Category Archives: Life, the Universe, and Everything

When the Kids Fight: Flames on the Side of My Face

These are my kids: Bongo, Lulabelle, and the Baby. They are talented, smart, funny (they get that from me), good-looking (they get that from their mother), and all-around awesome.

When people see them they think they’re like this all the time.

The Niños

I love my kids!

Usually, they get along exceptionally well, but now that it’s summer they’ve been spending a lot more time with each other. This means that by the time I come home from work they’ve pretty much driven each other (and their mother) crazy. That’s when the fighting starts.

I don’t know if it’s the whining or the screaming part of the fighting—no wait, it’s totally the screaming—however, when the fighting starts something terrible happens to me.

I get so angry that I lose the ability to formulate coherent sentences. I feel like Madeline Kahn in this scene from Clue.

I love my kids. Let me say it again, I love my kids! However, the fighting and screaming, have to go. My sanity depends on it.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.


Oh, the Audiobooks You’ll Download for Free!

Right now, the good folks at Audible and Amazon are giving this year’s high school and college grads (and the rest of us, too) one more reason to celebrate—for a very limited time you can download the audibook edition of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by the inimitible Dr. Seuss for free.

Dr. Seuss Quote

Delightfully read by John Lithgow, this is a deal not to be missed.

Get Oh, the Places You'll Go for Free
Image via Audible

Be sure to use this as a free download and not using your member credits if you’re already an Audible subscriber.


All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

On Consultants and Dread Pirates

Chances are you’ve either worked with a contractor, hired a contractor, or been a contractor yourself. Whenever I think about contractor/client relations I am reminded of Rob Reiner’s the Princess Bride.

Indigo Montoya and Westley
From unknown Tumblr site via Google Image Search

Each day for three years, the Dread Pirate Roberts would say the same thing to the only victim he had ever spared (and let work for him). “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

I’ve heard almost the exact same exchange verbatim aimed at a contractor. Some clients are better than others and it’s hard to tell the employees from the contractors. More often than not, however, life resembles a Dilbert cartoon.

Dilbert Contractor Abuse
Dilbert from 4/14/06.

What’s the worst thing anyone has said to you or that’s ever happened to you as a contractor? Sound off in the comments below.

John Wooden on Character

John Wooden Quote

I caught the delightful documentary, John Wooden: Values, Victory featuring the Wizard of Westwood on Netflix, the other night. Despite growing up in a Trojan household, I wish I’d had the opportunity to learn from Mr. UCLA Basketball, himself, while he was still teaching.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Jim Gaffigan Brings the Funny to Houston

Jim Gaffigan Show in Houston, 21 March 2013

For the uninitiated, Jim Gaffigan is an extremely funny fellow. Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably seen his bits on Hot Pockets and bacon.

Last year we couldn’t get tickets for Gaffigan’s Houston show. I vowed then that we wouldn’t miss out the next time around! I booked our tickets as soon as I learned his 2013 tour schedule and I’m glad I did.

Jim Gaffigan Tickets, 21 March 2013

Was it worth it? Yes, indeed (despite Ticketmaster’s ridiculous fees)! Would we go again? You betcha! Gaffigan was an absolute delight. We laughed straight through his entire set. Never once did he go for the cheap laugh, but he deftly wove us through his uniquely hysterical world of southern cuisine, seafood, weddings, babies, and even Hot Pockets (and bacon).

I hope (for your sake) that wherever you live it’s not too late to get tickets to see Gaffigan this year. You won’t regret it!

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Scanned Classics

I was going through my iPhoto archive today when this gem fromt he Lulabelle collection turned up.

Hug From Lulabelle

One of the best ideas we ever had as parents was to start scanning our children’s artwork—at least, the ones worth saving (they’re not all classics). We haven’t been super consistent with it, but I’m so glad we saved this one!

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.