Is it normal to feel guilty about shoplifting when you’re not actually stealing anything?

My wife and stepdaughter went shopping the other day, and it ended up causing more work and stress for me.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Nick, you already do so much every day and, frankly, you are a hero. How could you do any extra work?”

While I like the way you think and hope you can with talk to my family members and coworkers, I feel I should explain.

After they returned home, my stepdaughter was quite excited about some of her clothes and had plans to wear a new shirt the next day. When she got the shirt out to try it on, though, she found that the store that was an hour away had left one of those terrible anti-theft devices on it. Continue reading “Is it normal to feel guilty about shoplifting when you’re not actually stealing anything?”

Top 5 Things To Do When Bunch Of Teenage Girls Are Getting Ready At Your House For A Big Dance

Over the weekend, there was a big dance at the local high school, so my stepdaughter and a few of her friends got ready for the evening at our house.

On these occasions, parents have to deal with shoes covering the floors, high school students walking around everywhere, and far too much music, yelling, and music that sounds like yelling.

In order to make it through these events unharmed, our judges have put together the Top 5 Things To Do When A Bunch of Teenage Girls Are Getting Ready At Your House For A Big Dance. Continue reading “Top 5 Things To Do When Bunch Of Teenage Girls Are Getting Ready At Your House For A Big Dance”

Traditional mail: Excitement in every package or are letters for babies?

My mail is usually pretty boring, but recently we received a pretty interesting delivery.

This letter was from the National Opinion Network – Infant Division, which led to several questions:

Do they have infants running a whole division at the National Opinion Network? How does that work? Is there a huge office full of babies working on these letters? What does their break room look like? Continue reading “Traditional mail: Excitement in every package or are letters for babies?”

Summer vacation driving gives you a lot of time for thinking and snacking

Summer vacations are a great way to spend time with family and build special memories 🙂

The vacations, though, also include a lot of time driving or sitting in a car while your mind wanders and you try to pass the time. Here are a few things that run through your head on a family summer trip. Continue reading “Summer vacation driving gives you a lot of time for thinking and snacking”

The key to a great shopping trip! Or, why are there so many sandwich makers?

Recently on a family shopping trip, I was able to give some essential advice to one of the children as we walked through a clothing store.

“See that man sitting over there who looks bored and half asleep, like he may actually be in a coma? He is our hero. That bench is where we want to be,” I said hoping that I sounded wise and not just lazy. “As an adult, you’re going to spend plenty of time waiting in stores or offices or parks or other places, so you it’s important to either find someplace nice to sit so you can read or daydream or whatever, or you to try to find something interesting to look at.” Continue reading “The key to a great shopping trip! Or, why are there so many sandwich makers?”

Life lesson 17: Trying to impress people often leads to pain that is slow to wane

As the youngest child in my family while growing up, I often tried to prove myself to my siblings and parents.

Now that I am older and more mature, that trait has only grown stronger and I still find myself taking on various challenges to impress them.

So when I heard recently that a pine tree had blown down in my mom’s yard, I knew that I would need to be the one to remove it. My sister suggested getting someone to cut it up and take away the wood, but I was confident that I could just drag the tree back into the woods. Continue reading “Life lesson 17: Trying to impress people often leads to pain that is slow to wane”

It’s time to get outside and exercise! Or is it?

It’s spring and I’m excited about getting outside and getting back into shape!

The weather is beautiful, it feels great to be outside and I have no reason not to jog and exercise more often.

Well, work is a pretty good excuse. It’s been busy lately and I have been tired after some long days. I’m too tired to exercise. Continue reading “It’s time to get outside and exercise! Or is it?”

Seeing history and enjoying an epiphany, all for $6

“Hey Dad, Browns tickets are going for $6 or less,” my son Ben said to me a few weeks ago.

He loves the Cleveland Browns and I love saving money, so the cheap tickets were intriguing. Sure there were a few negative points about the game, but they were minimal, such as:

  • The game was going to be played on a cold winter’s day,
  • The Browns were 0-14 at the time and had been playing terribly,
  • The game was set for Christmas Eve,
  • I was supposed to be an usher at my church on Christmas Eve,
  • I would have to get up at 3 a.m. on Christmas Day to drive family members to the airport,
  • We would have to drive more than three hours each way just to sit in the cold and likely watch the Browns lose.

Obviously, that was not enough to keep us from $6 tickets and the opportunity to see the Browns make history with their losing season, so we decided to go. Continue reading “Seeing history and enjoying an epiphany, all for $6”