Sunday, December 27, 2009

A message from a Toy?

Have you ever had one of those moments where you have to search for a
reasonable answer ? It was 6:44 pm as we all sat comfortably at our
kitchen table enjoying Leilani's homemade pasta. One of Colins toys
started playing on it's own. Yes it was in the "on" position but
hadn't been played with all day. Colin has been sick. It started to
play songs we had never heard it play before, and the light pattern
was different than I have seen as well..... This went on for a few
minutes and has since stopped. Could it have been a tremor that
tripped it, a slight discharge of electricity from an older
battery........or something that goes bump in the night?

Not sure of the reality of my dilemma but nonetheless it was a "hmm"
moment.....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We three kings

We are back at the hospital for a few days with more tests. MRI
PETscans and ........well stuff over my paygrade.
These are Colin's lovies or as we call them his three kings :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This is funny

Colin at 1 year old this past April learning violin----or maybe not.


video

Monday, November 30, 2009

Straight No Chaser

..sing a little "Greatest American Hero".....
I am the "flyer"...
um "Hero"....


video

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas is coming !

And I am just getting started....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update on our Love :)

My wife sent this note out to our family: She is the best Mom I could have ever asked for to our son:

Hello Everyone, We wanted to give you an update on Colin, and thank all of you for your positive thoughts and prayers that you have sent our way. We had an appointment on Friday with the Hematology/Oncology Dr.'s. They were really great with Colin and assured us that they don't see anything that is pointing to any type of cancer. They are also reassured by the fact that Colin doesn't look or act sick. He is growing developmentally and physically like a weed! However, they do want to do a bone marrow biopsy. The Dr.'s want to make sure that there is nothing "hiding" in Colin's bone marrow that could be causing his daily fever. He has had a fever at some point during the day or night for the past 7 weeks. The Dr.'s scheduled the bone marrow biopsy for December 1st. It is an outpatient procedure, and he will be completely asleep. We are confident in their skill and knowledge, but we ask you to pray for all the Dr.'s and technicians as they perform this procedure on Colin. We also ask that you pray for Colin's quick recovery. The Dr.'s are also going to do a full body CT scan under sedation, but that has not been scheduled yet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Update

Colin went back to his music class today. Leilani said he was so
excited. I find myself singing to him all the time, making up songs as
I go along. I am sure that's gonna get old at some point but ..... :)

We are waiting to see hematolgy/oncology at UCLA about the fever and
have a follow up with his immuneologists in a few weeks.

We just keep plugging along- our Christmas cards should be ready soon
though! I think the two of them will look adoreable and I have a
chance of looking like Santa.

In my defense the sweater was bulky!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Eye doctor

Our little guy Saturday night waiting for a two hour long appointment
with an eye doctor. That was one of the tough ones. Little boys do not
like three rounds of drops in their eyes at 4 drops per eye ! Yikes!
And they hate to be held down- boy can Colin fight. We found nothing
wrong- bloodwork is still good-leaning away from JRA at last check. We
are going to get our GI doc from his hospital stays back involved. Say
a prayer if you can spare one.

To top it off the dog got her cone off and tried taking out her own
stitches-
"Dear Mr. Jesus......I'm still hanging in there" :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cleaning windows

Gentleman outside cleans on the scaffold - I clean from the comfort of
our studio.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Our Peter Pan

This is our little Peter Pan: Colin





I can not even begin to explain how much this blessing has changed our lives. The love you have for your child is simply one of the most magical spells ever to be cast. If you read this blog on a regular basis you know that Colin has had some tough times in these first 18 months. Three major hospital stays, several urgent cares, CT scans, X-rays, specialists, ER's, etc. BUT through all of this we have a happy little boy that just wants to throw his toys in our small fish pond.

We were back at the Hospital the other day, this time UCLA Medical. One thing I feel like pointing out is the doctors and nurses whose calling leads them to pediatrics. Many times you find specialists outside of Pediatrics that may be territorial or so sure of their diagnosis that they are not the most willing to get a consult or look elsewhere for an answer. In Pediatrics I have noticed no one cares who figures it out, they just want to make your child better. There are no bragging rights in this world...just two little eyes looking at the adults asking for help.

I think I am writing now just for personal relief :) I just want him to be better. I have about five more minutes at work and I can leave....I am sure the teardrops on my keyboard will dry in a few minutes. It is better to cry in private and through the anonymity of the internet.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Paranormal site

Shauna sent this is about her new Paranormal site :

http://northpacparanormal.com/index.html

A Haunted Tale

Looking for Ghost Stories, here is one that Brianna wrote in with :

Hi there! My name is Brianna Blum, I have had my house haunted for a while, until I got rid of the ghost. But I have two events I would like to tell you of many events. The First is: I was in my bed, witch is like a bunk bed without the bottom bunk, it was morning my grandmother had just arrived for a visit, I didn't want to get up it was cold so I stayed laying down with the covers up to my neck. The covers started to slide down slowly off of me, I sat up and watched them go down to my legs, then I said' "okay I'm getting up", then they stopped, and it sounded like some one just got off my bed and landed on the floor. The next event, I was in the living room reading a old library book, The phone rang so I went to get it, when I hung it up I went back over to the couch and the pages started to turn one by one, All windows/ doors closed and no fans, now I am a major book worm so the first thing I did was say, "No I'll lose my page", then the pages went and flipped back quickly all at once to the page I was on.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Morning Reading

Colin has been trying to figure out this certain bird that thinks the
backyard is his....we will let you know when we get a positive ID.
Right now he is leaning towards a Black Phoebe.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What to say ?

Part of me wanted to stop writing about this because I was just so tired after the events of the day(s) that I could not bring myself to write. Explaining to family and friends was hard enough, as repeating details over and over can just wear you down.  My wife is really the rock when it comes to Colin’s health.  She is amazing.  He has had a fever for three weeks tomorrow :( We have an amazing pediatrician. She and her fellow doctors really care about Colin. That really helps.

Last weekend we watched Colin struggle through a CT scan, a catheter, and more blood work. The weekend before was X-rays for pneumonia. I am sick of hospitals. Today we were at UCLA Medical Center to meet with Immunologists and Infectious Disease experts.  The highlight for my son was the salt water fish tank with Nemo. We were there for a few hours and by the end of it I was calling the Nemo fish Elmo…..I had lost it. (I still don’t understand if that red Elmo is a monkey, a bear, or….my wife says he is a 3 year old monster.)

Then it was downstairs for more blood work :( Alot of sick children that just break your heart with every breath… but I was holding mine. All of this seems unrelated to anything in the past , he just has a fever of an unknown origin.  He is such a fighter with needles and the like, this kid needs at least four of us to secure him down for any testing. I swear he could be a boxer, god I love him so much.

All the blood work keeps coming back normal which we love, but we just want what every parent does: health.

I am confident he is fine, this is just another entry in his book-but I am pretty sure he would like to start a new chapter.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Squirrel

We have had problems at the building this year. Here is what our manager writes:

 

I know everyone is interested in the squirrel that chases you in and out of the building each day. He is nicknamed "Pinnacle Pete" and over the years he has claimed many victims, including some celebrities and at least one of our AE's.

Pinnacle Pete has been removed to a remote location by a local humane society that handles such creatures. He is living his life happily far, far away from us.

But, there is another. A very quick little guy that lurks in the parking lot. Please don't confuse him with "Pete", and please don't run him over with your car. They are attempting to rescue him, also, but so far his sheer speed has made him very elusive.

No further bulletins will be issued.

 

A little concerned they have shut down the notification system though ……

Ouch !!!!


Having a slight reaction to Augmentin I took for my sore throat--- YIKES This is red. Calling Doc after radio show.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

For the front yard ?

OK be honest what do ya think-

Or should I just go Christmas now ......

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

1 or 2 ??? What will it be…

I told my wife I was frisky- so tomorrow when I head into work

1 will = YES 2 will = Headache -- Wish me luck G nite

Friday, September 25, 2009

More on Recall of Tylenol sold in 2008

Just spoke with our pediatrician who explained this bacteria could cause respiratory complications.  The bacteria could be quite dangerous to people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis (CF), they may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. The company says there have been no reports- BUT this parent thinks  it is important to make sure there is none of the recalled Tylenol in your medicine cabinet.  It is very simple regardless of where you may have purchased it,  just compare lot numbers and product titles in the below alert and in my two previous entries.  There is a number to reach out to the company as well.

I am not stopping our use of Tylenol but I am darn sure this particular batch is no longer in my house. 

I also have a call into their press office with some questions that I will post here upon hearing a response.

 

This is the FDA alert that came out tonight:

MedWatch logo MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

Children's and Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension Products - Recall

Audience: Consumers and Healthcare professionals

McNeil Consumer Healthcare and FDA notified consumers of a nationwide recall of certain Tylenol products as a precautionary measure because of potential manufacturing problems. The company initiated a recall of certain oral suspension products distributed between March 2008 and May 2008 due to the potential of bacteria in raw materials used to manufacture the finished product. There are no illnesses reported by patients using this product. The full list of recalled product lots can be accessed on the company’s website at

  INFO  ON THE LOT NUMBERS

http://www.tylenolprofessional.com/assets/TYLENOL_Letter_091809.pdf.

  INFO  ON THE LOT NUMBERS

McNeil is advising parents and caregivers who have administered affected product to their child or infant and have concerns to contact their healthcare providers. Parents and caregivers can find the lot numbers on the bottom of the box containing the product and also on the sticker that surrounds the product bottle.

Read the complete MedWatch 2009 Safety summary including a link to the FDA news release, at:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm183924.htm


You are encouraged to report all serious adverse events and product quality problems to FDA MedWatch at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Tylenol Recall

I am not saying this caused my son's health problems, but it is something we are definitely looking into. I would like an answer as to why a possible bacterial contamination of these Tylenol products is being announced now ? Over a year after the sale date of these products? I guarantee if you purchased any of these last year YOUR child has ingested some of the affected recall. I am disgusted that it took this long to get out.

Tylenol Recall

Tami did a good job at compiling facts on this:

Some explanation, if you look for it, on the Children's Tylenol recall
September 24, 2009 9:57 am
The recall information isn't especially easy to find, but consumers who check the Tylenol website under Children's Tylenol News will find a list of children's and infants' Tylenol liquid products that are being pulled from store shelves.
The notice begins: "You may have heard that McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of Tylenol) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children's and Infants' Tylenol liquid products that were manufactured between April, 2008 and June, 2008 in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."
One of the inactive ingredients apparently didn't meet internal testing requirements. The "news" then essentially skips to the list of products.
But in wee print at the bottom of the Tylenol site's main page, consumers will find a link that says "For Healthcare Professionals."
Follow that and you'll make it to a letter that sheds some light on what you "may have heard":
The company has implemented this recall because examination of bulk raw material detected that one of the inactive ingredients did not meet internal testing requirements.Specifically, the gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) was detected. The portion of raw material in which the bacteria was found was isolated and was not used in the production of any finished product. However, it was decided, as a precaution, to recall all product that utilized any of the raw material manufactured at the same time as the raw material that tested positive for the bacteria. Please note: No bacteria has been detected in finished product and the finished product has met all specifications.
Here's US Recall News' list of 21 affected products:
Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold MS Suspension 4 oz. Grape Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Strawberry Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Bubble Gum Infants’ Tylenol Suspension 1/2 oz. Cherry Infants’ Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4 oz. Children’s Tylenol Dye Free Suspension 4 oz. Cherry Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Cherry Children’s Tylenol Plus Cough & Runny Nose 4 oz. Cherry Infants’ Tylenol Suspension Drops 1/2 oz. Grape Children’s Tylenol Plus Flu 4 oz. Bubble Gum Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold Suspension 4 oz. Grape Children’s Tylenol Plus Cough/ST Suspension 4 oz. Cherry Infants’ Tylenol Suspension Drops 1 oz. Grape Infants’ Tylenol Dye Free Suspension 1 oz. Cherry Children’s Tylenol Pediatric Suspension 1 oz. Cherry Infants’ Tylenol Suspension Drops 1 oz. Cherry Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum Infants’ Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops H/G 1/2 oz. Infants’ Tylenol Drops 1 oz. Grape Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Cherry, Hospital Govt.
-- Tami Dennis

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Colin at CHLA

 

I am raising money for Children’s Hospital today.

Call 1-800-817-4kid

These are some photo’s of my “lovebug” when he was here :(

So much better now!

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Colin Loves Balloons!

Ok I swear this lasted for about an hour the other night.  It really is hilarious what a small child may find amusing, I mean imagine as adults if we found the simple joy of chasing a balloon so entertaining….they would probably lock us up! Sad- BUT this makes me smile :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I love to Dance

This was when my wife was teaching dance for a local high school that she took to Nationals that year. They won 1st.  Leilani was  a head Instructor for NDA for years ( I am bragging…)

Clearly I had a modicum of uh..talent. It is quick-don’t blink

 

My crazy TV life:

This may be a hugely popular show Day 32

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Was it disrespectful ?

Challenging the President during his address on healthcare ? Years ago this was a common occurrence in such venue’s of politics, and I do believe we have the right and duty to question our politicians regardless of where they sit in the aisle.

I also believe healthcare in this country does need help.

What do you think ?

Valentine@clearchannel.com

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Last Night

Here is Colin on the way home from dinner with mom and dad.

Suddenly I have awakened from my 'slumber' to see a small boy enjoying
his own in the back of our car. What happened to that little baby ?

The Review-Iron Man

OK I watched it. Leilani fell asleep for some of it-anyway here we go.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? HE BUILT A SUIT IN SOME TALIBAN CAVE AND FINISHED OFF SOME CRAZY ATOMIC SPACE LIKE WARP DRIVE WHATEVER?

Willing suspension of disbelief... I went to that "well" every ten minutes, at one point I felt like that little kid that fell down the well. It's funny as I write this I was actually going to review the acting-but wait a minute that was not the point of the movie to show some great acting skills from some talented actors. The movie also kind of dragged at some points, mainly between the opening scene and um....the credits.

By the way those tech specs he wrote on Egyptian papyrus.....c'mon.

Anyway great flick-really enjoyed the action scenes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rumors in the air like a thief in the night..

There are rumors of a movie at our house tonight. Right now it is just whispers but they have been flying around all day. Colin is asleep and Leilani is hopping in the shower. I have next to me on “blu-ray” the movie “Iron Man.”  The one thing that stands in the way of this event is sleep.  It tends to sneak up on you. If you do not prepare to battle it, well “it get’s late early out there.”

You must make the decision to try and stay up to see the movie AND not fall asleep going into it.  Saying to yourself and your wife “let’s give it a go” does not work for parents of toddler’s whose dreams are often fantasies of slumber themselves…

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I am unwrapping the DVD now. We are doing this. This will happen. This is my hill and I stand at the ready, resolute in my battle against this creature of the night.

……but I am just a wee bit sleepy….damn you red wine!

Oh God it might as well be hemlock I am doomed.

 

TUNE IN TOMORROW: SAME CHANNEL: SAME TIME: DID THEY STAY AWAKE? DID THEY LIKE THE MOVIE? DID ANYONE CARE ABOUT THIS BLOG POST? AND WHY ARE THESE DAMN DVD PACKAGES SO HARD TO OPEN ?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bonus

Looking for a bonus code in LA?
:) try Child Please

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Colin Loves Balloons

Colin loves this balloon he has been chasing it around the kitchen all night. Balloon, balloon, balloon, balloon, balloon-we love balloons! It is a catchy song if you could hear it. Poor baby has a fever and still just loves to play. Yup today was another shot day, DTP and HIB so much fun. After all the pokes kids get it is amazing they still talk to us.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Am I a Nerd ?

It may be a sign of some sorts…my age maybe coming into play, a desire to find some peaceful “Zen” like moments ?  Nonetheless I am sitting here with a book on Knots and Ropework.  Bends, loops, hitches and whippings-here I come.  I guess as we get older we do look for a hobby of some account. Not sure this will be mine, as in the end as I have clearly taken a break to inform you of my noble endeavor. An endeavor in which  any boy who paid attention in Boy Scouts would clearly have a leg up on me.  I do think my point is simple. As we get older it is important to try new things, new hobbies or ones renewed.  Reading and learning as often as we can.  I think all of us have had that sensation that “life” is on the fast-track, so why not take a pause for something that entertains the intellect? And after finishing “The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework”  I am convinced that I will be able to teach my son Colin to tie his shoe…or at least tie up his toy boats the to the tub faucet.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Small Things

It amazes me sometimes how the smallest things can make your day.  Colin is 16 months this week and today he just made me smile so big :)  I mean think about yours and mine-here he is just roughly 480 days into this world and he has grown so much.  Conversely I am well over 14,600 days and feel I have so much to learn.  This moment I speak of comes from Colin’s desire to go play in the backyard after dinner, a bit of a nightly ritual at our house.  We both have matching “Croc’s” so I asked him to go get his shoes so we could go outside.  He walked out of the kitchen into the bedroom, went to his shoebox and came back with the matching “Croc’s”.  I was so proud.  Work can be tiresome, the economy can be taxing, and life can throw you those ever demanding curveballs, but every now and then you have a moment.  Kelly Clarkson really had no idea when she sang that song how many moment's life can truly have……and I hope there are so many more.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Baseball Trade deadlines

With the trade deadline approaching at the end of the month my friend
Nate and I are watching intently as denoted by this picture. I am the
manly one --- wearing the number 9

Thursday, July 23, 2009

When mom is away….

Colin decides to take a two hour nap. I am in trouble.  He has not taken two hours in a while and Leilani is running errands. Oh boy.

I slept for 1 1/2 he slept for 2- we are both busted.

Every dad knows what I am talking about :) The past couple of days he has been refusing to nap for her at all, and now when she goes out and does whatever she is doing, he says “hey ya know what, I’m gonna nap for 2 HOURS!”   ha-ha :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sad attempt

In a sad and obvious attempt
to impress the waitress my friend Nate just pushed crumbs in front of
my plate. These were not mine-though she was impressed at his clean
place setting and mannerisms.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Colin well check

Well our little baby boy had his delayed 15 month well check today and all looked great.  He is growing fine in the 5oth percentile height and weight. But his head is in the 75th but that's what makes him soooo cute :) Of course his Da has a big head too.

Size 8

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NKOTB-New Kids Concert Review (sort of)

I think this is another one of those humbling moments that you just have to laugh at in life. Donnie Wahlberg who I have known since my radio youth in Boston, when I was known as Kidd Valentine at 94.5 WZOU, invited me to introduce the band Friday night in concert.

It was a nightmare getting there with traffic and they went on at 8:30 PM , I arrived at 8:07. I immediately went to the will call to get my backstage pass and head on in. Oddly there was no ticket or pass waiting for me. Hmm....Jilted schoolgirl on prom night ?

I called the manager who said my backstage pass was waiting for me "backstage" and all I had to do was get there-I'm thinking what is this Amazing Race ? Where is my ticket to even get in ? Well some sweet young lady at will call realized I was not some 40 year old goofy looking Irish guy New Kids had always feared would become a crazed stalker who believed "Hangin Tough" was his personal anthem and inspiration to meet them BUT rather some 40 year old goofy looking Irish guy that was introducing them.

As I entered the venue I realized at 8:17 that there was no way I could get to the backstage by 8:30 with the crowds and the 1/2 mile walk through fairgrounds to get there. With a stroke of luck I spotted a gentleman giving attractive Mom's a ride on a golf cart to the venue. Upon approaching him I am sure he thought I was some 40 year old goofy looking Irish guy New Kids had always feared would become a crazed stalker who believed "Hangin Tough" was his personal anthem and inspiration to meet them BUT then realized I was just some 40 year old goofy looking Irish guy introducing the band. So with his rocket of a golf cart I made it. I found the manager got my pass went up on stage and waited for my cue. Jesse McCartney was still singing when I got there so I was good. (Sidenote: there is a story about drinking Yellowtail with Jesse's Mom and his record producer that has to be shared one day-pretty funny)

Then it was my turn to go on stage and bring out the band. Clearly this is not my first concert I have been asked to do this at :) I did my act-my shout outs-my jokes-and my plug for Twitter @Go4Valentine and walked off. The stage manager quickly grabbed me and said"Donnie wants to see you before they go on", so like a dutiful 12 year old girl from the late eighties I raced up the steps to see my friend Donnie ( it had been years) We chatted for a while had some laughs, got some stuff for me to give out on twitter and then it was time for him to go....did not realize my chat was holding up the show-oops!

I had not seen the guys perform in years so I watched from backstage on the tech monitors that control what you see on the jumbotron out front. Well about 2 minutes into the show a huge guy maybe 6'13" comes up to me and says "Who you with?" ......um...like a dutiful 12 year old schoolgirl I quickly replied "I am a friend of Donnie's and I introduced the band" and with a sharp tongue came "Well no one is allowed backstage you have to go NOW " and with increasing sternness I might add, BUT no fear I was not going to leave without watching the opening of my friends show. So I said "just give me a few minutes no worries". Three songs later as I am tapping my foot and enjoying the energy of the guys that are my age but bringing down the house he came back. The first thing I heard from the darkness behind me was "You lied to me!" As I spun to counter this accusation from the night my face fell flat into his chest, a behemoth of a man (6'13" lol). Oddly though, he had back up with him now, four venue security officers. "You lied to me, you said you were leaving!" I tried to explain again who I thought I was, to no avail, as this physical specimen of the Neolithic age was not planning on communicating but rather smashing pottery on my head. He then in tandem (a sign of communicative skill) with his security buddies began physically moving me off the loading dock of the stage and threw me out into the parking lot. Alone, lost, and perhaps somewhat frightened I realized something.

He DID THINK I WAS some 40 year old goofy looking Irish guy New Kids had always feared would become a crazed stalker who believed "Hangin Tough" was his personal anthem and inspiration to meet them.

So I began my walk of shame, longing over my shoulder as if maybe Donnie saw out of the corner of his eye and would yell "Wait he is OK, that's my friend I want to put him in my next Band of Brother's movie"

No moment of such grace was born. I walked to my car humming in my head "Step by Step" as I approached my vehicle knowing I did "Have the Right Stuff" and "If you go away" it is OK, because "I'll be loving you forever".

....but then reality roared to the surface again. I was a 40 year old man kicked out of a New Kids on the Block concert- it may be a small fraternity but I am a member :)

So with a nod to a favorite author who would no doubt desire anonymity upon reading the aforementioned tragedy "Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Squeekers

OK my friend Irma thought it would be sweet to get Colin some squeeky shoes-so I would always know where he was…..can’t lose him right ? I think they are cute but our dog is writing a goodbye note as we speak…..

My boss is asleep

I find this entertaining that he fell asleep while clearly suffering from some sort of rigor mortic type of condition. His poor pen left hanging, just waiting to sign off on my raise.....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Car wash

Here it is a nice day. I am waiting to get my car washed and three
people sit down next to me smoking like they are a California
wildfire. Now to each their own and some may argue
(especialy in CA) that smokers are the last legally allowed victims of
discrimination. From taxes to politics to where they can or can not
light up. Some may argue that...not me.

I am watching the skies not for the aurora borealis nor the aurora
astralis but rather the parks service and one of their water dumpers
to put out this inferno to my right.

Brave new world question: ya know how sometimes someone is speaking a
foreign language near you and you just know they are talking about you!

Do you think they KNOW I am blogging about them ?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Shaved Ice

Have you ever had real shaved ice? My wife Leilani grew up with it when she would spend time in Hawaii-So gooood! Ice cream in the bottom, smothered with flavored shaved ice! Yum

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Are we cute or what…

three of us

Been sitting here tonight going through Hospital and medical bills from Colin's first 1 1/2 of life…………..oh man…..and then you still get the feeling even when you reconcile the bills and insurance that someone GOTCHA !

Co-pay this, out of network that,  unapproved stay  :(  Humph!

Anyway he is doing so good now except for some girl at music class scratching the heck out of his face. The mom told Leilani sorry “she has been doing that lately”. Hmm Ever think about keeping an eye on your child if they have a history of hitting other kids ?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vacation is over

I was on vacation this past week and watched my son grow more
attatched to me by being with him all the time....

What a wonderful moment when your 15 month old just runs to you and
hugs your legs. :)

I am not the first and I won't be the last but "damn, kids sure can
change your life."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

My first attempt....

At beach art outside of a sand castle

Artwork

Couple of funny notes first:
I sat behind a guy in a corvette who was cranking his Aerosmith cd-
"Janies got a gun" is a great song but he kept changing tracks AND
then his red face was apparrent when the cd started skipping! Haha he
was the guy that cranks it so loud we all have to listen and then it
skips haha

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Beach Vacation

On our family vacation and the past two nights a world famous soccer
team has been staying in the room above us. I can not tell you the joy
of hearing the thundering hooves of these clearly talented individuals
as they roam the prairies of their living quarters which have now
turned into the stadiums of Europe where soccer reigns supreme. If you
think that sentence is a run on, then imagine the run on I have been
hearing for two days as I try and enjoy this peaceful interlude in
life with my family at the beach.

Tonight though payback will be mine. I happen to have a HDMI cord that
attatches to my video camera and flows to the TV. On this camera I
still have video from Colins birth where he let's out some blood
curdling screams entering this new world. If that does not work I also
have his circumcission-

Friday, July 3, 2009

Why?

Did you ever find yourself answering business emails in the middle of
the night because you were wide awake ?

Colin has these squeeker shoes that sound like a dogs toy- he wore
them into a restauraunt again tonight-we were a huge hit for three
minutes :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Aaah

Ever sit and sit and sit at RR crossing ?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I am in a food coma

Resting my chin on the table after eating too many waffles

Yummy

Daddy took me out for a fancy breakfast on his own - But never changed
me out of my pajamas !

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fathers Day

I did catch some flack on this one BUT my thoery is strong:

What Dad wants for fathers day ( your husbands) is quite simple. Give
him a card that says "your gift awaits you in the bedroom-ten minutes
after our kids are asleep. " Any variation of that works- You can even
send him a text-don't even need a card, if you so desire you can even
write it in crayon We won't care. LOL

Let me know how it works ;)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This makes me laugh

I recently broke the news that the Wiggles were leaving Disney and thereby increasing the visibility of network favorite the “Imagination Movers.” The movers confirmed this on the air with us-

Terry made me laugh :) (picture is below)

Hey guys,
I thought you'd get a kick out of my son's reaction to the Wiggles
Imagination Movers news.  I was outside watering the plants and he ran outside to tell me, then when we came back inside he stood in front of the radio for the whole segment.
promos work ;0)

loyal listener,
Terry

alex listens to new bulletin

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Baby Store News

OK there is a certain baby store that all of US go to that shocked me.  I would believe that a company, regardless if it is private or public, that decided to enter the child care industry-WOULD have a deep commitment to the health and welfare of kids.

As parents of newborns and toddlers you may have been paying attention to BPA free products and the concern some have expressed about needing them.

In 2007, a panel was commissioned by the National Toxicology Program  which evaluates chemicals for safety. The panel issued a statement that it had "minimal concern" about most human health effects from BPA, but "some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposure."

There has been more research in this field since then and while I am far from any expert in this area…..wait for it……here is my dilemma. On the side of caution:

Should a store built on the health and welfare of kids be selling non-BPA free bottles at half price to unload them on unsuspecting/uninformed consumers ?  NO AND THEY ARE!

They said they were waiting for the shipment of BPA free bottles and had to unload these!

Now all of us have some amount of BPA in our body from our diet, canned foods, containers etc.  Still when the jury is out on BPA long term effects-why not take a more cautious approach.

Ask questions-it is your health.

Why does gravity hate me ?

Is it just me or does Colin always seem to fall on my watch? Am I slow, or is gravity at 9.8 ms(2) out to get me ? Again today he was pushing a car-pushed too hard and tanked it. He is ok but I am left with the inevitable C.P.S. (child protective….) look from Leilani and a dumbfounded explanation of gravity hates me :)

sleepy colin

This is a funny shot of Colin sleeping during lunch the other day-He had swim class earlier in the day so he was quite tired. This was not after today’s fall so do not yell he has a concussion. !  :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mexican

On the way right now to grab some for Leilani, Colin, and her mom who is here too.  At what age can a child sit at the bar with his dad? Do you think they have booster seats? maybe I am channeling Jon form Jon and Kate plus 8…I can never watch that show again with all the press they have been doing, just seems like a hot mess now….

Monday, June 1, 2009

Eeew

The stone

My friend Dave passed this kidney stone. Ouch does not do
justice....,I am deeply concerned he is also passing dimes.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Here is the Photo

OK this may or may not be what is eating thru our cans:
BUT there is a place called Panda Express down the road:
Your thoughts Twittter: @Go4Valentine
email: Valentine@clearchannel.com

Our Trash Can Problems

Something is eating thru our trash cans in the front of our house. My wife Leilani thinks she got a picture of it: stand by. Photo in 5 minutes.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Funny Email - Thanks Sue


To my darling husband,
Before you return from your business trip I just wanted to let you know about the small accident I had with the pickup truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately it's not too bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too much about me.I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into the driveway,
I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake. The garage door is slightly bent but the pickup fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your car.
I am really sorry, but I know with your kind-hearted personality, you will forgive me.

You know how much I love you and care for you, my sweetheart. I am enclosing a picture for you. I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again.

Your loving wife.
PS Your girlfriend called again......

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is it Friday

Have you ever had that feeling that it was Friday, and sadly it was not?  I was in that land of delusion all day today.  Struggling to rationalize in my mind why some seemingly intelligent man could be so confused on something so simple.  For goodness sake I could see the date on my watch (I mean my phone): as who really wears a watch anymore.  I went back and forth, was it lack of sleep, stress, what was it? Finally I landed on who cares, because tomorrow IS Friday :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

It just keeps spinning

I mean I get that part.  The world does keep spinning even when my personal world stops.  I get that.  So Friday night my wife and I hop in the car and take the all too familiar drive to a Pediatric ER in Tarzana like its old hat.  Colin had not slept all day on Friday and was clearly having episodic abdominal pain.  Leilani had run out earlier for errands so we met at the pediatricians office.  I arrived first and felt so out of place without her there with us, so Colin and I kept watching the door for Mom’s arrival.  He smiled pretty big when she walked in the exam room. 

Our Doctor is great. She is a new mom and you can really tell she just loves Colin.  She examined him, asked all the appropriate questions and in the end was at a loss.  As we all are. 

She suggested we contact the GI specialist get his opinion as well and go from there.  I could hear the muffled conversation between the two of them outside our exam door.  I have eavesdropped on so many of those doctor consults and have become highly attuned to hearing my son’s name or condition in what otherwise would be oblivious conversations.

The two of them agreed that maybe it was time to rule out an earlier thought of intessusception, wherein Colin's intestines were telescoping into each other.  But was this it? There was just not enough to say YES this is it? So the question we rely on as parents and patients often comes down to: “if this was you or your child ?” If this was the one you love.

The answer had us hopping in one car and taking that all too familiar drive.

The ER was a little crowded but we had to wait three hours with a hungry and  scared child amongst of bevy of people doing their jobs and living their lives.  Side note: Yes I am selfish, but its then that people on the outside appear as such “worker” ants to me.  I have no understanding of anything except what is in front me at that moment, my family. I am working on that.

Colin would need to have a barium enema to rule out obstructions and possibly fix any intessusception. 

It is not a horrible procedure, but when you are one and in the hospital again… Needless to say he recognized many things at the hospital and knew what to fear and what not to fear.  I did make it clear that on this night, in this ER , for no other reason than the most severe medical emergency would my son have any needles placed in his skin.  There would not be a 1/2 hour IV session tonight.  We had promised him, and once again selfishly we were not sure we could take it.  There were no needles.

We waited for the radiologist on call from the Westside to arrive.  They were great in Radiology, did their job, helped us the best they could and found nothing obstructing his intestines.

So we all climbed back in the car and headed home.  He has been doing pretty good this weekend so who knows.  Maybe this helped in some way and maybe he’ll get that one year “well check” soon.

I would love that because you kind of have to be well to get the check  :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tomorrow

We head back to our pediatrician tomorrow and then the GI specialists Monday. Someone had asked me today if it was in fact Roto virus. He had tested positive on his 2nd stay at an ER but the white blood cell count did not reflect what they thought they would see with that virus and later tests he came back negative for Roto. He also tested negative for it during the most recent hospital stay. So we are a little suspect of that, plus he had his Roto vaccines already.

He looks good, is playing and eating. It is so just so hard not to worry. I just want to scream. How do parents do this that have kids sicker than mine? I don’t know. I have guarded optimism and will never rest until this lovebug is healthy.

On an unrelated note I flew in a B-17 bomber for 1/2 and hour today. Colin would love that I am sure when he gets older.

Pictures coming :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My heart just stops

He was 6lbs 14oz when he was born and as soon as I saw him I would die for him.  Every parent has that moment when they can’t catch their breath and their heart feels like it just stopped for a split second in time.  Its when everything else fades out of view and all you can see is this little guy before you.

My wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying being parents. It was a long time in the coming for us and eventually with some blessings  from above and IVF  we were able to have this little boy with eyelashes to die for.

The playtime, Mommy and me classes, birthday parties, and trips to the park were put on hold though and replaced with IV’s, Doctors, Nurses and tears.

On March 27th Colin woke from sleeping with vomiting and diarrhea.  That night we found ourselves at a Pediatric Urgent Care watching as three times nurses tried to get an IV in my son who was suffering at this point from intractable diarrhea and vomiting.  All he knew was Mommy and Daddy were holding him as someone he never saw before tried to place a needle under his skin, both arms and the side of his foot.  It did not work.  We rushed him to a pediatric Hospital in the Valley.  For twenty five more minutes my wife and I lived in our own personal Hell.  I am sure we both made promises to God.  Nurses had taken our son behind a closed door and were attempting another IV line into what were now severely dehydrated little veins.  They finally emerged with our son, his arm all taped and boarded for stability and eyes that did not understand why this was happening.  I would see that look several times more before what I pray is the end to this ordeal. In fact, ordeal is not even the right word. Because this is my son, this is my heart that beats outside of my body…..this has been every parents nightmare.

Colin stayed three days in that Hospital. There were countless blood, stool, and urine tests.  Why was this baby unable to stop vomiting? Why the diarrhea? Through the help of medication things got under control in the hospital and we were discharged. Our medical team was confident it was some bug or virus. It has been a tough winter for bugs and viruses.

lashes

On Tuesday April 7th my wife called me after I had finished my morning show in a panic.  (I was actually on a ride along with the Glendale PD at the time.)   Colin was displaying the same symptoms again.  Our Pediatricians had her rush him to the ER at Henry Mayo where I would be racing up the 5 freeway to within minutes of the call.  When I arrived I found my son lethargic, exceedingly pale and with yet another IV.  Tests were coming back again without answers and he needed a higher level of care. 

Leilani’s Mom was staying with us at this point as she was in town to celebrate this little guys birthday party, as the next day he would turn 1.  He would be celebrating that birthday at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  We transferred him via ambulance.

My wife and I just prayed for answers.  What was wrong with our son ?  My parents and sister were also arriving that night from back East as we had a big celebration planned for that Saturday the 11th.  Imagine their surprise to hear we were now at CHLA.

We did all the right tests again; blood, stool, imaging etc. Nothing.  My wife and I would take turns going down the Giraffe elevator to the cafeteria for coffee or a quick bite.  Still no parent wants to be away from their child’s room for any period of time. You are always watching your child, each other, and the door-hoping and praying a Doctor will rush in waving a lab report and enthusiastically yelling “It’s OK we know what it is, he will be fine!”

That moment never happened.  He spent his first birthday in the hospital. We left CHLA on the 9th with no concrete answers.  They did not think it was anatomical, and we would wait for the results from a food allergy panel.  So we packed up our son took out the IV and headed home again. 

We saw his pediatrician the next day as  he started to develop a fever.  They did tests for RSV and influenza and suggested a few other ideas and options we could explore in the next week.  One of the toughest parts is this little boy Colin, is a lovebug.  You can’t help but want to hold him.

The next day was to be Colin’s 1 year birthday party with lots of little friends and family.  We went all out for the party :) He was such a miracle for my wife and I, that arguably we may have gone overboard.  The moment I realized this was when the ice cream truck my wife had rented pulled up.  Most adults did not notice because they were at the open bar.

Colin was somewhat lethargic and had been running a fever the night before which we were treating with Tylenol and Motrin in six hour intervals. The party was a huge hit and Colin was having a blast, but then we came home.  That night while putting him to bed I noticed he would not take his bottle and seemed hot and agitated.  He once again began displaying symptoms which we have come to recognize in an instant.  We were not waiting for the vomiting to begin.  Our pediatrician talked with us on speaker phone as I held my son on my lap in the bathtub, preparing for what I knew was a third admission to the hospital.  It was that exactly. The fever at its highest was 103.7 .  This was new for us though, as the fever had not accompanied previous incidents.  Dr. Mike cleared us through to the pediatric floor in Tarzana, no emergency room,  just head straight up to the room. We knew the way.  Upon arrival Colin and Leilani were rushed into the IV prep room.  I was asked to wait outside because of the size of the room.  I waited. I cried. I prayed.  My son was in desperate pain and I knew my wife was right by his side in desperate pain of her own.  After 15-20 minutes the door opened and they asked me to come in.  The IV was not in.  We had been down this road before and my son had been like a pin cushion, with countless needles already.  I am actually afraid to count IV attempts over the past few weeks as I write this.  So I won’t.

hospital

The IV finally got in, the board was taped to his arm, and my wife and I slipped back into our hospital routine.  Trying to comfort our child as the IV fluids flowed, and trying to comfort each other as the night began to settle in.  I wondered how the party that day was for everyone else? What were they doing with their kids? What were my friends doing that didn’t come to the party, did they  see a movie or watch a ballgame?  We were at the hospital again.  It sucks. We had learned just before we left for the hospital that Colin tested positive for the Roto virus so we were for all intents quarantined to the room with him.  Again we went through all the tests, but there was more abdominal pain this time and my 1 year old son had to have two doses of morphine.  One funny note there; not all kids get sleepy with morphine. Apparently some see blue elephants on the walls and try to climb up the side of the bed to get to them.

My wife Leilani slept in the hospital bed the entire time Colin was laying down, holding him like only a Mom can. I sat next to her in a chair watching the IV, watching his oxygen monitor, watching my whole life.

It was time now for something to happen.  Our Doctor at Tarzana and our Pediatric group both agreed on a GI specialist, and pushed for the consult.  He came Monday afternoon, looked at all the charts, met with us and Colin and gave us his assessment.  He did not think it was anatomical, celiac, or a handful of other things.  He decided to recommend a shotgun approach.  If it was colitis, parasitic, or a few other bacteria, then this drug would take care of all of them.  Flagyl suspension. 

So in the end we left the Hospital Monday evening with our son and our hopes that this Doctor may be on to something.  The fresh air Monday night felt great to all of us and Colin slept most of the ride to CVS by our house.  It was 8pm and I was getting the prescription filled come hell or high water.  Imagine my surprise when the Pharmacist said he had not seen this before, and could not fill it.  It had to be done by a compounding Pharmacy.  He called around to some he knew, and of course none were open.  I walked out of CVS to my wife and son waiting in the car feeling like we would be right back at the Hospital if I could not get him started on these meds. 

Our house is right up the street, so as soon as we got home I started calling every Pharmacy in the yellow pages. Did they do compounding? Were they open? Every answer came back with me saying “well thanks anyway”.  Then with a stroke of luck , I found on Walgreen’s website that they have some compounding pharmacies.  There was one in North Hills open until 10pm ! Well I probably did about 110mph down the 405 to get there by 9pm, and have it filled.  I got it! On a side note I also learned that my AAA card saves on prescription drugs, it went from $36 to $9. Not bad.

So I went back to work today with the ringer on high just like I had my phone throughout Leilani’s pregnancy.  Colin is three doses in and we meet with the specialist again today.  He seemed much happier and healthier today, so all I can do is keep at it and pray.  We are and will always be our son’s best advocate.  I have joked before with friends that my heart no longer resides within me. Now my heart lives outside of me, crawling, walking and singing its way into this world. I just want my heart to be healthy.

three of us

Monday, March 30, 2009

Angels and Fairies

I know where they live. I have seen them fly out of their home with upturned wings and trails of pixie dust behind them, they vanish into our world. I feel the flutter of their wings in the darkness, closing my eyes and holding my breath...a split second. They are there. I felt them again tonight.
I sat back in the chair with my eyes turned down, listening to each breath. They were deep and rhythmic. The kind of breath that you know leads to a distant slumber in some far away land, full of vibrant colors. I know where they live.
I picture them riding the wave of every breath, like a surfer engages that deepest blue. The desire they have to follow it in, to ride it to the shore is what allows me to see them. To feel that flutter on my skin. I know where they live.
The muscles start to pull back and the lips curl ever so slight as this wave begins its journey. The mouth is open now and my son is yawning. His lungs are taking in air, that precious and unseen giver of life. Angels and Fairies, I know where they live. They live in my son, and as he yawns they begin their ride. Their wings flit with anticipation upon hearing this tiny creature opening a door to our world. So they fly with upturned wings on the breath of my son. I felt them again tonight. They flew right past my face and vanished into the toys and lovies that lay by the crib. That's ok I will visit them again. I know where they live.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Birthday

My wife's birthday is this weekend. Anyone got any sreaming ideas?
Originality = Points

Of course if it's your idea and I borrow it, I will give you credit
in my liner notes. :)

Colin is going to walk on his own soon. I can remember when we never
thought he would crawl. He flys around our kitchen like it's Nascar
for drunk 11.5 month olds. Yeah almost a year, doesn't it go by in a
blink.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Leilani's Blog

Here is the link:

http://valleilani.blogspot.com/

Taking time....

There are 3 kinds of people in this world.

1 Those who will do something for you and look for something in return.

2 Those who will do something for you and not look for anything in return but rather they keep a mental note: "yeah I did something for them..." They never really forget the favor.

3 Those who will do something for you and never look for anything in return. You were there to be helped and it was their duty as a fellow human being to do just that.

Always amazing to me when someone takes time to make a difference in the life of another. So many of us do not understand how something small can mean so much and have such a cascading effect.

A guy held the door for me the other day walking out of the building (something I commonly do as well), I of course thanked him.

I in turn held the door for a young lady later that day who blew right past me talking on her phone. I told her she was welcome.

I am working towards number 3.

Boogie Wipes

Click over to my wife's blog if you have a kid that ever gets a runny nose :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Greatest Regret

I asked Leilani what her greatest regret was this weekend, as I was wondering what mine might be. She will post hers on her blog.

It is not so much that our life has been affected by it so much as to produce an effect (lol) but rather we look back and realize there was another path that we wish could have been part of this life.

I admire and respect those men and women that serve our country in the Armed Forces. I see them as ready and willing to stand and be called upon at a moments notice to defend this way of life we all enjoy. The character that an 18 year old boy from Des Moines (now a man) draws upon, that allows him to comprehend this duty he has accepted is special. They come from all walks of life, some backgrounds that are financially better than others. Still for the most part it is not the money, the GI bill, the adventure, or the intrigue of what if....there has to be an underlying realization that you may be placed in harm's way. Some of these men and women have families directly effected by this on a daily basis. The credit should be given to them as well for standing tall and resolute in support of our soldiers.

So I guess my greatest regret is that I do not have my name on that list in such amazing company, my life has taken a different path. I will forever though sing the praises of our Nation's fighting forces at home and abroad.

My father was Army, my brother-in-laws Navy and my godson Air Force.

If your loved one has served tell them thank you from me.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Barbie gets a Tattoo

50 th year I guess.....and now Barbie gets some ink. Your daughters (and boys) can put the tattoo's on barbie and on themselves as well. Here are some quotes from today's show on what you thought:

Come on...do any of the listeners ever let their kids put on temporary tattoos? Neither my husband or myself have tattoos but I let my kids wear temporary tattoos and I am not afraid that this is going to make them want one.

My husband went shopping for my daughters first Barbie and came home with Presidential Barbie. When asked he said it was the only one that had clothes on.

OK Loved that last line. The best !

I grew up in the 60’s. My friends and I put tattoos on our dolls…either by stickers or by pens.
They all do it.


My only concern, since I do not plan on buying my son Barbie's, is that we teach our young girls just one more thing that they'll think they need to be beautiful. I have nothing against "tattoos", I would actually get a picture of Hervey Villachez if I did get a "tat".

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bonus Code for LA/OC/Riverside Listeners

The bonus code will be "Twitter" That's right that goofy little thing I joined a week ago. Use that bonus code and prosper, and of course let me know you used it. You can join twitter to the right and follow "Go4Valentine". It is kind of like a blog but not as in depth, ask your kids they will fill you in. :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bachelor = Lame What do you think ?

This is what my friend Amy thinks:
What do you think ?
to me it does all seem fake
did you see the US MAG that said it was fake??
you have to ask Chris
reasons i think it was fake
1. no one seemed upset
that first girl Melissa who he was supposedly engaged to
would have been CRYINGGGGGGG if he really just dumped her! and live on TV
2. if he really did dump her
ok
but WHY would she hand him back the ring
i would be like THANKS FOR THIS SWEET DIAMOND YOU TOOL
and walk out of there
3. molly is acting WAY to weird
like she knew it was coming
I'm sure she is happy but she is acting weird
4. if you were really going to dump somehow wouldn't you do it in private
5. if you were Molly wouldn't you say ...hey idiot...why did you dump me in Australia
what the heck
you would be upset!
she's way too giddy
and she would say you put me through weeks of hell watching this show knowing you dump my ***
6. how awkward is it when Chris has to toss to commercials
during the drama

Bachelor = Lame

Seriously this bachelor thing is nuts.
Head over to my tweet on the right for play by play-

They are all INSANE, come on they are making out and he just dumped
the other girl.

He'll dump this girl in six months too

I am sure all this fits perfectly into raising a SON!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tennis

Ok beat my wife 6-2 in tennis today. She does have a mean backhand, but my secret weapon always wins out.  She is incredibly distracted by my dashing good looks and how handsome I am in those Capri style pants that Rafael Nadal wears. I know it is hard to believe how anyone could have a fair shake versus such intimidating opposition.

:)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spider

Ok not fan of them at all. I think I just met the spider from arachnophobia while doing some yard work.  It stood up on its hind legs with a venomous grin.  There was a strangely confident look on it as it approached me as well. 

 

I ran.  I think its still out there waiting….

Friday, February 27, 2009

American Idol

Ok seriously what is up with the fake fighting? We know reality shows love drama and the fact that Kara, Simon and Paula go at it just makes us talk about the show more, yet we know its set up.

 

I refuse to talk about this obvious ploy …..blogging is not the same . :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

LA Show

Ok if you listen to to the show in LA I have a bonus code for you,

"Leilani"

My wifes name is worth 500 points


Drop me an email if you use it-there are more to come :)

Valentine@clearchannel.com

Monday, February 23, 2009

Stimulus Package / Oscars

OK just watching the market again today and it just blows. The fear of nationalization of our banking system has really ripped the financial sector. It is up when I write this because the administration has backed off any talk of nationalization by taking a larger stake in Citibank. They might as well run the darn thing with the amount they are putting in ! How long do you think this downturn will be ? Do any of the economists really know ?

President Obama has the plan to tax families over 250K a year and give tax breaks to the middle class beneath that-but I'll tell ya I don't see alot of people that make that running around buying new cars and houses either. People are pulling back their spending and increasing taxes on those with some form of discretionary income is not a stimulus.

Oscars were great! I did miss a few parts putting Colin to sleep, but really enjoyed Hugh.
I thought he was spot on-Bill Maher not my cup of tea.

Was it just me or is Heath Ledgers sister quite pretty. I could not help but think someone there would want to put her in front of a camera.

Mickey R. is crazy! What does your face look like as a parent when he shows up dressed like that to take your daughter out :)

Did not see his movie, but kind of wished he nabbed the Oscar based on what everyone says he has gone through, and the loss of his beloved dog. I know I would vote for him based on that.....a sucker for a sob story.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Movie night

Watched the "Changeling" last night.
Great movie but oh my god any parent that sees this flick wants to
sleep on a mattress outside of their kids door. Well done and riveting
but just so darn sad.....tears were gently gracing the side of my cheek.

(translation) the Hoover dam broke.

:)

Oscars are pretty good this year. Watching them now, Hugh has done
well.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Soup line

Ok now I am geting hungry watching all these samplers !

New scam

I am watching people at Ralph's sample the soups with zero intention
of buying. This one guy just enjoyed a small container of tomato, corn
chowder, and a beef stew. I think he just had dinner :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day two

Ok the ac/heat guy is here again. I am sitting with Lucy (our dog) on
the coach waiting to hear the word. Apparently there is some short
somewhere-

Being a homeowner can be tons of fun.

Watching Obama today holding his press conference on the Senate vote
for the bailout package, one has the sense we have not hit bottom yet.
That is such a sobering thought-I went to our favorite Chinese place
for takeout last night, empty at 8pm. It should not have been. I
looked in the window on the way out in case I had missed some town
gossip, but there was an "A" in the window.

Like I said it is tough out there-

Monday, February 9, 2009

I will name names !

Everything is all screwed up now-

Colin woke up mad, Leilani is at the dentist- seriously I am naming
names if this does not get fixed!

I will tell you the name of the company we used....at least that way
maybe I can save you from this Nightmare!!

My house will be freeezing tonight
If they do not get their act together.

Ac and heat

We had to put a seperate thermostat (zone) in for my sons room . They
have been here all day- and it dont work, I have things broken now
that were fine before they started.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Traffic

I left the Grammys at Five pm and still not home yet. 7:35 pmTraffic
in LA sucks!

Oh boy I am texting and driving .....
Rain is pouring down !

Omg

At the Grammys and I just spent five minutes with Chocolate Rain's Tay
Zonday

I have arrived !

Monday, January 26, 2009

Quicken

OK I love using this to balance our checkbook etc. The other day
though while trying to figure out how much money we need to save for
Colin's college I had a moment.....


Apparently when you enter in personal information like your names and
dates of birth it makes some assumptions-

There was a drop down menu bar with the following:

Sean will retire 2025- OK not bad
Colin will need ____ for college!
Yikes!

But then -

Sean will die in 2051
Leilani will die in 2059

Um WHAT !
Thanks alot quicken!!!!

I deleted that feature on my file.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Great Speech

All in all very good. I will review more in depth coming up later today.
Remember though speeches are emblazoned upon the pages of history
even more so when the words find new meanings in the actions they foretold.
Let me know your thoughts via email.

Is this your child ?

OK we all have some "moments" with our kids, and I KNOW I will have some with Colin.........


anyway watch this !

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4a5_1215933439

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bachelor

Chris Harrison is a friend and I enjoy his show, but come on Jason
kept the girl who kept crying ?

That seems like a pity rose to me, my wife and I are still in shock ;)

Point two: did she brush her teeth after her sudden trip to the
bathroom?

I bet he is so sure who he likes he can afford to throw away
roses..... And how many girls did he make out with tonight....

Anyway I barely watch.......

January 20th

I am truly excited for tomorrow. We are in desperate need in this country of hope. We may reach higher than 1 in 10 people unemployed as we go forward. Times are incredibly tough and we need to find a way within our own daily lives to make a difference for each other.

Millions of Americans not only find themselves without jobs but also without health care. As a new parent I could not imagine delaying taking my son to the pediatrician because I was worried if we could afford the quality care we are used too.

Generations are defined by the actions and inaction's they take as a whole and not necessarily by the merits of one individual, still we must each take a first step. The men and women who fought in the days, months and years surrounding June 6th 1944 are labeled as our greatest generation, and rightly so. That does not mean that we can not strive for that greatness in the face of these unprecedented times.

Can we ask ourselves on a daily basis "How can I help someone today?" Even encouragement can provide such a lift for someone facing the dark vastness that is this recession. And it is not that everyone wants to be wealthy beyond their dreams, we just want to keep a roof over our head and food on the table for our kids. I have often found that as parents 99.99% just desire a better life for our children than we had. That thought is the same world over, crossing cultural boundaries, religious ideology and the color of our skin.

There are tough times ahead of us and this ocean will be tumultuous beyond our imagination, but every sea has a shore and we will say "land ho" again.

PS: Try and judge me by my words and not the below picture :)

OK This is very sad.....


When manscaping I went too far.
I look like the chubby kid from
the movie "Stand by Me".
No offense Jerry O'Connel

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

baptism picture


Is this not the cutest picture of our son Colin at his Baptism ? Anyone want to give me a caption? :) He really was happy......until the end lol

Monday, January 12, 2009

baby's room

OK who knew this one. I thought there was some problem with our heating and AC as a fine white dust kept developing in Colin's room. It had me worried sick. As it turns out the culprit was a humidifier we had because he had been sick. The hard water in Santa Clarita when run through a humidifier leaves a mineral deposit in the room that looks like white dust. The solution is distilled water if you have this problem.

Yikes.

Being a parent can be nerve racking :)