Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Stones and Gas

The title of this blog is going to be the name of the new cereal that J-Dog and I are gonna sell.  If you'd like to invest, PM me.  (PM means "private message.)

I have been having some very whack-ass dreams lately.  Like, every night.  One dream I had the other night featured the line, "The biggest turds come from the littlest buttholes."  In another one I was given a George Foreman Grill as an end-of-the-year PSR class gift.  (PSR stands for Parish School of Religion and was a class that I had to go to as a kid every Monday night to learn about the Jesus.  It was because I went to a public grade school that I had to go to PSR.  Actually, it was because my parents made me.)

The Jeanners' super crazy busy time at work is over, thank god. 

Sam continues to transform from a baby to a little boy.  He's running around and falling and jabbering and seems to be doing OK. 

We've been trying to get little things done around the house during the summer (we've made a list of things we want to get done by the time I have to go back to work in September) and I am amazed at how long each little job takes.  For example, in order to put the trim up around one doorway, these are the steps (and when paired with the hurdles of watching Sam and only working around Sam's sleeping schedule, each step takes about a day or two):

1.  Strip the door jambs.
2.  Put jamb extensions on the door jambs.
3.  Clean up and sand the door jambs.
4.  Strip the trim.
5.  Sand the trim.  
6.  Prime the trim.
7.  Paint the trim. 
8   Install the trim.

So that's about 8-10 days of work for 1 doorway.  And really, it's still not done then because you have to go back and fill all the holes and caulk and then repaint everything with another coat.  So anyway, it's kinda sucky.  And the work isn't bad, it just takes a long time.

Sam seems to be taking craps about every 3 hours.  I'm getting very tired of cleaning up poopy butts, including my own.   I'm putting the boy on an all-cheese-and-bread diet.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

BJ Party

Today, myself and the fam will be heading to a BJ party, which does not stand for 'blowjob party,' but rather is a party for one Benjamin Joseph and his betrothed.  Should be a good time, although it's balls hot and there is potential for a storm this afternoon. 

Been a relatively uneventful week.  Jeannie's been busy at work, I've been watching Sam, we've been trying to get some shit done on the house in the evenings.  This week we got the door jamb between living room and dining room stripped of paint, and also the basement door sanded, primed, and halfway painted.  Tonight or tomorrow hopefully we will finish the basement door and get it hung.  We've got a schedule to keep, dammit!   Next up on the list is making a little built-in desk and bookshelves in the rear bedroom. 

I have no idea where Jeannie and Sam are right now, other than that they went there on foot.  I went in to take a poop and when I came out they were gone.  Was I in there that long?  I hope Jeannie has not decided to leave me.  My guess is that she has busted out the stroller and taken the little dude to the park. 

Been really enjoying the latest CD by The National (Trouble Will Find Me) over the last few weeks.  

I bought some new sheets for our bed, and they were supposed to be the good kind -- high thread count and all that -- and they feel like sleeping in a burlap sack.  I believe I also likened them to sleeping inside of a Treader Joe's bag.  Which, maybe it's not like this near you, but the Trader Joe's that I go to uses fairly heavy, rough brown paper bags.  Hence the humor. 

Today my severance period is officially half over. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Good Times

Hi-lite of my day yesterday: lying on the living room floor amidst toys and books, listening to Jeannie feeding Samuel some dinner in the kitchen, listening to new-ish Greg Brown on the stereo, watching the ceiling fan spin, thinking of Seanyboy, and half falling asleep.

 Also, I forgot to mention in my last post that the groundbreaking ceremony was pretty danged awesome. Definitely in the Top 10 Days of My Life list.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Blue Train, Bitches - Suck It" (or something like that)

The groundbreaking is over and went well. We were able to get the A/C in the building turned on an hour before the event started. The Mayor spoke. Nobody got hurt. Good press was pressed. Many people complimented me for doing an amount of work that I didn't actually do. That kinda seems to happen a lot. People say, "Wow, thanks for all your hard work! Everything went really well thanks to you!" when I really didn't do all that much hard work. Maybe 4 or 5 hours worth. But anyway, it beats selling Member Cards, fishing turds out of urinals, and chaperoning half-naked homeless people while they take makeshift showers in B&N's bathrooms.

Jeannie's older brother came for a visit for a few days, which was great except for the fact that Jeannie was working all of those days so she only got to see him in the evenings. But he had not met Sam before (he travels a lot), so it was nice that they got to spend some time together and get acquainted. I think they took to each other nicely.

 I'm expecting to not get to spend much quality time with my lady friend for the next few weeks. She's getting a little crazy busy at work, and probably will stay that way until the end of the month. So I'm resigned to it but not looking forward to it. Maybe we could sneak in a date night somewhere.

Jeannie's brother discovered a decent Indian/Nepali restaurant a mile and a half from our house that has free delivery and is relatively cheap. Score.

The title of this post was said by my wife last night while playing the family board game "Ticket to Ride."

Monday, July 08, 2013

Mayor McCheese

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written.  But weirdly, things have been fairly busy, considering I am smack in the throws of blissful unemployment.  Jeannie was out of town, and then she was in town but working a lot, and then Gena B. came to visit, and then the Schluetermetz' stopped in for a quick visit, and then we had the fourth of Joo-Luy, and then a couple of days that were actually free, and now Jeannie's brother will be coming in tonight for a visit.  And then tomorrow is the groundbreaking down at the new building and the Mayor and other biggus wiggus folks will be there.  And we've had trouble getting the air conditioning on at the new building so it might be warm.

So anyway, that's what's been going on here.  All of the visits were fantastic, it was great to see Sam getting to interact with folks other than me and the missus, and of course getting to catch up with long-term friends.

Also, I built a set of the game 'Washers.'

Only 7 weeks left of free money!

Time for dinner.