Monday, July 18, 2011

I Think I'm Turning Into A Grumpy Old Man

Maybe it's the few white hairs making an appearance on my head or maybe I need to get out more. But I think that I'm turning in to a grumpy old man. Now I will share a list of example of things that leave me shaking my fist at the sky and just another old man ranting.

  • We have two dogs that thankfully bark when someone rings the door bell or knocks at the door. This characteristic is very helpful. My next door neighbor's dog doesn't seem to share this ability. It's in the habit of barking all day. As if it's on a time clock, it punches in at eight and clocks out around six.  
  • I remember learning the arm gestures for signaling a turn in driver's ed. Luckily for many decades cars have come equipped with turn signals. Hence with a quick flick your intention of where you are going to turn is indicated. It seems that the ability to use this device is a simple act that has been forgotten. Thus leading to a bit of a guessing game on my part. If I was blessed with the gift of mind reading yes, I would know their intentions. But, if I had the ability to read minds I would be wealthy and I would have a driver that would deal with this. Or, I might possibly be locked in a secret government base somewhat like one of those "X-Men".
  • Living in the city we often get fliers and menus dropped off on a nearly daily basis. That I have no problem with in the slightest. What does irk me is if you ring the doorbell to hand me said flier or menu. That, sir or madam, is unnecessary. That what the mail slot is for and as I mentioned in the first bullet point the dogs react to the door bell.
That is all for my grumpy old man musings. I am sure I will be back again to revisit my old man side with a firm shaking fist pointed to the sky. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Watch The U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer Team-Previously Posted On LIFEclectic Magazine

This piece appeared on Monday at LIFEclectic Magazine after the amazing victory by the U.S. Women's National team against Brazil. With a victory this past Wednesday they go to face Japan in the World Cup Finals on Sunday. In case you missed this inspiring team's exploits you have one more chance to see them. For the link to Monday's post, click here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Nutrition Is A Important Part Of Our Family-Previously Posted On LIFEclectic Magazine

Making healthy food choices and educating our daughter about nutrition is important to us as parents and as a family. We feel one of the most important steps begins with us as parents leading by example. To help us in this effort, we started gardening and making sure our daughter is involved in the process of growing, planning menus and cooking. This has helped us teach her the importance of bringing nutritional meals to the table. But the choice to be healthier really took hold before we even became parents. To read the rest of the post click on the link to LIFEclectic magazine.

Monday, July 4, 2011

I Am A Stay At Home Dad-Posted Previously On LIFEclectic Magazine

I am a stay at home dad. That simple statement is the answer I give when someone inquires into what I do. Ninety-five percent of the time the reaction uttered is one of surprise. Since being the at home parent since 2008 I thought by now I would get use to that reaction. It’s not a new phenomenon. I assume those that have asked are familiar with the term stay at home dad. I guess they just haven’t meet one in person. To read the rest of the post from last week, please click on the link to LIFEclectic Magazine.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Little Moments That Make It Special

With the grind that comes along with the weeks and months that go by it's easy to get tunnel vision. The little moments when we are together as a family without anything on the agenda except spending time with each other - those moments tend to bring everything into focus. Time slows down and a sense of peace seems to take hold. Those moments are the one's that help me reset from whatever stress may be weighing on me. As little as those moments might be they are memories I file away in the back of my mind. All the stresses and worries that seem to anchor me down are minor in scope. Everything that makes me happy and fulfilled is right in front of me.

None of it would be possible if it weren't for a marriage that took place eight years ago today. Walking down that aisle in a chapel in Las Vegas after we became husband and wife was the start of a beautiful union. Many of life's obstacles have come our way and together we have leaned on each other. My wife has helped shape me into a better person and together we have made a family. One that fills me with love and happiness. To a great eight years and to many more happy anniversaries, my love.