Post VD Day… EWW!!

How was everyone’s Valentine’s day?!  For us, it wasn’t bad, but I was broke, so Louie ended up getting me something.  (I’ll post it up here later.)  
It was a poster showing a map of the world.  It had captions with pictures of different parts of the world.  I’m them, they would say, “Your love has reached Guam..Japan..India..etc.”  

Probably one of the coolest gifts I’ve gotten in a long time.  I’ll be honest, that I don’t truly give those, “I love you” more impact more times than most.  Now, I know I’ve got to step up my game.  

Although, I did send her a video of me singing Elton John’s, “Your song” with sunglasses and all.  (It was more like lip synching)

Anyhoo, we’re headed to one our favorite Mediterranean restraints tonight and maybe some else after.  I might just end up surprising her with something.  

Admittingly, I have been more preoccupied with picking up more slack at home.  Most notably, the cooking Monday thru Fridays.  (BTW, I’m pretty damn good at and Louie doesn’t hesitate to critcize.

Looking forward to a nice quiet evening with my lady and sans one independent lil’ 4 year old.  

I can answer ANY question except THIS one!

What are we having for dinner?!  Oddly enough, this seems to be the most difficult question for Louie and me.  Which also seems to be a common issue in families and couples.

This is how I feel about it some times…

Typically, I’m home from work by 9am-ish fall asleep by 1030 and wake up around 5pm.  She’ll get home by 530pm and we’re always asking that same question.  What are we having for dinner?!

Being the gentleman, I ask her what she’d like?  (which us odd because even after being married for 5 years, we still finish each other’s sentences)  Yet we can never come to solution before it ends up being a late dinner!

Now, we’re both accomplished cooks in the kitchen.  She still beats me by a mile, I’ll admit she can bake and do thing’s I have no idea how do.

But it does frustrate the shit out of me, that even with all that, we can’t come to a solid conclusion.  It usually ends up in my court to be the decisive one and dinner is made by 730pm at the earliest.

So this goes out to everyone.  Do any of you go through this phenomenon most nights?  If not, some solid suggestions would be nice!!

For now, I’ll let Sam Elliot decide..


Last month, I was coming home from work one morning and opened the front door. Normally, our 25lbs chubby brown puggle Daisy would come walking up to the door to greet me. Except I was greeted by her and a grey Yorkie about half her size, with beady brown eyes.  For a moment, I thought…I’m in the Twilight Zone, cuz we don’t have another dog and we never let one in recently.

This is the closest resemblance to Rosie, sorry I don’t have any available pictures to show, at the moment.

I called up Louie and it turns out, the dog was cowering in front of the doorstep as she was leaving for work that morning.  The poor dog was lost, with no tag or collar and simply walked and brushed up against her leg.  She felt that it had chosen her, and who wouldn’t, the dog was really friggin’ cute.

Once Louie got home, we started thinking of ways to find it’s owner.  First, it was the SPCA, which we found out that she didn’t have a chip.  Then we did flyers, social media and Craigslist ads (which were a waste of time, really).  Nothing…no one could either prove they owned her or wanted to take her in.

Maybe I should’ve put this up on Craigslist, as we kept getting emails about “owners” of Rosie.  None had ANY proof of ownership!

So we took her in, not knowing what to do next.  Mostly, she was a great dog around the house and warmed up to the family almost instantly!  Louie and Grace, loved her so much; Grace (our 4yr old) named her Rosie Cozy.

However, we noticed that Rosie had issues with fear and would tend to cower and hide.  This lead to difficuties having her go to the bathroom and ultimately accidents in the house.  Also, Daisy was not getting along with her and the two would fight over food and sometimes bed space.  These things were making her stay to be difficult but managable.  Until she ran into the busy street last week…

When bolted out into the road, she almost caused a multicar accident on a two-lane street. This led our neighbor (who is normally pretty friendly to us), to yell at my wife for almost causing that accident outside.  After a talk with the neighbor and with Louie, we decided it was time to give her up.

Luckily, we found a no-kill shelter that could take her in and help her find a new family.  Louie couldn’t bring herself to take her and Grace, had become so attached to her, that we had to tell her that we’d found her original family.  (Telling her that would’ve made it much easier for her to understand Rosie leaving)

When I got there, I was pretty much told to wait outside and was told to “wait until our dog person will see you”.  But it looked as though they weren’t going to be able to take her that day.  By sheer irony or just crazy good luck, the dog expert there said that she knew someone who wanted a Yorkie.  It turned out that the owner of the local bakery was the same that made our wedding cake almost 5 years ago!!

Talk about a crazy coincidence!!



A couple hours later, we met up with the baker’s family.  Rosie warmed up to them almost instantly; which is pretty much what happened with us.  I really didn’t need to ask, “Do you want to have as part of your family?!”  Everything seemed to come together that evening and it only got better.

As we waited for Rosie to get her inoculations and paperwork to be finished, her husband Rob, began talking about work and what do as our daily.  He and I ended up having a ton in common and we ended up doing some business networking and it looks like I may have a new job opportunity with his company!

Fingers are crossed like you cannot believe and with how everything went from one month ago to today, seems more than coincidental.  Capitalizing on this, I made a stop into the their bakery and bought a birthday cake for my wife.  (Who had her’s the next day) and took Grace and Louie out to Don Pablo’s.  Overall, a phenomenal night and can’t remember one day that went so smoothly.

Poetic Justice – Mother’s Day Part 2

To Louie,


Flying blindly beyond uncertainty, you saw hope with me.

Seeing beyond the quirks, quips and silliness, it didn’t fool you, it was known that there was much more beyond that mask.

Behind that shyness, was whit, creativity and unrivaled passion, which magnetized my soul to yours.

The pair matched by none, yet questioned only by us.

Those ventures we embarked on were foolish, yet always landed on solid ground.

No matter how much we change the clothes we wear, time doesn’t slow to tell us.           That it fits.  We fit………perfectly.

Never forget, that you’ve created amazing things; especially when they’re made of sugar, spice and everything nice!

She is life, so sweet and wonderful; yet so much like us!  SHE IS GRACE!

When time slows down, I realize, that you are my happiness, my everything, my God I need to stop, before you make me melt, like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day.

My joy, so much more is yet to be told of our story.  I just know, words don’t capture that kind of happiness.

Please remember, through these many years, don’t ever get tired of my sappiness.




Title image – SOURCE


The Math Think Tank

Today, I finally got to see my best Erik, whom I haven’t seen since his wedding in a couple years.  Which was mainly because he and his lady moved out of state, so it kind of sucked, not being about to hang out.

It was good to have a few laughs, get some GOOD eats, with some great low keyed time talking about; things that have happened to us, stuff about work and well most of all….MATH!    Which I was following along with relatively, but was mostly just actively listening.

(UGGGHHHH MATHH!!!  BTW Louie-6.02 x 10^23 is a real equation-It’s the Avacodo’s rule or something, GOOGLE IT!!!)

Shuddup Vader!!

Most of the stuff they were going over was well beyond what I learned in college and high school.  So it was a little hard to follow along with, which I don’t despise, but it’s difficult to really engage with that kind of talks.

Honestly, Algebra II and anything related to Number Muncher, was the highest I went.  I feel old……………….

Best game EVER, back in 5th grade.

Eventually, a conversation was started talking about the math symbol  π  or “Pi”.  Which they mentioned that it’s not pronounced “Pie”, which makes it sound yummy, but “Pee”.  Which is NOT so yummy.  They confused about why people don’t pronounce it that way, which ultimately leading that this is ‘Merica and do it our way.  I just think that Americans are so IRRATIONAL.

The number that is so hard to recite from memory regardless if it tastes good in your mouth or not!!!

But overall, it was good to see an old friend and spend some time with Louie sans our little girl Grace for once.  After that, we spent a nice little car ride enjoying some music and talking about random things, which we haven’t been doing recently.  Recently, it’s almost felt like we hadn’t talked in forever.  But I had an amazing time with her today and she really she is my joy.  (which felt really nice)

Later, we stopped by her parents and went to a spaghetti diner together, which was fun.  Grace, was really klingy and kept on hugging me, telling me she loved me and had my melted like an ice cube thrown into a volcano.

This was EXACTLY how I felt!!

Seeing her parents is always a great experience, as her dad is pretty much the best father-in-law a man could have.  Personally, I kind of view him as my father, in a lot of ways.  First, both of my parents are gone, which is pretty sad as I’m 33 years old, it is, but I manage.  Second, I feel he and his family were a blessing to me, as it gave me the grounded guidance I needed when my mom died and many other things.  Third, he has welcomed me into his family in the most amazing way.  Last, he’s got a true heart of gold and only gets on my nerves when he plays pranks on me.

Her mom has also been there, whenever I needed somebody to give the right advise when I needed a second opinion.  She’s been patient with many of the ups and downs that come with getting into a house, finding a new career and supporting Louie and Grace.  So, I couldn’t have asked for more.

OK OK, enough sappiness for one day!!

MMMMMMMmmmmMMM…sappiness.  🙂

Overall a great day!!  –  Be sure to LIKE, SHARE and REBLOG if you want.  Til’ next time!