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.

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What’s Good in Tater Town 8/18/19

Another not so stellar week. That has to change soon, right? Let’s see if I can find the good.

  1. My son came home Sunday night. We grilled steak and watched Detective Pikachu.
  2. A friend gave a CD to listen to and I really liked it. It’s good to find new music you like.
  3. I went to the Ravens game Thursday night. It was good to get out of the routine and it was a nice night to be at the stadium.
  4. My boss is on vacation.
  5. I worked half my day at another branch on Friday. Working two locations and traveling in between made the day go faster.
  6. I had enough reward points at Royal Farms to get a free lunch on the way from branch to branch.
  7. I worked on Friday, so I have two days off in a row this weekend.
  8. My son came home again last night for dinner and he and my wife finally say End Game.

I think that’s it for the 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.

What’s Good in Tater Town 7/28/19

I’ve realized while thinking about this week that I don’t really remember much about this week at all. I guess it was boring and/or I’m getting old. I guess boring is better than having a long list of bad things that happened. So, what was good? Let’s see what I remember.

  1. Drew Magary’s Why Your Team Sucks 2019 series started Monday.
  2. I had a meeting Tuesday afternoon out of the branch. I decided to take personal leave after the meeting and spent time at my old branch talking to friends.
  3. My wife had a free pastry at Panera and told me to use it so I spent some time Wednesday morning reading, eating a pastry and drinking coffee at Panera.
  4. I had another meeting out of the branch Thursday afternoon. I once again decided to take leave after the meeting and spent time talking to friends and then made it home before traffic got really bad.
  5. The weather was really nice for a few days and I had my coffee and read the paper on the deck a couple of mornings.
  6. BOGO entrees at Newk’s for dinner Thursday night.
  7. I was able to mow on Friday while the grass was short and dry enough to do the entire yard on one battery charge.
  8. This meant that I was done with the yard work pretty quick and had the rest of the day to relax.
  9. I finished reading my almost 800-page book faster than I expected.
  10. The Braves has stretched their lead back to 6.5 games over the Nationals.

What’s Good in Tater Town 7/21/19

It was my first week back at work after vacation. The week started with news at work that will make my life there even more stressful for a while. The week ended with extremely hot temperatures. Was there any good? Let’s see.

  1. We had a BOGO thing from Red Robin to use. A free burger is always a good thing.
  2. My daughter made it home from Kentucky Monday morning.
  3. I got to eat outside a couple of times at work before the temperatures got really bad.
  4. I had a meeting out of branch Wednesday afternoon. Meetings out of branch help sometimes.
  5. I had plenty of time to catch up on Stranger Things.
  6. I finally have the ability to watch Prime and other streaming apps on my TV in the family room. All we could do before was Netflix.
  7. My son came home for dinner last night so we had a good night of dinner and a movie with all four of us at home.
  8. I have one more day off before I have to go back to work.

That’s all I can think of for this week. Here’s hoping I can hit ten next week.

What’s Good in Tater Town 7/14/19

It will be easy to do this what’s good post. I’ve got two weeks of vacation to cover. If I can’t find good there, there is something wrong.

  1. I took 5 vacation days and got 9 days away from work.
  2. My first day off I had a nice, lazy day at home and then went to a party at a friend’s house.
  3. My second day of vacation I left with both of my kids to meet my wife in Kentucky and visit family. We missed our summer trip home last year. It was nice to be able to do it this year.
  4. We then went west to my brother’s house and spent the day hanging out in the pool, eating, playing basketball and just having fun with his family, my sister and her son and my nephew and his girlfriend.
  5. We went kayaking the next day and I was able to be on the river for 4 hours without flipping my kayak or having any other major issues.
  6. We had one more day there to just relax, play in the pool and go out to eat.
  7. When I got home, I had two more days off before going back to the real world.
  8. I used one of those days to go see the new Spiderman movie. It was really good. I need to go to the movies more.
  9. I went bowling with friends on my last night off before heading back to work.
  10. I went back to work on a Saturday, so I was able to ease back into work on a day when only half the staff was there and my boss was not.

It was a good nine days off. Now I have today off and then tomorrow I go back for a full week of work. Here’s hoping I can find some good there.

What’s Good in Tater Town 6/30/19

I’m going to cheat on this one since I didn’t write one last week and use a lot of stuff from the conference I attended last weekend. I probably won’t write one next week since I will be on vacation. I might not post at all July 6-10. So, here’s the good from the last week or so.

  1. I was able to attend the American Library Conference in DC this past weekend. It was a good conference with a lot of good speakers. I also just enjoyed taking a train instead of driving every day.
  2. Some of the speakers I got to hear – Jason Reynolds, Sonia Sotomayor, George Takei, Frank Miller, and Tomi Adeyemi.
  3. I not only heard Frank Miller speak but got to meet him and have him sign a book.
  4. I met Henry Winkler. img_1645
  5. I picked up a lot of ARCS of upcoming books, including the sequel to Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
  6. I went to a lot of good sessions about issues in libraries.
  7. We went to see my favorite baseball team, the Braves, play in DC Saturday night and they won.
  8. I went to see my favorite band, Bowling For Soup, in concert on Tuesday night. img_1668
  9. I was able to get the yard mowed Friday before noon so I wasn’t out during the extremely hot part of the day.
  10. We were able to get our broken AC fixed quickly yesterday before I got extremely hot.
  11. We went to the local park within walking distance of our house to watch fireworks last night.

What’s Good in Tater Town 6/16/19

I was back to a relatively normal schedule this week. No trips. No school visits. No change in my hours. Just an ordinary week of work and not much else. Was there any good? Let’s find out.

  1. My wife and son made it home from Portland safely.
  2. It was a long wait at the cell phone lot because BWI sucks at luggage handling, but that gave me time to read more of my book.
  3. The Braves took sole possession of first place in the NL East.
  4. I was finally able to start watching Good Omens.
  5. We bought tickets to see the Braves play in DC this Saturday.
  6. The weather was really nice this week so I had multiple lunches outside.
  7. Free coffee at Panera gave me an excuse to go sit and read there for a while before work on Friday.
  8. My son got his official job offer and will start a real full-time with benefits job after his fellowship is over.
  9. We went out to lunch at our favorite restaurant yesterday to celebrate my son’s birthday.
  10. For once schedule issues at work worked in my favor so I was home to go to that lunch instead of being at work.

It was harder to get to ten this week. It was an ordinary week with a lot of little annoyances with the work part of it. It will be easier the next few weeks as I go to a conference and then to Kentucky to visit family. It’s good to have things to look forward to when you are depressed about going to work.

What’s Good in Tater Town 6/9/19

It was my first full week back to work after my trip. My schedule was weird. I didn’t sleep well. Let’s see if I can find some good.

  1. I did book promotions at a high school all day on Monday. I worked 7-3 instead of 9-5 so I got to avoid rush hour and have a longer afternoon at home. I prefer the early schedule to the 9-5.
  2. While I don’t think I’m very good at book promotions, a few kids did seem interested in a couple of the books I talked about, so maybe someone will read a book this summer because of me.
  3. The early schedule worked out well with y daughter’s car being repaired. We got the call that it was fixed and ready to be picked up right after I got home so we were able to get it and be home before traffic was terrible.
  4. My son presented his research at a poster session at a professional conference in Portland this week.img_1625
  5. My daughter got her job back at the local library for the summer.
  6. I had a meeting out of the branch on Tuesday(can you tell I like being out of the branch) with my grant group. I’ the most useless member of the group, but don’t act like I am.
  7. People came to the class on medical cannabis at my branch Wednesday afternoon and I had no complaints about the topic.
  8. I had free breakfast food or drink at three different places this week so I skipped my normal granola bar/bowl of cereal and had better food prepared by others. Krispy Kreme gave me two free donuts instead of one Friday.
  9. I was able to get stuff done around the house yesterday and still have time to relax and go to the local street festival with my daughter.
  10. I have no obligations today besides driving to the airport later.