Enjoying Some Downtime Watching Funny Videos

It seems that lately I have been a lot busier than I would like to be.  It is busiest time of the year where I work, and while things will slowdown come January, I can still feel the stress get to me.  The weekends never come soon enough, so during the week I have to find distractions to help me relieve stress and make it through the day.

One of the ways that I have discovered that works well for me is to laugh.  Laughing lets my stress go and re-energizes me so that I can continue working.  While some people love to watch movies or tell jokes to incite laughter, I usually just head on over to Thug life, a website that showcases daily video compilations that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

The site is perfect for me as I am able to watch a couple of their compilations during my lunch break.  These simple moments on the site really let me laugh the stress away, and it really helps me to cope with my job.  Before I discovered their site I really struggled coming here each and every day.

Not anymore.

If you are looking for some laughs and something that will brighten your day, head on over to http://www.thuglifee.com/

Visited the Dentist Today

As many of you know, I don’t have the best teeth.  I have had my share of problems throughout my life when it comes to my teeth, so I make sure to take care of them as best as I can.  This means that I make regular visits to the dentist, get regular cleanings, and take my time each day to make sure that I brush and floss my teeth.  While many people would think that this is a lot of work, I know that if I don’t make the effort, I will have to spend a lot of money dealing with my teeth.

For me, it makes a lot more sense to just take care of my teeth.

So today, I made a trip to the woodridge dentist to get a checkup and a cleaning.  It had been awhile since my last visit, so it was about time that I went.  My teeth had been hurting a little more lately, and I wanted to make sure that there were no problems.

After a thorough checkup and X-rays, it turned out that I did have two cavities in my molars.  I have made a follow-up appointment, and after everything is fixed, I am hoping that I will be good for another year.

Traveling to Vietnam in the New Year

When it comes to traveling, I am one of those people that really makes an effort to see the world.  Don’t get me wrong – I love my home, but I figure since I get to live my life once, I should see whatever I can see.

Every December I sit down and make my travel plans for the next year.  I have done this for the past decade, and it helps me when it comes to saving money for my trip.  If I didn’t plan ahead, I don’t think that I would ever go anywhere.

For 2016, I am finally going to fulfill my North Vietnam Travel plans that I made about five years ago.  There was always some kind of obstacle that made it so I couldn’t travel there, but this year I am going no matter what.

Since I don’t really have time to make my own itinerary, I have decided to work with a company that specializes in Northeast Vietnam tours.  They will have the trip planned out for me, and all I have to do is show up and enjoy the ride.

I am really looking forward to my vacation next year.  It will be great to finally get to see Vietnam with my own eyes – I have waited long enough for my chance to travel there.

Chronicling my Life with a Video Blog using Clickclap

While I do love to blog on this site about my life and what I think is important, I have wanted to chronicle my life in some kind of video based format that I could share with the world.  Much like a movie, I want to be the center of the story and really capture those moments that shape my life.

Thankfully a way to make the perfect way to make a video blog (or vlog as they are called) is now available for my phone using Clickclap.

Clickclap is a new social sharing platform for Android and is available in English, Spanish and Russian.  Named after the sound a shutter makes on a camera, Clickclap is a visual messenger that allows you to share emotions via an emoticon, share short videos in a circle (they call them “shots” on the site), chronicle your life with your own Vistory (video story), as well as create your own video blog (Vlog).  They also have a new language that you can use to communicate with your friends called “Grimaces”.

It is quite an amazing app.

I have already connected with some of my cousins with the app, and we are all sharing snippets of our lives right from our smartphones.

Do you have something to share?  You can install the Clickclap app right from the Google Play Store by following the link here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clickclap

Finally Sorted my Internet Problems Out

Since I moved to my new home I have had nothing but problems with my internet.  Working with a new internet service provider is always a bit of a gamble, but since all of my neighbors in the area were not having troubles, I had to put my head down and figure out what was going on.

I was a little frustrated.

But I knew that I could figure out the issues if I just worked through the problem and eliminate everything it could be to figure out the solution.

So, I got to work.

I started things off like anyone would fixing a connection problem – I unplugged the router and modem and plugged them back in.  They took a little longer than I thought they would to fire back up, but once all of the lights were back on, I tried my laptop again.

No luck.

With those two pieces of hardware eliminated, I moved on to making sure I was connecting to the right network.  Just to make sure that I was connecting to the right provider, I used the IP lookup tool from IPAlf.com.

Right away I could see there was a problem.  According to the information provided by the site, I wasn’t connecting to my ISP – I was connecting to another one instead.

Digging a little deeper, I found that my computer was setup to connect to the open Wi-Fi of my neighbor instead of my own router.  Since the signal from the open network was weak, I was disconnecting from the internet a lot of the time.

All it took was to change a couple of settings on my computer and now it looks like the internet is working like it should.  I am happy that I finally was able to sort out my internet issues.

Revamping my Living Room

Slipcovered Furniture by Four Seasons Furniture

As the seasons change, I like to change the decor in my home.  I have done this for a couple of years now, and I love it.  Not only do I get to enjoy a fresh look as the seasons change, but it really feels like I am in a new home.

I love it.

The first few years that I tried to change the decor of my home went well except when it came to the furniture.  It is a little harder to change the look of your couch and recliners when most models are not meant to be changed at all.  At the time, I decided that I would shop around and find some furniture that would be easier to give a little facelift whenever I felt like it.

It wasn’t until I discovered Four Seasons Furniture that I found my solution.  They sell slipcovered furniture that makes it easy to change whenever you feel like it.  I love how I can just switch slipcovers easily and give my furniture a whole new look.

Whether you want to change the look of the furniture in your home or cottage, Four Seasons Furniture carries the perfect slipcovered furniture that makes it easy to change the look of the decor in your room.  To learn more about their furniture and see just how easy it is to give your living room a facelift whenever you feel like it, visit their site at https://www.americancountryhomestore.com/products/cottage-furniture-slipcovered-sofas/

Emergency Trip to the Dentist

Looking at the dreaded Dentist Chair

With my string of bad luck lately, I was hoping that the rest of this week would go well.  But low and behold, things didn’t follow my plan and I found myself at the dentist this morning to fix a broken tooth. 

What a great way to start the week.

You see, last night after supper, I decided to have a mint.  Since I quit smoking a few years ago, I have been downing mints like they are candy, which means that I have good breath just about all the time.  But the catch is that I chew these hard mints.

Which is a bad thing.

You see, I was chewing on some mints there after supper and bit down on one the wrong way so that one of my molars broke.  Specifically, the corner broke off, so at least the tooth was salvageable, but it hurt.

It hurt a lot.

So, I am going in to the dentist this morning to get it fixed.  I am hoping that it won’t cost a lot.

Wish me luck.

Thinking about Prom

Prom Night

It seems like it was years ago that I was looking forward to going to the prom. At the time I was an awkward young man who had the whole world ahead of him. I remember what a fuss my parents made when it came to what I was going to wear for that night and for my date with Erin Hislop. I was nervous and stressed because of what that one night was going to do to define my life.

And I have not thought about prom since. At least not until tonight.

I was over having Sunday supper at my aunt and uncles house. My cousin, Melissa, was talking about prom and everything she needed to do to get ready for the big night. She showed me her scrapbook of dresses that she had picked out as well as different hairstyles for prom. She wanted my opinion and input as to what look would be perfect for her prom night.

As I sat there and tried to figure out some great wisdom about prom night that I could share with her, I’m sure that I had a blank look on my face. I am a guy after all, so what do I know about prom night from a woman’s perspective.

Absolutely nothing.

I’m not saying that I didn’t offer her any kind of tidbits of wisdom or insight into the experiences that I had during my prom night, but I don’t think I was really the person who could give her direction she needed for the biggest night of her life. I think she appreciated my candor and honesty, and I know that she will make the right choice as to how she is going to look for her prom.

It was just funny how her current interests made me look back to one of my best memories (and dates) for many years ago.

Decorating The Tree For Christmas

Our Christmas Tree last year

While many of my friends like to hold out until December to decorate the Christmas tree, my view of the matter is slightly different. I really feel that the longer you leave your Christmas tree out the better. Sure, I don’t like to decorate the tree right after Halloween, but late November is all right in my books.

I used to decorate the tree on my own, but now I enlist my nieces and nephew to help me out. We usually make a weekend out of it, but this year it’s going to be a little different. I don’t have as much free time as I used to thanks to the new job that I took a few months ago, so we will have to do it tomorrow night.

It will still be fun, but it will just have to become a different tradition. I am sure that things will change again once I have my own children but I’m thinking that I won’t have to worry about that for a while.

I hope that we will be able to get my place decorated in the little time that we will have. It will really make it feel a lot more like Christmas in here.

Creating Professional Marketing Graphics Easily with MoonPixlar

When it comes to creating marketing art for my online business, I have been really struggling.  My art skills are the same as a four year old, and any artwork that I have made on my own for any of my projects has looked very pathetic.

And it hasn’t converted well either.

While I could outsource the work, I wanted to keep my expenses down as I am just starting out.  I would rather put some money in my pocket than spend money I don’t have.

There had to be a solution.

So, I decided to take a look online.  I wanted software that would allow me to make eye-catching marketing graphics without having to be a graphic artist.  It had to be easy to use, and something I could afford.

That is when I discovered a review over at ClicktoReviews.com:


that showcased some new marketing graphic software, MoonPixlar.  Not only was it exactly what I needed, but it fit my budget.  I loved that it could work for so many things including Facebook ads, website headers, advertisements, flyers, infographics and more.  Really the uses for the software are endless, and I have found it really easy to pick it up and run with it – without having to read a complicated manual.

To learn more about MoonPixlar and how you can use it to create some professional graphics with just a few clicks, I would suggest reading this in-depth review here: http://www.clicktoreviews.com/the-incredible-marketing-graphic-designing-software/