Just One Of Dem Days

or weeks for that matter…

This week could really be a long one. December is, of course, vacation season at work. That means I’ll be pulling some extra duty to make sure we continue operating business as usual without you knowing it. That means I’ll be going into work into work early and leaving late.

That aside, this week will probably be slow going. I’ve already been warned that this week could be a long one. I’ve been talking to family about Christmas plans. It’s not easy getting all of the family together on the same schedule. I have to go down to Wayne County for my mother’s family. That’s a Christmas Eve event. My immediate family has always celebrated Christmas on the night before (I know it’s commonly known as Christmas Eve). I also have plans on Christmas with family. It’s going to be a busy couple of days and everyone is going to be tired and need a little nap the next day.

I left work a little early this morning. If you’ve been following twitter you saw that I had a major pain in my back (no, not my neck!) and it has been debilitating. Here’s the good news, I have some drugs now that’s controlling the pain and it’s not as bad. This weekend wasn’t fun. Narm twittered he was happy to hear that the pain was subsiding but thought it was a little funny that I threw out a couple of sharp words as the pain hit me. Believe me, it was not fun

On the fun side, I got an iPod Touch that I’m calling iGor (pronounced Igor). I can’t believe what it can do. I do hate having two different device that I’m caring around with me all of the time. I’m learning how to use it. Already, I’m able to justify its purchase. It’s cool and can do so many things.

It’s been a good day with the pain going away and other things in my life seeming to be okay. Time seems to work everything out. For that, I’m thankful…

Happy Christmas!!

This year, I didn’t repost the “Happy Christmas” message but first, I want to wish everyone the very happiest Christmas and the best in the coming year.

I sit in my new downtown apartment getting the place together this Christmas afternoon. I’m happily doing so after a day on the road yesterday.

I went to my aunt & uncle’s home in Wayne County to celebrate the holiday with my mother’s family.

My friend, Katie, also invited me to her family’s gathering for their friends. Her place is in Cuyahoga County. I enjoyed meeting her parents’ friends and getting to see her sister, brother-in-law and their two daughters.

Next, it was off to Summit County to my sister’s house for our immediate family’s present opening. I arrived around 9:30pm and after everything was said and done, I came back to my apartment to spend the night at my new place around 1:45am.

Again, I hope your Christmas is the best ever and don’t forget the true reason for the holiday.

I’m Spoiling A Secret

Last year, I did a little video project of all of my family. I believe it goes back to my mom’s mom’s dad’s dad’s dad. Get that? What can I say my family likes to keep pictures of one another. Yeah, I get a little reminiscent every once and awhile. The trip to Europe included a visit to the hometown of my great, great, great grandparents.

This year, I’m keeping with the tradition and putting together the next chapter of the video. It’ll be of my mother and father. I can’t believe it but I have good pictures of both of them. (Note to parents reading this post: Don’t just stop taking pictures of your kids when they hit the tween and teen years. Neither of my parents have a lot of pictures from that time of their lives that I can find.) I digress… I think the video so far is a good addition to last year’s Chapter 1. I’m including it on this post.

Also enjoy this picture of my dad when he was a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy.

The Holidays Cometh

When fall started, I didn’t think summer was officially over. It’s still 80+ degrees in Ohio. People are still sitting outside to eat. The Indians are still playing baseball. Summer’s still hanging strong but then it happened…

A trip to Wal-Mart ended summer for me. I was looking for some chairs for my balcony and spotted the nail in summer’s coffin, Christmas decorations. The workers were removing the patio furniture and outdoor decorations and putting the aisles and aisles up of Christmas items. The Halloween costumes have been up for weeks already. That brings me to the so-called holiday at the end of October, Halloween. I don’t know why exactly but I never have liked this day. It’s the whole dressing up thing for me, trying to figure out what to be and everything. My friends’ son loves Halloween, for him, it’s bigger than Christmas. Maybe it’s because I don’t get the candy anymore…

Todd’s listening to: Animal Liberation Orchestra – Girl I Wanna Lay You Down (Live)