Once again, it's that time of year, the time of year where we celebrate that most American of modern holidays: The Super Bowl (or, as my World History teacher, Mike Gould, called it, the Hyper Bowl).

(Side note: While I'm a big fan of tradition, the NFL needs to move the game to Saturday night so that people have Sunday to clean up and recover from the parties. )

Alas, my beloved Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing, but I'll still be watching. All I really hope for is a good game and a handful of humorous and/or innovative commercials. This year...I really don't know who will win. Nor do I have a favorite. Growing up in South Jersey, Pittsburgh was always the AFC team it was ok to root for, and I admit to a soft spot in my heart for the Packers (unless they're playing the Eagles, then they can all burn). I think that this is the "Dream Game" for the NFL - two storied franchises with large and passionate national fan bases. Should make for good ratings.

This year, we'll be at home. We'll do the Pathfinder game in the afternoon, and have chili and stuff for the game. If you wanna come by, you're welcome to do so, just lemme know.

In the meantime, here's a few polls for you to fill out if the mood so strikes you.

[Poll #1676143]
So, yeah, here we go...

Saturday, Nov 20 )
Sunday, Nov 21 )
Monday, Nov 22 )
Tuesday, Nov 23 )
Wednesday, Nov 24 )
Thursday, Nov 25 )
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Saturday, Nov 27 )
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As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My job and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Hey there! So, how the hell are ya?

I'm doing fairly well. Getting over a cold that my son brought home. I love my kids, and I'm so proud that they freely share. I just wish they'd stop sharing their mini-plagues with the family.

*sigh*

Anyway, here I am and there you are and here we are and isn't it a loooooooovely day! OK, no it's not, given that it's cool and rainy. But we need the rain here in the DC area, so I can live with it.

So, not much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. We went to AnimeUSA for Friday & Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B had a good time wandering around and going to various panels. F & I kinda camped out with a bag of games and played them with each other and random passers-by. Played/Taught several rounds of Castle Ravenloft. Also played Ninja vs. Ninja, Munchkin Impossible, Frag! Gold, and one or two other things. Had lunch in the Maid Cafe. We left around 7 on Sat because I was really starting to feel run down.

I have to say that I saw only a minimal amount of body-inappropriate outfits at AnimeUSA. This is a good thing. I had a longer writeup, but decided to cut it because I know y'all don't need that. The only one that disturbed me a bit was the dude dressed as some anime chick who had long, dark, curly chest hair poppoing up over the top of his bra. Looked like some sort of cthuloid tentacle thing waving around in the breeze.

Watched the Sam Kinison Tribute on Comedy Central Sat night. The man still makes me laugh after nearly 25 years.

Watched my beloved Philadelphia Eagles lay the smackdown on the Redskins last night. It was...painful to watch at times. Loved Sonny Jurgenson's line "They were Vicked".

Need to finish up Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Need the fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and other stuff.

Actually, I need to put up a Do-List for myself. Get my shit together.

But, before I do that, I want to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
This one is for all my friends who follow the Washington DeadRedskins:

We, the faithful fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, are not even remotely surprised at what Donovan McNabb is doing. The fact that you may be surprised means only that you weren't paying attention in the last few years.

I like McNabb. I think he did a lot of great things both on and off the field in Philly. But he just could never seem to get out of his own way to enter that top tier.

I remember after the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, there was joke going around that McDonalds was going to introduce a new sandwich called the McNabb: The guy behind the counter would either throw it just in front of you or just behind you.
Because random titles are fun!

So, yeah, trying to get back into a more regular posting rhythm. I have a few thoughts I wanna get down on paper (screen?) while I have some lunch break time left.

But first, some administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_! [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & I found each other through [livejournal.com profile] snipeyhead setting up a Google group thingie, while [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_ & I found each other from a friending frenzy she was hosting a day or so ago. So welcome to the porch!. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I'm gonna jump around a bit here. I'll try not to lose you.

I've spent part of the last day trying to hammer out my demo schedule for Origins. Mopstly, I'll be doing demos of Chez Geek, Chez Goth, and Chez Cthulhu. I'm trying not to do too much, as I'd like to do at least one event with each kid, and maybe something we can all do together.

Some of you who have been here a bit may remember that we took part in the 2009 NJ Lighthouse Challenge (you can read about our adventure here). We were going to do the Maryland one, but opted out due to illness and weather. Our plan was to try to do it this year, but I just learned from the website that due to state budgetary issues combined with the fact that neither the Long Island nor New Jersey Challenges would be held this year, they chose to also not hold it this year, instead looking towards 2011 as the next one. A bit of a disappointment, to be sure, but understandable.

Supposed to visit NJ this weekend for a combined birthday party for B and my brother [livejournal.com profile] matt3485; we shall see if that happens. Mostly, it will depend on the weather. Specifically, the snow. Yay.

So the Eagles have let Brian Westbrook go. I can't say I'm surprised. Salary Cap issues aside, he spent as much or more time off the field as on it over the last two seasons. I'm sorry to see him go, and I wish him nothing but the best. Thank you, sir, for your time with the Eagles and the thrilling plays you made. Thank you for everything you did for the city of Philadelphia and Eagles fans everywhere.

I hate my work computer on Thursdays. That's the day when the full AV scan is done. Slows this damn machine down more than molasses in Montana in February.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Hey there, folks! Hope you're all doing well!

So, here's what has transpired since having seen you last.
cut for rambly length )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My new job, and the people who "prompted" me to find it
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
When did that happen?

Oh well.

Nothing overly exciting happened since I last spoke at ya.

Well, almost nothing. Seems that on Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and the kids were on their way home when a deer decided to cross the road in front of her. And while she missed that one, she was not so lucky with the five more that followed. Or, more precisely, the last one or two. Fortunately, no one was hurt (except the deer) and there was minimal damage to the TrailBlazer (front grill, driver's side headlight mount). Insurance will cover the repair (minus the deductible). We went to the USAA-recommended body shop yesterday; they ordered the parts and we'll drop the car off tomorrow night. I'll be taking the metro to and from work until we get the car back.

Otherwise, as I said, not much going on. Did the Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Also got the main course for Christmas eve dinner as Giant had frozen geese for sale. Damn thing cost me more than the 2 turkeys I bought. Oh well.

Made chili on Saturday for the family chili cookoff on Sunday. It came out great. Shame that the Eagles lost to the Chargers, though. I think that a combination of too many injuries and talented but inexperienced rookies is going to cost us a run at the playoffs this year, though I could be wrong.

Watched the Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved special on Monday. While I was glad to see that Ted Allen was using the AB turkey frying rig, I wanna know who brought back that corpse they named Claire Robinson. Dude, she was disturbing. It took me half the show to figure out why she bothered me so - she looked like a damn zombie. The dead were alive and trying to remake green bean casserole on Food-f-in-Network! Also, I don't remember who the hell it was that did this, but some idiot took a shot at Ted Allen because he was "afraid of hot oil". I don't need to tell all y'all how many fires are started every freaking year because people didn't exercise sufficient caution and common sense when frying their turkey. Bad scripting, Food Network. Overall, it didn't suck, but it didn't help or inspire me either.

Right now, we have our "Do list" of what needs to happen when for the next week or so.
so as not to bore people )
Is it busy? Yes. Absolutely. Will I enjoy every minute of it where I'm not at work? Most likely.

This is where and when the memories are made, folks. These are the times I treasure.

But before the rushing around and silliness starts in earnest, I would remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
Which probably translates to "More BS than ever before"!

Hiya folks. Yeah, it's been a while since I updated. And a large part of the reason for that is illness. As in, the whole family was knocked on it's collective ass last week. Trust me when I tell you that the only ones who were happy about that were the makers of Tylenol Cold medication.
Placed behind a cut for...(insert witty statement here) )
I think that's about it for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
YAY!!!

Man, I know I've probably driven this point into the ground, but I do so love this time of year.

The temperatures are nice and cool. The fall and halloween decorations are going up.

[livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 made an apple pie earlier this week.

Football is in full swing.

So, how ya doin'? Hopefully good.

Things have been a bit busy this week, but manageable.

But first, some administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] morlith, who found me through a friending frenzy a week or two ago. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
minor bullet list behind cut to spare your f-list )
I think that's about it for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
I like random....

So, welcome to the start of another glor-ee-ous work week. OK, so it's half way through the start, but what the hell. My blog, my rules, I win.
the weekend )

Travel notes )
Football thoughts )
Internet goodness! )
I think that's all for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
And remember that worrying about H1N1 will do more to shorten your lifespan than the actual flu will.

Hey, happy Friday Eve Day! Hope everyone is doing well. I'm doing reasonably well this morning. A little sleepy, but that's in large part because I haven't gone to sleep before 1 am either of the last two nights. Oh, it's all my own damn fault, so no sympathy requested or required, just explaining where I'm at.

So, how about a quick bullet list o' doom!

  • Administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] hopefulspirit & [livejournal.com profile] ruaalien2 who found me through a friending frenzy held on [livejournal.com profile] hopefulspirit's LJ. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Family: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is still trying to kick her cough. She's spending the next 4 work days at one of the buildings she manages overseeing some work being done. Words can't express how thrilled she is. Kids still enjoying school, but not homework. We're all a little disappointed by the turnaround in the forecasted weather for the weekend, but figure that it happened specifically because we canceled our plans. That's ok, because we have other...
  • Weekend plans: Friday night is F.'s first Cub Scout Pack Meeting, which is also a picnic being held at one of the local parks. Saturday, we'll do a bit of cleaning, then some shopping for fall/halloween decor and some other organizational stuff. On the way home, we'll get some pizza and then make a movie night out of it. Probably start with Jason and the Argonauts and go from there. Sunday, F & I are helping staff a table to recruit more cub scouts around 10:45 am, then we'll head up to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's for football. Speaking of which...
  • Football: Ah yes, the season has started. And not one week into the season, and my beloved Philadelphia Eagles are already in a bind. Yeah, we beat the Carolina Panthers, but our franchise QB, Donovan McNabb, got hurt. And with Vick suspended for at least one more week, it's no wonder that the team signed Jeff Garcia. They had to. They needed someone to back up Kevin Kolb. Whatever. I don't have much hope that they will beat the New Orleans Saints, but we shall see. In other football news and thoughts:
    • I think that the loss of Brian Urlacher will have a bigger effect on the Chicago Bears defense than the loss of Troy Polamalu (doo doo dedoo doo) will on the Pittsburgh Steelers Defense.
    • Anyone who didn't see this coming from T.O., raise your hand. ::looks:: Yeah, that's what I thought. No hands.
    • Looking at the weeks games, I don't see many compelling ones:
      • Steelers at Bears: Good defense on both sides; expect this to be a defensive struggle
      • Raiders at Chiefs: This could decide who ends up last in the NFL
      • Vikings at Lions: How will rookie Matt Stafford do against an actual defense?
      • Patriots at Jets: Same thing, substitute Mark Sanchez for Stafford.
  • Gaming: Played some WoW over the last two nights. Some guild drama occurred in my absence. Otherwise, I still seem to be able to play my Retadin well.
  • It seems that an fair number of you want me to perform experiments on myself in the name of "Science". Fine. So be it. The orders for the Dungeons & Dragons Soda and the M:tG soda are placed. Anyone want to help with the testing?
  • X-Entertainment has begun their annual Halloween Countdown!!! Check it out for all kinds of Halloween Fun!
  • Speaking of Holidays, I'm starting to collect recipes that sound interesting for use with Thanksgiving dinner. I need to test them before then. Maybe I should do a bunch and invite people for tastings...
OK, I think that's all for now. I need to go change out backup tapes.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
I’ll say the same thing here I’ve said elsewhere:

As much as I despise what Vick did, I would encourage everyone to remember that he, like the rest of us, is human. As such, we occasionally foul up. And yes, he fouled up in a much larger fashion than most of us ever will. That said, we all deserve the chance to atone for our misdeeds, learn from them, and hopefully become a better person.

Just sayin’, is all…
grayhawkfh: (philisophical...)
Wow. It's Thursday. Where did the week go?

So, Hi. Glad to see you're still here. Haven't written much lately. Been busy at work and at home. Right now what I am is tired. Thing is, they get grumpy about my doing that at work. Funny, eh?

So. Hope everyone is doing well. Aside from being tired, I am. Work has been ok, if busy. Things are good at home as well. Took the family to see the Bowie Baysox on Saturday. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the fact that we got rained on. Oh, and the Baysox won 12-2.

Saturday, I'll be taking B to go see HP:HBP at the Uptown. In a few weeks, I'll take F to see GI Joe: The rise of Cobra.

On a separate note, while the rest of the 1987 movie sucked moose nuts, the opening still kicks serious ass after all these years!



Still studying for my General and Extra class Amateur Radio licensing tests. Hey, [livejournal.com profile] ironkite: Check out http://www.qrz.com for online practice tests.

Still playing WoW, though nothing of note has been going on there.

Annnnd training camp has begun for my beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Which means that football is just around the corner!

It also means that August is here. Which means that I need to get my s**t together for Fantasy football.

I dunno. Every month of the year, I think, has something for me to look forward to, but August always seems "blah" to me. I mean, one of my favorite non-holiday family get-togethers happens in August (the family fantasy football live draft). But still, I don't know if it's just the heat or what. Maybe the lingering memories of knowing that August meant that half the summer break was over. Or maybe the anticipation of the last quarter of the year starting to get it's hooks into me.

Whatever it may be, I'm kinda looking forward to the end of the month already. Got TCEP happening and then we start heading into fall. Which, I think, is far and away my favorite season.

OK, enough of that.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 36 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends TOMORROW!
Hey, y'all. How the hell are ya?

Time for another bullet list o' doom!
  • Administrivia: I must needs welcome the lovely [livejournal.com profile] cassildra to these writings and ramblings of mine. Pull up a chair and set a spell! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Still rockin' and rollin'. Went and took the test for a Technician level Amateur Radio License on Saturday - passed with a perfect score. My call sign is KB3TDX. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest checking out the information here. I plan on taking at least the General level exam in August, maybe the Extra as well.

    Side note to [livejournal.com profile] ironkite: The Laurel VEC does all levels of exams at the Women's Club in Laurel on the 3rd Saturday of every month. No charge.
  • Family: Everyone still doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 finds more and more stuff every day that her predecessor either blew off or didn't want to deal with - which means that she now has to deal with old business that needed to be taken care of a while ago as well as the stuff she needs to do now. Joy. Kids enjoying the summer.
  • Weekend: This weekend was a bit busy. Spent Friday trying to deal with the prep work in order to sell the Mazda - which included trying to find documentation that I *swear* I had filed. Friday was also "International Day" at B's camp - they asked that people send in dishes representing their ethnicity. So, we got some pierogi (Potato & Cheese and Potato & Garlic) from The Kielbasa Factory which I cooked up and brought over to the camp while still warm. Saturday was the exam in the morning, then a Barking Mad meeting in the afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B went up to MSD HQ for the monthly C&S game, while F stayed home with me. After the meeting, we went to Jerry's for sandwiches. Sunday was more relaxing, though we did get the holiday bins out of the downstairs storage unit and over to our other storage.
  • TCEP: Yes, TCEP 16 (Sept. 4-7) is a go! In fact, the early-bird pre-reg price of $30 for adults & $15 for youth (12-17) is still in effect, but only until July 31! It's the best 4 days of gaming and relaxation in the DC area! And yes, I will be running the 2nd annual Arenson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl! For more information on the con, see this post!!!
  • WoW: Not much to report on here. Didn't have a great group for Thursday's raid - missing a lot of regulars. As such, we weren't up to our normal damage dealing potential.
  • Next weekend: We go to see the Bowie Baysox take on the Reading Phillies on Saturday night. Our seats are second level, 4th row, right behind home plate. Plus Fireworks. Yay Fireworks.
  • Football: Less than a week until training camp opens. I'm already excited and more than ready to see my beloved Philadelphia Eagles take the field. This is our year. Time to bring another championship to Philly.

I think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 46 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!
Yeah, it seems like a big sports week for me, eh?

So, two topics on my mind today. Both revolve around football. Both behind cuts for the large non-sports-caring contingent of my F-list
Eagles 2009 Schedule )
The Draft )


Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
In certain respects, I'm the weird one in my immediate family.

Oh hush already

I'm not the sports fanatic that my dad or brothers are. Yes, I enjoy sports quite a bit, but not to the extent that they do. They can give you the current standings of most teams; I'd have to look it up. They could give you a fair idea of who is starting on a given night; I'd have to look it up. The only thing I can come close to matching them on is football.

But even I had my sports heroes growing up.

The death of Harry Kalas yesterday has hit me harder than I thought it would. I think that is due in large part to the fact that, whether or not I realized it at the time, he was an integral part of the soundtrack of my summers and of my youth. And now that part of my childhood, of my summers, of my life is gone. Like so many others, I remember that day in April 1987 when Mike Schmidt hit his 500th Home Run, and I remember the call. Hearing it so many times over the last 24 hours or so has been simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching.

And so, on my commute back and forth to work yesterday and today, I found myself realizing not just how much he meant, but also saddened that I will never be able to thank him. Between his death and the recent death of Dave Arneson, I find myself in the position of wanting to have the chance to meet certain people for no other reason than to thank them for their influence on my life.

I'm still trying to collect my thoughts on Dave; I'll cover that in another post. Right now, I want to talk about 3 people from the world of sports who have made a lasting impression on me. I may never get to meet them. They'll probably never read this. But, if I at least get this out, write it down, commit electrons to cyber-space - I'll at least have done something.

Mike Schmidt: For this 10 year old kid from South Jersey, he was THE MAN when it came to baseball. Yes, I knew the names of many of the other players. Pete Rose, Tug McGraw, and others. But for some reason, it was Mike Schmidt who held my attention. He was why I was happy to go to Phillies games - to see him play. To hopefully see him clobber another home run. When the game was on TV, I paid more attention when he came to bat. Of any baseball player, Mike Schmidt was who I wanted to be; the Mike I wanted to be like. He was the reason for this non-baseball watchin' person to watch baseball; to want to PLAY baseball.

So thank you, sir. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for inspiring the dreams of a 10 year old boy. For the thrills that went through me whenever you hit another homer. Thank you for all of that and so much more.


Ron Jaworski: The "Polish Rifle". Eagles quarterback who took them to the SuperBowl in 1980. Football is my first love in sports, and my love and passion for the Philadelphia Eagles is unflagging. He was a presence on the field. Someone you knew you wanted to be. And he had that "ski" at the end of his name! A fellow Polack! Proof positive that polacks could make it in the NFL! Never went to a game where he played; watched him on TV. Marveled at his ability, at his arm strength, at him. It was a sad day for me when he left the team.

So thank you, sir. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for inspiring a young man to try out for football, even though he wasn't very good at it. For the excitement I experienced when you played. Thank you for all of that and so much more.


Merrill Reese: The long time voice of the Eagles. So many people I know will gladly turn down the sound on their TV and turn up the radio during an Eagles game just to hear him call the game. And I'm among them. I gladly pay the money for NFL Field Pass every season so I can hear him call the games. He is an unabashed fan of the Eagles, and seems willing to let you know when they don't seem to be playing up to expectations. I can remember a few years ago when I drove up to NJ with [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo for the annual Fantasy Football draft. The Eagles were playing a preseason game that night - the first thing we did was to tune in WYSP so we could listen to Merrill call the game (and hear what inanities Mike Quick might come up with).


So thank you, sir. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for giving me a taste of "home" - with your Philly references. For the excitement and enthusiasm you bring to your broadcast. For sharing your enthusiasm for the Eagles. Thank you for all of that and so much more.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
Yes, it's been a while since I've posted anything about me. And I don't know/can't say if there's a reason, or at least a good one. I know that part of it is seasonal. I really love the timeframe from October through December - the holidays are a blast for me. Freinds, family, food and fun.

Then January hits **BANG** and it all stops. And it's a bit of a letdown. And then it's followed by February, which brings the Feast day of St. Valentine...which for the longest time depressed me...and **WHAMMO** you have a recipe for seasonal depression.

Plus American IdiotIdol has started up again ::spit:: I mention this ONLY because [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B. watch it. Which makes it prime WoW time for me, so I guess it ain't all bad...

So, yeah, I'm in a low-ish spot right now, but I'll deal.

Time, then, for the Bullet Point List of DOOM!
  • Me: already covered above
  • Family: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is occasionally working through temp companies and is...in negotiations regarding a full time position. We'll hopefully have a better feel for how things are going after Friday. The kids got their report cards yesterday, and continue to do very well. Both were all A's & B's (slightly more A's IIRC) with 1 C each (or the equivalent). We went to the school's "Science Night" last night, which was essentially a Quasi-science fair. Each class had an "Experiment" on display, whether dealing with magnets, gravity, force, etc. Two of the most popular were the "Effects of paperclips on Paper airplanes" and the "Difference between 'Generic' & 'Brand Name' foods". Especially the latter, where you had to tell what the differences were between brand name or store brand saltines, chocolate chip cookies, and Lucky Charms cereal. The kids had fun, they learned something, and I only got hit with 2 or 3 paper airplanes. I did, however, voice my mock displeasure that there were no baking soda volcanos there. What's a science fair without a baking soda volcano?
  • World of Warcrack notes: For those who care, my Paladin hit 80 the other day. I'm trying to work on getting better gear to help out with raids & heroics. I'm also at about 430 blacksmithing, so I'm getting to make some good armors and the like.
  • Work: Is work. I'm actually writing this as I wait for a computer to finish installing 50 odd updates. Capstone & GDIC will be meeting with us throughout the next 2 weeks or so, culminating in the "official" interviews on Feb 19. Way too much fun.
  • Games: Not done much gaming aside from WoW lately. We were going to try and do a "family game night" last Saturday, but [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 was sick as a dog. Instead, I introduced the kids to the concept of "Lateral Thinking" puzzles, which they loved. I have a book of them, given to me by [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo a few years ago, and I'm trying to do one with them each night. We'll try the game again on Friday.
  • Playoff & Superbowl thoughts: My beloved Philadelphia Eagles did very well to get to the NFC Championship game. I don't know exactly what happened out there, but they have no reason to hang their head. The SuperBowl was exactly what I wish for each year: A good game. Something to keep me interested until the end.

Ok, this computer is done updating. I'll TTYL!
Well, here I am, back at work. Been on vacation from work since 12/23/08. I didn't realize I needed that time off until last Friday or so. So, here's a kind of day-by-day accounting of the last two weeks or so...
Dec. 23 )
Dec. 24 )
Dec. 25 )
Dec. 26 )
Dec. 27 )
Dec. 28 )
Dec. 29 )
Dec. 30 )
Dec. 31 )
Jan. 1 )
Jan. 2 )
Jan. 3 )
Jan. 4 )
And that was our holidays in a nutshell. I'll have some more thoughts on various things as the days go on. For now, I want to thank everyone who helped make the 2008 Holidays special for me and my family, and I wish everyone a bright, bountiful, and blessed 2009. May the darkness stay far from our doorsteps.

(No, that doesn't mean you can attack the darkness with a Magic Missile spell...)
Hey folks, how the hell are ya.

So, ya, the weekend has come and gone. And it was a roller coaster. High volume roller coaster too.

But, overall, it was a good weekend.

First and foremost, thank you for all the thoughts and well wishes. They meant a lot to [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and the family.

Friday )
Saturday )
Sunday )
So here I am at work. Tired, but in good spirits. Tomorrow is the last work day for me this calendar year. After tomorrow, I don't come back here until Jan. 5.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
From ESPN.com: NFC East leads league in dysfunction
By Gene Wojciechowski
ESPN.com
Updated: December 16, 2008, 7:49 PM ET

If there were such a thing as a Dysfunction Draft, my No. 1 pick would be … not those nut-job women from "The View." Not Britney Spears. Not the Auburn football coach search committee.

Not Stevie and Lefty. Not Rod and Patti Blagojevich. Not Curt Schilling and Manny Ramirez.

With the first overall selection, I'd take, ta-da, the NFC East, home to four of the most certifiably crazy teams this side of Tom Cruise and Oprah's couch. It's the only division that needs a 24-hour counseling hotline.
Rest of story behind cut for the link phobic )

My favorite line? "Relatively speaking, the Eagles are the sanest team in the division."

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