Friday, June 30, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Who Am I?

  • I had a bit of personality disorder last week. Someone at work - who has known me since I started my new job about 9 months ago - called me Todd. Never been called that before. I haven't seen the guy since I was his new best friend "Todd" so it will be interesting to see what he calls me next time. 
  • The Todd incident was followed up by someone telling me that I looked like Ben Kingsley.


  • This is also a first. And I think I know why.
    Maybe because I don't look anything like the dude.
    But I'm an idiot so I could be wrong.
  • Perhaps I need to wear a hat to work to help with any confusion.
  • At least she knows who I am. 


  • But only because I wear this hat.
  • If you do celebrate it, I hope you and yours have a wonderful 4th of July. I'm looking forward to it as we usually spend it with family and I usually need it because this is the time of year that my Mom passed away. Hard to believe it has been almost 9 years now. Life moves pretty fast.
  • Take care, thanks for stopping by and I will talk to you soon.




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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Father's Day 2017 Recap

We spent the afternoon at a place called Quinn's Pond seeing if SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) was fun and determining if the Frizz was a water dog. The answers were yes to both of those questions. But if you don't believe me, I think the pictures below will prove it without a doubt.

Kyle taking Hayden on a tour of the pond. They came back about an hour later.
It was safe to say that they loved cruising around the water.

The guy in the canoe totally left early. 

Hayden took over the captain duties. I sometimes forget that she's only 5.

They both took to the water like a couple of old pros.

Speaking of taking to the water, Ms. Frizzle seemed OK with it. 

We played fetch in the water for about 90 minutes. 

Kyle and Frizzle working on their synchronized swimming routine. 

When the paddleboard wasn't being commandeered by the kid pirates,
Mrs. Shife got to enjoy some time on the water too. 


It was pretty good Father's Day. I am a lucky guy. 
Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.




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


Friday, June 16, 2017

Are You There God? It's Me, Mr. Shife

Never underestimate the power of prayer.
I’m not a religious person but I am spiritual.
Too many things have happened to me – especially after my Mom passed away – that has led me to believe there’s definitely something “out there.” Not sure what that might be but I am definitely more open-minded about it.
I bring up the power of prayer because when we took the kids fishing last weekend, and they were giving away prizes at the event we attended because it was free fishing day in Idaho.


There were maybe 22 kids there and 20 prizes.
I was concerned that Kyle and Hayden might get the Mr. Shife jinx.
I have never had much luck winning any prizes and it was never more evident when I attended a watch party for a college football game with my friends a few years ago.
They were giving away all kinds of cool stuff.
There was probably 41 people at the party and they had 40 prizes.
Someone was going to go home without a prize.
Any guesses on who didn’t win anything?
It was so bad that my friend’s brother-in-law showed up at the last minute, dropped his name into the raffle, and won. And the dude could give two squirrel nut-laden turds about football let alone the team we were there supporting.
No, I don’t hold on to the past at all.
Why do you ask?
But enough of my issues.
Back to last weekend.
As the Fish & Game officials were pulling out the winners, the memories of me not winning came rushing back especially after some kid entered his name at the last minute and got his ticket pulled.
My heart was starting to ache for my kiddos as they looked at me and Mrs. Shife with brave faces but you could also see the concern mounting.


Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I looked skyward and uttered the following words out loud: “Dear Lord Jesus wearing a tuxedo t-shirt, please let my kids win a prize.”
A few minutes later, Kyle got his name drawn.
I looked skyward and uttered the following words out loud: “Thank you, Lord Jesus wearing a tuxedo t-shirt.”
More names were drawn and then the Fish & Game official said “last prize” and Hayden looked back at me forcing a courageous smile but definitely worried her name wasn’t going to be called.
More heartache.
The official pulls out the entry and says “Payton.”
Oh, the horror.
The name even sounded like hers.
I’m kidding.
They pulled her name and me and Mrs. Shife breathed some sweet relief that both of the kids won a prize.
Kyle, later on, told us that when he heard the guy say that it was the last prize that he closed his eyes and said quietly to himself: “Please, please, please let Hayden win a prize.”
Nice try, kid.
We all know who did the heavy lifting on this one. 



Ooops. Wrong Jesus.



There we go.


Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.






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





Friday, June 09, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Suck it, Sports

  • My support of summer sports sucks straightaway. But I got alliteration going for me so that's nice. The two sports I follow the most in summer - soccer and baseball - aren't must-see TV for me right now. My soccer team, RSL, just got throttled in their last two games losing by a combined score of 11-3. They are really close to circling the drain and being the last place team in the league. My baseball team, STL, is mired in a 7-game losing streak and making me consider listening to Nickelback, drinking orange juice after brushing my teeth, and watching YouTube videos of prostate exams because that would be more fun than watching the Cardinals play. The madness must end soon or I might never be the same.
  • Did you ever watch "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"? Quick recap: A painful breakup leads a couple to have a procedure that erases each other from their memories. And I bring this up because I would like to erase the experience of watching the Netflix series "Bloodline" from my head. I don't want to ruin it for anyone that might still be watching it but I was less-than-satisfied with how they wrapped it up. 
  • We are taking the kids fishing tomorrow and got them all of their equipment the other day. It should be an interesting day. And by interesting I mean I might be quoting my favorite character, Gob, from the TV show "Arrested Development" a lot. 
  • Ms. Frizzle is on notice with Mrs. Shife. She ate one of her favorite shoes.
  • Frizz is working on her apology right now ... I hope.

  • Well, this update has just been full of awesomeness I suppose I should try and end on a positive note. Ummmmm, here's a good one:



Thanks for stopping by. Take care and talk to you soon.





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










Friday, June 02, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - School's Out For Summer

  • Kyle's last day of school is today and he's actually pretty sad about it. He made a couple of good friends this year and he's going to miss them. Especially a young lady that he thinks is pretty awesome. Hopefully, we can get him a few play dates this summer.
  • Somebody is ready for summer. 
  • I had to enable comment moderation because some delta bravo named "Blogger" keeps leaving stupid comments. I have reported it as spam but he or she is still getting through.
  • How was your Memorial Day? We had a nice weekend as we spent a few days in Utah to play in the water and check out a soccer game. As you can see below, the kiddos were pretty happy about being on vacation.


  • And Hayden celebrated the "unofficial" beginning of summer by losing her first tooth. 




Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.


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