It's Haiku Monday.
Cat's walking all over me,
I'm writing this blog.
Find a spot, Blanca.
You are so adorable.
Little white kitty.
Taking five minutes,
To get oh very comfy.
Find a spot. Blanca.
Mostly about my white cat.
Rubbing her lil face,
Against my phone, Blanca did.
Now she's settled down.
Oh well. Not for long.
Still walking on top of me.
When will this all end?
From Rockybado 4: Running Up a Hill
It was just one of those summer days. One of those summer days that could be considered lazy. One of those summer days that could be considered sultry. One of those summer days that could be considered not so motivating. And, one of those summer days that a lot of college students might want to sleep in. Of course, David had that luxury because his full-time job didn’t start until tomorrow. Brody, however, had to be up bright and early because he was going back to his internship today.
It was seven o’clock in the morning, a time when both David and Brody would normally be sleeping on a weekend and in the summer. Their dad came into their room just to wake up Brody, since he knew he needed to be up by now. David was let off the hook. Well, at least for now. He could celebrate his last free day with wine and baklava if he so chose. Brody would have to celebrate later.
Toby was already awake, and most likely playing video games in the common area.
David and Brody looked very comfortable when they were sleeping. David was, as normal, sleeping on his side. His comforter was lying on the floor, and his head was buried under one pillow. His left arm was wrapped around another pillow. Brody, as normal, was sleeping on his stomach. His comforter was also lying on the floor, and their dad found this somewhat humorous.
Their dad realized that he needed to do something in order to get Brody out of bed.
“Wake up, Brody,” Mr. Ingram announced in a sing-song voice.
“No,” Brody replied in his pillow.
“Guess what today is?”
“Time for you to get a watch.”
“Now, you don’t get sassy with me, B-Rodes,” their dad remarked humorously.
“Just let me sleep,” Brody said, his voice muffled by his most comfortable pillow. He moved over on his right side, and he also buried his head under a pillow.
“Today’s your first day back at your internship.”
“Would you like another thirty minutes to sleep?”
Brody nodded in his pillow.
“Okay. But when thirty minutes are up, you’re up. Got it?”
Brody nodded in his pillow again.
Their dad smiled and left. He shook his head because he has always known that David and Brody have never been morning people. Since the two boys were little, their parents knew that the struggle to wake them up would be real.
When Brody was very little, try four years old, he would always pull the funniest gag ever. When he was really sleepy, he would literally fall asleep on the bottom stair and wait for one of their parents to pick him up and carry him to his bed. A few weeks ago, on a weekend when Brody was home from college, he was very tired. He tried pulling the same gag that he did when he was four years old. The boy fell asleep and waited for their mom and dad to pick him up and carry him. However, their mom and dad would not let him get away with it this time around.
Happy Wednesday! It's halfway through the week, and I know we are starting to feel a bit tired and all from the numerous lunch parties (or lack thereof) that we might have had. But I am more than certain that we will find that the rest of this week goes by extremely quickly.
And then, when the weekend comes, that time will go extremely more quickly. If that makes any sense at all. It probably doesn't. But at least you get what I'm saying!
So, I'm sure you all remember the blog post from January in regards to change for everyone, especially since I am planning to make some changes for myself this year as well. And all of those ideas influenced me to write something about how everyone in my writing projects want to make changes this year, as well as the years to come.
Well, even changes can change. We might have an idea that we want to do something a certain way, and then another idea pops into our head that might be better than the previous idea. That can happen a lot. It doesn't always, but it does quite frequently.
Tonight, I am going to share a few things with you about the kids from Rockybado in the present day, so here we go!
1. Brody Ingram, his girlfriend, Julia Jaconetti, his best friend, Andrew McCalsky, and one of his good girlfriends, are planning to move to San Francisco or New York City between a few months and next year.
2. David Ingram and his then fiancee, Olivia Flavenshevich, were planning to buy a house in Crown Point, Indiana, where they are all from. Things changed when David decided that he wanted to move with Brody and everyone else. He didn't like the idea of staying in Northwest Indiana and being too far away from his Irish twin brother.
3. As a result of plans being changed, David and Olivia split up a few days ago, per mutual agreement. They both decided that they did not want to get married, or at least plan that for a while. The fact that David wanted to move with Brody was an indirect cause for the split-up. Other than that, the split-up was very mutual.
4. David and Olivia remain very close friends, but they decided to take a few months off at least from dating. While they are both single right now, they agreed that they might be back together soon enough. And Olivia might consider moving with everyone.
5. When Toby Ingram, the youngest of the boys, finishes college, he is more than certain that he wants to move to San Francisco or New York with David and Brody. Right now, he is in Chicago.
6. They would prefer to move to San Francisco, but their other choices are New York, Chicago, Orlando, and Boston. San Francisco is their #1 choice, and that is what they are most likely gonna go with.
7. Dawson Ingram, the oldest of the boys, is happily married, and he and his wife have a house in the Valparaiso/Crown Point area.
8. Brett Ingram, the second oldest of the boys, lives in Chicago with a few of his friends.
9. David is taking a few months off from dating, and he promised not to date anyone else in the hopes of possibly getting back with Olivia, who decided the same thing.
10. Brett has had an on-and-off relationship with Olivera Slobodan for over ten years. They are starting to get back together again, and Brett is hoping this time they will stay together.
Welp, as I said before, even changes can change.
Stay tuned for the weekend, as I will post something else on the social medias!
Have a great Wednesday!
You Know Who
I am writing this nice blog,
Cat is on my lap.
Second books, series.
Now on hardcopy as well,
And also ebook.
Jazzy Island, Dinosaurs.
Magic Vid'ya Game.
First and second books,
Now on hardcopy as well.
And also ebook.
Time for shrimp tacos.
With a nice glass of cider,
Apple cider, yo.
It was Saturday February 18th, 2017, and David and Brody Ingram were in their apartment in Merrillville, Indiana. They were the only ones here, as Andrew McCalsky was currently on a flight back to Chicago from New York City; he was visiting family there. And David's friend, Adam Levistad, was currently at his parents' house for the afternoon. Even though it was Saturday, it was a pretty quiet one. The weather was nice, and David and Brody wanted to do at least a little bit of something today.
David was just recovering from a very bad cold the week before. And now, Brody was starting to feel it. David and his girlfriend, Olivia Flavenshevich, were in Chicago the weekend before, and David suddenly started feeling pretty sick. They cancelled their other plans for the evening, and David seriously thought he had strep throat.
Turns out it was a cold.
David tried going to work the Monday after he got sick, but he made it through half a day. His boss sent him home, realizing he really did not look well at all. And then he had spent his Tuesday and Wednesday in his bedroom at his parents' house because he was simply not up to going to work. He went back to work on Thursday, constantly having to blow his nose, which was very annoying. Then, he started getting a little better on Friday.
Strangely enough, Brody started feeling a little sick yesterday morning, but he went to work. He was feeling a little more sluggish this morning, but he was pretty determined that he and David would do a little something on this nice day. And, especially since Toby, their little brother, was spending the weekend at his college in Chicago. They were probably just going to spend the day in downtown Crown Point, where they are originally from, and also to possibly see their parents for a bit. They might also consider going to the mall; they weren't quite sure.
"How are you feeling today?" David asked his younger brother of a year.
"My throat's a little sore, but I think I'll be okay," Brody replied.
"Same with me. My head hurts a little, and I'm really tired. I don't really want to do much today."
"Want to get a cherry lemonade at the mall?" David asked.
"Sure," Brody remarked.
"I've been wanting one of those for a while."
"I have, too!"
"Wanna go now?"
The weather was very warm tonight. It was the beginning of June, so it was almost summer. Only about ten more days, and then the longest day of the year would come. Time to pick out the watermelons, the cantaloupe, the sweet corn, and all the whatnot.
David and Brody Ingram share a room, which is the biggest bedroom in the house. They each have a futon, one on each side of the room. The two boys fell asleep in no time at all and stayed asleep for at least a couple hours. Then, Brody woke up.
“David?” he asked quietly.
No response from David, meaning that he was sound asleep.
Brody then crawled over to where his older brother was sleeping. David was sleeping on his stomach, his back moving up and down with his breathing. Five minutes later, he stirred and lay on his side.
“DAVID!” Brody shouted at the top of his lungs.
David finally responded. It turned out that he was not in the best of moods. As a matter of fact, he was in a worse mood than he normally is in his waking moments.
The boy was suddenly woken up by his younger brother, and he found that to be somewhat annoying. He was trying to sleep, so that he would have a great last day of school tomorrow. And now, thanks to Brody, he might end up pretty exhausted. Brody had to have woken him up for a better reason than not.
“What?!” David answered, somewhat annoyed.
“Do you hear that sound?”
“It sounds like girls singing.”
“Why would we have girls in the house at this time of night?”
“I don’t know.”
“Want to investigate then?”
David got up off his futon, and he and Brody walked all around the house. They didn’t think the “girls” would have been anywhere, except for Brett’s room. When David and Brody walked farther away from their older brother’s room, the sound grew fainter and fainter.
“These girls are singing in Brett’s room,” Brody said bluntly.
The two boys walked into Brett’s room, only to find him listening to some random pop music. He used some songs by his most favorite female artists to study for one of his harder finals. Apparently, the brain messes with its owner when he or she first wakes up from a deep sleep. David and Brody stood by Brett’s door for a few minutes as they kept on wondering why their older brother would even consider listening to songs that are most likely from the ‘80’s.
“Hey, guys,” Brett said.
“Hi,” Brody answered blankly.
“I thought there were girls singing in the house. You tricked me.”
“It’s eleven. You should probably go to bed.”
“It’s eleven. You should probably go to bed.”
“In thirty minutes, I will.”
“Have fun studying.”
“Have fun going to bed.”
It's Haiku Tuesday,
And also Valentine's Day.
Lots of chocolate yum.
And some pizza, too.
In a shape of a heart, though.
Pizza men are sick.
Them and their sick moves.
Pizza and their funny shapes.
And some chocolate hearts.
Everything is about hearts.
On this brisk Tuesday.
It's Valentine's Day.
Or February 14th.
Whatever you choose.
It was January 2nd, 2017. David, Brody, and Toby Ingram, and Andrew McCalsky were in San Francisco, California, for the time being. They were just exploring the unknown and eating as much Chinese food as possible. Well, really, they were doing a lot of other cool things as well, but they wanted to take it easy this morning. The four boys had a few days left in their favorite city, and today seemed like the best day to stay in the hotel for a few more hours.
It was about 9:30 in the morning Pacific Standard Time, and all of the boys were awake and full from the continental breakfast in the main lobby. They had returned to their hotel room and tried to figure out what to do for the day. They weren't gonna go all out like they've had in the past. And things were definitely going to change when Brody heard his phone go off. This was hopefully gonna be Julia Jaconetti, his girlfriend.
"Hey!" Brody exclaimed on his end of the phone, with very much excitement.
"Hi, Brody," responded his second oldest brother, Brett.
"Hey, Brett. What's going on?"
"So, it turns out I'm in the ER."
Everyone in the hotel room could hear Brody's loud gasp. Something was up. Something was definitely up.
"OH MY GOD! Are you okay?!" Brody shrieked.
"Yes, I'm fine. I had overslept this morning, and I was afraid I was gonna miss my bus. All I did was brush my teeth and put on some everyday clothes, and I bolted from my apartment to try to catch it. While running, I tripped on absolutely nothing, and I thought it was a sprain at first. The doctor thinks I broke it," Brett explained.
"Very funny, Brody."
"So, what are you gonna do with band and all?"
"I'm still gonna play with them. I might need to sit with my ankle propped up on a chair, but what the hey."
That's the spirit. Even if there is a situation like that, it's perfectly okay to keep moving along with doing whatever he or she would definitely want to do. Brody was definitely shocked at the fact that Brett most likely broke his ankle. But at least he wasn't in bad spirits. That seemed to make things better.
"So, what are you going to do tonight then, since you have that concert at your friend's party?" Brody asked, assuming his brother was going to say something quite positive.
"I'm still gonna play. It will be a pain with sitting down all the time, but my band mates wanted me to play for both the Hawaiian Geeks and Mr. Morton," Brett replied in a quite positive manner.
"I thought you were done with Mr. Morton."
"I am, but I was asked to fill in for a band mate who is on vacation."
"Where is that kid vacationing?"
"New York City."
Brody and Brett were on the phone for a few more minutes, and then Brett needed to hang up, as the doctor was about to come back in and check on his ankle. David and Toby went back down to the lobby to get some tea; from what they heard in the conversation between Brody and Brett, they were not too worried. Andrew, however, remained a little concerned. He stayed in the hotel room with Brody.
"So, what happened to Brett?" Andrew felt compelled to ask.
"He thinks he broke his ankle," Brody replied.
"He tripped on nothing!"
"Oh lordy!" Andrew exclaimed.
"He's still performing at a friend's party tonight," Brody remarked.
"That's the spirit!"
"Yes. At least it's not bad. His ankle should heal in a month."
"Right, because he thinks he broke it."
"He thinks he did."
From The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs
It was the next morning, and the potential new name for the band was still fresh on Caleb Grzedek’s mind. It was now 7:30 in the morning, and the boy just woke up. He took a fast shower, put on some everyday clothes, and walked down to the kitchen to eat breakfast with his siblings who were awake.
Alyssa was now the only Grzedek kid who was still sleeping.
While the four boys were eating a variety of different foods: cereal, toast and butter, fruit, basically all of the healthy choices, they thought about what their days would entail. The kids had a lot of different things that they were going to do on this fine day.
Andrew was thinking about the exciting fact that he would be hanging out with his girlfriend, Eliza Colbert, this afternoon. Her family invited Andrew to come with them to Chicago to watch a baseball game.
Caleb was considering the fact that he, of course, had band practice with his friends today. He was going to tell his friends the name that Adam had come up with last night. And, hopefully, everyone would agree on that name. Therefore, everything would be settled, making everyone’s life easier.
Adam was going to hang out with his best friend today at around noon. He was also going with his friend’s family to Chicago today to browse the amazing city and what it has to offer. And perhaps get a deep dish pizza, as well as some ice cream.
Cameron was going to spend time with their grandparents this afternoon. Not their grandparents that were here last night, but their other grandparents. The kids’ maternal grandparents live in Valparaiso, right by Highway 30, and they were planning on getting ice cream and walking around downtown today, and maybe doing some other things that would strike their fancy.
Alyssa just woke up. As if that really meant anything. However, she was also going to visit their grandparents with Cameron. The real excitement for her?
The ice cream.
'Tis Haiku Tuesday.
No, it's not Haiku Monday.
But, what's the difference?
Different day. That's all it is.
Mac and cheese is good.
'Specially with fish.
Crab and lobster and some shrimp.
A New Englander.
Working on mah books.
Just because I feel like it.
And for you to read.
Lobster sounds so good.
'Specially with potato.
And a cheesy roll.
Now, I am hungry.
I don't know what else to say.
Gonna raid the fridge.
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