Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Love? Cold? Snow? Candy?
Honestly I don't know anymore. That's because that thanks to the month we've had, February is now knows as the month of illness.
That's right - illness. No one has escaped what has been almost 4 solid weeks of someone being sick. Not someone we know, not someone in our family...
someone in our house.
And I know it hasn't been just us. We have small groups on Sunday night and on February 10th we had one family who wasn't fighting something. So I called the whole thing off and designated it 'quarantine Sunday.'
For us, it all started February 1 when Dillon went down. That was a Friday. He proceeded to remain sick until Tuesday of the following week. Shanna joined him on Saturday and we had a mini infirmary for the next 48 hours.
The rest is basically a haze by now. I think Delanie was next, maybe Dawson. Really, I forget now. All I know is that I think we've logged about 12 days of missed school just this month.
I saw the doctor on February 5th and was diagnosed with a raging sinus infection. I was back in his office on the 8th for more meds and what I've come to know as 'happy shots.' I don't know what's in that stuff but it's what he gives me to deliver a final knock-out punch to whatever ails me. I wish we could just start out with it and save the extra visit.
Fortunately, throughout all this, Shanna and I always managed to fall victim at separate times. It's a good thing too because as bad as we felt we would have just told the kids that it was every man for himself.
Then just when it seemed like we were out of the woods I wake up Monday and know something's not right. I make it to the office, tie up the loose ends, and immediately head for the house where I logged about 24 hours of couch time. This morning, I'm feeling pretty good but decide to work from the house for a couple of hours before making a commitment to the office. At about 10 I email my partner that I'm heading that way. His response - "I'm fighting off a cold, don't come in unless you need to."
I didn't - so I didn't.
My only prayer is that we can start March healthy and stay that way at least through spring break - March 17-21.
Today, we're all good with the exception of Shanna. Fortunately, it's a leap year so we've all got 2 more days to get over all our junk and start March the way I'd like to.
Hope everyone else is healthy.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The kids came home to heart shaped cookies. It wasn't enough for her to get those cheap little hearts with the cute messages on them. She had to bake red, heart shaped cookies with cute messages on them. Then that night we enjoyed steak and grilled shrimp (my only contribution) along with baked potatoes. But the special part was Shanna's decoration of the dining room - that's right, the dining room. You know, that room that many of us have with tables and chairs and china cabinets that often gets looked at but seldom used. Well we used it. Complete with white table cloth with red silk rose petals scattered on it. We ate on red plates. We had sparkling grape juice to go with our dessert of chocolate covered strawberries. Massive chocolate covered strawberries the size of tennis balls. Ok, not tennis balls but they were bigger than golf balls.
Everyone did pretty good on the uphill part. It was easy to keep your mind off the altitude by taking in the spectacular views. We even got to see some of the locals.
But we finally made it to the top and had a little break. Aaron had actually brough leftover pizza from the night before. My lunch was a powerbar and trailmix. Tate had cell service so some of us made calls home.
Going down the Williams Lake route actually puts you at the Phoenix Grill on the back side of the Taos Ski Area. I had to get a picture of the espresso stand since Tate, Kevin and I had sat out on that patio with our wives during our ski trip back in February '07. It was a little strange to be walking the same path we'd skied just a few months earlier.
Taking the Williams Lake route down did get us off the mountain faster but it didn't take us back to our car. We actually ended up seeing a lot more of the Taos ski area and real estate on our extended hike back to the parking lot. I guess I underestimated the distance. Eventually we made it back to the car and then the cabin for a little rest and a shower. That night we headed into Red River for a celebratory dinner. All in all, great day and great trip. Thanks again guys.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
There were 90 players named in the Mitchell report. What about them? What about players like Jack Cust?
Who, you might ask?
Google 'players named in the Mitchell report' and pick a site. You will find the entire list. Scroll through and unless you're a die hard fan of 'America's game' you're going to find a long list of names you've never, or rarely heard of. Some of them are only accused of using while they were in the minor leagues.
So what if it had been Jack Cust, instead of Clemens, who jumps up and says "I never did that! This report is false! I'm innocent!"
Would you care?
No, you wouldn't. Moreover, congress wouldn't and the media wouldn't. We wouldn't have gotten a live feed of Jack Cust testifying before congress because it wouldn't have existed.
So why is there a Mitchell report in the first place? I don't know but no doubt some of our elected officials left the hearings yesterday congratulating each other on a good day at the office. I mean they did help shed light on a serious subject, didn't they? Plus, they got some good TV time. That could come in handy at the next election.
I'm sure today they moved on to the somewhat less important issues like the looming recession, the war in Iraq, homeland security, record home foreclosures, etc.
On a happier note it is Valentine's Day. Everyday you should do something nice for your valentine. Use today as an opportunity to do something extra nice.
Happy Valentine's Day Shanna. I love you more than you know.
And Happy Valentine's Day Anniversary to Pat and Harold. 22 years and going strong.