First Real Post of 2021

We made it through 2020! I’ve never had a year that was as completely fucked up as 2020 was. I hope that 2021 will at least offer some slight improvement for us all.

My sense of optimism has returned with this New Year, at least for the first few hours. I must admit that I went to bed immediately after midnight and a few kisses from Hal because the need to start the association from 2020 was so strong.

Now, at 0500, I’m awake, and I’ll soon be taking a shower to greet 2021 properly. I’m thankful to report that I’m feeling good, with no shortness of breath. Of course, I want 2021 to be a much better year in terms of my physical health and well-being. I want to avoid any trips to the hospital in the New Year.

I hope that everyone, except for republiKKKans and Nazis, will have a great year. Those two groups can all leave the planet and die as far as I care. They tried to destroy this country, and we must remain on guard against them in the future.

I have to pull out one of the laptops or Chromebooks to continue writing this post so I won’t be guilty of breaking the one pseudo resolution I made myself for 2021. Just as soon as I resolve to get out of this ultra-comfy bed this morning, I’ll get right on that.

I am glad to report that my creative and writing juices are flowing without interruption right now, and it is a welcome change because my love of writing never went away. It suffered at times as the overall awfulness of 2020 just sapped the strength out of me. I don’t miss that feeling at all.

Overall, I am delighted to welcome you in 2021. Let’s hope it lives up to the promise of being better than 2020, which, after all, is a very low expectation of meeting.

The Thin Man

New Year’s Eve is here. We’ll be glad to see the end of 2020. Hopefully, there won’t be another year like 2020 for any of us.

I finished cooking the pork chops. The groceries are bought and stored away. Hal and I are content to stay home this evening. Even if there were no pandemic, we would be staying home. The times of going out on New Year’s Eve are behind us. We enjoy our time together, and we don’t need other people around for us to have a good time.

I think we’ll watch old movies on tv tonight until the balk drops in Times Square at midnight. After that, we’ll go to bed and hope for a much better 2021.

Another thing that comes into consideration is our 21st anniversary that happens on January 6th. Our anniversary is a significant event, and I want to do something special for us on that day.

New Year’s Eve

My main goal for today is straightforward. Do NOT bend over for any reason at all today. I bent over yesterday morning to empty the clothes hamper, and I regretted it for the rest of the day with bouts of vertigo that kept wiping me out.

I don’t want or need to feel like that today. We have a trip to the grocery store to do curbside pick up and a few errands that we need to take care of today. We don’t want to be out anytime after dark because there will always be idiots out drinking and driving. After all, it is New Year’s Eve.

We have no plans for tonight other than to be here with each other, and that is more than enough to make us happy.

Responses

I was speed-browsing through blogs I followed this morning when I ran across an article that caught my eye. It mentioned how the best way to encourage interaction with my blog was to comment and get involved with other people’s blogs actively. 

Therefore I promise myself to stop “speed-browsing” and take the time to read more of the blogs I claim to follow from now on.

Virtual Happy Hour

Yesterday I experienced a new phenomenon that is a direct result of social distancing. The company I work for decided to hold a Virtual Happy Hour at the end of the workweek. At first I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but everyone actually had a very good time.

The rules were very simple. All the participants had to show what we were drinking, and either describe it or show the bottle. At first we proposed a series of toasts to set the mood and get everyone relaxed,and within a few minutes it was almost like we were out at a neighborhood pub together.

The software we used was MS Teams, because of the recent issues with Zoom, our company is moving away from Zoom rather quickly. The experience was interesting and different, but apparently this is the new “normal” that we will be dealing with for a long time to come.

Dreamers World July 1 2016


    Why is it after finishing my last day of work before vacation I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? It is one of those eternal mysteries I suppose because I don’t think I will ever figure it out. I will write for awhile and try to get back to sleep later. I have to go to my chiropractor in the morning, or in this case, later this morning. I suppose that things will even out eventually and I have already learned through the years thst no amount of worrying is going to change anything.
     After my morning visit to the chiropractor, I feel so much better. I haven’t felt this relaxed in several weeks. After I returned home, Hal (person) and I decided to go to lunch nearby. We took our time and enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Afterwards, we walked around the neighborhood for about an hour or so before returning home. 
     We enjoyed some quiet time but then made the mistake of turning on the TV in time to hear about the tragic situation in Bangladesh. I honestly wish that mankind had never invented religion and all of the imaginary friends who are supposed to be all about love, but their followers certainly do the most violent and hateful things. 
     I meant to write more about my Nexus 5x and Project To, but that can wait until tomorrow. I have turned the TV off because I can’t deal with more tragedy right now. 

Dreamers World June 30 2016

     The afternoon is here at last. Just about 2 1/2 hours until.y vacation kicks off! I am excited and ready for it. I feel so much better today after Hal (person) gave me a professional massage yesterday evening. Although I am still sore from that, it is a good type of sore rather than the awful dull constant pain I had endured for the last week.
     As work ended, I honestly just sat and relished the very concept that I won’t go back to work until the 11th of July. This is a new sensation for me because I haven had more than 2 days off in well over a year. The temptation to try and do everything at once is nearly overwhelming. I will pace myself in order to rest and also to enjoy. 
     As for the Nexus 5x and Project Fi, things continue to go very well. I called Project Finwith a question today, and I found their customer service to be excellent. Rather than dialing in and being placed on hold with music and the recorded message telling me how important I supposedly am, I was prompted on the website to leave a description of why I was calling and was given an estimate of 2 minutes for a callback. I was called within a minute. With luck the case for the phone will finally arrive tomorrow and then I can really see how things work away from the apartment and our own wifi connection. Before that happens, I will go to the chiropractor tomorrow morning. I am sure that I will feel much better afterwards and then Hal (person) and I can plan out the rest of our day.  

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.