Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dirty Forehead Wednesday approaches

So the past month or two have been interesting and trying times for the old grrouch.  There has been some good and some bad and the bad put me back into some old habits where I have been eating whatever the hell I feel like and putting pounds back on.

I did not jump into my diet like I said I was going to but I dove into a bag of chips like a fat kid in a candy store.  Multiple bags of chips.

And Ice Cream.
The list could go on for a while.

Either way I may or may not have accidentally stepped back on the scale again the other day and am pretty ashamed by the results and I need to make a change Pronto amigos.

So, this brings me to Dirty Forehead Wednesday and the season of the Lentils.

I'm not a cathlaholic or anything but my wife has the misfortune of being one and one of the things I do to support her is participate in her antiquated traditions.

I don't use that verbiage with her, I'm smarter than that.

In the past I have had success with Lent and giving things up (that year we gave up Sex - she says it was easy as pie).  

So, this year I am going to play nice again and make some broad sweeping changes to my diet and, hopefully, my habits during this season of the Dirty Forehead and then try to plan on how to maintain them after the fact.

One year I gave up snacking for lent and I lasted the whole bloody time.  The day Lent was over I pigged out like I was going to die tomorrow and never be able to taste deliciousness again.
That, they tell me, would be a failure!

I've been looking at things for the past month or so and have decided that Lent is going to be my starting point.

1 - No Soda's
2 - No Energy Drinks (Rockstar, Monster, NOS, etc)
3 - No Junk Food (Chips, Cookies, Ice Cream and the ilk)
4 - Cut way down on my Carb Intake.
5 - Add in a mega-ton of Veggies to make up for eliminating Breads/Pastas/Pizza :(
6 - Get Creative with the process and blog about my updates in a story form.

I'm currently in the process of planning several meals that will be my go to on a daily/weekly basis.

Let's see how this adventure goes.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Hello 2019

Happy New Year Everybody.

Glad you all are back to come along for another ride.
Over/Under on how long it takes me to forget all about this blog and my posts become once a month (as a best case scenario)?

Now that 2019 is fully into swing I just wanted to give you all an update.

Today I decided to break my 2019 diet just to get it out of the way early.  I know normally people try to stick to goals for a month or so before settling back into their old routines but me!   I'm the type that likes to break the mold.

So, Blammo - Diet resolution Dead on Arrival!

I've decided that this is the year I start paying a lot more attention to what I am spending as well.  I've got some expensive hobbies and with the new house and higher bills it would serve me well to actually pay attention to what I am spending and see where I can cut back.   Last year we went a good portion without fast food and that is one of the big expenses that I plan on eliminating almost completely. 

I've also been inching my way to cutting out most of my soda's and energy drinks and I feel that I'm on the wagon a lot more often than I am off the wagon over the past few months.  I will continue to work on that goal as I feel I am really really close to having a great handle on it.

I hope you all have some good things going on for 2019 or are planning on getting them going.

Hit me up below and let me know if there are any real changes you plan on making and sticking too this year. 

This year I have a couple of pretty simple goals that I want to achieve.

I want to read (actually read, with my eyes - this does not include audio books) 4 books.  That is one every 3 months which I feel is obtainable.   I've already been working on one to kick the year off and there is another that I started last year that I really want to finish.   Knocking them off would be 50% of my yearly goal.    I got this shit.

I also, due to recommendation, Plan on watching something about Recreational Parks.  I'm not sure what it is but I was told that it is something I absolutely must watch because it is funny and I've done a disservice to myself by not even knowing what it is.   This also should be pretty easily attainable.  I'm going to look it up and see how many seasons/Episodes it has and just do a breakdown of how much I have to watch every month.  Easy as Pie.  Or is that easy as cake?  I'd prefer cake.  I'm definitely more of a cake person than a pie person.

Last year I dropped 15-20 pounds (It was closer to 20 pounds until all of the end of year hoopla so my goal is to continue my gradual weight loss with another 15-20 pounds.  If I were to end the year sitting between 240 and 250 I would be happy with that progress.

Other than that I hope to spend a lot more quality time with my family, my wife and children.  I want to cherish these moments before my kids grow old and turn into cranky teenagers.  I want to help them develop into amazing people.

2019 is going to be an amazing year and I hope you all come along for the ride with me.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye 2018

Hello grouch-a-holics,

I know, long time no type.   As the years go on this blog almost becomes an after thought but every now and then I come back with an update and some of the faithful have continued to read and I really do appreciate that.

I'm really looking forward to 2018 ending (which it will very very soon) even though I have had a lot of really great things happen this year.

I had the birth of my daughter, my second child, and that has absolutely changed my life.

My wife and I bought our new, built just for us, house and I love coming home to it every single day.

However, the year end has not been so kind.

Over the past few months I have had two separate procedures on my throat in order for me to eat like a normal human being.
Somewhere near the end of last year or the beginning of this year my throat began constricting more than it has ever in the past and it got so bad that I was unable to even swallow a Tylenol gel-cap.  Yeah, they are pretty damned tiny and I lacked the ability to swallow one.

Heck, because I type as I think, even before those two procedures I had to have dental work done because I had several root canal's fail (they had been done 10 years prior) and they were causing infection and lots and lots of pain, and in the long run cost me a good deal of money.    This, plus a few other medical bills, ended up leading us to being able to put less down on the house than we had anticipated.

So, after the Dental issues were finally solved it was time to take care of the swallowing problem.
2 procedures.   First I was referred to a specialist here in town who attempted to help but decided she wasn't good enough so had to refer me to a more expensive (I can only imagine) specialist out at U.C. Irvine.

Next comes surgery for my mother-in-law and right about that time my dad had some examinations that led them to sending him to a cardiologist who determined there was an issue.
They tried to go in through his veins into his heart to see if they could find a blood clot but instead found out that he needed Triple Bypass Surgery pronto.

The Triple Bypass happened the day after Xmas and since then I have been running my mother back and forth to the hospital to visit.  I'm mentally and physically exhausted but I know it is all worth it in the long run.
Oh yeah - then Yesterday the main water line burst right in front of the house and then my check engine light comes on and I find out I need to replace my engine mounts as everything is vibrating too much and has caused a couple of issues.

Yes, it all feels like Woe is Me but it honestly isn't.  This is just me detailing the tribulations of 2018.

The positives far out weigh the negatives.

My Baby Daughter alone out weighs all the negatives that have occurred.
The house, while it has a higher mortgage than we anticipated is amazing and feels like home.

The Dental work, while painful and expensive, has evidently been a long time coming because literally less than a week after it was completed 99% of my headaches stopped.
When I say that I mean my headaches were bad and often and I had been popping Tylenol like it was going out of style.  I'd get at least 5 headaches per week.  I was going through 200 count bottles of Tylenol monthly (easily, sometimes more) and when i couldn't swallow them any longer I was downing the liquid stuff, sometimes a bottle in a 2 or 3 day span (waiting for the liver issues to hit lol).
Since the dental work - I almost don't get headaches any more.  I've taken Tylenol maybe 3 or 4 times in the past few months instead of it being a daily candy to me.

After the second procedure on my throat I am now able to swallow better than I can remember.    The other day I actually had an entire meal without having to go through 2 or 3 sodas (I used to have to drink a ton just to keep my throat wet to help the food slide down because I had to force nearly every bite down).

My old man looks better after surgery than he has in a while, he has more color than he has had lately and pretty soon he'll be back to normal and maybe a bit better.

All the negatives have positive outcomes but I'm just ready to end the negatives and I'm ready to roll in 2019 with a better positive outlook on life and everything.

I hope if any of you have read this you all have a great 2019 and hope it is much better than your 2018.

Take care, don't drink too much and call an Uber when you do.

Tonight, my wife is coming home and bringing me Sushi and beer.   We will watch a movie or two, we will eat and drink and she will pass out far before 2018 ends.
I will then have to finish quietly because these are the sacrifices I sometimes make to have the amazing life I live!  :)  *smiley face emoji*

Monday, August 13, 2018

Friday, May 04, 2018

I'm a Ninja and you probably had no idea

Today I found out that I am, indeed, a ninja.

Let me set the scene.

I'm a married guy living in a small house with 3 children, one of which is 3 years old and hasn't let me take a shit in peace for well over a year now.

My wife is in the bathroom brushing her teeth when it occurs to me that I really have to take a leak.

My toddler is distracted so I sneak into the bathroom to do my business and of course the moment that liquid starts flowing from my tallywacker the toddler is now in the bathroom with me and watching intently.

This is when things get weird.

I'm taking a rather large leak because I had a metric ton of water just earlier when randomly I hear "Is that caca" and then next thing I know I've got a small hand grabbing the hairs on my balls and yanking downward.

I immediately swat the hand with a "what the fuck' and my toddler is laughing and now thinks that we are playing a game.

Over the course of what feels like the next ten minutes I am busy trying to aim properly with one hand and making sure my urine hits its mark and with my other hand I am showing my mad ninja skills by constantly swatting away a crazy toddler hand who is laughing his ass off while trying to either grab the hairs on my balls or grab the sac.

During this time I am also trying to not create a ruckus because the wife is still brushing her teeth behind me and seemingly not paying attention to the utter fucking chaos that is happening at the toilet.

I want to stand here and proudly proclaim that my ninja skills won out and not a single drop even hit the rim off the toilet while I utilized two hands with two different actions and won a major battle against an unpredictable toddler.

However, he grabbed my balls and yanked downward.  I squatted down and swatted his hand with my left hand while my right hand pulled updward to counterbalance the action sequence going on and I pissed all over the wall behind my toilet.

You may now return to your normal every day life.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 17th 2018 - A Taxing Day

Here I sit, the calm before the storm. 
At the moment the wife is at work, the 12 year old is at school and the toddler is with grand parents because I needed to have some personal time and space to get some stuff in order before tomorrow.

I started doing dishes and the toddler wanted to help.  Cleaning up the floor afterwards was annoying and of course the is the always constant demand for "more bubbles daddy" which means using more detergent than I'd like.
However, I marched forward and the first load is in the dishwasher currently drying and I will finish the rest of them later on.

Took clothes out of the dryer and also put a new load in.  Spent some time folding and re-folding and re-folding and a constant "Stop touching that, leave it alone.  NO it is already folded, you don't need to fold it.... Please stop touching the clothes...."
I'm not sure how I actually finished folding them but I completed that one load with no casualties.

I also assembled a baby car seat because for some reason the one we had 3 years ago doesn't appear to exist any longer.  Now I just have to put it in the car so that we will be ready to leave the hospital in a couple of days.

Everything leads to tomorrow and the birth of my 2nd (3rd if we are speaking non genetically).

Tomorrow of course is Tax Day which normally falls on the 15th unless the 15th is during a weekend.  So, my sweet baby Sofia will be born on Tax Day and that is pretty cool thinking about it because in a former life I went to school to do taxes and actually graduated with a B.S. in Accounting.  All these years later I have a baby born on Tax Day just to remind me what I did not do with my life.

Other notable things about the 17th of April.

Bat Appreciation Day
Blah, Blah, Blah Day.
Ellis Island Family History Day
International Ford Mustang Day.
International Haiku Poetry Day.
Malbec World Day.
National Cheeseball Day.
National Kickball Day.
Nothing Like a Dame Day.
World Hemophilia Day.

So people.
In order to make this day more special to me I'd love if any of my readers would take a moment and write a little something about one of the above "days."

I know I have some words to eventually type about some of the above but it would be cool to relive this every year and see what my friends have to say.

Thank You all in Advance and come tomorrow I'll have new pictures of my new love to share!

Saturday, April 07, 2018


I know how I was all gun-ho earlier and wanting to type more but as it gets closer and closer to having the new baby my time has disappeared and when I do have a few free moments I don't want to spend it in front of a keyboard.

My time has been so dedicated to everything else that I still have to file my taxes and that shit is coming up real quick (As a matter of fact, it is on her 0th birthday).

So, you get my apologies and I will end up doing better but I've really had to put my focus elsewhere.

The end of this pregnancy has been really rough on the wife unlike the last two and she is hoping she just randomly pops but that bitch has a strong uterus and that baby could probably live in there until she is 3 or 4 years old.

Also - we have some really amazing friends who have given us some great things for the baby and we are really appreciative.

In fact, I'm going to (at least) get some thank you cards going (which I know I suck at but I want to get better so that my children can be better at it).

I'm going to go let a 3 year old out of time-out now and ignore the 12 year old who won't listen to me for a bit until I go to work.

Peace, Love and I can't wait for Wrestlemania tomorrow.