Archive for the ‘31 Day Blog Challenge’ Category

So here we are, at the end. I’m a little behind. ūüôā

The weekend was busy with Easter & all.  And Illness has run rampant through the household. It ran me over yesterday.

Day 30: My favorite ice cream flavor is…

…wait for it…

Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

or Dean’s Fannie May Mint Meltaway

Day 31: Self portrait & what I like best about this experience.

Like I¬†haven’t¬†posted enough photos already… here’s one of me and my celebrity¬†doppelg√§nger¬†Jeffery Jones.



What did I like best?

I think overall, it gave me topics to write about and forced me to actually sit down and do it. ¬†That’s going to be the hardest thing to do after this. Finding stuff to write about. ¬†I’ll have to start looking at my life a little differently, find the interesting in the¬†mundane.

The girls do give me plenty to laugh about. Yesterday the 14-year-old was complaining about a headache, I told her to put ice on her head. When I asked her later if it helped, she said yes, but the ice melted….*0_0*… um yes, that is what ice does.

For those of you that have been following me though this month of blogging, thank you. For those who just joined us,welcome, I hope to give you a reason to stay.

One last big thank you shout out to Tiffany at for the Challenge.



My favorite time of the year. I have many “favorite” times of year.

Winter: I love Christmas songs. I love Christmas decorations. I love the soft covering of snow on the ground, the silence of a morning after a snowstorm. Before the scrape of shovels and the growl of¬†snow blowers¬†fill the air. But I hate shoveling and driving in it… and it’s too cold.

Summer: Love the Long days and warm nights. That’s about it. Hear in the mid-west summer has got to be one of the most miserable times of the year. It’s hot and humid and just gross. If the humidity is 100%, doesn’t that mean it’s water? I¬†immediately¬†start sweating when just thinking about going outside. Thank God for air conditioning.

Spring: The rain, love it. Especially thunderstorms. The smell of spring, that fresh, growing scent. Hearing the birds singing in the morning, except for that one asshole bird that sits in the tree right outside my bedroom window and starts singing at 5 am!

Fall: I love the colors of the leaves. The smell and the crunch of them underfoot. Fall also has my favorite holiday, Halloween. We love Halloween here. Maybe it’s because I was born on Halloween. As a kid I thought it was¬†awesome, every house I went to on my birthday would give me candy. It’s not just the candy anymore, it’s the¬†costumes, scaring the kids, and the decorations. The girls and I go all out, we love it!

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Even Seeley gets in on it…



This topic is kind of like Day 24, most¬†embarrassing¬†moment. If you know me, I really don’t have any guilty pleasures. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with something that might fit this¬†category.

Here’s a list of (somewhat) guilty pleasures:

  • Surprise¬†soldier homecoming YouTube videos. You know those ones where they¬†surprise¬†their kids or family by showing up unexpectedly. I can blubber my way through those for hours, going from one video to the next.
  • Twix (the¬†caramel¬†ones) dipped in peanut butter.¬†The best of both worlds… so yummy, it’s like crack without the paranoia.
  • Lynn Kurland.¬† Specifically her Novels of the Nine Kingdoms. What’s so guilty about that? She’s a romance¬†novelist. But the Novels of the Nine Kingdoms series are Fantasy.There’s magic and swords and battles and budding¬†romances¬†and heartbreak and …. errr…. fights and beer and horses and other manly stuff. GRRRRRRR¬†*Puffs out chest and pounds it*
  • Project Runway. I know, I know, but I’m sorry, Tim Gunn & Heidi Klum are awesome. (I watch it with my wife, does that make it any better?)
  • Ryan Reynolds. I have the biggest man crush on him. He’s good-looking and funny. I’m not gay, but for Ryan… I might be.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV). I don’t know how much of a “guilty pleasure” this is but I do love watching me some Buffy… mostly for Alyson Hannigan.

So there you go. I don’t feel¬†particularly¬†guilty about any of these, but it’s¬†as close as we’ll get. What about you? Any guilty pleasures? Any we have in common?



I love chocolate.

Chocolate cake is even better. I’d do almost anything for cake.

And don’t get me started on pie. mmmmmmmmmmm……pie…….

I also like pizza, lasagna, ravioli, pancakes,¬†omelets, cheese,¬†pepperoni, peanut butter, french toast, cinnamon rolls, etc…

…and BACON!

Crispy crunchy bacon….

Check these out! From the blog 365 Days of Bacon, bacon chocolate peanut butter eggs.



“….calm down sir. Can you describe your location?”

“…. uhhhh, y-y-y-yes….I-I-I’m in a room, there’s a bed. It’s kinda dark, only a single light. I see some windows, but it’s dark out. I hear yelling. He sounds¬†British¬† and angry. There’s lots of swearing. There seem to be some other people too. They keep saying yes chef….”

This is a strange prompt.

I’m sitting in my bedroom, on my bed. My wife is next to me watching Hell’s Kitchen. The dog is on the end of the bed¬†trying to destroy a ball. We’re in our 100+ year old house in Davenport Iowa. It’s crappy and cold out.

Davenport is located right on the Mississippi River, the only place the river flows East to West, instead of North to South. Makes giving directions very confusing…

Iowa, where it can go from winter to spring to winter to summer in 3 days.