Thursday, April 24, 2014

april twenty-fourth

Five for April 24th:

The best thing ever. I know I generally tend to use the term “best thing ever” rather loosely. However, when your daughter says “I love you” for the first time, that actually is the best thing ever.

Seth in sales. My good friend, ex band mate, and current co-worker is moving from the violin shop into the sales department this coming Monday, and his desk will eventually be right next to mine. Definitely some cool work-related things happening and that’s a big one.

New contacts. Finally picked up a fresh 6-month supply, which for me is actually more like a year supply. I will wear a set of contacts until they’re no longer comfortable, which is a lot longer than a month. Sorry, but those damn things are expensive.

Cool stuff. New Powell Mcgill shape (with the classic snakeskin background!), the Faint at Ready Room on Saturday, backyard re-planting, bocce season at Milo’s.

Double Dare. I appreciate the Onion writing this article that surely no one under the age of probably 32 could even possibly understand, and even many people my age wouldn’t get.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

april twenty-third

Five for April 23rd:

Jane. This kid has officially made the idea of having a bad morning a thing of the past.

Snot. It is the bane of my existence. This allergy season is the worst I can remember. Even tried and true allergy meds are only half-working at best. That said; I’ll still take this over winter any day.

The pinnacle of technology. The ability to watch an episode of Battlestar Galactica on a miniature, handheld television (of sorts) while sitting on the toilet is a glorious idea that my young self could not have even fathomed. Yet here we are.

Cool stuff. Great evening ride home, fresh re-supply of Starbucks K-Cups, lunch with Tom, Red Dead progress, cupcakes at the office, Grant Brittain instagram, Led Zeppelin on Spotify.

Texas. One thing I’ve learned is that whenever the state of Texas is mentioned in the title of a news article, you can rest assured it will be about ignorance, racism, violence, or a combination of all three. Like clockwork.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

april twenty-second

Five for April 22nd:

Two years. Lisa and I celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary with Janey, a bag of donuts, lunch at Foundation Grounds, a trip to the Magic House, and an evening walk around the neighborhood. Here’s to many, many more.

Bike commuting. Finally got another ride in to work this morning, and it was awesome as always. A little chilly but not too bad, and the 70-degree ride home is going to be amazing. No better way to get back into it following a long weekend. Bonus: it’s Earth Day.

Easter. Having a kid is great because you get to live every fun childhood holiday all over again vicariously through them. Jane partook in multiple egg hunts, got tons of sweets, met the Easter bunny, and generally had a complete blast all day.

Cool stuff. Jane using her training toilet, Aldi Clif Bars, new issue of The Skateboard Mag, Slappy Sunday, JB solo sesh, pizza on the patio at Onesto, new lawnmower, set of Rib Bones and some new stickers from Infinity.

Around the house. Finished laying the front steps, mowed the lawn for the first time this year, front beds de-mulched and re-planted, new planters delivered, vegetables going in soon, anchor stones finally hauled to the back yard.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

april seventeenth

Five for April 17th:

Ear infection. Jane has wasted no time inheriting some of her father’s less desirable childhood ailments. The good new is that we got her on some antibiotics, and while she’s still crabby, she woke up this morning fever-free for the first time in 3 days, which is a good start.

The Onion. Generally speaking, the rapid-fire, Gilmore Girls-esque delivery the Onion employs for their fake video news interviews annoys me so much that I typically don't watch these, but I can forgive it with this one because it's so goddamned awesome.

Bleed blue. Game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs versus the Blackhawks is tonight. Yeah, we’re in an injury-riddled slump, but let’s not dwell on those things.

Cool stuff. Donut Palace donuts at work, new kite, 70-degree weekend, morning Loop parking lot cruise, dyeing eggs for Jane, eye doctor appointment for (much-needed) new contacts, BMX dust-off.

Weekend action. Taking a 4-day weekend starting tomorrow. On deck: 2 year wedding anniversary, JB skate sessions, last fish fry of the year, CHP egg hunt, decker at Firebird or Via Dove at Off Broadway, finishing the front steps, drums and other noises, hanging out with the crew. See you Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

april sixteenth

Five for April 16th:

Jane update. Visiting the doctor today to try to get to the bottom of this fever, which has now persisted into its third day. Despite that, for the most part she seems to be in a good mood and is active as usual.

AC/DC. Rumors were swirling around the Internet yesterday regarding a possible impending AC/DC retirement due to Malcolm Young’s health. Apparently, Brian Johnson has since debunked that myth.

Midway point. Hard to believe April is half over. Where is this month going? And where is spring? These mid-thirties and forties temperatures are going to be the death of me.

Cool stuff. Fresh Vision Grigley 3 setup, Steak & Shake with Jane, Frankie Hill Behind the Ad, morning drums, Veruca Salt at Firebird in July (fun fact: Louise Post’s brother is my next-door neighbor), La Pizza.

The ultimate douchebag. Fact: At this very moment, somewhere out there, a man sits alone at a table, wearing cargo shorts and leather sandals, smoking from a vapor hookah and browsing Buzzfeed articles on his Google Glass. It's happening.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

april fifteenth

Five for April 15th:

Putting my foot down. I don't care how cold it gets for the rest of this spring, I will go no heavier than a hoodie. My coat is not coming back out. I won't do it. It's the principle of the thing.

Ramp riding. Beat a dreary case of the Mondays last night with Andy, Bryan, Kenny, Jesse and crew at Ramp Riders. Much gnar went down: Kenny in particular was absolutely murdering it. Needless to say: sore morning.

Locals only. This might be my favorite thing put online so far this year. Seriously. If you do nothing else today, watch this video.

Cool stuff. Grigley deck delivery, Off! Wasted Years on Spotify, upcoming 4-day weekend, Klaatu, deserted ruins of the Hey Dude set, homemade pizza.

Coffee clutch. I will go on the record as saying the Beaumont “Donut Store” blend is actually pretty damn good for a $3.99 bag of Aldi coffee. It’s no Sumatra, but it will work in a pinch. Also, Columbia roast Vias all the way.

Monday, April 14, 2014

april fourteenth

Five for April 14th:

Clifton Park clean-up. A few carafes of coffee, two boxes of donuts from Donut Drive-in, plenty of enthusiastic neighbors, and a beautiful sunny day made for an excellent Clifton Park cleansing on Saturday morning.

Sick girl. Jane took a turn for the ill out of nowhere yesterday morning, running a fever almost all day. Not sure where it came from, but she slept well last night and seems to be doing fine today. Hopefully it was just a 24-hour thing.

Skating. Mega-fun sesh at JB on Saturday, hitting Ramp Riders tonight for a jam with Andy and Bryan. Also, the Morganford park is making progress.

Cool stuff. Fixed chimney, super nice (free) leather chair for the bedroom, new sunglasses for Jane, 52mm Spitfire Ishod Wair F1’s, Middle Class Fashion at Tap Room, grapefruit La Croix, RDR: Undead Nightmare cheat codes, hot-tubbing.

Mai Lee. While the location may be a bit weird (situated underneath a parking garage next to the Brentwood Metrolink station), in my mind it’s officially the best Vietnamese in town. Sorry, Pho Grand. I’ll always love you too.