Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

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2011 Resolutions | #4 – Renovate My Basement

Remodel in Progress

Image by housechick via Flickr

I have been meaning to talk about the power of goal setting and some methods for setting and achieving goals on this blog.  As a way of addressing this topic, I am going to talk about my four resolutions for 2011 this week.

The resolutions I have explored over the last few days have all been bout personal development – both physical and intellectual.  For my last resolution in 2011, I have elected to embark upon a journey that will benefit my family both financially and in terms of bettering our quality of life.  As most readers know, I have twin girls who will be two years old this summer.  My wife and I bought a comfortable three-bedroom, one and a half bath house four years ago.  When we bought it, we had just one dog and no children.  In the past four years, we have added one dog and the twins.  Our once spacious house has since grown a little less empty.  I will rectify that situation in 2011.

My final resolution for 2011 is probably the hardest one for me to accomplish – I will commit to make our house more livable for my family. Read more of this post

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!  I’m thankful to all of you who take the time to come on over and give us a read.  I’m also very thankful for my wonderful wife and daughters and the rest of my great family who makes my life so full and exciting.

Enjoy your day everyone – eat, drink, and be merry!

Knock! Knock! Is This Thing On?

So, way back at the beginning of September, I posted about how busy I was and how I had a ton of stuff going on in my life.  Not much has changed.  My family is still nuts – I swear my girls get faster by the day – and work is still a bear.  But, it’s all good.  My girls are SUPER fun!  My wife and I are planning a week long vacation, something we haven’t done in about four years, and work is always interesting.

But, all that excitement means that I’ve been neglecting this place.  Not to fear though.  While I haven’t been posting, I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot and where I want to go with it.  The food part of it is great and I expect to continue on with some recipes as well as chronicling my adventures in the kitchen and on the grill / smoker.  I’ve also identified a few things I want to write about in the future.  Here’s just a little insight into what’s coming this way in the next few months:

  1. A multi-part series on how I’ve implemented a GTD-ish approach to life
  2. 3-Part series on travel guidance based upon everything I’ve learned in the last few months
  3. Product reviews for some cooking equipment
  4. Outline some potential modifications I plan on doing to my smoker
  5. Contemplations over my next smoker
  6. Discussions about some software I’m using and how they are best suited to my needs
  7. PS3 or Xbox – what should I buy?
  8. Any relevant sports discussions that come up

I hope you all stick around for the ride.  It’s sure to be fun!

Work, Home and Thoughts on Pimping My Kids

Big Dan's RamblingsI know you’re all interested in that last part, but we’ll get to it in a minute.  About a month ago, I wrote about how I wanted to post 2-3 quality posts per week.  And, for about a week or so, I did great on that goal.  Then life hit.  Work has gotten stressful.  I’m closing in on the end of a very important project.  I’ve been pulling 11-12 hour days a few times a week.  At the end of this month, I’ll be travelling out to the Southwest for roughly a week.  It should be the ultimate, successful conclusion of a lot of hard work.

Add all that to the daily life of a married guy with twin one-year old girls and a working wife and you’ve got some stressful times.  I’ll be spending a lot of time with the in-laws over the next week.  My sister-in-law is getting married this weekend and then the Jewish holidays are the next weekend.  Being the good husband that I am (nothing wrong with a little self-promotion here 😉 ), I’ll be spending all this time with the family.  That should actually be pretty fun.  The family I married into is really a good group of people – crazy at times, but the same can be said about my immediate family.  I’m sure it should help me come up with a few post ideas.

OK, now on to the good stuff – thoughts about pimping my kids.  Here’s what I’m talking about.  My company is in a shutdown this week.  Despite this fact, I am working due to the project I mentioned above.  Child care schedules woes (everyone is busy) caused me to take Wednesday and Thursday off to take care of the girls.  I love spending time with my girls, but I am not made to be a Mr. Mom.  That being said, I need to find stuff to do with them.  So, yesterday, I took them out to run some errands.  I didn’t think much of it until I realized that every cute girl I saw (and even some of the not-so-cute ones) were smiling and ‘awwwing’ at me.

Apparently the sight of a guy pushing around a stroller with twin girls in it is some kind of aphrodisiac.  That’s where the thoughts of pimping them out came to me.  Now, the term ‘pimping’ sounds bad.  It has all kinds of sexual connotations that I don’t want anywhere near my girls.  But, here’s where I was going: what if I let my single friends take the girls for and afternoon?  They’d get to walk around and have an immediate conversation starter.  And, honestly, how well would the conversation go if they were explain they were just babysitting for a friend and they did it all the time?  Come on – it’s better than a puppy!

I know, I probably sound like a horrible Dad, but, really, who hasn’t thought about this type of thing?  And, for anyone who thinks I’m serious, thanks for reading…please don’t come back if you can’t sense sarcasm at its best!

My (Realistic) Perfect Man Day

Big Dan's RamblingsI was listening to an interesting conversation on my way into work the other day. One of the DJs was checking out the site and came across this article about a Man’s Perfect Day. It sparked a conversation amongst the hosts of the show as to what their Perfect Man Day would be. I found the conversation interesting and decided to check out the article. It was amusing to say the least. I’m not going to argue the author’s ideal day – it involves golf, fishing, great food and multiple sexual escapades (some with celebrities). It sounds downright perfect.

But it’s not realistic. I mean, honestly, if you think that an average Joe like you and I have any chance of having a naked Scarlett Johannson give us a massage on a private jet ride back from a fishing trip in the Bahamas after playing Augusta earlier in the morning, you’re crazy – I mean, really, do you know how much a private flight costs (that was sarcasm folks, look it up!)?

Regardless, this whole conversation got me thinking about what a realistic Perfect Man Day would consist of – who would I spend it with and what would I do? After some careful thought, I realized that I could honestly put together two Perfect Man Days – one in the summer and one in the winter – and neither one would necessarily trump the other.

Anyone who knows me is keenly aware that my passions tend to revolve around going fast sideways. Give me a board of any kind and I’m generally a happy guy. With that thought in mind, here are my ideas of a Perfect Man Day: Read more of this post