Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dr. Greene is Coming Back - and Other Rambles

What's up with that?!?

Okay, I must confess now... I just watched ER, and I kind of, sort of, oh okay I actually enjoyed it. I quit watching that show long before Dr. Greene died, and I have actually sat through the whole show. I didn't even blog, or Plurk, or go on Facebook.

I should see about finishing my story, but I only want to have one more part and it's not quite done yet. Dang plumber!

Hey look, the news! And I still can't talk about it - stupid election.

My son is in a band - The Sentinels of Zion. I may have some video soon, we'll see.

Wow, the governor of Illinois (a total boob), just said he feels "honored to get my ass kicked by the people." Uh, not very govern-ly I would say.

King of Queens is WAY better. But it's no Stargate SG-1! (Hey TexasHolly, I finally answered your question from, uh, two months ago. :) )

David McCullough has a great voice, I am so LOVING "John Adams" a president that I knew a lot less about than I should have.

Okay, enough for now. Gotta get worked up for the next month... busy, busy, busy! Oh and it will be that much sooner to Disney World!! (Yes Jeff, I'm excited, I think the kids are as well, but I'm not sure.)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Because I Need It

I thought that since I don't have enough on my table already, here comes a new month long project to participate in...

NaPraGoMo -- National Pray to God Month

That's right, on top of writing a 50,000 word novel, and posting daily during the month of November...

Maybe I bit off a bit too much here... especially since I am still technically grounded. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nine-Day Warning!!

That's right folks. Nine more days, until the craziest month of them all, November!

Why is November crazy?

Glad you asked.

November is crazy because it is NaBloPoMo, and NaNoWriMo.

Yes, it's National Blog Posting Month - where you leave a post every day! On anything you'd like. Sure, it may sound easy, but wait until it's 11:30PM and you are settling down for a long winter's nap, when all of a sudden what should appear, a reminder that you need to post something in the next thirty minutes. That's what.

Then there is the grandaddy of them all National Novel Writing Month, where you are challenged to write 50,000 words, that all go together. I think it's roughly 1700 words a day. Doesn't that sound like fun? Especially if you are like me and do not have an idea for a story, just yet.

Panicking doesn't help, so don't even bother doing it. Just flow with it. :)

For more information on either"challenges" you can visit their websites here and here, I'll leave the links as a surprise.

So, interested? Wanna join me on this crazy month? How about a challenge among friends? Let me know.

Of course you could just keep coming back everyday for updates... that will be fun too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Trying to Clean Up My Act

Yesterday, actually last night, I posted three time-wasters - also known as blogthings.

You will notice that there are only two now.

Why is that Roger? Did you steal something? kill something? offend someone?

Well, it was a blogthing asking what kind of finger I was. Yep. Apparently I am the middle finger, and of course it had a picture of, well the middle finger in the saluting position, saying I was number one, flipping the bird, etc...

I thought it was funny and stupid, but I posted it anyway. Even had a disclaimer.

Then I read this, over at my friend Laura's blog... and then this at her daughter's.

Catholic Guilt set in. Big Time. After all I violated at least three commandments (1, 3 and 7, I believe).

So in an effort to 'clean up my act' I am linking you to the original here, and giving you what I am talking about below...

1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.

2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.

3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.

5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.

6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.

7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.

8. You shall not steal another person’s content.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.

10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.

Enjoy, and play nice. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A No-Brainer (for me at least)

You Are 88% Bipolar

You have some serious ups and downs, maybe to the point of endangering your own life.

Consult a doctor to see if you may truly have bipolar disorder.

My Heart Says Write, My Brain Says Eat...

You Are Mustard

Your personality is strong and distinctive. You are beyond quirky.

You can stand alone in the world well. You are a strong individual.

You sometimes work well with others, as long as there aren't any other strong personalities involved.

Your taste in food tends to be simple yet high quality.

You can really get into a perfectly prepared sandwich or simple fresh salad.

You get along best with ketchup and barbeque sauce personalities. Get you with a salsa personality, and things might become downright nasty!

Friday, October 3, 2008

How the Boys got New Bedrooms, part 2 (aka Roger Gets Grounded)

Previously on A Screed In Time:

Roger’s basement took on some water. Roger was told by his teenaged, video game playing sons, that they had cleaned up said water. Roger believed them…

Saturday came and went, the boys insisting that the basement was clean, and my believing them has already been stated. That means one of two things; one, I have great kids that ALWAYS do what they are told, and do it correctly the first time and can be treated as adults, and I cannot even continue that train of thought, or two, Roger is lazy.

I believe that the judge jury and everyone else will unanimously agree with option number two.

Now, before I shut the door completely on Saturday, let me tell you another part of the story – a happy part. Hurricane Ike (okay, not completely happy), decided to blow through the Houston, Texas area and caused some damage to Reliant Stadium and I think even Minute Maid (is that what it’s called) Park took a hit, which made the powers that be at Major League Baseball move the Chicago Cubs versus Houston Astros game to a “neutral” location. Where was that “neutral” location located?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Yes, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is a mere ninety miles from Chicago. Houston didn’t have a choice, or at least any friends in the commissioner’s office, and had to travel to the “neutral” ballpark.

I think they announced this at 9:00pm.

At 9:01, my son Andy – the big Cubs fan in the family, was calling and asking if we could go. Sure, I say. I mean there was nothing wrong with the house or basement, right? After all, the boys did say that they cleaned it up, and to my credit, I did ask them again.

No, I still didn’t go and check. (Please turn those glares off, I am just an innocent victim of circumstance here, really, {no, I don’t believe that. I know I was a BAD BOY}).

The good news – we got tickets, eight rows from the field. You can see some of them here, and they were worth every penny spent on them. Now, we had never been to Miller Park before, but I can tell you this, I would like to go back. It’s a great place to see a baseball game – and the food isn’t half bad either.

The GREAT news, we witnessed a no-hitter!

Monday comes and goes without any problems, I even got up and to work on time. It was a long day the day before with Mass, and the baseball game and all. Plus my “alarm clock” Jenni was still in Minneapolis. I called Benjy from work, reminding him that his mother and siblings were coming home and that he should do a good cleaning. I did not mention the basement; because well, I was under the impression that it was cleaned up already, remember.

Meanwhile, Jenni was on her way home from visiting her brother and his family, and it was not going good from the start.

We got a GPS unit for the van to help with our travels. Now, I personally don’t care for a GPS, because in all honesty I have never had any problems reading a map or figuring out how to get somewhere. I only appear to be lost to someone that is not aware of my mind (God Bless Them), and how it works. I think there are examples of that here on this blog in fact, just look around.

Anyway, the GPS told Jenni to turn left, when she KNEW that she should be turning right. So, I get a phone call, and proceed to pull up a map of the Twin Cities, problem solved, until Madison, Wisconsin. I told Jenni to stay on I-94 when she left Minnesota, thinking that the GPS would be okay by the time she hit Madison and had to switch to I-39/I-90.

Another phone call - turns out Mr. GPS is sending my family towards Milwaukee. That would be a really long way to go, plus you would have to deal with some really bad traffic. I get her to turn off onto a smaller highway, and give her directions back to I-39/I-90, and we lose our connection. She calls back later telling me that the GPS is sending her back north towards - uh no, you want to go south… and the phone cut out again.

Back to Benjy, at home cleaning (yeah, right), I again warn him that his mother will not be in a good mood and to make extra sure that the house is cleaned up.

I decided to leave work early, anyway. I think you can guess as to what kind of “cleaning” young master Benjy did. I called Jenni to gauge her timing, and she said that she was in Madison – an obvious lie, as she showed up fifteen minutes later.

There are times in married life, when you know that things are not going to go your way.

You would think that I would remember that, especially after sixteen years of marriage.

I did not.

To be continued…

Thursday, October 2, 2008

This Doesn't Look Good

The Cubs are losing 6-0, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Now how can I give you a good part two, with that on my mind?

I promised no political posts, but I am getting close to breaking, only because of media. Don't worry, I'm stronger than that. :)

Okay, I have to go... Danny just threw up all over me. Literally. Ewwww.

Gotta shower.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Slide Show From Zambrano's No-No

Creation Trail Mix (aka My Muse and the number 400)

We had this in my Sunday School class this week, and the kids loved it, so in honor of post number four hundred.

400! Where did you pull that number from, there is no way, NO WAY that you have written 400 posts... Next you'll be telling me that you have people that actually READ this stuff!?

Well actually...

Well actually what?

I have five. See. Over there, on the right?

Yeah, but one of them is YOU!

Oh, you noticed. Maybe people are just shy about admitting that they read me.

Or maybe you just made them up, I mean ANYONE can set up a blog - even you.

Glad you noticed that as well.

I also noticed that you are not on topic, and may have to change the title.

Why? I'm still leaving the recipe.

But what about all this? I mean will they understand that the different (and annoying) color is me. While the normal (and boring) is you.

I think that they will figure it out. They are very smart - smarter than me, in fact.

Well, d'uh.

Can I post the recipe? The kids NEED to get into bed before Jenni gets home.

Sure whatevah.

Whatevh? What the heck... never mind!

Whatevah!! :P

On with the recipe:

Which is only ingredients, because you can make as much, or as little, as you like.

Day 1 - Day and Night (Oreo Cookies)
Day 2 - Heaven and Earth (Frosted Mini-Wheats)
Day 3 - Seas and Land - (Blue and Green M & M's)
Day 4 - Sun, Moon and Stars (Yellow M & M's)
Day 5 - Creatures of the Sky and Sea (Goldfish crackers)
Day 6 - Creatures of Dry Land and Man (Animal Crackers)
Day 7 - God Rested (Marshmallow)
There you have it.
Enjoy telling the story of creation and Eat all about it. :)