Apr 192008

We’re back from Italy, and the trip was fantastic. I’ve posted the pictures in the photo gallery, but I haven’t posted the video yet. It’s going to take some time to edit the 3+ hours of footage into something that’s watchable, but I’ll post it here once it’s finished.

In case you haven’t noticed, you now have to be logged in to view the photo and video gallery so to everyone that wants to view the Italy pictures, go ahead and click the register link in the sidebar to request your login id. Once I approve your request, you’ll be able to view the photos.


Mar 262008

The Site
The picture gallery has been taken offline for now as we try to update the website. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have tried to look yourself up in our gigantic picture gallery. If you know us and hung out with us at least once, we definitely have a picture of you!

Things have been going well. We are very much looking forward to our vacation in a couple days. Italy here we come! Make sure to check back for those pictures which we’ll be happy to share.

It’s here! Which means we have to go outside to work in the yard and that is definitely not my favorite thing to do. This year I decided to get more involved as we had some awful looking azalea bushes out front which needed to go and I was happy to spend the day digging those puppies up! Now I’m looking forward to having some lively looking plants out front. We’ll see what we come up with.

Well, it’s definitely looking like a Pottery Barn catalog around here but since I love, love, love that store then it’s not a problem. I feel like Rachel from that episode of Friends where she buys everything from Pottery Barn and then lies about it to Phoebe. It’s sad but on some days walking around that store can make a dreary day seem a little bit better. The bathrooms are in the process of being remodeled and I’m happy to say not by me. I picked out the stuff, but the man here has been busy with the ceramic tile, vanities, etc. The bad thing is sharing a bathroom in the process. Girls and boys should not share the same bathroom!

The dog
Since my last post on little Jack, things have improved a little bit. It turns out the dog has a malfunctioning thyroid and has hypothyroidism. He is now on thyroid medicine and is back to being his old self. He has lots of energy and some of the fur around his ears have started growing back!

What can I say? Not much interest around here for any of the candidates. I guess it will have to end up being the best of the worst in November and it will probably not be an improvement for how we’re doing here lately. Even if I sound pessimistic, I encourage everyone to go out and vote! It is important and a great responsibility. Remember JFK “think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” NOT the other way around as many have come to think in society today.

Lost is AWESOME even though we have no answers. American Idol is back and I watch it like a school girl. Waiting patiently for The Office…….
I’ve been watching Masterpiece on PBS Sunday nights as they have been presenting the works of Jane Austen (my favorite novelist of all time). They have done a beautiful job with some of my favorites. Sense and Sensibility is coming up this week and I can’t wait.

John 17:20-26.
“My prayer is not for them alone (the disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26.

This was Jesus’ prayer for future believers the night before he was crucified. I thought it was important to mention since it was Easter this past week and let everyone who might read this know that He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Think about it! Without Him, none of it matters! (house, trip, politics, etc.)

Random Thoughts

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Sep 302007

Those crisp fall nights are finally starting, and it’s only a matter of time before I can start having a crackling fire going.

I used to really care about baseball, but I haven’t followed it much over the last few years. Still, this is utterly amazing.

I don’t think the Hokies are very good. I think we’re really going to have trouble the rest of the season, possibly losing as many as five games.

This is the second week in a row I’ve had a player all of a sudden have a career today and score a ton of points…sitting on my bench. Thank you Kevin Curtis and Patrick Crayton.

More tweaks to the website were done over the last couple of days.

Sep 232007

Just sitting here on Sunday evening watching my fantasy football hopes go up in flames once again while I change a few things on the site.

Pretty relaxing weekend here. Just listened to the Hokie game yesterday (a drubbing of William & Mary) and ran a few errands last night, followed by a thoroughly enjoyable Thai dinner. I love my massaman. Monica loves the pad thai.

Sep 142006

Been off the air for awhile as we suffered through a major hard drive crash. I’ve never had a drive crash as hard as this one, but it was pretty old. I can’t get any machine to mount it, and all recovery efforts up to this point have been futile. I have a few things left to try (including some software I’m in the process of obtaining from my brother-in-law), but I don’t have much hope.

And to make matters worse, it wasn’t until the hard drive failed that I realized my backup wasn’t working properly. I really thought I had lost everything, but I found a few older backups that I had made from last year. I managed to recover all of my blog posts made from May 2005 though the present thanks to the wonders of xml and bloglines. Hooray for caching!

I did lose some photos unfortunately which is what really hurts the most. I lost some killer pictures of Monica and me from our trip to Epcot. Oh well. I also undid alot of work that my Mom had done on her site that she will now have to redo. Sorry, Mom. 🙁

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks putting the site back together and even redesigned things a bit. I really like the all-css menu that we’re sporting now. Things are still being tweaked and added here and there, but we’re mostly all back together now.

And yes, everything is backed up now.

So much to say

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Mar 232006

So, yes, it’s been awhile since I posted on here. Not sure why, but I just haven’t felt like writing anything. Sometimes I used to feel like I had to write these mini-essays about whatever was on my mind, and at times I wrote some really stupid stuff just because I thought I had to. I’ll probably still do that, but I’ll do my best to make it somewhat entertaining. 🙂

What have I missed since January?

  • The Super Bowl – The game was good; the commercials were terrible.
  • birthday – My Dad turned 65 on February 11. He can stop singing that Beatles song now. Happy very belated birthday, Dad!
  • Valentine’s Day – I bought Monica an iPod; she was very happy which means I was very happy.
  • DIY – We ripped up the vinyl flooring in our foyer and kitchen (NOT fun at all) and installed ceramic tile (actually not that difficult); it looks really good now even though I have a couple of things I still need to do to finish. I’ll post pictures showing our progress soon.
  • the Oscars – I convinced myself not to watch this year but I did anyway. Hooray for will-power. Really a boring show even though John Stewart was mildly humorous. George Clooney is better than the rest of America, and he knows it.
  • friends – Steve and Tanya held their engagement party in Richmond; we attended and had a great time. Congrats, guys!
  • madness – My NCAA basketball bracket is in flames for another year. I think next year I’m going to get Jack to make my picks because I can’t seem to fill out a good bracket to save my life.
  • wireless – Monica and I both upgraded our mobile phones. Yes, we gave into the marketing hype and are now proud owners of a couple of PEBLs. We got an awesome deal at CompUSA which even included a free Bluetooth headset. I’m in the process of modding them, but since they’re so new, there’s not a whole lot of information about that yet.
  • I’m sure there’s other stuff that I’ve forgotten that I failed to mention. Anyway, I’m back. I didn’t really go anywhere, but you know what I mean. Okay, back to watching basketball.

Webcam Working

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Jan 222006

You may not have noticed but our webcam wasn’t working for awhile. I had a Logitech Quickcam Pro 3000 for a few years, but it kicked the bucket. I may keep it around for awhile to tinker with just because.

I picked up a Creative Labs WebCam Instant cheap, and it’s now functioning as our new webcam. You may now continue your voyeurism in our backyard.

I’m so glad companies are finally coming out with wireless USB hubs. Once I get a couple of those and a couple more cheap webcams, I could have an inexpensive video security system that could be monitored any where in the world. I love technology.