Friday, August 26, 2016

What a Busy Week

Did I say my life would go back to normal this week? Hahahahahahahaha!

Monday: Hubby had a doctor appointment. 40 minutes from home. We ended up having lunch after. Pretty much shot my day, but I managed to get some revising done.

Tuesday: Probably the normalist day all week. I didn’t go anywhere! However, I did prepare several checks to be signed by the president of my local RWA chapter (I’m the treasurer), which meant also recording those checks in Quick Books. I felt like an accountant again. At least I got some revising done. Yay!

Wednesday: Board meeting with my local RWA chapter at 10:00 am. I thought I’d be home by 2 or 3 (it’s an hour drive for me). Try 6:30 pm. Yep. LONG day. No writing done at all. Boo.

Thursday: Still getting work done for the chapter (ran errands to the bank and post office). Met Hubby for lunch. Never could get into my revisions because I remembered I needed to write this post and I wouldn’t be home at night.

Why is that? Because Hubby and I went to see the Dixie Chicks! Whoo hoo!

Can’t tell you more about the concert, though, since I’m writing this before I left.

Friday (today): A big question mark. I’m hoping for NO distractions!

Plus, on top of all of the above, I was host for the Sizzle and Sass Facebook page, so it’s taken my time up, too. Saturday is my last day for that, so at least there’s an end in sight.

Tonight is the first game of the season for the Wayne Warriors Football Team (high school). Can’t believe football is starting already. Hope we win!!

Yesterday I was able to purchase those Pittsburgh Penguins tickets for the March 5th game (that would be the day after a book signing I’m attending in the area)!! Thanks to whoever gave my daughter the presale code! Much appreciated.

Looking forward to going back to Pittsburgh for a game. I need a new magnet for my car. Actually, a couple: Penguins and Steelers. J Mine are sadly faded.

If I took any pictures of the concert, I’ll post them on Monday. Which means, if I want an easy post, I BETTER take pictures! Hahahaha! J

So… How has your week been? Normal or hectic?

Stacy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

No Wednesday Reads, and an Upgrade Fail

I’ve been reading, just not enough to finish a book this past week. At least I will have something to report next week. And if I’m smart, I’ll read a novella after I finish and have TWO books to report. In any case, I’m about 14 books behind schedule. At my rate, I doubt I’ll ever catch up. Which is a shame. I have SOOOOOOO many books I want to read!

But hey, I’m getting my revisions done. That’s the important thing right now.

You know how I loathe change, right? Well, one of my apps changed and I am not happy.

I track my distance walking on the Nike+ Run app (FYI—I use the FitBit to track steps I take all day, which is inaccurate when it comes to recording the distance). I didn’t use the Nike app for everything it offered, just the simple stuff. Like the GPS when I walked, adding in my treadmill walking, and sharing it all on Facebook (I don’t post a lot there, so it was something and it was also a good motivator for me). I also enjoyed seeing the badges I earned, and seeing which walk was the farthest or fastest, and the routes I took on those days I walked outside. It was fun stuff. Okay, fun for me. If it’s not fun for me, I’m liable not to do it, you know?

Well, Nike changed their app. It’s now Nike+ Run Club. I lost all the badges. Lost which walks were the farthest or fastest. Lost the routes I took. Worst of all, I can’t seem to find a way to share my walk on Facebook. In other words, the app is USELESS to me. It took away all my motivators. Worse: it took away my fun.

I’m not the only one unhappy with this change. Apparently people lost their coaches, plans, and mileage on their shoes (I didn’t even know that was a thing). The new app is getting a big fat ONE in ratings. Makes me wonder exactly what Nike had hoped to accomplish with this upgrade. It certainly wasn’t to make their current users happy, because they aren’t. Not by a long shot.

So now I’m looking for another app to track my walking via GPS (one that will post my walks on Facebook), because I don’t like the new Nike app anymore. I just have a feeling it may take me awhile before I find an app I like.

Man, I hate change! It’s so time consuming! Ugh!

So… Do major upgrades make you as crazy as they do me? Please, I can’t be the only one. Share one with me.

Stacy

Monday, August 22, 2016

Smart-Me? Not so Much

Sometimes I think I’m smart, only to find out I’m not.

I wanted to watch the men’s volleyball bronze medal game (since the US was playing). Smart-me looked for it on line. Site said it started on Sunday at 9:30 am local time. Not-smart-me calculated that to mean 10:30 am EDT (I added instead of subtracted). After looking all over NBC for the game (they showed all the other volleyball games, so why not the bronze medal game???), I eventually found it on USA.

I was getting ready to leave for breakfast with Hubby, so smart-me turned on USA to set up to record. The game was already in progress. D’oh! (this is when I realized my time mistake). Okay, not a total loss. US was losing 2 sets to none, but anything could happen. Smart-me hit RECORD.

Now, if I were TRULY smart, I would have adjusted the end time, or recorded the show after. But not-smart-me didn’t do any of that. As the US won set 3, then set 4, I realized my recording time was running out. During the fifth set the recording stopped when the score reached 7-7.

Damn it!

I thought I was so smart. But there is no such thing when it comes to recording live events, huh? It was such a good game, too! I had to look up the score on line to see who won. I would have been happier to have SEEN us win, but I was still happy. Because at the beginning of the volleyball games, I wasn’t sure US would even MAKE the medal round!

Oh wait!! NBC showed the final set later on. I got to watch it. Yay! What a game. Did you see it?

Hey, if you’re on Facebook anytime this week, come on over to Sizzle and Sass and say hi. I’m hosting through the 27th (Saturday). Yeah, I thought this week would go back to normal, but I completely forgot about hosting S&S. At least that won’t be as time-consuming as the Olympics were.

So… Is there something you thought you were smart about only to find out you weren’t?

Happy Monday!

Stacy

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

I’m So Glad the Olympics are Ending!

You all know I love the Olympics. I love it too much. I’ve got the TV on all day and I’m watching, which means I’m not getting much else done. So yeah, I’ll be glad when it all ends this weekend. That means life can go back to normal.

Sure, I could have just turned off the TV. But the Olympics only come around every 2 years (I’m just as addicted to the winter games, too) and I just love seeing people compete. I love seeing all the countries together. Kind of wish that could happen year ’round, ya know?

Anyway, my WIP has been sadly neglected. So has my reading. And my exercise (I’ve been going to bed after midnight, and getting up early isn’t appealing). That will all end next week. Like I said, back to normal.

Well… until I leave for Dragon Con. Gosh! That’s less than 2 weeks away!!

The disruptions never seem to end, do they?

The Go-Go’s concert Wednesday night was fun. Just wish I didn’t have to wait through two (count them, TWO) opening acts to get to them. So they only played for about an hour. I’m hoping the Dixie Chicks play longer than that. We see them next week in Noblesville (Indianapolis area).

The funny thing about the Go-Go’s concert: our neighbors had the seats next to us! We don’t know them that well, so it’s not like we planned it. What are the odds, huh?

So… Are you happy football has started? Hubby’s happy that the last two Steelers games have been on TV here (not that they've been playing well). We don’t usually get preseason games. I’m not into preseason all that much. I like it when the game counts for something.

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Reads and Miscellaneous Stuff

Wasn’t sure I’d have anything to report this week, but when you can’t sleep at 3am because you ate too much at dinner and dessert, reading is in store. Here’s what I read the past week:

August 14: “End of Watch” by Stephen King, the third book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, a thriller at 429 pages. Blurb from book: In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetable state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara . Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge, not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. I told Hubby he could read this trilogy, that there wasn’t any “woo woo” in it. Oops, was I wrong. This book has plenty of “woo woo.” Hopefully it’s not enough to turn him off, though (he does watch “Sleepy Hollow”!). I enjoyed this book (and series) because I really like the characters. Specifically: Bill, Holly, and Jerome. Brady, not so much!

Today Hubby gets the official results of his PET scan, along with the results of the tumor board. Hoping for good news all around. Kind of expect it, but then you never know… I’ll report the results in the comments. Just so you know, Hubby is doing EXCELLENT. Still doesn’t like the feeling of carbonated beverages and spicy food in his throat, and he still can’t open his mouth as wide as he used to, but says he can live with that.

Tonight Hubby and I are going to see the Go-Go’s in concert. Supposedly their farewell tour. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. You just never know nowadays, huh? Anyway, we’re expecting a fun evening. Or at least, I am! Haha!

So… Have you seen the new Jason Bourne movie? Hubby and I saw it last night. Has all your typical Bourne stuff in it, so yeah, I liked it. We could have seen the Star Trek movie, but I let Hubby choose. Oh, and $5 Tuesdays has been increased to $6. Boo.

Happy Reading!

Stacy