Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Drive

Here's a blur I did a while ago that I always thought looked kinda cool. It's been sitting in my camera for a while, and I finally busted it out (click to enlarge).

Monday, March 13, 2006

Paramour defines paramour as: A lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship.

This was an interesting term to hear used in a courtroom. The adultery aspect doesn't seem to necessarily apply every time from what I heard, but it's fair enough to say that it means someone of romantic interest to a person in the courtroom.

The hearing regarding my niece was on Friday. I took the day off from work to go, only to get there and have it be postponed. This case is very complex and no less than 7 lawyers will be involved. It was for that reason that the hearing was postponed until May. However, some good things did come of it. Most importantly, my niece will remain with my in-laws under the current visitation agreement (one night a week, 2 hours on Saturday). My niece's father's parents (her other set of grandparents) wanted visitation on Saturdays from 9am to 6pm. Thank goodness the judge shot that down. We have little doubt that any time my niece would spend with her other grandparents would most likely be time spent unsupervised with her father and likely his paramour.

You could almost see the hairs stand up on everyone's neck (at least on our side of the situation) when my niece's father's lawyer said that there was no danger in returning my niece home. He and his paramour were taking parenting classes and that made everything better, so it was Ok to return her home. Thank goodness the judge wasn't buying that argument. I wanted her to hold up the report and say to the lawyer, "Are you kidding me???"

So, at the end of the hearing nothing had really changed, which was a win for us. After the hearing, my in-law's lawyer seemed excited that my niece's father's lawyer (I'd love to use names here to make it less confusing, I really would, but I don't want to jeopardize anything, so bear with me.) played a few cards that show that he (niece's father) is lying to his own lawyer about the situation.

The laugher of the whole situation was when my niece's other grandparents tried to claim that my in-laws were refusing to let them visit with my niece. Couldn't be further from the truth, they only called my niece twice the whole time since she was removed from her father's home, and never made any attempt to visit with her at all.

It was difficult for me to control myself while at the courthouse. I wanted so badly just to break the jerk's kneecaps. I can't begin to tell you the level of contempt I have for this piece of garbage. Any trace of respect I had for him just as my niece's father is completely gone and I hope he gets the legal equivalent of a kick to the balls once a minute (so it doesn't get numb) for the rest of his life for what he's done.

The social worker on this case seems to carry a lot of clout with the court system, and she is not recommeding that my niece be returned to her father's home. Let's hope that's how it all works out.

Thanks for reading, everyone.


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Big News!

It's been so hard to keep it to myself! Mrs. Dave is pregnant with our second child! Woohooo! The baby is due Sept. 22, and will likely be born Sept. 18 because that's our OB's surgery day and Mrs. Dave will have a C-section. We're thrilled and can't wait. This one is putting Mrs. Dave through the wringer compared to our son. She's been very nauseous (but not sick) and a muscle in that area is objecting to the stretching demands, but it's nothing serious.

We heard the heartbeat at the doctor's office yesterday, nice and strong. As my son put it, "She's jumping up and down on the bed!" Everyone is predicting a girl because of how Heather feels (relatively lousy), but we don't know what the sex of the baby is, at least at this point.

We've got the crib bumper already, and Heather knows more or less what she wants to do in the nursery. We have to commence demolition of the current baseball decor and all the extra junk in there (our old mattress and box spring, clean out the closet, etc.). I've taken some of it down already, but not much. I'll post photos as we make progress.

But we're very excited and can't wait to meet our new addition. Odd thing with this one, when we were expecting our son, I was ready for the wait until he was born, but this one, I want it now, why wait? Oh, right, good thinking, babies don't do well out of the womb at this point. Ok, I'll wait patiently now...


Friday, March 03, 2006

Wait til her husband finds out...

I got tagged by maria...

Four jobs I've had in my life:
[1] Lifeguard (great tan, sun-bleached hair, nice life)
[2] Waiter at Pizza Hut - Still trying to get the grease off my hands
[3] Pet store assistant manager - worst job ever for me
[4] graphic designer (Yay! What I should have done in the first place)

Four movies I would watch over and over:
[1] Strange Brew
[2] Raiders of the Lost Ark
[3] First Blood
[4] Any Pixar movie

Four places I have lived:
[1] Upstate New York
[2] Suburban Chicago (but not for very long, and I was very young)
[3] Houston, TX
[4] Baltimore, MD - at 4 different places within 5 miles of each other.

Four TV Shows I like to watch:
[1] NFL Football
[2] South Park
[3] Just can't seem to change the channel when wild animal documentaries are on.
[4] Unwrapped

Four Places I have been on vacation:
[1] Orlando-honeymoon, among other vacations
[2] Myrtle Beach, SC
[3] Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
[4] Bar Harbor, Maine

Four Websites I visit daily:
[1] HOW Design
[2] Newsgator-to catch up with my bloggin' buddies
[4] Google, natch.

Four of my favorite foods:
[1] chocolate-Hershey Eggs, KitKat Bites and M&Ms in that order.
[2] crabcakes and Mrs. Dave's crab dip
[3] mahi mahi
[4] Five Guys Hamburgers, I have to stop at 4???

Four places I would rather be right now:
[1] in bed with Mrs. Dave
[2] Diving off of Grand Cayman Island or the Great Barrier Reef, in the shark-free zone
[3] Bora Bora
[4] Anyplace where I felt adventurous

Bloggers I am tagging:
[1] Jeff
[2] Mary
[3] LEW!
[4] Jeope (Maria tagged you but I don't know if you've seen it... )