Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

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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!

More Noise & Other Disturbances

There’s probably a whole three people in this world who read this blog (myself, the author, being one of them), but that’s OK. It’s most likely due to my less than diligent approach to putting information up here. In that sense, it’s become more of a journal for me than a blog for others, but that’s neither here nor there.

Let’s see if I can’t update everyone (all two of you) on what’s been the haps lately for the Mrs and I. I suppose the beginning is just as good a place to start as any.

We closed on our house on December 22, 2006 – the Friday before Christmas. We were amped, geeked, totally happy. After our closing we went and picked out colors and went to Home Depot (the first of countless trips to the HD) for paint. After a lovely stay at my parents (minus the stomach bug that ripped through everyone including Tek, our dog), we were able to attack the house. I had the week off between Christmas and New Years and spent it getting the house ready. It was more of a crash course on wallpaper removal and painting. We moved in for good at the end of that week and started our lives as homeowners.

I went back to work the following week to find out on Tuesday that I would be losing my job. I can’t get into specifics due to the terms of a legal settlement, suffice it to say that we (my company) did nothing wrong but were sued anyways and were not able to afford to fight. That sucks – doing nothing wrong and not having deep enough pockets to fight it.

So, there I was – a new homeowner with no job. What did I do? I went on a 4-day snowboard trip to VT, made gratuitous trips to the HD and got a new dog. Very financially responsible!

Actually, the snowboard trip was already planned and paid for. It’s an annual trip that we make every year. HD trips kept me sane because I did a lot of work on the house – mostly joint/compounding and painting the kitchen and half bath. And the dog, a chocolate lab mix named Cally (short for Calamity Jane) was free. She had such a sob story that we had to take her in.

Since then, I’ve taken a temp job as a mechanical designer while I look for a new engineering job. The irons are still smoldering in a few locations, but the trail is getting shorter and shorter. There’s potential to come on board here, but I don’t know if I want to.

So, that’s my life since Christmas in a nutshell. Hope yours hasn’t been as hectic 🙂

PLUG OF THE WEEK!
Oh, and everyone be sure to check out my buddies blog – The Daily Pube. It’s pretty damn funny! I might even be contributing from time to time there!

Oh, The Places I’ve Been..

My Baby

My Baby

Wow – September 30th was the last day I posted in here, huh? Amazing. Well, a lot has happened since then and nothing has happened since then.

First off, I finally got new tires for my truck. BF Goodrich Radial All-Terrain T/A KO 31×10.5×15’s. Great tire, nice look, and a good price. Due to an insanely high electric bill (A/C, come to find out, wasn’t working correctly – i.e. always running), I had to shelve the idea of the M/T wheels for now. Soon though – very soon. I have, however, been able to do other modifications.

Baby's New Shoes

Baby's New Shoes

I bought clear corners for the front and also had some custom door lock pins made up. I’m in the process of refining that design and possibly even exploring the option of making a larger quantity to try selling. We’ll see how that goes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas both took place in MA this year – well, Christmas always does, but having Turkey Day with the folks was a nice addition this year. We didn’t go to the game, however, because the weather was horrendous. It looks like I’ll miss out on the game in two years because my cousin, Greg, will be a senior at Milford High and I’ll most likely go to his game. That means that I won’t have seen a KP Turkey Day game for six years by the next time I go to one! I’ve never gone that long.

The New Year has brought a ton of snowboarding! January 13th and I’ve already got 9 days in. For a weekend warrior, I can’t really complain with that. Ris and Court said they want to take a lesson, so we might do that one of these weekends. My annual WICed Fest group trip was another success with 19 of us heading up to Okemo Mountain for three days. There’s talk of a trip out west next year – Big Sky in Montana and Whistler in BC tend to be the two leading candidates right now. I’ve got to get on that.

Other than that, we’re pretty calm. I’m looking forward to a week-long vacation next month. We’ll be cruising the Caribbean. I’ve never been on a cruise before. Hopefully we’ll be buying a house by this time next year and there’s even (small, very small) talk of thinking about starting a family in the next year or two. All good things….

Family, Friends, Food, & Fireworks

Well, the 2005 4th of July weekend is in the books, but it’s far from forgotten. What a great weekend it was. Veeco, in an unnatural act of kindness (I’m sure there was some other reason, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt), gave us all Monday AND Tuesday off. A 4-day weekend! Let’s see if I can remember how all the debauche…err, fun, went.

The weekend started off with a great meal with the in-laws at a place call Sagamore Grill (I think) on Jericho Turnpike while we waited out the yahoo’s on the road. We rolled up to MA with virtually no traffic. Very uneventful drive up, which was nice.

Saturday: Woke up Saturday morning around 8-8:30 and made it over to Bungay Brook with Zac and Anthony around 9:30. I proceeded to win a fun 18-hole round with the best score I’ve ever gotten when playing 18 (100) and was about 3″ away from breaking a three digit score. Went back to the house and just farted around with the folks. Went to my cousin’s All-Star baseball game and then came home and went swimming. Some of the extended fam came over and we had a nice little cook-out. Fun city!

Sunday: Slept in nice and late and then leisurely got ourselves ready for some fun. Drove down to Fall River and met up with Rob and Amy at their place. We met up there (great drive – even saw a hawk) and headed out to Marc’s boat. Spent the rest of the afternoon wakeboarding and hanging out in the boat. After picking up some food (and booze), we headed over to Rob’s buddy Jake’s place for a BBQ and shindig. The gang there had already ate upon our arrival, so we fired up the grill and made a feast. As the night wore on, we rolled out some ‘pizza dough’ (very inside joke) and ‘cooked’ it. Everyone on that lake lights big bonfires on the water’s edge, so we got to see them and a fireworks show (private – nothing professionally done) that lasted about 1.5 hours and rivaled anything professional I’ve ever seen. Great night!

Monday: Hung out with Mom and Pop and said good-bye to Z and Alys. Ant and I played 9-holes at Fore Kicks (I kicked his ass again) and we just chilled. Ris and I made dinner that night – steak, potatoes, and shrimp on the grill – and we just enjoyed being on the lake and with each other. It was a great way to spend time with each other.

Tuesday: I got up fairly early for a vacation day (8ish) and headed over to Semco around 9:30 or so. Hung out there and talked shop for a while. Then it was time for Ris and I to get on the road. The ride home sucked, but it was worth it, because the weekend was just great!

It’s Been a While

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in here in so long. Just a quick heads-up. I decided to remove all the Geocaching blog entries simply because I’ve logged about 10-15 more since then and I didn’t put them in here. There’s no sense in putting it in two places – Geocaching.com and here.

A lot has happened since my last blog.  Let’s break it down by month:

March – I turned 26 – next year will be depressing. For some reason, I’ve always dreaded 27. I did a lot of snowboarding and all in all just had a good time. My in-laws got me an iPod Shuffle. Best thing in the world for me!

April -Ris turned 26. No big parties for either of us. We just hung out and enjoyed it. I didn’t work all that much this month as I ended up being selected for Grand Jury Duty. 14 days (Mon – Thurs every week) of service meant I was sitting around in a courthouse for about four weeks. Interesting stuff most of the time though. I ended up going to the docs to find out about my knee. This looked to be the beginning of something not so good.  We visited my folks this month as well…liitle did I know it’d be the last time I’d get to see my old dog, Amber 😦

May -Kept up with Physical Therapy (PT), but it didn’t do much good.  Again, another sign of bad things to come.  I actually did a fair amount of partying this month.  We went to Buffalo for Courtney’s (my sis-in-law) college graduation and then upstate to my wife’s cousin’s Bat Mitzvah.  I got h-a-m-m-e-r-e-d at this.  Stupid drunk.  I was so hungover the next day that I had to leave work early.  And, we ended the month off with partying, for Memorial Day, at the Beach House.  Unfortunately, my surfboards were stolen from us (at the beach house) this month.

June -It’s been a pretty crappy month.  My boards were stolen, I had to go to Minnesota for work, my dog had to be put down due to a HUGE amount of tumors in her, and then I found out I needed to have both my knees operated on.  We were able to get up to MA for Father’s Day weekend.  It was also my Dad’s birthday and Marissa and my wedding anniversary.  It was a good weekend, even if the cloud of putting Amber down was around us.  Alyssa and Zac showed up and Anthony even stuck around.  I’ve been playing a lot of golf and watched my Sox work their way back into first place in the AL East while the Yankees bomb.

So, in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on…not like anyone is going to read this…..