01 January 2011

2010 Highs and Lows

10 bad things (no real order besides #1):

10. Spending days in court: Sitting in court makes you realize something somewhere in your life went very wrong. I spent a good 30 days in court for various custody/baby momma related things last year.

9. Lawyer fees: If my lawyer has kids I'm sure I helped pay for their college. If he doesn't I might have put a down payment on a new boat.

8. Contracting Blues: My job went from super secure to "eeehhh maybe" in short I've learned more then I ever needed to know about how govt contracts work.

7. Daily Drive: My daily drive to work turned into my personal therapy sessions, it was where I had my breakdowns and realizations.

6. Home Improvement: One day after work I was chilling In my basement when I heard water dripping. I look up and water is coming from my celing! Turns out my kitchen faucet was leaking and wand dripping downstairs. Good news is I learned how to hang drywall.

5. Not the shoes!: I was pretty productive doing house projects last year. I decided to paint my basement but first I wanted to put primer on the walls. So one fateful day I was in lowes checkout line wit a gallon of wall primer when I dropped it on the floor, it bust open and covered my $130 sneakers.... Odd thing was even though it upset me I had so much more going on it almost seems sureal. I cleaned the shoes in the parking lot and now you can't even tell.

4. Money problems: I spent a good part of 2010 broke. Not homeless broke but I wasn't saving any money and ate through the money I did have saved. I've mentioned it here before but I hate being broke. Cash = options. Not having options isn't a good way to live.

3. Make ups to break ups.

2. Falsely accused: I was accused of some horrible shyt and I had to just suck up and just defend myself without planning revenge.

1. Quality Time: Most of the year I didn't get to spend any quality time with my daughter. Do say it sucked is a serve understatement.

10 Good things (again no real order besides #1):

10. New faces: I got to meet some cool bloggers in NY and DC I'm too lazy to link ya'll but you know who you are. It was a pleasure.

9. Family: I reailzed my family and friends are much more supportive then I could have imagined. They really are awesome.

8. Winning!: The Lakers winning back to back championships. Winning over the celtics made it even better

7. Blizzard 2010: The huge snow storm was fun for so many reasons including pissing my neighbors off by smoking ribs between the 2 storms.

6. Boy meets grill: I discovered a BBQ sauce recipe that everyone seems to love. I've also gotten worlds better at grilling all kinds of food.

5. The Growth: I've learned more about myself and what i believe this year. When you go through tough times you find out if you really stand on the things you believe.

4. The Blog: Having a blog has been a interesting thing. I've seen lots of bloggers come and go but for whatever reason I've been able to continue to blog and gain readers all year.

3. Twitter: I was more active on twitter in 2010... twitter is a crazy social experiment and it's cool because you can have several circles of people you follow who all do different things. getting on twitter made me not care about facebook.

2. New me: I lost a good 20lbs in addition to the 30 I lost in the last part of 09. I look better and feel better.

1. Custody: of course the best thing to happen to me in 2010 was me getting custody of my baby girl. My life changed in so many ways.

btw... I jacked the idea for this post from lyfesimplified.wordpress.com

27 December 2010

My Chritsmas

Merry Christmas folks... I hope you had a good one. Heres my christmas adventure.

This was the first christmas where LMS would wake up at my house. This meant I had to hide gifts and wrap them after hours. It was cool, I never really got to experience christmas morning thru her eyes before.

Before I get to that though let me touch on my tree. Now I have a beautiful fake tree. it's pre-lit and wonderful. This year I let my sister borrow my beautiful fake tree and decided to go all out and buy a real one. As a adult I've never had a real tree but thats no reason LMS can't enjoy it. So one cold windy day we went to the tree lot to see what they had. After walking the lot and explaining to LMS that a 15ft tree simply would not fit in the house we settled on a 8 ft tree. I think it was 8ft I don't know for sure, it was definitely too big to be straped to the top of my car. Wanna see? Here you go:

Yeah I know I need a truck... So As they were tieing the tree to the roof I realized that I might need some help getting it in the house. So I called my lil cousin and told him to meet me at home. After driving 10mph all the way home I was able to carry the tree to the door. For whatever reason I didnt realize how wide the tree was, I swear it didn't look that big in the lot. Maybe because the lot didn't have doors and a celing. Anyway cuzzo gets there and we carried it in the house. We propped it up against the wall while we set up the stand.

Once the tree was in the stand the damn thing would not stay up... it kept tilting over so we put it in the corner till I could figure out a solution. I was perplexed as to why it wouldnt stay striaght till I realized the tree was crooked. Not put in the stand crooked but the trunk was crooked! I ended up shimming the bottom of the stand to the damn thing would stand straight. So now I had a tree in front of the window but no lights. Remember my fake tree was prelit so I never worried about lights. I bought a box of 100 LED lights, they were cool looking but 100 lights isn't enough to really do anything. I bought another 100 and was still not happy with my trees brightness. By this time I had spent $150 a tree and tree extras and I refused to spend another dime. 200 lights would have to do. Besides LMS didn't care she just wanted candy canes.

Then there were the pine needles.... I've been sweeping up needles for weeks. I can't stand it, I cut the bottom of the tree and it has plenty of water but the damn thing keeps dropping needles. I can't wait till I can take it down just so I can shake the shyt out of it and watch the needles fall. I'm happy it lasted till x-mas and if I get another real one next year I'll do a better picking one.

A couple days before christmas I was talking to my sister and asked where we were having dinner. She said that my mom said dinner was at my house.... oh really?? well I'm glad someone told me... smh thats family for you. So I quickly put together a menu: Hickory Smoked Ham, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes. I suck at managing my time when cooking for large groups so the mashed potatoes got shelved, everything else came out really good though. I used a Neely recipe for the ham that involved smoking on the grill it and making a glaze with Jack Daniels. Anytime I can get on my grill and put liquor in my food I'm happy.

Christmas morning was fun, LMS woke me up around 7am and we went downstairs. She got lots of barbie stuff and some girly legos. My mom got her Just Dance Kids for the wii.... I got my neice the MJ experience so the rest of the day was spent playing dancing games. Overall it was a great time.

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as I did!