Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ideas that emmit from a Gabe

     I've been working a lot of 12 hour days lately.  My job is fairly mundane and monotonous.  I'm not knocking it, I'm glad I have it, in fact.  Many people are out of work right now so I do not take it for granted.  That being said, lets just say I have to keep my brain entertained as much as possible throughout these 8 to 12 hour days, or it may explode on me one day.  Sometimes I use AM radio to keep me going, sometimes Cd's, sometimes Pandora.  The Reds games help at night, especially when they are winning! 

     Lately most of the time I try to burn up listening to podcasts.  I never knew much about them except that they were recordings of radio shows and things of that nature.  There are several advantages to listening to podcasts for me.  One is that there are WAY fewer commercials, especially compared to AM radio.  You can also choose what to listen to, whereas the radio might have a host you like, but a subject that is not interesting, there is no control of that in AM radio.  I am finding out there are plenty of different categories to choose from.  You can also stop, pause, and seek through podcasts just like an mp3, which is very convenient when you're at work and have a schedule to adhere to.  I use an application on my Blackberry Curve called "InTune" radio to find the podcasts I like, which are updated with new shows practically as soon as they are available.  The sound quality is much better as well.  I encourage anyone who has a job similar to mine, to try it out a few times, see if you like it.

     This time has also got me thinking, why can't I start a podcast myself?  I mean with the very basic tools needed in today's technological world where its fairly cheap, if not downright free for the most part, to do these types of things.  I think it would be fun.  There is a little brainstorming to figure out things, like what the name of the podcast would be, what exact subjects to talk about (tech? HD? movies? gadgets? Internet? all of the above?), what day of the week to record, to start on a site of our own or some current one, and all of that mess, etc.  Brian and I will have to wake up a few dormant brain cells to try and figure it out if we go through with it.  I listen to these podcasts that have sponsors, and probably pay decent money to the hosts that have a lot of listeners, and think to myself "These are basically the same conversations I'm having with my friends and family on a regular basis."  So how hard could it be? 

     Honestly I know it will turn out a little more challenging than that, but it will still be fun, and just like this blog, if nothing bigger comes out of it, it will still be like a journal of sorts.  History told by us, to look back on and laugh when we are older and make fun of how the some of the smart phones of 2011 ONLY had dual core processors and 8 mega-pixel 3d hd cameras....

Friday, July 22, 2011

The ups and downs of a 2011 Gabe summer

     Its close to 11:30pm, and I have to be up at 3:15am to leave for Atlanta.  I don't feel physically tired at all, so that's probably not good, but I'll be fine.  I have to drop my two daughters off to their mother, who lives in Florida.  Atlanta is the half way point, but its still an 8 hour drive one way if I never stopped.  But my fiance, Kayleigh, is going with us, so it will be a nice little road trip of sorts.

     We have had lots of fun this summer while they have been here these past 5 weeks.  I am very sad to see them go back, I miss them a ton when they are away.  But I have a lot to be happy about, so I won't dwell on that too long.  I mean if I look at where I am now as opposed to a couple years ago, or even a summer ago, so many positive things have happened for me.  I buried some past issues, I'm engaged, I have a much better car for these trips, I've met so many great people.  I could go on and on about how once I dedicated myself, fully, to being a christian and put everything in God's hands, he just opens doors.  I'll try to keep it focused on my girls here though.

     Jazmyn is growing up, physically, so fast its hard for me to comprehend.  She picked me up (163lbs) off the ground without too much effort.  She is definitely growing into those preteen phases that can be challenging at times for a parent.  Lexi hasn't changed much, still is emotional and reserved compared to Jaz, but I like that they are different.  I love being with them and strangely enough, I like disciplining them and talking to them when I have to.  It may sound weird to some, but when you don't see your kids as often as you wish, you even miss the correctional times.  They get along great with other kids of their own age usually, not so much though with each other.  Most of the time they are fine but I think they have gotten considerably worse over the last few years as far as getting along with each other.  It worries me.  I often think about how I highly doubt it would be as bad as it is if they were with me all the time, or even just a normal amount of time.  I don't have all the answers and I know sometimes that's just how kids are and you can only do so much... but I really believe that it would be better.  That's not a knock on anyone else, its just my opinion.  I guess I shouldn't dwell on that, and just keep trying to do as much as I can with what I have.

     I have had a lot of help this summer from Kayleigh, her parents, Becky, Holly, my parents, and others I'm sure I am leaving out.  I sincerely appreciate every ounce of energy or resources that helped me.  I don't know how I'd do it without the love and kindness of my friends, my family, kayleighs family, and others.  For when I didn't have the girls I am thankful also for Christy and her family for helping there, because there's no way I could pay for a sitter, and continue to pay support and everything else.
     As this summer (with my girls) comes to a close, I will reflect back on the fun times we had together and the memories we will keep forever.  We had a blast!  Keep us in your prayers as we will be on the road for many hours tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My first blog on blogger.com

Being that this is my first blog on blogger.com, this is more like a test run, to see how it goes.  Honestly I am assuming that Google Plus will start to open up to the full public spectrum without an invite needed shortly, and since I'm not a fan of facebook's "notes", I figured I'd try this out, since I'll probably end up on G+ way more than facebook.  Especially when they roll out an app for blackberry.  I'm sure in time they'll put a quick button on blogger for us to share easily to our G+ accounts (being that google owns blogger.com), if not there are always links.

I'll give fair warning, I'm not a great writer, I read a lot, but not books.  I don't have the best grammar, and I am not trying to compete with other bloggers in that regard.  I can't creatively pull adjectives out of my head and strategically place them to tell an awesome story.  What I can give is honesty, real world experience, and opinion.  If nothing else, I can use this as a kind of jounal of sorts.  Stay tuned, comment and follow me if you like.  Thanks for checking it out!