Sending You Out Confused

This is the most random post ever. It includes a meme (I'm always too lazy to do these, but I got tagged by two people for the same one, and both guys are cool dads and I can probably get a round or two out of it), a link where I send you elsewhere to see random pictures I took, and a recipe to get you nice and festive on New Year's Eve.

The Meme

So I'm sitting at my desk last week minding my own business when I get two emails almost back-to-back from two dad blogger buddies of mine: Eric from Oh My God I'm a Daddy and Daddy Joe from Daddyus Dorkus. That can only mean two things: the underground dad collective has hacked a password to a *ahem* really interesting website or they tagged me for a meme. I have too many bookmarked sites anyway. Sour grapes...

  1. Take a picture of yourself right NOW!
  2. DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
  3. Post that picture with NO editing.
  4. Post these instructions with your picture.
  5. Tag 10 peop*tchhc* *beeeeep* *chhhh* (Lost that last instruction due to, um, driving through a tunnel).

So here it is. Just me at work. Probably writing some exciting web copy or customer newsletter (or lamenting over being tagged):

But in all fairness, I look pretty good when you give me a good half hour to do my hair and makeup. Here's this year's Xmas card pic of me and Fury:

The Recipe: Godfather Sangria

My friend Rachel (who doesn't send me passwords, but makes up for it by posting food porn like you wouldn't believe) has this weekly thing called Mouthwatering Mondays. If you have recipes, jump on in and add your link to her page. It's a great way get your recipes out there and discover new ones. Last week I posted a recipe for Cashew Brittle. It's been getting rave reviews. If you consider "you'd make an excellent grandma" (spoken by my friend Joey the Fireman) a rave review. This week, I hope to earn "you'd make an excellent Spanish Innkeeper" with this one. This is a recipe I like to call my "Godfather Sangria," coincidentally named in honor of Joey the Fireman (who is Fury's Godfather).

1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup superfine sugar (regular sugar works too if that’s all you have)
1 bottle (6 oz.) club soda
1 orange (sliced and triangled)
1 lemon (sliced, full circle)
1 lime (sliced, full circle)
1 red apple (bite sized wedges)
1 peach (bite-sized wedges) - I often substitute a pear or handful of sliced strawberries for this last one, especially during the summer.

Combine wine, brandy, triple sec and sugar into pitcher and stir well. Cut all fruits as specified and add to pitcher. Let sit for 2 hours or more. Add Club Soda into pitcher before serving. Serve over ice. I promise you, this is a total party pleaser. Easy to drink, with plenty of kick.

Sending You Away

Notice how I have this tendency to waste perfectly good blog posts by posting my everyday happenings on my Twitpic sidebar? Well, the people at Nokia must have picked up on it, because they sent me a Nokia 6650 phone and asked me to document one week of my life with it for their website. I'm going to review the phone later next month (because I always wanted to be a CNET reviewer for the alpha nerd status, and this is as close as I will ever get). But for now, check out my pictures at (click on Chapter 4, as that was my week along with 2 other bloggers).

That concludes my blogging responsibilities for the rest of the year (actually, I'm doing a guest post over at Mr Lady's place for New Year's Eve, be sure to check it out). Have a Happy and Healthy 2009!

Old School Toy-nado and a Rehash Meme

These two things have nothing to do with each other. I’m just in a “read-one-get-one-free” kind of mood tonight.

The Original Toy-nado
After reading my last post, my mom sent me this. Evidence of a prior history of toy-nados in our family. I believe this one hit sometime in the summer of ’78. We were finding Raggedy-Ann yarn hairs in the potted ferns for weeks.


My sister, aka “Auntie Mei”

Favorite Posts Meme
Mindi Cherry @ The Queen Mum thinks I’m one of the “cool” bloggers out here on this internet thing. Well hot damn -- someone needs get Maury Povich on the phone so he can round up my 5th grade bully tormenters for a “How You Like Me Now” episode. I’ll be stealing Chris G, Michael M and Mike C’s wives out from under their noses with my lighthearted word-crafting and slightly sarcastic, self-depreciating comments.

Ok, let’s play. Time to rehash some posts!

Rules: Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written.

  1. Link one must be about family
  2. Link two must be about friends
  3. Link three must be about yourself
  4. Link four must be about something you love
  5. Link five can be about anything you choose

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least two of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better.

  1. Well, this whole blog is about my family, so here’s one about essential Dad Survival Items. It got ZERO comments. How sad...
  2. Hmm... it seems that every confession in this post is within the context of my buddies. My friends so rule!
  3. Here’s an early meme revealing my aristocratic roots and prowess as John Cusack’s punching bag. 
  4. I love being a dad. These were the signs that told me I had fully embraced my role. 
  5. This is an early one. I’ve learned a lot from my son. Here are some lessons my son has taught me. I remember getting so excited over the 1 comment I got from this. Thanks Xbox!

Now it's time to tag a few folks. How about just 3. Because cool folks like me can bend the rules.

  1. Melissa @ Melissa's Corner. Melissa was the first person who (to my knowledge) blind blogrolled me. I was checking my stats one day and found this blog linking to mine. For a new blogger, that is one of the most flattering things ever!
  2. Karen MEG @ A Day in the Life. One of my new blog hopping pals!
  3. Madame Meow @ A Glance into a Mom's World. A very cool chick whose life this year has been an adventure to say the least.

 Maury's calling. Gotta run!


The Meme to End All Memes

...for the year. Sorry, between coma-inducing meals and general holiday sloth, I couldn’t conjure up the creative juices necessary to go out with a bang. Drink some champagne, get silly and then read this post. It’ll be a lot more entertaining that way. This is the Birthday Month meme. The one that has permeated my favorite blogs quicker than green snot sniffles in a preschool classroom. And in case I did not succeed in converting you into a click, I’ll say it now. Happy New Year!!
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The XXX Meme

Sorry to get you excited. Nothing racy going on in here. I’ve just been tagged three times by three bloggers with this meme, so before I get tagged a fourth time, I thought I’d get this one out of the way. Four X’s just isn’t as eye-catching. Read on if you want to know seven random things about BusyDad (I’m already referring to myself in the third person? Ok, I’m getting too big for my britches).
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