This is my last month of freedom

Every time I type the word Freedom I want to lift my fist to the air and proclaim it loudly. A little Braveheart moment there, sorry.

I am back in Las Vegas. I have been on a travel schedule like no other. Both of my secretaries decided to cram in as many meetings as I could handle to make sure I have covered everything we need to set my businesses up for the weeks I will not be working. Meetings always lead to emails back and forth, which leads to more meetings or even a decision or two. No project is a handshake deal anymore. It’s takes a long time for a project to go from idea to we’re really doing this.

The month of February will be all about preparation. I have read about 10 baby books. I watched Mr. Mom, 3 guys and a baby, and a few other movies to get my mindset prepared for the hard work, late nights, and sheer comedy of a single guy with newborn twins. I have a nanny that will be flying in the last week of February so we can come up with a care plan. She is my nanny’s granddaughter. I am so blessed to have her. My boys will get a glimpse of what my life was like with my nanny.

I need to get everything bought, setup, painted and ready. I need to visit the hospitals when my cousin and her daughter move in, the middle of the month. I also need to go to family therapy with her a few times. That’s a requirement so we can talk our feelings out in a safe environment.

I need to finish my Foster parent certification. Meeting with my lawyer half a dozen times and get all of my ducks in a row. Then wait and wait some more for answers back from the family court system in my county.

Oh and I also probably should start seriously thinking about names. I asked my cousin’s daughter if she would like to name them or at least one. She said no, it would be too personal. She is willing to move in, willing to go to the doctor’s appointments. To give birth, sign her paperwork and heal. Then she wants to go home as soon as she can. She wants to stay in a hotel for a few days after she is discharged from the hospital. She does not want to come back to my place with the twins there. Her mom said she would like to come by and see them over the first few days. And she also would like to help me get the nursery and my house prepped. She wants to be involved, her daughter, not at all.

All of the doctor’s appointments I am getting minimal information. I’m not allowed to go with them. Which does kind of hurt my feelings but I need to be respectful of her wishes and not push that issue. The only thing that matters whether I’m there or not is that everyone is healthy. I do get to be in the room when she delivers. We have a C section scheduled, we know the birthday and around the time.

As I’m typing this all out I’m starting to get anxiety. Everyone keeps telling me how hard it’s going to be. How I won’t have time to sleep if I really want to do this myself. I know that my family and friends will fly in and out of town the first few weeks and I will have help. But I really, really want to experience all of it. I know I will get peed on because I forget to put the diaper over one of them while I’m changing and cleaning a butt up. I know that I will have to figure out how to feed 2 kids at once. I will need to figure out even how to tell them apart. Lindsay said to write a number 1 and a number 2 on the bottom of the socks until I can visually tell them apart. Would that make me look like a terrible father? That I can’t even tell my own kids apart? Or is that actually smart so I don’t screw things up?

I’m getting baby advice from everyone. Even people I don’t know. And I love it. The more knowledge the better for me. I know nothing. But I am going to try my very best. I’m taking time off of work. I have a nanny, I will have the best nursery money can buy and I am going to have the kids in my life I have prayed for. I am going to be ready. Just not yet.

I am not dating. I’m pretty sure my dating life is now on hold for a couple of years. If an amazing woman comes into our life at some point I will accept that but I am no longer praying or hoping for it. I am alone and in that “I’m working on myself” phase. It’s healthy and good for me. I kind of got the shit kicked out of me last year so I’m not in any rush to find love again. I’m happy. I really am.

I bought 3 tickets to the Super Bowl. It will be a fun time. Lindsay gets back sometime in the morning. I have to pick her and her mom up from the airport or risk a danger to a kick in my balls. She threatened that. She will be on a plane with her mom for 14 hours straight. I love her mom to death, but that woman says the most random things out of nowhere. She is the reason why Lindsay is so quiet. Well unless you take her out, then she is so loud it’s embarrassing Lol I have so many people waiting for her to get home. Mostly Ben. He missed her a lot. I didn’t realize how close they had become. He said it was fine the first week but after that he wanted her home. He said he missed her laugh and making fun of his clothes. I promise you, none of our friends believed me when I told them she was engaged. They asked what foreign country he was from, then they asked how many billions of dollars does his family have. Then they said the funniest things ever and said how much gambling money does she owe him Lol They have zero faith in her going through with this marriage. Even she says she took the ring just to feel blingy Lol So we’ll see if she’s in a big rush to run down the aisle or if she’s going to come home and say bye to Ben. I hope not I got to know him a little better and he seems like a great guy. I missed her. I can’t wait to give her a big bear hug until she tells me Okay okay get the hell off of me you wanker Lol

I’m flying her mom back to Iowa on Tuesday. Then I have to go to Oklahoma city for a few days to check on that office. And finally back home on Friday. I miss Chicago every time I leave it. I miss my bed! I want my stuff with my food and my pantry. Other than the Super Bowl trip I have zero travel plans. I will be nesting. Is that really a thing? I guess that’s what it’s called. I don’t know.

I hope ya’ll had a great weekend. I loved Pittsburgh. It’s so diverse. We went to a conservatory, an art museum and a Christian music concert with some of my all time favorite bands. Then we went to Church this morning and came back. My 2 meetings there went okay but it’s not a market area I want to expand in. I did take the meetings to talk things over. But we passed on both of the projects. I have too many irons in the fire in Nevada. We now have 18 houses we are flipping in Las Vegas, 2 casino investments, and we bought retail space on the Strip. Too much to handle for me. I like the nice quiet office where I only have to take phone calls and emails all day long.

I might get cleaned up and go to Church tonight. It will be my last Mass in Las Vegas for a long time and I do enjoy the people. They helped me through a really bad time in my life and I would like to say so long to some of them. God is so great. I really love Church. It feels like home to me. And any chance I can, I praise my Jesus proudly. He has blessed my life more than I deserve.

God loves you all. I love ya’ll too!

Travel anyone?

This week has been a whirlwind of travel. I started in Denver, went to Provo, Utah on to Reno and then Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. I am finally back in Las Vegas until Friday.

I will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend. 2 meetings and I decided to do some relaxing while I’m there. I need it after this week. 

The good news I received recently is the twins will be born in early March. To be exact March 1st by C-section. That’s scheduled but if they come sooner we have to be prepared for it. My birthday is March 2nd so this will always be the best birthday gift ever! We don’t know yet if they are identical. They need to exam the membranes in the placenta or something I don’t get. I just want everyone to be healthy. My cousin’s daughter will be moving into my condo the middle of February with her mom. This is all happening so fast. 

As soon as I get home I will start getting the nursery ready. I haven’t even bought anything. All of this will affect my foster parent certification so I need to see if we can do something about that too. The next few weeks will fly by. I still don’t have names picked out. I don’t know if I should wait until I see them or if I should pick and be ready. 

Help! Lol I’m trying to figure this all out. Thank goodness I am Type A. I can make lists for my lists and dig out my label maker! Lol 

Hope you are all having a great week. I will try to update more over the weekend. I’m trying to get Super Bowl tickets for me and Mike. These things are expensive!

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Sometimes the only thing left to say is nothing. I have a busy week at work. It’s my last week in Las Vegas before I go home. I have great news that I can’t share yet. But it does make me happy.

All of February I will be working on my Foster Parent certification and if I complete everything and get approved I will be able to take the twins when they are born. I won’t be able to legally adopt them. I will have to wait but the main thing is I will have my sons with me at home. 

That being said I’m doing all the traveling I can now because most of the Spring I know I will be at home every night with my boys. 

Im going to be a Dad! I never thought that would happen. And the best news is I can’t pass on any of my crappy family medical history to them. They have a much better medical history coming from my cousin’s branch of the family tree. My dad’s family is heart disease, alcoholism, and high blood pressure. My mom’s side, where my cousin and I share DNA is full of cancer. I would have passed on the double whammy.

I probably need to start figuring out names. Do I rhyme them? Do I go all Biblical? I need baby boy name ideas! Help! I know I will not be going all crazy unique like Kane or Hawk. Hawk Cooper? No. 

I guess I should start getting a nursery set up. I have a condo downtown in Chicago and a house on the lake an hour north in Lake Forest. They will be raised both places. I have no idea what theme to make the nursery. Did you know you need a theme?

This is why I probably need to start dating someone that loves kids and wants to help me. Because I am already in over my head Lol

Have a great week everyone!

 

Rocky Mountain Adventure?

Greetings from beautiful Denver, Colorado. I flew in early this morning so I could catch the sunrise. I was late and didn’t make it. I will get to see it tomorrow. I wanted to take photos because it’s a great landscape here for it.

I’m here to take Mike and his mom to the AFC Championship game. He’s a huge Broncos fan and I promised (Lost a bet) to take him if his team advanced (I didn’t really think they would win Lol) so here I am. We don’t have the best seats but we will be there. And I said if he could get us into some cool tailgating parties with his buddies I would fill him and his mom up with stadium food all during the game.

I will be sporting my #6 Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, jersey to the game. Because I will not represent a team I don’t like. Go Bears! Pretty sure I will be the only Bears fan there in jersey. Should get interesting with the folks sitting around us. We just finished breakfast and are back at my hotel for a few minutes. I spilled some orange juice on my shirt and tie so I need to make a quick change. His mom is planning out our shopping trip with what stores she wants to hit at Cherry Creek mall. I hope they have a candle store. I love candles.

All of the Ebook orders are processed and marked paid. There were a few people saying they did not get theirs. Please check your Spam folder. For some reason some of them went there. If you did not receive it please leave a comment anywhere on this blog OR email me at:

Samuel@Notbatmanyet.com and I will get the processing company to send it out today.

You can now purchase my Ebook from my website. The link is at the top left of my site. If you are using the Mobile version of my blog, please scroll down to the bottom and hit Desktop to see the link. The price is still $6.

The paperback copy and the 2nd version of the Ebook will be on sale in Amazon, Itunes, and about 12 other book sellers online. I have no reason to put them in actual book stores because I don’t think that I will have enough interest for that. I knew the preorders would be the bulk of the book sales. Now I think I might get a few more hundred more over the next few months but I think that will be it.

Yes there are some errors in the book. Yes I am aware of them. The 2nd version will have those fixed. There are a few people commenting on formatting errors. It was tested on the latest edition OEM operating system on 21 different devices. If you upgrade your operating system on your device it should be okay. If not, please let me know so we can fix the Ebook as soon as possible. The paperbacks are being printed and as far as we saw, there are no errors in the printing. I’m sure there will be some but I didn’t see any.

If you bought the book, read it, please leave me a Book Review here:

Almost Meri’ed Ebook

 

Thank you all again. Have a great weekend! God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

 

The Ebooks are done

The company distributing my ebooks emailed me and told me all of the ebooks have been sent out but one. Even the Free Ebook I promised someone because I insulted her husband.

I’m going to start posting the reviews. I’ve been sitting on them for a week because I don’t know how to work the Review plugin that Lindsay installed and I wanted to get all of the books out so the people who had not received it yet would be upset.

The delays are over. If you did not receive your ebook please contact me direcly.

Samuel@NotBatmanYet.com and I will look into it tomorrow for you.

Also if you are having issues opening your ebook let me know how we can help. I sent out 5 different formats to cover all devices. But there is always issues with this kind of thing.

Thank ya’ll for your patience. Anyone wanting to buy the book, the link will be back up on Saturday. And you can order it then.

The paperback book will be on Amazon, Itunes, and about a dozen other book retailer websites. I am self-publishing it. It’s currently being printed. It’s going to be very cool when I get them in to actually see a book with my name on it.

This is an ebook and I am not a professional writer. But you can follow along with my story. I hope you enjoy it. And if you don’t, I don’t mind hearing that too. I expected a lot of really bad reviews. So far only 1 bad one.

I’m in Salt Lake City, Utah until Saturday morning. Then I’m going to Denver for the weekend to see Mike. Hope ya’ll are having a great week!

It’s in the mail

Greetings from Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m at my hotel. I have to get ready for a meeting and a dinner thing tonight. I will be here a few days.

The book is at the end of processing for those that have not received it yet. Thank you for your patience. I’ve been getting some really great book reviews. One bad one, that’s expected. I will be posting those to the new Book Reviews page on here. As soon as I figure that out. I’m happy to get comments. I am not a professional writer. I’m just a guy telling his story. I hope that all of the orders will be completed by tonight or early morning. The company I hired started with the international stuff first. Those folks replied back with comments and they were dealing with that and stopped processing things. Apparently not everyone overseas knew this was an english version of the book and there is no foreign language version. There will be soon. I’m big in Amsterdam apparently Lol Not sure how that happened but I’m happy to know that. Love all the international customers as well as my fellow Americans. Ya’ll are helping me be able to donate all of the book profits to a great organization. The preorder check will be presented to them next week. I made over $31,000 on preorders and they are getting every penny of it.

I don’t need money from this book and I don’t want it. All I have ever wanted was my side of my story. Thank you for your patience. The link to buy it will be back up on Saturday. Love to hear from ya’ll about it!

I’m craving funeral potatoes and I know I’m not supposed to eat any of it. I smelled bacon the last time I was here and almost threw up. I hope I can find someone who makes those at my office so I can bribe them into making me some. I don’t even care if they are vegan, they are delicious. Bad name for them though.

Oh, and Lindsay will be back from Australia on February 2nd. I did not realize how many people miss her when she’s gone. I hope she is having a blast with her mom on their trip. The last time I emailed her she was googling Russell Crowe’s address so her mom could go blow a kiss outside of his house and snap a picture. Why? I have no idea Lol

Who wants to get punched in the face tonight?

I wasn’t able to get to the gym yesterday because I was stuck working on things. My emails got backed up because I went to a ski resort in Utah all weekend. I was frustrated about that.

Tonight I made sure to get off work on time. Met Ben at the gym and decided it was boxing night. We hit the heavy bag and try to learn how to efficiently throw punches. There are a few guys in there that seem to know what they are talking about that help us out. Somewhere something got said about me sparring with someone else. I said no way. Someone called me a baby. So I said let’s do this.

Keep in mind I have been in a lot of fist fights. When I was younger. I haven’t been in a fist fight in…I can’t remember. In a fight I’m the guy that stands up and says which one wants some of this. Because I’m an arrogant prick due to my size. I’m 6’6″ and tower over most of the guys I see around. In a fight, I punch once in the mouth. If the guy is still standing I will take a shot at the eye. And if that doesn’t do it, another one in the mouth. When you are actually fighting you kind of just land punches wherever you can because half of the time you are moving or being moved and you throw one out there and hope to connect. I have never been knocked out. I’ve been knocked on my ass before. I admit that. I also admit to knocking more people on their ass than I have been. That’s not my point.

My point is this. I did not want to box tonight. I didn’t want to box tomorrow night of the night after that. I’m not in a boxing kind of workout mood. Especially with some guy who I know can out punch me. I’m a southpaw slugger. One punch is all I’m used to dealing with. We got our gloves on. The mouth guard in. Ding ding. Let’s ready to rumble? Oh s***!

So this guy, who I now believe must be in the boxing hall of fame, does this bob and weave move and knocks me right in the gut. Which lurches me forward. Wait! Is lurch a word? Did I just make that up from the Munsters or is that an actual verb? Anywho, I’m bent over a little and he clocks me right in the chin. We are about .000003 into the round. I decided that going toe to toe with this guy isn’t my best idea so I start walking away from him. Guess what guys? Never turn your back in a boxing ring! Not even to run Lol

He nails me in the side with a shot that unhinged an internal organ. I haven’t figured out which one yet because I’m still sitting here with an ice pack taped to my side. I will let you know later. I stumble forward but now I’m pissed. Not at him. He’s just doing what a boxing legend of his caliber is meant to do. I’m made at myself. But mostly, I’m mad at Ben for calling me a baby Lol

I turn around and decide to throw a punch. I hit mid-air. Proud moment, folks. I throw another one and this time hit the top of his forehead. Okay, wasn’t exactly where I was aiming but I’m drunk on pain. I let out some sort of prehistoric growl and unload a really solid shot to his mouth. It’s the only place I know to punch that’s effective.

Bad………idea.

He pulled his arm back so far, I had time to look at Ben, look back at the guy, and look back at Ben before his fist made contact. He knocked me right in the left eye. My good eye! And I stumble back 2 steps. Okay okay, I went back like 4 steps.

I know this may sound really stupid. But when you get talked into getting in a boxing ring you really aren’t thinking that this is going to hurt. You tell yourself, “I’m going to kick ass!” You run through all the Rocky movies you have seen and you try to guess what round you will knock your opponent out in.

I was done. Punched in the face. My EYE, MY EYE! All of it. I throw my hand up and said I’m done. Well with my mouth piece in it came out like I’m fuuuunnnnnnmmmmm. But I quit. I went over to the corner where I was called a few other names until they saw what I had already known. My left eye was starting to close up. Ben said, “Grab the blade we’ll slice it like in Rocky 3”. That started an actual debate on what movie that scene was really in. And no one was paying attention to my eye. So I left. I got in the locker room. Grabbed an eyespack, <— See what I did there Lol And left.

And now I’m home. I taped an icepack to my side. It’s sore. I have made a headband out of a pillowcase to hold an icepack to the side of my face and I’ve already called 5 people to tell them I kicked ass in boxing tonight.

I’m having a bad day guys!