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Persuasive Advertising

on Feb 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I picked my eldest daughter up from school last week and as soon as I saw her I could tell something was wrong. I tried to ask her what was wrong but she just shook her head and refused to make eye contact. I was instantly worried. Horrible scenarios started playing themselves out in my mind. I pulled her close and we went to the car. As soon as her butt hit the seat she started bawling. She was straight-up ugly crying. Between sobs and gasps for air I was able to make out something about a dog. We haven’t gotten a new dog yet and she didn’t have any visible injuries so I was no longer on “high alert” but I was still curious to know what happened. When we got home I was able to calm her down with a glass of water and a small snack and eventually she calmed to the point where she could tell me what happened. She was still upset so her story included alot of,...

Cabin Fever

on Feb 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I didn’t shave until 2:00pm today. The kids are off school because of the cold, so I’m working from home. I actually get more accomplished. Normally, I have to take alot of breaks but we are so sick of being closed up in this house together that we are just doing our own things today. My girls both woke up, ate breakfast and then immediately headed to their rooms. I checked on them a couple times but they didn’t bug me, or each other, until we regrouped for lunch.   I bought some new body wash. It was on sale and I needed some so I grabbed it. It wasn’t until today that I noticed the label. Charcoal and clay. That’s right. I am SO manly I clean myself with dirt. I use burnt wood and fine dirt to wash away my other dirt. On that note, when I’m feeling glassy I like to give myself a good sandblasting… Ugh. Apparently I’m starting to get a...

My Favorite Headphones

on Jan 23, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I found my favorite pair of headphones. Well, they aren’t really mine. I kind of…appropriated them. I took a lithography class while in college. If you are not familiar with lithography it requires drawing on a big rock, applying a bunch of chemicals and then ink which transfers to paper. I might be a little fuzzy on the details. Regardless, the rock was heavy and my arms are uncannily weak so I had to go to the printmaking studio at night to draw. After spending the day with my then girlfriend, I was at her house gathering my things to go when I realized I had forgotten my headphones. The girl I was dating was a painter. For whatever reason it seemed like painters always listened to little boomboxes or radios in the studio. Some days you’d walk into the studio and 3 or 4 people would have their radios blasting, filling the room with chaotic noise. I didn’t hold...

Karate Parties

on Jan 15, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I think I’ve mentioned my youngest is a bit of a bruiser. This last weekend she was invited to a boy’s birthday party. She wasn’t really interested in going. She is friends with the boy but she wasn’t sure if any other girls would be there. In an effort to persuade her my wife said, “You do know it’s a karate party right?” She was sitting on the floor playing with some toys and without looking up she said, “I do like kicking people.” Of course as responsible parents we had to respond with how it is wrong to kick people but as we launched into our little spiel she interrupted us with… “If they steal something…” Neither my wife nor I knew how to follow that one, so we just did our best not to laugh. She attended the party and had an awesome time. It turned out she was the only girl he invited. When I dropped...

The Tooth Fairy

on Jan 9, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

My daughter thinks I’m the tooth fairy. I don’t mean she thinks that there is no such thing as the tooth fairy, she thinks I’m THE tooth fairy. She is convinced of it. She has lost quite a few teeth in the last couple months and she is convinced that I am magically making them fall out. She keeps trying to trick me into admitting that I am using my magic against her. She keeps asking what I need the teeth for and what I’m doing with them. Anytime I say anything on the subject she always responds with, “Why would you say that if you weren’t the tooth fairy?” or “SEE! I KNEW IT!” The evil side of me wants to play with this notion. My good side, also known as my wife, keeps telling me it’s a bad idea. I want to say things like, “I’m going tooth collecti…I mean… uh… I’m going to the gym.”...

These are the jokes

on Nov 29, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  My father-in-law told me to get a life…   Apparently that wasn’t good enough…  ...

My First Taste of Beer

on Nov 21, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve been drinking this beer called Oddball. It is a Kölsh Style beer. It is light and refreshing and with a fairly low alcohol content it is nice to enjoy with friends. I was having one with my wife and mother-in-law playing cards when a memory came rushing back to me. Sometimes moments and actions don’t feel like we think they will. When I was little I hated to go to my Grandma’s house. I told my parents it was because it was boring but there was something far more sinister lurking behind my statement. When we would go to my Grandma’s I would spend all my time outside. They lived in a retirement trailer park so there were never other kids, just me. The reason I didn’t spend time in the trailer was because of my Grandfather. My Grandma and Grandpa had divorced long before I was around and my Grandma had remarried a man who was much older and whom I now...

Final Inktober for 2018

on Nov 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    I accomplished my goal for Inktober. I finished 10 drawings. I wasn’t completely happy with them all but I’m not dwelling on that. The point was to stay motivated and keep drawing. Things are crazy at work and home so I haven’t been writing for the last couple weeks but I am staying busy. Right now I seem to be obsessed with rabbits. I just received the audiobook of Watership Down too, so I might do a few more drawings while listening to it. I mentioned that to my wife and she just gave me a horrified look in return. I don’t know much about Watership Down. It is just a sweet little tale about talking rabbits right?     I can’t seem to come up with a drawing of a rabbit I like yet. Maybe I don’t really like rabbits....