The Things I Thought This Week

  • I'm a lucky dude.
    I met the beautiful, talented, amazing, generous, gracious, caring, and compassionate Mrs. Shife almost 20 years ago. It was shortly after her birthday two decades ago that we crossed paths and look what happened. Happy birthday to my lovely wife.

    "I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now,
    and yet I know I will tomorrow."

  • Daylight Savings Time.
    It's just the universe giving parents a giant middle finger. It's so awesome telling your kids it's time for a bed while the sun is still shining said no parent ever.  
  • Brad Paisley and the song “Ticks.”
    Are you familiar with this song? Brad Paisley is one of my favorite country artists but this song is just redonkulous. You have to be a special kind of person that gets all sappy when you hear a line like "I'd like to check you for ticks." I wonder if singers make bets with other singers like "Wanna bet that I can't write a #1 song about bloodsucking bugs?"  
  • Why does this drive me crazy?
    Someone is selling a used copy of my book on Amazon. Someone that had me sign it. I shouldn't care but I do and I want to buy it to know who sold it. Am I crazy? 
  • Why have I not been told that unicorn farts are available online?
    I have been just a click away from spreading humor because it's a scientific fact that farts in a bag are funny. 
  • Why did I get a yellow lab puppy?
    This thought was initiated once again by a series of events that included her eating a third tube of toothpaste, a second set of bicycle helmets, and my lunch in the span of 48 hours. Then I remembered that she's pretty adorable and the kids seem to like her.

  • I wonder if the flux capacitor is broken?
    It's not every day that you see a DeLorean. I wonder if they were sent back in time to fix some recent mistakes that people might have made. Hmmmm, if I could only think of a big mistake that people made recently? Everything things to be running smoothly. There don't seem to be any big problems trumping other stuff so I guess we are good. 

  • Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.

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


  1. Happy, happy, happy birthday to Mrs.S or niece number
    three :-)
    I swear I've never heard of a Lab eat so much. I've got
    to think she has a fairly high IQ. Or spectacularly low
    one... The girls are coming back for spring break and they
    say they are going to give Abby and Tar IQ tests. I'll let
    you know how it works out.

  2. Someone selling your book? Sounds like it was well read and used, but it takes some balls to sell a book that was signed. PS, it's not me :)

  3. Such a beautiful family photo. Our son would turn inside out over that DeLorean.

  4. holy jumpin! is miss frizzle trying to eat kyle?

    ruby ate everything and the only thing that stopped her was putting her in a crate when she was left alone. maybe you can build one of those little outdoor storage sheds in your basement.

  5. Labradors are totally worth the first three years of crazy! I promise!

  6. Happy Birthday to the Mrs. Your day sound like it was full of blessing.
    Coffee is on

  7. Happy Birthday to Mrs Shife.
    Ever tried feeding Miss Frazzle ... heehee. The minute you get fed up with her let me know and I'll arrange transportation to my house.
    It's not me, honest! I just checked and your book is still on the shelf... as if I would do such a thing as sell it! In fact, I think it's time I re-read it.
    Have a great weekend, Matt.

  8. Those were some wide-ranging thoughts, for sure. Happy Birthday to Mrs. S! And if your book was well-loved and reread maybe the owner just had to downsize and made some tough choices. At least they loved it while they had it!

  9. I know I've said it before, but I think that the lucky feeling we have about who we're married to can be an understatement sometimes.


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