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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from December 2006.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wolves 3 - Americans 5

Chicago Wolves Rochester Americans

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posted at 10:44 PM | Link | Wolves | |

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ford

I always have a large assortment of emotions when I hear the news of someone's death... like former President Gerald R. Ford. You felt in coming some day... he was 93, and had been having health issues. I still remember his announcement of pardoning Richard Nixon... and the feelings that went along with that (should he have done it?) I love the phrase that he was tagged with - The Accidental President. He's the only guy this has happened to... appointed Vice President when the former one resigns in disgrace... and then assumes the office of President... when the former one resigns in disgrace. He was never elected into the White House - as Vice President or President.

But, I really liked this guy. He healed a nation, in a way... something, that "The Uniter" or "The Decider"... or whatever the hell Bush is calling himself... the only tag that seems so appropriate for that idiot is "The Divider". The nation is so friggin' polarized... I wish we had a guy like Ford to heal it again...

Update: I knew I liked this guy... Ford was interviewed by Bob Woodward in 2004, his comments embargoed until his death. (I always liked that press term - "embargo".) It turns out, that in that interview he said "[Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld and [Vice President Dick] Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq." "They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do."

Here's another tidbit: Cheney was Ford's chief of staff, and Rumsfeld also was defense secretary in the Ford administration.

"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security."

posted at 01:41 PM | Link | Current Events | |

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Nobody in

The only time of year that I truly enjoy going to work - the week between Christmas and New Year's. There's nobody on the streets on the way to work. There's nobody in the parking garage. There's nobody in the office.There's nobody in their offices calling this office. Quiet. Peaceful. Relaxing.

posted at 04:41 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody!

It's hard to shake the feelings of Christmas Morning.. and the expectations when you were a kid... when you become an adult... and adult with years under your belt... Though you love every gift you get, somehow you feel like you're chasing the elusive excitement and joy of receiving toys as a kid on Christmas morning.

So... this year brought Jackson's first Christmas he could react to (last year, he was 14 weeks old, this year 15 months). It's great seeing Christmas through his eyes... I can't wait 'till next year when he should be more excited.

An odd Christmas Day for us, part of the odd Christmas season I suppose - Diane, Melinda and Jackson took off after opening presents to drive to Melinda's family in downstate Illinois. The house was empty, except for me, Carol, and my mom. It felt... empty...

...except for my stomach, which feels bloated, tight, and cramping...

posted at 08:42 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A smaller Eve

We've always celebrated Christmas Eve with our extended family - aunts, uncles, cousins.

This is our first year together where - it's only immediate family. We went to Diane & Melinda's for just a buffet of appetizers, very low key, no present exchanges (that's tomorrow morning).

Still... it felt odd... small... something I wasn't accustomed to... and I'm not sure I like it. I don't see that extended family much,, and I just missed them somehow.

The concept of an appetizer buffet is very bad for me. The appetizers were all setup on an island in the kitchen, and we spent our evening in the back family room.

Me - I spent my time in a continuous slow walk... around and around the island... using just a napkin and no plate, I grazed for what seems like hours, taking a bite here and a piece there... over... and over...

I know I'm going to pay for this somewhere along the line...

posted at 10:43 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Friday, December 22, 2006

Twitch?

I had something happen today, that quite frankly... I'm not comfortable talking about.

Why? Because I can't believe I had this done...

A girl in the office came up to me this afternoon (after I was walking around trying to figure out what a loud noise was that we had heard... it was thunder!). We went into a larger, empty management-size cubicle and she asked me if I was having back problems. I explained my situation.. that for years my legs have been spasming... I had no pain, but the spasms can get severe... and it's not fun trying to drive if your right leg twitches, causing your foot to tromp on the accelerator...

She then told me that she is a practicing healer.. and that she can help me with a "treatment" as a Christmas Present...

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posted at 08:44 PM | Link | Mundane |

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

...huh?... what did I need to do???

The day after a myelogram, I was told could be hell, because of headaches. I had one last night, but I took Tylenol (not Advil, not aspirin) and it helped.

Today - no headache...

...but...

I really feel like I had a side effect. I was loopy - my short-term memory was shot. I couldn't remember things that I neded to do, that I thought about just minutes earlier. Let me give you the final example of the day...

I went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and I bought 5 containers of Dibbs ice cream nuggets (mmm.. mint... love these things...) I came home, put the Walgreens bag on the counter. The first thing I do when I get home, is bunny-proof the family room and let the "kids" (bunnies) out o fthe cage so they can romp and exercise. I prepped the room, turned on the TV... and went upstairs to sit down at the computer and login to Second Life...

About an hour to hour and a hlaf passes when Carol finally came home, and I can hear her yelling at me downstairs. I cam edown to find 1) the "kids" ar still in the cage - I had prepped the room, but never opened their door to let them out, and more importantly 2) I never put the ice cream away in the freezer - it was still in the bag on the counter.

That's what my whole day was like.

posted at 07:18 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A needle into the spine...

My little medical journey to finding the reason why my legs twitch changed today from hands-off to my first "invasive" procedure.

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posted at 07:58 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Monday, December 18, 2006

FIVE YEARS

5 Year Blogiversary!

I started "My Mundane Mid-Life" FIVE years ago today.

FIVE.


Looking back recently, I can see that I haven't been posting regularly... I guess I'm a bit of a funk, trying to come to grasp getting older, having more and more things to do at work keeping me busy, and the sameness of the everyday things... not much changing from day-to-day. I suppose the word "mundane" really applies to me now. It just feels more and more the same each day, which isn't very stimulating to come up with a post.

I think the other thing that's affecting me is, believe it or not, my twice-monthly podcast. When I consciously think of something, I now think of "how can I grab audio of that?" instead of "I have to blog about that".

It's feeling like work, now, to keep updating the blog... which means that I barely limped into my 5 year anniversary... oops... Blogiversary... how can it be that I'm viewing something that I've done for five years as hard work? Maybe I'm just too tired.. and not very motivated...

Maybe I can get into the swing of things at a better clip after the first of the year... get through the holidays... get some rest...

posted at 06:59 AM | Link | Blogging | 1 comment | |

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Wolves 2 - Admirals 3 (Shoot-out)

Chicago Wolves Milwaukee Admirals

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posted at 10:33 PM | Link | Wolves | 1 comment | |

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Super Bowl Mumble

The Bears advancing into the NFL playoffs has got the city all giddy again. Chicago Magazine has posted the lyrics and a video for "The Super Bowl Mumble," this year's "smash-hit update" of the now famous (in Chicago anyway) "Super Bowl Shuffle."

Oh, yeah... not to mention that at the beginning of Monday Night's Bears game, Senator Barack Obama came on to address viewers

posted at 11:04 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Huge steaming piles of... snow?

I had a doctor's appointment over lunch today, and it was just a short ride from my office.

I was driving down the road next to the WGN radio tower, when I noticed something I have never seen before.

There were large piles of snow along the banks of the road. They appeared to be steaming.

The weather has been so strange, with the temperatures in the 50's, that the cold piles of snow were generating a local fog (hence, the appearance of "steam"), that would roll off and collect on the road.

This weather is just out of control - It's supposed to be warm until Christmas, negating a possibility of a White Christmas.

posted at 12:23 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Friday, December 08, 2006

Cold Scott

It's been bitterly cold recently... in the teens and single digits overnight... and yet we wound up traveling to Zanies in St. Charles (at Pheasant Run) to catch a comedian/story teller/great guy that we saw last May, TV's Craig Ferguson.

He was in-town to do 3 nights, one at each Zanies (Chicago last night, St. Charles tonight, and Vernon Hills tomorrow night).

He seemed to enjoy Chicago back in May... this time: not so much...

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posted at 11:22 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Scary Mary

Mashups are all the rage... audio or video...

Now, what would happen if...

Mary Poppins was recut into a horror movie???

posted at 01:03 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wolves 5 - Stars 2

Chicago Wolves Iowa Stars

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posted at 10:23 PM | Link | Wolves | |

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Wolves 5 - Rampage 4

Chicago Wolves San Antonio Rampage

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posted at 10:25 PM | Link | Wolves | |

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter Storm

One week of above average temperatures, in the 60's... and overnight all hell broke loose.

We're getting hit HARD with a snow storm in the northwest suburbs. We've got about 6 inches of snow, that has sleet buried underneath (probably a few inches). The street looks like it was plowed hours ago. It didn't start snowing until after 11pm last night. I was worried that I wouldn't get out of the driveway, but I plowed through it (of course, the garage door didn't close, probably because of snow falling underneath the door and the door couldn't hit the floor.

The drive was slow, but not treacherous. The snow was coming down so hard that the rear defroster couldn't melt it, and the windshield wipers couldn't keep the window clean.

The commute was just under an hour (it's normally 15-20 minutes). The garage at work was empty. So is the office itself. There are a handful of people here. Quiet.

They're expecting another 6 inches by this afternoon (whoever "they" are...)

posted at 07:56 AM | Link | Mundane | |
*nose wiggle* *nose wiggle*

It's the last reminder of the year to say "Rabbit, Rabbit!" as your first words of the day to have good luck! (or, if you blew it, before you go to sleep tonight, you can still try to get some luck, your last words have to be "Tibbar! Tibbar!")...

And for other derivatives to this meme, check out the alternatives: "White Rabbit" or Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!.

Now, if you're in Chicago... you're actually out of time and out of luck, 'cause it's time for the Chicago Winter Parking Ban.

posted at 06:36 AM | Link | Memes | |

 

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