Tim Dehring

Just a random guy with a website

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It’s been 10 months since my last post.

Ten months.

Looking back, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. Yet at the same time, it’s been a long ten months.

COVID-19 be damned.

Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to still have my job and be able to support my family, and now that things are a little more normal around here, I’m hoping I can start posting more here.

A side note of reference: I’m still using Fedora but not as my daily OS. I bought a new M1 MacBook Pro (13″, 512GB storage, 8GB RAM) earlier this year and have been enjoying using it. I really, really don’t like the UI in macOS 11 Big Sur, however.

Oh well, can’t win them all.

A Very Blah Day

I really don’t have much to say today. Or night, considering it’s almost midnight.

On the Fedora Workstation front, things are running smooth so far. I’ve even gotten a little comfortable using the command line to install software and check on resources being used. I don’t NEED to use the command line for software, but it’s nice to get familiar with the inner workings.

The only thing I don’t like so far? Is the fact that on my MacBook Pro (13″, mid-2017 model), there’s no option for fractional scaling. I’ve tried several command line “hacks”, but none worked. That’s ok though, I’m not letting that get in the way of my testing for this month.

Oh well. Until next time, have a great rest of the night.

Sixteen Years

My wife Jessica and our daughter, circa 2008

Disclaimer: I suck at writing about feelings and relationship stuff. You’ve been warned.

It’s true when they say that time flies when you’re having fun, because it’s hard to believe Jess and I have been together for 16 years as of today.

Well, technically our sixteenth anniversary is in 2031. However, February 5th, 2004 is the day my wife and I started dating officially.

We’ve had our share of ups and downs in our relationship. We’re both stubborn as hell which makes our arguments much more intense when we do fight.

But on the flip side, being stubborn also means that no matter what we go through, we’d rather fix what’s wrong rather than throw in the towel like so many couples do anymore.

I’ve always poked fun at those couples that say they married their best friend in the past, but maybe it’s a sign that I’ve grown up a little because I say that now as well without hesitation.

There’s not another person in the world that I would rather be with then Jess. No other person that I can love as much as I love her. No other person I trust as much as I trust her. No other person as beautiful as she is, both inside and out.

No other person that frustrates the hell out of me at times, and I know I frustrate the hell out of her as well. But that’s what makes our relationship work and why we’ve lasted sixteen years so far.

After all these years together and all that we’ve been through, I can’t imagine my life without her and I’m incredibly thankful that she’s still by my side, through thick and thin, sickness and in health.

Jess, I hope you know how much I love you and the family that we have together. Thank you for taking a chance on me and putting up with my flaws.

Setting Up Goals For 2020

Last year, I wrote a post regarding my goals/resolutions for 2019. Halfway through the year, I switched web hosts and embarrassingly enough, I didn’t keep an accurate backup of my site when I did. Not that I had much posted to begin with, but it still sucked to lose that work and half to start over.

It’s funny though, really, because I think starting over is what I had to do in order to get myself to start posting more. When I first grabbed the domain and setup the site, I was posting 3-5 times a week, if not more. Of course, I wasn’t working at the time so I had plenty of time to do that. But even after I started working again full time, I was posting 2-3 times a week, maybe more.

I have no excuse to not post that much, considering we’re a family of 5 and there’s always something going on in our house to share. Looking back on the past 7 months when I restarted the blog, I haven’t posted like I should and I’m going to change that.

With that in mind, here’s a small list of goals for 2020 that I am going to follow as best as I can, and when the end of the year arrives, I’ll look back and see how well I disciplined myself.

  • Post more. This is a given, and so I’d like to have at minimum, 5 posts per month. More would be great, of course. Less would be considered lazy.
  • Photograph more. My oldest just turned 13 last month and let me tell you, I have no excuse to not take pics at any time to record memories. My phone has a camera, and I have two pocket Canon cameras that can be conveniently carried if needed. Plus, I love to take pics.
  • Write more. This is different than posting more, as I love to write but haven’t really written anything to share in a long time. Even if it’s personal, I need to start writing more for my own sake.
  • Save more/invest more. This will become a post of its own but the short version is self-explanatory: save more and invest more for my kids and their futures. For now, see my post on the 52 Week Savings Challenge.

That’s a start for now. It wasn’t too long ago that I was also earning an extra $1,000 with affiliate links and all that and I’d love to get back to that. But until then, I have to build up the blog and an audience.

Hello, October

And just like that, it’s October 1st, 2019.

A little over 2 months ago, I commented on how fast summer flew by, as well as 2019 in general.

I’m not complaining, really. October brings with it the first full month of Fall (Autumn), it brings festivals like our local Apple Festival to celebrate harvests, and of course, it brings Halloween.

Last of all, it brings out colors in nature. Around here its the 3rd week of October when the season is in full bloom (is that the word, considering the leaves are dead?). So, I’ll close this with a beautiful pic of the season.

Autumn in Ohio

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