Sunday, July 31, 2016


Kiersten tried the loft.  She hates it.  Besides that, the ladder was not that easy for her to maneuver.  I have started to dismantle the bunk.  It is pretty easy to do.  I just had to take out some screws.  Now comes the fun part.  I have to lift the bed off the lower part.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Working in a Sauna

Friday, the air only worked intermittently.  Today, I am not surprised to find it not working in my office.  If feels like a sauna.  All I need is a towel and a ladle and water.  I will have to check my weight to see if I was able to sweat any off.  On the plus side, I did get to wear shorts today.

Two More Weeks

I am at work again.  It's Saturday.  It's that time of the year.  We are entering crunch time.  I will be here a lot until the work is done.  Elana has already forgotten about me.  I tried to hold her and she would have none of that.  I think it is due to the time she spent away from me.  I look forward to mid August.  It will be time to rest again.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Shtick it to Me!

We went to a Chinese fast food place for dinner.  This is not the place you would expect a comedy show.  The woman behind the counter looked like she had worked a full day.  When I came time for me to order, I ordered the Bourbon Chicken.  She said Sorry Sir, we do not have bourbon chicken today. I asked of honey chicken.  She looks up and says we do not have that today, sir.  I guess I had a look on my face.  She broke into laughter.  She was just joking, she wanted to see what I'd say.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why Reply?

I belong to a site on Facebook for people who went to South Oceanside Elementary School.  I was hoping one day, someone will write on it and I will remember going to school with that person.  When I left in the 80's, I lost all touch with any of them.  The other day, someone posted about a principal and the 4th and 5th grade.  I remember that guy.  I posted to ask what year and said he drove a Corvette.  You know what, I got no reply.  Why do people post things and don't reply?  This happens when we sell things online, also.  People inquire about it and then nothing.  Is it just a fun thing to do?   Are they just looking for certain replies?   I just don't understand.

It's Thursday, I Think!

I figure if I write it, I will remember the tomorrow is Friday.  That way, I can dress down at work.  The way things are going, I will be here on Saturday.  We are getting down to crunch time.  I think there is only about two weeks left.  There is much more to do.  At the same time, the girls have to start preparing.  School is around the corner.  I think I am looking forward to that.  It will give my girls something to do.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Late Night Chess with my Daughters

I woke up last night.  I heard what I thought was the news.  I was thinking "no, it's not time to wake!".  I got up to check my phone and it was 11:00.  My daughters were still up.  I made my move.  I went and told them to go to bed.  Kiersten folded.  Michelle countered my move.  She sat there and said no.  I sat there looking at the board.  What move will I make?  I countered her move by going into the great room and unplugging a device.  I go back and say "Check".  Time for bed.  She looks at me and says what are you talking about, still looking at the Internet.  I grab my phone and go back to see what I had unplugged.  It was some device Angie uses to enhance phone service.  I plugged it back in.  I found the router and unplugged in.  I go back and say Check Mate!  She was not happy.  She put down her computer and goes to the living room.  She still has a device.  I sit for a couple of minutes.  Finally, I plug it back in and go to bed.  I don't know if she found that I had plugged it in.  At least it was quiet. If she were not so mad at me, she would have replied "Well played father!"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rain with a Chance of Sun

I was driving home today.  The sun was right in my eyes.  Then, all of a sudden, rain starts falling.  I can't even see the clouds because of the sun.  Only in Florida.

Haley's Progress

Haley is being fitted for hearing aids.  This is the next step she has to go through.  They don't know if she will be able to hear.  She has to try because of insurance.  After this, they will decide if she will be a candidate of a cochlear implant.  Over the last month, she has put on weight.  She is no longer the frail child, she once was.  She is very active.  She loves to get into things.  She also seems to like dolls.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Safari Gone Wrong

I was reading some news the other day from China.  They had a story about a person getting out of their car and being attacked by a Tiger.  We went on a safari in Harbin.  Our bus was decked out in barbed wire and plates to cover the wheels.  I had no desire to leave the vehicle.  I guess my main concern would be like something out of a horror movie.  Last bus goes through.  It breaks down and everyone leaves the park.  Sort of like Jurassic Park with Tigers.

Mr. Robot Season 1

I finished season one of Mr. Robot.  It is a great show.  This is a show that does not follow a traditional storyline.  It has twists.  I think you will be rewarded if you want to watch a show that is not as predictable as most shows are.  I am looking forward to season 2, but I wonder where will it go?  Next up:  Stranger Things on Netflix.

Crazy for the Heat!

I went into the yard to pull weeds yesterday.  I pushed myself to do so.  If I don't, I won't do it.  It was hot.  The sun was blaring down.  I did manage to fill a trash bag.  I still have weeds to pull.  Then, I want to add some more plants and a sprinkler.  I just have to keep the motivation up.  I wish I could motivate my daughters into helping.


I got to see Kayla yesterday.  She informed me that she was going to see the new Ghostbusters.  I asked if I could and she said no.  After working in the yard, I sat down and watched the original Ghostbusters.  It's a great movie.  Unlike these people that are getting mad, I feel it can be built upon.  I can't wait to see the new one.  I think the women will add another dimension to this story.  To me, there is room for more Ghostbusters.  What did people want? The older comedians walking around with canes or a group of new male Ghostbusters.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

X-Men Review

I know it is late.  The movie is about to come out on DVD.  I just want to throw my two cents into the ring.  The movie is a worthy entry to the past titles.  There is action, drama, and humor.  If you see the movie, you will know the humor when you see it.  It's not a blink and you will miss it moment.  They slowed it down, so you would catch it.  The villain was great.  It's funny how this entry came out on an election year.  The villain uses anger and fear to get people to follow him.  Sound familiar?  If you are like me and not seen this entry, go out and see it.  You won't be disappointed.  It's funny, they even comment about how the third movie in a trilogy usually is a let down.  This is the third of a second X-men trilogy.  Remember the third of the first trilogy?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Out With the Girls

X-Men has made it to the budget theater.  I asked Michelle and Kiersten if they wanted to go.  One said yes, the other said if she gets popcorn.

Found an Extra Work Day

I went into work this morning.  We are starting to get into crunch time and the system had a hiccup.  I'm sure there will be a few more days like this.

Not a Paid Reviewer

The other day, I saw a story that studios or game companies were paying social media people for their reviews.  As you probably can tell or not, I do not get paid.  I say what I think.  Even if I don't like a movie, someone may like that type of movie.  As for games, I can't review them.  I don't play most games until they are a relic.  You can be assured that what I say has not been paid for.  I don't think they would pay me for my reviews.  If they wanted to give free tickets, I'd go for that.  It won't change what I say.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dude, Where'd my Day Go?

I woke this morning.  I got my work clothes and got dressed.  As I am talking to Angie, I tell her I might have to work Saturday.  She says, Tomorrow?  No, I say.  Tomorrow is Thursday.  She says, no it's Friday.  I take out my phone.  Sure enough, it's Friday.  I am not dressed down.  Oh well!


Angie and the girls returned.  Kiersten brought in Elana.  She was content, until she put her down.  I grabbed her and let her know I was there.  She wanted me to stand.  I stood for about a half hour or so.  Then, Kiersten need a sheet for her bed.  I gave Elana to her.  By that time, Elana was getting comfortable being home.

Kiersten got to see her bed.  Now, she wants me to bring it from a loft to a single bed.  She says she does not like it.  I am hoping that she tries it and decides to keep it a loft.

Michelle seemed happy to be back.  She was not happy with the pasta I had in the fridge.  She asked if she could have some.  I said sure.  It had been in the freezer for awhile.  I just wanted to use it up.  She took one bite and she did not want more.  She said it tasted like it had been in the freezer.  I said it had.  I finished it.  It tasted fine to me.

Mia was happy to see all her toys.  Haley started crawling around and got into things.  Everything got back to normal pretty quick.

In a Blink of an Eye

That is how quickly the house went from clean to not so clean.  I am hoping Angie and the girls will be able to build upon what I have done.  It will mean getting rid of things.  The little ones have already started going into things and tossing them on the floor.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

RNC Update

No I did not watch it.  I was asleep by 9:00.  I did watch the news this morning.  Our Governor and AG spoke.  Please look at the Governor of Florida and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.  Do they not resemble each other?  They think like each other, also.  The AG made it because she backed off a lawsuit against Trump University.  He even gave her a large donation to her re election fund.

The Return

I get to see my family today.  They are returning from their vacation.  I hope the little ones do not have as much to mess up the house.  They are children, they will find something.  My older daughters have about three weeks and they go back to school.  I can't wait.  I'd rather see them do homework than play on their devices.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Free Food!

This week our local Chick Fil A is doing a school drive.  Bring in some supplies and get a biscuit.  I love this time of year.  Usually, I try to go every day.  It started Monday and today is my first day going.  I have the rest of this week and next.

A Relaxing Night

After the storms, the climate outside was nice.  I went for a walk after dinner.  If the weather stays this way, I might try to do this more often.  I also watched two more episodes of Mr. Robot.  It's a really good show.  I finished with a chapter from the book I am reading.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rain All the Way Home

I got wet.  It was that way all the way home.  Sometimes it was hard, sometimes slow.  Traffic stayed slow.  Glad to be home.

Timed Wrong

I am about to leave.  Outside, I hear thunder.  Hopefully, I will be in the car before it begins to pour.

Christian Rap?

When you think of rap or hip hop, you probably do not add Christian to that thought.  I was at the dentist the other day and that is what I heard.  They tend to play a Christian station.  They were playing a Christian rap song.  I guess you can rap to anything.  In Korea, they rap.

Another Long Night

No one in the house.  It was quiet.  I turned on the TV and nothing was on.  For humor, I watched some of the convention.  Every time you hear these people speak it's like The Village of the Damned.  They all have the same speech to give.  They must pass out the speaking notes at the front door.  "Remember when mentioning Hillary, you must say 'Crooked Hillary'!"  You can only watch so much of that.  When you look at the convention, you can see why they are The Grand OLD Party.  I wonder if there is an age limit to get in?  No one under 55, unless accompanied by someone who is 75.

I finally settled on Mr. Robot.  I watched two more episodes.  It is an interesting show.  It is not for kids.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Running Out of Time

Sunday was my last day of mass cleaning.  Angie and the girls will be coming home soon.  Hopefully, I have the house at a level where Angie can get ahead.  I went through more boxes, moved exercise equipment and did my final organization.  Now I only have one or two things to put up or get rid of.  Next weekend, I will probably focus on the center garden, if possible.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


One of the projects I worked on was to wash a pillow pet.  You have to wash them on delicate and the air dry.  I put it out in the sun.  I checked on it, later in the day.  After returning from my errands, I sat down to read.  While doing so, I heard the rain start.  I was thinking that we are finally getting rain.  Then I jumped up and ran outside.  I had forgotten about the pillow pet.  So much for sun drying.

Hit the Ground Running

Yesterday was a full work day.  After a bowl of cereal, I started housework. I wanted to get some last minute things done before everyone returned.  I cleaned clothes, the floors, the bathrooms and went through some boxes.  When I was done, it was afternoon.  I went to get some food and run an errand.  By the time I got home, all the work had caught up to my body.  It was time to rest.  I still have a couple of things to do, but I am a little closer to the finish line.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mowing Down the Heat

I got home yesterday and it was not cloudy.  I changed and got outside to mow the yard.  As usual, it was hot.  It had to be down.  Recent rain had spurred some growth. When I finished, I turned on some sprinklers to see if I could fix them.  I found two that were broken.  One was at the sprinkler itself.  All I had to do was unscrew it and put in a new one.  I tried on the second one.  The whole thing came up.  By that I mean the base it screws into.  To fix it, I will have to cut away the piping and replace the corner base that was damaged.  I dug the hole to prepare, but a storm was heading my way.  Once inside, I found that I need to buy some piping to fix it.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Version of Pokemon Go

I have been reading about Pokemon Go.  I don't think I will be joining in the search.  It sounds like it is getting people to get out of their houses and walk.  People are even interacting.  Unfortunately, criminals are taking advantage of preoccupied searchers.  Businesses should contact Nintendo about placing them in their establishments.  Maybe they can sell drinks to them if they are thirsty.  My version on Pokemon Go is this blog.  Everyday, I check to see if any new countries have visited.  I also see if any have dropped off.   The other day, I have someone from Mauritius like at the site.  Yesterday, it was the Dominican Republic.  I wish the site listed all visitors, even states, but it does not.  Only top viewers.

Mr. Robot

I was sitting at home trying to find something to watch.  I didn't want a movie.  I looked at shows that were available.  I found Mr. Robot.  I've heard about it due to winning some awards.  I thought I'd give it a chance.  I like it.  It's about a hacker who tries to do good by society.  It's sort of like Dexter.  He even saves his hacks on a disk, like Dexter saved blood samples of his victims.  I am looking forward to seeing more of this show.

Survived the Torture

I survived.  It was painful.  Even though it was a cleaning, he still poked and prodded with sharp instruments.  At one point, all I could taste is blood.  Just when I thought it was over, he pulled out the pokers and started again.  To finish, they told me I need another crown.  The woman at the front desk was trying to convince me that $600 + was a great deal because I had insurance.  I didn't think so.  I have to decide whether to go through with it or not.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let the Torture Begin

I'm not a big fan of dental visits.  Now I sit and wait for a checkup.  I hope for a quick check and cleaning.  I hope that the don't find anything.  In the past, it always seems like they find a tooth that needs a crown.  Insurance does not pay much for them.

Under Pressure

Today is a day for the song Under Pressure, by Queen and David Bowie.  My job can be stressful.  Some take stress differently.  I just look at the situation and try to fix it or find out why it turned out a certain way.  That might mean reading between the lines.  When you work with computers and programs, they are not always perfect.  Then you have to come up with evidence to convince others.  I think it's time all take a drink of some calming tea and take a breath.

Lunch for Today

As I was driving home last night, I stopped by another location and was able to get a sandwich for lunch.  After I put in my order, the line grew.  Luckily, I made it early.  I tried to stop at one more location.  When I pulled into the driveway, I saw the line in the restaurant.  It was looped around the dining area.  I was happy with my one sandwich.  It was not worth the wait.  A storm was building and I wanted to get home before it hit.

My Day with K

I went to pick up my daughter after work.  We went to Chick Fil A for the Cow Appreciation Day.  She got to dress up and get a sandwich.  After, I bought her an ice cream.  It was a fun outing.  I am hoping we can do a movie in the future.  We have not done a movie outing in a long time.  She gets to go a lot with her group.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Day From Hell

I am trying to find a needle in the haystack.  It happens from time to time.  It is always  a big spreadsheet with lots of numbers.  There is not one number off.  I have had to go back and forth trying to whittle down to the cause.  I hope I can get this done by the time I have to leave.

The Infiltrator

I saw the movie.  It was good.  It was a little deja vu from other undercover drug movies.  For people that have not seen many of those, it is worth a watch.  I had also been watching Narcos on Netflix.  That is the story from a detective and Escobar's point of view.  This movie was one of the many side bust they did on there way to bring down his cartel.

Breakfast is Served

I got my cow outfit on and headed to Chick Fil A.  I have a shirt with black shoe polish spots from last year.  I have the hat they gave us.  I went in and just ordered a sandwich.  After I left there, I went to another up the road.  Now I have breakfast and lunch.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Movie Night is On!

Stayed late at work.  The theater is on the way home.  I decifrd to give it a chance.  Now, I am sitting in a good seat and did not have to wait three hours.

Cow Appreciation Day

Tomorrow is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A.  I might have to visit a couple of locations.  I am trying to meet up with my daughter, so she can experience it also.  If you have one near by, don't forget to get some cow apparel on and stop by.  It's worth a free sandwich.

Movie Day?

I have a ticket for the Infiltrator.  I don't know if I want to see it.  I have seen a couple of movies about Escobar and a TV show on Netflix.  I think I will be a repeat of a twice told storyline.  I like Bryan Cranston as an actor.  I will have to decide.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


I love this movie. I read that some of the cast will be at Comic Con in San Diego. I'd love to see that.  I put the movie last night.  It still made me jump.  I am looking forward to the sequel the District 9 director is planning.  It is supposed to be a direct sequel to Aliens.  Not only that, we have Ridley Scott's sequel to Prometheus that will tie into Alien.


I woke this morning wondering where to begin.  Due to heat, I decided to work in the garage.  I cleaned one section.  Then I grabbed a hoe and started doing the edging.  After a couple of minutes, I realized this was going to take too long.  I grabbed the weed whacker.  I trimmed the edging.  Since we do not have a blower, I had to sweep up the debris.  Now, I am cooling down.  Too much heat. At least the HOA will be happy.


I went out to survey the lawn.  Everything is getting cooked by the extreme heat we have had.  I turned on the water to help some of the plants out.  Just a trickle.  On Sundays, they seem to lower the pressure or it's just everyone watering at the same time.  The news had good weather news.  Our high has moved.  This might increase our chances of rain.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Whar to Do?

I woke up and jumped into cleaning.  I moved things around.  I cleaned a closet out and realized that everything had to go back.  It will eventually go into a storage container.  Now, I am going through boxes.  I just don't know where things are going to go.

Friday, July 8, 2016

What Died in my Car?

I was driving in my car after work.  It is hot out there.  I caught a smell of something.  It smelled as if something was rotting.  I ignored it.  Later, I smelled the aroma again.  I looked in the back.  I found what was.  I had brought a banana smoothie to work.  By the time I arrived, I was done.  That was Wednesday.

Another Quiet Weekend?

I plan on more house work.  I know I have to attend to the yard.  I was thinking about doing that tonight.  It depends on storms.  I hope to get to some of the rooms I did not get to last week end.  I have to get myself motivated.  During the week, I have not been doing much.

Organizing a Meeting

I had a meeting this morning.  It was probably the second one that I have organized.  I had to moderate the meeting.  It's a step outside of my comfort zone.  It was only a few people and I made it through it.  I was not that nervous.  Maybe I can do it for a bigger group in the future.  I'm not rushing.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A New Way to Promote Florida

With the release of Ghostbusters and the green slime on our coastline, I've thought how our state can promote it. We invite people to visit the coast to see the slime.  "Cone to Florida where we've been slimed! Also, check out Ghostbusters!"  Then, they can educate people that this kind if slime is hazardous and ways to stop it from it.


The movie was good.  I found it to be a cautionary tale for teens infatuated with dares on the Internet.  I know my girls would have enjoyed the movie.  It is the tale of a girl who is encouraged into joining this website as a player.  At first, the dares are simple.  They become more sinister as the movie goes on.  Once in, the girl discovers it is not that easy to get out.

Dark Sky

I got out of the movie around 8:30.  It was dark out.  I rushed to my car before it started raining.  Driving home, there was rain, lightning, thunder and idiots.  People were driving slow or they were just making stupid decisions.  I was glad to get home in one piece.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Taco Bell Wins

I settled for Taco Bell.  I hope my stomach forgives me.  It tasted good, but I feel my stomach rumbling.  Now, I am sweating outside the theater.

Hanging Out Before the Movie

Tonight, the are giving out numbers.  I don't have to stay at the theater.  It is hot out there.  I'm sitting at the mall.  I'm trying to decide if I want to get something to eat.


I have a movie tonight.  It's called Nerve.  It looks interesting.  I'll have to see.  I've seen a similar movie on Netflix.  The only difference was that the contest was from a phone call.  This one starts as a Truth or Dare on the computer, without the truth.  I guess the social community dictates what the contestant does.

An Icee for a Phone

I was talking to Angie yesterday.  She put Elana on the phone.  She said things like she usually says.  She asked if she was okay.  She talked about hyper diapers.  That's her way of saying she is wet.  She got into her favorite subject Icees.  Before I was finished, she was taking off from Angie with her phone.  Angie thought she was trying to trade her phone for an Icee.

Running on Empty

You could say that is my week.  I am so tired, I am running on empty.  When I started my car this morning, I was running on empty.  The light was on.  I did not know how much gas I had left.  I held my breath all the way to the gas station.  I was wondering how I was going to get gas to my car if it ran out.  Luckily, I made it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I went to bed around 9:00.  All I could here was firecrackers going off.  Mixed in, it sounded like mother nature was putting on a show also.  I could swear I heard some more deep sounding booms.  I drifted off around 10:00.  I don't know how long the fireworks went off for.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Isn't it Refreshing

I was driving in the car.  I heard a commercial for a soft drink.  They claimed it was so refreshing.  I had just had one.  Halfway through it, I wanted water.  I don't know what happened to that refreshing felling.  The only thing I felt was thirst.

Out of the House

I decided to venture out into the world.  It is hot out here.  I came to one of our tourist zones.  I did find a deal at the Disney store.  As the day goes by, more people fill into this establishment.  I'm ready to go back home.  I have a shop to do before I can leave.  Word of warning, if you come to Orlando and your complexion is pasty white, lather up in suntan lotion before you go out.  Our sun is brutal.  Your complexion can go from white to lobster red.

Visiting the Grandparents

When I was younger, visiting the grandparents meant going to Connecticut. My grand parents lived in the Town of Chester.  As a child, I did not appreciate as much as I would now.  To my younger self, it was a boring little town.  If I had a device, it would have been a Walkman.

Fast forward to today.  My daughters are visiting the grandparents. They have their Kindles and Ipods.  From what I hear, they are just sitting around playing on the devices.  Angie even took them away for a time.

Feeling the Work

Yesterday, I spent the day cleaning the garage.  Then I moved to the bedroom.  Now, I am feeling the pain.  I think today may be a day of rest. I have so much to do.  It really helps when your children are out of the house.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Three Day Break

This is our big break until renewals are done.  I have spent my time cleaning.  Today, I tackled the garage.  I wanted to clean off some tables and move a fridge.  It was in the center and I wanted it against the wall.  Although it was hot, I managed to accomplish one side.  Next week, I think I will go after the other.

Repurposing the Bunk

Kiersten has been asking me to clear off the top bunk of her bed.  That meant relocating the posters.  I have been putting it off.  This weekend, I had plenty of time.  I started by moving the posters.  Then, I had to find the parts to the upper bunk.  As I looked at the bunk, I realized I could change it into a loft.  I removed the bottom railing.  I found the rails and ladder.  After adding, I realized that the ladder had to attach to the bottom rail.  I went into the garage and looked for inspiration.  I found a board that I could cut and attach to the bed.  I actually had to use the table saw and drill.  Once attached, it looked good.  I even got on the top bunk.  It seems sturdy.  I hope Kiersten is surprised.  She will have things to go through, though.

Weeding Out the Posters

When I worked on Kiersten's room, I broke down and started weeding out posters.  There are a lot of them.  When I saved them, I thought that people would want to buy them.  Once I posted on Ebay, all I heard was crickets.  I tried to sell them to raise money for our adoptions.  Still, no takers.  I felt it is time to get rid of those that won't sell.  Now the garbage can is full.  I still have a lot of posters.  I hope that some will sell.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Work Night

After I ate, I decided to work in one of my daughter's rooms.  She want to sleep on the top bunk. To do that, I have to move my posters.  Before moving them, I took a look at some of my mass quantity posters.  I decided it was time to throw them away.  I have tried selling them and had no takers.  Then, I went back and forth with armloads of posters.  Once done, I moved the mattress and took apart some of the bottom bunk.  I am trying to make a loft.  Next up, I need to move the stuff under the bed and add th ladder.  I might need to create something to assist with that, if it depends on thr bottom railing.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Holiday Driving in Orlando

For some, holiday driving means less people on the road.  If you live in a tourist zone, you know that means more people.  We can be hit and miss in Orlando.  The tourist zone is to the west of where I live and work.  All it takes is one accident and I-4 can become a mess.  This morning, I had time to turn on the news.  I saw two accidents.  I-4 was not moving.  I took the back roads.  I am hoping this afternoon is lighter.  That might not happen.  NASCAR is having races in Daytona.  It will depend on the time of the races and our afternoon storms.