This site is dedicated to my fondness for fowl. Not in any way that requires years of therapy. It's not even my favorite meat. I just think it's neat. What can I say? I am easily amused.
Plus, it may have something to do with the fact that my first and middle names said together are a homonym of poultry (Paul Troy).

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Friday, Whew, Oh No, Shuffle

It is here. Friday. The beginning of the weekend. Met with joy and dread.

Joy for the reason of, well, the weekend is a hiatus between work weeks for R&R, or tons of errands and honey-do's. But even if the latter is the case, it is still a nice change of pace from the 9 to 5 drudgery.

Mother will be arriving tomorrow morning to stay with us for two weeks. Sure, I love my mom and as she getting is older, it's important that she spend time with our children, yada, yada, yada. But two weeks for my mom and I to be under one roof, well, God help Mrs. Pheasantly Fascinating.

So whether you are anticipating joy or dread, or a familial hybrid of both, have a great weekend, extended for most of us, and enjoy this Friday Shuffle! Take it away Fred. And don't disappoint!

"Uncle John's Cabin", by Grateful Dead
Maybe mom could stay there?

"Blue Jay Way", covered by The Secret Machines on "Across The Universe"
A Beatles tune of which I know not.

"Alone At the Drive In" by Jim Jacobs & Watten Casey from "Grease" soundtrack.
Okay, this is how I know that Mrs. Pheasantly Fascinating has been spending time with Fred!

"Where Are You Boy" by Patty Loveless as featured on the soundtrack for "Tin Cup"
Don't know the movie? Rent it. It's fun...even if you don't care about Kevin Costner, Cheech Marin, or the game of golf.

"Back On the Chain Gang", by The Pretenders

"Spirits In The Material World", by the Police

"El Chirinquito", off of a compilation CD called "The Best of Cuba". Not sure who the artist is.
I also have this song on a few other CD's.

"Crash & Burn" by Blues Traveler

"Games Without Frontiers", by Peter Gabriel
Funny...I was talking to Hilda about this song yesterday. It's one of my favorites.

"Give Me Novocaine", by Green Day
Did I mention my mom was coming?

Peace Out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Last Weekend

Okay, so I know it's a bit late in the week to be posting about weekend events, but here it is none the less.

On Friday, I had posted a list of tasks for the weekend over at TracyMichelleUnplugged. I am happy to report that I completed all tasks...and did it in one day...Sunday. Well, there was only one day left after we had decided on Saturday to embark on a journey like never before.

A good friend of ours called on Saturday to ask if I still wanted to go with them to the brand new Ikea store an hour and a half away. That may sound like a far distance but she was also meeting another friend who was travelling over two hours...yes, just to go furniture shopping.

They had been planning this, along with their significant others (and me to a lesser degree) for weeks but I had forgotten all about it. Which meant also forgetting to tell Mrs. Pheasantly Fascinating. The plan was for me to go with them and take the 3 year old along with and the wifey would stay home with the newbie; being less than 2 months old, the pediatrician doesn't want us taking him into crowded stores. Well I shared the plan with the wifey and she said she wanted to come along even if it meant staying in the car for an hour with the baby.

So off we went. We headed up the turnpike following our friends in their car. I am as green as the next tree hugger but with 4 adults and two car seats, using 2 cars was our only option. Not knowing exactly where the Ikea was, I followed closely behind. After traversing through two counties, we make a right turn and that when I saw it on the left side of the road. A huge mecca to all those that yearn decent furniture at very, very low prices. That's also when I saw the entire left lane of the street backed up for a quarter mile trying to get into the parking lot. That's also when I saw the temporary road sign flashing that there was overflow parking available at the stadium (two miles) up the road.

As we're following our friends to the stadium, wifey reminds me that the baby can't really be in throngs of people and that she'll just sit in the car two miles away from the store. So, weighing my options carefully, I call our friends cell to tell them that we are heading back to the store to try to find a parking spot. Forty-five minutes later we have completed one and a half parking- attendent-guided loops around the store when our friends call to say they're in the store. That's when I threw caution to the wind, disobeyed one of 30 some-odd parking attendents and turned down a parking row to find a spot waiting for me...kind of begs the question what use were the parking attendants. Normally I would've been ruffled by now...but I was so darn happy to have found a spot, the kids were behaving very good (per their norm, knock on wood), and the wifey was looking especially radiant. So I grab the three year old and head inside and met up with the gang.

Damned if those Swedes don't know how to lay out a furniture store. It was really neat inside. After an hour, we stopped for lunch in the Ikea Restaurant. Okay, while I would not call a walk-up counter where you order one of only 6 items a restaurant, I must say that the food was quite tasty and very cheap. The lil' one ordered the kids meal of Swedish Meatballs (really) and I order a veggie wrap for me and for the wifey. I also got her bottled water. 5 bucks and change. I scarfed down the wrap and went out to make the swap with the wifey so she could experience furniture Nirvana. I spent the next hour and a half in the airconditioned car reclined with the little one on my chest listening to a podcast of This American Life. We made it home by 5. Will we ever go back? Heck ya! We saw lots of neat furniture at very low prices...we're just going to wait a few months.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Who Is Fred?

Many have asked, and by many I mean one reader, why did I name my Ipod Fred? Fred is many people to me. Primarily though, Fred is Uncle Fred. Uncle Fred was my wife's favorite uncle. He was always there for her when she was growing up and she has many fond memories of him. Fortunately for me, I got the chance to get to know him before he passed and would agree...he was pretty cool. Though when he was still around I didn't always show him the respect he deserved and for that I am sorry. However through that I learned the importance of respecting others, whether you relate to them or not. So that is where my fondness for Fred came from. Now everyone is Fred. People who cut me off in traffic are called Fred. Fast food workers who get my order mixed up are called Fred. Even the higher power is sometimes affectionately called Fred. So too, our family Ipod is hence forth known as Fred.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Wussup With That!?

So I am done with my Shuffle and I checking out some of my friends blogs ( nice anniversary pic, Hilda) when Fred decides to play "Turn Me On" by Norah Jones followed by "Forever Man" by Clapton. Those are some good tunes. Where were those tunes during the shuffle, hmmm?

Fred is officially on notice.

Hello To My Adoring Fans!

Yes, it is I. I am back. It has indeed been a while. I was going to use having a newborn at home as an excuse for not having the time to blog but Sari over at the Geek Inside pretty much shot that all to heck. So as a welcome back salute to myself, I shall present you all with a nifty Friday Shuffle!

And there was much rejoicing...yay.

Bonus points to whomever can be the first to site the above quote! Sorry, Matt, you're exempt.

"Up On The Roof", by James Taylor. A pretty song about finding a good place to be...nice.

"Maggie's Farm"
, by Bob Dylan. A lesser known Dylan tune, yes?

"Power of Two"
, by the Indigo Girls with a public radio style intro. Hey, the power of two...that's all it takes to bring a little baby into the world!

"My Special Someone"
, by Neil Diamond. I like this guy's more popular tunes and this ain't one of them!

"All She Wants Is"
, by Duran Duran. Finishing that sentence for wife's benefit...a good night sleep!

"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
, by the Stones. Okay, fellow parents, or even Aunts & Uncles, how many of you have found yourselves singing this as a reply to a request made by a little one? I know I have!

"Who'll Stop The Rain"
, by Clearwater Credence Revival. Amen! And the wind while they're at it, thank you very much.

"Delirious", by Prince.

"Crazy", by Aerosmith

"Underground", by Ben Folds Five

Well a bit of a disappointing shuffle IMO. Not very nifty, indeed. I hope Fred does better next week. Fred. That's what I named our Ipod.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

He's Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere...

Hi all, this is Hilda, making a guest appearance.

Troy is being lazy and whining: "I'm tired I have a new baby in the house" and "I have soooo much work". Well, I think it's time everyone met Son2 - Troy and his beautiful wife's new baby. You will see Son1 in some of the pictures as well.

So here we go...