Here’s an easy way to fight epilepsy

March 4th, 2015

h-RICK-HARRISON-348x516I’m really a Pawn Stars fan, but I might be now…

Rick Harrison is donating a nickel to Epilepsy Foundation of America for every FREE download of Rick Harrison’s Trivia Challenge through the end of April. Watch his video and learn more about it here. Download links -> Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store.

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Dr. Suess and Mr. Rogers

March 2nd, 2015

mr-rogers-red-sweater-Glamazons-Blog-2“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Suess

Mr. Rogers passed away 12 years ago today, I think his message to adults that grew up with him is needed. Fred Rogers Message to those who grew up with the Neighborhood

Movie Reviews…

Gone Girl – the dialog in the first third of the movie drove me insane with the banal, romantic comedy. The middle part of the film when the truth of the abduction was revealed was actually good and very watchable. The last third was just awful. Why would you stay? Why? This movie made me mad, because I had such high hopes. That middle third was decent, the acting outside of Lola Kirke (Greta) and NPH, was terrible.

Interstellar – loved this movie, perhaps better for sci-fi fans, but I thought this film was beautiful and complete.

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Driving Miss Vivie and My Son With My Dad’s Words

February 27th, 2015

All day yesterday, I was in motion. Up at 5:45am, working, feeding pets, working, waking kids up, working, conference calls, working, more conference calls, working, even more conference calls, working, reading to Viv’s class, working, heavy coding too fix issues, pick up my son from school (while on a conference call), more work, more issues to fix, more work, more calls, pick up Viv from play practice, pick up Abbe from work, traffic, more work, head to spin class with Van’s ice hockey team, sweat (ahhhhhh!), drive Viv home (more on that in a second), back to the rink, more work, drive Van home from the rink (more on that in a second, too), tuck in kids, and look at Abbe and say, I love you.

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Driving Miss Vivie…

Viv was excited to join Van’s ice hockey team for spin class. The instructors were surprised that someone so young wanted to give it a go. And it turns out, she’s a wee bit too short for the bikes, so she had to finish up homework while we spun. I came out of the class sweaty and gross. I found her kinda bummed at a table in the snack area of the rink.

“I want to go home.”

She was bored, and wanted to hang with Abbe. Turns out, she was really frustrated that she was too short to be able to to do the spin class. She was in tears once we were in the car together. And this was another one of those moments that show me how great this kid is going to be.

I asked her why she was so upset. She’s going to grow, and she will be able to ride. She’s a great runner and athlete, she will have no problem killing it in spin.

“I wanted to do it. I wanted to be sweaty and tired right now too.”

She wanted to compete with these monster boys that are 3 years older than her. This girl is going to do awesome shit in her lifetime. She hates being told no. She is the monster. Look out, life – Viv is gonna mess you up.

Where my 13 year old puts it all into perspective for me…

I was in the line at McDonald’s with Van to get him a post-practice snack, and I was seeing the finish line of a very long, frustrating-at-times day. I said to him, “Days like this are tough on me, buddy. I love being relied upon by everyone, but I feel like all you see of me is a grumpy Dad complaining about one thing or another. I can’t wait to just sit down.”

Van Jr seemingly challenging my Dad replied, “Ahhh, you know… How many Dads can say they did all that you did today?”

That right there was exactly what I needed to hear. It was the perfect mixture of things-could-be-worse/stop-yer-bellyachin’/I appreciate you/You’re awesome… thanks, son.

I’m Friggin’ Terrible Friday…

Forgot to do this last week… but I’m back being terrible. I hate Pomplamoose. I get it, you’re doing ironic stare straight in the camera cover songs on the internet. Super. You sound like an NPR radio host lecturing me to the sound of detuned synths and even more ironic synth drums. Pretty sure that makes me terrible.

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Do you promise, George?

February 25th, 2015

All around the internet tomorrow it will be #ThrowbackThursday, so in honor, I’m throwing it back to June 10, 2013 – the first day of our honeymoon… and being sun-soaked, having some amazing food, and rum drinks at the Yabba Island Grill in Naples, FL… if I’m going to throw it back anywhere… it might as well be some place warm and wonderful.

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Ahhh… now, I better go scrape ice off of my car, pray I don’t die walking across the frozen tundra that is my yard, and then spend all day working on a computer in my dimly lit home office.

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Van of Steel

February 24th, 2015

blue_steel_letter_capitol_VI am having difficulty remembering my own advice that I gave my son a few weeks ago

Good things tend to develop slowly, but bad comes fast.

Small setbacks and discouraging enthusiasm feels like spinning your wheels on ice… something which I’m sure the majority of us in the Northeast can relate to this winter. Both at work and at home, I’ve been feeling like I just gave a speech to go get ‘em, and then ran out of the locker room alone.

So be it… and I mean that in as non-condescending of a manner as possible. I mean that in a way that this only steels me in what I believe is the right way to do this. A conversation with a colleague/mentor yesterday really solidified this for me. I’ll continue to work hard, be free with giving out accolades, and moving life forward. These are tough days, but this is also when you show your strength to those that need it most.

Movie Reviews…

Tusk – I am trying to adequately sum this one up quickly… not sure I can. If Human Centipede was like a thunderclap of originality and hit the spot, this might be for you. Johnny Depp breathed some life into this stinker about 3/4 of the way through the movie. OK, maybe this works… if Johnny Depp inflating a balloon of turds is like a thunderclap of originality and hit the spot, this might be the turd balloon for you.

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