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"Murphy was an optimist!"

From the mouths of babes March 24, 2017 10:54 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes
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Wife: "Your tent just rolled across the yard and it’s still rolling."

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From the mouths of babes February 23, 2017 8:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me: "Who threw clothes on the stairs? I need to strangle a child."
My 14 year old daughter: "I’ll be right down!"
Me, to myself: "I don’t think she understood what I said."

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From the mouths of babes January 28, 2017 12:49 pm

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My wife: "The squirrels are eating my bush. Would you check on it for me?"
Me: *blink* *blink* "Yes dear."

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From the mouths of babes January 25, 2017 8:12 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes
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Mother: "Do you know you’re driving me crazy?"
11 year old boy: "Now I do!"

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From the mouths of babes December 10, 2016 6:52 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Pets
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Me: "Goddammit, quit stepping on the cats!"
(Probably not the most constructive statement in the moment)

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Yes, I used a spreadsheet December 2, 2016 8:46 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Of Being Dad, Sex, Touchy Subjects
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After 16 years, I have finally figured out when I can and cannot ask my wife for a special dates. Data is beautiful!

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From the mouths of babes November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Is your pet a healthy weight?

Context: Evan, our 11 year old, helped me drop one of the cats off at the veterinarian for a comprehensive exam last Wednesday. Behind the scale is this sign. Recently, both our 12 year old and 9 year old German Shepherds died.

Evan, 11 years old, studies the sign: "Dad, I think our next dog should be a three, four, or five."
Me: "Evan, that’s not a menu."

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From the mouths of babes November 5, 2016 9:49 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me: "Alexa, play the Ramones."
Alexa: *jams*
Groggy 11 year old Evan walks into the room: "Dad, could you turn down the music?"
Me: "What are you guys doing?"
Evan: "Sleeping…"

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Come and get it! September 18, 2016 7:44 pm

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My house doesn’t have a dinner bell; it has a dinner text message.

Once upon a time, I bought a triangle to ring to bring the children home from playing in the neighborhood…I wasn’t ever allowed to use it 🙂

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From the mouths of babes August 27, 2016 10:50 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes
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Cathy: "You’ve managed to redneck your whiskey!"

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Happy Anniversary to My Wife August 25, 2016 11:32 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family
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15 years ago, I made the greatest decision of my life. Happy Anniversary Cathy! You truly complete me.

Married - in Gatlinburg!

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What do you want to be when you grow up? August 20, 2016 7:17 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad, Pets
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I’m pretty sure as a child I wanted to be an architect (thank you Dad and Michael Brady), and maybe an astronaut, and definitely an entertainer; but NEVER do I recall saying, “Hey, I’d like to spend the better part of my adult life cleaning up pee and poo and other bodily fluids.”

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From the mouths of babes August 14, 2016 10:30 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Tommy
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My eldest son: "Dad, the mower won’t start."

Me: "I’ll take a look at it."

Cranks on first pull. I report back to my son, "Started on the first try."

My son with holier-than-thou indignity with a touch of anger and a dash of annoyance, "Well I’d sure like to know what you are doing different than me because I pulled that string for 10 minutes and it didn’t start."

Me: "I put gas in it."

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…dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! August 10, 2016 9:35 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Dharma, Family, Pets, Westley
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...dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

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We all grow weary June 19, 2016 7:19 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Being Dad, Philosophy, Poetry
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The daily grind. People say such flippantly. But it wears on us. Grind. Dulling the edge. Like gears without oil. And our performance drops. Then our enthusiasm wanes. Leading to more stress. GRIND. Along comes motivation. Acceptance of the mistakes. A revitalization. But to escape the beatdown. You must work three times as hard. grind.

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