Outstanding Work

Jaclyn received an email from her former boss today and the subject was “Outstanding Work”. She immediately opened the email with great excitement in anticipation of being recognized for her outstanding contribution, unfortunately, the subject was in regards to work that she had not completed, work that was outstanding and needed to be done. 

Saturday was Record Store Day. Hundreds of bands released limited edition vinyl records that could only be purchased on Record Store Day, many of the records came in really interesting and rare colors (red, white, blue, clear, etc.). The White Stripes re-released their album Elephant and added previously unheard tracks and I was very excited to secure it. Additionally, The Band was re-releasing their final concert performance called The Last Waltz and I wanted to get that too. I drove the family to Princeton to hit up the biggest record store on the East Coast called Princeton Record Exchange. The store opened at 10AM and we arrived around 10:30AM, there was a line of about 100 people out front waiting to get the rare albums. I held out hope the albums mights still be there after the lined disappeared, so I had breakfast in Princeton with the family and then we did some window shopping and returned to the record store a couple hours later, the line was now about 150 people long. We left without going inside and I didn’t get the rare records, but we had fun in Princeton anyways.

Winston has been talking a lot about a video game called Minecraft, there’s a lot of mining in Minecraft and you can use dynamite to blow things up. In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, I cautioned Winston to calm down on all the TNT talk. Winston asked why he can’t talk about blowing things up and I said he shouldn’t talk about it because there recently was a bomb and it killed a bunch of people and blew off their legs and it was horrible and made many people sad, I concluded by saying we shouldn’t talk about blowing stuff up as it might scare or upset someone. Winston said, “okay”, but he didn’t ask any questions as to why someone would put a bomb in a public place, he just took it at face value. Can you imagine being a kid today? Having to hear about shootings and bombings killing fellow children…terrifying. Kids used to worry about the boogie monster, now there’s real monsters.

I remembered accidentally cursing in front of my mom when I was a kid, we looked at each other and we were both somewhat shocked. She said, “I am not upset that you cursed, but I am upset that you expressed yourself so poorly, you don’t sound intelligent when you curse”. I think about this lesson when I hear of all this senseless violence, what a stupid way to make a point or express yourself. 

Date At The Emergency Room

Jaclyn and I had put the kids to bed on Friday night, we scanned NetFlix to find a movie and settled in for a peaceful evening. Halfway through the movie around 11PM, we heard a big “BUMP” upstairs, I ran up to find Dalia standing in the middle of the room crying hysterically. Blood was all over her nightgown, I picked her up and brought her into the brightest room of the house (the kitchen). Blood was all over Dalia and it was now on me too, I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, I looked her all over and realized she had a bad cut on her ear. She must have fallen out of bed and hit the night stand or the frame of the bed. 

We quickly determined that the cut was significant enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. We had to wake up Winston and the 4 of us traveled to the Doylestown Hospital for a nice date night. As always, they were wonderful to deal with and took great care of Dalia. They glued her ear back together, taped it up and sent us on our way.

Dalia is a pretty tough kid though, she hasn’t complained about it yet.

Winston is asking lots of crazy questions like “What is the week only had 5 days?”

Toby is now a full sized dog, but still wired like a puppy. Yesterday, Jaclyn was pulling weeds and Toby grabbed each discarded weed and shook it like crazy, I guess he could sense how much she disliked weeds, so he helped destroy them.