Monday, October 27, 2008

Everybody! Everybody!

Since Grandma K had the girls Sunday afternoon and there was a pumpkin just sitting on the front porch, I had some carvin' to do.

If you ever want to carve like this, you need the real pumpkin carving tools... Not those cheesy safety knives that come in pumpkin carving kits, you need these:

- Newspaper and/or a small bucket...
- Tracing pattern sheet of what you want your pumpkin to look like...
- A long sharp knife to cut a lid on the pumpkin...
- A canning jar lid to scrap the inside of the pumpkin...
- A pin to poke holes along the outline of your pattern sheet onto the pumpkin...
- A couple of sharp non-ridged steak knife with a very sharp tip end to get in tight spots...
- Strong drinking straws...
- Patience and time.

Other tips:
- Do not scrape the inside of the pumpkin so fine that it is so smooth inside. Pumpkins are mostly water, and if you do this, they will shrivel up and die out faster.
- If you want to do fine detail, take your time and be patient. The most tricky spots are curves and tight/small areas; this is where I would use a straw. The more detail, the longer it is going to take (I spent 5+ hours working on the Napoleon pumpkin/ 2 hours on Homestar Runner pumpkin carving above)
- Work from the inside of the design outward. If you work outside in, the area inside the carving area can be wobbly while working on it and other areas can break off with any excess force.
- Pour two or three 1/2 cups of water inside the pumpkin each day, but at separate times. Like I said, pumpkins are mostly water and because they have been carved, they are going to evaporate a lot more water.
- Have fun...

(If I have some time while we are up in Salt Lake, I'll try to carve another one up there...)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The iPod Kids

Now this is the real 100th video... Enjoy the video.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bike Rides and Playing With Rocks

After we had lunch at Rachel's mom's house yesterday (October 19th), Rachel and her sister Aubrey took the girls for a ride in the child seats that are attached to the back of each bike. Since I did not bring my video or digital camera, I used my camera to record video instead.

Sorry, but at first, the video was recorded in medium quality. Then I moved it to Best quality for the remainder of filming. I found out that if you receive a text message while you are recording, it stops recording.

Later that night, the girls had their shoes on and so we all went out onto the side area of the house that has a couple of giant pine trees and many rocks. I was filming with the normal settings, but it was becoming too hard for me to see the phones' screen. So I moved it to Nighttime and it appeared lighter... But it also looked like a the quality of a webcam. I guess it's better to see them at night with that webcam-like quality then to see it filmed normally and very dark quality.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Laughing At Nothing

While I was working on my computer the other day, the girls were playing at the top of the stairs (near the office) and in their room.

I guess I did something funny that kept them laughing and so I grabbed the camera and started filming.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Twin Building Block Demolition

I just started filming one morning of the girls watching and dancing to the opening theme song of "My Friends Tigger & Pooh".

Then shortly after, I used most of the girls building blocks to make a tower to have them tear it down.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mosaic Challange

I originally saw how to do this on a blog of a co-worker of Rachel's, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Each square represents something about me. If you want to see what yours would look like, the instructions are below.

Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search. 2. Using only the first page, pick an image. 3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your nickname.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Say It With Me Now...

1, 2, 3-- Awwwwwwww...

I was coming out of the kitchen the other night after they had dinner and saw them both trying to sit on the toy. I ran back into the kitchen to find the camera, turned it on and took a few pictures. This was the best one.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Does the PediPaws Work?

A while back, Rachel decided to order the PediPaws nail trimmer for our dog Ginger.

As many of you pet owners know, your pets hate it when you have to trim their nails (just like the commercial says). As for Ginger, Rachel would do the trimming of her nails with basic nail trimmers, while I had to literally lay on top of her and hold her paw up so that she wouldn't get up and run away. It was not fun because after fighting with her to trim her nails, the nails were not smooth and would scratch Rachel or I when she fought with us to get up. Not to mention all the dog hair all over our clothes after trying to accomplish this task.

After much waiting, the PediPaws nail trimmer finally arrived in the mail yesterday (10/3). After reading the papers that came with the trimmer (and running to the store to purchase 2 C batteries), it says to show your pet that the PediPaws is a harmless item, and then later to turn it on and to put it near the pet to show them once again it is harmless and it will not hurt them. It doesn't make much noise to scare them away. After having it turned on running the gray handle area across Ginger's back to show it was harmless, we decided to give it a try.

The only problems I had with Ginger was trying to hold her paw still. It must have tickled and she kept trying to pull her paw away once in a while. Now remember, in the commercial, they used small pets to show that this item worked. It works, it's just that Ginger is a larger sized animal than those in the commercials, so the trimmer just takes a little longer to trim her nails. It also takes a little while for you to get use on how to hold the device to trim the nails in a curve and to polish out the nail out so it is in the ball-form on the tip of the nail. Plus, with her nails being longer and larger, it takes a little more time to trim one before you can start on the other... Not quickly trim one and then move on to another one.

So yes, it works. It just takes time to trim the nails... So have a little patience and about half an hour to an hour to spend trimming the nails. To be honest, I'd rather spend that allotted amount of time trimming the nails than to have to do it the old way.

If you are wondering why the picture shows my web domain on top of the PediPaw... There are no pictures available on the web of the product. So if someone tries to use my picture without my permission, it will show where they got the picture from.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oh, Pick Me!!!

On Tuesday night (9/30), I loaded up the girls and headed over to Sun River (a senior community) because they were holding a "Smart Computing Magazine Presentation" about a new feature when you subscribe to their magazine or you subscribe to the online feature for half of the cost of a 1 year subscription. In my case, for my business, it would definitely come in handy. The only problem is, I am not going to pay for a magazine subscription that I probably would not be able to read since I am always to busy with other things. Plus, who knows if I would ever use it if I paid for just the online feature.

Since I woke the girls up from their naps a little too late, and because I also had to quickly drop a couple cans of soda to Rachel at her work on the way out, we were 15 minutes late... So we missed the free hand-outs of the October 2008 issue of Smart Computing and a free mouse pad. But I was still able to figure out what they were talking about and trying to promote. As long as they were not trying to get me to buy new land and/or a new house, or even a time-share, I stuck around because it still involved computers... And that is my passion. (Plus I wanted to blog about it. Ha!)

Then a gentleman took over for the woman who was giving the presentation. He was thanking everyone for coming, but before everyone could leave, they also had 5 prizes to give away. Cool! But to win them, you had to be the first one chosen to answer a question correctly. I only heard the first three questions, as you will read why.

Hover your mouse over the [ANSWER] to get the answers...
Question 1) What are two things (1 software and 1 hardware) to keep your computer safe...? [ANSWER]
Question 2) What does TCP/IP stand for? [ANSWER]
Question 3) What year was Microsoft Windows XP released? [ANSWER]

Now, when it came to the third question, I was the only one to raise my hand. However, the guy asking the questions did not see my hand, but the lady did. After they called on me, I said my answer, and I was correct. In my mind, I was like, "Yes! Yes! I won! I won! I wonder what I won?!" She walked back to where I was sitting (which was in the very back because we came in late) and handed me my prize. Since I arrived late, I quickly asked her if they had any more magazine/mouse pads available. She said that they had run out. I was sad, because I really wanted the mouse pad. But she handed me my prize. It was September's issue of Smart Computing in a protective plastic bag. I was like, this is some great prize lady! Then I noticed that there was a small piece of paper covering up the front cover of the magazine. It said, "Gift Certificate - One-Year Subscription". SWEET!!! This was better than a mouse pad any day!

Since I was there with the girls, I was trying to keep them happy so they wouldn't scream and fuss while the folks from Smart Computer were trying to do their thing. So I kept giving them cookies, water and was pushing them back and forth in their stroller. Then they said, "Thanks for coming out!" And that was it. The other people who came got up and made their way to the doors. By the way, all of them looked like they all lived in the community there-- Which I have nothing against. First, I thought that there would be younger people there, just like me, who had an interest in computer. Second, I just thought that it was funny that the girls and I, and the two people presenting this thing were the only people there younger than 40.

I gathered up our stuff and made our way to the front of the room to ask if they even had just the magazine alone (no mouse pad) available. Luckily, someone took an extra one and then gave it back. So I got lucky again and scored the October's issue along with the mouse pad. I was so happy.

On the way out, people were pointing and asking questions about the twins as people normally do while we are in public. After the Q&A's, we made our way outside to the van. I loaded them back up and then we headed home. Now that is what I call a fun evening.