Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pinched Nerve and Missing Poker

I'm pretty sure that I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder or under my shoulder blade or something.

Over the course of this year there have been many times where I'll be sitting down and in an, evidently, wrong position and my arm starts to go numb.  Only certain positions and only my right arm.

It is pretty damned annoying but I've been finding ways to work around it so that I don't get into those positions of annoyance.

I do know that the proper solution is that I need to hit a masseuse (and not in China Town) to work out the kinks of the muscle that is pressing on this particular nerve but masseuse's are expensive and I have a second job to pay down debt - not to have a hot chick rub my naked body down and make it really awkward to roll over.


The other day I was talking to a buddy about getting the urge to play poker again but knowing that it is currently not the right thing to do for me.
If someone is visiting and I know in advance I can set the money aside as play money - and in reality I would just take out of other hobby/fun budgets that I have to save it up.

However, when I play (because I suck at the game) and I lose my thoughts immediately go to what I could have used that money for instead of sitting down at a poker table and blowing through a buy-in or two.

I should probably just get good and not have that problem no?


However, this is where I am grateful to have a second job because I have four step plan.

1 - Help get out of debt faster
2 - Bankroll a second honeymoon
3 - Bankroll a poker addiction
4 - Profit?

So - who knows, maybe by the end of next year I'll be hanging out at the poker tables with Tab, John and Rob again.


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Cleaning up my Email

I collect email addresses.  I have a bunch for different purposes and one of the reasons I ended up going that route is because the main ones that I use were getting too cluttered over the years with random junk, subscriptions, spam and other tomfoolery that would occur.  So, instead of cleaning up and organizing my email so that the static didn't become too much I would just create another email address for a given purpose.

For instance, I have one email address just for my Fantasy Football stuff.  I have a dedicated email address that I attached to this blog for anyone who read it and felt like responding or for advertising requests.

As you can see, I'm one of those idiots that instead of fixing something so that it can work better for me I create multiple somethings which all end up steamrolling downhill and ending up in the exact same spot to varying degrees.

So recently I have decided that I really need to clean up my email so that everything is neat and concise and I am getting all the information that I need to be getting and the clutter goes away because it serves no purpose other than to convince me to ignore my problems for another day.

Knowing that the cleanup process was not going to be quick nor easy (several of these email address have been collecting stuff since gmail was invite only) I turned to external sources for help.  After talking to friends and asking for recommendations I was pointed in the direction of a website and an app called Unroll.me.

What this site does is it takes the emails in your inbox and asks you what you would like to do with it.  You have three options to choose from: 1 - You can Unsubscribe from the email; 2 - you can keep it in your inbox; 3 - you can put it in a daily "rollup" which is just an email that gets sent showing you all the emails that are in your "rollup."

The rollup feature is pretty cool honestly.  When the emails come in they automatically get marked as read and then moved into a newly created folder creatively called Unroll.me.  From there, through the magic of the internet, voodoo happens and you get your daily email (you can change the frequency of these emails and the time of day that they come in) and if you actually want to see the information you can click on it and it will open up.  If nothing interests you from your Rollup then you just delete that one email and all is good.  It definitely helps cut the clutter in your inbox and makes everything more manageable.

At any point you can go in and manage where your emails are going, weather you want to remove something from the Rollup or from Unsubscribe and put it back in your Inbox, etc.  This has been an absolute life saver in terms of getting me on the right track towards Inbox Freedom.

My ultimate plan is to eventually weed things out myself and organize through the folder system that gmail has and tackling that goal is going to be a ton easier because of Unroll.me.

From here my main goal is I need to go through all of the folders that I have set up and delete what is no longer needed, set up new folders that make sense for me now and organizing items from my inbox to auto sort themselves so that I can look at them later if the need arises. 

Also, unsubscribing from mailing lists is sometimes the biggest pain the ass that there is.  You can go through the motions but then like 2 months later you start to get emails again because companies hate us.

I'm fairly certain this bored the hell out of all of you and if you actually read this far BRAVO.

I spent I don't know how much time typing out something stupid about a process I am going through instead of actually going through my emails and deleting and organizing.

Long Story Short: Boredom!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Day of the Typing

Today I had some housekeeping to do now that vacation was done.   I had two products that I needed to write reviews for on Amazon so I decided to get them out of the way and now they are submitted and waiting on Amazon to publish them.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened but I was contacted by some people on Twitter about reviewing some of their Nintendo Switch related products and I was more than happy to jump on free product.  This actually ended up giving me my current favorite Switch Case and you can read the review I put up on my Video Game Blog.

I left the G out on purpose.

I do not know what that Purpose is though.

And then due to social media interactions and emailing I ended up on a list of people who get the opportunity to test products from the brand ZeroLemon.

I came across them a few years back when I needed a solution to my phone battery dying too quickly and got one of their Battery Cases.  Since then I buy a new Battery Case with every phone I get.
I've also won a few things from their Book of Face page in giveaways so that makes life better as well.

So for them I got a 4 Port Desktop Charger that I was able to use and review and just waiting on Amazon to push the review through, and I'll probably do a more detailed review on one of my blogs as well at some point but haven't gotten around to it yet.
Long Story Short: I love it!


I also sat down with a journal and started scribbling out notes for something I want to record soon.  Normally I just kind of have Ideas that I want to talk about but free-stream my thoughts but on this one I really felt like I should get it out of my head and in a written form of some sort.

The weird thing is that I have spent a lot of today sitting in front of a computer and typing things up but when I want to jot down my thoughts on that one subject I actually grabbed a journal and a pen and hand wrote it out instead of typing it up on the computer which would have been so much quicker.   Whatever.

I guess I just felt like writing today.


And on top of that I still am feeling adventurous and have something I want to record in an audio only format and a video I kinda want to take with the kids if they are up for it.

I hear it is WSOP season.
I'm broke as a Joke and just reading some random tweets while waiting for my chance to start playing again!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dirty Forehead Wednesday approaches

So the past month or two have been interesting and trying times for the old grrouch.  There has been some good and some bad and the bad put me back into some old habits where I have been eating whatever the hell I feel like and putting pounds back on.

I did not jump into my diet like I said I was going to but I dove into a bag of chips like a fat kid in a candy store.  Multiple bags of chips.

And Ice Cream.
The list could go on for a while.

Either way I may or may not have accidentally stepped back on the scale again the other day and am pretty ashamed by the results and I need to make a change Pronto amigos.

So, this brings me to Dirty Forehead Wednesday and the season of the Lentils.

I'm not a cathlaholic or anything but my wife has the misfortune of being one and one of the things I do to support her is participate in her antiquated traditions.

I don't use that verbiage with her, I'm smarter than that.

In the past I have had success with Lent and giving things up (that year we gave up Sex - she says it was easy as pie).  

So, this year I am going to play nice again and make some broad sweeping changes to my diet and, hopefully, my habits during this season of the Dirty Forehead and then try to plan on how to maintain them after the fact.

One year I gave up snacking for lent and I lasted the whole bloody time.  The day Lent was over I pigged out like I was going to die tomorrow and never be able to taste deliciousness again.
That, they tell me, would be a failure!

I've been looking at things for the past month or so and have decided that Lent is going to be my starting point.

1 - No Soda's
2 - No Energy Drinks (Rockstar, Monster, NOS, etc)
3 - No Junk Food (Chips, Cookies, Ice Cream and the ilk)
4 - Cut way down on my Carb Intake.
5 - Add in a mega-ton of Veggies to make up for eliminating Breads/Pastas/Pizza :(
6 - Get Creative with the process and blog about my updates in a story form.

I'm currently in the process of planning several meals that will be my go to on a daily/weekly basis.

Let's see how this adventure goes.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Hello 2019

Happy New Year Everybody.

Glad you all are back to come along for another ride.
Over/Under on how long it takes me to forget all about this blog and my posts become once a month (as a best case scenario)?


Now that 2019 is fully into swing I just wanted to give you all an update.

Today I decided to break my 2019 diet just to get it out of the way early.  I know normally people try to stick to goals for a month or so before settling back into their old routines but me!   I'm the type that likes to break the mold.

So, Blammo - Diet resolution Dead on Arrival!

I've decided that this is the year I start paying a lot more attention to what I am spending as well.  I've got some expensive hobbies and with the new house and higher bills it would serve me well to actually pay attention to what I am spending and see where I can cut back.   Last year we went a good portion without fast food and that is one of the big expenses that I plan on eliminating almost completely. 

I've also been inching my way to cutting out most of my soda's and energy drinks and I feel that I'm on the wagon a lot more often than I am off the wagon over the past few months.  I will continue to work on that goal as I feel I am really really close to having a great handle on it.

I hope you all have some good things going on for 2019 or are planning on getting them going.

Hit me up below and let me know if there are any real changes you plan on making and sticking too this year. 

This year I have a couple of pretty simple goals that I want to achieve.

I want to read (actually read, with my eyes - this does not include audio books) 4 books.  That is one every 3 months which I feel is obtainable.   I've already been working on one to kick the year off and there is another that I started last year that I really want to finish.   Knocking them off would be 50% of my yearly goal.    I got this shit.

I also, due to recommendation, Plan on watching something about Recreational Parks.  I'm not sure what it is but I was told that it is something I absolutely must watch because it is funny and I've done a disservice to myself by not even knowing what it is.   This also should be pretty easily attainable.  I'm going to look it up and see how many seasons/Episodes it has and just do a breakdown of how much I have to watch every month.  Easy as Pie.  Or is that easy as cake?  I'd prefer cake.  I'm definitely more of a cake person than a pie person.

Last year I dropped 15-20 pounds (It was closer to 20 pounds until all of the end of year hoopla so my goal is to continue my gradual weight loss with another 15-20 pounds.  If I were to end the year sitting between 240 and 250 I would be happy with that progress.

Other than that I hope to spend a lot more quality time with my family, my wife and children.  I want to cherish these moments before my kids grow old and turn into cranky teenagers.  I want to help them develop into amazing people.

2019 is going to be an amazing year and I hope you all come along for the ride with me.


Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye 2018

Hello grouch-a-holics,

I know, long time no type.   As the years go on this blog almost becomes an after thought but every now and then I come back with an update and some of the faithful have continued to read and I really do appreciate that.

I'm really looking forward to 2018 ending (which it will very very soon) even though I have had a lot of really great things happen this year.

I had the birth of my daughter, my second child, and that has absolutely changed my life.

My wife and I bought our new, built just for us, house and I love coming home to it every single day.

However, the year end has not been so kind.

Over the past few months I have had two separate procedures on my throat in order for me to eat like a normal human being.
Somewhere near the end of last year or the beginning of this year my throat began constricting more than it has ever in the past and it got so bad that I was unable to even swallow a Tylenol gel-cap.  Yeah, they are pretty damned tiny and I lacked the ability to swallow one.

Heck, because I type as I think, even before those two procedures I had to have dental work done because I had several root canal's fail (they had been done 10 years prior) and they were causing infection and lots and lots of pain, and in the long run cost me a good deal of money.    This, plus a few other medical bills, ended up leading us to being able to put less down on the house than we had anticipated.

So, after the Dental issues were finally solved it was time to take care of the swallowing problem.
2 procedures.   First I was referred to a specialist here in town who attempted to help but decided she wasn't good enough so had to refer me to a more expensive (I can only imagine) specialist out at U.C. Irvine.

Next comes surgery for my mother-in-law and right about that time my dad had some examinations that led them to sending him to a cardiologist who determined there was an issue.
They tried to go in through his veins into his heart to see if they could find a blood clot but instead found out that he needed Triple Bypass Surgery pronto.

The Triple Bypass happened the day after Xmas and since then I have been running my mother back and forth to the hospital to visit.  I'm mentally and physically exhausted but I know it is all worth it in the long run.
Oh yeah - then Yesterday the main water line burst right in front of the house and then my check engine light comes on and I find out I need to replace my engine mounts as everything is vibrating too much and has caused a couple of issues.

Yes, it all feels like Woe is Me but it honestly isn't.  This is just me detailing the tribulations of 2018.

The positives far out weigh the negatives.

My Baby Daughter alone out weighs all the negatives that have occurred.
The house, while it has a higher mortgage than we anticipated is amazing and feels like home.

The Dental work, while painful and expensive, has evidently been a long time coming because literally less than a week after it was completed 99% of my headaches stopped.
When I say that I mean my headaches were bad and often and I had been popping Tylenol like it was going out of style.  I'd get at least 5 headaches per week.  I was going through 200 count bottles of Tylenol monthly (easily, sometimes more) and when i couldn't swallow them any longer I was downing the liquid stuff, sometimes a bottle in a 2 or 3 day span (waiting for the liver issues to hit lol).
Since the dental work - I almost don't get headaches any more.  I've taken Tylenol maybe 3 or 4 times in the past few months instead of it being a daily candy to me.

After the second procedure on my throat I am now able to swallow better than I can remember.    The other day I actually had an entire meal without having to go through 2 or 3 sodas (I used to have to drink a ton just to keep my throat wet to help the food slide down because I had to force nearly every bite down).

My old man looks better after surgery than he has in a while, he has more color than he has had lately and pretty soon he'll be back to normal and maybe a bit better.

All the negatives have positive outcomes but I'm just ready to end the negatives and I'm ready to roll in 2019 with a better positive outlook on life and everything.


I hope if any of you have read this you all have a great 2019 and hope it is much better than your 2018.

Take care, don't drink too much and call an Uber when you do.

Tonight, my wife is coming home and bringing me Sushi and beer.   We will watch a movie or two, we will eat and drink and she will pass out far before 2018 ends.
I will then have to finish quietly because these are the sacrifices I sometimes make to have the amazing life I live!  :)  *smiley face emoji*

Monday, August 13, 2018