Post Christmas 2014 Update

I decided to renew my web hosting, and try to get back into the habit of posting on my blog. I wasn’t very successful last year at maintaining this blog, but why not try it again.  

Santa was very good to the kids this year.  Megan got a new Mac Mini, and Colin got a Xbox One.  Needless to say, they are both content nerding out for the holidays.  The Xbox is proving to be as reliable as a Windows PC, and constantly needs to be be re-started.  I should not be surprised though.  I will admit, the graphics are amazing at 1080p.  I just wish it was a bit more reliable.  Maybe it is related to the hacking of the Xbox Live servers, but it is really annoying.

I was given one special present on Christmas eve, my very own pink bunny suit, as I am a huge fan of the movie “A Christmas Story.”  After posting photo’s on Facebook, I was shocked at how many people didn’t get it.  The movie only runs for 24 straight hours on Christmas Day for crying out loud…

I am enjoying my time off of work, and I have barely left the house.  I am doing a few projects around the house, but mostly being a lazy bum.  Last year was the most challenging year of my career.  I am hoping 2015 proves to be a bit calmer at work (but I am not counting on it.)

Why do I have a blog?

I’m not sure if it is even worth renewing my domain name at this point. It has been almost a year since I updated this site. Between my new role at work and trying to have some sense of a family life, I have lost the motivation to update. I guess it is time to either sh&% or get off the pot with this blog….. More to come?

Blizzapocolypsageddon 2014

We rarely get snow here in Eastern NC, but it snowed a bit last Tuesday, and today we have around 3” on the ground.  So much for global warming…  
I had to work from home today, and also had to cancel a trip to Michigan, as the roads are so bad.  I was not looking forward to driving to RDU in this mess!  

Health Update

I haven’t posted anything here in a while, so I figured I’d get started again by putting up a bit of a summary of my recent hospitalization.

On Tuesday June 18th, I came home and told Brandi that I had been having chest pains all day at work.  The pains were right in the middle of my chest, and would come and go.  I’ve had them before, and had an EKG done before, but it never showed any signs of being a heart attack.  On this day, they stayed with me all day long, and really concerned me.

Upon being told of the issue, Brandi made me go to the hospital ER to be checked out.  Given the family history of heart problems, the doctor’s decided to keep me overnight for observation and monitoring.  The pains stayed, so on the Wednesday, I ended up have a nuclear stress test.  They injected me with a radioactive dye, took a baseline “photo” and then had me do the treadmill.  After the treadmill, I  had another “photo” taken, and they could look at the heart to see if they had any concerns.  There was a slight issue seen, which I can best describe as a “spasm.”  After this, and my continued pains, I had an ultrasound of my gall bladder done, and then the doctor recommended that I get a heart catheterization done to rule out any blockages.

On Thursday June 20th, I had the heart catheterization process done, and they found two small blockages, but chose not to put any stints in. The blockages were only around 20%, and the cardiologist felt these could be treated by medicine and lifestyle changes.  The good news is that I do not have any major indications of heart disease, and given that news, I was released from the hospital.  I have been put on medicine to help reduce the heart spasms, and I have also started taking an acid blocker to reduce any acid reflux that may be causing the issue.

The next course of action for me is to go and have an endoscopy done to check for signs of damage to my esophagus due to acid reflux.  I am waiting for the appointment now.  Over the past few days, I have noticed a major reduction in the occurrences of the chest pains, so it may end up being more related to acid reflux.

Now the real fun begins, as I should start seeing bills from the hospital soon…

Kids Spring Pictures

We finally got Colin’s Spring 2013 school photo’s today, so I thought I’d put up his and Megan’s photos on the old blog for all to see.  CJ did not look too happy to have his photo taken…

Megan’s photo came out really nice.  This was right after she had her hair chopped off for Locks Of Love.

iPad 4 Review

I finally broke down and made a new Apple purchase this past weekend. I have been wanting to update my two year old IPad 2 for some time now. I had the 16 Gig version, and had run out of room on it along time ago. As I just got my bonus from work, I decided to treat myself, so I made a quick run to WalMart and picked one up. The guy at the counter looked at me funny when I said I was going to open it up right there to make sure it wasn't a piece of tile in the box…

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iTubeDownloader Review

While browsing one of my favorite Mac App sites, MacUpdate, I came across a link to a YouTube video downloader that I thought would be vest useful. It is called iTubeDownloader, and it is created by http://soneejohndev.weebly.com/. The premise of the app is that it is a simple to use video downloader for YouTube video’s. Both of my kids like to watch silly videos, and sometimes the internet connection here isn’t that great. So here was a good opportunity to let them create their own personal “cache” of videos.

The app was advertised as “it just works,” so I figured I’d give it a shot…

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