Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow in North Carolina!!!!

If you are anything like me, nothing will make you happier than to have a fresh coat of snow on the ground. I love the cold weather and I cannot wait for this weekend. I just checked the most recent weather report, and they are now calling for possibly up to 7 inches of snow in Gastonia! I am so excited. This will be the first bit of snow my son will get to see. Luckily, we have a big, cuddly snowsuit for him to wear to stay warm in. I am certain he will enjoy it as we have yet to find something he dislikes.

Do you have any special plans for this weekend's wintry mix? I fully plan on finding anything in my garage that I can spray with cooking spray and find a big hill to slide down. Maybe we will also have a snowball fight, or a good wrestling match. The possibilities of having fun in the snow are endless, and I cannot wait!

Just one more thing, please be careful if you have to drive in this weather. Drive slower!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Am Getting Sick and Tired of Political Emails

I cannot count the endless barrage of political emails I receive on a daily basis. The worst part about them is that none of them have been fact checked at all. They are mostly all opinionated and completely dilute the actual facts. I may not agree with everyTHING our current President is doing and all his ideas, but do I think he is a terrorist? No. I may be a conservative for the most part, but do I worship Rush Limbaugh? No.

The problem with those political emails is that they only get forwarded when people agree with what they say, whether or not they are true. I used to attempt to fact-check them so I could make my own decision on how I feel and what I believe to be true, but too many of them come in now to make this feasible. If you agree with me and you are tired of all the political emails, then stand tall with me!!! And by stand tall, I mean to simply delete them without reading them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Recall On Graco Travel Systems

Today, the CPSC, otherwise known as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a recall on over 1.5 million strollers made by Graco company, and this recall is serious. Believe it or not, the reason for the recall is children's fingertips have been reported as being amputated or severly lacerated by a particular hinge on the following stroller and travel system models:

The Passage
The Alano
The Spree

To read the statement released by the CPSC, click here.

With the recent release of cadmium being found in children's jewelry, and this recall, makes me wonder what products out there are safe for use. A parent's job is obviously to provide a safe environment for their children to grow up in and be healthy, but this is coming harder and harder to accomplish. In any event, if you have any of the above model strollers, be sure to get this issue corrected.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Happened to my Health Benefits???

My wife went yesterday to refill her prescription for birth control. Immediately following the purchase was a phone call to me stating WTF? I said the same thing, and upon investigation found out that my benefits have dramatically changed since last year. I now have a high deductible plan, and until that deductible is covered, I pay a hefty amount for doctor visits and prescriptions. For example, we took Billy Jr to the doctor the other week and it cost 98 dollars! Her Yaz prescription was 56! Condoms would be cheaper.

Update: I do not feel better about my benefits after posting this.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mark McGwire Admits to Steroid Use

I have long been a fan of Mark McGwire, but I have often questioned whether or not he used steroids. Well today, he answered that question. He has finally admitted to steroid use, including when he broke the single season home run record. This is yet another devastating blow to the sport of baseball. I grew up loving the sport and loved watching the game, but it has changed. Now it seems that people care more about a 500 foot home run than seeing a great pitcher's duel going into the 9th inning. Sure, the occasional home run is exciting, but not at the cost of the integrity of the sport. What would happen to golf if one or two players on the Tour could hit 500 yard drives and could barely fit into their golf shirts? In my opinion, the idea of professional sports is that you worked hard and you are at the top of your game. You are one of the best in the world and you get to play on that grand stage in front of the world. Plus, an added bonus, we will pay you a ton of money to do it. Here is the setback. You have to follow the law just like everyone else. You cannot drink and drive. You cannot carry around a gun in your jogging pants. You cannot do steroids. These seem like easy requests to follow for us common folk, but seem much more difficult, even for some college players today. I sure would like to go back in time when professional athletes were merely athletes. I am going to find it real hard to approve of the heroes my son chooses not knowing whether or not they have values. Oh well, I guess this is just another let down for the kids, one less role model to look up to. Thanks Mark McGwire.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Great Video of Star Wars with A-Team Music

If you have never watched a video of Star Wars with the A-Team theme song playing in the backgroud, you are missing out. This is one of the funniest videos I have seen in quite some time.

And check out this link for more funny videos!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 BSC Championship Game: Texas or Alabama?

Want to know my prediction of the 2010 BSC National Championship Game tonight? Well click below!

2010 BSC Championship Game: Texas or Alabama?

My New Year's Resolutions for 2010

For those of you that know me, you will easily guess the number one resolution on my long list to better my life. I have been carrying a few extra pounds for quite some time now, and with the birth of my first son, it is definitely time to burn them off. However, this is not an easy feat to accomplish. Well I have a powerful ally on my team this time, and his name is Wii Fit. This is quite possibly the most fun I have ever had exercising. It has a wide array of games aimed at increasing strength, balance, and even correcting your posture. It is the best money I have spent in a long time.

My second resolution is geared toward my health as well, and it is to quit smoking for good. I find myself too often these days going back to that cigarette when I am stressed out, or sometimes at the occasional social event. I would like to spend the better part of 2010 smoke free.

My final resolution for this new year is to share more pictures of my son. I love jumping on Facebook and seeing all the great pictures of everyone and their families, and I have gotten really lazy with this task. For 2010, I will be more consistently updateing my Facebook pages with pictures of my son for all my close frineds and family to see.

Happy New Year Everyone!