Hello everybody! It has been a long time since I have put anything up here, so I hope all of you are doing well (at least the 5 people that actually read this). I must keep with my original theme and answer the question “why haven’t I been as active with my blog?” That is a great and expansive question. The short answer is that I have created change in my life. Back in February, I was not happy with who I was as a person. I felt like I could improve on the husband, father, Marine, and athlete roles that I play on a daily basis. The problem was that I was biting off more than I could chew all by myself. I needed help in my reinvention… Continue reading
Welcome to February everybody! I always wondered if anybody actually pronounces the “R” in February. It was obviously put there for a reason, so if you know what ever happened to this mysterious letter, please let me know… otherwise I will have to research it myself and I have been feeling extra lazy lately!
Speaking of extra lazy, I want to open up a can of worms. It is a small can, but its been bugging me for quite some time now. It is about courage. I could look up the definition and spew that out to the world, but I don’t think this is a word that I need help with… sorry Merriam-Webster. Courage is the ability to overcome the sick feeling in your stomach and face your fears. So…. Why am I talking about courage?!?! Easy, the Washington Redskins! Continue reading
Sitting at Moe’s Tavern in Springfield. Fried chicken patty smothered in a maple syrup glaze, topped with lettuce and tomato, and sandwiched between two Belgian waffles! Don’t forget the cold Duff Beer to wash it all down with!
This past summer, my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary! It is amazing to think that I have shared a third of my life with this woman, and I could not be happier. When it came to our decade of decadence I was sweating bullets over what to get her as an anniversary present. I knew she would love a bigger diamond, but quite frankly I cannot afford what she wants, and I have a hard time spending so much money on a rock (I know that statement is going to stir the pot, but you cant argue facts… its an expensive rock). So I decided to take her and the kids to Disney World over winter vacation. It was a dream come true for my wife since she is a Disney fanatic.
We had a great time and shared as much as we could via Facebook. We had our trials and tribulations such as 30 degree weather, rain, and a case of influenza, but we made the best of it and had a great time together. Since going on vacation I have had many inquiries from friends and family on how we planned our trip. Here is how we did it and things that worked for us!
We started our planning process in October for our New Years voyage. Depending on the time of year you are going, you may want to book even further out. I must say this up front, we wanted to have a good relaxed vacation, but we do not have a blank check to write, so many of the decisions we made were a good balance between fun and financial. Continue reading
Happy New Year everyone!
Well, I took a break over the past month… just kidding I was lazy and the only thing that motivated me to write was negatively charged topics that would just upset friends and/or family, so I didn’t write anything (you’re welcome and Merry Christmas). I decided that it was time for me to turn a new leaf in my life. It sucks because I feel like I am rounding second in the baseball game of life and I need to start accepting “old fart” tenancies! One of the new changes was to try and stop being a man for once… well, from a specific perspective…
In general, women are good at listening and empathizing while men are good at fixing stuff… in the physical and emotional realm. Well, we try to fix stuff in both realms, but we are usually under-trained and ill-equipped. The leaf that I turned was trying to stop trying to fix stuff and just listen for a while. HOLY CRAP ITS HARD (not fixing things). Just like a DIY project on my home, I am not always an expert on the subject at hand, but because of genetics (and beer) I think I have all the solutions.
The two things that I have learned is that life will go on without your suggestions and “I told you so” should be a silent victory. Which leads me to my next topic, awards.
“You cant take em with you when you die…”
God doesn’t care how many grammy’s, emmy’s, purple hearts, pulitzer’s or _________________ (insert any other human award created)’s you received. God cares about how you treated other people. That seems obvious, but the “I told you so” is a human created award to make us feel better. I am going to try to stop using that phrase.
Sooooooooo……… How was my Disney vacation? Good question… but you must wait until the next blog.
Hello once again, it has been a while since I posted anything, and there is good reason! I have been busy. While I was in NYC for Thanksgiving, my wife informed me we had a leak in our Master Bathroom and a pool forming in the ceiling above our dining room table. Lovely. So after a 12 hour black Friday bus ride from New York, I had to stop at Lowe’s, pick up some supplies and get to work on damage control… no time to even enjoy time with the family. I enjoy DIY jobs, but not after being on the road for several days. So I spent the weekend removing the toilet, flooring, and the compromised ceiling in the dining room. We had planned on remodeling the bathroom eventually… so just like our wedding, we had to bump up the date due to unscheduled circumstances!
So we now have a completely demolished bathroom, a “partial sky light” in our dining room, and a garage full of future bathroom accessories. Why has the construction stopped? Because our house is equipped with polybutylene plumbing. Apparently back in the 70’s and 80’s this type of plumbing was popular because it was inexpensive… and cheap (prone to leaks). Through a class action lawsuit it was deemed faulty and therefore would be replaced at the cost of the manufacturer (Shell oil of all places). Unfortunately, the lawsuit ended in 2005, six years before we purchased our house. F’nA! Soooooooo now we are going through the insurance process to see if we can get something to help balance out the cost. I just hope we can get this project done before Christmas… or New Years… or by the time we have to move! Continue reading
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I am currently in New York City, about to step off for the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I have been in the Marine Corps for ten years and some change. Because of my job I have spent many holidays, birthdays, and many weekends away from my family… and for this I am thankful! (Wait a minute… did he just say what I think he said?!?!?)
Yes, I am thankful for all of the special occasions I have missed over the years… and here is Why… Continue reading