So what did you do this weekend?

November 17, 2019 11:12pm
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I myself was surprisingly productive!

  • Brought in server rack from the garage and started reorganizing servers in closet.
  • Spun up a new VM and installed Home Assistant to start tinkering with the next level of home automation.
  • Started working on a new script to keep up with downloading YouTube videos into Plex.
  • Cleared off two shelves of expired foods in the pantry.
  • Put away Halloween.
  • Made somewhat of a dent in cleaning the living room and playroom.
  • Added new hard drives to NAS and expanded parity volumes from 10 TB to 12 TB. (I love Unraid!)
  • Gave the dog a bath … after the kids covered her in applesauce.
  • Cleaned out bedroom closet to make way for said ginormous server rack.
  • Reorganized recycling in garage … because it’s a giant pet peeve of mine that they can’t just all go to the same place.

48 Hours Later…

February 18, 2018 10:28pm
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Where did this weekend even go???

Deplorable Discussions
As one might expect, I’ve had a lot of discussions about mass shootings the last couple of days. A couple of them have been insightful, but most … have not … which I think has only built upon my anger because it truly is deplorable to spend the time immediately after a mass shooting that took the lives of 14 students and 3 teachers debating the semantics of what makes a mass shooting” or this notion that “there’s no such thing as an assault rifle.”

If anything, it’s really driven home the fact that as much as even I’m willing to consider that many factors are at work with these terrible acts, at the end of the day it’s ALWAYS been about guns, and the right just doesn’t want to talk about that.

The T-Shirt Idea
So the other day – I think right after the shooting took place, I left a comment on a friend’s post in the vein of “Fuck Your Feelings” … no, Fuck Your Guns! in parody of those smug Trump supporters who wore shirts saying as much at rallies back in 2016. At the time I joked that it would make for a great t-shirt, but left it at that until Saturday morning came around and another barrage of tasteless comments got me just fired up enough to actually realize that I had all of the tools to put something together in fairly short order…

I don’t know if I honestly expected to sell any versus it just being a funny jab at Trump supporters, but it was admittedly exciting when an actual order popped up for one after a Facebook page that was seeing a lot of attention that night themselves was kind enough to share a link to their 1,000+ followers when I asked!

As I watched the pageviews shoot up faster in 45 minutes than they had all afternoon, that’s when I started to think that maybe this could be something bigger.

Social Media Frustrations
Like I mentioned the other day in an earlier post, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around how to make social media work for my creative projects. It always seems like you need followers to get visibility, but you also need visibility to get followers, and I’ve just never been able to figure out how to bridge that gap.

I was kind of hoping that maybe this idea would be a better social media fit because it’s punchy and controversial, as well as very timely now with so much discussion around gun control and how to move forward.

Pretty late into the night, I finally decided that if this idea did have potential, I needed a better presentation, so I started working on a single page website that features an essay of about 900 words to collect all of the thoughts that I’ve had around what we as a people need to do, also highlighting some of my biggest frustrations with the anti-gun control crowd.

That website can now be found at

You Can’t Beg People to Retweet You
I literally stayed up all night to finish the site – I think I finally went to bed somewhere around 7:30am, but for what it’s worth, I’m super proud of how it turned out.

My main goals were to A) focus on statistics, and B) make it personal, and I think I did both of those quite well.

I wanted the text to be a clear jab at the extreme gun advocates, but still convey that it doesn’t have to be that way … they just need to be willing to come to the table for an honest and open conversation, too.

After watching the success of the first share on Facebook, I figured that if I could get just one person with a mid-sized following to share a link to the site, I’d be golden! So I put together a list of people who I followed in other avenues – several comedians and a few other liberal activist types, and I sent them a simple tweet asking if they could help signal boost just like I had with the first guy on Facebook.

Mind you, I was super super nervous doing this because I know it’s not always smiled upon, but I hoped that I’d have just the right message to catch their attention in a positive way. Plus, I knew that they’d all been commenting about gun control over the weekend, so the request was on point. I was ready to wake up a few hours later and just have my mind blown when I pulled up the stats and sales!

SPOILER: Nothing happened.

Social Media Roller Coaster
All I could think about was how cool it would be to have a $50,000 check to hand over to a non-profit in support of gun control, or even $150,000! It really wouldn’t even require that many shirts sold, and damn if they wouldn’t make a powerful statement filling a protesting crowd with a sea of royal blue.

Though admittedly I’m not sure how the media would cover it without having to literally censor every single shirt!

This is actually a great example of why social media just drives me bonkers because just one taste – even a small one – and you know that the potential is there, if only you can figure out how to tap into it!

That said, there are a lot of nuances to remember … sharing and growth are meant to happen organically, not by you sending a tweet from a new account begging for a RT!, and sites like Reddit super frown on users posting their own links. I learned this the hard way once because I had some blog posts that I really wanted to share … got a ridiculous number of pageviews, but also my share of negative comments about not following the rules.

And that’s what makes it tough about social media – to know that there’s this giant firehose of users waiting to click links, but it takes a lot more effort than just passing by and wanting some in order to get any.

A Dwindling, New Hope
So I honestly don’t know what to expect and/or hope for anymore. I’d still love to see this take off and generate a bunch of money for charity because I really believe in the cause, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen and I really worry – both for this project and the cause in general – that a week from now gun control won’t even be a blip on the radar anymore because our shitty, short attention span news cycle will have moved on to a dozen other issues by then.

In the meantime, I did create a Twitter account specifically for the project and took some time this afternoon to follow a few dozen people talking about gun control, liking and retweeting and commenting on other tweets in between sharing a few quotes from my own piece. Still, I haven’t really seen any activity at all in return – not even so much as a single follow. 🙁

In retrospect, I do wonder if I might’ve inadvertently shot myself in the foot – pardon the expression – by using the word FUCK because I’m curious if Twitter’s ranking algorithm either filters content with “adult language” further down in one’s news feed or even just keeps it hidden altogether!

I was already reminded that Facebook doesn’t allow FUCK in its advertising because I tried to create a quick $10 campaign to try and drum up a little attention, only to have it quickly declined due to vulgar language.

Funny how Facebook seems to be a-ok with circulating political propaganda from Russian bots to sew discourse with American users prior to our election, yet the word FUCK is over the line. 😯

So that’s where we are as of late – I suppose the upsides are that while I haven’t sold a lot of my vulgar, gun control t-shirts, I have sold a few and it’s kind of neat to think about them being worn out in the public or at one of the upcoming protests!

I’ve also probably written more in the last four days than I have in the last two months, so there’s that.

Plus, I still have a couple of things I want to work on before I go to bed earlier than 7:30am tonight, so I suppose I should wrap this up. One is even a new humor piece for Just Laugh that I want to run tomorrow … I don’t even want to look at the last time I posted on that site!

I’ll give you one guess as to what the topic is going to be about… 😉

Weekend Update, Labor Day ’17 Edition

September 4, 2017 9:08pm
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Going into this holiday weekend, I had kind of planned on catching up on a bunch of work, but instead I did all of this fun stuff! 😉

Wonder Woman
This was probably the movie I’ve been most looking forward to this year, and on account of not being able to go to the movies anymore (thanks, kids!), it took waiting until it came out on digital to finally be able to check it out. And for the most part, I really liked it!

Admittedly there were a couple of parts that were pretty predictable, though the big surprise still managed to catch me off guard. Gal Gadot was definitely awesome throughout her role, and it was interesting to actually see a new backstory for a DC character that we haven’t really heard about – basically other than Batman or Superman – up until now. It also kicked the pants off of Batman v. Superman, although that really isn’t much of an accomplishment. Overall I thought it was a good start, and I kind of hope that Justice League has more of Wonder Woman’s influence now than Sups or Bats… 😛

Zelda, Revisited
Lately I’ve been watching Zelda Randomizer videos on YouTube again and it’s kind of left me yearning to play a bit myself. Unfortunately, as much as I love my RetroPie setup, it lives in our living room and I don’t normally spend a lot of time there by myself … or if I do, I’m watching TV while I’m trying to work. So knowing that Wonder Woman was in the works for Saturday night, I threw a copy of Nestopia on my laptop and spent the bulk of our movie time also exploring Hyrule.

I’m always surprised how much I still manage to remember from that game, and though I certainly couldn’t clear the entire thing in less than 30 minutes, I did make it through the majority of the dungeons in about 3-4 hours!

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya
Probably the highlight of my weekend … because it’s been here all summer and this is the last weekend … was getting to see this Lego art exhibit by legendary Lego artist Nathan Sawaya. I’ve followed his work for years now and was super amped about this show coming to Tampa, however kids and busy summer in general stood in the way of making it down to see this until now.

I’m very glad that we did, however! The show really isn’t particularly kid-themed, despite using Legos as a medium, but all three were surprisingly well behaved and Christopher in particular did a really good job of holding hands whenever he was out of his stroller so that he didn’t touch any of the models. I took a ton of pictures that I’ll post here a little bit later, but it was a whole lot of fun and very much worth the hour-plus wait outside in order to get in. 😉

Lego Ninjago Fun
After the art exhibit, we ended up heading over to Disney Springs because we’d wanted to go the previous weekend for my birthday and it ended up raining the entire time. But the weather this weekend was gorgeous – it had cooled down rather nicely after sunset, so we were able to spend a nice couple of hours just casually grabbing dinner and wandering around. As the sub-heading above suggests, we eventually made it to the Lego Store where I picked up another handful of the new Lego Ninjago Movie Collectible Minifigs – that’s a mouthful! – and even though I technically just started this series a few weeks ago, I’m kind of happy to say that I’m almost done already!

Now it’s just a matter of re-configuring my wall display to add in some more baseplates – something that I’ll definitely write more about once I finally get everything that I need to get started! 😀

Best. Slushie. Ever.
And lastly, I didn’t get a chance to snap a proper picture of this myself because it was dark, but I was able to try one of Amorette’s Patisserie’s new wine slushies because this has quickly become Sara’s go-to place to grab dessert, and I’ve got to say that it was probably one of the best slushies that I’ve ever had. Mostly because of the wine – which was definitely present – but it also had a great flavor (I had the strawberry one) and it was admittedly kind of nice to have an alcoholic drink that I could get away with wandering through Disney Springs sipping inconspicuously! 😉

P.S. Writing Brainstorming
For what it’s worth, I did get a small amount of work done during this weekend’s fun – namely in figuring out the topic for a new editorial that I want to write for next week. It hits on a subject that’s really been bothering me a lot lately – generational differences – and in a way I’m looking forward to writing it to get some of the thoughts off my chest. Hoping to have it out tomorrow, but I’ve still got a long way to go from notes to column, so we’ll see…

Brain Dump, 03/2015

March 7, 2015 3:21pm
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I haven’t done a post like this in a long time, but after revisiting some of my earliest blog posts I guess I’m feeling nostalgic for something a little different today… 😉

  • I feel like we still have a ridiculous amount to do for Christopher’s birthday party, and whenever I try to think about it I just get overwhelmed by the idea that he’s almost 1 year old already!!!
  • His favorite show by far is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but sometimes I also treat him to the occasional old episode of The Muppet Show and it delights me to no end how amused he gets by the puppets despite their being nearly 50 years old.
  • I bought new seeds the other day to try and resurrect my mini-garden out by the pool – cucumbers, tomatoes, and flowers. The pots are currently filled with weeds that are growing great, so maybe that’s a good omen that I’ll do better this time???
  • I really hated the movie Oblivionyet it seems to be on TV all the time and I end up watching parts of it anyways.
  • I’ve probably been eating way too many peanut butter M&M’s lately.
  • My office is a complete disaster right now because I had to tear my closet apart looking for something and I never put all of the boxes back. I should really pause from writing this and take 10 minutes to put them all back.
  • There – that’s better!
  • Over the last several weeks I’ve found myself inundated with this strange urge to go hiking – not suburban sidewalk hiking, but actually out in the woods and stuff. It’s just that time and scheduling are limited, and I really need a new pair of shoes, and roughly 1,000,000 other excuses…
  • I’ve really been in the mood for plugging in the PS2 and playing a little bit of Grand Theft Auto, but I feel like I have way too much on my plate to justify it right now.
  • I think that the Series 13 set of Lego Minifigs that just came out is possibly my favorite yet, even though my wall display is almost completely full and I’m going to have to redo the entire lot to fit them in.
  • I need to set aside some time and do our taxes one of these days. We’ve finally got all of the paperwork and we should even be getting a refund … I just have little desire to wade through all of my business receipts for the last year to file for it!
  • I hate housework because it feels like such an insurmountable task to me. I look around and see just such a ridiculous amount of stuff to do between the garage to the kitchen to the general clutter – it’s frustrating when even an honest afternoon’s work barely puts a dent in it.
  • I really want to start writing my humor column again, but whenever I think about it, fifteen other things pop up that I should be doing instead.
  • I need a vacation! We’d really like to go on another cruise this year, and possibly go up to Michigan for a week this summer, but logistically with everything else that’s going on I’m not sure whether either of them are actually feasible.
  • I have a feeling that 2015 is going to go by really quick, and I desperately hope that I have some great things to show for it.

When it rains, it rains REALLY REALLY hard…

September 6, 2013 5:30pm
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So this has been a less than stellar week:

  • Paid a bunch of money to finally get the HOA off my back by getting our front yard re-sodded.
  • Discovered that the lawn guys didn’t do a stellar job because the sprinkler system wasn’t working/was half working by the time they finished (admittedly 1 zone was failing when they started).
  • Worried that expensive, new lawn was going to die because sprinklers weren’t working reliably.
  • Spent several hours rooting around the yard to try and figure it out on my own … realized that they couldn’t find some of the sprinkler heads and just laid the new sod down over them anyways instead of telling me.
  • Paid a sprinkler repair guy a bunch of money to come out and fix the sprinkler mess … in two hours, fixed the broken zone, replaced a few broken heads, and in total found 9 sprinkler heads that had been buried under the new sod.
  • Worried about future workings with lawn guys because they’re still supposed to re-plant our garden, plus they mow our grass every week.
  • On a completely unrelated note, went to get in my car for the first time in three weeks … and it won’t start!


a Thanksgiving 2012 Retrospective

November 26, 2012 2:34am
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So what did do over my Thanksgiving vacation, you ask???  😀

THE Meal
…was very good, and I don’t just say that because thankfully we’re already pretty much out of leftovers! We ended up spending Thanksgiving with some friends, on account of not having any family within about 1,000 miles or so, and boy, is it a whole lot easier just showin’ up as opposed to actually buying and preparing all of that stuff yourself! The last couple of years have always been a little crazy anyways because though we’d buy everything to have a full meal, the wife was always in a position that required her to work that day, so it wasn’t uncommon for us to end up consuming the entire meal in a matter of about 30 minutes.

All in all it was a quaint and quiet afternoon, I only got forced to watch a minimal amount of football, and then afterwards I got to go home and play video games all night instead…

Super Mario Galaxy!
So truth be told, this is pretty much what I did the bulk of the last four days … and it was GREAT!!!

Well maybe not so much productivity-wise unless you count Getting Stars to be productive, which I actually hope that you do because by the end of the weekend I think overall I had nabbed about 20 new ones! I honestly hadn’t even plugged in our Wii after moving this summer, so it’d been quite a while since I’d even held a controller, but once I popped in that disc and got settled into the couch, I really didn’t have much motivation to do anything but pursue stars around the galaxy to try and help a familiar plumber save his lady friend and whatnot.

And some of the levels I’m at now are really hard! I ended up resorting to YouTube walkthroughs for at least a couple of them – basically I only had a couple things before I could beat the game on Wednesday, so Thursday-Sunday were thereafter spent trying to collect all of the purple coins and do some of the other secret levels that you don’t find until way later in the game. Every so often I’d finally just get too frustrated and have to go hunt down one of the few normal levels that I hadn’t completed yet as sort of a sanity check.

At the time of writing this, I think I have about 89 stars collected, which still means that I’ve got 31 left to go for 100% completion?!

That’s gonna be tough because I really, really hate those Cosmic Mario races, and rumor has it there are also Cosmic Luigi races to unlock that are even worse… 🙁

Exercise … or a Lack Thereof…
It bugs me that I haven’t been able to do more of this because I got really motivated Tuesday & Wednesday, and then after that … nothing.

I don’t really like walking during the day, so I wait until nighttime but the last couple of days it’s just gotten ridiculously cold. So cold that I pretty much just want to curl up on the couch with Cleo and play video games…

Snuggle Puppy
No, not that one – Mom, please stop singing…

I think Cleo enjoyed me not being locked away at my computer desk the whole time because hey, the couch is more comfier and besides, she never asks for a turn at my game, either! 😉

Creative-Type Stuff
I didn’t really do as much as I wanted to on account of an unruly number of stars to collect, but I did put together a nice, little feature for Just Laugh that should be going up in the next couple of days. The first new feature of the new site, in fact – so there!

Other than that, well, I guess you could say that I probably won’t be playing Mario again for a while – back to work. 😕

Moving Day Summary Post

August 12, 2012 1:56pm
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What. A. Day.

The Movers … A+ Once Again
Last year when we moved, I said that I’d never move again without paying people to do all of the heavy lifting for us. This year we did the same once again and despite hauling a ton of stuff myself because of a fear of not fitting it all in the truck, it was still nice to just have somebody who’s not me to man-handle all of the furniture and other ridiculously heavy stuff that maybe wouldn’t be quite as daunting if I were 10 years younger and in a little better shape!

Tip of the hat to Upscale Movers of Brandon, FL – made my life on Saturday a lot easier… 🙂

Goodbye, Couch
One of the nice unexpected things that came out of hiring movers is that they even helped me haul my old couch to the dump on the way to our new house. I had planned on just trying to do it myself before they showed up that afternoon, but they ended up being early and things ran quicker than expected anyways, so instead of me making a special trip with just the couch, we ended up cramming it on the back with everything else and they followed me to the dump to help me unload the beast!

Probably a lot easier than me having to shove it off the end of the truck all by myself, I would think!

Mind you, it was a little sad to see her go – this was my bachelor couch that I bought back in 2003 just after I moved here and I spent many a night up late watching movies and playing video games in her warmth … but then again, Sara thought that it was getting pretty disgusting and Cleo had managed to chew away about 1/3 of the cushions, so maybe it was finally time for it to go to a better place…

…buried deep within the Earth in a pile of other disgusting garbage just like it…  😮

Hello, TWiT!
On the upside, while traveling back and forth I’ve spent a lot of time revisiting an old favorite podcast, This Week in Tech, that had kind of fallen off my radar for some time. I typically don’t have as much time to listen to these as I used to, so when I did pull up TWiT I’d usually just skim the archives until I found a panel filled with people who I like and just grab that one to tide me over … but in this case, being in far too much of a rush to cherry pick (and needing a lot more content to listen to!), I ended up just grabbing the last dozen or so episodes and have been listening to them back to back as I travel and scrub and so on and so forth.

Good times … maybe I need to find a way to get TWiT back into some sort of normal rotation when I’m out walking the dog or something, whenever that finally gets back to normal again!

Stupid Cop Area
I honestly didn’t even realize that this existed until I had to start making loops back and forth hauling stuff up from the new house, but apparently there’s about a half a mile stretch of road near our old house where the speed limit drops from 45 – 30 mph super fast because of a school there, and I’ve been witnessing cops pulling people over there in a speed trap all hours of the day and night.

A) school isn’t even in session for another week!

B) they were still nailing people there at 12:30am last night

I guess this is the same place where Sara actually got a warning a few months back … I don’t as much mind them cracking down during school hours, but during a weekend in the middle of the night seems a bit excessive when we have actual drunk drivers that could be dealt with elsewhere in the community. I’m pretty sure that strip of land in front of the middle school will be just fine…

Free Dinner!
Quite possibly the highlight of the day, we got a surprise in the mail from our real estate agent – a nice thank you card for being awesome buyers along with a gift card to Applebee’s to grab some dinner! And while I’m not the biggest fan of Applebee’s by far, at that point pretty much  sustenance was the only requirement for dinner after exhausting damn near every takeout joint in the area, but it was certainly appreciated very much nonetheless!

Needless to say, yesterday ended up being a ridiculously long day, culminating with me finally starting to get my office put together here at the new house right around 2:00am. Our plan today is simply one of rest – we’ve still got tons to do in both locations, but I’ve also got a lot of writing and other stuff to catch up on and obviously we’ve also got scads of unpacking to do around here, so we thought it best to take a bit of a break today in preparation for even more work to come in the future before we can finally say that we’re DONE with the old house and can officially get settled into this one.

Did I miss anything?!?!?!   😆

I don’t know why I was so excited to get things moving with our new house … because now I’m just really, really tired…  😯

Appliance Hunting
We need them.

Specifically a washer & dryer, and a refrigerator.

I think we spent most of Saturday trying to figure this one out – who has the ones we want, at the best prices, and will actually give us credit to purchase said appliances. Also had some confusion to clear up about coupons that we had been given, and confirmed that there’s pretty much no reason to ever shop for appliances at Sears because the coupons they issued were for 10-25% off regular prices, not their sales prices … meaning when you actually do the math, it’s just cheaper to buy from somebody else.

In the end we ended up getting our washer & dryer from Best Buy, and our refrigerator from Lowe’s. We actually wanted to get it all from Best Buy, but we had credit issues and they couldn’t do it, so splitting the order up was the only way for us to avoid either keeping a cooler filled with ice in the kitchen or making regular trips down to the river to scrub the dirt from our getups…

Still More Locks?!?!?!
Just when I thought this couldn’t get any more ridiculous … we found another lock … this one holding the garage door shut. I swear, this lady must’ve gotten a hell of a deal on padlocks because she literally had seven of them securing every gate, fence, and questionable entry point around this damn house of ours!!!

Of course, the bitch (yes, she’s a bitch for being this irresponsible and not bending over backwards to get everything unlocked for us at this point!) couldn’t be bothered to answer her phone or send somebody out, so our exceedingly awesome agent actually went out and bought a pair of bolt cutters to clip the thing off himself!

Chris Henry, Signature Realty – ladies and gentlemen! I’ll definitely be sure to trumpet his praise more in a later post when all is said and done, but as of right now, just go ahead and assume that he’s a legend and you’ll have a good start at how great of an experience we’ve had working with this guy.  :mrgreen:

So Many Upgrades, So Little Money
For a little fun the other night, we sat down and made a list – a pie in the sky kind of list of everything that we’d like to do around our new house someday.

As of right now, we can’t afford to do any of those things!

Some aren’t that bad, like painting and hanging some shelves here and there, but I’d also like to completely overhaul the “garden” out front and get it looking a little more tropical, plus we’ve got electronics that desperately need to get upgraded, maybe eventually cabinets that could be refinished or altogether replaced.

I’ve already been told that the work of a homeowner is never done and there’s always something else to do next weekend. As of tonight we’ve officially got a charge card with Lowe’s, so I guess maybe they can come over and we can build something together…

What’s that – they’ve got a new slogan now???

“Never stop improving.”

Not for nothing, but that’s sounds like it could be really, really expensive…  😕

Dude, Where’d My Weekend Go?!
The rest of the time was pretty much just a blur – running back and forth, trying to get things ready in one place while also starting to clean things up in the other. Our official moving day is now only 6 days away, so I suppose it would be safe to assume that sheer and utter panic ought to be setting in for the duration just about anytime now.

On one hand, 18 more days until we have to move out of the new house doesn’t seem so bad, but on the other hand, I have other fingers that say I’d better stop counting digits and start getting to work!

I guess you could say that today was kind of a randomly productive day…

We couldn’t really go watch fireworks anywhere because puppy is absolutely terrified of them this year, so instead we just hung around the house for the most part.

A fair amount of overdue cleaning got done in preparation for my in-laws coming to visit next week.  😯

Between cleaning bouts, we squeezed in a good couple of hours revisiting Super Mario Bros. Wii, the game that’s been systematically designed to test the strength of your marriage by seeing how many times your spouse can accidentally toss you off the screen without invoking physical violence!  😯 😯

Near the end of the night, we even spent a little more time than intended putting together some of Sara’s old puzzles … more than intended mainly because while moving them around in preparation for gluing them permanently, yours truly on several occasions somehow managed to drop significant portions of each puzzle on the floor!  😯 😯 😯

So in short – I managed to make it through another 4th of July without getting divorced, and there was much rejoicing!!!

Lazy, and also Rainy Sunday…

June 24, 2012 11:58pm
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Today was a very lazy, lay around the house kind of day, but ultimately I think we both really needed it.

We ended up going over to the Magic Kingdom for dinner & fireworks last night and were up pretty late, and I honestly didn’t even realize until I started seeing the posts on Facebook that apparently there was a tropical storm hovering over us, just waiting to dump buckets upon buckets of rain on our heads at any given moment…  😯

Luckily, we were able to make it to the store and back for food without getting too ridiculously soaked (although my umbrella did get quite the workout!), and after that we pretty much spent the rest of the day just laying about, eating junk food and watching bad movies to pass the time. My choice of film was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which I had thought I remembered someone had said that it “wasn’t that bad,” but clearly they only stayed for the first half of the movie if that was their takeaway opinion of the flick. Sara’s choice was I Don’t Know How She Does It, which was just fucking terrible really from start to finish.

During a brief intermission so that I could make brownies and do some dishes, we also watched the episode of The Simpsons where Bart and the other superstars get sent away to Capital City in an attempt to avoid them dragging down the school’s standardized testing scores, so at least that was quality entertainment.  😀

Also, throughout the course of the day we got a veritable crap-ton of rain, to the point where the pool was overflowing and there was a good couple of inches of standing water out on our covered patio in the back! Cleo wasn’t at all happy about still being forced outside in the rain to go pee. Rumor has it other parts of town closer to the water got hit a lot worse, so she should be happy she didn’t need to wear a life jacket while she was out there…  😛

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