Sunday, October 5, 2008


Over the past 5 years Jenn and I have taken to raising show kids.

Today we showcased our 2 finest show kids at the Metcalfe fair. One of them took 2nd place in the 4 and under foot race while the other one fetched us a 4th place in the 5 year old category. They then doubled that up with a 2nd and 4th place respectively at the "stuffed sock animal contest".

Jenifer and I are very proud of our accomplishments in raising show kids. I think we will get another one and start training HIM in March

I gotta go. Its feeding time for our showkids

Monday, March 31, 2008


LMBO...... I'm still laughing from the question Konrad asked Jenn tonight, "did your grandma ever eat plankton?".

I think he was just curious to know the answer but I think I'm going to add that to my "yo mamma" joke repertoire. I'm wondering how he even knows what plankton is. He's a clever boy. He can correctly pronounce most words that he attempts to read already. I keep waiting for his teacher to tell us he's brilliant but it never happens. I guess I'm just a proud parent who thinks they have gifted children like every other parent out there.

Speaking of reading, I've been getting into it lately. I've never really taken the time to read. I know that I fit the stereotype of a non-reader but I never really felt exclusively jock. I've always enjoyed reading articles and non fiction biographies. However, I picked up a few novels for our trip to Morocco and I've been going ever since.

I started with " the Alchemist" It helped pass the time on the flight to England but I felt it was a little elementary. I was intregued by the use of Melchizedek and the Urim and Thumim but over all I thought it he wasn't a very captivating writer.

Next I read "Under a thousand Splendid Suns" and " The Kite Runner" by Kaled Hosseini. They were both wonderful books. They fed my hunger for learning about unfamiliar settings (Afghanistan) and were culturally insightful. The stories invoke a full range of emotions aswell.

Then I read "Blood River". I thought it was incredible to learn of the untold Congo. I was captivated to the point I thought I was watching a movie. I can remember flipping through the channels one night unsatisfied because I couldn't find the channel that would continue my story. Then I realized it was my book I was craving and I shut the tv off to go read.

Most recently, I picked a book up off the shelf called " Kipewa River Chronicles". This one was written by a good friend from Utah who has a lodge in Quebec. Wow what a good read. It was as good as any of the other books I've mentioned. He is a decent writer and his stories are out of this world. A few years ago Jenn and I and Derek and Rachelle went up to the lodge for some r and r and Derek started into this book. He read it in 2 days and I though he was missing out on what the area had to offer with his nose buried in that book. Last week when I saw the book on the shelf I felt a little disrespectful for taking a gift copy 5 years ago and having still not read it. So I read it and I am glad I did.

Hey Derek do you remember the whistler of the north? and the Dog chasing the dynamite? Anyway, I emailed him to thank him for the book and he told me he has another one on the way.

I guess what is left to see is whether I stick with this reading kick or whether I get board of it and let it fizzle out after a while like everything else I seem to half finish (this blog included). For now I'm averaging a book a week. Thats not bad for someone did Jenn put it?........"married someone smarter than himself". Ouch! It sounds brash and perhaps it should have hurt more when I heard it but I guess there is some substance to it and I am consoled by the fact that I also married someone self confident. And I do love her!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Ya D....Its done! I feel like I've been set out to pasture. I'm too young to be set out to pasture, I'm still a stallion.

I am already thinking about how I will re-arrange my week. Spencer Collins has been called as the new young mens president. Inspired! I'm envious of the program now. I wish he were in it while I was there. He is so interesting. The boys are going to love him.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Follow ups/ updates/ horn toots

I was reading a blog that referred me to so I went and looked. It is a word meaning game that feeds people through the UN. Every word definition you get right donates 20 grains of rice to those who need it. But I gotta admit it is kind of addicting. Especially when your vocabulary level is rated. My highest level is 40.

Here is a picture of how my magnum P.I hair is coming. Yesterday I found myself whistling the theme song while painting. Jenn brought it to my attention.

I am now selling a new product line in addition to my current arsenal. They include but are not limited to, roof tars, patches and sealants, driveway tars, patches and sealants, and wall paper remover and glues as well as spackles and stuccos. I recieved a good size existing client base to start which is a nice help.

My sis Erin called my claims of finding deals to the challenge. She said that the cheapest flight she could find to Salt Lake during her dates was $350 return and I found her one for $220.

I got another roof job.

I started chopping up the bathroom only to find that there will be more chopping and patching than I had imagined.

We are getting excited for our trip.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Death, Taxes and left side throat burps

Last night at midnight the calendar year crept 1 year closer to my imminant death. I only thought of this because I was deathly ill yesterday and completely missed out on the celebrations. I had a fever, and a wrenching gut among other things for the entire day and night. Here is a picture of me around 10:00pm.

I woke up at around 12:20 swimming in my bed from sweat (yuck) and thought about how my 2006 taxes are now a full year overdue. It just so happens that I had planned to finish them off yesterday before I became ill.

I took a swig of gatorade to try and get some liquids back into me and then I layed down on my left side to go back to sleep. Then.....the craziest thing happened. Its not so crazy to me anymore but it will be to anyone who reads this I'm sure. I had some air in my stomach that kept trying to come up but couldnt' come out. This resulted in a burbing noise in my chest and throat every 5 seconds. This happens to me if I 'm sick or not. If I drink or eat something and lay down on my left side it will invariably happen. It never happens when I lay on my right side but If I flip over it will. It is creepy. I was tossed between being comfortable staying and waking Jenn up from my left side chest burbs or turning over and letting her sleep where I had been for hours. Since she didn't seem to say anything she must have been in a deep enough sleep, I stayed put.

I thought this phenomenon might have something to do with the left lung being smaller than the right lung and maybe it compresses more than the right to trap air in but I think burps come from your stomach. Besides, I hadn't heard of anyone else having this problem.