Thursday, April 21, 2016

Adulting and Life

At what age does "Adulting" start? I feel it's like a math problem, if you've done x, experienced y, and accumulated z, by or on your "blup" birthday, then you're free to adult at your discretion. If not, here, take this pill.....

It's sort of a thing that feels like you should be adulting by a certain age, standards are very different (what age you should be "adulting", etc). Where the social [perceived] norm is wack, and not really the norm.

I don't know.

This past week I finally saw Deadpool at a 2nd run theatre (they get the films either after or at the tail end of it's run in the main theatres), LOVED it. A friend ended up joining me, and for both of us to get a ticket, and a large popcorn, two large sodas, and a concessions candy, it was a little less than $26. TOTAL. Yup, you read that right, $26 for two people to see a main stream flick, a huge ass bucket of popcorn, two huge things of soda and a thing of candy.

I loved the fact Deadpool breaks the 4th wall (and then some) several times through out the movie, and his sense of humor (sort of reminded me a little bit of Dane Cook).  If you haven't seen it, you should, unless blood, and stuff offends, then don't. Whatevs.

Have a good one. Put the fun in funky again.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Some Days...

There are days where I feel I'd be a kick ass, lip sync performer.

In other news...

A little over a year ago, I found full time, that paid decently about an hour away from where I live.  Granted, you start off as a temp, then a year to a year and a half, if all goes well you get hired on as a "real" employee (there are some departments that have a high turn over).  I was glad for the work, enjoyed it well enough to see it through until I could get something that I would be happier doing (either with in the same company or something a little closer to home). The commute isn't horrible, I'm heading against rush hour traffic when I go into and from work, and the plus side is that my weeks alternate between 3 and 4 12-hour work days (long days, esp. when you take into consideration my commute each way but that means I get a 3 or 4 day "weekend").

About 4 months into working there, the company had shift change and I got bumped from mine (went to working an 8 hour shift, 5 days a week from 3pm - 11pm. Wasn't too happy about the whole situation). Fortune smiled a little, and I was able to not only go back to the shift I was orig. on, but go into a position where 1. I'd be getting paid more than what I was getting paid, 2. I had become a full time employee with all the benefits that it entails, 3. I was moving around more during the shift (the fist position I had, I was sitting on my ass for most of the 12 hours), and 4. I got to work all by myself.  I couldn't tell you how happy that made me. Didn't have to directly deal/interact with the drama (the company is located in a small, rural town, where most of the employees are from that town - to give you perspective of it's rural-ness (I just learned this a couple days ago), the head honcho for a certain discriminatory "club" for the region lives in town).  Just saying.

Anyway, I digress.

I've been working independently since the end of August of last year, for about 6 months. Now the company introduces a couple more steps to what I need to do, to do my job. This just threw a monkey wrench into things, because it now meant, I need another person to help me get stuff done. Daily. ~.~ Not horrible, b/c with the extra steps I need to do, I want a 2nd pair of hands to help.

They eventually get the 2nd position filled. Unfortunately with someone whose skill set doesn't quite match what the job/position needs.  I know the guy is new to the position (like almost straight off the street new), but after being there for about a month, he still wasn't quite getting it, nor really making progress towards where he needed to be. Yes, the finer details would come with being in that position and doing the job for a little while, but the general gist of it should have started sinking in. :| The down side is, the area/department I/we work in, doesn't really have direct supervision the other departments have. We have a supervisor, but she oversees the ENTIRE plant production flow (we mail mail from the facility, and she makes sure that once we get the information for printing the mail, it gets to where it needs to be with in the facility and out the door, when it needs to be out the door).

I did talk to my supervisor about it this past week, and we saw eye to eye on the situation, fortunately.

I am hoping something positive comes from this.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Books and Things...

I love to read books.

Every start of the new year, I set a goal for myself to read roughly 50 books, figuring on reading 1-ish book a week.

I love for this very reason (and many more). It helps me keep track of what I've read, where I've left off in a book (if I remember to keep what page I'm on up to date), how close I am to reaching (and exceeding) my reading goal, to name a few.

I can't stress how much I ***LOVE*** how it keeps track of my books and some statistics (like how many pages I've read in 'x' year). Yay numbers!

One of my favorite books I've read this year is Nimona. It's a graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, where the main character is a strong female character. Here's a little blurb I found on

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

It's awesome in an unexpected way. Its a refreshing read about the antithesis to the normal "hero" (and usually male) perspective. It is told from the main male character's perspective but the story line heavily revolves around the the female character.

I am currently, since Jan 1 of this year, I'm 50% way through my goal at 25 books, have only done a handful of rereads, and broadened my reading scope to include more graphic novels.

On a slightly different note, I need to plan a visit to the beach. A "long" weekend, and fortunately since my work week includes the weekend (Sat, and every other Sun), my "weekend" is during the week, kudos for hitting places slightly off of their busiest times.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Frozen Condensation Accumulates....

So, not really new news, it snowed/iced/whatever along the East Coast of the US this weekend.

I am grateful, that I was able to leave work a couple hours early to make it home before the worst started to hit.

It's always fun to watch the snow come down, making everything calm and quiet. We had thunder snow last night, as in there was thunder and lightning as it snow. It was very cool hearing it! Down side is, is clearing the cars out from under ALL THAT SNOW (about 30 or more inches of it)! Ick. Oh well. It's gotta be done some time.

Nothing TOO major happened since last post. My grandmother (not unexpectedly) passed away (very, very prolonged passing - declining health etc) as well as the family dog (about a month later).  Both were expected to happen soon. So *not* a total shock to us.

Been trying to be more social with different activities, but it seems to settle on being "social" at work, or the occasional Geocaching event that I'm not obligated work that day/evening.  It's a LITTLE bit of a challenge since I work 12 hour shifts, Thu - Sat and every other Sun (on top of an hour commute each way). But I find I'm able to work SOMETHING out. :) :)

I've been slowly collecting supplies to make a GeoCoin binder display. It's just a matter of cutting out baseball card sized foam stuff and the shape of the coin somewhere in the center of it.

I've also been SLOWLY (almost painfully so), getting rid of stuff in my room. Stuff I don't need, used, or even looked at in over a year (sometimes several years).

That's it for now. :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

ROAD TRIP!!! (sort-of) - A Wee Geocaching Adventure

Yay for blogging again...

So, the inspiration for this post is's summer Road Trip 2015. (If you're new to Geocaching, here's a Geocaching 101 for you!) this summer decided to shake things up a little. The last couple of summers, August specifically, they have done a souvenir thing that you could "earn" for your profile (one year was find a cache every day in August you'll get the souvenir, the other year was "find this kind of cache" and you'll get the souvenir). This year to celebrate 15 years of geocaching, they decided to spread the fun out over the ENTIRE SUMMER! So every two weeks, beginning June 19th the website has enabled a new "challange" for it's users to get more shiny for their user profiles.

I'm excited, this year you have 5 different types of caches to find and earn a total 6 souvenirs. . So far, I got 3 of the 5. What's nice is everyone has until Sept 2nd to find the 5 different caches.

What's the kind of caches you're finding, you ask? I'll tell you! :D

On June 19th, you had to find a cache that had at least 10 favorite points, earning you "Fun With Favorites". Favorite points is usually a good indication of a nifty/cool/awesome cache (sometimes it's for the journey to the cache - like walking along a trail with the most spectacular views).

July 3rd brought us together, attending a geocaching event earned you "Meet Your Road Trip Crew". :) Had fun discovering a nice out of the way winery and a new favorite wine. ~.~

The most recent one, starting on July 17th, "Let's Get Extreme", was finding a cache that had a difficulty level or terrain level of 5 (caches are rated out of 5 on how much of a challenge it is, mentally or physically - a 5 terrain (or T5 if you want to get technical), you should have some sort of safety gear, like hard helmets and spelunking gear).

The next two are coming up on July 31st and August 14th will round out the summer fun. July 31st is "High Five for the Earth" - getting an Earth Cache or a geocaching event where you "Cache In - Trash Out" (i.e. clean up trash as you geocache). And August 14th is "Putting on Your Thinking Cap" for finding a Mystery Cache.

I will admit the "Let's Get Extreme" had me a little worried, only b/c I was afraid I would be trying to find this one by myself.  ~.~ Luckily I got a friend who caches as well to come with me and discovered it relatively quickly (if she wasn't there, I would have left sooner after looking for a short time. Took us about 15 min before I found it, granted it should have taken us a bit longer, but I would have walked away a lot sooner than that by myself).

My friend and I went to a near by National Park to find a couple more caches and to hike a little to an overlook with an awesome view. Well worth it in the heat and sweating buckets.

And in case if you were wondering about the different cache types, they can be found here.