Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Evey was reading this book as she walked out of school today... Then, an hour later, she was telling me how it ended!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday funnies

Good shot of the kiddos enjoying the gifts they received from my Colorado trip: two Scooby-Doo team-up comics, one with Wonder Woman (for Evey) the other with the Super Friends (for Boyd).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Saturday in January of 2015

It's 10:22 p.m. on a Saturday night. An episode of "Batman" from 1967 is on TV. My 3-year-old son is next to me watching the show as I type, two hours past his bedtime.

How did I get here?


Talk about an unlikely Saturday...

Evey's game was at noon today. Her team won a close one. Evey had a rebound or two, maybe a steal... and not much else. But she played hard.

After the game, we reconvened here at the house. No real event scheduled, just sorta one of those days that just happened...

So imagine, if you will, this unusual cast of characters:

  • The Jones family: Adrianne, Evey, Boydee and me
  • Grandma Judy and Great-Grandma Virginia
  • Bart and Lynette Littlejohn (Bart is our assistant coach)
  • Khali, a friend of Evey's 
  • Snickers the Dog
So yeah, we had a house full. And it was fun! I mean, imagine the conversation on a sunny (and warm) Saturday afternoon between 88-year-old Virginia and 37-year old Bart... while both have a cold beer in hand?

It was one of those Saturdays you had to be here to believe.

For example, did you know Virginia was a big fan of Golfdom? That's something I learned today.

We watched the Jayhawks play (and win) a fine game against UT, ordered a few pizzas, went out for more beer... and just had a good time, overall.

Boyd even fell asleep on the couch at one point, enabling us to watch the Tech/ISU game!

A random, fun Saturday, for sure.


Despite Boyd's boycott of sleep (and at this point, I'm just curious to see how late he goes) ((update: 10:15 p.m., he's still fighting it.)), he's been really good lately.

He's pretty much* done with diapers. He's been behaving himself lately. And he's just as cute as a button.

I'm pretty sure I was this cute at his age. And, actually, I'm pretty sure I watched a lot of old Adam West Batman episodes when I was his age, too.

I like this kid's style.


I'm off to a lousy start on the blog in 2015. However, I did celebrate some success in 2014.

I blogged more in 2014 (129 posts) than I have since 2010... when I posted 189 posts.

I think I did make a new year's resolution to blog more in 2014 than I had in previous years. And if that is true, then boo-yeah, mission accomplished, people.

And then I get off to a slow start on 2015.

What the dealy?


I'll tell you: I've been on the road most of 2015.

I was in Charlotte (got to see the new Lervik abode... nice!) and South Carolina three weeks ago, for a few days...

Then I was on a secret mission two weeks ago, for a day... followed by a night in Denver, then a day in Vail (ouch) and a few more days in Denver, for the STMA show...

Then this last week, my new associate editor, Buddy, was in town Monday-Thursday, so we could talk about the magazine, some big ideas, etc. I also took him on the beer tour of Lawrence, but sadly, not enough time to do that Boulevard tour...

So that leaves me to today. Glad to be home, with my feet up, doing intermittent laundry, not worried about checking into the next hotel, or worse, crashing on my skis.


I've started this 12 Monkeys show on ScyFy network... decent so far.

I love time travel stories.


Obama came to town this week, but we did not meet.

Next time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Captains America!

Taken last summer in Evey's room.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas photo

The kids got up EARLY this year for Christmas... like, 6:45. And they were ready to go!

Adrianne got sick on Christmas Eve. That was a bummer. But she recovered quickly.

Boyd would open a present, then want to play with it. He had no interest in moving on to the next gift.

At the end of the day, Evey proclaimed it was the "best Christmas ever!" so that is a good thing!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Evey scored a basket!

Here we are celebrating the first game/win of the season!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Not bad!

The cheap gas prices have got me excited... forgive me.


Boyd came to basketball practice tonight and failed miserably. He'll be banned from practice for a few weeks, at least. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he needs a new direction. Something.


Evey is off school for Christmas break, and enjoying her time off. I can already tell it's going to be hard for her to return in a week...

Question: is it OK for an 8-year-old to watch "High School Musical"? It's rated G, but... it's called High School Musical.


Oklahoma and Texas got stomped today in bowl games/college fooftball. But still, the most bizarre loss goes to K-State basketball against Southern Texas University. A perfect storm of follies. Interesting to watch.


Adrianne made a funny recently.

I can't time it like she did, but her and Evey were griping about Boyd and me. We're too stinky, ornery, something.

Then Snickers jumped on my lap. Boyd was also sitting on my lap. The three boys sat there, pretending to be triumphant.

Adrianne scowled in our direction. "Evey... we live on the island of misfit boys!"  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Santa's cookies and milk

The kids, with the cookies and milk they set out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Big dogs, big guns

A few pics from my recent trip to Cleveland... one of a big dog, another of some big guns...

The dog, Rambo, belongs to my coworker Ryan. The guns belong to Moustafa Ismail, Guinness Book of World Record holder for largest arms in the world. Moustafa was my Uber driver on a trip while in CLE.

Crazy, huh?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

From October of this year

Hey Santa, check out my big girl donating her time to make meals for the needy!

Our big boy

From November of this year… Boyd working away on the computer at Memow's…


So how big is our "big boy"?

Not so big, as of today. Fairly average, actually... unlike his Sissy, who is a giant, according to the growth charts.

This, from an email Adrianne sent me in early October:

I just got back from Boydee’s three year checkup and the doctor said he was perfect!
Surprisingly, he’s only 43% in weight and 46% in height. I think that’s completely normal and right on track from where he’s been all along – I just thought he was BIG and tall like Evey.

The doctor did say he looked just like Evey.


For the record, I still think he has a huge noggin, and on occasion, he does wear a size XXXL from the jerk store...

But apparently the doctors don't quantify that yet -- they're  polite.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Class of 96 represents for T.J.

Lervik's mom passed away last week... Age 61. That's awful, and I don't have the words.

But if there is anything that made me smile, it is the fact that Mrs. Lervik raised a son (Thomas, center) who is thought of so highly by his friends, that a group this large shows up to show their support.

What a compliment to a guy. Glad I could be there for my friend.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How could these two ever frustrate a guy?

Long, busy day at work today. Trying to get a lot done in a little time. Jamming, you know?

Evey comes home with homework, which rarely happens. It makes her paranoid. She'll nag me until it's done... But I have to go back to work.

Finally, 445, I clock out to help her. The subject is 'reflective pronouns' or some BS, words like 'ourselves' and 'myself.'

It takes all of 15 minutes to read through it... But I was so mentally tired, I actually fell asleep during the middle of homework! It also helped that the topic was mundane, but... Had Evey been less interested, I could have slept through basketball practice! And I'm the coach! Yikes.

Now I want to go to bed, and I can't! I need Evey's homework to knock me out, I guess...