Showing posts from February, 2020

When I See You Smile

This past week the floor I've been working on has shut down for construction. The top management is planning on moving down to the floor and my floor is moving, possibly, up to the floor they are using. It works out for what it is.  The problem is I'm displaced and now need to work in another place--or, I don't really know where I'll be. Probably all over. But it's okay. I still have a job.  So remember how I say you have to be positive? I still stand behind that. And usually the next day I'm good again. But this day was getting to me.  I'd just packed up my things, cleaned out the drawers and was trying to do some work, sitting there holding my head up with my hand, when the person I was sitting with started singing When I see you smile , by Bad English.  I turned to her and explained how I used to think about my mother when I heard that song. She had died when I was 13 and that song reminds me of her.  Whatever you believe, in God or other,

I've Missed You Coffee Leaf

I started taking the train again. I had gotten into the habit of driving in and it wasn't good for my wallet and health.  Taking the train I easily get 10,000 steps in. When I drive, it's only about maybe 7,000.  Sure I can get in steps at work, but it's very hard when it's busy--and that's most of the time where I work.  Plus, one of my knees had some strange discomfort for quite a while. Walking set that almost back to normal.  In some ways driving is less stressful than riding the train, but then again traffic and other drivers are stressful in their own way.  Either way, I am early today and the traffic is almost non-existent at this time coming into the city. So I had a bit of nostalgia with a coffee leaf from one of my favorite places to get them, Laughing Man, and a glazed donut. Ah, the breakfast of champions. No picture, and when I wrote that part I looked at the empty bag and lamented on the missed photo op. R.I.P. Glazed donut, you've made

I Feel Robbed! Update to Sprint Note 9 Android 10 update

Well, sort of. I have the Sprint Note 9 and February 24th has come and gone. While I read that some Note 9s have been updating, I have not received my update.  What has happened is my wife's S9+ got the update. I came home from work and checked and it was there. Downloaded and running. So something happened today in the way of updates, just not on my Note 9.  Well, the 25th is going to be another day of checking over and over throughout the day, I guess. Should be coming very soon.  I'll keep you posted.  If you've received the update already, then congratulations. Enjoy.  WCM 3/4/2020 5:56pm So it's been a few days since the update and I'm loving it so far. There are a few very minor issues, but nothing huge. I'm going to use it a bit more and then write what I think. The video editing I wanted to do worried me at first, then I saw its use, and now it's great.  Thoughts coming soon.  WCM 

Blaze Your Own Path

I've seen so many things during my journey to becoming an author, and be able to sustain myself (That's the ultimate plan).  During this voyage I've witnessed hidden lessons, had many great experiences, some not so great--but a lesson was still to be learned: one that comes to mind is iPublish.  I really don't want to be run of the mill, standing in the shadows of others while they blaze a path through the tall grass of sucess, grateful I don't have to do any heavy lifting.  It's not always heavy lifting, though. It comes down to being you. And that should be pretty easy.  I want to be that person hacking and slashing through the brush to make my own unique style. If others want to follow, that's up to them. But I'd encourage them to cut their own path, as well.  If you listen to Korn what stands out are the vocals and sound. The bass has a distinct click that others try to replicate. A loose string sound that you know is the band when you

Note 9 Update Worries

I'm thinking about that text now, the one for a phone getting a big update February 24th that will affect Calling Plus: but I don't think my phone had or has this feature. I'm holding out hope because I read online that the Sprint variant of the Note 9 would be getting the update that day. And the text message indicates that specific date. Here's hoping. WCM 

Locke and Key Review

Another haunted house?  Gary and I recently watched a little of the new series Locke and Key by Joe Hill. For those who don't know, he is Stephen King's son, and has had a few novels and short story collections out already. The series is on Netflix, which means the whole first season is up. As I believe is mostly the case with Netflix. A bit more complicated In the review on the YouTube channel, I say it seems like another haunted house story, and it is, but with a bit more to it.  Children always freshen things with horror, and while I tend not to like the clich├ęs that come alone with teens and school, if not focused on too much, it's okay. Or if there is a reason, like we're seeing through the eyes of the student.  I haven't watched the whole series just yet, but plan to. If you want to see Gary and I watch anything else. Let me know in the comments here or on YouTube.  Also, please like and subscribe and share if you enjoy the content. 

Sprint Note 9 Android 10 Update

I'm excited. Just got out of work and my wife texts me with a message she revived from Sprint.  It states what I'd read on a site not too long ago about my phone getting a big update on February 24th. Not only will Note 9 be getting Android 10, but also Samsung's One UI 2.  Looks like it impacts Calling PLUS. Don't think I really ever used that. Hope it's not a permanent issue, though. I'll have to look into that.  I've been loving my Note 9. Had it for about a year now. It's hands down the best phone I've ever owned. People are getting this phone instead of the Note 10, because of the lower price.  Back to the news. It's not just the updated functionality to the phone and new features that I'm looking forward to, it's the DEX on PC support,   where I can plug my phone in with a USB cable to my laptop and my phone becomes a computer on my computer. Note 9 has DEX built into the phone, so only a cord is needed to turn the device in

Different Perspective

What makes someone better to someone else 

Oops Edits Please!

Maybe it was having changed the font. Maybe it was getting a bit ahead of myself with the excess of posts as of late. I may have gotten a bit carried away and rushed to get the words out.  My wife brought to my attention a few of my latest posts were a tad incoherent. I went over them and found some pretty embarrassing errors.  Even though a blog is mostly thoughts and a diary of sorts, it doesn't mean I should neglect a good edit session--even a quick one.  Okay, I'm going to go back and look this over.  Sorry. But no Mandela effect here. I've been correcting posts. My wife did ask who would go back and read again. To which I said, hey, you never know. Or maybe someone went to show their buddy, "Hey, you've got to see this incoherent post."  "What are you talking about? This doesn't sound that bad."  "Wait, what?"  WCM

Calorie Deficit and Still Okay

1000 Calorie Deficit It hasn't been too bad over this past month using the Fitbit app calorie counter.  I know Weight Watchers is pretty much the same thing, except they use points instead of counting calories. Makes it easier for someone to just get on with the day and not have to worry about counting and looking up calories, but I'm going to stick to the Fitbit for now.  I'll admit, it can be a pain when an item isn't in the Fitbit database. But it's not too bad. I have food that I eat often that goes under the Favorites, or Most Logged. So it's not too hard to find most of the time.  Bringing my lunch to work Been saving a lot of money bringing in two sandwiches a day. Almond butter with a bit of honey. I use Martin's potato bread. My wife also makes some coffee in the morning and puts it in a Klean Kanteen, which keeps it hot all morning, and sometimes It's stayed decently warm into the afternoon. It's about two cups, and I&#

Starting Weight Loss

Went a little post crazy today.  But that's okay. I find this is a better way to post my thoughts than social media. That rhymed!  My Fitbit died.  So, have been using Fitbit for quite some time now, maybe three or so years, I am familiar with the terrain. Recently my device bit the dust, though. I went without it for a few months, not digging the way it felt without seeing my sleep stats, or knowing how many steps I'd done for the day.  Then, for Christmas, my wife bought me the Charge 3 and I said I was going to finally loose weight. For health, not so much looks. I'd used the Fitbit's app to count calories before, so I knew how to do it--I just fell off. But this time I was going to stick to it and not stray off the path.  Now the fun part. I've been doing this for a while, on and off, mostly using the device for sleep stats and steps. But since the holidays I've buckled down and started counting calories strictly from what the app tells me

Off to a Greek Diner For Pulled Pork

Went to a local diner today, because my daughter wanted to go to IHOP (a fast-food chain that is known mostly for their pancakes) and there's usually always a line out the door.  It's President's Day in the states, so a lot of people have off and I am luckily one of those that have the day free. So I told my daughter, if it isn't packed, maybe we can try IHOP. But if it is, we can go to a local diner which is just as good, if not better.  Glad I did. I don't usually like going out too much, but this place wasn't bad.  At this point it was too late to get breakfast--even though they still offered it. I was going to go to my favorite, pasta, but then decided on a burger. The prices were a bit high, but not too bad. The burgers were better.  Pulled Pork with Side of Fries Then I saw it. Pulled Pork...  My wife had brought my attention to it first, then there was no going back. I was transported back to my days of watching the Food Network after hard d

Hot Sauce Choices

Hot Sauce Selection There were so many hot sauce choices. From Old Bay to one I'd never heard before called Trappey's.                                Trappey's Hot Sauce That one was interesting, offering a blue cheese flavor. But the ingredients didn't say anything about cheese, or milk, so I passed for now.  Tabasco Smoked Hot Sauce My go to is usually Tabasco, Smoked. It's a bold flavor, with a smoked undertone. Not a lot of vinegar taste like other hot sauces. I like to put this in my mac and cheese, giving it a smoked surprise.  I always love seeing what hot sauces are on display. And I really would have loved to try the blue cheese one, but I am out of my Smoked sauce and didn't want to take the chance that it would taste artificial.  If anyone has heard of, or tried, Trappey's, let me know of it is. I'm interested. I guess I can always just buy a little blue cheese and crumble it on whatever I'm having.  I have made a ma

It's The Journey

I was listening to a YouTube channel where a guy was talking about his friendship with the Co host of the show (I believe he was the co-host). They were talking about how they met and they're dreams, and they thought that having the luxury apartment or high paying job was what they wanted. Except they weren't happy, not what they wanted after all.  I've watched other channels and articles that echo this sentiment; that having a ton of money doesn't always make one happy.  And even a difficult goal, once achieved, leaves you empty once again after it's completion.  Because it's all in the journey.  Ever notice how musicians, or artists starting out have what seems like a hunger? They have nothing, they are struggling to get into the eyes of their fans, to climb hi gher than any others who are doing what they do. Once they get to some level of achievement, they don't see the same. Maybe a shell of what they were, not as raw, too polished.  Tha

I Show How to Cook Fettuccine Alfredo

Cooking With Will This was a fun episode. I show how to make fettuccine alfredo.  I had some guests come over and thought, well, I'm making it already, might as well get some footage for the show I do with Gary.  All in all it came out good. I think it was a tad clumpy at the end, but still good.  It makes a difference to use half and half, or heavy cream. But if done just right the cheese can thicken it up nicely. Either way, hope everyone enjoys this. If there is anything else you want me to cook, or think is worth trying, let me know in the comments. And if you like the show, please like and subscribe on the YouTube channel.  Thank you.  WCM 

Lunchtime Edits

Snuck away to take a lunch break. Been very busy today. Got a little editing done on a YouTube video. Going to see if I can edit a little on some stories. Lots of moving going around this month, so might be a bit hectic. Got a rejection. Ready to send to the next.  It's not easy being focused when so many things are happening all around. I just hope my submissions are halfway coherent. It gives me a headache when I go back to a story and don't see the big picture I had the last time looking at it, or I start tweaking things from a new prospective and it doesn't jibe with the last session.  Going to get back at it.  WCM