Friday, November 17, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Kids Do Say the Darnedest Things

  • A much better week as far as stress goes and thank you for the nice words. But that doesn't mean it was dull around the Shifley household. A few gems out of the mouth of the kids highlighted the week. 
  • First, Hayden looking at Mrs. Shife's box of feminine hygiene products and asking me if the new markers were for her. Based on the image below, I can see how a 5-year-old can make that assumption. Maybe Kotex needs to expand their business model. 
  • Then Kyle saw me and Mrs. Shife giving each other a hug and he asked if we are going to have the sex. Not just sex, but 'the sex.' If I had a beverage in my mouth, I would have done a spit take. Not exactly what I was expecting to hear from my 8-year-old. I wanted to tell him that mommy and daddy are always tired so 'the sex' never happens but thought that was a lesson he can learn when he has children of his own.
  • Besides keeping me on my toes with their questions and observations, they are pretty awesome. Here are their school pictures:

  • In the past, Kyle has looked like death warmed over or a squirrel rave had just ended in his hair so we were pleasantly surprised when we got the pics this year.  
  • Frizzle posed recently as well. She wanted me to see what she would look like as a chocolate lab. The dog loves the mud and water. If there's a puddle of water outside she's going to find out. 

  • And my GIF to you: 

  • Well, that's all for this week, folks. Thanks for stopping by, talk to you soon, enjoy your weekend and I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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

Friday, November 10, 2017


I don't think I'm alone when I get excited because our dear friend Friday has shown up to let us know that the weekend is here.

I am especially happy to see Friday this week because it has definitely been a week.
  • Mrs. Shife's sister's basement flooded while they were on vacation in Mexico. We were taking care of their house while they were gone.
  • The battery died in one of our cars.
  • The end of daylight savings and beginning of the darkness.
  • My dad had to start chemo treatment again for his Wegener's.
  • Mrs. Shife has a new work schedule so I have to help get the kids off to school twice a week. And just to see if I was really on top of my game, I also had to get my two nieces off to school on one of those days.
  • Planning for the holidays.
  • Planning for Hayden's birthday.
  • Ms. Frizzle got hurt and we had to take her to the vet.
  • I had a dermatology appointment, which always makes me nervous because I have a lot of moles and have had several removed in the past because the doc wanted to be on the safe side. 
  • I had a job interview.
  • I also had 16 hours of Agile training. If you don't know want Agile is then consider yourself lucky. And if you need a cure for insomnia then look up and read all about the Agile manifesto. 
  • Mrs. Shife is getting sick and she's trying to share it with me.
  • Mrs. Shife is leaving me this weekend to spend a weekend with her friends having pillow fights, drinking wine, and eating chocolate. 
  • I got hired by my gym to be a locker room sketch artist and my only clients are old, fat men who insist that they must be naked for their drawings. 
  • Not really. Just seeing if you made it this far. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend and talk to you soon.

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

Friday, November 03, 2017

Random Acts of Shifeness - Bassetless in Boise

  • It has been a year now since we had to give up Tank. I never thought I would go a year without a basset but Ms. Frizzle is doing her best to distract me. Her latest trick is sleeping like this:

  • And I am probably going to get in trouble with Mrs. Shife for showing off our TV room with piles of folded laundry everywhere. Well, at least it's folded, right?
  • Halloween was a success. Boba Fett and Mulan scored lots of candy and kept the neighborhood safe from the rebel squirrels. 

  • Now it's November and we have to move onto bigger things like cleaning up the yard. When you live in a placed called the City of Trees, you are probably going to rake up some leaves.  We also live in a house with two young children who would rather make big leaf piles so they can play in them. But they have also seen Frizzle pee on the big leaf piles and are dealing with a dilemma. What will Kyle and Hayden do? Tune in next for the exciting conclusion of "On the Edge of Innocence: Dealing with Dirty Leaves." I need to quit watching Lifetime movies.

  • I couldn't pick just one so I have two GIFs for you this week:

Well, that's all for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon. 

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