Your Jesus has Donuts!

While my daughter can say words and “two word” sentences, she can’t do anything like this story below. I guess we have lots of fun to look forward to.
One of my nephews back home came through with a doozy of a line, that prompted this author to almost spew his dinner onto the table upon hearing it. You see, he’s raised Catholic, and one recent Sunday he was staying over for the weekend with one of my step-sisters. Well, she and her family attend a Protestant church. So, said nephew got taken along to the Protestant church. Upon entering, they walked through the coffee hour that the church has, you know, coffee, donuts, that kind of thing. Upon seeing the spread, said nephew exclaimed really loudly..
Which I’m sure prompted much laughter. When my wife relayed that story to me a few days ago, it made me bust out laughing – I wish I could have seen the immediate reaction to that exclamation. It’s quite amusing, especially since said nephew is just 2.5 years old. :)
It’s still funny to me several days later. I wonder what my girl will come up with like this.

Being Sick Sucks

I hate being sick. That stupid tingly feeling you get when you have a fever. You just want to lie there and feel miserable. Blech.

My day

Last night my wife posted an entry on her blog detailing everything she did in a day of taking care of Samantha. It’s rather a lot of stuff, and from my perspective appeared to be designed to show off the fact that taking care of a baby/toddler keeps you from having any kind of set schedule at all. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, and since today was my day to watch Samantha, I decided to do the same thing. Of course me, being me – I was hyper anal about times, lists, and what I put on here. I did also for the most part leave out my trips to the bathroom; figure you don’t care to read that. So I have way more detail than Lynn did on her entry. So here we go…

  • 7:05 – Samantha cried out, and jarred me awake. She did however not really “get up”, and stayed quiet, so I stayed in bed.
  • 7:12 – Bladder got me out of bed to hit the bathroom
  • 7:15 – checked email – toy ordered for Sam shipped to my mother’s house. Why I checked my email before getting in the shower? Be glad I used the bathroom first, I’ve been known to roll out of bed straight to the computer.
  • 7:22 – I got in the shower, and talked to Lynn at same time, as she was getting ready for work.
  • 7:38 – I started setting up the laptop in the kitchen, as it was going to be where I kept this log all day, as it’s a central point in the house, plus I use it on Saturdays anyway.
  • 7:39 – Started bottle in warmer
  • 7:40 – Checked on Momma changing diaper
  • 7:44 – Fed Samantha bottle
  • 7:45 – Started a pot of coffee for myself.
  • 7:46 – Said goodbye to Lynn, she went to work
  • 7:48 – Toasted Waffle for Samantha’s breakfast
  • 7:51 – Fed Samantha waffle, ate my own cereal
  • 8:05 – Started Baby Einstein DVD for Samantha
  • 8:07 – Finished setting up laptop in kitchen had to hook up power and the mouse – I hate laptop touchpad mice
  • 8:08 – Once that was done, I went outside, got the newspaper, and turned on the soaker hose for awhile, as the Lord knows we need rain around these parts.
  • 8:11 – Finally managed to drink some coffee.
  • 8:13 – Got on the computer and did some usual morning stuff (browse web, sent pics to some people, fantasy baseball updates, email, news, general stuff)
  • 8:32 – Took out some trash and checked on soaker hose
  • 8:36 – Worked on update for last night Rangers game for my Texas Rangers site
  • 8:50 – Baby Einstein over, get more coffee, go play with Samantha in living room.
  • 9:15 – Samantha was still playing at this point, but not much was holding her attention for more than a minute or so. She’d look at pictures, pick up this toy, that toy, and move on quickly. Came in to kitchen to update this list.
  • 9:16 – Samantha followed Daddy to laptop and wanted up, so we looked at pics of Samantha. Samantha loves looking at pictures, and she knows daddy’s laptop has pictures, and certain pictures of herself make her smile rather a lot.
  • 9:23 – Called mama at work to say hi
  • 9:25 – Seemed tired (yawning, rubbing eyes), put down in crib for a nap.
  • 9:27 – Turned on baby monitor, freshened coffee cup
  • 9:29 – Went to play Xbox 360
  • 9:40 – Samantha fell asleep, as far as I can tell, continuing to play Xbox 360 (MLB 2k6 for the record)
  • 10:30 – Read article on grocery stores in newspaper
  • 10:35 – Fed cats
  • 10:38 – Looked at 3D Realms forums
  • 10:54 – Washed the few bottles that were in sink
  • 11:05 – Called mama to say hi again
  • 11:07 – Started reading my email backlog
  • 11:10 – Samantha woke up, continued to read email
  • 11:15 – Walking by the window, I saw the mailman at the next house, so I went out and met him to get mail (bit too hot for Samantha today in my opinion, plus she wasn’t awake yet anyway).
  • 11:17 – Mailman brought Amazon coupon, cancelled camera order with Dell, replaced with Amazon order. This is the camera.
  • 11:21 – Went in to take care of Samantha, change diaper, change clothes
  • 11:25 – Fed Samantha a bottle, prepared her lunch, read email while she ate bottle
  • 11:33 – Fed Samantha lunch (rice & peas). Lynn said she loves this meal, and she was energetic at the start, but I think she had enough; she didn’t finish it. Towards the end she started putting peas and rice in her hair. I stopped that of course, but it was still funny to see her with rice in her hair.
  • 11:58 – Done with lunch, didn’t want all of rice/peas – taking into living room for Blue’s Clues
  • 12:00 – Cleaned up kitchen floor, as there was rice and peas everywhere – about dozen peas, uncounted rice
  • 12:04 – Started another blog entry for my Texas Rangers site
  • 12:08 – Mama called from work
  • 12:14 – Back to baseball blog entry
  • 12:17 – Read online news
  • 12:25 – Got samantha from crib as Blue’s Clues was over, went to play in living room, but on the way discovered I needed to change a dirty diaper – oh joy!
  • 12:29 – We came in and had a big living room play session. The usual stuff went on, blocks, cars, looking at her photo album, knocking down the stacked toys I stood up. There were a few things that stood out. As with Lynn’s “Rose Tyler” entry on her blog, I asked Samantha where Rose Tyler was, and she went off and started playing with the doll, which was very cool. One other thing that I really enjoyed was when we played in this red plastic chair Lynn bought. Samantha loves sitting in this chair. She can’t get in it on her own yet, but she does go to it, stand up, bang on the chair, and then look at you to put her in it. So I did. She then put her own blankt over top of her head and sat there. I peeked in from the bottom of the blanket, and when she made eye contact, she got a huge smile and then reached out to hug me (all under the blanket). I loved it. Was a wonderful heartwarming moment.
  • 1:14 – Samantha seemed a little tired, put down in crib for a nap.
  • 1:17 – Used bathroom, came out to kitchen to mark latest updates to this list.
  • 1:18 – Checked in on Rangers game on TV that was supposed to start 20 minutes previous to this. It was in a rain delay.
  • 1:21 – No game, went outside to examine soaker hose situation
  • 1:25 – Came back in fixed my own lunch, sat down in living room, watched TV while eating it (This Week in Baseball and some random news stuff I had on the TiVo).
  • 1:50 – Came back to laptop, quick check of other baseball games, and the usual web browsing, email checks, etc.
  • 2:11 – Went in to get Samantha up, who is now awake.
  • 2:15 – Playtime in living room – the usual stuff.
  • 2:21 – Kira decided to stroll through the play area, which means Samantha is off – Samantha loves chasing Kira. Kira is not a fan of being chased, and she usually gets trapped behind the cat tree, which prompts much laughing from Samantha.
  • 2:25 – We went into the master bedroom and played “The Bed Game”. It’s kind of silly – I load up one side of the bed with this really long body pillow of Lynn’s, and then the other side is mostly me laying there with some pillows at the far end against the wall. What we do is Samantha crawls towards the end of the bed that my head is not at, and then I roll her down the pillow towards me, and she’s laughing the whole time. She then rights herself, and then crawls back to the other end of the bed and waits for me to do it again. She loves this. Not sure how we got onto this. However, the bed game will have to end soon as she’s getting too big for it, and she wants to crawl off the side of the bed to go after the cats. The pillows don’t stop her as well as they used to.
  • 2:40 – After the bed game, Samantha got to watch another episode of Blue’s Clues while Daddy did some random picking up, plus started a download of the new Doctor Who episode from England.
  • 3:10 – It’s afternoon snack time, and Samantha gets one of her favorite snacks – a banana. I did have a Michael moment though as I knocked the banana holder to the floor and it broke in half. We’ll need a new one.
  • 3:25 – The banana is over, so it’s a quick diaper check (don’t need change), and then back to more living room play. Right around this time Daddy taught Samantha something new! One of Samantha’s things is knocking down the peek a blocks which stack onto each other. I noticed Samantha trying to slide one of the blocks onto the base you use to start the stack. She was doing it all sideways, so I stopped and showed her how to do it a few times. She seemed really interested in watching me try to teach her, and after a couple of attempts, she managed to do it right – she stuck the block to the base, pulled it apart, and stuck it again. Daddy got EXTREMELY excited – as it was a visual, tangible piece of proof that I taught her something. I clapped, and told Samantha what a good job she did. I really loved it – I almost cried. I got so excited I had to call mama at work again. :)
  • 3:40 – After the call it was back to living room for more play. Samantha was fixated on Rose Tyler again – the doll has a magnet in it’s head, as does the pacifier, so it will stick to the doll’s mouth. Samantha spent about 15 minutes just pulling it off, putting it on – she played with no other toys during this time.
  • 3:57 – Diaper change!
  • 4:00 – Daddy burnt himself out in his extreme excitement over the block success, and got really tired. Samantha went in the pack & play (with no TV or DVD). I lied down on the sofa right next to her for a few minutes.
  • 4:20 – Daddy held Samantha and walked around the house looking at various pictures.
  • 4:29 – MAMA’S HOME! We’re both happy about that! After momma gets changed, daddy lies down on bed to rest for a few minutes after brief update on my Rangers site regarding the rainout this afternoon in Boston
  • 5:00 – Came out and started playing catch up again with this list.
  • 5:25 – The Rangers game finally started (about 5 hours late or so), so I put that on while being online working on this list.
  • 5:45 – Stopped working on the list for the time being, and watched the Rangers game.
  • 6:10 – Watched Samantha for a bit while the Rangers game was still on – Mama needed to make some Cole Slaw for dinner tonight.
  • 6:30 – I paused the Rangers game, and got up and started prepping the Michaelburgers for tonight’s dinner.
  • 6:38 – Michaelburgers take the grill
  • 6:54 – The Michaelburgers are done. During the cook time, I also went out front and messed with the sprinkler (which didn’t work right) in an attempt to water my lawn, which desperately needs it. I also parked the truck in the garage.
  • 7:02 – Lynn and I start eating dinner while the Rangers game was on. Samantha was in her pack & play at this time. Not sure when we finished, but when we finsihed, momma took Samantha and went and played in the living room – daddy continued watching the Rangers game.
  • 7:40 – Daddy pauysed the Rangers game again, and got up and cleaned up the kitchen from dinner while momma was bathing Samantha.
  • 7:47 – Back to the Rangers game, also sorted some mail that had piled up the last few days.
  • 8:05 – Took in Samantha’s nighttime bottle, Samantha goes to sleep for the night.
  • 8:06 – Got online, checked out email.
  • 8:11 – Picked up the mass of toys that were all over the floor in the living room.
  • 8:16 – Back to the Rangers game. At some point during here I fell asleep on the couch watching it. No clue exactly when, when I got up the game was over.
  • 8:40 – Lynn came out and read the newspaper. I watched some random stuff on the TiVo. Mostly VH1’s Rock Honors special.
  • 9:10 – Read a bit of the new issue of Sports Illustrated
  • 9:15 – Started watching episode of Doctor Who that was on Sci-Fi Channel Friday night. About 30 seconds into it, Samantha cried out, so momma went in there and calmed her down. Daddy got online for a few minutes.
  • 9:27 – Back to the Doctor Who Episode.
  • 10:15 – Showed Lynn a 7 minute mini episode of Doctor Who (from the UK on the laptop) that came next in chronological order after the one we watched on Sci-Fi channel; this mini episode will likely never air in the US.
  • 10:25 – Watched a bit of the late local news (mostly about weather, which is now at 100-102 now regularly – ugh).
  • 10:40 – Talked to Lynn a bit before she went to bed for the night.
  • 10:53 – Came in here to work on finalizing this list. At this point, the list is current with what I’m actually doing. Also during this time I email chat with my brother who is at work back home in Pennsylvania, as well as browse the web since I’m now caught up with the list.
  • 12:05AM – Done with the Internet for the night, I’m going to head into the other room and watch the new episode of Doctor Who that was on in the UK earlier this afternoon.
  • 1:08AM – Doctor Who is over, now it’s time to play a game on the ol’ Xbox 360, and likely hit the sack, as I’m getting tired. I can never just “go to bed”, I have to be drop dead tired, otherwise I lie there, think of something, and get my mind going again, and wake up. That’s my day, roughly 18 hours or so after it started.

UPDATE Sunday: I ended up finally going to to bed around 2:15AM. Which is about average for me.

An Update

My wife just informed me I didn’t update my blog in over a month now.
So here’s your update, honey.

Another Year, Another Hour

As I sit here writing this, it’s 5:40AM, and I’m sitting at an IHOP in Rockwall Texas. I had my laptop with me as I was taking it to work later this morning, and I turned it on, and discovered that the IHOP here offers free wirless internet. So you know I had to jump all over that. :)
I’m here after spending some time at church for the annual Easter vigil. I did this at my church last year as well. My wife and I started attending our church here in Garland in November of 2004, and this is the second Easter since then. It’s by far not the only times I’ve done this. I’ve participated in my church’s annual Easter vigil for as long as I can remember.
My “hour” was from 4AM to 5AM. So after downing a bunch of coffee in my truck before it was my time, I went in. My church really does a great job at making different rooms on the campus look beautiful for various reasons. This was no different. The room is made up to look like the Garden of Gasthemene (sp?) – the idea being will you honor Jesus’ request to spend an hour with him? Sure, that’s no problem. Given all the blessings I have in this life, it’s a very small price to pay. I always pick times like 3AM and 4AM, as they’re not convienient. THat’s a strong belief I have, that the time I pick to spend with Jesus is not “easy time” for me.
So I went in, I prayed, I sat, I read my Bible that I had brought with me. I wished I had done that last year, but didn’t, so I made sure I had one with me this time. As usual, it was very moving. Not that I really needed affirmation of this, but my choice to participate, and participate specifcally HERE was shown to me by the others in the room with me. You the reader woudln’t know most of them, but three of them are significant. One is a fellow within the last year who was saved by Jesus after a life of drugs and I found out when leaving by looking at the schedule that he was going to be there the whole night! Now that is a committment. One of the other folks was one of the church elders, but the most important one was the Rector Emeritus for our church. Having him in there with me sharing his soul and his prayers and time with me told me I was in the right place.
Last year I felt God spoke his love to me while in prayer directly. This year, I feel that he showed me his love through the presence of Fr Ralph. I was scheduled to be there, he was not. I’m sure folks who don’t believe in God might see this as nothing, but I see it differently. God loves me, and I’m not ashamed to say it. If you’re reading this and don’t believe or love God, know he loves you too.
God bless Fr Ralph, God bless my church, God bless my wife and daughter, and God bless the folks who invented the computer systems that allow me to bring this message to you.

I was all ready, too.

I was all ready to be an uncle. I really was. While I’m really sad about this, it’s got to be nothing compared to what my brother and his wife feel. I love you guys, and feel really horrible right now.

A friend in pain

A friend just told me today that her father died last night.
I’m sorry this happened to you, but as most people say, he’s in a better place now. No more pain. I was glad to hear the stories you told leading up to this. Was nice to hear.
If Lynn and I can do anything, let me know.

I’m really lucky

I’m really lucky to have the wife I have. I’ve been married 9 years now (our anniversary was on Wednesday). I’ve known her for 18 years total. Even when I act like a complete ass, she still finds it in her to love me, so I must have done something right somewhere along the line.
Lynn deals with a lot being the stay at home mom. One of the bigger things I would think would be boredom, since we only have a single vehicle, since I need it to get back and forth from work, she’s at home a lot.
Perhaps I’ve gotten to used to that, and take her for granted for the things she does for me and the family. I’m generally a lazy person, and I may have allowed that to get into my feelings for how I perceive my wife.. Maybe – I don’t know. It’s not like I’d ever cheat on her or something along those lines. It’s more my general laziness keeping me from saying thank you, helping out more than I probably can, etc. I’m not a complete loaf, but I could probably do better than I do. As I’m sure most people could.
But I feel bad today after I had an epiphany in thinking about our relationship. Slowly, over time, I may have allowed myself to become something I never wanted to be. A bad husband at times. I’m sure Lynn would say I’m not a bad husband, and I don’t think I am as a rule, but certain individual small things that I do probably aren’t good, and need work. I need to do better.
Who am I writing this to? No one in particular. This entire thing here is just a thinking out loud exercise, I think.

7 more things about myself

Well, my wife did do the list of 7 blog, but she didn’t do it exactly the same. She did some of the questions the same, but three she didn’t answer and replaced with her own ideas. I liked the ones she added, so I decided to do a second list. The first three are ones she did on her blog entry, the fourth is one Lynn made up, but didn’t use, and the final three are new creations of my own. Here we go again:
7 Things I miss about Philadelphia (my hometown):

  1. REAL Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, not these abominations you can get here (except for Fred’s). Pat’s – Geno’s? Oh man…
  2. A good mass transit system
  3. My family
  4. The ability to easily get to Pro baseball & football games without driving (see mass transit)
  5. Real winters – I miss my snow.
  6. Being able to say I was from the birthplace of the country
  7. Being able to take visitors to local attractions that aren’t a TV ranch or the death of a president

7 Things that are better in Texas:

  1. Mexican Food
  2. Movie theatres
  3. Shopping
  4. No state income tax
  5. Driving a pickup truck and not hauling anything doesn’t get you strange looks
  6. Generally friendlier people
  7. My personal outlook about myself – my life is a whole lot different in Texas than it was back home in PA

7 things I would want to save in case of emergency (not including my wife, daughter, & cats):

  1. Whatever was important to Lynn
  2. My computer, because so much of my livliehood & hobbies are involved in that.
  3. My DVD collection
  4. My CD collection
  5. My baseball cards
  6. My Book of Common Prayer
  7. My ipod (I’m really reaching here, I can’t think of anything else)

7 things I want to do with Samantha when she’s older:

  1. Take her to a baseball game when she’s old enough to comprehend the nuances of the game.
  2. Show her where Mommy & Daddy are from (again, when she’s old enough to comprehend it)
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Be there to support her in something she does for herself.
  5. Be her friend
  6. Give her away (wedding related!)
  7. Still be around, unlike my own father.

7 gadgets I’d love to have if cost was no option (it has to exist)

  1. DLP HD TV set
  2. Totally incredible home theatre system, all automated and badass.
  3. State of the art PC, fully decked out, of course.
  4. Canon Powershot A620 Digital Camera
  5. Palm Tungsten T5 PDA
  6. 1969 Dodge Charger made up to look like the General Lee
  7. Every videogame system in history with a complete collection of games for each.

7 regrets in life

  1. Not marrying Lynn sooner
  2. Not becoming a father sooner
  3. Not being better looking for Lynn (I’m too heavy)
  4. Not having a father growing up
  5. Not knowing my great grandparents as an adult (I knew ’em as a kid though)
  6. Not answering Lynn’s calls in 1995
  7. Being able to recite infinite minutae about Doctor Who, Star Trek, & baseball, yet forget common things I should know.

7 people I’d want to have dinner with

  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Vinton Cerf
  3. Buck O’ Neill
  4. Johnny Oates
  5. Frank Anthony Iommi
  6. Stephen Siegler
  7. Lynn

The Curse of the 7

OK, I’ve been called out by a friend of mine over on his blog, so I guess I have to do this. It turned out to be significantly harder than I thought it would be.
7 things I plan to do before I die:

  1. See my daughter get married
  2. Be more consistant with my spiritual beliefs and how they manifest themselves in my day to day life
  3. Lose some weight for real
  4. Talk to people and try not to sound like I’m talking down to them all the time
  5. Renew my vows
  6. Bowl a 300 game
  7. Attend all 81 home games of a baseball season

7 things I can do:

  1. Make a beautiful baby
  2. Create/Maintain a website
  3. Make a great omelette
  4. Make Lynn feel good
  5. Be a good husband
  6. Eat too much
  7. Think I’m right to the exclusion of all else

7 things I can not do:

  1. Lose weight consistantly
  2. Have confidence in myself about trying things that are new to me I can’t do.
  3. Ride a rollercoaster
  4. Take a compliment well
  5. Be comfortable flying
  6. Cook very well more than the 2 or 3 things I can make.
  7. Easily complete this “Curse of the 7” list.

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex:

  1. Breasts
  2. Smile
  3. When they don’t care if they look perfect
  4. Nice lips
  5. That little bit of curve right at the bottom of the butt where the top part of the leg ends.
  6. A good sense of humour
  7. Oh yeah, breasts!

7 Things I say most often:

  1. Have I told you this before?
  2. Ah crap!
  3. I’ll just have to do this on the computer, It’ll just be a minute (usually not true)
  4. It’s FINE!
  5. What did I say?
  6. I don’t remember that!
  7. Is it 6 yet?

7 celebrity crushes:

  1. Angelina Jolie
  2. Pamela Anderson
  3. Jeri Ryan
  4. Brooke Burke
  5. Christina Applegate
  6. Jenny McCarthy
  7. Alyssa Milano
  8. Damn, wanted more than 7 in this list.

7 people I want to do this:

  1. Lynn
  2. Chana Miller
  3. Joe Selinske
  4. The Levelord
  5. Samantha. :)
  6. Avatar, from Orange County California (Overworked and…)
  7. Victims of Hurricane Katrina, as I bet their lists would be very different, plus it would mean their lives were back together to a point where they could see this and then do it.