Monday, February 24, 2014

Yes, That Is What You Think It Is


A circular saw on my new couch and no one around to claim it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It is STING Pong, Not Ping Pong

The boys got a ping pong net for Christmas. It clamps on any table and viola! instant fun. Who knows when we will eat in the dining room again. 
Sting pong is played shirtless. For every point you win you get to hit the ball as hard as you can at your friend's chest, preferably with a running start. They all have ping pong ball sized welts on their chests. Posting pictures of battle wounds on Facebook is inevitable. 
I'm putting my foot down. They can't bring any girls over to play.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

4 Days Into the New Year and I Am So Proud!

Yesterday I received my latest copy of Texas Catholic and there on the front page is Prince #2. His beaming 17 year old face engaged in the giving of toys for little tots. But look closely. He is wearing a Christmas sweatshirt with sweet snowmen on the front. Sweet snowmen toasting with red solo cups. 
Delightful.
I just opened the mail and got a curious letter from the North Texas Tollway Authority. It appears that Prince #1 happened to run the toll. No need to contest it, there is the picture of his ancient Honda passing thru. But, again, look closely. Is he raising his left hand in a birdlike salute. Oh yes he is.
So proud.
Let's see if any incriminating pictures of the 12 year old show up tomorrow.
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Prince #1 is 21!

Is it wrong to give your newly minted 21 year old a bottle of Jack and a breathalyzer? 
That's right folks, $19.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Its in the Beyond part of the store.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Give Thanks for Thanksgiving



My 20 year old son posted a cartoon on Facebook this week. (Yes I am his friend, yes I made him friend me when he was in high school and yes I do realize that after he sees this he will unfriend me.)

The cartoon is by Randy Bish of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In it a hysterical Thanksgiving turkey is yelling at Santa, “DECEMBER, Fat Boy! This month is for MY holiday! Now hop in that sleigh and WAIT your TURN!”

I couldn’t agree more.

I love Thanksgiving. There is nothing like gorging on tryptopham turkey and 500 calories -per-slice pecan pie with abandon. It is a time we can just slow our roll, hopefully take a day off and be grateful. 

Seems like a simple thing. Can’t we just do that for one full day before we catapult into the Christmas chaos? Every year my sons and I boycott whatever company broadcasts the first holiday commercial we see. So far the offenders have been DeBeers diamonds, Lexus and Carnival cruise line, no conflict yet. 

I know things are tough and sometimes we can lose sight of what we have. If you need a nudge, here are a few things.

Be thankful for the food you have. The number of people that the North Texas Food Bank serves every month would fill Cowboys Stadium 2.5 times. Think about that while you are sitting in your home theater booing the Raiders.

Give thanks for family, however crazy, and try to be with them. Traditions matter. Every year I have to hear the story about how I cooked a ham with the plastic wrapper still on it but who cares? 

If you have a job, good. If you get off for Thanksgiving, even better. This year “In response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early” Macy’s joins Target, Kohls and Target by opening on 8pm Thanksgiving evening. Really? If you do go shopping be thankful for the workers who make that possible. Tell them. Plenty won’t. 

Woudn’t it be great if we give thanks 364 days of the year and spent one day at the mall? With online shopping it is possible and I think we would have our priorities straight.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tonight's Dinnertime Chant


We just got home from football practice and I asked Prince #3 to get a shower before dinner.
"Food now! Hygiene later!"
"FOOD NOW! HYGIENE LATER!"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ceiling Fan

Here is a text message I received from Prince #2 about Prince College Boy the night said College Boy moved into a house with his buddies.

"Idk how but Tim's roommate fell through his ceiling might want to give him a call"