20180814

20180814 - Barely up this am and got myself around and in to work. I have a feeling it is going to be a long slow day....

20180813 +

20180813 + Up in the am and walking around half asleep. Somehow made it to work, Talked to CB a bit about our kids and the events of this upcoming week... In my office catching up and organizing. Made some good moves and implementation steps today on a couple of things. Day gone before I knew it. Left a bit later than usual and got home and L had finally sat down from a busy day, D was up in his room he had an eye exam in the morning and then worked. J at XC and G at a buddies. J&G home and we all had dinner. D took off with DGF7, I ran J&G to Scouts and signed G up for a bunch of camping trips (he's not so happy about that...). Picked up with boys after Scouts and ran some movie back, dropped them off at home, got Doc and headed to McD's for Bible Bangers, super light crowd, everyone busy, was trying to plan a back to school event, guess I'll miss it for 2 years in a row... Home not to late, but up WAY TOO LATE doing Booster stuff.

20180812

20180812 - L got us all up in the am and we headed to church. It was good to see some folks at church and people were happy to see us. Home and I headed to the backyard to get things set up for G's travel team that is coming over for a cookout. DJ&G helped set up the big tent, move tables, set up games and ready before we knew it. Soon folks started showing up, 3 new families joined us this year; it was nice to meet them and they seemed to fit in well. The boys played and played, I cooked 40 burgers and 40 hot dogs and everyone got their fill. The main events in the afternoon were pear hitting and some corn-hole between watching Tiger Woods ALMOST win a big golf game. Party over, LDDGF7J&I got the backyard cleaned up in a jiffy and everything, including the big tent put away. D &DGF7 went out, J headed to the Mallonn's for a game night, D to the basement on the Xbox and L&I had leftovers for dinner and watched 'Life of the Party' and L laughed so hard a couple of times I thought she was going to pee her pants... D home and cleaned up, he ran to get J for us. All boys home and up to bed. I stayed up watching the movie 'Blockers' until very late.

20180811 +

20180811 + Up in the am and L&J long gone and at J's XC scrimmage. L got home and had left J with the team for the traditional start of season bfast. D up and soon Jason stopped by to talk to us about potentially investing D's $ he had from graduation. It was a great visit and I hope D learned something from it... I then headed into the office and knocked stuff out. L took a nap from having to get up at 5am, and then headed out in the yard. DJ&G tried to set things up so all 3 of them could play the Xbox together. D left with DGF7 and J&G played more Xbox. G eventually out to help L. I finished up an then headed out and G&I cleaned out the sandbox. G&I then head out on some errands; gas, bank, grocery, video store and Cane's for some dinner. Home and LJG&I headed to the basement to watch Rampage, it was pretty good. D got home and L&G headed up and DJ&I watched 12 Strong about the horse soldiers, it was awesome. Everyone up to bed.

20180810

20180810 - Another slow start to the day, just dragging... but up and out to work. Met with some guys to get directions defined and then settled into the office for a meeting free get-it-done day. Ended up having some meetings but got a lot done. Headed home, had a couple beers on the back porch and Gma&paW showed up and we headed out through the rain to PF Chang's for a nice dinner. After dinner we headed home and played JG&I some euchre w/ GamW until G reneged... We then had sand happy bday to GpaW and had some cupcakes and ice cream. Everyone to bed in good time.

20180809

20180809 - Barely up in the am, got ready and stumbled out the door. Got to work and dove in reviewing best practices for Change Control. Had a couple really good meetings on getting the process defined and documented. Played a couple more games of shuffleboard and lost... had lunch in the break room and then did some config on the new handbook site before heading out late. Home and hung out on the back porch while L grilled some dinner. We ate and then L&I ran to Home Depot to get some stuff to fix the kitchen sink, then to Meijer for some supplies and then home. The Mallonns stopped over and Penn helped with the sink repair. G&I hung out on the back porch playing on our phones and watching syfy. To bed and up late doing booster stuff, L up most of the night coughing.

20180808

20180808 - Work, a bit discouraged today as things are not as done as I wished when I went on vacation. So I talked through it with some of the owners, played 2 games of shuffle board and headed home. Home and D was at work, J not feeling well so in his robe in his den for the night. G with Gma&paW doing soccer golf with his buddy Eddie. I hung out on the back porch with L for a bit before heading to a Landscape Board meeting. It was a short meeting and I swung by Jersey Mike's Subs to get dinner for LJ&I. Home and ate on the back porch. Gma&paW, G and Eddie showed up. We sat on the porch and chatted a bit. Eddie is spending the night so I ran him home to get his stuff. Home and into the office to finally get caught up from vacation. D swung through on the way to a friends and got a couple of things done for me. I was on the pc and catching up until 3am...

20180807

20180807 - Up before the sun even thought about coming up... LD&I headed to Wilmington for D's orientation. When we got there D was greeted with smiles and hugs from the baseball coaches...
We spent the day walking the campus, sitting in lectures about what to expect and how they do things, helpful tips, a good lunch... D met a couple more baseball players and seems to fit in very well. We got his schedule, bought his books and headed home. In the evening LJG*I headed to J's Cross Country (XC) meet the team pool night. We ran into a lot of families we knew and J got himself some new shoes. Home and crashed from a busy day.

20180806

20180806 - Up in the am, too early, needed a day to recover, and in to work. Getting caught up on email and setting direction for the next several weeks.

20180805 +

20180805 + Up in the am and down to the lobby for bfast. I met the Meijs and ate with them. We chatted for a bit, said goodbye until next time and then loaded up our stuff and hit the road. Five hours later, no traffic issues, no stops we swung through our McD's to get lunch. home and Ashley was waiting for D's in his room, it was their 2 year anniversary last Monday while we were on vacation. I ran J to the high school to get his XC jersey but he has to wait until Monday... Home and we ate and I helped put some stuff away while the boys picked up the bug bombs, L cleaned everything and headed to the back porch to watch some pickers, do a logic puzzle and get caught up on email. L came out to mow and then hung out o the porch with me. We ordered pizzas from Pizza Hut that was a disaster... After dinner G didn't feel well so we hung out watching some TV and taking it easy for the rest of the evening.

20180804 +

20180804 + Up in the am and LJ&I headed out to stick our feet in the ocean one last time before heading home. We took our chair, umbrella and 2 boogie boards with us and found families that just got there for vacation and gave it to them. Back to the room and got things packed. I got the car and we got things packed up in good time. We hit McD's and a tiny church on the way out of town and then drove straight to the World's Largest Strawberry for an ice cream treat before the second leg of our journey to Wytheville VA. We made it to our hotel, I had to make a couple of calls about the tree removal happening tomorrow and relaxed for a couple of minutes. We then headed downstairs and met the Meijs, Andre, Nicole and Oriana from the Netherlands. oriana was at an English Camp for the last 2 weeks. We chatted for a bit and then headed to the same Chinese restaurant we always go to for a fantastic meal. After some great conversation we headed to get some gas and then back to the hotel where we hung out in the lounge chatting until the wee hours of the morning about everything under the sun to get caught up. It was great to see them!

20180803

20180803 - Up in the am and L on the beach for an hour already. I got the boys up ad we ate and headed down. We only got to stay on the beach a short time before a monsoon blew in and we made it to the room only seconds before the downpour hit. We hung out in the room for a bit and then DJ&I headed to Best Buy to look for a laptop for D as the one I got him from Amazon was DOA with many of the keys not working... We walked in, got some help, evaluated the couple we narrowed it down to and picked an awesome laptop! back to the room and D started getting things set up, I helped him a bit and it was flying. After a bit DG&I ran across the road and played putt putt on the course that was partially flooded for fun. t was a good time. After golf G&I headed to a Hilton property to see if we could find a new timeshare. They were all full so we didn't get a tour so we headed back to the room. We all got ready and headed to North Myrtle Beach and my favorite putt putt place, Mayday Golf. We played a quick round and of course I won :-) I got myself a tshirt and we got back on the road towards our final destination with a quick stop at a pawn shop. We made it to the Pirate Voyage dinner show and had a ball. It was a great show. After the show we got back to the room and DJG&I were up until 2 playing euchre, having fun and G laughed so hard he peed his pants. A good last day!

20180802 -

20180802 - Up in the am, L already down at the beach. The boys and I got up and around and headed down to join L. We spent some tie in the ocean and then the pool. We headed up to the room to get cleaned up and made some lunch. We then headed South on the beachfront road looking at all the sights all the way to our destination 'Shipwreck Island' for another round of putt putt. It was a good course and L won! We then headed North to Barefoot Landing where we walked around in all the shops and everyone looked around and found something they loved. We ended up in a little pub where G hung out in the courtyard watching a street performer until the food came. It was a good meal and we hit an ice cream place on the way to the car. We stopped at the Tanger Outlets on the way back where L&J got some shoes and then we headed back to the resort. It was late when we got back and we just hung out in front of the TV and I searched for laptops for D.

20180801 +

20180801 + Up late in the am. L&G down to the beach first. DJ&I got ourselves around and headed down. We built a sandcastle fort thing and then DJ&G headed to the pool whil L&I guarded the castle and sat at the edge of the surf. I went to join the boys in the pool and played for a bit until the boys got out of hand and D vanished back to the room. L joined JG&I for a bit at the pool then we all headed up to get ready for another round of putt putt. The golf place was a bit busy and the boys a bit touchy, so it was a quick round, L&I tied for the win. We then headed to Capitain George’s to gorge ourselves on crab legs. We had our fill and stopped at a CVS on the way back to the resort. Back to the resort and L&I had a little chat with the boys about their constant fighting. Down to the beach where the boys played a paddle ball tournament in the sand and then a bit of time at the noisy not so lazy river... LD&G up to the room, J&I shortly after and I took a walk to get some poke-balls. Back to the room and L had made us Caipirinhas. We all stayed up around the table and played Hearts and laughed and laughed, especially at J's lactation!

20180731

20180731 - Up late, L up for 3 hrs already... got myself around and some bfast and headed down to join her. People staring at the amazing geometric design burned, or rather the contorted pure white splotch in the center of my torso where sunscreen was present yesterday. L and I got in the water for a bit and then I headed out to the deep and caught some waves. Resting under our umbrella L attempted to call the boys and wake them up before 1. Boys finally down and we hung out at the beach a bit and then we all went to the pool for a while. Back to the room the get ready to head out. We hit another putt putt place and played a good round. G in the lead so far for the week with D&J only a couple strokes off. J caught a lizard during the game and kept it in a water bottle playing most of his holes one handed, and still did really good. On the road towards dinner and we stopped at a couple beach places to find a cage for J’s lizard and a stop at CVS for my sunburn lotions.... we made it to Sandlappers Grill for dinner, a local diner and we had a pretty good meal. A quick stop at Food Lion for some supplies and then we hit the mail boardwalk to see what was up. We did some Pokémon hunting during our walk and saw some sights. On the way back to the room we ran into the HOT sigh at a Kristy Kreme and got a couple dozen doughnuts. Back to the room and we played some euchre and ate a dozen doughnuts!  To bed late...

20180730 -

20180730 - Up in the am and everyone had bfast and in the room hanging out as it is raining like crazy. D&I worked on his laptop and Asus support told us it would have to be sent in for repair... It cleared up a bit around lunchtime and we headed out for a nice cloud covered beach visit. The boys and I were way out trying to catch waves and splashin around. We swan for a couple hours and as the sky darkened we headed in, got cleaned up and headed to Captain Hooks mini golf. It was an ok round, D out of joint and D&J hanging up on everything spaz G did or said didn’t help... we made it through with 7 hole in ones and started the second course when G melted down so we left and as we got in the car it started raining. On to Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for an AWESOME stuff yourself meal. We stayed and ate and ate. After dinner we swung by McD’s to get some sausage McMuffins for bfast. Back to the resort and then down ro the pool. Then back up due to “lighteninged” as G would say. So we played some Uno and euchre. We then headed back to the pool lazy river area and the boys played, G left out so bummed... back up to the room, rinsed off and playing on our iPhones and watching Harry Potter until very late. 

20180729

20180729 - Up in the am and it is raining like crazy! We hung out in the room and pretty soon the sun came out and we headed down to the beach. The boys and I headed out as far as we could and took turns riding the waves in on the boogie boards.  More rain came rolling in so we headed in. We got cleaned up and headed to Broadway at the Beach to play putt putt and it was a good game, G won. We walked around in and out of a bunch of shops, a magic shop where G got some stuff and a bunch of other stores where J&D found treasures too. I got beef jerky :-)  we went in to a sports bar and after waiting 10 min with no one helping us we went to Senior Froggy’s where we had a good meal and got balloon hats! We walked the rest of he loop, stopping at the aquarium looking for a shark for J and then headed back to the resort. We went back out to the beach for a bit but got rained out so back to the room where we played some Uno. 

20170728 +

20180728 + Up early, we got the car packed and hit the road. We drove straight to Wytheville VA with only one quick pit stop. We went to Seeter’s for some Skeeter Dogs for lunch. We walked down to the World’s Largest Pencil for a quick pic and then back on the road. We had only one more stop for gas before reaching Myrtle Beach at 6pm. We got our keys and headed to the resort. We got everything unpacked and headed out to get something to eat. While we waited for our table at Cheeseburger in Paradise, G&I checked out the next door putt putt place and got recommendations for eating from an older guy that was working the booth. We had a good dinner and then swung through a Food Lion to get supplies. Back to the room and a quick visit to the beach. We settled in for the night tired from all the driving and ready for vacation to start in the morning. 

20180727

20180727 - Up in the am and in to work getting things done. We had a fire drill that broke up the morning. Back to the desk, very quiet office today that is good so I can focus and get things lined up to go on vacation. Home and J&G glued to the Xbox and L&I headed out for dinner, D and DGF7 joined us. We had a nice dinner and then L&I swing through the Home Depot to get a couple things and then get the car gassed up. Home and got some things done on the computer and we all got to bed in good time. I couldn’t sleep...

20180726 -

20180726  - Up in the am and in to work. Need to have everything lined up and planed out by end of today. Made good progress on plans and had a good meeting with CB. Finished out the day and headed home. L&G were in transit dropping Lilly off with Gma&paB for her vacation and D&J were in their rooms. I got changed, grabbed my laptop and some beers and headed to the back porch. Tom and the McClains stopped so we could get a budget made for the team for next year and get our new Team App set up. After everyone left I hung out on the back porch tweaking the Team App and watching scifi until it started pouring. In and got everything shut down for the night. Woke up sitting up in bed with my laptop on my lap in the middle of the night...

20180725 +

20180725 + Up slowly in the am. I drove D's car in to work today as he is borrowing mine to drive to Cleveland with DGF7 to see an Indians game today. The drive in was good, not too many sounds coming from the car. In the office with a clear list of things yet to do before heading out on vacation. Had a very busy morning and got a lot of things done. Took a break for some table shuffleboard with Shane. Finished the day on the internal website. Headed home the back way to avoid traffic. Home and L on the porch waiting for me. We hung out, watched TV, Jim came over and we chatted, I worked on Booster stuff. We ate on the porch and went in when it got too buggy. D home, he had a good day, stopped at the Farm on the way and drove the pug a bit, on to the Indians game, they had good seats and they won. They stopped at the Farm on the way home, helped GmaW with her network and then they all went out to eat. D got home, told L&I of his day. Up late looking at hotels for a stop on the way home from vacation.

20180724

20180724 - Up in the am and in to quiet office. Was at the desk all day getting things lined up, documented and organized. Talked tot he HR girl from yesterday and put her at ease. Headed home in good time. Went over and talked to Jodi, our neighbor about the tree. I had never talked with her before and it was a very nice conversation, she even recited a poem about trees to me that she had learned in 3rd grade. Back home and my buddy John showed up to pick up his son O that was hanging out with G today. We had a beer on the back porch and chatted for a while. L made a good dinner and then I struggled to to keep my head falling from side to side as exhaustion overtook me. In and watched some TV with the fam. D home from work and we got some more of his college papers filled out. By now I am wide awake again so stayed up til 2 working on Booster stuff...

20180723 +

20180723 + Up in the am and in to work. Starting the process of lining things up so being out next week won't cause any disruption on progress. Was at the desk all day cleaning out email, made the HR girl cry (not sure why I'll talk to her tomorrow). Got good and organized. CB rolled out a nice new break room today. Home in good time. Helped G as he melted down with the Xbox a bit and discussed the need for him to grow up and stop melting down, take the time to assess the situation and find a fix. Talked to Jim from next door about our cable for a bit. L made a nice dinner and then I headed into the office to pay the bills for the past 3 weeks and the next 2. Picked Doc up and headed to Bible Bangers, He's very wobbly and has stitches over his eye from falling out of bed. Chris told us of his adventures in Europe with the fam and showed us some pics. We all then caught up with each other a bit before heading home. Doc and I stopped for gas, I got his trash out and then buckled down at the desk until 2am finishing things up.

20180722

20180722 - Up late and in to the office. Spent most of the day in there getting the floor cleaned off and the shelves in order so the chaos is not so apparent. L worked on her chair covers and ran to the store to get dinner ingredients, D did a couple of things for me, J set up the new phone charging pads and cleaned up the pile of electronics in the office, G on the Xbox. J&G took a ride downtown to hunt Pokemon, G's first time on his own device. The boys did take an electronics break to play wiffleball for a couple minutes. L made us a nice dinner, D ran and picked up DGF7 and L ran J to a friends for the night. Night wound down and still in and out of the office as pictures download from cameras and phones, Found out that G went the UDF on the Pokemon hunt, bought $40 gift card with $ left over from camp and spent it ALL on Fortnight, clothes for his character... OMG I lost my mind... Sent him to bed. Up late finishing transfer of pics and prep for a busy week.

20180721 + Got my Boys

20180721 + Up in the am an swung through Mcd's to pick up some bfast and headed NE on 62 up through Amish country to get the boys. I passed 24 buggies on the way through the twisty windy backroads to get to the camp. I pulled in a couple min after the boys got to the parking lot and they got loaded up right away. G was hobbling a bit from an ankle injury... but was proud to show me his Pipestone! I checked in with the leaders and the Wingers headed out ahead of everyone to the Dutch Kitchen in Dalton to make sure they were ready for the Troop. On the way D read off his notes he took because he knew I would ask for details of the week. J&G chimed in with there side stories and tales of a fun week at camp. They told of D going up to the final campfire and calling his  brothers up and told them 'this is the first time we have all been here together, and it won't be the last. That he loved them...' and they all hugged and cried. He gave another speech that made everyone else cry too and Robby told him he is no longer allowed to talk during campfires because he always makes everyone cry. We got the restaurant and  made sure they were ready and soon the Troop started pouring in. About 40 of us had lunch together and chatted bout the week. People had nice things to say about the boys and there was plenty of food.

 After dinner I finally got my 4th of July picture in the corn!  As we got in the car G asked 'Did you bring my iTouch?' = no, J 'Did you bring my iPhone?' = no, D 'Did you bring my iPhone?' = no, but I did get you all new cases and filled them with brand new iPhone 8s! The boys were THRILLED! Especially G as this is his fist real phone. They dug into their new devices and were pretty quiet the rest of the way to the Farm. We stopped for a minute and chatted with Gma&paW and they told of their adventures and made plans for Indians games. Back on the road, G asleep before we made it to the schoolhouse, J before Bellville, D soon after. A quiet ride home and then greeted by a hard tail wagging girl and their mom. They went through their stories again and got things unloaded and put away. D came out to the back porch to tell me about his adult duties at camp this year and it was pretty cool, he got to be an Indian for the Friday night ceremonies and had a blast. He then got out the laptop we got him for school and got it all set up.

20180720 - Dinner and Shopping

20180720 - Up in the am and in to work early. Hit the white board for the first couple hours and then called AT&T to get phones straightened out. Everything documented and phones in good shape, busy day, a lot done. Headed home and swapped some sim cards and stated setting phones up.  L&I took a break and went to O'Charley's for a super good dinner. We then went to Giant Eagle to pick up some supplies and headed home. Home and programing more phones and down to the basement where we watched 'A Quiet Place' a good suspenseful movie. I stayed up after the movie programing and setting up the phones until 2, but everything is ready for the pickup of the boys tomorrow.

20180719 + Hat Shopping

20180719 + Up in the am and in to work. Started off researching some new software to see if it would be useful to the team. Spent the day cleaning out emails and driving tasks. Left in good time and had a short drive home. Got some things shipped and picked for an order and then L&I headed over to Easton. I took way too long to find a couple new OSU hats and then we had dinner at a Mexican place where we could watch people. We had a nice dinner and then headed home. I got some more ebay stuff done and tried to call AT&T but they closed at 9... Worked on some Booster emails and not up too late.

20180718 + Special Deliveries

20180718 + Up in the am and in to work. Got a good start, had a very full day of meetings and getting things done and the day was over before I knew it. Home in good time tonight and got the car loaded up with Eagles and 76ers stuff to deliver. L&I headed out to Reynoldsburg for our 1st delivery at DuJuan's house and then on to Groveport area to deliver stuff to Laci's. We then stopped at the Texas Roadhouse for an awesome dinner. Home and L watched some TV while I got caught up on Booster stuff. To bed and then back up and into the office to get caught up on eBay stuff. Up late looking at auctions.

20180717 - Double Dorks

20180717 - Up in the am and in to work. Got a couple things done right away and then called AT&T back to make sure the order last night was right, it wasn't so got that cleared up... Had a busy day at work making some good progress. Headed home and it only took 45 minutes tonight... Home and checked in with Doc and then L and GmaB showed me the new chairs they purchased today. I headed to the back porch and Tom and Bill showed up to discuss next season and have a couple beers. headed in when the bugs got to bad, watched some TV with the girls and then went to schedule our vacation and one of the places I had picked was taken and L didn't like the other so I started all over again. Knowing it had to be done I picked a place by 2am...

20180716 - Red Roads

20180716 - Up in the am and in to work. Dug right into evaluating the system to prepare for a meeting with the vendor. Had a good meeting and then worked through lunch and then had a big concept meeting for most of the remainder of the day. Called AT&T and that call lasted until the drive home. Drive home was a mess, 270 parking lot so went the same alternate route everyone else took... I took 1.45 min to get home... Still on the phone with AT&T ordering new phones for everyone in the house... Home talked to L for 15 min and saw all the crap she is throwing away after cleaning the boy's rooms out today :-o  Headed to the Booster meeting at the high school and had to find away in again. Had the meeting, it was pretty good but low attendance. Stayed and talked to a lady about using Team App and then Andy. Home and started shipping things, had 12 orders to get out, L helped. To bed and we looked for vacation rentals until way too late...

20180715 + 1st Time for All 3

20180715 + Up early and boys got everything packed into the white car. We all headed over to the school behind the house to check in with the Troop and then DG&I headed off to get gas and snacks. Back to the school and picked up L&J and we headed to Scout camp. We got to the Dalton Dari-ette and had lunch with the Troop. Back on the road for another hour to arrive at camp. Boys got unloaded, pictures taken, health forms reviewed and ready to hike back to camp in good quick fashion. G stuck pretty tight to D and when D left to go do some adult things he stuck to J. He got himself a nice new tent with mosquito netting, got changed and headed to the waterfront. G was the smallest in his group, but was the 2nd to be done and pass the BSA Swim Test. L&I said goodbye to J&G (D already off doing other things) and we headed back to the car. We swung by the Scout Store to get a couple slushies to cool the blistering heat. Back on the road and we stopped at the Farm and went to Applebee's for a nice dinner and to catch up a bit. Back on the road and home to a sad dog. I got the boys devices backed up and cleaned up and to bed in good time. A lot of time on the road today and sort of sad to take and leave G at camp.


20180714 -

20180714 - Up in the am and we all piled into the car and headed to Dublin to watch D play baseball. J&I dropped L&G off and headed back to McD's to get some bfast. Back to the game and it was not the prettiest game. The boys ended up losing the game which knocked them out of the tournament and was the last game for the season. It was the last game ever for 4 of the boys and I am guessing the last Summer game for D as well. After the game we headed North to Delaware State Park with a stop to gas up D's car. We got to the park and met up with L's extended family for a late 4th of July picnic. It was good to see folks, catch up, try once again to fly a kite. We stayed for a bit and then D&J headed home. J met with his merit badge counselor and finally finished his cooking merit badge! LG&I headed out shortly after. LG&I headed to Reynoldsburg to pick up some auction wins and look around the store. We then headed to the Government Surplus store to look for a hammock, failed, so we hit Meijer and got D a backpack for school, a hammock for G for camp and some snacks for the campers. We got home and unpacked, and then had the boys pack their packs and double check everything to make sure they were ready for camp, J suddenly has no shoes... D&DGF7 ran and got us pizzas. Hung out on the back porch until I couldn't take the bugs anymore.

20180713 +

20180713 + Up in the am and in to work. Had to take an alternate route as traffic was at a standstill on 270 this morning. In and started off writing policies and procedures right out of the gate. Worked all day and headed out a couple min early to get to the high school down the road to watch D play for a bit. The boys won and D headed home and L&I headed into Worthington to meet up with Courtland and Missy so we could see her new car and get a tour of the new building. Lori loved the building and it was good to see CB and Missy again, it has been a long time. We got a tour and ride in Missy's new Range Rover, super nice and then L&I headed to the Old Bag of Nails for a good dinner. Home and tried to get the boys a little organized for upcoming camp.

20180712

20180712 - Up in the am and in to work. Back into the conference room to keep digging in to the issues. Worked all day on policies and procedures. Took a break for lunch to go watch some of D's baseball game that was close and sit with L for a minute. Headed back and finished the day. Home and Doc called me over to program his garage door opener. I had a beer with him and J and a whole gaggle of his friends showed up and littered the front yard with bikes. I hung out with L on the back porch and D&G played wiffle ball and J and his buddies took off to terrorize the town. Got changed and headed to Granville for bourbon and bonfire night. Hung out with the guys, tried some new bourbons and chatted until late. Home, locked out, got in and straight to bed.

20180711 -

20180711 - Up in the am and in to work. Started off changing more things right out of the gate. We had an all day meeting in the big conference room focusing on our biggest problem. After that I headed home, got changed and G&I headed to Academy Park for night 2 of tryouts. There were more kids there tonight and it went pretty good. After tryouts we headed home and a couple of G's buddies came with us. The dad's came too and headed to the back porch to chat about the team while I changed the back brakes on L's car. I wrapped things up, they all left and I headed inside to start on Booster emails until very late.

20180710 +

20180710 + Up in the am and in to work. Started with a call from Jason and publishing the summary findings from an internal survey and a product demo. Had a good day sitting with some of the guys on the floor learning what they do. Finished off the day and headed to the baseball field through heavy rain and on the back roads due to a big accident on 270. I got to the field and the rain cleared up. D&G showed up and we had tryouts for the Gahanna 12U baseball teams. The weather held off and there were a lot of kids there, only 3 new ones. After tryouts DG&I headed to Wendy's for dinner and a couple of G's buddies met us there. After dinner we headed home and joined L watching a documentary on how they got the 12 kids out of the cave in Taiwan while i sent out emails for the boosters until way too late.

20180709

20180709 - Up in the am and in to work. Outlining things for the next couple weeks to plan the rest of our Summer and make sure it all lines up with work. Had a very busy day and got a lot of things in order for a productive week. Finished up the day and headed home. Home and L was cooking dinner, D was lifeguarding, J was at the pool and G was playing the Xbox. I listed a couple of things, J got home, L served us dinner. After dinner the boys got ready and I loaded up the car with some Eagles stuff to deliver. JG&I then headed to Scouts. J worked with his merit badge counselors and got 1 of the 2 required merit badges done... (my head exploding here...). D showed up at Scouts to check in with his camp bunk-mate and make plans. After Scouts I dropped J off and G&I ran to the gas station where he got chocolate milk and then on to a friends house to drop off the Eagles stuff. Home and I joined L on the back porch and worked on some Booster stuff. It got to buggy so we headed inside to watch 'The Proposal' where a guy I used to hang out with was on the show. He only made it to the second round before being eliminated, but it was super fun to watch. All boys to bed and I was up late working on Booster stuff.

20180708 +

20180708 + Up late after a good nights sleep and into the garage. D helped a little before running of to his game. I worked a bit more until we left to watch him. J&G were forced off the Xbox and to go to the game with us, not pleasant getting them out of the house and in the car, but for the most part after we started rolling and the Xbox was no longer an option things went pretty smooth. We got to D's game and they were down 7-0. We watched as the boys tried to catch up but they just couldn't. D had a couple hits, one dribbler and one really nice hit over short that was caught by an amazing dive bu the left fielder. The boys lost and we headed home. Home and J&G took some of my cash and disappeared to Creekside to play Pokemon. D home and helped me in the garage getting things sorted and loaded and moved about, trying to make sense of it all and listing the big ticket items when we ran across them. DGF7 showed up and they took Lilly for a walk to Creekside. J&G home, they stopped and picked up our Subway order on the way and we had dinner still sorting things. L came out and broke down some boxes and helped pack some stuff up. Amazing that by 10pm L&D's cars are packed to the brim with things to donate, the garage is clean enough to pull the car in and the items are sorted by the 4 Philadelphia sport team. In, cleaned up and to bed exhausted.

20180707

20180707 - Up early and LG&I to D's 1st day of the game in Big Walnut. It was a good game and the boys won 14-2. We headed home before the second game and I dug into the stuff in the garage and started sorting. Before I knew it it was time to go to D's 2nd game of the day. it was a great game for our boys winning 21-0 but it took forever... at least it was a pretty day and Gma&paW came down to watch the game. After the game L went shopping with Gma&paW and D&I headed home. I dug in and sorted more until L and Gma&paW got to our house. We all headed down to the Old Bag of Nails for dinner. G, GmaW and I took a quick walk so G could do some Pokemon hunting before we ate. We ate and then D&I split off to pick up some more stuff from Dave's warehouse for the final load. LJ&G hung out with Gma&paW and got some ice cream. All back home and we watched 'Downsizing' (I watched it last night...) with fam, I went through a bunch of stuff from Dave's and listed them. Everyone to bed and I stayed up and watched another movie on Amazon while listing more items.

20180706

20180706 - Up in the am and in to work. Dove straight into dissecting a database and worked on it with a couple of folks ALL DAY... Headed home and got LJ&G and we headed out to drop G off at a bday party. We made a quick stop at Auto Zone and got brake pads for the Denali before delivering G to his party at Lazer Craze. We then headed halfway across town to drop J off at a buddy's house for the night with all his Xbox gear. L&I headed back towards G and stopped to eat at Nazareth for a good meal and then got a couple of videos to watch over the weekend. The party was over so we picked G up headed home. I made a trip to Dave's warehouse and got another load. Home and went through the stuff I just got, sorted it and listed it in the basement while we watched 'The Commuter, a really good movie. I stayed up and watched another movie while getting some Booster things done.

20180705 +

20180705 + Up in the am and getting ready for the day with L, got J up to run, he was not happy about it... In to work and got the day rolling. Had a demo of some software functionality and a good discussion with the lead Engineers. Headed out for an awesome lunch wit CB and talked about the state of things and plans. Back to the office and finished the day. Home and on the back porch searching for vacation spots as D listed a couple things on eBay. L cooked us a nice dinner and then I took J&G to Panera to meet with Mr. Sampson about the cooking merit badge. I took L’s car to check out her brakes, the back drivers side is grinding... ran to Dave’s warehouse and picked up another load of stuff. Home, unloaded the stuff, picked up J’s blue cards and headed back to Panera. I sat and chatted with the Gahanna City Council President (his son is a Scout too) and he told me about the huge vacation he has planned. After the cooking conversation was over JG&I headed home. Home and watched some TV with L and reviewed what J had left to do before the upcoming camp. 

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20180704 - Up in the am and D at the pool for work, LJG&I headed downtown to watch the 4th of July parade and wave to all the folks we know marching. It was a nice parade, longer than previous years and blasted HOT! After the parade we headed home. G put some time in to cleaning a Sno Kone maker we recently got while I worked on getting the mower adjusted so the belt stopped flying off. G got the machine cleaned up and we all tested it out. It make awesome sno kones!!!! After our treat J&I cut up our extra long picnic table into a more normal size and then took the left overs and made a bench. D came in to help me finish flattening the eating surface of our new shorter table and we got got poured on. D went to pick up DGF7 and I hung out on the porch listing things on eBay until D returned and the rain let up and we finished the table and got everything put away. I got some more listing done, rinsed off and then we all headed to the McClain's for a cookout and Bill's bday dinner. We took the sno kone machine with us and it was a hit! We had a good meal and conversations and headed home, swinging by a party to pick J up and then LJG&I sat on the sidewalk in front of the house and watched the Gahanna fireworks to finish off the night.

20180703

20180703 - Up in the am and found D had spent the night on the couch, must have been too hot in his room. Ready and in to work. Started the morning with some research and then a 3 hours of meetings. Spent the day focused on FMLA process and recording. Finished the day off and headed home. LJ&G at the pool, D&DGF7 went with me to Dave's warehouse to get more stuff including a Sno Kone machine. We loaded up my car, D's and DGF7's cars with stuff and headed home. The garage is getting quite full... In to the AC and trying to figure out what to do, L wanted to go see the new Jurassic Park movie, but J&G voted it down, L&I were then going to go to a movie but everything started too late... so we all ended up watching (except L, she fell asleep instantly) Logan Lucky in the basement to finish up the night and headed to bed.

20180702 +

20180702 + Up in the am and in to work. Quiet morning getting caught up on some things and lining up direction for advancement. Had a good busy day, storming outside. Home and G&I on the porch rolling up his pipestone. LJG&I had dinner together. I ran J&G to scouts and then J&I ran to another Troop to get his merit badge card signed off, but the person was not there... Back to our troop and dropped J off. I headed home and D&I went to Dave's warehouse, he is getting kicked out, so he loaded us up with stuff D can sell on ebay. D loaded up his car and mine and we headed home and unloaded everything into the garage. L had picked the boys up and they were playing on the Xbox. I watched a bit of TV with L and then headed to the office to get some things done before heading to bed.

20180701 -

20180701 - Up in the am and got a couple of things, not enough, before packing up and heading over to G's game. It was against the other 11U Gahanna team and our boys played fantastic and run ruled them. Everyone split up after the game, too long of a span between games and too hot to be together outside. I got a couple of more things organized and then all of us went to the Gahanna Grill for a nice lunch. Home and J&I got the AC out of the crawl space, L helped us clean it and we got it installed in his bedroom and he rearranged all of his furniture. G was resting and J eventually headed to the pool. D&I then ran to Colin's Eagle Court of Honor. It was a nice short presentation and we hung out for some cake afterward. We swung by a friends house on the way home and dropped off the air fryer that cracked our counter so I never have to see it again. Home and the coaches and some friends were at our house getting ready for the next game. We headed back to the field and our boys were out of juice and got shutout for their final game of the season. It was a great season 27-15-1. LD&I headed home and G and his buddies hung out to watch some of their friends play. We got the tents taken down and hung out relaxing on the porch with people coming and going until late. in and got everyone cleaned up and to bed, ready for a not so busy week coming up.

20180630 +

20180630 + Everyone up and out early, D left first for his game in Carol Oh and G was next out heading back to his game. J&I put up some tents and then L&I headed back to G's game. J hung out at home on the Xbox. I scored and it somehow got messed up and the feed showed the other team winning on the feed, but my screen was fine. The boys played great and easily won the game. After the game the team came back to our house for a picnic lunch and hang out for a bit before our next game. D reported wining his 1st game of the day. G's game 2 and another nice win! Folks came back to our hose for a bit to hang out. D arrived and reported they lost their second game. Everyone left so we all had some leftovers for dinner and headed to the cool basement to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising before heading to bed.

20180629

20180629 - Up in the am and in to work. Had a full day at the desk organizing and publishing policies and procedures. Interviewed a couple of the folks for info and had a good day. L went to D's games and texted me throughout the day to let me know how it was going, they won both games. J went to a buddy's for the day and G went to the pool with some friends. After work I headed to a poker game with the guys from work. We took a tour of the new building that is looking better and better and got some pizza before settling in for some poker. We played one round of Texas Hold'em using their rules, which were crazy, but it was a lot of fun and a good time. I beat L home as she was with some of our friends for a 50th bday party.

20180628

20180628 - Up in the am and in to work. Talked with my boss for a bit to make sure we are heading in the right direction before digging in for the day. Had a vendor come in today for a meeting and discussion on the future direction. It was a busy productive day. Headed home through crappy traffic. Got home and had a couple beers on the back porch while the boys and a friend of J's that is spending the night played wiffle ball. L cooked dinner and Doc came to get me to look at a wire that fell down in his backyard. It was his TV cable and it will be ok until his son can get over and help him. The McClains showed up for a couple beers and to hang out on the porch for a bit. Nice relaxing night.

20180627 ‡ Metal Target

20180627  Up in the am an in to work. People showing up later that usual due to the event last night. I got a lot organized and caught up on some things today, nice and quiet. Looked for a vacation spot and had no luck. Headed home and L was painting another kitchen table, DJ&G were in the backyard working on an invention of theirs they built together, a metal strike-zone that clangs when struck by a wiffle ball to announce a strike. I checked it out with J&G and we played a bit until it started raining. On the back-porch with L to look for vacation spots until the batter died on the laptop. In and J&G playing on the Xbox and D at DGF7s. Everyone home and closed down in good time for the night, but still didn't sleep well.

20180226

20180226 - Up in the am and in to work. it was a busy day of heads down on the PC and many discussions. L took J to XC in the morning to run and LJ&G gathered more pipestone after J's running and then hung out at the pool, where , D worked from 11-4. Rain rolled in and I changed plans to head downtown to the Clippers game with the folks from DataField for dinner and to watch some baseball, a very friendly and close group here. Ran into Dena from DecisionOne and her, Keith and I caught up for a bit. I hung out and met some new folks and headed home before the 7th inning stretch. Home and L&J watching TV in the living room, D&G watching the College World Series in the basement. I got changed and then hung out with L&J until folks headed to bed.

20180625 +

20180625 + Up in the am an in to work. Moving around this morning with lots of questions and moving things forward. After work headed home L headed out for dinner with her girl friends. I helped D get the belt back on the mower before heading back to G's game. It was the first game of the COYBL tournament and we had the #2 seed. But if your team doesn't get in the game before the 4th inning the good seeding doesn't matter. G was pulled up to pitch too late and the bats were hitting right to fielders. After the loss and the end of our regulation season Tom and the McClains stopped over for a beer and to discuss the disaster we just watched. After folks left I stayed up and talked with G. I asked him what it feels like to be in a game and when things are going wrong or the coach just wants to make sure we end with the W to be called to the mound to do that job. He said 'It feels pretty cool'. J&G to bed, D spending the night at a friends, L home late and told me all about her evening.

20160624

20160624 - Up in the am and in to the office working on bills. LG Sam and Lena making all kinds of noise. Before I knew it we had to head to D's 2pm game. G headed ot the pool with the boys from his baseball team for a friends bday party. LD&I dropped Sam and Lena off on the way to Olentangy Liberty for D's first game of the day. It was a good game and the boy won pretty easy. After the game L&I left D there as DGF7 was on her way. L&I headed home and picked up J on the way. Home and G was there crashed on the couch. I got the bills done and then LJG&I headed to D's game 2. This game was against a buch of D's buddies from high school baseball and they had a bunch of fun on the field. They won game 2, champions of the black bracket and LDJG&DGF7 to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. It was an expensive not good food or good service dinner, so Joe's has been permanently removed from our future restaurant choices. Home and closed things down getting ready for week.

20160623

20160623 - Up in the am and helped J make a list of Scout tasks he needs to do before Summer Camp. L&I got around and headed to D's fist game of the day in Dublin. The game didn't go as planned and the boys lost. We all headed home and I got a couple of things done before I had D run me on some errands in his car. I was terrified at the noise his brakes were making. D ran me to the Home Depot to return some stuff, Advance Auto to get brake pads for his car, the bank to deposit my first check, the gas station to fill up his car and Dick's to get him some turf cleats. We swung by home for a minute before D&I headed out for his second game. L&G stayed home to be with Sam and Lena  as they are going to spend the night. J left to spend the night at a friends. I started reading a book waiting on D's game and then they played, but lost. Home and D&I put brakes on his car all the way around. The back drivers side brake was completely worn off and dropped down to rattle around between the splash guard and the rotor, this is what was making all the nose, on top of the caliper pushing directly against the rotor :-o  Tom showed up and helped a little bit and then Tom and I changed the back brakes on his car. After all the mechanic work I relaxed on the back porch with a Natty before heading in to remove all the grease and head to bed. Very productive day.

20180622 +

20180622 + Up in the am and in to work. L&G went to D's midday game, they won by run-rule. I finished up week 3 and took the back-way home from work jsut to see how it would go and it went ok. Home and LDJG&I walked downtown to the Gahanna Grill for a nice dinner. We ran into the Wright's there and chatted for a min. The boys rushed ahead of us on the walk home so L&I took a detour and walked through the car lot. Home and boys playing nice in the backyard. The McClains were out and stopped over to hang out on back porch for a nice relaxing evening.

20180621

20180621 - Up in the am and swung by the gas station on the way in to work. J had Dr appointment today. In the afternoon D showed up at my work as the rain was coming down so we could carpool to his game in Olentangy. As soon as I left work a bit early and ran to my car in the pouring ran they cancelled the game... D&I headed home. G's game was cancelled too so we just hung out at home the rest of the evening.

20180620 +

20180620 + Up in the am and in to work. Got a ton of stuff done today and graphically represented for ease of explanation. Headed home through horrible rains and bad traffic to get L&G to head back out across town to Upper Arlington. We got to the field and somehow the clouds split and we had rain to the North and South of us and we got the game in. G did ok, not following through with his swing and grumpy about it... The boys had a great game overall and won 13-4. We stopped at Tee Jaye's for some steak and eggs on the way home, it was nice to sit with L&G and just relax. On the way home we swung through Wendy's to get some food for D&J. Home and we sat at the table with D&J as they ate. D worked at the pool today, through the rain, and had a good conversation with his college baseball coach. J skipped running in the morning and didn't do much all day... everyone cleaned up and to bed.

20180619

20180619 - Up in the am and in to work. Dug into a program called Confluence today and it seems to be an amazing tool. Picked my head up out of the screen and the day was over... Headed to Upper Arlington for G's baseball game. It rained like crazy, stopped, the guys worked to get the field ready and then it rained again... So no game tonight... L&J followed G&I as we headed to the movie theater by where I work. Got there and the place was PACKED. So we left and headed to the theater by our house and got right in to watch 'Incredibles 2'. It was a cute show. After the movie J&I hit Arby's to pick up some dinner. Home and we all ate. L got the supply closet at work cleaned out, D didn't work today... J ran with the XC team this morning.

20180618

20180618 - Up in the am and in to work. L was getting J around to tack to running as I left. In to the office and getting things rolling. Had a good day and headed home through light traffic and got home in time to eat with LJ&G before heading out to a Booster meeting. Meeting was ok, I did a presentation of Team App after the meeting and quite a few people stayed to learn more about the app. Talked with Penn after the meeting about the Scouts and their vacation to Alaska. Ran home and quick chat with D about his first day lifeguarding, no one drowned so I call that a success! Got Doc and headed to Bible Bangers. McD's was closed so we diverted to Burger King for a short meeting. Home and up too late watching pickers, searching auctions and listening to J and his buddy that is spending the night play on the Xboxes.

20180617

20180617 - Up in the am and getting ready for the day. L has house all nice for a cookout later today, D left early with DGF7 for her games today, J still asleep from being out too late last night and G in the basement on the Xbox. G&I headed to Academy Park for his game a bit early to get things set up. It was blasted HOT, but we got some tents set up and extra water for everyone and got down to playing baseball. G did ok today, went 1-3 and had 1E. The boys won in 4 innings 14-0 and we packed up quickly and headed home for some AC and shade. Home and Gma&paB, Gma&paW, the Coles and Tom and Landon came over for a Father's day cookout. L had the house looking nice and had a good meal planned and everyone got plenty to eat and good conversation. In the evening L&G went to Gma&paB's hotel to swim with Sam and Lena. I hung out with J. D to a friends for the night, J&G playing Xbox until late.

20180616 -

20180616 - Up in the am and had J clean his fingernail clipping off my desk... L on back porch, D attempting to get something done before noon, J&G on the Xboxes. I am trying to whittle away at the stack of things that build up on the desk over the week. D headed out to his game at Otterbein, J activated his debit card and hung out at the house and LG&I wrapped things up and headed to D's game. D played 2nd and they won their first game before the skies opened up and poured. G left with Nicole and L&I hung out for D's second game. D caught the entire second game and was doing ok when L&I left in the 3rd to pick up G, head home to pick up J and then on to the Troop 98 75th anniversary dinner. We were late getting there and there was hardly any food left, this group of dysfunctionals has about pushed me to the point of giving up on the BSA... Home and dropped off J&G and L&I ran to the store. J&G headed to the Jazz & Blues Festival with the McClains and it POURED and lightninged all around us. D got home and ate and about 10pm everyone, except J came to the back porch to hang out a bit. J got home 30 min late... Wrapped up the evening.

20180615 +

20180615 + Up in the am and in to work. Met with Jason in the am and had a good discussion, I am doing the right things 😃  Watched some videos on inventory and financial management and interviewed some more folks. Around lunch time I got shorts on and met the guys to head to The Susan Mosure Golf4Autism event. We had a nice lunch and my boss bought me some golfing shoes so I wouldn't 'embarrass' him, so I put them on, but left the tags on just to embarrass him ;-) We played a 4 man scramble and it was realy fun. I actually did really good for only my 4th time ever playing golf. We started at 1:30 and wrapped up about 7 and they had a dinner for us, a presentation and a silent auction. I won som Clippers tickets in the auction and headed home. D had a game today and they won and he was with DGF7 the rest of the day. J had XCountry this morning and then hung out with his friends at the Gahanna Jazz & Blues Festival in the evening. G had a game but it was cancelled because of no umps available and he went tot he festival with some friends. L got groceries today and I met up with her on the back porch about 8:30 and we hung out the rest of the night.

20180614

20180614 - Up in the am and in to work. Watching some videos on a tool we are going to be using before meetings start. D had games today and L&G went to his first game and his team won, L said D played well. Had a couple good meetings today and finished the day and sat in horrible traffic for 45 minutes trying to get home to G's game. Got to the game and scored it and played music. Doc came back to watch and set next to me and enjoyed it very much. D&DGF7 showed up, D's team lost their second game, but D said he had 3 amazing plays. G's team played well and G was brought in to close as pitcher and shut them down for the W. Back to the house and Tom and the McClains stopped by quick and then I headed to Granville for 'Bourbon and Bonfire' night with the guys. tried a couple new ones and had some good conversation. Headed home and got things wrapped up and laid out for tomorrow.

20180613

20180613 - Up in the am and L up getting ready to take J to XCountry for his first day of conditioning with them in case soccer doesn't work out. Headed in to work and L had to call me to find out which end the stadium was the North end, I thought J was a Boy Scout... Dug into the day. and had a good meeting with our software provider. It was a great meeting and I learned a lot about what we have available. After the meeting he took us to an Indian restaurant. I was nervous but he ordered for us and the food was really good. After lunch we headed back to the office and I had a couple more informal meeting with some folks. I headed out a bit early to get to G's game and got soaked on the way to the car walking through sheets of rain. Not 10 minutes from work and the game was cancelled... Changed my plan and went and got a hair cut and some groceries on the way home. Home and LDG&I ate and then L&G ran some things to J so he could spend the night at his friends. When they got home we headed tot he basement and watched the new Tomb Raider. It was a great movie. I was beat so I headed to bed before anyone else.

20180612 +

20180612 + Up early and in to work. Fast start setting up meetings and digging into an issue. L took G to the Dr for a well check today, D worked at Panera and J hung out and worked on Scout stuff. I had a very productive day and headed home on time. Home and headed back to fields for G's game. The boys did not show up today and lost in the first three innings as they didn't start playing until the fourth as is becoming their pattern... and they lost to a team they should have easily beat... Home and grilled some chicken on the grill and we all ate on the back porch. D headed to a friends, J&G played the Xbox and L&I hung out on the back porch. In and to bed.

20180611

20180611 - Up way to early and in to work. On the way into the building a feather presented itself to me... I got the box installed and Keith (a woodworker friend we judge each others work) came in to inspect it. He said it was 'OK' hahahaha  Got caught up from the weekend and then started meetings. The IT guys took me over to the new building to have a look and then we went back to the main office. Finished the day with some more research and inputting of notes. Home in good time today and it was a stressful evening getting the J&G to Scouts and discussing income with D... Got J&G to Scouts and they walked to Wendy's and back from the high school to practice the walk to the camp site for summer camp, I hung out talking to some of the leaders about how things are going in the Troop... not happy with the direction it is heading... Home and Doc has an early Dr appointment tomorrow so he didn't go to Bible Bangers with me. Everyone else was there and we caught up for the couple of weeks we missed and got some studying done too. Good to talk to the guys. Home and watched the last episode of of Supernatural.

20180610 +

20180610 + Up in the am and J's buddy got picked up. I made lists for the day and didn't have much I had to do so I made a couple easy lists for D&J and headed to Hammersville OH to watch G's team in the USSSA State Tournament. It was a 2 hour drive and they started early so I got there in the 4th and the other team had tied it up and then went up one. G came in to pitch and shut them down and somehow we pulled off the win with some good hits, G drove in the insurance run for the W. That made the trip worth it. There was a short lull and then the championship game that was awful, the wheels didn't fall off, they all spun off in all different directions and the errors destroyed us right out of the gate. Lost the championship 10-0 in 4 innings... Even with the loss it was a state championship tournament and our boys walked away with some huge gem encrusted rings and the #2 spot, pretty nice. This lands them at #18 in USSSA for Elite teams in OH and #10 in Nations Elite State rankings... Pretty sweet place to be. We headed home and stopped for food with the McClains at a local place. Then LG&I stopped off in Wilmington to show G where D will be going to school and play baseball, he thought it was cool. We drove the rest of the way home and D&J did get the bushes trimmed, J got the box painted and D looked for work. DGF7 was there and D and her ran to D-Bats to hit while J ran to a bible study with his buddy Patrick. G got cleaned up and L and I just hung out on the back porch, no TV, just chatting about what we did over the last 4 days, it was nice. In and everyone home, cleaned up and too bed.

20180609

20180609 - Up inbthe am and J and I headed to the bank to sign him up for a high school checking account with a debit card. The banker spent a lot of time explaining things to J and he listened intently. After that we headed home and J mowed the yards while D&I filled out some of his college paperwork. I was able to use J’s new checking to send him $ for mowing, he liked that! D headed to his game and J put new weather stopping on the garage door while I got things finished up in the office. Then J&I headed to the post office, a neighbors grad party, the bank and stopped at the Pettit’s grad party 2hr early to drop off a card and sit on the front porch and chat with them for a min. Home and J down to play the Xbox and I headed to Grove City to watch D play baseball. L and I chatted bit. G's team beat the Dayton Sting, a team that beat us yesterday and had beat us at least once earlier in the year and today our boys played flawless and shut them out 10-0 in 4 innings! The boys got to go to Dave and Busters and L had to be the responsible adult for the group. I got there as D's team was up and they hit 2 triples and 2 doubles, D grounded out to 2nd. D went out to play second base and then the game was over... I was there for 18 minutes before the game was over... Followed D home and then DGF7 came over, J still in the basement and I worked on designing and starting the monitor box for work. We took a break and D got Doc and J&I rode together and we all went to the Pettit's for Sean's graduation party. We mingled a bit, got a bite to eat and then headed back home. D went out with DGF7 and then stopped by a friends house. J had a buddy come over to play Xbox all night and I worked on the box, finally getting it assembled and the garage cleaned up about the time D got home. In and to bed after a long productive day.

20180608 -

20180608 - Up in the am, made sure D was up, fed Lilly and headed in to work. Learned a bit more about entering data and figured out the desk box I need to build. Had a lunch to honor a fellow that was leaving Df so I attended that and met some more folks. After lunch I met with several other folks and gathered more intel. I wrapped up the day and headed home to pick up J. J&I went to Meijer where we got him a billfold, then we went to Home Depot to get supplies to make my monitor stand. On to Family Video and we couldn't find anything worth watching so headed on to Best Buy where we looked at TVs and eventually traded in his watch for a new Xbox One S. Steak n' Shake was our next destination and we each had a Frisco burger w/ cheese fries, a hot dog, a mushroom burger and s milkshake, we were STUFFED. Home and unloaded stuff and J got the new Xbox set up and D&DGF7 joined us to watch a funny movie in the basement while J worked on the old Xbox. To bed not too late. A good day!

20180607 - 3 Distant Games

20180607 - Up in the am and D up, seems excited about meeting and playing with his new team. I said bye to L and headed in to work. Had a FULL morning of meetings extracting puzzle pieces. D called me after his 1st game pretty excited about his team, said 'We're REALLY GOOD!' They beat a very good team in their first game playing together 13-3. had some afternoon meetings and headed home listening to G's game on my phone. Got home and J was on the Xbox, I headed to the back porch to have a couple beers and listen to G's game, L said the place is amazing. I got a notification that D won his 2nd game. J came out and was telling me all about his soccer conditioning that morning. D got home and told me all about the games and his new team, he seems really happy and says they don't talk much on the field, they just click and get it done. Finished listening to G's game, he was brought in as relief pitcher and sealed the W. D&J ran to the Chinese place and picked up dinner and we ate on the back porch. Boys headed in and I hung out on the back porch, facetimed with L&G and fixed the remote.

20180606 + Blocked Lanes

20180606 - Up in the am and the city thought it would be a good idea to change the banners on the light poles in the main intersection in town this morning, backing up traffic in all directions for miles... Made it in to work, moved some things around and took some measurements for the monitor stand I will have to build. Dug into the system and learned more... Had a couple meetings finding edge pieces this afternoon and headed home through horrible traffic. Got home, L had dinner ready and LG&I ate on the back porch. After dinner L&I hung out on the back porch and talked a bit. D out with friends until not too late, we wanted him home early so he would be ready to meet and play with his new team tomorrow (he seems excited), J got home and I helped him with the Xbox. Finished the evening watching the Cavs game with L&G.

20180605 - Thank Yous

20180605 - Up in the am and headed into the office for day 2. Spent some time digging into the program and seeing how things are laid out. Met with some folks for a couple hours and learned more drinking from the fire-hose. Home and everyone at home, L making dinner, her and G went shopping all day, D working on thank you notes, he has lifeguard training all morning and froze, J lumbering around looking up Scout stuff so he is ready for summer camp.  We all ate together and then G went down to play some Xbox until LJ&I headed down to watch 'A Wrinkle In Time'. It wouldn't play on the Xbox so we headed upstairs to watch it. L was sitting in J's bungee chair and fell over backwards hitting her head on the bureau. We finished the movie and bos headed to bed. I talked to J about Scouts a bit and then turned in for the night. L not feeling great so we looked up some concussion tests, she passed so we watch Supernatural on Netflix and it was an episode where they are sucked into a Scoody-Doo cartoon as I entered shirts for sale on the high school soccer web page.

20180604 - Capital L

20180604 - Up in the am and headed to the new job! I was given a tour, introduced to too many people to possibly remember and shown to my office. I settled in and got my PC set up the way I like it. Met with some folks to learn a bit about the process and started making lists. 

Headed towards home and stopped at the high school to help get the area ready for the awards banquet. Pretty soon all the players and parents started rolling in. The coaches handed out the awards and Coach Shade had very nice things to say about D, gave him his varsity letter ‘L’,  mentioned he was an Eagle Scout and that he was going to play baseball at Wilmington. I got up and  apologized for all the emails and thanked the parents for their help in the concession stand. Then the other Booster Reps joined me and we handed out the  4 ur participation awards. It was very hard to do, D has been playing baseball with these guys since he was 6 or 7 and I coached many of them throughout the years. Andy caught me off guard and made me give D his award, a very touching moment and I got a nice hug. We finished up and I finally made it home after 9. I called Doc to let him know we were skipping Bible Bangers and L&I hung out on the back porch a bit before closing things down and heading to bed. A good day!

20180603 + 2nd & Swim

20180603 + Up way to early for a Sunday and headed to Hilliard for G’s game. It was a good game and the boys had to battle back from a huge hole and through some ran to get the W. We had a couple hours before the championship game so hung out and the boys lost interest in baseball and were run-ruled in 4 innings to get 2nd place in the gold bracket. Home and the usual suspects came over and hung out on the back porch a bit and the G&I headed to the pool where he got to swim and I got a couple of wieners and a Twix for dinner. Home and L got my 1st day of work outfit laid out and we all got to bed in good time in prep for a busy week ahead.

20180602 - Afternoon Game

20180602 - Up late and got some things done in the garage and the bills paid for the next couple of weeks. D was at DGF7’s softball games and J helped me in the garage a bit. L&I ran to Connor Ryan’s graduation party and then home to pick up G and head to the ballfield. The boys were losing, Tom got thrown out and then the boys rallied and pulled off a huge comeback for the W! After the game we skipped Bws and headed home, hung out a bit and called it a night.

20180601 + Bacon Donuts

20180601 + Up in the am and swung through McD's to get a sausage McMuffin for bfast. In  to the office and Mary Ellen arrived with donuts from Jack Frost in Cleveland, a dozen bacon maple one just for me! YUM! I had my exit call with HR. I finished out my day, turned in my PC and badge hugged some folks and headed out a bit early to pick up an auction win and head to the ballfield. G’s Team was asleep at the wheel for the 1st 3 innings and then woke up and scored 5 runs to tie up the game. Tom and the McClains came over and G&I got a ton of nuggets from McD’s and brought it home. Folks hung out for a bit and then headed out. A long emotional day. 

20180531 - Jack Picks R Weird

20180531 - Up in the am and the house tore up from J and his friends. Got ready and headed in to work. In my office for most of the day visiting and educating folks on my tasks. Took a break around lunch to go take a drug test. Back to my office to finish out the day with more training. Headed to get a couple auction wins and then to D-bats where I hung out until G's team was done with their practice. D gave me some attitude so I dropped him off at home and J&I returned movies, got a couple more, and picked up Greek food from Nazareth. Home and we ate while trying to watch a movie on the Xbox... but that didn't work so we went upstairs to finish the movie. Finished the movie, it was weird (J picks weird movies). Then D&G headed to the basement to watch baseball, L to her room to watch baseketball and J&I watched another weird movie he picked out while I sorted through all the paperwork built up on my desk from the week.

20180530 + 4 Xbox

20180530 + Up in the am and unloaded the car so the boys could take things to Goodwill and then in to work. In the conference room all day and people not to eager to learn the tasks I will leave... Headed out a bit late and got home for dinner with everyone. D&I ran to the Apple store to see our options and then got a video. home and J had the xbox and 3 friends all plugged in on the back porch playing Fortnight... LDG&I watched 'Annihilation', it was different... Stayed up late filling out paperwork for the new job.

20180529 - Mowed Down

20180529 - Work in conf room finishing matrix of my duties and teaching folks what I do. Home and back to the ballfield. I played a lesser role tonight staying away from behind home plate and think it might have helped G a bit. Overall the game was horrible, the boys were not awake at all and took the worse beating I have seen them take this year... Home and Tom stopped by for a couple beers and then L&I hung out on the back porch. In and D headed to a friends, J&G to bed. I stayed up a bit looking through auctions and watch some Netflix.

20180528 +

20180528 + Up late, coffee and paper. L&I cleaned up, J helped take down the tent. I made a spreadsheet of attendees of the party on the back porch. J&G ran to DQ, D&DGF7 home to open his cards. D got some nice gifts and some very touching ones. D&DFG7 took off again and we just hung out and had a nice relaxing day. LJG&I then ran to Easton to watch the new avenger movie and have dinner while we were watching the movie. Home and shut down getting ready for the last week at Flash.

20180527 - Graduation Party!


20180527 - Up in the am and and started final preparations. Bill stopped over and helped with some stuff and we worked until folks started showing up. A lot of folks, family, friends and many people from throughout different days of D's life showed up to wish him well. L had the place looking awesome and it was a very successful party. People didn't stay too late and L&I had a chance to sit down and relax and talk about the wonderful day and all the special people that came. Thank you to everyone for your attendance and show of support to D.

20180526 -


20180526 - Up in the am and all of us downtown to D's graduation at OSU. It was super cool seeing the HUGE class of about 700 kids. We were close enough that I got to yell out to some of the kids we have watched grow up over the years. It was a long process and we had quite a group of people sitting behind us I could barely stand... We made it through it and D graduated!!!! So very proud of this boy! After the event we headed to the Cole's for a nice lunch and then home and we did final preparations around the house for the big party tomorrow.

20180525 +

20180525 + Up in the am and L took J to the Dr to have a swab shoved up his nose... He weighed in at 121 lbs and 5'9" tall! D went to the school for graduation practice, and G hung out on the couch. I got around to the desk and started closing more things out, had 1 call. Cleaned up the office a bit and D took things to donate when he and DGF7 went out shopping.

20180524 -

20180524 - Up and in to work. Spent a good part of the day walking around and letting people know I would be leaving. People said nice things and are sad to see me go. I cleaned out tons of email and am working on getting things lined up and handed off. We got a bunch of windows replaced at the house today and they look awesome! Home and back to G's game, he had a pretty horrible game and melted down a couple of times... The boys barely won, when it should have been a blow out, many boys had a rough night. Home and tried to talk to G about baseball and he exploded and was sent to bed. Ate and then shut down for the night.

20180523 -

20180523 - Up in the am and in to work. Swung through McD's to get coffee, L washed my cup last night and the coffee I made this morning tasted like soap YUK! So I got some coffee and some bfast sandwiches and headed into work. In to work and it was a pretty busy day getting things written down and outlining what I do on a daily basis for a smooth transition. I finished my day and headed to the ballfield where I met L&G for G's game. It was a good game, but a crappy one for G. I got a call from an exec of my customer congratulating me on the move and several texts from other customers and coworkers about the news... The boys won and we headed home. I ran into Coach Thacker, G's coach from last year, and had a nice chat with him. Headed home and swung through Arby's to pick up some dinner. Home and ate with L&G. D got home from DGF7's game, they lost their State semi-final game tonight. L ran to pick up J from an all day pool party, he is very sunburned. I got some things shopped and then worked on the PC watching Netflix.

20180522

20180522 - Up in the am and in to work. I called my boss and left a voicemail and then got busy with my daily stuff. At lunch I called my boss again and left another voicemail and a text. Back to more work... Finally my boss called me back and I had a nice discussion with him and let him know I was resigning. He was disappointed but very appreciative of everything I have done. I informed a couple of other key folks of my move and they were stunned. Home and JL&I headed to j's last soccer game. It was a thunder night and the game was delayed a couple for several hours (it felt like). They finally played and it started raining... they played through it.  It stopped raining and J's team took a proper final beating. We swung through the Home Depot to get a photocell and headed home. D got home so I got him to help me hold the flashlight while I worked on the lamppost, not smart with no depth perception and in the dark... But we worked it out and the lamppost works again! In and up late on the PC.

20180521 -

20180521 - Up in the am, L had a rough night taking care of G and not feeling well herself... D is done with school and in bed, J&I up and out, G home sick. I got to work and started the week searching for an order for someone that walked in the front door... THen I got things on track and started knocking them out. L texted and had gotten G into the Dr. he does have strep throat... Finished the day and then headed home to have a standup dinner and then to a Booster meeting. Home for a quick stop and then on to a Boy Scout meeting. Home to get Doc and on to Bible Bangers. Good meeting and home and up late contemplating and finally signing my offer letter for a new job!

20180520

20180520 - Up way too early and G still has a fever. I got ready and headed to Grove City with a swing through McDs. When we got there the fields are too wet, won't play till noon... Home and relaxed for a bit before starting the day. J and I ran to the Home Depot to return some metal rods we didn't use in the grill repair and we got 6x8 carpet and tape to replace one by the steps in the garage and fluorescent bulbs. 
Home and J ripped up the old carpet and prepped the floor. I installed the new lights over the laundry area, secured the banister on the basement steps and then headed out to the patio and started popping up bricks that were unlevel and trying to make them a bit more level. J came out and helped. D got home from his friends and helped for 3 min and then played with a fishing rod until he went to a friends Graduation party...
J headed in for a break and I cut the carpet to fit. Had some guys stop in and offer to the seal the driveway at a reasonable price, so I let them. Talked Doc into getting his done too. When they were done I yelled over to Doc "That's the quickest we have ever done that!'
G still horizontal on the couch with L attending his every wimper. J&I went to Jack's soccer game, he played a lot but they lost 7-2, I sat by Jeff and we chatted most of the game. After the game J&I headed back to Home Depot where we returned the wrong carpet tape, got the right kind of carpet tape and a big 12x20 carpet for the garage. On the way home we drove through Panda Express to get dinner and then a stop at Panera to get chicken soup for G. Home and we all ate on the back purch and listened to G's team on GameChanger. After dinner J helped me install the carpet by the steps and then in the garage. It looks great and we are getting more and more ready for this party...

20180519

20180519 - Up WAY TOO EARLY and LG&I headed to Grove City for a baseball game. THe boys started off slow as they do (and me) in the early morning. They played well and won the first game. After the game L left me at the field and had the keys to the car and it POURED rain.

Home and got J off the Xbox and got a couple of things done around the house. I got J up in the crabapple tree with the chainsaw and he cut out the dead. I dut the dead out of the front pine while he chucked up what he had already cut up. I then dug into the lamppost that has not been working and got a good shock in the process. Dylan showed up for 4 minutes today, then left to ump a game and then vanished for the rest of the day and spent the night at a friends house. When J had all the wood cut up and drug back to the stacking area he came back up and I taught him about some electricity, now that I knew which wire was hot... J ran to the hardware store for me and got a photoeye, but it was the wrong one... not to worry we got everything wired up, tested and the right part ordered from Amazon. We even got the lamppost painted and had some gold paint to refresh the eagle on top.

J back to the basement and LG&I back tot he balfield. There was no way we were going to play tonight with the line of teams waiting for fields and we were all happy to drive another hour today... So we headed hoem again with no game this time and I got a couple of things done at the dest before LG&I headed to the McClain's. We hung out for a bit and G was acting odd. When we got him home and checked he had a 102.4 fever. L up with G all night.



20180518

20180518 - Up in the am and working from home. D ran into school fo a bit to return his pc, J home sick and G called in the middle of the day wanting a ride to his 5th grade Laser Craze field trip... he got a ride... L home and I worked until D&DGF7 came home with dinner. We ate and then D had some friends stop over for a fire and wiffle ball in the backyard while we hung out watching some movies and preparing for the weekend.

20180517 +

20180517 + Up in the am and in to work. I got the report and presentations ready for the day and then started the calls. Calls lasted all day and I headed home a bit late, pasing G as he rode his bike to baseball practice. Home and the Brenden, the son of one my Bible Banger buddies, needed to borrow a tool and stopped by. J had mowed the yard and then he helped Brenden fix the loc on his car door. They got it as far as they could and I helped them finish up. Gma&paW stopped by after a follow up visit to the eye dr from her surgery yesterday and to drop off some drinks and picnic tables for he party. GmaW doing ok, but doing too much for just having surgery yesterday and far too much riding around in a car. L cleaned some stuff up in the backyard and I fixed the grill enough to try and make it through another season. G home and he and J hung out in the basement on the Xbox, L&I on the back porch relaxing and trying to plan the next 72 hours. D home and working on some college and work stuff.

20180516 -

20180516 - Up in the am and we watched J open his bday presents, he seemed pleased with what he got. Then everyone headed to work and school for the day. I was at the desk all morning trying to catch up on email and then had calls. L went to G's field day back at the grade school, her last one... Finished the day up a bit early and headed home to get L and head to D's baseball game in Marysville. I gave J&G money for them to go to Subway to get dinner and they promised to get along and stick to the Xbox schedule. L drove so I could get some work done and we got there at the bottom of the 1st. It was a good game and Gahanna was in the lead the whole time. D got in to run and uncharacteristically got picked off stealing second. The bottom of the 7th up by 1 2 out, 2 strikes and BLAM a kid hit a walk off double ending D's and his friends high school baseball careers. The boys cried in the after game huddle and it was a quiet walk to the bus. Home and hung out, J looked at Apple watches, thinking he is going to take some of his cash and return the watch we got him. D went to dinner with some of his friends and got home late. Not much of a bday for J but he seemed ok with it.

20180515

20180515 - Up in the am and in to work, talked to Mary Ellen the entire way in. in for meetings and nowhere to go as the place is full...  Took calls from wherever I could throughout the day.  Headed out early to get L and head to D's semi-final game in Hillard. On the way home it was raining so hard I could barely see out the windshield and 270 was down to 15 mph... Home and the game had been cancelled, but not G's game, so we packed up and battled rush-hour traffic to get to the field in Reynoldsburg. We got there and the field was flooded, thank you for an hour drive... So we followed Tom to a pizza place and had dinner with some of the team at Vic's pizza. The service was terrible and G was last to get his food by a log margin... After we ate we ran to Best Buy and Target to finish bday shopping for J. Home and met up with D&J and closed off on some end of year open items for them. TO bed, but up late watching Netflix.

20180514

20180514 - Up and in to work. We had customers in today so I had nowhere to go...  Made it through the lou cramped day and headed home. We had to divide and conquer this evening... L&J hung out a bit and then headed to his choir concert. G&I headed to the high school to attend the XC meeting for J, it sounds like a lot of running... We then headed over to MSW to watch J's choir concert. The concert was good and we saw a lot of parents we have doing this with for years, each year the choir getting smaller. After the concert LJ&G attempted to go to DQ but it was too crowded and we met back up at home. Home for a couple min and then I got Doc and we headed to a full house for Bible Bangers.  Home, got D's birth certificate out for his lifeguard job, got his electronics down and headed to bed, looking for bday presents for J on the PC.



20180513 +

20180513 + Up in the am and J&G gave L their Mother's Day cards and gifts. After coffee I headed out to the garage to give it a good cleaning. We took everything out of the garage, the boys helped a bit and then vanished to the backyard to play wiffle ball. In the afternoon, I hadn't finished yet so L took J to his soccer game. G headed to the basement and D helped a bit with fixing benches. I got things buttoned up as L&J got home. We all got cleaned up and jumped in the car and headed to El Vaquero for a nice dinner. Home wound down from the weekend.

20180512 -

20180512 - Up in the am and L&I planned the weekend. LJ&G and got busy doing things around the house, Dylan gone all day and spent the night at a friends and I headed to Home Depot to get some supplies. As soon as I got home I changed and L&I ran to Connor Barnett's graduation party. Amazing we are here and these boys have grown up. We hung out and shared memories with the Barnetts. We had to leave quickly to get to our baseball double header. It was a beautiful day and boys played well, hit after hit but lost the first game. We took a lunch break and fed both teams with wieners. Game 2 was a different story. G pitched the entire game and did awesome. He had his defense behind him and he allowed only five hits and one run over six innings, striking out one and walking zero. We had some friends from the team over after the game and hung out on the back porch until late.

20180511

20180511 - Up in the am and got things running, working from home. D brought home some friends home for lunch and then L showed up in a whirlwind of activity and got me over to G's school. G came out and we sat with some of his friends and had a picnic lunch. We then headed into the school and were joined by Gma&paW to watch G's 5th grade musical 'Rats', this is our last musical at that school, 13 years... home and back in the office getting more things done.  G and his buddies came to our house after school to play and Gma&paW back to meet up with J. D out to the ballfield for a game tonight. LG, G's friend Landon and I headed out to the ballfield to watch D, Gma&paW swung by the field to watch a bit too. D got in the last 2 innings in center. The boys won and we headed home. L&I went to the Rusty Bucket for dinner and left J&G at home with a plan for shared Xbox time. We didn't get a chance to finish our meal before L's ph was chirping and ringing with screaming boys on the other end fighting about Fortnight...  We finished quickly and went home. The boys claimed to have resolve things by the time we returned home, but it was too late... I had a little talk with them and sent them both to their rooms for the rest of the night... D home late.