It’s been a while…

magickingdomIt’s been a while since I read to the kids. We are back to Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold, by Terry Brooks. This is one of my favorites.

The kids are amazed by the smash-up qualities of the book. Ben Holiday is a lawyer from Chicago who has lost his wife in an accident. In despair, he purchases a Magic Kingdom from Rosen’s Department Store. And enters a world of demons and dragons as the ruler of all who will follow.

Reading aloud to your kids is important. Tonight, I managed to read Catherine to sleep. My boys begged another, unrelated story from me.

That second one was a little more grown up, Paladin of the Lost Hour by Harlan Ellison. You can click the link and read along, courtesy of Harlan himself.

Full of S*** on Valentine’s Day

As a child, my favorite “toy” was a black corduroy tuxedo. It must have been a hand-me-down from lord knows who. It had black pants with a red stripe down the leg, and more importantly, a matching black vest.

Corduroy Tuxedos are hot.

Corduroy Tuxedos are hot.

With my toy blaster, it made the most epic Han Solo costume ever.

Not that I wore it for Halloween. It was my “Everyday Han Solo” costume. I wore it to school, I wore it church. I wore it winter, summer fall and spring. I wore the hell out of that thing.

Han Solo rocks

Han Solo rocks


I wore it until it was ridiculously small on me; and even then, I did not give it up. I willed that thing to fit me for the opening of Return of the Jedi. I managed to hold on to it for years, no matter how hard my mom tried to dispose of it.

I told Jennifer this story, long before we every got married. She laughed and said, “You are so funny, but so full of shit.”

My only reply was to pull the sad, little suit out of my closet and show it to her. She was so shocked and surprised, her eyes rolled back into her head.

On this Valentine’s Day, I don’t have any eye rolling revelations, or a tux, or wacky surprises in the closet, Jennifer Kitty Viverito. Only a great story about fun times. Thank you, today and every day, for laughing with me.

Family Game Night

For Christmas, the kids received many games, but the family favorite is Big Bang Theory Uno.


This edition of Uno features the cast of TBB and a special Soft Kitty Card. Soft Kitty requires the victim to draw cards until they find a Sheldon or Penny card. We found this to be a bit much and limited the number of cards to a maximum of 4.

All of the kids received video games, but this one tops them all. 5 nights of family fun in a row so far.

2015 on the right foot


I have made a list of items I want, every day for 2015:

  • One blog post a day
  • One sketch or drawing a day.
  • 30 minutes of writing a day.
  • At least 30 minutes of reading starting with these two books:
    • How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922-1945
    • The Black Hole War
  • 30 minutes of Duolingo to improve my language and grammar skills
  • Less TV, more family time
  • More gaming in person, less gaming online.
    • A biweekly D&D game with the family.
    • No more than 30 minutes a day playing online.

These aren’t exactly resolutions, these are things I should have been doing all along. This should represent less than 3 hours a day. I might not hit my goal everyday, but ticking off a few will put me in a better place.

I hope you have a great 2015.

Looking Forward to 2015

As the end of 2014 approaches, I am looking forward to 2015. I have a couple of plans for the year, I wouldn’t call them resolutions because these are things I should be doing every day.


My first thing is to be neater, more careful. To that end, I have been dumping items in the recycle.

In the next year, I want to be proactive and plan a day of giving every month. I want to be more involved with local charities and want to declutter my house. I will be making a monthly list of items that can go to Goodwill or AMVets and make sure it gets done.  I will stay in closer contacts with my friends at the Buffalo Science Museum and make sure I make it to the Maker Fair this year.

Another list of item to be completed is three workshops I need for my TA certificate. I have tracked them all down and just need to schedule them after January 5th.

And finally, I plan to re-evaluate my goals each month.

Wishing everyone the best of luck in 2015.


Doctor Who – Last Christmas

Interesting bit of storytelling. My favorite line was from Santa.

“It’s bigger on the inside.”

The snarky look from the elves’ sealed the deal. It was classic.

Why is it that the Doctor keeps waking up in a volcano? Isn’t that odd? Peter Capaldi

Like he was looking for something at Pompeii. Or lives there.




Tell it to me again

Peter Pan. Tell it to me again, but differently.

panPeter Pan is the archetype of smash ups: different genres, different times and places. All things are possible.







I find holidays to be somber and solemn; something remarkable, dignified and holy. I would say I don’t like marking the passage of time, but it is unavoidable. Sitting before this Christmas tree, I dwell on what has been. Most of the year I am an uncouth prankster, but end of each year reminds me of what has been, the experiences I have shared.

I am reminded that I am enabled by many people who make me believe, like Peter Pan, that all things are possible and every situation is an adventure, all of the good and bad.

In just a few hours, packages will be unwrapped. But the real gift was given in the moment we spend together.

Thank you, my friends, for making me believe.