Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Looking thru the last few weeks of the blog.. something is missing... Oh! I know! Promised updates from Dave! Well, let me give him a hand.. he's a busy boy...
Firstly, we got our "black Friday" TV and have it set up. It's pretty nice, and I don't impress easily. Much better than the 50 inch one we were going to get before he found that deal. Dave and our son are doing more video-game-playing than TV-watching but we did watch a few blu-rays on it and I TOTALLY SEE WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS now!!
Secondly, he survived LASIK and lived to tell the tale. We are both 20/20 now. My pre-LASIK vision was much worse than his pre-LASIK vision and he was disappointed that he didn't have Superman Spidey-senses X-ray vision. His eyes still have some adjusting to do, and he just needs to let time do it's job and let his body heal and adjust.
Thirdly, we are still looking for a good home for the puppy we found a month ago. She's a joy and keeps us laughing, so I'm not fanatical about it!
Fourthly, we canceled the Hulu. Time will tell if we get it again.
I think that's about it. With the holiday season in our face, who knows when we'll update again? But I'll give you a hint.. it will be from someone's Christmas gift.... :)
Merry Christmas, Y'all!
|No, don't worry, I'm still here. But I'm at http://dateam365.blogspot.com/ too. Team365 is my attempt to put a $1/day budget for food together. All I've managed to do is put the rules on the board, but I'd love if you came by and supported us on this (hopefully) fun journey. And I'll make Dave pretty it up and personalize it a bit, so bear with us while it's under construction!|
Friday, December 3, 2010
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I sure hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday. We got to spend it with a lot of our family - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Yesterday, we had the honor of taking my grandmother back to her home in Virginia. I decided to swing by the waterfall we found a few months ago. It's really cool, because it is right beside the road. You can drive by it or pull in and park and stick your feet in the water. You can even drive over the bridge and look down onto the falls! Lovely place!
On this particular morning, it was chilly and a little foggy. We were bundled up in the car, with the heater on; my grandmother's dog safe and warm in her lap. There is a little blind curve right before you get to the falls and there was a 2-3 month old puppy in the road. Luckily, it was alive. Luckily, it followed our car down to the parking area. Luckily, I got out of the car to see if there was something I could do to help. Luckily, she almost knocked me over, trying to cover me in sweet puppy slobbery kisses.
She is a beautiful dog. She is very affectionate. When I put her in the car, she behaved very well. She craved human attention and whined until she got settled down. We took her home and put her in our yard with a giant bowl of dog chow and our little dog, Duke.
Now, I have to get on my soap box. One of our dogs (Daisy) is a pit bull mix. She was dropped off while she was pregnant. Lucky for her, she was found and taken care of. Her puppies were given homes. She found her way to us and she has been loved and cherished for years. Our other dog, Duke, was found and given to a vet's office. The office took care of him until we adopted him. I don't know if he was "dropped off" or lost. He mostly behaves, but he is extremely skittish at times. He is a corgi mix and almost always smiling. I do NOT understand what gets into people's minds when they leave a pet out in the elements to fend for themselves. I remember when I was pregnant; I couldn't do anything for myself. I was miserable and fat and slow and hot and hungry and thirsty and sick. If I had to chase my food down, I would have just starved. I barely made it through the air conditioned grocery store without giving up!
Knowing what I know about where these dogs were found, I'm going to stereotype. I try not to do that often, but there isn't a way to sugar-coat it… some dumb-ass back woods red-necks thought that keeping a pet healthy was more trouble than it's worth. So instead of going to the trouble of HAVING THEIR DOG SPAYED in the first place or even driving on up to the animal shelter and leaving them there where they can get a meal and a fighting chance, they thought it would be ok to LEAVE A PREGNANT DOG on the side of the road or a small puppy who is barely WEANED out in the cold.
This sweet, sweet puppy looks like she might be a pit bull. She doesn't have perfect markings. Here's what I think: I think she belonged to a breeder and when she didn't sell, she was tossed out the when the car slowed down. I could be wrong.
I'm looking for a home for her. And we'll take her to the vet and have her spayed. If we don't find a home for her, we'll keep her. Someday, we'll end up with another stray or two or three. People don't seem to stop dumping them and we must have "sucker" written on our forehead in dogese or catese. And one of these days, you'll get to read all about how I feel about breeders and people who participate in dog fights.... but I'm trying to stay calm today...
Saturday, November 27, 2010
All of 24 Season 8-Honestly, I just can't bring myself to watch it yet. I know it's the last season and I just can't pull the trigger
Sons of Anarchy Season 2 and 3-I got most of the way season 2 and have nothing from Season 3 watched yet.
Ashes to Ashes Series 3- Supposedly the conclusion to Alex's storyline and I haven't watched a second of it.
Burn Notice Season 3-I think I've pretty much given up on ever finishing this
Rescue Me- All of the last season.
Leverage Season 2 and Season 3-Hopefully soon
I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy and 30 Rock because of the above backlog. I might go back to them eventually, but I'm not sure
You'd have thought I'd have watched most of it while I was off from work, but I didn't do much. I need better time management skills
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Seitan is pretty easy to make, I think. You can buy it packaged and ready to fix for about $7/lb or buy the flour and make your own, which is what I do. It's about $1/lb (cooked) then. You make a dough out of the flour and then boil it for an hour. I make it in my bread machine, so it's no trouble at all.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Edited to add:
It was yummy and a huge success!!!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A reader from Philly asked what kind of bikes I have now since I lost the Shadow in the wreck
We still have the 600cc Silver Wing Scoot as well as a 2005 Black Kawasaki Ninja 500r and a Green 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500r nicknamed Booger which is the ugliest bike I think I've ever seen. I got to ride a sportsbike for the first time and fell in love with it. The way it zips and corners is so much better than a cruiser.
I look forward to getting to ride again on a more regular basis soon hopefully. The last ride we took was up Cherahola (google it, it's beautiful) and down Highway 129 aka The Dragon. 318 curves in 11 miles. I loved it, Ashley didn't.
I loved riding the roads of Union County and as quickly as I can get back on a bike and get a helmet cam, I'm going to start a website up dedicated to mine and Ashley's love of the roads of Union County. It's some of the best motorcycle riding not only in Tennessee but the whole US as far as I'm concerned. There's a road we've lovingly named the Union County Lizard which has roughly 59 curves in about 6 miles or so.
As for four wheels, well there's been some changes there too. Ashley and I are now Volkswagen Drivers. We have a blue 2000 Volkswagen Golf as well as a 1999 Red Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible. I think all 3 of us love riding in the convertible. It's not quite as good as riding a motorcycle, but it's close enough and at least it's not near as scary in the event of an accident. For those who are nerds when it comes to gas mileage like Ashley and myself, the Golf gets 32mpg and the Cabrio gets 31mpg.
Hopefully by the time next summer rolls around, we'll have a pair of Jetski's as well. Really looking forward to that and hopefully we can scrimp and pinch and buy a couple of used ones.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Front and back camera
The brightness level is way less than my 3G or Ashley's 2G
The fact that the alarm and calculator have to be opened from a Utility button. I know it's lazy, but I liked having them right there to figure up gas mileage or whatever
The much more complex mail system. I miss the old style.
I do miss my IPhone, but the touch is pretty darn nice all the way around. It's a suitable replacement to be sure.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I might be the only one, but I love Twitter so much more than Facebook, but again, it's the same thing over and over again as well. I 'm a Montreal Canadiens fan, why would I want to follow the Toronto Maple Leafs. I detest em. And just because I follow kiddchris, doesn't mean I want to follow howard stern or bubba the love sponge. I like Facebook and Twitter, but let's make the suggestions smarter. People I don't want to follow on either shouldn't keep showing up.
As a friendly reminder, you can follow my twitter here Dave's Twitter or on facebook here.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
First of all, Ashley has become quite the pro at Pizza. She made a wonderful substance called Seitan (google it) which is made of wheat and tastes quite close to meat. She had the idea one day last week to make a Philly Cheese Fake Pizza which was quite good. In all seriousness, I want pizza from nowhere else anymore. It's just not as good. She's the pizza master now and I'm afraid that if it gets out, she'll be so busy making pizza for everyone else, that Andrew and I will suffer.
UT still stinks. Derek Dooley made a WWII reference and outraged the internet. I thought it was quite funny and watched it several times while feeding it to ESPN and other sports outlets at work. Here's a link to it. Judge for yourself. I think people are just overly sensitive.
Elections are Tuesday and I'm curious to see how it all pans out. I'm just flat out not voting. There's no one at the local level that I'm interested enough in to make a trip to the polls. I don't like either of the gubernatorial candidates that are running in Tennessee at all, and wish Bredesen could just stay around. For the record, I don't think Mr. Obama has done a bad job. I still don't like him, but I think he'll take the blame and the Democratic party will suffer. For those who are new to the blog, I'm an equal opportunity detester. I don't like Democrats or Republicans period. The last Democrat or Republican I voted for was Ron Paul, and I'll gladly vote for him again.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
|We drink 2 quarts of iced tea daily. Sometimes more, depending on how much we're at home. I keep two pitchers in the fridge at a time, and usually make a batch nightly.|
It surprises me to find out that some people drink tea and don't know how to make it. I like to keep things easy for me.. so I bought an electric tea kettle just to make tea in. The one I got cost about $10 and boils 2 cups of water in a few minutes. I put 5 tea bags and 2 cups of water in the kettle and push the boil button. While it's heating up, I dump 1/2 cup of sugar in the jug. After the water boils, my kettle turns off (which is a feature worth paying extra for!) and I like to let it steep for a little while (ok.. I usually forget about it). Then carefully pour the tea into the pitcher, stir and fill with water or ice.
If you're working on the stove, I liked to use a sauce pan (again, I had a specific one I used just for tea). I used an old pan that the "non-stick" was "stick" again. I boiled the tea bags and the sugar together. Let it cool a bit and funnel it into the pitcher. This actually made better tasting tea, IMO, but having a tea kettle is easier.
I get the enormous 50-pound bag of sugar at Sam's Club once a year or so. I honestly have no idea how many servings we get out of it. It costs about $30, so to keep the math simple, we'll say there are 300 1/2 cups... or $.10 a jug. The tea bags, I get 100 for $1 so an entire jug costs us about $.11.
I like a bit of flavor every once in a while, so I toss a Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler in with four black tea bags. I got the box as a gift, but even if I splurged on it, it bumps the price of the pitcher to $.26. There are 3-4 servings in each jug.
At one point over the summer, I got so bored that I knocked the dust off the old 360. I hadn't played it in quite some time, but I did enjoy the excellent Splinter Cell Conviction. Just an amazing game and I love each game in the series more and more. I played some Alan Wake and got bored with it quickly. It felt too much like I'd played it before when I played Resident Evil. I also started Halo Reach on a rental and loved it. I loved the flying section like no other game and would love if there were a separate flying game in the series. I need to re-rent it and finish it up because I did love the game quite a lot. I've made no bones about the fact that I heart my PS3 much more than my 360. I gave up my gold account long ago since I never played online. It's ridiculous to me that to get new rosters and squads for EA Sports Games on the 360 that you must have a Gold Account. I don't want to play online, just get new rosters, so that's why I play all sports games on my ps3. I also find it a bit ridiculous that you must have XBL gold to get Netflix when it's cost free and now disc free on my PS3.
I enjoyed Red Dead Redemption and hated to see it end. One of the better Western games I've ever played. I'm currently playing FIFA10 with updated squads so I can make Thierry Henry the leading scoring in MLS. I'm also waiting to find a cheap copy of FIFA11 and F12010. I love F1 and can't wait to try it out once I find it cheap enough. Hopefully I'll strike gold on Craigslist or at a pawn shop soon. I'm loving NHL11 when I get to play it. I'm waiting on a patch and updated rosters to take the Habs back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
I'm sure I've played lots more, but I can't really recall much. I need to play Medal of Honor and I'm anxious to try out a wrestling game for the first time in years. I'm thinking I might pick up the Legends game and an old version of SVR as well.
On a side note, I'm also going to let the greatest kid ever, aka Andrew Cox start posting some reviews and impressions on games as well, just as soon as I get approval from the boss (aka Mom). He's playing loads of games and beating the heck out of em.
I've got to admit I miss Thomas and I'd love to have him back. It's not that I don't like Marconi, he's just not Thomas. Thomas put himself out there every single day and nothing was ever held back. We knew most every detail of his life and he took more crap from listeners than anyone else ever has. It seems that both Chop (whom I really enjoy both censored and uncensored on the podcast) and Chris are readily sharing every painstaking detail of their lives, while Marconi seems to hold back (which is understandable). I look forward to the show developing a bit more and hopefully the crew gelling even more.
The Norm MacDonald Interview was simply put, one of the best interviews I've ever heard Christopher Derek do in his career. I loved the one armed uncle story as well as the Don Rickles stuff as well. Norm is classic and is funny without really even trying.
Andrew and I listened with excitement to hear about Chop's brother. We watched all the stories online and checked every little bit to see if he'd been caught yet. The whole "My feet are rotting off" soundbite is one of the best drops on the show and I laugh each time I hear it.
I love the uncensored stuff on the podcast as well. Porkchop loves using the various words he can't normally say and he's diamond on the podcast. If you're not subscribing, then you're missing out. Hit this link to sign up. It's the best $10 a month ever and Chris is planning on doing some extra shows once his home stuff is setup and we're getting exclusive stuff over stream listeners as well. I do miss the music quite a bit listening on the podcast (specifically It's Time to Play the Game), but the podcast is well worth it. Chris isn't just pocketing the money either. It's going towards show stuff including bringing Connie out next week for a KUFO function.
For anyone who's never listened to Kidd Chris, hit the link on the right. He's the best talent in radio
Friday, October 22, 2010
Football (the American version)
1. The Vols are horrid. I understand that Derek Dooley doesn't have much to work with be, but if you'll recall, I was completely against the hiring of Derek Dooley. I didn't like his old man at Georgia, and I'm still against the hiring. I hope Dooley's stay at UT is a short one.
2. I've been excited at watching the rebirth of Mike Williams in Seattle. I loved watching him play for USC and was excited for about 15 minutes when he signed with the Titans a few years ago. It's good to see him come back and play really well.
I loved Bruce Pearl. I don't anymore. What he did was wrong and not even the most expensive set of Orange Colored Glasses from Oakley is going to change my mind. As bad as I hate to say it, I think he should be gone. UT is going to be slammed by the NCAA anyways, might as well start the rebuilding with a new coach.
Football (aka Footy)
1. Gotta say I'm shocked that Roo resigned with Manu (re). I figured he was as good as gone after last week's diss of Fergie and The Glazers. I figured City or the Galacticos (Real Madrid for those not in the know) to rejoin with Ronaldo.
2. It's so good to see my favorite soccer player of all time playing in New York. My man crush for Thierry Henry has been huge for years dating back to his days in Highbury with the Gunners. I've tried my best to watch highlights and it's so good to see him in New York. I couldn't wait to fire up FIFA and score a few with him.
3. The big rumor now is that the ugliest man in the world (short of me) Dinho (aka Ronaldinho) might be heading to play for the LA Galaxy. Becks coming to MLS was a foundation, Henry heading over was great, and Dinho playing in MLS would be the icing on the proverbial cake.
Good to see the Rangers in the Series. I'm no Yankee hater, just nice to see someone different for a change.
Doc Halladay's No No was amazing. Watched a lot of the highlights on the net the next morning.
Still wishing the Cubs had went with Ryno instead of Quade, but that's just the silly sentimental Lovable Loser fan in me.
Well I think I'm caught up on Sports, a few more quickshots in a bit
As most of you know, Andrew and I were involved in a pretty bad motorcycle accident on June 28th. Andrew broke his leg in two places and his wrist. I broke my foot and toe. I'm glad to say that we have both healed. As most of you don't know, I fell in August and broke my clavicle, punctured a lung, and broke 4 ribs. I'm finally back to work and Andrew is doing really well. I'm still waiting to settle on both mine and Andrew's injuries with the other insurance company.
After the accident, I went into "sell" mode. I sold my IPhone, macbook, and pretty much anything else to keep our heads above water. I must post many thanks to my lovely wife. She is a financial whiz and although it's been hard, thanks to her, we've kept our heads above water and things are starting to look up. I know I haven't been the easiest person to live with over the last four months, so thanks for hanging in there. I love you so very much and I'm so thankful to have you in my life. As I've said many times on this blog, I'm the luckiest man in the world and have the best wife ever. I'll admit, not being able to work was very hard on me. I got very depressed. I just didn't feel like blogging and didn't feel much like I've worked almost every day since I was 16 years old. I've always held my own, and took care of myself.
Ashley and I hope to blog a bit more in the next bit, but we'll see. As always, thanks for reading
Sunday, October 17, 2010
|Everyone needs an emergency fund of some sort. It doesn't matter what you call it. You need some extra money tucked away for an emergency. Ours has come in handy in the past 4 months (still waiting for Dave to update you with this one) and it got us through a time when, quite frankly, we might not have been able to make it without it. |
Now that things are getting more "back to normal", I'd like to explain how our Pizza Fund works. It's not our Emergency Fund, just something we wanted to try for fun.
We bought 14 frozen pizza crusts for $17. When we make "homemade pizza", we use spaghetti sauce and cheese. The sauce is $.40/can and the cheese is $.57 per serving.
The pizza is too big for our oven so I cut the crust into quarters. I treat each triangle as a separate pizza. I dress 3 of the triangles as pizzas and the 4th one either goes back to the freezer or buttered and garlic'ed and cut into bread sticks.
Each individual pizza costs $.50. Bread sticks are actually a little cheaper, but I'll go with that. I make tea for $.25/two quarts, which is more than enough for a meal. The same "personal pan pizza combo" at Pizza Hut is $5. I can make it at home for less than $.75.
So I put a "pizza" account in our INGdirect.com account. Each time we make a pizza at home, I transfer $5. I could transfer $15, but since we would be more likely to go to Little Caesars than Pizza Hut, the $5 is more accurate for us.