Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yep I am a moron

After more than a few drunken nights in my lifetime you would figure I have learned my lesson but nope. I was attacked by beers once again last night. I fought them off as hard as I could but eventually I succumbed to their will. I know better and there was no reason for it but I was out with a buddy until 2 in the morning and I am paying for it today. So the too many beers combined with my just completed viewing of the "Jersey Shore" premiere means I have really thinned the brain cell herd. I am just going to take it easy the rest of the weekend. Maybe rent a bear suit. Most likely a grizzly outfit because if you are going to be a bear then you better be a grizzly. Then I will just go around hugging people and then tell them they just got the greatest bear hug ever. Have yourself a very merry weekend.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for all the kind words and support about my anxiety and depression post. I appreciate it very much.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I Just Blue Myself

"If you spend your whole life worrying then your life only has meaning if what you fear becomes real."

I am not sure where I heard that quote or who said it but I wrote it down because it spoke to me because I do a lot of future worrying and get worked up over stuff that may or may not become a reality. I have spent the last 5 years or so coming to the realization that I have some mild anxiety and depression issues that are impacting my life.
Looking back through my teen years and beyond I can clearly see that they have always been there but I thought I was just moody and a grouchy butthole every now and then. So after realizing that the anxiety was now turning into panic attacks and I could not shake the depression like I used to I sought medical help.

I have taken meds like Xanax, Wellbutrin, Diazepam (not at the same time of course because that would be crazy) to help balance me out. I always expected the meds to magically transform me into Mr. Happy who can shoot sunshine out of my rear but alas that was not the case.

After a while I would go off the meds because of arrogance and ignorance, and I would be fine for a nice chunk of time but eventually the blue moods along with anxiety would return and leave me feeling not quite right. I know, I know just stay on the meds but I would tell myself that I am fine and I don't need the pills anymore so I quit taking them. Well I went off the meds again about 8 months ago and the cycle again repeated itself. Part of me doesn't want to admit that I need medicine, part of me doesn't like being on medicine, but then part of me realized I was being a selfish doucher because my moods this time were effecting more than just me. My funkiness was hurting my relationship with Mrs. Shife, Baby Shife, and all my friends and family.

After I peeled away the 7 levels of stubbornness, I realized it is better to be on meds than to be a miserable old man. I know anxiety, worrying, and bad moods are a part of everyone's life but sometimes my brain can't process them very well and I feel overwhelmed. If I a pill every now and then can balance that out and let me focus on other things like enjoying life with my family and friends then pride be damned and so be it.

I would prefer to not take anything to feel somewhat normal but the fact is I am just not wired that way and I need help. Plus the little angel below deserves to have his Dad be the best Dad he can be for him.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Random Acts of Shifeness

  • All is well with the Tankster. We have had him now for about 10 days and so far so good. He has a few habits that we need to correct like chasing cars down our street but other than that he has been awesome and we love having him in our home.
  • In my never ending quest to rank high on ridiculous keywords like Operation Dwarfshank Redemption, I must make my annual mention of an ambushed paddington. I might have mentioned it this year but I can't really recall since I am losing my mind and I am too lazy to search my own blog. If you are new to my blog and never heard of an ambushed paddington ... well I don't want to ruin your surprise. Definitely search for ambushed paddington at home and you will definitely look at your teddy bears in a different light.
  • And now "Things You Didn't Need to Know About Shife" for $200: I have only worn 5 or 6 underwear in the past 15 months. Sounds bad, right? Well I do a lot of laundry each week since Baby Shife goes through more outfits than Elton John at a Las Vegas concert so I end up throwing my clothes in there as well to have a full load. He-he ... I said full load. So a lot of my panties have not seen the light of day because I always put the clean ones on top and that is how I am rolling these days.
  • How about "Things You Didn't Need to Know About Shife" for $400: I am getting excited that the season 2 premiere of "Jersey Shore" is on July 29. Yes I know I need pharmaceutical help.
  • Finally the age-old question has been solved it looks like the chicken came before the egg. Now if they can just tell me why he crossed the damn road.
Have a good one. Talk to you soon, and here is a photo of my little baby boy who I love more and more every day.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Say Hello

to our new furry friend. However I must warn you that the cuteness of the picture might cause your computer to meltdown. The Shifley family is proud to welcome Tank to the blogosphere. We had a few names picked out for him but he was called Tank and we really liked it so he is going to be Tank. Operation Dwarfshank Redemption was a success and so far so good. Tankers is 19-months-old so the house is going to be a little crazy with him and a baby boy running wild in the house. There will definitely be a few toddler circuses in the days ahead but me and Mrs. Shife are looking forward to it. That is all for now as I just took some Nyquil so I will be chasing the dragon soon. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Operation Dwarfshank Redemption


is under way. Well what is about to get going on really has nothing do with a Dwarfshank Redemption but I just wanted to be the first in blogger history to actually have a post titled Operation Dwarfshank Redemption. I heard this on Chris Hardwick's podcast "The Nerdist" and found myself quite amused that the awesome movie "The Shawshank Redemption" would be recreated with dwarves only. And I have been thinking about dwarves a lot because I am heading down this weekend to find our new furry friend. Yay!!! Rumor is that bassets were bred with dwarf genes back in the day and that is why they have their distinctive look. Have a great holiday weekend with your family and friends, and I look forward to introducing you to my new basset hound when we speak again. Take care, and remember people will accept your idea more readily if you tell them that Abraham Lincoln said it first.