how it wasn’t his favorite thing, I forget how he explained but assured her that she was his favorite thing.


I meant to write a long passage about the past year but I lost my copy. For some reason it wasn’t backed up.

I’ll sum it up with the fact I hat a really good year. I managed to get a new/old job, lost ~50 pounds, tan my first official 5k, and even ran 7+ miles for FUN. Ok so the last three were related, but significant milestones for me. I would have never thought I would enjoy running and run more than a mile or so. I’m even training for half marathons and SPARTAN races! Well, between random injuries.

Here’s to a great 2015!

Day 1 Hawaii

I’m here again. Right when we landed we hit up Marukame for some udon. I always prefer ramen over udon, but this place has the best udon so I make an exception.

We already did a crap load of walking, eating, and I managed to fit in a run and a workout. I’m not sure what the rest of the week has in store for us but I’m sure it’ll be an adventure.


1UP Box

I  just got my first (and only) 1UP Box. Lately, it’s popular to have a company that ships a buyer a box of random stuff for a set price monthly. Some boxes have themes like gamer boxes, anime boxes, horror film boxes, etc. ANYWAY, I decided to get the 1UP box just because it was cheap, and I wanted to test my luck. Here’s the result.

Thanks for nothing 1UP Box, literally. I already emailed support, let’s see if I get a response over the weekend. I wonder how long I have to wait before I dispute the charges. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.


Hey Obama,

Thanks for nothing. I signed up to get info for Covered CA. and now all I get is spam phone calls on my cellphone. I requested to be taken off of the call list. Their only response is that it takes 24 hours to be taken off of the list. That was after a week of 4-6 calls a day. Please have them stop harassing me.


Job Change

So, I’ve been absent from here for a few days. I’ve changed jobs so I have to spend a lot of time doing real work now and get settled in. I’m actually back at EA, but I can’t disclose what I’m working on, nor who I’m working with. It’s great to be back here at EA, even if it’s a total different team than where I was before. My sister-in-law compares me going back to EA like dating an ex-girlfriend. I don’t feel the same way. I mean if it did, it would be like if your ex-girlfriend got a boob job and a better attitude, and you started dating again; which is a better comparison…

Anyway, while I won’t miss the previous company (except a few people), I will miss my walks on the marshes; or walks in general. Working there I had plenty of time for exercise before, during and after work. I didn’t have an open schedule, but I came and left when I wanted. I wasn’t supposed to, but I did anywhere. There’s a stricter schedule here, but I’ll make do. I’m sure there is much overtime to be done, so that’s going to affect my workout schedule, but I’ll try to manage it. Let’s see how I’m doing a year from now. Because that’s the most this contract will be. Yeah, I took a contract job, I’ll manage.

Amazon Bounties

So I’m an Amazon Affiliate. And I’m trying to get my numbers up. There’s a couple of things you can do to help me out. Below are high amount bounties that Amazon pays out. Just use any/all of them!

Don’t have Amazon Prime? Why the heck not? Do this and I get a few $.
Join Amazon Prime – Start 30 DAY Free Trial Now

I get $1 if you just download the app to your mobile device. Just delete it after you open it.
Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

This is one of the bigger ones they pay out You just need to make a one item “wishlist!”
Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry

It’s easy! Thanks! If you have an Amazon Affiliate account I can do yours as well. Please share these with everyone you know.

Case Study: Weight

A touchy subject for most people is weight. Some people are uncomfortable with the weight they are at. Talking about it is even worse. I present this theoretical case:

CASE: “I gained a whole pound in the past few days.”

What to say: “Don’t let a small set back effect you. You’re doing good. Just keep that up.”

What NOT to say: “You ARE eating more ‘junk food’ than before.”

Better Day

Yes, I’ve been missing a few posts/day. I’ve had to deal with a lot of personal issues that I’ll get to when I can resolve them. However, that said, I had a slightly better day yesterday; okay well, maybe not day but “event.”

I’m on the bike with my smoked shield closed, stopped at the left stoplight to turn into the main street to my house. I look to my right and there’s a kid maybe 5-6 in the back seat of his mother’s SUV. He looks at me and just waves. I wave back. He couldn’t see my face through the dark smoked shield, but I smiled. Sometimes a simple wave can mean a lot to a person.