Category: life

Jen Harley – I love you… let’s continue being weird together

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.

This quote by Robert Fulghum is really great. It fits us and I love that we’re weird in the same ways. I always want to be weird with you. Happy 7th Anniversary!

These photos perfectly represent our life together.

Our life together

Fun at Lipstick

Jen unamused

Jen like's margaritas

Jen being jen

I crush you rock!

Happy Birthday Jen Harley!

Dorky travel pillow, headphones, sunglasses engaged. Home James.On your special day, I wanted you to know that you’re my favorite person. I’m glad you allow me to do life with you.

Here are a few things that come to mind when I think about our life together.

  • We fit together like puzzle pieces. It’s ok that you put things in random places. I think I saw your name tag on the bathroom counter.
  • We sleep all tangled up. I really really love that we sleep the same way and we like it all tangled up.
  • Our personalities compliment each other. You being you allows me to be me without me being self conscience about being a bit of an introvert, especially with new people and in large groups.

Happy Birthday Jen Harley! I love you!

xoxo

Mike-as-a-service

Most of my friends and family already know but I’ve accepted a new position at Bridgestone as a SharePoint Administrator and start there at January 4th.

I’ve worked at CCA for just over 5 years and I have nothing but good things to say about my time there. I’ve enjoyed working for my manager Scott and for our CIO JP. I wasn’t even looking for a position but this one fell in my lap and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. They’re going to be looking for a SharePoint person so if you’re interested, drop me a line and I can get you in contact with the right people.

I’m looking forward to new challenges and expanding my knowledge on my road to becoming a SharePoint Jedi. 😉

Home Automation

I’ve been thinking a lot about home automation lately. Being able to control my house via my phone is very appealing to me. Imagine, saying “Hey Siri, let’s go to sleep” and a bunch of actions happening as a result. The doors lock, the thermostat turns to the appropriate level, the dishwasher starts, any lights left on are turned off, the alarm is set. Image that your house can detect when you leave and can automatically set all appropriate things (lights, locks, alarms, temp) too.

As I look at trying to do some piecemeal home automation, I’ve found that the cost will add up quickly. As I think about it more, I think it seems kind of dumb to spend that kind of money on the ability to turn off my lights with my phone because I’m too lazy to get up and turn the switch. If I really think about that angle a lot, it seems kind of gross and obscene… I’m thinking of spending all this money on controlling my house with my phone when there are lots of people in the world who are food insecure. That’s right, people are literally starving to death while I setup the app that will allow my lights to flash a certain pattern depending on who just texted me. Ugh. I have to be careful with that line of thinking because it could apply to just about everything I spend my disposable income on. Tattoo? Yep, kid just died somewhere. Expensive bike light? You got it, dead baby.

So anyhoo, those are my random thoughts on home automation. It would be call as a shit though. 😉

Birthdays, ice storms and power outages oh my

Today is mom’s birthday. My plan to go spend the weekend in Crossville, visiting mom and hanging out with Jessie and friends didn’t exactly work out as I’d hoped.

Pretty sure I'm going to die in Crossville.
This is us tromping down to Mom’s house.

 

There was a pretty massive ice storm that rolled into Crossville Friday night. As we slept, everything got coated in a thick coat of ice. Power was out in a lot of the county (including my brother’s, where I was staying).

We walked over to Mom’s first thing Saturday morning and she made us some food. I have to say, she made me the best fried egg and bologna sandwich I’ve ever had.

What was supposed to be a weekend visit turned into a half day visit which we topped off with lunch at Waffle House.

Happy Birthday Mom. Hopefully there won’t be an ice storm next year on your birthday.

Best weekend in a while…

I had a shitty week last week. It was a combination of not cycling, the amount of darkness in the 24 hour period this time of year and trying to share a car between two working adults.

Had an off week and this is what I'm doing about it.
My Friday night

Friday night, Jen worked late so I just sat on the sofa, drank alcohol and played on the Internet. It might sound pathetic but it was actually pretty enjoyable.

Saturday I was out and about on the bike. Coffee at a very crowded Red Bicycle coffee shop followed by hanging out at the bike shop and a long lunch and great discussions with the Green Fleet guys filled most of my day. After that, we rode over to watch the cannons go boom!

We then spent the rest of the evening up in Kentu… err, Hendersonville with a large group of our friends; dranking and werewolf and such. It was truly a great time.

Sunday, my brother and I tailgated with Lucy before the Titans-Jets game. I hadn’t planned on getting drunk but Lucy’s kung fu is strong. After shotgun beer lessons and moonshine lime shots, we walked over and enjoyed the game from the excellent execute suite – I won tickets from work. They had free food, drinks and alcohol. I clutched my ticket like a shield every moment in case somebody tried to kick us out because I felt so out of place. #lowclass

I've had worse seats
First series… look at the packed stadium!
I locked my bike to this but didn't notice the sign until after. Oops.
I locked my bike to this but didn’t notice the sign until after. Oops.

I had to leave right at the end of the 3rd qtr because I needed to fix the flat on my bike then bike 20 minutes to Jen’s work for the ride home because we had to get ready for her work Christmas party!

More convo, drinks and food! I think our table was the coolest as we had the lesbians and the guy with the bolo tie.

My great weekend helped me forget about my shitty week. Moar weekends like that please but I need to rest for a while first.