Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I can not tell you what kind of fish this was, Diana listened to all the audio information, if you really want to know, ask her.
Leopard shark. Sorry it is blurry, it was moving fast.
Chloe and Jordan getting ready to pet Sting Rays.
View of New York New York casino from M&M World.
M&M racing car.
Luxor casion from Excalibur parking lot.
Chloe and Jordan outside New York New York casino.
M&M World sign.
M&M's and M&M World. There sure is a lot of colors.
Purple M&M's - Diana's favorite. It is hard for me to convince my wife that all the flavors taste the same. It is a coating, not a flavoring people!
The GPS worked great and got us to Mikey's house perfectly. While in St. George the GPS was pretty fun too. We ended up on a dirt road in someones backyard. The GPS showed us driving on a golf course at one point also. It was a good time. Garmin needs to update their St. George maps.
I will be posting some pictures so you can see all the fun we had. Here are a couple:
Floor piano the kids loved to play on.
Chloe doing a slide on the piano. Sounds good!
Apple store in Forum shops.
View of the Strip from New York New York casino.
Amazing Race on Sundays
How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Heroes, and Terminator on Mondays
Fringe and The Mentalist on Tuesdays
Criminal Minds on Wednesdays
Greys Anatomy, CSI, Eleventh Hour on Thursdays
Nothing on Fridays
Nothing on Saturdays
I do see more TV than this (Diana watches some shows that I do not, so I occasionally see those as well).
Let me know what you are watching.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Ryan re-enacting his best shot of the day:
Ryry getting a ball he hit from under a tree. Ryan needed to "borrow" some balls from my Dad to finish his round.
Ryry hitting the ball he picked up from under the tree.
My Dad hitting a ball. This guy goes all over the course, from one side to the other. From one end of the green to the other. He gets a walk in when he goes to golf.
This is the view down the 9th fairway. I got a 5 (par 4) on this hole. I 3-putted and when I re-putted I got it in 2. I should have taken the par and reduced my score even more.
This is the view of the 6th hole. You tee off over this lake. I got a par on this hole. Good tee shot, but my chip shot (2nd shot) was great and I got in pretty close (within 5 feet) for an easy par putt.
On to the actual golfing. To put it simple, I am awesome and the other two suck. I shot a 42 (8 over). Ryan and my Dad got a 59. Not that I am a great golfer, it was just that today I could hit out pretty successfully from any rough spot that I got into. I hit some good putts and basically kept myself from 3-putting too many holes. It was a good time. The weather was great - not too hot. Wish I had time to play some more, but have to get on with our weekend.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
In Vegas we are going to hang out with Diana's brother Mikey for the day. He has planned things like the shark exhibit and the roller coaster on New York New York. It should be a great weekend. I will post pictures and updates as the weekend progresses.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Who wants breast milk ice cream? My friend Brett started a Facebook group titled PETIC (People for the Ethical Treatment of Ice Cream), if you are a Facebook user join the group. We must spread our message of, "Ice cream doesn't need your breast milk to be yummy!"
**Diana - Do Not Read**
Actually, I crushed again. I won by 60 points and the game was decided early Sunday evening. No sweating out a Monday night game. Next week I have a bye, so I do not have to worry. This is good news as I will be out of town this weekend. I won't let Diana know that I have a bye, so I can keep checking the scores and highlights. I guess she reads my blog though. I better go back to the top and write to have Diana not read this paragraph of my post.
**Diana - You Can Read Under This**
At this rate I will go undefeated. I can't wait for this weekends matchup!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On another fun note, if you have ever wanted an iPod and do not want to pay the steep startup cost, I am selling my old iPods (to help fund the new ones). I have an 8GB iPod Touch: works great, never had a day of trouble with it, it is 1 year old. The Touch has the version 1 software upgrade, but not the new version 2. You can add it when you buy it. Also a silver iPod Nano (1st generation), this is the original gumstick design. This iPod works flawlessly. Lastly, Diana has a green 1st generation Nano that we also want to move. This one has a problem with the screen, as in it does not work, it is just a white screen. Everything else works, you can add songs, sync and the like, you just cannot see the screen.
I would like to move the Touch for $150, the silver Nano for $50, and the green Nano for whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
Let me know if you want one of these.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Jordan has started to play, he is getting better. Soon, him and I will duel to see who is better.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Well I've been running from something
Twenty years in my car
Down a road that's leading me nowehere
Yeah we drive through the farmland
No one knows where we're from
Could I kiss you and make you a queen?
Or something in between
Do you want to see
The place where I am free?
Cause in my mind I need it
But you're nowhere near to me
Move to new york city
Take your woman by the hand
Leave her there with your things on the doorstep
And there's no way around it
Could this be our last dance?
So fall asleep with the tv darling
I'll be back again
Do you want to see
The place where I was free?
Cause in my mind I've been there
And there's no one here but me
In the morning it'll find you
Let the light shine away
Down a road that's leading me nowhere
And there's no way around it
Could this be our last dance?
Just fall asleep with the tv darling
I'll be back again
I'll be back again
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
May the force be with you.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The one drawback, I think I was the only one in the store that took a shower yesterday.
The game is good. If you like Star Wars and have a Wii, you should get this game and start playing.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I am now 2-0 and hopefully can keep this going for a while. Each year, I try to stay undefeated until I go to Europe in October, then I can slack off a little while in Europe. You do not know how hard it is to follow American football when in Europe, the time change, no ESPN, and the fact that no one in Europe cares are all obstacles to overcome - I rarely do.
Do not worry any more, because I made a report on you behalf.
Well, as long as there is a report on my behalf, I am not worried. Manuel also said that they would send back my disc as soon as they found it.
The good news is that the family has finished watching the disc that I sent away.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Heroes Season 2 is a different matter. I like Hereos. We are watching this with the kids so we are not moving along at a very fast pace. After watching one or two, I told the kids that we were not watching any more until they have everything done. Rooms need to be clean, homework needs to be done, chores done, showers, teeth brushed, and EVERYTHING! Heroes is not a right, it is a privilege, and the kids have to earn it.
I am excited for the new season of Heroes soon.
I liked Full Metal Jacket, but you have probably seen it and you either like it or don't like it, anything I say here probably won't change that. If you haven't seen it, you should, it is worth the time spent.
I give Full Metal Jacket 4 out of 5 stars.
I am a trooper, though, and I will finish this up, just for you, my loyal readers.
I recently took The Subconscious Quiz and I came up with the Traveller. Here is the description for it:
You have an excellent balance of living for today whilst working for tomorrow. A
logical, rational mind that deals with problems when they can be no longer
ignored but before they become too much hassel or out of control. You are lost
without a goal and strive to better yourself constantly whether it be
physically, mentally, financially or creatively. You are most likely quite a
loner deep down, though this may be translated as a need for constant security
from friends or activities. You relish the challange of moving on and searching
the world as it is akin to searching yourself. When will you realise you' re
Diana says it sounds just like me. I don't know. If you want me to send you the quiz and we are friends on Facebook, send me a note and I will get it right over to you.
Just so you know, this is a family that has two 6 year olds and 6 3 year olds, for a total of 8 kids. The family has been on Oprah, Ellen, and more TV shows, and then TLC came to them to have a show of their own. Now, the film crew follows them everywhere.
TLC will not allow embedding of the videos, but you should watch some of these videos.
Misbehaving Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebqxFJxUvpw
They go to an amusement park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVdo9DaI_VQ
Kids with a sugar rush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqzoLbtQj9c
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Microsoft recently cut the price of the Xbox (the cheapest version) and now it is flying off the shelves. I have no interest in an Xbox, but I could be talked into a Playstation 3 (for the BluRay drive).
If you like your SVG graphics be careful. Internet Explorer cannot view them without a plug-in and Adobe is ceasing to support this plug-in starting on Jan. 1, 2009. Thanks, Microsoft. The creator of the internet thinks Microsoft needs to get this fixed right away.
Is OPEC about to fall apart? OPEC supplies about 30% of the worlds oil, and they do not like the recent fall in price (which is still $30 above last year). Saudi Arabia (the worlds largest oil supplier), wants to ensure that everyone that wants oil can get it at a decent price. I think this is pretty good. Split up these oil cartels and see what happens to the price.
Unboxing new iPod Nanos, Touches, and an iPhone. This is pretty cool. These are some really cool gadgets, everytime I see them I want one even more. I do not know how much longer I can last without buying one.
Want to know what to do with your old ZIP drive? Gizmodo has a great idea. I loved my old ZIP drive, but now 100MB is harly anything. Plus, today the cartridges look huge compared to my 1GB flash drive.
The new Microsoft Bill Gate/Seinfefld commercial. These things are super weird and I do not understand what they are supposed to mean.
1. When I first met my wife and her friends I had them convinced my middle name was "S."
2. My uncle Mike rigged a drawing so I could get Optimus Prime for Christmas (this happened when I was a kid).
3. I created the term "ridonkulous," which is something even more than ridiculous. Ask anyone, this is true.
4. My first two cars were both 1989 Nissan Sentras.
5. I had my daughter sleep in an Easter basket for her first few months of life.
6. I really hate chewing gum.
This movie could be good, but I am not going to see it in the theatre.
This movie looks horrible, the kids thought it looked great.
High School Musical 3, the kids cannot wait. I just wish these shows were actually good.
Diana loves this book, I am sure we will go see this.
I am not a fan of Nic Cage, but he has some good movies. This may be one of them.
I have been looking at reviews and prices for all kinds of units. I decided to go with a Garmin unit. From what I read they are the best.
Now, I just needed to find a great deal and I found it at Amazon.com where there was a Garmin 650 for only $220. There are cheaper units, but I wanted a 4.3" screen. This seems like a great deal. The suggested price for this is over $700, but you can find them for around $300 now. This is a new-upopened unit - not refurbished. As you look around for these you will find some cheap ones - that are refurbished. Because this is my first GPS and I wanted a nicer one, I just did not feel good going with a refurbished unit.
This will get to me before our St. George trip. Hoo-ray!
Also, I had Lee Evans and benched him - and he went for 29 points in my league. I played Chris Chambers instead. Chamber only caught one ball. At least it was for a 44-yeard touchdown so he got 11 points in my league. I just wish I had Evans in and I would have been the highest scoring team last week.
Anyways, there is always another week, well, at least until there aren't anymore weeks that is.
We rented The Color Purple and The Natural. I had seen The Natural as a kid, and it is still really good. It has a good story, though it is a little transparent. Also, what kind of injury could kill a baseball player. There are some hugely fat guys, completely out of shape that play baseball. I see these dudes dying before a fit Robert Redford. I guess I should say SPOILERS, but everyone has seen this movie, right? I like The Natural and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The Color Purple was a great movie. I had never seen it before. I recommend everyone to see it. Whoopi is excellent. Oprah is OK. The whole thing just comes together so well. If there is a book I should probably read it. I guess I will have to look into that. I give The Color Purple 5 out of 5 stars and would like to encourage anyone who has not seen it to pick it up and watch it today!
We got a report from the school on Chloe's reading progress. Chloe is in 6th grade. She is reading on a 10th grade level. She comprehends what she is reading in the 93rd percentile in the nation. I would have to say that is pretty good. She is the third highest reader in her class. We are so pround of her. One thing that both the kids do is read - a lot. Sometimes they can get transfixed by the TV, but a lot of the time the kids would rather grab a good book and read for hours.
Way to go Chloe!
The Force Unleashed comes out September 15 and Jordan is always reminding me to go get it, or asking me how long I am going to play it that night, or if I am going to stay home from work to play it the next day (the answer is, probably not). Here is a site with all kinds of Force Unleashed info.
I know that the sites say it comes out on the 16th, but there is a midnight release, so I say the 15th.
I give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. I originally typed three stars and changed it.
1. Twenty Years, Augustana
2. Sweet and Low (acoustic), Augustana
3. Either Way, I'll Break Your Heart Someday, Augustana
4. Late, Ben Folds
5. Evaporated, Ben Folds Five
6. A Murder of One (acoustic), Counting Crows
7. Hazy, Counting Crows
8. 40 Years, Counting Crows
9. So Long, So Long, Dashboard Confessional
10. Come On, Come Out, A Fine Frenzy
11. Near To You, A Fine Frenzy
12. Come Back, Pearl Jam
13. Lucky, Seven Mary Three
14. Gone Away, Seven Mary Three
15. Crowing, Toad the Wet Sprocket
16. Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve
Ok, that is more than 10, and they are not really in order, they are listed alphabetically by artist. I just could not list them in order. I like them all too much.
Writer just wrote a book that is completely against his type. He writes police mystery/action novels. This novel is his story. People hate it. He re-connects with an old girlfriend (that is now married - but getting divorced - because the dude is a jerk). The old girlfriend is Selma Blair and she is a writer that is selling real estate - because her book flopped. They start getting back together - but she needs time. She needs to write her next book. He goes off and writes another cop book and everyone loves it. Has it been enough time for her? It has. They get together. Everyone is happy.
I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Rent it, it is not bad.
Elisha Cuthbert is a drunkard, rich girl. The boy (don't remember his name) is a goody-goody. He falls in love with her at first site, and then kidnaps her (she blacked-out in the subway). They begin to fall in love by doing crazy and stupid things. He already is totally head over heels, so he will do anything. She is non-commital. His friends try to get her to leave her. He can't. In the end they separate for a year for her to get better, and then get put together by his aunt and her ex-fiance's mother.
I left a lot out of the spoilers because I really want you to see it yourself and make your own ideas about the movie. I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5.
You know how sometimes the way other people's decisions affect you surprises even yourself? Well, that is what happened. One of my good friends has made some very stupid decisions. For a week it really took the joy out of a lot of the things I like to do. One of these things was blogging. I felt that if I sat at the keyboard and started to blog I would just go on and on about what an idiot my friend was, and you do not want to hear about that.
Well, I am finally past all that and I will get back to letting you know what is going on with me and the family and out life. And it is a busy life.
The new iPod Touch has Bluetooth! I heard a rumor about this, and that Apple was going to put Skype on the Touch and you would be able to use an earpiece for FREE phone calls (when you have a wireless network). I heard the AT&T put the squash on this, they want people to buy the iPhone, not a Touch. AT&T wants people to have pay for phone calls, not get really cheap calls from Skype. The cool part is - the technology is there, it just needs to be used.
iTunes has a bunch of albums on sale for $8. Pretty cool. There has to be at least one that you would like. The link will open iTunes if you got it installed. Counting Crows Saturday Nights is one of the albums - great opportunity to get your hands on it.
Foldable BlackBerry. If you like the flip phones - buy this one. It looks pretty cool. Me, I have never been a fan of the flip phone. Not that cool, but I still like BlackBerry's.
Real Networks just released a DVD copying application. I want to rip a whole bunch of movies and TV shows to my iPod before I go to Europe this year. I am going to look more into this application and then probably get it for my use.
Meet the dude that actually invented the iPod. Apple is even going to do the right thing - hopefully.
More info on Comcast's capping of online broadband usage. The next couple years of the internet is going to be very interesting.
At least I get a blog post out of it.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Nanos are cool because they are back to the gumstick design and they come in a large collection of colors. A color for everyone. Diana wants the purple one. I want the new Touch. read more here.
The Touch, see more here, are great also. They now have a speaker which is sweet. Also, you can change the volume without swiping into the iPod. That sounds weird, but if you have a Touch or have used one - you know what I mean. It is way annoying.
Someone in my house will be getting one of these. Soon.
- Stars and Boulevards
- Hotel Roosevelt
- Lonely People
Lastly, I want thank everyone for all the help with the sprinklers. They are not fixed yet, but I know the problem and I know what I have to do.