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.
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