Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let's hope my luck changes!!

My luck changed drastically on Saturday.

Saturday morning I went to get a massage.  It never happened.

I came back, dejected after the run around I went on.

I noticed that it was rather warm in the living room.  Our living room tends to run cold when the AC is on.

Then we realized that they AC wasn't on.

On Sunday the landlord came around.  The verdict was in.  The outside unit wasn't working.  You could hear the hum of electricity, but the fan wasn't spinning.  They would call the HVAC people on Monday.

Great, we can do this!

Sunday night we realized that no, we can't.

We went to bed on the couch.  Fans blowing on it.  The poor puppy was panting, hiding under the couch.  I think we collectively got 2 hours of sleep.  By 2am we were trying to open windows and looking online for a portable AC unit.

Once the morning came, it was clear that neither of us were up for work.  My eyes were burning from the lack of sleep.

We finally found a portable AC unit at Target.  (We couldn't use a window unit without ruining the screens.  The thing doesn't work overly well.  But in comparison, it's amazing.  Between that and the ice cold before bed shower, I slept last night.

I'm actually rather proud of myself.  It was last night at dinner when I broke down sobbing.  Usually that state of absolutely defeat happens earlier.

I'm actively trying to forget the rest of my house.  I never did get a chance to clean up the post-vacation mess.  And now it's really hard to do any work there.  The sweat that pours into your eyes after working for 10 minutes makes it difficult.

Today I'm meeting the repairman to see what the damage is.  I'm praying that they can either fix it today, or give me some sort of timeline as to when it'll be done.  If I know that this ordeal has an endpoint, I can endure it.

When I have some sense of a timeline I can make my to do list and see what I can do with the energy that I have each day.  With some sense of a timeline I can have some hope.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

We're having a heatwave...

It's hot around here.
 We're having a heatwave....

A tropical heatwave.

No seriously!  Look at these temperatures!!

You know what we don't have??

Air Conditioning!!

That's right.. ours is busted.  The outside unit isn't spinning, or turning... I can hear it trying to work, but no go.  And look at those temperatures!!  It's edging on 85 in here!

It's not pleasant.  But I really worry about the puppy.  She's been all pant-y since yesterday.  She has a non-consensual cold bath this morning.  She wasn't a fan, since water is the enemy and all...

Yes... first a massage that wasn't.  Now a broken AC unit.  Let's hope that bad luck doesn't come in 3's and the guy won't be here for a month.

Think cool thoughts for me y'all!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I LOVE Comic Con!!! (Edited with more trailers)

It's San Diego Comic Con this weekend.

Why do I love it??

Because we get trailers!!  (I love me some good trailers!!))

The Wonder Woman trailer!!!  I've been waiting for this for basically ever!!  Heck, Wonder Woman was the sole reason I went to the Superman vs Batman movie!!

So far, so good!!

Edited to add:
I LOVE the fact that they are using WWI and not WWII as a backdrop to this movie for 2 reasons:

  1. WWII tends to get a LOT more film attention than WWI
  2. WWI was pointlessly brutal on such a scale that it was staggering.  I'm not talking actual loss of life, but the loss of life vs. military outcome.  It was awful.  And if Diana wants to see humanity at its worst, WWI was a good choice.
  3. Also, during WWI women has little in the way of rights!!  

I had NO idea that we'd get a Justice League trailer!!

I wonder if it ins't so much a trailer, as it the best they could put together with the footage and available CGI that they had.  (Maybe why there is so little Cyborg and so much Aquaman?)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!!

This movie totally hit my world building love that I have!!  And it gives us the most information that we've had so far!!

(And he's totally a Pokemon trainer!!)

We even got some Suicide Squad!!

Sadly there was no Rogue One panel, so no new trailer.

These trailers are the biggest way that people like me, that are sweating at home, can enjoy all the geeky fun!!

Edited to add more trailers!!

The CW paraded theirs out:

Sadly, no Supergirl.

But Marvel did give us Dr. Strange:

And Captain Marvel!!

And a ride???

The massage that wasn't

Soon after commencement, I decided to treat myself to a massage.  I went to trusty Groupon and found a new place to try and a deal that I liked.

I bought the voucher and redeemed it, setting up my appointment.  Now, I did all of this at the beginning of June...  For an appointment today.

First clue that something wasn't right:  I found 2 addresses that were used.  So I asked.  Ok, she's on Mellon st. in Hampton now.  No big deal.

Second clue:  I got to the location, a rather not awesome part of Hampton, and there was NO door marked with the name of the massage studio.  There was ANOTHER massage studio's door....

Third Clue:  I called.  Right to voicemail. Voicemail was full  I texted.  No reply.

Fourth clue.  I knocked.  For like 10 minutes.  Nothing.

The conclusion:  No massage for me.  maybe next time I'll spend a little more money and get something not advertised on Groupon.

It's noon, and I'm out of fucks to give for today already:

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's actually Friday already??

This week's work week was 3 days.

Arguably the longest 3 days in the history of days!  I slapped myself more than once driving home last night so I'd stay awake!

(But it's it always the way when you get back from vacation?)

Before I left for vacation much of my job consisted of fixing problems that other people created.  After coming back, I faced more of the same, but not as hair-pullingly-stressful as before.

So that's good, right?

We're still rather in that vacation mindset.  The clean laundry is still in the dryer.  The kitchen looks like a tornado hit it.

But hey, at least we're started watching thing on the DVR!

Choices, right?

The food in the house is there, ready for me to make dinner.

My workouts are there, ready for me to do.

I just don't want to do anything.  I want it to still be vacation.

Sadly, it's not.

Saturday we're going grocery shopping.  (Saturday is also the day the old mattresses are taken away and the new ones will be put up!)  I have my workouts are set for next week.

I even ran today:
I'm Sam, not Steve, FYI
It's always hard coming back from a vacation.  Having to get back to your life.  But I'm ready.

Now, to finish up the rest of my work to-do list and to make a weekend to do list.  Also a meal plan.

I've eaten too much and drank more wine than I should have.  (Also, there's some in my fridge...)  I need to get back to this weight loss thing!

I've got this!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Vacation at the Falls!

We just returned from a 5 day vacation in Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

I have a lot to talk about, but today, it's all going to be Niagara Falls.


Because I know what people say.  Niagara Falls is where our grandparents went on their honeymoon.  Why should we go?

Well, you should go, because it's a simply amazing place to visit!!

You even have a choice of 2 countries!

We drove to the falls on a Friday afternoon.  You have to drive through Niagara Falls, NY to get to Niagara Falls, ON.  There's something about the US side... It's an odd mix of cheap souvenir shops and a MASSIVE casino!

from trailwaysny.com
It's the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.  The hotel can be seen for miles.  I believe the casino operates in what used to be the Niagara falls convention center.  Right before you hit the border you pass Smokin' Joe's Native Center ($2.99 tshirts is proudly displayed).  I don't know what it is, but someday I'll stop and check it out!

So we hit the border and went right to our hotel:  The Fallsview Casino and Resort.

And they weren't kidding about the view!

The Tesla Fountain in the lobby,.  So cool!

The place was incredible!!  But we didn't stay long!!

So Niagara Falls Parks has these passes.  Adventure passes.  Don't pass go!  Don't collect $200!  Just get it!!

We got the basic ones, and for $55 we got:

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises (think Maid of the Mist)
  • Journey Behind the Falls 
  • White Water Walk
  • Niagara's Fury (I actually wouldn't do it again...)
  • Two-day WEGO Access (It's a bus, and boy is it a lifesaver!!)
  • $100 in Bonus Coupons
And for less than the price of admission you can add other attractions.  We added the Whirpool Areocar.

We did the Hornblower Cruise first!

the bottom picture is from niagarafallstourism.com
I can't quite express how wet you actually get...  Seriously!  But it was SO worth it!!

after the cruise, we went exploring!

We had to find Tesla!

Sadly, after that it was time for shopping and dinner.  I bought a tiny bottle of Ice Wine and settled in to watch the fireworks.  Which we couldn't see from our window!  Apparently they do them in front of the American Falls.  

The next day we did the rest of our adventure:

The Journey Behind the Falls is SO completely worth it.  See that cave and opening.  That's the frickin' Falls outside of it!!  Seriously!!!  You can't quite touch the water, but you used to.  (Dad says that as a kid I actually did touch it!)

Later on we moved upstream to the White Water Walk and the Areocar.
the car is from tripadvisor.com, and the logo is from niagaraparks.com
The White Water Walk is simply incredible.

The river narrows and the river speeds up.  Class 6 rapids.

Seriously!  that's one international border that involves death if yo try to walk across it!!  Just standing on the deck and watch it was awe inspiring!

The Areocar was equally amazing.  It's been running for over a century!

All in all, we had a WONDERFUL 2 days.  Someday I'd like to go back and stay longer.  Maybe do the falls walk on the American side.

But if you were thinking that Niagara Falls had nothing to do, man where you wrong!!!

(The Buffalo part of the trip is coming soon!)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

As Pride Month comes to a close...

Pride Month started out rough.  It started with the massacre in Orlando.

Most of the country, and the world, came together to denounce the hate.

Some small minded people declared that the murder of gay people is a good thing.

I don't know what God they claim to follow, but the Higher Power that I and millions of others follow think they they are wrong.  (these people also give Christian a bad name, am I right?)

I've been a strong supporter of the LGBT community for years and years.

But there has been some rather strange developments in this community that worry me.

1.) There are FAR too many in the community that refuse to acknowledge the "T" in LGBT.  Transgender individuals are beening told that their time will come, but have been left hanging by Gays and Lesbians.  But that's a story for another time.

2.) There are FAR too many people, both in the LGBT community and out that don't believe bisexuality exists.

I know... it's in the name LGBT.  

How do I know?
Because I am bisexual.

I don't tell many people.  My family doesn't even know.  (But they do now!)  But I'm tired.  I'm tired of being told that because I'm dating a man that I'm magically straight.  I'm tired of being told that I don't belong at Pride events because I'm not "gay enough."  (Frankly the "not gay enough" thing REALLY burns my butter...)  The systematic denial of the existence of bisexuality is called bisexual erasure, and it's real.

But in this time of Pride, it's time to stand up for what you believe in.  And this time I stand up for me.  I acknowledge that I have privileges that gay and lesbian couples don't.  But that doesn't make me any less queer.