Sunday, January 3, 2010

A 2009 year in review

It's been, well, who knows how long (I'm sure if I really wanted do I could look at the date of the last blog but that would be too easy) it's been since the last report so I figured that I need to get an update out there.

The biggest event in my life was the birth of our first child, Joel Pierce Garner. He came just a little bit early, ok a month and half early, but he bored waiting inside mommy so he decided to come on May 27. It would have been ok if he would have waited another few weeks since me and Jill didn't have hardly anything for him; no diapers, no car seat, no stroller. We just had our first baby shower and there we got his bassinet and a few weeks earlier we got his crib (that I put together a week before he came!). The dogs at first didn't want anything to do with Joel, they stayed as far a way as they could but now they are starting warm up to him.

The second biggest event was the closing of the Rocky Mountain News, the place were I got my start in journalism and my employer for the last 12 years. It just goes to show that the newspaper business isn't the place to be anymore, everything is moving to online and I think that's just not going to do well for newspapers. I did get on with the Denver Post only a few days later, but the passion that I once had for writing and the newspaper business is gone. I've been looking for a job for a year now, still haven't found one. If anyone knows of anywhere/anything/anyone or even at your place of work that's hiring please let me know.

My sister got engaged, she'll be getting married in May, my baby sister is growing up so fast. It's just yesterday that I was pushing her around the yard in her baby stroller and drowning her Barbies in her Barbie swimming pool ... oh the good old days.

Jill and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It was a good year for us, got married then almost a year later had Joel ... that was the best anniversary gift we could give each other.

I'll try and keep more updates on here, a new year got to try something new.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Our newst addition

It's tough to put into words how much a person's life can change once he/she has a child . . . ever since Joel was born on Wednesday all I want to do is hold him close to me and kiss him all over the place, but I know that someday soon he'll tell me to stop doing that because it's totally uncool and he doesn't want his friends to see me doing it, so I guess I need to get all of them in now before they go out of style.

Memorial Day weekend was very, very long for me and Jill . . . her water broke on Sunday at 4 am so we somewhat rushed to the hospital where they checked us in and for the next 48 hours we were in a holding pattern. The Drs. didn't want him to be born just yet, the more time he was inside of Jill the better off he was going to be, good point by them. But for the next 48 hours she was on so many medication it wasn't even funny.

After the 48 hours had past we thought that since her contractions had settled a bit that we would be at the hospital for some time, so I went home to get a few things. Guys, a note here, get a suitcase packed BEFORE you have your kid, even if it's two months ahead of schedule, just do it. On my way back I called Jill's mom to find out how she was doing and her contractions kicked back up again to where she was having one every 10 minutes for the last hour . . . not good. I rush back to the hospital to find her in a lot of pain. After two more hours of this we get sent back to our labor room that we had first started off in, and they said that she was measuring out at 3 cm and we were going to have him tonight.

As the hours past, everything was going pretty good, but then all of a sudden her contractions for some reason stopped. For the next 2 and half hours she was pushing without the help of contractions. At 7:52 am little Joel Pierce Garner was borned into this world. I'm still pushing for another kid in 11 months, but . . . . just kidding.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sad . . .

This is really sad, at least I heard from the horse's mouth that we were done:

'Baltimore Sun' Sportswriters Laid Off in Mid-Game Coverage

By Joe Strupp

Published: April 30, 2009 10:02 AM ET
NEW YORK This may be a first, sportswriters who were laid off in the middle of a game they were covering.

Three writers and a photographer from The Baltimore Sun -- which has slashed some 61 jobs since Tuesday -- were reportedly informed Wednesday in the middle of a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels, The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.

The Guardian cited an online report from fellow baseball scribe Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register: "Tough times in the newspaper biz. Two writers for the Baltimore Sun in the press box here got the news -- by phone, during the game -- that they had been laid off in the latest round of cost-cutting. Stay classy, Baltimore Sun management."

The story did not identify the writers. Tribune and Sun officials have not responded to repeated E&P requests for comment on the layoffs, which included at least 18 editors.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tired and other things

For some reason I haven't been sleeping well the last two night . . . Sunday night it was my fault, both Jill and I went to bed at 1130 and we didn't actually go to sleep until 1, but last night I just kept tossing and turning.

I did get good news on the severance package that we are suppose to get from Scripps, I'm getting more than I thought so as usual Jill was right and I shouldn't be worried about it as much as I was, I need to know that she's going to be right nine out of ten times.

Nice win for the home town five last night, I missed the first half because I was at my meeting but I guess the game was over with at the end of the first quarter, I was listening to the game on my way home and it was at the half and I was blown away when I heard the score was 61-39. Let's hope that they can continue the winning ways tomorrow night.

The Redhawks got its first game of the season in last week, and thank god we had the 1230 game because if we had a 4 pm game we would be sitting at home again wondering when we'll get our first game in. We won 15-5, I didn't hit so well, 0-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and two reach on errors. The good news was that I didn't strikeout, bad news was that I didn't get a hit. Oh well, one game down and hopefully another 17-19 more to go.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Also . . .

For anyone that is interested I beat Jill's bracket this year :-D

It sucks...

Just woke up, good to sleep in a little bit, but it sucks that Jill has to work today when yesterday we were suppose to have our OB appointment but a few hours before we were to have it they called and said with the snow they didn't want anyone to risk it so they moved it to Monday. I think we could have made it, it was warm enough that the roads weren't turning to ice, it's just that really wet and heavy snow.

Then before she left she got upset because her only pair of pants tore down the middle and she doesn't like to go shopping so she left mad which I don't like because on top of her having a long and probably useless day she started it off by being mad.

The job search is about as alive as my career as a journalist . . . been looking and applying since January and have yet to get a real hit, and my pay from the News is coming to an end at the end of the month, still no word on the severance package, my hours at the Post was cut since I'm not a actual employee but a free lancer I can't work over 30 hours so I lost 16 hours.

And with the snow it's looking like another Sunday without playing baseball, we started our season a month ago, the first two games were canceled due to snow, last weekend was Easter and now this. I am also thinking our game next week will not be played as well because that's being played in Conifer, a mountain town and the mountains are just getting hammered with snow. Guess the good news is if we are not playing tomorrow is that I can watch the Nuggets game on TV.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Catching up

Well it's been a while since I've blogged about anything ... not too much has happened lately. My wife, my wonderful wife, is once again beating me in the NCAA March Madness pool. She's picked Mizzou last night to be Memphis, and yours truly had Memphis going on in all three brackets (yes I said three) including one of them having them win the national championship. Yeah, that good. So needless to say there's going to be bragging around the house for another year.

Redhawks baseball was suppose to start on Sunday, but for anyone that lives in Colorado or has been watching the news, yeah, that's not going to happen with the wonderful blizzard we had, and looking out the window the 18.5 inches of snow we got, it's melting like crazy. Again, that's just super.

Found a great web site that I could get myself into trouble, it's babyfans. com ... just check it out and you'll know why.

Well, Jill just got home and we are going to have a date night, so I'll write more later.

See you on the flip side.