"Murphy was an optimist!"
May the children and their children be so much better than me March 12, 2016 12:38 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
At some point, I just need to accept that I’m a horrible person and hope that perhaps my children can rise above and not be anything like me.add a comment
The great destructor of all happy March 12, 2016 12:22 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
I fell…add a comment
From the mouths of babes March 11, 2016 7:33 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
Me to wife: "You’ve made me old with snapchat."
Disembodied 10 year old voice from the back of the house: "Yeah, you are old" "hahaha!" "Get wrecked." "W-r-e-k-e-d"
From the mouths of babes February 13, 2016 9:50 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
We asked the 10.5 year old to watch something other than Futurama or Simpsons. He begins his breakdown as I try to find Animaniacs or Pinky and the Brain.
Me: "Do you want to play some cards with me?"
Me: "Do you want to play a board game with me?"
Me: "Do you want to be in the same room with me?"
Evan: "I’m going to go take a bath."
Genuine Dad September 13, 2015 8:02 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
I played catch with my son with a football and discussed proper kicking technique. I leveled up as a dad today.add a comment
And he’s off to camp July 16, 2015 9:42 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
I dropped Evan off at Camp today. Last year I had the pleasure of being a campsite host. I passed on being part of the staff this year. I had the pleasure of seeing several adults and scouts who were part of campsite #8 last year. Really enjoyed speaking with them again. Some were staying at camp and for half a moment I thought how fun it would be to simply hang out with the other adults (the parents are being kept away from the children); however, duty calls.
It was bittersweet dropping Evan off and just leaving. I didn’t even wait for them to hike away from the check-in. He was laughing with new faces, new friends, and didn’t need me around. They grow too fast. I’m quite happy for Evan.add a comment
In the end, I will be happy April 4, 2015 6:32 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Being Dad
In the end, I will breathe my last breath knowing I will never have to touch another %^&# lawnmower again.add a comment
Watching Nobody March 18, 2015 6:50 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
I want to add security cameras inside my house because I want to kick Nobody out.add a comment
Bright and early March 17, 2015 5:22 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
The students are on spring break. Amy’s school offered a trip to Washington D.C. so she got on a bus at 11pm Friday and returned at 5am today. Only the bus on Friday was an hour late and today it was an hour early. Amy, "I told Mom it was early." Me, "Did she reply? Considering she leaves her phone upstairs at night, perhaps you should have contacted both of us." Amy was not the last to be picked up but I had really hoped to have arrived at the school well before the bus. I like to step up and help unload luggage and talk to the other parents but c’est la vie. She had an amazing trip. And being up this early has reminded me just how much I enjoyed starting my day at 4am in the past. I’m just not certain I can do this on a regular basis.add a comment
Doug’s Mantras March 13, 2015 7:34 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Doug's Mantras, Family, Of Being Dad, Philosophy
"Trash goes IN the trash can, not ON the trash can."add a comment
Protected: Early Mornings December 11, 2014 5:47 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Noah, Of Being Dad
Guess what I did on the way to work! December 4, 2014 8:58 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Travel
I knew things were about to get messy so I put on some rubber gloves. I worked it by myself but was getting nowhere then a female sales associate joined me. The two of us grunted, writhed, and struggled but could not get it in despite having used excessive lubricant on the rubber. The tip got messy and we had to stop to clean it. Then it occurred to me to put some lubricant on my finger, insert it in the opening, and rub it around the inside edges. After that it slipped in with ease and I explained, "It just wasn’t enough lube. You had to use more lube." I gave it three screws and was finished. Btw, the headlight on the van is working now.add a comment
Things I shouldn’t have to say December 2, 2014 7:57 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Being Dad
“Act like you want something for Christmas!”add a comment
From the mouths of babes November 17, 2014 6:52 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
Evan, 9: "Why do we have a weeping angel [on our bookshelf]?"
Me, with intensity: "Don’t look away!"
Evan: *Looks at me* *pauses* *smacks hand to face* "Oh, I would have been sooo dead!"
Kitchen remodel November 16, 2014 9:35 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, House, Of Being Dad
I had planned a kitchen remodel for "the future." Mentally, to me, that meant 2016. I figured by then I would have recovered from all our other projects and expenses enough to tackle a DIY kitchen remodel. Then our fridge died. It joined the dead dishwasher. And the dead exhaust fan. And the stove with one dead eye. The time had come, and after a bit of deliberation, we replaced the kitchen appliances. A stainless steel French door refrigerator, dishwasher, electric range, and over the stove microwave appeared in the house. A blackhole appeared in my bank account.
The dishwasher installation required me to replace an electrical run from the kitchen to the breaker box. That was time consuming and not without a few swear words and some blood. After that ordeal, the dishwasher slid easily and nicely into place. But I forgot to cut the discharge hose free so I pulled the dishwasher out. With the hose now neatly run to the disposal, I slid the dishwasher back into place with similar ease. But it wouldn’t level. There was too much of a drop between the flooring and the space under the cabinet. I pulled the dishwasher out and added some wood to the under the cabinet space. But now the dishwasher wouldn’t slide in. I checked the wood. I tape things down. I checked the water line and the electrical line. In the end, the adjusting foot in the back was still extended and snagged then tore the vinyl floor. I can patch it. That installation took all day.
The only piece remaining is the microwave. But we didn’t replace the cabinets. Lingering over the stove is a 42 inch cabinet that once fit perfectly over a 1960s gargantuan electric range suitable for Mrs. Cleaver. Our modern range is 30 inches. We debated centering the range under the existing cabinet then filling the gap between the counter and the range with some handmade shelving for cookie sheets etc. Debated just leaving the range butted up against the counter and hanging the microwave offset instead of centered under the cabinet but that left the question of how to handle the duct work. Plus that would leave the microwave hanging too low to the range. We debated hand making an entire new kitchen’s worth of cabinets but didn’t want to wait 5 years to use our kitchen again. Besides, if I’m going to make my own counters, I’m going to lay down a new tile floor first. In dismay, I pulled up Home Depot’s website. To my surprise, a 30x12x12 wall bridge cabinet in unfinished oak was a mere $48.45 and in stock! This is a no-brainer. I couldn’t build one of that. At $49, it is basically disposable so we can hang it, and when the time comes to remodel, we can replace it.
That said, now I have to debate whether to risk doing this construction over the stove, or moving it and possibly not having a stove for several days while the installation happens.add a comment