Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Addition to the Family (Yeah, THAT Kind of Addition)

As excited as I was to officially have a future brother-in-law, I recently found out another reason to be super happy for my sister and her fiancee. A few weeks ago my sister called me to tell me that she and her fiancee are expecting a baby in addition to putting together their wedding plans! Yes, I am going to be an uncle in a few short months.

When my sister first told me, I had to immediately thank her since I know already what I'm going to do for her Christmas present (obviously, baby stuff - possibly even spring for a crib or stroller). As an added bonus, though, this past weekend my sister also showed us all her first round of sonogram pictures. I got to see the first images of my future niece or nephew....which all looked like a bunch of shadows and blobs (I swear, I never have the slightest idea of what I'm looking at in these things).

I've already decided on being that type of uncle who will take his niece or nephew to a baseball game when the kid is old enough, and promptly feed the kid a healthy dose of cotton candy, hot dogs, and soda. Then just as all that sugar kicks in after a couple hours, I hand the kid back to my sister, and a sugar-induced frenzy ensues. I also plan on buying the loudest, most obnoxious presents for birthdays and Christmas, such as Rock Band. Oh yes, I will relish this.

I suppose karma could come back to bite me in a few years when I have kids of my own, but that's something I'll deal with when the time comes along. Right now, I'm very excited for my sister, and even though a baby wasn't something she had been planning on for a while, I think she's warming up to the idea. My parents are absolutely giddy over the idea of becoming grandparents too, so I'm sure they'll give any support they possibly can. That has to be comforting for my sister, especially in the long run.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Writer's Block

I haven't been blogging over the last few weeks nearly as much as I had previously for a number of reasons. First, I've been seriously burned out from work. I nearly reached my breaking point a couple weeks ago, but I managed to get through it successfully. I've still come to the conclusion that my job is not where I want to be long term, and even though I've only been at my job a year and a half, I think it's time to look at moving on.

Secondly, and almost more importantly, I suffered from a case of writer's block. I would check out my blog, start typing something, and after a paragraph or two I just ran out of stuff to say. What's the point of typing out a blog post if I end up rambling for no real rhyme or reason? (One could make a good argument that most of my blog posts are like that already, but I digress.)

There is good news though. I'm taking vacation days from Wednesday through Friday this week, mostly because it's in time for my birthday. I had planned on driving off to the beach for a day or two and get away from everything and everyone, but - wouldn't you know - it's supposed to rain all throughout the week. While it's likely I won't be laying out in the sun much, that won't stop me from hitting up one or two of the bars in the area. I had even contemplated - GASP! - not taking my phone with me and really shutting myself out, but I'm sure I'd miss at least a couple birthday phone calls and/or texts if I did.

I'll see you on the other side of 31...