Dreamer’s World April 09, 2018 – Monday Blues

    The week has begun, and work is more hectic as I struggle to integrate my new responsibilities into the usual Monday routine. The new tasking was something that I expected, so it comes as no surprise. I will get things taken care of eventually and finish at work so I can drive Hal to his job this afternoon and then pick him up tonight. I predict that I will be exhausted by the time I get to bed tonight.
    My morning was wholly consumed with creating a workflow for my new tasks. I have to make sure that I can still complete my regular work in addition to the new items I have on my plate. The time spent in planning things out will produce better results than if I had just plowed into things without a plan in place.
    I am still waiting for my new guitar amplifier to ship and arrive here. Estimated date of arrival is still listed as Wednesday, so all I can do is wait. I want to get it before the move complicates things. I am sure that the new gear will make practicing much more enjoyable. The best analogy is why would I spend the money to buy a piano when I could buy a good keyboard with different voices and effects? I have hit the wall when it comes to the limited things I can do when practicing guitar and I need something that will broaden my horizons and inspire me to keep learning.
    Actually, I am tempted to get a second amplifier as well. I just cannot bring myself to make the purchase until after I get the one that is on order and due to arrive by Wednesday. At least I know that I can get the other amplifier locally if I decide to purchase one.

Dreamer’s World April 09, 2018 – Monday Blues

    The week has begun, and work is more hectic as I struggle to integrate my new responsibilities into the usual Monday routine. The new tasking was something that I expected, so it comes as no surprise. I will get things taken care of eventually and finish at work so I can drive Hal to his job this afternoon and then pick him up tonight. I predict that I will be exhausted by the time I get to bed tonight.
    My morning was wholly consumed with creating a workflow for my new tasks. I have to make sure that I can still complete my regular work in addition to the new items I have on my plate. The time spent in planning things out will produce better results than if I had just plowed into things without a plan in place.
    I am still waiting for my new guitar amplifier to ship and arrive here. Estimated date of arrival is still listed as Wednesday, so all I can do is wait. I want to get it before the move complicates things. I am sure that the new gear will make practicing much more enjoyable. The best analogy is why would I spend the money to buy a piano when I could buy a good keyboard with different voices and effects? I have hit the wall when it comes to the limited things I can do when practicing guitar and I need something that will broaden my horizons and inspire me to keep learning.
    Actually, I am tempted to get a second amplifier as well. I just cannot bring myself to make the purchase until after I get the one that is on order and due to arrive by Wednesday. At least I know that I can get the other amplifier locally if I decide to purchase one.

Dreamer’s World April 06, 2018 – Preparation

       Friday is here at last. After this week, I predict that things will only get busier at work. After my meeting with my supervisor yesterday I found out that I am acquiring even more responsibilities on the job. I suppose this is the reward for doing the things I already do so well. Gaining these new roles also means that I am taking time today to create a plan of action for the future. I am visualizing what tasks I have to accomplish each day, both my regular tasks and the new ones, in order to make the most of my time at work.
       I realize that this attempt will undergo some changes, it is a draft to give me some guidance as things change at work. I do not plan to extend my working hours, I will just re-prioritize things in order to get them all done. Of course, the new assignments will take more time in the beginning, but they should become routine in a short amount of time and not require as much effort. Planning is never going to accomplish every goal without some changes as the situation develops, because I am not in control of all of the variables on the job. I cannot control when people will want me to attend meetings, nor how long those meetings will last. Thankfully, since I work from home, I can multitask without being too obvious about it. This will help to manage the time better.
       There is a part of me that rebels against planning. Part of me prefers spontaneity in what I do. It makes life more interesting and keeps me alert. When a plan becomes a routine, I quickly find myself bored and have to make certain that I pay attention to what I am doing. There seems to be a lesson in this that I can apply to everyday life. Don’t let life get too predictable, embrace the chaos every now and then, and enjoy the exhilaration.
       As for myself, after work today I might go and check out some amplifiers. I am tired of the limited experience I have with the base model amplifier I am currently using when there are much better options out there. If we don’t get out to stop at Guitar Center this afternoon or evening, I can always drop by there tomorrow after I drop Hal off at his job. I will let things play themselves out as the afternoon at work draws to a close.
       I am about to close out here on the job for the weekend. It is time to find out if Hal has anywhere he wants to go, or anything he wants to do before it gets late. I am flexible and although I would like to get out, I can stay here if that is the decision. The idea of taking a nap has a certain appeal, but I can take that nap later.
       Hal and I did get out for a while. I stopped at Guitar Center and nearly bought the amp I wanted, but they were out of stock. After Hal and I had dinner and came back home, I went online to Sweetwater Music and ordered the  amp from them. It should be here by next Wednesday, about the same time that it would have taken ordering it through Guitar Center. Now I can relax for the rest of the evening and look forward to the weekend.

Dreamer’s World April 06, 2018 – Preparation

       Friday is here at last. After this week, I predict that things will only get busier at work. After my meeting with my supervisor yesterday I found out that I am acquiring even more responsibilities on the job. I suppose this is the reward for doing the things I already do so well. Gaining these new roles also means that I am taking time today to create a plan of action for the future. I am visualizing what tasks I have to accomplish each day, both my regular tasks and the new ones, in order to make the most of my time at work.
       I realize that this attempt will undergo some changes, it is a draft to give me some guidance as things change at work. I do not plan to extend my working hours, I will just re-prioritize things in order to get them all done. Of course, the new assignments will take more time in the beginning, but they should become routine in a short amount of time and not require as much effort. Planning is never going to accomplish every goal without some changes as the situation develops, because I am not in control of all of the variables on the job. I cannot control when people will want me to attend meetings, nor how long those meetings will last. Thankfully, since I work from home, I can multitask without being too obvious about it. This will help to manage the time better.
       There is a part of me that rebels against planning. Part of me prefers spontaneity in what I do. It makes life more interesting and keeps me alert. When a plan becomes a routine, I quickly find myself bored and have to make certain that I pay attention to what I am doing. There seems to be a lesson in this that I can apply to everyday life. Don’t let life get too predictable, embrace the chaos every now and then, and enjoy the exhilaration.
       As for myself, after work today I might go and check out some amplifiers. I am tired of the limited experience I have with the base model amplifier I am currently using when there are much better options out there. If we don’t get out to stop at Guitar Center this afternoon or evening, I can always drop by there tomorrow after I drop Hal off at his job. I will let things play themselves out as the afternoon at work draws to a close.
       I am about to close out here on the job for the weekend. It is time to find out if Hal has anywhere he wants to go, or anything he wants to do before it gets late. I am flexible and although I would like to get out, I can stay here if that is the decision. The idea of taking a nap has a certain appeal, but I can take that nap later.
       Hal and I did get out for a while. I stopped at Guitar Center and nearly bought the amp I wanted, but they were out of stock. After Hal and I had dinner and came back home, I went online to Sweetwater Music and ordered the  amp from them. It should be here by next Wednesday, about the same time that it would have taken ordering it through Guitar Center. Now I can relax for the rest of the evening and look forward to the weekend.

Dreamer’s World March 31, 2018

  This week has been a very busy one for me. Work was more hectic than usual, there was the self-assessment that had to be done in the close of the current reporting period, which is always fun. I also had to start thinking of new objectives for the next reporting period that starts soon. This was on top of the normal routine work and the crisis phone calls for help from people. To add to all of this, I suffered a major bout of insomnia on Tuesday night and called in sick on Wednesday as a result. I was extremely happy to be finished yesterday.
    The upcoming move to the new apartment continues to hurtle towards us. It will soon be just 2 weeks before the move, this marks the point at which I begin to pack items away and prepare for the move. Hal has already been at it for 2 weeks. I need to conserve my energy for now.
    Hal did get a new cell phone this week, a Samsung Galaxy S9+. While it is a great device, I just have never been a fan of Samsung products. They always make things too complicated for my taste. I prefer my Google Project Fi phone to anything else available right now. Hal is very pleased with his new phone, and I decided that I would upgrade something of my own.
       I have an ancient Sony digital camera. It is at least 10 years old, and I no longer have the cable that connects it to a computer for downloading or to charge the internal battery. After some internet research proved that a replacement cable would be too expensive, I decided to get a new digital camera. I looked at Best Buy and saw a Nikon that I really liked. It does the 4K video in 1080p, and I thought that the price wasn’t too terrible. I didn’t buy the camera at the store. Instead, I came home and looked it up online to see the reviews. The reviews all stated that it was an excellent camera for the price. I then noticed that it was available via Amazon, and for $50 more I could also get a case, SD card, rechargeable batteries and other things that I would have had to purchase separately if I bought the camera through Best Buy. I placed the order thru Amazon and I am hoping that the package will arrive by Tuesday, which is the projected date.
       I might use the new camera to start developing a vlog for myself. This is something I have thought about in the past, but I lacked the proper equipment for it. I am not making any guarantees, but it is a subject for me to ponder over in the coming weeks.

Dreamer’s World March 15, 2018 – Time Flies

    Time flies when you’re having fun, at least that is how the old saying goes.  I wonder how it equates to when you are stuck at work, feeling like there is no end in sight? I ask because I am at a standstill this morning due to system upgrades that are being pushed out by the IT department. These updates are impeding my work, and that means that I will have to dedicate more time to these tasks later at the expense of other jobs that I must finish.
     At least this interruption gives me time to write. I have been so busy that I have blog post drafts that will never see the light of day, let alone get published. Things are hectic around the apartment as Hal continues with preparations for the move, although that is still six weeks away. I know Hal well enough to let him do what he is doing and to stay out of his way. Personally, I cannot live surrounded by boxes for weeks at a time. I prefer to pack during the last week before the move. I make a mental list of things that will be packed away first, as well as items that will be donated to charities or just thrown away. I find this routine works best for me.
     I suppose that I have lived with few possessions for so much of my life that I treasure the few I have and don’t want to feel restricted any longer than necessary. After 18 years together, and multiple moves during that time, it should come as no surprise that Hal and I accept the differences and grow stronger together each day. As the morning crawls along, I find that my mind struggles between work that I can’t do right now and flights of fancy as I look forward to warmer weather and the move to the new apartment.
     I want to go and look at a few items that I want for the new apartment. Nothing major, just some shelving units from IKEA. I plan to make two of the shelving units into a headboard for my bed so I will have more storage that is convenient to access. The bed is rather tall, and it is difficult to find headboards that would fit, and I don’t want to spend lots of money on a headboard. Perhaps we will go to IKEA after work this afternoon to check the shelving units out and get some measurements.
     The morning is slowly dragging by, and the laptop is still updating. Whenever one program finishes, another starts. I have no idea how long this will go on. I have no idea how much longer the updates might take because that machine belongs to the client and the updates are their responsibility.
     At least I can use Grammarly app on my other laptop to keep writing to pass the time before I have3 to host my meeting. After that, depending on the status of the other device, the day will get busy, or it will remain boring as the time passes. I love the ability to write using multiple computers while working on the same document without losing my place or any changes I have made. I wish that Grammarly had a Chrome extension that would work with OneDrive, but it isn’t bad the way it is. I just have to cut-and-paste the final version from Grammarly when finished.
     The verdict from IT on my machine is to replace it. Tomorrow will I will get all of the data I need stored in the cloud and also make a software inventory so I can reload the new machine when it arrives here. I have decided that I am staying home after work unless we go somewhere for dinner or to bring something home to eat.

Dreamer’s World February 27, 2018 – Starting Another Day And Hoping For The Best

    After a long Monday at work and a late night due to picking Hal up from his job, and night without quality sleep, Tuesday has arrived. I hope that all of the efforts I put into pushing through things yesterday will show results today by reducing the quantity of “emergency” items I have to deal with. I know that today will be an 8-hour day rather than the 9 from yesterday and that knowledge will help me to get through whatever Tuesday has in store for me.
    As I tried to organize things to get today started, I found a note from Hal reminding me that the first of the potential movers will be here today to have a look around and provide an estimate of what they would charge to move us in April. This will happen in the middle of the day, and I am hoping that it won’t cause too much interference in my day at work. Regardless, things like this have to be done.
    At least I know that there aren’t any conference calls scheduled during the projected time for the mover’s visit. Hal will handle the business with them and collect the estimate so we can make a decision later. It is best to get things like this arranged as early as possible since the move is just over 7 weeks away as of today. We would like to have everything all set as soon as possible so we can focus on other things right now.
    I am glad that yesterday is over. Today will present its own set of unique challenges, and I will be ready for them. I can be secure in the knowledge that there is nothing that requires us to go anywhere after work, at least, not at this time. I hope that things stay like this, but I am prepared to take Hal anywhere that he needs to go if necessary.
    All of the obstacles, both real and imaginary, will be overcome by the end of the day. There just might be some adventure out there that I am not aware of yet that will present itself later on. I think that it is best to keep an open mind for the possibilities that life might have in store for us, and just enjoy the ride.