Friday, October 30, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness: The All Hallow's Eve Edition

  • This time last year I had just celebrated the release of my book. I can't believe it has already been a year, but it has. Time has a funny way of always moving forward. So what are my thoughts a year later? Definitely more up and downs. As of right now, more than 3,000 copies of my book have been downloaded - and downloaded includes folks buying the paperback version - so that's pretty awesome. When I first talked about it with Mrs. Shife, I told her 500 would be a pretty neat number so I am blown away that we made it to where we are. So a big thank you to each and everyone of you who has helped make one of lifelong dreams a reality. 
  • It's crazy how an overlooked decision can feel so liberating. I apologize in advance for being cryptic - trust me everything is OK - but I felt like I was trapped in a situation then I flipped the script to see a different scenario and voila! It was like a fat, flatuent elephant had been lifted off my chest. 
  • If you could time travel, would you go forward or backward? I'm torn but I think I would go backward. 
  • Mrs. Shife made pumpkin cookies with the kids last night. She let them each have a 1/2 of cookie before they went to bed so that they could try them out and tell her how they tasted ... Hayden said, "Hmmm, yum. They are good, but they taste better when they are chocolate."  Looks like we got a chocoholic. 
  • Here's an image someone shared on Facebook that I really enjoyed:

  • Well that's all for today. Hope to share some Halloween pictures next week. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

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


Friday, October 23, 2015

Introducing ...

... Hayden the Princess Mermaid.
We are off to our first Halloween party of the year, and Little Miss Hayden is going to tell you all about it.
If something gets lost in translation, let me know as I speak pretty good 3 1/2 almost 4-year-old.







Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.




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


Friday, October 16, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness: It's on Like Donkey Kong

  • Well this is embarrassing. I just learned that the "Donkey Game" video game doesn't feature a donkey. I guess the game, which was imported from Japan, was supposed to be called "Monkey Game" but something got lost in translation and Monkey sounded like Donkey when the big wigs were having their conference call. You can teach an old dog new tricks. 
  • Mrs. Shife and I took the kiddos to a new park last weekend and it had a zip line. I will let you decide if Hayden thought it was a blast
  • My favorite quote of the week: He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus
  • My favorite thing of the week: Listening to Hayden explain to the carpet cleaners that even though she's a girl she can still be a king.
  • My least favorite thing of the week: The Cardinals eliminated by the Cubs in the playoffs. 
  • I found this picture amusing because I think some people read too much into words or movies and try to make it more than it actually might be. Or maybe it's just me. 

  • I was getting a lot of spam comments so I had to turn on the word verification thingy - yes I do believe that's the technical name for it - and if you have any issues with it, please let me know. 
  • Thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend.


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


Friday, October 09, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness the Squirrel 911 Version


  • Tank Tank can cross "Catch a Squirrel" off his bucket list. Mister Basset found a baby squirrel to play with in the back yard this week. I got out there in time to hopefully save the little tree-dwelling rodent. I transported the squirrel to the vet and when he becomes a famous water-skiing squirrel he better remember the dude that saved his life. 


  • In case you were wondering - and I know you were - what else is on Tank's bucket list, well here it is: Lead sled dog in Iditarod, make out with the black lab down the block, eat cheese until he explodes, never take a bath again, ride in a convertible and unlimited belly rubs. 
  • Mrs. Shife and I had the opportunity to see "A River Runs Through It" in the theaters again last night, and it was awesome. A local theater plays classic movies about once a month, and it's just another reason why we love living in Boise freakin' Idaho. It had been a long time since I saw "A River Runs Through It" and it's still one of my favorites. Beautiful, tragic, inspiring and powerful. I definitely sobbed a lot more watching it this time.
  • Hayden Belle is enjoying pre-school quite a lot and here's a picture of her from a recent field trip to the pumpkin patch. 
  • Another softball season has come to a close for Mr. Shife, and this is the first year in a long time that I wasn't quite ready for it to end. Maybe it has something do with the weather as it has been incredibly nice (it's supposed to be 88 and sunny tomorrow) or maybe it's because I was only playing on one team. Whatever the case I am looking forward to another year of softball in 2016. 
  • Well that's all for this week. Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Take care my friends and talk to you soon. 





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

Friday, October 02, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness: Butt of Jokes

  • You know it's going to be an interesting day when you are at the doctor's office, bent over an exam table with your shorts around your ankles and the doctor asks for a ruler. 
  • What the what? 
  • I thought I wrote about this but I think the incident predated my blog. I have a lipoma on my derriere. At the bottom of the butt crack. Not painting a good enough picture for you? Well here's a terrible artist rendering of the lipoma on my bottom:
  • I think I might have taken some liberties with the word artist. 
  • I also think that looks more like an aerial view of cleavage or a sideways 3 more than a butt. 
  • I call the lipoma "Fatty Arbuckle" because a lipoma is a fat deposit and Fatty Arbuckle sounded like an excellent name for my unwanted friend. 
  • The lipoma was removed about 10 years ago but it has come back with a vengeance, and that's why the doctor wanted the ruler because Fatty Arbuckle is a big boy. 
  • I was hoping I could live with Fatty Arbuckle but he has gotten to be so large that it's affecting stuff like my running as it's rubbing against my other cheek. I am not going to give you another terrible rendering so you will have to use your imagination on that one. 
  • Oh wow. I can feel all of the love as a lot of you are thinking about my butt. 
  • OK that is enough talk of my ass. 
  • Well that's all for this week, folks. Have a good weekend.


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