Random Acts of Shifeness

  • Obscure Reference #1: 30 Helens agree: Sleep is awesome. I will go into more details further down the page but when you don't get a lot of sleep you realize how amazing a good night's sleep really is for you. And if you get the reference about the 30 Helens, I just gave you a mental high five. 
  • Obscure Reference #2: I was informed earlier this week that 12/12/12 will be the last repetitive date that we will ever see. Then I remembered I was a Highlander so it is all cool. If you get both of my references, we are Internet soul mates and must exchange beef stew recipes. 
  • 1554: Nope, not my SAT score but a new beer I tried on accident and it turned out to be a great surprise because I loved it. 
  • Parenting Tip: I have heard a lot of advice from people since I became a Dad, but I think the one that is most applicable to to me is: "Take it One Day at A Time." Somedays are awesome, somedays suck, and that is how it goes, but if you do your best, it should turn out pretty darn good in the long run. 
  • Ruff Week: Yes I meant ruff. It will make sense shortly. The reason I said sleep was awesome is because Tank Tank has gotten me up two nights this week because he was not feeling well. First, Wednesday he was up all night pacing and very anxious so I laid down with him in the living room but that only worked out in like 15-minute increments. The next day - Thursday - I took him to the vet to see what was up because he was still acting like he snorted some coke off a midget's behind. The diagnosis was that he had an ear infection and was constipated. Good times. He got some pills and they worked their magic almost immediately. Unfortunately, they only have a 12-hour life cycle so Tank was feeling weird again at about 4 in the morning so I had to get up to give him more meds and calm him down again. Anyway, after 2 nights of no sleep, Tank is feeling better. I hope I feel better after getting some sleep.  
  • Busted: Kyle found our stash of Christmas presents. He came running out of our room all excited saying Santa Claus had already come by and dropped off his presents. I was not at home when this happened but Mrs. Shife was able to divert him with enough shiny objects to lead him to believe that the presents were not for him but I have a feeling that this is not the last we have heard of this. 
  • Favorite Quote of the Week:  As long as you're still breathing, you will always have the chance to improve your life. Every day is a new opportunity to do exactly that. It's your choice. - Bob Proctor

  • Me and my little dude. 

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


    1. We had a similar Santa incident.
      Oh, the sorrow.

    2. How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb? It's an obscure number you've probably never heard of ;-)

      Have a good weekend Super Shife!

    3. Yes sleep is awesome but I don't know who all those Helens are.

      Poor Tank; hurting at both ends. Are ear infections common for long eared friends?

      Too funny about Kyle finding your stash. Our daughter found ours after she knew the non existance of the big guy. Our bed was at an angle and they were behind the headboard. She was kind of bouncing on the bed when I was in there and she looked over the headboard and saw them. Big eyes for sure!

    4. I'm still trying to get my dad to give up his beef stew recipe. So far, no go.

      I'll let you know when and if it happens.

      Happy weekend, Shifes! Hope there is a lot of sleep involved.

    5. Man, that is a wonderful pic. I found a Santa stash when I was about 4. I totally bought that Santa had to leave it there for some reason, which I can no longer remember.
      Have a good one my friend.

    6. The Santa part of this cracks me up. Hope the dog is better, and you get some sleep. Sad to say I only got half of the reference but you already confirmed we're net BFF's

    7. I think you should be a vet for a living. "Hmmm. Has your dog been around any cocaine and midgets' bare asses?"

      Laughed my ass off there.

      And only got the Highlander reference, clueless on the other one.

    8. I didn't get any of the references ... dumb cluck that I am.

      Do you mix greens in with
      Tank's food? Shreds of raw cabbage was the vet's recommendation when my dog had similar problems. He was so greedy he didn't notice any difference in his food.

      Love the photo of you and Kyle, you both have identical smiles.

    9. I too like 1554. I wouldn't be my everyday beer from New Belgium Brewing, but is very much a nice change of pace.

    10. finding presents before xmas brings back a lot of memories. in my youth it was my mission to find gifts before xmas.

      the best advice i received on being a parent was, it's your responsibility to provide your children with nutritious food, it's not your responsibility to force them to eat it.

    11. You are right. You haven't heard the last about the presents he found.
      Nice photo of you both.
      Hope Tank stays well. Get some sleep mate.

    12. Ha!!!

      I get every single one of your references.

    13. Colin almost found out today that 'Santa' shops at Toys R' Us with Mommy. He burst into the room where she was showing me what she got.
      By the way, the book should definitely include some of these parenting observations.


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