So here we are in 2012 and I haven't posted in like 2 months. Mostly because of the holidays, school schedules, the in-laws visiting for several days and the Mrs' insane idea to add an addition on to stately Kill Manor (more on that in a minute). I discovered in coming back to the office this week that I can now access blogger again. I don't know how long that will last, but I'll take advantage of the magic as long as I can. I need to look away from my work every now and then (to keep my sanity) and what better place to look than all my favorite cyber people's thoughts.
Anyway, I've been sitting on these Halloween pictures for a while and decided now would be a good time to post them. This is the annual Haunted House that the Pudge and his buddy Birch do every year. I talked about it here. I had the distinct honor of being in the last group of the season and took a few shots from various sections of the house.
That's the Undead Pudge on the left (I like that he's in a cage). I'm not sure who that is on the right. It's not Birch, though.
That catches me up through October. I might have a Thanksgiving post. We'll see.
Editor's Note: The following rant gives you, my loyal readers, an idea of why I haven't been blogging much and it makes me feel better at the same time.
So back to the addition. The Mrs' reasoning for needing an addition is because we have a relatively small kitchen and when we have people over for dinner or drinks, it gets cramped fast around the kitchen table. I would agree with this. However, is it worth a third of our house value to change it? This is where our opinions differ and my opinion, well you know what that's worth. She's totally out of her mind, of course. We have like 6 mortgage payments left to pay off the house and she now wants to (actually did) take out a HUGE home equity loan to add about 400 square feet to the back of the house. This will expand the kitchen and den areas. And when I tell you HUGE, if you haven't shopped around for general contractors lately, the cost is outrageous - even in this economy. And of course...I said yes. I always say yes. And we agreed that because of the cost, this would be our Christmas present - for the next 15 years.
Even with saying yes, she's pissed at me (at least I think she's pissed at me - because she's not talking to me). And I think it's because I did give her a Christmas present. Several in fact, as she did for me. But I spent way more money one her, including some expensive earrings that she picked out. I think the center of her pissed-atude is a really cool Belgian Waffle Iron with 6 boxes of really good (according to Amazon) waffle mix. The backstory here is that the Mrs loves waffles, always has. We had a very cheap, basic waffle iron that was rarely used because it was a pain in the ass to clean. And I noticed that at the last Marriott we stayed in for vacation, they had the nice, rotate-around waffle iron that she used for almost every free breakfast the two weeks we were there. Great idea right? Wrong. As she very coldly put it, "She's not Suzy Homemaker and why am I giving her kitchen appliances?" To top it off, she gave away 3 of the boxes of waffle mix to members of her family at Christmas dinner. Sigh...
And this was only the tip of the iceberg. This is what I'm up against. There's a whole lot of other things going on that I won't go in to. Don't get me wrong, I love her but this is a tough time for her and we don't have a dog for her to kick when she comes home from work...there's only me. So now that she's not talking to me, I find that I have time to blog. Woohoo! I get the feeling there will be more rants in the future.
Happy New Year to all!