Monday, September 21, 2009


One of the nights on the cruise, there was a hypnotist as our evening entertainer. I have always been curious of being hypnotized and have never seen a show. McKay was eager to go on stage to try it out. It was very easy to get on stage, as not very many people were volunteering, so without over analyzing or even thinking about it, I jumped up too. Then I was worried, what if I lose control and wet my pants. I really should have gone to the bathroom before.

He started out with the elimination process. I was not being put under but did feel relaxed. I did not want to be banished from the stage or leave McKay. Before I knew it, it was too late. I was stuck on stage doing whatever he told me. I felt like it was peer pressure to make everyone think I was under. So, I used my acting skills which apparently are not so good because at one point I was laughing at the lady next to me. She was totally over acting. She was freaking out and fell on me. I moved my legs so she would fall to the floor. I also noticed McKay was doing some pretty good fake crying when he told us that we were watching a REALLY SAD movie.

So, in all, he had us acting cold, smelly, sad, scared, swatting flies, smelling other people's shoes, catching fake money, being covered in poison ivy, and falling back asleep. My favorite was the end when he had a guy dance like Michael Jackson to Thriller. We were his back up dancers and were supposed to be Hunchback of Notre Dame. As I walked by McKay, she swatted me on the bum. She is a good actor too.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I just returned from a cruise to Baja Mexico with my Mom, my Aunt Bick, and McKay. We had a wonderful time doing cruise things (eating, dressing up, laughing, laying out, and relaxing). We ported on Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico where we went parasailing and horseback riding respectively. We spent the nights playing quadruple solitaire (or as Wendy calls it "Wacky Six"). We had a blast and I am already brainstorming our next cruise. Next time Ryan has got to be there. Anyone want to come?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Home Alone

On Monday,Cheyney left for a cruise in California and Mexico with her Mom, Sister, and Aunt. I have spent this past week back here in Raleigh. I was kind of wondering how this week would go down but I've tried to stay busy and reverted to the bachelor life. I managed to read a couple books while she was gone: The new Dan Brown Novel (contact me if you want a review), and Nudge on libertarian paternalism and choice architecture in public policy.

My time alone has given me a time to enjoy my bad habits. I haven't made the bed for five days. I make sure the air conditioning is really cold. I leave the toilet seat up. When I jump out of the shower I get water everywhere on purpose. I also listen to Christmas music because its forbidden in our house till the Holiday Season. I'm doing all the things that might get me in trouble. But much like Kevin McCallister, I've learned a lesson and thankfully no robbers have tried to invade the apartment.

I do miss my wonderful wife. She really does bring a joy to my life and I'm so happy I get to spend most every day around her. She is such a great woman. So Cheyn comes back tonight, and I can't wait to see her!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Shoplifters of the world unite and take over

Ahhh. I was such a huge Smith's fan. I (Cheyney) must confess to accidentally shop lifting. How can you accidentally shop lift you might ask? Well, leave it to me to pull it off not once but TWICE.

Incidence #1.
Site: Ross Dress for Less
Item: Black Shrug

I had just tried on a few items and left them with the lady at the dressing room. I was interested in the black shrug, but I decided to first check at another store. Because I don't carry a purse, my hands were full with keys, phone, sunglasses and wallet. As I slowly walked out of the automatic doors, I felt something swinging in my hands and looked down. I hand just walked out with the black shrug on the hanger.

I gasped and ran back into the store. There was no alarm but the security guard saw the whole thing and was about to yell after me. I was so embarrassed and baffled that I told him "I have never done that before!" Like I needed to prove to him that I was an honest person. I don't think he was concerned because it was so obvious with my sneaky skills.

Incidence #2.
Site: Accupuncture office
Item: The visit

I thought I would try some holistic medicine and see what all this fuss is about accupuncture. I went once a week for a month. It was very interesting as she did many things that were a little confusing to someone who strongly goes by evidence based research. I actually found my visits very enjoyable. I became very relaxed as the little needles attached to an electric current sent jolts through my body. So relaxed in fact, I totally fell asleep like with drool and wrinkles on my face. She woke me 45 minutes later. I was so groggy and confused that I walked right out of the office WITHOUT paying. About 10 minutes later I got a call from the office. I didn't even realize what I did until I got the call.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Go Cougars!/Eat Mor Chikin

Happy Labor Day weekend all! I don't mean to turn this into a sports blog or anything, but what do you all think of the best college football game of the weekend?

BYU beat the #3 team in the nation and took out last years Heisman Trophy winner in the process. It was a super exciting game to watch on TV, that had myself and Cheyney screaming and celebrating.

Today at Chick=fil-A, they are having a promotion that if you wear your college sports apparel to their store,you get a free chicken sandwich. We wore our BYU shirts there and got a free lunch. We even got complimented on the game by the cashier. Way to represent Cougars!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Baileys

Kari and I go way back to our first year working at Primary Children's (2001). Since then, we have been travel nurses together, driven all over the US, been each other's bridesmaids and have had many adventures in between. A few of which could have gotten us killed like: Harley Davidson rides with strangers in the middle of the Nebraska and camping in Mexico without a tent. Good times, especially since we lived to tell the tale.

We were lucky to have Kari, Shaun and Olivia come to visit on their way up to Massachusetts. Hooray for visitors and forever friends.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Family in Alaska

Unfortunately, this is not our adventure. But I was pretty impressed with all of the fun my family has been having without us. My brothers and sis-in-law (Bran, Claire and Brady) are living in Alaska for the summer and recently my parents went to visit.  Mom said they were out everyday hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, cruising, touring and zip-lining. I am so jealous.