Daddy's Moving In

NOTE: This post is not by Lori.  I (Scott) am moving in.

I have decided to shut down my blog called Zone Defense and move all my posts to this blog, making it the central location for all things related to our little crew of five Franklins.

From now on my posts are going to be here and only here.  I posted a notice over at Zone Defense.  I am assuming, hopefully not too much, that if you are interested in what Lori has to blog about our family, you’ll be able to put up with what I blog about this family as well.

I have already moved my posts from Zone Defense so if you happen to read through the old stuff here, you’ll find all my junk mixed in.

We’ll be making a few collaborative adjustments to this blog to reflect this change (like adding author pictures, etc.) so bear with us during the adjustment phase.

By the way, if you happened to be following Lori on Facebook or Twitter, you may have accidentally been inundated with post notices.  For that I am sorry.  I take full responsibility for the mishap.


How to get rid of hiccups

image I know everyone has their own technique and what works for one person won’t work for another.  I, personally, get hiccups fairly regularly, generally after not chewing my food well enough followed by a large swig of Diet Dr. Pepper.  Although, sometimes they show up spontaneously. 

I have a list of things to try and almost never have to live with them for very long.  The first thing I try is around 90% effective for me.  I’ve offered the suggestion to a few of my friends and they’ve had mixed results.  Nevertheless, it’s a fairly sure thing for me.

Technique #1: Timing the Hiccups

image Depending on if I have watch handy, I’ll do this different ways.  When I can watch the second hand of the watch or the seconds on a digital watch, I will count the number of hiccups in a minute and then focus very intently on making the subsequent minute have fewer hiccups.  I came up with this by remembering when I was in grade school and I had a few friends that would use hiccups as an excuse to go to the bathroom or the water fountain.  The teacher would ask them to hiccup and the entire class would turn and watch.  Then, inevitably, they wouldn’t be able to.  A few times, I actually had the hiccups and asked to go get a drink.  When I was put in spotlight, I was unable to follow through no matter how severe the hiccups had been.  Seems to me that focusing intently on making yourself hiccup can help rid yourself of this infirmity.  Timing is a good way to make myself focus on them and force the next one.  If I don’t have a watch, I time them by counting the number of seconds between each hiccup trying to make the time extend longer and longer, until they are gone.  Usually if I can get to 30 seconds between hiccups, they are gone.

Technique #2: Holding my breath

image This has been much less effective.  In those 10% of cases I can’t rid myself of hiccups otherwise, I will just hold my breathe as long as possible.  It occasionally works.



Technique #3: Drinking backwards

image This stopped working for me years ago, but in the last few months I have gone back to it and have been surprisingly successful.  Take a full glass of water and drink the entire glass from the opposite side.  Drink from the side that is farthest away from you.  You have to lean yourself way over, ending up almost upside down by the time the glass is empty.  You might want to excuse yourself so you don’t do this in public, because, not only is it an embarrassing position to contort yourself into, you are also likely to spill some up your nose which will definitely create a scene.

Happy hiccupping!

Hey Jude Baby

Oh Happy day!!

Yesterday, I finally informed my supervisor of my decision to return to full-time teaching.  Yep, I’m going back to Wayland.  It took me only 6 months to realize that, although interesting, bioinformatics research is not my forte.  In fact, the stressful life of "publish or perish" with the added encumbrance of endless grant proposal writing is of absolutely no interest to me. 

There was an immediate change in my composure.  After giving notice, a colleague and friend of mine watched me laugh at something mildly amusing and commented, "I’ve never seen you laugh like that."

I really am happy about my decision.  Just look at the expression on my face when I was driving home today.


How to say I love you . . .

How to say I love you with cottage cheese:

Today I opened by refrigerator and noticed that there was some cottage cheese in there. Normally that would be no significant event but it reminded me that my wife loves me. The time she bought that for me was after I had made a couple of off-hand comments about not getting to have any in the house. This is because she does particular like cottage cheese. Actually it completely grosses her out to the point that she won’t even allow it in the house. But, nonetheless, she went out and went to the store and bought some and has graciously allowed me to keep them in my office. Fortunately I have a refrigerator in my office so it doesn’t get old or nasty or anything like that. Although, I don’t know why but I haven’t eaten any yet. Maybe I will today.

I feel loved when my wife buys me cottage cheese.

My birthday

So it happened. It happened so fast I hardly noticed it, but it happened. I’m no longer a twenty-something. I’m part of the old crowd now. There’s no mistaking it, I’m closer to being an old geezer than I’ve ever been before. And for all you old geezers out there, don’t be insulted by that classification. It just means that you’ve got one more in your club to help keep all that noise down and one fewer person awake after 9 pm. So those who know me, know that’s a lie. In fact, despite having looked forward to the gray hairs and the appearance of wisdom they bring, I still feel like a child. Who put this kid in charge of raising three others?

Here’s proof: my primary present that I bought myself a portable gaming system: A Nintendo DS which has a touch screen and plays GameBoy Advance games. Additionally, I picked me up a Tiger Woods game to combine two of my favorite pasttimes: golf and doing nothing.

I did do a couple of grown up things for my birthday, such as eating out at a restaurant as opposed to a fast food joint. Also, I invested a little dough in a piece of software for my IPAQ called Pocket Informant. I’m baby-stepping my way into GTD (Getting Things Done, a life management strategy concocted by David Allen). This little tool has helped make a huge difference in the processing phase. I think the last time I mentioned GTD in my blogs, I was complaining about having mastered the downloading phase, getting all my projects and open loops written down. I was still struggling with getting things done since I was overwhelmed with everything on my plate. Things are better now and this software, Pocket Informant has beena huge help.

You know you’re living in 2006. . .

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave

2. You haven’t been playing Solitaire with a real cards in years

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3

4. You are sending an e-mail to a person sitting next desk to you

5. Your main reason for not staying in touch with your family and friends is that they don’t have e-mail addresses

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list

HT: Matt Didcoe