I Almost Lost My Fitbit…Twice!

I’ve been really happy with my Fitbit now that I’ve had it for a little over six months.  For the most part, it’s worked flawlessly.  I’ve had some sync issues, but have been able to work through that.  I also had an issue where it stopped ‘buzzing’ when I hit my step goal for the day.  For this, I found that modifying the goal to a different number fixed that.  Other than that, it’s been great.  Except when I almost lost my Fitbit.  Twice!

Putting Away The Camper

We recently got back from a quick weekend trip and after getting the camper cleaned out.  I headed back to the storage yard on Sunday evening.  One thing that I had to do was empty out the dirty tanks.  We do this at the storage yard because there’s no line.  When we leave a campground on a Sunday, the line tends to be long.  So this is a huge time saver.

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Swallowed Coin: Thoughts As I Followed The Ambulance To My House

My wife often calls me at work a couple of times throughout the day, so when the phone rang on Monday morning, I thought nothing of it as I picked up.  But this was a different call than I’ve ever received.  It’s one that I hope I don’t have to hear again.  She was frantic and told me that our daughter had swallowed a coin and that it was stuck in her throat.  My mind snapped to attention.  The first thing I noticed was that my daughter was in the background crying.  This was actually good.  It meant that the swallowed coin was not fully blocking her airflow.

Still, you could tell that she was in distress and my wife told me that she couldn’t get it out, either up or down.  It was lodged.

The Biggest Risk Was Panic

Our daughter was upset.  I heard her crying but she was also trying hard to catch her breath, which was made more difficult by the fact that she was crying.  She’s always been one, even as a little baby, that would often throw up when she got really upset.  This would be a very, very bad thing to happen in this case.  If she kept getting more upset and struggling, she could throw up, which could then fully block her airway or cause her to inhale the vomit into her lungs.

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Preparing For Retirement

Before you know it, your retirement will be here. Whether you are nearing it, or it is still a few decades off, it’ll get here sooner than you think. When that time comes, you will want to be as prepared for it as possible. There is a lot that goes into preparing for a retirement, as there are a lot of things that you will need to take care of once you retire. Below is a quick list of the things you should start thinking about as soon as possible, as they will impact you once you retire.


First and foremost you need to think about your finances. While you have a job you have an income, but once you retire, that income is going to be gone. You are going to have to live off of your savings and any other incomes you may have – such as social security. To make sure that you have enough money to live off of, you should start examining what your lifestyle costs, and think about how long you are going to need to live off of savings.

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If It’s Not One Car Repair, It’s Another

The great thing about having two cars that are fully paid off and have relatively low mileage is that we don’t have a monthly car payment. The bad thing is that they still cost money.  Both of our cars are in such a phase right now. We set aside some of our ‘tax refund’ money for the car repair fund, and it’s definitely in good use.

Still it doesn’t make it any easier!

2007 Buick Rainier – 78,000 miles

This is my wife’s car as well as what we use to tow around our RV trailer.  It has a great engine that’s run fine.  But it’s had two expected things come up and one potential gotcha.

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What Are Your Most Memorable Work Stories?

I just figured out that I’ve been in the professional work force for nineteen years now.  I’ve worked at a variety of different jobs and have encountered many different people along the way.  Many have been long forgotten, but there are a few that left their impression.  I’d love to hear some stories of memorable co-workers or occasions that you’ll not forget.

Here are a few of mine, with my favorite at the end.

Bad Luck Does Strike Twice

I spent a few months down in Panama City Beach working at a hospital.  One of the guys that worked for me at the time was a little goofy, and after awhile, I commented, and someone pointed out “Oh, he’s been hit by lightning.”

Then they added, “Twice.”

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12 Summer Vacation Activities For Our Young Kids

Today is the first official day of summer vacation, and it’s also a very special day, it’s our daughter’s fourth birthday!  She’s been done with pre-school for a couple of weeks, but last Friday was the last day of kindergarten for our six year old boy.  Now that the long, warm, fun days of summer are upon us, it’s important to have activities to keep their days fun and the adults sane.

We don’t plan to fill every moment of every day, because kids just can’t and shouldn’t handle that much structure at their ages.  At the same time, our kids can only handle so much unstructured time before they start either fighting with each other or working together to come up with trouble.  These are ideas we have to mix in throughout the days, weeks and months ahead which should help make summer fun.

Beach Visits

Our city has a really cool beach with excellent lifeguards and great beach, sand, and swimming areas.  It’s less than a 10 minute drive, and an annual pass is $30.

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Why We Pay Taxes

The United States of America is almost 320 million people strong. We live spread out across a diverse slab of land stretching almost 3000 miles across, not counting our noncontiguous states and territories. Our armed forces are stationed on 662 bases in 38 foreign countries and on 19 aircraft carriers traversing the high seas.  Why do we pay taxes? Because this stuff is expensive to maintain.

Taxes Pay For Things

How expensive? Try almost four trillion dollars in 2015 alone. And that’s just federal spending. It’s a sum of money we can’t even fathom – is there even that much cold hard cash in circulation? At that level the individual dollar, and even the individual million dollars, is a fleck of paint on the Sistine Chapel.

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How We’ve Dipped Our Toe Into Using Craigslist

I haven’t used Craigslist in quite some time, but decided to give it a shot and have had pretty good luck.

I’ve been a little spooked by some of the different horror stories, and I suppose there is always a risk any time you sell anything, whether it be through Craigslist or a garage sale or through eBay.  The trick is to be sensible and safe.

Table and Chairs

We recently replaced our kitchen table and chairs with a new set.  We were using our old set since we moved into the house and we were ready for a change.  We’d actually gotten that set for free, a find through my in-laws, and so when the new set came and was put together and setup, we decided to get rid of the old set by Craigslist.

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