20171031 - Trick-or-Treat!

20171031 - Up in the am and in to work. Dealing with an escalation right out of the gate... Had a long day at work and left late. home just in time to see G in his costume and ready to head out the door with L in tow go trick-or-treating. J had a couple of buddies over and they were hydro-painting their scooters. They decided they wanted to go trick-or-treating to so they threw together some costumes and headed out too. D&DGF7 arrived just in time to pass candy out. We didn't have as many trick-or-treators as we did last year, but had some good costumes; I really liked the T-Rex! Eventually L&G got home and G spread his booty out on the living room floor. I have never seen one kid get some much candy! I stole as much as I could, boys headed off to bed and I stayed up way to latte trying to get caught up.

20171030 - New Washer

20171030 - Up and a COLD slow start in to work. Had a pretty stressful day and headed home a bit late. Home and D got the white car ready and we headed to Lowe's. Stopped to get gas just as the car overheated... Got to Lowe's with the heater blasting to keep the engine cool and found our contact and got the new washing machine. Loaded it up and got home with no issues. Home and D&I scarfed down our omelettes L had made us and the whole fam went to Scouts to review the upcoming Eagle Court of Honor script Lori had written and for D to ask boys to participate.  Home and D&J helped me install the new washing machine and get the old one outside. The only issue is the new washer pumps water out so fast it overflows our standpipe... I'll fix that next week after the Court of Honor... Once the washer was in J&I took out the trash and the old washing machine had already vanished from the curb :-o Bible Bangers was cancelled this evening so I got to work on the program for D's event. I then had to get the wreath orders in by midnight and then stayed up doing work and watching Netflix until 3 (YAWN).

20171029 + Frozen Soccer

20171029 + Up late and L and the boys had a lot of things cleaned up already. I finished up the garage and then hit the office to do a couple of things. D&G headed to D-Bats to hit and I ran to Dave's warehouse to pick up some supplies for D to ship. Home and dropped the stuff off and met L at J's last soccer game of the season, it was FREEZING. J played a lot but they got beat bad (7-1). I stopped to get gas on the way home. Home and we had dinner, I ran to pick up G from his basketball practice and we got him some nuggets on the way home. Home and all boys cleaned up and to the basement to watch 'The Walking Dead' with a couple of friends. All boys to bed, up late formatting Dylan's upcoming Eagle Court of Honor script and sending it out to folks that will be participating.

20171028 - 12th OSU Football Party

20171028 - Up in the am and getting more things lined up, chili cooking and things ready for the party. I ran to the grocery, complete mad house, to get the final supplies. We had everything set up and our family and friends started to arrive. We had a good crowd, about 60 this year and the food and friendship were great. The game started off a little rough with the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown :-o The game was good, the Buckeyes were trailing the entire game except for the last 2 minutes where they pulled off a huge win against #2 Penn State. WHAT A GAME!!! Folks filtered out and some stayed to chat. L and the boys got most things cleaned up and we were ready to shut down for the night. A fun day with good friends!

20171027 - Wizard Couple

20171027 - Up slow in the am and in to work. Had everything lined up to leave a bit early and then in true Friday fashion things flew off the rails... Finished up what I needed to get done and headed home about 6pm. When I got home L and the boys had 80% of the setup done, things looked great! L had arranged for us to go to a Halloween party so I jumped in the costume she laid out and we headed to the party with G. D went out with friends, and J stayed home. The party was fun, we didn't stay long and got home in good time to get rest for tomorrow's big party.

20171026 + 47

20171026 - UP in the am and worked the am from home. Updated my reports and had my calls, D came home for lunch during a call. I finished up my work for the morning and headed into the garage to work on the big speaker for a bit, arranging the battery replacement and fixing the extender handle. Back in the house to catch up on email and other tasks. G home for a min then back to the school. D home for a minute, got G and they went to hit at D-Bats. J home, L home: man this is a busy place around 3pm... LJ&I headed out to pick up the car, the new illegal tint is on. J&I took the car and swung by the cable company to get a cable box for this weekend. We then dropped off a video on the way to Home Depot where J tested every color of spray paint they had and I gathered other supplies. Home and L cleaning up the backyard, D&J doing homework. I fixed the speaker with the new supplies, L had a fun time with a door to door salesman, G home from baseball practice and we all loaded up and went to El Vaquero for dinner. We had a good meal and good discussions. Home and started setting up the garage, took a break to open presents: D gave me a wallet tool, sort of like the one he got confiscated at the Statue of Liberty and a very nice card, J got me nuttin, G gave me some of his M&M's and a $5 bill he got for his bday. All boys to bed. Up late watching TV, G came down and was sick so ended up on the couch, we watched a video on the new iPhoneX that is coming out at 3am. I set my alarm for 3am and attempted to get an iPhoneX when it went off. 

20171025 - Movie Wars

20171025 - Up in the am and to an offsite meeting for work. It was a good meeting and we took a trip to our secondary warehouse to review the inventory there. Finished up the meeting and headed to the window tinting place to drop the car off. L&J met me there and we swung through by the video store on the way home. L got 'Hidden Figures' and I got 'War for the Planet of the Apes'. Home and we ate, D was working this evening. We then split up and L&G watched her movie while J&I watched mine. D was the tie breaker when he got home, but he watched the World Series... All to bed. I was up late doing email and work stuff. 

20171024 - Party Work

20171024 - up in the am and in to work. Started off with Justin wrapping things up before he heads out to add a son to his family. We didn't have anything planned for the evening so we just hung out and worked on D's upcoming party, the football party stuff and paperwork while LJG&I watched 'he Ghost and Mr. Chicken' (L's pick and she LOL uring the whole thing. J&I retreated to the basement to watch 'Seven' and LD&G watched the World Series.

20171023 - Dug In

20171023 - Up in the am, tired even though I got to bed in good time (YAWN). In to work and getting the week rolling. had a full day of meetings, calls and heads down driving. Headed home late. Food on the table for me, L cleaning up, D at work until 8, J getting ready for Scouts and G pestering me to get his ipod working while I tried to choke down some food. I ran J to Scouts and stayed a while to update the Troop records. Home and LG&I just hung out, L&I worked on D's upcoming ceremony. D off work and swung by Scouts to say hi and pick J up. All home, no Doc for Bible Bangers tonight, on the way there got a call that McD's was short staffed and they closed the inside so no meeting tonight. Back home and worked on stuff with L, then got an email from G's new basketball coach that he needed help getting TeamSnap set up so dug in and had the team all set up and ready to go by 1:30am.

20171022 + Hitting His Own Pitch

20171022 + Up in the am and all to church, well almost all, J was moving too slow so we left him at home... After church we headed home, D took off for the day to go to games with DGF7, I hit the desk and was there until time for G's game. J all over town with a buddy. G headed back to his game and L&I joined shortly after. G's team had a rough game, only 8 players to start. Mid game L and Gma&paW headed to J's soccer game. G had a pretty good game and closed it out, but they lost. With a little bit of photo magic you can see G pitching to himself. After the game G&I ran to his basketball practice. I attended the parent meeting and then headed home. L home, J's team lost the soccer game and he was out getting dinner with Gma&paW. L ran to pick up G and we had dinner with Gma&paW.  L gave J&G hair cuts and I headed down to the basement with J to watch The Walking Dead. A couple friends stopped to watch with us and D got home for the show. To bed in good time.

20171021 - Dip Painting

20171021 - Up in the am, L heading out to get groceries, D&G headed to a baseball camp the HS was putting on, J hanging out helping me, I did some planning and getting things ready for our big football party next weekend. We cleaned up the yard and then I dug into cleaning the garage. J had a bunch of friends show up and they did dip painting in the back yard. D&G home for only a minute before heading to D-bats for their grand opening. I finished up the garage, it looks great. LG&I headed to the McClain's for a cook out and to watch some football. D&J hung out at home.

20171020 - Markers Maker

20171020 - Up in the am and slow into work, stopped at gas station, messed with car... In to work and got started, gave a tutorial on an app and walked the floor. Back to the desk to get some things done. Finished the day with calls and data scrubbing. Home and D off to do something with DGF7 and LG&I dropped J off at the last home football game and then headed to dinner at the Rusty Bucket. We had a slow but good meal and headed home. L retreated to her her heated bed to watch TV and do some paperwork, D&DGF7 watched baseball on the big screen and picked J up after the game, G was busy making scented markers from a kit he bought with his bday money and bouncing back and forth between the baseball game and the funny 'Sidekick' movie I was watching in the living room. Eventually Netflix took over and kept me company as I scrubbed more data until 3am.

20171019 + Punkins

20171019 + Up in the am and in to work. Had weekly call and it went well. Got caught up with Justin and working hard on planning app. Home and ate fast then back to the school to catch some of G's practice. G&I then headed to the Pack meeting where it only took him 4min and 35 seconds to carve his pumpkin. There were tons of pumpkins and Chris Emmons and I named them and helped pass them out which allowed me the opportunity to make sure G's was the last one (he was happy about that :-) Home and talked to D a bit about getting his own cell service and showing him how much data (10GB) and text messages (17 pages) he send each month... To bed watching Netflix and doing things for ebay.

20171018 - Short Walk

20171018 - Up in the am and in to work. Out to the shop floor trying to solve some issues and then back to the desk for some planning development. Home a bit late and took a short walk with LG & Lilly looking for colorful leaves. Home and G shot his BB gun in the backyard. In and had leftovers for dinner and J&I watched '10 Cloverfield Lane', it was a good suspense movie. Boys to bed and I stayed up late working on the planning app watching Netflix.

20171017 - Driving Mr. Daisy

20171017 - Up in the am and blew the horn and scared J and his friends while they were waiting for the bus. In to work and right to the keyboard for the morning. Took Justin to lunch, he made me chauffeur him to McD's. Back to the conference room to finish out the day. I took a final call on the road while heading to Pickerington to meet LJ&G to see the new Blade Runner movie. We got a couple of pizzas and settled in to the big leather recliners for what was a beautiful yet LOOOONG not so fast moving movie. 3 some hours later, all exhausted and not that entertained we headed home. D was home so we chatted with him a bit about his day and all to bed. I stayed up late watching Netfix and figuring out a better way to plan repairs.

20171016 - G11

20171016 - Up in the am today is G's bday and we watched G open his presents from L&I. He got a BB gun, his main present from us and he really liked it, bummed he had to go to school and not stay home and shoot everything up. In to work at the desk knocking things out. Finished up the day and headed home. G got to pick dinner tonight and he picked Steak n' Shake, so we headed there for dinner. G got double cheese on everything and we had a good meal. After dinner D&J headed to Scouts and LG&I headed to GFS to buy stuff for the upcoming OSU Party. We then swung through Payless to pick up some shoes for L&I. Home and got G off to bed, then I got Doc and we headed to Bible Bangers. I cant believe G is 11, so big!

20171015 - G's Top Shot Birthday Party

20171015 - Up in the am and J&I headed out to get the last items needed for G's party. Home and we finalized the set up, putting everything in its place ready for the kids. Soon the backyard was swarming with little boys and we got the Top Shot party started. It started with a Frisbee challenge, then football toss, yard darts and then the backdrop Brady and G made last weekend got a work out. The first event was an Annie Oakley Shoot where the boys had to use a mirror and hit a target with Nerf guns and Velcro darts. They then had to shoot ping pong balls off of a golf tees with squirt guns. Next they got to be creative and build marshmallow shooters out of 1/2 inch PVC pipe to knock the opposing teams cans off the board. This was followed by a plate break with slingshots and balloon pop with darts. We ended the party with cake and G opening his presents, many were gag gifts, poor boy. G headed back to baseball practice while LDJ&I cleaned everything up before the rain came. Surprised and thankful that the 80% chance of rain didn't materialize today.

I went back to get G from his practice and home for only a moment before heading to a basketball tryout. it was a long tryout with a ton of kids. G&I stopped at Taco Bell on the way home and got dinner. Home and we watched the original 'Blade Runner' while we ate, boys didn't like the movie so much.

20171014 + Homecoming 2017

20171014 + Up late and to the desk to get organized, L out shopping and picking up G, D put the big tent up and J went to a scooter park with his buddy Conor. All home and Gma&paB showed up to give G some of his presents and help us try and burn out some bees that live under the trampoline and make final prep for the big party tomorrow. Gma&paW showed up and G got more presents. D got all cleaned up and headed out for Homecoming. L, GmaB and Gma&paW met D at the park where they got photos of all the kids going to Homecoming, they look great! D, DGF7 and their friends went to El Vaquero for dinner and then to the dance. Everyone back to our hose for a bit, we watched some of the Buckeye game on TV before everyone headed out. LJG&I headed to the basement to watch the rest of the game. Up late working on Google Voice config.

20171013 - YUK Burger

20171013 - Up in the am and in to work. Had a full productive day and headed home a little late. D headed to some friends to work on the go-kart, they skipped the Homecoming game, L&I dropped G off at an overnight bday party and J at the football game. We then went on for a not so good dinner at the B Spot, YUK! We went on to Meijer to get some presents for G and picked J up on the way home. D home and we watched some TV before calling it a night.

20171012 - Squirrel Killer

20171012 - Up slow in the am and in to work through crappy traffic. Had the usual Thursday morning meetings and then headed to the Scout store to pick up advancements over lunch. L texted me today to let me know Lilly got a squirrel. L pulled her off before she was done so D& Jim had to finish the poor thing off. I Finished up the day and headed home and had dinner with the fam. G&I then headed out to Scouts for his Den meeting. After Scouts we came home and I did some email while he read, L was at Michel's craft store getting stuff to make flowers for homecoming, D went with DGF7 to buy flowers.

20171011 + Jack's Best Time 11:25

20171011 + Up in the am and had to get gas before heading in. The roads were a mess with traffic this morning so got in a bit late. Spent a full day busy in meetings and making things better. J had his closing ceremonies for CC today and L&G went and participated in the dodge ball game. Headed home and L&G headed to G's parent Teacher conference, J at soccer practice and D&I headed to the new D-Bats baseball training center to finalize D&G's membership and test things out. D helped them test the higher speed cages and was hitting 80mph fastballs :-o  Home and picked up G and took him to D-bats so he could check it out. They used G to align one of the smaller batting cages, and G was hitting 40mph, then 50, then 60 and they thought he would miss the 70mph pitches, but he hit'em :-o Home and everyone back from their activities. L&G gave an update on the conference and he is doing great in school. Up late watching the Indians lose.

20171010 - GOOD QBR

20171010 - Up in the am and in to work for a full day of QBR customer meetings in the big conference room. The meetings went very well, I ate a lot of candy to, and we got a lot reviewed accomplished and planned. It was the best QBR we have had with them in years. We went to dinner after work and had a nice meal and fun non-work related conversations. Home and caught up with the fam for a bit before all boys to bed. Up late working on the new Troop 98 Facebook fan page -> Facebook.Troop98Gahanna.info

20171009 - Lamp Light

20171009 - Up in the am and in to work. It was an incredibly busy day and we pulled together everything we needed for the big meeting tomorrow. Home and we all headed to Scouts where L&I tied up some lose ends with the leaders on D's upcoming Eagle Court of Honor. I then talked to the guys that want to put up a Facebook page to advertise the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Troop. Home and dug into data while watching the Indians lose to the Yankees. Up until 2am scrubbing data.

20171008 - College Baseball, Broken Weld, Last Crush

20171008 - Up way to early and headed to Wright State with D for a Baseball prospect camp. L&G headed to G's double header, J hung out at home, busted his newly welded handlebars, until Gma&paW picked him up to take him to a play in Dayton my cousin Lara was in. D did really well in pretty every much every area and the coach pulled him aside to get his name. D played 2nd, Short and 1st (never played 1st before but did fine). D&I ran to Waffle House for a bite before heading home. D talked a lot, he thought he did well and seems to really like the college. L reported G lost the first game but had a great second game, got a single, store all the way around, even stole home sliding head first to score with his team picking him up in celebration as it was their last game of the season and they won. D&I got home and L&G were there. We hung out and watched TV and got Chinese food. J Gma&paW showed up with doughnuts and we all talked about our days and the cool things we did. L to bed, the boys don't have school tomorrow so D&G headed to the basement to watch the Indians in the playoffs, J&I on our PCs watching Supernatural.

20171007 + Counters and Builders

20171007 + Up in the am, L out shopping, D at an ACT boot camp and JG&I headed into my work with a quick stop at McD’s on the way. We got to work and went through about 60 pieces verifying the SN in the box matched the label on the outside of the box. After that we headed home where I gave J a welding lesson and he made his own handle bars for his scooter. He did a really nice job. Jim from next door came over with his grinder and helped J finish off his project while G&I headed to Home Depot to get supplies for his bday party. After we got our stuff we swung by and picked up Brady and headed home to build our Top Shot backdrop. The boys worried hard on it and we finished up just as Penn showed up with J and Conor from a skatepark in Dublin. He took me back to the school where he demoed his new drone, it was amazing. Home in time for kickoff and we watched the Buckeyes destroy Maryland. Jim and Vicki came over to watch some of the game with us on the back porch and we used halftime to cleanup from all the mornings orojects. L&G ran Brady home and I hung out on the back porch until the game was over then headed into the office to pay bills. Everyone to bed in good time in preperation for a big day tomorrow.

20171006 - Magnetic Shoes

20171006 - Up in the am and in to work. It was a rainy day and GpaW sent me a couple pick of him doing dangerous activities on a wet roof... I finished the day and headed home. We had subs for dinner and then LJ&I to the basement to watch 'Get Out' while D&G stayed upstairs and watched the Indians in the playoffs.

20171005 - Puzzled

20171005 - Up in the morning and met Justin at Ricart where he dropped his car off for service. We headed in to work. Had a big call today and in a conference room programming the rest of the day. Home and hung out relaxing doing puzzle with L completely forgot about G going to scouts tonight 

20171004 - Go-kart'n

20171004 - Up in the am and in to work. Had a productive day and took a call finalizing the FASFA for D's school.  Finished the day and headed home. I immediately took J to his soccer practice then back home to help G start the go-kart and ride around the yard a bit until he ran into the playset :-o We headed in and worked on a puzzle a little bit before I headed to get J. Picked J up and we got gas and went to the grocery to get some snacks for me to take to work. Home and D home, we all watched the baseball wild card game as boys took turns cleaning up and getting ready for bed.

20171003 + ACT Score Drop

20171003 + Up in the am and did some manual labor out of the gate this morning. Into the conference room for some email and calls. Finished up the day a couple min early trying to make it to J's final CC meet as an 8th grader, and missed it... damn Columbus traffic! Since I missed the meet but was in New Albany so swung past the video store and picked up a couple movies. Home and D and his buddies were riding around the back yard tearing up our grass with the rejuvenated go-kart. We had left over on the porch and talked to D's friends about their plans for next year. In to watch the xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

20171002 - 6' 6"

20171002 - Up in the am and into work. Had a full day and got a lot done with this tribe of giants. Home and hung out, D at work, L drove J to scouts and G&I started our Trouble tournament. It was a good game but I smoked him in the last 2 rounds. Then G&I got out a 1000 piece puzzle to assemble. D ran and got J from Scouts.  I got Doc and we headed out for a good night at Bible Bangers. Home and worked on the puzzle a bit.

20171001 + 23 Years

20171001 + L went to meet G in Upper Arlington for his Big League double header, D delivered him there from the Farm, they spent the night up there after going to an Indians game with Gma&paW. I had to go to UA to deliver G’s cleats L forgot to take and stayed for the games, L left and went to D’s Baseball game. G tied the first game and lost the 2nd. D’s team lost. Home and hung out for a bit before splitting up again. L&J went to his soccer game and G&I headed back to his 3rd game. G played very well and they won. J’s team lost. Home and L&I our to eat at Cap City Diner. YUM & FULL