Thursday, July 31, 2008

Long Road Ahead

Tomorrow, we are driving up to Victor, Idaho to go to a wedding for a friend of mine that I haven't seen in almost 3 years. It is almost a 5 hour drive up there and a lot of that is nothing. To get ready, we have to get the oil changed in the car. We've decided to take the car since it gets better gas mileage. Thank you Exxon and enron for shooting the oil market in the head and making people ditch you be the side of the road. I am not looking forward to the drive. In addition to the oil change, I also have to pick up the wedding gift before we leave. We have to be on the road by 8:30, no later. So, all this is jam packed into tomorrow. I hope everything gets done and done smoothly.

Joke of the Day



Eating healthy isn't exactly hard, but food that isn't necessarily good for you looks and smells so good. I swear it happens every day. I'm exercising at work and on the tv in front of me, a food commercial plays. It happens a lot and the food looks really good, especially since I'm exercising and I haven't eaten lunch yet. Perhaps we should do what the cartoon says. We should shape healthy food to look like unhealthy food. Perhaps then, we will be enticed to eat healthier.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday

Well, I made it through another year. Today is my birthday. I am 28 years old. It's been a crazy 28 years. I had a great birthday today. My team at work took me to lunch which was at this big china buffet. Then, when I got home, my wife and kids had a cake and some decorations make for me. The cake had the picture of a golf green as the frosting. Then, I opened my presents. They were season 1 and season 2 of The Office, my favorite show on tv. I also received a bunch of new white shirts that were desperately needed. Finally, we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and used a 25 dollar gift card that my work gave me for my birthday. All in all, it was a great birthday. Thank you honey for making it a great birthday.

Joke Of The Day



When we were living with my wife's family while transitioning down here, one of the kids there had this horrible idea that wearing a lot of cologne was better than putting deodorant on. While he wouldn't smell like BO, he would smell up the whole house with the smell of cologne. Actually, it wouldn't smell up the house, it would saturate the house with the smell. Cologne is not the same as deodorant. Deodorant doesn't release any smell that the other person can smell. With cologne as a deodorant, people can smell you a mile away. Leave the job of being the deodorant to the sticks, not the cologne bottles.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Joke of the Day



Isn't it sad that to get a raise from some jobs, you have to threaten to leave? To me, that sounds like a really reactive approach to keeping your employees as opposed to a proactive approach where you offer your employees what they want so they don't even want to start looking for another job. Sadly, my last employer was this way. When it came time to discuss a raise, conveniently, no one who handled that would be in town. However, if they got wind that you were thinking of leaving, everyone was there and they had an offer for you on the spot. Raises should not be offered as an incentive to stop you from leaving. They should be offered as an incentive to stop you from even looking.

Rain, Rain, Come Again

This last week the weather has been cooler and we actually got a huge amount of rain. In a desert, any rain you can get is a huge blessing. It also helps everyone's lawns and gardens since they were all dying from the heat and lack of rain. It is forecasted to be hot again for the next week. If I could control it, I would have it rain at least 2 or 3 times a week. It would definitely cut down on the water bill and it would most definitely help the farmers who desperately need the rain. Please, rain, come again another day. Tomorrow if you can.

Joke of the Day



We currently have three cats, but only one of them is fixed. I guess that means the other 2 are broken. :) We had the 1, the male, fixed after he got one of our female cats pregnant and we didn't want to have kittens galore in our house. Plus, it costs a lot more to fix a cat then to fix a male cat. What is really funny is the city that we live in wants us to register our cats. There is no way I'm registering with the city that I have cats. They want you to do it every year, just like registering our cars. No way!!! I pay my taxes and I pay enough of them. No way am I giving the city any more money for something that stupid.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Another One

When I was a kid, I had terrible acne. I still have scars in my face from the acne I had. We didn't do any acne medicine or anything. I was always told that the best best acne treatment is to stop eating greasy food and chocolate. That may be true or it may not be. I think acne is just a teenage thing that is the result of your hormones going crazy. Perhaps they should market that on tv instead of the acne treatments they market now.

Cubicle Games



When things are slow at work or we are waiting on something to get done, we have a couple of games we play in the cubicles. One of them involves bouncing a racketball into a mug in an empty cubicle across the aisle. It may sound simple enough, but it's not an easy thing to do. It doesn't get played very often because the noise can get a bit annoying to others in the section, but they haven't seemed to complain too loudly. Funny what kinds of games we come up with just to keep ourselves from getting bored at work.

Nice Sunday

We had a great Sunday today. After church, we went and visited Kara's brother and his wife and had a great dinner. Then, we just hung out like we used to when we lived in Logan. When we lived there, we would always be hanging out with them when we didn't have anything to do or if they had nothing to do. We missed that once we moved out of Logan and they moved to the Salt Lake Valley. Now that we have moved back into the same area, we can start hanging out again. It's a bit more difficult to do now that we have kids, but nonetheless, good times are good times. Now, it's off to spend the best time of Sunday, when the kids are asleep and we can spend some time to ourselves.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Great Pearls

I would have been nice to get my wife some more jewelry featuring some freshwater pearls for our anniversary, but with the price of everything going up, it just wasn't in the cards. We did enjoy having a night to ourselves. We had a great dinner at our favorite restaurant and we saw a great movie. We don't get to spend a good amount of time with each alone anymore. That in itself was a great gift.

Joke Of The Day



Has the art of conversation gone disappeared? It seems anymore that people would rather send you a text message or an email rather than talk to someone over the phone or talk to them face to face. In fact, some people have even invented a service that you can use to call someone's cell phone and it will go straight to voice mail. Thus, eliminating the need to talk to someone face to face. If you have something to say to someone, the best way is to just talk to them face to face or over the phone. Don't take the emotion out of conversation.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Joke of the Day



Ever meet someone like this? Someone who feels that the world revolves around them and that everything will crash and burn if they were to suddenly die? I've met a few of them in my life and I still see plenty of them here in Utah. There are plenty of people here in Utah whose only goal is to get a bigger car, house, boat, etc than their neighbor. They can play that game for a while, but sooner or later, the bottom will fall out and their bigger "stuff" won't help. Perhaps they need to learn that the world will go one without them. The rotation of the earth does not depend on whether they are still around or not.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Joke Of The Day



One of the great things about my job is the benefits package. For all of their employees, they give free medical, dental, and vision insurance. It's great insurance, too. And there is no deductibles, except for a 50 dollar deductible on dental, but other than that, it's all free. The medical even covers all of prenatal care except an initial 15 dollar co-pay and 10 percent of the hospital charge. In addition, they also give you about 3 weeks vacation in the first year, and the time amount accumulates. And they offer flex time, which means you can be in anytime before 9 and leave anytime after 3. It truly is a great place to work. I just wish my last employer did this. That way, I wouldn't have had to move.

Monday, July 21, 2008

I Hate Mondays

Today was just one of those Mondays where you knew things were going to be not so positive from the get go. For one, I was coming back after a 3-day weekend, which is always hard. When I got to work, I immediately had to fix some improvements I had made to our code on Thursday. This would now be the third day I would be working on these improvements. What bugs me most when I send my revisions out to be reviewed is when someone tells me it is wrong and that's all they say. If you are going to tell me it's wrong, at least give me a suggestion on how to fix it. Don't just say it is wrong. Then, as the day ended, I was nearly done with my improvements, again, I started getting a strange error. I hadn't changed anything around the affected code, and yet the error still was showing up. I talked to the guy in charge of the databases and he said everything was fine. When I notified my teammates, they just shrugged it off and basically said good luck. It was like they didn't care or didn't believe what I was saying. Finally, when I was about to leave, I got a teammate to do what I was doing and he got the same error. That may sound bad, but at least it proves that it's not just me and that the problem is outside my machine. I still have to deal with that issue when I get back to work tomorrow. Then, going home, I had to change routes because traffic was backed up for miles. I never found out why. Personally, I didn't care to. I'm just glad this day is almost over.

Joke Of The Day



I think the other part of the cartoon caption that is not present is that part that you shouldn't be worrying about the average idea. When you have an idea and you feel it is a good one, you should make it the best idea possible and you shouldn't worry what the average idea is. Who's to say that the average idea was good anyway? If you have and idea and you feel it is a really good one, go with it. Don't be put down by the average person. Follow what you want, not what others think they want for you.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Joke of the Day



My wife and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Wow, 5 years. They have been 5 very full years. For our anniversary, we went to our favorite restaurant, the Olive Garden, and then we went to see the new Batman Movie. It was a tremendously great movie. I haven't seen a movie that great for a long time. All in all, it was a great anniversary. I wish we could have taken a trip somewhere, but with all the rising in the price of everything, it just wasn't in the back account. It was a great anniversary and here's wishing the next 5 years are just as great.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Joke Of The Day



I remember as a kid having this huge clothesline in our back yard. We used it pretty much all the time in the summer. I can still remember running through the sheets that were drying on the line. They smelled so great. When my wife and I lived in Pocatello, we had a clothesline to the side of our house until the gas line was installed for us to use our dryer. Everyone should have a clothesline at some point in their lives. They save power and gas and they make your clothes smell great.

Friday's Feast

Appetizer

When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?

A couple of days ago

Soup

Name one thing you miss about being a child.

Not having to have a job

Salad

Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.

Butter

Main Course

If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?

Spanish

Dessert

Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…

Living in the same house, having the same job, and probably 1 or 2 more kids in the house.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cool Software

For those thrill seekers out there, those who love to base jump, there is a great company out there that is designing your next wingsuit. Using their thermal analysis software and their CFD software, Flomerics can design a wingsuit that will use physics and gravity fully so you get the best experience. Through their software, they are able to simulate the wing jumper in the ideal suit and then create that suit on the spot. This allows the best suits to come to market faster and to help reduce costs. This great software also can be used to pinpoint problems before someone eve puts on the suit. These are problems like bad air flow or air drag. This great software by Flomerics is a great source to have to create the ultimate in a wing flying and base jumping experience. For more information and a demonstration on this software working, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q09fO5SqHIo.

Laughing It Up

For those who know me, I am a huge comedy buff. I have always loved comedy, mostly because it gives me a way to make difficult problems seem lighter and more manageable. Think about it, if there was no laughter in the world, I honestly think people's heads would explode from all the stress they deal with. What I would like to do is list a few of my all time favorite comedy movies.

In no particular order, here they are:

- The Naked Gun movies

- Dumb and Dumber

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

- Happy Gilmore

- Billy Madison

- Tommy Boy

- Black Sheep

You may not agree that these are funny, but that's your loss I guess because they are hilarious.

Last Time On One Hand

We are coming up on our 5 year wedding anniversary. This will be the last time we can count our number of years of marriage on one hand. A lot has happened in the past five years. There have been low times and high times. We've added 3 children to our lives and we have moved twice since being moved. They have been 5 great years. I love my wife and I'm glad we tied the knot 5 years ago tomorrow. It has been a great decision and she has been a great companion in my life.

Joke of the Day

My wife thinks I'm smart and hopes our kids will be smart like me. And since I'm a software engineer I thought this cartoon was fitting. If only we could just inject our kids with smart stuff to make them smarter!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Not enough time

Tonight has been a great night. We've just laid here and done nothing. The weather hasn't been so hot and it might actually rain. I wish there was more time in the evening. I want to take a nap, but I am afraid if I do that I'll not wake up until tomorrow morning. I'm pretty sure if there were any more hours in the day, I'd find a way to fill them up and then I would probably still be looking for more time.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Working

The new junction for our sprinkler system appears to be working and holding. I'm knocking on wood as I type this, hoping I'm not jinxing anything. I've have been monitoring the junction since turning the water on and so far, no leaks have emerged. There is the occasional drip from the double couplings, but nothing to worry about or stress over. And, nothing else, again knocking on wood, has broken as a result of the fix. I'm hopeful that the sprinkler system repairs are complete for this season. Man, my knuckles are nearly raw from knocking on wood so much while typing this post.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Joke of the Day



My wife is a good cook. Granted, we have been married for nearly 5 years now and there's been plenty of practice involved, but I only know of one or two cases where dinner has gone astray. One was an experimental recipe and the other was burning some vegetables. It's been great on the cooking front in our home because we both brought in different recipes and have increased the diversity of our meals. Thank heavens I married a woman who knows how to boil water.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Stretching The Budget

We don't really have the high class life at all. We don't belong to a California wine club or drive expensive cars, or eat at fancy restaurants all the time. We try and keep things simple. We keep costs down by turning lights off when we're not in the room, fixing any leaking water fixture, and not eating out as often as others. You'd be surprised, doing things like that can go along way towards stretching your budget.

Great Laptop

At my last job, they gave each of the engineers a Lenovo Thinkpad. It actually was a very good laptop and I kindof miss having it. It was nice to be able to take it wherever and work wherever. Now I have a desktop for a workstation and it feels like I'm tied down that way. But the Thinkpads are great laptops. I think I even saw a news story where someone's Thinkpad got left in a house fire and when they found, it had protected the hard drive enough that it was salvageable. How's that for a great laptop, huh?

Aquarium Store

When we first got married, my wife had a pet beta fish that we took care of. We didn't have a huge fish aquarium or anything, just a small fish bowl. We kept losing the beta to "natural causes" so we eventually just gave up on having fish. Plus, once we got house cats, we didn't want the cats eying the fish bowl every hour of everyday. One day I think it would be nice to have a good aquarium with all kinds of fish.

If we do ever get an aquarium, I would like to go to http://www.aquariumguys.com to get all of the supplies. We wander through a pet store every now and then and they always seem to charge too much for aquariums and such. This website has all the supplies we would need at rock bottom prices. They have the supplies we would need if we wanted to have salt water fish or fresh water fish. In addition to all of the supplies, they also have aquarium resources. These are things like maintenance guides, glossaries, fish care guides, and even a newsletter. That's a huge plus for me because if we ever did get an aquarium, I don't really know the first thing about taking care of different kinds of fish. I also don't know what it takes to keep an aquarium clean and maintained. That amount of resources at this site is a huge incentive to go with them when getting an aquarium.

This is the site to go to for all of your fish needs. They have it all and they won't charge you an arm and a leg. It's a great resource for those who want to start their fish collection.

Joke of the Day



When I started exercising at work, I used to run for about 20 minutes each day. I tell ya, my shins were hating me. It felt like I had shin splints, but I ran anyway. Running is actually very good for you. It helps your heart a ton. Hence, the cartoon. I don't run as much anymore. I'm trying to change my exercise program up a bit so I don't get a sinking feeling in my stomach and pain in my legs every time I start to go exercise.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Success?

Today was the moment of truth. It was time to turn the sprinkler system back on. I have actually waited nearly two days for this moment. I have worried all day at work about what would leak, if I did something wrong when I made the new junction, or if anything else would break. So I turned the water on and checked my front sprinkler box. No huge breaks there. Then, the real story. I checked the new junction and guess what? NO LEAKS!!!. Not one seal leaked. There are however, a couple drops every 10 seconds or so coming from a coupling, but I'm not worried about that. In addition, there is a slow drip coming from a seal I did in the front box months ago. To fix that, it would mean overhauling everything in that front box. In addition, that slow drip may have always been there, but I never noticed it because that box always had water in it from the sprinkler pipes draining. I'm continuing to monitor everything, but I believe we have the sprinkler system back in working order, at least enough to not have to worry about it again. Prayers have been answered on this one.

Joke Of The Day



So funny. This one hits home for me because I was in band in high school and jr high. You name the kind of band class, I was in it, except for Jazz band because I think jazz is weird. What is funny, though, is that the tuba players we had weren't really that fat. In fact, the color guard was fatter than the tuba line, at least for the first year I was there. The joke is still finny, though, but not all tuba players are fat. I played tuba in jr high, and believe me, I'm not fat.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nice Knives

The only knives we have in the house are the ones we got for our wedding. They have held up well, but I think someday we may need to buy some more cutlery like Rubis or something. Not like a family really needs to have more knives around. That would mean more dishes to wash, but it would help when the old knives get dull to have a backup set to pull out. Perhaps we will wait till the old knives fail before we go out and buy some more.

Not Enough Outlets

Those who built our house put wall outlets everywhere. In the garage alone, on one wall there are at least 5 wall outlets. I think the only thing they forgot was a HDMI wall plate for the HD tv in the future. What I have yet to understand is why there is only one outlet in the bathroom. Every bathroom I have ever been in has only had one outlet. The one place that has the most electrical devices and there is only one outlet.

No Lawn

The people who built our house did not like having a yard at all. That's why we have this enormous cement patio in our backyard, but we have no patio furniture to make it look a little better. I'm hoping that one day we can find some good furniture back there. It would be nice to have, especially when we want to throw a barbeque with people over.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Do they really work

I'm sitting here watching tv and one of those commercials came on for a telephone dating service. I always wonder about those things. How does the person on the line know that the other person is who they say they are? It hink the same goes for online dating sites. You can make anything up you want and provide any picture you want. I'm hoping people don't use these sites exclusively. I hope people whoe are looking for that special someone use these tools in conjunction with old fashiond dating.

It won't come off

Since I put my sprinkler system back together today, I have the pvc pipe glue all over my hands. Some came right off, but the glue that is thin on my hands is not coming off very easily and it's driving me nuts. It feels like I've got dirt all over my hands. As I use my hands for everything I know it will eventually come off, but I gotta tell ya, I don't like the feeling of having a glue on my hands all day long.

Acne Treaments Again

There seems to be more and more acne treatments out there. Has the science of treating pimples really changed that much over the years. How can each new product be the "only" one to cure acne. I think it's funny that there are celebrities endorsing some of these. I don't think I've ever seen a celebrity show their real face. It's mostly covered in makeup. I'm glad I am past the breakout stage. Otherwise, I may be like some of the people in these commercials.

Furniture Needed

i think at least once a week we get a furniture catalog in the mail. I like to look through them to see what we would like to buy if we had the money to do so. We have our entire front room that needs to be filled with furniture. Since it is the first room anyone sees when thy walk in the house, I would like the furniture to be nice. Hopefully, one day, we will have some money or find a great deal so we can fill that empty room.

And Now We Wait

I finished putting my sprinkler system back together today. I took everything slow and measured everything. Looking at all the seals that I can see, everything looks okay. I didn't turn the water on yet. The glue says the seals reach full strength after 24 hours and thats what I want, full strength. I don't want any leaks whatsoever. I have a couple concerns about some joints, like where a coupling connected to a slightly turned pipe. It was a very tight fit. So now I am playing the waiting game. I'm just going to let the seals sit and do their thing for a day if not more before flooding the new pipes with water. Here's hoping and praying that there are no leaks in the new pipes and that I didn't break anything else in the existing pipes.

Joke Of The Day



I think this joke is a great lead in to an update on my weight loss program. I am still at it. I've lost 5 pounds and counting in just under 3 weeks. I exercise for about 40 minutes everyday. Lately, I have switched it up from just doing the bike and running. Now, I lift weights, do 200 crunches, and then do about 20 minutes on an eliptical machine. I have only drank one Mountain Dew, and 12 oz can, since starting. Percentage wise, I have lost just over 2 percent of my weight in 3 weeks. Not bad, only 4 and a half months to go and then let the Mountain Dew shower down on me.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back At It

The leaks in my sprinkler system were really starting to bug me. In fact, some of them started getting bigger. It went from one pinhole leak in a seal to about 3 or 4 small leaks. That is just too much water to be wasting. So, I tried getting ahold of someone who would fix it and had no luck. So, tonight, I fashioned a new 3 zone junction. I took everything slow and made sure I got plenty of glue and primer on every joint. The only thing I'm worried about is one of the threaded connectors on on end is turned slightly. That may be a bit problematic when it comes to putting the couplings on, but I held the new junction on top of the old one and everything looks like it will fit. I didn't hook up the new junction tonight. I'm letting it seal over night. Tomorrow night, I'll cut the old junction off and connect the new junction. Here's praying everything goes fine tomorrow.

Joke Of The Day



I wish more people would take responsibility for their actions. It seems anymore that someone is more than willing to commit an act, but they are highly hesitant to take responsibility for their actions. The world would be a much better place if people would just man up to the things they do. They are brave enough to do something but they are chicken when it comes to owning up to it. If you are brave enough to do it, be brave enough to tke responsibility for it.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sleeping

I have always been a haavy sleeper/ No matter how loud the room is, I will remain asleep and you can't wake me up. Even if I d get waken up, I'm so out of it that I'm not even worth talking to. I've passed this gift on to my oldest son. My youngest son sleeps like my wife does. That basically means that you can drop a feather somewhere in teh house and she will hear it.

Joke of the Day



I tell ya, I wish I had this procedure done before I got a desk job. Maybe that way, it would be a little easier to lose the 30 pounds I'm shooting for. I gotta hand it to those who have lost tons of weight. I've lost just about 5 pounds in 2 weeks and I gotta tell ya, it's not easy. It's down right hard. I really don't know how some people lose 50 or 60 pounds in a matter a weeks. I'm thinking more and more people need to look past procedures and lose weight by eating right and exercise. It's a lot cheaper.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Worrying Too Much?

I keep checking on those leaks in my sprinkler system to see if they are leaking. So far, the two pin hole leaks I had don't seem to be getting any bigger. What is beginning to worry me is that there other areas near those leaks that are dripping. I want to cut the whole thing off and start over, but I'm afraid it may bust the sprinkler system beyond what I can fix. If I Leave it alone, I'm afraid it wear away the dirt. I think what I am going to do is just put some compost in there where the dirt is wearing away. That way, it won't distort the ground too much. The amount of water coming out isn't really a concern. I'm just concerned what it is doing to the ground underneath.

Joke Of The Day



I think it's funny that we have these super fast computers these days that everyone just has to have. What is funny is the fact that we probably don't use even a fraction of the capacity of that computer. Take the lady above. All she needs a computer for was to write up some recipies, but she wanted a suped up computer. I know with our computer, we only use it to write up documents and surf the web, but believe you me, it has to be fast.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Back To Normal

So the sprinklers are now back to the way they were before the pipe blew up under the sidewalk, complete with the pinhole leaks in a couple seals. Ya, the bonding material didn't hold it. The water pushed right through it. But, I'm leaving those leaks alone. There isn't a ton of water wasted at all and the water just goes into the dirt. Plus, I'm afraid that if I touch something again, the sprinkler system will break again, this time in a place completely inaccessible. So, I'm just monitoring the leaks occasionally and checking on the area around the latest fix. So far, everything that was fixed appears to have been fixed just fine. Now, I just need to wait for the grass spot that was tore up to solidify and restore itself again. So, things appear to be back to the way they were before.

Joke Of The Day



I heard a story on the news the other day that they are going to allow more choices when it comes to the end part of a web address. The people on the radio were joking about it, saying people are going to buy up all the domain names and then sell them. That's pretty much the idea that this guy has in the cartoon. Although, I think the domain names he's thinking of may take a while before people start asking for them.