Tuesday, June 14, 2011


that's right, i admit it. i cheated on my wife. we have an agreement and i went around it. you see what happened is this. about a month ago renae and i were talking about our upcoming anniversary and our plans for a kid free week end(my parents took the kids camping). we decided, to save money we would have a stay-cation, and we would not buy anything for each other. well, i cant help my self. the woman deserves good things in life. so i decided to up date her bike with a bunch of new stuff. but i did it a week and a half before our anniversary sooooooo, its not really an anniversary gift, its just a gift. so while i was originally planning it to be her anniversary gift, i just went ahead and gave it too her early and did not give her a gift on our anniversary week end. i did give her flowers and a card on the day(she didn't know what they were for) so i guess that may count too. i just cant be trusted to honer the promises i have made to my wife. do you think she will forgive me?

Monday, March 28, 2011

near death experiances can be fun.

last Saturday was the 1st running of the alton half marathon. Renae sang the national anthem and did a great job. i was a lead out bike for the race. my job was to pace some of the lead runners and try to make sure things go well for them (ie they stay on course and people get out of their way). i ended up pacing the winning woman. we were on a section of the course that was on a 4 lane divided highway. they had blocked off the south bound side of the road and had all car traffic diverted to the north bound side. so we continually heard cars and didn't think any thing about it. we were going along just fine, i was about 8 feet away from her at most, when a car suddenly went between us at 40 + miles per hour. no horn, no warning at all. it only missed us(me on one side of the car she on the other) by a couple inches. no one knows how the car got on the course. the road was blocked with a bunch of big orange cones and a cop car parked with its lights on. it was very close. i may have yelled at the car and shook my fist at it(i will neither confirm nor deny that i had a finger of that hand raised). well she went on to win for the women(a 6.69 pace for a half marathon) and i lived to tell the tail(by grapthars hammer).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

glad thats over

Recently we got a power bill that was $409. now i know we have been experiencing an exceptionally cold winter but come on. one of the things that bothers me about this(there are many things that bother me about this, this is just one of them) is that i have put a lot of time and money to fix my cost of heating and cooling my house. we updated out furnace to a new hi-efficiency furnace. we put a bunch of insulation in the attic. we went around the house and added sub walls to all(almost all. 4 still go) the exterior walls. vented the attic. i thought we should be doing good. then we got this bill and i wanted to cry. so we had a guy from a company that does insulation give us a bid and tell us what he would do to fix the prob. i payed close attention. he had a laser thermometer that he shot at the walls to give us a suffice temperature. the outside wall of lydias room at 2:00 in the afternoon was 47. well we spent some more money(that we didn't have) and went to work. i took 4 vacation days and my dad came over to help. first day we worked from 9:00 a.m. till about 8:00 p.m. the next day i was at the hospital all day with renae(she had sugary) third day 8:30 a.m. till about 4:30 p.m.(we figured out what we were doing). day 4 8:30 till 3:30 and day 5 from 9:00 till almost 6:00(we had to clean up and take back some rented equipment). it was dirty. we were in a small area. and it was very labor intensive. im glad its over. one of the hardest jobs i have ever done.

The boys wanted to help(clay was napping). Busting
holes in walls is fun.

My Dad(who rocks) inside the wall blowing in the
new insulation.

Blown insulation gets every ware. Makes
a big mess.

to get into the walls was a bit of a squeeze(being fat does not help)