Dreamer’s World March 31 2016

 

 

 

This week has been extremely busy, but in a good way. I never even had the chance to start a blog post yesterday, so I hope that I can at least make this one somewhat interesting by the end of the day.

 

 

 

Things at work should quiet down considerably. The tsunami of meetings is over with for a while, and I can finally get back to taking care of my own job at last. By the end of this workday, I will be really looking forward to the weekend and some much-needed down time.

 

 

 

The morning has consisted of making sure that my presentation is ready to go, and then making sure that the slides are sent to the right people in advance. I will be glad to get the presentation taken care of today. I slept well last night, but I don’t feel 100% this morning. I hope that the day will take a turn for the much slower after my presentation.

 

 

 

There is a retirement ceremony today for one of the client’s senior members that I cannot attend dye to my schedule. His lunch and ceremony will take place while I am giving my presentation. I hope that it all goes well. I took the time to have lunch with him recently since I cannot attend the ceremony, and I know that he appreciated it. This gets me off the hook for being a “team player”.

 

 

 

I completed my presentation and I am now preparing for lunch as the afternoon approaches. There are more meetings to dial into while I continue to get my normal work done here during the afternoon, but I should be left alone for the most part.

 

 

 

My prediction has come true. I have had a quiet afternoon and am caught up with things here at work. Now I want to quietly morph into the evening without interruption.

 

 

 

Now that work is over with, and I am settling down for the night, I can think about whether or not to cook the steaks that I began marinating or waiting to cook them tomorrow. Right now, tomorrow is looking like the winner. I want to relax this evening. We have food here for tonight so that is no problem at all. Hal (person) has really gotten into the VR thing with his Samsung phone. I don’t really think it is that interesting, but that is my own opinion. Right now Hal (person) is talking to people there and I am writing and unwinding for the night. I will take another walk or two this evening to get my 16,000 steps in before it gets too late around here. This will be a more pleasant after the trees finish with their damned pollination process for the Spring because my allergies are really bugging me right now.

Amnesty International urges Obama to pressure Turkey to stop slaughter of Kurds – ARA News

ARA News  ERBIL – Amnesty International called on the US President Barack Obama to urge Turkey to end the onslaught against Kurds, and the continued repressive security operations in east and southeast Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who arrived in United States this week. “The Turkish government’s onslaught on primarily Kurdish towns and neighborhoods, […]

Source: Amnesty International urges Obama to pressure Turkey to stop slaughter of Kurds – ARA News

Republicans lied in Wisconsin: Here’s how you know the state’s voter ID law is a complete sham

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Republicans lied in Wisconsin: Here's how you know the state's voter ID law is a complete sham

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No rule in politics is absolute, but, generally speaking, you’d be well served to keep this one in mind: If a politician is not willing to spend money on something they say they support, then their support is about as real as Santa Claus.

Unless you view politics as nothing more than an entertaining pastime for overeducated squares who weren’t cute enough to make it in Hollywood — i.e., you actually look forward to “nerd prom,” God help you — then the point of the whole endeavor is to get big things done.

And getting big things done not only requires money but, perhaps more importantly, requires conflict. This is often because someone’s going to have to pony up, I’ll admit. But that’s not always the case; and sometimes the rejection involves turning down money, too. (See: the Affordable Care Act’s

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Good news in the case of Syrian refugee M.K.

Human Rights in Turkey

Today we’ve received some very good news regarding Syrian refugee M.K., who had been arbitrarily detained at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport since 9 November 2015.

He was released on 29 March. He is required to go to the central Anatolian province of Aksaray to await a decision on his international protection application. He will not be detained while awaiting the decision.

We have been following his case for months now.  Thank you to all the activists who lent their support in gaining his release

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After bombing at Lahore park, Pakistanis ask: ‘What was the crime of these children?’ – LA Times

As families buried their children and doctors tended to scores of seriously wounded, the Pakistani military on Monday vowed a major operation to avenge a suicide bombing at a crowded public park in the eastern city of Lahore.

Source: After bombing at Lahore park, Pakistanis ask: ‘What was the crime of these children?’ – LA Times

Dreamer’s World March 27 2016 – The Best Laid Plans

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Today was supposed to be a day out with Hal (person) since he has today off from work. We planned to go into DC to see the Cherry Blossoms and get some pictures. Unfortunately, the day will be cool and overcast with rain starting so the decision was made to scrap those plans for today. Hopefully, we will think of something else to do to get us out, but nothing has developed yet. Everyplace is closed for the holiday, or restaurants that are open are charging extortionist prices for “special” meals for today. Perhaps it is just in the cards that we will spend the day here at home today after all, but I haven’t given up hope just yet.
     I slept well last night in preparation for today, but I must have slept stretched in an odd position, because I am in some major discomfort right now. My back is killing me. I don’t want to ask Hal (person) for a massage because it is his day off so I will OD on Aleve until I feel better. If we do get out, I am sure that waking will help but I honestly cannot find the motivation to walk right now.
     As the afternoon arrives, it looks more than ever like we will just stay here for the rest of the day. There has been a heavy mist, not quite rain, that has fallen from time to time so the weather forecast was accurate. I have been stretching my back and feel a little better right now but my neck remains really sore. The idea of laying down holds no appeal because I am afraid that I will just end up hurting myself even more if I fall sleep. I will take a nice long hot shower in a while to try to relax my back and neck muscles as much as possible.
     As I sit here and type, I have some music playing softly in the background to ease the stress. It always helps me out when I write to listen to some soothing music, in this case, classical music. I can see our favorite local restaurant across the street is not really packed, but I attribute that to the outrageous prices they want for Easter brunch. Our money is too valuable for that, and we have things to eat right here at home.
     I am getting some reading done in addition to this writing. The latest book that I am reading is called “Be Remarkable” by Patrick King. This is a book designed to make one look inward and figure out why things don’t always go the way we want them to. It teaches me to look more closely at myself and how to take the steps necessary in order to be happier and more successful with home and work and life in general. I am truly enjoying this book and I am making notes to help me out as a quick reference when I need them.
     In fact, one of the things that the book has taught me is to better organize things. I just took some time to finally get my desktop in order. I have removed all of the clutter and I am amazed at how much neater things are and at how much more room I have to work from now. I used an old shelf to place my iMac on, and now I have room for necessities underneath of the shelf rather than having them pile up around the desktop. This includes a place to put my keyboard and trackpad away to have a clear surface for anything else that I need.
     The main lesson I have picked up on so far is to “Think Before I Really Think”. This sounds tricky, but it involves taking a few seconds to analyze things before reaching a conclusion. Haste generally results in poor decision-making, and things said in haste to others is normally nothing productive, it is all reactive and that never helps to move things along, in fact, it causes more problems down the road after that pattern becomes established. This is the most valuable lesson I have picked up so far. 
     The afternoon is slowly starting to fade into evening here. I will hope that at least one of the local restaurants is open without ridiculously overpriced holiday meals. If that isn’t the case, Hal (person) and I will just spend the evening here at home.