The Sting of Reality

Valentine Brkich August 3, 2016

Recently I’d grown bored with my usual running routine and started looking for a new challenge. I thought about signing up for another marathon, but then I remembered how awful marathons are and therefore decided against it. Then it came to me: I’ll start training and try to break my old high school time for the 400m! Yep…

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Lord of the Fruit Flies

Valentine Brkich August 2, 2016

It’s a never-ending battle. Just when you think you have them beat, they magically reappear. And in greater numbers. The thing I want to know is…where in the heck are they coming from? Ever since we got back from our little mini-vacation to Maine last week, we’ve been at war with legions of fruit flies…

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My Epic Southeastern Road-Trip Adventure 2016

Valentine Brkich July 31, 2016

15 days. 8 states. 2 kids. 1 car. Whose idea was this anyway? Actually, our annual family road-trip turned out to be another amazing adventure. This year we decided to tour the great American southeast, heading out from Beaver, Pa., through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Along the way we encountered grumpy…

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Welcome to Camp Crazy

Valentine Brkich July 6, 2016

I’d been itching to camping, especially after our two-week, epic family road-trip. After all that time cramped together in the Hyundai and hotel rooms, I was really longing for some quiet time out in the woods. So when my good friend Brian invited me up to his spacious, secluded property for an impromptu campout, I jumped at…

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Summertime…and the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

Valentine Brkich June 22, 2016

Ah, summertime… The long, warm days! The weekend BBQs! The kids coming inside to tattle on each other every five minutes and argue about who gets which lightsaber! I admit it. I was so looking forward to the end of the school year. I was tired of making lunches. I was tired of helping with homework. Mostly I was just…

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Valentine Brkich June 2, 2016

We were in a hurry. Cass didn’t know I had a meeting at the church, and she and Boogs were out running errands with the car. So I told The Animal to shut off his video game and we took off out the back door, got on our bikes, and pedaled toward the rectory. The little guy was keeping…

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Holding Down the Fort

Valentine Brkich May 23, 2016

Well, once again I’ve made it to my favorite time of day, when the kiddos are finally in bed, and I’m on the couch, remote in one hand, glass of vino/beer/brandy/tequila in the other. Over the past five days, the Mrs. has been been away in Atlanta for a design conference. For the most part…

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Save the Drama for Your Mama

Valentine Brkich May 18, 2016

I can’t deal with drama. This is a problem, since I live with the drama queen of all drama queens. Like most men, I never really understood women. (If you want me to do something, why don’t you just ask me to do it?!) When my daughter was born, I thought that maybe since I’d be spending…

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Snap, Crackle, Whine!

Valentine Brkich May 6, 2016

So today’s episode of The Joys of Parenthood is brought to you by that old childhood favorite — the Rice Krispies treat. You see, there was a single-wrapped treat left over in the Easter candy bag, and The Animal wanted it for his snack at school. Apparently, though, Boogieface already had it earmarked for her lunch. Or so she…

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Take Your Kid Nowhere Day

Valentine Brkich April 28, 2016

So they tell me today is “Take Your Kid to Work Day.” This actually worked out well, since my kids didn’t have school today. (Actually, I think that may be the reason they didn’t have school today.) Anywho… Considering that my so called “place of work” is also my “place of sleep”, “place of watch Netflix in my…

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