Thursday, May 31, 2007

Google Maps / Earth moves to next level

Google has pushed the envelope a little further in internet mapping.

LINK

They are starting to ring in localized images of people.

I Graduated Diabetes Education

Woo Hoo, I finally finshed my Diabetes Education class yesterday. The class is a four part series that educates you on diabetes, designs a diet and works on getting your diabetes under control.

At the end yesterday we had to take a reading to see if we were within target. Once again <130 for a fasting reading and <160 two hours after a meal. I read mine like three hours after lunch and it read 109. A big change from the 350's numbers I was getting in February.

Amy is off today, she has to go and pick up a mouth piece from her dentist and then will do a little running around with her grandparents.

Last night we went shopping for dinner tonight, and we have salmon on the agenda for tonight, I'm thinking we are going to cook it on the grill. We purchased some cedar planks last night to cook it.

Moke has been wanting to play more paintball. He has a team put together and wants to start playing more. I sent an e-mail to Sean and Danny at MVP Paintball, maybe they can give him some advice or a hand forming a team.

...One more day!!!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Pirates Game

Yesterday, I went to my second Pirates Game that I had ever been to. The first and last game I had ever attended was way back in 1982 at Willie Stargell's (the statue) last game as a player.

I have had tickets and had plans to go to games numerous times, I've just never managed to be able to make it to a game until yesterday. It was a great day where Chris, Chewy, Phil and myself started the journey to Pittsburgh yesterday at about 4:00 and culminated with our return last night around 11:00.

It was a great game and the Pirates played a decent game and managed to walk away with a 4-1 victory over possible future Hall of Famer David Well's. Before the game started we all managed to find a Primanti Brothers at PNC park and enjoyed in my opinion the best sandwich in the world.

On a side note I have my final diabetes education class today, so I have just decided to take the whole day off rather than just a few hours.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day

Yesterday was the observed holiday of memorial day (It's actually tomorrow). Early in the afternoon Amy, Josie and myself had a nice little relaxing walk on rails to trails.

We stopped by at riverfront park and had a few pieces of bread that we were going to share with the resident fowl population that inhabited the area (ie we fed the ducks).

I did manage to get one magical picture where Josie had a piece of bread taken out of her hand by a thieving goose. She loves feeding the birds, and they loved her as they surrounded her when they noticed that she had bread.

Yesterday evening we went stopped by and picked up her grandparents and took them to her parents for another family cookout. They have been experimenting with BBQing ribs and I was more than willing to help eat them.

Today, is going to be the first day since I started seeing Amy that I wont have the chance to see her. We have both returned to work for the week and I'm heading to Pittsburgh tonight to see the Pirates play San Diego Padres.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Barnes Family aka Softball team Cookout

Yesterday Amy and I went to Dan and Lisa Barnes's house for a cookout / softball team pic nic and had a great time. The majority of the team showed up so it gave Amy a chance to meet everyone one on one away from the softball field. I plan on keeping her around so I guess I should introduce her to the extended softball family. ;)

Sean also owns a karaoke company and set up his karaoke equipment so we could have a little fun under the stars. Everyone really seemed to be enjoying themselves and Dan and Lisa were more than hospitable hosts to everyone.

I'm not sure what we are going to get into today, but it will be memorable no matter what it is.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Today

Todays agenda is to spend the day with the girls and have a little fun. We're going to go over to Amy's grandparents and do their grocery shopping for them. We have done this the past few Saturdays as it is something hat Amy does every Saturday.

We're talking about a trip to the mall this afternoon and a trip to Wal-Mart to get what we need for the covered dish for the Barnes backyard family pic nic that we will be attending tomorrow afternoon. It's a Family / Softball Team pic nic that Dan and Lisa have every year.

Later this evening we will have a cookout at Amy's parents place.

It looks like it will be another great day.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend


It's Friday and the start of a much anticipated three day weekend for me and the girls. Last weekend was a little short for us so it will be nice to have an extended weekend where we can spend a little more time together.

With each passing day I am realizing more and more that I am one very lucky man. I definately feel that I have met someone very special.

Not much to say about what's planned for the weekend, I'll talk about it on a day by day basis as it happens so I can have something to blog about.

We are planning on going to see the movie Curious George tonight for Family Night Under the Stars at the Ampitheater on the riverfront.

Tuesday I will be in for a little treat. I've been a lifelong Pirates fan and have only been to one Pirates Game in my life. A few guys from my softball team will be making the trip to Pittsburgh Tuesday to see the Pirates play San Diego. Chris went to school with and is good friends with the guy who is ahead of in game promotions for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he has hooked us up with some free tickets.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Almost there

OK, it's lunch time on Thursday which means I only have a couple more hours till I am done for the day. That means tomorrow is F-R-I-D-A-Y-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND a three day weekend!!!!! Woo Hoo

We're planning on attending a team softball pic nic on Sunday afternoon hosted by Dan and Lisa Barnes.

Friday night Amy and I are discussing about taking Josie to see a movie at the Riverfront Park. I believe the movie that is going to be shown is Curious George. BOPARC has really extended their movie and a blanket program that was started a few years ago.

There is nothing really planned for Saturday yet, however if the weather is nice I doubt if I will be sitting at home twiddling my thumbs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Happy 40th Birthday George

Today is my brother in law George's 40th birthday. I I would like to take this chance to wish him a very happy 40th birthday.

Congratulations Renee

Renee is finishing up her Surgical Technician class at MTech and will be graduating tonight at 7:00 at the Colseum. I would like to take this post and congratulate her on a job well done. She went back to school and kicked some serious butt and got through a pretty tough program.

I'll be there tonight with Amy when she receives her diploma.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Big win

We pulled out a nice big win last night in softball. We managed to jump to a 13-1 lead and then the other teams bats woke up and we saw ourselves temporarily down 13-15. We woke our bats back up and managed a 21-19 win to run our record to 3-2 on the season and finally moving us above the .500 mark for the first time all year.

We're off until June 4th at 10:00 when we have a rematch with the team we lost in the Championships to two season ago. We didn't match up against the Cops last season, but both teams have the date circled and it should be a great game.

At least we walked away with two trophies two years ago rather than just one. =)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Pam

Today is my youngest sister Pam's Birthday. I would like to take this chance and wish her a very Happy Birthday and may she have many more to follow.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Visit to Sarris's

Last night the girls and I made a trip to Cannonsburg PA and a trip to the Sarris Chocolate factory. Amy's family has been there numerous times, but I had never taken a trip to the factory before. This was my first time in making the tract to the factory.

Amy really likes the chocolate covered espresso beans (yuck) and the main factory is the only place that you can get them. So, I thought it would be nice to take a nice little trip up to get her some.

Josie, well she was like a...yeah, a kid in a candy store. I think she really liked it even after she fell a sleep on the trip up. She was a little hard to wake up, until she realized where we were.

We made it an early night as I left to get some rest so that we can play paintball today.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Pictures uploaded

Last Night Amy, Josie and I stopped over at Mom's and Mom asked me a question about the pictures from the Pic Nic. So this morning I decided to update the newer album with pictures from this weekend plus a few pictures. I created a new album for my girls.

It was nice to see my Uncle Robert at my Mom's yesterday, he and his new girlfriend (sorry name slips me right now) were there enjoying pizza and a little conversation.

Last night, I took the girls to CiCi's Pizza, I don't know which one of the three of us enjoy it more. I told Amy that I would grab the tray of fresh cinnamon rolls and told her to grab the tray of fresh cheese bread sticks and we'll make a mad dash for the door. We didn't do it ;(

Not sure what today has in store, but I think I'll be in the company of a couple special girls.

Friday, May 18, 2007

You Know when you are a drunk when...

Enjoy



You have ten ice cube trays in your freezer and they’re all empty.

You have made cocktails with ice chiseled from the inner walls of your freezer.

When the guy at the door yelled, “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,” you assumed it was someone bringing more supplies.

You inform the arresting officer that gravity is the only law you feel compelled to obey.

You take pub crawls very literally.

Crying in your beer increases its alcohol content.

You’ve invented a Sesame Street drinking game so you can spend more time with your kids.

You start your morning by reaching to the night stand, picking up your phone, pressing re-dial, and apologizing to whoever answers.

Some bastard always manages to slip a Mickey Finn in your 30th drink.

You regularly shout constructive criticism to the winos holding cardboard signs on street corners, e.g.: “It’s too political! You’re alienating half your demographic!”

All your finest athletic feats were executed after six or more drinks.

Your golf bag contains more beer than clubs.

You complain to friends that you “got really sober last night.” ¸

—FKR, Barcillo, Chopper, Brian Normant, Mike White, F. Odin

Friday

Here we are again, at the start of yet another weekend and the end of the weeks work schedule. The weather today doesn't appear like it is going to be cooperative with any activities, it looks like it may be raining all day.

Amy Josie and I have a few things that we may get into tonight, Amy's Nephew Christopher has a T-Ball game tonight at 6:00 and WVU is playing Georgetown tonight at Hawley Field at a sceduled 7:05 start time. For anyone interested in going to the WVU game its $1.00 night, it's $1.00 to enter and certain consessions are also being sold for $1.00.

I don't know what we have scheduled tomorrow, I know Amy has something to do with the church tomorrow morning and we will probably go grocery shopping for her Grandparents after that.

Sunday is paintball day, so this is probably going to be a short weekend when our schedules will be occupied with a few activities. Next weekend however we will be enjoying a nice three day weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Friday Night Under the Stars

BoParc does a Friday Night Under the Stars at the Ampitheatre downtown when they play a movie on a Friday Night. It's free admission, just bring a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a movie outside under the stars.

The 2007 Season has been announced.



Family Night Under the Stars Drive-in Movies

May 25 - Curious George
June 9 - RV at Marilla Park
June 22 - Over the Hedge
June 29 - Flushed Away
July 13 - Monster House
July 27 - Happy Feet
August 3 - Barnyard
August 10 - Charlotte's Web
August 24 - Open Season
August 31 - Cars


All movies begin at dusk at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater unless otherwise noted.

This week is flying along.

Do you believe it is Thursday already? It was a quick weekend and this week has also been going along pretty quick, almost too quick. I am starting to wonder if the older you get, that time tends to speed up and move faster. I remember when I was a kid the days were like 48 hours and now they seem like 12 hours. Maybe it's just me.

Last night I took the girls out to TCBY and then we stopped by Daily Kneads for a loaf of bread. I love their bread, but I took one small piece and told Amy to take the rest of it to her Dad and Brother, this way I won't eat it. I did check my sugar this morning after breakfast, and for the first time in some time it was slightly (couple points) above my target for a post meal. Nothing to worry about, the goal is to get 50% of my readings in target, and that is the first one in some time that was 2 points above target in some time.

Reminder to everyone, this Sunday is when we are playing Paintball. $25.00 pays for your field rental fee, air, equipment and 500 free paintballs. If you are planning on playing, plan on shooting around 1,500 paintballs on the day. Cases (2000) range between $55-$70 a case. For this special you must shoot field paint only, the Bring your own paint night is Friday night.

For any of you looking to do something pretty Cheap, the WVU Baseball team is having a $1.00 night for Friday Night's game. Tickets and all concessions are only $1.00 each.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

We pulled out a win

Last night we took the field again hoping to pull our record to an even .500 for the season. The game didn't start out that way as we fell behind early and couldn't hit or field the ball. We were actually in danger of having the 10 run mercy rule implemented on us. Until about the fourth inning and we woke up both offensively and defensively for the first time all game. We won 23-16 and pulled our record to 2-2 on the year.

The picture was taken after last weeks game, and I managed to track it down so that I can add it to my blog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Softball tonight

We will once again hit the field tonight in a softball game, attempting to pull our record back to the .500 level. It's been a few years since I have been on a team that was not only at or below that level so I'm wanting to come out and have a good solid game tonight.

There has already been a team picture been taken this year, but it wasn't by me and I'm trying to get a copy of it to post.

Reminder, this coming Sunday is the day we are playing paintball for anyone who wants to play.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Weekends are too short


I think I've recently used this title, however once again it's a very fitting statement. I had a busy, fun filled, and memorable weekend where I spent time with my baby and her daughter.

Yesterday we went to a pic nic that my Niece Amy was having at Marilla Park. It's been some time since we have had one down there like this, which of course we can't managed to do without someone bringing a water pistol or water balloons.

After we left Marilla we went and visited Amy's Mom and wished her a Happy Mother's Day. He family had had a backyard BBQ at her parents house. Her brothers were playing a little T-Ball out in the front yard.

The end of the weekend included me leaving my dome light on yesterday and to find a dead car battery when I was going to leave last night. Other than that, it was a great weekend, just a little too short.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day

I would like to take this chance and wish all the mothers a very Happy Mother's Day.

For those of you who do not know the history of Mother's Day, it started locally here in Grafton, West Virginia by Anna Jarvis.



No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.--Florida Scott-Maxwell

Friday, May 11, 2007

It's the weekend

What, you need an explanation? My weekend is now almost officially starting and I don't know what we are going to get into tonight. Amy and I were talking about taking Josie to Hovatters Zoo today. I think she would like that.

Time to grab my camera and go see the girls.

Have a good day.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ok, We're getting there

It's Thursday and one day closer to the weekend. The weather looks like it should be nice all weekend, which will be a little bit of a change from last weekend when it rained Saturday.

Amy and I had a little cookout for dinner last night and we're planning on doing it again tonight.

Neice Amy is planning on having a cookout this Sunday at Marilla Park. She called me yesterday and said it's going to start around noon. Maybe it's time I break out my camera and put it to work.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Hump Day

Alright, we're on the back part of the work week now and heading into another fun filled weekend.

* Last night the girls and I went to Amy's Nephew T-Ball game and watched him start his tract to Cooperstown. I can now say I was when his future baseball Hall of Fame career was started.

* We purchased Josie a Beta last night and a beta tank. Her fish is now named Eugene and Eugene is the Attack Guard fish who oversees all that goes in in both the living room and the kitchen.

* I had a good day yesterday on rails to trails. The sun was shining and warm and my iPod was jamming and I walked about 3.7 miles yesterday. I went a little early so we could make the T-Ball game last night, plus Kelly was feeling a little under the weather.

* Just a reminder, this coming Sunday is Mother's Day.

* Thew next weekend is when we have one our scheduled paintball games. $25.00 will cover your rental equipment, field rental fees and 500 Free paintballs. Plan on shooting roughly 1,500 if you are planning on playing all day. If you want to play, team up with someone and split the cost of an additional case of paintballs and you should be set of for the day.

Directions to the field


Directions to the Field:

From Morgantown:

-Follow I-68 to exit 10 (Cheat Lake)
-Turn left off of the highway onto Rt. 857.
-Follow Rt. 857 approximately 5.5 miles into Pennsylvania.
-Turn left onto Gans Rd. towards Rt. 43 immediately after the Laural Aggregate Plant and Niosh.
-Cross over Rt. 43 and make an immediate left onto Bunker Hill Road.
-Follow 1.5 miles and turn left on Jordans Harbour Road.
-Follow it to the end, then proceed through the gate, and you will be at the park.

When you turn off Rt. 857, follow the signs.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Double Header split

Well, we didn't manage to pull off a sweep last night, but we did however split the double header.

We won the first game quite handidly and implemented the 10 run rule innthe fifth inning securing the firstr win of the season.

The second game however we should have won during regulation, but we managed to drop it in extra innings. I ended the game hitting into a Double play. I haven't managed to get my stroke and timing as of yet, but it's early and I haven't caught fire yet. I'll come when we need it.

Tonight the girls and I will be going to watch Amy's nephew play a T-Ball game.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Everything is fine

Just returned from the Dr's and everything appears to be fine other than the pain. We scheduled another appointment in two weeks if it is still aching. Her examination was went well and she couldn't find anything.

All is well. Now, had something been wrong I would have waited until the double header was over with tonight before I would have said anything.

Unplanned trip to DR's today

I finally did it. My leg has been quite bothersome for a little over a week now, so I'm taking a trip to the POC this afternoon to see my Doctor.

I called Jean this morning and asked her about it, giving her the symptoms and she mentioned possible blood clot. I was talking to Amy on her way to work and she never said it but that is what was running through her mind also.

It's minor, but it has lingered long enough that it needs a little medical attention.

I'll update eveveryone in the next BLOG.

Weekends are too short

Wow, it seems like yesterday was Friday evening and I was on rails to trails enjoying the start of the weekend. I think I must have blinked because it's Monday again. I can't complain, I had a great weekend despite some faulty weather forecasts.

Yesterday Amy, Josie and I started the day off with a visit to a friend of hers from college. They were in from Delawre and staying with some family. I think we may be planning a weekend trip to Delaware sometime in the future to return the visit.

Later we stopped at her Brother's and we all made it up to her parents house for a cookout. Her two brothers and their wives were there, however her sister who I met Saturday was home with a touch of the flu. It's not hard to see that they are a very loving close knit family.

I have a softball double header this evening, hopefully we can find our defense tonight and turn around a bad start to the season and come out with a pair of wins.

My hip has been feeling strange over the past week, I'm thinking about scheduling a Dr's appointment and have Dr. Feathers have a look at it. It's a muscular pain on my right hip, but it has lingered for the past week and at times is quite intense and painful, like a severe burning pain. Once I'm up and moving it's fine and doesn't inhibit my mobility, but after I have been sitting for a while it's quite painful.

As a reminder to anyone who is wanting to play paintball, we are playing two weeks from yesterday on the 20th. It's the Sunday between Mother's Day and Memorial day weekends.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Change of plans

Wow, did we ever have a change of plans yesterday. The weather was supposed to be nice, and we were going to spend the day in Star City. It was a very well planned out event that was almost a complete bust.

I don't know if the carnival ever really did make it there, and the weather was shall we say less than cooperative. Amy, Josie and I started the day off by going to her store, but the cold rain and lack of turnout in general made us change our plans.

We were going to go to the fireworks last night that were scheduled to begin at 9:30, but as we were leaving I saw the fireworks already going off in the distance at 9:00. We did manage to walk over from Amy's apartment and view them for a good five minutes before the finale ended.

I did manage to meet Amy's sister and her other set of grandparents yesterday, as she briefly met Val, Erica and Joshua. Amy has this recipe for Amish Friendship Bread that she had finished up Friday Night. It takes ten days to make the bread but oh is it worth it. Yummm.

Friday, May 04, 2007

It's almost the weekend.

It's finally Friday and the dawn of a new and adventurous weekend. Last night Amy, Josiie and I broke in the new grill and had a BBQ. I managed to be the grill master, but all I did was stand there and stir stuff, the real grill master is Amy. We were talking last night and we seem to like the same foods and the same prefer food the same way. She likes using spices and adding flavor to the food, I'm kind of the same way but being single and looking for something quick and easy I never really had the desire or need to do anything more than a quick microwave.

After dinner we all all decided to take a trip to Dairy Queeen. After Josie went to bed Amy and I talked a few hours, we are still of in that getting to know each other stage of the relationship. I like talking to her, we ask each other questions and learn more and more about each other as every day passes.

Tonight we are going to travel over to Mom's so Amy and Josie can meet Mom and Gerald.

Tomorrow there we will be running around all day with the events in Star City.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Yesterday

Yesterday Amy, Josie and myself decided to travel to the great Metropolitan area of Core , West Virginia to meet both Kim and Pam.

The evening started off with a nice little trip to Josie's favorite restaurant CiCi's Pizza for dinner before heading to Core to embark on some more introductions.

We started off by stopping off to meet Kim, Robert, Brittany and Roki. We had a nice little talk and sat on the back poarch for a while watching the ducks. Of course Kim had to tell a few stories about me where I had to plead the fifth so I didn't incriminate myself from acts of stupidty. If I plead the fifth I won't have to deny anything. Ironically there was another connection that we have, it seems Robert and Kim's best friend Ron is Amy's cousin. I brought in the new year with her Aunt and Uncle and didn't even know it at the time.

After that we left and stopped by so I could introduce my girls to Pam, George, Calvin and that HUGE puppy that they have named Spike. If you have never seen Spike, he is a very large and lovable Saint Bernard. Josie was a little timid initially with Roki, but it didn't exist with Spike. George came up with the conspiracy theory that I have been stalking Amy, even 11 years before she was born.

After leaving there we stopped by Amy's grandparents to pick up Josie's cheese sticks that she had left there. Then when returned to Amy's we went to her neighbor's (also named Amy) and I returned a favor when she helped me putting the grill together and helped her bring in a computer desk and hooked up her computer.

After this my girls walked me to my car and I went home for a good nights sleep.

Tonight we are thinking about putting the new grill to work.

Life is good.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Late night game

We started the season off last night on a sour note when we dropped a 32-22 game to start off the season. Ususally 22 runs will win you about 95% of your games, however our defense was absolutely horrible last night and we let up a whole lot of runs. We were having trouble doing the routine basics of the game, much less the bad plays.

We'll get them nest week when we have a double header scheduled Monday at 6:00 and 7:00. Hopefully we can forget the first game of the season and bounce back with a nice little double header sweep.





"To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person. He has to have confidence in himself as an individual."--Sidonie Gruenberg