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And my half hour of blessed silence was finally ended by baby girl's voice calling down to me.

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Ow, my back.

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Another exciting day ahead. At least there is coffee.

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A few weeks back, we had a turtle in our backyard. So the boy and I put him in a box, walked him down the road to the subdivision lake, and set him free in that more hospitable local.

Yesterday, just to get the kids out the house for a bit, I suggested we go down to the lake and look for him. Despite being a bit windy, it was a pleasant (albeit brief) time.

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Today is another bright, sunshiny day. I've got some laundry to do, as well as a trip to the grocery store. If the sunshine holds, maybe I'll take the kidlets to the splash pad. Unless, of course, baby girl decides she wants to take a nap today. You never know with her.

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There were biscuits for breakfast. And it was good. I was so happy to have found the small pack of 5 biscuits at Kroger.

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And the fly that was menacing my children by buzzing around the kitchen is now dead. That'll teach him to mess with Pikachu.

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Just for s~%&s and giggles, last night I watched Dredd (with Karl Urban), then Pitch Black. Two pretty damned entertaining sci-fi movies. They provided the added bonus of getting my wife to go to bed rather than watch them. This is good. She needs more sleep. She gets stubborn and stays up late, despite knowing she has to get up early for work.

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My old buddy up in Philly welcomed his second grandchild into the world yesterday. A healthy baby girl.

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One of my old fraternity brothers, whom I have not seen or talked to in probably close to 20 year, shall apparently be in Houston this weekend. Another fraternity brother is apparently going to attempt to host some kind of gathering at his home, in honor of the aforementioned visiting brother. So the family and I may have something to do on Sunday.

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If my visiting fraternity brother has his family with him, I'm hoping to interrogate his identical twin boys. I want to know if they can read each other's minds and s%$*. Or maybe if I poked one in the eye, would the other one feel it. These are important questions.

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So.....yesterday at Walmart I was buying the boy some new headphones for his Kindle. Otherwise, we have to yell at him constantly to turn the sound down. I knew if I got him something, it'd be fair to get baby girl something as well, so we headed to the toy section.

Sadly, her eyes found the "Rock and Troll Microphone". It has one snippet of a song from the Trolls movie which it can play, and the kids can sing along with. It also has the ability to be hooked to an MP3 player so they can sing along to whatever songs the device contains.

Needless to say, I've been hearing the pre-loaded song over and over since yesterday. This makes me think that I may, perhaps, enjoy causing myself pain and annoyance.

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On the other hand, it annoys my wife even more.

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Took the kids to the splash pad yesterday afternoon. It was crowded and hot, but they had fun. There were two very physically fit women there as well. While their kids enjoyed playing around, they enjoyed doing exercises.

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I told the kidlets if they were good this morning (which they have been so far), then we could go to my comic book store, but stop in Half-Priced Books first and get them each a new book.

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And even though the wife and I pulled them out of summer daycare, we can still send the kids for Parent's Night Out. That's tonight. Not sure what the wife wants to do, but I may suggest seeing Wonder Woman.

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The kidlets and I watched the Lego Batman Movie. It was fun.

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And today was the second visit in a row to Half-Priced Books where I did not buy a book for myself. The boy bought a Pokémon book for himself. I bought a Disney Princess storybook for my baby girl.

It was weird.

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Had a nice dinner out with the wife. We went to Morton's. I ordered the filet mignon, something I haven't had in probably 20 years or more. Afterwards, we wanted to eat up more time until going to get the kids, so we wandered around Barnes and Noble for a bit. I bought a book of horror stories by various authors, but with Lovecraft's name plastered on the cover.

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The wife bought some book with these duck comics. It's all about parenting. Some funny, yet sadly accurate, s#*#.

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My poor baby girl. She had another allergic reaction. We think it was from Parent's Night Out at the daycare last night. The blanket she brought with her smelled heavily of perfume when we picked them up, and this morning she was itchy and had a rash.

Last time, we had to switch her bath soap to something for more sensitive skin. Luckily, from that last occurence, we still had a does of the medicine the doctor had prescribed for her, and it was still good.

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Sad to hear of the death of Flounder, the greatly underappreciated Stephen Furst. Maybe I should watch Animal House tonight in his honor. Or some episodes of Babylon 5.

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Or, I could not.

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I'm torn.


Happy Father's Day zombeh!

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Same to you Monkeh!

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I did a little too much "Honoring" of Stephen Furst last night. Watched Animal House and a couple episodes of Babylon 5. And drank some beer.

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Cooked up a Mega Pack of bacon for breakfast today. Against my better nature, I shared it with the family. Sadly, about half an hour after we finished it all off, baby girl is now asking for more bacon. So much for a quiet day without any whining or crying.

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Got some gumbo defrosting in the fridge. It's gonna be a tasty dinner tonight.

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Other than that, not much going on. We didn't plan anything for today. Normally I might check with my younger brother down the road, but lately he and his family spend most of their major weekends camping, so I didn't bother this time.

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My faithful Trailblazer finally passed the 100,000 mile mark sometime in the last few days. Today I brought it in to the dealership for an oil change, state inspection, and to take care of a headlight-related recall notice (which turned out to be just installing an upgraded module). I brought the kids with me, but luckily they did not have to stay. The wife left work early because she wasn't feeling well, and she picked them up.

The dealership helpfully gave me a list of tons of other stuff they are recommending I get done. Some of it's a definite "must do", like a pinion seal leak and replacing the power steering fluid. Some of it's stuff I can probably do myself on the cheap(ish), like air filter and battery replacements.

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Someone shared an article on Facebook yesterday about John Carpenter's The Thing. So, of course, I had to watch the movie last night. It's easily one of my favorite flicks.


I wonder who that could have been...

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I think you were actually the second person from whom I saw that.

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The truly sucktastic part about having the kids home is that I cannot go for my morning constitutionals. At least, not without dragging both kids along with me, hearing a lot of b*!~&ing and moaning that they're hot and/or tired and/or "my legs hurt", and then having two post-sweat smelly kids all day.

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On the plus side of life......the wife discovered a stand specifically designed to make Beer Can Chicken easier to do. So I had her order one. It should arrive sometime today.

I'll use it sometime later this week. Perhaps tomorrow. More likely on Thursday.

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It's also getting about time to make gumbo again. Yesterday I finished off the last bag of my most recent batch.


Yeah I'm working on my chicken tikka masala batch now. Yum

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My wife's lunch just reminded me how much I hate the smell of tuna fish. And, since you asked so nicely, I'll tell you why.

Let us journey back through the misty sands of time, to early 1990s. I was working a summer job in the maintenance department at the Fairmont Hotel (since renamed) in New Orleans. Across the street from the hotel was the Orpheum Theater, which has operated since the 1920s for everything from vaudville, to movies, to the orchestra.

At the time, the theater was hosting a bodybuilder competition, and most (if not all) of the competitors were staying at the Fairmont. Apparently, a primary part of a bodybuilders diet is tuna fish. So, for several days, most of the guest floors of the hotel were overwhelmingly permeated with that now horrendous smell. It drove quite mad.

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Incidentally, several of my co-workers attempted (unsuccessfully) to enter me as a contestant in the body building competition. Those who have met me in real life will understand that joke.

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Working at the Fairmont was pretty cool, though. While I was there it also celebrated its 100th anniversary. It had started off as the Grunewald, then later expanded and was renamed the Roosevelt in the 1920s. Later, it became the Fairmont, before being changed back to the Roosevelt again.

It's most famous, in my opinion, for the Blue Room and the Sazerac. The Blue Room has hosted all kinds of famous musicians, such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. There's also some footage of the Divine Miss M herself, a very young Bette Midler, performing there. The Sazerac, on the other hand, is an awesomely upscale restaurant and bar. If I recall correclty, it's one of the oldest 5 star restauarnts in the city (at least it was when I worked at the Fairmont). There's also a drink called the Sazerac.

The hotel is also fairly well known by many in the city for the lobby Christmas decorations.

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Took the kidlets to the Splash Pad today for a bit of fun in the sun. I wasn't going to, but then baby girl worked her charms thusly:

Baby Girl: Daddy, can we go to Splash Pad?.

Me: Give me a few minutes, Baby Girl. Daddy's in the middle of something..

About 10 or 15 minutes goes by.....

Baby Girl: Daddy, can we go to Splash Pad? Do Da. Do Da. Daddy, can we go to Splash Pad? Old the do da day..

Me (after stopping laughing): Ok, we can go..

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And THAT is one of those reasons I love having kids.

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I've got my new beer can chicken rack. So, since Thursday is supposed to be particularly craptastic in the weather department, I shall be cooking the beer can chicken tomorrow.

Currently, the brine I shall use for the chicken tomorrow morning is filling my downstairs with it's delicious aroma.

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It's the Zatarain's Liquid Shrimp and Crab Boil seasoning that really gives it that special something, making it a treat for the olfactory system. It's probably one of my favorite smells.

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Looks like Houston is going to be getting some tropical storm weather over the next few days. So will much of the central Gulf Coast region.

Ah ain't scairt.

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Although, it could be a problem if we lose power. That would mean we lost TV. Which would mean the kids cannot watch TV. That way potentially leads to madness....

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AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!

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I swear to God, with all the tooth brushes we have upstairs, you'd think we had like 10 kids.....

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That's one of the reasons I'm heading over to Walmart today. I want to get a tooth brush holder for baby girl. They one we already have is for the boy - Batman themed. So something more appropriate for a girl is needed - maybe something princess-ish.

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