Archive for January 2011

I think I’m famous

January 30, 2011

I’m pretty sure I’ve had this same conversation with my friends.

For those of you who don’t know, this is from my favorite comic Foxtrot (

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I can’t believe Nard-Dawg shot Matt Damon!

January 28, 2011

Liz has always been one to have very elaborate dreams but being pregnant is taking it to a whole new level.


On Sunday, we saw “Inception” for the first time (thanks Netflix!). The disc was marked ‘Rental’ which prevented us from skipping the previews. We watched a preview for a movie that starred Matt Damon (he plays a ‘retired’ psychic of some sort) which actually looks like a good movie (Liz and I are both Matt Damon fans as well). As we lay in bed later that evening, we watched episodes of “The Office” on TV.

The following is one of the most epic dreams Liz has ever described to me (I took creative liberties in some of the smaller elements):



Liz and I were at a gala event of some sort. The event was taking place in large hall. Low lighting and dark woods added a very ele

gant element to the evening. Liz was dressed in a stunning, floor-length black dress while I looked dapper in my classic tuxedo. Liz took notice of one of our friends who was off to the side of the room, alone. We walked up to Andy (you know, Ed Helms’s character from the office) who was crying because his girlfriend had just left him (I asked Liz if his girlfriend was ‘Erin’ but she never saw the gal’s face). He was starting to compose himself as we offered words of encouragement when another mutual friend of ours (Matt Damon) sauntered up and started playfully shoving Andy.

‘Come on man,’ Matt said to Andy. ‘Don’t be mad at me, she came up to me! She told me you guys were over.’
‘Back off!’ Andy yelled as he shoved Matt back. ‘You knew I was crazy about her! You can have any girl you want… and you had to have mine.’

Liz and I disarmed the argument and told Matt to stop being a jerk. Matt gave Andy a smirk as he walked back to the party. We continued to try to calm Andy down but he was still very distraught.

The next thing you know Matt, Andy, Liz, and I are all back at our house (you see, Matt and Andy had flew in for this event and needed a place to stay. Since we’re all such good friends, it was obvious that they would stay at our house). I was washing up in the bathroom when Liz, wide-eyed with terror, ran into the bathroom shaking.

‘Andy’s got a gun and he’s walking down the stairs. I think he’s going to kill Matt!’ she cried.
‘How do you know?’
‘I was getting ready to walk down the stairs to get some water and I saw him from behind. I saw him walking down the stairs with a gun!’

Just then, we heard two shots ring through the house. Liz and I stared at each other in utter disbelief.

‘What do we do?’ Liz asked in hushed tones.
‘We do what we have to do’ I said matter-of-factly as I walked to the dresser.
‘You can’t shoot him!’ Liz cried. ‘He’s distraught, he’s not going to hurt us… we’re his friends! He doesn’t realize what he’s done, we need to talk to him calmly.’ Just then, there was a knock at the door.

‘Joe, don’t shoot him!’ she said as I cocked my Colt .45.
‘Liz, he just killed Matt! We can’t take any chances.’
‘If you have to, shoot him in the le-‘ she didn’t have time to finish her next word.

As Liz opened the door, I wrapped my arms around her to pull her out of the way. In the door, Andy stood with his head lowered. Without even thinking I pulled the trigger three times and delivered 3 hollow-point bullets to Andy Bernard’s chest.

Andy never looked up. He dropped to his knees and slid back against the door frame (I tried to tell Liz that a .45 to the chest would’ve knocked him back at least 4 feet but it was her dream). We stepped over Andy so that we could run downstairs to check on Matt. In the living room lay the body of our good friend, Matt Damon. Blood and brain matter were splattered on the wall behind him.

Liz woke up from that dream around 5:15 Monday morning; waking me up in the process. If she keeps having dreams this epic I don’t know that I’d mind being woken up 🙂

Still Truckin’

January 24, 2011

It’s been one year and 20,153 miles since I (with a ton of help) swapped the engine in the rabbit. I can’t believe it’s been a year already (time flies when you’re having fun I guess). Bugs is running better than ever and I haven’t needed to plug it in once this winter. Even when it gets down to the single digits, she starts right up without a fuss.

I’ve stopped running on used motor oil as it was clogging up my injectors. It got me through a lean time (when veggie oil was scarce) but at the moment I have a very steady supply and I’ve developed a bit of a surplus. Maybe if I get a truck it would be worthwhile to figure out how to get the motor oil clean enough to burn without issue but for right now it’s just not worth it.

Bugs hasn’t needed any repairs in several months and as fuel prices continue to slowly climb it becomes very economical for me (still getting around 1100 miles on 10 gallons of diesel). The next big expenditure will be brakes. It shouldn’t be a big deal but I’m sure I’ll have a good story or two to tell.

Check that off the list!

January 24, 2011

The couches my sister gave us are now in our loft. Now we just have to get rid of 2 entertainment centers and a 27″ TV. Any takers?

Somebody stop this ride. I want off!

January 20, 2011

Despite having a very busy December, life was relatively slow between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. We started planning projects to complete before Charlotte arrives in April (which seemed so far away), met with family and friends for holiday celebrations and just enjoyed the time that Liz and I had together.

Since the first of this year I’ve had over $60,000 in hardware and software purchased (for work), had to extend a network trunk to test facility at work, setup a virtual host and test virtual servers, receive training on and implement a CNC bending solution, test the migration of our data management server to a virtual machine, migrate the server, purchase and implement clustering on our virtual hosts… Oh yeah, and I have to get the nursery ready, get couches (from my sister) for the loft and get it settled, attend childbirth classes, and prepare for Charlotte Joanna who is scheduled to arrive April 19th!

Although life is so hectic and doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon, we have so much to be thankful for! Liz and Charlotte are doing great, the Rabbit is running very well, Christmas is almost put away, the Matrix is paid off and we’re slowly getting the nursery ready. In such uncertain times when unemployment is high and there’s so much uncertainty, God is blessing us abundantly. 2010 gave us a lot of heartache and many challenges but God is good. We are so excited to see what God has in store for us in 2011.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

January 3, 2011

Our Christmas season was a great one. The time off work was definitely needed and we got to spend a lot of time together that we’ll come to cherish after Charlotte is born. Our celebrations were spread out over 2 weeks this year as opposed to 3 days in the past. It made for a nice holiday but we made many trips to Kokomo and back which meant the dogs were cooped up quite a bit than normal. Christmas wasn’t the same without Grandma but we were reminded over and over again how fortunate we are to be such a close family. We found great comfort in the fact that Grandma had the best Christmas she’s ever had!

With all of the time off I’ve had I checked a few items off my honey-do list. I got a bathroom painted, hung a medicine cabinet, worked on the rabbit a bit, and got a lot of relaxation! Here in the next couple of weeks we will start to get Christmas decorations down and then we’ll start to tackle the office which will be turned into the nursery.