What’s Good in Tater Town 10/20/19

I don’t really have much to say in a lead up to today so let’s just get to it.

  1. We went to the Ravens game on Sunday. The Ravens won and the trains ran consistently enough to get us in and out without a problem.
  2. The weather was perfect for watching a football game.
  3. My son came home for dinner and Spiderman Monday night.
  4. My new person started at work on Tuesday so we are back to full staff again.
  5. We got some much-needed rain on Wednesday.
  6. My son came back Thursday night to go to food truck night with me.
  7. Friday was my day off from work so I got to rest a little.
  8. My daughter came home for the weekend on Friday.
  9. Kentucky basketball’s Blue/White scrimmage was Friday night.
  10. That means we’ve reached the point of Kentucky basketball being on regularly.

It seemed like a long week. Probably because I worked Columbus Day for the first time in 25 years. I still think it is a good idea to open that day and close on Black Friday, but I did miss a random day off in October. Looking forward to the post-Halloween lead up to the holidays.

What’s Good in Tater Town 10/13/19

Well, that was a week. All the stress that was gone for a while came flooding right back in. Funny how that works. Still waiting on that rejection email, so that bad was delayed for another week. The Braves choked in the playoffs so baseball is dead to me for the year. Let’s see if I can find the good.

  1. The Ravens beat the Steelers and are back in first place for now.
  2. My son came home for dinner on Sunday night.
  3. There were a couple of days when the stress mysteriously disappeared.
  4. Kentucky basketball season officially started Friday night with Big Blue Madness.
  5. I worked Friday so that means I get two days in a row away from work after working 7 days in a row.
  6. It was a nice enough day yesterday to sit on the deck and finish my book.
  7. Kentucky football beat Arkansas last night.

That’s all I can come up with right now. I would like to say things might get better next week, but without a change in where I spend my days, I don’t think it will.

What’s Good in Tater Town 10/6/19

It was a week of feeling a little sick and a lot tired. A little sick and a lot tired but not able to take any time to try to get to 100%. There is always good to find.

  1. Both of my kids were home for dinner on Sunday night.
  2. My boss was still off all week.
  3. A meeting Wednesday afternoon meant a trip to the farmer’s market for gelato.
  4. It also meant a walk through my old branch to see friends again.
  5. Another out of branch meeting in the middle of the day on Thursday broke the day up and made it feel shorter.
  6. People at work who make a bad day a little better.
  7. Friday off meant a day of rest(after some cleaning) to watch TV and read.
  8. Playoff baseball on TV.
  9. The Braves won Friday so no sweep this year.
  10. I’m still enjoying doing the Saturday social media for work.

This week we go back to normal life at work with the boss’s return, I will likely get my rejection call from the promotion interview as well. I will have to work hard to find the good for next week’s post.

What’s Good in Tater Town 9/29/19

This past week is a blur. I don’t recall much. This might be a short one.

  1. My boss was still not at work.
  2. I got the stressful(and likely futile) promotion interview out of the way on Tuesday so my anxiety levels went down.
  3. A midday meeting on Thursday gave me the chance to take my lunch to go early to talk to friends at my old branch.
  4. They had leftover snacks from a party so I got free snacks while talking to friends.
  5. My daughter came home for the weekend.
  6. I have two days off in a row this weekend.

I was right. This was a short one.

What’s Good in Tater Town 9/22/19

A pretty decent week this week. Nothing spectacular, but nothing spectacularly bad either. Let’s see if I can remember any of it.

  1. My son came home and went to the Ravens game with me on Sunday.
  2. The Ravens won and the trains ran on schedule so it was easy to get to and from the game.
  3. My boss was on vacation and will still be on vacation this week.
  4. We are getting closer to being back to a full staff at work.
  5. Several nice weather days meant more time eating outside for work lunches.
  6. It also meant I spent time on my deck with coffee and a book on my Friday off.
  7. The Braves clinched the division and are officially headed to the playoffs.
  8. I went to see Dave Hause and the Mermaid in DC Friday night. They were very good and riding down with friends meant no driving in DC, no dealing with Metro, and no going to a concert alone as I usually do.
  9. My daughter was home for a night due to an appointment in the area.
  10. My son was home for dinner last night.

Wow. Getting to ten was easy this week. I need more weeks like this.

What’s Good in Tater Town 9/15/19

It’s another one of those weeks where I can’t really think of much that stood out. Most of my days are pretty much the same. I should do something to change that, but I’m old and tired.

  1. Football started Sunday and the Ravens won big.
  2. Both kids were home for dinner Sunday night.
  3. Interviews on Thursday mean I will be back to fully staffed soon.
  4. Interviews on Thursday also meant the ability to go see my friends at my former branch on my lunch break.
  5. Free Panera breakfast sandwich meant a relaxing breakfast out before work Friday.
  6. Work on Friday meant two days off in a row Saturday and Sunday.
  7. A relaxing Saturday day barely moving from the couch.
  8.  A Saturday night with friends.
  9. The Braves beat the Nationals Friday and Saturday night.
  10. The Braves have now clinched a playoff spot.

My schedule for next week should mean an easier list of good things for this post. Let’s hope it stays that way.

What’s Good in Tater Town 9/1/19

Wow. I can’t believe I just typed a September date. The year is winding down. Here’s hoping it’s a good end of the year in Tater Town. On to this week. Do you think I took notes? Of course, I didn’t.

  1. We had nice, cool weather to start the week. I almost needed a jacket to sit outside at lunch on Monday.
  2. Random free drink from Panera meant a relaxing morning with a latte, bagel, and book before work.
  3. Retirement party for my former boss meant a trip to my old branch Thursday.
  4. Retirement party meant spending the afternoon with friends I don’t see a lot anymore.
  5. I took leave after the party and got home earlier than normal.
  6. Kentucky won their first football game of the season.
  7. The Braves have maintained their lead in the division.
  8. Book club last night meant more time with friends.

That’s all for this week. There might have been more, but it was overshadowed by work stuff. I really need to take notes.

What’s Good in Tater Town 8/25/19

It’s another one of those weeks where I can’t really remember much about the first part of the week. I really need to start keeping notes about stuff throughout the week. So, this will be a short one mainly because apparently, nothing memorable happened until near the end of the week.

  1. My son finished his fellowship year on Tuesday and officially started his full-time job with the same organization on Friday.
  2. He went hiking and camping alone in between and made it out of the wilderness safely.
  3. I made it to and from Fredericksburg, VA Thursday without incident and without much traffic.
  4. Fredericksburg has a Freddy’s Steakburgers(we don’t have them in Maryland) so I stopped there for an early dinner.
  5. I was in Fredericksburg for a sad reason, but it was nice to see my cousins again. We need to stop only seeing each other when bad things happen.
  6. We got my daughter moved back into the dorms Friday despite more rain than we were expecting.
  7. The heat is gone and we will have a few days of really nice weather.
  8. The Braves have won 7 straight games and are still 6 games ahead of the Nationals in the division.
  9. The Braves were actually on TV in my area Friday night so I got to watch them play for a change.

I think that does it. Maybe I will remember to take notes this week.

What’s Good in Tater Town 8/11/19

It was not the best of weeks. Way too much stuff stressing me out. You can read my rant about some of it here. Let’s see how much good I can find.

  1. I went to two different branches on Tuesday afternoon to see friends. I was seeing them because they are leaving, but it was still good to get to see them and other friends.
  2. I had a meeting near one of those branches Wednesday afternoon so I walked over after and had leftover dessert from the party.
  3. A storm delayed my departure so I got to spend a little more time talking to friends I no longer see every day.
  4. We went to food truck night Thursday night. I love food truck night.
  5. I went to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Friday morning and had $5 off food from AMC to use while I was there.
  6. I stopped at 7-11 on the way home to get my free Slurpee I had on the app.
  7. The meme I made for social media at work was somewhat successful yesterday.

I think that’s all the good I can find this week. It was more than I expected.

What’s Good in Tater Town 8/4/19

In the wake of two mass shootings in 24 hours, I thought about skipping what’s good this week. I thought about skipping it and writing my thoughts on more mass shootings, but, unfortunately, I’ve written about it too many times here, here, here, here and probably more I can’t even remember right now. What more can I say? Will it even matter? Even if more than 20 people read this would anyone care? It’s obvious that the people that matter don’t care about the lives that are lost in these events.  So, I decided that maybe the best thing to do is to go ahead with a what’s good post. I could use some good this morning.

It was a different week than I expected to have. We found out Saturday that my MIL was in the hospital. Sunday morning my wife and daughter decided to head to Kentucky to be with her. I ended up with another week alone and rarely left the house after work. I guess the lack of interaction with the world can be a good thing.

  1. I had brunch with friends Sunday morning. The brunch was a goodbye brunch, so it was sad as well, but it was good to go out and have fun with friends. Also, there was a bottomless mimosa bar.
  2. My wife and daughter made it to Kentucky safely.
  3. I had a nice note and a gift on my desk on Tuesday morning.
  4. My MIL was released from the hospital on Thursday.
  5. My daughter made it home safely on Friday.
  6. I am getting a second full-time employee at work. That will make my life easier.
  7. I had a full weekend off this weekend.
  8. We spent the day yesterday watching all 6 episodes of Season 2 of Derry Girls.
  9. It was “donate water and get a free sandwich” day yesterday at Firehouse Subs.
  10. The Braves lead is still 7 games in the NL East.

Hopefully, we are back to a regular week this week with no one in the hospital and everyone home.