Dreamer���s World February 24, 2018 ��� A Foggy Start

Dreamer’s World February 24, 2018 – A Foggy Start
    The fog is slowly burning off this morning as I prepare to take Hal to work. I forgot to get a picture earlier when I couldn’t see across the street, but I am glad that I wont have to drive in those conditions.
    I am not sure how I will spend today since it is nearing the end of the week off work that I so desperately needed. Looking back, we got a lot accomplished during the week. We managed to find a new apartment. We can move out of here in late April. Hal and I also had lots of time spent together, and that was something that we nboth really needed. Now as Hal goes to work today, I start to realize that Monday is creeping up on me. I wish that I didn’t have to go back to work, but that isn’t a possibility worth worrying about.
    I will come back home after I take Hal to work and spend some time with my thoughts. I have neglected writing while I was on vacation, but I managed to avoid the guilt by staying busy most of the time. Neverthless I have multiple aborted blog posts laying around that I might be able to save by combining them into something useful, or I might just decide to let them be and start fresh. I am leaning toward just starting something new like this and moving on. There is no reason to revisit the past when the future is right in front of me.
    Today marks the return of the old routine. With Hal working today and tomorrow, there wont be much chance to get out together. Hal needs to rest, and I respect that. Perhaps one of theses days he can work a schedule that will give both of us the weekend off. I am cpontent working from home during the week and avoiding the rat race commute in the DC area.
    Because we know when and where we will be moving to, I will have to set up another week or so off from work in late April. This gives me something to look forward to that isn’t too far in the future. The move will be less than a mile actually. We like it here in Centreville and see no reason to move out of the area. The new apartment will give us a lake view rather than a parking lot, and that will be a welcome change.
    Friends asked us why we are moving again. The answer comes down to the management company that recently purchased the apartment community that we are living in. The new owensership is less than stellar, and that is being very kind to them. The community portal that is used to pay rent and submit maintenance requests never works, most of the maintenance staff have left as a result of the ownership change, and finally, we were accused of not having renters insurance by the new company even though the paperwork is on file in the office. All of this happened in just over a month, and we realized it was not going to get any better, so it is time for us to move on.
    After we found the next apartment, I managed to do most of the things that I wanted to while on vacation except going to the casino. That can happen another time, there is no rush for it. We never take risks when we go anyway. We show up with a set amount to spend, and when that is gone, we walk out with whatever we have won, or with nothing left from the original amount at all, and we always have a good time. We just never had the full day to make that trip this week.
    Hal is at work, and I am back writing once again. Hal forgot his cell phone, but if he gets away from work early, he can still call me from his job. If I don’t hear from him, I know to be there at 1630 to pick him up and bring him home. I am going to rest here today since it is raining and there is no need to be out. I have food here that was prepared in the Instant Pot, and that will tide us over for the weekend. I will try to catch up on sleep again tonight and tomorrow night to be ready for the expected avalanche of emails and phone calls on Monday morning. Fun times.

Dreamer’s WOrld February 18, 2018 – Down TIme

    Sunday has arrived, and I face the pleasant prospect of not having to work tomorrow due to the holiday.  It gets better because I am taking the rest of the week off for personal time, also known as vacation. The downside is that Hal has to work this weekend and again Monday evening as usual. His schedule isn’t an issue because we have no plans for any trips while I am on vacation. There is too much coming up in the near future for anything like that.
     We are moving in April to a new apartment. We signed the leasing agreement on Friday afternoon after I had finished wo=rk. I am glad that we found a place so quickly, with a minimum of effort. We stuck to the apartment communities that we had not selected last year when we moved out to Centreville, and that made the process much more manageable. Our time here has been great until the new property management company took over in January. In less than two months, this new management company has pissed us off to the point we decided to leave when our lease is up in April.
     The new apartment is only about a mile from where we live now. It is run by a company that we have a great experience with them in the past, so Hal and I are both comfortable with the decision to move there. The new apartment will have a lake view, and it will be about the same size as where we live now.
     I am not going to name the property management company at this time because I want us to be completely free of any attachments to them when I light them up for their stupidity. Their time is coming, rest assured of that.
     We survived the attempted winter storm here in the DC area without any real difficulty. Snow that fell yesterday, but it melted on contact. Sleet also fell yesterday, but that melted quickly.  This morning the weather has warmed up nicely, and any snow that lingered on grassy areas is already gone. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s by the middle of the upcoming week, and I am looking forward to that.

Dreamer’s World February 12, 2018 – Last Week Before Vacation

    Today is the start of the last week before vacation. Naturally, I already wish for this week to be over. Troublesome insomnia happened again last night, so I am starting this morning punch drunk as I try to focus on the essential tasks that I have in front of me. Most I can do by habit, but there are a few new ones that require more attention because I am filling in for another co-worker who is on vacation this week. A long day is in store for me before I have to take Hal to and from his job this evening.
    The weekend flew past. I wonder where the time went. All I can remember is rain. Well, rain and UK losing on Saturday. Thankfully, I have already washed my hands of this years UK basketball team. I use the word “team” very loosely with this group of players because they have not gelled into a unit yet. They still play like the bunch of talented individuals that they are, but this means they are making no progress. Years have passed since I got upset over sports, now I just accept the results and move on. No amount of stress or worry will change the outcome.
    I find that sports are less important than it used to be for me. I suppose that it was too important for a long time, but I think it is the tribal nature of sports that made me cling to them for so long. Moving around the world as I have during my life meant that sports provided an anchor of sorts, but now I realize that I no longer need that in my life. Other things give me stability on a daily basis, such as my relationship. I am no longer adrift in the world; I have my place and my safe harbor to protect me from the storm. Sports is now what it was intended to be, a pastime and something to enjoy rather than something to make me worry.
    The first two hours at work were the worst. Between fighting off the after-effects of insomnia and the avalanche of incoming emails, I was exhausted by 0900. At least I was able to moderate the pace of things between 0900 and lunchtime. Sadly, this feeling is the new normal around here. Until I can find a permanent solution to insomnia, I will be faced with this problem every Monday. I went to bed at 2100 last night only to wake up at 0100 this morning, and I couldn’t get back to sleep until nearly 0400. I cannot go to bed early this evening since I have to take Hal to and from his job. If I were able to fall asleep while he is at work, I would just be up in the middle of the night once again.
The other thing that I can try to control is my BG levels, especially before bedtime. I know that I sleep better when the BG is in the excellent range, but managing it throughout the day is often more difficult than I would like it to be. I will make an effort once again today and hope for the best. It is the most that I can do here.
    The latter part of the workday passed rather slowly. For a change, there weren’t any back to back meetings. I did have time to catch up on things before signing off at the end of the day. That gave me enough time to take a shower before I had to drive Hal to his job. I marveled at getting through the day, and once again I found myself looking forward to Friday when I can start my vacation at last.

Dreamer’s World July 7 2016

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As Thursday begins, I am hoping to get out of the apartment at some point today and enjoy another day of my vacation. It would have been nice to go into Old Town Alexandria today, but it will be far too hot for walking several miles. I will try to do that another day or perhaps on a weekend when the weather is nicer and more cooperative. Since Hal (person) isn’t working today, I hope that we will be out together to enjoy the day.
     I don’t want to spend a lot of money today, but there are a few things that I need to get from the grocery store so I can cook some meals at home. Other than that, I might take Hal (person) to some places he wants to go. I do want to get a nice roast to cook in the crockpot, along with some green bell peppers, potatoes, and onions. Another possibility is picking up some chicken breasts so I can cook a few of them at a time here at home.
     I am still extremely happy with Project Fi and the Nexus 5X. I read that the next generation of Project Fi phones will be out soon, but I have no plans to upgrade until after I complete my extrication from my current cell provider. That will happen before the end of this year, I am certain. After that, I know that there will probably be another round of Nexus phones in 2017, so I can afford to take my time and enjoy the savings that I will recoup.
     One of the hardest decisions will be whether or not to just discard my old phone number and stick with the Google Voice number that I transferred to Project Fi. I think that it is time for a change, and only a handful of people will actually get the notification that my number has changed because I really don’t get many calls anyway. Again, this is something that I have time to prepare for without rushing into a decision.
     Hal and I did get out today, but we didn’t make it to the grocery store after all. It was insanely hot here again today and we were exhausted by the time we got home. While we were out, I did pick up a new pillow to try out tonight because my old one is several years old, and I often find that I wake up and have been sweating into the pillow, so it is time to get a new pillow.
     Since we got home, we have been waiting on a friend to call about possible plans to get together tomorrow. However since it is after 2100 and there has been now word from them , I believe this is a lost cause. I am not planning to hold tomorrow hostage at this point. If they call, that is great and we can see what might happen. If they don’t call, then there is no pressure on us to pursue the matter any further.
     I took these photos with the Nexus 5X today. I am very happy with the phone and the camera. Hal The Cat doesn’t seem to mind posing.
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Dreamer’s World July 5 2016

     After a rather uneventful holiday, I am looking forward to another day of vacation today. With luck, Hal (person) and I will be able to get out and enjoy some time together without the holiday traffic getting in our way.

     This is a beautiful day compared to the rain and gloomy weather we had all day yesterday. I hope that we can enjoy it peacefully. 
     Google Project Fi continues to impress me each day. I am falling more and more in love with their service. It is only a matter of time until I cut the cord to my current cellular provider, and I am going to try and make that as soon as possible. When Hal and I were out today, I had no trouble making and receiving calls and my internet connection remained solid.
     One of our friends who visited yesterday was asking me about Project Fi and my Nexus 5X. He sounded interested until I told him that the service is not available on iPhone. At that point, he completely lost interest. He isn’t the most tech savvy person in the world and fits squarely into the cubicle that Apple has mapped out for him. He is hesitant to change anything at all in his life, although he is fond of constantly complaining about how miserable he is. I can’t help him with most of his numerous problems, but I did try to tell him all I could about Project Fi. THe other friend sounded more interested, but he was noncommittal about things. I don’t expect him to make the switch anytime soon either.
     For me, I used Android in the past and the adjustment is not that difficult. I have enjoyed my time with the iPhone, it is a great device, but it isn’t worth the exorbitant price that Apple wants to charge everyone each year when they release another iPhone. I checked with my current provider about an upgrade and found out that to upgrade to the newest (6S Plus) would cost me $300 up front with the remaining $600+ spread out over 2 years. That is completely nuts! What will Apple demand for the next iPhone? The mind boggles. As much as I appreciate the quality of Apple products, the company continues to march away from what made them great, and that is the bond between users and the company. Now, we are nothing more than customers and bank accounts. The old “Freaks and Geeks” from Apple’s early days are long gone only to be replaced by sterile, interchangeable automatons in Apple t shirts at the stores who are programmed to get you to buy, buy, and buy some more.
     When my company provided me with a Surface Pro 4, I didn’t object because that was the company’s decision for an upgrade. I have found it to be an extremely reliable device. In fact, earlier this year I took some of my tax refund and purchased one for myself. As my antipathy towards Apple grows, I realize that I am actually talking myself into switching away altogether in favor of the SP4 or of course, the Chromebooks that I already have. The Apple ecosystem seems to be constricting inwards on itself and appears to be burning the oxygen (customers) needed to sustain it at a faster rate than the oxygen (customers) can be replenished, but this is strictly a personal opinion. As I said, I would have no problem switching from iOS to Android, so that concern that my friend expressed really fell on deaf ears.
     One last thing worth mentioning. Hal The Cat experienced his first real visitors yesterday when our company arrived. Hal The Cat has been with us for 7 months now and we weren’t quite sure what to expect from him when new people were around. I am pleased to day that he was jst as friendly with our guests as he always is with us. We would never allow anyone near The Stooges if we thought that there was any chance of a conflict. I personally believe that animals are a great judge of human character. In this case, Hal The Cat validated our friends without any trouble at all. There was talk of the guests cat-napping Hal, but we put a quick stop to that!

Dreamers World June 29 2016 – Nearly There

     As I make my way back from my morning meeting with the client, I am enjoying a glorious summer day. After the storms last night, the skies are clear and blue and it isn’t hot and humid, at least not yet. When I get home, I am changing out of the suit and putting on some comfortable clothes to get me through the remainder of the workday. Luckily, this is my early day and I will be off work at 1530. 
     Immediately after work, I am going to my doctor to discuss the results from the lab work that was done last week. I don’t expect any problems and then I can return home to rest and relax.  I am still suffering from back spasms today, and I am not sure at times how I will survive until Friday when I have my chiropractor appointment in the morning. I will probably ask Hal if he feels like giving me a massage after my doctor appointment this afternoon. Thankfully, he said that he would. I wasn’t sure that he would feel like it after dealing with his own job earlier today.
     The afternoon should be quiet around here and since I leave work early today, I am already trying to relax, but the back spasms are making that nearly impossible. I am getting things all set for tomorrow, my last day of work before vacation because I don’t want things piling up on me at the last minute, or while I am away to overwhelm me when I get back.

Dreamers World June 29 2016 – Nearly There

     As I make my way back from my morning meeting with the client, I am enjoying a glorious summer day. After the storms last night, the skies are clear and blue and it isn’t hot and humid, at least not yet. When I get home, I am changing out of the suit and putting on some comfortable clothes to get me through the remainder of the workday. Luckily, this is my early day and I will be off work at 1530. 
     Immediately after work, I am going to my doctor to discuss the results from the lab work that was done last week. I don’t expect any problems and then I can return home to rest and relax.  I am still suffering from back spasms today, and I am not sure at times how I will survive until Friday when I have my chiropractor appointment in the morning. I will probably ask Hal if he feels like giving me a massage after my doctor appointment this afternoon. Thankfully, he said that he would. I wasn’t sure that he would feel like it after dealing with his own job earlier today.
     The afternoon should be quiet around here and since I leave work early today, I am already trying to relax, but the back spasms are making that nearly impossible. I am getting things all set for tomorrow, my last day of work before vacation because I don’t want things piling up on me at the last minute, or while I am away to overwhelm me when I get back.