“Momkanyoohelpeikat toonmiyooklale” Our five-year-old, Anna, left this note on Adrienne’s iphone this morning. Translation: “Mom can you help? I can’t tune my ukulele.”
Adrienne and her sister Elaine were busily shopping at Target while I was on kid duty. I had Reese (4) and Anna (1) in one of those carts with the dual kids seat attachment on the back. We played lots of games, but mostly, as Reese put it, “Run and wiggle the cart back and … Continue reading My Little Scientist
The single greatest Christmas tree stand ever made. First off, I didn’t pay $79.95 for mine, you can find the model w/o the reservoir for about $40 if you look around. But, if I could only find the $80 version, I would still buy it! Every Christmas used to start off with me under the … Continue reading Swivel Straight Christmas Tree Stand with Reservoir
I took advantage of Adrienne’s family reunion to record a game of Lightning Reaction complete with Adrienne losing and getting shocked (that never happens)…. Lightning Reaction Video Clip Many thanks to Jed for flash conversion of my huge video clip!
It was a little risky to let Adrienne write a guest entry since it immediately becomes obvious that she is a much better writer than I am (She would never stoop to a pun for a title for example, and also does not rely on parenthetical asides every third sentence). I appreciated her documenting my … Continue reading I’m Back. Get it?
Caution–lest you think that Josh has suddenly, annoyingly taken to speaking in the third person–this post is written by Josh’s wife, Adrienne, since Josh is not fit to write. Yesterday Josh had back surgery. Don’t bother with writing us any advice about that now, it’s done! And it went well. He really had exhausted every … Continue reading The Hammer of Spinal Repair
Holding my entire family, Adrienne, Reese, and Anna, in my arms (With some help from the swimming pool, but mostly with my mind-boggling strength). Playing in the outdoor section of the indoor/outdoor swimming pool with Reese. Feeling the crisp air on any skin that wasn’t covered by water. Seeing Reese’s blue eyes and enormous grin … Continue reading Highlights from a quick vacation
Playfully singing along to Wilco, and singing at Adrienne, “I am trying to break your heart…” Reese (3 years old) overheard: “Why are you trying to break mommy’s heart?” “I don’t even try Reese. I just have that effect on women. I walk into a room and they swoon.” “…and then they just hit you?” … Continue reading Burn!
I really like lists. I hope you do too because here is a big one and there is nothing you can do about it. OK, I suppose you could just stop reading the site. Never mind about the whole “nothing you can do about it” part. Anyway, here is a glimpse into my laptop bag: … Continue reading What’s In My Bag?
I found the lost notebook from my Wales trip. It is fun to look back at the little notes I scrawled and remember the vacation again. I don’t know that I can be bothered to turn these notes into an essay, so I think I will just throw them out here for you to read. … Continue reading Wales and the Journey Home
Adrienne and I are expecting another child. This is a late notice; the due date is Oct 3rd, I just haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now. The baby is a girl, and that worries me a bit. I can promise to love her with all of my heart until she is twelve. … Continue reading You Grow Up and You Calm Down
Adrienne was cleaning out the garage today and she stumbled on the first letter I ever wrote to her. Mrs. Blumer, If your damn dog doesn’t shut up I am going to shoot it! Can’t a man get a decent night’s sleep in his own home!? I mean, I can understand not sleeping well in … Continue reading Love Letter?
I am sitting in Starbucks in Fullerton CA writing a report for work. How I came to be in Fullerton is a story in and of itself. It involved my family being down here and me being in Utah, a crushing case of burnout, and a song I couldn’t get out of my head. It … Continue reading California Stars
The longest I have ever gone without shaving is one month. Last month to be exact. All that hair growing took some serious effort, so I wasn’t about to just shave it all off without a second thought. I used the age-old technique of shaving-in-bizarre-facial-hair-stages. click to see the silly animation I was particularly pleased … Continue reading Chicks Dig Mustaches
I am not generally a swearing man. I don’t have a problem with words like “damn” and “hell”, but that is about the limit for me. Even in sports, where you can get thrown out of a game for not cursing, I didn’t swear much (I think I was permanently traumatized by a 10th grade … Continue reading Not a Swearing Man
Adrienne had some coupons for an Aveda salon, so I got to get my haircut at a much nicer place than I would normally go to. At the end of my haircut the hairdresser suggested, “I could trim your eyebrows for you…”. For some reason, this made me feel a little panicked. Before I could … Continue reading Razing Eyebrows
I will now tell you the story of the greatest pick-up line of all time. In college I was in an enormous biology class, we’re talking like 600 people, that met in a huge auditorium. We were discussing genetics and height. I can’t remember what the point of the exercise was, but the professor had … Continue reading Greatest Pick-Up Line
That’s right, I hacked into my darling husband’s site to tell one and all it is his birthday today. He is my favorite person in all the world so I feel compelled to let you all know. –Adrienne
I have bitten the inside of my lip 5 times in the past two days. Really bitten it. Four days ago i bit the side of my tongue so hard that I begged Adrienne to knock me out. BIting your lip or tongue is horrible! Part of what makes it so bad is that it … Continue reading Evolutionary Failure
The alarm is on the dresser, which is as far from the bed as is possible, so that I will have to get up and out of bed to turn it off. This is to keep me from snoozing the alarm and going back to bed. It does not work in the slightest. This morning … Continue reading Popcorn Alarm