Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas, Gay Bow Ties, and Cute Bakery Guy

Merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers and readers!  Hope everyone had a great holiday with their families and friends.

This year was the first year without my mom, but it wasn't nearly as hard has we thought it would be, mainly because we felt her with us the whole day.  Unfortunately I spent most of the day by myself, having woken up Christmas morning with the flu or some type of similar virus, I wasn't able to join my dad and sister at my aunt and uncles house down the road.  It was all good though, I had a solid time resting on my couch next to a roaring fire, while watching Elf haha.  To be honest I also enjoyed a good jerk off sesh.  I finally had the house to myself for the first time in a few weeks so I didn't have to be careful about being loud and shit.  Also, we had a white Christmas so aside from being sick it was a pretty great day for me haha.

Christmas has always been big in my house, my dad had a father who wasn't really around all that much, especially on the holidays.  He made the promise that he would always give my sister and I the memories he wish he had grown up with.  He has always followed through.  We're more grateful than ever this year because he was able to do it all, even without my mom.  We all gave each other some great gifts, some being really meaningful.

The best gift I got this year was from my sister, it's a bow tie.  Not just any bow tie, it was one from actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson's (Modern Family) line of bow ties called Tie the Knot.  100% of the proceeds benefit the fight for Marriage Equality in the US.  The link: 

She chose the green/purple plaid in the top right because 
those were my mom's favorite colors, so she made it even more meaningful.

This years line is sold out (I got the second to last one) but they have another line coming out in February 2013.  I think its fucking awesome that my sister did this for me, she knows I love to rock a bow tie from time to time. That she chose something that had deep meaning behind it well, made it possibly one of the best gifts I've ever been given.

Now on to cute bakery nothing happened between us, well at least nothing sexual.  It was my sister's birthday and I stopped at a local bakery a couple towns over to pick up her cake.  I walk in and there were a couple of good looking dudes working the kitchen which is open to the front of the store.  The guy I was most attracted to immediately welcomed me in and started talking with me, asking my needs, etc.  Then the owner comes out, great lady btw.  We're talking and I'm making all these wise-ass comments about my sister and how high-maintence she is and I'm cracking the guy up.  He's laughing at everything I say and he just keeps looking over at me, even though he was supposed to be doing other things.  So I continue on being the witty guy I am and start talking directly to him and we begin what I would consider to be flirting, dunno if he saw it that way, but it sure felt like it to me.  He tells me to have a great night and I head off to my sister's birthday dinner feeling confident as hell.

I go back there a few days later because I have a friend's Christmas party to go to and I need to bring dessert so I figured, what the hell, I'll go back to [insert name of bakery here].  I walk in and he's there again, he helps me out and as I'm leaving he makes a point to say "Have a great holiday, man."  I didn't know if I was reading too much into it all, but when he said that to me as I was leaving it felt sincere, like he really wanted me to have a great holiday.  Anyway it was a big deal for me, mainly because I've always lacked confidence, but all of a sudden as I'm standing there talking to this guy I realize this is a holy-shit-ive-never-had-this-kind-of-confidence moment.  I just went with it and to be honest, felt a little empowered.

That's all men.  Hope you all are doing well.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thanksgiving and pics from Iceland

Hey Dudes,

I know this is a bit late, but hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  Mine was pretty solid, celebrated with close family. It was low-key and for sure hard without my mother being there, as well as her brother, but all in all a peaceful day. They weren't the only ones missing, though.  We had dinner with my dad's cousin and her family at my house, like we always have.  His cousin is like a sister to him.  Both my parents were stuck with the shit end of the stick when it came to biological siblings, but they were lucky enough to find brothers and sisters in some of their cousins.  This cousin, my aunt, is an unbelievable woman.  She and my mom were very close.  She was the only person through my moms fight with cancer that treated her totally normal.  My mom really appreciated that.  Her oldest daughter was also missing from Thanksgiving.  She's battled addiction for years with alcohol and prescription drugs, which is very common where I live.  She finally hit rock bottom last summer and my aunt and uncle made the decision to send her away for long-term treatment.

She's an awesome girl and I'm mad proud of her....she went willingly, knowing she needed to change her life.  She's doing so well and even though there's still a long road ahead, we all have a feeling this time is legit.  We missed her a lot, so Thanksgiving was hard all around, but we're happy because we know at least she'll be coming back.  It was only our two families who had dinner together, so there were six of us in total, the smallest we've ever had.  It was great though, super chill and go with the flow.  No stick-up-their-ass relatives to deal with until later in the day when my mom's mother came by haha.  Hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed being with their loved ones.

What are you guys most thankful for?  I know I'm thankful just to be alive and well.  That I have my sight, ability to walk and function normally (things we all normally take for granted).  And that I have great people in my life, both at home and here in the blogosphere!

On a different note, I've posted some pictures from Iceland.  Despite what happened on this recent trip, I still love the place.  My dad and my sister fell in's a beautiful country.  The city of Reykjavik is one of the top ten best nightlife cities of Europe and the countryside is unbelievable with it's waterfalls, lava fields, and active volcanos.  I wasn't able to get many pics from this last trip because it was cut short, but enjoy.

Sign on the door of a bar in Reykjavik.  Love it.

Gulfoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful in
the world.  Beats out Niagra in the US

Icelandic Horses, only found in Iceland

Cool surf cloud over farm land

My sister killin it in front of the statue at Hallgrímskirkja Church

 Hotel 101 drinks in the lounge

 Some architecture I liked

UNO cucina italiana.  

Tried the braised oxtail....nomnomnom

 A small church my father, sister's bf, and I ended up in

Hallgrímskirkja Church - most famous in Iceland. Enormous.

Views from the steeple at Hallgrímskirkja Church

 Burgers are BOMB at Vegamót, one of my
favorite restaurants in RKV

 Reykjavik City Hall

 Great bar and restaurant

Sun Voyager Sculpture
"Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun.  Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of
undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.  The sculpture is located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland."

 Views of the city harbor

 Lava fields

Church and graveyard in the middle of nowhere