The Weekend in Review

the-beatles-taxman-capitol-cema-special-marketsOkay, so here’s now my weekend went down.

First of all I spent a good portion of Friday night exporting my blog files over to, another blog host that looks and feels a lot like WordPress which delights and scares me at the same time. There’s a lot to like about them, including clean themes with many of them featuring – wait for it – footers and no infinite scroll! There’s also a Facebook “Like” button on each post – are you reading this, WordPress?

The bad things? The Wonderful World of Shortcodes is gone so any YouTube videos I have posted would be gone if I chose to take up permanent residence over there. That would be mucho hassle considering how many I’ve posted over my 900+ posts. There are other minor annoyances that, despite all it has going for it, makes me reconsider a permanent move. In the meantime, I have switched from Twenty Eleven to Duster and it seems to be working. Will WordPress take our complaints into consideration?

I’m not holding my breath.

Saturday: We had made an appointment with our tax guy a few weeks ago so that we could do our duty and we were pleasantly surprised with what we will be getting back from both state and federal levels. It seems that taking my current job (a temp job I’ve worked since October 2010) and not relying on the teat of unemployment paid off in spades in the long run. And being in California, the state’s teat will be lacking sustenance very, very soon so I’m glad to be off of it.

Because of that and Ann taking a few college courses last year, we are getting considerably more than the previous year. This means we can now pay off all of our credit cards and still have some left in the kitty. It’s a good feeling.

Sunday: We did a whole lot of nothing on Sunday except do some touch-up painting around the exterior of the house. My back started to hurt a bit so the extent of my work was pretty limited. Once my work was done I went inside and laid on the bed for a few hours. Felt good.

I didn’t bother watching the Grammys for fear of hearing a tribute to Whitney Houston with every acceptance speech and I also didn’t care to listen to Adele any more than I could possibly stomach. But hey, kudos to Foo Fighters who quietly took home 5 Grammys amidst the aforementioned tributes and Adele stuffing her face with meat pies winning 6 of her own.

So yay, another work week has begun and chances are it will be just as long as the last.

Tomorrow is something-something day in addition to Valentine’s Day. Anybody have a clue?

Camping, Biking, Tiring

So, how went your weekend? Here’s a quick recap of mine.

The Kid and I went camping at a local park on Saturday night/Sunday morning and it was an absolute blast. I won’t get into too many details as this was genuinely father-and-son time, but all I can say is that he wants to go again. Truly a time neither of us will forget.

Once home (and after a quick and much-needed shower), we headed on down to Marukai Super 98+ store. As you well know from some of my previous posts, we [heart] Marukai store but the most conveniently located store in Fountain Valley closed its doors over a year ago. So we tracked down the next closest store and made the mistake of going there. And when I say “made the mistake” I mean that in the most sincere sense.

I mean, where in the Hell else are you going to find a shirt like this?

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What does it mean? I have no idea but I do know that like most everything at Marukai, it’s ten types of awesome. I am going to forward this to a friend in Japan for translation, so check back for an update.

And oh, The Kid rode his bike sans training wheels today. There’s no stopping him now…

I’m beat and it’s back to work tomorrow. Off to bed!

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Busy, Busy, Busy

So in case you don’t hear from me this weekend…

Friday: Work and then off to the Orange County Fair for an evening of food, fun and more food. This is the one time of year when the Rules of Healthy Eating go out the window and I enjoy myself. How can you not with all those foods on a stick?

Saturday/Sunday: I am going camping with The Kid at a local park and will only have my phone. This will be our first camping trip so it should be interesting and a lot of fun. For a small fee, everything is provided so we won’t have to worry much about anything.

With that, I’m off to eat breakfast, make my lunch and then head to work. Make it a great weekend!

UPDATE: The Fair was pretty much a bust this year. While we got in for $5, half off the standard price, I just wasn’t into it this year. I mean, really not into it. Two reasons come to immediately come to mind:

  • My favorite food vendors weren’t there, which was a real bummer. No Egg Roll on a Stick, no Ten Pound Buns, no cream puffs–on a stick or not. Pretty depressing since this is the one time of year I let my healthy eating habits slip and allow myself to indulge.
  • This new job of mine pays half of what I used to make, which equates to half the fun. We didn’t even go do the normal free things this time around; we just wanted to leave a few hours into it. And that’s pretty sad.

All in all, it was a rather dismal trip to a place I used to enjoy very, very much.

Thanks for the layoff, Learning Tree. You’ve made my life so much better.

Das Weekend

In approximately 1.5 hours I will regretfully be out of my 30s. Yes, that day is almost here: I will be over the hill on Saturday. Yay.

As far as plans go, we really don’t have any. Every place is crowded for dinner so it’s not worth the effort–even if it’s my birthday. Instead we plan on heading down to Downtown Disney so that I can build a Build-A-Bear and perhaps get into Disneyland. I’m building a bear because I got a coupon in the mail the other day–a $12 value–as my birthday landed on President’s Day weekend this year. This is the first time in, well, ever that I can recall this being the case. In any event, we’re going to at least do that.

But we may not get into Disneyland for a few reasons. First, we’re blocked out on Saturdays but being it’s my birthday, I will get in free. The bad thing? I can’t claim the gift card that Annual Passholders get should their birthday fall on a non-blackout date (at least that’s the way I understand it) and because Ann and The Kid will still be blocked, they’d have to pay the $40 blackout fee to get in. Not worth it.

Second, it’s President’s Day weekend. It will probably be insanely busy. And third, there’s a chance of rain tomorrow so that pretty much seals our fate.

I also plan on eating a really big hamburger tomorrow. Yes, you heard me right–a hamburger. You see, tomorrow was the day I intended to be at my target weight and I hit that months ago. So being that I avoided hamburgers for nearly 3 years, it’s time to indulge a little bit, and Carl’s Jr. will be the place I do it. They’ve got a new burger called The Big Carl and I don’t care how many calories, how much fat, how many Weight Watchers Points the thing contains. I’m going to eat it all and I’m going to like it!

And for what it’s worth, here’s a recent picture of me in my size 48 Fat Guy Pants. People, I used to fill those pants–no shit.

I look pretty stoned or something in that “after” picture, don’t I? I don’t photograph well.

That’s all I got for tonight. See ya later…when I’m a hell of a lot older… 🙂

The Weekend Plans

Alright, it’s finally here! We don’t have much on the slate this weekend but sometimes that turns out to be a good thing. It’s supposed to be in the high 80s both days so, um…welcome to Southern California in November!

About all we really have planned is to attend the Wings Over Long Beach event in celebration of Air Force Week at Long Beach Airport on Saturday, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from our place and the in-law’s house. In fact we plan on parking at their place and walking to the event to save the hassle of parking in the lot and traffic.

I’m not saying it’s close, but here are some shots Ann took of a few of the planes arriving:



Okay, I shamefully admit to cropping these images, but you can see them very close (from an adjacent parking lot) on their approach. I’m sure it will be a day filled with tons of photo ops so check back tomorrow for a slew of images added to my Flickr account.

As far as Sunday goes, nothing is planned. Good!

Hey, you like squirrels? This one liked me a little too much! As you will see in the video* below, s/he followed me a good distance down the dirt path that leads to my train stop. When I noticed I was being pursued, I grabbed the trusty Kodak DX6490 and shot this clip:

Note that I was indeed walking backwards down the path which isn’t straight. It’s lined with shrubs on either side and the path winds back and forth the whole way, so I’m lucky I didn’t walk into anything (or anyone). I’m sorry I didn’t have any food for the little critter, but his friend fared well a month ago (from the Phone-Cam):


Yeah, I’m a sucker for these little guys. But when you see so many of them running around the middle of a corporate location on a daily basis, you can’t help but start to appreciate seeing them do their thing.

Have a great weekend!

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