Saturday, January 31, 2009

Braden’s First Carrots Video…

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25 Random Things

This is going around Facebook, and I am loving it.  So, here is my attempt at telling the world a little about myself.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish)

  1. I consider my life worth nothing, if only I might finish the race…
  2. I absolutely love people.  (even the ones I don’t like).
  3. I played the trumpet and had weekly private lessons from 3rd grade on.
  4. I have a hard time being content.  In fact,  I am great at being discontent.
  5. I think the “Western” church is missing “it”.
  6. I am a die hard deer hunter, although I haven’t really gone in 8 years.
  7. I love to be creative, especially with visuals (photography, video web design).  My family will say I get that from my Mimi who was an award winning oil painter.
  8. I love order, linear thinking, goal setting.  I have been known to be obsessive about details.
  9. I love pens, especially expensive ones.
  10. I am crazy in love with my wife of 10 years.  I adore her. 
  11. I am a dreamer.  Becky grounds me.  I have an entrepreneurial spirit that just won’t die.
  12. Gadgets are my best friends.
  13. I often realize how bad I am at friendship.
  14. I think the internet is absolutely fascinating, incredibly useful, but far too dangerous.
  15. I wish I was wealthy and could give more money away.  But, God probably is protecting me from myself.
  16. I am very selfish.  But, I am also more humble than anyone else I know.
  17. “Paralysis Analysis” drives me crazy.  Just make a decision already.
  18. I love to be given the opportunity and privilege to lead.
  19. We don’t have family around here, and it makes me very sad.  I desperately desire to be around my parents, 3 brothers and sister, and all of the nieces and nephews.  Becky’s family too!
  20. I pay way too much for Cable TV and Internet, yet I would pay twice as much if required to keep DVR.
  21. I am forever starting over/fresh.
  22. I am forever saying that tomorrow I am going to start “working out”.  No, really, I am!
  23. I am both a yuppie and a redneck at the same time.
  24. I have lived in 9 different homes. (5 in NJ, 2 in Chicago, 2 in South Fl)
  25. I love my kids (Drew, Tessa and Braden) passionately, yet I  often realize how little I show it them.

I could just keep going, but I will follow the rules!


I'm in Love!

I haven't had it yet, but I am totally going to make this (well, more like ask Becky to make it).  Becky?

Bacon Explosion

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spirit Airlines Inappropriate Marketing…

spirit I have been complaining about this for a long time!  I have sent several complaints directly to the company.  So glad the Flight Attendants are stepping up to the plate!!!

For the rest of the story, click here.

This article is from Fox News…

“MIAMI —  Flight attendants and pilots for Spirit Airlines Inc. want the company to pull a series of sexually suggestive advertisements, along with a new requirement they wear a patch advertising Bud Light on service aprons.

Patricia A. Friend, head of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, complained in a letter to Spirit executives this month. When the airline refused to change the ad campaigns and the aprons were handed out Monday, the union issued a public statement Tuesday.

"I feel as though I have entered a time warp and am reliving the battles for respect and justice for women that we fought for 40 years ago," Friend said.

Some of Spirit's ads invite customers to enjoy its DD's [deep discounts] and "MILF" [many islands, low fare] specials — double entendres also referring to large breasts and a crude acronym popularized in the 1999 movie "American Pie" that describes an attractive mother.

Spirit pilots announced their support Wednesday….”  Read More


Thursday, January 22, 2009


overloaded%20truck%20Senagal-%20Credit%20Daniel%20Penney Becky and I are experiencing instability in our lives right now.  Maybe you have heard, maybe you haven’t, but here is what has been going on.

Becky got a call last week from her supervisor telling her that all part time positions in her company were being eliminated in the next month or so.  They are rolling out some very aggressive changes (for now, all across Florida) for the sake of efficiency, financial savings and better pharmacy counsel and care to customers.  Becky was very excited about the coming changes.  Yet, we didn’t realize it would force her out. 

We are told there is a part time option that would allow her to work from home as a pharmacist to remotely be involved in the filling of prescriptions process (basically confirming accuracy and interactions via internet).  At first glance, this other position doesn’t sound real attractive for Becky since one of the things she loves about her job is getting out of the house and helping people face to face.  There would be a pay cut as well.  She would have to apply for this “at home” job.  At this point, we are assuming she will be highly considered as her abilities are highly appreciated.  There are some other questions that we have as to the viability of this option, but it seems to be an option nonetheless.  Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

We probably need to consider other pharmacies to see if they are hiring part time.  I must admit, we question the likelihood of this considering it is entirely possible that in our market today there may not be any other companies hiring.  Becky doesn’t want to switch to another company for many reasons, yet, it may be the only option.

We can’t afford to live without her working part time.  She has been told that if she wants it, she could manage a pharmacy full time, but going full time would have many other implications that we want to avoid.  It may have to be an option, but of last resort.

Would you pray for us?  We know that God is in control.  Becky and I both sense a real peace that is beyond our understanding.  Yet, we would love to know what is going to happen.

Generally speaking, we all live in a very unstable environment.  Today’s market is horrible.  No surprise there.  So many have lost their jobs, investments and homes.  When it comes down to it, the reality is that each breathe is totally dependent on the will of God almighty.  If you think about it, our instability is actually a reminder of the awesome faithfulness of a sovereign God and the “uber-ultimate” stability he provides in his Salvific plan for each of us.



We are signed up to get regular emails from Spirit Airlines for their sales.  The headline from today's email reads "Escape Frigid Temperatures, Head South".  I believe this headline is to entice all you northerners to buys plane tickets and head down here but it was 33 degrees in SW Florida this morning.  I know it's way colder up north, but somehow I don't think 33 degrees qualifies as escaping frigid temps.  Just a thought....



This doesn't happen much.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


You ever realize that what you have in your head doesn’t need to be said?  Therefore, I have not blogged much recently.  One day soon my daily musings will be back, but for now, I am a bit verklempt, a bit distracted and have a hint of writer’s block.


Friday, January 9, 2009

So, here’s the story…

It seems that every flight with little kids is an adventure to be shared! 

We got on the plane, and everyone was settling in.  The air seemed to be blowing room temperature air, therefore, it was hot in the plane.

Becky was holding Braden on one side of the aisle, and I had Drew and Tessa on either side of me on the other side of the aisle. 

About 5 seconds after we took off, the plane started really bouncing with turbulence (we had a strong head wind so that really slowed the plane down and kept us bouncing for most of the flight).  About 30 seconds later, Drew turned white as a ghost and started crying and saying he had to throw up.  Well, it was way to early to get out of our seat, but there were no “barf bags” in the pockets, so I had no choice but to run with him to the bathroom.  So, as the plane dipped and bounced, and climbed straight into the air like they do at take off, Drew and I ran to the very spacious bathroom.  Luckily, the flight attendants didn’t stop us.  He spent several minutes coughing and choking, but not actually throwing up.  In the middle of holding him up over the toilet, the plane was really bouncing, so Drew and I were getting really thrown around.  I noticed my phone if my shirt pocket again, so I put that in my pants pocket (didn’t want to go through that again!).

barf-bag-rearWhen we came out, the attendants handed us a “barf bag” as well as a big plastic trash bag.  They obviously knew what was going on and have obviously been through this before.  If he threw up, it was going to be a long flight for a lot of people!

I won’t bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say he was not a happy camper, nor was I, for the rest of the flight.  I had to fan him with a book for the entire flight because it was so warm (wow did I have a sore hand and arm).  I took his socks off, and I think that helped cool him down.  He did manage to fall asleep on my arm for awhile, so that was mostly good.  I say mostly because trying to fan him with my other arm and care for Tessa while not moving my one arm was a chore.  Once we were on the ground, Drew was fine.

Tessa was so cute, but very hard to care for.  I think I learned a lesson.  Never give a little kid straight apple juice, a tootsie role, and M&M’s at the beginning of a flight.  She was “wired” the whole flight.  She wanted “more” books, “more” toys, “more” M&M’s.  More, More, More she kept saying in her cute but demanding way.  By the way, M&M’s do melt in your hand, but there is one benefit.  Her hands were so sticky, that i could almost throw those M&M’s at her hand and they still made it into her mouth and not onto the floor.  You should have seen the chocolate on her face!

I love my kids…



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

On the ground in Fort Lauderdale...

The flight was eventful. Are you surprised? I will post the story

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Here we go again...

We have gotten through security here in Atlantic City and we are
waiting to board. They let us through even though our mysterious
white powder (baby formula) spilled on the security counter.

Looking forward to getting home...


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