The Last Work Day Before Vacation

It’s Friday. Tomorrow is New Years Eve. Monday is New Years Day (celebrated). Tuesday is the first day of my two week vacation. That means that I am officially on vacation at 5:30pm today. Nine hours and 13 minutes from now.

I haven’t started packing yet, but I have done some pre-pack preparations. We have a dining room table full of toiletries that are ready to pack. Last night I went to a department store and bought three pairs of jeans. I’ve been buying new clothes every 5-6 weeks or so, and it was about time anyway. The new jeans are, shockingly, TWO sizes smaller than last month’s jeans. I’m not sure, but I think my waist size is 16 inches smaller than it was a year ago? something like that. I really cannot believe it.

This morning I wrote up a packing list that (hopefully) is ridiculously thorough so that I don’t forget anything. It was so over the top that Jen actually suggested I drop a few items because they were overkill. That’s okay with me.

Plans for the weekend are mostly up in the air. The kids are with Dad for New Years Eve, but they said they would come over for a visit in the afternoon. I am so happy about that. I was thinking maybe we could sneak out to the city after they leave and pretend we are not afraid of Covid and stuff like that. The temperature is supposed to be super warm, but it’s also supposed to rain all day and night. So much for that plan. I want to visit both of my parents before we leave. I need to do a little more travel supply shopping, but mostly just for protein supplement stuff. The kids are coming to our house on Monday before we leave. Actually, when we leave sort of depends on when they get here. We want to spend a little time with them at home before the chaos commences. There’s also a little NHL Winter Classic game happening at 2:00pm that includes the Boston Bruins and Fenway Park. If we’re home, I’m watching. If we’re on the road, I’m listening on the radio.

Jen and I just added our Disney passes to our Apple Wallets so that we can use our phones and watches in place of the Magic Bands we used on the last couple of Disney trips. That’s pretty cool. We’re both hoping we can leave all of our various cards behind and do anything we need to do through Apple Wallet via Apple Pay and what not. It’s time to embrace the future!

I punched into work a smidge early today, just to get a jump on stuff on my last day. At this point I am eight hours and 35 minutes away from my two week, epic vacation. May today be a quiet day at work while still managing to not drag. Fingers crossed on that. Happy Last Work Day Before Vacation, everyone!

In the Office

Today is our work Xmas party. I got a coffee mug in the yankee swap. It was a pretty cut throat game. One of my staff members lives in Minnesota. I just ordered lunch for him via DoorDash. The app kept yelling at me for being in Massachusetts and placing an order in Minnesota. Come on, app. I know what I’m doing.

Socials

I mentioned yesterday that I signed up to be a beta tester for Bluesky social. I also said I was pretty much done with social networks but I forgot about Instagram, which I use pretty regularly these days. I guess it just doesn’t register that way for me. I guess.

Today I Googled “twitter alternatives” because I feel kinda gross using an Elon Musk owned product. I signed up for two of them. Mastodon and I haven’t really connected yet. Counter Social and I pretty much have. Like the twit-ter, my user name is RobJ_. Maybe I will be able to automagically cross post from here to there? We’ll have to see.

One more item of note from this evening… I am trying Buffalo Wings for dinner. Well… one Buffalo Wing. The one piece weighs three ounces, and that’s all I can handle tonight. So far so good. I had to Google whether there is sugar in Buffalo sauce or not. According to the couple of links I checked, the answer is no. I should be safe. I just need to take my time.

I probably shouldn’t write a blog post while eating something new… oh well.

Enjoy your dinner, folks!

Happy Apple Update Day

I updated my iPhone earlier this morning. I updated my iPad at about the same time. Now I am updating my Apple Watch and my MacBook Pro. MacOS Ventura, babie. Here’s hoping whatever is wrong with my audio interfaces is addressed by Mr Ventura. Fingers crossed.

It’s Apple Update Day! Enjoy, fangirls and fanboys!

Hooray!

iPhone 14 Pro Max

I gots me a new iPhone. Yeah, I know my last post said the next post would be pics from Lowell, but instead it’s going to be me bitching about my new iPhone.

Setting this guy up has been a kick in the balls. I mean, seriously. The whole eSim thing just didn’t want to work. It said to hold your new phone near your old phone and let it do it all for you via bluetooth or NFC or whatever the hell it uses and it didn’t do anything. I was starting to get nervous about having to go back to the store, but then Jen found a bar code we could scan and that took care of it.

Then I tried to load a backup of my 12 Pro Max and it wouldn’t do it without redoing all of the setup. Okay then, we’re starting from scratch with this guy. Bring it on! Now where the hell is that dark mode parameter?

Happy New iPhone 14 Pro Max Day! WOOOHOOO


Note: I’m not mad, I’m just bitchie. I am super happy with my new phone. I’ve already sent the kids texts because that’s what ol’ Robbie does when he gets a new phone, dig?

Happy Update Day

My iPhone has been updated to iOS 16.0. My watch is currently updating to watchOS 9.0. macOS Ventura doesn’t come out until next month (I think). I haven’t checked my iPad to see if there’s an update available there yet, but I will after the watch is done. The watch update is downloading slowwwwwly.

My stomach issues from yesterday appear to have resolved, thank goodness. I’m still waiting to see when our couch is going to arrive. The window at the moment is something like 2:00pm-5:00. I have to double check that with Jen. I have meetings at 2:00 and 3:00 soooo… yeah. Hopefully it all works out.

Update: The delivery window is 3:20-3:50. That’ll do.

Okay, back to work with me. 24 minutes remaining on the watchOS 9.0 download. Just the download, not the actual update itself. Someday.

Sleep Apnea Thoughts

I was tested for Sleep Apnea because I couldn’t get a good nights sleep to save my life and I was snoring so loud that I couldn’t stay in the room with Jen anymore.

When I started looking into Gastric Bypass I was told that the surgery would result in enough weight loss to cure my apnea. That sounded good to me.

101 pounds later I’m trying to decide how I’ll know when my apnea is cured if I never stop using the CPAP machine. It seems the only course of action is to just stop using it and see what happens.

But when? I asked Jen what she thought, given that my snoring keeps her awake even more than it keeps me awake. We were both on the same page. If I lose 30 more pounds I’ll do an experiment where I don’t use the machine for a night and see what happens. I’ll be curious how it affects Jen’s sleep, and what the sleep numbers my AppleWatch records look like.

At this rate that will be 4-5 weeks from now. Until then I’ll keep sticking that mask over my face.

That’s Interesting

Turns out my little Nikon point and shoot has a built in Wi-Fi. You can connect it to your phone and use a Nikon app to transfer images from the memory card to the phone’s camera roll.

I just took this and uploaded it to my phone while sitting up in bed watching The Sandman (episode one) on my iPad.

We live in a thoroughly groovy world.