Ok, so its been almost a month since my last blog. I don't normally go this long between them. I've had a couple different people ask me why I haven't been blogging, and I've definitely wanted to, but when it came time to write, I just wasn't ready. One thing throwing me off track a bit would be my grandparents. Things aren't going so hot. My grandma has been in the hospital since mid january, she just had her 4th surgery during that time on this last friday. There were complications and she was in surgery for 7 1/2 to 8 hours or something. Im hoping things start to look up now, but I've said that before. Its really not my place to announce the specifics to the world, but after the complications in this last surgery, her day to day life will be changed forever. She has been really emotional and sad in ICU while recovering from her surgery. To make things a bit worse, my grandpa had a bit of an incident a few weeks ago, it prompted us to send him down to live with my Uncle in Boise until my grandma is feeling better. Im going to ease you into what happened with my grandpa. First Id like to say that, when I was told what happened my reaction on the phone was "my god, that horrifying" and then I followed up with "and.. im trying... not to see the humor in the situation". I, in fact, was horrified, its a shock. But at the same time, as guilty as it makes you feel, its going to be one of those semi-funny stories that we tell each other 10-20 years down the road. Anyway, just really quick, he is confused because of his Dementia and the doctor said that people in his state sometimes go to a bit more extreme lengths when responding to things. In this case, he felt constipated for a few days, so he took matter into his own hands and ended up getting a Curtain Rod stuck in his rectum, it had to be removed in the emergency room, and I applaud my mom for being such a trooper through a very abnormal situation. Things are moving a long a bit slowly on the school front, its still being worked on though. I just had a meeting with my Work Advisor about the benefit yesterday and I am preparing for a Fall start instead of a summer start. The benefit Due date was coming up pretty fast for the Summer time and I really felt like I was rushing when I really want to just take things one step at a time. Well, things between Nicole and I seem to have regressed a bit (I think thats the right word), nothing negative is happening, but things are back to her and I just not speaking much. This was prompted by the bomb I dropped on her about our taxes last year. After getting advice from a friend of mine and my lawyer, we decided that the agreed way for Nicole and I to handle Taxes would start with our 2008 taxes and not our 2007 taxes, since 2007 had already ended before the agreement was in place. That means that Nicole filed her taxes incorrectly last year and will need to submit them again and probably owe money to the IRS. Im not 100% sure she is filing her taxes correctly to begin with. But speaking of Taxes, I got mine a bit ago. Went ahead and treated us to a 62" DLP Projection TV, I originally wasnt going to buy one, but I got a good deal from a guy at work. I've put a lot of the money from the refund in the bank, I'll need to pay for school on my own at times, the work benefit is a reimbursement, sometimes the money comes through in time to actually pay for school with it, but other times it will come after I will have needed to pay already. I had a hell of a time setting up my living room for the new TV, it was mind bogglingly difficult. I got it to where I like it right now. Unfortunatly I think the TV might have gotten misaligned while in transport, the screen is a bit messed up, It should be totally fixable though. Hopefully. I have a date this Saturday, hopefully to go see a movie, and maybe dinner. I've been watching a lot of kids movies in theater lately and Id really like to get out to one that is for a little older audience. I will be taking Heather, it will be our fourth date! Its been awhile since our third date, I kind of took a step back because of the whole deal about her just looking for something casual, maybe dating other guys too and such. She is really cool, but Im not sure how to read the situation and Im really not sure how to proceed. I've thought about putting my kids in Church. Im not a very religious person, I have my beliefs, and they are like most peoples beliefs, minus some pretty big ommisions. At the same time, the conclusions I've come to are not ones I want to teach my children, if they came to the same conclusions in the end, I would be ecstatic. The fact is, I feel like I am neglecting their faith. Robbing them of something that is an important part of many peoples lives and I think it could really benefit them. Unfortunatly it can also stand in the way as it does with many many people. I thought I had found a church for the boys to go to, several people I know go there, I've had several discussions about the beliefs this particular church holds. I ended up coming across some deal breaking information. Science and how a prospective church deals with Science, are very important to me. Its already a very very hard decision for me to place my children in an enviorment that is teaching my children things I essentially don't believe, but I can't put them into a situation that teaches them things that are the opposite of what I believe, or that hamper my views on Science. Science is fucking science, there is no possible way to prove that god does or does not exist with it, you either believe he exists or you dont, and if you DO believe he exists, you must simply accept that all things prooven or theorized in science are within the realm of things God created, just because we have a different understanding of how the world works now, just not take away your faith in Why it works, or how it came about to work like that. Therefore, I can not put my kids into a church that would teach them that something Scientific is not to be believed simply because someone believes it isn't in line with thier Faith. Anyway... Well, I am in for a pretty exciting few weeks. Im really looking forward to my date this weekend, I got to hang out with Heather just a few days ago at a 1 year old's birthday party! lol. The present I got seemed to be a big hit, I got this cool Mozart Cube thing I found on thinkgeek.com, I played with it a bunch and it was super cool. Heather and I dont get to see or talk much because she works evenings, and Im a single parent, so outside of this birthday party and the 2 minutes we see each other at work, its pretty much just the dates. This will be our 4th date, as I said above, but our first date was back at the end of December. Then at the end of March we are going to Bellingham to visit the cousins. After I drop the boys off at the airport to fly down and see their mom, I will get to visit my friend Sarah too, which will be super cool. Looks like we will slum around Seattle for the day. Then when I go to pick the boys up the following weekend we will get to see Sarah again and hopefully do something fun. I dont get to seattle as much as I used to. The last time was for Bumbershoot and a Coug game and it was awesome. Very soon I will have a 6 year old and a 7 1/2 year old. By October this year I will be halfway to my youngest son becoming a teenager! Well, I think I should wrap it up. I wanted to talk about politics a bit, but I guess that will have to wait lol. I will post one story that I wanted to blog about when it happened. When I got my tax refund, the boys decided they really wanted a new basketball, and this time, they wanted a Cougar one. Well, its more than twice as much for a cougar one, but they were pretty smooth and convinced me to buy it for them. Two hours or so later I find myself running down the side of a stream, as the ball rapidly floated off. I almost fell in the water several tmes trying to get it, fortunatly I just slipped and fell in the mud a few times instead lol. I had mud all up and down my pants and arms and I still didnt get the ball yet. Well it went under the hotel right by our apartment, we went to the other end and crossed the street to hopefully see it come out the other side. I told the boys there was a good chance it would just get stuck under there and we wouldnt ever get it. Fortunatly we had a bit of luck (yeah, thats what im calling it, lucky), it DID come out the other side and ended up going into a still section of the stream instead of continuing down the main part of it. I had to crawl underneath some railroad tracks and sink deep into the mud and reach out with a stick to get it close enough to pick up, fortunatly we got it back and with the stream water it looks like its 50 years old. But we got it back!! Money well spend lol. Ok, Im out, everybody have a good week.