A Great Weekend and Ready for Work

I had a great weekend, filled with plenty of rest, family time, and even some work. Friday evening we all celebrated Tina’s birthday and had a great time as a family. I fell asleep not long after 9:00pm and slept until almost 10:00am the next morning. I think all that sleep was due to the emotional dump that I had after the doctor appointment that morning and having just a little less on my mind.

Saturday I stayed home and watched some TV and did a little work from home. Believe it or not, I also took about a two hour nap! Then, after taking Tina to work, I came home and watched the Bellator fights with my oldest son Mark and his girlfriend Michelle. Unfortunately, sleep didn’t happen so easily Saturday night and I was up until after 4:00am, though I’m not real sure why.

After picking Tina up from work at 7:00am on Sunday, I watched a little TV and took a nap. Then I got ready for the day and, after dropping her back off at work, Bree (my youngest daughter) and I went to my office and moved some employee’s computers and phones to new locations. I’m so glad that she went with me to help because she saved me a lot of crawling around under desks with my old, bad back.

Then we came home and I got a few things done around the house and now I’m laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep. I hired a new web developer at work on Friday and tomorrow is his first day, so we have a lot to go over. I’m excited that I’ll have someone to do the bulk of the programming for us so that I can go back to working primarily on the hardware stuff, which I truly enjoy.

A Great Start to the Weekend

Today was an excellent day! It started with me picking my beautiful wife up from work at 7:00am and enjoying some breakfast with her before she went to sleep. Then I went to The Victory Center at 10:00am and got an incredible massage. I had awakened with a kink in my neck and the therapist worked it out completely.

After my massage I headed to Miss Cue South and met my oldest son Mark, and his girlfreind Michelle, Derek and his wife Marisol, and we played some 9 Ball until just after 1:00pm. I love to shoot pool because it is truly a release for me, and losing only three games in over two hours of play certainly makes it more fun (well, at least for me).

Then I went to Kistler Ford and talked with them about our 2013 Ford Fusion and getting into a new leased vehicle. I ended up finding a beautiful 2016 Ford Edge Titanium Edition available and am heading back Monday after work to pick it up. It has heated and AC front seats, heated rear seats, memory seating for the driver seat, remote start, perimeter alarm, Panoramic Vista roof (HUGE sunroof!), a Sony 12 speaker sound system (that totally rocks!), and comes with the Sync3 8″ touchscreen system that includes navigation and live traffic updates. The best part? We don’t have to pay the last three monthly lease payments for the Fusion and we are going to save $100 per month on the lease payments with the new Edge!

After the dealership I went to Costco and picked up a couple of essentials and also the PureGuardian Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier for our bedroom. Tina and I have both been waking up with our noses very dry, and since we already have the humidifier on our furnace turned up to the highest setting, we are hoping this helps.

After getting home and taking a short nap, I took Tina to El Salto and we had a nice, quiet dinner together before she went to work. Then I went home, got a few things done around the house, and am now getting ready to go to bed. It’s been a long but productive and good day, filled with fun, some good deals, and some awesome alone time with Tina.

What a Wonderful Christmas!

Today was a beautiful day, one filled with family and fun. I’m sure I have a different outlook on the holidays, due to my cancer and the possibility that I may or may not have too many more chances at Christmas, but it truly was a beautiful day.

To start the day off, I picked Tina up from work and came home and then I wrapped some more presents while she got some sleep. After a brief nap, I got started on making a turkey dinner, with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. While preparing the food, Mark and Michelle came over and were kind enough to help me prepare the food.

At 1:00 pm I ran over and picked up my granddaughter Shayla (David’s daughter) from her mom’s so that she could come over and open her presents from Santa and her dad. While Shayla was opening presents I woke Tina up and she came down in time to see Shayla open presents and then Susan and Zach brought my other granddaughter Ava over so that she could open her presents from all of us. The girls had a blast and it was so much fun watching them open their presents with all of their excitement and happiness.

About 3:00 pm my mom and dad came over to join the festivities. It was such a treat because my mom hasn’t been over for any of the holidays for the past several years, mostly because she has health issues of her own, and also because she and Tina had a number of small disagreements over the years. When I called my mom on Christmas eve day and asked her to come over, like I do every year, I explained that with both her and my health issues, it would be a good year to start anew. Fortunately, she agreed and joined us for a great day at the Carlson household.

By about 5:30 pm, most of our guests had left and cleanup began. The food had to be put away, the dishes cleaned up and all the discarded wrapping paper picked up. Once finished, Tina and I went upstairs and retired to our room to watch a movie and relax.

Again, what a wonderful Christmas!