My Step Son is the Best Person on Earth

My step son is literally the best person on Earth. Holy crap is he amazing!

Just as I was about to start my lunch break he called me. He asked if I was busy and I said no. He asked if I could come out to my car. What? Sure! I went outside and there he was. He brought lunch for both of us. Five Guys, to be exact. Can you believe that? Can you believe how amazing that was?

I love my step son so much I just don’t have the words. That was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. Ever. I am so happy. I honestly think I might cry.

Two Things

There were two big things going on in the extended family today. One was centered around my parents house. That doesn’t seem to have gone as well as I had hoped, but it was still all right. It wasn’t a slam dunk BOOM everything works out, but it was another step in the right direction. I’m just too impatient now to be happy about it.

The other thing was centered around my house, though it had nothing to do with Lake Asshole, and that seems to have gone much better. It isn’t the perfect solution, but all the boxes are checked and everyone seems happy so I am happy.

Now back to impatiently waiting for my parents thing to resolve… waiting… and waiting… and getting closer and closer to the inevitable nervous breakdown.



Bellana is all moved in. Her dad is bringing a few things up next weekend, but for now she’s there and most of her stuff is there and her roommates are there and everything is good. She has a new apartment, now she needs to transform it into a home.

Jen and I left Burlington around 4:00pm, maybe more like 5:00? I’m not sure. We chose to take the scenic route home which somehow led us to NH route 9 which is so winding that I’m sure we drove in a spiral at least twice, and it’s so badly lit (just some reflectors on one side and some reflective yellow paint) that I’m positive we were underground for at least 15 of the 40 miles.

We are home now. We are exhausted, proud, excited to see what comes next, but still a smidge sad.

Congratulations, Bellana.

Now it’s time to shift our focus to Harry who is graduating from high school in less than two weeks. I’m so proud I might pop like an over-proud balloon!


We are packing up the cars for the move tomorrow. I am happy for her and sad as fuck for me and Jen. The happy definitely outweighs the sad though and I am choosing to ignore the sad until Wednesday at the earliest.

A Full House

Both kids are home tonight. I think we can count the number of days this will happen again on our fingers, and we will have some fingers left over.

Tonight though. Tonight the house is full and so is my heart.

Wednesdays are Always Good Days

Today is Wednesday and Wednesdays are good days.  Why?

At some point this afternoon/evening, after the “school day” ends, the kids will be coming over.

Wednesdays and Thursdays are good days because Wednesdays and Thursdays (and alternating Fri-Sun) are kid days.

Rush Tour Dates!

New Years!

All rolled into one! That’s what today feels like, for Rush has announced new tour dates for 2015! It is Celebration Day! They are touring to celebrate their 40th anniversary even though this summer marks 41 years. Well… as long as they can still count to 7 and play Cygnus X-1 I will forgive their math error.

Here are the dates:

Date Location Venue Tickets
May 8, 2015 Tulsa BOK Center On sale January 30, 2015
May 10, 2015 Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena On Sale Soon
May 12, 2015 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center On sale January 30, 2015
May 14, 2015 St. Louis Scottrade Center On Sale Soon
May 16, 2015 Austin Austin360 Amphitheater On Sale Soon
May 18, 2015 Dallas American Airlines Center On sale January 30, 2015
May 20, 2015 Houston The Toyota Center On sale January 30, 2015
May 22, 2015 New Orleans Smoothie King Center On Sale Soon
May 24, 2015 Tampa Amalie Arena On Sale Soon
May 26, 2015 Atlanta Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre On Sale Soon
May 28, 2015 Greensboro The Greensboro Coliseum On Sale Soon
May 30, 2015 Bristow (DC Area) Jiffy Lube Live On sale January 30, 2015
June 8, 2015 Columbus Nationwide Arena On Sale Soon
June 10, 2015 Buffalo First Niagara Center On sale January 30, 2015
June 12, 2015 Chicago United Center On sale January 30, 2015
June 14, 2015 Detroit Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Soon
June 17, 2015 Toronto (I) Air Canada Centre On sale February 6, 2015
June 19, 2015 Toronto (II) Air Canada Centre On sale February 6, 2015
June 21, 2015 Montreal Bell Centre On sale February 7, 2015
June 23, 2015 Boston TD Garden On sale January 30, 2015
June 25, 2015 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center On sale January 30, 2015
June 27, 2015 Newark Prudential Center On sale January 30, 2015
June 29, 2015 New York Madison Square Garden On sale January 30, 2015
July 9, 2015 Kansas City Sprint Center On Sale Soon
July 11, 2015 Denver Pepsi Center On sale January 30, 2015
July 13, 2015 Salt Lake City Maverik Center On Sale Soon
July 15, 2015 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome On sale February 6, 2015
July 17, 2015 Vancouver Rogers Arena On sale February 6, 2015
July 19, 2015 Seattle Key Arena On Sale Soon
July 21, 2015 Portland MODA Center On Sale Soon
July 23, 2015 San Jose SAP Center at San Jose On sale January 30, 2015
July 25, 2015 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena On Sale Soon
July 27, 2015 Phoenix US Airways Center On Sale Soon
July 30, 2015 Irvine Meadows Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale Soon
August 1, 2015 Los Angeles The Forum On Sale Soon

Opening night is my birthday. Too bad it’s in Tulsa, otherwise I’d say we should join the throngs of similarly obsessed fans and get ourselves there. But… it’s Tulsa. $5.00 says they did that on purpose. (sorry Oklahoma, said the proud Masshole)

Key dates:
June 23rd in Boston.  Obviously.
June 29 in New York. We’ve seen them at Madison Square Garden twice. How about Garden Grady #3?
June 17 and 19 in Toronto. I’ve always wanted to see them do a home town show.
July 25 in Las Vegas. I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas. Why not go for Rush?
August 1 in Los Angeles. They aren’t playing in San Diego. L.A. is as close as they get. Is it close enough? Yes!

Happiest Business Day of the Year

Today is hands down the happiest non-holiday business day of the year for those of us working for the company I work for.

Today is annual bonus day! Along with our W2 and our profit sharing trust documents for the previous year we get a nice bonus. It’s nice enough that, when added to my annual salary, it makes my income less laughable! WOOHOO

How did I celebrate bonus day? By changing the cat’s litter box! WOO(cough)HOO!