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Just wanted to catch up a little bit.

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve posted something here so figured I had better get on the ball or people will think I’ve fallen off the edge of the earth.  Oh, wait a minute, they discovered a long time ago that there is no edge.  I forgot the earth is round.  Smile Just trying to be funny, that’s all.  Did it work?

Anyway, nothing exciting has happened since I got back from Mexico in December.  Had a doctors appointment and he beat me up because I haven’t been taking my cholesterol medicine and it was bad, so he hollered at me a little bit and now I’m taking it regularly.  He also increased my Metformin to two 500mg tablets a day because my sugar hasn’t been as good as I want it to be.  It all started with the trip to Mexico.  Darn Mexican food messed me up. Sad smile  But oh was it good. Winking smile  Especially the “chinchulines”.  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s chitlins, and they are fried up nice and crispy and served as an appetizer and oh my goodness they are out of this world.  I know, I know, organ meat is not good for you, but I just can’t help myself.  So I guess I deserved getting hollered at by my doctor.

I think the weather is finally getting straightened out here in the Midwest.  It was 69º here today but it was windy so didn’t really feel all that great.  Some of the southern suburbs made it over 70º.  But then it’s going to cool down again so heaven only knows when we’ll see real spring weather.  I think we just might skip it and jump right to summer.  Mother Nature must have gotten her wires crossed.

Had to return the Logitech Solar Keyboard I got because one of the keys dropped off and I couldn’t get it to stay on and Logitech didn’t help at all.  Fortunately Best Buy took it back without a problem and I hope this new one doesn’t give me any headaches.  I really like it though.  Can sit back in my recliner and type away like mad.  The height of laziness.  Also got a new wireless Logitech Mouse.  Wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, now all I need is a wireless headset and I’ll be set. Smile  No wonder I can’t lose weight.

Still going to the YMCA three times a week.  Some days I just don’t feel like going but Jerónimo bugs me until I give in.  But I must say, I feel much better after we go.  Now that the weather is starting to get better, I’m going to start walking on the other days that we don’t go to the YMCA and hopefully I’ll be able to lose some pounds.  It’s so darned easy to put it on, but boy to get it off is a chore.  Think I’ll get a zipper for my mouth as that will be the only way. 

Made shrimp cocktail for dinner tonight and boy was it good.  It was the Mexican style.  Used 2 pounds of shrimp, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, ketchup, Clamato, lime juice and Valentina hot sauce.  MMMMM delicious.  We didn’t eat it all so will have some more tomorrow.

Well, that’s it for today.  Hope everyone who is reading this is doing well.

Have a great week.

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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Catching Up

 

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My vacation

Returned on 12/12/12 from a 3 week vacation in Mexico.  Most of the time was spent in Cueramaro, Guanajuato.  Made some side trips to Silao, Irapuato and Mexico City where we spent 4 days.  Stayed with Chava and Lulu Reyes.  They are a fantastic couple and really know how to make you feel at home.  Got to see Lola, Chayo, Erica, Rafa, Regina and Romina as well as Estela and Toño Saragoza.  Only thing is I wasn’t in the best of moods.  Had some digestive problems but it only lasted 2 days, fortunately.  Other than that, we had a fantastic time in Mexico City. 

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The side trip to Silao was to visit the Gonzalez sisters.  They have such a beautiful home and boy can they cook.  Here are some pictures of their home.

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As you can see, some fantastic plants.

In Irapuato, we went to dinner at the Hacienda de Torres.  They have fantastic food there.

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We really had a fantastic time and before we left, I was thinking that 3 weeks was going to be real long time, but boy it just flew by.  Seems like we just got there and it was time to come back home.  And yes, it is nice to travel, but it’s much nicer to get back home and to sleep in my own bed. 

That’s all for now.  Hope everyone is doing well.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in New stuff

 

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My new Windows 8 machine

And boy do I love it.  Still learning all the new, neat stuff it has, but slowly but surely I’ll master it, just like I master everything else in life.  I got the Dell XPS One 27 from the Microsoft Store in Oakbrook, IL  They gave me a nice trade in allowance on my HP DV7-T laptop, so that was nice.  They really know how to treat their customers out there.  It has always been a very pleasant experience.

EDIT:  I have since returned the Dell piece of garbage and replaced it with a Lenovo Ideacenter A720 and boy is it magnificent.  Much nicer than the Dell crap.  This one has a 27″ monitor that lays flat so it can be used as a Surface.  Nice, really nice.  Only objection I have about this system is the keyboard.  The keys are in odd places and there is no single Delete key and you have to do a Shift and press the decimal point key on the numeric keyboard in order to delete something.  Rather cumbersome if you ask me.  So, today I went to Best Buy and got a Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard and boy is it fantastic.  Can hold a charge for up to 3 months even in complete darkness.  Was also looking at the K800, but that one is too big for the little table that I have the computer sitting on.  I need to get a bigger table.  Maybe I can find a carpenter who can make me one.  

Other than that, everything here is going well.  Am losing a little bit of weight and my sugar and blood pressure are both under control.

Hope everyone had a nice Halloween and have a nice weekend.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in New stuff

 

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Just catching up a little

Well, just decided to catch up a little bit.  It has been way too long since I last posted to this site.  So far I’ve been keeping my diabetes, blood pressure, etc. all in check.  Am still trying to lose a little weight though.  Have been going to the YMCA three times a week lately and have started a different work-out regimen.  I was doing a bunch of crunches, (up to 1,000) and discovered that I have an epigastric hernia and doing all of those crunches is only exacerbating it, so have decided to change the routine.  Now I walk 1/2 mile on the inside track, then do maybe 1/2 hour on the stationery bicycle, then to another 1/2 hour on the treadmill, then a few sets for the biceps/triceps.  Needless to say, that does work up quite a sweat but I feel really good afterwards.

Went to a Mexican Independence party yesterday in Whiting, IN with Jerónimo and family.  I was in charge of making my famous “palomas” which is a drink with Tequila, Squirt and lime juice.  Everyone loves them and I made 4 one gallon containers and they were still asking for more but I didn’t have any more tequila or limes or Squirt, so they just had to go thirsty.  The food they has was so-so.  Someone made a “tinga” of beef, which was ok I guess.  Then there was rice, refried beans and fried chicken.

I often ponder about some strange things and one that always befuddles me is when I wash clothes, why everything comes out of the dryer turned inside out.  It goes into the dryer the right way, but always comes out wrong.  And the craziest thing is that if I actually turn it inside out when I put it into the dryer, it stays that way, it doesn’t turn itself right side out, as I would expect it to do.  It’s crazy and it drives me crazy.  LOL

Well, here it is the middle of September already.  Gosh how the time flies.  And I think that as we get older it goes by even faster.  Seems like only yesterday the year was just beginning and here it is Autumn already.  And what have I done with all that time?  Good question.  Haven’t really done anything productive, except the workout routine I guess so I guess that is something productive.

Well, that’s about it for today.  Hopefully I’ll be able to update a little more often.

Hope everyone is doing well.

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Just regular stuff

 

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Playing with Windows 8

Have been playing with Windows 8 Developer Preview and loved it and have now downloaded and installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and love it even more.  I have been reading all the haters out there posting about how much they dislike the Metro UI but it’s only because they haven’t even tried it.  It took me all of 10 minutes to figure everything out and get Windows 8 set up the way I want it.  And I use my keyboard and mouse exactly the same way I did in any previous version of Windows.  I don’t understand what they are all on about, but I think it’s stupid to just troll the forums bashing the new Windows 8.  They are probably all iFools that if it were something from Crapple, they would jump all over it proclaiming it the next best thing since sliced bread.   They need to get a life and stop posting their garbage.  Anyway, I like it and can’t wait for the final.

Also have been thinking of getting a different Windows Phone when either the Titan II or the Nokia Lumia 900 become available.  Everyone is raving about the Lumia 900 so will take a serious look at it.  Of course I really like the 4.7” screen on the Titan so not sure what I’m going to do.  I really need to do a hard look because I’m going to be paying full retail.  Now, if I could only win one or the other, that would be fantastic.  LOL

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Just catching up a little.

Been a while since I last updated my blog so it’s about time I take care of that.

As I posted in my blog of Sept. 18, I’ve been playing with the Windows 8 Developer Preview and just love it and it has turned me on to the new series of Windows Phones.  I went to the #WPCHI Night Market on Friday and got a look at all the new phones and fell in love with the HTC Titan, which has a 4.7” screen.  It’s not really much bigger than the Samsung Infuse I have, which has a 4.5” screen, but the Titan is a Windows Phone and the Infuse is Android.  Big difference in the OS and that’s why I want to try the Windows Phone, now that it has the Mango update.  Can’t wait to try the Panoramic imaging that is build in to the HTC Titan.  I saw it in action the other night and it is just so super simple to use.  It has an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chatting.  Also has a 1.5Ghz processor which will make it pretty darned speedy.  I’ll have this baby in my hands on the 20th of Nov.  Can’t wait.  LOL

The party on Friday was fantastic.  I was just amazed at the logistics of putting together an event like that for the 400 invited guests.  The setting up of all the different phone stations and the food and drink stations was just so well done that even with all those guests, it never seemed crowded at all.  There were all kinds of opportunities for us to win things like new phones, 3 month subscriptions to X-Box live, etc. which I thought was nice and the band that played was called Drums.  Super band.  Really had my feet a stomping.

Jeronimo is in Mexico for a month so I’m here all by myself and am planning on doing some more updating in the house.  First I have to get the outside stuff done.  I still have to pull out all the flowers and stuff and prepare the beds for next spring and will do that today because it’s supposed to be in the 60’s.  Once I get that out of the way, I can concentrate on the inside.  I think I’m going to paint the upstairs bathroom.  It’s kind of a peach color now and I think I want to go with either a beige or a taupe color, not sure yet.  I’m not going to tell Jeronimo, I’ll just let him see it when he comes home.  LOL

Ok, that’s it for today.  Here are some pictures of the #WPCHI Night Market.

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Just a little update.  Got my HTC Titan from the Microsoft store yesterday and boy is it nice.  It’s not really that much bigger than the Samsung Infuse I have.  The Titan is 4.7” and the Infuse is 4.5”  but hey, it’s still bigger.  Got it all set up the way I want it and got some of my music sync’d to it so I’m one happy camper right now.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Take care.

Just to let you all know, I’m still in love with my HTC Titan and Windows 7.5 Mango.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in New stuff

 

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What a busy two weeks I’ve had.

Jerónimo has been in California since Oct. 1st and I have been busy working around the house trying to update/clean/modify stuff.  I started by painting my kitchen cabinets, which started out on a bad note because of the advice by the Home Depot paint department associate.  I tool a door from one of the cabinets with me so I could show them what I wanted to paint and asked for his advice.  He said that I would have to prime them first.  So, he gave me a gallon of Killz 2 primer.  Then I picked out the color of paint and he mixed it up.  I then asked him what I should use to apply the primer, a brush or a roller and he said that because of the texture, a brush would be better.  So, that’s what I did.  What a mistake that was.  After removing all the hardware and priming everything, when I started the regular paint, all the brush marks showed right through and I was beside myself.  So, I closed up the can of paint and headed to Home Depot to solve the problem.

Got to Home Depot and the same guy was not there so I talked to the girl and she said that she didn’t know why he told me to use a brush when everyone knows that brush marks on primer will show through, especially on a light paint.  So she said that I would have to sand all of the cabinets and I told her there was no way I was going to do that and asked for another alternative.  She said that I could try a primer/paint combo and see if that worked, but she said she would not guarantee it would.  So I got another gallon, but a little darker than the first one.  I was fortunate that they had pity on me and they agreed to take back the original gallon.  So when I got home and I started to paint and fortunately, it worked and I got all the cabinets painted.  But boy was it a lot of work.  Took me all week, but they look beautiful.  Here’s a couple pictures.

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Then I decided to refinish the sink in the basement kitchen.  I bought one of those kits to refinish sinks and bathtubs and have had it for a long time, just never got around to doing it.  So, I taped everything off and worked it according to the directions and gave it two coats as per directions and boy does it look nice.  Already washed dishes in it and it’s just like brand new.

After that was done I started cleaning out closets and drawers and the garage of stuff that has been here for most of the 25 years we’ve been here and we still haven’t used it, so it went in the garbage.  Now all the closets/drawers/garage really look nice and neat.

Jerónimo will be home this Friday and I hope he likes all the work I’ve done.  If not, well, too bad.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized