What is in a name

I was toying around with Google Translator for a name for the house…see this post here for a little background:


after playing around with a couple of things, I got to this one: http://translate.google.com/#auto|fr|maison%20de%20l’ploucs which when translated says House of the Rednecks…Interestingly, I started with Home of the Bumpkin, then pluralized that then reversed the translation and there ya have it…Erika still likes Mason du rustre which is House of the Bumpkin, but that leads to an as yet to be answered who is the referred to Bumpkin?  Which would lead to a whole other discussion, which may not bode well for the whole “Welcome to the neighborhood”, “oh thanks, we like it so far”, “say who is the Bumpkin”, “what?, oh that…you’ll have to figure it out”, “well you live here, so it must be you”, “yes, but so does my wife and 2 kids and 2 dawgs, and Beyonce”, “who is Beyonce? You have a Popstar living in your house?”, “What? no”, “then who is Beyonce?” at which point I would have to refer the passing neighbor to The Bloggess, and that would open yet whole other line of questions, which would be far too much for a passing conversation while standing in the road which would undoubtedly lead to holding up passing traffic, which would retrigger the whole conversation as people emerge from their Elephants to see what it is that is so important that we cannot move out of the roadway to let the pass, which we actually could, only we are too wrapped up in our conversation to be bothered with noticing that we are holding up traffic, which is why the people in their elephants stopped in the first place…but I digress.


March 1st, 2012

Well I took a month off from posting here. So much happened that it was difficult for me not to step in here and discuss, but I managed, so here is a small recap of some of the things that did happen…These are in no particular order.
Erika and I signed a contract to build a house with DSLD Homes in Tallow Creek, which is a subdivision in Covington, LA.  It will look a little something like this:

This is huge for us, and hopefully, I will be posting daily updates about the process and the construction.

We also celebrated Mardi Gras 2012.  Overall it was a great time for the whole family.  We had planned on going to far more parades than we actually attended, but that was primarily due to poor weather conditions, and the fact that we are OLD FOLKS!

Ian had a birthday.  He is taller than his mama, and has a Facebook account and so much more going on that his momma and I are just not ready for.  His and Kate’s aging and transition from childhood to teenagers/young adults really spurred us into action on the new house.  We have been lifelong renters.  We did try this whole build and buy thing just about 10 years ago.  We put up a deposit on the construction of a house in Roanoke, TX, just as Erika was pregnant with Kate.

  We had picked out all the colors for it, the brick, the carpet, the floor tiles, etc.  Everything was timed to perfection, Kate was due, house was to be completed at just the same time that Kate would arrive, we would start the next phase of our life with a new baby and a new house.  About a month from that, I lost my contract.  The company I was with terminated the contract of me and a half dozen other people.  Fortunately we were able to get out of the purchase agreement, and we proceeded to spend the savings on having a child and paying bills until I got a new job.  We were a little stung by the prospect of buying a house for a long time, then the economy tanked, and we moved to Southeast Louisiana, and finally things turned around enough for us to get back to this point, 10 years later.

What else has happened, oh yea, I start a new gig on Monday!  It’s a big deal for me and the family, and I am really looking forward to it.  I just started at Stewart less than 6 months ago, but this is great opportunity for me and I really could not say no.  The major thing about the change is that I will not be comutting across the Causeway everyday.  I have really enjoyed working here, fortunately I have not gotten too engrossed into the culture that i cannot extracate myself easily.  I will miss the people that I work with, but this is the way of the corporate culture these days.  end bummer!

So as you can see, while I was not posting daily during February, it is not for a lack of subject matter.  In fact quite the opposite, there was far too much going on to stop and write it all down.