Monday, December 29, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 363

29/December/2014, Day 363.  Monday.

While every day of life is a gift from God, some days are just better than others.  And some .... well, some are just to be survived.

Today was unfortunately one of the latter.

Neither Grump nor Sweetie well AGAIN last night, as Dodong was still suffering from his infection, and Grump was jittery from all the energy drinks he slurped down so he would not fall asleep driving home from Florida yesterday.  The lack of sleep is catching up with both of them: they both have scratchy throats and stuffy noses, and feel just plain cruddy.

Better than a sharp stick in the eye, but still not all that much fun.

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 362

28/December/2014, Day 362.  Sunday.

We had gotten into bed early Saturday, expecting to get a good night's sleep.

Dodong had other ideas.  He cried and fussed and screamed ALL NIGHT!

Sweetie got absolutely no sleep.  Old Sweaty Grump caught and hour here and there.  It was awful!

At the crack of dawn we decided that the best thing to do was to quickly pack up, and head back home, hoping to get Dodong in to see a doctor.  So, at 6:00 am Grump called up his parents, and told them the bad news: we would not be having Sunday brunch with them, and in fact were leaving for home, right now!

To say it was not a fun drive back home would be to reiterate the obvious.  Sweetie and Kuya slept some in the car, while Dodong alternated between fussing and fitfully sleeping.  Through the grace of God we made it home without incident, then we went straight to the doctor's office, where after waiting for what seemed like an eternity, (the place was packed!), we finally got to see the doctor.

As it turns out, poor Dodong had an ear infection.  He got a prescription for a mild antibiotic, (amoxicillan), which hopefully will clear up his infections.

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 361

27/December/2014, Day 361.  Saturday.

As you know, we arrived in Atlantic Beach, (Jacksonville), Friday afternoon.

After a good night's sleep, we all had a nice breakfast, then visited with Grump's parents for a while.  We had a light lunch at Panera's, then back to the hotel room for a nap.

Ominously, Dodong was starting to feel warm.  More on this later.

After our naps, we visited with Grump's parents again, then off we went to another good dinner at the Fleet Landing clubhouse.

By now Dodong was starting to act like he felt poorly, so we gave him some infant Tylenol, then we got ready for what we thought was going to be another good night's sleep.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 360

26/December/2014, Day 360.  Friday.

This morning Dudong, Kuya, Sweetie, and Old Sweaty Grump squeezed into the car along with the suitcase and some miscellaneous gifts, and we all headed off the Grandma and Grandpa's apartment in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Poor Lola stayed behind; she didn't want to be trapped in a car that long!)

There was more traffic on I-75 south of Macon than normal, but I guess that is to be expected with the holiday season.  Around lunchtime we stopped for a bite to eat in Valdosta, GA.  Driving around a bit, we came across a small Korean restaurant where we stopped for lunch. 

We almost didn't go in.  The exterior wasn't all that great; it brough up unfortunate memories of a cruddy Thai restaurant we once experience in North Georgia.  But this time we were pleasantly surprised.  It was very clean inside, the menu had nice selections, and the food was very yummy.

This was the best Korean food we've had since we left Columbia, SC.  Here is the name, address, and contact number of the restaurant.  It is well worth a visit if you're anywhere near Valdosta, GA.

Korea Garden
250N St. Augustine Road
Valdosta, GA  31602
 (229) 241-8555

Like the Korean restaurants in Columbia, SC, it is closed on Tuesdays.

After that great lunch, we continued on our way to Grandma and Grandpa's.  By the time we got to I-10 in Florida and turned east, Grump was feeling very sleepy.  The monotony of Osceola National Forest didn't help, but with the help of Sweetie and the grace of God, Grump stayed awake long enough to arrive in Jacksonville.

After settling in to our hotel room, and resting a bit, we went to dinner with Grandma and Grandpa at Fleet Landing, where they live.  (Yeah, they actually live in Atlantic Beach rather than Jacksonville.)  As always, the food was great!  Sweetie had Salmon, and Grump had Mahi Mahi, (or just Mahi, as it is called now).  After that we all waddled back to our rooms, and went to bed early.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

North Korea and "The Interview": the Plot Thickens!

The North Koreans and their zany leader Kim Jong Un certainly act like buffoons.  If it weren't for the suffering the poor folk in North Korea have to endure because of their stupid government, and the constant potential for another war and the needless turmoil that would cause, it would tempting to just laugh them off as another joke provided for our entertainment.

So what's the latest with the controversy over "The Interview"?

I wrote an article on PAA two days ago where I explained that Sony had reversed their decision not to release the movie.  Since PAA doesn't allow embedded links, a key part of that post may have been overlooked, namely, the url of a FANTASTIC article on the whole bruhaha.

I can't say this too strongly: go read this article!  It's hilarious!

Meanwhile, it now appears that "The Interview" is available on YouTube.  You can cough up $5.99, give it a watch, and make Kim Jong Un's day!

Hmmm ...... maybe I have to update my original article on this controversy I posted on FoK.  In that article, I laid out three options that I thought were causing Sony to pull the release of "The Interview".  Maybe there is a fourth option?

Suppose Sony and the powers-that-be in North Korea COLLABORATED on publicising this mediocre film?  What if North Korea and Sony actually have a working relationship, and half the proceeds from "The Interview" will provide much needed cash to the barely functional North Korean economy?

Follow the money!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 358

24/December/2014, Day 358. Wednesday.

It was a rainy but relatively warm day before Christmas.  Not much happened at work, until Grump got into an argument with a co-worker, (you KNOW WHO YOU ARE, Mr. Az!), about the realities of peak oil.  Grump believes that peak oil is a real phenomenon, but had to contend with two articles from groups he usually admires that claimed peak oil was a bunch of nonsense:

Aahh!!  Cognitive disonance!

On further reflection, Grump believes the authors of these articles are full of beans, as they are intentionally distorting the theory of peak oil to poke holes in it.  (For a good description of peak oil, read here: )

Besides that tempest in a teapot, not much happened.  We are having a Christmas Eve dinner with the neighbors, then before bed Kuya will say goodby to our shelf elf Squeak, who will fly back to the North Pole to hang out with Santa until next year's holiday season. 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 357

23/December/2014, Day 357. Tuesday.

Grump and Sweetie had trouble sleeping last night.  They tossed and turned and tossed and turned and tossed and turned and finally, in the wee hours of the night when they finally started snoozing, Dodong awoke and started hollering.

Another sleepy, tired day!

Fortunately work was very laid back, so Grump could cruise through his time in the office.  And neither Kuya nor Dodong had a bad day, so Sweetie could relax.

I guess the big news is that a few of our neighbors are coming over for dinner Christmas eve.  After work, Grump and Sweetie drove over to Honey Baked Honey and purchased a turkey breast for tomorrow's meal.  (Sweetie is a Seventh Day Adventist, so we don't eat pork!)

Lola cooked some beef for dinner; not being used to fussy American palates, she left chunks of fat on the meat.  This was sliced up and put on rice for Kuya to eat, but after a few bites he happened to bite into a chunk of fat, and vomited!  Truth be told, neither Grump nor Sweetie could really critisize him too much.  After all, Grump has been eating Americn food for more than fifty years, and if he gets too large a chunk of beef fat in his mouth, he will probably gag too! 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 355

21/December/2014, Day 355.  Sunday.

Today was a wonderful day!  Why, you ask?  Because Old Sweaty Grump was able to lay his tired bones in bed this afternoon for a two hour nap, that's why!  Once you get to be Grump's age, napping is one of Life's secret pleasures.

Sweetie, Lola, and Kuya had fun in the afternoon too, because they had visitors.  (Yes, Grump was asleep in the bedroom whilest visitors were in the house.  What an Old Grump, huh!)  Several of the women from Sweetie's church came to visit, and they brought along some of their children for Kuya to play with.  

As for Dodong ..... well, I think he enjoyed the day in the same manner as Grump, namely, by sleeping through large chunks of it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 354

20/December/2014, Day 354.  Saturday.

I'm getting hollered at to "come to bed", so I'll have to keep this short.

Sweetie went out to lunch with some of her friends.  They went to Fountain of Juice, which relocated further down Vineville, in the same group of stores as Yvonnes Natural Foods.  Sweetie says the new location is really nice.

Grump and Sweetie went to Goodwill to drop off some things Dodong is growing out of.  We already knew they wouldn't take a crib; would you believe that they are unable, because of legal liability, to take a stroller?  Our crazy legal system will eventually be the death of us!

Per Sweetie's commands, we moved the Grump's desk from the office upstairs into the bedroom.  Not sure how this will work out, but Sweetie is usually right about furniture placement.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 353

19/December/2014, Day 353.  Friday.

Back when I used to write these "A Day in a Year in a Life" posts on PostAnyArticle, I dreaded days like today, when by the end of the day I am so bone tired that the last thing I want to do is sit down in front of a computer and type in an article.  Phooey!

What happened was that Kuya for some inexplicable reason woke up at 5:00 am again!  And, of course, once awake he just can't be quiet, nor sit still.  It's hard to sleep with a rowdy five year old jumping on your head!

This is two days in a row now that I haven't gotten a good night's sleep because of his antics.  Grrr!!

Well, at least everyone else had a good day.  Sweetie, Lola, Dodong, and Kuya, (who is home on Christmas break), all went to the outdoor mall this afternoon and walked around in the pleasant sunshine.  And Sweetie even refrained from buying anything!

That's it for today.  It's not even 7:00 pm yet, but I'm going to go get ready for bed.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 352

18/December/2014, Day 352.  Thursday.

The day, (or, more precisely, the night before), started out rocky.  For some reason Kuya slept very poorly, waking up many times through the night coughing and crying, and at one point crying out, "I want to eat the brown stuff!"  He finally succeeded in waking up Dodong, which caused Grump to yell at him, which made him cry even more.  Ugh.

Grump and Sweetie went through the day mostly in a haze.  Grump was assigned some documentation tasks at work, which he mostly ignored, since his poor old brain was only semi-functional.

In the evening Lola feed Dodong, then Sweetie gave him some baby treats which Grump TOLD HER NOT TO DO, as Grump believed Dodong was still too young to handle them properly.  Dodong immediately began to choke, then vomited up all his food all over himself and his high-chair.  Grump was livid!  He yelled at Sweetie, then with Lola's help cleaned up poor Dodong.

But ..... every day is a gift from God.  Today was a gift too, just a little different than most days.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 351

17/December/2014, Day 351.  Wednesday.

I'm kinda tired right now, so I don't feel like writing much.  But it was another pleasant winter day here in central Georgia.

Old Sweaty Grump has been taking the stairs at work, (four flights of stairs from the basement!), and he has been making an effort to climb up them at least five times a day.  Hooray for him!  It's his only exercise, but maybe it will help him lose some weight.

Speaking of weight, Sweetie needs to go on a diet of her own!  Too much fattening American food, I guess.  She says she will seriously start losing weight, but only once Dodong stops breast feeding.

Kuya is doing great.

Lola has her first head cold, but she acts as if nothing is wrong.  She continues to cook and clean and do any task around the house that needs doing, while Grump continues to sit on his fat butt.

Everybody needs a Lola!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Day in a Year in a Life / Day 350

16/December/2014, Day 350.  Tuesday.

The adventure continues!

When we last left off, we were still trying to work with the recalcitrant bureacrats at Immigration to get a VISA for Lola to come over from the Philippines and stay with us.  Several months and a few letters from our Congressional Representative later, Immigration finally relented, and Lola had her VISA.  She arrived here in early October, and has been a HUGE blessing.  She helps Sweetie in the kitchen, and with the cleaning and laundry, and has been instrumental in keeping Kuya from battering Dodong.  I have no idea how Sweetie coped with Kuya and Dodong all by herself this summer!

The other "gossip" is that Witch has been stirring up trouble with Mama Sue's Bible study group.  She managed to turn Bitch against all of us, and is working on Clueless.  It's a sad situation, particularly for Witch's little boy, Big Sigh.  Witch and her friend Bitch are openly fighting with Mama Sue and Ms. M, both of whom are decent Filipinas and friends of ours.  Pathetic!

Moving on from that nonsense, today was a mostly quiet day at work for Old Sweaty Grump.  Kuya had a half day of school, following by the first day of Christmas Camp.  He had a great time, but when he got home, he decided to write on his face with a green magic marker, to look like the Grinch.  Unfortunately the green doesn't wash off easily.

Mama, Lola, and Dodong drove over to the mall and did a good amount of walking.  While there, Mama bought a nice blouse at Belks that they were just giving away.

But the most exciting news today was with respect to Dodong.  While in his playpen, he managed to pull himself up, and was STANDING for several minutes, long enough for Old Sweaty Grump to take some pictures.  Way to go Dodong!

Resuming "A Day in a Year in a Life"

"Whatever happened to the "A Day in a Year in a Life" articles?", inquiring minds around the planet ask.

Basically what happened is that the site I was writing them on, PAA, started having "issues", such as malware and other unpleasant surprises.  Ugh!  So the last entry was Day 205, from July 24, 2014.

But have no fear, loyal readers; starting today, I will continue to write this brief blurbs about our lives on this here blog.  So until Google gets a bug up its massive butt and pulls the plug on me, you can read all about our daily struggles, here on .

Look forward to the continuing adventures of Old Sweaty Grump, Sweetie, Kuya, Dodong, and ..... with her recent arrival from the Philippines, Lola!