Category Archives: Personal

My arms fall asleep

This happens to me somewhat frequently, maybe twice a month. My arm(s) fall asleep while I’m sleeping. I came across this statement today written by doctors. Very interesting stuff!

“Experiments have shown that your skin feels numb about 13-15 minutes after the blood flow is arrested, and that all sensation, except for pain, is gone after about 18 minutes. Muscular weakness begins at about 25 minutes, and paralysis sets in after 30 minutes. If you wake up with an “asleep” arm that you are unable to move, that means the circulation has been cut off for at least 30 minutes.

My poor arm(s), I’m starving it for over 30 minutes!!!

Spitting in the urinal

I can’t help but wonder if I’ve uncovered some ancient ritual, or cultural habbit. I’ve noticed over the years (yeah sorry, another bathroom story) that most men when using a urinal, will spit in the urinal before actually using it. They will walk up, spit, and do their business. It doesn’t seem to matter what time of day it is, nor what type of person. Its everyone from the young casually dressed man to the older well dressed executives. I’ve tried to come up with some explanation, and figure out some reason for doing this. Is this some type of reflex, or habbit you pickup as a kid. Were these people taught by their parents that anytime you have to “wee wee”, you spit first? I just don’t get it. I’ve never done this that I can remember, and can’t think of a good reason for doing it. If anyone has any thoughts on this and would care to enlighten me, please feel free.

DVDs in the mail?

By now, most everyone should be getting their Christmas DVDs in the mail. I know its not the best production in the world, but hey, where is the feedback? 🙂

Went to the movies!

I got a chance to go see a movie with a friend the other night. I didn’t think there was much out I wanted to see. We chose Eragon out of the few movies we thought sounded interesting. I was skeptacle that I would like it since its a fantasy movie, you know, dragons and midevil type stuff. I don’t usually like that kind of movie, but this one was really good. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was a good story, had good characters and special effects. For a movie written by a kid, I think it was great. I’d go see it again. I believe its going to be a trilogy, so I’ll have to make sure I check out the rest of them as they come out. Their website is http://www.eragonmovie.com/

Christmas DVD mailout

Yesterday, we finally received the picture order for our 2006 Christmas Card mailers. Its a nice casual Christmas picture of our family on a glossy 4×6 with our new address and cell phone numbers on them. I have been waiting for about 2 weeks to get these, which is why we will be mailing them out late. Better late than enver! We are mailing them out to 3 families today or tomorrow, and sending a bunch to my mom to distribute. Its not as good of a video as I was hoping, but I’m sure people will still enjoy it.

Back to School

Today was Sarah’s first day back to school after the long holiday break. I took off the two work days before the Christmas weekend and then had a long New Years weekend. We got to spend a lot of time together as a family and did a lot of different things. We had a nice Christmas at home and went to a friend’s house for New Years. Saturday before New Years we had some people over and played a game and let our kids play. I get spoiled with times like that. We get used to being together again as a family and then have a hard time adjusting to a schedule again, where Sarah is off to School, and Liz has her things that she does and life just gets hectic! I don’t think we are the kind of family mentioned in that Christmas song that says “And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again”. We love being together and when we are not, we miss each other. When I get home from work, my little Abby says, “Daddy, I missed you at work”. They come running up to me for a hug as soon as I walk in the door. Those are the kinds of things that make life fulfilling.

Laryngitis

Last Saturday, what started as some kind of sinus irritation, escellated into a minor case of Laryngitis. I lost my voice on Saturady, and am still trying to get it back. I can speak better today which is good, but am still not back to normal. Its things like that, which make you appreciate people with disabilities like what I experienced. Its frustrating not being able to speak. Plus having this condition on New Years weekend, was a bit of a bummer. And when you have 3 kids, its nearly impossible not to try to speak to let your voice recover.

Star Trek

Over the last few days, Liz and I have been watching a few episodes of Star Trek Voyager here and there. We both love that series and decided to watch a few episodes. Well this seems to have triggered a desire in both of us to watch the whole series all the way through. But it didn’t stop there. Now we are talking about starting with Deep Space Nine and watching it all the way through first, then do Voyager and then re-watch all of the Next Generation again. Now this is no small task, as it will likely take us a full year to watch all the episodes. We ususally can get in 1 or 2 episodes a night if we stay up a little late. I have a feeling this year will be our most busy year ever, so I have a feeling it might take us a while. For those of you who might be reading this and rolling your eyes (you know who you are), you don’t know what your missing. Star Trek is a very optomistic view of what mankind could become and accomplish in a distant future. Its full of great writing, fantastic characters and good moral lessons. The different flavors of Star Trek are quite different from each other and offer a diverse view of the Star Trek world. One thing thats almost a constant in Star Trek, is that you can’t give up on it after just watching the first or second seasons. In my opinion, each Star Trek series didn’t really become exceptional until the 3rd or 4th seasons, some earlier, some later, but you can’t just watch the first few episodes and judge it. It takes time to develop the characters and catch up on the history of Star Trek to really appreciate it. Star Trek the Next Generation is one of my favorites, that show has some awesome stories and wonderful characters. Voyager was hard for some people to take, because it had a female captain, but if you give it a chance and get into the 2rd and 4th season, you’ll see its a fantastic series. Deep Space Nine was the most like a soap opera, simply because it was always in the same place (usually), on a space station. It had a lof of drama, and some strange alien religious overtones, but the stories are great, the characters are great and its a great addition to the Star Trek world. I especially like the episodes with James Darren in them, since I like him anyway, he made a great addition to the end of the series. So give it a chance, if its on TV don’t just turn it off because you “don’t like it”, give it a chance and you’ll find its inspiring and optomistic and really a great piece of Science Fiction.

I am Superman!

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You are Superman

Superman
95%
Batman
80%
Green Lantern
75%
Supergirl
65%
Hulk
60%
Robin
57%
The Flash
55%
Iron Man
55%
Spider-Man
50%
Wonder Woman
45%
Catwoman
40%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


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Balloons forever!

Abby loves balloons, so much so that I thought it would make a great Christmas present to give her a hellium balloon kit for Christmas. She is so cute, to watch her carry around a balloon all day tied to her wrist. I broke down and gave Sarah another bolloon last night since she popped her first one seconds after I gave it to her. Abby got a new one as well, since they only seem to last 2 days or so at best. I think we are going to try to get some mylar balloons which might last longer and are safer in general for little kids. I found out last night that the tank holding the helium is not refillable, its a single use tank. So I’ll have to get another one if we run out of gas! I going to search online and try to find a better way to get hellium for balloons for Abby. They just arent’t as much fun if they don’t float.