Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Weekend Photo Dump

I like Father's Day weekend. I should, shouldn't I? It's a weekend for dad to get pampered, sounds like a great deal to me!

Saturday, Ohcountess had to work. She was off being one those angels wearing the uniform of a registered nurses. (Have you thanked one lately? why not?) Since I had already declared Sunday to be a "Honey-do List Free Day", the Mrs didn't want to waste "Honey-do List Available Day" and had given me a list of chores.

Being the good husband that I think I could be, I dutifully complied. On the list was some lawn care; lawn mowing, trimming and patch repair. typical stuff, but I'd grown bored of my sprinkler options so I did what I'm sure everyone does, I packed up the kids and headed to Toys-r Us and picked up some new sprinkler systems...not sure I like the colors but the kids seemed a bit more impressed with them.

That orange thing above the slide...that's one of the new sprinklers. It rains down on the occupants of the pool. Huh? The picture below shows the other new one, it's hoses randomly flap all over the place, doing a nice job of getting everything wet. Not too shabby. Of course I never asked permission for the Chief Budgetary Officer (CBO) for this. Had a feeling this would be one of those days that it would be better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Father's Day
Sunday morning was of course the big day. The alarm was set for 8am apparently. I don't remember requesting a wake up call but there it was, beeping like some kind of crazy sadist begging for a beating, which I performed with all the zeal I could muster.

The kids did have a plan for the morning. I had come downstairs to a chorus of "NO! DAD! WE AREN'T READY!!! Go Back to bed!" OK...then make sure Mom doesn't set the damn alarm clock...Geez!

On the left, it's the first of my new a Jerry Garcia neckties. Probably my favorite ties. Mom lets the girls pick out a new tie each Father's Day. Good thing I have to wear one every day to work, otherwise they'd be awkward.OhCountess got me a book I'd been hinting at: The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2. This volume has some really great pointers, and techniques for doing better flash photography and using studio lights. I'm already ready to try one trick in there, the "Sports Illustrated" look. Not the swimsuit issue but the one where the sky is a deep blue behind the subject and they are well lit...I'll let you know when I have a sample.

My favorite Father's Day presents of all time are rarely things that you can buy in a store. It would seem that last week at our daycare provider, the kids made the projects you see below. HOW COOL ARE THESE????

With the help of the Mrs, these have now found a home on my desk at work. They do look an awful lot like cookies. More then one jokester tried to take a bite out of them today.

We spent most of the day in our hometown hanging with family. It rained most of the day which put the kibosh on my wife's plans for the day.

After a quick trip to Lowes, it was time for dinner. We've lived here for about 7 years. Somehow, we never quite got to the local TGI Fridays. I hadn't been to one in years. I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise that they don't have much of a beer selection. Killian's Irish Red made the top of the list. Not one of favs, but definitely not one of the worsts. Above our table...the bomb you see on the right.'s a bomb above our table.
For the last few weeks, basically since the spring flowers have started showing up, I've been "sending my wife flowers" every time I pass a beautiful one.

She reminds me that a photograph doesn't replace the real thing but I've been sending 2 or 3 a week! I'd be broke by now if I tried that :-)

On the right, a sample of a recent shot. Just to show you how knowledgeable I am with flowers, what the heck is this? I have no idea but really thought it was pretty.

How was your Father's Day? I've seen a few post so far, but I'm again FALLING WAY BEHIND in my blog reading. Ugh. I need to come down with the flu and catch up or something.


surprised mom said...

I'm sure you don't want the flu, swine or not, just to catch up with your blog reading. Just sayin' . . .
It sounds like you had a good weekend and I love your new sprinkler system. And I liked the colors. We needed a pool here today. It got to 101, according to our local bank.
Your Father's Day gifts were inspiring, especially the ones your kids made for you.
The photo of the bomb over your table? Well, you had a bomb over your table. I think you needed the beer! What is your favorite?

OhCaptain said...

My favorite beer right now is Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing of Wisconsin. Normally, I like to order the beer I've never heard of and then enter it an app on my iPhone to keep track of. TGI Fridays had nothing but big brand beers. So depressing ;)