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.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Well the weekend went about as planned -- I went up to the Y on Friday
and signed up -- you'd think as many times as I've started and quit
there that there would be a quicker way to sign back up (And do I really
look like I want you to give me run down of the Latin Dance class
schedule?). I finally got upstairs and walked the track a couple of
times and then ran a couple miles alternating walking and running. The
bad news is that my ipod nike + deal had me thinking that miles were a
little shorter than the 10 laps per mile at the Y. Apparently it isn't
calibrated for a 300 pounder with a 28 inch inseam. The run went OK --
I'm out of shape, but lumbered along just fine. I got home just in time
for my wife to come home with some food for me. We got the whole crew
organized and watched "Fred Claus". Woke up on Saturday raring to get
some things done -- with the baby, we are not exactly super efficient at
leaving the house yet, so we didn't leave until after 1 O'clock. We
went to Appliancesmart, walked in and let old Norm talk us into the
lovely Whirlpool set they had sitting right at the entrance for obvious
reasons. We were pretty happy with the whole deal (that is until I went
home and realized that I have a gas dryer and just bought an electric --
but a phone call on Sunday morning and some more money should have that
issue all taken care of). Carrie was pretty happy when Norm, the sales guy singled her out and said to me that without the agitater in the front load machine, it'll have all the room she'll need. After Appliancesmart we went to Fleet Farm in
search of some gifts for the many horse people on our gift list. Burger
King, Northtown, The Tailor, Drycleaners, Kohl's -- then finally home.
We made dinner - I had a gigantic Rum and coke while we wrapped gifts
and watched another movie that I streamed from Netflix through the
laptop onto the TV -- Sure it was "Lean On Me" from 20 years ago, but I
think I'm going to like the ability to get movies that way. On Sunday I
woke up and went to National Camera to pickup the wife's Christmas gift.
I've been doing a lot of research and bought her a new SLR camera. When
I got home she was doing a little makeshift photo shoot with our baby,
so I ended up giving it to her early so she can learn how to use it before our many Christmases (we were going to exchange gifts this Friday
anyway). I better make this running thing work or there will be an
endless supply of pictures of Fat Rich in 10+ megapixel glory... Pretty
boring entry, but an entry, none-the-less

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