Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Catching Up

I was gone on vacation last week. I haven't quit blogging just yet. Yesterday, I did write a farewell post, but I just couldn't bring myself to post it. Quitting is not in my blood. Even when I want to quit sometimes it's still impossible.

So for now I am still here pounding the keyboard. Feel free to start a Save the Otter internet campaign. Get me enough love and I may continue doing this for a long time. Who knows?

Today I will touch on a few subjects using the Life of a New Dad favorite bullet style.
  • First I have some business to take care of. The nice folks at Dove sent me some free soap. I get offered free crap from time to time, but this was different. I need soap. I use it every day. How could I turn down a free bottle of something I needed. So I am trying a new soap. Arica said it smells good and that is pretty much enough for me. I feel clean when I use it, but I didn't get out the microscope to check. I am confident enough in my clean sensing skills. I don't like the "Active Clean Shower Tool" though. It is just a loofah wrapped in a rubber housing with an exterior pad. It doesn't fool me. I don't wear pink. I don't wear visors. And I don't use loofahs. So I recommend Dove Men +Care if you like to be clean. I don't know what it costs though. If you go to buy some and it costs $7 a bottle then complain to Dove not me. Mine was free.
  • We took Braden to an amusement park, a water park, the zoo, Grant's Farm, and his very first Cardinals game on our vacation. It was a great trip. We have plenty of pictures that I might get around to sharing some day. At the end of the week it was nice to be home though. Braden agreed. He went around the house digging out all his toys to make sure they were still there.
  • Grant's farm must be one of the only places in America that has a petting zoo, a carousel, and free beer. I say America because I imagine they have places like that on every corner in Germany that also include sausage trees and BMW bumper cars.
  • We had a mouse. I stress HAD. He is now gone from the ranks of the living. Our furry friend had been wreaking havoc for quite a while. I kept forgetting to buy traps. I am an out of sight out of mind kind of guy. Finally I got traps two days ago. I opted for the glue traps like an idiot. I guess I felt like they were now the industry standard for mouse killing. They were also the cheapest traps. Yahoo! I saved a dime! They must be for city mice because our country strong mouse woke me up at 4:30 am banging around under the stove while escaping from his sticky demise. Last night I placed an old school snap and kill trap right back in the same spot. This morning we had a dead mouse. People have been using dead fall traps for thousands of years. Why in the world didn't I try them first. Let this be a lesson to all of you. If you want to kill animals go for the most vicious forceful type of trap you can find.
  • I had a job offer this past week. I went in to quit my job yesterday and ended up getting a promotion of sorts instead. See above about my trouble quitting. Now I get to keep my same relaxing position with a promise of zero travelling unless it is an absolute emergency. I also got a raise and some profit sharing guarantees. Now I might need to stop blogging so much and try to make some sales.
  • The week before we went on vacation, right before I had two job interviews, we put our house on the market. It is not a great time to sell a house, but we are trying anyway. We don't want to live in a two bedroom palace anymore. We need a larger palace in which to store our wares.
As you can see we have been quite busy lately. Wish us luck selling our house and in returning to our normal workaday routines.


Katherine said...

Goodbye...that would be tough to swallow!

Yep, I agree, go with what works. We tried one of those friendly traps for our groundhogs. They didn't fall for it, so my husband bought conibear traps. Only problem is he can't get them open himself and they don't sell the special tool to open them anywhere around here. But once he orders it off the internet its BAM on that groundhog's head!

Sounds like you all had a great time. And congrats on the promotion!

WeaselMomma said...

Grants farm sounds like my Mecca. I hope you had a great time at the game, glue traps kill, but in a long, slow and awful way. Snap traps are more humane and Congrats on the Promotion.

Brandy said...

ha - i loved your product review. and my hubby uses a loofah. I converted him.

yay for the promotion! that's so awesome. I wish I could get a little extra dough. but not a promotion - promotions mean more work.

good luck selling the house!

PJ Mullen said...

Glad to see you're still around. I've been in absentia much of the past few weeks myself, but was wondering what was up when I didn't see any posts from you in my reader.

Congrats on the promotion and good luck selling the house. We are four months into it ourselves and it is definitely no fun.

And, I agree with you, real men don't use loofahs, but we do like free beer.

SurprisedMom said...

Busy is definitely the word I would use to describe your world.

Don't go! I need my Braden updates! :)

Congratulations on your promotion! I didn't know you were thinking about quitting. Glad to know you won't be traveling incessantly. I'm sure Arica and Braden will be thrilled to have you on home soil more often.

Good luck on selling your house. I hope you sell quickly and find that bigger palace for all your stuff.

I want to go to Grant's Farm. The petting zoo and carousel sound fun, but I admit, it's the free beer I'm after.

Glad to have you back!

Tom said...

I've come close to writing farewell posts. Very close. Then I force myself to remember why it is I'm writing: to remember my life with the kids when they were small. And I remind myself who I'm writing to: my friends and family, the only ones who'd be really sad if I stopped writing.

Some days I don't have as much to say. Some days I feel like nobody (with a few notable exceptions) is listening. But remembering who and why always keeps me going.

Hang in there and please keep writing, because you do have a devoted audience.

Eric said...

Congrats on the promotion and hope you find a good buyer. Did you list with an agent? Its honestly the best thing to do rather than FSBO. And if you did get with an agent, I would get with them WEEKLY if not more regularly and asking them what they are doing to sell your house. Make them earn that six percent. Ask them what websites they are promoting your stuff on. Yours sounds like a starter home so it would be perfect for someone coming out of apartments. Tell him to go put flyers up at the local apartment.

yeah it can be a crap market, but that doesn't mean they cant try.

i used to be an agent so I like helping out people who get one so they dont get a bad agent taste.

oh and that was the best dove review EVER!