Monday, August 29, 2005

PJ Pee-pee Issues

Kathleen took the kids to the beach last week. While out there, PJ has started to demonstrate certain 'issues'. Let me give you an example. Kathleen's brother Paul was out at the beach, he was sort of wresting around with Anna, PJ, and Sam.

So then all of a sudden, in the middle of the playing, PJ starts peeing on Paul! Paul got pretty grossed out, and went to go to take a shower. I am guessing that this was some boudary that PJ got confused by, the all important 'don't pee on anyone because they tend to react badly' kind of boundary.

I talked to Paul later on. I didn't know what to say. What do you say to someone when your child pees on them? "I'm sorry" just doesn't seem to cut it.

Later on, PJ also peed in a garbage can at the beach house. Rita only noticed this a few days later when it started to smell. I asked PJ about it. He said "I just wanted to trick her." When I asked him about Paul, all he had to say was "I said I was sorry!"

Friday, August 26, 2005

I CAN HEAR YOU 8-24-2005

I go to visit this recruiter yesterday. Its pretty common that they just want a face to face meeting before they market you, so its a prettty casual meeting.

I am waiting in the lobby, at 12:30pm. No one is in the waiting room, and no one saw me come in. I can here the woman I am supposed to meet talking in her office just down the hall. I am supposed to meet her at 12:30. I look at my watch. It's 12:35.

I call her from my cell phone. I hear her phone ring. Some one else answers the phone.

"Can I help you?"

"May I speak to XXXXXXX?"

I hear the man walk in to her office. I hear her say "Shit, I'm running late. Just tell him I already left the office"

The man comes back on. "I'm sorry, but she just left for the day. Would you like her voice mail?"

I say in a voice loud enough so they can here me without the phone, with just the edge of a growl in my voice. "I'm in the your office now. I can hear you." I manage to restrain myself from adding, "dude, you are like, soooooo, busted."

After the meeting, I laughed all the way back to my office.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

This and That 8-24-2005

I apologize for the long silences. Life can get so busy it is hard to remember to keep loging things. The french invasion is over and our third studen, Sigo, has returned to france. Nice to have some visitors, nice to have the house back to ourselves.

Kathleen is at the beach with all three children. I went and saw "The 40 year old Virgin" at the movies tonight. Pretty funny. It is also pretty funny that I went by myself, and that I recently turned 40. There were a bunch of kids watching the movie and sitting behind me. As I left I turned to face them, raised my fist and waived it, saying, "don't look at me, I have three children." Well not really, but the thought struck me as a funny one.

I found out yesterday that come the end of September I will be once again entering the job market. Another short term contract. What a drag.

Monday, August 01, 2005

S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E-! 7-29-2005

I had some potato salad in my lunch today and it made me smile. What was so cool about the potato salad was that Kathleen made a huge batch of it. And that was so cool, not because Kathleen had simply made it, but because she had made it for a party. A party for me.

A surprise party for me.

This past Friday I came home, and Kathleen told me the babysitter was coming over so that we could go over to our friends Neil and Karen. Neil was having a birthday party or some kind of get together. It was a big set up. Although Neil's birthday had been a few days back, the party was for me.

I came around the corner at the back or there house. I saw Neil.
"Hey Neil, happy birthday How old are you anyway?"

"Thirty five." Neil said.

"Wow, man, you're old." I was being funny.

"Not as old as you." That's when I noticed my brother and sister-in-law, who had travelled almost five hundred miles to get here. Also there was a big "Surprise" sign. I just stood there like an idiot for a couple of minutes saying "holy mackeral" over and over. It was awesome. I have never in my life been so surprised, or felt so special.

I am trying to gather up a bunch of photos. I will be posting more in the near future. What a surprise! What a great party. Thanks to Kathleen for pulling it off, right under my eyes, thanks to Neil and Karen for hosting, and thanks to all who made it a great and memorable night!