Thursday, December 16, 2010

Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy for AdamJWilliams.blogspot.com
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Make Your Wife Happy With A Week Of Servitude

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The manliest thing that a guy can do is be a good husband and father. That is why I decided to give Leigha a break. For an entire week, I did all of the errands and chores. I cooked, cleaned, did laundry, washed dishes and even let out the dog. While Dude didn’t care who hooked him up to his leash, it turns out that it was difficult for Leigha to sit there and do nothing. I repeatedly cut her off or stopped her from doing extra work. My intention was to give her a week where she didn’t have to worry about doing any of those annoying things that everybody hates, but we all have to do it anyways. Every Saturday night, Leigha watches the kids by herself while I work. Once a month she does this on both Friday and Saturday. I figured that it was the least that I could do by giving her an entire week.
The only stipulation that I had made was that the cleaning list had to be agreed upon prior to the week. That way, I knew exactly how to plan out my week and not be bombarded with new projects every day.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Look Homeless After A Month

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For as long as I can remember, my Dad has had a full beard. Each winter, he grows it out for his Santa Claus costume, where you can stick a finger through it and never touch his face. I honestly have never understood the attraction with beards, unless you are overweight and you can hid how fat your face is. That being said, this is not the first time that I’ve had a beard. Back in 2002, I went to Europe with my brother, Arik and my little sister, Heather. For five weeks, we had an itinerary that looked like this: Days one and two, Madrid. Final Day, Madrid. Besides that we had no concrete plans of which cities/countries to visit, or how long we would stay.
At some point during this trip, I lost my razor. I decided that I wouldn’t buy another one, thus came a beard. Shortly after I returned to the United States, I started to date my wife. At the time, she told me that she liked my beard. It wasn’t until later that I found out that she like it because it hid my double chin.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Have Fun Watching Guys In Tights

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One day, my mom called me up and told me that she was going to go to see a performance of the Lion King and asked if we wanted to join her. She told us that she would buy Leigha’s ticket for a birthday present. The kids love animals and singing, so it seemed as if it would be a perfect fit. It didn’t hurt that everything that I had read/heard from people said that it was a great show.
As it turns out, this adventure started out as Mother Nature versus my mom. The day of the performance, we woke up to blizzard conditions and school closings. Traveling wasn’t advised. What do you do? Activate the 4x4 in the Murano, load up a two and three year old and drive 107.67 miles a bit more cautiously. I should confess here that it wasn’t really the day of a blizzard, but the day after a blizzard. The roads weren’t ideal, but they were just classified as “snow covered”. It was a good thing that major interstates are first in line to get plowed. In reality, it was the wind that caused the most concern as I was driving. It wasn’t until we got to Des Moines that the snow became an issue.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Survive Without Buying Groceries For A Month

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Several years ago, Leigha read an article that talked about various ways to save money. One of them said not to go grocery shopping for an entire month. It was something that we had considered doing for quite a while but for whatever reason, never did. January 2010 was just the month. We also decided to pair this with not going out to eat. But with two young kids, we had to make a few stipulations. The rules:
1.  The kids’ joint birthday party on January 14th didn’t count if we bought food for the dozen adults that would be coming over.
2.   We could buy perishable food items that could potentially go bad during the month, (Milk, Bread, Fruit & Vegetables) but not meat.
3.  If we already had a gift card to a restaurant, we could use it.
4.  Somebody else could take us out to eat.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Genesis

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More Complicated Than A Nuclear Bomb
            
There I was on the Blackest of Black Fridays, sitting in my basement with 857 pieces spread out on the floor, assembling our new elliptical machine. The directions were actually blueprints. My wife, Leigha woke up at to get our solitary large purchase of note for the year. An elliptical machine was one of those things that we had thought about buying for quite some time. In fact, it was the machine of choice when we were losing weight for our wedding. In the four and half years since we got married, I have never worked out regularly and gained roughly fifty pounds. When we saw the ad in the paper for fifty percent off a new machine, it seemed as if it was the proper time. Later that day, as I was assembling the machine, Leigha took the kids with her to look for some more hot deals.
“I just like watching how crazy the people get.” She said.
Two hours and sixteen steps into the assembly, I thought that I should get a merit badge for all this work; which led to thinking about how cool it would be if people got life badges. Thus the genesis of this blog.
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