Wednesday, January 31, 2007

My Sick Day

As I mentioned yesterday, I am taking a sick day today and I thought I'd bore you all by updating throughout the day how I soend my time at home today. Here's the running list so far:

  • Awakened by alarm but stayed in bed while my wife and daughter made as much noise as possible getting ready for their day.
  • Somehow got back to full sleep state but awakened by urge to pee at about 8:35.
  • Relieved urge, straightened out the covers and fluffed up the pillows then laid back to watch some TV.
  • Came downstairs to enjoy an overflowing bowl of Cocoa Krispies.
  • Here I am! I am heading back upstairs though to "freshen up" and make an attempt at getting back under the covers for more Z's....I'll touch base with you later for another update.
11:49 AM Update
  • Took care of the "Three S's", brushed teeth and put on some warm clothing.
  • Made an attempt to get some more sleep but that happens to be really difficult for me after a shower, so I read for a bit hoping to get drowsy only to realize I had become increasingly jealous of Oliver (my cat).
  • I decided to put the book down and give some TV a shot for a while; Oliver slept through it all.
  • Came down and fixed myself a cup of tea along with a toasted bagel with butter.
  • Here is am now watching last night's Jimmy Kimmel from the DVR while sipping on my tea and writing this. Until later...
2:49 PM Update
  • Switched off the TV and tuned into Howard Stern on the Satellite radio.
  • Finally caught some Z's - on the sofa in the living room.
  • Checked e-mail.
  • Came here to type this while noshing on pretzels and sipping berry flavored juicy juice from a little box.
5:00 PM Update
  • Caught some more Z's on the couch while listening to the radio.
  • Stretched a bit and thought about watching a movie.
  • Watched "Artie Lange's Beer League"
  • Wife and child arrived home.
  • Prepare dinner.
  • Type this while dinner is cooking.
  • Signing off for now....with Love.
10:26 PM - Final Update for the day
  • Ate dinner (BBQ Ribs and tater tots).
  • Went to see daughter's chorus performance.
  • Checked email, did some prep for class tomorrow.
  • Tucked in daughter.
  • Watched American Idol with wife.
  • Drank some tea.
  • And here I am.
So, that was my day for the most part. My voice has returned somewhat but I remain both tentative and cautious as I'll need to lecture for 3 hours tomorrow night in a difficult room to lecture, so I'll do my best to protect my voice until then. Meanwhile, I still want to be a bit cautious because I do not want to deal with the flu.
Off to bed with a smile. Ta!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Please Pass Me a Lozenge and Other Assorted Tales

So another day of laryngitis which made for a difficult morning as my day at work involved participating in a breakfast chat with the President of the College and then a meeting with the CIO and our regular Tuesday department meeting - all of these events suffice it to say, require me to communicate, typically with my voice. I made it through, but not without some wear and tear so with all that said, I've already announced that tomorrow I will be taking a sick day with hopes of spending a good amount of time bundled beneath the covers resting my way to recovery.

I wanted to thank my pal Jane for her feedback yesterday.

I don't recall if I've mentioned this before but it's worth mentioning again - microfibre is a miracle material. Right now it only surfaces my dining room table in the forn of a table cloth but I can assure you when new living room furniture is purchased - we are talking big time microfibre.

I'm jealous that my next door neighbor just re-sided their house. I want so badly to do mine but the cash just isn't there right now. Besides, I really need to get this darn leaky skylight taken care of (the contractor seems to have vaporized) and then move forward re-doing the master bath. Yes, the master bath is disgusting and needs to take priority over all other projects.

I'm happy that Jessica has been posting again. Now if Michael and Jill would get their acts together...I need to be entertained!

Peace.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Due to Overwhelming Response

I thought I'd use this post to share with all of you the wonderful, inspiring response my dear friend Jane offered in an effort to help me realize that someone does care that I'm virtually voiceless (take note that she lives about 160 miles away). I might point out that Jane's tips did help ground me and my current wave of the blues so perhaps by sharing them, those of you feeling a bit out of it may find comfort in them as well.

Chris, I care that you're battling laringitis!

To pick you up, I have a few little things that just might help.

  1. Put off the diet until you are feeling 100%
  2. Keep the double stuffs (oreos)
  3. Be grateful that you are NOT in Vrindaban, India
  4. Be grateful that you (or anyone related to you) will NEVER be in Vrindaban
  5. Be grateful that you are not in Bagdad getting shot at
  6. Be grateful that you didn't get mauled by a mtn lion in California while hiking with your wife
  7. Be grateful that Donald Trump didn't just send you to rehab to get cleaned up
  8. Be grateful that you're not running for President of the United States and eating at every diner in New Hampshire
  9. Be grateful that you can afford the $2.91 for a gallon of milk (the national average)
  10. Be grateful that you're not Prince Charles making nicey nice with inner-city kids in Philadelphia shooting basketballs in a double breasted suit
  11. Finally, if you ever need a pick me up, just watch the Today show and be reminded that life really doesn't suck! I just did and it worked!

    Feel better, Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane
With that, I only ask that if you completely lack a sense of humor - please get professional help or take the advice of the legendary Dr. Timothy Leary, especially the drop out part.

With Love...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Quietude

So I have been battling laryngitis all weekend which nobody seems to care about. It's all for the best I guess...

I saw the movie Flightplan with Jodie Foster yesterday. I enjoyed it though I wish it wasn't so obvious that all would be perfect at the end.

What a difference a humidifier makes.

I've been watching my weight lately, and unfortunately it's been on the rise. Time to turn the tide.

The Oreo Double Stuff cookie is perfect.

I remember as a kid being allowed to stay up on Sunday night's until Trapper John, M.D. was over. It was always bittersweet watching the show then going to sleep knowing that once it was time to wake up, it was time for school. More than 30 years later it's funny that the same applies for me considering that I work in a school.

Peace and Love!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Throat Coat

I have a nasty sore throat, a bit of a cold, and a touch of good old fashioned depression all on top of the -2 degrees at the start of my day as I was forced to come from under the comfy covers.

I have not been a bucket of cheer the last few days but I did have a bright moment when I had a chance to reconnect with the most beautiful gal in my high school class, Annmarie. It was alot of fun to chit chat for a while and kind of catch up on the last 25 years.

Sally Field looks very good for a 60 year old woman.

I've written a reflection for the lenten devotional guide and now I need to rework it for a different set of readings - aye aye aye.

I am watching 1 vs. 100 as I type this. The dumb dumb didn't know that Ratatouille was a vegetable dish and not a meat dish.

I need to stop talking, my throat is sore!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Baby Panda Sneezes...

A mother panda jumps out of her skin and I am laughing so hard and can't stop watching this...

Monday, January 22, 2007

Secrets Abound and Bam Bam Gone

Evidently I'm not the only one with a joyous secret, though I suspect not nearly as joyous as others in Bloggerville. It's definitely joyous to me however.

"Bam Bam" Bigelow passed away at the young age of 45. Bam Bam had been a wrestler who ganed fame in the late 80's and early 90's. I suspect it was drug related...sad!

The class I am teaching this semester begins this Thursday night - I need to finish prepping.

I am a blogger
I post, I read, I reply
Come whisper and scream

Pam, Kathy, Tshina, Mark, Don, Marty, Brandon, Zach, Valerie and Barbie - much love...here's to DP in the very near future.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pats Go Down But I'm Still Up

I was sad and disappointed at the New England Patriots loss tonight but today was a very big day for me and a group that I have been tight with for the last two years. Of course I can't yet reveal what the great thing was but suffice it to say that I am one happy camper and will keep you posted once the time is right.

Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live makes me laugh and the woman just oozes hotness in my humble opinion.

Microfibre might just be the most amazing invention yet - especially for a clumsy ass like me.

And now, a Haiku:
Reality Show
Grease: You're the One that I Want
Why Am I Watching?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Batten Down the Hatches

It's been a surprisingly difficult week for blogging but that's that. Monday is the first day of classes for the spring semester and as usual, all hell will break loose for a couple of weeks as students deleriously try to find there way, a healthy dose of dumb runs rampant, and evidence of the lack of common sense in the human race becomes as evident as ever.

Got the quote back for the replacement of my leaky skylight for a more modern, non-leaky model. Now I have to wait for the contractor and the weather to cooperate and make it all happen.

Four words: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cheesecake!

There's a real end in sight now for my search committee work at church.

Off to see the wizard...see ya later.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sky Lights and Photographer Whore

The skylight in my master bath has been leaking for some time so it's time to replace it. I had a contractor over yesterday and am waiting for a quote. Next major project is to remodel that entire bathroom. The original design isn't just old and tired, it's a disaster! It's a fairly small room with a shower stall and no ventilation fan which causes mold problems...yuck! Time to redo the thing and (as Tim Gun would say) make it work.

The photographer that took photos at Lucy's Pinning ceremony posted photos on the web for purchase. The darn "whore" wants $9.00 for a 4x6...get a friggin' life! There's no need to rape new graduates who haven't got that kind of cash.

I am watching the season premeire of American Idol, the first phase of the auditions and as usual, they don't disappoint. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are delusional.

Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Day 2007

Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, rain down on he.
So let it be.
So let it be.

Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, let it rain
Rain down on he. -- U2


I was up at the crack of dawn regardless of the fact that I have the day off from my employer. I dropped Victoria off at daycare and decided to get and oil change, whcih turned into a $130+ dollar affair after the mechanics found a "front pinion seal leak". The only response to the question "what is a front pinion seal leak?" I can offer is $110 (providing you get the same discount for bringing a nice steaming "box-of-joe" as a bribe to "take care of me).

I realized yesterday while reading the paper and clipping coupons that I used to be much better at the follow-through where you actually take the coupons to the store and redeem them, thereby actually saving money.

We're 15 days into the new year and I still haven't had a cigarette. While that may seem like some nifty accomplishment, truth is I don't smoke so it was pretty easy.

I'm not sedentary, I'm gathering momentum.

Thanks everyone, please take care of your wait staff.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Saturday Night as it Happens

It's 8:38pm according to the time in the lower right of the screen of my laptop computer that I am typing this on right now. It is Saturday night and my kid is safely tucked in to bed with Theodore the teddy bear, my wife is off working an overnight shift at the nursing home, my cat is playing with his favorite toy in the family room, and I am here typing these words to you dear reader.

Shades of fatigue force a yawn out of me as I think about how Saturday nights once were. The idea of being tired at this time would have made no sense whatsoever and in a way, I still find it somewhat confusing but there's no point dwelling.

The sound of the dishwasher just kicked in and the cat decided to join me on the couch attempting to make his way onto the keyboard and perhaps play a little chase with the mouse pointer. It's not a bad joke, it's actually happening. I have so much to do and no strength to go ahead and do any of it. The thought of lifting a book that I want to read even seems to burdesome for the moment.

Perhaps the best course of action right now would be to have one last brain exercise by attempting to fool the 20 questions orb once more then calling it a night with hopes that a longer than usual nights rest will be just what I was in need of.

Goodnight.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

R.I.P. Lily Munster

People of my generation and later know Yvonne de Carlo as Lily Munster. However, de Carlo appeared in over 100 films, most notable in the Ten Commandments. Also, turns out that behing the Munster image was on of the hottest chicks in the history of Hollywood. I did a google search and the first photo that comes up is a nice little topless number!

Today, we learn of the passing of Yvonne de Carlo of "natural causes" at the age of 84. Rest in piece Lily, and say hi to Herman for us.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

20Q

At the reunion this past saturday, one of the big things was this 20Q (20 questions) toy. We all had become so addicted to this thing, I actually bought one for myself yesterday and we were passing it around here for a bit. A bargain at 10 bucks!

Last night was another interview with a priest. I have felt a very strong connection with this one since first getting her resume and meeting her last night, those feelings only gre stronger. One more candidate to meet next week before we deliberate over who to recommend making a call to.

There's another "professional day" coming up here at the college, I hate professional day cause it always sucks.

Here's a little bonus (mostly for the Dee family) memorabilia nonsensical couplet relating back to a group of us years ago getting together to bowl (of all things and for reasons I no longer remember). I do remember the scores being insanely bad which leads me to believe that we were drunk because I am a much better bowler than these scores indicate, though again, it was many, many years ago....
Johnny Dee, he bowled a 120
I bowled 110
he beat me by 10
Reality TV update: I caught the first episode of Grease: You're the One that I Want and the new season of The Apprentice. The Grease show didn't win me over in epsiode one as it just comes off as a bad rehash of Idol and formulaic with regard to the judging panel. I'll give it at least one more shot. I enjoyed the Apprentice for many reasons. The changes they made in the show are fun, the idea that the losing team has to live oudoors in a tent with an outdoor bathrrom facility and just crude living conditions. Also, the winning project manager gets to sit in the boardroom alongside Trump and his mega-hot daughter Ivanka. I think as the show progresses, these two changes will add to the dynamic greatly.
I am looking forward to the return of Idol next week and the soon to return new season of Survivor. I do miss the now defunkt show The Swan because it was so fun to watch and make fun of.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Who's Your Daddy?

Yesterday was our semi-annual "Friends Reunion". Oddly the winter version of this event took place in 72 or so balmy degrees on January 6th in Brooklyn, New York. As always, the event was lots of fun and filled with good food (especially the Corn Souffle), good people, beer, and of course - karaoke (addendum: I just realized that the weather was nicer and warmer for our winter reuinion that for our summer reunion - aye aye aye).

I have some photos but am way too exhausted to upload any at this time. Iwalked in my house after 3:00 am and was up at 8:30 to get ready for church. No time for a nap afterward as I felt compelled watch the Pats/Jets game. For the record, I rooted for the Pats which isn't really any kind of betrayal to my New York Heritage for several reasons. First off, in the 32 years I lived in NY, I never once rooted for the Jets - I was a Dallas Cowboys fan growing up (their Cheerleaders were hot)! Besides, I don't give a crap what you say, when they moved their home field from Shea to Giants stadium, they became a New Jersey team.

Cheers to the Mineos for opening up their home to host the reunion and providing a feast.
Cheers to the Careaga's, DeCoursey's, Carreno's, and Ri-Ri (even though they all showed up late) for being there and just being who they are. Never a day goes by that I am not thankful for this wonderful group of friends I have been blessed with.
Jeers to the Buonanno's; whom I love, but not having a car big enough to transport the family is a lame excuse for not coming. I hear the Partridge family bus is available and I am willing to chip in if it means I'll get to see you again.
Jeers to Jerry and his search for "MA". "MA" was in Brooklyn and you were in that aful place called India sweltering in a cesspool of instant Kharma. Nirvana can easily be found in a local CD store, as can a bar of soap and a deodorant stick. However, your friends whom you've know since the beginning of time are where "MA" is.

Okay, I seriously need to get some sleep since my alarm will be going off at 5:45am as a new work week begins. Later kids.

Oh, wait...lest I forget to refer to the title of this post. As an avid fan of the karoke so as to show of my incredible lack of talent as a singer, at the request of my wife, I performed the song "Who's your Daddy?" (made famous by Toby Keith) and apparently did a bang up job - which I'm not sure if it means it sucked less or more than usual. Gotta go!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Head Games

I got a pimple on my forehead the size of a quarter. I've been slammed so badly at work over it today that I had to begin doing my impression of a 7-11 employee.

There a dude that comes into the computer lab all the time. I actually said this to him today in joking as a resuly of crafting the perfect line based on understanding my audience, "Hey, you wanna go drink some raw eggs and whistle at ugly chicks?" Once again proving that I am one funny motherfucker.

I broke the 5,000 song plateau on my iPod yesterday.

I have canceled my Netflix subscription for now. Their shipping department really sucks. I'm gonna chill for a while and maybe give Blockbuster a shot next time.

I am driving down into Brooklyn, NY (my hometown) for a reunion party tomorrow; I'll be stopping by Thrify Beverage on Coyle Street to pickup some Manhattan Special and Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

It's January 4th and the temperature outside my house, in New England, is 54 degrees. Maybe President Gore is on to something.

Is it me or is it just not as fun as it used to be to receive a phone call?

Britney, in 2007 remember this...no news, is good news.

Whatever happened to Saturday night?

Anyone know where to get one of those giant Christmas tree disposal bags?

Poland Springs, coming to you straight from Maine.

I got nothing. Correction, I do got something....Dance!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007

As this new year begins, it's hard to not look back on the year past for it's ups, downs, and in the middles. No need let it linger, but move forward with what you have learned. I wish nothing but the best for all of you.

A look bat at the books I read in 2006. Not anywhere near as diverse as the list looked like a couple of years ago but at least I put a book infront of my eyes every so often. I got hooked on the Lemony Snicket series and polished of the first 10 of them and devoured the writing of David Sedaris in both print and audio. Here's the list:
  1. Living Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen
  2. The Bad Beginning (Book 1) - Lemony Snicket
  3. The Reptile Room (Book 2) - Lemony Snicket
  4. Misquoting Jesus - Bart Ehrman
  5. Marley & Me - John Grogan
  6. The Wide Window (Book 3) - Lemony Snicket
  7. The Miserable Mill (Book 4) - Lemony Snicket
  8. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
  9. The Austere Academy (Book 5) - Lemony Snicket
  10. The Ersatz Elevator (Book 6) - Lemony Snicket
  11. And More by Andy Rooney - ANdy Rooney
  12. Jim Cramer's Real Money - James J. Cramer
  13. The Vile Village (Book 7) - Lemony Snicket
  14. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
  15. Barel Fever and other Stories - David Sedaris
  16. The Hostile Hospital (Book 8) - Lemony Snicket
  17. The Carnivorous Carnival (Book 9) - Lemony Snicket
  18. Naked - David Sedaris
  19. Three to Get Deadly - Janet Evanovich
  20. Holiday's on Ice - David Sedaris
  21. Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
  22. The Slippery Slope (Book 10) - Lemony Snicket
  23. Exile on Maint St.:A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones - Robert Greenfield
I may or mayn't choose to go through the 35 movies I watched this year. For now... I'll catch ya soon and again, Happy New Year!