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Not Going Down In This Fight Without…


looking like a complete badass!!

Or a baboon’s ass, I haven’t decided yet. However while Sara was filling my love tank by giving me the best haircut of my adult life(guys usually stop getting this summer only haircut after the 3rd grade), I couldn’t help but think Jason Statham. Okay so I’m not that badass…but there may be hope! Maybe if I work on the accent, crotchety attitude, and stubbly face just a little bit more.

I guess I don’t really need to explain what Sara and I did this Saturday night after I worked in the basement all day long. A picture is worth a thousand words right? She says I can only keep it for two days, but we’ll see how well I can play my cards. I think everyone I work with would love to see this in person. Don’t you?


Work Day

It’s been almost two months since I’ve finished wiring the basement and I made poor Ed haul about 40 sheets of drywall with me on a rainy day. So after Kevin and Glenno stopped over today to help me getting started on the drywall I figured I should update everyone on my progress. I can’t believe we got more than half of the ceiling done just today!

I know this is the first time I’ve written about finishing our basement. So I’ll give you a little background. I started at the end of last year. I drylocked all of the walls in October of last year, sometime before our vacation to Ireland. The week of Christmas break is when I started framing in all of the walls. The idea is to have an office for Sara’s business/workout area. A spare bedroom for guests, since someday we plan on filling those upstairs rooms with children. A full bath and kitchen for our guests. Oh and a huge entertainment room with a projector and stadium seating! Below are three stages of photos: framing, insulation, and drywall from today. Big ups to Glenn, Kevin, Mark, Nick, and Ed for helping me out when I needed a hand for an hour or a day.

Time To Work On My Sales Pitch

I work up this morning getting ready as I normally would. It’s been a little difficult for me to get up in the mornings. I seem to want to keep sleeping, but I did get up eventually. After I got out of the shower I was doing the whole gel and combing of the hair thing when I noticed in the sink a nice coating of my hair that was falling out as I combed.

I was pretty shocked that it is happening so soon. I’ve felt so great through this first treatment and I haven’t really felt anything too unbearable as far as side effects go. But to see all of that hair gone at once was pretty unnerving. I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and break out the clipper set. I’ll spare you a photo of the sink but you better believe you’ll be getting one of me shaving it all off.

Hmm, my scalp is kinda tingly while I sit here and type this up. I guess that’s all my last remaining red hairs jumping overboard, “abandon ship!”. It was a good run while it lasted hair, thanks for at least being there for me at my 10 year high school reunion!

White Blood Cells – Fail!

Well my second chemo treatment on Monday was a dud. They always do blood work before they begin treatment to ensure that everything is good to go. My white blood cell count was knocked down too low to give me treatment. We were kind of wondering what was taking so long because the first time I was treated it only took about fifteen minutes for my blood work to come back. I guess they are double and triple checking my counts to make sure that they were reading it right.

Which sucks because now I will be a week behind and it just pushes off the inevitable anyway. Oh well, I guess I’ll let you know how it goes next week instead. They said that if this persists they will have to add another drug to my regiment to stimulate white blood cell regeneration. Just what I need, more drugs! The drug they are talking about giving me is Neupogen -(wikipedia link), for the curious. Better luck next time I guess!

Today I was hoping to get my braces off. I was scheduled for a “check for de-banding” at Dr. Kingas’ office this morning. In my mind that meant take these buggers off of me. But in reality that meant, lets take a look and let you suffer for two more weeks. Thankfully though his schedule was all booked up and the next best date is one week from today, hooray! So next Wednesday I should have a pearly new smile for everyone to enjoy. I’m pretty excited, nobody loves a brace-face!

Much Needed Break


Finally a much needed vacation! I needed to relieve some built up stress over the last few months of crazy tests and procedures.  Much deserved? That I am not too convinced of. I’ve been quite a space cadet during these past few months at work, I can’t say I’ve been able to carry my own load lately. I need to step it up.

Myrtle Beach however was great. The weather was expected to be iffy, but the sun was shinning on Garden City all week long. We had just a few rains here and there but they didn’t interfere with our fun in the sun. “The boys” all got a little scorched the first day out, thanks to our ladies. I don’t think we will be hiring them to lube us up before our big muscle men shows. Gross, moving on!

We made sure our bases were covered for the week: massive amounts of sleep, fun in the sun, sand in the shorts, salt in the eyes, playing cards games and speed scrabble, swinging a few golf clubs, eating ourselves silly, puking in toilets, reading lots of comics, rocking the baby to sleep, visiting family, learning what white people like, watching the weather channel and cash cab, playing with fireworks, killing cockroaches, and many more things!

To top off the week Johnboy and I decided on sharing an experience everyone should share with people they love most: food poisoning. I’m just sorry that I couldn’t share it with my newest brother-in-law as well; Neil you lucky dog!

More updates tomorrow kids, stay tuned!