Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Interview Update

Howdy! (Yep...I stopped in Dallas last night.)

Thanks to all who wished me well yesterday. Overall, I thought the interview went pretty well. It wasn't too intense even though I met with about six different people.

Now I just have to wait. I was hoping they might decide something rather quickly, but it sounds like it may be as long as 60 days before they make an offer.

While I wish it were sooner, I'm at least glad she gave me a timeframe...60 days is long enough that I know I need to refocus on my current job and do well there for the foreseeable future.
Tomorrow I'm off to Utah for a couple of days and then off on Friday so I can...ummm...this is too much information, but what the hell...make sure we don't have anymore kids.
OK...I almost deleted that last part, but decided to leave it there anyway.
So for anyone out there who may have gone through that and has any words of encouragement, please feel free to share.
And I think this pretty much guarantees that the entire world will have a better weekend than me.
Until Next Time...


Sunday, July 25, 2004

Morning's Gonna Be Here Quick

It's 10:30 and I have to be up at 4 in the morning to make a 6 a.m. flight. Tomorrow's my interview in Arizona, so everyone wish me luck (or don't, but then you're just plain mean).

Today was a good day...very busy as seems to be the trend lately. This morning we got the crib put together which made this whole new baby thing become a little bit more real. After that, I went and picked up the computer armoire for our bedroom so I could reclaim our office in the basement. That was followed by moving all of the computer equipment upstairs.

Tonight, I took the kids to go play mini-golf. Little girl L got tired and just wanted to watch after the 10th hole. We had a good time and stopped by Sonic for treats on the way home.

All in all, it was a great day.

Have a great week everyone!

Until Next Time...


11 Years & Counting

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary and I'm happy to report that we had a good time celebrating.

We didn't do your typical dinner & movie date night to celebrate. Instead, we went to a barbecue party with a bunch of other parents from my daughter K's school. We really did have a good time, met a few people we hadn't met before, ate some good food and just had fun overall.

And, to top it all off, when we got home our new babysitter had completely cleaned our kitchen and family room, including emptying and re-loading our dishwasher!!! No babysitter has EVER done that before!

Of course, the flip side to this is she didn't send K to bed until she heard the garage door open at 11:30 p.m. (She was supposed to be in bed at 9.) On top of that, she was apparently talking on the cell phone with her boyfriend for quite some time. So, unfortunately for the clean house part, we probably won't be using her again anytime soon.

But anyway, the whole point of this was my way of saying happy anniversary to my wife in case she reads this post.

I hope everyone else's weekend is going well.

Until Next Time...



Thursday, July 22, 2004

I'm Beat

Man...I'm glad this week is almost over. It's been a pretty draining week, especially today's funeral service.

I won't bore you with the details, but I'm just hoping my dad's doing alright and we can start to move on.

One positive note from this whole thing is it's the first time that all 32 great-grandkids were in one place and we were able to get a group photo of them. (Not all cooperated, including two of my kids who were very hungry by that point...but hey, they're all in the picture!) It was also the first time in at least 10 years that all 14 grandkids have been in one place, so we all got our picture taken too.

It was great to see everyone again, but as always with these types of things, I wish it was under different circumstances.

After all was said and done, we trekked back to KC to get J & L to their last swimming lesson and they passed this level. This compares to last year when J went two full weeks without ever getting in the water. Progress!!!!

That's all I've got tonight...have a good one.

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, July 20, 2004

What Are YOU Watching?

It's Tuesday night and I had an extremely unproductive day working from home today. We had a plumber come in to take care of several things and he was here for almost four hours.

Since then, we went and had a great dinner at a place called Cinzetti's...an Italian buffet that was VERY good. I was horrible with the desserts...I think I tried every single thing they offered. From there, it was off to swimming lessons then back home to put the kids to bed. That was followed up with a trip to Target to return a couple of faucets.

Now, I'm back home, sitting on the couch next to my wife and watching "Charmed." (Her choice not mine.) You see, she's very into these types of shows. She loves Charmed, Angel, Buffy, The Dead Zone...you get the picture.

Now, I've started watching "The Amazing Race" this season, but opted to skip that tonight so we could hang out together.

Which leads to the question in tonight's title...What are you watching tonight?


Sunday, July 18, 2004

RIP Grandma

I originally wrote this post a week ago tonight, thinking my grandma wasn't going to make it through the night. She proved me wrong by making it a full week. She died this morning shortly before 10 Central Time. Sadly, I wasn't with my dad when she passed and I truly wish I could've been. I think he knows I love him...at least I hope he does. All that being said, here's the post that I originally wrote last Sunday night.
Sorry to post such a downer entry, but that's what it's going to be.

Tonight, my grandma is dying.

Earlier this evening, she had a heart attack AND a stroke. This resulted in bleeding in the brain that they can't do a damn thing about. They're keeping her on life support until the third of her four daughters gets there from up here in KC. I doubt they'll keep her on until the fourth daughter can get here from North Carolina. So, she hasn't died yet, at least not that I know of, but I'm guessing my aunt's there by now.

She was my last living grandparent. Of course I was sad about all of them, but there's something about losing the last one. I feel really bad for my dad. On the positive side, he's got four great sisters and they all get along great and laugh like you wouldn't believe when they get together. I think it will be good that they'll all have each other to get through this and they're all so close. I only hope this doesn't decrease the frequency of family get-togethers.

In fact, we were supposed to have a 90th birthday party the Sunday before Labor Day for her. Obviously, that won't be happening.

I think I've posted about this before, but death really freaks me out if I stop and think of it too long. In fact, the other night while watching Spiderman 2 of all things, I felt like I was almost having a panic attack (which I've never had), because something in that movie triggered this reaction that got me obsessing about it.

For some bizarre reason, and I'm grateful for this, the same isn't happening tonight.

From what little we know, my grandma was suffering from paralysis on one side of her body as a result of the stroke. Even if it were a clot and not bleeding, I'm glad it's not a long drawn-out stay in the hospital. We went through a little of that with my mom's dad several years ago when he had a stroke.

On a positive note, my grandma was a great woman. She raised five wonderful kids who all loved her and each other. We have a pretty close extended family as a result of this. She spent all of her life in small towns in Kansas and I'm grateful for the amount of time that I was able to spend with her there. When my brother, sister and I were kids, we'd go up to Soldier, KS where she lived for a full week every summer and we'd split time between her house and a couple of our cousin's houses where we'd help with the farming chores. Back then, I LOVED getting up early to go milk the cows. Some of my greatest childhood memories come from those summer weeks spent on the farm.

All of this is my long winded way of saying, "I love you, Grandma. I'll miss you."

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Weekend Plans?

Well...my grandma is still hanging on. Consider me amazed.

I went back to Topeka today to see her for a few hours. While there, I talked to my folks and we decided that even if she only made it to this evening, there was no way the funeral would be until next Monday. Given that, my wife and I have decided to go ahead with our plans to head to Arkansas tomorrow night and we'll come back on Sunday evening. My dad has his four sisters there with him and, while I was hesitant, both he and my mom have assured me it's ok for us to go.

I just spoke to my sister who just got back from Topeka herself and she said the doctor has said if he had to guess we're probably talking about days rather than hours. I have to say this makes me feel a little better about our decision to head down to Arkansas. Given how unknown her condition is or how long she'll be with us, I don't feel we can just stop living our lives, but at the same time I do feel a bit guilty about not being there.

Anyway...that's all that's new with me.

Have a good weekend.

Until Next Time...


Monday, July 12, 2004

Jumping the Gun

A little earlier tonight I posted an entry about my grandma dying...looks like she's a little tougher than I gave her credit for.

She had a heart attack and stroke earlier tonight and there seems to be bleeding in the brain. They didn't expect her to survive when they took her off intubation, but apparently she's just snoring right now.

I've taken the other post down and, hopefully, it won't make another appearance anytime soon.

Keep your fingers crossed for her and say a few prayers for her (if you're so inclined).

Thanks all.

Until Next Time...


Sunday, July 11, 2004

Two Weekends, Two Projects Completed

It's been busy here at Casa de Play by Play.

With kiddo #4 due to make its arrival in mid-October (but more likely in late August/early September), we finally figured it was about time to start getting the appropriate kids' rooms ready.

Basically, L is going to move into K's room and get the bottom bunk with K in the top bunk. J will stay in his room and the to-be-named baby will be in what is now L's room.

The big problem, though, is that K's room and closet weren't really set up for more than one kid.

So last weekend we took out all of the existing shelving and hanging rods and replaced with two sets of shelving and moved the hanging rod up a little higher in the closet.

This weekend was dedicated to re-painting the girls' room and I'm pleased to say that we finished that job up this morning.

Last night, I went to a poker tournament and failed miserably...my poker playing lately has not been exactly stellar.

This week will be a short week as I'm taking Friday off and we're heading down on Thursday night to visit K's folks for the weekend in Arkansas. At least I'll get to play golf next Saturday!

I may even try to go play a quick nine holes on Wednesday morning before work with one of my coworkers. He belongs to a local country club that has a 9-hole course and if we get there early enough, we won't have to pay. (We may not have flag sticks when we start, but hey that's ok.)

That's enough for me for today...I was tired of seeing that last post up there.

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Post 200!!!


OK...now that all the excitement is over with, I have to say I don't have anything spectacular to share...just your regular, run of the mill entry.

I will say, though, that the title of this entry does remind me of my absolute most favorite cereal ever...C.W. Post. Does anyone remember this stuff? It was a granola cereal with a touch of brown sugar coating...it was AWESOME! They were tiny boxes and I could easily eat a whole box in a day. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my health) they stopped making it about 10 years ago...I was quite sad.

What's your favorite cereal ever?

Share with me...I really want to know!

In other news...my working out and eating better is certainly paying off...after today's basketball game (where I played quite well for me) I am down 30 pounds from where I was about two months ago. I'll really be thrilled if I can lose another 20 pounds and in the end, I'd like to lose another 20 pounds after that. I just have to keep taking it one step at a time.

Take it easy all and have a great rest of the week!

Until Next Time...


Friday, July 02, 2004

Movie Meme

Hey all...I got this Movie Meme from Adelle who stole it from Laura... Stuff I've seen is bold, stuff I own is in italics.

I've added the last three to the list...if you use this idea, please add another three of your own.

01. Trainspotting
02. Shrek
03. M
04. Dogma
05. Strictly Ballroom
06. The Princess Bride
07. Love Actually
08. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
09. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
11. Reservoir Dogs
12. Desperado
13. Swordfish
14. Kill Bill Vol. 1
15. Donnie Darko
16. Spirited Away
17. Better Than Sex
18. Sleepy Hollow
19. Pirates of the Caribbean
20. The Eye
21. Requiem for a Dream
22. Dawn of the Dead The original.
23. The Pillow Book
24. The Italian Job (just the remake though, not the original)
25. The Goonies
26. Baseketball
27. The Spice Girls Movie (Spice World)
28. Army of Darkness
29. The Color Purple
30. The Safety of Objects
31. Can't Hardly Wait
32. Mystic Pizza
33. Finding Nemo
34. Monsters Inc.
35. Circle of Friends
36. Mary Poppins
37. The Bourne Identity
38. Forrest Gump
39. A Clockwork Orange
40. Kindergarten Cop
41. On The Line
42. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
43. Final Destination
44. Sorority Boys
45. Urban Legend
46. Cheaper by the Dozen The original.
47. Fierce Creatures
48. Dude, Where's My Car
49. Ladyhawke
50. Ghostbusters
51. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
52. Back to the Future
53. An Affair To Remember
54. Somewhere In Time
55. North By Northwest
56. Moulin Rouge
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
58. The Wizard of Oz
59. Zoolander
60. A Walk to Remember
61. Chicago
62. Vanilla Sky
63. The Sweetest Thing
64. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
65. The Nightmare Before Christmas
66. Chasing Amy
67. Edward Scissorhands
68. Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
69. Muriel's Wedding
70. Croupier
71. Blade Runner
72. Cruel Intentions
73. Ocean's Eleven
74. Magnolia
75. Fight Club
76. Beauty and The Beast
77. Much Ado About Nothing
78. Dirty Dancing
79. Gladiator
80. Ever After
81. Braveheart
82. What Lies Beneath
83. Regarding Henry
84. The Dark Crystal
85. Star Wars
86. The Birds
87. Beaches
88. Cujo
89. Maid In Manhattan
90. Labyrinth
91. Thoroughly Modern Millie
92. His Girl Friday
93. Chocolat
94. Independence Day
95. Singing in the Rain
96. Big Fish
97. The Thomas Crown Affair
98. The Matrix
99. Stargate
100. A Hard Day's Night
101. About A Boy
102. Jurassic Park
103. Life of Brian
104. Dune
105. Help!
106. Grease
107. Newsies
108. Gone With The Wind
109. School of Rock
110. TOMMY
111. Yellow Submarine
112. From Hell
113. Benny & Joon
114. Amelie
115. Bridget Jones' Diary
116. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
117. Heavenly Creatures
118. All About Eve
119. The Outsiders
120. Airplane!
121. The Sorcerer
122. The Crying Game
123. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
124. Slap Her, She's French
125. Amadeus
126. Tommy Boy
127. Aladdin
128. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
129. Snatch
130. American History X
131. Jack and Sarah
132. Monkey Bone
133. Rocky Horror Picture Show
134. Kate and Leopold
135. Interview with the Vampire
136. Underworld
137. Truly, Madly, Deeply
138. Tank Girl
139. Boondock Saints
140. Blow Dry
141. Titanic
142. Good Morning Vietnam
143. Save the Last Dance
144. Lost in Translation
145. Willow
146. Legend
147. Van Helsing
148. Troy
149. Nine Girls and a Ghost
150. A Knight's Tale
151. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
152. Beetlejuice
153. E.T.
154. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
155. Spaceballs
156. Young Frankenstein
157. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
158. American President
159. Bad Boys
160. Pecker
161. Pink Floyd: The Wall
161. X-Men
162. Sidewalks of New York
163. The Children of Dune
164. Beyond Borders
165. Life Is Beautiful
166. Good Will Hunting
167. Run Lola Run
168. Blazing saddles
169. Caligula
170. The Transporter
171. Better Off Dead
172. The Abyss
173. Almost Famous
174. The Red Violin
175. Contact
176. Stand and Deliver
177. Clueless
178. William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet
179. Dangerous Liaisons
180. I Am Sam
181. The Usual Suspects
182. U-571
183. Capricorn One
184. The Little Shop of Horrors
185. Die Hard
186. The Flamingo Kid (Just two hours ago, I told my wife I was going to watch that this weekend.)
187. Night of the Comet
188. Point Break
189. Chatterbox
190. Secretary
191. Breakfast at Tiffany's

And now for my additions...

192. A Fish Called Wanda
193. The Brothers McMullen
194. A River Runs Through It

Go ahead...play along...but be sure to let me know if you do!

Until Next Time...


Hooray for the weekend!

Hey all...first, let me say thank you for all of that finger-crossing. I was able to get my round of golf in with my dad yesterday. It's nice to be able to spend time with just the two of us. I actually only got to play 9 holes with him, because he had to go to the funeral of the dad of his old boss. We played 9, he left to go to the funeral, and I played the back 9 with a guy who I found out was married to a girl I went to middle school with. After that, my dad came back and picked me up and we just hung out at the house for a bit before I drove back to KC.

Work today was great, in the sense that my boss told me to leave early. So after getting a couple of minor things wrapped up, I took off at 3:00. (This is after I took two hours at lunch to go play basketball.) Even with that, I did manage to get a few things done.

So I came home early and surprised the wife and kids. OK...I would have surprised them when I got home if they'd been awake. So the surprise had to wait until they woke up. Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure they were happy to see me.

I think tonight we're going to go to "Cheeseburger King" as my kids like to call it, because J's been bugging us for a week to go there.

Not much else to say right now...just looking forward to some "offline" time with the family.

Have a great and safe 4th of July weekend everyone!

Until Next Time...