Monday, October 29, 2007

What will go wrong next?

So, the Rockies got their asses handed to them last night, then the Broncos lose to the Packers in overtime tonight. What can possibly go wrong next?

I am on vacation this week. That seems like a good thing, and it really is. I just wanted to take my vacation on a week I don't have the kids. Not that I don't like being around my kids, but if I have to be here to take them to, and pick them up from school I would rather be working.

My vacation is a result of a shitty vacation policy at work that states if you don't use your vacation time by Dec 31st, you lose it. I don't think they'll even pay us out for the time. So this is the only week I have available to me. We have shit scheduled from now until the end of the years at work, and fitting all of my guy's vacations in before the end of the year as well. Personally I give us only about a 50% chance of getting all of the major things done that we have planned.

I am taking the 21st through 31st of December off as well. Obviously I haven't been taking off enough time this year. I miraculously got permission from my ex to take the boys to Michigan with me. My family is very happy about that. I was too until I started looking into plane tickets (over $1600 for all 3 of us). They are raping people this year. So I decided to NOT fly this year. Last year after getting stuck on a business trip due to blizzards, my brother and I drove straight through as soon as I got to town. I hope we don't have a repeat. Mike isn't coming this year.

I was thinking about taking the train, but even that was going to cost me close to $800 without even getting a sleeper. Looks like I'm driving it solo.

I went to MS's best friend's Halloween party Saturday night. Again we came up with a last minute costume. This one wasn't nearly as good as last years, but it worked.

Sorry for blocking out her face again...

You like where I bite?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Snow in October

This is what I woke up to this morning...

We've had a pretty calm fall here in Colorado, but it is still a big surprise when something like this happens. You can't tell from this picture but we got a pretty good snow out of this for it being October. It kept snowing most of the day. At times pretty heavy. It's melting almost as fast as it comes down, but it is still exciting. I've forgotten to get my skis tuned. I had better get on that.

I've been keeping myself busy learning some video editing/DVD producing software. It has made it apparent that I need more memory in my system. Who would have thought 2 GB of RAM wouldn't be enough.

My first task I am assigning myself is to move all of the TV show episodes I have downloaded onto DVD. Then I'll clear the files off of my hard drive. That 1TB of storage doesn't last too long when dealing with videos.

What else can I tell you. The rest of my life is kind of the "Same Ol' Shit"

I am forcing myself to take a week off from work in the next couple weeks before more shit hits the fan at work. I mistakenly made it during a week I have my kids. I should have planned it when they are at the ex's. I'm going to see about changing it. I am feeling the need to go gamble.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to E!

My youngest turned 10 the other day. It's hard to believe he is in the double digits. My oldest turns 15 in just over a month. It is the birthday season in my family.

I upgraded the kid's computer to Vista the other day. I had the software for some time, but never felt the urgency to do the upgrade, especially after I had some trouble when I did it.

The reason I felt it was time was that my soon to be 15 year old had visited an adult oriented website last week while at my ex's. She told me that she found the link in the browser history. I usually don't check that because every time I have there was nothing, but this made me look at their computer. There was a different one than he had been checking out at the ex's.

I told him I was going to install Vista before he got here for the week, I didn't tell him why. Vista seems to have some really good parental controls. It was either install it or buy a filtering program.

I told him yesterday when we were all going to bed and he couldn't shut down his computer. I also set it so that he could not access the computer after 10 pm. He didn't argue. I think he was embarrassed enough that he knew he wasn't going to win anything.

I know he's going to figure out all he needs to know about sex one way or another, but I would rather have some control over the delivery of the information.

His girlfriend is very nice and sweet, but who knows what they are plotting. I read their computer conversations, but day to day contact and phone conversations are almost guaranteed to contain other troubling details.

On a good note, his report card was all A's and B's.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Inside Look

So Roxi kicked my ass into at least posting something...

Here is my desktop. It is a picture I took while hiking in Maine back in late July/early August.

What's on your desktop?