I'm just a guy at a house

It's a long story. :)

I'm playing Diablo II again, but now I have the Expansion pack that we never bought. J and I played the main game when it first came out, but never bothered with the expansion. We had it the first weekend, I think. We actually purchased two copies so we could co-op it. It was awesome.

Bren is playing Playhouse Disney/PreschoolTime online again. He love love loves it.

Andy is swinging.

Jen is napping after a challenging day.

I'm drinking a beloved Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper. I can't get enough of the stuff.

We've been advertising mom's online store on Google Ads. It's cool. We've gotten about 40 clicks, but no sales from there yet. We'll keep plugging away at it...we also use Statcounter.com, which rocks. It is so great to see exactly who is coming and looking at the site.

Well I'm back after a long hiatus from blogging. I just don't seem to have or make time to write any more. I don't know why. It isn't that I don't want to (I really do), but I'm always busy. I'm either working, consulting, or having family time. Last night was the first time in quite a while that I did something all on my own. I watched some TV with Andy. We watched a weird, weird, weird movie: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was as weird or more weird than the book. I kind of liked it, but I'm still thinking about it. Hehe. Afterwards I felt bad that I wasted two hours that I could have been spending with Jen; but she was doing something for Brendan's 4th birthday party which is coming up.

Speaking of which, my little boy is 4 already. I can't believe it. He's getting so big. We just signed him up for PreschoolTime yesterday. It has a free 7 day trial, and we've been wanting him to try it for a while. I had a chance for a free 3 month subscription in My Coke Rewards, but I didn't redeem it and it seems to have been taken off the list. Doh! Oh well, it isn't that expensive. He's been playing it constantly and it is goodly educational. His birthday party is going to be "offsite" this year. We just get too stressed setting up the house and cleaning up after the party, so this year it is at Peter Piper Pizza. It's an OK place. I think the pizza at Chuck E Cheese's is better, but the price at PPP is cheaper. Bren doesn't know any difference, though. We've sent out the invites, and gotten a couple RSVPs. We've always sent invites to the 4 kids of a guy that I work with (3 of them are triplets) and they've never come. We always enjoy their party, though. So last year at their party we asked the mom why they never came. She said they never got any invitations!!! The rascal that I work with never took them home! So this year, I fixed him: I emailed it to his wife and they were the first ones to RSVP. Haha!

Yesterday we worked our butts off cleaning out our front planting bed so that we can plant caladium bulbs that mom bought us from Caladium World. I potted the hibiscuses and bougainvilleas that I had in there and hopefully they won't die. They weren't really doing well in the bed anyway, so they shouldn't be too much worse off. So, now the bed it totally full of those bulbs. I got a little of a sunburn, but it is ok.

I've been thinking about Twitter lately. Leo uses it and I kind of think it is interesting.

I am sad because once again this year I didn't go to South by Southwest. Meh.... Kevin Rose went and loved it, which makes me even sadder that I didn't go. He said that next year they're going to do a live Diggnation from there. I will go to that if I have to walk!!!!!!! I only heard of SxSW last year, and it sounded really cool. I've been looking at pics on flickr with the sxsw2007 tag today. There are tons! I saw this girl from The Pipettes. She looks to me like a more wholesome Gwen Stefani. Hehe. They're actually a pretty good band. I liked their music.

Speaking of YouTube, I'm kind of sad that I didn't make it in time to vote for the YTAwards. But I like lots of the ones that were nominated - particularly OK GO's treadmills. They're great.

I'm hungry now, so I'm going to stop. I just have to say one more thing: I'm sooooo craving a good medieval fantasy game! When's Diablo III coming out????? Maybe I'll just play Diablo II again...

I just finished watching V for Vendetta on DVD. Wow! This was maybe the best movie I've seen since Matrix 1. I really liked it. It was so great. I want to say all the whys, but I have to go to bed. Have to update this later...

I watched Ultraviolet last night. Good action, weak story. I cannot abide by a weak story. Pah!

Over this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I've worked almost 20 hours on the DST 2007 change at work. We worked from 8pm Friday to 6am Saturday, slept a few hours, then came back at 2pm and worked until 10pm. Then I went back tonight from 8:30 to 11pm to wrap it all up.

That after taking Jen and the kids to Waco to meet my parents for lunch and swap. They're at mom and dad's now having a fun Spring Break trip. We ate at the the hidden gem of Waco, Parks Family Buffet. It's my favorite place to go and it was as good as always. It's down home good ole country cooking. The clientele is mixed, but mostly black at least on Sunday, which has been the day every time I've eaten there. This might discourage some people, but I want to say that you are missing out if you don't go there. The staff is super friendly and the other patrons are chatty and nice if you give them a chance. :) Try Parks Family!

So, I'm here working this Spring Break week, but it should be a good week. My stress over DST 2007 is over and I'm ready to move on to the next thing that comes up.

Jen! You're missing it! The biggest storm we've had in months, and you're out of town visiting my folks. Oh well! Here's what you're missing:



It's lovely! Miss you already...

I'm annoyed at the government right now for all the work they've caused me by changing the begin/end of Daylight Savings Time.

Aargh!


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Here's something I scanned back before Christmas. I think they should have focused on the "we're cheap" angle rather that the "popular items" angle. I think the ad should read "The toys your kids didn't want last Christmas either."



But, hey, I'd take the digger. That'd be a fun toy.

I sure liked this show when I was a kid, but it looks very cheesy now. What bad hair they had!

Don't you agree, Vincent?

I'm still excited about this. I hope it's good!


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I hate Hot Dogs. Really. Call me un-American, but they just don't appeal to me. Bun, Mustard, Chili, Relish - love em. In fact I often eat just that sans the dog. That notwithstanding, I have some ideas about hot dogs that are deeply ingrained: 1) eat em at the ball park. 2) they're cooked on a grill/over a fire, not boiled. 3) They have to have pork in them.

That last one may be controversial, but I'm a sausage fan, and I figure that all a hot dog is is a wannabe piece of sausage. So, if it is trying to be a sausage, it ought to have pork in it, maybe even more pork than anything else. I'm not opposed to pork and beef dogs, nor to turkey ones, but I just think that a hot dog is a pork product.

I ran across this a while back and saved it until I could write down my little thesis of the dog. I found this interesting and I had no idea what about a kow was kosher until now. :)


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