…And in This Corner, Weighing In At 8 Pounds and a Length of 19″…

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Yesterday, while on the phone tossing ideas around on the European trip with my trip cohort, I got “the text” to head to Montana and do it sooner rather than later. There was a baby on the way.

Now mind you, this was about 2:00 PM and it is roughly an 11-hour drive. I hurried and packed and hit the road, planning to go as far as I could stay awake. I ended up driving straight through and arrived about 3:40 local time. You bet I made plenty of stops and got out to stretch while grabbing a large (horribly bad) coffee or two at convenience stores.

At 9:29 this morning, Adriana Rae was brought into this world. She held out while I drove from Washington and her Grandma drove from Colorado. Everyone is doing fine but tired.


I really wish my mom could have been here for the huge family events that have happened the last year or so – Meghan and Loran’s wedding, the birth of Rowan, and the birth of Adriana.

I know she would have been so excited to share the news with everyone she knew.


The Big Four-Oh-Oh!

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Just a quick post –

My previous post on 11/28/17 about my fortune cookie was my 400th post! I never thought all this time later that I would have that many posts published to a blog that I had stopped doing for a while.

Thank you again to those of you who take time out of your lives to read what I post. I do appreciate that. Some of you keep coming back for more and I get several comments – some of which I post. I am glad some people find it interesting enough to even follow my blog. I appreciate those things as well.

Truth be told I probably had deleted 15-25 posts I no longer wanted on the blog, so my numbers are actually not completely accurate and is higher. But, those deleted ones are gone so I am just counting the posts that are live.

Thank you all again!





I Kinda Like This Not Working Thing!!

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I’ve been off work for really not very long now (about three days…) and I’m liking this quite a bit! I’m getting some things done and doctor appointments taken care of before the end of the year. Staying active at the same time!

I got some shopping for the trip out of the way (items will be here this week), a doctor appointment today where I got THREE vaccinations for my trip (yeah…you COULD say that my arms are sore), and an eye exam for new glasses and/or contacts today as well. I had another appointment yesterday, a phone appointment tomorrow, and a spine seminar Thursday. After that there is a day at work Saturday, then leave next week to go to MT.

I think I will try contact lenses again and see if I can get them to work better. When I had them before I had moved from Colorado’s dry climate to Wetter’n Washington (I think I will copyright that!). I struggled with getting them dialed in to be comfy, but part of that was also the lousy optometrist I was going to. I do think I want to try them again. I hate wearing glasses, especially working outside.

I am trying to get back on track with drinking enough water. My app is really helping, but sometimes I end up ignoring it when it nags at me. I’m getting better at listening to it and drinking without being prompted.

Working on my diet as well, trying to get rid of the unhealthier things in the cupboard (which I try not to buy as a rule) and replace with healthier items. Like most everyone, I used to like eating some of the things that are so bad for you. I try to watch thing as much as I can but I do grab a few things I should be avoiding (also like most everyone).

I bought a French press so I am anxious to try some coffee in it and compare between that and the Mr. Coffee. I am sure it will be better. I did buy an organic medium roast they had on sale but I’m not impressed with the first cup out of the Mr. Coffee. I hope it tastes better in the press.

November 28th, 2017

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Yesterday I went next door for Chinese for a late lunch/early dinner. It was good, as usual, but something interesting happened.

I got my fortune cookie and opened it up. Here is what the fortune was:


Pretty weird, eh?!?!

Now, there is a twist to this. I already have tickets to Europe, but I am looking to fly someplace else for my birthday after we get back from Europe.

Which ticket is it telling me to get?

November 26th, 2017

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It’s a bit strange waking up today knowing I won’t be at work the next several months except for the sporadic day or two that I MIGHT be called in through December (and next Saturday if there’s no new baby yet).

I finally got to sleep in this morning – I guess I needed to make up for some lost sleep all this week after the excitement of getting a Europe ticket. I did wake up at my normal 5:30 though, but I fell back asleep and woke up a few more times until I finally got up at the crack of 7:40.

I’m working on a spreadsheet for our big trip expenses we are dividing – hotels and such – so we can see what we are spending. I’m not really interested in writing down everything I spend since this is mainly for our shared expenses. I’m going to be buying stuff on the trip and that is something I can track later by looking at my bank statements if I really want to know how much I spent the whole time. Things like souvenirs are incidentals, but food is something you need every day no matter where you are or what you are doing…we gotta eat, and I plan on enjoying some great and new food experiences over there.

I got a few more things ordered for the trip yesterday – a money belt and some more packing cubes. New luggage locks are already on the way. I think all I have left that I need to get is a power converter we can use for phone charging. Anything else I already have covered.

Packing cubes always seemed kind of silly, and I always thought they were for OCD people. I don’t have OCD, but these things are so handy for traveling. It really makes it easy to find your clothes without destroying your packing job and if you are staying in one place you can just put the cubes in the hotel dresser. I tried some cheap ones after my friend Rich was singing their praises. I don’t pack or leave without them now!

Along with the cubes I have an eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit. It does just what it says – holds your toiletry items and packs flat. It makes it quite easy to pack – just put it on top of your packing cubes and it helps keep the bulk down. Bright colored ones are easy to spot so you don’t forget to pack it!

One of my luggage pieces is a backpack-style from eBags. I have used it several times and is a great bag for travel. I understand from several friends that a backpack is the way to travel light and fast. Lightweight, sturdy fabric and zippers, comfy to wear as a backpack, lots of nice features, and very reasonable for the money. It is also about the biggest size allowed on as a carry-on bag. Since we are going to be traveling around and not really staying in a destination this will be my choice of luggage over my other eBags wheeled duffels. Jim even got one for this trip and got it for a hell of a deal for Black Friday!

I know it’s still a few months away but we are trying to get everything done we possibly can take care of now so we don’t have to worry about it last-minute. It also gives us time to address any issues that may come up. The Black Friday sales are too good to pass up on a few things right now so that timing is good, but we also just want to get the things out of the way that we can.

The clouds are finally parting and I can see blue sky! I have heard the elders speak of something they call “the sun”, and I didn’t think it actually existed until seeing it just now. It has been very rainy here the last month and I’m over this nonsense. It’s not looking like it is gonna hold out for long though. More rain predicted. Boo.

I want to go someplace for my birthday, but I’m having trouble thinking of any other trips with Europe coming up. There are some great airfare deals right now and I hate to pass those up. I am thinking of just taking the bus into Seattle for a few days and hanging out. It is something I have been wanting to do anyway so I may do that for my birthday. Or, if I can find a great travel deal I’ll go someplace and do a trip to Seattle after I get back from MT. After coming back from Europe it would be strange just turning around and going someplace again, but at least I’d already be packed. Besides, it’s not beyond me to do something like that!