Choosing My World

The past week has been, well, thought provoking to say the least. Earlier in the week I learned that a former office mate was killed in a car accident. While I didn’t know him other than as the always smiling Masters student who shared an office with me, his sudden death was a shock. He…

Twice As Deadly, Not Nearly As Furry

I am a giant ball of sloth deep fried in boiling liquid gluttony. That’s right folks, twice the deadly sins for the price of one. I’m what you’d call a bargain1. At least, that’s how I feel after today’s meal. Seriously, I should have worn my eating-pants, or perhaps clothed myself in the finest dining-tarp…

Hey Mama

In the event that you’ve somehow forgotten, today is Mother’s Day. For those of you that have forgotten and have a mom that should be called, I suggest that you get on the horn and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. You’ve got a few minutes left before you’re in the ‘bad’ or ‘neglectful child’…

Holy Expletive-ing Hell

Yesterday I received a phone call from my Dad. It went something like this: Dad: By the way, I had to take your mother to the hospital today because of chest pain. Me: A short moment of stunned silence where I processed this little nugget of slap-me-in-the-face reality and what it could mean, while at…

The Shenaniganning Continues

Sometime last year – early November to be somewhat more specific – I received a text from Rick about a new and wonderful adventure. That adventure was ice-climbing. On receiving the text, it took me all of about a millisecond to respond with a resounding hells ya. Well, flash forward a few months – basically just…

Look Out! It’s Almost The Future

In a few short weeks some of us will be getting over the first wave of holiday gluttony (also known as Christmas), perhaps by loosening our belts, or deciding to sport jogging pants for a solid week because they are just so “comfy” and not because our other pants have mysteriously shrunk. We’ll also be…

Saturday Night Reunion

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting at the hospital with my brothers Sandy, and Aidan, and my sister-in-laws Becky, and Shannon. Bernie is sound asleep down the hall (thank you sedatives, morphine, and a healthy brew of other pharmacological treats), thankfully oblivious to the machines that go bing, and hopefully dreaming about something more exciting than…

How My Brother Got His Boo-Boo

Last night around 9:30pm I received a phone call from my mom. When the phone rang, I was just sitting down to a late dinner prepared for me by Dom (which was absolutely delicious, and also already delayed by me as I had spent some time on the phone chatting with my friend Matt). Anyway,…

Mom-ku

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, moms, mas, mamas, and mums out there.  Whatever you call your mom, make sure to take the time to say thanks for all of the things that she has undoubtedly done for you since you came screaming into this world (and for the 9-10 months prior to that)….

Thankfully Awesomeness Does Not Lead To Spontaneous Combustion

While Christmas is so 2010, I feel the need to bring it up.  Why?  Well, this year was the first year in a long time that the entire Gillis clan was together.  My two older but just as immature-as-me brothers, their respective wives, my younger brother who wishes he was as awesome as me, my…