All by my lonesome.

Filed under: General — Steve at 6:21 pm on Friday, October 24, 2014

Another day all alone, I’ve had the house to myself all week now since Jessica and Alexander went to help out her dad while her mom is out of town. I don’t know how I managed to live like this for so long because I am so freaking bored right now. When the boy is running around constantly pestering me I would give anything to just have everyone leave me alone so I can putter around a bit or take a nap or something but then when I have all the time in the world to do that it quickly loses its allure. At least I’ve gotten a little bit done this week, got the car all ready to go for our trip in a few weeks by getting new tires put on, oil and various filters changed, fluids checked and added, new wipers. Now it runs like a top again. I also finished up the gutter downspouts since my pieces got delivered that I needed and couldn’t find in town. I was supposedly done with them but I didn’t like how the downspouts looked and changed things up a bit. Plus, I needed to point our drainage water in a slightly different direction so my neighbor couldn’t accuse me of trying to flood their basement. It does what it’s supposed to do because we got a pretty good rain the other day and there was a good solid foot of dry ground around the entire perimeter of the house by the foundation instead of flowing right along the back wall of the house and ruining the basement floor. Now none of the downspouts are putting any water along the back of the house at all, I’ve got it all going away along the sides and away from the house. Now on to the next thing in the long list of things in the joys of home ownership.

I did get to do something fun this week, Dave Chappelle was in town going on tour for the first time in a long time since he quit the Chappelle Show ten years ago. He ended up doing a four day run at the Roccoco Theatre. Unfortunately Jessica couldn’t go with me since she was going to be at her parents place all week. I really wanted to go and I didn’t want to go by myself so I picked up an extra ticket without knowing who would go with me. It’s pretty sad that I don’t really have a go to person to call and do anything with anymore if Jessica isn’t available. I never was the socialite but now that I haven’t drank in like six or seven years and I’m the team leader for the weekend shift and working when everyone else is doing anything my entire limited social network has withered on the vine. Luckily Ed from work was willing to go with me to a relatively expensive show on a Wednesday night. It was a pretty funny show, they had another comedian, Donnell Rawlings open up for Dave, if you ever watched the Chappelle Show you would recognize him as the Ashy Larry or guy guy who yells “I’m riiiich, bitch!” Anyway, they were both pretty funny and it was all material that I haven’t heard before so that was good. The DJ guy that they had playing music trying to pump everyone up in between stuff felt a little awkward because there’s only so much you can do to pump up a bunch of sober white people from Nebraska at seven pm on a Wednesday. I almost felt bad for him. Ed and I did notice a couple VIPs in the front row from our lofty vantage point in the nosebleeds, Nebraska football players K**** B***, A**** A*******, and another player that we couldn’t recognize because we were so far away were front and center. I wonder how broke college kids who aren’t allowed to profit because of their status as an a collegiate athlete came upon some sweet tickets like that? Probably won a radio contest or something… right?

I am Groot.

Filed under: General — Steve at 4:46 pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alexander and I went on a little daddy date yesterday and gave mommy some time to herself. We ended up going to Culvers first for lunch which has kind of become a “thing” that we do together without mommy. He really likes going there because we get to share a custard after he’s all done eating his corn dog, applesauce and milk, which is very exciting because he only rarely gets anything like ice cream or sweets so it’s a pretty big deal. After lunch we went downtown for the Tuesday $5 movie day at the Grand, the second week in a row that he’s gotten to go see a movie. Last week Jessica came along too and we went and saw The Boxtrolls which is a kids movie that I hadn’t even heard anything about. Basically it was an old school stop motion animation movie which I didn’t really think they made anymore in today’s world of cheap computer animation. Alexander really liked the movie, I thought it was ok I guess. This week it was just me and the boy so I picked the movie I wanted to go to last week before it went completely out of the theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy, since I heard it was pretty good. It ended up being just a bit too mature for Alexander and I almost lost him in the middle of it because he couldn’t really follow it and it was so long but there was enough flashy action and fighting that he made it through to the end. He played along like he knew what was going on and laughed at the adult humor when everyone else laughed but you know he had no idea what he was actually laughing at. On the way home he declared that he wanted to be Groot for Halloween (the big tree character from the movie that says nothing but “I am Groot”). I of course agreed that that would be fine, knowing that he will forget about it soon enough and we will dress him in the costume that we already paid for that he already picked out, a witch.

Next time I think we will stick to the kids movies aimed more towards his age group because he enjoys it a lot more, even if I don’t. I’m really excited about him finally getting to the age when you can actually take him to fun places and he will actually cooperate and have fun most of the time instead of just having a meltdown. I glad to not have to take bags of crap everywhere anymore too, we spent a whole afternoon out together and didn’t bring anything but a jacket. He pooped and peed at the theater before the movie and didn’t need any special snacks or special drinks in special cups, he just ate and drank what was given to him while we were out. This is a very fun time.

Hey, good news! Jessica and I are going to be an aunt and uncle again, my brother Patrick and his wife Sam are expecting another child! They are due in mid June of next year and that will make three. They had their last kid a week before Alexander was born last time, sorry no kid races between us this time around, I think we will stick with one. I’m already too close to getting Alexander completely out of the house and getting him through college before I’m due to retire, don’t want to have to work until I’m dead to do another one too!

How bout them Huskers?

Filed under: General — Steve at 10:47 pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Makes you want to pull your hair our don’t they? I actually won the points pickem at work with my pick of 31-24 Michigan St. so I got some points there for the first time this year after coming in 4th a couple times. It’s all for bragging rights and there’s no money involved or anything but you don’t want to get skunked all year long and not get anything because people give you an awful lot of crap for being so bad at picking. As usual I was at work during the game. We were watching the game as much as we could but not long after the 3rd quarter after cussing it up for a good chunk of the first half I said screw it and stopped watching because I was so mad. I turned it on on the radio on the way home just long enough to hear them say the score was 27-3 and Armstrong was going out of the game hurt, in comes Fyfe at quarterback. Ugh… *click*. Here we go again, another embarrassing loss on national television just as we were starting to get into the conversation for national relevance for the first time in who knows how long. I drove the rest of the way home in silence. When I got there Jessica had already had the same idea as me and shut the game off and had gone to bed. I took my shower and petered around a bit and then decided to click the television on to see if they had finally let the clock run out to put us out of our misery. Wha wha wahhhhhttt? They were just showing the replay of a punt return for a touchdown and the score was 27-22, State by 5. What the hell happened? They went from gutless wonders to scoring 3 touchdowns and almost a 4th in the 4th quarter as soon as I turned the television off! Well they didn’t win the game but at least unlike other seasons they didn’t completely fold after they got kicked in the teeth and I guess that’s all I can really ask for. Well I guess I could have asked for a win…

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