June 7, 2012

Catch Up

I feel like I've been so involved ranting or trying to figure out the next great subject to write about that I totally dropped the ball on a few things lately. So, here's what's been going on behind the scenes lately.

Mad Men. I finally listened and you guys were right. It took a bit of persistence but Beth and I renewed our attempt to get into Mad Men and were richly rewarded. We're a little better than halfway through the first season and it's nothing short of awesome. What keeps me entertained the most is the sheer awkward factor. And that source of that awkwardness is the time period. I can't believe that - not so very long ago - people actually behaved that way, especially the men. About shows...

The Musical. You might recall that Beth and Mia auditioned for and performed in a play last winter. They're at it again, though this time it's a musical. Singing, dancing, the whole nine yards. That combined with the remainder of Mia's school year and the start of swim team yields some...

Really Hectic Days. Most days lately start early and end late. The evening shift is probably the most stressful. Mia gets off the bus around 4:00, goes to swim team practice at 4:30, then the kids get baths, we eat dinner and the actresses are off for rehearsal at 6:30. It wouldn't be bad if we didn't have such...

Early Mornings. Know how the sun comes up earlier in the summer? Yeah, Owen's familiar with that too. The second the sun cracks the horizon, that kids is up and moving. Never mind the fact that we have black-out shades on EVERY ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR, the kid wakes with the dawn then insists that we keep him company in the land of the awake. Of course, neither Beth nor I has been asleep since 4:30 due to the...

Loud Fucking Birds. We have birds in our neighborhood that have to be the loudest birds to ever grace this good earth. Either that or they're fucking huge. Like, elephant huge. Unfortunately they get up well before Owen and since they particularly enjoy a tree right outside the master bedroom window, Beth and I seem to get up with them. I didn't think you'd believe me about how loud they were so yesterday morning, I broke out my iPhone at 4:38 AM and recorded them. Of course, it was 4:38 in the morning so I later found out that I hadn't recorded anything, merely snapped 83 pictures of the palm of my hand.

So, that's what's up with me. How about you?

Posted by Chris at June 7, 2012 7:44 AM

I'm tellin' ya, the birds must have gotten into something funky on their southern sojourn this winter because ours are too damn loud too! I've never had to keep my windows shut or sleep with ear-plugging cottonballs on my night stand so that the birds don't wake me up at 4:30 before. Crazy!

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 7, 2012 8:15 AM

I have birds too, but worse are the four beagles that have decided they need to be fed every morning at the crack of dawn. Try sleeping through sixteen pouncing paws on your head. Impossible.

Posted by: Heather at June 7, 2012 9:19 AM

We also gave Mad Men a trial episode, didn't think it was amazing, so we didn't watch it again. Then after so many people kept talking about it, we decided to try again.

Unfortunately, just then, I convinced my wife to also try Game of Thrones again after the first 10 minutes scared her too much, so Mad Men had to wait.

But we're ready now.

Posted by: BloggerFather at June 7, 2012 10:37 AM

I loved Mad Men the first couple of seasons. We have been ignoring the build up of episodes on the DVR for this season though. Just can't get back into it. We are one episode away from finishing up The Walking Dead, and we started Wonder Years from the beginning via Netflix. Wonder Years is really a lot funny this time through as I'm far enough removed from that age to laugh at it. I think it hit too close to home when I was 20. Also, even though it is set in the late 60s junior high had not changed at all in the late 70s.

This weekend my 16 year old daughter takes off on one of her 8 trips this summer / fall with the state horse judging team, in pursuit of her 2nd National Championship. Apparently one isn't enough for her. To have that kind of drive and determination...

Posted by: COD at June 7, 2012 12:54 PM

For the birds invest in white noise machines. We have elephant bird infested trees too and white noise machines in each bedroom have saved us.

I wasn't too keen on Mad Men at first either but stuck with it and am glad I did. It's one of the few shows I keep up with regularly.

I'm currently watching Season 4 of Californication, a favorite of mine.

Posted by: Fauve at June 8, 2012 5:45 AM

After having read this article, I no longer complain about birds, cause they beat the alternative:


Posted by: Katie at June 8, 2012 4:19 PM

Oh... the birds! We have one right outside our office window that we have nicknamed car alarm bird, because he sounds just like a car alarm from the 90's. He comes out at night, right when you are trying to fall asleep. Makes me wish I were a "typical Texan" and owned a gun!

Posted by: Tara at June 9, 2012 11:36 AM