Saturday, December 31

End of Another Year

I just don't understand why we have to celebrate the start of a calendar year. Just an excuse to have another holiday a week after Christmas? Shrug. I can't figure it out. What is nice about it though, is one is not expected to spend a wad of cash on gifts to give to people. Though, the downside is, you are expected to spend an ENTIRE evening with friends/family, until the late hours. Sometimes, for some of us (I won't point out who, though I have suspicions) that is worse than just a dinner. Of course, I wouldn't be talking about my family..... (rolling eyes).

Today, the Wife and Daughter are going out and spending all the money they can, since it is the last day of the year. That's not true. Actually, they are doing some shopping, but it is to use up some $$ off coupons for groceries, and refill my prescription for my blood pressure meds. I think I really need them with one more week to go with the boys at home. She'll be picking up some sodas for us to take to lunch tomorrow when the family all gets together.

Otherwise, today is just being spent at home. I have no desire to be out and have to worry about the other drunks, or distracted drivers on the roads. PPD will have a fun time tonight I am sure. Actually would be interesting to hear in the next couple days, just how many stops, arrests, DUIs, etc were done tonight. We will be inside, probably watch a couple movies, and send the kids to bed shortly after midnight. Not even sure I will make it that late myself. I may end up in bed with my Kindle by 10'ish.

Otherwise, hope you all have a wonderful evening whatever you are doing. See ya next year!


Thursday, December 29

A-Parent-ly Bad

As a parent, there are a trillion and one things I do not understand about kids, even having been one myself. It seems I am finding more and more of them just plain outright irritate me to no end, and are being displayed/acted upon by my kids. The oldest son went with the Daughter back to Tucson for a few days, and will be returning for New Years. I would think that would make things easier managing the boys while they are on break. Heh. Teach me to think.

Yesterday was an okay day. They spent the better part of it watching YouTube videos and actually getting along. Today, as soon as they are both up, it is constant bickering at each other. Needless to say, my patience is worn thin.

They have a week plus yet to go before school starts back up. Sigh.

The Wife got off work early yesterday, and we took advantage of it to do some family activity together. We went out to eat at 5 & Diner ('50s style restaurant) followed by an early evening movie of 'The Adventures of Tin Tin" which the boys really enjoyed (they are 9 & 5). I completed the evening by heading to bed with my Kindle, and a crossword book.

I guess if you are like the seemingly mass population, you should be debating what sort of New Year resolutions you should make, then break during the first week. I guess a couple years ago, the family (meaning RM and Sis) started having us pen down those resolutions. Sis would save them for the year in sealed envelopes, and at the next NY lunch, would pass them out for everyone to see if they made it. I think mine last year was to not make any resolutions. Can't remember for sure. I just know I am not doing it this year. No since in deflating my hope at the beginning of next year. If there is a next year.

I am thinking of personal things I would like to accomplish over the next year, and I may even share some of them.... but not before the big day!


Monday, December 26

That 'After the Holiday' Glow

It was just short of 9am when I woke this morning. I was hoping to stay in bed until 10 or later, as the Wife is sleeping in as well. No such luck. After a long day of Christmas'ing, my ankle has yet to forgive me. It was throbbing this morning, and I could no longer put off getting some ibuprofen in me as fast as possible. Before I could just return to the bed though, the two younger boys were up and ....well, here I am.

Yesterday was a great Christmas. One of the better ones I recall for my family over the years. All four kids loved the big Santa gift they received and the the excitement they showed on opening them, plus the desire to use/play/whatever with the gifts.... just keeps bringing a smile to my face. We did good this year.

Spent the later morning with the In-Laws, and the early afternoon with RM. RM did some ham for sandwiches, which by that time we were hungry. Afterwards, we rambled on up to Sis', where everyone in my family meets up. Due to me being just plain tired by this point, we did not stay tremendously long, but was glad we came by for a bit. We will be back there next Sunday for New Year's lunch.

As today is sort of a recovery day, I am just relaxing at home. The Daughter is planning to head back to home before returning next weekend, and has asked about the oldest son going with her for the few days. I think we are going to let him.

That's it for now.


Saturday, December 24

Good Eve-ning

Welp, it's Christmas Eve and I know what we are doing at my house today: wrapping. I have not wrapped anything I picked up, and I know the Wife hasn't. I am hoping she has lots of the gift bags to use, as I suck at wrapping gifts. She'll be doing turns with each of the boys to have them pick a gift for their brothers, and have them wrap it of her Christmas traditions I guess you would say. My tradition is at 1am, when I ask why isn't she done yet, and hurry up because I want my bed back so I can sleep in it.

Tomorrow will be a busy day for us, so don't expect a post. If you get one, I am not sure how much sense it will make. I know it will probably be late, and I will be tired. We start our day usually here at home for our presents, then to the In-Laws, then to RM's.... and in most past years, headed up tot he north side of town to Sis'. This year I just don't know. Last year I was really wiped out, and though Sis was trying to get us to come up tonight, there is just no way. So, we are leaving it up to how we feel once we get that far along. Sis, if you're reading, I know you understand. After all, you don't go anywhere, and we have to.

Last minute thoughts: Did I get enough things for the Wife from the boys? Do we have enough wrapping paper? What about the gift bags? Have enough stocking stuffers, but where are the stockings? How early in the morning do we wake the kids? I am hoping not before 7am. Who is doing the dishes today, since I still can't stand up long enough to do them? Okay, that last one I have been thinking about the past couple days, as the dishes are starting to pile up.

I guess that is it for now. Hope all you readers have a wonderful Christmas!

PeacE (on Earth, Good Will to Men)

Thursday, December 22

Cement Boots

I went to the orthopedic specialist today to see about my ankle. He met with me less than a minute - seriously! He looked at my foot, asked me to move it up and down, and told me what they were going to do. No surgery, but have a cast with walking shoe for five weeks. Which means I am allowed to walk on it as needed/can which makes me happy. First thing I did when I got home was toss the crutches and tried walking around with just the cane. YES! My arms and chest were sore form the past 2-3 days of using the crutches. The maneuvering around on them was ridiculous. I will need the cane for probably most of the next week, as it is still sore, but afterwards look forward to being able to walk around without much trouble. I will be able to get back into the gym next week, and can continue upper body and ab workouts at least. I know I am going to need it through this holiday season.

Tonight, the Wife found a $50 gift certificate for Outback we received from somewhere so the family is going out to dinner tonight. Just waiting on them to get home. The Daughter took the boys over to her boyfriend's parents' house, to help them put up their tree. Seems his Mom has a bit of that whole 'empty nest' thing going on, and just adores my boys. Heck, everyone seems to adore my kids.

Boys are out of school now until January. Not looking forward to all that fighting/griping/bickering and whining that will be going on.

Time to go.... a blooming onion is calling me!


Wednesday, December 21

More Stir Crazy

I think I found the limit as to how much time a person can sit on Facebook and NOT go crazy. Or maybe I went over that line. The whole stir crazy business has doubled now that I have limited mobility, compared to just being at home most of the time before. I would spend more of my time in bed, napping and reading, except I don't want to be laying there awake half the night due to not being able to sleep. Though, I do admit the vicodine sure helped put me out last night.

I found out that sitting there, refreshing my screen on FB every few minutes, is a really creepy sort of thing to do. When a new update or comment comes up, and I respond right away, it's even worse waiting for the other party to respond... because half the time they don't.

There is only so much one can do in any given game, without having to wait for more "coins", energy, or whatever, short of bringing out the ol' credit card and paying for stuff on a free game.

I'm hungry, and I haven't figured out how I am going to maneuver around to do some breakfast for myself.

It's a good thing I didn't hurt something more, like my ribs, abdomen, etc. I know I am going to be doing some time reading my bathroom book today.

I know. That last one was a bit too much TMI for you.


Tuesday, December 20

Just Call Me a Wuss

I broke down yesterday. In a sense, sort of literally. By mid-afternoon, my ankle was hurting bad enough I let the Wife convince me to go to Urgent Care. If nothing else, to verify it was a sprain. So I made it through the rest of the afternoon, and then we proceeded to spend the evening at Urgent Care. Yeah. It was broke. Seems the fibula (smaller of the two lower leg bones) was fractured clear through, down near the ankle. Good part is that it had not displaced (become unconnected, or split apart) at the fracture point. A basic splint wrapped around it all, a 'script for vicodine, and a slap on the ass sent me on home after 9pm last night.

The MIL had a set of crutches we borrowed. The Wife went up and had my script filled last night. This morning, the Daughter is back in town, and was nice enough to drive me up to meet my buddy for breakfast. He had just gotten out of the hospital yesterday, and is having some health issues. It was good to see him and share some time together. Then the Daughter drove me back home. I made a comment at one time to the Wife about not being able to get to the gym now, and do my treadmill workouts. But after moving around on the crutches, I thin I will get more of a workout with them than I was doing at the gym! My arms and chest are already a bit sore...

Only five days until Christmas, and we can put all this holiday shit behind us. I talked the Daughter into going out and getting the Wife one more present, if we can figure one out. At least the stores have them motorized carts if I decide to go. I may just give her the money and say bring back my change.

Welp, not much to think about right now. Going to be off my feet for a couple days as the Ortho Doc isn't scheduled until Thurs. Then I find out how long I may be wearing the cast/boot/etc they decide to put on my ankle. Yee haw.


Monday, December 19

Fight Night Weekend

Oh my. What a Sunday I had yesterday. Spent most of the day at one of my watering holes with my friends. We had all met up for bloody marys early before the softball tournament games (which were canceled due to rain). So it ended up just hanging out, watching the football games. At one point, Aaron and I were outside, and Aaron was funning around, asking everyone out there (smoking area) what sound they thought a sea gull makes. One guy who had just came out the door, decided he thought Aaron was making fun of him, and sucker-punched my buddy. Needless to say, that brought out my need to jump in and break it up. This guy would just not quit swinging though, and so even though I was able to break them up, I caught a few blows. Aaron, now that I was between them, saw the guy land one on me, and proceeded to come back in to retaliate. At this point, I don't know what happened for sure. I know I got knocked back off balance where I rolled on my ankle, and the two guys went down to the ground. I grabbed up the guy in a full nelson to drag him off. Another patron there came wading in and grabbed the guy and pinned him up against the wall. I saw a phone on the ground, and wanted to make sure it wasn't Aaron,s then saw him with his phone in his hand, so just motioned for him to go back in the bar, and followed him in. Police were called, and I guess they ended up taking the guy away. Aaron said he didn't want to press charges, as no apparent damage was received.... though, my ankle was just starting to feel sore at this point.

I got home a bit later, and was feeling quite a bit of pain on the ankle. Had the Wife check it out, and she mentioned she thought it was possible to have fractured it, but I refused to go to the ER. She wanted me to think about going to urgent care today as well, but I think the pain is down enough now I won't go. Though I am reduced to moving slowly through the house, and using the cane like I never had before. I guess I will be confined to the house this week. Not a major issue, as Christmas is next weekend. I still need to get at least one more present for the Wife though. Maybe send the daughter out this week to pick something up.

Whew! I am just getting too old to be having so much fun.


Friday, December 16

Fricking Holidays Suck

I was in a funk the past few days. Just dealing with basic crap does that to me at times. Having one of the boys home with a high temp doesn't exactly improve my mood either. But he is okay now. Yesterday, it culminated into a headache I could not easily get rid of. After ibuprofen and a long nap, I was still hurting. Finally, some beers being consumed actually helped it go away. Or maybe it relaxed me enough it stopped hurting. Whatever, just know that it worked.

I've said it before.... that I really dislike these commercialized holidays; where it is 'required' to purchase things for gifts, or cards or candies or whatever. It's bad enough having to celebrate these, but when the bigger ones like Christmas comes around, OMG, the crowds! The rudeness of people! The increase in traffic, and EVERYONE loses any patience, kindheartedness, and all the good attributes that are supposed to abound this time of year. But the one that really pisses me off, are the people that pull stupid ass stunts for attention. Oh, yeah...they don't need a holiday to do this, but when one is around, they have to get that attention off everything else and on to them.

I know such a person that got that attention from me last night. I gave them that attention in the form of a phone call, and promptly gave them my opinion too. I was pissed off like I hadn't been in quite some time. I don't need their shit. And I am not getting involved in it anymore. I am done.

There, I feel only a little better. I should go throw some things around and scream all the swear words I can think of in random form, as loud as I can. Maybe that would make me feel even better....but probably not. Sometimes.... even family suck worse than the holidays.


Tuesday, December 13

I Ain't Part of the Walking Dead

The results so far were pretty good from my doctor appointment yesterday. My weight was down (though not where I wanted it), blood pressure was down, everything else was going good. Did a blood draw to have my HDL, cholesterol, and sugar counts down, but Doc said he expected them to be closer to the better range(s). Will find out probably the first of next week.

I'm drawing a blank. Just a few moments ago, I had plenty to write down today, and now it eludes me.

I watched 'Atlas Shrugged Part 1 yesterday. I am hoping they are working on a part 2 at this time. It seemed to be pretty well put together, and from what I recall from reading the book, followed the story line well. 

Breakfast with Preacher Tom this morning. Not sure where we are going yet, but my stomach keeps telling me it is ready. 


Monday, December 12

Check-Up Time!!

I need to leave here in a few minutes to head to my Dr. appointment. I am hoping to be released from taking the blood pressure pills I am on. I haven't weighed myself in a couple weeks now, so I also am trying to guess about where that will come in at. Either way, I still pretty much doubled what I had lost since I saw the Doc last in July.

Today is to play catch-up. I have a few things to do around the house that I blew off this weekend. Tomorrow Preacher Tom and I are meeting for breakfast. I still need to get out and get a few more things for RM and the Wife.

Ok, my thoughts are starting to mix-in to each other. I need to get going.


Saturday, December 10

Ugh! No More $3 You-Call-Its

I went out last night. A bit later, as the Wife had her Christmas party.... but I got there in time for the $3 you call its.... and had WAY too many. Didn't help my buddy was assisting by buying every other round I was drinking.

However, due to my aged experience (no old fart jokes please) I actually am okay this morning.

Daughter came into town last night, in order to see her brothers Christmas musical/play tonight at the church. She and the Wife will probably be going shopping today. I asked the Wife to help finish up by getting the RM something, or two. I need to get out as well, and pick up a scorebook for our softball team, so the oldest son gets a chance to 'oversee', maybe babysit, his brothers while we are all out. I wonder if anyone will be alive when one of us adults get back....


Friday, December 9

It's Beginning to Look Like I Need a Beer

One thing that seems to always happen with this time of year's holidays, is the Employees Christmas Party. I know some of you out there don't get to have them, or worse, the company doesn't put up any $$ to help with one. Tonight is the Wife's, and it starts pretty much right after work, so I get the honor of running kids to practice for the church musical, and figuring out dinner. Most Fridays I get to meet up with the buds and have a few, but the schedule is all messed up this week. Of course, you think, that may not be such a bad thing.

The Wife seemed pretty happy with the gifts us men gave her for her birthday yesterday. I even went out and got pizza so she wouldn't have to cook. Next week we will have the time to go out and have a nice dinner to celebrate. With the oldest having practices, it just wasn't practical to do it this week.

I have been extremely lazy the past two weeks, and have not been going to the gym. I like to blame it on the cool mornings - that I just don't feel like getting out in that weather to go get sweaty, and then get in it again. Of course, the more likely excuse is that I am just lazy. Monday is my Doctor appointment, so I figure I will have to eat sparingly this weekend, and hope that the weight is still down (in other words, not gained much in the past two weeks).

Thinking about getting my guitar out again, and start playing some. Yeah, just thinking about it.


Thursday, December 8

Heh, I Forgot

I just remembered it is the Wife's birthday today. I almost screwed up....


Oh Geez...

I have been sitting here staring at the screen for about 20 minutes now. Nothing comes to mind that I feel like sharing, or even trying to write about. I can't even get my mind to think of anything. I randomly glance around, hoping by seeing a random object, it will throw some kind of thought that will get things started....but it doesn't seem to be happening.

The Reverend Mother found the last item I needed to get for Christmas things. I rephrase that, the last item for the kids. I still need to find a couple more things for the Wife. I had searched several stores with no luck for this item, and somehow, she just happened to come across it while she was out yesterday.

I need to start checking the file size when I download/order books. I thought I had come across a couple newer ones from Stephen King a few days back, and so I downloaded hem to my Kindle. Turns out they  were both just novellas, so were very quick reads. I was happy at least I had not paid for them. But I need to check the file size, so in the future, I still don't make that mistake.


Tuesday, December 6

I Think it is Finally Here

After about a week of lower temperatures, I think that winter has finally arrived here in the Valley of the Sun. After an extended period of time with the warmer weather, things have finally dropped down to just the 50's during the day. It will probably remain this way with few fluctuations, until March. The quilted flannel shirt, and winter comforter on the bed are sure making things more comfortable - even for me!

Oldest son's concert last night was good. Being the only French horn player, he had a couple small solo parts in the handful of selections they played. Afterwards, I found out he has been selected to go to All-State Band. There were only two students selected from his whole school. Next week the middle son will be debuting his trumpet skills for the first time with the elementary school concert.

I am feeling pretty tired this morning. Sleepy-tired, to clarify. I know I slept good last night, and even had retired at a decent hour. It's taking me a bit to wake up and feel motivated today. I have plans to meet up with Reverend Mother in about an hour, and the two of us go out to do some shopping. Mom is good at helping see ideas for things that I would normally pass over. Even if I decide to not do that idea. Especially when it comes to getting things for the Wife. I hope to get her birthday and Christmas stuff done today, and a couple things for the kids. We might even have lunch together. Either way, I know RM will like just being able to hang out with me (even if I ain't much fun).

Monday is my doctor appointment, and I have not hit my goal for the total amount of weight I had wanted to lose. As of a week ago, I only had 9 pounds to reach it, but have not pushed myself. I will be getting back into the gym hopefully tomorrow morning, and find out how bad the damage is (weight-wise). Either way, what I have lost is always good, and I know the Doc will be happy to see that.

Welp, I think I am going to call RM and head over to her place a little early. If I don't get off the computer, I know I will end up later than the time we planned to meet up.


Monday, December 5

I'm Stumped

Welcome to another chilly morning in the Phoenix area. I know many of you are having MUCH colder weather, but I really don't care. All I know is I am glad I am indoors, have heating, and plenty of coffee. Though, I may regret all the coffee in about an hour - if you know what I mean!

Yesterday afternoon I spent working on cutting down the rest of the dead tree in the back yard. Got it down to a stump, and a majority of the branches cut down for firewood. My BIL was down and we loaded some into their small car for him to take back up north to Payson where it gets much colder (in the mountains - they get snow). The rest I should have finished cutting up before Christmas, and will send the rest with him then. I need to figure out the easiest way to remove the stump. I'm in town so a stick of dynamite won't be acceptable. My yard doesn't have vehicle access, so can't use a truck to help pull it out. I have a feeling I will have to dig down around it, then cut through the roots and try to get the stump cut off a bit below the ground surface. Not looking forward to the digging and all. I may wait til warmer weather - like April, before I try it.

The Wife's birthday is this week. I need to get out and do some shopping to find her a few items, and then a few more for Christmas. She had gone out this weekend and did some shopping for stuff for the kids and other family members. I guess from her opinion, the crowds weren't too bad at the stores yet, but still enough inconsiderate people that block aisles, and push in front of you. I am not looking forward to the experience.

Today I think I am just going to rest. My back and legs are sore from all the cutting, etc. I thought I was in better shape, but I guess my gym work-outs aren't quite the same as what I was doing yesterday. The muscle rub came in good this morning for the legs so I can walk with a little less aching.

Oldest son has his Christmas concert tonight. I am glad it is a 'come and go' event, where each of the performances are in a different area of the school. this way we don't have to sit on the wooden bleachers in the gym for multiple groups performing before we can leave. Just hear his group, and be done. The middle son has his next week.

Well, have a few other things to do. See ya next time.


Saturday, December 3

Tackling a Tree

We have a tree in our backyard that is dead. When we moved in, it seemed okay. If I remember right, it was an orange tree, and actually was producing fruit. Anyhow, over the years, it has just slowly stopped producing, and branches would go without leaves. This past year or more, it has just stayed bare year round. The Wife decided it needed to come down, so a few months ago (about 3-4) she purchased a chain saw.

It's just an small electric one. But it would suffice for the tree, and maybe very few smaller projects around our home that would require a chain saw. Since I had handled chain saw before, I said I would get around to getting the tree cut down. Of course, that was like the middle of the AZ summer, and it is just too hot to be doing yard work in the afternoon, and by the time evening came with a more comfortable temperature level, we were doing other things, etc. Needless to say, the tree remained.

Last night the Wife asked if I was ever going to get the chain saw oiled and ready to go. I shrugged and said what's the rush? It's waited this long. Seems her brother is going to be down this weekend, and the wood we cut from the tree, he is willing to take back up north and use for his fireplace. He lives in a town where one does not have to call to hear a recording say if it is a no-burn night or not. I finally relented, and said I would take care of it today, so the wood would be ready to pick up tomorrow, or Monday. I'm sitting here now, sipping on my coffee, waiting the morning to warm up to about 50-60 before I bother getting started. I hope it takes no more than say maybe an hour or so.

I talked the Wife into going shopping while I am tackling the tree. She and the oldest son are going out, trying to get the younger ones some things, and maybe other family members outside our household. I am trying to get her started and out the door now so maybe I can get out to the pub with my buddies this afternoon. We'll see if that happens....


Friday, December 2

Dead is Dead

I found out earlier today, that someone I knew had died. His name was Pat. I didn't know him like a best friend; but I had known him for a few years. He was part of 'Our Crew' when I started the Over the Line in San Diego back in '06, and was there still this past summer when I went again after a hiatus. And even those years I wasn't able to go, he was there, plus I saw him here locally at our regular drinking hole.

He died this morning.

People do that, don't they? I mean, he wasn't young and like 20-something. He was old enough to be retired and "working some" or whatever he wanted to do. Hell, in today's economy, that would be saying more...

His name was Pat. I have downed innumerable drinks with the man, and to my disgrace, I never even knew his last name. I never knew his family, wife, or anything else.

I remember, not every time I saw him, but most were the same: have a few drinks together (if at the pub) or at least toast who's house we were at for whatever party. And definitely not leave out the OTL trips in the summer to San Diego - though, those details, well, even *I* don't disclose all.

The word I heard, he was up in Northern AZ, hunting Elk. This morning, he was dropped off where he wanted to be. After a bit of time, he wasn't answering his cellphone, so they got back round to where he was, and found him propped up next to a tree. I heard he was smiling, though he had passed away.

I hope he went that easy. I think everyone hopes that anyone that dies goes easy.

I'm still a bit depressed about it. Pat was one of those people you just instantly love. I have never seen him sad, mad, depressed, or anything negative. And I feel worse, I think, that I didn't know him better than what I did. Pat was still one of those few, that if asked, I would drop everything, give everything, for, if he asked.

And I still didn't know him.

And already, the world is a sadder place without him.

Rest in PeacE

Pat is on the left in this pic from July 2011 at OTL

Thursday, December 1

Down With The Sickness

My youngest woke this morning, and started coughing. That bad, croupy-sounding kind of coughing. Obviously, he is not going to school today, and the Wife took him over to Grandma's (my MIL) as usual. I am headed over there in a few to sit with Dad so Mom can get out for some shopping. Depending on how the son feels, I may offer to bring him back home, and spend the day here with me. I just hope this is not the start of the  cough going round & round our household, where just as one is done with it, another starts. I know the Wife can't even think about going to work if she is even coughing a little bit. She is in the Healthcare field (PT) so can't be near patients when she is sick. We had been fortunate that seemingly most of this year, we weren't passing stuff around constantly.

It's actually a bit chilly today here int he valley of the sun. Taking the trash down tot he street, I actually had to put a T-shirt on, and debated sandals or something to keep my feet from the cold concrete. It actually is sort of cloudy...maybe some rain today?

Yeah, talking about the weather is about as much excitement as I can handle today.


Wednesday, November 30

Down With Shopping

Yesterday PT and I went and saw 'J. Edgar' at the theater. It wasn't great, but not totally bad either. If nothing else, I learned a bit about Hoover and his early days at the Justice Department. Would I recommend it for anyone to watch? Probably not... unless you were a big history fan. Even then, I still probably wouldn't.

Afterwards, I went to Toys 'R Us for some shopping. Normally, the Wife and I don't shop there, as the toys are usually more expensive there than say Walmart. But in this case, Walmart was out of the item I was looking for, and per online, it was said to be in stock at this place. There was a store location just a couple miles form me, but when I went there Monday, it had been closed and no sign on the door saying next closest location. So  with the help of the internet, I had to drive further away. Then once I got there, they did not have any. Or at least, I could not find the item I wanted. I even asked 3 clerks, and was directed to 2 different areas (neither of which had the item). At least the third one was honest and said they had no clue if they had any of them. I spent    close to 30 minutes driving one way just to return home empty handed.

Though I did spend an hour roaming through the store, hoping to get a couple other items for the other boys, but just couldn't see to paying the prices on items nowadays. Even with mark-downs, everything is outrageous (my opinion) in how little you get for a high price. It just disappoints me so much. Even though I know my kids would love to have an item, I still cannot get myself to purchase it.

So, I am done with shopping for Christmas. No, we have not gotten all the shopping done we need to do, but I just can't deal with it anymore. Walking around, trying to get ideas for people, and then the pricing.... just too....ARGH! about it all. I still need to get things for the Wife though. Her birthday is next week, and I will need to get Christmas items for her from the boys as well. At least there maybe I can try to online shop/look for ideas then go out and get them, rather than walk around and trying to find something.

Nothing else planned the rest of this week, unless I get out to do some of the above.


Monday, November 28

Back to the Grind

Another four day holiday weekend has ended, and things are back to a 'normal' routine for at least three weeks. The next month is one of the fastest seeming to me, with all the things we are trying to get accomplished before Christmas (the shopping, wrapping, prepping, cooking, visiting, etc) goings-on that happen every year. At least I have that 3-week period before the boys are out of school on break.

The past couple days I did pretty much nothing around the house, except sit around. I think I played around on the computer more than anything, and as you could tell if you stopped y here, nothing to contribute even after all them hours of internet boredom. Fascinating, I know!

Back from the gym this morning and I have done pretty good. Since last Wednesday, and going through my favorite holiday (due to all the good eating) I still lost a pound. Yeah. Just one pound. But that leaves me two weeks and 9 lbs. to go before the doctor appointment. If I can get these last few pounds off, that will be a total of 50 pounds lost since I started doing something about losing weight. I will still be overweight, but not as much.

Tomorrow I am meeting PT to go see 'J. Edgar' at the theater. We always enjoy just getting together about once a week, and he has 2 free passes. At least I am sure this is a movie he will enjoy, though honestly I am interested in it as well. Afterwards, I think I should be able to get to a couple stores and try to pick a couple things towards gifts

Well, I am off to get some other things accomplished before I kick back and watch a movie.


Friday, November 25

Ohhhh, I'm So Full!!

What a nice Thanksgiving Day my household had yesterday. We spent the better part of the afternoon (well, the boys & I) at the MIL's for holiday lunch, followed by family chatter. The Wife and Daughter had gone over earlier in the day to help with the baking and kitchen stuff, plus help with FIL (has Parkinson's). I ate way too much, but I deserve it. By 6pm I was in bed having a power nap, and back up by 9 for maybe a couple hours, then back to bed for the night. That tryptophan (or whatever) that is in turkey sure made for some crazy dreams during the night!

This morning I woke the boys then met Reverend Mother and Preacher Tom at Denny's for breakfast - my treat. It was nice to have some conversation since we did not see them yesterday. From what they shared, it sounded like my side of the family had a good day of eating and games as well. RM gave each of the boys a Christmas ornament, though I am not sure if we will actually put up a tree this year. I know the Wife will want to, but the way Daisy, the Goat Dog (new nick for her), chews up anything and everything, I am thinking we may not have a tree for next year if we put it up. Bad enough Rusty, Spawn of Satan, gets into the tree, knocking ornaments and whatever else he can off of it.

No shopping today. I am sure I will get some done next week, once the masses have returned to the regular work hours. I didn't see any special deals from any stores for anything I wanted to purchase, so I am feeling I am not missing anything. From stories I am reading from friends on FB, I really am not missing the crowds. I have the last of the dishes soaking right now, and the boys are working on cleaning up their rooms. Not sure what we may do this afternoon - maybe just some computer time for each of them so I don't have to drive anywhere. I may end up curled with my Kindle.

Hope your Tday was good!


Tuesday, November 22

Maybe My First Day

Last night my youngest son brought me his Christmas list. His oldest brother had helped him by doing the writing, but all the ideas were his. It is sort of cute. I then told the two older boys I need lists from them as well. Usually we never had to do lists, but I am needing them now. I have no clue as to what to get them. Either way, I may run out to a store near me to pick up one or two items towards gifts. Though, I have not decided to do that 100% yet. I know again this year most of the shopping, rephrase, a larger portion of the shopping, will fall to me, since I have the time to do it. As long as I am told what to buy, and don't have to walk around looking for ideas.

The Daughter is supposed to be in town. I think the plans were she was to arrive yesterday over at RM's, and together they were going to do go thru RM's 'craft closet'. As RM told me, it was to help get rid of stuff she doesn't really use anymore, plus help the Daughter with maybe some craft ideas for gifts, so not as much money will be spent. It works out giving them time to spend together, which I know RM enjoys.

Welp, my brain is dried out now. I think is all I can think about for now. Off for another cup of coffee.


Monday, November 21

Where's That Delete Option?

Sometimes we all wish everything had that option. To be able to delete something we said, wrote, or did. Not even a rewind, but a delete. Just take it out of there completely and trash it. I don't want the chance to make the same thing happen if we were to rewind it.

Many instances from my life come up, where the delete option would have been great. Other times when rewind would have been nice. Yesterday's post is one I though about deleting. I should really learn to stay away from the computer when I have been imbibing. I tend to make absolutely no sense, and babble about nothing. But I think I am going to leave it there. If nothing else, to remind to stay away from the computer at certain times, or I'll do that again.

So it is Monday of the Turkey Day holiday week. Friends and family are setting plans to get together for the meal on the holiday. Afterwards, I am sure many of the guys will be watching football. Not I. We are planning this year to go to my MIL's for dinner. I believe a couple other siblings with their families will be there as well. They're family is not big on watching sports (Unless the Suns are playing - MIL's favorite team). I believe the Daughter is bringing her beau along, too. What will be nice, is they are only a few blocks from our place, so I don't have to drive any distance per se to arrive and go back home.

Either way, I am looking forward to turkey, and mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, and green beans. Though, I should be a good boy and not eat much. I haven't decided about that yet.


Sunday, November 20

Not Sure What To Do

It's 3am. That in itself should tell you what I consider obvious....that I am home from the pub recently. Though, that one sentence, you could probably tell from syntax errors... then again, maybe not. Perhaps I will make more use of that spell check feature. I dunno, as it seems, those underlined in red words are prevalent. But I fixed 'em.

As I sipped my umpteenth beer, and sipped from my (at the time) second shot of Jack, I wondered. Though the things I wonder about may not interest you, the reader here, but still I wondered. Actually, I re-addressed things I felt so insecure about. Employment. Ability to pay the bills. Are my children really that naive about what we, as parents, do to make life what it is....

Sigh. Right now, I sit here resting my forehead in my right-hand palm, this I do that more than I do anything else. It is a comfortable pose for me, it seems. It's one I take, when I don't know what to do.

I've always said that I am an alcoholic. There are different kinds, and though what I consider mine, is more...different; I am still an alcoholic. In the past couple months, believe it or not, I feel it has been more under control. Yeah. That coming from me.... sounds fishy (for family that may read here) but true. Like any addiction, I feel that a 'clarity' comes to me, when I partake. I always wish I had a notebook when it happens to me, and I never have anything available to write things down upon... and that may be a good thing. I am honestly scared what it would actually say, though the thought behind it sounded like a good thing.

Aside from all that, ... yeah, see. What was that great idea? Do I even have the briefest moment to put it (them) on paper... to even retain it (them) as a good thought... no. Were they great ideas...thoughts... ? I don't know. Things that could possibly change the world for a possible better & brighter future, from what I see...? Yea. Sure could have been.

But, I lost that train of thought.....


Friday, November 18

Another Great One

Last night was the Don Williams concert. For my third one I have been able to attend, it was another night of pure enjoyment! Reverend Mother and Preacher Tom both had a great time as well. It's not often that one singer can be so well liked by two generations.

Other than that, welcome to Friday! No major plans this weekend, except maybe try to get a few Christmas gifts picked up - though I honestly have no clue as to what exactly. I asked the Wife to help give me ideas of things to get for the boys, but so far, she has not offered any info. I guess maybe I will just make them sit down and make actual lists this year.

This morning I have been asked to go over to the FIL's and sit with him while Mom goes and gets some grocery shopping done. It's usually only about an hour or so I need to sit with him, so it isn't too bad. His Parkinson's has not gotten to the point where I have to physically help him do bathroom events. I am not looking forward to that day. Too many recollections of when my Dad was paralyzed and sick with Cancer.

I have a couple good movies from Netflix to watch this weekend - or at least I hope they are good. 'Green Lantern' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' are 2 of the main ones I remember. I watched 'Dinner With Schmucks' yesterday, and actually chuckled a few times. It's hard to find a decent movie out anymore it seems. PT and I are planning to see 'J. Edgar' after the holiday.


Thursday, November 17

While It Sits ....

I have been contemplating what blather I should post today. I actually have spent a decent part of the last couple hours on this topic, intermixed with some Facebook, and doing the dishes. Finally, as I let the pans soak, I figured I should waste some of that precious time writing this for you. Impressive, ay?

Don Williams concert tonight. The Reverend Mother and Preacher Tom are looking forward to it, as is the Wife. I'll actually have to behave, or at least be on better behaviour than when I am in public by myself.

Yeah, that's all I got. Guess I should go finish the dishes.


Wednesday, November 16

Downer Day

Ugh! I was back in the gym today for the first time in about a week, maybe more. I got lazy last week, and blew off my regular Wed & Fri mornings, and made no effort to go Sat morning to help make up for them. Followed by a weekend of drinking. Mon I did not go to the gym, as I was 'recovering'. So it was no surprise to see a negative change to my weight goal. Yeah, in other words, I gained a bit. Sooo.... With about 3 weeks to go, I am not sure about hitting my goal.

I am not all that depressed about it. As of this point, I still have lost about 40 pounds since Oct 2010, so in just over a year, I would say that that figure is not bad. I am eating healthier, feeling better, etc. etc. Good job to me overall no matter what.

Yeah. I ain't feeling so happy about it, but at the same time I ain't depressed. One of those.... eh, kind of things.

It's Hump Day today.... and us guys know what kind of humps we like!!

Gee, I am feeling MUCH better already! Thank goodness for Google Image search!


Tuesday, November 15


I'm back home again. Actually, I was home yesterday, but after all that drinking, I needed a day of recovery. I can't seem to bounce back to my usual dreary self as fast as I used to do. The race was a fun time, considering. I had not realized it, but we were with distributors for Coors Light and Miller Lite - so needless to say there was no shortage of beer. It rained for a few hours (starting at 3am) but the track was blown dry, and the race started on time. They had garage passes, but due to having other business contacts showing up, I didn't get a chance to get in a group to go, so no pictures. Inside Track at turn 2 was nice though.

The Don Williams concert is this Thursday. RM, PT, the Wife and I are all going together.

Yeah, still trying to figure out what is going on....


Saturday, November 12

Heading Out ....

... to the track later on today. Looking forward to hanging out and talking man stuff, drinking beer, and watching the race tomorrow.

So, this morning will be spent doing some running around. Like usual, I waited until now to get out and pick up a couple needed things.

Have a good weekend.


Thursday, November 10

Gotta Love Dollar Beer

I am looking forward to this afternoon. One of the fine adult refreshment establishments I frequent has $1 beers back from 12-3pm, so guess where I plan to be today.... and from 3-6pm, free wings! And man, those things are good!

The three boys had parent/teacher conferences last night, and the Wife was able to make it to all of them pretty much. I decided last minute to not go, as I knew all reports would be good, and grades would be fine. They were. Oldest is holding a 4.0 still (in Jr High, but still... he does have advanced classes).

Going to see Don Williams in concert in a week. Taking RM and PT as well. I am excited.

Gee, I have such a boring life sometimes.


Wednesday, November 9

I Went Out Last Night ....

...nothing as fun and with cutey looking girls like this video, but I did. It was trivia night at one of the watering holes I like. Only 20 questions, but I like actually learning something every now and then. Having a few beers, and doing karaoke afterwards is fun, too. Tommy, the bartender that runs the trivia, does a nice mix-up of questions, some easy, some hard, but I have never gotten all 20. I think most I ever did was 16 right.

Nothing major planned the rest of this week. Race on Saturday night (well, heading to the track anyways). I called and finally set my Dr appointment for Dec 12. I have about 12 pounds I want to drop before then. Guess it's time to cut back a bit more on the food.... and beer.


Tuesday, November 8

Tense Morning

Just short of 10am, and I am already feeling exhausted. I had my dentist appointment this morning. One of the two root canals, and crowns, that were done over a year ago, had started giving me problems. A blister-like anomaly was occurring on my gum. After some review of an x-ray done at my cleaning a couple weeks ago, the main though was that possibly some slight debris left in one of the canals, or even a micro-channel, was there that had been missed. It is supposedly causing a slight infection around the root, which when pressure from chewing, was causing the infection fluids to be pushed to the exterior gum area. At least that is the way I understood it in basic terms from the Dr.

Today, he was drilling into the tooth again, to re-check the canals for looseness, or missed 'debris', or whatever else may be the cause of it. I was worried and tense throughout the procedure, as they were not numbing me up. Even though he had reassured me that the tooth was nerveless since the root canal. I guess it is the pessimist in me, that if there was something there that was going to hurt, they would find it. Happily I admit that there was no pain or discomfort during the whole procedure. The bad news is, everything is good. Doc explained what all he was doing, and all the work was solid, with no signs of the cause. My shoulders and neck are a bit sore though from me being so tensed up, waiting for that bad moment, which never came.

Next treatment: waiting. Doc feels that the problem may actually be a fractured root on the tooth (but he is unable to confirm that with the x-rays they have). An endodontist has the capability to do a 3-D x-ray of the area, with better clarification, to verify if this is the exact problem. However, Doc says what is best for the immediate time, is to wait. Mainly to see if the blister-like formation occurs more often, if any pain or discomfort starts. So, some wasted time for me and Doc on this procedure this morning - only due to the results though. At least I wasn't charged for it. If nothing worse happens before my next cleaning in about 6 months, we'll take a look and see how things are/feel. If it is a bad root (or fractured) it means an extraction, which I hate to think about after going through a root canal and crown - and the costs of both.

Otherwise, things are going well. I will be calling Stuman up today I think, to get plans organized for this weekend. Nascar is in town, and he is taking me out to PIR (Phoenix International Raceway) for the race. I will be with him int he courtesy Military tent on the inside track, and we should be able to be fairly close to the cars in pit row before the race - for pics - and may even meet a couple drivers. Oh yeah, and free beer. I haven't been to the track for a race in a couple years or more. I last took my oldest son and it was his first time. Hoping to get to meet Jr. (my favorite driver) but know not to get my hopes up.

Looks like Turkey Day this year we will be spending it with the Wife's family up north somewhere. I have not heard who is hosting it this year, but I plan on making my cherry delight dessert to take as they always tease me about it when I don't. It's the first dessert to disappear each time I take it to the family dinners. The Daughter is planning on her boyfriend going this year as well, so he can meet some of the Wife's side of the family. Should end up a good time where he and I will be able to sit and attempt conversation. I am not of a conversationalist with him, mainly because I have no clue what to talk about - never have been good at that. Well, aside from possible threats to him if he hurts my daughter....

Okay, I should move on to other things for the day. I know I have a sink full of dishes that need to be done.


Monday, November 7

Drizzly Day

The Wife woke me up at 5am this morning, just to tell me it is raining. 'Good. We need it,' I said, as I rolled over and went back to sleep. I guess she had been awakened by the sound of the rain, and felt she needed to share the fact with me.

Getting rain in Arizona is generally a nice thing. It helps bring down the temperatures, brings in needed moisture and water for the dry desert areas. I like it as it helps bring down the particulate count in the air. For those without allergies, it means usually a couple days of easier breathing for me. Less blowing of the nose, watery eyes, etc. We had some rain just a couple days ago. It had rained out one of our softball fields our league plays on, but otherwise, was not bad. Temps had dropped down to the 60s daytime level, so the weekend was actually quite nice. This morning however, it is a bit chilly. As I drove to the gym, newsradio said it was 40 out, though the rain had stopped, it was a bit chilly in my gym shorts and work-out tee. I was able to work up a good sweat though this morning, and felt even colder as I left to head out to my vehicle. The hot shower at home felt good!

Tomorrow morning I return to the dentist chair, as they  do a re-treat on one of my crowns. I don't recall if I had specifically posted the issue, but either way, they need to go back into the tooth as it appears they may have missed a micro canal when they did the root canal. They can't numb me up until it is found, so I am not looking forward to it, but it needs to get done.

Other than that, the boys have parent/teacher conferences this week. I do not expect any issues to be brought up to our attention. All the kids have always been well-behaved and do well at their schoolwork. It'll be nice though to hear the teachers give them some nice words of praise.

That's it for now. Down three pounds this week, in my goal to lose 15 this November. At least that is somewhat on track. I should call the Dr. Office and set up my appointment for Dec. Bah!


Saturday, November 5

Getting Stuff Done

Being a Saturday morning, our family has changed the regular routine. Regular would be boys playing around until after lunch, then The Wife getting after them all afternoon to get some basic stuff done around the house. Usually I am off on my own, doing stuff on the computer (read: playing computer games) while these other things are going on. Today I decided To help.

So, while she had the two younger boys helping with getting laundry started, clean laundry put away, etc, and the older son in his room supposedly cleaning, I did the dishes again. I say again, as I have done them a few times this week. I think I may just start doing them on a regular basis. I know it makes the Wife a bit happier, knowing I at least did the majority of them.

Now dishes are done, I had to scold the older son, as he was just laying on his bed and not cleaning his room. He has just a few more minutes before I return and check for progress in the mess of his room. The younger boys are still helping the Wife.

This afternoon we are heading out to a free farmer's market thing the school district is supporting. Hopefully we can find parking, and there will be some stuff there still that we can use. I should say that the boys will eat, rather than use. After that, I think we may head up to CostCo. The Wife got a membership there recently through work, and we need to get the pics done for our ID cards for the store. Plus, it would be nice to go through and see what all is available there. I'm a bit excited about it. I know they have pickles!! And Beef Jerky!!

So, enough for my weekend! Hope your's is a good one! See ya Monday prolly!


Thursday, November 3

Entertaining Myself

Yesterday I actually got tired of my usual stuff. I went through my regular routine of emails, Facebook, FB games, blog reads, etc. I played a little bit of Warcraft. I read a bit on the Kindle. I even did a trip to the gym first thing. Then I got bored, and it was only afternoon. I am not much of a television watcher, though I do catch some shows on that wasn't much of an option. That, and the afternoon schedule on tv is boring as hell I am sure. I popped in a dvd I had from Netflix, but it was some weird flick I picked out on a whim, and it was bad. I made it through about 20 minutes of it before I had to shut it off. It is enroute back this morning already.

So, for lack of anything else to do, I did some dishes. Rather, I washed them. Normally this is a task I leave for the Wife to do, as I particularly do not care to do them. Who am I trying to kid? I usually don't like to do much of anything. But dishes is right up there, next to vacuuming, dusting and windows. Anyways, so I did a load of dishes. Looking now, you couldn't tell. It's not even noon here yet, and already I am bored enough to head into the kitchen to do the rest of them, and the new pile from last night. Those of you with multiple children at home, understand how they mysteriously quadruple after one meal.

Sounds like a nice thing I am doing for the Wife, huh? Not really. She deserves much more for having to put up with me. Maybe I am doing them again today just because it made me feel good to do something nice for her without her asking/telling me to do it.

Man, I am turning wimpy. But I think what sort of nice returns that could happen....


Wednesday, November 2

Coming Up On Five Years

I renewed my domain name this morning. I debated using a new one, but it was easier to just renew the old one. So, will bring you right to this blog still, as it has for the past almost 5 years.

Doesn't seem that long ago. But I looked back through my posts.... through the garbage to say correctly, and there it confirmed November of 2006 was my first post here. Though I admit, I originally started over at almost a year before that, though it wasn't under this blog title.

For those of you new, welcome! And for those of you that have been here awhile...thanks for staying!


Tuesday, November 1

New Name

It's that time. Not a time many of you would be aware of, but that time none the less. Domain Names.

I have had the 'domain name' of for the past 5 years, on a deal I got back then. Now, the expiration time is up (literally like tomorrow 11/2) and I need to decide if I keep it or not. I still have the address, just lose the domain attachment.

I haven't posted much in the way of boobies, as of late....more lately than not. And beer. Heh. I have been drinking more than I have been posting any of it - not that a posted pic of beer is any consolation, and I know I would rather raise one with y'all, than post a pic....

So. I have pretty much less than 24 hours to decide if I keep the domain name, or change it, or whatever.

I am thinking - it is not taken. same price. Not the search glamour (which, is funny sometimes).....

If you read soon... what do you think?


Monday, October 31

I Dreamed a Dream

After a nice day just being mellow, I went to bed at a good hour last night. I figured I would need to get some good rest, and be ready for the gym this morning, etc. Instead, I was up shortly after 2am, and proceeded to toss & turn for most of the remaining morning until I decided it was better to just get out of bed (about 6:30'ish).

Seems I still recall a bit about the dream that woke me up, and it bothers me a bit. As I try to figure out what did I do/read/see/think yesterday, that would bring this up in my dreams.... it had quite a bit to do with my Dad. In the dream, it seems he was never dead, just disappeared, and now he was back. No, not a zombie kind of thing. Not really a secret Government Op type thing either. It was just ... weird. Needless to say, in the dream there was a roller coaster of emotions going on, and when I truly woke up, the ol ticker was beating like crazy, and many confusing thoughts were flying across my mind. I spent the next few hours trying to reclaim that dream, but not able to drift off to sleep to do so.

That leaves me a bit tired this morning. Not necessarily crabby, just tired. Top that off with my nose and eyes running, and I am just not happy. Thinking about crawling back into bed with my Kindle, and see if I can drift off while reading.


Sunday, October 30

A Day of Rest

I am planning today to be one of recovery. Not that i have gone and worn myself out, per se, just that I don't really feel like doing anything.

Spent yesterday afternoon with family at Sis'. Had a nice time doing some catch-up on family stories, celebrated some birthdays, and ate some goof food.

My new Kindle came in yesterday, so it is good to have one again! Too bad it wasn't one of the newer models, but at least the same as I had before. Those new ones don't come out until 11/21, so I guess the possibility of getting one as a replacement was nil.

So, today I think I may just sit around and play games, maybe some reading. A friend was supposed to contact me about helping him get a fish tank, though he has called to confirm it all yet. Maybe he will, maybe he won't.


Friday, October 28

Friday! Friday! Friday!

I don't know why I feel so jubilant this morning. It's not like this particular Friday is any different than most of mine. Maybe it is the thought of going out and having a couple beers. I don't know.

Nothing major really planned for the weekend... except looking forward to my replacement Kindle. Even though I have a couple regular books to get through, I miss it already.

Yeah, exciting I know.


Thursday, October 27

... And Goes On ....

Yesterday's post title just seemed to fit really well for me. In fact, it was so well, that it carried into today as well. Actually, I should back up just a hair.

Yesterday evening, the Wife brought home the classified ads from her parent's house, as she usually does 3-4 times a week. Aside from trying to encourage me to find employment, I don't know why she does it. After all, I do check the classifieds from the local news rag online, which have more ads than the printed version. Shrug. Anyways, not going into detail about how my employment situation is going (perhaps a post another time) I did come across an ad that I felt was compatible. For basic purposes, it was for a Warehouse Associates at a wage that would be acceptable. Looking for day or night, full-, part-, or seasonal work. The address for applications was given (actually 2) one of which is very close to my residence. Then, they also added to go online (website provided) to speed up the interview process, and apply online as well.

The website address didn't give away any real info - as far as the name of the company, etc, so I went ahead and looked it up. A placement agency. I frowned. I am not big about using these types of services when looking for employment. I just don't feel comfortable thinking that I could be assigned (or re-assigned) to any location or type of company, across the whole Valley area. Yeah, I like to think that even though it would be a similar type job position, I have seen several companies I wouldn't want to work for in town. And knowing my luck....

Either way, this placement agency was placing positions for the warehouse here in Phoenix. Here? In Phoenix? Were my first thoughts. Doesn't sound bad. Actually, they were looking for three type of positions. One I knew I did not have the experience they would require; but the other two were more non-experience needed type. The site had a small chat window that pops up to ask questions of a live person. I simply asked the location(s) of the actual facilities, so I would have more of an idea where I would need to drive. Ugh, turns out they are both around 15-20 miles away. Sure, doesn't sound bad, but freeway traffic in rush hour here is terrible.... and only about 2/3 of it would be freeway. Roads can be much worse (traffic, not condition).

So I am debating it. Kind of cool be working for a DotCom company as big as Amazon, and maybe get some sort of employee discount, too? That would be nice - especially for my Kindle! Which brings me to the continuation of yesterday.

This morning as I was bringing my Kindle from the bedroom, I accidentally dropped it. Not the first time it has been dropped, or bumped against something. I have a nice padded leather covering for it - seems to protect it pretty good. But now it has lines on the screen and won't power up. I got onto and read the troubleshooting guides, working every possible solution to see if would return to a working order. No luck.

The Reverend Mother was nice enough (because normally I would not have done it) to purchase a two-year Accidental Damage Handling warranty on the device. I was leery of calling it though. Because it was dropped (accidentally damaged in my opinion) would they be so contractually strict about the extent of the damage, etc. My pessimism coming through, obviously. But I called. The phone call lasted maybe 8-10 minutes. My new (or possibly refurbished) Kindle of equal type (or newer, at their choosing) is due here on Oct 31 (2 day shipping) and they are emailing me the postage paid label to tape on the box and return this one.... all within 30 days.

Freaking AWESOME! So, recap: replacement Kindle of equal (or possibly newer) type - but having at least the all the same capabilities (if not maybe more?) to be here, providing me with a box to send the broken one back, AND a postage paid label to boot. I am impressed.

Though, I am still thinking about the job with warehouse.... Seems to be yet another reason to like this company.


Wednesday, October 26

It's Been Too Good Lately

I am a pessimist. I think I have admitted that before to all of you, but just in case I haven't... I am a Pessimist. With a capital "P".

There is no cup half-full. It's half gone, and it was probably something I wanted to drink, but someone else will drink it, or worse, probably bump me as I raise it, and make me spill it on my crotch, then I have to walk around with that 'looks like you peed your pants' look. I definitely know I would get tired of trying to explain what really happened.

So, life in general was going pretty good for awhile. Then I had that dental cleaning yesterday. No cavities, but have other issues. Many years ago, I had a molar become abscessed on one side of my jaw. Due to lack of dental insurance, I opted for the extraction (cheaper cost) so have had a 'gap' on the one side. Obviously, most of my chewing is done on the opposite side.

Well, since about August, when I chew on my 'regular' side, within a couple hours, I would get this blister-type swelling on the outside of my gum. Didn't hurt per se, but was discomforting. If I applied enough pressure pushing on it, it would 'pop' but not discharge any blood. It was happening almost daily. What is a bit worrisome, is that it occurring in the area between where I had 2 root canals done 2 years ago. Yeah. I am thinking what is so weird.....

I was due for updated x-rays anyways, and the Doc says it looks like there may be some more decay in the root area of one of the teeth he previously did a root canal on. I'm thinking surgery, but he said no. They would drill down through the crown, and try to locate the area, clear it, and pack the hole (similar to a cavity fill). Oh. That sounds easy.

Wait. Here's the worry part. He won't numb me up when he starts. Seems that since the tooth is nerveless, when he gets drilled down to the approximate area, he has to poke/dig around to get the right area that I can only let him know he has reached it by the feeling. Read: When I scream and lock my teeth around his fingers. Then, he says, once the area is found, he can numb it, do the job and finish up.

I'm scheduled to have this done in 2 weeks. I am SO not looking forward to it. Yeah, Life seemed to be going too good.

Trying to be an Optimist.... at least it is a no charge procedure, since it was "missed" on the root canal.

Could use that half drink now, too....


Tuesday, October 25

Oops! Rinse, Please!

I have never been very fond of dentists. Rather, I think it is truly less than that. I don't like them. Bad experiences from my younger days have left a rather very distinct bad feeling about them. I only would go to see one when I knew the problem was bad, and I mean REAL BAD. You would think, with my dislike of them, I would have taken better care of my teeth over the years, but I didn't. One of those things you regret a bit later in life.... But the past two years, I actually sort of don't mind going to the dentist. The Wife had found this particular dental office, mainly I think because it is close to our home. But it turns out, they are great up there!! The Doc is very thorough explaining things, and in words we can understand; he is good with the boys, and even better with me. I told him my first visit I don't like dentists, and why. He understood, and has always been very good to me. Front office staff is good and will work with you on payments if needed, and are so nice! Everytime I go, whether for me or the kids, I end up standing around talking for about 30 minutes. Of course, that might just be because at home there is no one to hold any conversation with....

So, I have a dental cleaning this morning. Should be a short visit as I have been doing good with my brushing, flossing, etc. But it will be a good 20 minute visit I am sure, as I relay the trip to Disneyland.

Preacher Tom mentioned the other day maybe for us to do a breakfast this week.... but hasn't said anything yet. I am a bit sore from getting back into the gym routine. Not happy I still put on a couple pounds over last week, as I was hoping to drop a couple more....

Gotta go!


Sunday, October 23

Time for Church!

Welcome to Sunday Morning!! Here it is again, bright and early and I am the only one that has risen from slumber at this hour. I enjoy the little bit of quiet time I get, before the boys are up and making noise. Gives me time to get some writing done, emails replied to (actually, I had none, but it's the thought that matters), and reading how everyone is doing since last night on Facebook.

This morning and early afternoon I am heading up to the ballpark to my Church of Holy Beer and Softball. I have several friends that play on 2-3 of the teams that are in this league, and I go up to hang out, have a few beers, and mingle. I also keep score for them if needed (which is as often as I am there for one of the teams). Afterwards we head back to one of the pubs (it's a bar league) for a few more and some football (tis the season, don't cha know?) and maybe some brauts.

Tomorrow I am hoping to get out and see a friend that is in the hospital. My buddy Tim has been in for almost 3 months now I think. Seems he was having some heart problems, then blood clots in his leg, then the good & bad antibiotics messed with his colon, so they had to remove it (or a portion) and he is still in rehab after all this stuff. At least, that is the way I was told it the other night. So we are going to try to set plans to go up and see him tomorrow, if he would like us to, and find out what really happened. some of it just sounds a bit drastic (can you live without your colon?) but I dunno.

Reverend Mother and Preacher Tom got back last night from their trip to Indy. I picked them up at the airport. Sounded like they had a great time, even though it seemingly rained there most of their visit.

That's it for now.... I am off to church!


Friday, October 21

Fall Break Over

It's Friday once again, and the end of this week. The boys have been out of school for Fall Break, which is why we had gone to Disneyland. The past two days I have had them at home, as the Wife had to return to work. Looking forward to them being back in school. It is a strain on my patience when I have all three of them at home, by myself. Another way why I am such a bad parent I guess.

Due to the amount of sore muscles in my legs, I had vetoed going to the gym this week. Though, I am debating going tomorrow morning, if I get up early. I am anxious to find out where my weight is after the trip and all. I felt I had been doing good about watching what I ate (snacking) while driving, and with the added amount of walking, am hoping for more good calorie burn.

Reverend Mother and Preacher Tom come home form their week-long trip to Indianapolis tomorrow. They had flown in last weekend for a wedding for one of my cousins (the youngest actually), and to visit family. I said I would pick them up tomorrow night when they arrive back here.

Other than that, I have no big plans this weekend. Dentist appointment next week for a cleaning.... yeah, such an exciting life.


Tuesday, October 18

Back Home Again

We just arrived back home from California about 30 minutes ago. See the dedication I have to get back on here and post for you readers?

We spent a very long day at Disneyland and California Adventure parks and I am just beat. Anything having to do with moving my legs was sore, as nature's repercussion for all that walking I did yesterday. But I am hoping it helped me lose a couple more pounds.

Tomorrow we are heading to Casa Grande to meet up with the Daughter's boyfriend. He is meeting us halfway, to pick her up and take her on back to Tucson. So, another 2 hours trip there in the making. Plus we can take care of the middle son's trumpet issue by replacing it from the company we are renting from. I may be in recovery a couple more days... we will see.


Sunday, October 16

DisneyLand, Here I Come!

We are leaving this morning for California. Well, I am hopeful when I say 'morning'. I would like to be on the road by 10 (it's a little past 7 now), but the Wife and kids always seem to delay an hour - even if I try to tell them an hour earlier than I mean. I can't win on that one.

The Daughter is coming along as well, though I am not happy about it. She pulled her unexpected arrival Friday night, and so we had to actually tell her that we were leaving Sunday, and why, and where to. She was upset because we hadn't included her. Why would I include a 20 year old, whom we fully support income-wise in another town, that doesn't work, isn't attending school.... why invite her on a trip with us? She doesn't include us on trips she does with her friends.... Bah! I am getting all angry about it. Bottom line is she got so upset her mother said she could go along. So now, I have to drive an extra 2 hours to get her back to Tucson, on our way home Tuesday.

Otherwise, I am hoping we have a safe trip, and a good time. See y'all in a couple days!


Friday, October 14

Homecoming Weekend

Fall always brings the things everyone seems to know about: leaves changing colors, cooler weather, HS football, and Homecoming. Many probably do not return to their high schools for homecoming, feeling that they already had four (or maybe more) years of it, and no wish to remember their past. Others thrive on it, and go 'all out' in promoting the event. I think over the past 21 years since I graduated, I have maybe gone once, maybe twice.

This year is a bit different. The Class of '91 is having their 20 year reunion this weekend, which weirdly enough coincided with homecoming this year. An old friend who will be attending the reunion (I think) had set up a group page on Facebook a few months ago, for all HS band members for classes 89-93 (I think, again). Between her and a couple others, we have set up a couple meet & greets for just us old band members for tonight and tomorrow. It will be nice to 'hook up' with people I haven't seen for many years, and I am sure there will be a few there from after the years I had graduated.

Tonight's activities include a tour of the HS campus since it's 'renovation' by the current principal (the band director from my senior year) followed by some sort of tailgate party prior to the Homecoming game. Afterwards, those of us in the group, and I am sure others that will be invited, are meeting up at one of the hotels nearby, where they have arranged extended hours at the lounge for mingling... for me, drinking ... and be playing 80's music (reason enough to be drinking). Saturday they have a family picnic thing set up, but I won't be attending it.

So, I have got my camera batteries charging, clothes set out for tonight, and money in my pocket. Looking for some good times!


Wednesday, October 12

I'm Going to Disneyland!!!

No, I didn't win the Super Bowl. Nope, not the lottery. Nyet - no major sporting event, or any other contest. The Wife and I had talked about a couple months back about possibly doing a 3 day trip over to Anaheim and take the boys to Disneyland about this time of year. The Wife brought the idea back up the other day. I had thought it died, with some unexpected expenses we have had lately (read: van repairs), but the Wife assures me that she has put away money for this trip. Though, that will be fast gone after seeing the ticket prices for admission!!!

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon searching for possible discount admission tickets, but only found offers that were part of vacation packages. I did find a nice hotel very close by, and we will be checking with them if they possibly have some discount offers once we are there. We will be making final plans tonight, and looking to leave Sunday, return on Tuesday. It is about 7-8 hour drive for us from Phoenix, so plenty of time for driving, and spend the whole day Monday at both Disneyland and the California Adventure.

Two nice things about this trip. The boys don't know we are going. We are going to try to surprise them, and just announce Sunday morning we are doing a road trip. The other thing.... I have never been to Disneyland. Of course, the 2 younger boys haven't either, but still. I been the Magic Mountain (Six Flags) but never Disneyland. Yeah, taking every camera we have for pics of the boys... and maybe a few of me and the Wife. The boys are out of school next week for Fall break, so it works out good for the timing, and we are hoping the park won't be too crowded, like summer or winter breaks. Getting a tad bit excited I am.

The middle son has decided to learn trumpet this year for his first year of band. Everything worked out, where we have a rental for him, that applies towards a brand new one once it is paid off. Last week, he finally decided to inform us a piece was missing off the trumpet. I am not sure what it is called, but on the valve, where your finger sits to depress it, the top is missing. How it came off and he NOT notice it, is in contention. So is his lack of responsibility about letting us know, taking care of the instrument, and the 'sneaky' way he tried to get out of any possible blame/trouble are topics being reviewed daily by us to him. Grounding from the computer for an unknown length of time, is already wearing on him, and it has only been a handful of days. I called to the rental place, and they said to just bring it in, they will exchange it out, and all is good. Except, the only location they have is in Mesa, which amounts to about 45 minute drive one way for me, for 5 minutes, and then back home. I think it will wait until we are back from California next week before I do that.

In other good news, with the van now up and running fine again, I was able to get back to the gym this morning. It had been almost two weeks since I had been able to be in the gym, and no, I did not do any exercising while not going. Not even walking the block. I was worried about any possible weight gain, as I pretty much didn't watch the amount of stuff I ate, or what I ate. Kind of a vacation so to speak. I weighed in today, to the same weight I was back on 9/28 - 2 weeks ago. So, I think, could have lost a couple pounds if I had watched my diet better, and maybe a little exercise. But I don't care. I want to lose about 15 more before I see the Dr. again in Dec. I'm trying.....

So, family that may read this, don't say anything around us, or to the boys, about the trip!


Monday, October 10

Fall Was Here

Good news is I was able to get my van up to the shop today, for them to replace the water pump, thermostat, and gasket (since it was leaking). As I sat there, a few minutes before they opened, I was listening to the news talk radio here in the Valley (KTAR) and heard the weather report. Today is supposed to be the coolest day this week, with temps reaching upper 80's. By Thursday, it is supposed to hit 100 again, and a bit higher heading into the weekend. WTF is this? This last week has been beautiful! We had some rain (much needed) and the temps cooled down even with the sun out. Heck, the Wife even dug out a sweater for the mornings, as it was cool to her. Old Man Weather must be a bit senile, to keep playing us this way....

So yeah, my Monday has been a bit tweaked. Not looking forward to the later part of the week. I was hoping the AC could be shut down until next April, but it is not meant to be. At least I am getting the van fixed so I am not 'stuck' at home unable to get anywhere. I haven't been to the gym for a week and a half since I didn't want to risk driving the van. Wednesday will be a good day to start back. I am hoping I didn't gain too much while not going. I was looking at losing about another 15 pounds before my Doctor appt in Dec.

Not much else going on. The oldest son has his first concert tomorrow night. I will be getting together with some HS friends from band on Friday, which is our Homecoming game from Barry Goldwater HS. For our group, we have some after game music/drinks at a local hotel as well. I don't know how they persuaded the Lounge, but they will be open later than normal, and will be playing 80's music (groan).

That's all I got for today. Catch ya later!


Friday, October 7

Some Friday Music

I don't have anything much going on to share with you, my esteemed readers, today. So, I am just going to post some videos of stuff I am listening to this morning.

Just a bit of what's playing for me.... See ya next time!


Thursday, October 6

Babysitting Time

Parkinson's Disease is a terrible thing. I remember back years ago, I had no clue as to what it was. Images of Michael J. Fox announcing he had it, but you didn't see anything wrong with him. TV coverage of the Olympics, when Muhammed Ali was there to light the torch. You could see the trembling in his arms and hands. Ohhhh, that's what Parkinson's is, I thought.

My Father In Law has spent over 40 years working for American Missionary Fellowship (AMF) in the state of Arizona, and most of the SW region of the US. The job involved many, many hours on the road, traveling weekly among churches in his 'area', covering vacations of pastors, guest speaking, etc. About 2 years ago, aside from seemingly normal age-related things starting to happen, the family started noticing larger signs. It came to a head that summer while he was in Crown King with my daughter for Vacation Bible School, that his skills in driving had started to worsen. Luckily she was there and was able to complete the VBS week, and do the driving home.

Needless to say, after many tests, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. It is crushing to watch the effects of the disease deteriorate this once active man. For many years, he would hike the Grand Canyon at least twice a year; three times a week up local mountain trails in town; constantly physically active, and the travelling. Now Parkinson's has him barely able to walk, it is hard for him to stay on track in a conversation, and process things being said to him. Memory lapses are more than common, though, some of things he remembers and brings up in slow conversations (at least with me) are still signs he hasn't given up.

This morning I am going over to sit with Dad so Mom can get out to get some grocery shopping down. I hate doing it, because I feel so uncomfortable having to stop him, almost like a child, from doing things he can't control (ie. getting into the ice cream, undressing in the living room, etc.). I love him, but some things I would rather not have to do. I guess I am a bit selfish about that. The family is talking and searching for some kind of hospice/LTC that can handle the daily care that is wearing Mom down, but the search is terrible. They either want them to lose money in income, or sign over all the income to them. It's ridiculous how that system works, though, some of it I can understand. But I also feel it should be based on individual cases.

Shrug. I can't change it today. I need to head over to Dad's.


Tuesday, October 4

It Has Been Found!!

I was surprised this morning. As I went through my emails, I actually had a comment from a reader here at the ol' blog. Joe from over at Fat in Indiana had replied and suggested another artist for me to check out, in my search for this particular earworm I have been having. Joe, you are da MAN! His suggestion was Chuck Mangione, and the first video I found for him at is the earworm!

Oh, it feels so nice to finally put a name to the song! Of course I downloaded and loaded into my music players! Thanks Joe!!!

Other than that, things around the d00d household are at a minimum. I am stuck at home for the most part, waiting for the Wife's next check to arrive so we can get my van in to be fixed. I am trying my best to not drive it any, just to prevent any further problems than a leaking water pump. Which is nice in a way, as I am not out to the pub as much.....

The oldest has a concert coming up soon - the first one of the school year. The middle one will have his first come December. And our youngest has adjusted to Kindergarten very well, and seems to be enjoying it.

That's all I got for now. I am off to play some more of this song!


Sunday, October 2

On the Hunt (again)

I find myself clicking through many, many videos on once again, searching for the elusive earworm that ran rampant in my head a couple weeks or so ago. I have gone as far as to run through searches on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, listening to previews for many great trumpet players Doc Severinson, Maynard Ferguson, Herb Alpert, Al Hirt, etc) trying to find it. All to no avail.

This song was one I remember hearing often in the movie theater, as the background music provided before the movie started. A trumpet was the featured instrument of the song. No words, just music. It sort of repeated upon itself, in such a way that 'Classical Gas' does.

Anyone have any other suggestions?


Thursday, September 29

Getting Cooler

This morning I made that phone call to an AC service company. Fortunately, they had an opening to have the tech come by sometime between 11-4. Yeah. Five hour spread of time. I just don't get that. Of course I told them that I would home for whenever they arrive. Not that I had plans to be anywhere today. I really didn't have any plans. I did feel elated for a short time, however, when five minutes later the company calls back, and informs me that there was a cancellation, so the tech was being routed over to my place at that moment. Yeah.... some good news!

It was short-lived though. then the dread feeling started in... that internal debate of how bad is it going to be, the cost(s), etc. Within a few moments of being here, he had down the blower & motor from the unit. Yeah, motor is shot. We discussed a few issues regarding the unit. Mainly, that it is an old one, and obviously he suggested that it should be replaced with a newer unit. Price range for a comparable unit (new) about $4000. Sigh. After discussing it a bit, we agreed to replacing the motor for the blower now, and everything else will have to come at a future date, as I know the Wife won't be okay with me just telling them to do it. At least at that kind of cost.

So, the tech is back now, as he had to run to the shop for a part. thankfully it is 'just around the corner' and soon I will have cold air in the house again. I'm tired of sweating while I sit here typing. Not that I don't do that when the air is on, but this is without me even trying mental concentration.

Now, I need to figure out about getting my van fixed....sigh.


Wednesday, September 28

Getting Old and Falling Apart/Stimulating the Economy

Twenty years ago I made a trip to the hospital. It was 'sort-of' an emergency, and it took place in the pre-dawn hours of the morning. By 8am everything was good though, and phone calls were made to reassure family that things were fine. Also, to share joyous news that my daughter was born. I remember in those fast, few minutes as her lungs were cleared, and breathing started; the nurse didn't stop to rinse her off as they quickly did those first tests they do with newborns. It seemed within seconds the nurse was handing her into my arms, pink, mucus-covered, little thing, with her legs literally sticking straight-up by her ears. Tears were flowing form my eyes, as I leaned over as careful as I could to show her to her Mom. Our daughter was a breech baby. They had tried internal, and external manipulations to flip her around, but to no avail. Being her first pregnancy, and our regular OBGYN being out of town, the Doc on call (old-fashioned doc) made the call to do a C-section, rather than the possible attempt our regular doc had discussed with us. It's still a very sore point with the Wife.

So now the daughter is 20, has an apartment in another town, living on her own (though with monetary assistance from us). I'm 40 and though am trying to get my body back to healthier version of me, still somewhat falling apart from the use, abuse and agedness (that a word?) of my body. Kinda like my house. And my van. Speaking of house and van .....

I took the van up to the garage this morning after I did the work-out at the gym. About 3-4 weeks ago I had an oil leak that was due to a pinhole in the oil filter. Everything was good for about a week or two, then puddles started showing up again. I had other things keeping my attention, that I had to wait until today to get it in to the shop. Turns out there is a coolant leak at the gasket seal of the water pump. There doesn't seem to be an issue with the function of the water pump, but that will be looked at when they take it off to replace the gasket. In fact, I just called there to see if the quote they gave me includes the replacement of the pump - which it is full replacement of pump, gasket, coolant, etc. Plus they will check the misc hoses near that area for possible wear/tear/damages. Another several pretty pennies when all is said and done to fix that. 

Then..... Monday, I was out watching the game with friends, but when I got home, the Wife let me know she and one of the boys smelled like a 'burning rubber' type smell coming through the ventilation system of the house. Stepping outside they couldn't smell it in the air in the neighborhood, so the Wife shut off the AC. Turning it on later, there was no smell coming from the vents. Actually there was nothing coming from the vents. I am guessing the blower motor has gone kaput on us. Today I am calling some places referred by friends & family to get pricing for a service call, and possible repair. So far, I am looking at the near the same cost as it is to fix the van. More pretty pennies.

Soooo, tonight the Wife and I will sit and discuss where we are financially, and which one of those two things take the priority in getting fixed. 

If nothing else, I sure feel like I have been stimulating the economy this past year.


Monday, September 26

Monday Morning Stimulation

Isn't that what so many of us need on Monday mornings? Some mental stimulation to get us going, whether it is to work, or to get the kids up for school, etc. Today I need it. I laid in bed, telling myself to get my fat butt up, dressed and to the gym. My butt won though, and I didn't. After about half an hour I did get up though. My back and knees feel sore today. I am sure it is from the unusual amount of time I spent on that damn disposal yesterday.

Found the piece of piping that the dog had carted off. It is not chewed up (thankfully) so last night I tried to get it all back together, again. Another failed attempt. I have no clue haw the guy who lived here before was able to  literally fuck all this shit up. This pipe just basically 'sat' there - no connectors, no cement, no putty, etc. No way could that provide a seal. But somehow, it was working. Though I cannot get it to a repeat performance. Again I will be doing the trip to Lowe's to see about some proper connections, length of pipe, even maybe some advice on how to do it properly. More stuff I don't want to deal with.

Looks to be a pretty light week for events this week. Friday the Wife has her Homecoming Game, which I know she will want to attend, taking the boys along to "show them off". I told her this year I didn't really want to go. She was okay with that. I guess this way I wouldn't be there telling her I was ready to go, and being a bump on the log. What can I say, I am good at that.


Sunday, September 25

Winding Down from the Weekend

Sigh? Yawn? I am not sure what to call that exhalation of air from my mouth. The Wife is back home form the weekend visit with the Daughter, and so far has claimed nothing but a good time occurred there. In our brief conversation in the vehicle (trip explained later) I filled her on on what we 'men' accomplished while she was gone. I think the trip did her well, and gives her a nice breather.

So that trip? It was to Lowe's yet again. Wife came home, and had her flip the power while I switched over the wiring for the garbage disposal I am installing. Five minutes or so, no major deal. Went to physically hook it all up - to the drain, to the sink, dishwasher.... and I am missing a piece of pipe about 9 inches long. It was part that went from the disposal drain pipe, to the sink trap piping. Cannot find it anywhere amidst the other pieces and tools laying around where I am working. I had removed it the other day, so I know it was here.

There was a flash of white I caught from the corner of my eye. Daisy, the dog. The Chewer of Things. The Destroyer of all things she can reach. The Anklebiter Prodigy. I am sure she is the cause of the missing pipe piece. So I had the Wife drive me over to Lowe's to get a replacement. I measured so I would be sure of the right size pipe piece I needed, found it, got some pipe cement in case needed as well as a new washer and nut for the piping. Got home and went back to work. I didn't calculate the difference of about 2 inches that the piece would overlap in connecting to the one side, so it is now too short. I needed the other, longer piece. Store is now closed. So we are another night without the kitchen sink. Tomorrow morning after the gym I will head over and get the right piece, and hopefully finish up this whole weekend job.

Wife is home though. I'll sleep better tonight having her near me. That's the best part!!