Monthly Archives: April 2008

How do you spend money to make it when you dont have it???

Today sucks. Not only can I not find a way to earn money for my xbox but I have come ro the realization that I shouldn’t be spending it on an Xbox  at this point in time anyway.  Nikki hasn’t even bought her bride’s maid dress for her sister’s wedding. we still need to buy skylers dress too.  Rent in due Fri. and I didn’t work any overtime the last 2 weeks so it just barely covers rent. then there are going to be bills to pay. so needless to say i feel selfish spending money on an xbox when there is other stuff I need to buy.

The old saying is that you have to spend money to make money.  but how do you spend it when you dont have it?   and then on those days when it feels like the world is out to get you and nothing goes right, yeah those days, I usually look for the silver lining.  but lately havent been able to find it.  I have a wonderful family a beautiful daughter, the best wife anyone could ask for whom I love dearly with all of my heart. that is my silver lining but there are some days you need a little more.   like the lottery I could really use a winning lotto ticket right now.

or maybe some overtime. I am willing to earn my extra money, I would love to work some overtime this week and next  BUT THERE ISN’T ANY.   I was on the volunteer list all week and nothing.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Ok I feel a little better. 

cursed Ipods

How hard would you think it could be to sell 2 Ipods? Really. one guy stood me up twice. another guy says he wants it but is to busy to come get it. so i told him i was going to try to get it to another guy but i would call him if he backed out. that guy called me 2 hours before he was coming to get it and told me he didn’t want it anymore. (he had a good reason or maybe just a good story)… i have hod tons of email and each time i say Yes it is available call me and i can tell you more about it. but my phone just sits there silently mocking me.

I am buying my xbox with the Ipod money, so until somebody makes up their damn minds about it. I cant get my xbox. I am so frustrated right now. hell I will even ship it somewhere at this rate. Maybe ill post it on craigslist amsterdam and see what happens but they just may be too stoned to get the address right.

DAMN IT

peace

The search continues…

The search for my xbox continues. thought we had some leads but alas It will have to wait until another day.

yes for those on you who dont know I’m getting an XBOX 360 for my b-day, and we are trying to find a gently used one

in case any of you know anyone… let me know

Daddy stuff

I gotta say Skyler and I have bonded this last week.   maybe its just me but i feel like we have. I kept her home from daycare for no real reason other than i wanted to spend some time with her.  we played and chased each other, she played dressup with mommy’s shoes then pushed her little stroller around with her monkey and baby tad in it.  She was so good for me.

I love being her daddy!

I should have brought more lube.

Never rent a dwelling from a property managment company you dont know and trust.  They will screw you in every way they know how.  I wont get into details but lets just say AUSTIN LANDMARK PROPERTIES, and MICHAEL EBERT are LIARS, CHEATS, AND JUST GENERAL NO GOOD PEOPLE.  Especially the Michael Ebert guy. I have been lied to by this person more than that drug seeker I had last week who told me “The only drug they are able to give me that helps is Dilaudid.”

Mr. Ebert  go F*** yourself.

Taxes, Hammocks, good tunes, and good beer

Well its tax time again I hope you all have either done your taxes or filed the extension you are going to need in about 8 hrs. While we (by we I mean my lovely beautiful wife) filed ours yesterday, and for the first time I owe and it sucks. Yeah Economic stimulus package. I should get the whole amount but thats not until June or July.

So I spent almost my entire day trying to figure out what my penalty will be for not paying right away. Much to my shagrin its more than i want to spend. The good news… I enjoyed every minute of it. I have my awesome hammock chair out on the porch its a nice cool day, i put the litte IPOD speaker system out there. Sat down with some Budweiser Select and a pork chop for lunch. So in my defense I DID get a lot done. I Just had a good time doing it.

Ray (my old work partner) came back over today. and now admittedly we are just chillin outside.

 The ony thing that coud make my porch better (other than my Beautiful woman by my side) is a big screen TV and an XBOX.

Brainstorm -nikki dont read this part-  one day when i have my “man cave” back, I’m going to hang these hammock chairs as the seats in front of the tv, SWEET. 

thats it from my awesome world

Peace

Finally Its over!!! almost

We Finally finished moving!   I still have the grill and my bike and some other stuff at the old place but I will go get it tomorrow.  Unpacking is coming along nicely, I havent done as much as I should have in the last few days but I am just SO tired of packing and unpacking that I needed even the smallest break from it. 

Good news I am finally getting an XBOX 360. Nikki is getting me one for my birthday. I am extremely excited.  there are 3 games I am really looking forward to.  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare  (I have dave’s copy for now) 2. Rainbow Six: Las Vegas 2 (My old partner Ray and I played all but the last level of the first game in one Shift)  3. Army of Two (I hear it kicks major ass) I am also looking forward to the 2 or 3 LEGO games planned to come out this year:  Batman and Indiana Jones and Believe-it-or-not LEGO: HALO. I hope to get it next week. We will see.

FYI.  anytime you are told to go to a place on Nameless Rd. know that you are going to drive for what seems like forever before you get there.  Any road called Nameless can’t be anywhere close to anything.

thats all from my world.

Peace

moving and birthdays… both oh so much fun.

ok so I havent been on here in a while.  I have been packing everything I own for the last few days. Anytime I wasn’t working or sleeping, I was packing.  Which, for those of you who have had the pleasure, can be quite depressing.  My old work partner has been crashing at our place for a few days, and he has helped quite a bit.  Moving day is tomorrow. Dave and Vicki are here to help, GOD Bless em. I owe them quite a bit.

If you have seen Nikki’s blog this week, you will hear she got her birthday present from me and is VERY happy with it. Mine is coming up in 3 weeks from today.  It seems like everybody’s Birthdays are in april or may.   I forgot to call a dear friend of mine on her birthday and feel kinda crappy about it. it was a little over a week ago on a tuesday so i really dont have an excuse. so…

AMY – Happy birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear AMY. Happy Birthday to you.

I feel a little better now, but not much.

well thats it from me for now… keep checking back cause I have something I want to post but I want to get it “approved” first. 

Peace

Iraq and the like…

I don’t know everyone’s views about the War in Iraq.  I don’t want to discuss political motivations or things like that.  As we all know that is not what this blog is about.  I do however want to talk about the soldiers fighting that war and one in particular.  I support all of the soldiers in our armed forces, no matter what reasons they are where they are. 

Now that that is out of the way… A close friend of mine is a 1st Lt in the Army Reserves.  She received notice that she would be deployed to Iraq.  She began preparations to leave.  I don’t know a lot of details but I know She reported to Ft. Hood on Apr 1, 2008.  She said she would be going through a basic training to get back into the swing of things and would have some leave while she was at Ft. Hood in April.  She will leave in the beginning of May to some undisclosed location in the Middle East I am assuming.  Then she will spend a year (I am told) overseas before coming home. 

I have never been close to someone when they were deployed.  Known friends of friends, or I met soldiers after they came back, or learned of someone I knew being over there, But never had someone close to me have to leave.  I don’t see her very often anymore, since we moved to Austin, but I still like to consider us close friends.  I could easily say I love her like a sister, just one I dont see very often.

She told me a while ago she was being deployed and it never really hit me.  UNTIL NOW.  The last few weeks I am finding myself upset at the fact that she is being sent over there.  Beth is a smart, beautiful person (inside and out) who works hard at whatever she does.  She has a good square head on her shoulders.  College Degree.  Etc, etc, etc.  I keep thinking about what it will be like for her to go over there, away from family, friends, everything she is used to.  Her way of life is changing drastically. 

When I try to think about what she will see and face overseas I am overwhelmed by images we see on tv everyday.  IED’s on the sides of roads, Fighting breaking out in the middle of the neighborhoods, the threats they face everyday that we don’t even know about.   Maybe I have been playing too many video games about terrorists and the like, but I can only hope and pray that she doesn’t see as much as I am afraid she will, and that she comes home safe.  In the back of my mind I worry about my family everyday. I pray my wife makes it to work safely everyday, and that while she is at daycare, the teachers remain 100% watchful of my daughter.  I pray that my grandfather’s health does not worsen, because for 88 years old I think he is doing pretty well.  I pray that my parents get to and from work safely.  I pray that my fellow medics go through each shift safely without getting sick, hurt, or worse, on every call they go to.   None of this even comes close to the worries her parents must face everyday for the next year, I would assume their biggest fear is the Army Chaplin walking to the door in uniform.  

When I spoke with Beth and told her about my feelings she said, “It’s just because you haven’t known anyone going over there before.”  Very plain and simple, calm and collected. I guess its because she has been dealing with this for a while, and has come to terms to some extent with what is happening.  She says she is excited and ready to go.

I hope she and I will be able to keep in touch while she is over there.  Maybe I can keep a page about what she is doing and how she is.  We will see. And I will keep you posted.

I really don’t have a point but to express my feelings.  I’m sure mail and care packages would be appreciated. You can email me for the mailing address. Either way those of you that read this please pass this request on.

Please pray for Beth that she and all her brothers and sisters come home safely.

Addendum:  I got a chance to talk to Beth tonight and i fell a little more at ease. She assured me she couldn’t be any safer unless she was in the states. So I feel much better. I was thinking Blackhawk Down and Three Kings (both Awesome movies by the way).  She is responsible for sending people on missions instead of going on them herself. Which in my book take a lot of balls too (I know, I know, bad example)  That doesn’t mean she doesn’t need our thoughts and prayers. I asked her to keep me posted if her men need something over there. I know this doesn’t get out to too many people but I have been proven wrong that nobody reads this thing.