Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Monday night out!

Well this was fun! Will was in town (he lives in Nairobi now) for a few days, and Judy watched the kids so we could take him to KC to see Jess and Sean. Here's a great pic of the five of us together at Turn 2, the upstairs bar at Hollywood Casino. That's the Kansas Speedway in the background.


Evey is working hard, getting ready for her performance next Friday and Saturday. Murder at the Malt Shop... 7 p.m. next Friday, 3 p.m. next Saturday -- mark your calendars!


Boyd's soccer team had its second practice. Boyd has a few classmates on the team. My first impression: they're going to be pretty good! We'll see how the other teams grew up since last fall, but the kids we got, a few of them look a little stronger and faster. Definitely taller.

League play begins March 31st.


K-State advances to the Elite Eight! Wow! Didn't expect them to hang with Kentucky, but instead they kept a small lead most of the game. Happy for the Wildcats!


I wish I was funnier this evening, but I'm exhausted from a LONG day. We take the magazine to press tomorrow. I told the family, soccer practice was good for me today because it allowed me to get outside and clear my mind a little. Too much focus on magazine pages today.

I'll be ready for the KU game tomorrow!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Boyd's first comic book!

 Boyd is doing a good job reading... he's not as advanced of a reader as his sister was at this age (but I mean, c'mon, seriously), but he's doing good.

If I'm going to give Evey a compliment on something she did great in comparison to her brother, than let me also do the same for Bub. I'd say he's get a better sense of humor at this age. Kid can bust you up out of nowhere, you won't even see it coming.

Take for example his comic book he created. He was working on it this morning without any prompting. Asked for the stapler. Then he was done.

"It's going to be kind of weird," Boyd said, "because it's about Dad tooting."

Sure enough, Boyd's two-page comic is about his dad's bad gas. It's called "When Dad Toots."

Thanks buddy! But I got to admit... it made me laugh.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Justice League visits Eudora Elementary School

EUDORA, Kan. — After an intense battle with the three-eyed menace known as Despero in Kansas City's warehouse district, four founding members of the Justice League of America made a visit to Mrs. Cunningham's kindergarten class at Eudora Elementary School.

"We wanted to let the kids know that we're not going to let the forces of evil disrupt their learning," Superman said. "Also, we have a friend locally who has an awesome garage office along with a pretty sweet comic collection, so we stopped by to say hi. Unfortunately, his Shinobi arcade game was busted, but he says he'll have it fixed for next time."

Eudora kindergartner Boyd Jones noted that the super hero visit was "pretty cool," but got a laugh when he told the heroes that the "Guardians of the Galaxy movies are way better" than any of the films about members of the Justice League.

Local parent Seth Jones said he was happy the heroes took the time to say hello to some local fans.

"I told Bruce — I mean, uh, Batman — that it wouldn't kill him to see some kids that weren't sidekicks," Jones said. "Also, Green Arrow owed me $50, so now we're even."

5th grade student Evey Jones was seen angrily walking into the 5th grade pod. It turns out she is not a fan of Despero, but instead was upset that the heroes didn't visit her class when she was in

"Just like Mom and Dad never got lunch with me... did Wonder Woman ever pop into my class?" she asked. "No way! Just Boyd's class!!!"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Picture day!

Check out how cool my kids are... it was picture day today, and they looked GOOD!

Boyd insisted on wearing a tie, so I helped him with his clip-on a little this morning. Evey chose her own outfit, but then it was cool that she had mom help her curl her hair. Both kids looked dy-no-mite. When I went and picked them up from school today I had to tell them to chill for a second so I could get a photo. Boyd struggled with the sun a little bit, but I got a decent pic.


We got the garage mostly put back together on Saturday. Foosball was back in effect. Then me and B.J. played mini-pool. Then we invited the girls down to play Uno on the felt table.

Someone suggested we make it a team game, adding a new spin to the game. Parents versus kids. The only problem was we were sitting Adro, Boyd, Evey, me. So inevitably someone would have to do damage to a teammate. 

As cute as Boyd is, this concept failed him. Next time we'll sit parent, kid, parent, kid.

And yet... the kids won. Boyd 5, Adro 2, Seth 2. 

Boyd wasn's as excited about winning all 5 of his team's games as he was that him and Sis won overall. Evey was chill and happy to hang and listen to the music.

I'm glad the garage is back.


New dish tonight. Shredded barbecue chicken sandwiches.

A new dish is a big deal around here because I've been playing it safe for the last few years. We might have a new winner, people!

Next up: soul food style mac n cheese, in these amazing new soup dishes we bought.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Ice Storm

Took this shot on Sunday afternoon when Adrianne was showing Evey her family tree, after Aunt Jessica asked me if I still had my family tree.


Cool day today. Adrianne woke me up around 6 a.m. and said "no school today!" I asked why and she said, "Ice storm!"

Sure enough, the weatherman nailed it. At 7 a.m. there was freezing rain and even lightning. It was a good storm.

It was interesting because despite the fact that school was cancelled, both kids were up early hanging out and watching the weather.


As much as I brag about Boydee, let me say this: he's awful to eat dinner with.

Takes forever. Flip-flops around. Gets mashed potatoes on his elbow. Talks with his mouth full.

I told him today that me and Evey were going to test him and pretend like we were strangers, see how he does. Then he got up and walked away from the table. "Can I spank him?" I asked. Then he complained about tomatoes on dinner!

My dad woulda smacked my ass... be careful Boyd... your time might be coming soon...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hello, this dish is Inigo Montoya. Prepare to dine!

So the poll is over, and "Inigo Montoya" won, with two votes.

That was Adrianne's name. The dish commonly known as goulash in other houses will now be known as Inigo Montoya in the Jones household.

Evey's name was "Smoky Mountains" (with one vote), mine was "Despacito" (with one vote) and Boyd's was "Dad's Delicious Dinner" (zero votes.)

And yes, Adrianne managed to vote for her name twice, Evey voted for her name once and I voted for my name once. Boyd did not vote because he's 6 and really doesn't care.

Evey was mad for a minute about Mom's two votes, but I reminded her that I told her to "vote early and often." If we do another vote, I expect Evey to utilize the school computers more...


Just watched the Jayhawks shellack the Sooners... by 30-some points.

We go to Tech on Saturday. Winner leads the Big 12 outright with only two games remaining. Pumped!!!


Cute moment tonight: when there is a movie that Boyd and I both like (like tonight, The Incredibles) Boydee doesn't hesitate to hop in my lap and watch the movie from that vantage point.

He's in kindergarten, and the watch-a-movie-from-Dad's-lap days are numbered. But it warms my heart. It's a cool age for a parent.

I was so enamored with the moment — my little guy on my lap, my big girl stretched out on the couch listening to music — that I grabbed my phone and tried to snap a quick photo. The first photo, that I had framed perfectly? Numbskull Koko-Kokonuts-Chupacabra Jones photo bombed it! Can't even see Evey Jones!

I snapped another one but Boyd is falling out of frame and Koko is still trying to figure out what I'm doing with my phone...


Koko is sleeping right next to me as I type. She's a good girl. Slept here next to me during the whole KU game.

And one point she spasmed in her sleep, or something, and it startled me because I forgot she was lying next to me.

She's doing it again right now. Her front paws are twitching back and forth as she sleeps. Must be dreaming. Maybe a nightmare? About chupacabras.


I was informed today by the accounting department that I may no longer buy bottles of water at the gas station. Bottled water! Seriously! 

Why?? Because it costs $1 at the gas station... and I can grab a bottle from the house for 7 cents!

But Seth, you say, how are you supposed to grab a water from your house when you're traveling for work? Oh, no, sorry... by accounting department I mean Adrianne. Adrianne informed me this evening that a bottle of water should either be grabbed from the house, or maybe I can fill a water bottle before I leave the house.

Then she told me I'm doing a good job with my expenses, and that she wasn't mad, just trying to figure out all the expenses on the credit card... to which I replied, "Well if feels like an inquisition!"


The kids had the day off school today, and so did I.

It was a good day. Overcast. Quiet. I made ham and cheese omelettes for breakfast, than got inspired to use the new wok Judy got for us for Christmas and I made beef fried rice for lunch. It turned out good, not as good as Judy's, but good.

Then I watched the end of the All-Star game while the kids played on their computers/tablets.

Judy came over in the afternoon and I went in and snuck in a few hours of work, trying to get ahead of the game for tomorrow...


Saturday, for the West Virginia game, I went out early with Sean and we hit Louise's West, then Rick's. Then Ted came out, we lost at LRC and decided to head to Red Lyon, where we saw Ryno and Shane. It was like the old days.

I didn't close the bar down but I may have hit it a little too hard. Why do I say that? I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on the couch downstairs, fully clothed but freezing my ass off, with Mexican HBO on the TV.

Interesting that when I'm that intoxicated I can comprende Spanish HBO no problemo.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bubster with Lucky Dog

 Here's a fun photo I got of Boyd with Jessica's dog Lucky. Boyd likes hanging with Lucky... she's a good dog!


You know where your tongue connects to the bottom of your mouth?

Is it possible to hurt that? I think I hurt that. I thought I bit the bottom of my tongue, just sitting here looking at the computer like an idiot... then I realized I have no teeth that can reach that specific area... so what the heck! How is that even possible?


The recent school shooting in Florida has been tough to observe. I clicked on to CNN twice today. I quietly cried in my office twice today.

The sick thought I had this afternoon as I took the dog for a walk and saw that the neighbor had his flag at half-mast: for 17 people, mostly under the age of 18, Wednesday's school lunch was their last meal.

School lunch should never, ever be someone's last meal. So sad.


We bought tickets to see The Head and the Heart with Grouplove, Starlight Theatre, May 29. You should join us!


I bought a comic on eBay recently... something I haven't done in a while.

I bought Green Lantern # 44. Got it for $21. Gil Kane cover, from 1966.

Looking forward to receiving it. Hopeful it's in good condition... the images on the auction were impressive.

I love old Gil Kane GLs. His brief stint on Spider-Man was great too. He did the covers around issue 100 on Amazing, including the Ka-Zar covers.

My favorite comic book artists, as of right now:

1. Steve Ditko
2. Jack Kirby
3. John Buscema
4. Mike Zeck
5. Gil Kane
6. Mike Mignola
7. Duncan Fegredo
8. Neal Adams
9. Jim Steranko
10. Ron Garney

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My dear Valentine

Nice W by the Jayhawks tonight. The difference was Lagerald Vick. He looked like he had played basketball before, which was a big difference.

I know what he's going through. I never played to his level, but there were times when the basketball felt alien in your hands. Then, a week later, it's a big ol' bucket.

Confidence, maybe. I think it's deeper than that.


Had a dream about Dad last night. We were outside grilling, and the neighbor's son drove through his garage, busting through the house.

I was grilling corn (with lots of chili powder) and chicken breasts. I have a Spangles tray I use to hold the meat when I pull it off the grill. It's plastic. For some reason, I placed this tray on the grill, and it made me panic. I thought I burned the corn. I put the fire out.

Turns out the chicken was still raw in the middle. So I tried to get the fire going again.

Pretty sure Dad laughed at me at this point then told me to trade in the truck. But I told him I want to drive it a little longer. He told me to get a used truck. I shrugged him off.

He looked good in my dream, and I didn't know he was gone. We were in our old driveway in Mulvane. Jack Shields was the neighbor, but the car that was wrecked was in my current neighbor's house.


Boyd had a big stack of stuff in his backpack. Adrianne was in San Antonio. He told me it was time to review the contents of his backpack.

BJ dumped out his backpack. Instantly I was discouraged. Not because there was a lot, or because it was disorderly... but because I HATE paperwork. Ask Adrianne. It gives me the chills.

In short: I would rather talk to you about what you need and when you need it... then get a sheet of red copy paper rife with misspellings that meanders between AP style and modern English.

But I found some cool stuff in the stack, including the art you see here. Yes, there was also the notification of lice in the classroom (so happy to have a boy who keeps his hair short) and the book orders... but also these cool pieces of art.

If Evey had done this art, I would have done a 1,000-word post on how brilliant my daughter is.

Now that we're on child No. 2, you get, "Boyd doesn't have lice!"


You couldn't see me but I just did the RUN THE JEWELS hand sign and in my mind it was BADASS.

Man, I miss me. Where've I been?

Oh, yeah...


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A super blue blood moon kinda day

I walked outside at 6:30 to check out the super blue blood moon. And yes, I quickly did it in my underwear. I wasn't going to get all dressed that early if it was cloudy outside.

I admired the super blue blood moon for about 5 seconds when my neighbor walked into his kitchen. It was still dark outside, so I just jumped indoors real quick... I think unseen.

At that moment the moon looked pretty cool. It was bright and it was going into eclipse.

So at 6:50 I came back out... this time, dressed. A good thing, because when I walked out on to my back porch the neighbor was standing on her back deck, and I startled her. We chatted briefly. The super blue blood moon was in total eclipse now... and it wasn't as cool. Could barely see it. I let Evey sleep longer. It was too faint.

Still, kind of cool. A once-in-150 years type deal.


Relatable to the super blue blood moon (I must just like typing it) is how rare it is for both my wife and my MIL to be away from home at the same time. And while I'm doing fine... I don't like it. I miss these ladies. Even if they're just upstairs while I'm downstairs, or whatever... it's comforting to have them here.

Judy returns to Lawrence soon, I think. Which will be good. Because I don't think Evey likes being the only girl...

(On a related note, Adrianne is happy that Judy is out of town, because now, for the first time ever, I'm really on my own with the kids. I made it to age 40. Not bad! And I haven't lost a kid yet.)


Made refried beans today. The kids had bean and cheese burritos when they got home, in a new meal we call "first dinner."

It's like an after-school snack, but it's better.


Gotta go. Me and the kids are going to the Shadow Gallery. We're going to do an online workout video.

Oh yeah!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Here's a photo of leftover... name-that-food

NO, Judy, we will not call it goulash in this house.

The nominees are to the right of this post. I will not tell you who chose each name. You have six days. Vote early, vote often. $20 to the winning name (I know it's gonna be me.)

We're in Day One with Mom gone on business. We miss her, but we're doing well.

We've got the best kids. Ever.

You're the best one in your row

Evey and Boyd before Boyd's kindergarten musical.
So we need help.

We need you all (Judy, and maybe Copy Jesus, if he's been cool with the lack of posts lately) to help us with a Jones family contest. We need a name for a simple dish that I made the other day... because it doesn't have a name.

NO... you don't get to choose the name (sorry Judy, no tomatoes con Frida Kahlo!) but you have to help us choose the name...

Each Jones got to submit a name. I offered $20 to the winner.

Dinner was simple... it was tube pasta (whatever that's called) tomato sauce with hamburger. Croissants on the side. Cob salad (lettuce, hard boiled egg, cheese, bacon, ranch) as the opener.

But what do we call this simple pasta dish, or maybe this dinner? At my house it was called... goulash, maybe. It wasn't a thing, really. It was a, "We've got nothing!" meal. But the kids dig it, and they want me to make it again. I told them, it needs a name.
Looking for Boyd? Look for the lad in the center of the photo... doing "hips and lips," whcih means. "everyone be quiet!"
He did hips and lips for the first two minutes of the program, while kids were singing. (Boyd is directly above the mic with the yellow scarf.)

So vote in our poll for the name you like best. The poll will be unveiled soon. I will not tell you who suggested which name. Just know there's a $20 riding on it, Lervik.


Nice W by the 'Hawks tonight. Kind of thought KSU would put up a better fight. 

It's the same thing for KSU every year. They've got to fire their coach. They had a chance to beat us in Lawrence this year... and they ran a non-play to close the game. 

Now. they've seemed to regress since then.

If I was a KSU fan, I don't think I could handle it... you got to send Weber away.


My top three albums, as of this second in my life:

3. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights
3. Harvey Danger, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
3. Pearl Jam, No Code
2. Radiohead, OK Computer
1. Soundgarden, Superunknown


We had a busy afternoon... I took the kids out of school early because Boyd had a doctor's appointment. We stopped at the house for a hot minute (I said it was so Boyd could brush his teeth but really I was expecting an important email) and then we were back out the door.

I told the kids, "We need gas!" before we left Eudora... unless the gas station was full... so we pulled in... every stall? TAKEN. 

So I rolled out, cussing. As this happened, the gas warning on the truck started to beep. This freaked out Evey.

Party like it's 2016!
Then we got on K-10. I drove about a mile when I saw cardboard flapping in the bed of the truck. "$hit!" I shouted. Over the weekend I stashed this cardboard in the bed of the truck, pinned down by lawn chairs, in a half-ass attempt to clean the garage. In defense of the 2.5 Amazon packages that arrive at my house every day (including 18 rolls of toilet paper a day. The Amazon drivers won't look me in the eye because they must be worries about catching the epic case of the shits that I surely must have, based on this amount of toilet paper) I tried to keep this cardboard out of my recycle bins (even thoughI now have two.) And now it's about to fly into the Prius behind me on K-10.

So I drove slow and got off the road. Stashed it in the cab of the truck, to later be recycled at a random business "cardboard only!" bin.

We went out to dinner and I asked the family if I should stop and get gas. They all said yes... but I said no. In my mind I said, "I'm the Captain now," and kept driving. The needle was on E, but if I could make it to Eudora, I could save 70 cents a gallon.

Evey shouted, "I don't want to die!" I explained that this was not a life/death situation (necessarily) and they could trust me... I drive the truck this far down on E all the time.

Evey was not amused. We coasted to Eudora, with plenty of fuel to spare. I decided to take the family home, rather than wasting eberyone's time while I filled up.

"Now Dad's just showing off!" Adrianne said. "I can see his smirk." 

There was a little bit of an argument over if I was smirking, as we got out of the truck. 

Inside the house, I did my Bruno Mars dance (it's something to behold.) Evey was not only unimpressed, I think she was also offended. So I threw the dinner receipt at her.

This set her off. And now she might want to fight me. Over gas, and the audacity of dancing just as good as Bruno Mars. But that's me, Evey, that's Dad. 

And that's the new 11-year-old Evey... sometimes ANGRY!


Photos included in this post are from Boyd's kindergarten music recital...

And my awesome drive maximizing the savings we could get from Kwik Shop!

For the record... the 1999 1500 Dodge Ram has a fuel capacity of 26.5 gallons.

Oh, and Boyd sang great. Like a bird. He's so talented at singing with 120 other kids!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

You have to try the buffet, Jerrrrrryyyyyy

What a weekend!

It started off with a bang. I was in Dallas on Thursday/Friday (for all of 29 hours) and landed in Kansas City Friday at 4 p.m. I hustled back home to change clothes and pick up the family because Adrianne and I had... Seinfeld tickets!
After a stressful day at work (we took the magazine to press)
on Wednesday, Boyd and I got haircuts, then we all went to
Set Em Up Jacks for dinner and some video games.

We dropped the kids off at Aunt Jessica's house (thanks Sis!) and hustled over to the Midland. Good thing we got there early too, because our VIP lounge passes and our tickets were... NO GOOD! The scanner said they had already been scanned. That was not a good feeling obviously, and had me stressed out.

We called our Midland pal (Travis) and he came down and resolved everything for us immediately... so we got where we needed to get, with only a small delay...

The Bokerns, Ted and Heather, joined us for the show. We had GREAT seats... 8th row, left. (One of these days I should write about our membership with the Midland... it's pretty awesome, really impressed.) Jerry was great and performed for a little over an hour. He had an opener who was on for about 15 minutes or so. Between the seats, the good company, the venue and of course the headliner... I'd give the whole thing a 10.

Ted and I snuck away for a brief moment to reload our drinks, Adrianne says I missed perhaps the funniest 10 minutes of the set. But that's all good, because I wouldn't want the drinks to be dry during a comedy set.

After the show, we went over to Johnny's and reminisced about the show, the best parts, surprises, etc. Everyone was hungry, ("When are we going to get FOOD!?!?" was one of Jerry's jokes) and I could have crushed some beers there but we needed to get the kids and get home.

The kids had a blast at Aunt Jessica's. Boyd learned about Minecraft (and now has it on his Kindle... but wants to delete it.) And they also ate some potato soup, my mom's recipe, courtesy of my sister, and loved it... and now I just texted Adrianne, asking her, "Did I remember to get the potato soup out of the Tucson?!?"

Saturday was a blurry, hazy, lazy, hectic day. Saturday morning we did a whole lot of nothing. Then we started watching this show about news events, and the science behind them. It was kind of interesting. I went downstairs to grab something, and I hollered upstairs, "We should be watching this downstairs!!!" (Bigger TV, we had the beds pulled out for the Abasolos — who cancelled last minute — might as well take advantage of the comfort!) We ended up watching this show for about two hours, kind of napping and just chilling. I kind of needed it after going to press on Wednesday, going to Dallas for 29 hours, then running around to see the Seinfeld show.

Evey had a sleepover on Saturday night at her best friend's house, Ryan. Then I headed out to the KU game, I had a media pass (thank you Lawrence Magazine.) I stayed late at the game (for the assignment) so I didn't get home until late.

Boyd had just fallen asleep when I got home... Adro was happy they had a productive afternoon/evening, doing laundry, playing games, etc. I relaxed with Adrianne for a little bit then we all went to bed.

A great weekend... with Jerry Seinfeld the huge highlight of the weekend.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Now that's what I call Saturday (Vol. 2,116)

It's Saturday night as I'm typing this... I've got NIN on the big screen downstairs, with the new sound system slightly loud.

Thought I'd recap my excellent Saturday.

Well, first, let me back up — me and Adro went out on Friday night with Bill and Billie Jo, to the Heart GCSA party at Arrowhead. They had a casino night... Adro was hot at blackjack and stacked up some chips for us... it was enough to win a bottle of Tito's vodka from the raffle! Nice job, Adro.

I'm lousy at blackjack. Too much math. I prefer poker, it's a different system to me, one I better understand.
Boyd is really excited to see this movie.

Anyway, Saturday morning we woke up feeling fine, kids slept in a little bit with Grandma Judy downstairs. Adro bought some sausage links so I made eggs and sausage links* (not a typical breakfast here at the Casa de Jones) and then we got ready real quick and hustled out the door because we had MOVIE TICKETS...

Adro and Evey went to see Wonder. Boyd and I went to see Ferdinand (an animated movie with a bull, voiced by John Cena.) Evey was super-excited to take her mom to see this movie. Aunt Jessica gave Sis the book for Christmas and she just devoured it... so she has actually been reading the book aloud to Adrianne when time allows.

Boyd and I enjoyed our movie, it was a little slow in the beginning but it had a fun third reel. Boyd thought the whole thing was "awesome" so that's cool. Adrianne gave Wonder a "10" and Evey gave it a "7" I think (which means she liked the book better, I think.) But everyone was happy with their movie choices (I was mostly happy I didn't have to go hide my tears at Wonder.)

** Please note, the music has changed: Rage Against the Machine live at Finsbury Park — yes Adro I do still watch these off the DVR! **

** Random aside: I'm really looking forward to Saturday Night Live tonight, since they haven't had a new episode in two weeks. And in that time, Donald Trump has thrown around the term "shithole countries" liberally and had a book published (Fire and Fury) that he suggested should be pulled from shelves... **

For some reason Bub and I didn't get any previews for our movie. Despite both movies starting at 10:30 a.m. (yeah we like the early movies... they're cheaper and there's no crowd and you still have your whole day ahead of you) Bub and I got out about 30 minutes earlier than the girls (I asked customer service.) So I grabbed a tall Miller Lite, and $5 in arcade tokens, and me and the Bubster started racin'!

It's a $1.00 to get the game going, but 50 cents to continue... so we kept continuing for a while. That was just a blast. Then the girls got out so I let Evey take my seat... eventually, somehow, we broke the first machine (the screen went black) so we moved over to Galaga to finish...

Left the theater then went grocery shopping together (not the highlight of the day but we needed the groceries) so the girls did most of the work while Bub and I dinked around the grocery store. Eventually we ended up on a bench, Bub playing games on my phone, me reading the new Sports Illustrated.

Home, we ate lunch (courtesy of Price Choppa... chicken tenders, mac n cheese, and I got a $6 cup of chicken tortilla soup!)

((It should be mentioned the chicken tortilla soup was excellent, worth the $6, even though it might have been an impulse purchase not approved by the family accountant.))
This is what happened after I bought $6 chicken tortilla soup.
Please note: this is a movie stand-up, not my actual arms.
But it looks kinda convincing, eh?

(((The best thing about Price Choppa??? They have Five Alive!!! We have three or four frozen containers in the freezer right now!!! I think I'll make some soon and mix it with the aforementioned bottle of Tito's!!!)

Adro and Boyd took a well deserved nap while I went downstairs and watched the KU-KSU game (which I recorded and managed to avoid any spoilers, despite getting texts from four different friends about the game, during the game.) I'll admit I hit pause and napped for about 15 minutes during this time... just got tired. But I finished the game and was surprised to see we pulled one out. Glad Bruce Weber doesn't know how to manage the end of a game, that helped us. We're going to get destroyed in Morgantown on Monday... and we'll lose another game or two in Allen this year if we don't get it together...

And then I cracked open a cold beer and started watching NIN, a little sports... RATM... and now, the kids are coming down and we're going to play the "Headbands" game we got for Christmas, which has a superhero theme... that should be interesting!

** OK, the Marvel Head-Bands game is over, it was pretty good! Evey won the first game, Bub and Evey tied for first on the next game. Lot's of cool Marvel characters, but some characters that they don't know... like Black Bolt, Taskmaster, Elektra... **

Queens of the Stone Age at Austin City Limits on now. Solid.

Kids baked cookies. I'm telling you... my 2,116th Saturday was solid.

*Except for when the eggs and sausage links made me sick to my stomach. That was awful.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Evey finishes in 2nd place tie at the spelling bee

Email sent to several co-workers on Thursday morning:

Morning everyone,

That’s my daughter Evey on the far right in the attached photo… she tied for second place in the school spelling bee yesterday! 

The final round went on and on and on… either all three would get their words correct, all would get them wrong, or one would get the word correct and the other two wrong — giving one kid a chance to win it all with one more correct word. Each kid eventually got a shot at a championship word, the boy got his word right and won. (His championship word was clandestine. Evey’s was propaganda.)

I know I’m biased but Evey really put on a show for a few rounds… she kept getting 20-point Scrabble words while the other two kids were getting lay-ups. When she nailed taxidermy and then boisterously in back-to-back rounds the room went crazy (all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders attended.)

And yes, I was extremely stressed out during those last few rounds! It was intense! We took Evey out to dinner last night to celebrate. We decided 2nd place was just about ideal, because she performed exceptionally in the spelling bee… and we have the added bonus of us not having to relive that stress at the next level!

Thanks for letting me brag!

Proud Dad