Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I can do this !!

I know I am not the only one with the "drudgeries", and I have a cure. I have always loved getting away from it all and going on an adventure. Lately, I have realized how much it helps me physically, mentally, and spiritually. Really.
I came home today smelling like a used football uniform, walked past my uncut grass, opened the front door, tripped over a skateboard, and thought..........well, I can not tell you what I thought. Then it came to me. We are going on an Arizona Adventure in two weeks!! Labor Day. My burdens lifted, a smile found its way onto my face, and I still stank like Dillon's shoes.

I can do this. I can take anything on, just by knowing in a little while, I will be sipping hot cocoa out of my "survivor-man cup" under the canopy of Arizona pines. The hard part will be getting me to come back home.

Just a little side note. The family backpacked into Hagler Creek a while back. The five of us set up camp along the creek and it was paradise. I tried everything out of my arsenal to catch those wily trout, and was only able to land one measly six incher. Oh ya, we ate him. Just to be silly, I took his brain out and asked if anyone wanted to eat it. Denver did not hesitate. He popped that little trout brain in his mouth and said it tasted so good, he wants to eat all the brains from now on!! Now if my boy can savor that cerebral delight, why can he not clean his room?! Why? Why? Why?

Well, I hope you have a fun day and get away.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I thought I was a smart guy.................

It is 6:00 in the morning. I am drenched from head to toe in sweat. My sweat is running into my ears, my eyes, and my mouth. I am walking around with a hundred pounds of tools and safety equipment strapped to my body. The Arizona sun relentlessly bounces off the metal roof panels and bakes my face like beef jerky. I have seven more hours to go. Today. And the next day. And the day after that.
I have been doing this for twelve years and every year I think the same thing; "Why am I doing this again this year? How long can I do this until body parts start falling off?" (I thought I was a smart guy.)
I know alot of people have it worse. I also know I am blessed when I walk in the front door and my kids hug me, my trophy wife kisses me, and my pool calls to me.
Maybe I can handle one more day. One more hot tin roof.