Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The house is now quiet as Zack, Nancy and the dogs are asleep. I am just hanging out in my bedroom with my Mac on my lap typing away. I did something very unusual this evening - nothing! By far doing nothing is not my normal. I am normally up and about doing something almost every single second of the day. Whether it be doing my work for my employer, doing something for Zack, playing with Zack, taking care of my home, doing some kind of major project around the house - I am normally always in motion.
Doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching TV is a luxury for which I do not have time. Tonight I just had to do that. Zack and I snuggled on the couch and watched an episode of “Modern Marvels” from the History Channel that we have recorded on DVR. After that I let Zack watch some “Sponge Bob Square Pants” and I took a nap.
Sometimes I really don't know how I manage all the things for which I have responsibility. I guess you can kind of tell it though in the fact that house is often a wreck and I am frequently behind on all kinds of stuff. But regardless I usually always manage to get everything done.
Many of my friends, and even people who I just casual know have said that they are amazed that I can keep up on everything. I usually never even step back and thing about this - as I just keep going at 100 miles per hour. This evening as I lay on the couch dozing I did think a lot about this. I thought a lot of how my life has changed in the last several years. It made me wonder if it has made me a better or stronger person. I would definitely say it has made me a stronger person. Better - that is hard to say. I think I tend to see the world in some very different shades than I ever saw it before. I think I have become a lot more forgiving of people because I see the heartache and hardship that you can encounter in life.
I think in addition to being stronger I appreciate things much more. Now a simple hug from Zack gives me enough reward to power on through another difficult day. I guess in the end run I am lucky. I am very lucky for all that I have experienced in life. Now I just need to find a little bit more time to be able to do nothing more often!
I hope everyone is having a great week.
Thanks and peace to all. - J.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
You always look with such anticipation to the weekend. This spring and summer here in Colorado the weekends have been not necessarily the best from a weather perspective. Today really wasn’t that bad as it didn’t rain but there was basically no sun. It was cloudy and gray all day. Needless to say I didn’t have a lot of ambition to get up and do a lot.
Zack continues to do very well with sleeping by himself, though this morning he decided he wanted to come in and “snuggie” with me for a bit. So he came in around 7:30AM or so and we talked and both fell back a sleep for awhile. We had a very lazy morning and really didn’t even bother getting out of bed until 9:00AM or so.
Once we got up and I assessed the weather I decided that we would hold off doing a big hike until tomorrow on Father’s Day. So the question became “what to do”. After a bit I decided I had to be very busy to keep me from going insane. So - I decided it was time to begin cleaning the garage. Now this is not a minor undertaking mind you. This is MAJOR project. But it has to start somewhere. So today was the day. The work began and continued... and continued... and continued.
While I worked on the garage Zack went out and rode his new bike. Earlier this week he got a new bike. It wasn’t a “new” bike per se, it was a bike that his cousin Cole had outgrown. He rode all round the entire street back and forth, back and forth. Unfortunately all the other kids on the street are not around right now. Most of them are away on vacation in some place or another.
After spending the entire day work on the garage and around the house it was time to do something fun. For dinner we (both Zack and I) met up with a friend of mine at Rock Bottom Brewery. I had a couple of beers and my friend and I shared a thing of nachos. Zack had his normal buttered noodles. All-in-all it was an OK evening.
Z and I are now hanging out in the kitchen/family room. I am here working on the Mac. Besides writing today’s blog entry I am also working on a video of our time at Magness last week. I am using all the picture I took and then putting them to a soundtrack.
We don’t have any major plans for tomorrow other than to take our hike. I have planned a hike in the hills above Boulder for us. The hike is called the Bear Peak loop and it is about 6.2 miles long. Given the speed at which Zack and I travel it should take us about 2 - 3 hours. Provided the weather is nice it will be a great hike for us.
We hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thanks and peace to all! - J.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Friday has at last arrived. The week has seemed very long and very difficult. Though it hasn't really been any longer than any other week it certainly has been difficult!
To get things off to a better start for the day I was off to Bonfils to donate platelets this morning. It took 1.5 hours but my platelet count was high enough that I could donate 2 extra large units of platelets. It makes me feel good knowing that I saved at least one maybe two people’s lives today. Who knows where my blood will end up? It might end up in a cancer patient in Denver. It might be used for a person in Los Angeles who has a liver transplant or it might even find it’s way to Iraq or Afghanistan and be used in a soldier who has been critically wounded.
Zack of course attended WCCK today. They stayed at the school today and had some elaborate puppet show presentation. He seemed to enjoy it - at least that is what he said when I got him at the end of the day.
I had to take Nancy to the hematologist today. This was the same location that Patty went to before she was diagnosed with leukemia. So it wasn’t necessarily fun going in there. There are a variety of issues that could be going on with Nancy. She had more blood drawn today and then she will meet with the doctor again next week. Some of the possibilities are a lot less severe than others. Hopefully it will turn out to be one of the less severe issues. If it doesn't turn out to be one of the less severe issues we are in for a long and horrible fight again. (The situation is that both her white blood cell count and platelets are well below the normal levels. Additionally the size of her red blood cells are abnormal.) The bottom line is that Nancy is not doing real well and she needs Zack and my support to help her through the situation.
Oh well - I have to keep my chin up. We hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thanks and peace to all - J.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
(Zack with the "galaxy" painted on the side of his face.)
I am going to be "going off the air" for several days as Zack and I head to scout camp for the remainder of the week. We head out this afternoon around noon for Magness. I am sure we will have a lot of fun, but I am concerned that we will run into some severe weather. Needless to say I am NOT taking a computer with me. Additionally, even with my broadband card I don't anticipate that I will have any kind of cellular access at Magness. So I will be officially off the air in terms of blog updates. I feel kind of bad as I have about 5 or 6 emails to write to people and I just don't think I will get that done before I leave. So to anyone I owe an e-mail - Sorry!!I will take lots of pictures while we are at scout camp so I should have a lively blog entry or two when we get back. I will definitely post again by Sunday (we come back late Saturday afternoon but god knows how tired I will be by then). We hope everyone has a great day and a great upcoming weekend. Thanks and peace to all - J.
Monday, June 8, 2009
(Zack on his first day of 4th Grade. Notice how much more mature he looks in the other picture.)
I was watching the skies for a long time yesterday as there were some really severe storms taking place. There were 5 different tornados here in the Denver metro area. The worst one hit a shopping center at E470 and Smoky Hill Road. That tornado was on the ground for over 30 minutes from what they said on the news last night. I have a friend who only lives a couple of miles from there. Luckily the tornado did not do any damage to their house! We will start our first adventure of the summer barely 48 hours after Zack gets out of school. On Thursday we will be heading to Cub Scout camp at Magness. This camp is located out on the plains a few miles outside of Kiowa. The downside to this is with the severe weather we have been having we will be dodging the storms during our stay at camp. Magness has been known to get some pretty darn nasty thunderstorms. Given that Zack is a Webelos II we will get to spend a night out at a remote campsite on Friday night. I will get a chance to use some of my camping gear for the first time with him. We have camped before but he has never camped with me in a remote location like we will be in on Friday. It will be an interesting day I am sure! We hope everyone is having a great week so far (though it is Monday – ugh!). Thanks and peace to all – J.