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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Birthday Blog Hop!

Welcome to my little stop on the Carrie Ann's birthday blog hop!
First, of course, I would like to wish Carrie Ann a very happy birthday, and thank her for the chance to join in on this little adventure.
Now for the blog!

As some of my regular visitors might already know I am not one for planning out blog posts. In fact, most of my posts are done on a wing and a prayer. So having to come up with one purely about birthdays might be a touch tough for me. You know, planning ahead and all. However, never fear! As it would turn out my son's birthday is coming up only a few days before Carrie Ann's, and as luck would have it. I happen to like talking about my son!

On April 2nd my Son Nathan will be turning 5. As a father I couldn't be more proud of him. He is a smart, caring, and loving son. He is quick to learn, (he can already read basic words) and he follows along with his sister in all her schooling, matching her work most of the time. (even passing it in some areas)
That is a picture of him, to the right, at his sisters birthday in January. He loves to be the joker in our family and is always quick to try and bring out the laugh in everyone. I love my little man, and one day when he reads this post I want him to know all of you said a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carry Ann, and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my son NATHAN!

In the spirit of keeping this blog short, I will now cut to the best part. As a prize to a random commenter on this blog I will be giving away not 1 book, but a total of 4 books! THE DREAMERS series by David and Leigh Eddings to be exact.
One of the lucky commenters below will find themselves enthralled in a series of stories told by one of the best authors in the fantasy genre.
Now for the personal part. I, of course, am an author as well. For those of you new to my blog you will find more than a few samples of my work posted here. However, if you wish to see some of the more polished, and proper samples of my work. You can find them here on Amazon and Smashwords. I would love for you to check them out, and if you find them interesting, perhaps buy one or two (or three of four). Now as a is a photo the books you can win. Good luck!

If you wish to be entered in the grand prize for this hop, (who wouldn't?) All you have to do is...
1: Leave a comment here on my blog.
2: Make sure it has your email address in it. (You want to be contacted if you win don't you?)
And...what are you trying to win you might ask?
Well here you go!
1st prize is) A Kindle Touch (Yeah! How cool is that!)
2nd prize is) A $60 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (Shame you can't win em both and use that to load up that Kindle)
Really doesn't get much better than this folks! So, thanks for visiting, feel free to hit subscribe, or even drop in on my Facebook page and click a like. Happy hopping and...

Friday, 9 March 2012


Everyone has it in some level.
I know this to be true.
Some people get headaches, others deal with emotional pain, while still others deal with the physical pain.
I have the physical pain.
There is a problem though. I was raised to be tough. Don't show your pain. Keep it inside and just deal with it.
That only works for a while.
What do you do when you can't do that anymore?
As a "man" society expects you to get over it. Deal with it. Move on.
I have been, I am, and I still will, much can a person take before it breaks them?
What is my breaking point?

I injured my shoulder at work. There was no blood, there was no screaming. I just did it, and for years now I have been sucking it up. Yes, years. The last has been the worst.

I noticed in the spring of last year I had a real problem when I tried to throw a ball for my son. I would toss it a ways and he would run after it laughing. "Throw it farther Dad!" So I did...try.
I was never a slouch at throwing a ball, I could toss one from the outfield to the infield with little difficulty. I tried to throw it far and it barely went 20 feet, and a gun shot went off in my arm.
I had to tell him I couldn't throw a ball.
Spring is coming up again fast, and already he is asking me to do things I just can't do.
I can't climb a rope one handed. I can't play at the park one handed (very well). The list is sure to grow as we will be taking out the bikes soon...
So I am scheduled for surgery in the near future. The specialist has informed me I will need at least 6 weeks off work. Or at the very least, I can't move my arm after the surgery.
I am hating this.
I don't want to be "That guy".
I want to keep "Sucking it up for the company I have worked 18 years for."
I don't want to be the "Trouble employee".
Yet, I know, if I don't get this done I will never heal properly. I will not get the chance to throw a ball for my boy.
My mind is so conflicted here, I want it all to be swept under the rug. I want to pretend I am fine and there is nothing wrong. The people I deal with every day don't see my pain, usually. Most don't even notice I am only using half my body, let alone care.
One particular person actually keeps trying to tell me to hit the gym. "You need to work out." he says.
He doesn't know, or care, that I can't even lift a bottle with my right arm without feeling the heat in my neck, the rip in my shoulder, or the swelling in my right hand from over use.
I am just an employee to be used.
My state doesn't matter.
Just do your job and deal with the