I’m awake but I’m not up yet

I went to bed early last night. That’s an understatement. I fell asleep at 3:30pm Lol I had a busy weekend and overdid the chores. The house and yard are all cleaned up so it was for a good cause. I always forget Monday morning at 2am my time, my girlfriend Kate calls as she drives to work. We talk for a few minutes. It’s mostly me incoherently grunting through the phone call. By the time we are off the phone, I AM UP! And I’m not always happy about it. I try to go back to sleep, most of the time I am successful. But not this morning. Today is one of those days I’m up and I might as well get laundry started.

We are in full swing of plans for Halloween. We are not going trick or treating off of the compound so the adults are trying to make it special and fun. We will be decorating, throwing a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, scariest noise, fastest apple bob. All the fun things we used to do at my 4H Halloween party every year as a kid. I hope my kids have fun. I know the adults have been having a blast planning the whole thing out.

I was going to go as something else but now I’m going as a Pirate. I ordered my costume, it fits, that’s what I’m doing. The kids have options and are still undecided. We even got costumes for the pets.

Let me see what else is going on around here? I’m still working the phone lines for Joe Biden’s campaign on the weekend. I’ve signed 46 people up to register to vote. That makes me proud of what I’m doing. It’s taken me 32 hours to do that Lol It’s something at least. I have given a lot of information out so everyone knows where to vote and how to do the absentee ballots if they want. This election is so important. I’m doing all I can to get the word out about Joe Biden. He is not my ultimate candidate but he’s pretty good. I don’t mind supporting him and I know he’s going to win in a landslide. The other side is so batsh** crazy, it wouldn’t take much for our side to win Lol

Please make sure you are registered to vote. Don’t just assume you are. Check on it. You can do it online. IWILLVOTE.com

Have a great week guys! I might try to go back to bed for a few more hours. I love my girlfriend’s calls but it’s still 3:30am here. I need my sleep!

Addressing My Email Address

For this blog, my email address is:

Samuel@NotBatmanYet.com

You are welcome to email me anything you want. Someone will read them. I get sent the ones that want a response. I would say about half of my email is people sending me info to look at and read. I love that.

Now for my other blog it’s that website url plus Samuel at the front. Emailing me here for something over there, isn’t in order Lol I appreciate it though. Also, with Godaddy Email system, which both of my blogs use, sometimes emails get put into the Spam folder and lazy butt me doesn’t see it until I think to check the spam folder. Sorry about any delays. I try to remember but I’m old af.

Good Talk.

Should we stay or should we go?

We had a family meeting Sunday morning about whether it’s time to go home or not. I voted yes, I’m ready to go. The other adults (Sarah, Brenda, Lynn, and Gabby) all voted to stay. I asked the kids, Heston said, Why would we ever leave? So that’s decided. We are staying in Hawaii for the rest of this year and for all of the upcoming holidays.

Covid is still not under control. The lack of federal response has been a mess. Our local area Denver, is doing well, another outbreak, doing well again, another outbreak again. I’m not comfortable with that part but I do miss my house. I have a buddy’s mom living there for now. She loves it. She’s able to work from home and still maintain the house and guest house. I am now considering getting one of the rooms redone to better suit what I want it to be. It might be the perfect time to get that part of the house renovated. It shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 days. She can isolate in the guest house while they work. I’m thinking on it.

The boat I bought the family is awesome. We take it slow and kind of putter around our little island just looking at stuff from a different perspective. We’ve been out into the deep water on the calm days and have opened her up a bit Lol That was fun. Okay, well the boys all had fun. I got yelled at twice to slow down and I did right away. I love boats. I love water. I always have.

The kids are still doing online school. We did change school districts though. My kids are now all enrolled through Colorado/Denver school district. It was an easy decision. I’m not going into why but Hawaii school system is a completely different animal. I didn’t appreciate certain aspects of it and I pulled my kids. All of this virtual learning stuff is getting much easier. Peace gets her 1 hour a day to learn after everyone is done in school. She loves it. She’s going to love school when she’s able to attend next year. I’m excited for her. My daughter is very smart. She’s going to be smarter than me some day I already know that. I’m glad she loves to learn new things.

Everyone is doing well. We added a stray kitten to our family. We named her Kaia and we call her Kai or Kaia. Depends on the moment. She is a beautiful black fur ball with beautiful green eyes. She’s been to the vet and gotten a checkup. We think she is now 8 weeks old. She plays with Amanda and Bubba a lot. Penny, not so much. Penny has kissed her head a few times but that’s about it. Penny is the HBIC of our cats and she isn’t into teaching this kitten anything.

I’m finally feeling better. I had a head cold or allergies or a mild flu with no fever. Who knows. I went to the doctor and he wasn’t much help. My symptoms were not pin pointing one specific thing. I got medication for allergies and that helped out a lot. My voice is finally out of the James Earl Jones depths and I’m not coughing up a lung. Whatever that was I hope it stays away forever. That was a rough several days for me.

I did manage to get caught up on all of our podcasts this past weekend. I will be posting all 8 of those later today. Be sure to wander over to our page and click on all the links marked NEW. We just added that this weekend. I didn’t even know we could do that Lol I love our new platform. It’s much easier for me to navigate.

How are you guys doing? I caught up on all of your wonderful messages. Thank you so much for the support. I love you guys too and I hope you have a great end of September. Wow this year is flying by, huh?

This better be allergies

So I’m banished to the pool house because I had a fever yesterday. I’ve been struggling with a head cold? sinus infection? allergies? for 2 days. I’m short of breath and even taking the trash out to the bin is winding me. Sarah took a look at me and did her assessment. I had a small fever. I think it broke this morning. At least I hope so.

Homeschooling the twins is up and down. Some days they are into it, some it’s making them sit down and pay attention. It’s not easy for them or their teacher. She is trying her best to keep all the students engaged. I’m trying my best to keep them sitting there. Heston is the attitude and squirmy one. Alex loves online learning Lol I’m not at all surprised. 1st grade is going well. They just want to go back into school. Not until COVID is under control.

My other kids are all doing great. I love spending time with my girls. They are both at an interesting age. They like to play together, then they pull each other’s hair and scream Lol 1 and 3. Oh boy. The little kitten we found in a tire is doing well. She eats A LOT OF PATE/Oatmeal mix. Okay I just accidentally hit the caps lock key and I’m too lazy to roll back up there and fix that. I did not mean to emphasize that.

Things with Kate and I are going great. We are in that quiet, let’s be sweet and kind to each other all the time phase. I love it. I really do love her a lot. She loves me. I know that. Things are looking up for both of us. We just want that dang border to open up already. It’s been months since we’ve seen each other and I’m getting ansty Lol It’s been a long time. Our daily phone calls twice or thrice? help out.

That reminds me of that Golden Girl episode when Rose wrote a theme song for Miami. Miami is nice, Miami is nice, so I’ll say it thrice. Then Dorothy stopped the song and said I’ll say it thrice???? It was really funny.

I’m doing well. Other than this being a little bit sick and coughing all over. I’m going to the clinic today. I need to call this morning to make an appointment. I just need some antibiotics or something. I am not at all thinking this is COVID. I have not been around anyone outside of our compound at all. This is just my usual early fall allergies I’m sure.

How are you guys doing? I will be writing back to all of the the emails and comments soon. I finished up all of the DM’s late last night. Sorry that’s taking so long getting back to you guys but homeschooling and these kids keep me very busy now. I love you all, take care!

Hawaiian Style

I am finally sleeping longer into the night. I have been crashing right after I put my kids to bed because I’m up early talking to my girlfriend to start out her work day. The past 2 weeks have been hard but I am able to call her, talk a few then go back to sleep. I think I’m finally over this insomnia phase. That’s been a 6 month struggle. I only need about 6 hours of sleep a night but being on a different time zone than all of my business calls or meetings has been hard to adjust to.

The kids are all doing well. We are all adjusting to our 2 new additions to the family. Life is peaceful, boring, and easy. I love it. When the kids are in school I glide along the weeks because it’s pretty much the same routine. Homeschooling is a challenge but we are working hard with the boys teachers to get the school year started in a positive direction. We have been at it over a month now and I can say it is getting better. The first few weeks were rough for a lot of their classmates. I have opted out of this school year, they offered online school for those that want it. We are back in lockdown for another 2 weeks which means I can only go out for emergencies or food. They are looking to pull back some restrictions but it’s been a roller coaster. I have to buy food for 3 weeks at a time just in case we go back on lockdown. We had it so the girls and I could go out Monday through Thursday anywhere we needed or wanted to go. The understanding was mask up, glove up, or don’t go. I keep telling everyone we all have made it through this COVID mess without getting it. I have to keep doing the exact same precautions to ensure we are all healthy. We could sign up for the drive thru COVID testing but no one has any symptoms. I don’t want to waste any tests when I know we are on the compound and not coming off of it for a while. If someone had been sick, of course I would take everyone for the test. I thank God every day that we have made it this far.

I also pray everyday for healing and purpose. There have been almost 10,000 cases of COVID so far with 87 deaths. I’m so thankful I made the right choice for my family removing us from Denver. Alex’s health is number 1 to me and I was scared he would get it and die. In Denver county they have 11,579 cases with 434 deaths. I don’t know why the death rate here is so low but I’m thankful for all of the medical professionals that are keeping us all safe. They are all heroes. It’s a tough time in the world. Pray and try to show grace to all. That’s all we can do.

How are you guys doing? We are going to be talking about the Michael Cohen book on my #VeganSam podcast. We knocked out about 5 episodes of that one and my #SoulToLife podcast over the weekend. I’m still working on editing but I promise all of my podcast fans they will all be up soon. I’m loving our new spot! It makes editing, adding filters and text to our videos much better. Yes I just got a haircut and yes it is much shorter than I wanted. You will see that in the videos. I’m happy it will grow out fast but I needed a new style and this one is called Hawaiian style. Feel free to add your comments in our comment section over there when you watch the shows. And yes my dog was barking a lot in one of them. Sorry? He was playing with the boys.

That’s about it. No huge updates. Quiet, calm. The best part of the year. Is it almost fall? I wouldn’t know. It’s 84 degrees here every day Lol

More WordPress Updates?

Now that my WordPress blog is updated, they released more updates. I should be able to press the Update button now and do it myself. I was probably 2 or 3 years behind on all of the plugin, translations, core updates. Lindsay helped me get it straightened out and I do have backup files just in case. I learned how to do the backups myself.

I have decided my kids are staying home this entire semester for homeschooling. No one in shocked at all. Alex is doing so well here, I don’t want to risk it. I’m happy we finally have that decision made and we are working out all the small issues with the kids staying at home to learn. It’s a challenge to get the boys to sit and participate but Sarah and I are doing our best. We have to remind them all of the time. This is all temporary, you can go back to school later.

I’m doing good. I’m getting back to exercising regularly. I really love going out for walks and enjoying the cool ocean breeze. I’m able to be outside most of the afternoon and evening. My kids love to swim and play. It’s sad I can’t get them into sports or try to have other kids come over right now. We do a lot of Facetime calls. We have hit that daily same routine phase and I love it. It is calming all the household chaos down. Gabby is a party all on her own so it’s been an interesting time. I never thought we would end up here. I think God led me here on purpose for my own wellness and probably mental well being. I might be losing my sh** by now if we stayed in Denver and the COVID numbers kept going up.

Wear a mask, social distance. Follow the guidelines. If you don’t want to wear a mask, okay. But you are risking your own life. I think you should sign a waiver saying you will not seek medical attention WHEN YOU get COVID. Your choice, our consequences.

The Joe Biden phone banking is going very well. People have been polite. Some of the poll numbers my district is seeing is very good. I think Hawaii is a hugely Democratic presence anyway. Things with Kate and I are going well. We are working hard not to flip out or flip out on each other during this global pandemic. We are able to communicate through any rough patches. For the most part it’s a lot of laughing, a lot of Scrabble, and a lot of checking in with each other. I love her. She knows that. We are solid and happy.

Hope you guys are doing well. Stay safe out there. You wouldn’t want any North Carolina or Fort Worth cooties Lol

Super Fudge

I had this book when I was a kid. I ordered it from Amazon and I’ve been reading it to my kids at night. They are laughing so hard at all of his antics. It also shows the dynamic of a middle child, which makes it real and true. What a great book. Does anyone else remember that book?

We have survived the first week of Live homeschooling. It’s been tough. It’s a lot of me sitting nearby telling the boys to pay attention or quit talking so much. Peace loves her 1 hour school time. She is so smart. The boys are too but not as sharp as her. We are in that nice quiet routine that I love. Life is happy, fun, an adventure every day. There is serious talks about not moving back to Denver. I don’t like it and I’ve veto’ed it. I want to be in Denver until Alex is at least 8 years old. That’s the target year his surgeon said for him to be okay. It’s all a waiting game.

Instead we are enjoying beautiful Hawaii. It really is magical. The sunrises are just as good as the sunsets. The water is so warm and fun to play in. I love it here, but I don’t want to live here.

How are you guys doing? I will be getting back to your messages today and tomorrow. I see I have a few new emails too. I will get to that. I love you guys, have a great weekend!