Showing posts with label holiday's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday's. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2016

National Beer Day!!!

Lots of good stuff to write about but to heck with all that. It is National Beer Day! So grab a 6 pack and relax. Worry about the world ending tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


It is almost time for glorious thanksgiving. Food and family, whats not to like. Hope you all remember to have stretchy pants handy and have a wonderful time.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

I do not have deep thoughts about Labor Day. Organized labor did some great things for people and arguably was a major contributor to America forming a strong middle class and becoming a great nation. On the other hand in the last couple (or arguably few) decades Unions have lost sight of reality and one could say they have driven some businesses into the ground. The historically strong union areas of the upper mid west recent history read like an article about how to fail at business. I hesitate to say unions no longer have a place because I think they do. Also in other countries, most notably Germany unions are very strong and businesses do quite well. I do not know the answer to this and honestly don't really care.

Without getting muddled into the current state of unions; I greatly respect the sacrifices of folks in the first half of the 20th century. Those men who organized and stood up to exploitative and intentionally neglectful businesses in the face of clubs and bullets from hired guns as well as various levels of murderous thugs for hire with badges 'law enforcement officials' to be respected and treated decently. People like my uncles are able to make a good living for their skills and sweat in no small part due to their sacrifices. Maybe I should be more thoughtful about the whole thing but I am not.

I did not have to work today. It is approaching dinner time. I'm cooking ribs and having some Blue Moon. So it's a pretty good day here.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Well it is Veterans Day. Last night was pretty crazy in an adult way. By an adult way I mean Walker was coughing like crazy so he woke up very sad approximately 5 times. Princess woke up her usual amount of times AND when she was arisen by Walker's coughing/ crying. It's interesting that kids will scream to wake you up in order to say hello but absolutely hate when anyone wakes them up.

Today was Wifey's sleep in day (the day before was mine) so I had the kids this morning. We hung out and did our usual thing. Cooked some bacon and eggs on the cast iron frying pan. Eventually we got moving to Lake Charles to take care of several things. Ran some errands which needed running. Wifey wanted to go to Hobby Lobby so we went there. Interestingly also Walker has really wanted to go to "Hobbby Wobby" for reasons we are not clear on. He'd never been to one before so maybe he liked the name or it looked like a cool store or something.

Wifey had a great time checking out all the home decor stuff. She wants to re purpose a mirror we got for free and make a blanket for Princess. Good wholesome stuff. Eventually after considering different fabric's and paints n such we were ready to leave.

Personally I think our financial way forward is to open a sports bar gently veiled as a restaurant of some sort next to a hobby lobby (so kids, who are inevitably being watched by the guy while the gal shops, can hang out). There will be several TV's with all the games on as well as a big play place with video games, lego's as well as crayons with paper n such. There will be also be a gratis popcorn machine.The special will be a kids meal (or 2) and a pitcher of draft beer.

We went to lunch at  O'Charleys in Lake Charles more out of location and happen stance than anything else. When we were seated they asked if anyone was a veteran so I truthfully said yes. They offered 25% off the prime rib dinner or anything on the 9.99 page of the menu (that had a variety of nice offerings, a small steak, several chicken meals, a pot pie, fish and shrimp, etc) which was nice. I had the fish and shrimp which was quite good. We didn't plan anything around me getting a free meal but it was an unexpected surprise I was not going to turn down. The service was awesome, the food was great and it was quick which is nice with little ones. Overall the restaurant was way above the 'casual dining' bar while the atmosphere was still relaxed so it is a place we would definitely eat at again.

Next we went to Sam's Club. We got a whole lot of meat; 10 pounds or so each burger, chicken breasts, n pork chops as well as 2 whole chickens, 6# bacon and 4# sausage since we are doing the low carb thing. Depending on how we meal plan it's probably 3 weeks or so of meat. That stuff isn't so much preparedness food as trying to get the best deal on our everyday chow as is practical to make the cost of being low carb more reasonable. Honestly right now we have about as much meat in the deep freeze as I feel comfortable having without a backup generator and fuel to keep it cold for a month long disaster.

We also purchased a bunch of shelf stable stuff the kids like. Some pre packaged meals, fruit cups n such. Half will go for normal use to cover those times we cannot get home for a meal but do not really want to stop and the other half will get cached. Walker is at the age where he can biologically eat anything I do but anyone who has kids knows it doesn't quite work that way. However he will eat crackers and fruit cups so for a fairly short term plan stocking those make sense. Worst case they let us help transition him to other foods if things get really bad.

Got a big bag o disposable diapers for Princess. Since she usually wears cloth they are for the times Wifey has not got to laundry yet (it happens) or emergencies. 

Not much Veterans Day stuff going on here. Really it was just a bonus extra Sunday. Do not feel like rambling on about service and sacrifice and all that though I did a good one a couple years back. Honestly I am at the point in my life and service where this day can be whatever I want it to be. If anyone says I should do something else they will be throat punched.

Time for me to go to bed. Hope you all had a good Veterans Day.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve

It was a pretty good day here. Did some running around and taking care of stuff early. The afternoon was spent cooking. Wifey was working on tomorrows feast. Today was my job. The menu was prime rib, potatoes au gratin, macaroni and veggies. My first time with the meat and taters but the consensus was that it all turned out well. Dog sure liked the ribs and trimmings too.

Tried to get a $25 blu ray player from Goodwill bought to replace our KIA DVD player up and running without luck. It will probably work eventually but didn't tonight. On the plus side that trip included a great deal on a $25 brand new (still had tags on it) DCU Gore Tex parka that I'm really psyched about. In any case after putting kiddo to bed we did a little Elf work and got everything ready for tomorrow.

Looking forward to tomorrow with Walker. Except he hates Santa. Had a bad experience with a mall impostor and now every time the S man is mentioned he freaks out. In any case it should be an eventful and fun day. No big plans. The usual presents in the morning, some snacking through out the day, dinner and then call it a rap. We aren't near family so it is just us and good ole Dog. Sure there will be plenty of catching up with folks via phone though.

In any case I hope you all had a great day today and are ready for tomorrow.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day and a Week in Preps

Well happy mothers day to all the mom's out there doing good things. We did some family stuff today, gave Wifey her present and I made dinner. A pretty nice quiet Sunday really.

Very little happened this week. I have been fighting a nasty cough. Focusing has been difficult and I have been sleeping a lot. As such not a lot got done.

I added a few things to the ghb that is being built. Mostly stuff that has been lying here or there around our place. Also I picked up a handful of snickers bars for the bag. Next week I am going to order a few odds and ends to complete the kit.

Anyway that is what has been going on here.

I hope you have a wonderful mothers day and did great stuff this week.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Erin Go Braugh!!

Celebrate your heritage or just plain celebrate. Eat, drink and be merry!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

4th of July

Well it is the 4th of July. A pretty quiet day here. Obviously we need to maintain security, provide some basic services as well as maintain C2, however on the whole it is as light of a day as possible.No beer or fireworks but there was a pretty good spread of food which I vigerously ate my way through. I've got to hand it to our cooks. They really cook the heck out of what they are given. Having eaten in facilities that are outstanding and others which are horrible I can attest to their knowhow and care of preparation being the difference between something that will (or in extreme cases won't) fill your stomach and fuel you for a few hours and an enjoyable meal that raises your spirits. Those guys work insane hours in probably the least sexy job in the military and deserve more credit than they get. Anyway today leaves me somewhat reflective about a lot of things. I am not going to wax about history or philosophy. Birthday's are a great time for an azmith check. Our country isn't in a substantially different place than a year ago. However we were not in a great place, by any measure, a year ago. The drama in the Eurozone has at a minimum shown a possible direction we could be headed in. We probably have a lot more electronic money floating around than a year ago, but some time back those numbers started sounding like made up ones little kids would use to taunt eachother on the playground so I stopped paying attention. We are getting out of Iraq which is a good thing. I truly hope the best for that nation but the next chapter is going to have to be written by it's own citizens. We are also, at least in theory starting to phase out of Afghanistan. Probably for the best. By this point, a decade into this war, if we have not achieved a desired endstate it is time to take a good hard look at how much more blood and money we are willing to put into meeting our goals. The general concensus is not very much. The hard truth is that the Afghan government is going to have to stand on it's own feet pretty soon. We seem to be involved in Libya and I am not at all sure what to say about that one. Is there a way we can keep a good record of ordinance that is about to go past it's lifespan and just measure that up with a list of countries what have pissed us off? Some logisticial could just allocate the 500 scuds which go bad in a few months toward whomever is currently pissing us off. It would be cheaper than using newer ordinance.

I am concerned about the problems on our border with Mexico. Also the rise of no knock warrants against average people going wrong bothers me a lot. There has got to be some way cops can retain that tool they genuinely need but use enough discretion that normal, fundamentally decent, folks aren't getting killed all the time. If this keeps up a lot of folks may start to reevaluate their stance on cops. Cops might find themselves aweful alone in a big scary world if this keeps up for much longer.

I do not think all is lost. America is a big, strong country with a lot of productive power. Sort of like an exceptionally big/ strong man in a fight, even when we are getting the worst of it a solid punch landed can totally change a fight. A governing body that decided to fuel growth and took some (I'm not talking fixing every entitlement problem over night) reasonable steps to get spending under control could change things in a hurry. That would let us stop borrowing like crazy and be on a more even trading field with China. Businesses having the confidence to spend their on hand cash and people being willing to expand their businesses or start new ventures would radically change the employment situation. These problems could be solidly in our rear view mirror in a few years. I know that outlook is a bit rosy but I want to break us all out of the doom and gloom group think. Anyway I hope you have a good Independence Day
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