So Much For That Idea

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252019

We were supposed to have a lot of heavy rain this weekend and the game plan was that I would get a lot of writing done. Well, we didn’t get any rain on Saturday, and I woke up groggy because my back has been hurting so much I have not slept well the last few days. So, though I spent some time at the computer trying to organize my thoughts, nothing was happening. So much for that idea.

The weatherman said last night that we are still going to get a lot of rain from a storm system somewhere down in the tropics, starting today. And if I can get some rest, maybe I’ll still get something done this weekend. I hope so.

So, if I wasn’t writing, what did I do all day yesterday? Not much, really. I answered a few emails, my buddy Jim Lewis came over and we played a couple of games of darts. Three actually, with me winning two of them, which seldom happens. After Jim left, I ordered several printed copies of Big Lake Ninja and then I parked myself in my recliner and snoozed until dinnertime. Well, I tried to snooze, but several times I snored myself awake. Have you ever done that? It truly is a rude awakening.

After dinner we watched Friday’s BattleBots, which I had recorded, and then the new episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol, which follows the work of a Michigan veterinarian whose practice includes anything from parakeets to dairy cattle.

I may have been a slacker all day, but Miss Terry never slows down from a minute. She baked three loaves of her delicious oat flax bread, and as soon as she had everything cleaned up from that project, she made a delicious dinner. That lady sure can cook and bake!

Someone asked me how I feel about Consumer Cellular now that we’ve been using them for several months. When we were on the road we had a grandfathered Verizon unlimited data plan, which I was reluctant to give up. But it was costing us a lot of money and even with an antenna booster the Verizon signal here at our house is terrible. We lost more calls than we were able to make or receive. With Consumer Cellular we had the choice of Verizon or AT&T towers and we chose AT&T. The signal is still not great, but we do get our calls now, and we went from paying over $250 a month to less than $90 a month for both phones with unlimited talk and text, and 20 GB of data, which we never get close to. I could probably cut the data package in half and save another $10 or so a month, but I’m good with what we’ve got and it will come in handy when we are on the road someplace. As far as coverage, any place we have been the service has been just fine.

A friend of mine mentioned to me the other day that with as much time as I spend sitting at my desk, and with the back problems I have, I might want to look into replacing my office chair with a gaming chair like people use who spend endless hours playing video games. They’re not cheap, but then again the office chairs I buy aren’t cheap either. Reading some of the reviews of different gaming chairs, I think it’s something I want to look into further. Does anybody among my readers have any experience with gaming chairs or any suggestions to offer?

And finally, here’s another chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Thought For The Day – I just put three bags of Pop Rocks in the cat’s litter box. Now we wait.


Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “So Much For That Idea”

  1. Oooohhhhh I can smell that bread from here!!!
    And I thought I was the only one who liked Battlebots!!!

  2. X-Chair has been recommended. Pricey but if it works, priceless.

  3. This year I got diagnosed with 3 collapsed discs so I’m feeling your back pain. I can no longer sit and work in a regular office chair, but I’ve found real relief with an IKEA Poang recliner. It’s inexpensive and seems to have just the right incline to relieve pressure off my back while I sit and write. I’ve had to adjust how I work on the computer, but it’s been worth it. Another idea for you anyway!


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