Wednesday, September 01, 2004

My wife is better than yours.

Sorry guys but it is true.

Today was my two year wedding anniversary. Wifey has been excited to give me her gift for a couple of weeks now. She is very proud of herself with this one which threw all sorts pressure my way. Other than flowers of course, I had no idea what to get for her and her gloating and bragging about how she had found the perfect gift didn't help. Defeated, I asked her for suggestions. She brought up all sorts of things that she wanted and tried to reassure me that anything I got would be fine. (she even gave me the "you don't have to get me anything" line but we all know that's a trap and if there are any men out there who think it isn't a trap make sure you have a comfortable couch) Anyway I got us tickets to a show she wanted to see up in Boston so next Friday we will make our way up to The Opera House to see the traveling production of The Lion King. She was happy with the tickets and the flowers that I had delivered to her work but she really did show me up this year.

I have talked about collecting first editions of my favorite novels and authors for years now but I tend to spend my paycheck on other things like food and shelter. A signed first edition would be ideal but I never thought I'd be able to afford things like that so I won't even allow myself to look. My wife can always find a bargain. I'm told its her Dutch upbringing, whatever that means. She isn't afraid to look.

I was shocked to open this gift. I still am. In 1994 Joseph Heller published Closing Time a sequel to one of the all time great novels Catch-22. Simon and Schuster released a special edition limited to 750 numbered books. Mine is #516. On the second page in black ink that skips a bit in the p is the late author's john hancock. He actually held it in is hands and made his mark. The collection has officially begun.

I told you my wife kicks ass!

More to come...

I've been told that I need to post more often to this here blog. I agree. I hope to, I really do. Keep checking in because it won't be long until putting something here becomes part of my routine again. With the summer coming to a close I am sure that each night more time will be spent in front of the computer. More of that time should definitely be spent writing my novel or on the short stories I've been working on but I think I can work in some time here.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Apparently I can't read a calendar...

I've been feeling like CAAF all day. I have been all set to take my vacation the week of Labor day for months. Since my last vacation actually. I don't exactly have any plans, I just need a break from the grind and some time to relax.

So I was shocked to find out that I didn't have next week off but the week after that! I don't think I can make it that long. Wifey couldn't move her vacation back a week so I had to pull some strings to get coverage for the first two days of the week and will have an extra couple of days to use later in the year. I am not going to take that week off if wifey can't be with me so I might as well just save the time.

I can't believe the mix-up that I created. I was the one who had told wifey when to schedule hers. I suppose I should have double and/or triple checked with my own employer first. The strange part was that my boss also thought I was going next week and it wasn't until my boss's boss sent along a schedule for the person who was to cover my shift that the mistake was even noticed. My boss told me that I should tell the big boss that I had non-refundable tickets somewhere. I don't feel comfortable with that. I mean I'm a slacker and all but that just wouldn't be right.