What’s Good in Tater Town 2/10/19

This was not a great week. I’m not sure I can make it to ten good things today. Let’s see what happens.

  1. My wife and I went out to dinner Monday night after work. We don’t go out enough. We tend to do carry out if we get food out. It was a nice change.
  2. It was really warm Tuesday and I was able to eat lunch outside.
  3. We had several really nice weather days this week.
  4. I had a meeting out of branch Thursday afternoon. Meetings aren’t necessarily great, but getting out of the branch is.
  5. The meeting was at my old branch so I got to see some friends I don’t see every day anymore.
  6. I took my birthday leave yesterday and Friday was my normal day off, so I had a three-day weekend.
  7. After a few errands and some cleaning Friday morning, I’ve been able to just relax so far this weekend.
  8. My free birthday stuff has been coming in via apps and emails. I had my free Mission BBQ sandwich last night.
  9. Kentucky won both games this week and now have a 10 game winning streak.
  10. I have one more day off today before I have to go back to the real world.

What’s Good in Tater Town 2/3/19

We are back to the weeks where it isn’t as easy to find the good things. My kids are away again and my wife and I are back to work. This means I have a lot more time at home alone and days dealing with the stuff that makes me like this

So let’s find the good

  1. Due to app rewards and gift cards I had an excuse to go out two morning this week for breakfast, coffee and reading time.
  2. I didn’t get a full snow day this week, but I did get to leave work an hour early on Tuesday. I will take what I can get.
  3. Philly Pretzel Company has been doing a thing where people with certain names or names starting with certain letters get three free pretzels. This week I met the criteria and got free pretzels.
  4. The snow and the cold this week meant a quieter, less stressful week at work as far as the public goes.
  5. My wife surprisingly got home from work early on Thursday due to an off-site meeting so I had less time alone to fill.
  6. I cooked something new Thursday night and it didn’t make us sick or taste terrible.
  7. My free birthday food from the various restaurant apps and email lists have started showing up. I will be able to treat myself a lot over the next couple of weeks.
  8. The Youth Media Awards were announced Monday morning and I’ve already been able to finish both the Newbery and the Printz winners.
  9. Kentucky won two more basketball games this week and should crack the top 5 in the polls.
  10. It will be somewhat warm and sunny for the next few days.

What’s Good in Tater Town 1/27/19

This one will be easier because I’m going to cheat and cover the last two weeks, one of which included a nice family vacation. I won’t take the easy route and use the vacation for all ten good things. Here we go..

  1. I was off work last week and in Florida where the coldest day was still in the 60s.
  2. All four of us were able to go on the trip. It was the first time in 9 years we were able to do our winter trip to Florida. It was really nice to be back.
  3. It was our first trip to Universal since Harry Potter World opened. More than anything else on the trip, this was the place that brought out the kid in my adult children. I definitely think Universal is better than Disney at this point.
  4. The parks were fun, but the day off in the middle was also really nice. It was a nice warm day with nothing to do but play tennis, play cornhole, play pool and read by the pool. It really made me long for retirement.
  5. I received a phone call on that day off that was a job offer. I eventually opted to stay where I am, but it was nice to know that someone thinks I’m worth hiring. I was beginning to think otherwise.
  6. Even though we had snowstorm the day before we left and really cold temperatures the day we returned, we made the 13-hour drive there and back without incident.
  7. I had one last week this week of my daughter being at home. We go back to the empty nest today.
  8. Meetings and being shadowed by a graduate student at work this week kept the first week back from being too post-vacation depressing.
  9. The meeting and an interview gave me a reason to visit my friends at my previous branch, I’m sure that was a morale boost for them.
  10. Kentucky beat Kansas last night.

We will see how easy next week ill be as I go back to a full week of work and many hours at home alone in the empty nest. At least the hours alone will give me time to have things to report in my reading and TV watching on Friday.

What’s Good in Tater Town 1/13/19

This will be good for me today. I can focus on thinking about the good of the week instead of worrying about my son who refused to drive home last night before the snow got bad and instead will be driving home today. I’m not sure why no one ever listens to me. I’m a genius.

  1. The Ravens lost, but it was fun going to a playoff game again. Even if I sell my PSL I would still try to get tickets to any playoff games. It’s a fun atmosphere.
  2. My daughter made it safely to and from New Jersey with a group of her friends from college.
  3. I’m happy that she has a good group of friends at school. I knew she would be fine academically, I’m glad the social part is good as well.
  4. Kentucky won both of their basketball games this week.
  5. I got my outside Christmas lights down before the snow hit this weekend.
  6. I had a free sandwich at Mission BBQ to eat this week. Free food is the best food.
  7. While it was a boring week, it was not a particularly stressful week. That was a nice change.
  8. While others have already gone back to school, I have another couple of weeks before we go back to the empty nest.
  9. We are going on vacation as a family gain starting tomorrow.
  10. Assuming we make it out of town, we will trade snowy Maryland for sunny Florida for a week.

Not sure if I will post much next week. I’m sure the handful of people reading this are very sad about that.

What’s Good in Tater Town 1/6/19

This one will cover the last couple of weeks, so hopefully, it will be easier to find a list of good things to report. It would be sad not to have 10 good things from a period of time that was mostly vacation.

  1. The way the holidays fell, I was able to take 4 days off but get  10 days in a row off. That’s always nice.
  2. We were able to visit family in Kentucky for the first time in a year. We missed our usual summer visit. It was nice to be home with family again.
  3. All four of us were able to go for the entire time. It’s becoming less usual for all of us to be together for more than a couple of hours. Having 10 days together was nice.
  4. I was able to stream both of the Ravens games while stuck in a house with no NFL Network and in Bengals territory. Technology is great.
  5. Kentucky basketball won both games while were away against North Carolina and Louisville.
  6. After the holiday obligations were over we had time to do some fun stuff with my brother’s family. We went ice skating, to an escape room, the arboretum and played games together.
  7. We didn’t have to deal with winter weather on our drive to and from. We had rain and some fog and there was some snow on the ground on the way there, but nothing that made the trip difficult.
  8. I made my goal of 100 books read for 2018. It was close, but I was able to read 101 by the end of the year.
  9. We have one more week and then we all travel together again for a vacation before school starts again. We still have 3 weeks before we have an empty house again.
  10. The Ravens on their division, I have tickets to the playoff game today and a coworker was willing to work for me today so I could be at the game.

I have one more week of real life a then I get another week reprieve before the real world sets in for an extended period of time. I’m going to try to take the time to enjoy this while I have it. I’m hoping that the new year will bring some new beginnings that will make the What’s Good posts easier to write.

What’s Good in Tater Town 12/16/18

I’m suffering from a severe case of Christmas Cheer deficit that playing Santa four times this week could not overcome. I think it will continue until I get out of town next weekend. Let’s see if there was still good to find.

  1. Despite some parking frustrations delaying our arrival, we went to Zoo Lights and the National Zoo Sunday night with the kids and then went out to dinner.
  2. Old work friends came back to the library Monday to see Santa.
  3. My Thursday at work was play Santa and then go to the work holiday party. Every workday should be that fun.
  4. I had Friday off and was able to finally buy my wife’s Christmas gifts.
  5. The rain held off on Friday long enough for me to finish shopping and take the dog for a walk.
  6. We had 11 straight days with no precipitation. That doesn’t sound like much, but this year it is. I’m so tired of rain.
  7. My time as Santa is over for the year. It was nice to do something different at work and away from the public service desk, but I’m not jolly enough to be Santa.
  8. Kentucky basketball won yesterday. Winning is more fun than losing.
  9. My daughter comes home from college for winter break today.
  10. I only have four more days of work until I’m off until January 2.

This will likely be the last one for the year. My next two Sundays will be in Kentucky. I probably won’t post at all(except maybe a short Merry Christmas post) while I’m away. I will do my year in review sometime next week and I’ m sure there will be a couple of other random posts.  My year in reading and my year in blogging will come around January 1.

What’s Good in Tater Town 12/9/18

It’s not even 9am on a weekend day and I’m already slightly annoyed by something. Let’s see if I can find the good while in this type of mood.

  1. Free bagels! I have a month of free bagels at Panera. It’s nice to have a reason to leave the house and read somewhere besides my couch. I need to leave the house more.
  2. My reading has picked up. I don’t know what changed, but I’m not having as much trouble focusing on a book this week. I might make my goal for the year.
  3. I had something stressful on my schedule this week and it’s done. I’m not sure it was worth the stress, but I’m glad it’s over.
  4. All of my outside work is officially done until I have snow to shovel.
  5. The Ravens have won three games in a row and have a decent shot at the playoffs.
  6. Use or lose personal leave made it possible for me to leave work early on Thursday. It was nice to get home before dark.
  7. Dry weather! We’ve had so much rain here lately. It was nice to have a stretch of dry weather. I wish the snowstorm was going to make it into our area, but at least it isn’t raining.
  8. I was pleasantly surprised to see three friends of mine at work on Friday. They all brought their kids to a class at the library. It had been a long time since I had seen them and it was nice to spend some time with them.
  9. I was supposed to work today, but someone asked if they could take my Sunday, so I have the day off instead.
  10. Two weeks from today I will wake up in Kentucky with a week of relaxation ahead of me.

The next two weeks will be a mix of “getting ready for Christmas” stress and some fun things. Hopefully, the fun will outweigh the stress.

What’s Good in Tater Town 12/2/18

It wasn’t a terrible week, but it wasn’t necessarily a great one either. Let’s see if I can find the good.

  1. My son came back home on Sunday and went to church and the Ravens game with me.
  2. The Ravens won and the trains actually ran consistently and got us to and from the game in a timely manner. That doesn’t always happen.
  3. I covered the desk at another branch on Wednesday. It’s always nice to get a break from the norm and go somewhere new. They also gave me food.
  4. I received a call on Wednesday that tells me that at least one other place might view me as a desirable employee. I don’t know if there will be a job offer or if I would accept said job offer, but the interest is nice.
  5. A new person came to my book club at work Wednesday night and it was someone I know. A double bonus.
  6. I’m not a fan of meetings in general, but my meeting on Thursday got me out of the branch, had some good information and got me home earlier than normal so I will take it.
  7. Panera has once again given me a free daily bagel for the month of December. I won’t go every day, but I will get a few days of relaxing with a free bagel and coffee and reading a book before work.
  8. I received a very nice email from someone that shows me that my efforts at work have not gone unnoticed by everyone who matters.
  9. I finally had a dry window of time Saturday morning to rake and bag my leaves. I finished just in time. The rain started less than an hour after I finished.
  10. I enjoy going to the Ravens games, but it’s nice to have a day today to stay at home and relax and watch the game on TV.

The next week does not look to be one full of good, but Christmas and a nice break to visit family are coming.

Also coming soon – my year in review posts. I will wait until January for my year in reading post, but I might do my year in general, year in blogging and likely a “best and worst in TV” post in the next couple of weeks.


What’s Good In Tater Town 11/25/18

It should be easy to find good things from this past week. It was a pleasant interlude in what has been some challenging weeks. Let’s get to the good.

  1. My wife attended another Ravens game with me. I think it might be the last one this season, but it was nice not going alone as I have in the past.
  2. It was a holiday week, so I only had to work four days this week and we closed at 5 on the day I work until 9 so I had no night shifts this week.
  3. I took 2 hours of personal leave on Tuesday to drive to campus to pick up my daughter. This should count as two – more time away from work and my daughter coming home.
  4. My daughter has been home since Tuesday and even though it means my control of the TV is not absolute anymore, it is nice to have her here.
  5. My son was home when I got home from work on Wednesday and he and my wife had put up the outside lights.
  6. He spent the night Wednesday night and Thursday night – the longest he’s stayed home in a while/
  7. He’s coming back today to go to the football game with me.
  8. We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving with just the four of us. No travel, no stress over company coming over. Just good food and family time.
  9. The rain yesterday gave me an excuse to ignore the leaves I need to rake and instead get a nice rest day instead.
  10. Kentucky won big against Louisville last night. It was nice to see them win big against a bad team and that  bad team being Louisville made it even nicer.

Back to a full week of work tomorrow. Hopefully, the holiday season will help the good continue to be easy to find.

What’s Good in Tater Town 11/18/18

I don’t know if getting to ten will be easy, but it won’t be as hard as normal to get started with good things. That’s a nice change.

  1. Instead of spending my Monday off never leaving the house, we actually left the house and went to hang out with friends of mine from work.
  2. We didn’t stay long because my wife had been sick and wanted to get home early to rest, but others left first so I didn’t feel like the boring old guy.
  3. I didn’t expect food at our staff meeting on Wednesday, but there were surprise croissant sandwiches and cookies.
  4. Kentucky basketball and football both won this week. Basketball won easily as they should have. It was a good sports week.
  5. I woke up Thursday morning with no snow and expected to go to work on time, but got a text that we were opening at noon.
  6. The snow got heavier as the day went on and right as I was heading out to clean off my car and go to work I got the surprise announcement that we were closed and I didn’t have to leave the house.
  7. I got to spend a surprise snow day on the couch watching TV. After a year of no snow days last year, a November one this year was a nice surprise.
  8. Treated myself to breakfast out Friday morning(because I had a free item on my app) and spent some time relaxing and reading a book while finishing my coffee before I came home and scrubbed toilets.
  9. A surprise visit from my son on Friday when he came home to use our oven(and ingredients) to make broccoli casserole to a Friendsgiving thing he was attending and then back again the next day for dinner.
  10. Friday night with friends at book club(even though they were all sleepy by 9)



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