Thursday, February 27, 2014

Under 60 days

As our longest month, February, trickles to a close I find myself with less and less free time but I also find myself more and more living with the fiance.
It appears as though we had good intentions with the whole "not living together until after marriage" thing but ultimately we failed so close heh!

I've got the most important stuff moved over, though I still have to get some more clothes over here and I'm working, slowly, on getting my movie and video game collection over as well.

I've decided to go into space saving mode and I will be removing my games and movies (most of them) from their cases and putting them into sleeve binders for storage instead.  For the time being I'm still planning on saving the cases and I'll just have them in boxes in the garage until a time comes when I realize I have no use for them or I decide to sell some stuff off.  I do know I'll never play most of these again but selling them is only going to net me a couple bucks from each of them and it doesn't feel like it's worth the time or hassle.

I recently upgraded my fitbit flex to a fitbit force and so far I am enjoying it.  I like having something with a watch function on my wrist so I don't have to take my phone out to tell the time. I also like that it counts how many flights of stairs you have traveled during a day so that I can push myself to get more in every day.  Mostly this will be at work but if it means I'm running up and down a ladder a few times extra every day just to make sure I hit my goals then it's helping and motivating me in the right direction.

We are officially under 60 days left and yesterday we just went for the tux fitting.  We picked out the style and the colors we wanted and I sent off the information to my buddies so that they could go get their measurements as well.  I really need to order my gifts to the best men folk as I have been slacking on that.

Doing the little things like actually mailing the invitations and getting fitted for the tux make this a bit more real that it was previously.  I knew it was coming but these are big steps towards solidifying it.  I'm still not nervous but I am getting a bit more excited about it.  Mostly I can't wait until it's all over, this way I can resume a normal (semi-normal) life and we can turn our focus towards fixing up the place we are living in, paying out miscellaneous debt and saving for a house of our own.

I foolishly let my caffeine collection disappear over the last week (ie: drank it) and now I am sitting here wishing I had a Mt Dew but having to wait until after 9 am because I can't just leave the kid alone while I run out for my fix.  I have to wake him up somewhere around 8 - 8:30 so that he can get ready for school.  I usually drop him off around 9 am so he can have breakfast before settling into his classes.

My lady just signed up for supplemental insurance through Afflak. We had a friend do this recently who was having a child and it's a pretty great deal so we jumped on it as well.  Basically once signing up you cannot take anything out of it for 10 months, but if you go on leave from work (for having a baby or whatnot) they will pay you 30 or 35% percent of your income for 3 months.  They give it to you upfront in a lump sum but that doesn't make a difference.  So, with work giving 65% when you go out on leave for having a child the supplemental insurance will cover the difference and there will be no real loss of pay while on maternity leave.  This means it's not really necessary for me to get a second job during those fun months.

One final note, I have finally moved my computer over to the fiance's house which means that I'll actually have access to it more often which hopefully means more updates on this hear blog.
I miss typing to you all some days.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So far so fail

I'm pretty sure that when I was younger I ruined my eyes for contacts.  The older I get the more sure of this statement I become.
So far so fail, this round of contacts has been a complete and utter failure.
The first pair were not bad the first day.  Day two I think I took them out after 4 hours because my eyes were sore and red.  I decided to give myself a few days off.
The other day I put in pair number 2, the slightly more powerful pair.  They weren't too bad until I got to work and had to start reading off a computer screen.  Within 30 minutes I made a run for the bathroom because I felt like I was going to lose my lunch.  So, upon entering the toilet area I pulled both contacts out and they hit the trash.

I have two more pair of contacts to try, both of them are at my fiances house so it's not going to be until Friday that another set touches my eyes.  At this point I don't even feel like going through with the last two as I really can tell the difference in sight and feel and the glasses thus far are winning in the total overall sight category. Also, my lady says I'm sexy in my glasses (which, is probably a lie but I like hearing her say it).

I decided to give this update not because I felt like typing but because Alan Wake: American Nightmare is on sale on Xbox Live for $2.99 and I couldn't resist.  I wanted to buy it when it first came out but never did and now it's downloading and I'm sitting here shooting the shit.

I stated playing Final Fantasy XIII and also put a little bit of time into what was a free with Playstation Plus game, Poker Night at the Inventory 2.
PNatI has me hookes because of the cast of characters really.  Clap Trap, Ash from Army of Darkness, Sam from Sam and Max.  Mad Moxxxie is in there as well and a guy named Steve.  GladOs is the dealer and that makes for just a shit ton of fun.
There are some negatives, and the slow play is kind of annoying but overall the game is worthwhile for a little bit of fake poker action now and then and some cool dialog between the non-me players.

I'm also nearing the end of my first book of the year, but I left that at my other house and won't be reading it tonight.

Well, download complete.  I need to kill some stuff before I get to sleep as I open tomorrow and it's about 80% that there will be a truck which will keep me too busy to think.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trying contacts again

This morning I had an appointment with the eye doc and I decided that I'll give contacts another shot.
This doc is 100% new to me but my Fiance has used him her whole life and likes him.  The only real reason I switched to him is because my employer changed providers and my old doc does not accept the new provider.

So, I got to go through all the standard eye tests and they came back and told me that my vision is basically the same as it has been for the last decade.  He checked my glasses and said that nothing has really changed and that my eyes are good and healthy.  He did warn me that in about 5 years or so my close up vision was going to noticeably get worse and reading is going to be more difficult.  I talked to him about Lasik a little bit and he told me the quicker I do it the better but in the long run I'm still going to end up back to wearing glasses.  So, with that knowledge I've decided against Lasik because it would just be a waste of money.

Instead, back to contacts occasionally.  Contacts will make trips to Red Rock for hiking the mountains easier as the sweat won't be knocking my glasses off.

So, because I haven't worn contacts regularly for a long time and because he is a new doc to me he decided to give me 4 different pair of contacts to try out for a few days each and then report back to him as to which felt better, which could make me see better, etc.

Pair number one, which I'm wearing right now, is probably not going to be the winner (then again it could just be my eyes getting used to them again).  My vision doesn't seem as strong as when I wear my glasses and some things are a little more blurry, this screen for instance.  Overall I can see and read with them but they just don't quite feel right.  I've got two more days to test them out before I am on to pair number 2.  Luckily I'm off today and tomorrow.

Other than that life keeps on ticking.  We have our invitations and have begun the process of handing them out to some people and will be doing a mass mailing shortly.  It looks like there will be a couple of extra people at the reception than at the wedding but that's because the place for the ceremony jacks the price up if you go over the "max" for the package that you booked.  No real big deal though because we've combed over out list and have the wedding group down to the most essential of the essential.
There are about 75 days left and at this moment our Honeymoon is a bit up in the air.  At first we thought we would leave right away but now it seems like we might have to put it off for a couple of months.  This is not a big deal because it's still going to be happening and we will not be one of those couples that puts it off and never gets back to it, this I promise.

So, if it's put off for a few months then my idea is to take a mini honeymoon somewhere closer just to get away for a few days and spend that time alone, together.  She is starting to go through the normal emotions that remind me of school children who have nightmares that they show up for an important test naked.
She has already had dreams that she couldn't make it, that I didn't show up, that she didn't have her make up ready, that the car broke down, that the wrong guy showed up to marry her, that I went out after our wedding with a stripper and she called my mom to get me in trouble, etc.   It's all pretty amusing to me, though not to her.

In other news I'm down to one achievement needed for Diablo 3 on the 360 so that I can put that game to rest (on the 360 only) and start playing other things.  I just need to do some gold grinding.  I started playing it on the PS3 so that I can have a few high level characters for whenever it is that the PS4 version, Dialbo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition, gets released.  They already said you can import your characters from PS3 to PS4 and that's why I'm going to focus on getting some of my characters leveled and pimped out the way I want them.  I haven't really started playing anything new lately though the PS4 has Outlast for free if you are a PS+ member and I'm looking forward to that.  It's a Survival Horror game where you don't have any offense.  Your goal is to do some research and if you get into trouble you have to run, hide or die.  Looking forward to it as everything I'm reading says that this game is actually pretty scary - so it looks like I won't be playing when the kid can watch.

My new systems are still largely ignored due to my Diablo Addiction, as of this writing I'm at 197 hours played on the 360 version alone, and this has been 98% of my video game play in the past 2.5 months.

I've been playing some Dungeon Keeper on my phone but just as something to pass the time for a few minutes a day.  I'm not a big fan of being invaded by random people online but for a time waster it's pretty good.

Speaking of time wasters, Flappy Bird.  I do realize the game has been pulled from the app stores but I downloaded it about 3 days before that happened and really enjoy playing this mindless game.  Out of everyone I actually know who plays or has played I have the highest score at 148 so that is kind of like having bragging rights.  I probably play it for about 30 minutes a day in total.  I enjoy it during my lunch break and also while the fiance watches bad TV that I'm not a fan of.  Hopefully I can reach 200 before the end of Feb and while I originally planned on deleting the game at the end of the month I'll now just keep it until phone upgrades render it unplayable.

Hope everyone's life has been going well.