Thursday, September 26, 2013

Parenting fail.

The lil' dude fell down our concrete front steps this morning as we were heading out the door to the baby sitter.  He only fell about 3 steps, and it wasn't a very percussive fall, but he's scraped up his face fairly decently.  So I feel pretty bad about that.  Basically, I was trying to carry too much shit and didn't get a good grab of his hand as we started to go down the steps.

Other than that, it's been a pretty decent day, and I actually found some time to come home between work and rehearsal, which is good because I think i'll be at rehearsal a bunch in the coming week.

I really really like the job, though.  I hope it doesn't start sucking too quickly.  I remember a day when I used to like working at the Noble...

Monday, September 23, 2013


It is a little after 5 and I am in the office, not working but catching up on computer shit.  Actually, I am working a little bit because I was tallying receipts and whatnot.  But also doing online definite not-work shit. 

Today was a pretty good day.  A gorgeous, cool, sunny day that I got to spend outside leisurely painting set pieces and listening to music.  Rehearsal tonight.

Tomorrow I am off and spending the day with Sammers.  Not sure what all we will do, but I think we'll hit the YMCA and I'll work out while he plays with trucks.  Then maybe we'll go for a walk somewhere in the afternoon. 

Not too much else going on.  Jeanners and I have been watching the final episodes of Breaking Bad and we are mostly caught up.  Looking forward to watching last night's episode at some point. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

bom chicka wah wah

Found out today that two of the companies that licensed my songs are porn companies.  One of the other ones is a European wristwatch company that used a song in a commercial video on their website.  The last one might be EuroDisney.   It might not. 

Other than that, life has been very busy.  Busy good. 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Working Late Again (from "The Christmas Box")

First week of work is over, and I enjoyed it very much.  I put in a lot of hours and I wasn't home very much, but it feels good to be working on creative endeavors with people that I like, and also to have a decent amount of control over my own time.  It looks like I'll be splitting my time between a little bit of office work, working at the site of our fall show, working at our storage units, and working at the new building.  And as the new building progresses, I'll be spending more and more time there, especially when we're not working on a show.  Although once the new building is complete, we'll pretty much be working on a show all the time.  Here's what the new place was looking like yesterday afternoon:


Sam spent 3 days with babysitters this week - one day at the home of what will be his regular daycare person on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and two days with a different babysitter at our house.  He did much better on the days when he was at home, it seems.  But I'm sure he will get more used to it, and I think it will be good for him to spend some time with other kids at daycare, although I'm thankful that we only need to use it 2 days a week, both for financial reasons and also because I want Jeannie and I to be able to spend some time with our kid and not be working all the time.  I don't think that would be particularly healthy for us.  

Speaking of healthy, life has felt much more balanced this week than it had all summer.  I think that when Jeannie and I both get to spend some work time and some home time, things work better.  I enjoyed being at home with Sam, but I would spend all day at home waiting for Jeannie to get home so we could spend some time together, then she would get home and need to spend her evenings working, and it just felt very hard for everyone to get what they needed.  So anyway, I hope things continue to feel balanced.  

What else?  I got the new resonator guitar on Wednesday and finally got a chance to get it set up the way I want last night.  I had to do a little bit of work on it (I had read online about someone else doing similar work on this guitar, which is what gave me the idea to do so), but now I've got it up and running, and I really like the sound of it.  And I enjoy having a guitar that I can just keep in open tuning and grab when I need to.  

Jeannie and Sam are back from their run.  That's all!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

To the Loom

Today is my first official day working for ChesShakes, although I am not actually working.  I mean, I did do a little bit of work, but it's not like I had to go into work or anything.  That won't happen until Tuesday.  But, according to my job description, I started today.  Yay me!

Today Jerns took Sam to some sort of cookout or picnic in Frederick, MD, so I had a 4-hour chunk of the afternoon to myself.  Pretty wonderful.  Started with a big nap and then worked on sanding some door jambs.  Hopefully we'll get some trim up and have our dining room (and maybe living room?) painted within the next 2 weeks or so.

Yesterday we had our annual ChesShakes company member retreat, and it was a good time.  Jeannie's brother was visiting us from Florida for the day, so Jeannie and Sam stayed home and I was by myself at the retreat.  Which was fine.  I didn't drink too much and I didn't say anything too stupid, which is what I usually worry about at places like that, so I will count the day as a success.

I decided last week what to do with some of the unexpected royalty money that I made -- I bought myself a resonator guitar.  Which is something I've been wanting to do for many many years, and I saw that they had some cheap (but still decent-looking) ones on Amazon that got some good reviews.  So I did it.  It should be arriving in a day or two, and I'm very excited to be able to have one guitar here that is in standard tuning and then keep the resonator in an open tuning.

Not too much else to report.  Tomorrow I'll be spending the day with Sam, and then on Tuesday he'll be heading to a babysitter, which will be a new experience for him.  I think he's ready.  The boy needs to spend some time around some other kids and learn how to share.