The Game Of Catch-Up

The week has arrived, the birthweek. At the risk of seeming cocky, I don’t celebrate just a birthday, it’s an entire week of fun. Hey then getting older isn’t as stressful and depressing. The last sentence was there to pacify anyone who would claim I had a big ego or something. Truth is, I don’t, get over it.

Friday night was a night of absolute rest. I loved it, every minute of it.

Saturday night was the Emmy’s you saw the update, I didn’t win, again it was just an honor to be nominated. The after-party for me was a lot better than the Emmy’s themselves.

During the ceremony, something went awry in the Marriott and the fire alarms went off. Everyone looked around wondering it was part of the show, then we got word, we had to evacuate the place. Half way to the end, everyone had to leave their table and head outside into the sticky Saturday night Cleveland air. Just as I hit the door, one of the worker told me it was okay to go back. I then walked back up the escalator and once again took my seat. NewsChannel 5 took several awards. I’m not going to list them here but congratulations everyone!!

Sunday was filled with sleep and then getting ready for the game. I wondered was Father Time effing with my clock because it was 5:00pm somewhere and that somewhere was Cleveland. That creeped up on me. My friend, Kevin, brought up some cornhole boxes and some beanbags. I’m now a proud member of the clan of people who own them. My grandparents made them for me. How awesome are they? Seriously!

We got some Rock Bottom (Sign Update: ROCK OTTOM) and I want to tell you the sliders are great on Gamedays. Shameless plug, if you haven’t gone to Rock Bottom, check it out, or check it out again. It’s got a great group of servers, great food, brews and management. Thanks Marco for the birthday present food. I love the Big Cuba Melt (you’ll find it on the menu as Little Havanna Melt, I have to be different) There several tappings coming up this week. Don’t miss them.

We headed down to the game, got to hang out with Rebecca, Rodger, Dave, Marie, Kevin and Nicole for a little tailgating. The game’s outcome wasn’t what I wanted. There are a fun group of people in Section 514. One woman’s thong was riding so far up I thought it was almost her bra. Thanks to the guys in the row below us for providing witty commentary.

During the night as Kevin slumbered on the couch, I got about 7 text messages and calls. Many of them about power. Having no power can be both scary and inconvenient. That’s why if you have a home phone, corded phones can be your friends. I hope the power is restored soon. It does give you an excuse though to be late for things. “My power was out!” Sometimes you just need days like these.

So here I am, sitting on my floor (I’m a big floor person) and thinking about the last year and all of the changes. That’s another blog. I looked forward to this week for weeks and I’m contently bored. There’s a strange phenonomen I experience I look at the clock a lot when it’s 9:20pm. That’s a special day… ‘tember 20! The countdown is on folks to the age of 36. It should be a good year. Hopefully one of the best, I’m ready to take it all on, sign me up, coach, sometimes it’s better not knowing what you’re getting yourself into and just going one step at a time. That’s my new motto, it’s good advice!

The Soundtrack Of My Life

My newfound friend from Australia posted this meme on her blog and since I’m a music freak, I couldn’t resist posting on my page. You can check out her picks by visiting here.

Opening credits: Robbie Williams – Millennium
Waking up: Natalie Merchant – San Andreas Fault
Average day: Scott Smith – Lively
First date: Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Falling in Love: Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
Love Scene: Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
Fight Scene: Seether – Fake It
Breaking up: Beyoncé – Irreplaceable
Getting Back Together: Mulberry Lane – Harmless
Secret Love: One Republic – Stop and Stare
Life’s Okay: Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Mental Breakdown: Barenaked Ladies – The Old Apartment
Driving: Kanye West – Stronger
Learning A Lesson: James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend
Deep Thought: Klazz Brothers & Cuba PercussionAir
Flashback: Jack Johnson – Do You Remember
Partying: Tom Jones – Sex Bomb
Happy Dance: Maxine Nightengale – Right Back Where We Started From
Regretting: Maroon 5 – Won’t Go Home Without You
Long Night Alone: Mana – En El Muelle De San Blas
Death Scene: Sarah McLachlan – Angel
Closing Credits: Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

Folks, this isn’t easy. Try it yourself. I’ve always said I’d be for a way for me to hear music all of my life. I’d never get sick of it. What would be even better if the music somehow always would fit your emotions and what would be happening in your life. Although, I’m sure every now and then, I’d have to have a “pull the needle off the record” moment. Comic relief? Sure. Sometimes, the music probably would even alert me to what a putz I was being and I’d probably snap out of it. What do you think of my selections? Do you have any alternatives?

The “Get To” Philosophy

If you want to brighten up your day and just realize how great the gift of life truly is, you need to read Regina Brett’s column from this Sunday’s Plain Dealer.

The article talks about how a cancer survivor named “Frank” dealt with his cancer treatments with the use of a magic hat. What I took away from the article was “Frank’s” philosophy on life. He doesn’t say “I have to go get groceries”. Now after his bout with cancer, he realizes he “gets to pick up groceries.” Frank’s outlook on life is one we should all try to incorporate into our own day-to-day dealings with what is thrown at us. We should take some joy in the fact we “get to” deal with everything, even when it’s not particularly something we don’t want to do.

Productive vs. Unproductive

Don’t you love how one day you’re productive and the next you struggle to get out of bed? Tuesday was my productive day but today’s another story. Yesterday was sunny and I got all sorts of things done, cleaning the place, washing the car, getting my hair cut and I even bought a bag of chips. I joke.

Today, it’s rainy and I could care if I do anything although I have plenty on the proverbial “to do” list.

I can’t wait for my passport to arrive for the trip. I got the “official” invite in the mail so I’m going. Now, I have to get the tickets there and to North Carolina for the other wedding I’m attending.

I’m working like a son of a gun trying to get one of my friends up to Ohio for a visit this summer and I have to make a return to Michigan one weekend.

Life comes at you fast. You just have to keep up. “C’mon keeping up.”

Current mood: Fantastic