I love my Ninja!

I drink a LOT of coffee. Maybe too much, but not more than a pot per day. Up ’til recently, I had a regular ‘ol coffee maker. It did the job, but it was rather… meh. I wanted the ability to make a single cup, and was leaning toward a Keurig, but they don’t make a big enough cup of coffee for me (even the 2.0). I also don’t like the wasteful k-cups, which the inventor regrets ever making.

Enter the Ninja coffee maker. I had seen this bad boy on the shelves, but never thought I would own one. But my wonderful wife decided to give me one for my birthday! She gave me the original ‘CF080Z’ version, which I really liked. But there were a few features that needed refined. So when I saw the ‘2.0’ version (model ‘CF091’), I traded up (Sams Club rocks)! Honestly, you can’t go wrong either way. This thing makes great coffee, and has a lot of various options! The only thing I don’t like is that the permanent filter makes ‘muddy’ coffee, so I still use the paper filters. But it’s still great. I can make a small cup, large cup, travel mug, BIG travel mug, half pot, full pot, iced… it’s truly a ‘do everything’ machine!

For someone like me who works from home, you simply can’t go wrong here. It’s a bit of a pricey investment up front, but it’s cheaper than going to a coffee shop every day! And if you only need a single travel mug, it will make that for you without the excess/waste. And if you’re an iced coffee drinker (I thrive on it in the summer), you can make a whole pitcher!


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Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091)

List Price: $199.99 USD
New From: $148.99 USD In Stock

Requiem for an ’80s Kid

Came across this article the other day while perusing Flipboard and thought it was really well-done. From Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) to Bowie, Prince, and now Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), it seems 2016 was a hard year for those of us who grew up in the ’80s. Probably because most of us are now well into our 40’s, putting many of our TV/Movie/Music heroes into their 60’s (or older) now.

At least Tom Cruise, Madonna (barely), Rob Lowe, John Schneider, and the girl from the Night Ranger ‘Sister Christian’ video are still in their 50s! Unfortunately the other Toms (Wopat and Selleck) are now drawing social security.

Anyhow, if you were a ‘child of the ’80s, you’ll likely appreciate this article… Requiem for an ’80s Kid

Hoping everyone had a very Merry Christmas – here’s to a safe (and less dreadful) 2017!


Happy Friday

Once upon a time, the time period before the holidays always seemed so quiet at work. Everyone brought in food and the atmosphere was more relaxed as many folks were on vacation. But not anymore! For the past few years, things have been so hectic/crazy. I’m looking forward to my vacation in a week!

On another note, I’ve been putting some thought into to do with this blog. One of the things (e.g. products) I think I’ll bring out is things I recommend. Those who know me well know that I spend a TON of time researching pretty much anything I purchase. Like,  lenghty, painstaking, “read every review and blog” type research. The upside is that I don’t have to return many things, and I tend to get great deals on stuff. The downside is that it is sometimes very time-consuming. But I know some folks have made purchases based on my recommendations, so why not share what I’ve learned? Even if I don’t profit from it, it will at least make my time more worth it. Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today is ‘Pearl Harbor Day’ – a ‘day that will live in infamy’.  Some events in American history really stand out, and this is certainly one of them.  Many people – both soldiers and civilians – lost their lives that day, which of course launched our involvement in WWII.  Although I was not born until 1972, I feel it was still well-etched in the minds of people at that time. Now, 75 years later, memories are fading but fortunately not forgotten. National Geographic actually has a really nice site with interactive multimedia dedicated to this sad event. To their credit, they have finally removed the horrendous ads which plagued the site for a couple of years. I encourage everyone to check it out here and spend a little time just exploring and understanding:

You can also read an engaging eyewitness account of the day here:

Say a prayer today for those who lost lives, loved ones, or who gave up their personal freedom as a result of this event. But also say a prayer for our country and leaders. Terror strikes a new face these days, and divisiveness is stronger than ever. But I feel confident that Americans will always rise to meet those who threaten our freedom. God bless America – may our flag forever wave.

Why this blog?

Some folks might question why I’ve added blogging to this site. Actually, I’ve been blogging for several years – first with Microsoft Live blogging, then WordPress.com, and then to my hosted blog (the former ‘thoughtnot’ blog). I closed that blog up a few years ago when I found I just didn’t have time to focus on it. It was also running an older version of WordPress that didn’t auto-update as easily, so every update was a major time-consuming pain.

I’ve been a writer (of sorts) since my high school days. I prefer short stories, poems, and small musings. Notice I didn’t say I was a good writer, but I try. 🙂 I enjoy having someplace to share my thoughts, but social media, for me, is not the place. I avoid Facebook like the plague. In fact, I’m pretty sure Facebook IS a plague.

This site – mikeandemily.com – may seem like a strange site name to host a blog. But it does represent my thoughts and our lives, to an extent. Maybe someday I can get Emily to blog. lol! For now, I thought it was silly to pay the annual fee just to save the sitename and point it to a static page. So why not use it? Hopefully you’ll join me here from time to time. I like getting feedback/conversation on stuff I post, so feel free to chime in. Maybe I’ll keep up with it better this time!  (Also, please excuse any strange issues that come up for a while as I work the kinks out of the site configuration. Thanks!)


Random thoughts from a regular guy…

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