When You Have A "I Hate My Job" Day

Reblogged from Seventeen Mag-ness:

Found this gem in the depths of Reddit. Enjoy!

Try this out:

On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson.

Be very sure you get this brand. When you get home, lock your doors, draw the curtains and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed.

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A good funny for those in a funk at work...
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Dad and daughter dates

Reblogged from good dads GREAT DADS Blog:

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Encouraging good dads to be GREAT DADS!

Dads play a very significant role in their daughter's lives.

I was sent this excellent blog about why dads and daughters should go on regular dates together.

If you have a daughter or are lucky enough to have several, I strongly recommend you read this post and if it inspires you to take action, make a comment so others can also be encouraged.

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My Dad Daughter dates have been including Legos... What do you do?

Adoption Help In Russia

I don’t know a lot about adoption. In fact,  I know VERY little. I know people that have adopted and I know people that are going through the process now. I have read a little bit about the travesty that is taking place in Russia. If you don’t know whats going on, I strongly suggest you look into it. It is truly ridiculous as to what is going on in Russia. Do a Google search for “New Russian Adoption Law” and let me know what you think….

It is a shame that country politics get in a way of a family’s happiness, and more importantly the well being of a child. Two of the nicest people I know are stuck in the middle of this situation in Russia. Two of the best parents a kid could ask for. Their son and hopefully soon to be adopted child are blessed to have these people as parents. I can not put into words how lucky these kids are.

But Kremlin and Putin are getting in the way. Action needs to be taken.

I am asking for anyone reading this to sign a petition for the President to Diplomatically bring a resolution to the Russian adoption crisis.

I never ask people to do these things. I personally think alot of these type things are fake petitions. But I am here to tell you….THIS IS REAL. VERY REAL.

Please go to the following website, and sign the petition. Change.org 

http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-diplomatically-bring-a-resolution-to-the-russian-adoption-crisis

 

For What It’s Worth – Cooking For Boys

Huge buffalo wing

Huge buffalo wing (Photo credit: williamhartz)

A continuation from a new series titled “For What Its Worth”. Comes to us from my good friend and father of an energetic 5 year old son. See his other posts from the For What Its Worth.

I recently collaborated with my good friend to refine a recipe for perfect homemade chicken wings.  As we went back and forth with messages on how we were tweaking the recipe to perfection, it occurred to me how rare this was.  Two men, as heterosexual as they come, sharing kitchen secrets?  I reflected on this and realized that the problem is societal.  Its perfectly normal for Moms to teach daughters how to cook and bake.  Grandmothers pass on generations of accumulating expertise and recipes.  Its not as socially acceptable for boys to put on an apron.  Beyond the gas and charcoal grills Dads rarely embrace their role in the kitchen.  A chef is another story, but to see a man comfortable in a household kitchen is still a novelty in our culture today.  My wife is unapologetic about not cooking so for 10 years of living together I have ALWAYS been the one preparing the meals for dinner guests and family gathering.  Even after 10 years, I still can count on people being amazed that I know how to boil pasta much less make a chicken roaster, sautéed filet of salmon or cookies from scratch.  In this series I plan to share not only recipes I’ve developed, but also techniques that might help you improve results on some of your staple dishes.

Copy Cat?

No I am not.

I have been getting some people asking for MY posts. When am I going to be posting some original stuff? The answer is simple…. I will… Soon…

I have been looking all around and finding my way in the wordpress world. Reading a bunch of different blogs, and I am impressed. Those who have liked, or followed my page/blog, I have been trying to return the favor. Keyword there is trying…Some of those blogs that I found to have great topics, similar to my blogs topics, I have been reblogging them. If I find something informative, I want my followers to be informed also.

I appreciate everyone reading and following…

Stay tuned for some new posts from me, and also any blogs that I want to repost…

 

Ten Simple Money Saving Tips

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I have read many personal finance books and blogs and I have created a list of my favorite ways to save money.  The more costs you can cut, the more you save. Every penny adds up.

  1. Shop around. This goes for anything and everything that is a constant expense for you (insurance, cell service, internet, etc.)  I try to shop around at least once a year to see if I could be saving more somewhere else.  

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Some are simple, but a lot of people do not do these...

Phil Mickelson Is A Smart Man

Reblogged from Silver Gold Daily:

I have to give it to Phil.  His comments were right on time and echo the sentiments of many Americans in regards to the recent tax increases.  I wish everyone was fortunate enough to be able to seriously contemplate leaving the country for a better situation.

Phil Mickelson says changes coming because of taxes

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Phil Mickelson says changes are coming because of taxes and how they affect his family.

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Kind of hard to see Phil retiring.... but still its a good read...

Avoiding A Baseball Hall Of Shame

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The baseball writers have voted, and they've decided that no one should make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

They didn't vote for Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader, or Sammy Sosa, who had memorable home run duels with Mark McGwire and is eighth on the career home run list, or Roger Clemens, easily one of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era. 

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Baseball Hall of Fame. Now that the dust has settled after the vote, what is your opinion... 'roid era players... in our out?

The War Against Barbie

My girls have an addiction. They have been brainwashed. Everything they have, play with or want is BARBIE. I have given up. Heck I had already given up, and then there was Christmas…  Christmas came, and went and my living room threw up Barbies. The Dreamhouse, VW convertible, cruise ship, clothes, more Barbie dolls… it was definitely a Barbie Christmas.

Pay back is a B*tch I guess. When I was her age, I was brainwashed by HE-MAN and old school WWF. I had all kinds of HE-MAN action figures. I had Castle Greyskull and Snake Mountain… I am sure my Mom and Dad had the same feelings as I do with Barbie.

My oldest also received some legos for Christmas. Seems like Legos have a new theme targeting girls. Lego “Friends”. The lego friends set she got was a beauty shop.  My daughter instantly became hooked with legos. She has played off and on with legos but never really cared that much about them. I think the Friends theme is what did it…Now we have something in common. I loved legos when I was a kid. This is one toy addiction that I can join in on. So we have played with legos a good bit this week. We went to the lego store, got some more legos. We didnt get any new kits, I like for her to use her imagination to make something original, and to use her creativity… a house, a car, something other than those expensive kits. Now for some people, thats all they do, but I like using our imagination…

I thought we were golden… legos maybe my weapon of choice against this Barbie regime

BUT man… are they expensive, really expensive…. I guess I can’t win.

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For What its Worth – New Years Resolution – Part 3

Part 3 of this post will highlight some more fun activities that a fellow Dad has shared with some unique twists that might inspire your own household adventures…

 

Hide and Seek – We finished off the weekend with a good old fashioned game of hide and seek before bedtime.  The only slight variation was the seeker gets to hunt with a replica M16 assault rifle with lights and bullet sounds.  I pride myself in the stealth ninja hiding techniques that make the games heart pounding and intense.  My goal is to have him walk by me within a few feet and not realize I’ve blended myself into the room…then jump out and hear his screech of terror turn to belly laughter.  Today I put myself into a trash bag and balled myself up next to an identical trash bag that was sitting in the kitchen all day (the bag of trash was there all day, not me).  I nearly suffocated in that bag but it was worth it to grab him the second time he walked right by me.  Ninja style!

 

Electric Scooter We suited up in our winter coats and gloves and hats and charged up his new shiny Razor Scooter.  I walked behind him (straddling the yellow line on the road to control traffic) and let him open up the throttle and rip up and down the 1/4 mile straightaway near our house.   He would get to the end court and come back to me.  I stood patiently in the road, watching my son turn into a little speck in the distance, then come racing back to me.  His chest puffed out with confidence and he started doing little squat downs like some kind of stand-up jetski  racer or something.  All I did was watch and cheer him on…sometimes feeding him a bogus time letting him know how fast his lap was.  He loved it.

Angry Kid and the eSpark Razor Scooter

Angry Kid and the eSpark Razor Scooter (Photo credit: AngryJulieMonday)