2020 Things of Thankful

….I used to participate in a weekly challenge called 10 Things of Thankful. The idea was to find 10 things every week for which I was thankful. After a while it became more difficult each week to find things for which to be thankful. I was broke, depressed, and it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. Eventually I stopped writing them. Even more eventually (that’s a thing, right?) I stopped writing altogether.

I’ve decided today is a good day to be thankful because, well, it’s Thanksgiving and that’s what you’re supposed to do. At least, it’s what you do after you’ve eaten an entire turkey, stuffed some stuffing down your throat, guzzled a gallon of eggnog, and assaulted someone for the last PS5 during the Black Friday blitz.

I don’t think it’s an understatement to suggest this year has been a shitshow for everyone. From COVID to a highly contentious and divisive election cycle, 2020 has spent its entire existence trying to dig another level deeper into hell. Despite 2020 being an unmitigated clusterfuck, there have been happenings (to me at least) for which I am thankful.

2020 actually started in July of 2019 for me with the death of my mother and there is nothing about that experience I’m thankful for. 2020 wasn’t content with that early blow, however. In December I had an ultrasound on my neck to examine a lump I’d discovered there. That led quickly to a biopsy, which then led quickly to a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, which then led to a complete dissection of my neck when my thyroid, 53 lymph nodes, and other cancerous tissue was removed from my body.

Despite all of that hideousness, there were things of thankful to be found. I’m thankful I had an amazing surgeon who successfully removed all but a couple small cells of cancerous thyroid tissue from my body and that what was left could be taken care of by radiation therapy. I’m thankful that, other than the recovery from surgery and the week I had to spend in quarantine while I was radioactive, life has otherwise returned to normal. I’ve been working, yelling at my children (I love them!), and have had a normal (for 2020, at any rate) life. It’s been a long process getting my synthroid to the correct dose so that I’m not perpetually exhausted, but I’m thankful that (once the dose is figured out) I’ll not really miss my thyroid.

My job is another thing for which I’m thankful. During my recovery and radiation therapy they couldn’t have been more supportive (I hope you read that in Chandler’s voice like I heard it in his voice as I wrote it). They gave me all the time I needed and told me not to come back until felt like I could. Luckily, a lot of IT work doesn’t require physical labor so I was able to come back after a couple of weeks (despite my surgeon telling me I should have taken 6 weeks off). I had a young coworker to take care of any required lifting. Basically, I was accommodated. I have never been treated like human being by an employer before and, before sitting down to compose this here blog post, I wrote them an email to let them know just how much I appreciate that.

Not only did my employer help me through one of the most difficult times of my life, after I recovered I was given a promotion! I’m once again thankful for my employer for giving me an opportunity to grow into a new role and learn new technologies. Plus, the position allows me to work from home most days so I won’t be exposed to COVID, or worse, stupid people.

Another thing I’m thankful for is that everyone in my family has been healthy during this pandemic. Despite the inconveniences imposed by the pandemic, we’ve managed not to lose our sanity. Well, not any more than we already had. There were a couple tense moments where two of my children had been exposed, but tests came back negative.

I think we all knew back in 2016 that 2020 was going to be a tense year. A Trumpster fire was allowed to flourish and spread as less than half the population voted because, I’m guessing, they just assumed there was no way in hell he would win. I’m thankful this year’s election had the most voter participation ever and that the majority of those people decided that the Narcissist in Chief needed to pack his enormous toupee and orange makeup and leave the White House he’d tarnished. I don’t think Biden was the best candidate overall, but out of the two we had to choose from it was a no-brainer. At the very least, Biden will bring civility and compassion back to the Oval Office.

In 7 days my once cute little twins will turn 21 years old. What. The. Fuck. Where did the time go? What happened to my adorable little boys who used to run around mimicking everything I did because “I want to be like daddy when I’m big!”? What happened to the boys who insisted they tell me bedtime stories instead of vice versa? What happened to the delightful giggles? The joyful hugs? The days when I could physically look down at them (stupid kids getting taller than me…)?

Well, I’ll tell you what happened. They turned into fine young men and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They are both compassionate, kind, funny respectful, and just…amazing. I spent so much of the last ten years feeling afraid that every step I took with them would end in failure and I couldn’t be (Bing!) more thankful for how they’ve grown into men of whom I am undeniably proud.

My sweet (most of the time) little C is having his ups and downs with school. He’s a bright young man, but his attention span is shorter than February 29th on a non-leap year. His teachers have been gracious and patient and have worked with me to allow him to do a lot of his work at home so I can supervise him and keep him focused. The school has been very accommodating to help ensure he is successful and I’m extraordinarily grateful for that.

Lastly, I’m thankful for my princess (she thinks she’s royalty – I just don’t argue with her). She has stood by me during the most difficult time in my life. She took care of me as I physically recovered from surgery. She drove me to my radiation therapy appointments. She has been there for me any time I needed someone and I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve that. She’s fun, she makes me laugh, she’s understanding, she’s compassionate, and she cares about everyone’s well-being. She is, quite simply, an amazing person.

Finding things to be thankful for during this debacle we’ve dubbed 2020 is challenging, no doubt, but despite the darkness there are glimmers of light. You can find them if you open your eyes.

Dearest reader…it’s your turn! What are you thankful for on this fine Thanksgiving Day?

TToT: I’m So Busy I Can’t Sleep

It is 5:36 on a Saturday morning. A sane person might be wondering why I’m awake. Hell, even a person whose sanity is in question (me) is wondering why I’m awake.

My bladder woke me up about a half an hour ago. My mind prevented me from slipping back into the realm of dreams. My mind began to wander the moment I laid my head upon my pillow. For once, it wasn’t depressive thoughts bouncing around my head like balls in a lottery machine. It was work. Specifically, I was pondering ways to accomplish the massive amount of chores on my plate.

I love the new job so far. The work, while not precisely challenging, is a change of pace from the things I had been doing at my old job for the last few years. The thing is, though, my predecessors neglected much of their responsibility before they left. I’m trying to catch up on issues which have been lingering for months. I’ve caught most of them up, but I still have two pretty time-consuming tasks on my plate, and that is where my thoughts drifted as I tried in vain to summon the sandman once more.

Everyone I’ve run into at the new job has been extremely nice and gracious. They’ve introduced themselves to me with smiles and they’ve been helpful when I’m looking for someone I don’t know or a room I can’t locate. My two counterparts are both easy-going guys who like to joke around. They’ve been very accommodating and patient with all of my questions.

In short, the job is going well.

Life has kept my busy outside of work, as well. Baby C has become increasingly demanding of my attention. I simply must watch every miniscule thing he does. He has to hold me (When he wants to be held he says, “I wanna hold you,” which means he wants me to hold him.) whenever he’s doing something. If I’m sitting down he has to consume every inch of my lap.

While I am completely in love with the fact that he enjoys sharing all the things with me, it’s sometimes a bit draining when I need or want to do something for myself. Still, I love that child and wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m also spending a lot of time with my niece, Baby E (who if you don’t recall, is Revis’ little girl). On average, I watch her for about an hour and a half a day after work. I get home pretty early since I work for a school now, so I watch her until my sister-in-law picks her up. Baby E is stingy with her love and affection, and in the last few weeks I’ve been getting more and more of it. She sits in my lap while watching TV. She lays her head down on my shoulder if she’s tired and ready for a nap. It’s been awesome.

The twins are still typical teenagers. They’re into three things right now: their phones, their Xbox, and food. Oh, and asking for things which cost money. “Hey, Dad, I need new shoes.” Dammit! Didn’t I buy you a pair last year?? 

We still have fun with what time we have together. The only time I get to dedicate solely to them is Wednesday evenings. We honestly don’t do much anymore because they’re into their own things, but this past Wednesday Baby B thought he could take his old man in an impromptu wrestling match. Baby A laughed as I disproved Baby B’s theory.

I still got it.

Overall, things are still going well (except for, you know, waking up at 5AM on a Saturday – WTF?) and I have a great deal to be thankful for.

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Ten Things of Thankful #77

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a TToT post. I meant to write one last weekend, but got so busy with the holiday (and Dragon Age: Inquisition) that I totally forgot about it.

Normally, being thankful during this time of year is easy, but recent events are making it hard to see the good in this world. There is just no escaping the avalanche of horrible news permeating society. The lack of justice, or more accurately the lack of even attempting to dispense justice, leaves me hopeless and wondering how so many possess moral compasses so astray. Our collective lack of humanity is on full display everywhere I look, and it forces me to withdraw further into my shell and look for ways to escape reality. Sigh…

Let’s see if I can find some things to be thankful about!
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Had a slight scare this week, as Wednesday evening my mother started having sever abdominal pain. I took her to the ER and stayed with her for most of the night while they tried to figure out what the issue was.

Long story short, they don’t really know. She had some inflammation in her digestive system, and it decided to quit working for a bit. The gave her medicine to keep her comfortable until it passed. She’s now, as of yesterday afternoon, home and back to her normal (read: goofy) self.

Just to clear up any confusion, I’m definitely not thankful she became ill, but rather that it passed quickly and, most importantly, that she’s okay.

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Moments with Baby C:

  • *benchpresses his pillow* My power is superstrength!
  • While playing with his Little Tykes basketball hoop last Friday, C put pixie dust on the basketball to help him make his shot.
  • *screams out loud then covers mouth* I’m too loud!

IIIThe twins turned 15 on Wednesday, thus making me feel every bit of my 37 years. Soon they’ll be wrecking my car and painting every last strand of my hair gray. It felt good to dedicate a week’s worth of posts to them. I love reliving memories of days past.

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Dragon Age Inquisition. Bioware makes the best role-playing games, and I’m hooked on this one. If you like RPG’s, I definitely recommend this game, along with its two predecessors.

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Amazon. While all the crazy people were out brawling shopping on Black Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I was at my computer in my pajamas buying all my presents on Amazon. No crowds. No people. And it comes to my door. How is this not a thing?
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Coffeh. Always coffeh. 1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup, 4….
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I get 26 paychecks a year and there are only 12 months; that means there are two months of the year when I get three paychecks. I’m thankful that that time has fallen around Christmas, allowing me to buy presents for my children and loved ones.

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Still have not consumed a drop of alcohol since September 12. At this point I’m going for a record. Or something. It’s been a LONG time since I went this long without a drink. I’m sure sometime in the next couple months I’ll end up having a couple of drinks, but it will be to exacerbate a good time, and not escape my demons, who have thankfully been very quiet as of late.
IXI’m thankful for pumpkin pie. I had my fill of it in the last week. NOM!
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I’m thankful for family. Sure I have an imperfect family, but I got to spend Thanksgiving day with my brother and mom and eat lots of good food. Even though this was my year without the kids, spending time with them and my niece filled that void left by them. I was able to get C late in the evening and spend a couple of hours at my dad’s house while C and his cousin E had shenanigans and chased my dad’s dog around the house. Those two are trouble when they’re together.

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Ten Things of Thankful #74

I had planned on writing this yesterday, but then fell ill and ended up on the couch binge-watching 30 Rock while my stomach did horrible, horrible things to me. I’m feeling slightly better today, so here I am, sharing my thankfuls with you. And drinking coffeh, which really is the best part of waking up. Let’s be honest…it’s the only good part of waking up.
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I don’t win contests, so I never enter them. Even in McDonald’s Monopoly (where everyone is a winner) the only thing I’ve ever won is a small order of fries. So it was quite a shock to me when I received an email from the amazing TJ Lubrano the other day informing me that I was one of three Inktober winners. TJ, for those of you unaware, is an uh-mazing and successful artist from The Netherlands. TJ is a very talented writer, too. I highly recommend you follow her on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook for entertaining conversation and insight into the artistic process. Also, she’s having an Etsy sale right now. Go check it out!

One of the pieces I picked. See how awesome!?!?!?

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Moments with Baby C:

  • Mario Kart 64. Baby C has taken to that game and loves it. “I have to win the finish line, daddy!”
  • Twins: *acting like jackholes while they’re supposed to be cleaning the kitchen*

    Me: *goes and gets C and brings him to the kitchen* (to C) Tell bubbies to cut that out.

    C: Cut that out, bubbies!

    Twins: *continue acting like jackholes*

    C: (to me) They don’t want to.

  • One day I returned home from work to find C attired in his cousin’s clothes. His female cousin’s clothes. It was awesome.c in e's clothes

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Netflix. Since my bankruptcy is finally paid off I finally felt comfortable signing up for Netflix again and I have been streaming content all week. I’m already 5 seasons in to 30 Rock. I think I want to marry Tina Fey.

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Last week I finally broke my guest post cherry on the new blog with a post from Laura Lord. Go check it out!

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I’ve connected to many people through blogging and I’m thankful for each one of those connections. These people understand me, which is great but it should probably scare them that they do.
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Coffee. Always coffee. As mentioned above, it’s the only good thing about waking up.
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VIII feel like my relationship with the twins has gotten better over the last few months. My openness with them, I hope, has strengthened our relationships. It seems we’re more at ease in each other’s company. We talk more. We joke around more. There’s less and less conflict. I don’t know what it is, but I’m very, very grateful for it.

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Still have not consumed a drop of alcohol since September 12. At this point I’m going for a record. Or something. It’s been a LONG time since I went this long without a drink. I’m sure sometime in the next couple months I’ll end up having a couple of drinks, but it will be to exacerbate a good time, and not escape my demons, who have thankfully been very quiet as of late.
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Hot water. After having read a post this morning about a fellow blogger whose hot water heater broke, and remembering the cold showers I had to take when that happened to me, I am VERY thankful for hot water.

XLaughter. Whether it’s John Stewart, John Oliver, 30 Rock, or my children making me laugh, I have been laughing quite a bit recently. And it feels good. Having laughter in your life really does have a positive impact on your morale.

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Ten Things of Thankful #72

I missed a week, or two or three, I can’t rightly recall. I know last week I didn’t really feel I had enough to list off ten things for which I could be thankful. I probably could have, they would have just been really small, very mundane things. And who wants to read about those, amiright? BOOOOORRRRRRRRING. Anyhow, I feel like I have better material this week – given that I have two weeks of life from which to draw – and so here I am, creating another list of things for which I am grateful.
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I used the power of Twitter to get yet another of the fabulous writers I follow Freshly Pressed!!! I love supporting other bloggers and the post in question was a very personal, powerful, and heartfelt post. I encourage you all to check it out and I dare you not to shed at least one tear while reading it.

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Moments with C:

  • While playing Mario Kart 64 (retro gaming FTW!) he called Luigi “the Green Mario.” When I try to correct him and tell him that Luigi’s name is, you know, Luigi, he argues with me and tells me it’s Green Mario.
  • While he was taking a shower the other day, the water had gotten a bit cold so I adjusted the temperature so that he would have hot water again. Upon discovering he had hot water once more, he exclaimed, “The water is hot again! I’m so happy!!”
  • Trick or Treat! C was barely interested in accumulating candy. We took him to the mall because it was 40 degrees and misting rain, but all he wanted to do was run around in the designated play area and ride some of the little kiddy rides in the middle of the mall. Given a choice between getting more candy and riding the rides, he choose the rides.

It’s me! Green Mario!!!

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The twins played their final game of the high school football season this past Thursday. Though they lost every game and, from what I could tell, their coach isn’t all that great, they had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about the game and especially about losing.

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I didn’t notice at the time, but dude in the background totally photobombed them.

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My BBFFFL (for the uninitiated, that would be Lizzi) found a little Lego Stormtrooper and thought of me. She bought it with the intention of sending it to me because she’s awesome. Knowing, however, her penchant for glitterbombing people via the postal service, I initially refused to part with my address. Finally I conceded, and she shipped her gift to me.

After about a month (which seemed like a lifetime – seriously, I’ve never checked the mail so often) it finally arrived, and much rejoicing took place. I filmed myself opening the package (which you’ve already seen if you are my FB friend), and in my excitement totally forgot about the glitter, which spilled itself all over the floor, where it was consumed by my dog. Well, it was consumed until she quickly realized it wasn’t food I had spilled, then she went on about her business.

The Lego trooper has found a home amongst my other Star Wars memorabilia, but unfortunately got packed away just a few short days later because my niece, E, seems to like breaking my stuff. I was able to snap a picture of him before he retired to the cardboard ether, though.

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Yes, I have a pumpkin spiced candle and I light it often. Be jealous, bitches.

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The annual Cincinnati Out of the Darkness walk took place on the 19th, and it went really well. I wrote about it in detail here, for anyone who’s interested or may have missed the post.
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Coffee. Always coffee. I’d probably be dead without it. Or at least that’s how I’d feel…
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I woke up this morning to find the following post from Samara on my Facebook wall:

My kid asked me this morning, “So, mom- how’s your coffeh?”

Your vernacular has officially infiltrated our household!

I love infecting the minds of others with my silliness. I am totally winning.
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Still have not consumed a drop of alcohol since September 12. At this point I’m going for a record. Or something. It’s been a LONG time since I went this long without a drink.
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I invaded the space of two other blogs this week! A few more and the world will be mine! Mwahahahahaha!

Ahem.

First, I was asked by the Sisterwives to (along with other humor bloggers) provide some comic relief on a blog which tackles some pretty hefty topics. That I was considered for this honor despite not primarily being a humor blogger (not really – I don’t think – but I try to be funny when I can) felt amazing. Check out the post to see what I and the other funny guys had to say.  Also, if you haven’t already, click the follow button while you’re there. Many, many important topics are discussed there which few people are willing to talk about.

Secondly, I wrote another poem with the very talented and astoundingly creative HastyWords!! Just in time for Halloween, we got a little bit creepy for this one. I had so much going on that I forgot to post it here. Or to even reblog it. Head on over and check it out! Also, click the follow button there for beautiful poetry from an amazing woman.

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In an effort to build my audience back up, I signed up for WordPress’ Blogging U. course for November. I had close to 5000 followers before I pulled the plug on Stuphblog, and I’m pretty much beginning from scratch again. I’m hoping to pick up some new followers and more insight on building a better blog. Just to warn you, though, some of the material I post as a result of some of the assignments will probably rehash material some of my longtime followers already know. I apologize in advance for bringing up old shit, but I’m looking forward to meeting new bloggers and hopefully expanding my readership anew.

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Ten Things of Thankful #70

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I am mostly back to the person I was before I stupidly decided to take myself of my meds.
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Moments with C:

  • He no longer wants to be “a circus.” He wants to be a cowboy.
  • While playing Lego Star Wars the other day he was using force-lightning to fry Obi-Wan Kenobi repeatedly…and laughing hysterically.

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I have made some progress in my writing this week.
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I discovered a program called yWriter5 this week while stalking a fellow blogger’s blog. My gawd does it make it easier to keep everything managed while writing a story. I was trying to do it all in Google Docs and managing okay, but using yWriter5 is infinitely more productive.
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The response I received to my Coming Out post was overwhelmingly positive. Huge thanks to all of you who have been supporting me.
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Coffee. Always coffee. I’d probably be dead without it. Or at least that’s how I’d feel…
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I wrote the check for my last bankruptcy payment last Friday. Thank gawd that shit is over with.
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Still have not consumed a drop of alcohol since September 12. At this point I’m going for a record. Or something. It’s been a LONG time since I went this long without a drink.
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Autumn. I can’t be thankful for Autumn enough. The chilly air. The colored leaves. Football. Hoodies. Chileh. Note to self: Get over to Starbucks and get a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

I was unaware PSL’s were only for white girls. I’m not sure what this makes me since I love them.

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The rain held off last night so that I, C, and my mom could watch the twins play football. They got trounced again, but they’re having fun and that’s what matters.

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Ten Things of Thankful #67

This week has been much better than last week. Lightyears better. I’m in a much better place and can probably (hopefully) find 10 things for which to be thankful. Shall we begin?

II rediscovered The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time this past week. I haven’t played this game in ages and I forgot how awesome it is. I have spent quite a bit of free time prowling around Hyrule as Link, saving the world from the evil Ganondorf. Sure, it’s a bit cheesy, but still a great game.

III’m finally back on my meds! After three weeks of frustration I finally got to see my doctor and he agreed that I needed to stay medicated and hopefully I’ll be back to myself in a few more days.

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Can you feel that? Huh? Huh? Huh?

IIIThis past week has brought on many more small moments with C, most of which made me laugh.

  • While taking a shower the other day, C informed me that he would be using the green shower puff, because green means go.
  • While pooping in the potty the other day (yay!) he was pushing with all his might to evacuate his bowels, when he suddenly looked into the toilet bowl and yelled, “C’mon, poop!”
  • Tuesday, while sitting with C on the couch watching Chip and Dale cartoons and waiting for his mother to pick him up, he suddenly turned around and gave me the biggest hug ever. It was awesome.
  • I was half-way out the door to head to work yesterday morning when C shouted, “Wait! I will come with you!” I had to break his little heart and tell him he couldn’t come with me. Of course, once he saw Elmo again he totally forgot that he wanted to come with me…

IVThe twins made it back from Michigan Sunday evening and told me all about their trip with grandpa to see the Michigan game. Even though Michigan got whooped, the boys still had an amazing time at the game. They then went to my cousin’s house for the rest of the day, where they had a bonfire on the shores of Whitmore Lake.

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This weekend I’ll have the house to myself. The children will be with their mothers and my mom will be in Michigan for a wedding. I need this break to just relax, become acclimated to my meds again, and to write some more in my story.

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After fearing I’d have trouble making it to just one of the twin’s football games, I made it to my third game in a row last night. I guess the stars have aligned. Or something. Plus, the twins finally got in to play some corner in the 4th quarter. They did well.

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Double trooper trouble.

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Though I’ve been sorely tempted a couple of times, I still haven’t had any alcohol in seven weeks!30752352
VIIII am again, and always will be, thankful for coffeh. NOM.

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I’m the best part of waking up!

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I had to declare bankruptcy in 2009 because the twins’ mother screwed me during our divorce (Not in a good way. It was never in a good way.). She was supposed to refinance the house to remove my name from it, but never did. So I declared Chapter 13 and have been making payments on my debts while having the loan on that house expunged from my credit. This month I make the final payment on that plan. Thank GAWD.

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I got invited to Ello! I feel like I’m finally sitting at the cool table with all the cool kids. Hit me up if you’re there @twindaddy.

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Ten (or perhaps less) Things of Thankful: From the Couch

This past week has been one of the toughest I’ve had in a while. Frankly, I didn’t even plan on doing this post today because it’s too tall a task to look for anything positive right now.

BUT…there is at least one huge thing to be thankful for right now.

For years I’ve wanted to take the twins up to Ann Arbor to see a Michigan football game. Tuesday evening my dad called me. He and my step mom already had tickets to today’s game, but my cousin, who has season tickets, had some extra tickets when those who were supposed to attend canceled at the last second.

Dad called me and asked if I wanted to go. I told him I couldn’t go, but I’d love it if he would take the twins. And he agreed.

Yes!

I’m sitting on the couch watching (while writing this on my tablet) the game with C while the twins are there watching the Wolverines implode. (You’ll be job hunting soon, Hoke.) Even though Michigan is having their asses handed to them, the twins are there taking in the much, much livelier college football experience.

Of course, there are other things I’m thankful for. My friends. My family. The amazing support I’ve received from everybody during these recent trying times. I’m also still thankful for coffeh, and the fact that C finally just went down for a nap. Halle-fucking-lujah.

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Even though things have been dark, stray rays of light are sneaking through the obsidian clouds. Lastly, I’m thankful that, even though I’m in a pretty shitty mood right now, I can see those rays of light.

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Ten Things of Thankful #66

Can I make it to ten three weeks in a row? Stay tuned and find out on this week’s edition of Ten Things of Thankful! Sponsored by sleep deprivation and sobriety.

IAlmost immediately after publishing last week’s TToT post, I found out that there is a group of people out there who have been updating the old Tecmo Football ROM’s with current rosters. So not only am I getting my Tecmo Football fix, I’m getting it with current players! Tecmo Football is the shit and this has made me 50 shades of happy.

I still got it!
I still got it!

IIA while ago, my BBFFFL (Best British Friend For Fucking Life) found a little Lego stormtrooper she wanted to mail to me so I could have him and squeeze him and hold him tight. I was hesitant to give her my address. Not because I don’t trust her, but she’s notorious for glitter-bombing the shit out of people via mail. So, I guess in a way I really don’t trust her. (I totally do trust her, though.)

Anyhow, shenanigans began on Facebook over the fact that I had finally agreed to let her ship me the trooper when Lizzi mentioned she had a Millennium Falcon. This Falcon was a magnetic bottle opener. I also declared it mine. I was joking, of course, but I still kinda wanted it. Unbeknownst to me, Lizzi (because she’s an amazing and thoughtful friend) ordered another online and had it shipped directly to my house. ISN’T THAT FUCKING AMAZING?? I kinda had a shitty day, and opening this package put a huge dumbass grin on my face.

Lizzi made me promise that I would zoom the Falcon around the living room, and so I did.

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Flight of the Falcon. VROOOOOM!

Thank you again, Lizzi, for being such a generous and spectacular friend.

IIIThis past week has brought on many more small moments with C, most of which made me laugh. One, however, damn near made me cry. See if you can figure out which one it is.

Moment 1:

C: *turns my head to the side and studies my face* Your hair is gone.
Me: Yup. Daddy shaved.
C: *rubs my stubble* But it’s coming back…

Moment 2:

C soaped, lathered, and washed himself up in the shower without any help…right after he deposited the contents of his rectum AND his bladder into his bath water. Biggest. Log. Ever.

Moment 3:

I had just sat down at my desk last Sunday morning after having started the coffee maker. C noticed that I had no cup of coffee in hand. “Daddy, you need to go make coffee.” How does he know?

Moment 4:

We were watching the Michigan game on Saturday…

Announcer: And Michigan calls a time out.

C: I don’t want a time out.

Moment 5:

Right after waking up Saturday morning: “The sun is up! We can go outside now!”

IVI upgraded my cell phone this week. I had jumped on to my dad’s plan a couple of years ago when shit went sour, and the contract is finally up. I also wanted to get off of his plan and have my own again so I now have a new Samsung S3. I know the S5 just came out, but this trooper isn’t shelling out $250 for a phone loaded with features I’ll probably never use. Besides, the S3 is still a pretty bad ass phone. Plus, with the mail in rebate that came with the phone I pretty much got it for free. Woot!

VWith the cool autumn weather arriving that meant it was time for me to make some cold weather food. Last Sunday was spent watching football and eating chileh. NOM!

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VI

I was finally able to make it to one of the twins’ football games on Wednesday. Sadly, their team had their asses handed to them, but luckily the twins can’t take much of the blame for that since they didn’t play much. However, after the game the coach told them both they’ll be much more involved going forward since they’ve got a few weeks of practice in now and have picked up most of what he needs them to know.

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Double trooper trouble.

VII

Though I’ve been sorely tempted a couple of times, I still haven’t had any alcohol in five weeks!30752352
VIIIWhat if I told you there was a magical beverage you could consume when you’re tired and absolutely hate the world that would flip everything upside down? A non-alcoholic beverage, no less. It makes people less irritating. It makes the annoying chirping of the birds slightly more tolerable. It gets your juices flowing and gives you energy. I’m speaking, of course, of coffee. Lord knows I’d have been fired long ago without that magical beverage. (Yeah, I’m leaving this one here from last week because coffeh. Recycling rules!)

Coffeh! I’ll probably be thankful for this every week.

IXI finally broke down and discussed some feelings I was afraid to discuss with a very good friend. To my relief, we were able to work things out after some initial hurt, and I’m extremely thankful for that because this person is a huge part of my life and very, very important to me.

XI spent last Saturday getting the house ready. I spent today actually doing it. My mom moved in with me. Due to some asshattery by the apartment complex she was living in (namely a hole in her roof that they refused to repair and refusal to replace extremely energy inefficient appliances which had been running her power bill to over $300 a month for a tiny one bedroom apartment), I offered to let her stay with me for a few months to get caught up on her bills and get back on her feet.

This is obviously not ideal for either of us as we both really like our privacy and living alone, but my mother and I get along famously so it’s not going to be an issue. There will be some adjustments that I will have to make (no more gallivanting around the house naked, dammit!), but ultimately I’m grateful that I’m in a position where I can help her. It’ll be cramped around here for a while, but the kids seeing a lot more of their grandmother (and she them) will be a good thing.

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What are YOU thankful for?