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20:47 Feb 24 2012
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This is going to be a busy weekend. So much to do - so much catch-up to catch-up on. So many new tasks already thrown into the mix.


I'm glad Morri bought some scotch... thank you love.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
21:06 Feb 24 2012

yeah, you know it would have been nice to have this evening free to let loose and have fun..



Unfortunately we'll be hanging out with a squawking garden gnome instead.





birra
birra
21:11 Feb 24 2012

We'll still cut loose. Maybe just at home tonight though, after the work is through.



Looking forward to it! :)





 

05:10 Feb 24 2012
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Got out some resumes.


Now I feel productive...


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Flawed.

02:18 Feb 23 2012
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There is always a bit of a tug-of-war in life. Something I always tell my kids when they protest over the simplest, silliest, and most basic things: Pick your battles wisely.


You only get so many to fight. Don't fight the wrong ones.


But learning the right ones from the wrong ones is something we all need to do. It is a basic we have to teach our children. Some parents try to teach it. Others, like my parents... don't. So we end up learning as we go as adults. When to stand our ground, when to give way, and when to take the tougher and more complex route of diplomacy to do neither take a stand or give way.


Diplomacy is a learned skill I believe, but it takes time. A lot of time. Lots and lots of time to learn.


Some master it, some never do. Look around you and I think it would be easy to see who knows it and who doesn't.


Look inside you and it is a lot tougher to see... are you a diplomat, or are you always fighting a battle? Or, are you always giving up the fight?


I'm still learning... when I look inside I know in my heart I'm still learning.


I'm sure I have a long, long way to go, too.


Thank you for your patience with my flaws.


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PandorasBx
PandorasBx
02:36 Feb 23 2012

Good entry, gives me something to think about..heh.





Joli
Joli
06:27 Feb 24 2012

No. Be perfect NOW!





Morrigon
Morrigon
20:28 Feb 24 2012

I'm trying to learn from you. You definitely have it down way better...





 

With grace, I am thankful...

00:49 Feb 21 2012
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I bought groceries and made a nice dinner for us


I spent my day working on my terms, the way I want to and successfully helped fix problems for three businesses which will help them work more efficiently


I am still walking today. Breathing is a good thing.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
01:01 Feb 21 2012

Thank you for the dinner. De-LISH sir. Delicious!



It was nice to see you a bit more today





Joli
Joli
01:07 Feb 21 2012

We prefer you with the breathing category checked.





RedQueen
RedQueen
04:26 Feb 21 2012

ANY day spent above ground is a good day-



here, here...





 

00:24 Feb 20 2012
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Oh, but the camera seems ok. The lens has a little hitch in it's zoom function - could be the result of pinning it between me and muddy, snowy ground... or banging it off of a tree... or tree roots... or rocks...


...but it seems ok.


I'll have to look for a good Sigma 17-70MM macro for it....


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00:17 Feb 20 2012
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Dinner was amazing. But now I fear I have stopped moving far too long to ever get my ass off of this couch... ever again.


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Ouch....

21:14 Feb 19 2012
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Morri and I just returned from a 3 hour hike, traversing icy trails, icy creek beds and muddy, snow covered ravine walls.


Everything hurts... I am exhausted. It was so difficult climbing while sliding on almost every step.


But it was so worth it. We had fun... we're ready for a nice hearty dinner that we will cook together. And if my camera survived it all, I think I may have taken some epic photos.


Stay tuned to my blog...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
21:19 Feb 19 2012

I hope your camera is ok...



You'll be fine, walk it off :P





birra
birra
21:27 Feb 19 2012

I'm sitting it off right now... I'm not sure if I can walk.





 

Awesome

23:36 Feb 12 2012
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I did laundry today, and I was excited to do it.


I know that sounds pretty lame, but we haven't had a washing machine in all the time we've lived here. A model Morri and I have worked with quite a bit posted on Facebook that she was ditching her old washer and upgrading, so she gave us her old one.


And two days worth of plumbing later, it works.


Such a relief to be able to do laundry when there is a gap of time to get it done, rather than trying to schedule out a trip somewhere to do it.


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Requiem
Requiem
23:40 Feb 12 2012

That IS damned awesome. I am glad for you both. :)





Morrigon
Morrigon
00:51 Feb 13 2012

It IS freaking awesome. Thank you for working so hard on the plumbing. Only critique: I didn't see your buttcrack once. Please make the appropriate adjustments for next time.



-Management





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
02:26 Feb 13 2012

Yay!





birra
birra
02:58 Feb 13 2012

Sorry Morri. I will buy some jeans that are 8-inches too wide in the waist yet 8-inches too short on the inseam, just for when I'm crawling under the sink....



...now, where does Homer Simpson shop for clothes?





 

Will we ever learn?

15:49 Feb 08 2012
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News Article


A woman released from jail to have a baby was re-arrested on the steps of the county court house while attempting to sell drugs. She and the buyer, another woman that was recently released from prison after being incarcerated for robbery in which she brought her 3-yr old with her for the heist, were both going to court to meet with their probation officers. The woman selling drugs had her 2-week old infant with her at the time of arrest and has four other children which are in state custody after she lost custody of them... for obvious reasons.


This folks is the height of brilliance.


Tell me again why mandatory sterilization is inhumane? Isn't allowing these people to continue having babies equally as inhumane to the children they bring into the world, not to mention the rest of society that needs to support these children and fund the state to continuously arrest, jail, house, rehab, blah blah blah these people in endless cycles until they die?

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sPerAnZa
sPerAnZa
16:46 Feb 08 2012

This is going to sound really bitter and hateful, but:



Its people that that that are born with children that are absolutely perfect in their health. They'll never need anything other than a normal health check and never have to suffer through the pain of surgeries.

I'm glad the kids are okay. They will probably have some mental trauma from this...(poor things), but it just ticks me off how parents take advantage of the well being of their children. They're selfish.



Okay, done. /end rant





moonkissed
moonkissed
16:47 Feb 08 2012

Can't we just ship them all to an island somewhere and forget about them?





Morrigon
Morrigon
17:10 Feb 08 2012

There are so many parents who put their hearts and souls into caring for their children, regardless of what obstacles are put in their way because they are responsible and truly balanced as human parents.



Protect your young. Help them grow. Keep them healthy and happy.



It is basic human instinct. People like this woman are sick in the head. I do agree with you Birra. Children have a right to live free from parents like this. The fact that she has repeatedly proven that she is unfit to be a mother and yet is still allowed to have children and send them out into the world with nothing but our shaky at best child care solutions is ridiculous.





 

You know what?

03:38 Feb 07 2012
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1. Morri being nice and waking me ever so gently when my head cold causes me to snore


2. Sunshine in the middle of winter


3. My camera and my ability to use it


I appreciate all of that sheeeat. Yo.


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Requiem
Requiem
12:35 Feb 07 2012

:)





Joli
Joli
17:54 Feb 07 2012

You are a rich man.





 

Like I always say...

16:03 Feb 06 2012
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...it takes teams to win team sports. Special individuals can elevate a team, but the better team will almost always come out on top.


This game featured all sorts of match-ups that favored the Giants. All the Patriots had going for them was Brady and their short-passing game. You can defuse a short passing game by keeping your pass rushers in the middle and in the QB's face, play cover-2 and stay tight at the line on the receivers.


Especially with a front-4 like the Giants have - which the Patriots can't counter.


So that leaves it down to who has the better QB. And that is a wash. Evenly matched.


And with Gronkowski hobbled, Manning had more weapons - and more big play weapons.


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Canislupus
Canislupus
16:26 Feb 06 2012

Al true, but the Giants had a huge lead in possession time. Giants: 37:05 Pats: 22:55 I think this was pivotal too.





birra
birra
20:24 Feb 06 2012

That happens when one defense can't control the other team's offense. The Giants did more to thwart their own chances on most of their drives than the Patriots did to stop them. Seemed like when the Giants needed yards, they got them.





atyourwindow
atyourwindow
21:29 Feb 06 2012

the superbowl was a bust my pats lost...onto the real deal BASEBALL! yeeeah! :)





 

Ugh... not again...

16:49 Feb 05 2012
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Giants or Patriots?


Rehash of 2008.


I'm rooting for the stadium to be swallowed into the Earth in a freak tectonic plate shift...

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atyourwindow
atyourwindow
19:08 Feb 05 2012

go Pats!!! :)





Canislupus
Canislupus
19:29 Feb 05 2012

Let's see. Pretty boy 1 or pretty boy 2...gah. Agreed, not overly hopeful, but leaning more to Giants. Pats are bottom of the list even in the regular season along side of the Cowboys and Raiders.





Requiem
Requiem
20:49 Feb 05 2012

Go giants. Or I am out a dollar. (I rolled percentile dice and the Giants came in slightly higher in the random roll, by 4%.)





birra
birra
22:30 Feb 05 2012

Who is pretty boy #2? Manning? He looks retarded half the time, the other half the time he looks like he's about to crap himself - yet he still makes plays.





Isis101
Isis101
23:05 Feb 05 2012

LOL!

Since the Niners didn't make it, I could care less about the game now.

Sending Californian earthquake vibes for you!





 

Gratitude

03:24 Feb 05 2012
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...ok, I'm thankful for Morri watching The Big Lebowski with me tonight.


She is fun.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
03:37 Feb 05 2012

Dude. I enjoyed myself.





 

Frustrating.

14:31 Feb 04 2012
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On a morning like this, it is really difficult to think of those 3 things I'm grateful for.


I think I'll start with being grateful for the breakfast burrito I'm about to make, and go from there.


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Joli
Joli
18:29 Feb 04 2012

mmm Good choice!





 

My dare

02:46 Feb 04 2012
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...stepping up to the plate for Joli.


Unfortunately, my list of things I'm grateful for is the same every day...


1. My friends and family

2. My children and their good health

3. Morri


...it's a 3-way tie.


Thank you.


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Joli
Joli
05:54 Feb 04 2012

Ah, but there are daily reminders of each! Those are your gifts...like the things they say and do. Time spent with you. I love when you share those things.





 

15:47 Feb 01 2012
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Damn straight.


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Nekirena
Nekirena
16:01 Feb 01 2012

Nope, it's curved.

Or so said the blind cat who tried to eat it.

(Its tail, I mean.)





Canislupus
Canislupus
18:03 Feb 01 2012

Heavenly crooked? :P





sPerAnZa
sPerAnZa
01:21 Feb 02 2012

straight to the left? o.0





LadyKrystalynDarkstar
LadyKrystalynDarkstar
18:31 Feb 04 2012

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning?





Isis101
Isis101
23:07 Feb 05 2012

That big booty you got as an avatar is all curves though...





 

Supercool

01:21 Feb 01 2012
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Got my new car. Bounced from one lease to another, so it's not a huge investment upfront and I had to work something out on the previous lease due to the miles over...


...things haven't exactly worked out the way I've wanted in those regards the last 3 years.


But the new car is nice. It has integrated bluetooth with voice command... so now I feel like Bond.


David Bond, of 723 Summerset Lane, Upper in Springfield, MO. It's really just a pretty plain car...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
01:28 Feb 01 2012

It is not pretty plain. It's awesome and you're pimpin'





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
01:55 Feb 01 2012

OOOH What did you get? Where are the pictures damnit!?





Canislupus
Canislupus
04:42 Feb 01 2012

Does it come with that cool passenger ejection seat like Austin Powers? :)





birra
birra
14:39 Feb 01 2012

I wish. My kids need that sometimes.



I got a 2012 Passat. It really is just a base model, plain ol' car. Coolest feature is the blue-tooth phone synch with voice activated dialing. I was showing that to the kids this morning and they were practically giddy that the car was talking.



I'm going to call it KIT....








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