Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Where have I been / What I am reading

OK...so what has been keeping TTB away for so long. The answer is simple, family and work. That's all for now. Thanks for reading.

Just Kiddin!!!

Where Have I Been?

Back in April '09, I was asked to take over a different department at work. This required some additional attention from me to get things running the way I think they should be. The department seems to be running a lot smoother now even though I do have some 30, 40 and even 50 year old "kids" that work for me. (I wish people would just come to work and work.) Some of them have a problem with minding their own business but you'll have that just about anywhere.

The last half of 2009 were very busy for my department hence why there hasn't been any REAL post since the end of October. It seems like a lot of companies and government agencies wait until the end of the year to spend their budgets.

Work isn't the only thing that has kept me busy. I'm not sure if I've ever posted it or not, but my wife has been a gestational surrogate for several couples that have not been able to have their own babies. The 'gestational' part of that means that it is not her eggs (nor has it been my sperm)....not our genetic material. Each of the babies she has carried has been either the intended parents egg and sperm or a donor's.

I want to make it clear that I'm not here to discuss the topic of surrogacy vs. adoption. If you have any questions regarding surrogacy, I will do my best to answer them but keep in mind that somethings may be best discussed via e-mail. You can also check out Wikipedia.

My wife has been carrying a baby for a couple that she carried for once before. She gave birth (via c-section) on January 16th. For privacy reasons, all I will say is that it was a baby girl and she is healthy (as is my wife). The parents are happy and so is the new big sister.

So as you can see, I've had my hands full with a pregnant wife and helping with our two kids, helping around the house, etc.


I guess I will make this a two part post. The first part, if you didn't notice, is up above this which you hopefully have already read before getting to this part. The second part is, not too surprisingly, below this. I know, I know...I can be a real smart @ss when I want to. =-)


What am I reading?

Been reading a lot lately. I just started reading "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. It is the first book in the 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' (aka - The Sookie Stackhouse Novels / Chronicles). This is the book series that the HBO series "True Blood" was based on.

Wikipedia - Series: 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries'
Wikipedia - Book: "Dead Until Dark" (Cover - one of many)

Just before that, I read book 11 (of 13) in the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' book series, "The Grim Grotto", by Lemony Snicket (the nom de plume of American author Daniel Handler). I will pickup one of these books when I need some light reading before moving on to something else. I know these books are really intended for children but I find them entertaining. I guess they appeal to my childish nature. =-p

Wikipedia - Series: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
Wikipedia - Book: "The Grim Grotto" (Cover)

Before that, I jumped on the bandwagon and read the 'Twilight' series of books. I would read one of the books and then my daughter would read it. Yes, I know that the books appeal to the "tween" age group but I still enjoyed them.

Wikipedia - Book Series: 'Twilight'
Wikipedia - Books:
"Twilight" (Cover)
"New Moon" (Cover)
"Eclipse" (Cover)
"Breaking Dawn" (Cover)
Wikipedia - Movie Series: 'Twilight Saga'

I think that is enough for now. I love comments, so please leave me a note.