Wednesday, September 30, 2009

About time

Yay! The bike I bought on eBay last week finally shipped today and should be here Saturday. Communication with the seller was slow but it turns out the person was moving and didn't have internet for a little while. They also had to disassemble the bike to get it in the box. Hopefully it's not going to be like the commercial where the dad has a zillion pieces to put together the bike and is scratching his head.

I've been totally stressing out over the last week between work and school. I was ready to curl up and call it quits a couple of times (mostly with school) but I'm hanging in there. I had to make the cry for help to my boss last week. I seldom come out and say I can't take it, but I was very close to severe burnout trying to run two teams that both need 100% of my attention right now. It's better, but not by much. Still, my boss is working on the situation and hopefully it will be resolved soon.

The two case studies I need to complete in the next 2 and a half weeks are making me crazy. One I have almost no idea where to start. The other, I wasn't sure what to do so I decided to just start writing. As I'm going, things are coming to me so we'll see how that turns out. With the first one, we're going to work in groups so I'm kind of waiting to see how that goes. You might think 2 and a half weeks is a long time, but considering I want the papers complete by the Sunday of that week so I can take the required quizzes and read up for the next module (5 chapters in each course to read!), if I don't stay ahead of the game, I'm behind.

Perhaps I'm putting too much pressure on myself to overachieve, but right now it's the only way I can make sure I've done everything I need to do to get a good grade. Thank God working out actually takes some of the stress away and keeps me off the edge. And as soon as I get my new bike, I'll have something else to keep me sane until the snow comes.

Just about every free moment I have is taken up with the kids and school work, so about the only chance I have for blog surfing is about 10 minutes during lunch at work. See you when I can!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ray of Sunshine

It's been crazy busy at the Franco house with all the boys (including me) in school right now. All of my spare time at home is spent on their activities or school, with a little time for some biking and the Wife mixed in.

Today I have a big ray of sunshine bursting through the gloom of Monday morning work craziness. If you recall from a few posts ago, I was looking to get a very nice white with red Gary Fisher mountain bike. Well, it turns out that the 2010 models are out and they don't make them in white any longer. And there are no white 2009's to be had anywhere as they sold out of them. So I put up a picture of a gray one on my screen at work to get myself used to having a different color.

Well, Ellen and I were looking at bikes this weekend and on a lark I went to eBay and searched for that model. Guess what? I found one in my size, in white, only 3 months old and ridden twice! A vertiable "old lady that only drove it on Sundays" kind of find! And the price was highly resonable! So guess who got the bike he REALLY wanted? Yup. Me!

Now I can't wait to get it! I'm more excited about getting this bike than when I bought my last guitar. I even put the picture of it back up on my screen at work. I've been grinning like a fool all day when I think about it. What can I say, small things make me happy.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Too tired to blog

That's been me this week. School's started for 3/4 of the house. I've been busy getting ahead on my reading for my 2 MBA courses. Classes "officially" kick off Monday but the site went live with them including our assignments on Labor Day. Both boys began school this week. Grasshopper started Middle School and is very excited. I'm sure by next week we'll be in full swing with activities and such.

We had a fun Labor Day weekend. On Sunday we took a boat tour of the Erie Canal that was a blast. We got to travel through a lock as part of the tour and that was totally cool. We also went mountain biking on Monday. Ellen's niece's husband works for a bike shop and brought along a bike similar to the one I want to get. It was awesome and I can't wait to get my hands on one! Christopher went on the trails with us and had a fun time. We did some biking on the canal path on Saturday and that was fun as well. All in all, a good holiday weekend.

I'm sure posting and reading blogs will be infrequent as most of my spare time will be devoted to school. One of the courses I'm taking is Acccounting and Finance and the book is already starting to blow my mind. I'm not terribly good at that stuff but luckily Ellen's an accounting major so I've got some backup! I have to get her to explain present values of annuities to me because I don't understand the concept at all of how when you win the lottery for $10 million you only end up with $4.5 million.

Anyway, tomorrow's the annual Autism Walk so we'll be busy with that and Sunday is "homework day" for me so stay well kiddies!

Sunday, September 06, 2009


It's finally here! This is my 666th post! Yes, my pretties, the magic number from Revelation. If you read Chapter 13, verse 16-18, it says:

It forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands or their foreheads,

so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast's name or the number that stood for its name.

Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.

However, when I think of the number of the beast, what I really think of is:

So, in honor of my 666th post, hit this link and watch the video for the song.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

A Day at the Fair

Yesterday we went to the great New York State Fair, second largest in the country. And large it was. There was good food (Ellen and I got the BEST sausage around with peppers and onions on it), extremely cold chocolate milk for a quarter, extreme canines, animals, a boy scout exhibit, cows, horses, rabbits, chickens, you name it. We even got to hold a chick! (the fuzzy yellow kind). All in all a nice day. The weather was perfect (sunny and about 75). The crowd was light since it was a Wednesday. And Christopher even got in free, even though he's over 12! When the attendant told him to go through, he stated "But I'm 13!" The attendant let him go through for free anyway and thanked him for his honesty.

It would have been nice to stay longer, but we did have to get ready for work and summer camp today and it's an hour or so drive home. But it was well worth it. I took some "comparison" photos, doing the same shots this year as the last time we went to the fair a few years ago. You judge for yourselves. The first was the last visit (2003), the second yesterday's visit:

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