Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Life changes...again

Well, it's finally here, despite my best efforts to avert it...moving day for BigSis :-(  Tomorrow morning I will jump (ok, maybe more like crawl) out of bed at o'dark the 20 or so miles to BigSis' apartment....she will then take me to the Budget Truck Rental store where I will dish out big bucks to rent a truck for a move I don't even want to happen...I'm not very smart!

As the friendly weather man is calling for rain and thunderstorms tomorrow...seems kind of fitting for my state of should be a beautiful drive of approximately 5 or 5 1/2 hours.  Upon arrival in Virginia, I will then be required to haul my tired, old, fat ass out of the truck and proceed to unload it....oh, the joys of parenthood :-)  I haven't asked but I'm certain there will be something like four flights of stairs involved!

I'll attempt to get BigSis all set up and organized and then I'll jump back into the truck Thursday morning for another rain filled drive home...all alone...without my first born.

Despite the fact that I'll miss her terribly and I'm not convinced (nor do I need to be) that this is the best move for her, I hope with all my heart that it's everything she is hoping it to be.

I have always prided myself on my adaptability to change and my ability to transition to new situations...but I absolutely do not like my girls being adults!!!  Oh well, maybe it's time to start checking into rest homes :-)

I hope everyone is doing well and I wish everyone a great Easter holiday.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello boys and girls

How's everyone doing this evening?  Great, I hope.  I just stopped in to say a quick hello and to let y'all know that I haven't forgotten you...or hit the lottery...or found Ms. Right (not even Ms. She'll Do)...or anything else that is a reasonable excuse for not blogging.

The truth is much simpler...I haven't been feeling at all inspired lately.  Work pretty much is an exercise in which I count the number of my brain cells that die from boredom each day....and it really pisses me off that I have co-workers that are actually PASSIONATE about this crap....what the hell am I missing?

We're getting very close (two weeks) to BigSis moving....not happy at all about it but my vote was over ruled.  I will be renting the Uhaul, loading, driving 5 hours, unloading....all while wishing she wasn't going...oh well, life is a pain in the ass....what are ya gonna do?

Jumble Mash has been wrapped up with work, BF and having Bowen's balls cut off....I don't care what anyone says...he looked sad after it was done :-(  I can't imagine how over protective she'll be as a'd think Bowen was her child the way she babies him!  For example, I volunteered (cause I'm good like that) to babysit Bowen while her and BF go to Niagara Falls....she turned down my offer because I wouldn't agree to letting Bowen sleep in my bedroom!

LilSis turned 21 on Monday...yes, that makes me so old I fart dust!  Took her, BigSis and BigBird (LilSis' BF) out to dinner...had a nice evening and LilSis got the largest caramel sundae I've ever kidding, it had to be a foot tall and must have been a half gallon of ice cream!!!

The weather has finally warmed up just enough that I can spend a little time in the wood shop.  I built JM a bookshelf that we designed together...she helped paint it....I think she got more paint on her and the floor than she did on the shelf...but it was fun.  I actually delivered it in the snow last Saturday...she seems to like it.

I also built BigSis a coffee table for her new place.  I put the second coat of varnish on it this evening and will finish up over the weekend and I made LilSis a wooden sign with her new dogs name engraved in it...she wants to mount it on Athena's crate.

Time for bed...hope all is well with everyone.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Hi everyone, I haven't posted in a while...suffering from a bit of mental pause I think :-)  Things here have been chuggin' along.  The normal routine of working despite still not having a federal budget.  The big rumor at work is that there will be a furlough (lay off) of federal employees if a new budget or another Continuing Resolution isn't passed. 

In my typical, career broadening fashion, I earned some negative points during a recent meeting on the topic when I spoke up and announced that if they were looking for volunteers to be furloughed that I'd like to be at the top of the list :-) 

The last time this happened, in 1995...."non-essential" employees had to stay home for four days...after the budget was passed....everyone received back pay for the days they stayed home...and were not charged vacation time...sounds like a great plan to me !!!

BIG NEWS!!!  I finally got to meet LilSis' boyfriend Friday night!  It was a very spur of the moment event prompted by LilSis...with great trepidation.  Once she made the invitation, she was as nervous as a politician hooked up to a polygraph machine :-)  If it hadn't happened so fast (20 minutes from invitation to meeting) I think she would have backed out.

We met at Texas Roadhouse for dinner and if possible, he was even more nervous than LilSis.  I must be getting soft in my old age because they looked so on edge and uncomfortable that I didn't have the heart to jerk his chain...even though it would have been sooooooooooo easy to do :-)  I was on my best behaviour and didn't even enter into "Protective Dad" mode, we had a nice, quiet meal. 

I didn't get to see or hear enough to come to any conclusions about Big Bird (because he is tall, not necessarily yellow) but he didn't say or do anything stupid and he seems to be very deferential to LilSis...which as Dad, I like :-)

That's it for tonight...the Xbox is calling...I hope everyone is well and living the dream.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Snowy Sunday

Yep boys and's friggin' snowing again!!!  Apparently I was very bad in a previous life and all this snow and cold is my punishment.  Is it too late to say I'm sorry???  If not, I'M bring on the sunshine.

It's been a very quiet weekend and fortunately it seems I've recovered from the creepy crud...yay me.  I didn't get to see Jumble Mash or LilSis this weekend but BigSis needed stamps so I drove the twenty miles to her work this morning to give her seems I am the only one in the family that knows the well guarded secret of how to buy postage stamps :-)  It was worth the trip just to see her and it won't be long before she moves (mid-April) and I won't get to launch these rescue operations for her :-(

I'm having a hard time with this whole "empty nest, the girls no longer need me thing".  I keep telling myself that it's just another of life's many transitions and I'll adapt and move there's a choice...but it just keeps gnawing at me.  I fully understand that in some way they will always need me and that they love me but it's just not the same.

I'm extremely proud of the women they have become and have complete faith in their ability to make it in the world...and that's what I least the rational part of me wants that for them :-)

Last night I was wandering around the house at a complete loss of what to do with myself.  This is pretty unusual for me, I'm generally able to entertain myself with little difficulty.  I've tried to keep myself busy today but now it's almost 8 o' domestic chores are done...and I'm feeling kind of disconnected.

Wouldn't it be great if the intellectual side of us could smack down the emotional side and save us all this grief! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bathroom Design

I've picked up a stomach virus or some other nasty crud that has pretty much kept me in the bathroom for the last three days.  Worked half the day Tuesday, not at all Wednesday, and half the day today.  I thought things were calming down this evening and took Jumble Mash and BF to Outback for supper.

As always, I enjoyed spending a little time with never seems to be enough.  JM and I got into a disagreement about who would win a fight between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.  I tried to explain that they would never fight because they are both good guys.  But since JM just can't leave the universe in a state of harmony, she says she's going to do a poll on her blog.  I tried my best to give her the benefit of my wisdom :-)

Since I have spent so much time in the Throne Room over the last couple of days, I put it to good use.  I'm going to remodel.  I have a large Jacuzzi in my bathroom that I'm going to replace with a claw foot tub

and replace my shower with a 5 foot stand alone shower...cause I'm "big boned" :-)  And I'm going to build a bookshelf between the toilet and the shower with a reading light over the Throne...cause a mind is a terrible thing to waste!

Haven't decided on flooring but I'll let you know when I do.

Well....gotta run (pun intended) the Throne is calling.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Who would you choose?

Happy Sunday friends and neighbors!  The sun is shining through the window and there is no snow on the ground...the thermometer says it's a balmy 43F outside...but I haven't been out yet.  It seems like forever since we've had a day of sun...c'mon Spring, kick Winter's ass and put him to bed!

Are you ready for some thinking?  I have a question for you today. 

I would like to know, if you were given the opportunity to sit down and chat for a couple hours with any two people that are no longer living...who would they be....and why?

As usual, my choices will probably seem a little weird to most people.  My father's line originated in Scotland.  They immigrated to America between 1736 and 1750 and settled in southern Pennsylvania.  I would like to talk with my grandfather (8 generations) Robert about his life and what it was like for them.  He wasn't famous or rich and didn't do anything noteworthy but he was in on the ground floor of the formation of this country.

He served as a private in the Revolutionary War and fought under George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine.  After the war, he received a land grant in what was then northern Virginia but which is now West Virginia.  The area he settled in is still one of the least populated areas of the state and was a true wilderness when he first moved there.  I'd just love to hear about what life was really like for them during that time.

My second choice would be Edgar Cayce.  If you've never heard of him, he is described as a "Twentieth Century Psychic and Medical Clairvoyant".  He had the ability to put himself into a trance and provide medical diagnosis and treatment.  He also did readings on a wide variety of topics from future predictions to Atlantis.  I've read several of his books and books about him over the years and find his life fascinating.  I wouldn't want a reading from him, I'd just like to chat with him about his life and how he viewed the world.  If you're interested, you can find out more about him at .

I hope everyone has a great day and now I'm off to do some the dream :-)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Good news, bad news, hermits and riding the professional roller coaster!

I hope this post finds everyone in good health and spirits....sometimes I get so wrapped up in the stupid crap happening in my life that lose sight of what's important.  You guys...and girls...(more so girls, cause I really like girls...boobies and butts, boobies and butts...oops, I digress) are important to me.  I find that my interest and concern for the well being of you, my "virtual" friends is more substantial than for most of the people I interact with in "reality" every day.  So, I am sincere in hoping that you all are in good health and spirits.

Somehow over the last several years I've become a hermit and I'm not real sure how it happened.  This isn't a "woe is me" or a fishing for sympathy post, it's just an observation of how my life has evolved.  I think I've always been a bit of a loner by nature but I have reasonable social skills and generally like people.  I have "work friends" that I chit chat and bullshit with during the normal course of the week but I find that once the work day is is the friendship.

I think part of it is that I'm in that strange...but growing...population of older, single males.  I'm way beyond the point of running the bars and wanting to party.  And I'm an awkward third wheel to my married friends because I don't have a "significant other" to drag along to social events...and some guys seem to think that there's nothing a single guy would rather do than bone their the wives.  I also don't think single men in my age group just "hang out" together...they must have all turned into hermits too :-)

Wow, I really went off track...this post was supposed to be about my crappy week at work.  Late last week, I got a call from a senior manager from a different division and he asked if I could stop by and chat.  Of course being the nosy little bugger that I am, I was intrigued and said of course.

When we met, he explained that a new "high profile" unit was being established and he thought that with my background and leadership experience, that I would be an ideal supervisor (1 of 5) for this new endeavor.  Of course, with this stroke to my ego...and the fact that it entails a promotion...when he asked if I would be interested I said...yep.

But very quickly, reality came crashing down and I remembered that we are in the midst of a hiring freeze...external and internal.  When I mentioned this little tidbit, he alluded to the possibility that a wink, wink, nod, nod  deal could be worked out with my current management.  As I am certainly old enough and experienced enough to realize that things seldom work as planned, I should have known better...I must admit that I allowed myself to get a bit excited about the whole thing.

I had a meeting scheduled yesterday to unofficially "interview" with the potential new boss.  Being the straight-forward person that I am, even though I am not required to inform my current management of any of this...I felt it was the right thing to do since they have generally treated me pretty good. 

How did that work out, you might ask....not so good!!!  I popped in and told my supervisor and informed him that I was going to let his supervisor know also.  My supervisor, who is a decent guy with severely limited people skills thanked me for letting him know and didn't have anything to say about it.

However, before I had a chance to get with his boss...he got with his boss and gave him a "heads up".  I was then "called in" by his boss who was pretty irate and ranted about how everyone else was trying to steal his good people and that he wasn't going to stand for it and implying that I was somehow disloyal for wanting to take advantage of an opportunity.

I reminded his boss that I did indeed appreciate the way I have be treated...which was why I was providing the professional courtesy of letting him know instead of letting him be blind-sided.  I also reminded him that I have made it clear all along of my career goals and that if not this opportunity, at some point an opportunity would arise and that I would move on.

I understand his position and if I were sitting in his chair, I too would be unwilling to lose an asset.  And since I knew from the beginning that the hiring freeze was a serious obstacle, I was not in the least surprised by his unwillingness to release me.  I was however, surprised and to be honest disappointed how it seemed to be viewed that my desire to advance was somehow disloyal.  Needless to say, when I informed the potential "new" boss that current boss was not boss' interest in me immediately waned...oh well, shit happens!

I was discussing the situation with a friend that has been with the organization a lot longer than I have.  His advice was that I needed to learn to be sneakier and that I should not have let them know what was being discussed.  While his advice is probably sound, I refuse to become that person.

Needless to say...I feel that I have now fallen from grace in my current work situation and will just have to suck it up until the hiring freeze is lifted and an opportunity to move presents itself.

So  that was my was yours?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pretty scary in here...

Shouldn't the Department of Corrections actually be called the Department of Mistakes?  And if I was tired yesterday, and I'm tired again today....shouldn't that make me retired?  Is the nurse with the dirty knees the head nurse?  Do green M&Ms really make you horny?  If it's my kidney, why can't I sell it on ebay?  Am I the only one that noticed that Bugs Bunny was an unusually large rabbit...and could talk?  How did the guy (or girl) get away with naming a planet uranus?   ....just a few questions that ran through my mind today!

And they wonder why I can't get anything done!!!  With important questions like those running through my head all the time, how can I possibly concentrate on something as trivial as work?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Rainy Monday

I woke up with a headache, so it was Excedrine Migraine for breakfast...low calorie but not much in the taste department.  It's raining and gloomy outside and I just heard on the radio that we're supposed to get hit with a snow storm tonight!!!  But....on the bright is President's Day, which is a federal holiday so I get the day off and can just lay around and be lazy...or I could go take Jumble Mash to lunch....hmmm, decisions, decisions.

In honor of President's is an offering of Presidential Trivia

1.  Who was the first President to live in the White House?

2.  Who was the shortest President, at 5 feet, 4 inches?

3.  Which President had 15 children?

4.  Which President was the first to have a Christmas tree in the White House?

5.  Which President dedicated the Statue of Liberty?

6.  Which President had the largest feet...size 14!!!

7.  Which President was the first to name an African American to his cabinet?

8.  Who became vice president and president without being elected to either office?

9.  Who was the only President to serve in both World War I and World War II?

10.  Who was the first President to give a speech on television?

And because I don't want my International friends to feel left out...

1.  Which Australian Prime Minister was noted in Parliment for using terms such as "You Scumbag" and "You Slime"?

2.  Which Australian Prime Minister went missing at Portsea, Victoria in 1967?

3.  Which Australian Prime Minister cried on television after being voted out of office?

4.  Which UK Prime Minister had a blend of tea named for him?

5.  Which UK Prime Minister won the Nobel Prize in literature?

6.  Who was the only Jewish UK Prime Minister?

My civic duty to stimulate the minds of the masses has been met for today :-) 

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Isn't it amazing how much meaning we can attach to a symbol...and how different the meaning can be for each of us?  Here are some of the symbols that are important to me.

What symbols are important to you?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A mind is a terrible thing to waste

Most things are easier said than done...except Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis...a lung disease caused by silica dust and the longest word in official English language dictionaries with 45 letters!

If worms carried guns, birds wouldn't screw with them!

If you want to throw the baby out with the bath water, you better be pretty strong!  The average bath tub holds 42 gallons (159 liters) of water.  A gallon of water wieghs 8.35 pounds (3.78 kg), to throw the baby out you would have to lift 350.7 pounds (159 kg)....(don't get wrapped up in all the "what ifs" the tub wouldn't be full....just go with it)

Why in the world would a woodchuck chuck wood?

If you tried to count your chickens before they were hatched....wouldn't you be counting eggs not chickens?  Is there a rule for that?

Why do many hands make light work?  It only takes one to flip the light switch!

Absence makes the heart grow I'm gonna leave so you can love me :-)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Being a Parent Sucks

I feel like if you're looking for anything else, you might wanna pass by tonight...I understand and no hard feelings :-)  As most of you know by now, my three daughters are pretty much my reason for living.  As with most parents...I'm over-the-top proud of them and would gladly skin and microwave anyone that ever hurt them.  But I have recently determined that I am absolutely NOT ready for them to be all grown up!

It looks like BigSis is going to be moving in June.  Yes, I know it's only four hours away....yes, I know it's a good opportunity for her...yes, I remember that I left home at 17 and have lived all over the world...and yes, I'll do what's right and be supportive....but I'll be damned if I have to like it!!!

And then there's Jumble Mash...her and bf now live almost an hour away!  Yes, I know it was a compromise that cut both of their commutes...yes, they've made themselves a nice home....yes, they seem happy together....and yes, I'll do what's right and be supportive....but I'll be damned if I have to like it!!!

And last, but certainly not least...LilSis now has a significant other (I haven't met him so he doesn't rate a nickname)...yes, I know she's an adult...yes, I know her self-esteem has improved dramatically with her weight loss...yes, I know she has a good head on her shoulders...and yes,  I'll do what's right and be supportive...but I'll be damned if I have to like it!!!

I want my little girls back...I want to be the most important person in their lives...I want to be the one they turn to when they are hurting...I want to be the one that they know they can count on...I want to be the first one they tell their exciting news...I want to be the one that comes to their rescue....I want to be the one that solves their problems...yes, I'll do the right thing and step aside so they can live their lives...but I'll be DAMNED if I'll like it! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Woe is me

Had a pretty good day today working in California....worked with nice people, it's sunny and warm, I didnt get lost, and despite the 45 mph winds...none of my paperwork blew off into the sunset.

Got back to the hotel...time to blackberry's my boss' boss who is also in California "asking" if he can tag along with me tomorrow!!! Even as dense as I am, I'm pretty sure there's only one correct answer to that question...why of course sir, may I have another :-)

Actually, he's a decent guy so i don't anticapate it being a bad day...unless of course he. has a pink slip in his pocket for which case I become a Caliornia homeless person until all the snow melts in West Virginia :-)

Y'all have a good night....there's an IHOP (International House of Pancakes...for my friends across the water) next to the hotel calling my name.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday....hmmm

At the risk of bringing my manhood into question...I publicly admit that I really don't give a crap about the Super Bowl...there, I've said it!!! 

Fan...short for defined as "a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics."

I've never really understood the fan mentality...don't get your panties in a wad, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with it...I just don't understand it.  I like to watch a football or basketball game (sorry baseball or cricket is as about as exciting as watching grass grow) but I wouldn't plan my daily schedule around game time.  I don't think that my wearing their jersey or buying furniture in their team colors will have any impact on the outcome of the game!  I have a nephew that had the Steelers logo tattooed on his arm...I'm sure that's why the team had a good season :-)  And I don't think I've ever heard or read about a team winning the Super Bowl and then sharing the profits with their fans!!!

Who was the marketing genius that convinced us that sports is on the same level (per the definition) as religion and politics?

 maybe the difference isn't as big as I thought!  These all seem to meet the requirement of extreme and uncritical :-)

Time to get my domestic chores done...I need to hire a maid...get packed for California...and check the TV listing to see what's on opposite the Super Bowl :-)  Go Raiders !!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

And the truth is...

1.  Nope, I've never met a President but I have seen pictures of Carter and Clinton :-)

3.  This one is close, my mother's step brother was actually President Kennedy's driver for a time...but not in Dallas!

4.  Well, I have been stung by bees a few times but never wanted to keep them :-)

5.  I did actually have the bike wreck but nothing broken but my pride !!

2.  ib, Soapbox, Twilight, KT and Krissy saw through my wicked  lies and guessed # 2!!!  In the early 80's I travelled extensively throughout the Pacific...and when you're young, drinking lots of beer....well, nature takes it's course :-)

Happy Friday !!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What a Wednesday!!!

Could someone please turn off the friggin' snow already???  I am so sick of this crap.  OK, now that's out of my's everyone doing tonight?  A sincere hello and welcome to those brilliant folks that have decided to become followers!  I have a great give-a-way in mind.  When I hit a bazillion followers, I'm going to give away one of my kidneys!!!  I do have two don't I?  Wait...maybe my appendix...I still have that but who would want an appendix?  Actually, now that I think of it...I have all of my original parts...tonsils, wisdom teeth, and my brain is worth a million dollars...cause it's never been used!!!

The teddy bear has absolutely nothing to do with this post but when I looked at pictures of kindeys and appendix...s (what's the plural of appendix?)  they kinda grossed me out...and I thought some of you might have just eaten so I opted for the cute teddy bear.  Very thoughtful aren't I :-)

Facing 50 With Humor has honored me with the unique Memetastic Award...thank you Facing 50 :-)  What makes this award unique is that I have to tell y'all four lies and one truth and see if you can pick out the truth!  As fun as this sounds, like most men (back me up Bruce, Odie, ib, Jimmy and all other males in the house) I find it extremely difficult to be anything other than painfully honest...a lie is sooo alien to the male gender but in the sense of fun and fair play, I'll give it a try :-)

1.  I have had the good fortune to personally meet two sitting U.S. Presidents....Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

2.  I have urinated on every active U.S. military flight line in the Pacific theater

3.  My mother's step brother was President Johnson's driver

4.  I used to keep bees as a hobby.

5.  When I was 12, I broke both legs at the same time when I wrecked my bicycle...I ran into a mailbox and over a hill!

Wow...that was exhausting....but somehow liberating at the same time :-)  Now I get to share the fun with a few folks, I hereby bestow the Memetastic Award to

  Mrs. Hyde @ A Bitch Called Mom

                             Starlight @ Crazy Thoughts

Becca @ My Life

Just Sayin' @ Dumb Homosapiens


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Insert Catchy Title Here

Shopping therapy went well was really nice to spend some quality time with BigSis and Jumble Mash, unfortunately LilSis had other plans...we don't get to do it near as often as I'd like.  I'm really proud of the women my girls have grown into and I love seeing them succeed at being adults....but I sure miss the days when I was the most important person in their lifes :-)  I know, it's sue me!

The Coach store welcomed us with open arms...and a lady with a calculator to help us with the "discounts" sweet :-)  JM got a purse....which she assures me is awesome (purses are one of the topics I just don't "get") and a very cute hat and Big Sis got a purse.  As we were leaving, BigSis shared that she has a tote full of Coach purses!!!

JM found a great deal on she doesn't have to do laundry for another week :-)  Psst...don't tell her I said that!!!  She also got a cute sweater and some socks.  BigSis drug me into a perfume store...I don't know if my nose will ever recover...or my wallet...that crap is expensive!!!

It was so nice just being with them and talking and laughing (because they are crackheads)...and then we finished off the day with fine dining at my favorite eatery...Waffle House!!!  I love a place that has absolutely nothing healthy on the menu!  Mmmmm, Mmmmm good!

Looks like I'll putting in some extra hours at work this week....heading to California next week and have lots to get done before going.  I need a Sugarmama to take me away from all of this :-) 

Hope everyone has a Monday so good that it makes the news !!!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Well thank you very much Congress for not passing the federal's not bad enough that you decided that federal employees should not get a cost of living increase for the next two years....or that military retirees did not receive a cost of living increase for the second straight year....but now I can't even get a new friggin' pencil because we're operating under a Continuing Resolution until you get off your asses and pass a budget!!!

Can you believe I didn't win Jumble Mash's first give-away....I'm afraid this may have an impact on her 2011 Christmas!!!  (Congrats Teresa)

It seems my life has come full circle....I'm 5' viewing the date "requirements" on it seems most women want to date guys at least 5' just like when I was a little kid, I'm not tall enough to ride the good rides :-)

BigSis called tonight...she's having some relationship issues and is a tad depressed so I offered some sage advice and offered to take her and JM to the Outlet Mall in the therapy works wonders :-)

The weather still sucks......I hate winter....please rescue me!

A Happy Weekend to all my friends :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What did you hear???

Admit it...there is a song out there that you THOUGHT you knew the words to....but found out (or maybe you haven't discovered yet) that you had been singing it wrong for who knows how long!  On of the most famous "misheard" lyrics has to be Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival!  The correct lyric is "There's a bad moon on the rise"....I, along with about a million other people have always heard "There's a bathroom on the right"!

So, today's question is....what song/lyrics did you (or are you) singing wrong?

More Gold!!!

Good news...better news....Mrs. Hyde, CBG and ib all just presented me with the LOL Award...thank you very much....that's the good news....the better news is that since I just posted on the LOL Award...I won't put y'all through it again :-)  If you want to read the seven things about me, go here !!!  I do sincerely appreciate the awards...thanks again and be sure to check out A Bitch Called Mom, Canadian Blogger Girl, and The Habitual Hobbit

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thank You Jumble Mash and On My Soapbox

After a less than great truck broke down (fortunately I was close to my cousin/mechanic's shop)...I logged on to find that my lovely daughter Jumble Mash has given me the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award....

I'm required to list five guilty pleasures....which is hard for me because I don't feel guilty...but here goes

1. just about any form...I love brownies!!!
2. Giving my girls a "discount" when they repay a loan :-)
3. My iPad
4. Playing a new game on my Xbox
5. Reading a book that is even better than I expected it to be.

I'm happy to pass this beautiful award along to Holly at The Duvet Monster Scribbles....she may not be able to identify a cow, but she writes a good story :-)

and On My Soapbox gave me the

As a condition of accepting this award, some rules must be followed:

1. Link to the person who gave you this award (in a post, or in your sidebar, wherever you have this).

2.  Pass the award along to seven other people who post about at least slightly amusing things and tell them (by emailing them or commenting on a post, etc.).

3.  Say seven things about yourself that no one knows (or at least you think no one knows).

4.  Pass these rules on.

I wish to pass this to the following bloggers:
Seven Things You Don't Know About Me.....Hmmmm
1. Baseball bores me to tears...would rather watch bowling!
2. I worked with troubled teens for about two years
3. I've been in all 50 states...and a bunch of countries
4. I enjoy woodworking
5. It took me 14 years to get a 4 year college degree!
6. I owned/raced a dirt track stock car in Australia
7. I'm having no luck with :-)
Hope everyone has an awesome Monday!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Theory vs. Fact

It is so friggin' cold here I saw a penguin wearing a coat!  I hope everyone that's stuck in this weather is finding a way to keep warm and toasty.  Jumble Mash and BF came up for a while today...I think I may have dropped her one time too many when she was a baby :-)  I filed her taxes for her but was unable to convince her that the refund should be deposited in MY account...she's very protective of her money!!!

I'm gonna share one of my favorite "dirty" I imagine I need to start with a warning and disclaimer...THIS IS A DIRTY JOKE...JOKE being the key word!  If you are easily offended...I'm sorry...not for the joke but that you're easily offended :-)

Dad comes home from work one evening and walks by Junior's bedroom.  He sees Junior working on his homework with a perplexed look on his face.

Dad asks Junior if something is wrong.

Junior replied "Well today in science class the teacher tried to explain the difference between a theory and a fact, but I just really don't understand"

Dad thinks for a moment and then says, "I think I can help clear this up with a little experiment"

"Junior, I want you to go ask you sister this question...If a complete stranger offered you 500,000 dollars to have sex, would you do it?"

So Junior runs off and asks his sister and without hesitating she says "Hell yeah I'd have sex with a stranger for 500,000 dollars!"

Junior runs back and tells Dad, "Yeah Dad, she says she would"

Dad then tells Junior, "Now, go ask your mother the same question"

Junior asks his Mom and she seriously considers the question before answering "Junior, I'm embarrassed to admit that yes I would...that money would mean a lot to the future of our family"

Junior reports back to Dad, "Yeah Dad, Mom says she would have sex with a stranger for 500,000 dollars"

Dad says "Well Junior, there you have theory we're sitting on a million dollar business but in fact we have two whores in the house!"

I hope everyone has a great weekend :-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom....the last installment :-)

First and foremost....I must plug Jumble Mash's first ever heard right...."Miss I Love to Spend Dad's Money....but Not Mine" is having a GIVE-AWAY, so rush over there and get signed up....she told me there was a no family members can win disclaimer somewhere way down in the fine-print where I couldn't see it cause I'm now officially old :-)

Today was pretty much a pain in the buttocks and I absolutely couldn't wait until quitting time!  As I walked in the freezing rain/sleet to my car....I was still happy that it was quitting time!

Old, single guy food tip of the day...Bob Evans single serving mashed potatos...microwavable....mmmm, mmmm, good!

If I don't get my last 10 pearls of wisdom done tonight, I'll finish tomorrow and you can quietly add "and Thursday Thinking" to the title....thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Oh yeah....I can see some future blogs in the making...I subscribed to last far I got hit on by a Russian potato farmer chick that I'm pretty sure could whip me the best out of three falls....I'll keep searching :-)

Now, on with the wisdom:

41.  Some days, the best course of action is to just stay in bed.

42.  Never take playing cards with nekkid women on them to school...elementary school :-)

43.  Sometimes, the most effective way to teach your kids something is to admit that you're painful as that is!

44.  Asking the cute young blonde working the condom counter if they come in petite will wipe the smug look off her face every time :-)

45.  Legos have no natural predators.

46.  Somehow sand will get into places that water can't!!!

47.  Empathy is a skill that can be learned, with practice.

48.  Every day above ground is a good day.

49.  Compromise is not the other person giving in to your way of thinking!

50.  Nothing...not fame, fortune, power, or more important to me than my daughters!

That's it....that's what I've learned in 50 years :-)  Oh, now you don't have to worry about adding the "Thinking Thursday" thing to the title :-)

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Like It...Thanks Everyone

No skirting the issue....I'm now officially 50 years old...and so far I like it!!!  If yesterday and today are any indication of what 50 is gonna be will be a great year.

The girls and I had a great dinner last night, BigSis was very creative and reached out to old friends and got some comments and photos and made me a book, the gils blew up some baby pictures, wrote poems on them and framed them for me...they are already hanging on the wall, Jumble Mash got me an awesome Masonic Sword...also proudly mounted on the wall, JM's BF got me a book and DVD on the Knight's Templar, I got a gift card, cupcakes, and brownies!

I got loads of good wishes from my bloggin' buddies...thank y'all very much for taking the time to stop by and wish me Happy Birthday!!!  I can honestly say, this has been one of the nicest birthdays I've had in a long I'm gonna go relax on the couch...casue I'm old :-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Old Age and Wisdom, Part 4

Wow, I'm 49 years and 364 days old today.....why does that sound better than 50?  My girls are taking me to Olive Garden tonight for my birthday dinner...I think I'll have fettuccine Alfredo with Italian sausage....mmmm, mmmm, good. 

I had originally planned to have my 50 pearls of wisdom done on my birthday but not sure if I'll make it...if not, I'm sure the blogging world will continue to revolve :-)  Sooooooo, here's the latest installment:

31.  Regardless of my compelling arguments, the Department of Motor Vehicles will not accept CHROME as a valid hair color on my license!

32.  No matter where you go, there you are.

33.  Random Acts of Kindness are friggin' awesome...I'm going to do a post on this later :-)

34.  If ignorance is bliss, I should be the happiest person on the planet :-)

35.  Bubble wrap will entertain Jumble Mash more than whatever it was protecting :-)

36.  No politician should be elected to office without having served in the military...this would help them to truly understand what it means to serve and protect our freedoms.

37.  Our elderly should be treated and respected as a valuable national resource...not as an inconvenience...and no, I'm not saying that cause I'm old :-)

38.  Never argue with the doctor about having to wait so long until AFTER the physical is finished...especially if you are due for a prostate exam!!!

39.  No woman wants the perfect man, they all want a good fixer-upper !  "If I could just change this about him..."

40.  Murphy's Law is universal...and doesn't give a crap how good your attorney is at finding loop holes.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend :-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Introducing the Warm Fuzzy Award

I crawled out of bed at 6:23 a.m. this fine Saturday morning with nothing more on the day's agenda than doing some laundry, maybe taking BigSis to lunch and a little shopping (my pants keep shrinking).  I turned on my trusty iPad and decided to check out what was happenin' in Blogville...yes, I was in the bathroom at the time but that has no bearing on the I hit the link to Colenic's place, A Smile A Day and was treated to one of the best posts I've ever read!!!

If I had a million dollars... is simply one of the nicest, most thoughtful, generous ramblings....I was so impressed with it...I was inspired to create and present Colenic with the inaugural Warm Fuzzy Award!

As you can see...either I spent big bucks to have a 5 year old graphic designer create the award or I'm a seriously piss poor artist...take your pick!

The rules to the Warm Fuzzy are simple....there are no don't have to tell me don't have to link to aren't obligated to pass it on...just sit back, relax, and bask in the glory of knowing you touched someone :-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

No way...3 awards!!!

I stopped in tonight to read the comments to Jumble Mash's guest post...she really is quite good, isn't she?  Not only did I find many very nice comments from you very nice people....I also found that I've been honored with 3 (count 'em, three) awards!

Jax at You Are Loved...which I think is just the coolest name for a blog and Caterpillar at Musings and Confessions of a Wandering Mind, honored me with the Stylish Blogger Award....yeah, I'm Pimpin' :-)  Thank you Jax and Caterpillar!!!

Jax said she passed this to me "because I just love his style of writing and all the wisdom he has given out in his Old Age and Wisdom posts :)"  If you haven't stopped by You Are Loved and  Musings and Confessions of a Wandering Mind please'll enjoy the visits.  Jax's rules are easier...and I am lazy by I elect to follow hers.  I'm supposed to share 5 things you don't know about me...

1.  I am the 4th of 5 daughters

2.  I haven't dated in about two years!!!

3.  I take a nap just about every day after work.

4.  I didn't learn to swim until I was in my 30s!

5.  I am a total needle wimp....absolutely can't stand to get a shot.

When I think of stylish....I immediately think of Bursts of Bubbles...I think her blog is very visually pleasing and of course her blog is mentally I am happy to pass this award to Bubbles :-) 

I also have found some refreshing reading over at On My Soapbox and am pleased to pass the Stylish Blogger Award to her....and to challenge my fellow bloggers...she has 7 followers as of this minute....I feel she should have many more and hope (thanks to you good folks) to see her followers Monday, Jan 17, 2011!

Then Becca at My Life presented me with the Life is Good Award....thanks Becca!  You should really check out her blog...she makes cookies!!!

I just recently answered the questions that go with award and wouldn't want to bore anyone , so if you'd like to see my responses...they are here .

Now I get to pass on the award....I like this part...

The Angel Diary....Angel's blog is very real
Just Another Day in Paradise...cause Bruce is Bruce :-)
Copyboy...cause us old guys have to stick together...and his stuff cracks me up :-)

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Visit from Mini-Me, Jumble Mash :-)

In a comment on a recent post, my darlin' daughter Jumble Mash insinuated that I am stubborn!!!  I was a shock to me too.  Being the non-stubborn, fair-minded individual that I am...I offered her the opportunity to sate her case....and she did!!! 

So, it is my distinct pleasure to present JM's side of the story:

I cannot believe I haven’t visited Dad’s place before!! Hi everyone! I am here to share with you why I say my Dad is stubborn and that I have no idea why he disagrees. I mean, where does he think I got it from?
Anyways, Dad often times believes he’s a perfect angel. I have no idea who put that in his head, but that’s beside the point. Don’t get me wrong, he is absolutely wonderful and the best dad that anyone could ask for, but he does have his moments.
Exhibit 1
Dad likes things his way. Always has.  If there is an argument, even a playful argument, and he isn’t exactly winning, or his point is invalid, he retorts to “I’m the Dad, I make the rules.”  My sisters and I lose. Every time.
Exhibit 2
He was dating this woman, we’ll call her J, when he left to go on a business trip, which he does a lot. When he returned home from said trip, he unpacked, took a nap, woke up and called J. J was upset with him that he didn’t call as soon as he got home, so he broke up with her. This could be contributed to his fear of commitment that I swear he has, but we’ll chalk it up to stubbornness for now.
Exhibit 3
Dad wanted lights in his basement/woodshop. Dad is in no way an electrician, but instead of waiting for an electrician or someone even a little qualified, he bought a book and wired his woodshop himself. All by himself. No one was around to help if he would have gotten electrocuted.
These are just some of the ways my dad is stubborn. He seems to take things to the extreme sometimes too. Like once I told him he was embarrassing me, and he said, “Fine, I’ll just stop talking.” And he did.
But now I feel like I need to share some of the awesome things he does to even it out.
Exhibit 1
The Money Game- Dad is financially well off and every once in a while, we get to play the money game. He pulls out all of the cash in his pocket and we get to guess how much is there. If we guess right, we get all of it. I have never won. The closest I’ve gotten was $1.00 off, and he did give me the dollar difference because it was so close. And I’m not talking about five or ten bucks in his pocket. When I was a dollar off, I guessed $115.00 and it was $116.00.
Exhibit 2
When I get sick Dad goes and puts together a “Get Well Soon” package and delivers it to my house. This usually consists of a stuffed animal, lots of cold medicine, a bottle of Sprite, a gallon of ice cream or popsicles, and tissues. 
Exhibit 3
It doesn’t matter when, where, or how, if I need something, Dad always pulls through. My car breaks down in Mexico? Dad finds a way to fix it. Somehow my bank account was overdrawn by $500? Dad fixes it. Can’t get my iPad to work? Dad drives an hour to fix it. Stupid boy breaks my heart? Dad kills him.
Just kidding. But seriously, he always knows what to say. And he always has an answer.