Archive for October 2009

It’s the thought that counts

October 30, 2009

I was headed out the door the other night.  Right before I left, I hear A say “Daddy wait, wait!” as she came running down the hall.

“Daddy, I have to give you a hug and kiss before you go!”

Who could resist.  With visions of Norman Rockwell in my mind, I bent down.  She gave me a gentle hug around my neck and planted a butterfly-light kiss on my cheek.

Of course, if it had stopped right there, it probably wouldn’t be making it into a blog post.  At least on this blog.

I then noticed that she was nuzzling up against my arm.  Thinking she was pretending to be a cat, I asked “Oh, look a little kitty.”  To which she replied …

“No dad.  It’s just my nose was a little runny and I needed someplace to wipe it.”

And with that, she twirled and skipped back down the hall.


Why I’ll never swim in Australia

October 29, 2009

This ran with the headline “10-foot Great White Shark nearly bitten in half by 20-foot ‘monster shark’ near Australian beach.”


What having a blog has done to me

October 28, 2009


Be careful what you wish for, big guy.

October 27, 2009

Since next week is “try to wring more money out of guilty parents day”, AKA ” picture day” at the kids’ preschool, we figured it was a good time for haircuts.  Since I subscribe to the “longer hair is better” philosophy, A has really never had more than a trim.

a_hair (Custom)But she’s still not thrilled to get that.

As an aside, and if you’ve seen pics of K over the years, you know my ability to convince her to have long hair has waxed and waned over the years. To wit:

k_black_dressWhen we first met

kshortHer “short” phase

IMGP5730 (Custom)The current “medium” length

J, however, cannot avoid the shears.

For a while, I was cutting his hair, using the buzz-cut technique.  If nothing else, this saved a couple of dollars and kept us from subjecting the Cartoon Cuts folks to his unique brand of terror-crying.

IMGP4431 (Custom)However, this led to the “escaped prisoner” look

But since we now know he’ll be a little more relaxed while getting his hair cut, we now make the pilgrimage to Cartoon Cuts every couple of months.  I’m still not sure he’s very happy about it, since he immediately starts saying “I don’t want to get a haircut” whenever we approach the mall entrance near Cartoon Cuts, even when we’re just heading in to go someplace else.

j_hair (Custom)He’s much more used to the process

Of course, part of me wants to say “Listen.  In about 30 years, you really won’t be complaining about getting a haircut.  You’ll be complaining that you’ll have to pay somebody $15 to cut the three hairs left on top of your head.”

Not really what I had in mind

October 26, 2009

You may remember a previous post about a pair of K’s “date night shoes.” Well, on a rainy date night last week, this was what K was wearing:

IMGP5714 (Custom)Yeah, nothing say “sexy” like a pair of LL Bean boots

Another reason men shouldn’t have too much free time

October 23, 2009

Swim, my pretties

October 22, 2009

So, K and I went out for our anniversary dinner last night.   It’s been a while since we spent 3 hours dipping various foodstuffs into various forms of bubbling liquid, so we decided to hit up The Melting Pot to celebrate 14 years of not driving each other insane wedded bliss.

IMGP5716 (Custom)Is there any problem that cheese can’t solve?

IMGP5718 (Custom)Even raw cauliflower becomes palatable

IMGP5719 (Custom)The shrimp, pasta, filet, teriyaki sirloin, and chicken
main course didn’t suck either.

IMGP5721 (Custom)Yes, pasta.  Did I mention it was lobster pasta?

IMGP5720 (Custom)The dipping sauces were many, plentiful, and tasty.

IMGP5723 (Custom)K seemed to agree.

IMGP5725 (Custom)Last, but definitely not least … dessert.

IMGP5724 (Custom)Chocolate.  Caramel.  Flambee.  Enough said.

IMGP5726 (Custom)Can dipping a brownie in chocolate and caramel make it better?
Yes.  Yes it can.

IMGP5728 (Custom)Yes, that is a Rice Krispie Treat.

IMGP5729 (Custom)I’d vote for the chocolate/caramel-coated cheesecake as my favorite.

IMGP5731 (Custom)Although the straight “plate of chocolate/caramel mix”
was perfectly acceptable in my book.

IMGP5730 (Custom)All in all, a great meal.
And the company wasn’t bad, either.