Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What I always find interesting is the wide range of the comments received from my internal clients - the partners - and which represents the essence of what is the challenge in what I do...setting and meeting expectations on an individual basis despite the overall similarities in every project.
I have some that feel I'm "first rate" and "upbeat". My favorite comment is... "If we could clone him, I think the firm would benefit greatly." My wife might disagree!
At the same time, there are some that are less enthusiastic noting my "carelessness", my poor "work ethic", and my absolute favorite comment "...displays exasperating mediocrity". Nice.
So, my goals for the new year are to investigate cloning technology and find a way to be less irritatingly mediocre! Wish me luck!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Last week the carpets in the hallway were cleaned. While drying, paper walkways were provided. Still present a few days later, Gilbert particularly enjoyed running up and down them. This particular video was taken early in the morning, so I'm sure the neighbors appreciated hearing Gilbert's feet scampering across the paper.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In just the past few days, he's found a new use for his buddy Porter.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Kristen has been snipping here and there to make Little Man look presentable, but the time had come to venture back out for the trusted shears of a professional. Instead of going to a kid-friendly establishment, we went old school. Gilbert received a cut from my barber.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Interact. Funny. All Little Man did was stuff his face with food. Each family was asked to bring in some food to share. We brought pineapple. Excuse me, "Pappple". Well, he ate his share of that along with pizza, crackers, waffle cookies, and more. He'd take his plate over to the food, load it up, walk it back (I find it amusing to watch how carefully he walks to keep his plate level and balanced!), pull out his chair, sit down and fill up.
I figured after the second trip he would be done and then Gilbert would be interested in showing me his 'work'. Uh, no. A third, fourth, and fifth trip to the food ensued. We will definitely be taking him to the all you can eat buffets! I had to take the plate away just to get him to stop! Plate not needed, he started to pick off food one at a time. This was getting out of hand!
Finally I distracted him enough to show me the room and his cubby station. After such a large meal, he took me to the 'reading chair' where he plopped down with a good book and read for a few minutes.
I'd show you pictures, but all you would see is Gilbert jamming pizza squares in his mouth!
I finally did get to talk with Gilbert's teachers and they said he is ready for potty training. I guess when the kids are taking into the bathroom, he trots on in, points to his man stuff and wants to sit on the toilet. He even showed me how he flushes the toilet, and then walks over to the little peoples sink, turns on the water, gets his soap, washes his hands, dries off, and then disposes of the towel in the garbage. So cool!
Well, he might be ready, but his parents are not!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Still my favorite is how he insists on putting his dirty plate in the dishwasher!
Monday, June 15, 2009
When Gilbert wants something now and in response to a question, we get a quick, "YEAH!" I just think it is funny.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
USM was a heavy underdog going into the CWS. We knocked off two #1 seeds, including #8 nationally ranked Florida, to get to Omaha. The lowest seed, USM played Texas (#1 in the nation) for its opener. The team showed no fear and played well. Both teams fought hard and after 5 innings the score was tied 2-2. The game went back and forth the remaining innings with USM taking a 5-4 lead late. And that is where the pain started. 1 out bases loaded, and up 5-4 they failed to get another run across that inning. Immediately following they allowed Texas back in the game with walks and then walked in the tie run and perhaps the lead run (my rage over the game has clouded my judgement!). Down 1 run, they can back to tie it, again! Only to give it up in the bottom of the ninth. Again, by loading the bases with two walks and a hit batsman. The USM reliever threw 8 straight balls to end the game and walk in the winning run.
If I had been at the game, I would have been incredibly pissed. Yeah, sure, great to be there, but to lose on a bases loaded walk-in. That would have been the breaking point. With the game over, the cameras panned the crowd and to see the USM fans writhing in pain, angst, and disappointment was all to evident. I can only imagine the drive back having been witness to that game. Instead, I swore loud for a few minutes, turned the television off in disgust and moved on.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
What did we do with Gilbert? He's a big boy, right? Well, just a precaution Aunt Katie graciously agreed to condo-sit for us. Thanks, Katie!
Now, this time we did take the camera, but failed to snap a photo. So, just imagine us drinking a beer and eating a brat as we watched the Sox lose to Detroit (Eric is a Tiger's fan so he was a happy guy!).