11/27/08 - It's Thanksgiving Day

I have no idea if this is an international holiday or not. I'm pretty sure it isn't, but for some reason that just hit me this morning. It was started with the Pilgrims and Indians, but it seems like a good holiday for everyone to enjoy.

I understand about Labor Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July, but Thanksgiving seems like it should be grouped with Christmas and New Years.

Anyways, I don't have anything to talk about. I'm probably going to eat some turkey today.

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11/22/08 - Saturday morning...

It is right now almost 10:00 on saturday morning. We've been up since 8:30 because Makenna has not been a good baby, and has been waking up every 3 hours or so. My wonderful wife has done most of the work, but even still, it does cut into quality sleep. We are watching Baby Noah, part of the Baby Einstein line of videos. I don't know how interested she is though because she seems to be spending more time watching me on the laptop.

Something I should also mention is what we are watching the movie on. It does surprise me that she isn't watching it because it's hard to miss. My new 46" Samsung LCD TV is pretty bright, and difficult to miss. I'll save the details, but after searching for THE tv for about 2 years now, I decided to get one this Black Friday (sales the day after Thanksgiving) and was willing to sit out for 12+ hours in whatever weather nature could throw at me to get a good deal. Turns out that I was able to get the exact TV I wanted, at a price cheaper than the Black Friday deals. I jumped at the opportunity (after a full day of agonizing over every little detail).

We don't have HiDef Dish service yet, but it is coming. I'm going to stick with the DVD player we have for now because quite frankly, I'm satisfied with DVD quality for a bit longer. My Xbox360 is hooked up and it is pushing out 1080p. I tried hooking up bunny ears to get my locals in HiDef but apparently the bunny ears I have suck pretty bad. There is also a PC input on the tv and last night I hooked up the laptop to see how it looked and holy smokes....the pictures are so incredibly crystal clear it is ridiculous.

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11/18/08 - NKOTB Part 3

It has been a long time coming, and I know everyone has been anticipating the last installment of my review of NKOTB's newest album. Here is is...finally.

Of all the songs on the album, Track 11 creeps me out the most. With the name Lights, Camera, Action, I'm pretty sure you can figure out what it's about. The first time I listened to it, I nearly switched songs before the music even started. you can't appreciate it without hearing the voices, but the opening bit is two people talking, the guy asks a question in a really deep voice, followed by a female's voice that sounds scared to death. "[guy]Hey Girl, do you love me? [girl]Yes. [guy]Well, I wanna try somethin' with you so don't be shy, are you ready? [girl]Of course baby [guy] Let's go" I'll save you from the crap that is the rest of the lyrics of this song. Remember, these guys are closing in on 40.

Put It On My Tab is track 12 and features Akon. I really like Akon's stuff and this continues with this song. There really isn't anything creepy about this. It is simply about a guy who goes to a bar and offers to pick up the tab for a particular female. He actually even says that he really just wants to have a drink and he's not "that cat that just wants to hit it tonight". This is one of my favorite tracks.

Track 13 - Stare At You. Based on the title of this song, you would think this is just one more creepy track to add to the list, but it is actually simply a throw back to the a 90's boy band ballad. Cheesy...yes, creepy, not really.

One Song is the title of Track 14. I think this is the track that reminds the most of old school NKOTB. I was never a fan back in the day, but the first thing I imagine when I hear the music is the five guys standing on stage with their mic stands in front of them doing a boy band dance singing. I think this song is a spin off of Track 2, "Single" because again they are just looking for one song with this girl in hopes that they fall in love. This is really one of the worst songs.

Track 15 is Don't Cry. This is a tyipcaly boy band ballad. Very slow, lots of "moaning" type lyrics from the singers. The premise of the song is that he doesn't want his girl to cry if he dies. Lyrics that I really do like on the track is "Kiss me like it's the last time, love me like it's the first time". I don't really have anything bad to say about this track. It's not my favorite...but I just can't bash it.

The title of Track 16 is Officially Over. I hadn't actually listened to this song with it being at the end of the album, it usually is just playing in the background. I really paid attention this time around, and there are no hidden meanings in this song. It's a break up song, and a dang good one at that. I can only imagine a junior higher calling up a radio station and dedicating this to their boyfriend/girlfriend. "There's nothing we need to talk about, And I don't wanna work it out" is one of the lines. Like I said...there's no sugar coating...dude wants out of the relationship, and he nevers wants to talk to her again...period.

The last song on the album is Looking Like Danger. Another quality family type song. Big Idea: once again, dude is out at the club, girl is dancing all freaky like, "rockin the dance floor" and this makes it "hard to be faithful and honest". He mentions that he's got a baby at home (by baby, I believe he is referring to a significant other of similar age, as opposed to a toddler) and this skank ho is making it difficult to remain faithful to her. You would think that after writing several songs on this topic, he would have figured out how to stay out of those type of positions. And besides that, I'm curious how their wives reacted to this album when they found out that half the songs were about the guys cheating on them with girls half (or a third in some cases) their age.

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11/13/08 - In response to a comment.

Yes, I'm feeling a little better. I was sick with just nastiness starting Sunday morning. I think I might have caught a little something from Makenna, and then add in the limited amount of sleep I got Friday night (release of Gears of War 2), Saturday night (Makenna was up all night sick), and then add in the change in weather and it was just a matter of time.

This morning, I was still kind of sick, with just basically a mild head cold, but I was physically unable to get out of bed. After laying there for a bit, I finally got to the shower and to work, but I still don't feel 100%.

I'm hoping that tonight I can get to bed early (sunday I was in bed at 9:00, Monday by 8:00) so I can regain a little bit of energy and give my body a little time to recover from the past week.

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11/12/08 - Life can change in an instance.

I had a huge post ready to go, then remembered that everything I put in it was a "company secret" which is another issue altogether. What I can say is that I had a revelation, and I was recently compared to Peter Gibbons (the main character) in Office Space. Although I'm going to keep doing my job, my stress level has gone from 0 to non-existent, if that even makes sense.

On a side note, Gears of War 2 is pretty sweet. I have a few gripes, but I will save them until I play campaign on Insane, as I expect it to be quite a bit more diffuclt than Hardcore. We shall see.

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11/4/08 - Day Light Savings Time messed me up

As everyone I am sure knows by this point, early Sunday morning at 2:00 am, we were supposed to fall back one hour for the whole daylight savings time mess. I definitely got the memo and so Saturday night, before I went to bed, I changed all the clocks in the house. The only clocks I didn't change were the clocks in the vehicles and my cell phones.

I assumed the cell phone would update automatically, so I didn't even think about much about it. I then proceeded to use my phone as my alarm clock like I always do. Sunday mornings, I pick Cristi up from work and then drive to Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. She gets off work at 8:00, and then is when I'm supposed to be there.

This also means that I have to get Makenna up, dressed and fed before we can leave the house as well as get myself ready. So when the alarm went off at 7:00 (after several times of hitting the snooze button), I just knew I was going to be an hour late to get Cristi and therefore an hour late to church.

I flew out of bed and threw on some clothes. I ran across the hall to wake up Makenna, hoped as I fed her that she would be a fast eater, and finally got her in some clothes. As I was about to walk out the door, Cristi called me and asked if I was awake (as she knows how I tend to oversleep) and I responded with "Yea, I'm just about to leave." Her immediate response was one of disbelief and a simple, "You are going to be really early." Apparently, I wasn't paying any attention at all, I just knew I had to leave soon because I was running late, so I politely hung up and did a few last minute items before jumping in the car to get to Cristi's work.

I should also mention, I went ahead a stopped for some coffee on the way and was still able to get to Children's in about an hour. So when I pulled into the parking lot and called Cristi to let her know I was there, I still thought it was 8:00 in the morning. When she told me it was only 7:00 in the morning, several things started falling into place.

1) She said several times on the phone that I was going to be early, I thought she meant like 10 minutes early.
2) It was MUCH brighter at that time than it normally had been the weeks before, apparently I hadn't noticed.
3) Amazingly, I thought the clock in the car had reset itself because it matched the time on my phone, and I sure thought the time of my phone was accurate.

Needless to say, I sat in the parking lot for an hour with Makenna while she played and I read through an Eastbay catalog. It all ended well and I really wasn't all that tired by the end of the day. This is because even though I got up an hour early, the time change means I still got the same number of hours of sleep.

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