August 25, 2016: Happy Birthday #36

It’s kind of weird going to Disney World without my wife … pretty much because aside from maybe once or twice, we’ve been going together for upwards of 10 years now, ever since our second date that we shared over at Epcot on April 22nd, 2006! Funny how that date I can remember like the back of my hand, yet I…

August 24, 2016: Silver Lining Sunsets

Being the antisocial recluse that I am, I tend to be glued to the computer during the evening hours when the sun is setting and glued to my bed during that rumored sunrise that I’ve heard good things about, so I suppose you could say that a rather unexpected silver lining to these daily visits to…

August 22, 2016: So Where Were We?

It’s been a busy summer. And by busy, I mean chaotic and stressful and at more times than not just downright exhausting. As a famous duck once said, “Life is like a hurricane…” 😛 Of course, all of this centers around our pregnancy … which to say the very least, could be going better. Right now…

August 5, 2016: My Special Snowflakes

Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to be more positive about life, the universe, and pretty much everything lately. It’s not easy because admittedly I tend to be fairly cynical in nature, but I’m trying for my own mental sanity, anyways… So a simple phrase kind of rubbed me the wrong way this morning in…

August 3, 2016: I Hate Driving

I’m starting to feel like being behind the wheel sometimes brings out the worst in people. Maybe that’s because I almost got hit this evening trying to pull out of the grocery store parking lot, but stay with me here just for a moment… It’s no secret that people tend to be over-confident about their driving abilities,…

August 2, 2016: CRAAAAAZY Bread!!!

I don’t think anyone would argue with me that Little Caesars was never really the best pizza, even long before they switched to the Hot-‘n’-Ready outlet model that they mostly do today, and yet I still have fond memories of going to birthday parties at the location in my hometown and even playing the occasional…

July 23, 2016: Where in the World … is…

…Carmen Sandiego?! I think one of my favorite memories from elementary school was playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? in the 4th grade. My teacher had one of the first Macintosh computers in her classroom … and already I was kind of known as a computer dork … so one day she showed me and another kid this game, and…

July 17, 2016: The Great Baby Show Massacre

It was hour #37 of what started as merely a mild mannered exhibition of all things for pregnant women to spend money on, but as the convention wore on and the pound cake and all natural vegetable juice  reserves ran dry, that’s when the prego chaos began to erupt… The fury was winded yet relentless,…

July 16, 2016: Mr Cranky Pants

It seems that we’ve entered a stage of toddlerhood where naptime is of the utmost importance because whoa boy, watch out if he misses one!!! That was the case today when Christopher spent most of the day out and about with Sara so that I could try to get some extra work done. They made it home just…

July 15, 2016: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone…See Ya!

Tonight I’ve found myself absolutely fascinated by these two videos that I’ve been watching while I’m working. The idea is – get this – to complete the original Legend of Zelda on the NES … without ever actually taking the sword! 😯 I actually started watching Mike Matei’s play through the other night, so I finished that first and then decided…

July 14, 2016: I Eat My Sugar Cereal…

I probably shouldn’t be sitting here eating a bowl of sugar cereal at 3am right before going to bed, but here we are… 😛 Like any good kid of the ’80s, I grew up eating cereal while I watched cartoons in the morning. Frosted Flakes, Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch – I had many favorites, and…

July 13, 2016: He Floats!

Look at this smiling, little guy!  Granted, there’s only a few inches of water in the tub, but somehow in a week’s time he went from flailing about whenever he got his ears wet to loving laying down during his baths.  I’m even told that he did so much better in swim class this week…

July 11, 2016: Blogging by Candlelight

It’s weird to think that a little over a hundred years ago, people didn’t have electricity in their homes at all when here our power has been out for a little over an hour and I’ve already done all the writing I care to do, caught the Pokemon I care to catch, and now I’m…

July 10, 2016: Ice Cream Break

Sometimes you just need to take a break, throw everybody in the car, and go get some ice cream. Exhibit A, as you see here, is a new summer offering from Cold Stone – Loaded Peanut Butter Batter – and if you couldn’t tell from this picture of Christopher shoveling it in as fast as he could with that itty-bitty…

July 9, 2016: Pokémon Go … Outside?!

I never really got into Pokémon and admittedly I know next to nothing about it except that it’s the most popular video game franchise of all time behind only Mario. I know that little monsters are involved, and for some reason we’ve gotta catch ’em all, but that’s pretty much it! Still, social media has just exploded the last couple of days…

July 8, 2016: Writing Articles vs Writing Comments

I had an interesting discussion about this today after receiving some negative backlash from my post yesterday about racially-motivated police brutality. We all know that 90% of Internet comments are garbage, and I would argue that number trends slightly higher when I post something controversial on Facebook. This makes it particularly frustrating because instead of…

July 7, 2016: #BlackLivesMatter

Last night I watched the video of Alton Sterling being shot by two police officers who had him pinned to the ground. It’s such a gross and disgraceful abuse of authority that I don’t even know what to say about it, and I can’t imagine what possible reason the officers involved could give for saying…

July 6, 2016: Going Postal

I think it’s probably about time that I broke down and invested in one of those little electronic scales so that I can just print my own postage from home… Now by no means could it be said that I “live out in the middle of nowhere,” but for some reason the area where I live…

July 5, 2016: Sweet Home Exhaustion

Yesterday was a very late night … I don’t think I was climbing into bed to chow down on my giant cinnamon roll from Gaston’s until almost four o’clock in the morning! 😯 Still, despite my aches and pains today because good god, am I out of shape + this kid is getting heavy!, I can’t deny that it was a…

July 4, 2016: Sweaty Family Fun

And here I just finished writing something about Disney World being way too busy on Independence Day to visit … so where do you think that I ended up yesterday?! 😯 It ended up being very much a last-minute, impromptu trip – we didn’t even walk into the park until sometime after 7pm, but as Christopher’s auntie is moving away…

July 3, 2016: Grill Skills

I think I might actually be getting a little better at this whole grilling thing! Today was a day of splashing in the pool, and of dueling sparklers, but mostly it was a day of grilling – the first time we’ve done so this year, in fact. I actually like to grill, save for the fact that…

July 2, 2016: Lore of the Rings

I found myself with the unexpected urge to watch The Hobbit this weekend after randomly hearing the incredible cover of Song of the Lonely Mountain that Neil Finn did for the soundtrack to the first film. I ended up making it through An Unexpected Journey just a little while ago this evening after watching the first half during naptime,…