Binge Watching Like Crazy!

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This past week I did something I don’t get to do very often. I actually binge watched a TV show. Most of my time is filled with either blogging, reading, working from home, or cleaning the house so I never get to stop and watch a show from start to finish.

Saturday I was messing around on my Kindle when I went to Netflix to see what was new in the queue. I saw a show called Bloodline that was new and I went online and read some about what the show was. It was a show about a dysfunctional family with secrets and lies and a brother that is the cause of it. It had a lot of great people in so I decided to try it out. I am so glad I did.

From Saturday afternoon to Sunday night I finished the first half of the 13 episode season. I was hooked and could not wait to watch another one. found myself this week watching an episode before leaving for work or before bed. I finally finished the show last night and I have to say it was great. I hope it comes back for a second season.

Now that I am done with Bloodline, I need a new binge worthy show as soon as I finish some books I have out. I still have not seen the second season of House of Cards. I might do that next.

***UPDATE***
My wife and I decided to lower our TV package. We are going to do that for a month or so and if we still don’t see a difference we will cut service and be a streaming family,

My Kids Art!

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So My daughter has been in daycare now for almost two months and I have to say that she had done really well adjusting. I was worried those first few weeks when all she wanted to do was cry when we dropped her off and then cry when we picked her up. I would come to get her and find her either in the teachers lap or in the corner all by herself. This had me worried that my daughter was not going to be a social butterfly like I had hoped. She does get that from both her parents. Her Mom and I where not the social kids growing up. Now we love to talk to people except the ones we went to high school with. I don’t know why my wife ducks behind the aisle at Target when she sees someone she went to school with. True story.

As the weeks went on she started to come out of her shell. I walked up to her last week to pick her up to find she was playing in the sand box with three other kids. She was totally covered with sand but at least she was playing with other kids. Now she has her friends Jonah, Abree, and Eric. She talks about them all the time and are the main focal point in conversations in the car or dinnertime. Maybe there is hope for my daughter! Maybe she will be that girl with a lot of friends. I think that every parent secretly wishes that for their child. No one likes the shy kid. Trust me cause I know.

Now my daughter has become a daycare superstar! She was laughing and playing in a picture that her teacher texted my wife and she is even making crafts. She made this sweet craft last week to celebrate Spring. I love when she makes me things. When I was a kid I hated making these kids of crafts but that was because I found them pointless and dumb to give to my parents. Most of them I threw in the trash before I even got home. Now that I am parent I want to keep them all. I cherish each of them and they are the highlight of my parental world! I can’t wait till she starts school and we can stay up and work on projects together. Its going to be a great time. Until then I will stick to loving Macaroni art and little chicken drawings!

 

Every parent should brag on their kid every chance they get!

When Your Voice Changes Like The Seasons

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I just posted on Wednesday about how much I love spring and the warm weather. What I forgot to mention is how much I hate Spring and the crazy airborne pathogens that come with it. Not only do you have to constantly clean your blue now turned yellow car but now you have to control allergies. Oh I guess beauty really pain.

I have to say that the warm weather has been nice. I have gotten to take some nice walks around the neighborhood and when you work in the city you love any weather that is not rain or snow.

This weekend I started to get a sore throat as I finished my work day on Friday and as the night progressed I became in more pain. All weekend my throat felt like it was on fire. When you are a man you don’t take pills. Not even for a headache cause you don’t want to feel weak. This is also one of the reasons why when men get sick they will tell you that no one has ever been sick like them. I know this cause I do it to my wife all the time and she hates it. She tells me all the time that I am a big baby. She is right. I hate being sick even when it is allergies.

Come Monday my face felt completely numb and nose was stopped up. We ate dinner as a family and once we got K-Dub down for her bedtime, my wife and I retreated to our bedroom. We played a game and not the kind of game you would think about when you picture a married couple retreating to their bungalow before 8:00 would play. We both took a Benadryl and waited to see who would pass out first while we both watched TV. My wife made it almost to the halfway point of the latest episode of The Walking Dead before snoring her life away but you have to remember she is pregnant and that baby is sucking her life force.

The next morning I woke up with the usual throat being on fire. I headed downstairs to get some at home work done for my job. I like to get up early in the morning to get a head start on my work. It makes my day run smoother. I called for the Tan Man to come so I could take him out to pee when I noticed my voice was gone. GONE! Like gone like the book Gone Girl except my voice is not a crazy murder like that crazy Amy Elliott bitch. That book was great!

So my wife came down and I showed her my lack of vocal cords and she told me to just try and stay calm. She is always good about calming my nerves about stuff. She knows how crazy hyper I can get about stuff. She was generally concerned. My daughter thought I sounded like Mickey Mouse. She loved it! Daddy’s voice turned into a cartoon character overnight and I was performing my big breakfast show for her. She was an awe. So now I dread heading home from work cause I am constantly going to be compared to Mickey Mouse.

Now you understand why my love for Spring has faded and my lack of enthusiasm is justified. At least until my voice comes back.

Popsicles And Tanktops

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I have to say that I love this time of year. I love when the trees start to get their leaves back and the sun makes you warmer. There is nothing like spring weather. Not only is it good weather to run in but it is also the time of year where I find that spending time as a family gets easier.

During the winter months the level of tension at my house starts to rise. I am a strong believer in cabin fever and during the cold weather months there is really nothing to do but stay inside and eat a lot of comfort food. This use to not be the case for my wife and I. We use to still go out and do things like see movies and go to the coffee shop and hang out for hours. Now that we are parents we don’t want to take our small child out due to her being subjected to come down with the latest bug. This cabin fever can lead to extremely short fuses and tantrums. You can guess which one comes from me. Yes! I am the one who throws the tantrums and not K-Dub. Sad but true. As you can tell by the time spring comes, we are itching to get out of the house.

This past weekend was wonderful. It was the first warm day of the year. We stepped out side and watch as our neighbors did the same. It looked like something out of a movie. Everyone comes out of their house at once and has their hand above their eyes as they cope with the brightness of the world. You know the movie! People in the neighborhood started washing their cars, walking their dogs, riding their bikes, playing on the neighborhood playground, and even were going for runs. It was a great day to be alive.

I looked at my wife and we got K-Dub into her play clothes and grabbed some popsicles and headed outside. I got some sidewalk chalk that I had been storing since the summer and K-Dub and I sat in the driveway and drew stuff. She loved it. She got her little tricycle and started to ride. Her definition of riding is having Mommy or Daddy push her. After a couple of hours we sat in the driveway again and we let K-Dub have her first popsicle and it was really fun to watch how excited she was. She loved it and got it all over her “big sister” shirt.

Now that the weather is warmer I look forward to some nice outdoor runs. With only threes left until my half marathon I need to get off the treadmill and back on the road. Here is to a warm race season! How do you spend your time with beautiful weather?



Mexican Pie In The Sky!

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So I got home from work the other day and like always, I had to come up with something for dinner. I knew two things:

1. I was about to eat my hand off!
2. I wanted Mexican food but not tacos.

I have not had a chance lately to make some good Mexican food cause it happens to be the one thing that makes my pregnant wife sick. She had a bad pregnancy experience with taco meat that should never be repeated. The very smell of it makes her sick. Kind of the way I am with the smell and sight of bananas. Yes I have a general fear and hatred of bananas. Don’t even get me started about when they are dancing in sleepware.

When you become a parent, you do anything and everything to “win” when it comes to the general well-being of your child. My constant fight as a parent is to make a dish that my kid does not take one bite out of and immediately spit back out on her plate. It really is a daily struggle cause my kid only knows of three food groups which are chicken, fries, and pizza. Anytime you try to introduce anything new, dinnertime can turn into WW3.

So after looking in my pantry, I found a couple of things. A can of retried beans, some ready to heat rice, and some taco seasoning. I decided to experiment and go a little crazy. I decided to make a Mexican Pie or that is what I am going to call it. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

1 can of retried beans
2 bags of Mexican blend cheese
2 pouches of heat and serve Spanish rice
1 lb of ground turkey or beef
1 pack of taco seasoning
2 cups of crushed tortilla chips

Directions- Preheat the oven to 350

1. In a deep casserole dish, spread the whole can of retried beans on the bottom. Then top with a bag of cheese.
2. Heat rice and add-on top of cheese.
3. Prepare your turkey meat with taco seasoning and add layer on top of rice.
4. Sprinkle half a bag of cheese on the meat and then top with tortilla chips. Add remaining cheese on top.
5. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

When serving I topped mine with some sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce.

I wish I had more stuff to add. This would be perfect with some peppers on top or with a layer of lettuce. Maybe next time.

After I pulled this out of the oven the real critic was my daughter. She took one bite and loved it. Before I knew it she had eaten the entire bowl I prepared for her. This was a very good and easy meal and I am currently on the lookout for some quick meals cause of my family’s crazy scheduled. If you try this recipe please let me know how you like it. Did you add anything or know of a way to make it better? Please comment below!

I did let her have a cupcake for eating all of her food! 





Pulling The Plug

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I know a lot of families that are always trying to find new ways to save money. Since I started couponing to save my family money, it has become more of an obsession than anything. Now all I am constantly doing is looking for great deals on anything that may benefit my family.

I have read a few blogs about becoming a frugal family. I found an entry about a year ago that was written by a mom who only has a budget of $50 a month. That includes gas, food, and clothes. Now I don’t want to be on “Extreme Cheapskates” anytime soon but I really have an issue paying full price for things. I am not so frugal that I will start washing my clothes in my dirty bath water. That is just disgusting.

One of the other blog entries I read about was from a dad who unplugged his families cable and now they are a strict Netflix family. This got me thinking. Should I cut the cord on my cable to save some money. At the moment my satellite bill is at $108 and I feel that it is a little too much to pay for entertainment.

It seems that the streaming option is becoming most popular in my generation. Everyone is has Netflix and Hulu Plus. I do in addition to my satellite service. I love using Hulu Plus when I am running on the treadmill to catch up on those shows I missed and I love Netflix for their original programing like House of Cards. Now I found out that HBO is launching their own streaming service and I am very tempted to get it. I love Game of Thrones just like the other millions of people around the world. Streaming just seems the way the world is going now.

So my question to all those frugal parents out there is what do you think I should do? Should I lower my package to the basic channel selections or should I just cut it all off and live by the “streaming method”? Any thoughts and concerns are welcomed at this point.

 

Back To The Box

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So after a lot of talks to my wife and really assessing where I wanted to be in my overall health, I have decided to jump back on the bandwagon and go back to Crossfit. As many of you can remember, I have did a 4 week crossfit challenge back in the summer. I fell in love and really have been thinking about it ever since. Like with everything I do, I did some research to find not only the best box in town but one that was affordable. I reached out to the manager of a local box last week and ask him what he offered. He asked me to come by the box and try a class for free. I had nothing to loose and I was already confident that I could do so I said ok.

Monday morning I got up at five in the morning, which is something I have not done since working with the bank. I forgot about how much it sucked. I got on my workout clothes and drank a few glasses of water and headed out the door. The entire I was thinking  to myself “Am I ready for this?” My hands became cold like they always do. Thats what they have done ever since I lost all that weight last year. I guess that means I running out of hand fat. Does hand fat even exist? I will save that one for another blog entry.

When I finally arrived and went inside there were only three other people in there beside me. A guy who had a beard that looked like he was a long lost member of the Duck Dynasty family, an older single mom who was really loud, and the owner who looked like he could bust a watermelon between his hands. It was an odd group. The guy with the beard actually was pretty cool. The kind of cool person you just randomly start talking to over a few beers. Oh beer! I miss you, If it was for the gout you cause me i would be a famed member of AA. The owner came and shook my hand and then the front door opened and in walked in three more members of The Single Moms Club. I knew they were single moms cause they said the had to hurry home after the workout to get the kids to the bus stop in time. Also, almost every other sentence was about a disgruntled ex-husband. It made me want to ask them if they knew why they were still single. I refrained and turned my attention to the owner/instructor. It was warm up time!

The warm was not that bad. There were kettle bell swings, pushups, squats and other basic crossfit exercises. I moved from one exercise to another flawlessly. The owner asked me what was my story. I told him about the half marathon I was currently training for and that I really needed to do this to get my strength built up for the race. After another five minutes he showed me some great mobility moves and before I knew it was time for the flowing workout.

As many rounds as you can in 3 minutes:

7 Burpees

7 Jumping Squats

3 minute rest

3 minutes of double unders or attempts.

Repeat 1 more time.

After the first round I was feeling good and ready to finish this workout. Double under are nothing but fast jump roping which is something I suck at anyways. I basically just went very slow and kept trying. When I was done I was relieved. Everyone came up to me and welcomed me and then the owner asked me to come back. I think I am going to like this. The next morning I sure felt the pain in my chest and back but I know it means that was I did worked.