The picture on the left was taken the Sunday before Easter. After seeing the picture we decided that Riley needed to drop a few pounds before making his big debut at church wearing his new Easter outfit. So we put him on a very strict diet and exercise regimen consisting of only water and raisins with a 90 minute run each day. It really worked. You can see in the picture on the right (taken Easter morning) that he is much more fit. We are such great parents.

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I think it was just the haircut and the smile that makes him look thinner but whatever. I’ll have to try that.

Angel and I got a new set of sheets and a new comforter for our bed because Lilly decided to turn our old comforter into a couple of pieces of chewed fabric surrounded by piles and piles of stuffing. She was so proud. We weren’t.

Here are the new sleeping arrangements.

English Mastiff Puppy

I got a new guitar pedal for my birthday yesterday. As you may or may not know my birthday is September 26th. That means for me to be able to get this pedal I had to do some financial finageling coupled with some serious up-kissing to my wife. Musician’s Friend is offering a 12-month free financing deal right now. So I told Angel that I would go ahead and get the pedal now and then pay the thing off with my birthday money that should total the exact amount needed. It’s sort of like the gear futures market. She acquiesced. I squealed. Everyone was happy — except Angel.

It’s the Vox Tonelab LE. This pedal essentially buys back my Dr. Z, my Matchless, my Marshall, my Boogie, my Twin Reverb, and the Fender Deluxe I borrowed for tracking the Formula Kid record. It sounds incredible. I am completely blown away.

Tonelab LE

So this means I now have fake drums, fake guitar amps, fake pianos, and a fake orchestra. As soon as someone designs some vocal emulation software that will allow me to track my own vocal and then apply Bono’s voice instead of my own I will finally be able to remove myself completely from all of my music. I can’t wait.