Boston Store timewarp

I was having fun with Photoshop over lunch and made this. I’ve seen the pics from Germany that others have done like this and I was always curious how my hometown of Erie has changed. Maybe I’ll make this a summer project and see how it goes.  That’s an image from Google I found and current Google Maps imagery when I do a street view. If I go further I’d absolutely spend more time on the photoshop and take my own pics.

I’m a sucker for history, especially places that I have and currently live in. Whenever I’m in the local bookstores I pick up the small publications on each of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see what life was like before I moved here.

Last night I found a box of old books about Erie (Lost Erie, Baseball in Erie and a few others) while working on my basement and since I’m on a genealogy kick I figured eh, why not.

Holding myself to a higher standard


I’ve been a known advocate for craft beer for at least the last 5 years because of Should I Drink That but like every fan I have a weakness. Sometimes you just want to tie one on with something cheap that reminds you of simpler times like college or go back to your roots so you remember where you came from. I don’t care what the snobs say, everyone has one and for me that beer is Beast Ice.

I should say “was” me.

I owe it to my readers and myself to stay on course so with that I’m going to try and not drink one macro all year. Why may this seem difficult? We go to a lot of wedding receptions, sporting events, tailgates, private clubs and picnics where that is the only fermented beverage of choice. If I’m at one of your functions and I drink a coke don’t be insulted. Its not you its me 🙂

Baby O’s arrival has changed everything. Previously with Teaspoon I was able to put him to bed on a Saturday night around 8 and by the time Lushie was sleeping I could either go out or pick up a cheap case to get ripped while in chat or playing Xbox. Now my time to consume is very limited and won’t be wasted on fizzy yellow stuff.

It comes down to appreciation. My free time is very limited and valuable so I owe it to myself and to my palate to savor these moments. I’m not going to stop writing reviews but may scale down to only doing some choice events. Its mainly the in between time that has changed. I’m not going out making $400 beer runs anymore (or at east that I’m telling lushie about) but I will make a stop on the way home to pick up a beer for after the kids are in bed.

I’m working on finishing up the basement so I have room to start brewing/bottling plus add storage area for the beers I want to cellar. All of these things are to help progress my appreciation for craft beer and its culture. There are so many different aspects that I need and want to learn.

When June comes around and I get my degree I’ll be curious how I’m doing but it comes back to my theme for this year. A year of focus.

That was a nice vacation

I left work on December 23rd at 1:45pm and haven’t been back since. That’s 25 days and amazingly I only used 9 days of PTO. Honestly we couldn’t have planned out this pregnancy any better to be off. Having kiddo #2 in the house has been a challenge and I don’t think we would have been able to do it during any other season.

Baby O is doing great! He’s now 20 days old and pushing 7 pounds. Teaspoon has been an absolute monster with jealousy and confused because I’ve been home for so long. The house must be upset with me because we’ve had an electrician and a furnace guy out here for repairs and not the toilet is leaking.  I can never say that its boring around here or nothing is going on.

There is a weird parallel with Teaspoon’s birth here also. I was also off (laid off) for 5 days before he was born. In both instances I had big dreams of work around the house I wanted to get done. In both cases that never happened.

That may actually change today.

Lushie spent 2 hours working on our basement yesterday to start cleaning up Christmas decorations and going through moving boxes. For 2 hours I plan on tackling that also so we can make room for the outdoor toys that are in boxes and start consolidating moving crap. Like my father I threw out nothing but now I have to for my own sanity. My dad passed 4 years ago and my mom is still going through his mess. I need to streamline my junk so a) I know where everything is b) let go of the junk that doesn’t work. I could SO be a hoarder but an organized one.

We’re starting to get a sleep schedule down now which really doesn’t involve much sleep but at least we have a plan in place. I’m also a snow shoveling addict, as apparent last year, so I’m sore in a lot of places but it was worth it to get outside for an hour to spend to myself with Pandora blasting in my ears.

I’m actually anxious to get back to work. I need to be around people who don’t know who Dino Dan is for a bit and also get going on a shit ton of social media ideas I came up with.

*yawn* but first maybe I’ll take just ONE more nap.