Friday, November 10, 2017


I don't think I'm alone when I get excited because our dear friend Friday has shown up to let us know that the weekend is here.

I am especially happy to see Friday this week because it has definitely been a week.
  • Mrs. Shife's sister's basement flooded while they were on vacation in Mexico. We were taking care of their house while they were gone.
  • The battery died in one of our cars.
  • The end of daylight savings and beginning of the darkness.
  • My dad had to start chemo treatment again for his Wegener's.
  • Mrs. Shife has a new work schedule so I have to help get the kids off to school twice a week. And just to see if I was really on top of my game, I also had to get my two nieces off to school on one of those days.
  • Planning for the holidays.
  • Planning for Hayden's birthday.
  • Ms. Frizzle got hurt and we had to take her to the vet.
  • I had a dermatology appointment, which always makes me nervous because I have a lot of moles and have had several removed in the past because the doc wanted to be on the safe side. 
  • I had a job interview.
  • I also had 16 hours of Agile training. If you don't know want Agile is then consider yourself lucky. And if you need a cure for insomnia then look up and read all about the Agile manifesto. 
  • Mrs. Shife is getting sick and she's trying to share it with me.
  • Mrs. Shife is leaving me this weekend to spend a weekend with her friends having pillow fights, drinking wine, and eating chocolate. 
  • I got hired by my gym to be a locker room sketch artist and my only clients are old, fat men who insist that they must be naked for their drawings. 
  • Not really. Just seeing if you made it this far. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend and talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, November 03, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Bassetless in Boise

  • It has been a year now since we had to give up Tank. I never thought I would go a year without a basset but Ms. Frizzle is doing her best to distract me. Her latest trick is sleeping like this:

  • And I am probably going to get in trouble with Mrs. Shife for showing off our TV room with piles of folded laundry everywhere. Well, at least it's folded, right?
  • Halloween was a success. Boba Fett and Mulan scored lots of candy and kept the neighborhood safe from the rebel squirrels. 

  • Now it's November and we have to move onto bigger things like cleaning up the yard. When you live in a placed called the City of Trees, you are probably going to rake up some leaves.  We also live in a house with two young children who would rather make big leaf piles so they can play in them. But they have also seen Frizzle pee on the big leaf piles and are dealing with a dilemma. What will Kyle and Hayden do? Tune in next for the exciting conclusion of "On the Edge of Innocence: Dealing with Dirty Leaves." I need to quit watching Lifetime movies.

  • I couldn't pick just one so I have two GIFs for you this week:

Well, that's all for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon. 

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Kyle the Artist? Chef? Hairdresser?

  • Kyle has added art to his interests and doesn't hurt when you win a 1st and 2nd-place ribbon at school. This has to come from Mrs. Shife's side of the family because I have a hard time drawing a stick figure. Or you can just go to this old blog post to see my artistic talent.  I definitely don't know the definition of talent. But, as biased as I might be, Kyle does appear to have some. What do you think?

  • Kyle also still enjoys being in the kitchen. Here are the cupcakes he helped make for his school's Halloween party. 

  • What's that? One more item about Kyle. OK, if you insist. Well when he's not busy in the kitchen or creating his works of art, Kyle likes to help out Hayden with her hair. In the GIF below, he has Hayden sitting back in the chair with a towel over her face while he gets her hair wet and combs it for her. He's a good kid. And they have their moments but they really, really do love each other a lot. 

  • Any guesses on what Hayden might want for Christmas? 

  • We were thinking about a good Halloween costume for Ms. Frizzle and it dawned on me that she should be a school bus. I mean she's yellow and her name is Ms. Frizzle. And here's a link if you don't remember what the name Ms. Frizzle means. 

  • Well that's is all for this week, folks. Have a good one, thanks for stopping by, and talk soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - I Love AT&T

  • After more than a year, I have finally resolved my billing dispute with AT&T.
    Self-high five.
    I am being conservative with my estimate but I have spent at least 30,000 hours on the phone with them since last September. OK, maybe 30 or so hours. Here's the link if you want to read about me first complaining about their customer service. It's time to celebrate... 
  • The Shifley family got our flu shots last weekend and Kyle and Hayden were less than pleased with the experience. They have been fine with the shots in the past but this year was a big deal. Kyle even decided to leave his stuffed animal in the car because he didn't want Pinkie Pie to see "the horror." The kids made a lot of faces like the girl below and if you want a good laugh, click on the picture and watch her freak out getting her a flu shot.
  • When they weren't busy threatening to sing Justin Bieber songs if they got a flu shot, Kyle and Hayden actually had fun at their first race. They both had to run a half-mile at their future high school. 

  • We went back to Cabela's on Frizzle's anniversary just to see if the people we bought her from were around. We almost came home with another puppy. I said almost. Good thing I hadn't started drinking yet.

  • My GIF to you: 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, and I will talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Halloween Is In The Air

  • Halloween is almost here and the kids have finally decided on their costumes. Hayden will be Mulan and Kyle is going to be Boba Fett. Ms. Frizzle is still undecided but she's leaning towards Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz." Maybe she and I can be twins.
  • I'm still in mourning about the U.S. Men's National Team losing to Trinidad and Tobago and not qualifying for 2018 World Cup. That is definitely a sentence I never thought I would have to type. 
  • Kyle and I were pretty excited to see the new "Star Wars" trailer. Kyle was not excited to learn he still has to wait more than two months to see it. He's really going to be bummed when I tell him he has to pay for my ticket. Ha!
  • Happy Friday the 13th. Are you feeling superstitious today? 

  • If you need to check and make sure your tear ducts still work then you should watch this video of an 11-year-old girl getting the news that she's being adopted. 
  • Or you can just watch "This is Us" on NBC. Man, even the commercials they run during this show get to me. 

  • Corny joke of the day: Why did the Clydesdale give the pony a glass of water? Because he was a little horse.
  • Corny joke of the day #2: A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer, the bartender says "Sorry, we don't serve food here."
  • My GIF to you:

Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Ms. Frizzle

From this:

To this:

We have had the Frizz for a year now.
I think we made a good choice.
Kyle and Hayden think she's #1.

Me and Mrs. Shife are fond of her as well. 
If you click on the image below of Frizzy Poo you will go to a movie that highlights the Frizz's first year of being a Shifley. Or you can click here.

Well, that's all for today. Mrs. Shife thought it would be fun to go to a work conference for three days and leave me along with the kiddos. I am currently at an indoor trampoline park with about 100 of our newest friends and it smells like feet, blown out diapers, and lots of lots of tears. Enjoy your weekend and I will talk to you soon. Thanks for stopping by.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - My Bronie

  • Irrational fear #12,456 - Kyle will turn into a bronie. He has been on a "My Little Pony" cartoon marathon with Hayden recently and I have been wondering if he might grow up to be an adult fan of the show. I don't have to worry about what college he might go to when I have more pressing matters like this on my mind. Actually, I don't why I should worry at all. The bronies seem like really normal, down to earth kind of folks. 
  • Are you surprised I only have 12,456 irrational fears? It was up to 12,457 but I got over my fear of being pursued by wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor this week.
  • It's one of Mrs. Shife's favorite times of the year: the end of softball season. I have been playing roughly for 18 years here in Boise. I know my softball addiction drives her nuts but I am grateful that she lets me play as much I do. 
  • The baseball season mercifully came to an end for me this week. The Cardinals got eliminated from the playoffs by their bitter rivals, the Cubs. The way this year has gone for them it only seems appropriate. Only 138 days until spring training.
  • Is anyone else ready for October? Hard to believe September is just about over.
  • This picture made me laugh.
  • My GIF to you:

  • Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon and have a good week.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.