Holiday – Day 1

Today was Day 1 of the vacation. So far, so good.

I thought I’d share a picture of something from the vacation each day, and today’s picture is of my new sandals, bought with the gift card I got from freeandflawed for my Microsoft Paint drawing. I just bought the sandals of Sunday and love them already.

There’s a reason why it makes sense to post a picture of sandals. It’s because I don’t plan on wearing shoes or socks this entire vacation. You may not know this about me, but I hate shoes and socks. I think I’d take a pay cut from my job if they’d just let me wear sandals or bare feet to work.

We didn’t do too much today. I got to sleep in to 7:00 (a whole 1/2 hour). We went to the pool and had a lot of fun swimming and eating nachos and cheese. My daughter really enjoyed the kid’s pool and didn’t want to come home. If it wasn’t for the ominous black clouds, I wouldn’t have wanted to go home either.

When we got home, my daughter took a nap. Guess what? I took a nap too. Can you believe that? I can’t. Of course when I woke up I felt worse than before I fell asleep. That’s the way it is, I guess.

I haven’t done any fiction writing yet. Tomorrow night is the night. I promise 🙂 I did write a post at about a potty training book. You can check that out tomorrow (Tuesday).

I guess that’s all for tonight. Check back tomorrow for another picture from my vacation.


Well, I’ve taken this entire week off as vacation from work. You’re probably wondering where I’m going. That’s the best part. I’m going nowhere.

In fact, this will be the first time since I graduated from college that I’ve had an extended time off of work in the summer and I don’t have to travel anywhere. It’s nice to go to places, but I often find I need a vacation to recover from those vacations!

I don’t have much plans this week, besides not burning much gasoline. I’d really like to sleep in a bit, but that’s not going to happen with the human alarm clock in the house wanting to watch The Wiggles. Mostly, I want to not think about work, and spend a bit of time in the sun at the local pool (we have a family membership for the summer). Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to do a little writing in the evenings!

Just so you know I’m having a good time, I give you a picture of me, done by my daughter:

Don’t I look relaxed and happy?

Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead


This post is going to be about Doctor Who, so those of you who don’t watch are probably going to be lost. Also, I’m going to be talking about the episodes, so there may be spoilers.

I just got finished watchingSilence In The Library and The Forest of The Dead, two episodes in Series 4 of the Doctor Who television show. My first reaction is wow! These were by far my favorite of this Series. They were probably my favorite since the last one done by Steven Moffat.

There’s really so much to say, but I don’t know what to say. I think I need to go back and watch this a few more times, because I’m still not sure what happened. Have we seen The Doctor’s future wife? How does he meet her in the future?

Also, I like Donna Noble more each week. Donna has come so far since “The Runaway Bride”. Which brings me to: poor Donna!

This was by far the scariest, and best written episode of the season for me.  How can they top this?

Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

The American Film Institute recently released a list of the Top Ten Science Fiction Movies of all time. Along with their list are some quick videos about the films from film stars such as James Earl Jones and Michael J. Fox. Here’s their list:

  1. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
  7. ALIEN

So, what do you think of their list? What would you have added? Personally, I would have at least had The Matrix in the top five (the sequels never happened..seriously).

Also, the list is a little on the dystopian side, don’t you think. I guess it’s not that hard to imagine a dark future.

Super Mario Cross Stitch

I told you all about his a while ago. At the beginning of this year I came across pattern for a cross stitch of “Mario Across the Ages” at the blog Sprite Stitch. As soon as I saw it, I sent an email to my Mom saying “isn’t this cool and do you have a project you’re working on right now, hint hint” knowing she likes to cross stitch and might either make it for me or teach me how to make it.

Well, she said she would make it for my birthday. Well, it took a bit more time and instead she gave it to me for Father’s Day. She even had it framed. The picture above is her finished work. I cropped out the frame so you could see more Mario. Isn’t that awesome! I’m going to hang this in my living room as soon as I get up the nerve to put a nail in the wall (I have a weird thing about putting holes in the wall).

Anyhow, I just wanted to share this with you and also say “Thanks Mom”. Admit it, you’re a bit jealous, aren’t you 🙂

Finally, if you’re a fan of old school Nintendo games, head on over and check out Sprite Stitch. It will make you want to send an email to your Mom. I’m going to head on over there now and see if there’s anything else she could make 🙂

The Internet Is Against Me

Not a lot to talk about today. I’m not sure why. I guess I just don’t feel creative. I do have a thought, one I wrote down yesterday after coming across the thousandth “interesting sounding book I must have” while browsing the internet here it is:

The Internet is an elaborate ruse created by my enemies for the purpose of separating me from my money. The rest of the stuff on the Internet is just part of the cover-up.

Seriously, no matter how many books I have in my “to-read” pile, I always seem to stumble upon another book that I MUST HAVE NOW. Even though, there is no possible way I’ll ever read all of them. Books are my addiction I suppose.

Am I alone in this?

Don’t Text Me


I just had my first real, full night of sleep in a month last night, so I thought I’d take this time to go on a minor rant, since I have some energy for once 🙂 This one starts as a sports thing, but goes farther than that. Don’t be scared of the sports stuff please.

Above is a picture from inside PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates played the Yankees last night in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1960. Amazingly, and convincingly, my Pirates won 12-5. It was a nice night.

Now to the rant. Since they were playing the Yankees, arguably the most known baseball team in the country and maybe the world, tickets to the game were quite in demand. In fact, the ball park was 101% full last night thanks to standing room only tickets. I watched the game on television. That’s when I got mad.

Right behind home plate, in the $160 – 210 per ticket seats, was a kid (high school or college age) texting as the game was going on. Not in between pitches. Not every once in a while. During the game, for like the first four innings. Take a look at the above pictures again. This is similar to the view of the city from this guy’s seats.

I just don’t understand people. I also feel old. There were people standing the entire game, just wanting to watch the game in person, to enjoy a ballgame at the park. Meanwhile, this guy is sitting in the best seats in the house, doing an activity he could’ve done in the port-a-potty in the parking lot. Can’t you put the cell phone down for three hours and just watch the game? I bet you a million dollars this dude did not pay for his own seats. If I’m paying $210 to go to a game, I’m sure as heck going to pay attention.

Here’s an illustration of what should’ve happened to this guy.

Next time, I talk about the people who sit behind home plate and wave while talking on cell phones the whole game (or maybe not).

Win A Neil Gaiman ARC


Did you all see the contest at the official site for Neil Gaiman’s upcoming novel The Graveyard Book? Well, they are having a contest and all you have to do is write the epitaph for your gravestone. The winning entry will receive an advance reading copy of The Graveyard Book.

My wife and I both submitted entries yesterday. Here’s mine:

Here Lies Paul

He Didn’t See It Coming

And Then It Hit Him

Blindfolded Bullfighting

Is Never a Good Idea

Meh. It sounded better in my head. I really like my wife’s entry though:

Here Lies —

She got slipped a mickey,
but it wasn’t a mouse.

What’s yours?

A Bit Sleepy

Hey everybody 🙂

Thanks for the comments on the wordle post from the other day.  Isn’t that amazing?  I’m going to have to play with that a bit more, because it’s just so cool.  I haven’t had a chance to respond to your comments yet because I was in Pittsburgh for a wedding this weekend, but I will today.  I’ll also visit all of your blogs.

On Friday, I bought a print of this Neil Gaiman story.  They are signed by Neil Gaiman himself and lettered by Todd Klein.  There were only 1000 copies available in the initial print run and there are less than that available now, so if you want to get one, you should do that soon.

The wedding was nice, although my daughter was all messed up sleep-wise thanks to all that time in the car.  Hopefully we can get back to our old routine now that we’re home.  We’ll see.  I sure could use a weekend from my weekend right about now.