- Friends, family and acquaintances seemed like they were taller. I didn't have to tilt my neck down quite as much to carry on a conversation while standing. Maybe I thought that I was just slouching more than before.
- My jeans were dragging on the ground and I'd have to constantly pull them up...the bottom of my pant legs were frayed.
- I didn't have to put the car seat all the back anymore. In fact I found myself pulling it forward towards the steering wheel.
- I couldn't do a reverse two-handed thunder dunk on the basketball court! UH, actually I could never do that...that's D-wade.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
To recap, I received a call from a former boss who indicated that an underwriting position may become available in the near future. The job would be within two miles of my home working Monday through Friday, and roughly 40 hours per week. She wanted to know if I was interested. I said that I would need a few days to think it over and discuss with Mom MD....in the mean time, of course, I decided to solicit the opinions of my friends in the blogosphere.
Again, salary and benefits were not the driving force while contemplating a return to the workplace. I can't say, however, that I didn't feel a strong sense of guilt knowing that so many Americans including acquaintances, former colleagues and even a close friend had been laid off in recent months. I'm pulling for them to find new employment.
So, why not go back for the social outlet (w/adults). Yes, it's nice to chit chat with your workmates, but in the back of my mind I'm always thinking about who's making dinner tonight, my daughter's big social studies test, or about getting back to work as I can't stand having files pile up on my desk! I've made very few friends from the workplace over the years, and I can now see why....I don't like to do anything at work, but work!
That feeling of accomplishment for completion of a job well done lasts only about five minutes in my line of work. As soon as I complete one file, it's on to the next one. Anytime I attempt something new at home.... say trying out a new dinner recipe, and over sixty-seven percent (that's 4 or more) of the household does not complain I am certainly feeling very good about myself! Now, that's a feeling of accomplishment.
Other considerations dealt with time constraints. I understood this new position would not afford the flexibility to work part-time or at home. I would have significantly less time to continue rehab after back surgery by going to the gym. Someone would have to get the kids ready in the morning, pick them up in the afternoon, and take care of them when they were sick...that "someone" would most likely be me. Chores would have to be divided up and most likely we'd have to hire a cleaning service. Ultimately, I'd lose time for not only myself, but with Mom MD and the four kidlets.
Therefore, as Bren enters sixth grade and the triplets start Kindergarten in the fall, I'm eager to have additional opportunity to volunteer at their school. I'm doing my best to make nice with the other parents, mostly moms of course. I want to be around to assist my kids with homework or any other challenges that they might face. I want to be there for Mom MD so she can perform her daily tasks at the highest level. This is my life for now and I'm sticking with it!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
JuJu, the near-five middle triplet recently completed Elmo medical school and is our resident physician. So last evening when she asked Alec, Vivi & I if we wanted to play doctor, I snickered and said "OK." It wasn't like the chicken nuggets in the oven would be done anytime soon.
JuJu eagerly grabbed her little blue Elmo doctor's kit and told me to lay down on the carpet. Vivi introduced herself as the nurse, and from what I could gather Alec was a medical assistant (he grabbed a pillow and put it under my head - nice touch). JuJu had begun the exam in her typical way by shoving the "object with the little round mirror on the end" into my mouth and scraping my cheeks, teeth and tongue...kind of gross you say...I suppose.
Before she could reach for her "plastic blue and yellow gizmo that she puts into her ears and listens to my heart", Alec the oh-so-fired medical assistant grabbed her "tiny rectangular black box with numbers that beeps" and ran away. Yes, I'm referring to her pager and she knows that it's a pager and an important part of being a doctor. So like any doctor whose pager has been compromised, she totally loses it, yells and cries, and then drops what she's doing and sprints after that soon-to-be-dead M.A. I say "Dr. JuJu...don't cry...doctors don't cry."
After about ten circles around the big couch and with an assist from her patient, Dr. JuJu regains control of her pager and the exam ensues. Eventually, the exam ends with no real diagnosis. I'm thinking "what am I paying for here?" Dr. JuJu then said "don't worry Daddy, everything is all right" and she proceeded to gently give me a shot...how sweet and I hope that I can be as comforting to the good doctor when she and the other two preschool medical professionals go in for their pre-K shots next month!
Oh yes, you may ask what did the young Vivi nurse do while all this was going on? Well, she asked me what nurses are supposed to do? I said to go upstairs and ask Mom MD. She came down and said "Nurses help you get better." - I said "good answer...Mom MD."
Here's to questions by preschoolers - Vivi asked me the other day "How do babies get out of your tummy?" Answer from R.E. Dad, NOT Mom MD - "Now that's up to the doctor to decide." - pretty good huh? I didn't lie............
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The article addressed the typical topics of layoffs, down economy, household budgeting, changing daily routine, and the feeling of isolation. All of which I could go into much more detail, but I won't as I don't want you to leave quite yet. What I thought was fascinating were the comments made by SacBee readers online.
Public opinion ranged from "Be a Man, Get a Job" to "Finally some recognition for the dads...." Of course, there was also the name-calling, and bickering amongst the responders. Some felt that the increase in at-home dads meant an erosion in "traditional" family values and roles. Others felt that this trend is the result of a bad economy. Even others felt dads at home was no big deal, heck what do they want a medal for rearing the children and doing household chores?
My two cents (& maybe you can figure out which comment in the Bee is mine)....the "traditional" family has changed drastically in the past 50 years....like it or not, that's the way it is. You or You and your partner must take care of your immediate family first and foremost. Your situation is what it is...your situation....and unique. You shouldn't care what other people think. Thank you for putting yourself out there Chuck, good luck with your decision and enjoy your little girl!
If you want to check out Chuck's website, it's http://dudesondiapers.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/dudeondiapers-in-the-news/
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Ju Ju (the middle triplet) loves to create artwork for Mom MD. So in the spirit of Easter with all that is innocent and pure in the world, I thought that I'd post a few of her drawings. You will also be pleased that on this Good Friday, this blog will contain no R.E. Dad ranting and raving!
The "Royal Family" with Ju Ju, Vivi (distance), Mom, Dad and the dreaded dragon. We're not sure where Bren and the Blond Boy are hiding.
This is Ju Ju's achievement chart indicating
that she has completed all her assignments
and chores in a timely manner.
Can you guess what this is? I couldn't until she told me, but now I can totally see it.......
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
On the downside, I'm nursing some nasty canker sores. ...yeah yeah, too much information as I've been told on Facebook, but at least I didn't post any pics of myself. In case you or a loved one has had canker sores and you have no idea how you get them or what they even look like, I have attached additional information.
On the upside, I just finished Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" which I found fascinating yet frightening. I won't preach, but bottom line....how much civil liberty are we willing to give up to fund ever-expanding federal government programs? Yes Mom MD, I've been sneaking off and listening to Sirius XM channel 166 again.
Switching stations, baseball season '09 has officially begun and yes the Seattle Mariners are still in the pennant race. I'm praying that my team, the St. Louis Cardinals can somehow find a closer...I mean 27 blown saves in 2008, NOT acceptable. Put another way, even if they ONLY blew half those games, they would have won the NL Central. Well, at least I have Hanley Ramirez on my Yahoo Fantasy team!!!
Speaking of baseball....have you ever wondered if you were a baseball radio announcer what your "Home Run Call" would be? In case you're wondering "Elvis has left the building" has been taken. Here are a few that I would consider using...
"Here's the pitch....swing and a high drive to deep (left, right or center) field.....way back....and *with an elevated booming voice*
- Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat has smashed da Fiddle!
- Duck, duck, duck, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!
- Knock knock! Who's there? ... Nick Nack Paddy Whack...we got ourselves a Run!
- Oh praise heavens, it's raining kitties and puppies...the drought is O-Ver!
- Order me a Gin and Tonic....Happy Hour has arrived early!
- Thank YOU Easter Bunny!
- Get a note to THAT ball's Mom, he ain't EVER coming back!
One final observation. Am I the only one who is noticing that coffee shops and fast food restaurants aren't taking any bills higher than $20? Twenty years ago, you could withdrawal $20 from the ATM and go bar hopping the entire night (this included a trip to Taco Bell on the way home). Fast forward to '09. If the forties are consider the new twenties, then in terms of currency, isn't $50 the new $20? Out.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
R.E. Dad's Daughter wanted me to link my blog with hers so she could have a snapshot of her current (1 1/2 months shy of 11) 45 favorite things......her birth date is May 14, 1998 and I have to remind her that many other important events took place on that day....Frank Sinatra died at the age of 83, "Seinfeld" ended it's 9-year run, Israel celebrated its 50th year of independence, Chris Webber was traded to the Kings for Mitch Richmond, and my dear friends celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary.
See her current post, it will put a smile on your face..........