Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Holidays Part 1

Well, the first of the holidays have come and went and life has now officially become more hectic, more surreal, and more silly. It's just the nature of things and as much as I hear people complain about it, (myself included) I really do enjoy it.

We had a rather small gathering here at our place this year, just my wife's parents and her youngest sister. We had a great time together and my wife made a wonderful turkey that was the most juicy and delicious bird I have ever had. She put a nice thick apricot glaze on it and injected a butter marinade under the skin. This bird was so moist that when I was carving it kept breaking apart. That's just a good bird right there.

The Thanksgiving weekend wasn't much of a holiday for me though. Working retail really sucks when you're part of a service economy and instead of shopping or hanging with my family, I was working on Black Friday. It wasn't totally bad, as I made close to $800 that day, which is always nice! But I would have rather made that on another day and had time to spend with family. I also ended up not working on either Saturday or Sunday though; Saturday because of baby shower that I wanted to attend, and on Sunday I had an accident that really wiped me out.

I was in my bedroom and I was getting ready to leave and walk out the bedroom door when I got distracted. Not paying attention, I went to exit very quickly and I walked straight into my door!! Now, I'm not talking about walking into a closed door, I'm talking about walking into the small, solid side of an open door. I walked head on into it and just smashed my head and face against the edge so hard that I am surprised I didn't break it. (If you know me personally you know exactly what I mean here). It hurt quite a bit and I have a nicely injured face and forehead and some rather sensitive and nasty lumps on the top of my head. I've had some nasty headaches since then and it hurts tremendously when I bend down. Ouch!

With all that excitement I am a bit behind on getting my Christmas decorations up, but that ok as I expect to have that completed almost entirely tomorrow. I don't do anything fancy yet, but I do want to make it nice. We are supposed to have snow at the end of the week, so I'd like to get this done quickly before the cold and snow appear. We'll see how far I get, but the weather isn't cooperating as it is pouring outside now while we speak. Looks like I'll have to burn the remaining leaves the hard way.

Once again it's late and I really should get some sleep before the kids get up in the morning, they got up at 5am this morning. I will try and post again real soon.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Almost A Month

I haven't gone this long without writing on my own volition, it's hasn't been a month, but it feels like it's been forever.

The blogs aren't the only places I haven't been writing, I haven't written a single thing other than a few grocery lists. God, I feel like a slug.

I'm trying real hard to get things ready for the holidays. We've got my wife's parents and her little sister coming in for the weekend. It's going to be nice to see them, but it's also going to be depressing as hell. Sometimes I wonder what thje purpose of having family and friends are for if you can't get together and celebrate the holidays at the very least. I suppose that's one of those depressing little facts we learn about all too late after becoming adults.

I don't really have too much here to say at the moment, I wanted to write something down before any remaining talen and skill I had imploded. I need to get my mind sharpen as all the TV I've started to watch concerns me; perhaps my mind has dulled?

Despite that, I'm still really enjoying three shows out on TV now; Jericho, Heroes, and The Office. It should go without saying that if I don't enjoy a show I probably won't be watching it, but I do galnce at other shows, it's just that these stand out. Well, these and some of the survival shows from the discover channel, which I freely admit to being addicted to.

It's now 2:30am and I think my son Perrin has finally relaxed and is sound asleep, so I am going to join him so that I can have the energy to take care of the kids tomorrow.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Change in the Guard

Wow, what a couple of days these past few have been. By Tuesday night it was reported that the Democrats had taken majority control of the House of Representatives and this evening the Senate also came under their majority. It's no wonder that Donald Rumsfeld resigned as Defense Secretary. This is the best political news I've heard in quite awhile.

More can be said about the current state of US politics than I have the desire of room to write about here, but I will say that I'm glad that the Republicans have lost influence with the American people to go along with their power in Congress. It is my opinion that the country is in worse condition now than it was before baby Bush's term in office.

Despite the changing of the guard I am still very concerned about the situation in Iraq. Right or wrong, whether I disagree or not, we are there and so are our troops. To completely pull out our troops would be a mistake of catastrophic proportions in my opinion. Everything that has happened would most likely be erased and the average people we are trying to liberate from tyranny and give a democratic voice to would be the ones who suffer cruelly. I think the important thing to do would be to choose a plan to stabilize the new Iraqi government and then to slowly pull out as the Iraqi people and way of life becomes safe for all.

Lost amid all of this giant turn around is that Nancy Pelosi will be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives in January. The significance of this development is that she will become the highest ranking woman in American political history, just three steps from the White House. In this day and age of high terrorism it isn't too hard to think of a scenario that would bring her to swearing an oath to lead this country.

On the local front 9 out of 10 people I voted for won. I am excited because I think it shows that the people who came out to vote did a better job of understanding the facts and the issues than they normally do. I know for a fact that my wife and I pledged out votes to candidates that were either concerned with the needs of our area, had a track record of supporting and promoting our concerns and needs, or were highly qualified for the positions they ran for. Party politics didn't play a part in any of my decisions, but my ballot heavily favored the Democrats.

Well, it's late and I think I finally got my daughter to conk out and go to sleep, so I will do the same. Hopefully I will get another chance tomorrow to write again.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Half The Man I Used To Be

What a weekend this has been. It started off early for me on Friday when I went and had a vasectomy. The wife and I agree that three kids are more than enough for the two of us and we don't really want any late in life surprises, so the most logical option was for me to get snipped. All and all I think the whole procedure went very well.

Friday was the toughest day for me. There wasn't a lot of pain, but the meds I took for the procedure were pretty strong and they made me really sleepy. I think I may have slept most of the day and evening on Friday, and then got up to help Meva feed the kids and I was up again until 2:30 am with Perrin when he decided he needed to talk to me for a few hours.

I've heard some rather disturbing stories from some guys who've gone through this about the pain they were in and all the down time they had as a result, but I didn't really feel that at all. The pain has really not been there, aside from a few instances, and I haven't had the need to ice myself down very much at all. In fact, had Perrin not kept me up so late I was going to go to work the next day! Even though I didn't I still busted my balls (yeah, that was intended) on Saturday doing laundry and cleaning the house and then going to the grocery store. I never had any problems the entire day. I don't know why it was so easy for me, but whatever the reason I am thankful for it.

With Halloween over the silly season has officially begun. The stores are already putting out there Christmas items (many started before Halloween) and I'm seeing people in my neighborhood getting their yards and houses ready for the decorations. I'm thinking that I would like to get a jump on my stuff this year before it gets cold and snowy, because with the kids here it will make it that much harder if I wait.

Comics were mostly disappointing this past week, nothing I read wowed me or really got me juiced. That hasn't happened in awhile, so hopefully this coming week will make up for it. Thankfully I have 3 volumes of Essential Amazing Spiderman to keep me company until then.

Well it's 2 am and I need to hit the sack before those babies wake up and beat me around for tomorrow. If I'm lucky they will give me a bit of time to post again tomorrow.