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New Resolutions:
Enthusiasm will fade –
But will you stay strong?


Resolutions are hard. Any day can be the start of a clean slate, just as any day can mark the tearful end of the best laid plans of mice and men. My workplace gym is already down to the same few attendees that were frequenting it last December, and I’m hearing snippets of conversation over the transom wall of others that have already given up on their not-so-far-fetched goals of getting in shape, eating better, sticking to a budget, or gasp flossing every day.

I’ve had my share of failed resolutions, but that doesn’t happen any more. How do I do it, you may ask? Simple – I just don’t make resolutions. After all, you can’t break resolutions you haven’t made!

In all seriousness, though, I do have some things I’m interested in doing this year:

  1. Be more active on this blog. Not hard to accomplish – after all, I’m already only 1 blog post away from tying the total number written on here last year. Shooting for 1-2 posts a week as time permits.
  2. Creating a master home-maintenance plan and sticking to it. Now that we’ve moved into our new house, I want to keep it up. I know there will be things that break unexpectedly, but for the most part, I want to do whatever preventative maintenance is needed to keep things from failing in the first place.  This also includes cosmetic things, like painting shutters and keeping beds weed-free.
  3. Spending as much time with the wife and kids as possible. I know I’m going to have to do some more travelling, including a stint in Corpus Christi when we’re ready to start up our plant there this year. I want to take advantage of the time at home when I can.
  4. Continue my running streak. Enough said about that already in this post.

None of these SEEMS difficult, and that’s sort of the point . I can’t handle too many radical changes at once, but a couple of more minor efforts like these should be manageable, given a good plan, determination to do them, and accountability to myself and others. So now I’m off to plan my resolutions in a little more detail and I’ll be sure to let you know what I come up with.

How about you? Did you make any resolutions this year? How many have you already broken?

How long will it be
Until I stop writing out:
2 – 0 – 1 – 4?


Uneventful Sunday here at Casa de Bedlam yesterday – the girls and I finished watching one of the Doctor Who Christmas Specials (Voyage of the Damned), The CP finished working on her Family Treasures project for school, and we all took a trip down to Tupelo Honey in Charlotte for brunch. Dee was checking out the place as a possible brunch site for her half-sister’s engagement brunch next month, and I was interested in trying some of their recipes, myself. I ended up having a Moonswine Mary (think homemade Bloody Mary using jalepeno infused moonshine instead of vodka) and one of the best fried egg BLT sandwiches I’ve ever had. Dee’s toasted havarti cheese and veggie sandwich was quite nice too. We ended up having to wait almost 45 minutes to be seated though, which combined with the 25 minute drive made this something we’re not going to be doing regularly in the future (much to my stomach’s dismay). At least when we got home, both girls and I went out for our 2 laps around the block, rather than falling into a food coma on the couch, so I at least got a little taste of exercise, although nothing serious.

It may be a new year and a “fresh start” for any resolutions I’ve got going, but the workload is just as bad as it was before I left for Christmas vacation. I’ve got about a million things due in the upcoming weeks, and to top it all off, it looks like I’m going to be travelling this week to join some of my coworkers for meetings in Italy and then Qatar for a potential new project for the company. This will be my first real trip to Italy (visiting Sardinia in my mother’s arms as a baby doesn’t count), and although I’ll only be there for a couple days and working the whole time, it is a little exciting to be going there. Qatar I’ve visited before when I had to duck out of Bahrain for visa renewals, but I didn’t get to see much, so if I have a chance to sight-see there, I’ll try to take it as well.

Almost a whole year.
When the hell will I get to
leave fracking Bahrain?


I’ve been in Bahrain since September 2012 (well, aside from the 2.5 months that I was home recuperating from two herniated disks in my back). That means as of yesterday, I have been in (hot and humid) Bahrain for 10.5 out of the last 13 months. Completely and utterly ridiculous.

Luckily, it appears I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re gearing up to our performance tests and once we pass those, it’s just a matter of closing out any outstanding punch-list items (hopefully from the comfort of my home office in North Carolina) with a few small trips back over here to take care of things that must be done in person. At least, that’s the plan. Over here, plans change daily, and almost never for the better, but I can always hope…

Oh, and regardless of the extent of the punch-list items, I get to travel home in 9 days (218 more hours!) to go attend my wife’s half-brother’s wedding. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to STAY at home, but any time spent back in the US with my oh-so-patient wife and kids seems like heaven at this point in time. Don’t get me wrong, Bahrain is a decent place (besides the unbelievable heat and humidity from April to November) but it’s been 3.5 months since I’ve seen my family, and that’s about 14 weeks too long. I’m ready to go, and pretty soon I’ll be counting in minutes rather than hours & days. Aw, heck, only 13,080 minutes to go!


This has been an OctoBloMoooo post.

This has been an OctoBloMoooo post.

A Monday Haiku

Posted: 2007-09-24 in General
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Who decided that
Monday should be a work day?
He/She should be shot.

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Unlike Kevin Wolf,
I can have my Chinese Food
delivered to me.

 Not to brag or stuff,
but their curried chicken dish
is really tasty.

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