Monday, January 30, 2006

Monster Playset

Item #3 on my list of things to do when I get back--build a monster playset--done.

It took about $300 more and 4 days longer than I had thought it would (or planned for) but when we were done "monster" was a bit of an understatement. If the Mexicans ever invade us this is where the family's going to hole up. I should have known it was going to be a bit more than I thought when I suggested to my Dad that we build one. Within hours we were tearing down the disaster that came with our house and buying lumber for the new one. The beauty is that my Dad made it up pretty much in his head, with requests from my kids pellting him like a hailstorm the entire time. In the end, Sarah got her bridge, Sammy got his rock wall, and they absolutely love the end result. Kinda shot my Dad's vacation in the foot, but we had a good time anyway.

My hiatus is over. Writing just wasn't on the agenda during my vacation, and even less so when my parents were in town. It may be a case of "too little, too late" as my counters have plummeted from upwards around a hundred hits a day to barely fifteen now. It's funny--as soon as I wrote my last post from the desert people stopped reading. Breaking into the milblog arena seems easy compared to any hopes that I have of breaking into "regular" blogs. I'm not sure if anyone's interested in reading about an officer who has the unbelieveably most boring job on the planet when he's at home. Hopefully that'll change soon.

Proved this morning that even when it's 30 degrees outside and I can't feel my fingers from the cold that Harley ride in the morning is the best 30 minutes of the day. I was bundled up like an eskimo going out--my gloves are just a little on the thin side.

Did a lot of thinking while I was taking a break about what I plan on doing here. The first thing is I definitely need a new look. At least a banner. I just don't know anywhere I can get one made...if anyone has a suggestion I'm all ears.

Next thing I was thinking of doing is that I have a million stories in my head that I would love to get down. I've seen some blogs that have their posts organized into categories--I'll have to figure that one out. With not a lot to do over there we told quite a few stories of our experiences, so on the dry days like I've had recently I'm going to start getting some of those down before I lose them. Oh I'll still be political and bitchy on here too--even moreso since I'm back at work in uniform--but it should be nice to break it up. I have a feeling the one-two punch of Iran-Hamas is going to provide a plethora of material.

So anyway--to the very few who have continued reading--it's good to be back. Sorry for the break.


  1. What an awesome playground! My kids need a new one, wonder if I can talk the chef into helping me build one. ;)

    Glad you're back. Blogging is like anything, it's a habit. What you do is think about things you might write about as the day goes by. Keep a list in your head.

    Now stuff happens, and I will think..."I can't wait to blog about that."

    You'll find your groove.

    Just tell your stories...that's what people love...the stories.

  2. Nice Playset! Good to know that Pops has still got it goin' on at age 55. :) I'm going to see if we can yet again, enlist his help on another new deck when he's visiting the other half of the family (and destroy his vacation yet again). :)