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My Office/Desk Setup

Posted in Gaming, Personal, Tech

On January 31st I packed up my car and made the drive from Ohio back to Florida. I decided to move back for a variety of reasons, but moving back meant I had a new office to decorate. I’m still working on adding things and organizing it but here’s what I have so far with my desk setup.

To the side of my desk I have this 3 shelf organizer thingy I got from Michael’s. It mostly contains my xbox one games, pens, pencils, and other extras.

To the left of where I sit I have a Zelda cup, my iPhone 6 (complete with a D. Va Overwatch case), Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard, Overwatch mousemat, my mic and mic stand, and my Astro headset with mixamp.

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March 14, 2017
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Pros and Cons of Working at Home

Posted in Personal, Work

I’ve officially been working from the comfort of my home for about a year and a half now, and I have to say that I LOVE it. If you’re considering trying to work from home, I highly recommend but it does have it’s pros and cons. Let’s start on a positive note shall we?

Pros

Zero commute. You can literally wake up and start work. No traffic jams, no long lines trying to get your morning coffee, just wake up and take a few steps into your office and you’re there.

Save Money

As previously mentioned you have no commute so saving money every month on gas is a huge plus. I maybe fill my gas tank once a month from running errands, but sometimes it’s every other month. On top of that I save money on food.

When I worked in an office it was very convenient (and expensive) to buy food from a vending machine. Plus since I was already out, why not drive somewhere and have them make my food for me? This often led to spending money on food I didn’t need to, and eating unhealthily. Now since I’ve been working at home, I’ve actually lost some weight and I save money on food since I only have access to the food I already purchased (unless of course I order delivery, but I don’t do that often).

No Pants

Seriously. You can pretty much wear anything you want when you work at home. Want to work today in a robe? Go for it! No pants? Go for it! Now of course if your job requires a webcam I wouldn’t recommend going too crazy, but not having to wear anything specific is both cost effective and pretty nice.

Cons

Socializing

When you work from home, it’s pretty much just you and your job. Even if you and your coworkers use some sort of a chat program to communicate, it can still get very lonely because it’s not the same. I love  my job, but sometimes the highlight of my day is going to Target or out to lunch just so I can see another human being face-to-face and have a 5 minute conversation with someone I can actually see.

Boredom

This kinda also goes with socializing, but I find I have moments of pure boredom. Again you are completely by yourself, so you don’t have coworkers in a near by office or cubicle to entertain you sometimes. I personally watch a lot of Netflix to help with this, makes great background noise.

Staying Focused

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay focused on work when you’re not in a normal work environment. I find I have moments where I start getting distracted by something, but I’ve learned to get myself back on task. If I continue to have trouble focusing on work, that’s usually when I take a break for lunch or go check the mail or something so I can refocus which helps a lot.

Overall working from home has it’s pros and con, but I wouldn’t want it any other way! I LOVE working at home and hope to do it for as long as possible.

December 20, 2016
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First Snow

Posted in Personal

We had our first “official” decent snowfall today. November of this year marked 2 years since I moved from Florida to Ohio and the snow is still just as magical.

There’s something so calming and peaceful about the snow. Naturally it chose to snow on the day that I was off of work and I had to run errands so that meant a trip to Target, but the bright side of it is that I got to take some photos while I was out.

I never noticed these trees around the city, but they’re everywhere! And they look so pretty with the snow, I loved the contrast of the red and the white.

In our neighborhood we have several ponds, this is my favorite to take photos at. Those black spots are birds, apparently they did not get the memo that winter means they’re supposed to fly south. Not all of the water here is frozen, so they seemed to be enjoying the pond and were swimming around.

The snow makes me want to just bundle up near a fire and drink hot chocolate and read a book. I’ve always loved the snow, and I think I always will and I hope I am not the only one.

December 14, 2016
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Rest in Peace

Posted in Personal

Friday in the middle of a stream, I received a call that I knew was coming. Before I answered the phone, I knew exactly what my mother would be telling me. With tears filling her eyes, she tried to get out of the words “your Mamaw passed away”. My grandmother had been sick for a while, to the point that my mother flew to Tennessee from Florida to visit and I even drove up as well (back in February). I am so thankful that I got to say goodbye, that I got to hug her one last time, and tell her how much I loved her.

My family is amazing, and it’s because they were raised by someone like my grandmother. She was seriously an amazing woman. She always encouraged, always loved, and always had a smile on her face. I LOVED visiting my grandparents as a kid. I’d watch my grandmother cook, we’d talk about school, and of course both her and my grandfather (he passed away about 9 years ago) would spoil me rotten.

I always admired my grandmother, the mother of 8 children but only 6 survived (2 passed at birth). They always gave, never complained, and always had so much love to give (to their families and to even complete strangers). Her and my grandfather both loved all of their children, their grandchildren, and now their great grandchildren. I hope that I have at least a small percentage of the kind of woman that she was.

She will truly be missed, because she was one hell of a woman.

April 3, 2016
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