So the other day, I was driving home after long day of work, and I was feeling pretty good about myself.
As I pulled into a busy drive-thru restaurant to get some quick food and frozen treats, I thought about how I would likely be treated as a hero when I arrived home. The restaurant had a long line, but I didn’t mind that I would have to wait. Continue reading “A drive-thru adventure: Hold the pickles and my stupidity” →
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?” →
I took a four-hour drive recently, and ended up driving into the past.
The drive was to my mom’s house in Defiance County, Ohio, where I stayed for a few days. One of my brothers was also home for a visit, so it would be a welcome chance to see family.
My mom greeted us as she usually does, with a big hug and a bigger list of items she wanted us to do around the house. Continue reading “A trip home leads to some rash decisions” →
Most parents know that entering the home at the end of the day can be an adventure. Certain things you see or hear can scare you and stop you in your tracks faster than you can say, “Why is my favorite chair sitting outside?”
So, in honor of Father’s Day, here are the Top Five Things That Scare A Father Entering A House: Continue reading “Top Five Things That Scare A Father When Entering A House” →
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?” →
While I love grocery stores and talk about them way too much, there are also several things about them that annoy me. Here are a few of these items:
What do we call them? – Is it a supermarket, market, grocery store or some other name? Supercenter? Hypermarket? I looked up a few definitions and found that I rarely shop at a grocery store, since those businesses officially only sell food items, while supermarkets sell food and other items. A hypermarket, by the way, combines supermarkets and department stores into one fabulous store that makes you feel hyper because there are too many people around, you can’t find anything (including the family members you came in with) and you don’t remember where you parked.
Paper towels that advertise you are buying “Like 8” rolls when you are only purchasing 6 thick rolls – It’s not “like 8” rolls. It’s 6 rolls! Recently, and I swear this is true, I bought a package of 6 paper towel rolls that are usually ”like 8,” but it had a large “BONUS ROLL” label on it because somehow it was “like 9”, when it was still only 6 rolls. I hate this new math. If I am going to pay for “Like 8” or “Like 9” paper towel rolls, I think I should be able to pay “Like full price.” Continue reading “How are 6 paper towels like 9? Things that annoy me in grocery stores” →
During the holidays, my wife and I each had 10 straight days off of work with no children at home.
After some traveling to see family, we were left with six days of complete freedom and relaxation. It’s the first time we’ve had time together like this, so I thought it would be nice to record a little private diary of our quiet, romantic vacation. Continue reading “Holiday vacation lifts spirits and houses, while also creating lasting memories with neighbors” →
Is there anything better than a new recycling container?
Of course there is, but I’m still pretty excited about the new recycling container that I received free of charge from the city this week! It’s like Christmas came early!
Continue reading “New recycling containers are filled with excitement!” →
Don’t you hate it when you are having a perfectly normal conversation and then suddenly you have no idea what happened?
Continue reading “Tales of a few confusing conversations” →
Often at the end of a long day, I will turn to my wife or the children and let them know that I am thinking the same thing they are.
“You’re welcome,” I say quietly.
They usually pretend to not know what I am talking about, but I know they must be thinking, “Thank you, Nick, for being such a great and cool husband/father/stepfather/pet owner/neighbor/writer/co-worker/athlete/model citizen/Muppets fan.”
I don’t mean to brag, but there’s really no way around it. I am pretty amazing.
Continue reading “I’ll say it so you don’t have to” →