Hear My Plea

We officially have the keys to our first house. It’s rented, but it’s magic. I have wanted a house for the kids for over a decade now. And this house… It’s a 4 bedroom ranch with two bathrooms. Finally enough room that we aren’t tripping over each other just to move around. (We’ve been in […]


Yeah.  Sorry.  Here is the thing: Some of you are planning last-minute holiday orders via Amazon. Are you one of those people?  Can you maybe place your order by entering their site using the link to the right?  Has this moved down the page some?  Ok, scroll up to the top of the page, you’ll […]

A Quality Investment

So Sambam and I got matching stamped bracelets.  Only, ours are more printed on than actually stamped. There is no indent.  There is ink or sticky or something.  I don’t care. Except how I got thinking how I would do it different. Then I got thinking I could do it different. Then I got thinking […]

Finding Logic In Words

Since before I even graduated high school, over 10 years ago, I’ve been a student at the local community college.  At no point, aside from one measly semester in 11 years, has this gone well for me.  First I was young and dumb and made a bad decision.  Then I had the consequences of that […]

Christmas Nears

Sorry about that, but it does. I have a favor to ask. One that doesn’t actually require you to do anything. If you are already planning an Amazon purchase or 20, can you enter the site by one of the links I offer? You don’t have to buy anything specific our even special, but by […]


Work is going good and I just got a promotion, but with 3 kids, every little bit helps.  I’ve built an association with Amazon.  Don’t know if it will work out or do any good.  But the perk is I get to show you the books for BPD I recommend the most. (Bottom right column)  […]

The Dates

All the necessary dates we’ve been missing for this move are in. Dad is out this coming Monday.  June 11, to be exact. We close June 29th.  We have to be 100% out of our current apartment July 4th. We were hoping to have the summer to move slowly but it isn’t going to happen […]

Encouraged, Discouraged

I want to write, but my ability feels stifled by should and shouldn’t. So at some point you just have to say fuck it, and write to keep from bursting at the seams. First, I may be going for a promotion at work. It’s the most basic of promotions: full-time. But, it’s a step up […]

The Bands That Tie

For years I’ve wanted to replace the wedding bands Pat and I exchanged on that day in April 2003.  What we bought did the job, and they were nice.  But they weren’t a long-term investment.  After 9 years, mine is starting to look a bit beat-up and Pat’s was flat out stolen.  So I decided […]

5 Years

Right now, after 9 really long, hard years, things are finally really starting to look brighter.  It’s been a constant battle to be where we are and even so, there is much room to improve.  So while I gladly accept what progress we’ve made, here is what I would like to see happen in 5 […]