Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Where Is My Family???

I realized something last month, and even Twittered about it, but now I am blogging about it...

Where the heck, on the internet, is my family?!?!?!

What I mean is, not one person in my family (MY family) has a blog on Blogger or even Word Press... That I know of. The closest thing any one of my family members has is Deviant Art, and that is my brothers. No-- Facebook and MySpace don't count.

So, family members-- no matter what side you are on (Rachel's or mine), send me a link to your blog or personal website URL.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rockin' the Slide

A while back, I saw one of the girls move the slide while still standing on it (you'll see it at the end of the video), so I grabbed the video camera. Well, when it started recording, she stopped... But I kept on recording. So this is them playing around the TV room one night.



Just a reminder, this will be the last video that I upload onto YouTube and then post on my blog the same day. I will still be posting videos, but you will have to be folding on my folding@home team to view videos on my blog after I post them here. I have updated the f@h web page to instruct you on how to install f@h.

After a week or two, I will then post the video on YouTube and then update the blog so that it will play the YouTube video.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chloe's First Accident

Rachel said it a while ago, "...Chloe will most likely be the first one to visit the emergency room for stitches..." (or something related to those lines).

Well, last night (Fri, 11/21) while I was trying to start up WALL*E on my iPod to place it in the iPod dock behind the TV to watch it on our TV (yes, it's possible), Chloe saw me and started to walk over towards me. Well, she stepped on one of her toys and tripped forward, conking her head against the front edge of the TV stand.

I picked her up and was lifting her hair up to see what part of her scalp she cut. It wasn't until 10-seconds later that I saw a line of blood forming to the left the left eye (to her right of her right eye). Confused? Look at the picture.

Well, I carried her upstairs into their bathroom and sat her down on the toilet. I walked into my office and grabbed the box of Band-Aids that I have in there (never know when I may cut myself again with the iPod opening tools... again). Walked back into the bathroom, wiped the blood off (took the picture) put the Neosporin on the Band-Aid and put it on. Ady watched and waited patiently from the gate that we have up to prevent the girls from walking from their bedroom into the bathroom.

After an hour and a half, I had to replace the Band-Aid with a new one before she went to bed. She did not like that one bit. I had to yank it off fast instead of peeling it off slowly. She fussed and refused to let me put the new one on. After a minute, I succeeded and she was like, "That's it? That didn't hurt like when you took it off."

As of today, Saturday, it looks much better and looks like it will be healed by the end of this coming week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's Going On...

I just wanted to give you a quick update as to what has been going on with me and my blog...

I do have two new videos to post. But since I have not yet received the rechargeable power cable to the video camera (I left it up in SLC and I asked my parents to mail it down whenever they can get to it-- no rush), I plan on posting the first one next week (it's of the girls playing around in the TV room) and the second video (read below) after the first of next month.

On Saturday (11/15), since a couple of Rachel's cousins (and one new baby that most of us haven't seen before, except in pictures) were in town, we ALL got together-- And I mean everyone that could make it. Shortly after I arrived at Rachel's mothers house (where everyone was) we went over to the park nearby her house. I had 30 minutes of battery life on the video camera and filmed what I could. Then I took my digital camera and filmed anything else after that. (Shortly after originally posting this, I received a package from UPS. The video camera charger is now back home.)

After the park, we went back over and had dinner. It was fun to see everyone at one time since we only get to see one person here and another person there, or like this here, you only get to see what they are up to on their blogs.

Oh, and don't forget to read and reply to the previous blog entry below this one.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I Need Everyones Opinion and Help!

I am currently updating the look to my business website from this...




to this...






And I need your help!

Please visit the demonstration version that I have posted for everyone to look at and play around with. Hover your mouse over the menus to see the drop-down menus.

Then please write me back or post a comment on what kind of info you would expect to be/see on the website if you were looking at another computer repair shops website? If you were having computer issues, what questions would you like to know about that company or the service you will be requiring or needing??? Should I post a link to something more helpful, even if it is on another website?

I do plan on posting most of the information I have on the website right now over to this new look... But before I do that, if you have any ideas and opinions, I'll take it-- Good or bad. If something needs to be changed or added, there is probably a reason for it-- So let me know before the end of this week. Thanks!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Halloween Adventures in Salt Lake

I guess I have some free time today to sit down and write about our trip up to Salt Lake this past Halloween since I have been slacking on actually writing about my trips like I use to in the past.

Let's see...

We tried to leave St. George on Thursday, Oct. 30. But quickly discovering that my iPod was not working, I turned around and drove back to the house, grabbed an iPod nano and quickly loaded music onto it. There was no way I was going to drive 300 miles to the sound of silence. I have to have something to keep me from going insane for that long of trip.

After finally leaving St. George, we made a quick stop in Beaver to let the girls walk around since they were a little restless. We continued on our way and then made a quick stop in Nephi to visit my grandmother. We didn't stay long, but we did visit long enough to catch up. Oh, quick tip if you ever park your vehicle in the country town/area: Never leave your windows down, even down three inches. When we went to get in the van, I opened the sliding door and two of my grandmas' cats had snuck in through the opening where Rachel had rolled down her window. The cats split and hauled butt out of the window opening. I would have laughed, but it startled me, plus I am allergic to cats. Luckily, I was okay the remainder of the trip (even to now).

Got back on the road, but made a quick stop at a high school friend of mines' house to drop off some un-opened cans of formula that the girls never drank since they weened themselves off of the stuff at 11 months old (now 15 months of me writing this). Continued on our way and made it just in time to my parents house, because the girls start to get really fussy and cranky everytime we get near "The Point of the Mountain". We tried to feed the girls dinner, but they were now more interested in playing with my parents before they had to go to bed.

On Halloween day, I originally wanted to change the oil in the van and then the back brakes, but my grandparents were planning to stop by later. Since I had waited to do all that so late in the afternoon, I then instead went to go buy the oil and filter for the van. But before I left the house, I ordered a pizza from The Pie... Only the best pizza in the world. --"Thank you for calling The Pie, will this be for pickup or delivery? / Pickup. / Can I get your phone number please? / (my parents telephone number) / ... Ryan? / Uh, yeah... "-- LoL, after two years since I last ordered something from there, they still have my name under my parents number. That made me smile and laugh.

Purchased the supplies for the van and then picked up the pizza on the way home. Ate, and then visited with my grandparents when they did stop by at my parents house. When it was finally time to take the girls Trick-or-Treating for the first time. Rachel, my mom and I, took the girls to three neighbors houses and visited with each one of them for 5 to 10 minutes. Last house, my parents house, I rang the door bell like some obnoxious teenager to see if it would make my dad mad (lol). He was instead surprised (his face) to see it was us and the girls.

After Trick-or-Treating in my parents neighborhood, our plans were to visit both my grandparents and my aunt & uncle at their houses. But on our way to my grandparents, the girls fell asleep and so we kept driving to get some dinner at SconeCutter (since the only one in St. George closed in October). While heading to get dinner, another friend from high school called and said that he heard that we were in town and wanted to know if we could meet up. I said sure. So, instead of two relatives houses, it was down to one and come back to my parents since it was getting late and I knew that this would be the only time I would get to probably see him (Sorry Gae and Richard). Drove back to my grandparents to trick-or-treat and to visit, then went back to my parents house and waited for him and his wife to come over. Visited for a while and then it was really time for bed.

The next day, I changed the oil in the van and then with the help of my dad, we changed the back brakes on the van since, A) I had already changed the front ones earlier, B) I did not have the tools, nor the skills/brains to change the back brakes. So we got that taken care of and I was relieved because the oil needed to be changed a month prior. I just hadn't had time.

Since this was MY vaction, no computer/iPod work, I only brought my laptop up with us, but couldn't go wireless since I couldn't access my parents modem/router. So I called Comcast and found out the password (since pressing the reset button on the back of the router wouldn't reset the settings) and was able to get them to have a secure wireless connection in their house. The only problem I found was that when my brother (who has an ethernet (RJ-45) cable running from the router-through the floor-into his room downstairs and connected to his XBox/XBox360) is playing videos games online, it MAJORLY hogs all the bandwidth. So, even though I could access the interent wirelessly now, I still had to connect by ethernet cable to get some/any kind of access to the internet. So I was pretty much back to where I started, really.

Since everyone knew we were coming up, my family planned to get together to have a spaghetti dinner on Halloween at my aunt and uncles house. Since I wanted to take the girls trick-or-treating, we then changed plans to have it on Saturday (11/1) evening. We headed over there and had dinner. We gave the girls spaghetti too, but they didn't eat very much. I took video of them playing, but since we took off their shirts because they were covered with food, I have chosen not to post these videos. Sorry.

On the way home, the girls fell asleep again and so we kept driving since we knew they were tired. Since it had been more than a couple hours since I had eaten, I decided I wanted Jamba. So we headed over there and got drinks. Headed back to my parents house and I got to relax the remainder of the evening.

We woke up on Sunday (11/2) and tried to pack up to leave early, but we didn't leave until 3 or 4. We finally made it back into Salt Lake St. George around 9:30.

But don't worry. We plan on coming back up there in December for Christmastime. So if you missed us last time, you can meet up with me or us in December. Oh, and yes, I will be working on computers and iPods up there-- But you need to tell/ask me to work on your computer or iPod before we leave, or I will only bring what I need with me (not my entire work supplies).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Halloween in Salt Lake

Just a reminder: On December 1st, videos will only been seen a week or two in advanced before they are posted on YouTube for all to view, by those who are folding on my folding@home team. If you wish to be allowed to view the videos, you must submit your name, e-mail and f@h user name. After I have confirmed that you have folded 1 WU in the past 30 days for my team, I will send you an invite to view any new video that I post.

This was taken on Halloween Day 2008 when my grandparents stopped by to visit and to see the girls while we were up in Salt Lake.

The last part is when we went Trick-Or-Treating at my grandparents house later that night.

Extra! Extra!

What I am about to write about, I'm not doing this out of spite. But to instead get people to really come together and to be involved in helping science...

I have been doing some thinking lately on how to get people to come together and to be involved and to join my f@h team, and I think I have come to a fair, yet simple compromise: To only let those who are folding (more than 1 WU a month) on my f@h team to view recent videos that I have posted on my blog. I know this seems kind of mean, but I know that if you really want to view my blog to see any and all future videos right away instead of waiting a week or two, it will get you really motivated to install the f@h program since I have noticed only a few people folding on my team.

If I can get this plan to work, I will be starting this on December 1st. So you have some time to start folding right away so you can view my blog and any video I post on the site. If you need help installing the f@h program, click here to install the TeamViewer program so I can temporarily access your computer to help you install a f@h client on your computer. If you do install it on your own, don't forget to change your team number to #147183 after the program has installed, or I won't be able to see your stats on my team stats. If you choose to use an odd user name for your client (ex. surferdude1999), instead of your name or a short hand of your name, please let me know so I know that is you.

Oh, if you are saying, "I'll just check YouTube for when he post videos". That's fine-- But when I post the video on my blog, it will be posted a different way. After a week or two, I will then post it on YouTube.

Thanks guys!

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Night Before Halloween

I filmed this the night we arrived up in Salt Lake to visit my parents for Halloween. The girls got to play around in their new Halloween pajamas before going to bed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mr. President, Come On Down!

As many of you may already know, we have elected a new president... and I am glad to say I voted for him. Yes, I am a registered Democrat. If you disagree with that or for who I voted for, remember... This is nation built on democracy and are all entitled to our own opinions and views while living in the United States thanks to the 1st Amendment. But please note that I have voted once for a Republican... and that was a huge mistake!

Now, I'm not one of those people that will support a politician to the bitter end. I listen or read about their views, vote, and that is it. If it comes up, I will state my beliefs, but I will not get into an argument because I know I will just end up saying, "Yeah? Well F*** you!"

Another subject that I would have loved to vote on, but couldn't because I am not a resident of California, was Proposition 8. I would have voted NO on this because I know more than 1 person who gay/lesbian/bi, and the only thing they would have really benefited from this is a tax break-- That's it. If they want to marry the person of the same sex, I say let them because if they want to be miserable like any married person, why am I the one to say no?