Hello all, I’m back and as confused as ever. The holidays were nice and I was able to spend all of about five minutes with my family. Oh, not necessarily because I was working although I did have work because a story ran in the USA Today newspaper about my company that prompted a few networks to call for an interview, no that’s not why; my kids received all these presents that required dear ol’ dad to dig deep in to his toolbox and put everything together. Also, I complained a while ago about how these toy manufacturers are fastening the toys into the packaging with these little plastic twisty things (Salesman Wanted), you know what I’m talking about, well I think it’s becoming an epidemic. My mother bought Elle a doll house that had 33 of these twisty thing-a-ma-frikin-bobs, no joke I counted them, and it took me about 45 minutes to get them all with the help of a chicken bone scissor thing. Not only did they twist tie everything, but they taped the twisty things down; WHAT THE!
I celebrated New Years Eve by sleeping. I made no New Years resolution, I see no point. I only wrote 05 on my checks once this year and on December 31st I didn’t say to my friends “See ya next year”. What did I do? Well this may be a little immature but I discovered XBOX, yes the video game console. I didn’t buy it; I more or less inherited it. All I have to say is WOW! These gaming machines are a far cry from the Pong and Atari systems that I grew up with. The graphics are mind blowing and almost to close to reality. Playing some of the games was very therapeutic especially the shoot’em up WW2 games. I found myself giving the enemy soldiers names of some people that I didn’t care for only to blow them up with a grenade or chop them down with a machine gun, and let’s not forget about driving a tank. That fascination lasted about a week. I guess my matured attention span can only handle so much sensory overload, besides I remembered that I have kids.
Elle is still having a blast in school. I attended a holiday party that her class through while my wife attended one for my son James. Amanda is growing up quickly; we noticed last week that she no longer looks like her baby self but more like a toddler now. She started to climb stairs which is exciting, but at the same time a reminder to put the gates back up. She still doesn’t crawl in the typical fashion, but she isn’t typical is she. She Butt scoots which is the funniest thing to watch, and she moves so quickly now.
Life for 2006 should be a bit interesting with my wife going back to school to become a Physicians Assistant. The whole thing should take her about 3 years which is 21 years for all those dog lovers out there. She’ll start off with night classes and then go into full time for her 2nd and 3rd years; my kids are going to love me. Hopefully my business will start to pick up and expand into new markets. People ask me if I regret going into business for myself and I tell them that it’s probably the best and worst thing that I have ever done, but I love it. I’ve been through many battles with my business and lost a few, but I will win the war.
Cheers to all