Monsters Need Oxygen Too!

So it's been a while since I last posted. The summer has been a bit busy, leaving me not a lot of time to sit and type. I'll try to get a little better about it, but I'm making no promises! So allow me to catch you up on all the randomness in my world.

Today is my birthday...another year goes down in the books for me being alive which is a good thing. I am now 28, and feel ok with saying I am in my late-twenties. It doesn't seem to be as big a deal as turning 27. Anyway, so for the celebration, Karen took me out to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Shogun, and I chowed down on some fried rice and steak. It was fantastic as usual and a special treat to eat there with my bride. She doesn't really like it, but she was a trooper today! She then took me to a movie. We went and saw The Hulk and I'll say it was a decent movie. I can't honestly say I really wanted to see the movie when I found out it was coming out, but someone told me it was good, and there was nothing else playing that I wanted to see. I did learn from the movie that you can shoot, throw cars, and even try to blow up a monster like the Hulk, but the real key to success in killing such a green, over-sized, vocabulary-challenged, science-project-gone-terribly-wrong freak superhuman is by strangulation. I suppose you'll need to see the movie for further clarification!

Karen also bought me a really great pedal to add to my guitar effects collection. For those of you guitar players, she bought me a Digitech Whammy. It makes cool octave sounds, and has some pitch shifting capabilities. It even has a setting called Divebomb for making those whammy bar, Ritchie Sambora, 80s sounds where you play a really high note and then bend the whammy bar to make it go to a really low note (Josh, you know what I'm talking about....oh yeah!!). Anyway, it was an awesome gift to go on my newly custom-built pedal board that Karen and I built a week ago. That's a blog post in and of itself, but long-story short, I'd been looking to purchase a pedal board and was finding them to cost $250-$300 so I made my own for the amazing price of $36, plus 2 hours of labor. It turned out great, and Karen did the hard work of covering the board with some vinyl fabric! I'm please with it, and even more pleased that I get to add a new pedal to it. Just 5-6 more pedals to go and I'm set!

Other randomness...for those of you who have not yet heard, Karen passed her state nursing board exams the first time and is now officially an RN. It's a huge load to have that test behind her, and now she is working and learning. She works night shift at Marshall North, a local hospital. It's taking some adjustment with the night shift, but things are going really well. She's a fantastic nurse! Plus she looks really hot in her scrubs!!

With Karen working at night, it gives me a chance to record some music, so that's been fun (though for the record I'd much have her around, but it's great that she works!). I've recorded one song and am considering sending it in for a songwriter's competition, but not sure I like it enough to send it in yet. It's funny, cause I've written songs that I really loved and thought they were good, and this one was that song back 4 or 5 years ago when I wrote it. I still like it, but not nearly as much. So we'll see what happens.

Ok I think that is all for now. As I said, I'll try to keep this blog a bit more current. Methinks I will post a summer movie review next, as I've seen some really good movies this summer, both old and new. I also have a post in the works about life, transition, and desire that I'll try to finish up and put on for your reading pleasure in the near future.

So stay tuned and be well!

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