when you know how it feels to be pushed and pulled through your life
brad - 4/24/17 - 3:47 am

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I did a little bit of filing this weekend. It prompted some more pictures. Welcome to my life.

The pollen has been coating everything in the area over the past week, maybe week and a half. I shut the windows and ran the A/C in the house on the few warm days where it reached into the upper 70's and 80's. I opted to run the A/C in my car on those warm days instead of rolling down the windows. It's also been fairly rainy recently. Whether or not any or all of these factors have helped or not, I have not succumb to sinus issues this year thus far. That breaks a three year streak of my sinuses absolutely failing at the beginning of spring. I'm still looking over my shoulder, waiting for something to strike and bring me down, but as of right now I can breathe freely.

I had my oil changed on the 14th. I was also due for a tire rotation, so I had that done as well. I didn't notice anything on the short drive from the oil change place to work, but on the way home I definitely noticed my car was much louder than usual. As I drove it over the next several days, the noise wasn't going away. Once I reached speeds over 20 mph, that's when the noise would grow in volume. There was no noise when idling, so I narrowed it down to being my front driver's side tire. I went back to the oil change place last week and explained what I was hearing and they took a look at it. They drove it up and down the street, then had me drive with one of their techs. They guy told me that my tire wasn't wearing evenly and that I might need an alignment. Then he showed me the proof. On my back tire, which used to be in the front, I ran my hand over the surface and everything felt smooth. I did the same thing on the front tire, which was just rotated up from the back, and one of the treads was noticeably sticking out more than the rest of the tire. That's what's causing the noise to be so loud. So I'll have to look into an alignment to fix the issue. I've been going to this oil change shop for awhile now, maybe five years. First with the Saturn, now with the Focus, and the service there has been great. Very friendly, they explain things, point out things that might need to be addressed, give helpful suggestions. At the moment I can't recall being unsatisfied with anything. I still go to the guys out in Sterling for inspections or any major issues, but to have two car places in my back pocket that I can trust is a very comforting feeling.

Taxes were due on the 18th, if you owed money. I got a refund this year, as I do every year, and they give you three years to claim it, so I didn't have to rush to the post office or anything. I can take my time. VA taxes are due on May 1st. For the sixth year in a row I owe money to the state. I think it's been under $10 every year. This year it's only $5 that I owe. Mish lucked out for the second year in a row, hitting her VA tax on the nose. Her tax owed equaled her tax withheld. I don't know which I would like better: waiting around for a $5 check or paying $5 once a year. Both annoy me.

My weight loss has slowed, as I predicted, but I still have it going in the right direction. I'm still trying to breakthrough a particular weight that I haven't been under in over 2 1/3 years. I have avoided pop for the most part, but there were a couple days where I indulged while still keeping my calorie count under 2000 for the day. I have to remember that this kind of thinking a trap. The point is to cut it out completely. Even if I keep my calorie count in check, they need to be with healthy food choices. It still doesn't do me any good if 500 of the 2000 calories I have for the day are packed with unnecessary sugar and carbs. My calorie deficit isn't as large as it had been during the first month. I burn only 100-300 calories more than I eat per day, instead of the 500 calories I was shooting for. I need to exercise more if I want to see quicker results. Soccer is absolutely destroying my will to even care, so I need to really figure out how to mentally get past that.

I haven't watched much of the NHL playoffs. A guy at work sets up a bracket pool every year with a $10 buy in. My bracket is already shot. I picked Chicago to win, and they were swept in the first round. Oh well. I'm a little more out of touch with hockey in general this year, with the Red Wings being out for the first time since 1990, and the Devils missing for the 5th year in a row. I've still caught a couple games here and there. I don't know who I'd like to see win at this point. No one from the East. Minnesota, my "3rd" team I root for, just got beat by the Blues, so they are out. Maybe the Blues then? Or the Oilers? That's about as far as I would go wanting another team to win this year.

I bought new pillows a couple weeks ago. There's always an adjustment period with pillows, and after only a couple days I was battling with them for sleep. I think I've finally acclimated to them and wore them in enough because I have no problem sleeping now. I'm glad I didn't completely give up on them. Not that they were expensive, I just hate buying something and not getting the full use out of it.

I finally got my haircut about a week ago. I almost hit the three month mark, which is absurdly long for me. I like to average in at two months between cuts, I just wasn't finding time to get one. I know there's not much left anymore, but what is left still grows out like it did 20 years ago.

All that's left to do on the recent to-do list is a car wash, which I have been putting off until the pollen storm is over. No sense in doing it if my car is covered in yellow on the daily. Hopefully that will die down this week and I can run it through the place near my work.

I charge my phone with a USB cable that runs from the front of my computer. My phone sits on the right edge of my desk. When the phone is done charging, the screen wakes up and comes on for a few seconds. It also does this when I receive a text message. I kind of get excited when this happens, but then I check and it's just my phone reaching full charge. When I do receive an actual text message, I kind of get excited, but then I check and most of the time it's my phone or cable company reminding me my bill is due. When it is a legit human being, I kind of get excited, but it's usually just someone from work needing help or someone from soccer needing subs or a roster printed out. When I get an email or a bookface message, the indicator light will blink blue. I kind of get excited, but the email is usually a soccer evite or a stupid follow-up evite, and the bookface message is usually a birthday notification or someone posted in the soccer league group page. I should know better than to get a mini adrenaline rush every time I see the screen light up or the indicator light blinking, because 95% of the time it's something I couldn't care less about. But, like Pavlov's dog, I'm wide-eyed and hopeful every time.

Lunches are made. Soccer bag is packed. Bills are paid. Receipts are logged. Patching for work is completed. I'm all setup to start the week on the right foot. I have three soccer games this week. I have scheduled work on late Tuesday night and all of Saturday. Those will all be worked from home, so it's not a big deal. That will wrap up April. Onward.

"When you are happy, you enjoy the music. When you are sad, you understand the lyrics."



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