Saturday, September 13, 2014

Owen Jacob

I haven't posted here in a very long time.  I used to write more often in my younger days, though I'm not sure it had much substance to it at times.  So as I grew older and less connected to the 'web blog' trend, I found myself wanting to write more, but wanting to focus this 'blog' in a certain direction.  Anyone that knows me well, knows it would be hard for me to pick one topic and stick with it.  Radio? Maybe... Music?  Why not?  Sports?  Sure... The internet isn't flooded with those type of writings. :-)
This was my first problem.
Not only that, but could I really come up with something meaningful once a week in that one subject?  Sure, I might have a decent thought in my head every blue moon, but I could never see it being something worth my time to really dive into.  So I left it as a 'personal blog' even though I rarely posted anything super personal on it, and even fewer people cared about what I put down.

I've had life altering events... Plenty of them in fact!  Job changes, marriage, moving, a dog we adore, family, friends, and accomplishments... But nothing up till now made me look at my little slice of online pie and think, "I'm going to write about this once a week".
Until now...
Please welcome Owen Jacob Elrod, born 9/3/14 at 3:13pm 7lbs 15oz and 21 inches.  As the Kenny Chesney song so emotionally states it, "there goes my life, my future, my everything".

I will once again, attempt to post once a week about this little guy and what's going on in the Elrod household.

As I was in the shower today, I realized just how much your first child changes your thinking.  I think I always knew this, but was so stuck in this almost 'self centered/immature' stage in my life for so long, that this has been a good wake up call to care about family way more than yourself.  Brooke feels this on a much bigger level than even I expected her to, considering our reluctance to start a family past a dog.  Not that Lexi isn't part of the family!   But the responsibility level of a child is so much higher as everyone we'll knows.

First time parents are freaks...  We worry about every little thing and think we've broken them at the slightest abnormal behavior, even when it's totally normal.  We had an 'episode' of Owen spitting up for the first time this morning, and the poor on call pediatrician probably thought we were crazy!
We're also told 8 million different things from doctors, nurses, friends, family, and the internet about how to raise a child.  My only conclusion is that there is not, and there will never be a set of direction for an infant or child.  Old school or new school... There's probably not that much difference.

But here we are, trying everything to make sure our little everything gets everything he needs to grow up to get everything he dreams of.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Vanity? No way...

Brooke and I went down to Murray last Thursday for a dedication ceremony for an analytical lab named after Dr. Howell Clark, who is also responsible for Brooke's scholarship while we were there.  He and his wife are great people... Can't say enough good things about them.
He spoke at the end of the ceremony, after all these other colleagues and former students had spoken such kind words about him.
He mentioned vanity, and how all humans feel the need to be remembered.
After contemplating his words, and knowing the type of person he is, there's no possible way 'vanity' had any part in it. 
When you sacrifice your good fortune for the aid of others, that's the most selfless act that could never be called vanity. 
Obviously, if it's in the wrong spirit then it could be called vanity.
-when you give up the large paycheck of 'industry' for the fulfillment of teaching
-when you live humbly, in the community that raised you
-when you retire, but continue to help students achieve their dreams through financial support
-when you genuinely care about those people you help
-and most recently, give back so much to your Alma mater, that they name a lab after you, a lab that will continue to help educate students well beyond your years.

That's a really good track record that speaks volumes about a person's character and spirit.
Vanity?  No way...
All around good person?  A massive understatement...

On other notes!
MSU a six seed?!  Wow, no respect... BUT, that puts us playing in Louisville!  Maybe I could get some tickets and go!  So proud to be a Racer, especially after this magical year...  Know what happens when you beat a horse?  It runs faster!
UK a number 1 over all, and hopefully mad after a tough loss to Vandy.  Hard to beat a good team 3 times though.  I like our chances to win it all this year though...
WKU squeaks in... Go Tops?  (Till you play UK)
UofL, winning Big East, beating MSU's former coach...
This is the state of Kentucky basketball!!!  Any other states have 4 teams in the big dance?

Bracket to follow...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Oh, great...

This might take a while...
For some reason, I have decided to take my old Wordpress Blog and archive it here on Blogger.

The biggest problem with this you ask?
The import doesn't seem to work...  SO, I guess I'm stuck manually entering in everything on here which wouldn't be so bad if my old blog didn't go back to 2003!

Ok... so here we go I guess!  Wish me luck...

Scratch that... I knew there had to be a genius out there!

 ^ puts a smile on my face...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Host #3... or is it 4?

Much like my career in radio, my relationship with my now wife, and anything else I've been doing for a while... My "web hobby" has slipped into the decade old status without me noticing.

I remember the first website hosting company I ever used was 'homestead' back when it was free to create a site.  Then it was hostrocket for my first shared/managed hosting service.  Then I vaguely remember a disaster of month or two that was with when I finally decided that godaddy was good enough for my domain names, why not my hosting needs too?  Fast forward to 2011... I think godaddy has started to put a little too much time and money into their 'godaddy girls' and super bowl ads.  My performance, and support with them has degraded drastically as of the last couple of months.  So much so, that I've been forced to switch hosting providers to hostgator.

I finally got all the sites switched over to this new HostGator server, and so far I've been pleasantly surprised.  I had to create a 'parent domain' again, and since was already used for my current hosting, I decided to come up with something more 'business friendly' in case it ever turned into something more.  So, maybe one day I'll get around to creating a service portfolio on the new site for my 'side projects'...

THIS site has been pretty dormant for a while now though, so I doubt anyone will see this.  BUT, just in case... that's what's up.
ACTUALLY, there's a lot going on right now, but we've got about another week before that hits the fan officially.

So... enjoy the new 'look' to the site, the faster speed, and the possible resurrection of the blog?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Let's try this thing!

Ok, I'm trying posterous on my iPhone for the first time. Any other good options for a multi-site posting app, that I don't know of?

Here's the deal...

I admit, I'm lazy when it comes to my website...

BUT!  Technology can finally enable me to be even more so, but actually benefit me instead!

so... with that said, there will be some massive changes coming to the site soon, and hopefully it will be a good thing.
I've just found myself permanently attached to my iphone, and doing a lot more facebook and twitter than I ever thought I would.  Which has caused a pretty bad neglect to my site here.  But hopefully thanks to a productive app, that will all change soon, and you can catch up on what's going on in my life through whatever internet medium you choose to use.

Until then...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Talk about 'Derby!'

So, I know I haven't posted much here recently as usual...
But one thing I always tried to do every year was post my annual Derby update.


Yes, I made the magazine again, and I'll get those photos on here asap.
Yes, I went again this year and had another great time, and I'll recap all that here soon as well.

BUT first, since I've been working on these, I must share my first try at aerial photography!

With all the storms this past weekend down here and throughout the regional area, the lake/dam water is getting pretty high and starting to do some damage, etc.  Not that there hasn't been enough damage already in the area... My parents had over 2 feet of water in their basement!  (unfortunately, I wish I could say I don't know what that feels like)