Extra Vacation days!

vcnWooo!   I just found out that I have three days of unexpected vacation.  The system shows 27 hours that I didn’t think should be there but who’s to complain??

I’m going to sprinkle them in in the next few weeks to spend time working on my new house.  BONUS!!!!



Back in my cage

cgdhmstrWell, my vacation is over and I’m back in my cage again.  I’m trying not to think about the partially framed house that is just sitting out there waiting for me to work on it again.

Very difficult.  It hurts.  My only happiness is that the weekend will eventually come and I will be free to get back to it.  And in just about 48 days I will be free forever.

I must bide my time….  Freedom is coming.  Freedom is coming. Freedom is coming.

Getting data from a different spreadsheet

I’m posting this information because it took me a long time to find it on the internet.  It also took some experimentation to get it to work.  It’s also for my own future reference.

If you want to get data from another Excel spreadsheet and have it show up on your current worksheet you can use the following formula:



(all on one line, obviously)

Modify the paths to the file and the filename as appropriate.  Watch the brackets.

SHEET = The source Sheet.  You may have more than one in that workbook.

A1 = The text you wish to match on your current spreadsheet.

7 = The column you wish to return.  example: Column 7 (You have to use the corresponding  number rather than the column letter itself.)


Example use:

LVBC224 Racheal Centeno
LVBC226 Jeff Sofet
LVBC231 Bridgette Salinas
LVBC234 Anthony Gomez

Given a computer name in column A, it will return the username found in column 7 in a master spreadsheet.

Simple to use and will save you a lot of time doing this stuff manually.

Thinking is bad

thnkngI’ve said it all my life.  “Thinking is bad.”

I used to enjoy thinking back when I was young.  I guess I still do but one must be selective about what one thinks about.

As my time of transformation rapidly approaches, I have noticed that I have not been thinking too much about consequences of my decisions and more about just the process itself.   It is actually strangely comforting.  Not thinking too much about future events really does help control anxiety about them.

It’s late and I don’t want to go too deep on this subject though there is so much that could be said.  I just want to keep it simple.  Thinking is bad.  I feel so much better when I just stick to The Plan and not worry about it.  I hope I can maintain it now that I’ve brought it up.  Sometimes it is best to keep yourself out of it.  I’m sure The Plan is sound.  Let’s not make a bigger deal out of it than is necessary.

This is going to be so great!  I’m so tired of being tired.


Restless at work


I have so many things I need to do and all I can do is sit here at work.  I can’t wait until December when my cell will be opened and I will be free to do as I please.  I’m only sitting here because I’ve been waiting for:

  1. Cooler weather
  2. A few more paychecks and a yearly bonus.
  3. I don’t know.

I have a to-do list a mile long to get my house ready to sell.  By the time I get home from work, I have precious few minutes before bedtime.

Freedom!  I am coming!  Hurry up!


Slab Foundation Frame in place

IMG_0489Things are moving pretty quickly.  They foundation guys have finished the framing and padding for my new house.  A little too fast.

My plumber is there today to put in the drain pipes for the sinks, shower, toilet and washing machine.  I am going to do the supply side myself but I don’t have any experience in the drain part when running through a concrete foundation.  Screw it up and you’re really screwed.  Best let a pro do that.  He is charging me $720 for that part which sounds good to me since I expected it to cost at least $2000 considering the recent leak in my old house cost me $3500 to fix.

The plumber is a long-time friend of my uncle so he’s giving me a good deal.

He should be finished by tomorrow and then they can plan to pour the cement.  My master plan is ahead of schedule.  I have a week off of work next month in November and I can actually start framing the walls.  How exciting!


Quick Restaurant Review – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs – Not impressed.

IMG_0510I’m a good fan of sandwiches.  Especially if they are made by someone else.  Today I decided to try Jimmy John’s Gourmet subs (#JimmyJohns) because I heard somebody recommend them once.   I’m not sure why I had never tried them before.  It just wasn’t convenient or something.

I went in and looked at the menu then placed my order.  There are only two choices of bread.  I ordered “French” which turned out to just be “White bread.”   The bread is almost breadless.  Its is really just crust with about 1 millimeter of bread on the inside.  Breadless bread.  Hmmm.  Not a good start.

I moved over to where they were assembling the sandwich but my view was blocked by metal covers that hinge up and down over the ingredients.  Hmmm.   How am I supposed to select my veggies?   Bam.  They handed me my sandwich.  Wait…. What??   You didn’t ask me what I wanted on it.   Ok.  I’m new here so I took my sandwich and sat down.

I unwrapped it and took a bite.  Hmmm.  It’s missing…..everything.

I went back to the counter and explained that it was my first time here and asked if they had pickles and Jalapenos and stuff.   They gave me some jalapenos but told me that they charge extra for pickles.   Hmmmmm.

I put the jalapenos on and ate the rest of my barren sandwich.  Filling but boring and not very healthy as it contained only Meat, lettuce and Tomatoes.  I would have liked mustard on it rather than mayo but was not given a choice.

As for the “Gourmet” part.  I need to look up the definition on Google.  Let’s see:

  1. a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.
    synonyms: gastronomeepicure, epicurean; More

    • of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet.
      modifier noun: gourmet
      “a gourmet meal”


Nope.  Not that either.  Not sure if tacking the word, “Gourmet” on stuff makes it better.

Overall I fail to see how Jimmy John’s stays in business.  I guess it is regular sandwiches for regular people.

Personally, I shall not return.  If you just want a sandwich and don’t give a shit then this might be the place for you.  If you care at all, I would recommend Subway (#subway) where you get everything or even Jersey Mike’s (#jerseymikes) where you can get it Mike’s way with peppers and relish and have a blast of flavor.

Sorry Jimmy.  Not for me.