Thoughts in My Head

Currently reading: Tracers in the Dark by Andy Greenberg πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Book of Collateral Damage by Sinan Antoon πŸ“š I finished the book. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t enjoy it either. I found the main character boring. The best part of the book were the chapters about other characters.

Automatic Payment Issues

I have both my gas and electric bills set up on automatic payment. Most months, this works perfectly; however, they occasionally decide for no apparent reason to take the money up to three days before the bill’s due date. I imagine this can be a real problem for anyone living paycheck to paycheck.

Memories of Childhood

Peach Fuzz Is Pantone’s Color of the Year–And It’s Everywhere in Nature

Peach is this year’s color, according to Pantone. The color reminds me of an Easter dress I had when I was about six or seven. This was back in the 1960s, and my mother would sew all our clothes for me and my two older sisters. At Easter time, she would make us an Easter dress, all three from the same pattern but different colors: light green, light blue, and peach. I wore the peach dress, patten leather shoes, and an Easter bonnet. I really loved that dress. Now I am wondering, does anyone wear Easter bonnets anymore?

Pods Against a Blue Sky

My First Mac

My First Mac

The Fortieth Anniversary of Apple has been written and discussed exhaustively on tech podcasts and blogs. The one question that was asked on any Mac-centric podcast was, when did you get your first Mac?. This got me thinking about my history with the Mac. I got my first Mac around 2005 or 2006. It was a Mac Mini. Mac Mini March 2009.

I’m pretty sure it was the Intel version. I remember it came with a Tiger cd. I was coming from a beige Compaq PC running Windows XP. I remember it took a while for me to get used to the Mac way of doing things. Since then, I have only used a Windows machine at work.

My 2024 Reading Challenge

I currently use and love as my audiobook provider of choice. They posted a 2024 Listening Challenge at the beginning of January. I plan to do this challenge this year for two reasons: to keep myself out of a rut and to get me out of my comfort zone. Anyone else doing the challenge let me know #book #challenge

Finished reading: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride πŸ“š

The words convenient, safe, and secure in the first sentence of new developer article Distributing apps in the U.S. that provide an external purchase link are unnecessary, but so like Apple.

My sister’s new book No Trace is now on sale. It is a fast-paced thriller.

If the Cowboy-Packer was a Pee Wee Football game the mercy rule would haveve been used #NFL, #football, #wildcard

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10 Japanese Concepts For Self-Improvement and a Balanced Life. I would like to try to live by these concepts in 2024. I may fail, but they are good goals to aim for.

Visit from maintenance this morning due to water in the ceiling above the main bathroom. Now, they must rip out the ceiling to take care of it.

Learning to be Decisive

How to Be More Decisive is an interesting and helpful article on how to make decisions more confidently. If a decision involves only myself, I find it easy to make. It’s when they affect other people. That is when the trouble starts. My mind goes to worst-case scenario mode. What will they think? Will they get mad? Will they think I am crazy or stupid? I need to learn to be ok with those thoughts, accept them for what they are, and go forward anyway.

First snow of 2024

Note to self: touching face after cutting a jalapeΓ±o is not a good idea! πŸ”₯

Why I Have Watched A Charlie Brown Christmas Every Year My Jewish Charlie Brown Christmas This NY Times article articulates perfectly why I and many others love A Charlie Brown Christmas. It is one of three must-watch movies or TV shows. The others are the original animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim.

The big excitement around our apartment complex this week is that a coyote has been spotted in the area.

Chocolate Fudge

The big excitement around our apartment complex this week is that a coyote has been spotted in the area.

I hate buying contacts, especially when your insurance has run out for the year.

Finished reading: Legends&Lattes by Travis Baldree πŸ“š

I love my Uni-ball Signo but I keep forgetting to put the cap on and they dry out. πŸ™

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