13 years ago today, I was graced by having a small bundle of joy come into my life.

Since that time, I have watched that child grow into a strong, intelligent, and good looking girl. She has a kind heart, a love for games, and a love for the natural world.

I am proud to call her my daughter.

Happy Birthday, B. May you have many, many more.

and now, a song! )
10 years ago yesterday, I was being shooed out of my office by my co-workers to go be with [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 at the hospital, where she was taken doe to complications with her pregnancy.

10 years ago today, the third great joy* of my life came about a month early, as my son, F., was born. Since then, I have watched him grow into an intelligent young man who enjoys games, nature, and learning (if not homework). A young man I am proud to call "son".

Happy Birthday F. May you have many, many more.

And now, a song! )

*This should not be confused with the third greatest joy of my life. There are 3 things tied for the greatest joy in my life; this is one of them
It was on this day, not so very long ago, the greatest  blessing to ever enter my life was brought upon this earth.  This lovely person, an angel with more than a touch of an imp within her, has enriched my life in ways innumerable and indescribable. 

Today marks the anniversary of her birth.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0! May we have many more such birthdays of yours to celebrate!
And now, a pair of songs! )
Today should be a good day, even though it makes me feel old.

Today is B.'s 12th birthday. Where have the years gone? My baby girl isn't a baby anymore. ::wipes away tear::

And only one more year until she's a (insert jarring chord here) a TEENAGER! OMGWTHBBQ!

Happy Birthday, B. I love you. May your day be all that you hope it will be.
It was on this day, not so very long ago, the greatest  blessing to ever enter my life was brought upon this earth.  This lovely person, an angel with a touch of an imp within her, has enriched my life in ways innumerable and indescribable. 

Today marks the anniversary of her birth.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0! May we have many more such birthdays of yours to celebrate!
And now, a pair of songs! )
It was on this day, a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, that a woman was born. Well, a girl was born, and she grew to be a woman. She was not destined for a life of either servitude or genteel society, but rather a rip-roarin' life of ups and downs, of friends and loved ones.

The Gods had to give her this life. Why? There was no one else strong enough at the time.

Many happy returns of the day to [livejournal.com profile] darkbay!
And now, a song )
It was on this day, many moons ago, on a backwards planet called "Earth" by it's inhabitants, a child was born. Not just any child, a child of wildness and vice, destined to lead the whole planet down a road of evil and villainy from which it would never recover.

Had it not been for the timely intervention of a passing pachyderm who objected to its bits being mishandled, who knows where the world would be today?

Today is also the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] mac_arthur_park, and the world is a better place because that event.

Many happy returns of the day to you, dear lady.
And now, a song! )
In less than 36 hours, my living space will be infested by 5 pre-teen girls.

Yes, B. is having a sleepover for her birthday.

I KAN HAS EERPLUGZ NAO?

I dunno. I mean, these are generally good kids. But the more of them you get together, the more high pitched screeching and giggling you get. And it increases in geometric proportion per child added.

I have already told B. that her brother is off limits. They are to leave him alone.

I have already told F. that the girls are off limits. He is to leave them alone, especially since they will outnumber him 5-to-1. And, I have something for him if he complies.

I will be in the dining room. I will have the laptop, headphones, and several Nerf guns at the ready. I'm thinking the 10 shot automatics, the longshot, the firefly & one or two of the shotguns. From there, I can see all and dispense Rapid-Fire Hot Nerf Death (tm) on offenders.

Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the (Nerf) gun. hehe

Pizza for dinner. Waffles for breakfast. World of Warcraft for me. Pre-teen super-sappy schlock Disney creations for the girls (including, most likely, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0). Maybe some Wii.

I think everyone's going to behave; not really worried about that. My greatest fear right now has less to do with the sleepover than with work tomorrow. I don't want to have a craptacular day and come home cranky. That will not be fun for anyone.
For today, this historic day, shall remain forever enshrined in the annals of history. Why? On this day, lo these many years ago, the ground quaked, the skies darkened, the animals fled their homes, and lakes around the world turned to lime Jell-o. These events marked the birth of [livejournal.com profile] fuzzface00! Today is the anniversary of that event!

Many happy returns of the day unto you, sir!

And now, a song! )
For on this date, back lo these many years ago, a man was born. Not just any man, but a man of quiet grace and dignity. A man whose destiny was written in the stars!

It is also the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] dr_zrfq, and we live in a better world because of that event.

Cut for your listening pleasure )
On this day, lo these many years ago, the firmaments shook and the heavens were rent asunder. The gods themselves looked down in disbelief at what had been wrought!

For on this day was born [livejournal.com profile] jrpbsp. And for better or worse, the universe was fundamentally changed forever!

And now, a song! )
So, here we are at Wednesday. Middle of the week. Hump day.

And here I am. And there you are.

The depth of my observations today is frightening, no?

So, I know it's been a while since a real update. I'm kinda pushing myself to write this one, because really, I just wanna curl up in a ball and go to sleep. And I don't have time for that crap.

So, let me start this off with some...

Administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] lacousteau, an old and dear friend from college who has consistently been one of the few people I respect and fear. It's that "Joisey/Lawng Ise-land" dynamic.

Me: I think I may have finally kicked the congestion that has been migrating between my sinuses and chest. ::knocks on wood:: Dealing with this since New Year's has been what can best be described as a royal pain in the ass. Simultaneously looking forward to and not looking forward to tomorrows interview with Capstone. On the one hand, I'll probably never have an easier interview to pass. But I still hate interviews. Always have, always will. It's an outgrowth of my self image/self esteem issues, I'm sure, and just one of those things that I deal with. Otherwise not doing badly.

Family: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is picking up temp work here and there, but nothing long term. There's still a potential for good news on the job front, and some few of you know about it. But until things become more solid, we aren't going into a whole lot o' detail. The kids are doing well with school, generally speaking. B.'s birthday is coming up soon, as is the Green & Gold dinner (note to self: When is it?) for her Scout troop. For her birthday, we're having a sleepover for some of her friends. My strategy? I'll be in the Dining room with the laptop and my headset half on playing WoW. I'm not gonna wanna listen to whatever unholy mish-mash of High School Musical\Jonas Brothers\Miley Cyrus\other-annoying-pseudo-Disney-crap-aimed-at-pre-teens that I'm sure will be infesting the dining room, but I can't bloody well leave them unsupervised, right? I mean, sure, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 will be there as well, but I can't be totally oblivious.

Well, OK, I have been in the past. But I mean intentionally so.

F., if he's smart, will hide in his room while the girls are here. Lord above only know what they'll do to him. I am, however, allowing him to pick the toppings on one of the pizzas. Other than that, his big thing coming up is the Pinewood Derby race later in March. I still have my old Pinewood Derby car; we're going to start working on it soon.

Work: Nothing new here. Big thing for everyone right now is the Job fair tomorrow. #1 question being asked: Are you going on Thursday? My answer has been: Yes, unless I hit the lottery.

Stuff we've done/are doing: Well, A week or so ago I introduced the kids to the Reiner Knizia Lord of the Rings boardgame. It was their first time with a cooperative boardgame. I'm happy to say that we won, although it was fairly close. We all had a blast with it.

Introduced both kids to the joy that is watching The Blob. Although I love the movie, there's part of me that just wants to scream "Get some fruit cocktail, whipped cream, and spoons, you doofuses!"

Been catching up on Heroes on DVD, as well as periodic episodes of Supernatural.

American Idiot Idol has started again. Since I live with two people who love watching it, I can't really escape from it short of leaving the condo. So, I attempt to ignore it as much as possible while losing myself in World of Warcraft. But there's one thing I have noticed this year: For a show that is allegedly about singing/performing, there sure is a lot of time wasted on maudlin, melodramatic bullshit that has abso-fucking-lutely nothing to do with music. I had thought that this crapfest couldn't get worse. I was wrong.

Warcrack:
This one goes behind a cut )
Future: Only major thing that I can think of that is coming up is our trip to NJ in a week and a half or so for a combination bowling/birthday party. Balticon may be day tripped if the money is there. O wait, there's a gaming con in Aberdeen, Game Con, in April that I may go to.

Sadly, no Origins this year. Such is life.

OK, time for me to wrap this up, do my timesheets, and make like a shepherd and get the flock outta here.

Remember, you woke up on the correct side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes it a good day.
I'd like to take a moment to wish the happiest returns of the day to a gentleman who I found through on of the friending frenzies I participated in this year. No doubt he will be embarrassed by the praise I am about to give him, but he deserves it.

[livejournal.com profile] popfiend celebrates his natal anniversary today, and folks, let me tell you that this man, by himself, contributes significantly to lowering the drama quotient of LiveJournal on a daily basis. Whether it's through his Drama-Free Thursdays (tm) or his scouring the web for comics for us to view daily, he makes a daily effort to brighten the lives of those on his F-list.

And I'm happy to be on that list.

So Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] popfiend! And thank you.
And now, a song! )
A very happy birthday to a man of uncommon valor and bravery, who wields both wit and weaponry with equal proficiency, and to equally devastating effect.

It is also the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] killernurd, and we wish many happy returns of the day unto him.

And of course I must offer a song... )
I met a gamer from an antique land
Who said: A great and neckless head of stone
Stands in the desert. Near it on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd dicebag lies, whose torn
And sundered pouch and fray of withered strings
Tell that its owner well those dice which fell
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these polyhedrons bare,
The hand that roll'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the rulebooks these words appear:
"My name is [livejournal.com profile] tth, gamer of gamers:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and laugh hysterically!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


Happy Birthday, sir. May you have many more.

Cut for your listening pleasure )
OK, so I know I've got a few to get out.

Dec. 23: [livejournal.com profile] ziggalette
Dec. 25: [livejournal.com profile] lohquesse
Dec. 25: [livejournal.com profile] takayla
Dec. 29: [livejournal.com profile] slev
Dec. 30: [livejournal.com profile] apisanthrop
Dec. 31: [livejournal.com profile] danicia
Dec. 31: One of my best buds EVAR: [livejournal.com profile] fragbert
Jan. 3: [livejournal.com profile] liakela

Wow. 4 of the old PMSD crew in a 12 day span. hm.

And now, a song for you all! )
On this day, lo these many years ago, the firmaments shook and the heavens were rent asunder. The gods themselves looked down in disbelief at what had been wrought!

For on this day was born [livejournal.com profile] rileybear67. And for better or worse, the universe was fundamentally changed forever!

And now, a song! )
It was on this day, a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, that a woman was born. Well, a girl was born, and she grew to be a woman. She was not destined for a life of either servitude or genteel society, but rather a rip-roarin' life of ups and downs, of friends and loved ones, of guidance and support, both given and received.

The Gods had to give her this life. Why? There was no one else strong enough at the time.

Many happy returns of the day to [livejournal.com profile] aylinn!
And now, a song )
Happy birthday to a woman who I've known for quite a while, and who continues to amaze me with the breadth and depth of her knowledge. And her ability to kick ass. She also paid me one of the greatest compliments ever - at the FanTek con where my iridescent yellow shirt made it's debut, complete with it's vegetable print pants and sash, she looked at me and said "That is just wrong!!!"

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] ninjacooter!

ANd of course, a song... )
In all the calendars that have ever been published, in every history book ever written, in every historical record ever recorded, this day has always been noted for it's notoriety. For on this day, lo these many years ago, a child was born to such a dark destiny, the angels wept in sorrow and pity for what was to come.

Had not a itinerant minstrel accidentally spooked a herd of platypusses, causing them to stampede right over the hovel where he was born, who knows how the world would look today?

Today is also the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] pleasantlyevil, and the world is a better place because that event.

Many happy returns of the day to you, sir, from the four of us.

And now, a birthday song )

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