I’m Baaaaaaack.

Loyal readers, I have returned.

That sound you’ve heard lately? It was probably me. Swearing. Sighing. Or just making a variety of other noises while dealing with your wet basement. Yeah. Not fun. At all. We’ve had basement issues since we’ve been in the house, which is going on eight years. To make a long story short, we don’t always get water, which is what makes this frustrating. But, we get it enough where now we’re actually going to do something about it.

The only problem with that? The “doing something about it” is going to cost a significant chunk of change. But, you know what? It’s peace of mind more than anything. It’s to the point where we could be somewhere on vacation, see a rainy forecast for back home and wonder what we’re going to find when we get there.

So, when I meet with water guy tomorrow, hopefully we’ll be one step closer.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll welcome me back into your blogging life. Not only have I not slept a lot in the last few days, but I’ve barely read any of my favorites. I promise I’ll be catching up with you over the next few days. Because, well, I can admit this, I actually have missed you.

And, if the water thing wasn’t going on, there’s always work. But, see, I’m in a funk. I love what I do. And love where I do it. There’s just a ton going on and I’m in a bit of a rut, thanks mostly to, well, leadership. I hate that I’m this way, but I am. The question is, figuring the best way out of it.

I suppose I could think of Bon Jovi. What a show on Friday night. Amazing as always. And, to top it off, when he came out in the audience to sing in the crowd, he was, yeah, 20 feet from us. Pretty incredible. I didn’t have a camera, but I did give my email to a woman in front of me who had one. No email yet though. I can only hope.

And, to win you back, to help keep you with me, because I do want that, I’ll leave you with two new Aidanisms.

The first was with me.

I was sitting, well, on the toilet. He was sitting at the table finishing his breakfast. Renee had already dropped Erin off, so it was just us guys in the house. And, well, I know you enough to say that when it’s just us and I’m in the bathroom, I leave the door open so we can still talk and stuff.

But, at this point, I was also desperately trying to finish a book I was reading — Angels and Demons (which, by the way, I think is better than DaVinci Code).

“Dad, what are you doing?”

“I’m reading, A.”

“How can you be reading, Dad, I don’t hear you saying any words.”

I love that.

The second one was with Renee, as they were driving by a local restaurant.

“Mom, do we rest at a restaurant?”

I love this kid. And hopefully pics of both of them coming soon.

Thanks for taking me back, readers. You’re the best.

16 Comments on “I’m Baaaaaaack.”

  1. Yea, you’re back! Sorry to hear of your water-in-the-basement troubles. Our sump-pump failed the week we moved into this house (almost 8 years ago), and I’ll never forget the drama.

    I love the Aidanisms! (And, I really enjoyed Angels & Demons, for what it’s worth…)

    Anyway…welcome back!

  2. cdp says:

    Aww. I always love me some Aidanisms.

    And we’ll always welcome you back. In my mind, I’m hearing a certain Journey song . . .

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been in a funk, and I hope your mood improves soon. It’s been warm and sunny here which means it shouldn’t be too terribly much longer ’til you begin to see signs of spring up there. Having been in a pretty yucky funk myself, I have to say that methinks spring will help. Sunshine and daffodils? Usually good for what ails.

    Welcome back, friend. And I’m so glad to hear you got to spend some time with your mancrush. Le. Swoon.

  3. Oh I am sorry to hear about the “indoor swimming pool” in your basement! I understand it, I had water in mine when i first moved in. not really sure what fixed it but i get very little now! Thank heavens!!

    I hear ya about work! I think you are in your rut because of me…you know it is all about me….I have not seen or heard from you in forever!!! I have missed you! 😦 I know you have been busy and I know we have not broken up, but lets make a lunch date next week or something!!! i will fill you in!!

    Kids say the best things! I cannot wait to see pictures i am sure they have grown! Raymond was saying tonight how he has outgrown his PJs and needs to give them away!!!

    Go dream about the concert and forget about everything else!!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    We missed you but glad you’re back! I just read your comment on my blog (a la Bret Michaels) and literally, laughed, no GUFFAWED out loud. I love that a 30-something married man with two children watches Rock of Love. And quotes it.

    You’re the best!

  5. tia says:

    welcome back.

    and your kids are damn cute.

  6. JC says:

    Jane you ignorant slut.

  7. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    Ahh, men. Sharing wisdom on the can.

    Also, I must ask, fellow reality-TV watcher, have you been watching Moment of Truth? Train. Wreck.

  8. penelope23 says:

    Angels and Demons is WAY better than DaVinci Code. Seriously.

  9. elizabethews says:

    Both Aidanisms are great. Love them!

    Do you want me to send my husband over to crawl thru a hole and fix your basement again? Renee will have to make us that yummy lasgna again though.

  10. Melissa says:

    Welcome back! And, oh do I hear you on the water issues, work issues, and the funk issues. I’m tired of all of it. So glad your kids make you laugh. They help us not take life so seriously.

  11. Molly says:

    Yay you’re back! And I hope you’re back in the office too because I’ve missed our emails. I owe you a spam of the day 🙂

  12. heatherdc says:

    Ohhh Mike, if your basement smells even half as bad as our apartmen did, I hope the water guy fixes it SO SOON! Freakin’ water, it’s got some attitude!

  13. JenBun says:

    Awww, Mike, we missed you! Lots and lots! So glad you’re back… and glad to hear you had a GREAT time at Bon Jovi (like it would go any other way)– we have been waiting for the update on your mancrush! 🙂

    I hope the water thing works out and you and Renee are left with peace of mind. With one kid killing with cuteness and another crawling and getting into things, you don’t need one more thing to worry about!

    That Aidan is SO cute– and I thought Angels and Demons was better than The DaVinci Code, too! Is Tom Hanks going to make a movie out of that one– CSI:Angels&Demons, perhaps?

  14. Each says:

    A&D is far better than Davinci code, ifidosaysomyself.

  15. Anna says:

    Glad you are back. I faked mine today, but I’m kind of back, too.

  16. Chelle says:

    Defecating and reading. Can I just say that I feel these two things should be done separately…

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