How About That

The cursor has been taunting me for the past 7 days.
Just sitting there on my screen.
Blinking at me.
Or maybe the cursor is flashing me like a perv in a trenchcoat.
Is it blinking or flashing?
Anyway the blinking or flashing cursor seems like it's just waiting for me to write something substantial. Trust me I'm trying.
All the stuff I think I should write about just feels like there isn't enough that's worth an entire blog post or maybe my motivation isn't there to develop it.
In no particular order, this is what I have thought about writing this week:
  • How Kyle's was almost named Larry (If only the Cardinals won the Super Bowl in 2009)
  • How he got to hear the origins of his nickname Bunga (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • How I'm having an identity crisis with my hair (I shaved it all off)
  • How I reacted when I got my book cover design ideas back from the artist (Disappointed but after talking to someone much smarter than me I'm feeling much better about it)
  • How I wanted to integrate "I finally was able to score some military-grade LSD" into my latest blog post (Thought it was a funny expression)
  • How exhausted I'm feeling after taking care of the kids, Tank, the house, and my freelance work every day (Schedule changes at the Shifley household have been a little difficult for me and Mrs. Shife)
  • How some of my favorite shows feature leading men that do some extremely horrible things (Dexter Morgan from Dexter, Walter White from Breaking Bad, Jax from Sons of Anarchy, Cullen Bohannon from Hell on Wheels)
  • How I hope we don't go to war with Syria (Only the dead have seen the end of war – Plato)
  • How emotionally gut-wrenching it was working at a newspaper during the 9/11 attacks (Working 16-hour days trying to keep it together while putting together a newspaper about events that changed the world we live in forever and then going home to bawl my eyes out because it was so hard processing all of the horror that happened that day)
  • How I don't need an update ever, ever again on what Miley Cyrus is or isn't wearing (the media feeds her ego and she can't live without it)
So is there any topic you would like me to expand upon? 
Have yourself a very merry weekend, and here is a photo of my two kiddos. Kyle and Hayden were not quite on the same page when I told them to smile. 

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


  1. I was grateful that I left television news about 10 months prior to that. Part of the reason I left was that everything was negative.

  2. matt,
    your book is YOUR book, not "someone who is much smarter than i am"s!!
    for heaven's sake, get a cover you love, you will most likely only write one book ever, make it exactly what you want.

    also, i would be interested to hear what you have to say about 9-11

    finally, parenting is exhausting and at the age yours are, particularly constant. make your life easier every way you can and hang in there because it gets easier (and harder but still easier)


  3. In my opinion you're doing great. Hiccups are to be expected in the day to day scheme of things but just think of the rewards at the end of the day.

    I agree with Kylie about the book... do it your way. You're the boss.

    And I agree with you about Syria. I'm thankful that our government decided against not to go there.

  4. Great quote and sadly, too true.
    Humans seem to just love to go to war. And why? I will never understand that one.

  5. excellent photos of your little angels.

    love the plato quote. i hope to remember it.

  6. Even though you are exhausted at the end of the day, you probably still wouldn't trade it for having them in daycare. Our eldest son, wife and 2 kids just moved back to town. She is lucky enough to work from home now but they are still putting both kids in daycare. Maybe it was necessary for her to get her work done but I found it odd.

  7. just think about poor old walter sobchak fasting since yesterday morning.

  8. I think the cursor was actually winking at you, trying to entice some action.

    We have the same favorite TV shows and characters. I have wondered myself if that speaks poorly of me. Not that we both like them, but that they do bad things. Ha.

    I can only try to imagine how awful it would have been to have to report those events. Yikes.

    I would like you to write about people crashing shopping carts into cars.

  9. I started to list all the comments that I agree with, but too numerous, they said it all.

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  11. You are smarter than you give yourself credit Kylie is right. Stop saying you are not smart or I'll have to kick your ass.


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