Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Baby Update

Good news!

K and Baby M finally got to come home from the hospital today!

Welcome to the new and sleep-deprived Play by Play!


Monday, September 27, 2004

Football Update

Before I get to the weekend in football, let me give you a baby update.

M is doing great...she's a little jaundiced, but otherwise fine. K, on the other hand has had some complications (nothing TOO major) that have kept her in the hospital longer than usual. At this point, we're hoping they can both come home tomorrow and there's an outside chance they'll come home sometime tonight.

In preparation for that, I dropped $90 at Wal-Mart this morning and hope not to have to repeat that again. I know Wal-Mart is a favorite for a lot of people, but I would much rather spend a little more at Target...just seems to be a little bit more upscale. (I buy clothes for myself at Target fairly regularly, but would only consider buying things like t-shirts at Wal-Mart.)

OK...enough of that rambling...

In Saturday's post, I was commenting about how nice it was to watch my alma mater winning a football game on TV. Well...as Dan pointed out, I spoke a little too soon as KU blew a 25-point lead to lose the game. That's damned annoying!

Sunday didn't get much better as the Chiefs gave the Texans every opportunity to win the game and the Texans took advantage of them to beat the Chiefs by a field goal at Arrowhead Stadium...the place where the Chiefs didn't lose a game all of last year. So far this year? They've lost both their home games and are now 0-3. Things are not looking good for Chiefs fans.

The only positive football note from the weekend is my fantasy football team that won for the second week in a row and pulled me into a first-place tie in my division at 2-1. In addition, if Richie Anderson can be shut out tonight for Dallas, then I can win immunity in our Survivor Pool for next week. That's always nice to have.

Right now, I'm home with J&L while the in-laws are at the hospital visiting K&M. I'm also waiting for my dad to show up with a portable crib that we can use for M while we have guests staying in the nursery.

That's all I've got for now...how's your Monday?


Saturday, September 25, 2004

Weekends Are Better When...

  • You're enjoying the birth of your third daughter and fourth child overall.
  • It's about 78 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Your traditional basketball-only alma mater is actually winning its Big 12 conference opener in football.
  • One of your kids is taking a nap, one is at a friend's house and one is enjoying running into things by playing Hot Wheels on the computer and your in-laws are at the hospital visiting your wife and you're able to sit on the couch and blog while watching aforementioned football game on TV (which almost never happens for your school).
  • You know you don't have to work for another 9 days.
  • The house is already cleaned up.
  • And...well...what else could I possibly ask for other than winning the $100 million+ Powerball lottery tonight?

How's your weekend?

And, also, thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts and well wishes over the past couple of days!


Thursday, September 23, 2004

Happy BIRTHDAY M!!!!

Yep...today's been a FANTASTIC day!

As I told Chris in an e-mail exchange this morning, I was faced with little motivation for work. Fortunately, I don't need anymore motivation for the rest of this week, because I'm taking tomorrow and a good chunk of next week to spend it with my brand new baby daughter, M!!! :)

M was born at 5:23 p.m. CT today and weighed in at 6 pounds, which is huge by our standards!

Pictures will be coming soon...I promise!

I hope you can forgive a brief absence from the blog as I welcome her home.

Take care and have a GREAT weekend! I know I will!!!


Wednesday, September 22, 2004


As I sit here watching the World Poker Tour on TV, I keep hearing children running in and out of their rooms. All three have come down for band-aids at some point in the last hour.

We have an 8-year-old (K) and 4-1/2-year-old twins (J&L) and on school nights we try to get them all in bed at 8:00.

Yet lately, I find them pushing the limits on an almost nightly basis. So far tonight, I've threatened the loss of TV and computer...and the oldest even got threatened with a swat on the butt if we have anymore problems tonight. (Hey...I got spanked and I survived...we don't do it often I can assure you.)

For those of you with elementary and pre-school kids...what time do you put them to bed??? And do you have these issues too?


Tuesday, September 21, 2004


OK...that TMI stands for "too much information." So consider yourself warned.

Now...what I really wanted to call this post...

Has Anyone Seen My Toenail?

I believe I may have posted about getting my foot, more specifically my toe, smashed when playing basketball about a month or two ago. My big toenail turned a nasty, solid black and blue, but at least it was still in tact.

Or so I thought.

This morning as I was sitting down at my desk in my (home) office for a conference call with some co-workers. And, since I was at home, I was still barefoot.

As I went to cross my legs, said toenail barely caught on my power cord and then it just fell off. The whole damn toenail came completely off.

So now I have one gross toe without a toenail. Anyone want to see a picture???

Other titles for this post could have been:

Say It Ain't Toe, Joe!

No Toe Joe

Toenail-less Tuesday

Got anything better I should've used?


Sunday, September 19, 2004


Why do you have to refrigerate blueberry syrup after you've opened the bottle, but not regular maple syrup???


Saturday, September 18, 2004

Rebates, Rebates, Rebates!

Yep...that's what I did last night and I'm so proud of myself!

I actually filled out all of the forms, copied all of the receipts, stuck in the envelopes, put stamps on 'em and dropped them in the mail.


If all goes well, right before Christmas, I should get about $400 back from that computer purchase. Rock on!

Today's been spent running kids around to birthday parties, bike stores and the like. I also did some major cleanup of my office today and it's looking tons better as well.

All in all, a productive weekend so far.

I've also been watching the Americans get their asses kicked in the Ryder Cup. Oh well...better luck next time!


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Job Update

Work's going fine, although I'm REALLY hoping I win the lottery tonight.

You may recall that I interviewed with a company out in Arizona quite a while back. I finally followed up with them via e-mail last week and didn't hear anything back, so I left a voicemail yesterday and, fortunately, got a voicemail back from the Sales VP.

Basically, she said that they're probably going to wait to hire someone for a January start date. Well guess what! That would be just about perfect for me, so I called her back and told her as much.

Since we're expecting a baby girl anytime now, I wasn't really looking forward to 3+ weeks of training in Arizona. By waiting until January, we'll be much better established with our routine (not that it will be easy, but better than going out there now).

So keep your fingers crossed for me...I should have another phone interview with the company president within the next month or so.

Anyway...tomorrow I'm off to St. Louis for a REAL quick meeting and turn right around and fly back...should be back in town by 1:00.

Have a great Thursday all!


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Joe's Expensive Weekend

Hi all...how was your weekend? Mine was, as the title indicates, expensive...but a good one nonetheless.

Friday night...nothing too exciting that I can remember anyway.

Saturday...rescheduled Miami/Tennessee NFL game drove me into an even deeper hole in fantasy football. On the plus side, we got our babysitter who was home from college to watch the kids while K & I went to Dos Reales for an excellent (and cheap...$18 w/tip) dinner and then the really expensive part began.

You see...on Friday, our PC (the one for the grown-ups) finally died a horrible death and wouldn't re-boot with the emergency CD in the drive. SO...we finally had to bite the bullet and get a new PC, which we got a relatively good deal on a new eMachines PC at Best Buy on Saturday night. (Now, if I can just get those rebate forms filled out and sent in.) The trip to Best Buy was followed up by a $130 trip to Target.

Then on Sunday, my fantasy team had the first nails put in its column as I lost my top receiver (Charles Rogers from Detroit if you care) for the year and got absolutely murdered by my good friend, Dan. Fortunately, I scored just enough points to avoid elimination in our "Survivor Pool." On the plus side, I am tied for first in our "Pick 'Em" pool where we pick the winners of our fantasy matchups every week.

Sunday afternoon, we went over to our babysitter's house to hear about her trip to India over the summer. It was very interesting, but K, at 8 years old, lost interest after 30 minutes. I made her stay another hour before we finally left to get ready for her soccer game.

Soccer was good, even though K's team was thoroughly outnumbered (10-6 on each side), which meant when they played 5 on 5 (it's supposed to be 6 on 6), they were able to put an entire fresh team in every few minutes while our girls were getting run ragged. K did score a goal though and went just wide left on a couple of other shots.

After the game, we went to Pizza Shoppe for dinner with a couple of other families.

And, oh yeah, I set up the computer and did laundry on Sunday too.

Moving on to Monday, it was just another day at work, but then we had another babysitter so we could join my brother to take our parents out to dinner for their 35th anniversary at Ruth's Chris steakhouse. (Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!)

The dinner was awesome...but pretty expensive since we were treating and all. But it was a great way to spend 2-1/2 hours on a Monday night. (I swear I was still full this morning.)

We came home and I went to bed earlier than I have in a couple of months (around 11:30).

Whew! I'm out of breath.

How's your week going?


Friday, September 10, 2004

Courtesy of Rock Star Mommy!

List the first five things that come to mind in all five categories before looking at my list. No cheating! And send me a link to yours!

1. Board Games

2. Red

3. Martin

4. Cartoons

5. Footwear

OK...on to my Friday First Fives!

1. Board Games
Monopoly (my all-time favorite!)
Life (used to have to promise my brother I'd play Life so he'd play Monopoly)
Pay Day (the board was set up like a monthly calendar and you would determine how many months you wanted to play...my brother and I would play "years" at a time and have to start keeping track of our money on a scorepad because there wasn't enough paper money)
Risk (was never that good at it, but still had fun playing)
Parcheesi (it's just fun to say!)

2. Red
Robin (just ate there last week)
Rover (send him on over)
White & Blue (feeling patriotic on this 9/11 weekend)
Crimson (as in Crimson & Blue...go Jayhawks)
Shawshank Redemption (Red was Morgan Freeman's character)

3. Martin
Lawrence (He so cra-a-a-azy!)
Steve (King Tut)
Luther King (Great Man)
Short (Not a huge fan, but there aren't that many Martin's)
Sneakers (Martin was Robert Redford's character's name...love that movie)

4. Cartoons
Justice League (One of J's favorites!)
Dora The Explorer
Bugs Bunny
Tom & Jerry (I have three kids 8 and under...this list could have gone on and on and on and on)

5. Footwear
Chuck Martin Converse
Soccer cleats
Basketball shoes


Thursday, September 09, 2004

Summer Hoops Posted by Hello


My Sideways Phone Posted by Hello


Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Best 81 Cents I Ever Spent

With the start of K's dance lessons every Tuesday at 5:30, Tuesdays a La Maison du Play By Play have become Pizza Night for the foreseeable future.

You see, there's a fine pizza place called Pizza Shoppe that shares the parking lot with K's dance school.

This fine establishment became even finer when I arrived to pick up my two pizzas tonight only to find out that they only made one pizza. So why does this make them better? It wasn't that exactly, but a little sign they had posted announcing that on Tuesdays, they have 75 cent Bud Light draws.

75 CENTS!!!

So...for 81 cents (including tax), I enjoyed an ice cold Bud Light while waiting for my discounted second pizza to be made.

And did I mention that it was 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky today?

There are a lot of people that joke about what it must be like to live in Kansas. It's no joke to me...I really do love it here.

Now I'm just counting the days until my next 81 cent beer.

Until Next Time...


Monday, September 06, 2004

First Fives

OK...according to Rock Star Mommy, I should've done this on Friday. But better late than never right?!

(List the first 5 things that come to mind for all 5 categories. No cheating!)
1. Electric
2. Kid's Books You Liked
3. Having Fun
4. Green
5. September

OK...so here are mine...

Electric: Guitar, Company, Boogaloo, Metric, Nights

Kid's Books You Liked: Where the Wild Things Are, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Choose Your Own Adventure

Having Fun: Golfing, Going to Concerts, Playing with Kids, Playing Basketball, Singing in the Car

Green: Favorite color as a kid, Day, Peace, Lantern, Beans

September: Jackopierce song, 16th (my sister's birthday), 13th (my parent's anniversary), 11th (sad, but true), Fall

What are your first fives?


Sunday, September 05, 2004

Fantasy Draft Results

OK...for those of you who couldn't care less about fantasy football, feel free to skip this post.

As the title of this entry indicates, today was our fantasy football draft held at my friend JoeD's house in North Kansas City. There was a wee bit of confusion as to the start time, but we finally got going around 2:45 and wrapped it up about 6:15.

All in all, I'm fairly pleased with my team, but I'm curious what the rest of you (who are NOT already in my league) think of my team.

So here's who I ended up with:

QB: Marc Bulger (STL)
QB: Brad Johnson (TB)
RB: Jamal Lewis (BAL)
RB: Brian Westbrook (PHI)
RB: Warrick Dunn (ATL)
RB: Sammy Morris (MIA)
WR: Charles Rogers (DET)
WR: Derrick Mason (TEN)
WR: Rod Gardner (WAS)
WR: Eddie Kennison (KC)
WR: Roy Williams (DET)
TE: Jeremy Shockey (NYG)
TE: Desmond Clark (CHI)
K: John Kasay (CAR)
DEF: Baltimore
DEF: Atlanta

I still need a backup kicker, but I'll just wait until either a) Kasay gets hurt or b) Kasay has his bye week.

By the way, we start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 Defense.



Saturday, September 04, 2004

Fantasy Draft

Yep...it's that time of year again...time for me to draft my fantasy football team. This year's draft is set for tomorrow and I'm nowhere near prepared enough...at least that's what I want my competition to think.

The draft is always a fun time beforehand and filled with second guessing after the fact.

Anyway...I need to go do some more research. If anyone has any hot tips, let me know.

I'll let you know how it turns out tomorrow night.


Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Baby...Get Here Already!

Yep...we're still waiting for this baby girl to show up. And I gotta say that K is getting even more frustrated than I am. (Understandably since she's going through the discomfort of actually carrying her.)

We thought for a bit last night that we were going to have to go into the hospital after K's blood pressure had slowly risen during the day and she was starting to feel some pains. We called the doc and he told her to give it 30 minutes and she was able to get to sleep. Went into the doc today to have another sonogram and some bloodwork done and everything seems to be ok for now. Just more waiting for us.

One of the big frustration points for us is by not having the baby before 9/1, we know she can't start school until 2010 instead of 2009 (oh my god that sounds so far away). That's a whole extra year of her being at home. I'm still hoping that she develops early in terms of reading and language skills and maybe we can still get her in for the 2009 school year.

On the plus side though, she (the baby) is getting bigger and bigger which means she should be home to come quicker than any of the other kids. It'll be nice not having to spend weeks on end at the hospital.

Here's a question for the rest of you though...what site do you use to post your digital pictures? I've been using Picasa because they interface with Blogger, but I've heard good things about Ofoto. Who do you use???