Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vacation Pictures

I had to put this picture up here to prove that Debbie, who usually gets sick playing video games, actually does play. I also have this as evidence against the video game hater Lindsey...she used to get so mad at Adam and I for playing video games. At least they were having fun.

We spent some time as couples at GameWorks, but Adam and I spent a few hours there the next day. We were able to defeat some four to six different arcade games that would have cost us a small fortune back in the day.

Here we are out front of the Monte Carlo where we stayed while in Vegas. We had a great deal of fun being away from work and the hectic every day life that seemed to never have a break.


Here are the Shumways out front of the hotel. We all enjoyed our first night in Vegas after a long day of driving. Much thanks to Adam for being a trooper and driving the entire time. Thanks to the Shumways as well for offering the use of their nice SUV to get us there. That first day there we had a typical male/female miscommunication. Adam and I asked the ladies to go down and get the Danny Gans tickets for that night. The men were thinking they would head to the concierge desk to pick up the tickets at our hotel lobby. Nope, they walked all the way to the Mirage to get the tickets. In the end, the seats were great...our own box seat.


However, the result was that poor Debbie got some nasty blisters in the same spot on both of her feet. She was quite the trooper however, she still went to the show and even went browsing around Caesars for a while after the show.


While walking around that night, Debbie got thirsty...who wouldn't when it is still over 90 degrees after the sun has gone down. Anyway, we learned that there are no drinking fountains anywhere in the hotel and casinos. So, at a indoor cafe, I bought a small bottle of water...$4.58!!! She said that is didn't even taste all that different. Be still my cheap, cheap heart.

Finally, here is a picture of Adam and I thrilled to being interrupted in our game play whilst at GameWorks.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip. Debbie and I had a great dining experience at the Bellagio right before we say the most amazing show ever. We saw the Cirque du Soleil show called O. I will never think of the circus, acrobatics, or water in the same way ever. It was absolutely amazing.
The trip was amazing and was exactly what we needed. You have to remember that we have never taken at trip before that was just us for more than one day. I think after 8 1/2 years of marriage and around 7 years of fertility treatments and trials, we deserved it. Especially Debbie...after all, she has survived all of those treatments and she has survived me. What can I say...I am one lucky man.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Debbie is 30!!!

My sweet wife has finally joined me in reaching the 30's. She is such an amazing woman...I did my very best to spoil her. We loved our trip to Las Vegas with the Shumways. I would have to say that one of the rememberable events was the first day. We told the ladies to go downstairs and get tickets for Danny Gans...instead of going to the concierge desk, they walked all the way to the Mirage and back. It worked out though...we got box seats for just the 4 of us. Dinner that the Belagio and seeing O was amazing. I am just glad that I was able to spend so much time with Debbie and to be away from the stress of work.

Yesterday I had my company's annual golf tournament that I am in charge of...it was a great event. Everyone had fun and the chief architect and I were able to shoot people with water guns. Our new CEO started yesterday...really good golfer.

I am really looking forward to the new challenges that my new position will provide. I hope that later this month I will finally be able to work on my book again or at least submit again to publishers. Anyway, hope you are all well.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Las Vegas Here We Come

Well, we are off tomorrow to head to Las Vegas for the Father's Day weekend and for Debbie's 30th birthday. I think I finally surprised Debbie for her birthday for once...you will have to ask her what she got. Let's just say that she has been a very good girl. I could not ask for a more loving and caring woman. She is the most compassionate and caring person I have ever met in my life. Her greatest act of charity was marrying me and for tolerating me for 8 1/2 years. I could not possibly love anyone as much as I love her.

We will be heading to Las Vegas for a 4 days and 3 nights of fun with our long time friends the Shumways. Hopefully we will not melt in the 100 degree weather whilst we are there. For me, it will be nice to finally have a break from the hectic pace of life this year. As some of you may know, I have been having stomach issues of late. I hope that this break will be good for the health.

Today also marked an achievement in my career...I was promoted to be the Technical Services Manager. I went from being responsible for 2 groups, conversions and interfaces, to being responsible for 9 different areas. This will be a challenge, but it will be one I gladly welcome. I hope that once I get back from the trip and the change of at work becomes widely known that I will be able to get back on the creativity wagon. I really am anxious to continue writing book 2 in my trilogy.

As a parting note...I have come across my all time favorite quote. This is a quote from my all time favorite TV series that was short lived...Firefly. One of my favorite characters, Jayne Cobb, uttered the following phrase in the episode called "The Train Job":

"You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command here!"

My conversion team says that I should put a chain above my desk. I may do that...unless it is some sort of HR violation.

Monday, June 9, 2008

June Update

Well, it looks like I have to have a Endoscopy now on Friday the 27th. All I can say is that at least it will be for free. I apparently have an affinity for going to the doctor now. The shoulder is still recovering...at least I have full range of motion. I have to hold off on fun activities until August...this is slowly driving me insane.

Debbie and I are looking forward to our Las Vegas trip later this week...so, we will be gone for Father's Day. So, here is our shout out for our fathers...Happy Father's Day! We will probably still call you. We love you and appreciate all that you do for us.

I am currently reading Pillars of Creation, book 7 in the Sword of Truth series. Debbie is reading the 3rd Vampire book in the Twilight series. Our callings are keeping us busy...Debbie more so than me. Work is slowly grinding me into the ground, so I am really looking forward to the vacation.