Friday, February 16, 2007

Sick of being sick!

I haven't posted a lot of late, and there are several reasons for that. 1) I haven't had a lot going on. For sure, work is starting to move and it has been excellent so far. I am really enjoying the company and am looking forward to really getting things done. The last couple of weeks have been product training, getting my feet wet, meeting people, etc. Next week, in which I'll be in Raleigh, is when things will really start to accelerate. 2) Everyone in my house has been sick for either part, or all, of the last two weeks - and it hasn't been fun. The only living things in my house that haven't been sick have been ME and the DOG!

Angie started with strep two weeks ago. She got medicated, and then instantly got the flu. She is still ill, and only now starting to come back. She's really been knocked on her butt, and frankly - when momma is sick, everybody is sick. It is amazing how many things don't get done when she's not doing them. I really take her contribution for granted and when she can't do her deal, I really notice it. I wish it wouldn't take her being sick for me to understand that!!!

Justin had a couple of days of the flu, but is over that now. Dylan had it come on, but he was able to fight it off. Marissa had a stomach virus that morphed into strep. She's doing better now, but I felt really bad for her as she puked her guts out one early morning. Cassie had strep, but got over that pretty quick.

Basically, the only one still out is Angie. Pray for her, as she is more sick of being sick than I am of her being sick.

Oh, yeah, by the way - I think I'm coming down with a sore throat.


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Do 'ya feel lucky, punk?

I'm not sure if it is because I now live in Texas, or what, but I've definitely become interested in firearms. Yes, I am still intimated by them, but I like to shoot. It probably all started when we went up to Angie's uncle's house in Bonham (out in the country) and fired one of his many shotguns at tin cans. Every time we'd go up, we'd shoot some. Then, when family would come down from NY, we'd take them up there to shoot some more (and to see his cows, too!).

I finally bought a shotgun, which was primarily for target shooting (clay pidgeons). However, Dylan and his dad hunt a lot, so I got into that by going with them. I have previous posts about Dove hunting last fall, and I tried my hand at duck several weeks ago. I am trying to schedule a spring turkey hunt with Angie's cousins down in south Texas in a couple of months.

That being said, I purchased a revolver last week during my week off between McAfee and Network Appliance. I bought a Ruger .357 Magnum and it is very cool. In fact, I've gone to the range twice now (shooting both .38 and .357 shells) and I've had a ball. We have an indoor range not too far from the house, and an outdoor range very close to the house, and I'm sure I'll be spending some serious time at both. Angie's uncle told me to buy a semi-automatic (like a 9mm), but that seemed too intimidating. However, now that I have the revolver, I'm ready to buy that semi. In fact, it might be time to get a rifle for deer and hog hunting. Oh, wait, I saw this cammo 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun...

This might get expensive.