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Another weekend has come and gone. I’ve returned with the end of this weekend to bring you another list of things that caught my interest and attention over the weekend. The good news is that the new room arrangement is almost entirely complete. I’m just waiting on a few final touches before I show it off to everyone.

I also appreciate everyone’s patience with last week’s delays. My doctor started me on a new medication that made me very sleepy and tired in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings… pretty much all the time! We decided to stop the medicine on Friday, but it takes a few days for it to get out of my system. The good news is that there are no withdrawal symptoms from this particular med. The bad news is that one of the side effects of being on the med was a tendency towards more “compulsive” behavior, so my bank account is hurting while I have a lot of shiny new things from Amazon and other places.

So, without further ado, here’s five things that interested, intrigued, and otherwise inspired me this weekend:


Apparently Anberlin is back for one more tour?

I never really got too deeply into Anberlin’s music… one of their songs, “A Whisper and a Clamour”, was on the soundtrack to an EA Games NHL game. A few other of their songs, which were all part of the Cities album, turned out to be pretty good listens. The last I had heard of the group, they had gone their separate ways in 2014. However, it appears that beginning in April they started a tour but the band has no plans beyond that at this time.

For those who may be interested, here’s one of my personal favorites from Cities, “Hello Alone”. (Please don’t read too much into it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu2cAUjz8pg


My icemaker can’t keep up with the heat

With temperatures running at or above 90 here in Nashville, I’ve been drinking plenty of cold drinks to keep cool. This was especially necessary for several hours when I turned the air conditioner off while making failed efforts to install a “smart” thermostat. With the air conditioner off, temperatures in the apartment reached the upper 70s to lower 80s. Unfortunately, my icemaker can’t keep up with the heat – I’ve almost reached the bottom of the serving bowl – so I’m going to have to break out my own ice trays as well. Good news is that temperatures are due to drop to the lower 80s this coming week.


We have a mailing list! (Almost)

If all goes well with today’s test, we’ll have a working mailing list. You’ll be able to subscribe and get a daily digest of everything written in the last 24 hours in your inbox. This is particularly handy for people who don’t like Facebook or Twitter (a rarity these days, but I know they are out there), or people who spend more time in their e-mail than on social media. Expect an announcement sometime today if the test is successful.


Prime Day… Leave me alone!

I’ll be the first to admit I probably spent too much on Prime Day. It really is like Christmas in July, isn’t it? Still, some of the things that I did wind up getting look pretty nice in the “office”. On the down side, I have a lot of boxes that I have to break down now and get to recycling. Some of them I can save for eBay sales and the like, but there were some really unusually-sized boxes as well. Some of this pain came from the med I was on (as mentioned above), and some from the good deals that I happened across.


Never thought this would happen to me…

Most of you who know me know that I spend at least a little time playing computer games on the weekend. This past weekend was probably the first time in awhile that I barely touched any games on the computer at all. I spent maybe four hours total – that’s right – total across the weekend. Most of my time was spent arranging the “office”, opening boxes of stuff I bought, working on the “smart” thermostat, and doing other random projects.

Martin Catching Up

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