I'm just a guy at a house

It's a long story. :)

I really like this graphic. It's from an ad for The Matrix Online, reviewed here by people far more capable than I. I'd like to play this except for the monthly fee. I have looked around, but can't find out what the fee is...

Talk about a rarity! The house is silent, but for the flyovers of jets to the airbase or whatever you want to call it these days. The roomies and their screaming, whining, yelling little darling are gone to work and sitter. Jen and Bren are asleep, as is my mum, who came down on a whim (pretty good since it's a 6+ hour drive). I have the house to myself and I'm surfing and doing things that I want to do. It's great. Nya, nya, Jen, I have like 12 windows open! Hahahaha. It's cloudy/windy but not too cold. I'm sitting inside and watching birds in the garden and admiring the tomato plants that are growing and getting closer by the day to giving me luscious, free, red tomatoes. Yum!

Yesterday was our 5th wedding anniversary already. Time flies, as I keep saying. It was a good day. I got some things taken care of at work, had a great last anime club meeting of the semester (Thanks James and Michelle for being the best co-presidents around) , and then sped home. Time to go out and celebrate! We went to the Cheesecake Factory and picked up a couple slices for later before going to eat at the place where we got married: Alamo Cafe on 281. (Oooh, look, it's the room (tour) where we had our reception. We actually got married in the courtyard outside the doors at the far right of the pic!) As many times as I/we've eaten there, I still love it. Good food, good service, good everything. As usual, I got the Chile Relleno with Chix fajita and a side of good ole Guacamole (on that page, listen to the horrendous pronunciation - little red speaker). Man, I could eat that every meal. Oh, hehe, we took a one night hiatus from the SBD. It was great. After, we came home, I played a little Jade Empire (it just gets better and better) and we ate our ch-cakes. Jen had banana (yech, I thought, but I tasted it and it was actually pretty good). I had raspberry lemon and it was fantastic!!! The funny thing: we couldn't either of us finish our pieces. They were too rich, and that has never been the case for either of us before. Gee, guess this diet is doing some good! All in all, a good day.

I took this morning off to watch Brendan while Jen slept. The little guy was sick yesterday, stuffy overnight, and just kept her up a lot. So, I called into work and played with him and watched TV with him and surfed the net with him on my knee for the morning. It was great. He swung in his swing a enjoyed bubbles from his bubble machine for a long time. Finally, he tuckered out and took a nap outside right in the swing! Too cute. I have to post a picture of him. It was nice to also have lunch at home.

Last night we traded in 7 mixed Xbox and Playstation games that I wasn't playing anymore to Blockbuster. They have this deal where you trade in any two games, and you get a brand new game for $29.99. I put my two lowest valued games (I checked at a useful website: http://www.sellvideogames.com/) on the top of the stack and used those as the two. Then, the other 5 went to another deal. Trade in 3 or more at once and get an extra 5 bucks per game on top of what they normally offer. Soooooooo, I ended up with like 75 bucks on my account, used 30 of that to buy Jade Empire, and have a tidy sum left over for future purchases. I was happy and sped home to play the game. On the way, Jen noticed that we had gotten the Limited Edition, which was only supposed to be available if you pre-ordered! Woo Hoo! Extra bonus!!! I really came out on top in this deal. Blockbuster is the best place to trade in stuff!!!

It's darn funny, but not for the kiddies:

Well, I have one cool first and one no-so-cool first.

Brendan this week has started saying "Woo Hoo". This is one of my favorite things to say, so I'm REALLY happy. Can't imagine where he picked that up.

The other first is (and by the time your child is two, you would think that the firsts would take somewhat of a hiatus, but no) the little rat took off a poo-poo diaper in the middle of the living room. Thank god that it was the living room with the wood floor, not the carpet one and (TMI here) thank god it was the "ball poopies". For parents, you know what I mean. For kid free people - just wait!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, the unending joys of having children.

Oh, here's something funny too. We just bought two couches at goodwill (eh, cheapest place in town to get good stuff; I'm not above saving a few bucks) and I impulse-bought Bren a little adult exercise (!) trampoline. It's huge for him, and since another of his favorite phrases du month is "Jump! Jump!" it's right up his alley. But, he's afraid to get on it without one of us holding his hand. It feels so good to be needed. 8-]

I enjoyed the Southern Dialect Quiz, originally from mywebpages.comcast.net/lgrob/southern_dialect_quiz.htm.

Since I don't know if that will always be there, I have it on my server here. Try it out!

My score: "71% (Dixie). That is a pretty strong Southern score!"

Two significant world events happened today, so I thought I'd put them in my blog so that I don't forget them. 8-]

First, we have a new Pope. Here's a piece of text from cnn.com "THE 265th POPE - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been elected by fellow cardinals to succeed John Paul II. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI." & "The Roman Catholic Church has changed considerably in recent years, its ranks swelling, particularly in Latin America and Africa." According to NPR news, he's very conservative, like the prior Pope. I didn't think that John Paul II was all that conservative, but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention.

Yahoo news said "Pope Benedict XVI leads mass in the Sistine Chapel in this frame from TV on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI pledged on Wednesday to continue the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council and to work to unify all Christians, as he outlined goals following an election that sent a signal the church was intent on sticking to tradition as it confronts 21st-century problems. Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, listed top priorities of his pontificate in a message read in Latin to cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel for the first Mass celebrated by the 265th leader of the Roman Catholic Church. "

The other significant thing is that it is the 10 year anniversary of the bombing of the Federal building in OKC. The news reminded everyone that the bomber, Timothy McVeigh was McExecuted.

April 16th marked the end of our first year in our lovely little house. We celebrated the occasion (!) by making a quick weekend trip to my parents. Anthony was having a fish fry and family party that dad asked us to come to so we blasted off from San Antonio at 3ish on Friday and made the trip. Austin traffic was terrible, as we hit it at precisely 5pm. So, we stopped and ate a tasty low card meal at Cheddar's. We finally got to the parents late and had a good weekend. I was tempted away from my diet by a pecan filled brownie, but made it a short diversion. Then we did the return trip Sunday night. Lots of driving, but worth it, I think. We finished Harry Potter 5 for the second time, just to refresh our memories before #6 comes out in a few months.

This morning when I was getting ready for work, I was sitting on the side of the bed (Brendan was in bed with us) putting hand lotion on and rubbing my hands together. I knew Bren was awake, but I didn't know he was watching me. I heard a funny swishing behind me and turned to find him imitating me rubbing my hands together. How funny! So, I held my hands up and shook them just to see if he'd do it too and he did. He's never done anything like that before. I guess little boys really do like to imitate daddy. It was cute.

I watched a really amazing independent film tonight. I didn't want to watch it, and didn't know anything about it, but thanks to Jen, I did. Super Size Me is really amazing. I can't say it enough. I was particularly amazed by one of the special features called "The Smoking Fry". Morgan Spurlock, the writer and main dude in the film, put a bunch of McDonald's burgers in beakers and also some fries. It took weeks for the burgers to mold due to all the preservatives. After like two and a half months, the fries still showed no sign of mold. They looked like they were bought today. I swear. Anyone that hasn't seen this should watch it. I don't say that because I have an agenda or anything, but because Morgan shows it all as it happens and you will be amazed at what you see. Just watch it.

The official film website is http://www.supersizeme.com/ and Morgan's blog is at http://blogs.indiewire.com/morganspurlock/

Kudos Morgan. I'm glad your still alive. 8-]

Sometimes you just want to say SHHH - most of the time I just want to say "Shut the @#$% up!" Hehe.

Today was an OK day. Was busy all day at work, but didn't really accomplish much. Oh well. Suzi called and we chatted with her for a while. She has a new beau is is happy. That's definitely good. Played the Jade Empire demo for XBox and loved it. Has faux pizza on big portabella mushrooms. That was good, but the shrooms has some black liquid coming out, so I could only eat one, but the toppings from the other one were good. Also, have started playing Potter and Chamber of Secrets for PS2. Fun, and not to hard. My kinda game. 8-]

Brendan has been having sleep problems since we came back from Easter as my parents. He got used to sleeping with us in the big bed up there and by gosh he liked that and wants to continue. Uh-uh! It's pretty miserable when he sleeps with us here. Little rat! He doesn't want to go to sleep at night and wakes up multiple times. That keeps us up and it is stressing us out. Oh, man I'm not having any fun...

From the Google Sightseeing blog

Notice the angles of the buildings? And the shadows? They alwasy say things are a little differnt in Texas. This is one of our many temporo-spatial distortions. Another is the relative speed of 4 wheeled objects in Schertz. No matter how fast the object is moving, it's speeding and gets a ticket. Hehe. Oh, click the pic for a bigger one or the link above for the original post.

I really got a kick out of a comment on their site:

No, thats not a perspective problem with the satellite, downtown
Dallas is JUST THAT WAY. Crooked. period.

Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord. . . "God, what does a million years mean to you?" The Lord replies, "A minute." Smith sks, "And what does a million dollars mean to! you?" The Lord replies, "A penny." Smith asks," Can I have a penny?" The Lord replies, "In a minute".

From qt_satan. She's got a good sense of humor. Hehe

I'm cleaning out my stupid spam-ful hotmail account. Worthless spammers. What a good task for a Saturday morning. I'm listening to Japan-a-radio live from SakuraCon in Seattle. Wish I was there. ^_^. Ohayo, DJs!

There are two blogs that I want to list so that I'll remember to read them:

The first is someone I've been following for a while. She has lots of interesting stuff:

http://www.catschwartz.com/ - Her actual blog
http://c4t.textamerica.com/ - Her Moblog (camera photos)
http://catschwartz.libsyn.com/ - Her Podcast (audio) (new!)

Cat Schwartz used to be on TechTV's Call for Help before TechTV was assimilated by G4. Back then it was good. Now it's 80% suck.

The second is http://usroadtrip2005.blogspot.com/. "One married [british] couple and a 4x4, travelling 1,400 miles across California, Nevada and Arizona." I haven't finished reading this one yet, but it's interesting.

It died. :(

Cheapo junk. That's adding insult to expiration. Phtttttt!

I drove to Waco today to pick up Jen and Bren. The parents like to meet half way between us and them. We ate at quite possibly the best restaurant in Waco, Parks Family Buffet*. Good old southern style home cooking. Mmmm-mmmmm! I listened to good music all the way up on my iPod. My faves right now include:

Green Day - Boulevard of broken dreams
Maroon 5 - She will be loved & This love
Ashlee Simpson - Pieces of me
Limp Bizkit - Behind blue eyes
Linkin Park - Somewhere I belong
Avril Lavigne - My happy ending & Don't tell me
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the way & Can't stop
plus others that I can't recall at the moment. I'm terrible about knowing the names of songs. I just know what I like...

After we got back, we watched some movies and had a good time. 8-]

*Parks Family Buffet
(254) 799-3773
Highway 84 E
Waco, TX 76701

Defense Attorney: Will you please state your age?

Little Old Lady: I am 86 years old.

Defense Attorney: Will you tell us, in your own words, what happened the night of April 1st?

Little Old Lady: There I was, sitting there in my swing on my front porch on a warm spring evening when a young man comes creeping up on the porch and sat down beside me.

Defense Attorney: Did you know him?

Little Old Lady: No, but he sure was friendly.

Defense Attorney: What happened after he sat down?

Little Old Lady: He started to rub my thigh.

Defense Attorney: Did you stop him?

Little Old Lady: No, I didn't stop him.

Defense Attorney: Why not?

Little Old Lady: It felt good. Nobody had done that since my Abner died some 30 years ago.

Defense Attorney: What happened next?

Little Old Lady: He began to rub my breasts.

Defense Attorney: Did you stop him then?

Little Old Lady: No, I did not stop him.

Defense Attorney: Why not?

Little Old Lady: His rubbing made me feel all alive and excited..I haven't felt that good in years!

Defense Attorney: What happened next?

Little Old Lady: Well, by then, I was feeling really "spicy" that I just laid down and told him take me, young man. Take me!"

Defense Attorney: Did he take you?

Little Old Lady: Hell, no! He just yelled, "April Fool!" And that's when I shot the little bastard.

That'll teach young 'uns to mess with old folks! They're not afraid to say and do things that others might shy away from. Hehe.

I find it somewhat amusing that our male housemate came home with a giant tatoo on his arm tonight. He got a cross with the names of his daughter, wife, and her son from a previous marriage. The unusual thing is that I think that he thinks this will strengthen his marriage. They argue and fight frequently, and I don't think they respect each other as Jen and I do. So, what kind of logic is it to get something permanently put on your body with the name of someone you fight with all the time? I know that it's a symbol of his love, blah, blah, blah, but it doesn't make sense to me. They've been so mad at each other that each has left the house at one point or another. I think this is like those stories I've heard about women who have troubled marriages wanting a baby beacuse they think the marriage will be strengthed by it. I disagree with that too, by the way.

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This is the story
of a man named Darrell
who was working
and bringing up a family.

This is the story
of his lovely family
with 3 kids and wife
all at home.

We're a happy family!
Yes, we're a happy family!


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