Sunday, November 28, 2004

We Made It!!!

OK...I'm not a big text messaging guy with my cell phone.

But as I spent about 30 minutes at the FasTrip (sp?) service station in Rich Hill, MO this afternoon, I couldn't resist sending a lengthy little text message to my friend, Don, about my trek home from Arkansas at that point.

You see...K & I loaded up the kids for our first ever trip to Arkansas to visit her parents with four kids. Yep...it was M's first semi-lengthy road trip.

We headed down on Wednesday after waiting for the snowstorm that left 6-1/2" of snow in our yard to pass through. We really wanted to give the road crews a chance to treat the highways. By the time we hit the highway, the roads were in great shape and we made it down there in just over 3 hours with M sleeping the entire way.

I'm thinking hey...this travelling this is a piece of cake!

Reality hit hard when we made the return trip today.

We can't blame M though...but she was a bit more vocal and awake then she was on the way down there.

Nope...today, we had some problems with little boy, J. I'll just cut to the chase and tell you that after 4 hours of driving we had stopped 9 times...six of them to clean J up after he threw up on himself. By the time we made the final stop, J was wearing a pair of MY gym shorts! (Time for perspective here...J is a 4 year old boy...me, a rather large 33 year old man. Needless to say they didn't fit at all, but did cover him up.) And, yes, I did take him into the FasTrip wearing said shorts so he could go to the bathroom.

I felt bad for little J. It wasn't his fault...he either ate something bad earlier today (doubtful) or just got a bad case of motion sickness. I've always been lucky and never experienced that maladie, but genetics didn't help me out this weekend. In fact, I think both J and oldest daughter, K, are the most susceptible to motion sickness as they've both gotten sick during car trips in the past.

As for the rest of the long weekend, we had some GREAT turkey (and turkey gravy) on Thursday. On Friday, I got to go golfing with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I played like crap, but well enough that I realized that I could be a halfway decent golfer if I actually took a little time to practice. Most of my mistakes are fairly easy to correct...some mental, some physical. I really hope I get the chance to work on that more in the next year or two. On Friday night, I also played bridge for the first time. I love card games and would like to think I'm pretty good at them usually. This is a tough game to figure out. I think I did alright for my first time out and hope I get to play again sometime soon. (May have to head out to Yahoo! games to try it out.)

On Saturday, K and her mom went out shopping for a couple hours before coming back so we could take the kids to see The Polar Express. Unfortunately, we got to the theater and I sent everyone inside to wait (since it was cold) while I bought the tickets...thing was...they were sold out. So I had to break the news to the kids that we couldn't see it that night. We tried to make it up to them by letting them rent a movie, but it just didn't cut it. They did get some real movie theater popcorn out of the deal, though.

(One other movie note...we did take the kids to see "The Incredibles" last weekend and I loved it! I was especially fond of ElastiGirl...hmm...wonder why.)

OK...I'm out of breath after writing all this stuff. What's new with you?

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Monday, November 22, 2004

FIRE, FIRE!

OK...this was inspired by this post over at Java Diva's place.

Did anyone else light Gummi Bears heads on fire to give them afros when they were teenagers?

What? Was it just me?!

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It's Like Pulling Teeth

Oh...wait...it really was pulling teeth.

Today, daughter K had 2 baby teeth pulled to make room for her permanent teeth. We originally thought we'd get all 4 pulled today, but after seeing her in tears after the anesthetic for one side, I couldn't make her go through that twice in one day.

She did great though and seems to be well on her way to recovery. And the Tooth Fairy is going to be extra generous tonight with a semi-crisp $10 bill. (Usually only $1/tooth in this house.)

I took today off from work to do that and just get some laundry and other things done around the house. Sadly...I only got one load of laundry done. Guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow night.

Right now, I'm watching the Chiefs struggle against the Patriots. I half expected the Chiefs to score 40 points tonight and blow away the Pats just because that's the way they've been this season...beating good teams and losing to crappy ones. Now it looks like they'll lose to a good one tonight.

Other than that, I'm just trying to get my arms around what needs to get done before the new gig starts. To that end, I tracked down my Social Security card which I have to have for my first day. I also found my AAA card (not AA), my Southwest Airlines card (which I'd already called to have replaced), my 401K password (want to cash out, but will be sensible and roll it into an IRA) and our cat Zoe's overdue registration paperwork (which I'll take care of tomorrow).

M's been REAL fussy today, so hopefully we can get her fed one last time for the night and get her to go to sleep IN HER CRIB soon.

Oh yeah...haven't mentioned it for a while, but my Fantasy Football team? Yep...it sucks. Actually, the team itself is fine, but I can't seem to make the right decision when it comes to who to start each week.

Oh well.

How YOU doin'?

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Where the *$#! have you been???

Sorry Sorry!

I really thought I was on a roll last week....I was in a fairly bloggy mood and was convinced there was going to be a fairly significant increase in the number of posts I was throwing out there.

But, for some reason, that just didn't happen.

As much as I want to reap the rewards of being a "short-timer" at the office, I haven't had that luxury. They've got me preparing for some training classes during my last week...can you believe that? The nerve of these people!

Oh well...what are you gonna do, right?

Tonight was a good night. K went out to run some errands, so I hung out with the kids tonight, got them in bed, and then when K got back, I went out for Beer Night. Beer Night is an event put together by my good friend Dan and attended by Don and several other mutual acquaintances. We had a great time and even saw a 6 '4" guy dressed as a woman...big fake boobs, makeup...everything. It was quite the sight.

So how's everyone else's week going? Did YOU see a guy in drag tonight???

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Sunday, November 14, 2004

Think Happy Thoughts!

OK...sorry for the negativity on yesterday's post...back to Happy Joe! :)

But first...was this weekend just a LITTLE bit too short?! It sure seemed like it to me.

The Chiefs sucked again today, but I pretty much knew they'd manage to lose, so it really didn't bother me that much.

Most of today's been spent doing laundry, watching football, playing Need for Speed: Underground, getting a few things wrapped up for my boss for work, watching my Jayhawks win at the sport they're actually good at (that'd be basketball folks), and seeing my fantasy football team BARELY edge out a victory despite a less than stellar performance.

And now...sorry to cut this short...but M is crying so I need to go try and help her back to sleep.

Until Next Time...

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Gripe, Gripe, Gripe

OK...if you haven't figured out what this entry's going to be about...well...I don't know what to tell you.

First...KU's football team SUCKS!!!! Oh my GOD!!! A 10 point lead with 5 minutes to go and they can't hold on to win the freaking game??? JESUS H. CHRIST!!!! (What does the H stand for by the way? Anyone?)

I realize I'm probably the last loser on the planet who still uses Blogger/BlogSpot for their blog, but there's this little feature on here called the "Dashboard" that shows how many entries you have....mine has been stuck on 262 for about a month and it was on 241 for about two months before that. So I really have no idea how many posts I've had. I think I'm getting close to a year, so I'm probably around 300 entries if I had to guess. Sure would be nice to know for sure!

Cleaning up computer files SUCKS!!! I mean...it's better than cleaning up paper files, but still. I've pretty much been using my work laptop as my own personal PC during non-working hours (and working hours for that matter) for the past several years. Now that I'm leaving the company, I have to wade through the gigabytes of files and figure out which ones I need to somehow transfer from this PC to our home PC until I get a new laptop from my new company. I've pretty much given up on the thought of transferring my music files since I have over 1,000 songs sitting on my hard drive. I'm going to be pretty selective with which pictures and .wav files I transfer over as well.

Doing dishes and laundry suck too...but you know what? I can live with that.

I know I'm usually a happy and upbeat guy...but tonight I'm just a little tired and cranky.

How's your Saturday?

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

A New Chapter

Part of me wishes that the title for this post was referring to the fact that I was making progress on my NaNoWriMo effort. Sadly, I think it's just not going to happen this year. I don't know what I was thinking signing up for that with a 7-week-old baby.

Instead, the new chapter I refer to is a new one for my career.

I finally got the job offer that I've been seeking since March! I got the offer yesterday...did a little negotiating, and accepted the revised offer today. That was followed by my resignation at my current company later this afternoon.

It's always tough to say goodbye to people you like. Even though, my last day isn't until 12/1, it's still hard knowing I'm not going to see some of these people that I've worked so closely with for over six years.

That being said, I know it's a great step for my career, so I'm trying to stay focused on the positives of the new opportunity.

I'll be starting the new gig on 12/6 with a full week of training at the company's headquarters in Tucson, AZ.

Trust me...a week in Arizona in early December sounds like a fine idea to me. (If only I could take the family with me!)

Anyway...just wanted to pass the good news on to everyone. I know I've been remiss in updating my blog lately. Hopefully, I'll find more time now that I'm not as focused on this job hunt.

Until Next Time...

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Friday, November 05, 2004

Behind Already

As I mentioned earlier, I registered to participate in this year's NaNoWriMo. Well...in order to hit 50,000 words, you really need to average around 1,750 words a day...if you can do 2,000 words a day, you're golden.

So...any guesses as to what my word count is at right now on November 5th?

870

That ain't good folks! I'm about 7,000+ words behind pace. I think there's still hope for me, but I really need to get on it.

(Don't tell anyone, but since I work from home, I might even do some of it during the work day anyway.)

Speaking of work...

I had another phone interview with the Arizona-based company this week. In fact, it was with the president of the company along with two other executives. I thought it went fairly well and dutifully sent my thank you note after the meeting.

Today, I got a reply back from the president saying she thought I had an impressive background and thought I'd be a good "cultural fit." It wasn't an offer, but she told me I could expect to hear back from their VP of sales within a couple of weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!

Free Dinner!

Tonight, our friends Joe & Courtney came over with their two kids and brought us dinner and some cute stuff for M. We had a good time hanging out with them tonight and plan on doing it again in the not-too-distant future.

Well...M is screaming her head off, so I gotta go.

Have a great weekend!

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