Friday, August 31, 2012

Another Reality Check We Have A Child

So today was...eventful.

Went to my office with Eamon to say good bye to my students and so that they could meet him.

Then we were going to the CNE.  We got to the parking lot, I took out the stroller, and then I heard Sharon freaking out.  Because Eamon started barfing.  Yay!

Needless to say, we were a bit shocked and at first didn't know what to do.  Coming to our sense, we realized that we had to go home.  Me, being paranoid with all that is norovirus, started trying to hold my breath so that I wouldn't inhale any potential viruses.

Anywho, we were lucky to get our money back for the parking, drove a naked baby home, got him showered up, chalked up his barfing to motion sickness (like Father like Son, unfortunately), and went back to the CNE (only 2 hours late!).

The CNE was okay this year, and I stayed positive instead of my usual "why the hell am I here it's so busy and expensive" thing I usually do.  Had food from dutchfrites (fries and other deep fried goodness) and a schnitzel.

Got an awesome free War of 1812 commemorative cardboard hat I wore the majority of the day (with swag).  Had about 6 people ask me where I got the hat.  Had to endure Sharon teasing me saying that I loved the attention (I might have, but I'm not admitting to it).  The rest of the day?  I wore a Maple Lodge Farms commemorative chicken cardboard hat (again, because I had swag), where a Dairy Farmer of Ontario said to me "not a lot of people would be humble enough to wear a hat like that".  I'm not entirely sure what he meant, but I'm taking it as I'm humble.  And cool.

Oh, and Eamon enjoyed the animals and Sharon didn't enjoy me constantly stepping on her feet/toes (oops, sorry!  You've got to stop putting your feet under mine).  Anywho, good times and perhaps next year we'll go again because maybe he'll understand it more (and plus who am I kidding?  Every year I say I'm not going to go but somehow want to go).

Now then, let's see if my plan of painting the room tonight comes to fruition...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Seeya Students

Last full working day with the students today.  Good summer!

Planning on passing by the office tomorrow with the kiddo before we go to the CNE.  Day off what!

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Accomplishments:  cleaned the washrooms and did a couple loads of laundry


Random thing I've noticed about myself for years now:  if my shoulders get cold, my whole body gets cold.  So if I sleep without a shirt or in a tank top and it is cool and I don't have a blanket covering my shoulders, I'll have an internal body-chill that I can't deal with.

I guess I have an Achilles' Shoulders

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sort Of Androided

Getting used to a new phone is not as exciting as it once was.  Regardless, this new phone is quite dandy and I already see some advantages it has over the BlackBerry

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Students took the team leaders out for lunch today.  Very nice gesture and I'll miss them.  We went to Paramount, which is a place I've been meaning to try.  Yummy, if not expensive.  Good thing I got a free lunch what!

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The new neighbours thus far are nice and friendly.  Awesome (if it keeps up)

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Need more time to finish this reno project I've been doing.  Maybe I should stop watching Community, but dang, it's addicting (and quite funny)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I must be one.

Now the room that I'm working on has taken the (really-though-not-) surprising turn of me replacing the crappy, mismatched baseboards that is in there right now.  Of course it did.  Now I just added in a lot more work/more money to spend.

Ah well, if I'm gonna do this I guess I should "do it right".  Simmer down there Mike Holmes

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Hate it when my mental/emotional thoughts clearly affects my physical.  Dammit

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pimping Up A Smartphone

Putting on a protective cover and having a scratchguard installed.  Because apparently I have nothing better to do.

But -- now I'm officially ready to start using this Android fulltime.  I just gotta figure it out...

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Wowza.  Only about a month left until I have to go back to "real work".  I'm gonna try to enjoy this last month because this has been one of my better summers at work since I began

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Gotta refocus again and try to remember

He's Telling Me To...


My boy, that is.  Quite the baby-gibberish talker when he wakes up.  It's to the point I haven't used my alarm clock when I have to take him to daycare in the morning in months because he wakes up in the morning telling a whole story.

Love it

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

9:03 AM!

Nice...actually woke up at 9:03am.  Of course I went to bed at like 3:00am, but still, it's the the fact that I didn't have to wake up before 7:00am.  Principles, after all

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Accomplishments:  washed car, put on new antenna, finished putting up crown molding, bought new paint for the room, put soil on the lawn for overseeding.  Good day!

Fun Times At Aldondrea's Nups

Congrats to them.  Always a fun time with the Peelers.

Also the first time Eamon is going to wake up with his parents not there...hope it goes okay.  I'm sure it will.

So wait, we get to sleep in tomorrow?  CRAZY!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hello Android

So I did that thing that all the articles say to do when it comes to cell phone companies:  just keep asking for a better deal.  And dangit, looks like it actually worked!

I'm saying good bye to my BlackBerry (am actually really going to miss it.  It was good while it lasted, but eventually it just didn't keep up.  I could hardly even browse the internet with the thing!).  I'm now saying hello to Android.  Hope it's not a decision I'm gonna regret

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Do I Really Need To Make Hotdogs Bacon-Wrapped?

Nope.  But I did anyway.  Left me extremely thirsty afterwards.

Kim and Michael passed by today.  Damn if Michael isn't bigger than me in two years time.  Not that that is saying anything, but the kiddo is getting quite large.  He's really good with Eamon and is still quite the Mama's Boy, but it's nice to see kids grow up before your eyes.

Really hoping I don't have to work overtime tomorrow.  Gonna be a busy weekend with Andera/Aldo's wedding.  First time Eamon is gonna sleep over his grandparent's place.

Just have to get over tomorrow

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Started watching the show "Community".  So far two episodes in and I'm really liking it. I miss the cable that much?  Tanks goodness for Netflix

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ego Boost From Tito's and Tita's

I like meeting older Filipino relatives I haven't seen in a while.  Perhaps because they only remember me as the fat kid, but they always say to me when they see me "you've lost so much weight!  How did you get so skinny?"

The thing is, I'm not skinny and I'm still fat.  So really, I think, clearly, it's their eyesight and memory that is failing them.  But hey, I'll take it!

Anywho, today I saw some US relatives (Tito Frank, Tita Aluh, Tita Helen, Tita Esther and Tita Maryvic) and they not only gave me some compliments about my physique (again:  LOL), but they also came to the house and thought I was some Mike Holmes-ish kind of person with my renos.  Seriously.  They cray.

Also pretty funny?  They were going back to my parents home after visiting, only to return 5 minutes later because they got lost.  Awesome.  Gotta love old people

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Look At Me, I'm Important"

Gawd.  Shut up.

Stupid co-worker that thinks she is the sh*t, wondering why she isn't getting any "credit".  Idiot.  You work for the government, there is no such thing as individual credit.  Not only that, you do crappy work.

But other than that, I'm not cranky!

Work is going by fast.  Next thing I know I'm back in my old program.  This also means life is going by fast.

At least progress (albeit slowly) is getting done on the room

It's That Look

So it seems my son now has that look in his eyes:  mischief.  Yeah.  He also acts upon it now and is testing his boundaries.

I think I would be a better disciplinarian if he wasn't so damn cute.  Actually, I think I discipline fine, but I always end up kissing him afterwards.  I have problems

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Crown molding is coming along...still a bit to go.  And now word is that Tito Frank and others from the US are asking to sleep here Wednesday.  Dangola...lots of prep to do before then.

It just don't stop...

(not a bad thing to keep busy)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Coming Out Of The Closet

Well close, not quite yet.

Spent the whole day working on the built-in shelving for the closet.  Looks meh, nothing professional, but I still enjoy the process for the most part.  What part don't I enjoy?  The fact my saws are in the garage downstairs.  This means a lot of walking up and down the stairs.  Gawd knows I'm horrible at measuring 3 times cutting once that I have to keep on doing adjustments.  Anywho, now I'm tiredish and of course didn't do as much as I wanted to.

But at least I do somewhat see light at the end of the tunnel for this project.  Just that the light is a dot right

(I always do this to myself, so please ignore my whining)

Interesting Quote I Heard (August 19 Edition)

"We must hurt in order to grow, fail in order to know and lose in order to gain. Some lessons in life are best learned through pain."


Should try to re-centre myself, as Dang says

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Chris Breezy...hard for me to like the dude when he seems like such a DB but damn if he doesn't make a good song once in a while:

And of course Ursher...I'm always singing this song in a high pitched, horrible falsetto:

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"Daddy?  Guy!  Daddy?  Guy!"

Gawd I love my kid (sometimes) in the morning when he yells that into the monitor

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Keeping Busy As Socialites

Damn this day went by fast but with lots of events:

-went for a quick jog (!) in the morning with Eamon
-went swimming
-went to the Ang's to hang.  Fun times as usual with some insightful conversations (  Crazy to think that in a few months there is going to be another Ang child in the house.  I guess we'll never see them
-came home and the Camara's came by with their awesome 3 year old Chloe, who pretty much babysat Eamon while the adults talked (lol).  She's a very smart girl who is going to be a great help to her parents, especially since they are having twin boys in October.  I guess we'll never see them

Next thing you know it's after 9:00pm.  Yikes.  And I didn't get to work on the closet.  I'll work on it tomorrow, where I hope to get a lot accomplished on it.

Man, all these parents having their second (and third) child.  I wonder if...nahhhhha

Friday, August 17, 2012

What Do I Know?


Always trying to learn though.  At least always trying to try.  Sometimes.


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Heard Deborah Cox on the radio.  Always liked her.  To wit:

Thank You Son, For Getting Daddy Sick

I've got to stop kissing this kid.  Dammit.

(Who am I kidding, really?)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Is It Clear Now?

It's eerily quiet in my head now

Need Some Time For Harold

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes; man they make some long (but good) songs:

Wish they still made new music like this

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Think I Need Time

How can I get more time during the day?

Anywho, that's always been a refrain of mine.  I was in the garage organizing stuff to get ready for the big crown moulding push I'm going to want to do.  But then in order to do that, I need to saw them then put it up with my nailgun.

Only problem?

It makes a hell of a lot of noise and I won't be able to do that considering Eamon goes to bed at 7:30pm and I work during the day.  The only way I can get around this is if I take a few days off, I guess.

Well then there's the answer then, right?  I should prolly take a few days off.  I'll have to do it strategically, since I've always been loathe to use too many vacation days.  I always like having some in the bank

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Accomplishment:  booked the Vegas flights for October.  Let's hope we can actually make it there this time!

"Oh Gawd Your Eyes Are Wide Open"

That's what I thought to myself yesterday at 1:00am as the kiddo just wouldn't sleep.  Yargh.

So now I'm a bit slow-moving this morning (missed ball.  Sucks).

Also progress on the closet is going albeit a bit slower.  I can't make too much noise when he's sleeping (as evidenced by last night when surely it was my fault that I woke him up).

Just gotta figure out when I can do this now...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And Thus Concludes Another Wallpapering Adventure

I really don't think I'm getting better at wallpapering.  But dammit if I don't keep trying to perfect it.

Good thing the wallpaper is only being hung in a closet where not a lot of people can see it.  I'm trying to see if I can do it well so that when the time comes to hang wall paper as a "focal point" on a wall, perhaps it might be passable.  Although, practice makes perfect (or at least semi-perfect) and I haven't exactly been practicing.  And when I do practice, it's so far and few between that it's like learning it all over again.

Anywho, yeah.  It's all systems go again for this all-too-fancy closet.  I'm also tired but at least I feel motivated what

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Heard this song again on the radio:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Almost Hit The Ceiling

It was one of those moments where I felt like the luckiest person in the world (always seems to be when the littlest things occur).

In this case, I was painting the ceiling of Eamon's soon-to-be new room.  I bought one can of paint, thinking it was more than enough.  And yet again, my awesome powers of underestimating came shining through.

I should've known it too because a stippled-ceiling tends to suck up more paint.

Anywho, I literally ran out of paint on the last little part of the ceiling.  Of course this followed the pattern of the other part of the room painted first having nice, thick, heavy coats and the last part with thin, light  But whateves, it all looks okay and I got lucky avoiding buying another can of paint.

What doesn't look okay?  My body that is filled with paint splatters.  Seriously, what was I thinking?  As if I never done this before.  Did I not think I would get it all over my body?

And not only that, I used an oil-based paint.  So I needed to use paint thinner to get rid of the paint.  I hope my skin doesn't burn

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Went to visit Liz at the hospital with her premmie Nate.  He's so dang small...can't remember when Eamon was that small.  Well I could remember, but I get a little sad thinking about how big he's getting so fast.  Doesn't help I looked at the photo album Sharon put together of him month by month.  My baby is growing!

And now he's getting so damn smart and boisterous.  He does these random things that makes me crack up so much.

Uh-oh, I'm becoming one of those parents.  I better stop talking about him in the event I get all annoying about

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Churning Churning

Just keeps going

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Okay.  Gotta do this painting.  Focus man gotta focus man

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crowning Achievement

Well I went ahead and bought the entire stock of crown moulding out from Rona.  Yeah.  It's always about the "deal" for me (groan).

But really, it was cheap and crown moulding in all of the rooms on the upper level have always been on the list of things to do.  Now the only thing I need to do is find the time to do it.

Although, I am finding more time since we don't have cable in the house anymore.  Motivation?  That's another story altogether

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Apparently I'm One Of The Rare People That Do?

And not only that, I update it (albeit not really anything insightful or worth actually reading) on a horrendously consistent basis.

Sometimes I forget that people read this thing.  Most times I don't.  I'm flattered that people read my inane posts on life and the likes there of.  I really don't have a special, awesome life and in fact it's quite boring and filled with way too much complaining.

I've always said that one day I might just stop doing this cold turkey, and that I may just let it go without feelings of sadness or regret; as, such, is life.  I mean, I try doing that kind of polar behaviour in what seems to be all aspects of my life.  I wonder when that day will come

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Busy day (off) today:

-dropped the boy off at the in-laws as Joanne shut down the daycare due to a funeral for the family
-went to Rona.  Yes, I'm going to continue to find things to buy for the house all because it's cheap.  I'm still that guy but whatever, it is stuff that is needed/what I always wanted for the house
-cleared out the room for the closet I'm building, as apparently I've made the decision to now paint the ceiling of the room and put in crown moulding as well.  Yup, this is me
-met up with Buh at Porchetta and Co.  Hot dang damn good sangwich
-went to Ikea and bought a nice set of drawers.  Thought to myself:  man, I just spent a lot of money on this.  Where am I going to pay it out of?
-got a call from Proctor telling me there will be overtime tonight.  I just answered the previous question I had
-became a mailman for 3.5 hours

Now I'm home and I have to do another layer of plastering for it to be set for tomorrow.

Sometimes, it's a very good thing to keep very busy

You Know What Is Tough And Frustrating?

Mitre saw cuts.  Trying to figure out the angles.

Sometimes I don't think my poor brain can handle it

Can't Sleep

Or maybe don't want to sleep.

Too much dreaming, not enough realitying

Thursday, August 09, 2012

What Causes Me Stress Yet Also Is A Way For Me To Unwind?

Doing renos.  Even drywall touching-up, like what I did tonight.

Decided what is going to be happening in this fancy closet, and it will involve me getting to practice some skills I would like to acquire/get better at.  These include putting up wallpaper and crown moulding and making shelves (on sale at Rona what).

Tomorrow is a day-off and I hope to get more work done for this.  Yet, I always seem to forget about actual working-on-it time and drying of materials time.  So yeah...this looks like it is going to be a project that will take much more longer (than what Sharon would want).

And if all goes well tomorrow as well, hopefully there will be Porchetta in my stomach at lunch if I get to meet Buh.  These muffin handles are getting serious though.  Yikes

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Ever worry that you'll be exposed as a raving lunatic and as a fraud?  Yeah.  Question I ask myself sometimes:  now what?

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My shoulder and hamstrings have that tingly/tightness feeling right now.  I know what that means

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

That Time I'm Not Surprised I Made An Oh-Crap

I tend to do boneheaded things at times.  No surprise.

For example, today, I was test fitting a new antenna for my car and left the old antenna on top of the roof.  I opened up my hatch door and the old antenna got wedged in-between the door and the roof.  Causing...a dent and ripping some of the vinyl.


Just a few days ago I was telling Debbie not to worry about a scratch on her car that got scratched.  Looks like it's time I live by those words.

Double crap

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Rona is having a sale.  I have to stop myself from buying too much, but it's always all about the deals for me.  But I am happy I hit the first day of the crazy sale (they are closing down this location).  I bought all sorts of crown moulding and melamine shelves.

And this is where I really appreciate my car (which I just dented and scratched.  Dammit.); everything fit in there like a champ.  Nice...advantage Fitta

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Accomplishment:  bought a 40% off organizer for the garage and put it up -- on the same day!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

My Boy Is Getting Older And Wiser...

...and more mischievous than ever.  I love that kid.  He brings a smile to my face (except when he is crying and throwing a temper tantrum, of course)

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Love it when a Tuesday feels like a Monday.  Why?  Because I'm one step closer to the weekend (and a long one at that!)

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Accomplishment:  painted the ceiling of the closet.  On my way!  To what?  Don't know just yet

Monday, August 06, 2012

Has It Started Again?

Looks like it has.  I have officially started another reno project.  This one is a small one:  the closet in the room that Eamon will be inhabiting soon.  I'm gonna crown mould it and shelve it all up, perhaps even put on some wallpaper if I find a good (affordable) pattern.  If not, I'll just paint the sucker.

Just gotta get ready for the questions of "when it will be done".  No comment on whom exactly will be asking me that.

But anyway, happy I found some motivation to get it going

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In the market to buy new running shoes.  But when, exactly, am I going to run?

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Accomplishment:  mowed the lawn

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I Go To Red Lobster For...

...the biscuits?  They are damn good, even though they must be like 43 000 calories each.

Debbie is in town and we went for dinner with the in-laws today there.

Unfortunately, today also marks the day that Sharon and I dreaded:  when he becomes unruly and "one of those kids" at restaurants (i.e. throwing, shouting, making a ruckus).  Looks like we won't be going out for a couple of years now.  Overdramaticize much?  Maybe.  But let's see you try it!

Otherwise, Eamon is entering the stage that just kills me with laughter.  He's getting quite smart. Mind you, he's also at that stage that worries me, at least in the sense that he won't be able to sleep unless I rock him to bed.  Dammit!

Also in the next few months we're gonna transition him into the "big boy bed" in the other room.  So I guess that means I have to make the closet in the other room and paint mould?  So unnecessarily necessary, at least to me.  I officially started already today by visiting Rona and the Ho Depot

Saturday, August 04, 2012

So Good It's Scary

I did a 7 hour mailman shift today in the sweltering heat and humidity.  It was ridic, and it was one of those times I felt I really earned the overtime.

Then I had a haircut from Argay.  Kalbo-time...(after being out as opposed to before.  Of course).

Afterwards, we picked up Eamon from Liz's baby shower (even though she had the baby 2 months early).  Yep, we looked like 2 gay dads.  But whatever, it's not like it wasn't said before.

Anywho, for the rest of the evening, Eamon was in a good mood, playing with everyone, laughing, eating, showering and sleeping as perfectly as he could possibly do.  Which, quite frankly, was more than scary to me.

I mean, seriously, after a week of him being utterly miserable (which we attribute to what we think is teething and him having a little bit of a cold), this was quite refreshing.  But still, scary.  I guess this parent amnesia thing hasn't kicked in yet (i.e. remembering the miserable times).  I also hope Eamon has amnesia when it comes to the same miserable time.

Days like this though I really, really love him (as opposed to only really loving him) and of course think my son is quite cute, although I would try not to say it outloud to anyone because I don't want to be one of those parents

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Accomplishment:  cleaned the washrooms

Friday, August 03, 2012

Walking Zombie

So overtime again today and tomorrow.  Going door to door, dropping off flyers, looking at people's homes (and lots of people not "upkeeping" their homes much to my boojee dismay).

Aside from the fact that I'm not exactly spending a lot of time with my family and getting tired, I'm actually enjoying it.  Seriously, this career is offering all sorts of diversity.  I'm quite lucky.

As aforementioned, I'm also quite tired.  I'm about to take one of my better showers (to wash all the sweat and grime off of me).

Oh, I'm also a little sad I'm gonna miss Eamon and my swimming tomorrow, but I think it's also good for him to swim with Mommy

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Tall White Mellie Getting Advice...This Can't Be Good

Mellie came by today for dinner.  I've always believed that she is one of the most genuinely funny people I have ever come across in my life.  She's always leaving me laughing and today was no exception.

Anywho, she's preggos and she's the type of person that always has to be prepared (or at least try to be prepared).  In this case, it was to be prepared for when she's a parent.  And who better to "learn" about being a new parent than from us?  (insert laughter here; as every parent knows, there is no way in hell you can ever "learn" or be ready to be a parent.  It happens, you learn as you go, you make a ton of mistakes and you count yourself lucky if you get something right).

But really, she just wanted our perspective on what worked for us and what didn't work for us in terms of baby equipment.  Plus she came over for dinner, and as a bonus, she got what it is really like dealing with a super-cranky, sick baby (as Eamon has been the past few days and today).  Luckily she wasn't too discouraged (at least I don't think she was).

Crazy to think how long ago it was when we were feeling the anxiety of a newborn coming into our life like how she is feeling it right now

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Friday tomorrow and hoping there is no overtime.  But if there is, happens and I guess I'm grateful for the opportunity to make more money

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Looks like we'll be shortening our LV/LA trip to just LV.  Better than nothing

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

"This Sucks"

So last night was another fussy one for Eamon.  This teething thing is doing a number on him.

Sharon put it succinctly at 1:15am (after multiple attempts trying to put him down) by stating: "This sucks." does.  I can't wait until I have convenient amnesia in the future where I forget all about this phase of his life.

(he finally went down around 2:00am).

Now...he has a bit of a cold.  I'm not expecting a quiet night tonight.  (Reverse jinx?)