Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Out of the blog

Well, I’ve been tagged by Croutonboy (actually, the entire state of Illinois has been tagged by him… this could take a while), but that’s going to have to wait.

First, I want to let my loyal readers (there has to be at least one out there… right? I asked, right?? Hello?? Is there anyone out there???) know that I will be away from a computer for the next few days as Honey Mustard, The Peanut Butter and The Jelly and I are going on vacation…

To Disney World…

You read that right… Disney World… the Evil Empire…

Five days of ‘The Mouse’…and princesses… and heat… and long, long lines… and ridiculously high prices… and…

And the scary thing is… I am excited…

What’s wrong with me?

I’ve been to Disney twice before. Once when I was a child with my parents and my brother, then in 1997 with my wife and ALL THE IN-LAWS. That’s right… ALL OF THEM… All thirteen of us… driving… from Illinois to Florida. And this was a mere six months after our wedding…

I would tell you more about that trip, but I seem to be repressing a lot of it.

Having said and experienced that, I am still looking forward to this trip. I realize it’s the first time The PB and The J will have ever been on a plane, the first time HoMu and I have been on a plane since 9/11 (mainly because in November of that year we discovered that “we” were pregnant), the first time we’ve ever done a true vacation with only the four of us…

Regardless of all of that… I am still excited.

Is there something wrong with me? Or is it because I am going with my children and I will be able to see the park anew through their eyes?

So, this will be the final post from me for a while (except for C-boy’s meme, which I will post later today)

I’ll see you all when I get back...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

D'oh!

My computer at work got attacked by a virus Thursday night. When I came in Friday, all it would do would reboot in a continuous loop. That meant no access to work email, no access to my files, no internet access... nothing.

You would think that by Tuesday morning the IT department would have the problem fixed...

Wrong-o!

I still have no computer at work...

What's a person to do?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Random Thoughts for a Thursday Afternoon

  • There’s been rumors of a “TomKat spat” and now Katie Holmes is reported to be "Very unhappy and beginning to realize she may have made a major mistake being with Tom." (Well duh…)
  • I’m a Star Wars fan and all, but even I find THIS “nerdly” pathetic…
  • From the ‘somewhat surprising’ files; the ratings for WNBA games are better than the ratings for the NHL playoffs… (And NHL owners still say they won…seems to me like no one won…)
  • When asked who should win ‘American Idol’ (if anyone still cares), Tommy Mottola said Taylor Hicks is “a modern-day Huey Lewis.” (High praise indeed…)
  • Which lasts longer? The ‘American Idol’ finale show or the NBA playoffs?
  • Aren’t Jack Black’s 15 minutes up yet???
  • Anyone know what the over-under is for how long the “CW Network” will be around next year?
  • Check out Lumpyheadsmom’s post about American Idol HERE… it’s a “must read”
  • LambChop is relieved as the Governor of Arizona signed into law a bill that states it is now illegal to have sex with sheep.
  • Here’s a sobering statistic. The number of countries (out of 168 surveyed) that have guaranteed paid maternity leave for working mothers is 164. The number of countries that don't is 4 (New Guinea, Swaziland, Lesotho (is that near Freedonia?) and – you guessed it – the United States). Kind of sad… isn’t it? “I flat-out guarantee you that if men were biologically responsible for procreation, there'd be paid family leave in every Fortune 500.” Having said that “if men were biologically responsible for procreation, they'd fall down and die at the first sonogram.” (The West Wing – Season 2, Episode 18: “17 People”)
  • Here are some of the recent search phrases that have brought people to my little corner of the blogosphere: “Tenneva Jordan's birth date”, “atticus's advice”, “mother of Twins blog”, “why is george washingtons birthday celebrated on the twenty second of february instead of the 11th”, “"Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops."”, “your favorite cigar kemp” (uh… okay…)
  • Today’s gratuitous (and superfluous) attempt for the ‘craziest word or phrase used in a blatant attempt to trick people into visiting my site when they type it into Google’is: “pussy willow”
  • Today’s gratuitous blog plug is a poetry-site: The American Nightmare
  • Today's mental iPod song of the day is "These Walls" by Teddy Geiger, from the album "Underage Thinking"
I can't believe what is in front of me
The water's rising up to my knees
And I can't figure out
How the hell I wound up here
Everything seemed okay when I started out the other day
Then the rain came pouring down
And now I'm drowning in my fears
And as I watch the setting sun
I wonder if I'm the only one

[Chorus]
Cause everyobody tries to put some love on the line
And everybody feels a broken heart sometimes
And even when I'm scared I have to try to fly
Sometimes I fall
But ive seen it done before I got to step outside these walls

I've got no master plan to help me out
Or make me stand up for
All the things I really want
You had me to afraid to ask
And as I look ahead of me
Cry and pray for sanity

[chorus]
These walls can't be my haven
These walls can't keep me safe here
Now I guess I got to let them down
Cause everybody tries to put some love on the line
And everybody feels a broken heart sometimes, yeah
Even when I'm scared I have to try to fly
Sometimes I fall
But I've seen it done before

I got to break out...
I got to break out...
I got to step outside these walls
Love outside these walls
I feel my heart breaking
But its a brand new day
I'm going down
I'm stepping out
I'm stepping outside
These walls
I've seen it done before.. i'm walking on, i'll walk it off, oh i'm moving on)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A Birthday Gala-Bash-Fete-Party-Fiesta-Soiree Roundup!

Thanks to e - v - e - r - y - o - n - e (wow, that worked out well) who wished The PB & The J Happy 4th birthday on Monday. They had a very good day and did not want it to end. Also, thanks to everyone who heaped congratulations onto HoMu and I for doing such a damn-fine job in raising them… so far…

MetroDad asked what we did with The PB & The J for their birthday, so I though I would push Random Thoughts to tomorrow and regale you with stories of their birthday celebrations. (It wasn’t one day of partying mind you, it was a few days… rather… it’s their birthday week…)

Sunday was their party… it was “small” this year with 25 people (and that’s just immediate family – though their psuedo-quasi-Uncle Scott was invited too, but, due to circumstances beyond his control, he was not able to make it… which made filming the party hard since he has “volunteered” to be the vide-ographer since their first birthday party… but I digress)

Rather than having it at our home, again, and not be able to enjoy it, we decided we would have it somewhere else.

Following the Twins Club’s bowling outing a few months ago (which I thankfully had to work through as the ratio of kids to adults was 24:8), the girls have had a fascination with bowling, and when we asked where they wanted their party at, they both, without hesitation, said a bowling alley

(I know what you’re all thinking... and no, we’re not hicks, the girls just like bowling)

This was easier than asking what type of party they wanted. One would say The Wiggles (year two party), one would say Princess (year three party), and The PB often said Star Wars (which made me proud) and on one occasion, they both said they wanted a “West Wing” party (Peanut Butter for President in 2045… watch for it)

So they finally picked what kind of party they wanted (Chicken Little) and the place they wanted it (bowling alley)... so the planning commenced.

We had the alley to ourselves, we ate lunch we had catered in, played a game of bowling, cut their cakes and opened their plethora (or if you prefer surfeit) of gifts.

A fun time was had by all...

We thanked everyone and, rather than give treat bags filled with candy, I burned a CD of all their favorite songs from my iPod (they have their own playlist on there), created an insert with their picture and a label with a "personal" message from them and we gave those out to everyone who attended.

On Monday, their actual birthday, HoMu and I took the day off. First, HoMU took them to see a friend of her family’s who shares the girl’s birthday and was turning 99 (99 and planning a trip to Jamaica to see her granddaughter get married… I can only hope that when I’m 99, I can still get on a plane. – Incidentally, my brother asked if she was going to Jamaica to ‘get her groove back’… ewwww)

The PB & The J then went to get their 4-year pictures taken.

I then met up with them and we went out for lunch to McDonald’s (birthday girls choice)

We then ran some errands (had to buy blank DVD’s for my new toy – a brand-spanking new digital camcorder), and went to see “Over the Hedge.” (My one-word review of Over the Hedge: “Meh”)

After that it was dinner at their favorite pizza place, Monical’s, and then home where they opened up their gifts from us (we always hold a couple of presents from us back so they have something to open on their actual birthday)

Then, as quickly as it came... the day was over and it was bedtime.

But their birthday celebrations weren’t done yet...

Yesterday they had a party at my mother-in-law’s daycare (where they go 3 days a week - free daycare; whoo-hoo!!) and the girls cutely and politely asked me to take their bounce house over so they could play with all their little friends (the bounce house was a gift to them from my parents last year… and still stands as their favorite summer “toy”… though the new bikes we got them this year may surpass that soon…)

If you ask them, they will tell you they had a “super cool.”

We don’t spoil our kids… do we??

Monday, May 22, 2006

Birthday Wishes for The PB & The J

An open letter to The Peanut Butter & The Jelly,

Four years.

I can’t believe that it’s been four years.

Four years since your heart rate dropped drastically J...

Four years since I heard the frantic message on my voicemail...

Four years since I slogged through 3 hours of traffic to get to Chicago from Aurora, IL...

Four years since I first saw the two of you… and knew immediately that my life had changed... and changed for the better.

It was four years ago today, May 22, at 4:19 CDT, you were born, within 9 seconds of each other, via a “crash” c-section at the University of Chicago Hospital...

PB, you came out loud and crying at 4 pounds, 14ounces.

J, you came out ‘floppy and unresponsive’ at 4 pounds, 3 ounces and with 10 tangles in your umbilical cord.

But you were born, as mono-mono twins are not always prone to do... and for that we are eternally grateful and thankful to all the doctors and nurses at the hospital... and to God.

And for that your Mommy and I couldn’t be happier.

We stayed with you as long as we could while you were in the NICU those two weeks… leaving only to sleep at the Ronald McDonald House and, sometimes – though not often, to eat.

The first day we brought you home we were scared to death… not just of you being out of the hospital, but wondering what type of parents we would be...

Would we be good parents?

Would we be so-so parents?

Would we be parents that you would have to talk to therapists about when you’re both older?

The adjustments were hard… due to your occasional lack of being able to maintain your body-temperature; we had the furnace on in our house in the middle of July and we got baked (and not in a good way)

The infant apnea monitors you both wore for the first six months of your life were not easy to adjust to either. When those things went off, Mommy and I woke up in seconds flat and checked you both from head to toe, even if they only went off because a lead had popped off of one of your little chests.

The adjustment of sleep was not as difficult as it could have been as you both started to sleep through the night around 4 months of age...

You’ve crawled...

You’ve walked...

You’ve talked...

You’ve sassed...

You’ve grown...

I hope that we have given you everything you have needed so far… and we promise to continue to do so (unless either of you get a piercing somewhere that you shouldn’t, then we’ll have to have a little chat...)

I love you both, more than anything else in the world, and will continue to do so, always... and forever...

Happy 4th Birthday girls

Love Daddy
AKA, ‘The Coconut’

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Random Thoughts for a Wednesday Afternoon

  • Ya get the feeling that Stella, Mary & James, Jr. are dancing a jig right now?
  • I know how I can get elected as Governor in any state with just four words for my campaign: “IQ Tests – Drivers Licenses”… ‘nuff said.
  • Honey Mustard has been out of town for the last 3 days/2 nights, so I’ve been ‘single-dadding’ it… happy to report that all is good. The kids have no broken bones and the house is still in one piece (and clean thank you very much)
  • After 6 weeks, my Yahoo fantasy baseball team is still in first place with a 36-19-5 record. How? Two words: Albert and Pujols.
  • It’s a work of fuc**** fiction people!!! Get over it!!!
  • Can we all agree now that Britney Spears having another baby is a really, really bad idea??
  • The news that “The Da Vinci Code” movie is bad is kind of disappointing… yet not entirely surprising.
  • Goodbye Lew...
  • ‘The West Wing’ gets cancelled, but 7th Heaven gets a reprieve?? Is this some sort of a cruel and sick joke???
  • Goodbye Stanley...
  • My next must read book: “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” by Charles J. Shields
  • Today’s the birthday of an actor who spoke one of my favorite lines ever from a movie, so it’s a great opportunity to post the quote on my blog: “Heineken!? F--k that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” Who knows the movie and the actor?
  • Hmmmmm… I wonder if anyone reading this blog can relate to THIS LIST??
  • There will be arguing in my household this fall on Thursday nights with Honey Mustard’s favorite show “Grey’s Anatomy” being moved opposite (what I am sure, based on history with the creator/writer, will be my new favorite show) Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Son of a bit--
  • Hey… if you haven’t gone over to Draft Day Suit… you need to… now… this minute… then come right back here and finish reading this post… please.
  • I had other things to put in this week’s Random Thoughts… but I’ve since forgotten them… I really need to start writing these down.
  • Here are some of the recent search phrases that have brought people to my little corner of the blogosphere: “twins mono ultrasound”, “edmund fitzgerald bell display”, “Sinking location of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, “ozzie smith wife and children?”, “whitey herzog's wife”, “bodies at the bottom of lake superior”, “the history of a cigar to celebrate fatherhood”, “yoda kemp”, “giorno felice delle madri”, “La Puente cheese enchilada recipe”
  • Today’s gratuitous (and superfluous) attempt for the ‘craziest word or phrase used in a blatant attempt to trick people into visiting my site when they type it into Google’is: “onomatopoetic hyperbole”
  • Today’s Gratuitous Blog Plug is: Jen (and Andrew). She linked my blog on her site and said, about me; “the dude is pretty damn cool”… how can I not plug her blog (wow, that sounds kinda dirty doesn’t it?)
  • Today’s Mental iPod Song of the day, in honor of the separation of Paul & Heather McCartney is Your Loving Flame by Paul McCartney, from his album; “Driving Rain”
How can I hope to reach your love
Help me to discover
What it is you’re thinking of

’cos when we kiss, nothing feels the same
I could spend eternity
Inside your loving flame

What am I to do
If I don’t have you
I’ll be feeling blue
Just sitting here without you
You could be the one
To chase my blues away, away

So tell me how, how to reach your love
Help me to discover
What it is you’re thinking of

’cos when we kiss, nothing feels the same
I could spend eternity
Inside your loving flame

What am I to do
If I don’t have you
I’ll be feeling blue
Just sitting here without you
You could be the one
To chase my blues away, away

’cos when we kiss, nothing feels the same
I could spend eternity
Inside your loving flame

So tell me how, how to reach your love
Help me to discover
What it is you’re thinking of

How can I hope to reach your love
Here forever in your loving flame

Monday, May 15, 2006

Photo Captioning

Every so often, you encounter a picture that creates a plethora of snarky, smart-ass comments in your head...

This is one of those pictures...

"I can't believe you didn't vote for Chris Daughtry!"

"No soup for you!"

"I slap you silly bee-yatch..."

"Why I oughta.."

Feel free to add your own...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

I tried to sit down and write something about inspiring and inspirational about my mother and my wife, who is the mother to our children... but when I sat down at the computer... I couldn’t put it into words.

The only thing I can think of to describe how my mother was to me, and how Honey Mustard is to The Peanut Butter & The Jelly is this:
Mom

Says it all… doesn’t it?

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 12, 2006

Mother's Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day. What better way to say “I Love You” to my mother, Honey Mustard for being such a damn-fine mother (and wife) to The Peanut Butter & The Jelly, and all the mothers of the world than do give one of my patented (in my mind at least) holiday posts.

I will be posting my more serious, more loving, and more caring homage to my mother and my wife on Sunday. Watch for it.

Did you know?

  • That in 1872, Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’, btw) suggested the idea of a celebration of Mothers?
  • That it was Miss Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, who began a letter-writing campaign to a variety of influential people that made Mother's Day a national holiday? In 1907 Anna persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year, 1908, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.
  • That In 1910 the first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia? Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year as well.
  • That by 1911 every state observed Mother's Day?
  • That The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the sole purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day?
  • That Mother’s Day became an “official” holiday in May of 1913? The US House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day. Congress followed with a Joint Resolution on May 8, 1914 that designated the second Sunday in May to be Mother's Day.
  • That Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium celebrate Mother's Day on the same day as the US?
  • That other countries throughout the world celebrate Mother's Day as well, just not on the same day?
  • That the earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods?
  • That the traditional US Mother's Day flower is a carnation? Pink to represent love for mothers, white to honor those mothers who are no longer living.
  • That one in four will forget Mother’s Day… and will never hear the end of it for the rest of their natural life...

Statistics about Mothers Day (Source: US Census Bureau)

  • There are about 82.5 million mothers in the US
  • Approximately 96% of American consumers take part in Mother's Day in some manner.
  • Mother's Day is widely reported as the peak day of the year for long distance telephone calls. (Reach out and guilt someone…)
  • Retailers report that Mother's Day is the second highest gift-giving holiday in the US… can you guess which is #1?
  • In 2002, 55% of American women with children were in the workforce (up from 31% in 1976, yet down from 59% in 1998)

Some Movies (some good, some mediocre, some ‘meh’) about Moms

Some really, really, really bad movies about mom

Some books about/for mothers

Some sage advice handed down by mothers throughout the years:

  • Always change your underwear, you never know when you'll have an accident.
  • Don't make that face or it'll freeze in that position.
  • You’ll shoot your eye out.
  • Be careful or you'll put your eye out.
  • What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
  • You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
  • Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
  • If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
  • Don't put that in your mouth; you don't know where it's been!

Quotes and such about mothers:

  • God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers – Jewish proverb
  • “I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • “There was never a great man who had not a great mother” - Oliver Schreiner
  • “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie”. ~ Tenneva Jordan
  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new” – Rajneesh
  • “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” - Elizabeth Stone
  • “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” - George Washington
  • “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it” –Mark Twain
  • “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” - Cardinal Mermillod
  • “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Strange, but true, fact(s) about Mother’s Day:

  • In Serbia, Mother's Day is observed two weeks before Christmas and is called "Materice". ON this day, boys and girls tiptoe into their mother's bedroom and tie her up. When she wakes up, she is surprised to find herself all tied up (shouldn’t be if it’s a yearly tradition), and begs the children to untie her while promising to give them little gifts which she has hidden under her pillow.

How to say “Happy Mother’s Day” in:

  • Spanish: ‘Feliz día de la madre’
  • German: ‘Glücklicher Muttertag’
  • Italian: ‘Giorno felice delle madri’
  • French: ‘Jour heureux de mères’
  • Latin: ‘Gauisus Matris dies’

Mental iPod Song of the Day: Mother’s Day edition. “That's All Right, Mama” by Elvis Presley, from the album “The Sun Studios Story”

Well, that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
'Son, that gal your foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you'
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

I'm leaving town, baby
I'm leaving town for sure
Well, then you won't be bothered with
Me hanging 'round your door
Well, that's all right, that's all right.

That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

FAQ's, or rather, FAQ

When I whined about no one asking me questions in last weeks Random Thoughts, Sarah evidently felt sorry for me (Whoo-hoo!! Pity!) and asked me a two-part question, so here’s my answer:

What are your five favorite books and what five books should I read?

My five favorite books are:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
  3. Walden by Henry David Throeau
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Five books that you should read (assuming you've read TKAM & some Shakespeare):

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu – not just a war strategies book anymore.
  2. Blue Highways by William Yeast-Heat Moon – an incredible look into Americana. Somewhat dry at times, yet still a must-read.
  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – my brother’s favorite book. He forced me to read it years ago and I was not disappointed. Neither will you.
  4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – Best. Road-trip book. Ever.
  5. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson – Best. Drug & Road-trip book. Ever.

I have more books that I think should be required reading for people, in case you care: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Beowolf, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, The Harry Potter series (don't laugh, they're good and are getting better with each progressive book) Undaunted Courage, Band of Brothers & D-Day by Stephen Ambrose and the early works of Michael Crichton (before he sold out) such as The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery and Jurassic Park.

I considered doing this as a meme and tagging people such as Scott, CP X 2, Mr Big Dubya, MetroDad, Croutonboy, Becky, Roger, QofS, Gidge, a few others (who shall rename nameless… but you know who you are) and Sarah, but I decided against it (wow, that was a huge collective sigh of relief I just heard)

But I am still going to throw this question out to all of my loyal readers out there... assuming I have a couple...

What are your five favorite books and what five books should I read?

A Day, and night, apart: the conclusion

[Camera Shot: A beautiful spring day]

We follow The Peanut Butter as she gets out of the Explorer, runs to the front door (all so she can see her sister) and walks into her grandmother's house.

[Camera change: inside house] The PB’s Aunt tells her that her sister is playing in the backyard. The camera follows The PB as she bolts to the back door, swings it open and runs out...

[Camera change: outside] The Jelly is swinging with her cousin, Little Man, when she sees her sister come leaping out the door.

Their eyes meet [cue music] and as The J sees the PB, she jumps off the swing as they both start running towards one another...[music tempo increases]

They hug... camera pans around them...

They are together again...

[End Scene]

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A day, and night, apart: Part 2

Last night, The Jelly started whimpering that she missed her sissy and wanted to see her.

Not more than 30 seconds later, Honey Mustard calls because The Peanut Butter was whimpering that she missed her sissy and wanted to see her.

That twins connection is a sight to see... I mean a sight to see...

Anyhow, The Peanut Butter has been released from the hospital earlier this morning and is currently speeding home to pick up The Jelly. Updates of their reunion will be carried here live, when they happen (or at least when I hear about them from HoMu)

And HoMu, The PB & The J and I want to thank all of you who left a comment or sent an email wishing us all well. We truly appreciate it.

Monday, May 08, 2006

A day, and night, apart

I am nervous today… and a little sad.

The Peanut Butter is having an EEG today (as part of a second opinion) to see why she has developed a “seizure disorder.” (She has had 4 seizures in the past, 3 of which were febrile, meaning they were due to an incredibly high fever, the 4th was not)

She is staying overnight at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago with Honey Mustard and I am at-home with The Jelly.

I am nervous because I am hoping that this test will show something that was missed the last time she had this done (which took place at home) and may help with the treatment of the disorder.

I am sad because I won’t see HoMu and The Peanut Butter for 2 days.

But I am sadder more so because of The Jelly. While putting them to bed last night, The J started to cry because we were packing a bag for HoMu and The PB. She didn’t want her sister to leave without her, she wanted to go too, and at (almost) four years of age…she can’t really comprehend why she can’t go along.

It took a while, but we got The J settled down, and they both fell to sleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

This morning, things were quiet.

At least until HoMu and The PB were ready to leave.

That’s when The PB gave The J a hug goodbye… and that’s when The J lost it and started sobbing (not a whimper mind you, but one of those break-parent’s-hearts type of cry) her eyes out.

This of course started The PB crying… which in turn started HoMu crying.

All three of them… in the family room…crying…

And there’s me… standing there, attempting to be the strong, father/husband type and not cry…

They left, and The J settled down. I then dropped off The J to preschool and she held onto my hand tight and refused to let go (which she has NEVER done before… but, of course, her sister is always with her)

She finally released my hand from her death grip (I’ll never blog again… oh wait…) when she saw her favorite teacher come in… and then one of her friends. At that point it was like… ‘Daddy? Daddy who?’

I have a few questions here; would I be a total wimp-ass if I did cry when the three of them were crying?

Why don’t children come with protective coverings and virus-protection? Like a computer…

Does it count if I were to cry in my car when no one is around?

How can I get my sheets their whitest?

UPDATE: I spoke with The PB earlier on the phone, and the first question out of her
mouth was "How's sissy?' The connection they have with each other is incredible.

Friday, May 05, 2006

FYI

Just in case you didn't know; mother’s day is quickly approaching in a little over a week.

Tell your friends, siblings and anyone else who has a habit of forgetting important things like this.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Finally!

Two years after some diehard (read: obsessed) fans ridiculed George Lucas for releasing the 2004 digitally modified versions of the celebrated “Star Wars” trilogy only; the original theatrical versions of the first three films (Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back & Episode VI: Revenge Return of the Jedi) are being released to DVD on September 12, 2006.

I liked the modified versions, and had the original trilogy in a VHS (How many readers are asking ‘what’s the hell is VHS??’) boxed set and really didn’t see any reason to get in a tither (or a lather) about the DVD release only being the modified versions.

Having said that, I am thrilled that the original versions are being released and you can BET that I will be one of the first people in my area to purchase them…

The only thing I dislike about all of this is 20th Century Fox and Lucas Films is pulling a (Evil Empire) Disney on us by only offering the DVD’s until December 31, 2006.

That’s wrong… or, in ‘Yoda-ese’; ‘Wrong, that is.”

(Somber) Mental iPod Song of the Day

I think regular readers of this blog know that I am very political, but that I try to keep those posts saved for my Poli-Blog with my bestest friend Scott, but since I like to post Mental iPod songs of the day on this one, I thought that I would combine the two today, so forgive me for going somber with today's song.

Today is the 36th Anniversary of the Vietnam War protests at Kent State University in Ohio that resulted in National Guard troops firing into the crowd and killing four students, and injuring 12.

In honor of that, today’s mental iPod song of the day is “Ohio”, by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Random Thoughts for a Wednesday Afternoon

  • If you haven’t done so already, get your butts over to Draft Day Suit… pronto. As I’ve said before, ‘it’s a moral imperative.’
  • Mmmmmmm... Scotch whiskey.
  • This is just sad and pathetic: two of three Americans age 18-24 cannot find Iraq on the map. Close to a third couldn’t locate the state of Louisiana, and “fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news.” Nice...
  • AAAAAHHHH!!!!!! Ben Affleck… as Captain Kirk?? Shoot me now...
  • Nobody ever asks me questions... sniff, sniff...
  • Salary.com commissioned a report that concluded (obviously to most) a full-time, stay-at-home mom “would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work.” A mother who also works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876. Great! Now I can quit my job and realize my dream of blogging all day long...
  • President Bush wants the military to develop a laser weapon. No word if he also wants “Sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads..."
  • Oh come on you have got to be kidding me... a TV show where Mr. T will traipse (does Mr. T. traipse?) across the country dispensing advice?? What’s next? Rosie O’Donnell on “The View”? Huh? What’s that??? Really?? Eewwwwww...
  • Here are some of the recent search phrases that have brought people to my little corner of the blogosphere: “link:promo.crownroyal.com”, “how tunes six hundred twenty five thousand lyrics”, “mockingbirds do nothing but to sing for us”, “NCTNA Bracket”, “twins naps”, “"west wing"”, “"mardi gras movies"”, “meaning of overkill by Colin Hay”, “mae west naked” (this one puzzles and disturbs me)
  • Though I have to admit, as Pete Schrager’s said in a Fox Sports.com column; “Telling a guy that Rosie O'Donnell is joining the cast of “The View” is pretty much the same as telling a lizard that Tony Snow is the President's new press secretary. It makes absolutely no difference in either species' world.” "Ouch, that's gotta hoit"
  • Today’s gratuitous (and superfluous) attempt for the ‘craziest word or phrase used in a blatant attempt to trick people into visiting my site when they type it into Google’is: ‘steroids’
  • Gratuitous blog plug of the week is (and you’ve had to have seen this coming): Draft Day Suit
  • As celebration of news that Johnny Cash’s final album, American V: A Hundred Highways will be released July 4th

Monday, May 01, 2006

Something new this way comes...

Pssssst... There’s a new Sports Blog out there in the ‘blogosphere’ that is loaded with awe-inspiring and mind-numbing talent.

It’s called Draft Day Suit and it’s ‘wicked cool.’

Check it out, it's a moral imperative.