Happy Birthday!

Today is my wife’s birthday.  I have often spoken of her in my blog posts.  I even raved about her on Mother’s Day.  So today is another special day to celebrate all things Lee-Anne!

Every year my wife has her birthday on December 6th.  It never changes.  That makes it easy to remember.  In the past I have done my best to show her how much I value her and how much I love her.  From dinners to hand made gifts and everything outside that spectrum, here is a list of some of the more memorable birthdays I have tried to give her:

Last year I made her a gift of a record cut into the shape of an old 45 adapter to celebrate her turning 45.  It was challenging to say the least, but I think she was happy with the results.  Probably because I paid attention to one of her favorite things and found an old copy of “The Sound Of Music” at a thrift store to use.

Six years ago, I was getting a chip on the windshield of our minivan repaired on the morning of her birthday.  I was browsing online while I waited and found an SUV for sale, so I went to look at it.  Needless to say, my wife got a new car for her 40th Birthday that year.  It was easy to get her to agree since she absolutely despised the minivan since we first purchased it years prior.

Now, originally on her 40th Birthday, I had made her a hand drawn picture of her favorite place to view from when we visited Disneyland (we have a bench that we sit at every time we go there to watch the Pixar Parade).  A new SUV was great, but the real gift was the one I made for her that year.

For her 35th birthday, I had us picked up in a limo and taken to the local airport.  She took her first (and only) flying lesson that day.  She flew us through the mountains and back to the coastline.  Afterwards, the limo took us around to see the Christmas light displays.

Sharing experiences with my wife is what I really enjoy.  I also love making her birthdays a little more special as each year passes.  We have spent many years together now, and I really enjoy having fun with her.


Happy Birthday Lee-Anne!  I hope you have another fantastic year!  Love you.

My Least Favorite Holiday Song

Every year around this time, Christmas music is played everywhere you go.  I even have it playing on the speakers throughout my home.  My children are also practicing festive songs on the piano this month.  With all of this combined, there are hundreds of songs to go through.  Some are catchy, others are traditional, and some are just plain terrible.  Not including the comedic styles like “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” there is one song that I just cannot stand to hear- no matter who sings it.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Here is a link to the creepy Tom Jones version where he appears to be the devil with a woman in a cage.  This video really exasperates the meaning behind the song.

But Josef, what about the time Buddy the Elf sang it in the hit movie “Elf”?

Seriously.  He is in a woman’s change room while a girl is taking a shower.  Not cool Will Ferrell, even by your standards of comedy.  Probably the number one reason I don’t like this film.

The song itself has always bothered me.

  • Lady wants to go home
  • Dude keeps trying to put the moves on her
  • She says no
  • His pride is hurt, but he insists
  • She gives in to shut him up

Unfortunately, this is what society is teaching people what to do and how to act.  Granted the song was written in 1944 and starts innocently enough:

I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)

I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)

So it’s cold outside and it sounds like genuine concern from the guy until a few bars later:

Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)

I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)

WOAH NOW!  What’s in her drink?  She’s clearly saying no to his advances.  But further on in the song she gives up:

At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)

You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)

But don’t you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)

The poor female in this song is facing pressure to fulfill this guy’s needs.  He is still playing the scoundrel right up until the end:

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)

At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)

I don’t like this song.  Never have.  It really bothers me that so many artists think of it as a great duet as well.  

Last year Fun or Die nailed this song perfectly.  Have a watch and see what it is about that song that bugs me:

Funny Or Die: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Cleaning, Cleaning and MORE CLEANING

Cleaning never ends.  Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room- always seem to need a tidying up regularly.  It’s difficult to keep a home clean, especially with people living in it.

I’m going to outright state it- I’m probably the neatest person in our home.  And I’m no Mr. Clean.  But I do my best to put everything away in >>what I feel<< is the proper place.  There have been many discussions about where stuff belongs…  

My biggest issue in our home is dog hair.  The second is all the little bits of trash that float around that everyone wants to keep.  My family has saved such junk as an old clothing tag with an image of Hello Kitty to a crumpled plastic bag from the Lego Store.    Business cards to receipts to old envelopes also adorn our counters and shelves.  I go through and purge what I feel is junk on a regular basis.  Again, this has brought on some heated discussions between my wife and I.

Another broken ornament?

Now there is a Christmas explosion in our home.  Glitter and pine needles are the bane of my existence this time of year.  I swear we are vacuuming every other day now.  As well, there is nothing worse than a broken glass ornament.  Those things are so Fra-GEE-Lay that sometimes just pulling them out of the box causes them to shatter.

Creepy Santa…

But all of the cleaning and hard work is made easier this time of year.  For some reason our children are really really helpful- as if someone were watching them.

Too bad it wasn’t like this the rest of the year.

First Holiday Family Film

Most weekends we enjoy sitting around and watching movies as a family.  Tonight we watched our first Christmas movie.  It was one that our oldest daughter wanted to watch.  It was also one that we had never seen before.  I was hoping for one of our favorites…

The soft glow of electric sex…

We have our regular favorites of course.  Every year on Christmas Eve we watch “A Christmas Story”.  A tradition that started for me 25 years ago when I was about 15.  I believe it was TBS that showed it for 24 hours straight through Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.  I had a tv in my bedroom and often fell asleep with it on.  I must have woken up numerous times throughout the night to different parts of the film.  It wasn’t until the year after that I finally watched it in proper order.  

It’s full.

There’s also “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” that my family loves to watch.  I am often quoting this movie during the season.  Some great facial expressions and music make this movie fun.

The darker side of me really enjoys “Scrooged” with Bill Murray.  He holds this film together with some great dialogue.  The sarcasm and bitterness is enjoyable as we have all been there and felt it.

But tonight’s film was not what I was expecting.  We watched “Krampus”.  The story of Santa’s evil darker sided shadow that punishes misbehaving children.  The film about Krampus was stuck between trying to be a comedy and trying to be a horror film.  At the end of it, I just felt kind of meh.  Not a good film by any means.

Two Gargoyles make me laugh every time we meet.

The story behind Krampus has garnered somewhat of a cult following over the years.  I’ve known the story and imagery of Krampus for a few years myself and love the idea behind it.  Some friends from the comicon circuit (Two Gargoyles, check them out here: Twogargs.com) that make a neat Krampus coffee mug that I’ve been wanting for a while…

Unfortunately after watching “Krampus” it didn’t fill me with joy.  I’ll stick to “Nightmare Before Christmas” if I want to mix up holiday fun with spookiness.  

It’s Not Really a Lie…

I have a talent of expressing half truths and giving out just enough information as needed.  I’ve done it all my life- usually only when it benefits me.  My favorite part is that I know what I’m saying isn’t true, but I can make it believable.  

This is especially handy when it comes to my children at Christmas time.  

Sorry, but they are way past the “we believe in Santa” stage.  I’m talking about lies regarding what they are getting for Christmas.  I can string them along quite nicely and shock them with a gift (or lack of a gift…) on the special day.  

Part of the magic of Christmas is not knowing.  My wife hates that I can guess what she gives me almost every year.  But, I’m good at catching her off guard with that “WoW” gift.  I also enjoy those moments when one of my kids goes, “Huh.  Dad really does listen.”  The look on their faces is priceless and heartwarming.

What am I going to do with a gun rack?

I wonder if I will get surprised this holiday season?  Doubtful.  But I know I’ll be surprising my family quite a bit.  I’m excited.  Hopefully my kids won’t read today’s blog…

Preparing to be FESTIVE pt.1

We are getting all Christmasy up in here!  Our home is taking on a transformation of Martha Stewart proportions!  All created by me.  My children and wife have been helping out with the setting up, but it’s essentially been my ideas.


I love how our home looks over the holidays.  Here is a small glimpse of the decorations that we have up so far.  Please enjoy.

More to come in the next couple of days.  We even have Christmas Dishes that come out of the cupboard tonight.  I’m just giddy with excitement.