Nixon's Memoirs: June 2005

Monday, June 27, 2005

New TV!


My mother-in-law bought us a new television today! As you can see it is the beautiful Sanyo 27" Tru-Flat Stereo TV! In addition, my wife surprised me by signing us up for a Comcast DVR. Both of these match the color of my Gamecube, so our living room entertainment center looks awesome! Granted, it's not HDTV, or Plasma, or LCD, or whatever, but hey, we're just middle-class Arkansans! And no, the new TV is not sitting on top of the old non-working TV.

We've been enjoying the DVR features all day, pausing and rewinding and fast forwarding episodes of the Cosby Show, etc.

My Brother-in-law (with us as co-signers) got the apartment! He'll be moving in Wednesday! My Mother-in-law, sadly, returns home Wednesday morning. We're taking her to Memphis tomorrow and plan on spending the morning and early afternoon there.

Work was rough last night, with a lot of kids acting out, and one self-harming. Grrr.

Overall though, today was a great day!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Happy 4th!

No, not Independence Day, though that does come up in a bit, today is/was my 4th Wedding Anniversary!

We began the festivities with a shopping trip to Wal-Mart for groceries. We had a great time and my MIL offered to buy us a new TV. We didn't pick out one there, because we didn't see the model/type we wanted, but cool anyway.

On our way out of electronics, my wife spotted the new Carrie Underwood CD single, and she threw it in the cart without me even asking. It includes her rendition of "Independence Day."

We came home, and while my wife put up the groceries I went out and bought a new black tie to match a dress shirt I haven't been able to wear in years. (BTW, I'm down to 343 lbs. 51 lbs total so far)

We got dressed up and went out to P.F. Chang's.

I read on another blog that I frequent that they had a bad experience. Well, it was NOTHING like that for us tonight! We made reservations for 5 pm, and were seated immediately. Our appetizers came out in just a few minutes, and were delicious. I had the Mango Chicken and my wife had the Moo Goo Gai Pan, both of which came out quickly and were magnificent!

Now I know this isn't what anyone would consider "authentic" Chinese cuisine, but it was indeed delicious.

For dessert, banana spring rolls, which had a great presentation, and were also magnificent. We ordered two more appetizers to go (for a total of four) and the tab was a mere $64. That was far less than we had intended to pay, so we tipped our fantastic waiter, Robert L, $20.

After dinner, it was off for the second half of our anniversary tradition, a movie.

We saw the new Herbie movie!

This was a FUN movie! It took me back to my childhood when I always enjoyed the original Herbie films. This was an hour and half of classic family entertainment! The only slightly objectionable scene was when Herbie falls in love with a New Beetle, and in addition to his windshield fogging up, his antenna pops up and makes a "boinging" sound. It's nothing a young child would catch, but its innuendo is obvious to us adults. Oh well.

Now I'm home and blogging. We still have a full house, so I don't know if the planned "finale'" of our anniversary will take place, but oh well...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A BS Light.

When I took my car into Midas to have it looked at, yes, I knew they said they couldn't diagnose why my "ABS" light was on. But when they diagnosed the problem with the brakes, I assumed, and assumed wrong, that once they fixed the master cylinder, that the light would go off.

"We don't know why that's on." said the repairman.

"Take it to a dealer to have them check the computer." said another.

So, $311 later, my ABS light is still on, and my birthday trip is still off, and I'm still might discouraged.

Master Cylinder

That's what went wrong with my Ford Exploder this time.

As is usual, whenever I'm potentially getting a little extra money for my Birthday or Christmas, my vehicle calls dibbs on it.

My mother was awarded a $2000 settlement from United Auto Group for the chair accident. $1500 for her, and $500 for me. After having her take the rest of the repairs out of that, I was due $300 in a few days, and we had planned on spending that on my birthday trip.

That's when the brakes went out.

For my most recent few Birthdays and Christmas's I've gotten: New Brakes, a radiator, and some other major repairs I don't recall. Now, for my 34th, a MASTER CYLINDER! ($293 with labor) Oh wow, that beats the crap out of the XM Radio and Tunica Trip I was wanting!

The answer I often get to this rant is: "At least you had the money to fix it."

I'm starting to loathe that answer.

So now, the plan for my birthday is to stay here in Little Rock and order the Jermain Taylor fight on PPV, invite over some close friends, and have a party at my place.

On the "good news" front, we were approved at Furniture Row yesterday for a credit line, and they're "No payments until 2006, No interest for blah blah blah" deal, and will soon be getting a new bedroom set and "Doctor's Choice" mattress. Sweet!

The bedroom set is a dark wood and black leather combo heaboard/frame, with a dresser/mirror and two beautiful end tables.

I'm praying my brother-in-law gets into an apartment this week. Join me, won't you?

Friday, June 17, 2005

United Airlines straight SUCKS.

My wife and I drove to Memphis on Wednesday to pick up my Mother-in-Law, who was flying in from Kona, HI via Chicago O'Hare.

The flight was due to arrive at 10:14 AM, and we arrived at 9:45 AM.

At 11: 15, I finally managed to get the attention of a UAL ticket agent, who quite rudely told me that flight had been cancelled. She then offered no other help as to when my MIL would be in.

The American Airlines agent finally gave me United's toll-free number to call.

Four hours after we arrived, my MIL finally got there.

And, they lost EVERYONE'S luggage from the cancelled flight.

Again, the United folks were rude, crude, and totally unprofessional.

We got the luggage this evening. (Friday)

Yep, after lying their collective butts off for three days, they finally delivered the luggage, and they had to use NORTHWEST to do it.

Oh, and when we got back Wednesday night, my brother-in-law had been finally released from jail. He'd been standing at a auto parts store for two hours wondering if he was going to have a place to sleep.

So, the MIL, the BIL, and the wife are all here.

Imagine my joy. Really, just picture it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A scary blogthing

Being that I turn 34 next month, this quiz result is eerily accurate:






You Are 34 Years Old



34





Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.


A fun IQ test

I've scored higher on other tests, but this one caught my eye on another blog, so I thought I'd try it.

Your IQ Is 125

Your Logical Intelligence is Above Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your General Knowledge is Genius

Promise Keepers weekend

We left out from the church parking lot at 10:30 am, and stopped in Conway for lunch at the Market Place Grill. After that, it was off to Fayettville for the Promise Keepers "Awakening" event at Razorback stadium.

Attendance was estimated at around 20,000. The first night was difficult, because we arrived just as the event was beginning, and got bad seats. It was difficult to hear the speakers. Day 2 was much better, as we made our way into the club level, and watched on closed circuit television, making it easy to hear, and very comfortable as well.

The highlight of the event for me was comedian Brad Stine. His brand of humor was right up my alley, and he was hilarious.

I'm still processing all the great things I heard and learned at this event, but in case anyone is wondering what the goal of a Promise Keeper is, here from the website are the "Seven Promises" of a Promise Keeper.

I plan on continuing to do my best to become a better man of God, and a better husband, and soon, I hope, a good father.

On the weight-loss front, I lost a pound this past week, putting me at 346 lbs. My wife also lost a pound, putting her at... (You don't think I'm going to post my wife's weight on a public website, do you? I promise you I won't!)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Recent events

Friday, my dear old friend did finally come by with his new wife, and they treated my wife and I to lunch at IHOP. I swear our waiter looked like LL Cool J. It was really great to meet her (my wife already knew her through band at OU) and to see him again after almost four years of no contact. After lunch, they got back on the road, headed towards Knoxville for their next honeymoon destination.

I had some conflict with a co-worker this week, but I'm not alone, a lot of folks have clashed with this guy, including my boss. Basically this guy thinks he knows more than everyone else, and has started being openly critical of us, if not down right insulting. What's worse is that he does this in earshot of the patients, if not to the patients directly. I have this feeling that there is about to be some overtime available soon.

Speaking of overtime, my job recently put out two memos. One memo stated that we were short-staffed, and therefore would be utilizing nurses to fill-in as counselors. The second memo said that we were working way too much overtime, and that we would now be limited to 24 hours per week.

So, let me get this straight. We're understaffed, but we're working too much overtime. These two things are DIRECTLY related, people! If you don't hire more people, you can't solve both problems, you have to pick one. Well, they wen't with option C, which I don't object to, which was to bump our pay by about 6%. This, they figure, will help retain current employees and attract new ones. I figure they figure right.

My mother-in-law is visiting for two weeks this month.

The wife and I celebrate four years of marriage this month.

I turn 34 next month.

Nothing further on the "adoption", but it's not looking promising at this point, I think she's found another family that better suits her needs, which is fine.

Thanks, M-A for thinking of me!

That's all for now.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The power of walking.

Just a short post to let my readers know that despite all the fabulous Riverfest food, I still lost four pounds this week, which gets me back to where I was at the end of the "Biggest Loser" competition.

I just read a disturbing post on Yahoo about "Ana", "Mia", and "Ed."

They are better known as Anorexia, Bulemia, and Eating Disorders.

I am obviously no nutrition expert, but I'm becoming more knowlegeable about good food choices as I work towards reaching a healthy weight. But I'm doing so under medical supervision, and without starving myself or doing other harmful things to my body.

The article also said that it is a popular blog topic, so I will do my best to encourage any of my fellow bloggers to avoid this risky behavior.

At the same, I've written my goodbye letter to "Opie" (I made that up) The Over Eating dude!




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