Showing posts from November, 2008

Thanksgiving Day 2008

I am thankful today. Every year I try to pause on Thanksgiving Day and return thanks for the blessings in my life. In no particular order, here is a sampling:

I am thankful for my wife. In good times and not-so-good times, Tracy remains a steadfast, loving, giving companion.

I am thankful for my children. Ever since I was a young lad, I wanted to be a father. I could not be more proud of Cody, Jenna, or Katie.

I am thankful for my step-children. They each have giving hearts like their Mom. I am proud of all of them.

I am thankful for my health. I have had some scares this year. These have served to help me appreciate the bod I have. I am trying to take better care of it.

I am thankful for my friends. Your steadfastness through the years never ceases to warm my heart. The laughs, the memories, and the ploys enrich my life beyond words.

I am thankful this year especially for my grandparents, Hiram and Theo Vick, and Clare and Nellie Redders. Though they are no longer here, they…

Time to Blog and be Thankful

After several days straight, I am now officially off until Monday. I have not had time to blog in awhile. Some big things happened over the last 3 weeks.

First, we have a new President. President-Elect Obama has made history. Now, there is much work to do. Time will tell if he was, in fact, the right choice for our leader. He has my prayers and my support.

Second, we got another dog. Sunshine comes to us from the same family who grossly neglected my late Golden Retriever, Levi. I believe she is a Pekingese and around 8 years old. She is already spoiled...rotten. She looks a lot like Gizmo from Gremlins.

Third, I have been treated by and released from my cardiologist. After many expensive tests, it has been determined that there is nothing wrong with me that diet and exercise cannot fix. Since dieting before Thanksgiving is next to pointless, I will begin the diet and exercise on December 1.

So, there you have it, gentle reader. All is well in Todd's world. I miss my Wisconsin relativ…

2008 Birthday Wish List

Please excuse me while I display, unashamedly, my narcissistic hedonist side. However, I remind the reader that one "Has not, because he asks not." So here is my asking.
Round trip airfare to Seattle. I miss the Kirks, and would love to visit Das Ritterhaus.Tickets to a Packer game at Lambeau field, airfare included.A night on the town, along with a designated driver (should I stay up past my bedtime).Tickets to Manilow in Vegas, with airfare included.World peace (ha ha).Caryn's novel--published and autographed.An iPod. A Blackberry. Any Wisconsin Badger/Green Bay Packer paraphenelia.Van Halen to play at my birthday party!A feller can dream...

Political Observation

Here we are, one day away from Election 2008. I am off work today due to more testing at the SC Heart Center. I'm home now, and I just want to add one more voice to the political commentary arena. My voice.
I'm not going to discuss who I am voting for and why. Frankly, that is my business, and I really just want to avoid anymore debate on why "I'm wrong and you're right." However, I would like to make an observation, and I wish to dedicate it to the late Gene Roddenberry.
Tomorrow's Presidential election is incredibly historical, regardless of the outcome. It will be an election of firsts, either way. We will either elect our first African-American President, or we will have our first woman VP ever in the White House...fascinating!
It fills me with hope that we have come this far as a nation during our lifetime. Gene Roddenberry, with Star Trek, painted a hopeful picture of a galaxy with no racism, no poverty, and full equality for all. He showed us a visio…