Busy Kitties is a book by John Schindel with photographs by Sean Franzen [but it at Amazon.com]. I have known Sean since the fourth grade and he’s an amazing photographer. Sean’s involvement in this book was pretty cool. I’ve known various published authors from seminary but it’s neat to know someone involved with a kids book because it’s a totally different audience. Sean’s pictures are great, but this is a board book mostly for toddlers so you’ll want to keep that in mind. I’m getting one for Abby note: you can search for words on Amazon to see pictures of the book, I recommend the word ‘kitty.’
Well, the camera finally arrived yesterday. OK, no it didn’t. The memory card did. That of course thrilled me like nothing else because that means had the camera come the memory wouldn’t have. Anyway, I called the company this morning to find out where my camera is and… this is not a religious or racial issue… due to the Jewish holiday Succot (The Feast of Tabernacles) they’re closed. Now, how am I supposed to deal with that? I can’t be upset for them letting their employees off for Succot, that’s just wrong, but I’m really steamed about not having my camera yet. Either way, the Lord has a time for the camera to arrive… it’s just not today or this week.
Update: I contacted DHL and the gal Kristen that I spoke to was very helpful. She’s innitiated an investigation into the location of the package. She’ll be getting back to me within 24 hours if the camera package is found anywhere in the US. Good things.
Happy Birthday to Tony Nuzzi and his son Josh who share the same birthday. I remember sitting in Josh’s room one morning in Austin while Tony and Erin slept while Josh was just a baby… but he’s not any more! And Tony, I remember being in the same room as him while at a youth retreat (believe it or not we were trusted as chaparones) and thinking, “Dude, somebody in this room needs Beano!”
Jessica asked Abby, “What do you want for lunch?”
“Cheese, Pretzels, and Marshmallows,” Abby replied naturally. As if we all have that for lunch every day. The humor for me in this lies in the fact she didn’t say ‘hot dogs’ or ‘fries and chicken’ which are her usual responses. We feed her healthier food than those listed usually, but she sure does know what she likes!
Of course the plan for dinner tonight involved shoving a beer can up a fowl’s nether-regions and grilling it, so I can’t say that as adults we’re too much more sophisticated than her cheese and marshmallows.
This last weekend for our 6th anniversary (yes, it is a wee early given that the actual date is October 3rd) we drove down to Colorado Springs. We stayed at a bed and breakfast there and really enjoyed ourselves. I’ll attempt to give a general replay of most of the events as they happened.
So I got a prostate pillow for preventative reasons. It is a pillow that rests on my chair to prevent from having ‘excessive pressure’ on my prostate and bladder. I’ve got prostate issues in my family and since I’m feeling older at twenty-seven I thought I’d just give this cushion a whirl. It arrived today (still waiting on the camera, argggh) and Abby was so excited. I explained to her it for for Daddy’s prostate. She said, "No, Abby’s prostate!" At which point Jessica and I had a hard time breathing we were laughing so hard. She cracks us up in her ignorant bliss.
This was from Friday night in Colorado springs. I made a wrong turn and then we saw this and pulled over. It was a ‘right’ turn after seeing this.
Happy Birthday Vincent! I hope you’re having a blessed birthday, enjoy 19! Or at least savor being a teenager
Today is my birthday, but I’m out of town, so please leave a message on my machine, or wait to call me on Sunday night I’m on an anniversary weekend with Jessica! (October 3rd will be 6 years of marriage!)
I ordered a camera, and with that camera I asked for two-day air. Right now you’re thinking, “Randy, there’s something in your teeth.” and, “Randy, you said ‘over-night.’” I did. But on Monday when I ordered the camera I ordered it two-day so it would be here on Thursday so I could have it charged and ready to go today when I leave for my romantic Anniversay/Birthday weekend. Well, Tuesday rolled around and I hadn’t gotten a tracking number in an email so I called and they told me that there was a billing issue (they recorded my credit card number wrong) so they would send it out next day air the following day (shipments had already gone out). Thursday rolled around and I anxiously awated the arrival of my package, Jessica was slightly irritated by my super happy anxiety. Noon reared its ugly head and I still had no package (morning delivery is what DHL had on their site for the shipping method). Well, to make a short story longer I called DHL and after going through the labrynth of automated customer service I actually talked to a human being. She told me that my package had apparently not made it onto the truck, but would be out the next day. OK, Friday will be the day I get my camera.
It’s Friday and DHL’s site has no new information about the whereabouts of my package and I’m leaving later this afternoon to go to Colorado Springs. I sent an email to customer service this time hoping that email might be a good method since I didn’t want to be pressing more phone buttons if at all possible. I got an auto-responder message warning me that it may be up to two business days before I get an answer to my email asking for information regarding my package which was guaranteed over-night. Since when did over-night equate to a week’s waiting?
Last night I heard a commercial on TV (it was on in the other room) proclaiming the wonders of the new DHL delivery service. That just might be an overstatement. I just wonder where my camera is. In the end I will be patient, this camera is not critical to my existence, it would have been nice to have for a weekend full of digital memories, but I’ll just use the one we’ve got, it’s just like driving a Yugo in a Viper race.