Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Big Changes

Do I even still have a blog?
You were probably wondering. Well, I should be able to update it a little more often now that my schedule doesn't include only working and sleeping!
Just wanted to update everyone (all 3 or so of you) on the changes going on with Shanda, Jett and myself.
Shanda left her job last Thursday, while I left the next day. No worries. We weren't both just storming out...although we had felt like it for a while.
Shanda started graduate school Tuesday at UNCC (online for now). She's going to be a school counselor when she grows up....if they don't eliminate that! It's something Shanda's wanted to do for a while and I'm so proud of her for going back.
And I start a new job at the Lake Norman Citizen Thursday. It's a new paper in the Huntersville area that will be somewhat similar to the Herald, where I worked for four years prior to the Lenoir duty. I've been named sports editor for the weekly publication and will cover North Meck and Hopewell highs again.
It's a better situation across the board....better hours, closer to home, better pay, more schedule flexibility, all that. It was really a no-brainer to jump. Can you say no more 44-mile commute? I loathe 321 North at this point!
I've felt like a new person this week. I've been trying to change my schedule and it's going well. No more 3AM bedtime, waking up with Jett at 6:30 and going back to bed (that sucked, but it was all I could do). Now, it's more like midnight and get up at 7. It's so much better. And no more late-night drives. Thank the Lord, in two years of crazy hours and long commutes, no incidents!
I've had 5 days off in between to recharge, refocus and try to adjust.
Saturday, I did a bunch of yard work (was happy to do it) and we went to Patterson Farm in China Grove with Shanda's parents. Jett had a blast and it was great for all of us, too. Sunday, we went to church (first time I wasn't fighting fatigue in a while) and to the parents' house for lunch, then back home to do a ton of chores, etc., that had been neglected and couldn't be any more.
Monday, we went to Kings Mountain Battlefield in the edge of SC, near the NC town of the same name. It was a good getaway. We walked the 1.5 mile trail, with Jett sometimes riding in the stroller and sometimes running. It was good. I have to say, I was really proud when he was carrying the National Park Service pamphlet. My little historian! It's not really that far away and since it's a National Park, it's all free.
Tuesday and Wednesday have been about staying home, chasing Jett and letting Shanda start class. Oh, and more things like getting my truck serviced and taking Slider to the vet.
Honestly, this job change came at a great time. I don't know what we would have done if I was still working second shift with her back at school.
Thank you, Lord!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quick hits from J-town

(Slider in the snow)

Okay, been pretty lousy about updating this blog. Like excuses? No? Too bad. I've got a few. 
But I'll spare you. Mainly, the spring sports season is the busiest for me and I just write too much every day to come on here and write more. 

Anyway, here's what has been going on....

- Jett just fought off a mild case of pneumonia this week. He was pretty out of it Wednesday, but thanks to some antibiotics, he was back to his old self Thursday. Very clingy, but feeling better.

- Jett is doing a lot of cool stuff now. He says a few words all the time, I mean all the time. The funniest thing he does is say "Mama?" or "Dog?," holds his hands out, opens his mouth and has this look of wonder about where they're at. He also notices when there's basketball on TV and says "Ball" while pointing to the tube.

-Shanda's been accepted to grad school at UNCC. She's going to study school counseling. This is something Shanda's thought about for a while and I'm proud she's headed back to class. She's starting this summer.

-My work sidekick, Adam Zuerndorfer, is leaving in a few weeks. He's been accepted to USC (Southern Cal, that is) for graduate school. He's going to study film writing. An unbelievably creative writer, my Jewish bro is going to be big-time. Shanda's already locked in as his first-ever Oscars date. 

-I just finished reading Bob Knight's autobiography. Say what you want about the guy, but he's well-read, intelligent and a dang-good coach. I like him. Now, I'm on The Killer Angels (about Gettysburg) and To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever (about UNC-Duke rivalry).

All for now....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pete was the best

We lost my brother-in-law this week. Pete Spinelli, pictured with my sister Melissa, passed away Sunday.
Pete was 36.
He loved life and loved everyone he met, especially my sister. The two were perfect together, through good and bad.
Pete had an outgoing personality, an infectious laugh and sense of humor and the kindest heart. He will be missed dearly and I was glad, honored really, that Shanda, Jett and I, along with Melissa, Mom and Dad, were nearby when he passed.
We'll always remember him. Not just us either.
The outpouring of support for my sister and the family has been tremendous all week.
You're the man, Pete!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

We're way past Christmas

I apologize for not updating this since the week before Christmas. Just got out of the habit for a while with work and everything. But anyway, here are a couple of somewhat recent pics of the Jettman. More to come shortly. I promise.

Here's us hooping it up. He's toting the ball around pretty good now.

Here's one of his infectious laugh.