Radio Waves

My household loves music.  Our kids play a variety of instruments from piano to bassoon.  They all attend a Fine Arts School and major in music as well.  I have also set up speakers throughout the main floor and back deck in order to enjoy music in almost every room.  I often use Kodi to search out a variety of radio stations and styles of music to fit my mood.  Oftentimes settling on Chamber Music or top 100 from the 80’s/90’s.  Occasionally Bluegrass or J-Pop sneaks in…


When I drive, I always have the radio on. Since getting my Rogue back in December, I’ve been listening to SiriusXM every time I drive my car.  We have had the satellite radio service for years in my wife’s Pathfinder, but we also listen to regular radio stations as well in her car.  Usually it’s NEWS1130 in order to keep up with current events both locally and internationally.


In my car however, the type of XM radio stations I listen to has morphed over the past few months.  First it was all music.  Disco, Grunge, 80’s, 90’s, even Classic Rock. Then I decided to start listening to the Comedy stations.  A few good laughs were had.  Now I am onto Talk Radio.  Specifically “SiriusXM insight”.  I find I really enjoy hearing people talk about everything and anything.

My issues with satellite radio are: The programming seems to be on repeat every 11-14 hours.  Which is rather annoying.  You’d think that with satellite radio and the money people spend on it, that there would be more variety constantly. Which brings me to my other point: Why should I pay for radio? I haven’t discovered the value in it.  

So when my six month subscription runs out in September, I will not be renewing.  The button on my car’s radio shall become useless.  Although, it feels that way for my FM button at the moment.  I don’t think I’ve even programmed in the local radio stations.  


In the end, I can live without paying for radio.  It’s just another expense not worthwhile.  Kind of like cutting off the cable tv.  There is so much more out there to be entertained by instead of wasting money on these strange luxuries. I just need to find a way to stream J-Pop into my car…

Memory Full…

Some of the most frustrating things in life are things that don’t exist.  Computer memory space for example.  I swear that within a year of buying a computer, the space gets filled.


No matter what size storage you have on any given device- it gets filled quickly.  We could have the largest storage on an iPad or iPhone, and it would get filled.  Same with videogame systems.  Our PS3 is maxed out, so is our Wii-U.  Both have been in our possession for years though- so that’s forgivable.  

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on managing the storage on all of our devices.  Removing defunct or useless apps.  I’ve deleted the kids’ old homework from years ago that isn’t needed anymore.  I’ve also been trashing numerous duplicate photos.  Even going as far as deleting all downloaded videos in hopes that our computer will run smoothly again.


I don’t know if our computer will run any faster.  I just know that I am able to find files easier now.  It’s as if we just click “save” without choosing a destination on the computer.  We have a 2tb external hard drive and it still has more than half of its storage available. But our 500gb computer is full.  I just want to yell at my family that they don’t need to save to the desktop or create numerous links on the desktop to various file folders. It does not make sense!  


The only thing more frustrating than having to move storage around is trying to re-connect to the internet when you get a new modem or the connection craps out. Or when you forget passwords.  Passwords are the worst.  But that’s a topic for another day.  I need to get back to moving files around now.  Wish my luck in the Matrix.

Just Add A Coat Of Paint

I want to do so much to our home.  Most of it is expensive and costly.  Like new tiles for the three bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, counters and appliances, new windows, plus all the trims… that’s just what I can think of while sitting in our family room. None of which I have money or time to accomplish this summer.

So instead I went out and bought paint.


Paint to clean up the look of the ceiling in the family room.  Paint for the ceiling in the kitchen to try and brighten it up.  Paint for the walls in the dining room to clean up the smears and fingerprints from the last 15 years of children and pets.  All of it in white.


Rant time:

I hate the act of painting.  Not the painting itself- that’s easy.  I hate the pre-cleaning, prepping walls/ceilings, taping off the edges, laying down sheets, all before you begin.  Then I hate the post painting clean up.  Washing rollers/brushes, removing the tape, putting socket covers back on, folding up the sheets, and making sure you didn’t miss any spots.  

End rant.


Usually I’m pretty proud of the final results.  The way the rooms look with a fresh coat of paint.  It’ll keep me from wanting to spend more money to replace the fixtures in the rooms for at least a couple of more years.  I’ll probably just end up painting some other rooms in a couple of years…

Making Good On My Promise

It’s hard to keep a promise sometimes.  Especially when it’s one that is ongoing.  But this promise is one that I have upheld for many years and will continue to for many more years. 


I promised to support my children in whatever avenues they choose to go on for their education. I also promised to be there whenever I could to watch and cheer them on. It’s something I promised to myself.  I know that our children appreciate the support.

Tonight is no different.  Our middle daughter will be performing in both choir and concert band at her Fine Arts School.  Moments like this are what make all the hard work worthwhile.  


I know she is anxious and nervous.  I am as well.  It’s difficult and thrilling at the same time to watch your child perform.  You want them to succeed.


It was hard for me growing up because my parents weren’t always there for my performances.  My mother tried to push me, but if I wanted to give up- that was fine as well.  I found I gave up more often than I should have and it became easier each and every time.  

Not our kids. If it gets tough, we make them work through it.  Giving up isn’t an option.  We make sure that they understand that there are more people relying on them to see their performance to the end. Hopefully this is the right thing to do.

Tonight is about showing off the hard work and talent.  Both of which our children succeed in.  I’m still nervous as hell to watch them take the stage.  But after a few minutes, it’ll all be over.  And they can focus on their next goal.  All while I’m keeping my promise- without them knowing I had made it.