Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
This weekend Gabriel and I went on our first Cub Scout camping trip.
We drove up with to the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch with the other Tiger Cub Scout leader, Kevin, and his son, Brandon.
The Scout Ranch is a great place with heavy forests, scenic cliffs, open prairie, and sixteen miles of rugged shoreline on Lake Bridgeport.
After arranging our camp site and setting up our tents we all went to enjoy the activities. There was a BB gun target range (Gabriel earned a patch!), archery, basic map reading, pumpkin carving, a pumpkin catapult, and a bunch of Halloween games.
After dinner I took the boys for a hike through the woods down to the lake. The boys skipped rocks and played around near the water until the sun began to set. Then we all headed back to camp to get ready for the Haunted Hay Ride.
The Haunted Hay Ride was not at all scary, but we all got some good laughs at the flimsy dinosaur that tried to eat us and especially when Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre bit the dust running after the tractor!
The highlight though was towards the end when these two light sabers lit up the darkness and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn stepped out of the woods with two aliens the put on board the tractor. As soon as the aliens were seated Darth Maul came out of the woods and the Jedi started battling him as the tractor drove away. About fifty meters up we were stopped by two Stormtroopers who proceeded to search the tractor for the aliens, once they were located they called into the woods and who should stride up to us…the dark lord of the Sith himself…Darth Vader! He executed the aliens and we drove away as the Stormtroopers fired after us. The kids loved that part and being the Star Wars nerd that I am…so did I!
Then the pack all came back to the camp site where we lit a bonfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores while we told ghost stories. After all the kids were in their sleeping bags Kevin and I broke out the contraband Shiner Bock and relaxed.
The next morning we broke camp and headed back home.
I was getting disappointed with how things were going with the Cub Scouts, it was boring, disorganized, not at all what I thought it was going to be (military like) and although we had volunteered to be leaders Kevin and I really didn’t know what we were doing, but the camping trip did go smoothly and we all had a lot of fun.
Hopefully things will continue to get better...
Friday, October 27, 2006
Work From Home
In August I had resigned my long time position in Fort Worth and began working for a company in Grand Prairie. Although the pay and benefits were great...I wasn’t truly happy there, so almost immediatley I began looking for something better.
Thanks to my good friend Tracy I learned about a different position with even better pay and a great incentive…I get to work from home!
No, I don’t do any medical billing, envelope stuffing, assemble products, or am I part of a pyramid scheme.
Approximatley ten co-workers from my old job in Fort Worth had gone to work for a well established company based out of New York performing the same technical support work as before except from virtual home offices.
They all said they were loving it, so when the company began looking for more members to expand the virtual team I jumped at the opportunity.
A couple of interviews and a training class later and here I am…working in my pajamas in the comfort of my home saving time and money. Gotta love it!
Well, work first, play second…I should get back to it…
Let me see the instructions say... “To start, press any key”…
Where's the “Any” key? I see “Esk”, “Catarol”, and “Pig Up”.
There doesn't seem to be an “Any” key'!
Phew! Boy, all this computer hacking is making me thirsty.
I think I'll order a Tab.
Oh, no time for that now, the computers starting!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Long Time No Blog...
It's been over a month since my previous post. I have an excuse though, besides being extremely lazy in regards to blogging; I have been seriously busy...
We have all of Gabriel's activities (Soccer, Cub Scouts, and Mound Mustangs), plus some minor household improvements, visiting relatives, preparations for Halloween, and another significant change in work status.
That’s right; I obtained a new position with a different company (more on that later).
Without further ado I’ll attempt to start posting again…