I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My lower back is hurting this morning, either from running two days ago
or carrying around my dog Bodey. Oh well, not bad enough to use as an
excuse, but I'm starting to wonder if 36 is the year where I really
start to feel old -- great year to try and learn how to run! I'm doing
some electrical stuff at my house tonight (OK, my buddy is and I'll try
not to get in the way), so I probably won't be able to run - If we're
done early enough, I may try to run outside with the dogs because its
supposed to be much warmer today than the last couple. Otherwise it'll
be tomorrow and one of the days this weekend. Weighed 287.5 this
morning, but will probably be back at 290 tonight -- my goal was 285
tomorrow, so I'm getting close - hopefully one of these weeks when the
running time gets extended, I'll finally catch up. Pete, the plumber,
stopped by last night and we devised a plan for the basement bath and
laundry room so Sunday will be spent tearing out the shower and getting
ready for him next week. Friday and Saturday nights are Christmas
events and Saturday during the day we're bringing Lylli to the pet
rescue's Santa event (I'm not playing Santa this year because the
schedule didn't work). We're also going to watch Todd's kids test in
Tai Kwan Do -- Makayla just turned 9 - the belt she is testing for is
one degree below her black and Zak's is two degrees -- If it goes as
planned Makayla could have her black belt before the spring and Zak
could test for his black belt this summer (before he turns 6!!). All of
this news about housing and the cost to build being low is making me
think that we should build something in the spring -- I'm going to look
into this more after I get the basement bath and laundry in order --
despite all that I've done to my house, it may be best just to do enough
so I can get what I owe on it and then buy something else -- since I'll
be buying up from what I have, once the market rebounds, the gains would
be exponential to the value of the house and I would probably make out
better buying someone else's $250,000 place or building on cheap land
since they probably spent $100,000+ more for it a few years ago. There
will be lots of hurdles in this effort since we'll probably have to
qualify for both house and move to the new one before we sell the one
we're in -- we'd never be able to sell it with 5 dogs!

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