My dad worked for Pepsi and I did also during summers in college. Now I work for another big international company. One thing I’ve learned from these years about having this type of company brand that is recognized and respected is do not ruin the brand. Think about what you do at work and don’t…
This is pretty awesome. I completely agree.
One of these days I need to get Instadanned.
There are times when I get down about my fellow humans. Sometimes it’s too easy to see the bad instead of the good.
And just when I think all hope is lost, I realize that I live in a country where, for the low price of $199, one can have a camouflage recliner.
And I’m simultaneously reminded that we fucking rule - and that the rest of the world has good reason to think we’re douches.
Lots of stuff on my mind lately. Kind of feels like I have too much going on! One of these days I’ll figure out how to manage my time better! One of these days…..
One of the things that’s on my mind is Christmas and presents for the kids. Are we doing too much for the kids? I don’t really know. I see so many posts here and on Facebook about people who are not doing as much for their kids (whether by choice or by circumstance) and I think that it’s probably a good idea not to do too much for my own kids. The last thing I want to do is to raise kids who don’t appreciate what they have or raise kids who have these unreal expectations about what they should have and what they shouldn’t have. But then I think about all the things I want to do for my kids (like most parents). And then I think about all of the extra jobs I work (shit, I work a ton of extra jobs) so that I can do nicer things for the kids and the family. And eventually I just say “fuck it”, I’m gonna do what I want. But that doesn’t mean I’m not scared to death I’m going to raise a bunch of unappreciative assholes. Parenting is a bitch, no?
Speaking of extra jobs - more games to work this weekend. Who would have ever thought that picking up a graduate assistantship while finishing my Master’s degree would lead to a nice stream of extra income?
There are plenty of other truths that I had planned to post here, but I’ve forgotten them all. Either they weren’t that important or I’m absent-minded. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Too much to do - so you’re spared of the long, boring posts I usually bring.to the table.
1. I’m working five football games in the next 30 hours. It means my brain will be mushy tomorrow night, but at least I’ll be getting paid!
2. Good friend with cancer updated his “Care” page and pretty much said that there’s really nothing left they can do. Two girls - one in high school and one in middle school. Cancer can fuck off.
3. Ice? What are these ice and snow storms you speak of? It’s 80 freakin’ degrees here today. I’m going to wear shorts to work in the Press Box. Of course, it’s supposed to be a high of 47 on Sunday, but it’s balmy today. Good thing there’s nothing to this global warming thing.
4. The 4-year old’s class rabbit is going to stay with us this weekend. Joy! Joy! It’s our week. That rabbit better behave or I’ll introduce it to our two dachshunds. Ha ha. Nah, even I’m not that mean. Apparently this rabbit has a hard life living in the 4-year old classroom. There may be some traumatic stress disorder involved. He’s just returned from his “vacation” with the teacher. ha ha ha. I guess I’ll be nice to him/her/it.
5. Happy early Delaware Day tomorrow! I know people like to remember Pearl Harbor on the 7th, but it was obviously Delaware Day first. History, people. Respect it.
I hate that it’s been so long since I’ve posted. I get these grand thoughts in my head and want to make awesome posts. But then I’m not near my laptop - and I don’t want to type it up on my phone. So I let it slide. So unacceptable……
Anyway, things here have been kinda crazy. Other than dealing with Shrimpy, here’s a quick rundown of my life:
- Left Thanksgiving with the family early to work some high school football games. I couldn’t resist - they’re paying me $100 a game. Working five more championship games this weekend.
- Gamecocks, baby! Fifth win in a row over Clemson. I know in the grand scheme of things this isn’t super important. However, a good portion of my time away from work and my family is spent working these games. So I kind of feel invested. And we haven’t always been good. So I figure I had better enjoy this ride while it lasts.
- Two Christmas trees. FML.
- Why are Christmas presents so expensive? Good thing I have lots of gigs lined up this month! Who needs a life anyway? So overrated……
- My back has been acting up lately. Not sure exactly what it is. A few years ago I had some more severe issues that resulted in traction. I’m hoping to avoid that again! Gotta be more consistent with the gym, though. Sleep has been winning out more and more.
- My niece, who turns one in two weeks, absolutely hates the beard. All of the other women in my life are indifferent, but she hates it. So when I shave it, it will totally be for the affection of a one-year old. And it will probably be worth it.
There once was a family that went searching for a Christmas tree late on a Friday night. They visited the local tree stands, but decided to check out what Lowe’s had to offer.
When they got to Lowe’s, they were unimpressed with the selection, but figured they could get a tree there and would be fine with that. However, the family forgot one important thing. They hadn’t really planned for this tree. Oh, they knew where the tree would go. But they hadn’t really done the measurements for the room for the tree. Now….normally that wouldn’t be an issue because you know your space, right? But this family was new to their house and they weren’t really sure about the space. They knew an estimate of how much width and height to plan for, but they weren’t sure.
So they find this tree. And it’s not tiny, but it’s not big. Part of the family said that the tree had really great shape and would probably fit into the space. Another part of the family immediately called the tree “Shrimpy” and was unimpressed. A final part of the family had to go to the bathroom and didn’t really care about the tree.
So this family takes Shrimpy home. They get out the tree stand, make the cuts and trims on the tree, and put Shrimpy in the room.
And immediately it becomes clear that Shrimpy is accurately named and completely inappropriate for the room he was placed in. So part of the family decides that this tree won’t do - especially for their first Christmas in the new house. So they make the decision that they’re going to place Shrimpy in another part of the house and get a new tree that would fill up the space.
So….Saturday morning - before heading to a six-hour tailgating session for the big rivalry game for their team - the parents go to find a suitable replacement for Shrimpy. And instead they get a tree that weighs 40 pounds more than Shrimpy and is three feet taller. And the tree totally fits in the space - even if it took three people to put on top of the car.
So this family now has two real trees in their house - even though certain members of the family were perfectly content just putting up the pre-lit tree that resides in their garage. The only bright spot of this story is that this family has more than enough ornaments to decorate two full-sized trees. It was decided that Shrimpy would be adorned with sports-themed ornaments, as the family has a lot of ornaments from their favorite college and professional sports teams.
And that, my friends, is the story of Shrimpy: The Christmas Tree That Looked Good In The Store But Wasn’t Quite Good Enough Once You Got It Home.
Family. Food. Kids.
And I just realized that other than a swig of orange juice this morning, the only thing I’ve had to drink has been beer or wine.
Yup, I’d call this day a success.
Guess I should go drink some water before midnight or something…..