It seems death is in the air right now. I didn’t hear about it yesterday (what with all the traveling and whatnot) but James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died on Christmas Day and former president Gerald Ford died today (he was the longest-lived former president at age 93). On top of that, it was announced sometime over the past couple days that Saddam Hussein, deposed president of Iraq, is sentenced to be hanged within 30 days. All that and Somalia and Ethiopia are at war with each other or some such. Seems a little silly to me that two countries whose names have been synonymous with poverty and starvation for the past twenty plus years should be fighting each other. I don’t know the whole story on that though.

I eased back into work today. There was plenty to do, but it wasn’t overly hectic. Of course, it’s already Wednesday now, so I’ve only got a three-day work week.

Amanda got home and fixed some spaghetti. I didn’t realize until I started eating that I was so hungry. Of course, I hadn’t eaten anything else yet today. I just hadn’t felt the need.

Bruce stayed in bed until about 3:30 this afternoon. Lazy dog. My guess is that all the traveling and being around everyone else over the last few days just wore him out. Sometimes he seems a little sad after we’ve been around Paddy, my in-laws’ Jack Russell terrier, for a while then we leave. Then again, they don’t play as much as they used to, or like they used to. Bruce will pick at Paddy then yelp when she picks back, even if she hasn’t even touched him. It was pretty funny the other day when I watched them doing that. What a wienie.

The only stuff on the DVR now is a few Sopranos episodes that I haven’t watched yet and about a week’s worth of Days of Our Lives, so Amanda and I had a How I Met Your Mother night. We got through most of the first season, but I kept falling asleep on the couch. Guess I was pretty tired from the past week or so too.

Zach Dotsey