Not So. So-so Day.

I had no desire to do anything today. I ended up driving my my son to school then came home and went back to bed. I slept until it was time to pick him up again.

As I lay in bed before leaving to get my son after school- I stared into the unfinished bathroom. The bathroom that I began to refinish 11 years ago. Ugh. I just wanted to go back to sleep after getting my kid from school.

Instead, I fixed the pipes for the sink, then grouted the bathroom. I probably should’ve started earlier in the day. It’s now 11pm and I just finished. Quick blog, an ice pack and some tv. Maybe I can finish one of my projects before vacation is over.

Relearn

At work I’ve been moved around to different locations over the past year or so. Every time, I use my knowledge that I have gained over the years and adapt it. Sometimes I struggle to figure things out.

But sometimes I forget things. Things I should’ve remembered. Mostly because I don’t use that knowledge.

I don’t plan on forgetting computer commands. Or forgetting the processes and rules in place. But when you don’t utilize them, you forget them. It’s like relearning how to ride a bike all over again.

As tough as it is, everyone is patient with my abilities. And willing to help me out. The people and the job are pretty good to me in that aspect. No one wants to see you fail here. It’s very encouraging.

A Day To Myself

Finally a day to myself. One where no work is involved. A day where minimal chores will be done. An opportunity to do whatever I wanted.

First I took a morning nap. Then I made lunch. There are so many things I could be doing. But this is what I have planned until dinner:

Time to build a model I bought in Japan! Fun times! Hopefully I can get most of it done without interruption. I need a bit of “me time” or “down time” or whatever you want to call it.

It’s about time.

The Pinterest Plans

A few years back, I was addicted to Pinterest. So much so that I’d kill the battery on my iPhone regularly. Then one day it stopped. I think it was because I had saved all these wonderful ideas, but never did any.

It has been ages since I’ve logged into my Pinterest account. However, I do remember certain things I kept looking for. Mostly to do with our garden and doing it on the cheap.

We have an acre to work with. Lots of old growth as well as large trees. I have taken the time to move things around in the yard and have cut back some of the overgrown parts. It’s a labour of love.

Even animals love to hang out on our property. Our dog Lex is super lazy and never chases the squirrels away. We have numerous bird nests hidden in places like the wood shed and throughout trees. So we have a bird feeder that is always filled to keep them happy. And the squirrels love to run along our fence and up the trees.

Like a regular Disney Princess film- we just need more singing in the yard.

Pinterest was always something that kept me creating visions for our property. “Up Cycling” is still a hot trend. We have a collection of junk that is turning into Instagram hashtags. All with stuff we had already in our possession. This year’s spring cleaning and yard setup hasn’t cost me a penny. Thanks to some old ideas from Pinterest. I did toss a couple of our old toilets. I wasn’t really wanting the white trash planters in my yard. I’m glad I don’t go on Pinterest anymore.

But I still think about making stuff from old pallets I have…

A Star Wars Story

Last night I took my family to see the latest Star Wars film: Solo:A Star Wars Story. It was very enjoyable. Here’s an opinion about this new part of the franchise without spoilers.

I was worried that when Disney started announcing that they were branching off from the original storyline that the films wouldn’t be good. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was an excellent film that filled the gap of what happened in the Star Wars Universe between Episode 3 and 4. Solo: A Star Wars Story is also great in its execution. It introduces beloved characters from the original trilogies with quite a compelling backstory.

After watching Solo last night it made me think of Star Wars: Phantom Menace and how that film should really fit into the franchise.

Ok, truth be told- I have a small soft spot for Episode 1. It was the first film released at Colossus back in 1999. At a job where my life changed drastically. It was also one of the last films I took my father to. He enjoyed it the way a young child would. Perhaps it was the morphine pills he was on, but he loved Jar-Jar Binks… So SW:EP1 has some special memories in my life.

Looking back at Episode 1 I realize that perhaps it should be considered part of this new “A Star Wars Story” idea. It was never accepted as a good film in the Skywalker universe. But as a side story, it actually does work.

If Phantom Menace was released today into this new category: “A Star Wars Story” would it be a better film? You betcha. Fans would accept it easier than trying to accept it as a start of the prequel trilogy. And it wouldn’t get poo-pooed as bad with the critics as it was in 1999 because of this.

So that’s my spoiler free opinion.

Ps. I love Star Wars films. Just sayin’.

Spoiler Free Zone

This weekend my son and I were at Calgary Expo: a veritable nerd haven of fandoms and merchandise. Thousands of geeks gathering together… on a weekend when the new Avengers movie hit the theaters. This could not end well…

Many tables had signage saying “Spoiler Free Zone” or “No Spoilers”. Because we had to work the tables/booths all weekend- many of us couldn’t escape in the evenings to view the newest movie. The best part about the weekend and the attendees was the fact that no one spoke about the new movie with those of us who hadn’t seen it yet. Complete and utter respect given to everyone in this regards.

It made me happy that our nerd culture can do such a thing. This weekend I avoided viewing social media. All I did was post a few things, but never scrolled through or read anything that could diminish my movie going experience.

Tonight, I am taking the family to go and see the film. Just a couple of more hours to go in hopes that I can avoid hearing anything about the film. I’ve made it 4 days so far… we can do this.

My Favorite Convention

My son and I leave today for my favorite convention- Calgary Expo! We’ve been coming here since 2012 and have enjoyed every year so far.

This year has all of the artists placed in the “Big 4” building. So many of my friends have been designing pictures to showcase their new locations. It’s one of my favorite things to follow along on social media and see how excited they are getting. Countdowns, messages, fun new products… so much to see and talk about when we get together!

It’s also nice that there is so much love shared throughout our groups. Last year I mentioned how I feel that they are all A Fandom Family. I look forward to seeing them every year. These are some of the most artistic and energized people I know.

Oh, and I’ll be having fun as well being a Table Tart at table AA 5211 for Ningen Headwear. If you need to find my son- he’ll be teaching people Table Top games like he does every other year.

So remember to stop by the Artist Alley in Calgary this weekend if you want to see the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse…

I’m Being Lazy Today

I feel like doing as little as possible today. I didn’t even want to write today’s blog. That being said, this is going to be short. I hope you weren’t looking forward to something exciting or informative.

Now here’s a picture of Garfield to motivate you as I return to my lazy day of being unproductive:

Bad Clicking

Usually when people talk about “clicking” they are referring to a website or something computer related. I have been having an experience for a bit over a month involving “bad clicking”. No, not from Facebook selling my info or the multitude of porn sites I access…

Turns out when I wake up- nearly every day the left side of my jaw clicks. A loud, almost painful click. It’s a strange sensation that stopped while we were in Tokyo. So it got me to thinking- what could be causing it?

Ever since I quit smoking about 13 years ago, I’ve chewed gum. I love chewing gum. But last year, my dentist suggested I stop the gum chewing. I wasn’t having any issues back then with my jaw, so I didn’t bother to stop. Once my jaw started clicking last month, I stopped chewing gum. But the clicking didn’t go away. I didn’t expect it to overnight, but it didn’t even calm down.

While I sleep, I’ve been wearing a mouth guard for a few years now to help prevent the grinding of my teeth that I do at night. So, I already knew I had some issues in my mouth. It doesn’t fully explain why my jaw stopped clicking while I was on vacation though. However, I may have figured it out last night.

My pillow.

That’s right. Time for some Pillow Talk.

Anyways, I think that the pillow I’m using at home- that I got for Christmas- is to blame. It’s just a run of the mill, cheap-ass pillow for sleeping. Before Christmas, I just wanted a new pillow because our old ones were getting kinda, well, old and yellow. So we got new pillows. Only, they suck at pillowing. Why do these new pillows suck at being pillows?

We discovered on our trip to Tokyo that the hotel had those contour, memory form pillows. And we had the best sleeps ever. I didn’t wake up with a click in my jaw. Could it be all because of a pillow? I think so.

Now the hunt is on to find a comfortable pillow- no matter the cost! I want a good sleep and a noiseless jaw. Oh, and I want to chew gum again.

Walmart is Ugh

I went shopping today at Walmart.

I hated it.

I don’t like Walmart.

I prefer to go to local produce and grocery stores for my meats and vegetables. So I don’t buy that stuff at Walmart.

But when I want cheaply made goods at cheap prices from a brick and mortar store- Walmart is it. It’s instant gratification and I have my plastic crap in my possession.

Otherwise, most of my shopping is online. Amazon is pretty good for most of my needs. I don’t really need stuff immediately, so I can wait.

Ugh. Walmart.

This place is just so bright with artificial lighting and sketchy people. What if I’m the sketchy person? Not today Walmart. Not today am I the sketchy one. There’s a toddler steaming at the checkout line with purple lips from a can of soda… Even the employees are kinda not all there as the huddle in groups until a customer tries to approach. Then they scatter like cockroaches.

Ugh. Get me out of here.

Oh look! A deal on paper-towels and WWE t-shirts!

Time to leave. Ooo McDonald’s is in here as well…

FML