What on Earth?


I found this on my computer. I don’t know why I did this. I have very little recollection of doing it. I can only assume it was some kind of late night experiment to test the limits of a photograph red eye reduction program (that’s what I used to make it). Huh…   I’ll have to scan in some of my other cartoons soon. They are so bizarre.  One of these days I’ll be famous for something bad like this.

And in other news we awoke to find about two inches of snow outside. Part of our driveway is being redone so we’ve  had to park all of our cars outside for the last three days.  Winter’s last desperate attempt to ruin my life.

And in yet more news I am now 30. There’s nothing else to say about that.

Spring is Finally Here!


Today is the first day of spring. Now that’s excitement (only happens once a year!).  Yesterday’s weather was fabulous. I took an evening drive to relax and it was a wonderful 58 degrees so my windows were down. For some reason this was a particularly rough winter and I’m glad it’s (mostly) over. We may get a few more snow spritzes here and there, but spring is officially here and nice weather is right around the corner.

I’m thrilled about my upcoming spring cleaning. I’ve got big plans for my garage- I want to get my wood shop set up again and put in some new cabinets to replace our shelves (it will be better organized).  And I’ve got bigger plans for work (I’ll be posting the remodeling progress in the next day or so).  It’s so much easier to feel cheerful with the sun shining and a cool breeze wisping around you. Welcome spring!

The Road Ahead

I’ve said it before and I’m sure everyone will hear me say it again. It’s seems impossible for me to to find time for everything. Work, family, friends, health, religion, education, hobbies, chores, blogging… Some people manage to balance everything and I can’t figure out how they do it. On a good day I perform a passable juggling act. I’m about to turn 30 (less than a week) and I’ve got to give careful consideration to my time (it’s running out!)

These days I cram in more and more work.  Jim operates Blaze Commerce and I just signed on as a part owner and we have plans to overtake the local ecommerce market.  Over here at BladeHQ we’re getting ready to open our “real” retail shop and there’s a huge amount of prep work to do before the remodeling. We’ve also got plans to fire up a slew of new websites so we can keep costs covered. If I was a single guy and sacrificed every aspect of my personal life then there’d be plenty of time.

But I’m not- I’m married, I have three kids.  It’s sad to miss pieces of their childhood. It only happens one time and you’re either there, or you’re not. Don’t get me wrong- I come home from work every evening to see my family but it’s not enough for me. In the the grand scheme of things I keep hoping that I can get work “out of the way” and then go play. So far so good, but it really takes it toll. And part of me wonders if it’s really worth it. It’s been physically destructive… I can say that much.

For my birthday I ordered a sole treadmill. It should be here next week. I have plans to hop on the thing every day for about 30 mins. Where will that time come from? I don’t have television, I have’ read a book in months and I only sleep 6 hours as it is (with the exception of Saturday, when my wonderful wife lets me sleep in). Another 30 minutes a day is going to be tough! But given that my body weight has increased by 129% in the last four years I figure an intervention is necessary- even if it comes from me.

I’m sure I’ll find a way to throw one more ball into my chaotic juggling regime. I always do. Focus is a real key to success. I’m often amazed at how much time I can waste surfing the Internet, browsing catalogs in the bathroom, or sometimes just staring into space. If I can harness some of that I’m sure I can scrape together 30 minutes of time to treadmill it up. I can stare into space while I run (well… walk… I’m sure I’ll be walking at first).

And so… that’s why I haven’t been a consistent blogger. Blogging is lower down on my list of priorities and often gets pushed to the side. “I need to blog… but I haven’t slept in 13 days… I must sleep.” I don’t anticipate any change, but if I can think of something to jettison I will blog more. Any ideas?