Sunday, March 25, 2007

Birthday Weekend

My wife and I make a great pair. We both thoroughly enjoy celebrating our birthdays and we take great pride in making the other feel special. I know I made her feel special on her b-day, and it was her turn with me.

Thursday night - my actual birthday - Keds was taking me for my first of many surprises. We went to Vic and Anthony's Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget. Now, I love Binion's Ranch Steakhouse on top of Binion's Horseshoe (is that even still the name?) downtown. Well, this one gave the Ranch a run for its money. The mean was awesome - the steaks cut with a fork and melted in your mouth. The broccoli side dish was like a small bush of broccoli and the potatoes au gratin gave us heart blockage when they arrived at the table. What a wonderful surprise and quite the way to start the weekend.

I took Friday off from work. I did a whole lot of nothin'. Got a massage in the morning, met with our accountant in the afternoon to finalize our 2006 Return (yes - we are getting a refund), and then home to get ready for another dinner out with our good friend's the Bowens. That was laid back and nice. We went to Carmine's down the street from our house. It works, we talked politics and watched the UNLV game.

Saturday, Keds and I started our day at one of my favorite breakfast places - the Cracked Egg on Cheyenne. Banana Walnut coffee cake and a Greek Omlette. Yummy. Then we did some spa shopping and then home to chill. We spent most of the day on the couch watching TV. It was nice just to lounge. That night, we went to BJ's Brewhouse for dinner with my friends. That was a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who came out. A few folks came back to the house and we watched Team America: World Police. Total guy humor.

Finally today, I made pancakes for breakfast and another lazy day at home. Went to Mom and Dad's for Stew Meat and Gravy for dinner. That was one of my most favorite dishes growing up and this certainly did not disappoint.

It was nice to have the weekend to relax and recovery. Keds and I have been running so much lately, this was a well-deserved down weekend.

To my loving wife - thank you very much to ensure that I had a special birthday weekend. I love you so much.

Now that I am no longer special, it's back to the grind tomorrow. Have a good week!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

American Idol and I'm getting old

First, while I am disappointed that Stephanie was voted off the island and the creepy Sanjaya is now in the Top 10 - insuring his spot in the AI tour - I really think she did it to herself. She picked a good song, but the performance was utterly forgettable. I come back to the three mantras of American Idol 1. Song Choice 2. You need to be on your A Game every week and show distinct improvement and 3. The audience needs to vote (has Ruben Studdard, Fantasia and Taylor Hicks not proven anything?) I figured of all the African-Americans left in the competition, Stephanie would be the most likely to success with this week's theme. As expected, LaKisha (or KiKi) struggled the most with the theme, and Melinda proved what an talent she really is. However, Stephanie's performance was just flat. I think Keds took a nap during it. Do I think she deserved to go home? No. But unfortunately, with people propping up Creepy Sanjaya you really need to make sure that you are voting for the people you want to stay.

Second, I'll admit that I'm an attention whore. Today is my birthday. I'm 34 today and while I may feel fat (you know it's bad when your size 38 pants are just a little bit snug), I don't really feel old. Keds has quite a number of things planned, most of which I am in the dark about - and that's fine. I do the same to her on her birthday, so turnabout it fair play.

Anyway, have a good one. I need to get back to work.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Rocket Scientists All...

Today's blog post has two separate rants with the common theme being sometimes the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

First, I'll rant about our mailman. As many of you know, we spent most of February in California and as such, put a hold on our mail. The day after we got back, Keds went to the post office to pick up our held mail. She only got a little bit of mail. That night, we checked our mailbox and we found a note that our mailbox was full. So I trot off to the post office the next day to find that yes indeed, there was quite a bit of mail.

However, the problems didn't seem to stop there. Word is that Keds was sent two invitations that we have yet to receive and I'm waiting on an IRA application. The mystery deepened this past weekend when we received two pieces of mail (one a People Magazine that should have been delivered before the Oscars) that had a label indicating there was no forward on file. That's odd considering we aren't forward our mail FROM here, just from our previous addresses TO here.

So I trucked into the post office yesterday afternoon. There was a line out the door at 3 p.m. Ugh. I get to the window and initially the dude at the window tells me "everything is fine." Then he goes in the back and finds my Letter Carrier. Awesome. Some real answers. Except that it turns out that 1. he only processed the hold on my last name, not the whole address (which explains the full mailbox). 2. He thought that I had placed a forward on the address (which I hadn't) so he was sending it out to be forwarded. Since we spoke, he was going to stop that and I'll start getting all of our mail. The only problem is that all of the mail that should have been delivered will now need to come back slowly as it wasn't on site. Brilliant!

My second rant has to deal with the NCAA Touranment Seedings. First, let's deal with UNLV. How a team that is among the hottest in the nation, contended all year in their conference and withstood substantial injuries can be a 7 seed is beyond me. Talk about lack of respect. Even more disrespectful was putting the Niagara Purple Eagles into the "play-in" game for the right to meet #1 seed Kansas. That's downright infuriating. The explanation was weak - Niagara hadn't won their conference regular season (but still managed to get 22 wins) and they they were trying to be sensitive to historically African-American universities. If that's the case, why don't they put Duke or Syracuse or some other power-conference school in the play-in game?

Sorry for the ranting, but something you have to wonder how some people's mind works...

Monday, March 12, 2007

A "down" weekend

I really hate the start of Daylight Savings Time. For like a week, it'll be hell getting out of bed. And we slept until like 10 a.m. yesterday. Other than that it was a pretty good weekend.

Friday night, we had Vegas Princess, Prince Charming and the "folks" over for dinner. It was nice. Dinner was tuna noodle casserole. I've never had it before, but it was perfect for a Friday night. After that, it was on the Melting Pot for a little early birthday celebration since it was my Aunt's last night in town. The Melting Pot was awesome! What's not to like about fruit and cake dipped in chocolate? Even my Dad, who initially resisted, got in on it and enjoyed himself.

Saturday was busy, yet laid back. We picked up Mom and Aunt Dolly and took my aunt to the airport. That was sad, but I was proud of my Mom - I know she was sad, but she didn't have tears streaming down her face. Keds and Mom went to the outlet and did a little shoe shopping. After that, as my reward for sitting through shoe shopping, we went to the CalSpas store. We damn near walked out with a Spa. But we really haven't started shopping, so we need to do our due dilligence and compare against our own family planning. After that, it was off to the Bagel Cafe for lunch. Mom had never been there. She was in HEAVEN. I was surprised when she got a full (1/2 pound) corned beef sandwich, but she took half of it home for Dad, and said it was the best corned beef they've had in 20 years. After running some other small errands, Mom and I went to church.

Saturday night was date night. Dinner and a Movie. We saw Music and Lyrics and then dinner at Cabo. It was a much needed night out. The movie was cute and enjoyable - not a lot of substance, but sort of like the 80s.

Yesterday was laid back. I went to the gym and watched the race. Bobby did well. Finished 13th, so that made me happy. Keds went shopping with Teri and then came home and did some work.

Anyway, back to work for now.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Some random items for a Tuesday morning:
  1. From the same person that brought you the "Vibrator in the Girl's bathroom" comes the "Wacky Nun." Picture this - Staff Retreat. Previously, the staff of his school was used to boring staff retreats. Not any more. My buddy decided to turn a staff retreat into his own version of The Amazing Race. So, one of the teams included an 82-year old nun. The oldest member of each team needed to wear a funny hat and they were each given a Station of the Cross to go find. For the Station of Jesus being put on the Cross, he sent them out for a symbol, with the expectation they came back with nails. The Nun's team (BTW - she had gotten herself a Burger King Crown for her hat) came back with a six-pack of Guinness. When asked why, said Sister states "I thought you wanted us to get hammered!"
  2. I cannot believe that it is barely 2007 and we are already talking about the 2008 Presidential Election. ALREADY! The new Congress just convened and we have yet to see what the Democrats can do. I think campaign fatigue will set it very, very early.
  3. For right now, I'm supporting John Edwards. I liked him 4 years ago, and still like him. He's a normal person who is most likely to actually understand the plight of the middle class. Also, he's the only one right now talking about anything substantive. My big fear is that he'll run out of money.
  4. Work is OK. Going to San Dimas on Thursday for one meeting, but other than that it should be an OK trip.
That's all for now!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Family Fun

My aunt is in town for the week. That's very exciting for us, as I haven't seen her in a year and a half, and when I saw her last she was pretty sick. She didn't make it out for the wedding because she had a horrible case of bronchitis. She's staying with my folks, and that's cool. It's actually a little more appropriate. However, we did manage to invite ourselves over for breakfast on Sunday morning and then invited them over dinner last night.

My aunt cracks me up. Amy and I want to take them out for dinner this week, and all she wants is a Costco hot dog. So, my she and I are going for hot dogs on Tuesday!