Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things for which I am thankful

In no particular order:

  • a house in which to live
  • a furnace for which to heat
  • a dog for which to mock/walk/talk (to) and be entertained by
  • a job for which to make a few dollars (and new friends!)
  • a daughter for which to be proud of, cherished and loved by
  • a son for which to be proud of, to play with, and to watch grow
  • a wife for which to hold near, dear and true to my heart

Ok, so it’s a little sappy. I think I’m just nervous for Black Friday.

I’m also thankful for:

  • my mom, pitching in when I need help
  • my brothers, for being my brothers and always being cool
  • my dad, for being “out there” and “always around”
  • my friends, for caring and reaching out

But wait, there’s more!

  • my Kindle, it’s always by my side
  • my basses, neglected recently, but will go with me to the grave
  • my VW, 2 idiot lights on at all times and I still love it so
  • my bed, where the magic happens (SLEEP)

Speaking of sleep……… zzzz

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Back, what is up with you?

Somehow, some way, my back hurts. I have been lucky to not have back issues for the past 39 years, but for the past few days something has been up.

Today, my back hurt a bit at work but nothing terrible. It’s just above my left hip, maybe about two inches above my belt/waistline. I would stretch it a bit between tech appointments, but it was manageable.

For some odd reason, once I got home and had dinner, it really fired up. It hurt to sit, then it hurt to stand. I ended up heating up a heat pad we have and strapped it on before heading to a Boy Scouts meeting.

At the meeting, shortly after Riley’s den did a little skit (best of the night, IMO), I realized that I simply couldn’t sit anymore. I ended up standing and leaning in the back of the church. After the meeting was over, walking to the car was actually pretty painful. Grimacing, breathing through my teeth, all the signs of OLD AGE that I think are catching up with me.

Sad smile

Once I got home, a friend of mine who is a LMP called me at the request of Marci and gave me some tips and pointers. Then Marci slapped some weird homeopathic medicine on my back. All that did was make my back cold and clammy. Weird.

Now I’m slouching on the couch, surfing Facebook and typing up this quick entry. It’s still sore, but not as bad as earlier. We’ll see how it goes tonight. Hopefully it feels better for work tomorrow.

Sunday, November 06, 2011


I’ve been tracking the books I’ve read since 2009. Here they are:


Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons
Rock On: An Office Power Ballad by Dan Kennedy
Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Poet by Michael Connelly
Persuader by Lee Child (on Kindle)
Afraid by Jack Kilborn (on Kindle)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (on Kindle)
Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath (Kindle)
Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath (Kindle)
Rusty Nail by J.A. Konrath (Kindle)
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (Kindle)
Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch (Kindle)
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Kindle)
Cemetery Dance by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston (Kindle)
Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan
Paranoia by Joseph Finder (Kindle)
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan
The Last Detective by Robert Crais
Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst
Collision by Jeff Abbott
The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
A Few Seconds of Panic by Stefan Fatsis
Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath
Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath
Cherry Bomb by J.A. Konrath
Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
The Watchman by Robert Crais
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
Shutter Island (again) by Dennis Lehane
Sunset Express by Robert Crais
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
Indigo Slam by Robert Crais


1. Under The Dome by Stephen King (Kindle)
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larssen (Kindle via library)
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Steig Larssen :ninja: (Kindle)
4. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane (library)
5. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane (Kindle)
6. Sacred by Dennis Lehane (Kindle)
7. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett (library)
8. Elegy Beach by Steven R. Boyett (library)
9. Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane (library)
10. The Pawn by Steven James (Kindle)
11. The 25th Hour by David Benioff (library)
12. Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz (Kindle)
13. The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross (Kindle)
14. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Kindle)
15. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon (Kindle)
16. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by DC Pierson (library)
17. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle)
18. Fever Dream by Preston/Child (Kindle)
19. Legacies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle)
20. Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle)
21. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle)
22. The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle)
23. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (Kindle)
24. Swan Song by Robert McCammon (Kindle)
25. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo (library)
26. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (library)
27. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (library)
28. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (Kindle)
29. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Kindle)
30. The Reversal by Michael Connelly (Kindle)
31. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (Kindle)
32. In The Woods by Tana French (Kindle)


1. The Likeness by Tana French (Kindle)
2. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Kindle)
3. Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale (Kindle)
4. Faithful Place by Tana French (Kindle)
5. Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan (Kindle)
6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (Kindle)
7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Kindle)
8. The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (Kindle)
9. The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle)
10. Gideon's Sword by Preston/Child (Kindle)
11. The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer (Kindle)
12. The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (book!)
13. Collusion by Stuart Neville (Kindle)
14. Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar (Kindle)
15. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Kindle)
16. Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (Kindle)
17. The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Kindle)
18. A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton (Kindle)
19. The Terror of Living by Urban Waite (Kindle)
20. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo (Kindle)
21. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child (Kindle)
22. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (Kindle)
23. Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville (Kindle)
24. War by Sebastian Junger (Kindle)
25. Cherry Bomb by J.A. Konrath (Kindle)
26. The Killing Moon by Chuck Hogan (Kindle)

I’m currently listening to The Drop by Michael Connelly. Does that belong on the list?

Books are cool.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Happy Brain Transplant… er… Surgery Day!

My running joke for Riley is that Dr. E switched his brain with another brain 3 years ago today. The reality is that Riley had brain surgery 3 years ago and it really changed his life.

More recently, his headaches are way, way down. No longer is he using pain patches on a daily basis. In fact, I can’t remember the last time he used one. So, that is quite awesome.

Some of his other issues are still works in progress. Speech, drinking, fine-motor, all coming along, but still not where we’d like them to be. But, as usual, he just goes with it. It’s part of his life and he doesn’t know any different and, the truth of the matter is, life is good.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Weekend update

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is my weekend today and tomorrow.

I am loving my job. It may still be the honeymoon phase, and even though when I walk through the mall to get to work, I think to myself, “Man, I work at the mall,” I still love clocking in and helping people.

Funny thing is, some days are weird. When I get customers and they have issues with their computers that I have a hard time with (re: OUTLOOK!), I get bummed out. Every once in awhile, I get an issue that is quite easy (last night, helped a customer burn a song to his mp3 player) and I end up feeling great. Then I get a tricky one (and maybe with a less-than-patient customer) and BLEH, it feels rough.

The kids (so young! and smart!) I work with are FANTASTIC and I’m learning from them all the time. It’s hard to flounder around when I get a tricky question, but thankfully, everyone I work with is super-helpful and patient.


The next few weeks should be interesting. For now, I have Thursdays and Fridays off, which for now, is kind of cool. What’s not kind of cool, though, is that when Marci and the kids have Sat and Sun off, I’ll be at the mall, getting my retail on. Which isn’t so bad either; I am getting paid, after all. But for the rest of the week (Mon-Wed), the earliest I am off is 8pm. In other words, I’ll see the kids for about 30 minutes before school, and for 3 other nights, they’re asleep when I get home.

I’m feeling some daddy guilt since I’m not seeing the kids as much. I’m feeling some husband guilt as I’m not around to help Marci, but during the day, I’m trying to keep busy. Dog walking (since Friday, 4 walks with Bella!), dishes, laundry, garbage, etc.

Anyway, I keep thinking to myself that the scheduling thing will change soon enough. We’ll all be super-busy at work during the holiday season, so that’s to be expected, but afterwards, I’m hoping to get at least one weekend day off, as well as one or two nights a week where I can have dinner at home.


Next week I’ll be heading to the studio with the Scheme to record some… backing vocals? I think? Way back in February we recorded 7 rhythm tracks. David has gone in and finished up some guitar, vocals, stuff like that. My plan is to go in on Friday and lay down some velvety, syrupy backing tracks. It’ll be my first time-I hope they don’t have to autotune me.


Last thing. Can we have a running game on Sunday? Please? I want to see some BEAST MODE.