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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Holidays - Part 4

I'm going to start writing this while I wait for any officer that works with Rachel to come unlock the van... I left the keys in the ignition, and Rachel's keys are hopefully in the van because we have not fully unpacked since getting home from Salt Lake last night.

Okay, where was I? December 26th.

I set my phone alarm to wake me up at 8AM so I could get back over to my aunt and uncle's to fix their Wi-Fi. Got over there and got through to Comcast. They told me everything was working on their end, and gave me a number to contact Cisco (the company who manufactured the Linksys router that my relitives have). Went through the automated process. Instructed the router to do something I have never heard of doing to a router, and the intetnet was fixed. (Oh! The officer is here... Got my keys out...) After I fixed their internet, I uninstalled the anti virus program on their PC because it was taking too long to install, fix, plus it was making me jump through hoops. That's why I use AVG (which I ended up installing on their computer)-- it's free, takes less than 5 minutes to install (not an hour like Norton or McAfee) and less than 1 minute to install any updates. After getting that mess with the AV programs taken care of, I headed back and then helped my dad take out the starter on our van since it would take quite a few trys to get the van finally started.

We took the original one to AutoZone to make it so that I would not have to pay a core charge. Got the new part, tooks us a while to get it installed. Started right up like nothing was the matter. We did the basic fluid check up on the van and then went inside.

I had apparently won a gift card from the bowling game that we played on Christmas Eve (must have had one of the high scores...?). So Rachel and I decided that we were going to go see a movie that night at The Gateway Mall in Downtown Salt Lake... But our plans we side tracked. On the way to take TJ to his friends house, we notice a Training Table near The E Center, so we had dinner there instead. We always see the commercials on TV here St. George, but Rachel had never been to one and it has been a few years since I had been there, so we decided to have dinner there instead of driving to The Gateway for dinner.

After dinner, we went over to Toys R Us to look for any bargins. Found a few things, but not a whole lot. We then drove over to the mall (Valley Fair) to look around. That place is starting to looks like a swap meet with a movie theater and food court. After, we drove over to the Circuit City and Target near my parents house. Nothing from either, so we made one more stop at the grocery store to buy things so Rachel could make breakfast the next morning. Headed back to my parents and went to bed.

The Holidays - Part 3

Let's see... Christmas Day...

Well, we woke up around 8AM... Well, I did. I went into the living room and got the video camera set up to start recording once the girls started walking in the living room. Rachel, along with my mom, got the girls out of their cribs to have them come open their presents. Rachel and I helped the girls open a few of their gifts before everyone started opening their own gifts.

We opened the girls gifts, along with our gifts that we got from everyone and then headed into the kitchen to have a Christmas breakfast.

Shortly after breakfast, we let the girls continue to play with their new toys... Including the new wagon they got from Santa. We all took them on rides (even TJ, my bro) up and down the hallway of my parents house. Oh, they loved it. The only problem I have with them getting a new wagon was putting it in the back of the van to get it home, but we got it home.

Just so you know, Rachel post pictures (including Christmas Day 2008) on Walgreen's Photo website for people to view and order any pictures they want to. Type http://photo1.walgreens.com/groups/sharichtwins to veiw the pictures.

Only bad thing with posting pics on that site is that you must have a Walgreens account to login and look at pictures, or to do anything personal (i.e., renew personal prescriptions online, etc.). If you don't have a Walgreens account, visit www.walgreens.com and sign up for one today. If you already have an account, or just signed up for one, you can visit Walgreen's website and log in anytime. I'm pretty sure you don't have to have an invite, but if a message appears saying you have to be invited to view those pics, click the Contact link above and ask to have us send you an e-mail invite. But that is if it is saying you need to be invited. Otherwise, look and order as many pictures that you would like.

Continuing on...

Rachel went to lay down. Not even an hour after she laid down, I was getting tired too. So I crashed for three hours. I don't remember much after waking up, except watching "A Christmas Story" and my brother bugging me to go to 7-11 for Christmas Slurpees. I had to ask or say something. ... The story behind this is that my old friend David told me of the time, years ago, when he and his family went over to 7-11 on Christmas Day and got Slurpees. I don't know why they did that, they just did (maybe they were bored on Christmas or were coming back from visiting family, and stopped there... We may never know). Well, a few years after hearing that, while out driving around with (I believe) Tristyn in 2004, we stopped at 7-11 on Christmas Day (night). That story popped in my head and I think I have purchased a Christmas Slurpee each year after that (except 2007).

We ate dinner and then we looked out the windows next to the front door; it was beginning to snow blizzard style. An hour after eating, I finally drove TJ to the 7-11 near my parents house in my parents truck (the mini van never would have made it back due to the amount of snow that had already fallen in such a short period of time). But when we arrived, the parking lot was full. Instead of waiting for a spot, we drove to the 7-11 near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. I was told years ago that this location was the busiest in the world-- Not true (according to Google, it's Claresholm, Alberta). We got our Slurpees and drove back carefully in the still-continuing-to-fall snow.

Got back to my parents house safe. Tried to let the girls have a sip of my drink, but they need to now learn how to sip frozen liquid instead of regular liquid. After playing around a bit, we finally put the girls down for bed, and then went to bed ourselves.

Snowing In St. George, Utah 2008

On December 17th/18th, 2008, it started snowing here in St. George, Utah. I bet no one has ever seen it snow so much where we live (You know what I mean...).

Year End Update

With the family and I arriving home safely on Tuesday night from our holiday trip up to Salt Lake, I thought I would quickly update you on a few things...

1) I did record a lot of video while up in SLC, but I need to still trim and post the last video onto YouTube. Plus, there is another video that was taken on Dec. 18th that I need to post before the holiday videos.

2) Rachel, my mom and I watched the last video I posted together, and I agree with them-- Watching unedited videos are boring. So, from now on, I will edit the video that plan on posting on YouTube, but let those folding on my Folding@home team (http://www.istgeorge.com/fah.htm) still watch them earlier on my site before finally posting them on YouTube at a later date.

3) December 31st marks the end of the business year for me. So I need to take care of any business matters for the month of December and for 2008, before I focus primarily on any video editing.

4) I know that I usually post my Top Events that happened for that year on Dec 31st, but since we just got back into town (and there is stuff to put away, and everything else I am mentioning here), that will have to wait for another day.

5) I will post what happened on Christmas day, and the days that followed, as soon as I can.


I know I have a lot to do, but I will try to keep up. If it seems like nothing is happening on here, you now know why... and please be patient with me until I do catch up here and in my personal life. Thanks. : )

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Holidays - Part 2

Rachel and I just got back from Wendover, NV, which I will be telling you about in a few days... But first, I need to tell you about what happened on Christmas Eve day (December 24th).

I think I woke up later in the day since we had arrived late and because I had been up since 8AM the day before. So after waking up, I had breakfast around lunchtime, and then I moseyed around the house until it was time to get ready to head over to my aunt and uncle's house for the family Christmas Eve party. We left my parents house around 5PM and once we got there, I started to help my uncle try to get pictures off his camera. Well, after we couldn't get the pics off the camera (looked like a camera problem, not computer problem), I tried to reset their router so I could get Wi-Fi while at their house... That's where the trouble began. I wanted to be out visiting with family, but I wanted to get their Wi-Fi back up like before. I know how to do a simple router set up, but it was not working. So I was getting very stressed. Well, because of the holidays, I knew Comcast would be closed. We would have to call them on the 26th to get the proper setup settings for the router (modem to router, router to computer and Wi-Fi). At least I was able to get the internet working on the desktop computer (modem to computer), but their laptop would be without a connection for 36 hours. (I'll let you know what the problem was when I tell you about what happened on December 26th)

I finally got that temporarily taken care of for the moment, just enough to get them by. So I came out to finally eat dinner and to visit. After dinner, we all gathered around in their TV room. The young kids were given their gifts to open. As for the adults, instead of exchanging presents this year, we did something different... We did "Pay It Forward" (PIF). A few of my relatives work for a company called called SnugzUSA. They donated 300,000 of the "Pay It Forward" bracelets to the Pay It Forward Organization. At the moment, they are all out of bracelets, but should hopefully be expecting more soon on the website. We sat around and told what we all did this holiday season to make a difference in someone elses life. I will tell you what I did, not to brag or to try and top anyone else for those who want to do this now or next holiday season...

(On Monday, the 22nd) I went over to Lin's Grocery store near my house (the one I use to work at) and purchased 5 gift cards with large amounts on each card (only Jackie - the manager who sold me the gift cards, the people I handed the cards to and Rachel, know the amounts on each card). I placed a PIF bracelet around the gift card and handed them to random people shopping in the store. As soon as I was finished handing out the cards, I wanted to keep handing out more cards. So next year, I plan on purchasing slightly smaller amounts than what I did for each card this year, so I can hand out more cards to more people and at different stores.

After we finished telling our stories, we picked numbers (for teams or places) for both Bowling and Guitar Hero on the Wii. I, and three others, were up first on Bowling. In order to let other family members get a chance to play since it was now after 8PM and didn't want to be their after midnight, we only played 5 frames each player. After I bowled my frames, I sat around and watched other family members bowl. After that, I put the girls down to sleep in another room since they had both fallen asleep on Rachel and I. I then went downstairs and played Guitar Hero. Yes, I always say that I am no a gamer. So for family videos and proof, I had my dad film me playing the Dinosaur Jr. song "Feel the Pain" (yeah, I have never heard the song, but it looked like it would be easy to play) against another family member. Of course I sucked playing the fake guitar, but I won. I will start getting videos ready to post once I get home from this trip.

About 30 minutes went by before the girls woke up from their little nap, except Chloe was waking up in pain from teething. So we decided to give them meds, pack it up and head back to my parents house. Since I couldn't continue my next game on Guitar Hero, I had to forfit and let Paige (the relative whom I played against) play my spot. I bet she was more than happy to.

Made it back to my parents house where we got the girls in their Christmas PJ's and tried to take a few pictures of them in front of the tree. We also visited with my sister and brother-in-law who left the party early (after they told their PIF stories) for the most stupid reason I have ever heard. I don't want to start bitterness (again), so I will not tell you what it was over.

We then put the girls to bed and shortly after, went to bed oursleves since we would be up early the next morning to see what Santa brought us.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Holidays (Part 1)

We are still in Salt Lake at the moment, so I thought I better start writing about our trip before I start to forget any details.

On Wednesday, Rachel's mom drove over to our place and picked up the girls so that Rachel and I could pack up our things for the holiday trip up to Salt Lake. Plus, Rachel's sister Heidi was in town and wanted to see and play with the girls as long as she could before we were to leave town that night.

We got packed. I tried to take care of any last minute business dealings. No, not drug dealings. We packed up the mini van and made sure that the dog had enough food/water and that the house was locked. We then headed over to Rachel's moms house to pick up the girls before heading over to her grandmas house for the holiday party we were having early since we wouldn't be there on Christmas Eve.

We had dinner (I had double since I was starving) and then desert. We then headed downstairs to exchange gifts. I gave Rachel her gift earlier since I knew she would like to use it before we left town. I got a tri-pod from Rachel since the one I bought used at yard sale 12+ years ago was on it's last leg. No pun intended. After opening gifts and it being 8PM (since I had been up early that day), I said it was time to go and we packed up to leave.

While driving, I noticed that the gas was dropping faster than normal and was already down to the 3/4 mark of a full tank around Cedar City. When I stopped to fill up the van with gas before we arrived at Rachel's moms, I also filled up the air in the tires up to 40 psi. I thought that this might be the problem. So at the next stop, I let air out to be 35 psi. It made some difference, but to be safe, I refilled in Beaver.

The girls woke up around this time and were up for the rest of the drive (the opposite of what we wanted to have them do while driving at night). We had to stop once before Fillmore to give them teething meds since Chloe was crying. We continued on our way up north, until about Springville, Utah to stop at the Wal-Mart so we could change the girls. That store was super busy for 12AM/12:30AM in the morning. Finished with that little detour and finally made it to my parents around 1AM-1:30AM. We called my mom's cell phone to let them know that we were now in the neighborhood and that we made it. They helped us carry in the girls, we unloaded our things and then we all went to bed.

If there are errors in this blog, I am using the application on my iPod touch to write blogs with. There is no spell correction feature, so if something does not make sense or something is misspelled, click the Contact link above and let me know for this and any future postings. Thanks.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

I just wanted to wish everyone out there a Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Right now, I am writing this while we are in Salt Lake for the holidays. I'll blog about the trip later, but for now, a few photos for everyone to Oooh and Awww over...

At the Sharich Family Christmas Party...

Right before going to bed in their Christmas pajamas...

All the goodies that the girls got.

I will post more pictures and videos of this entire trip later. But for now, go have yourself a Swayze Chrismtas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ho-Ho-Holidays

Can you believe that Christmas is now 4 days away (according to the app I have pictured)? I just want to remind everyone who still reads this blog, that the family and I will be heading north for the holidays. We plan to spend about a week up there, and we can't wait! I know my family can't wait either.

Since we will be up there for a while, I will be glad to fix/repair/service anyone's computer or iPod while I can ... BUT, you have to call or write me and say that you need my assistance by Tuesday afternoon, or I will leave what is not needed (tools, software and supplies) here at home. And for the love of God-- Please, PLEASE, don't tell another person to then tell me that you need help-- Please do it yourself because sometimes that message may not get through until it is too late (FYI- plus, that is one of my many pet peeves). If you don't ask me before noon on Tuesday (Dec 23rd) so I can schedule you in, you may not be so lucky if you ask me while I am up in SLC. You may have to wait until next time I am up there... and to tell you the truth, I have no clue as to when that may be at this moment in time.

I plan to record lots of video while we are up there, so keep your computers folding those f@h work units this holiday season. I'll make everyone a deal, the more folding that gets done, the faster I will post the videos on YouTube. So install F@H on your friends new computer that they get for Christmas... Help to find the cures.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Seasons Greeting from the Satellite of Love

Every year, I get a holiday e-mail from the MST3K Satellite News (newsletter sent by e-mail) from fans to other fans of the classic TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. In it, it has the script of Tom Servo's Christmas essay entitled, "A Child’s Christmas in Space". Instead of posting this e-mail of Tom's essay and letting you get confused as to why they send it , I posted the entire video clip on YouTube of the four characters reading their essays as well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Angel

(Whoops! I goofed here... My sister passed away in 1999, not 1998... Can't believe I nor anyone else caught this mistake until now.)

For those of you who don't know, I had a half-sister Jessica who passed away 9 years ago today to cancer. Because of my memory, I remember the later half of December 18, 1999.

We knew Jessica (my half-sister) had cancer since June (1999). She thought she had beat it, but it came back and things were really bad in December.

I remember it was a Saturday and we were at my grandparents Christmas party down in Nephi, Utah. It was the later part of the party where everyone sat around talking downstairs, while a few of us were upstairs watching TV. 3rd Rock from the Sun was on, the episode was "Dick, Smoker" (I couldn't bare to watch this episodes on TV until I finally bought the first season on DVD a few years ago). The phone rang and my mom answered it. The phone had rang before and she had answered it, and I thought nothing of those calls. But for some reason, I knew on this phone call.

We were sad. I think I was crying. We said our goodbyes to the family with tears and hugs, and headed north for a 90-minute car drive that went by fast because we were crying and I remember just looking out the window at nothing most of the drive.

We made it to Jessica's grandparents house, where she had been staying until she passed away. It hit hard. I remember going into the room where she was laying down, where she passed away, and just cried. This is one of the only times I had seen my dad cry. He's always been the bravest and strongest man I know, and he still is. But to see him cry, I knew it was okay to let it out and to not hold it in.

I'm tearing up while writing this.

After that, it's pretty much bits and pieces. I remember walking outside and just crying. Jessica's uncle gave me a hug. I came back in the house...

I remember trying to call my friend David, to let him know that Jessica passed away. Tried calling my friend Heather, to let her know. She was at work, so she couldn't answer. Steve and Traci were down in Las Vegas getting married. I didn't want to ruin that moment for them, so I think I told them when they got back... Or someone told them when they got back.

But when it came time to take Jessica from the house, for some reason, I couldn't bare to watch her. It was Jessica, but it wasn't Jessica anymore. So I and a few other family members of hers, stood outside until they said it was okay to come back inside.

I don't remember much after that. I don't even remember us driving home.

... ... ...

The funeral took place on Dec. 22nd, my mom's birthday.

... ... ...

On that blog I posted on Sept. 12, how I knew how old I was in days... Well, I figured out Jessica's and it didn't hit me until the day after I had passed that number, I was now older than her. This happened in 2000. I'm sure if I connect my old Mac up, I bet I have something in there about that.

Even though I knew I had passed her in age, I still had a lot of growing up to do. I'm still growing up now....... I'm not bragging here, but I have my kids, my wife and this house to keep us warm while it is still snowing outside while I write this -- 2" to 3" of SNOW in ST. GEORGE!!!! But, I cherish every moment with them... Even if I am in a bad mood (like I have been lately), and I wouldn't trade them for the world.

(I'll find a picture of Jessica while we are up in SLC and post it here to show you what she looked like)

(Updated on July 24, 2009 @ 16:34 MST)
(Picture added on December 18, 2010 @ 11:55 MST)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Firsts... But Not the First Questionaire

I copied this questionnaire from Brian Schmidt's blog...

My Firsts

1. Who was your FIRST prom date? Didn't go to prom, but my only HS dance was with Julia.
2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? No
3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink? Beer (2-3 years old. Thought the red label on the can was a Coke can-- Oh, I spit it out fast! lol)
4. What was your FIRST job? Olympus Hills Lanes (bowling alley)
5. What was your FIRST car? 1980 Datsun
6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? Yahoo! Mail (letting me know about items that were ending)
7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Rachel
8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Miss Damjanovich (I hope I am spelling that right)
9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane ride? Around the Great Salt Lake, over Bountiful, over Salt Lake (little cessna airplane)
10. Who was your FIRST best friend and are you still friends with him/her? David W., last time we talked was in 2006
11. What will be your FIRST thought when you wake up tomorrow morning? "Gotta check the mail..."
12. Where was your FIRST sleep over? I don't remember exactly. Probably at my relatives house in Bountiful?
13. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? Rachel
14. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? First wedding, Uncle Geralds. Had to participate in (i.e., Best Man), no ones yet.
15. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Woke up sick.
16. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Never been.
17. FIRST tattoo or piercing? Ears (no longer there)
18. Who was your FIRST kiss from? Heather
19. Who was your FIRST boss? Gary L.
20. When was your FIRST detention? High school. Wasn't in trouble, but it was to make up for the many moosen tardies I had.
21. What was the FIRST state you lived in? Utah
22. Who was the FIRST person to really break your heart? Heather
23. Who was your FIRST roommate? Steve H.

This was writen on Monday, Dec. 15. I scheduled Blogger to post it on Dec. 16.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Visiting Family at the Condo

Last month, some of Rachel's family from California drove to St. George for about a week. This was filmed the first or second day at the condo they were staying at.

Friday, December 12, 2008

O Tanenbaum, O Tanenbaum... That's Christmas Tree in German

Sorry I have not been able to keep up on my blog postings like I use to in the past, but I have been very busy these past few weeks. I guess I was able to write a lot when I had not a whole lot to do, but my business has kept me busy and so has keeping the house straightened from the destruction of the twins.

I guess I can update you on a few thing.

Because the girls get into EVERYTHING, we do not have a Christmas tree up this year like we did the first year I moved down. So, I did the next best thing...


You can just feel the warm glow coming off of the display...

Next, because mobile devices are big for people on the go, I have updated my business website to detect if the device you are browsing from is a computer or a mobile device. So far, it only detects iPod touch and the iPhone. I'm going to work on detecting Blackberry's, Pocket PC's and so on... Just give me time to find out how (I need to find the right JavaScript code). But if you don't have a mobile device, and you want to see what it looks like, go to http://m.istgeorge.com. You can still view it on your computer. I have it so that if you go to istgeorge.com, it will detect what device you are using and take to to the mobile page or the main page.

Just a reminder to everyone up North... And I mean to those living in Salt Lake. We will be traveling up there, late at night on December 23rd, right after Rachel's family holiday party here in St. George. This way, Rachel will not have to deal with the girls fussing in the van like they normally do during the daytime when we travel. So we will be be seeing everyone on December 24th up until the 30th. As our gift from my parents, they will be watching the girls while Rachel and I head out to Wendover for the night (Sunday night to Monday afternoon). Oo la la. Also, if you need me to work on your computer or iPod, please let me know two days before (the 21st) we head up there-- It will be first come, first served. I only plan on bringing the tools and software that I need with me to those who ask. I mean, you can ask me while I am up there, but if there is certain software or tools that I need to do the job and I don't have them, then you will be S.o.L.

I have finally posted the last video of the girls at the park on YouTube. I meant to do it last week, but with me being busy, yeah... I also recorded some video of when Rex (Rachel's dad) and family were here last week at the condo. I'll get right on editing that video today, if I have some time, so I can post it by tomorrow or Monday.

Friday, December 5, 2008

I've Been Busy

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not dead, just been very busy this past week. Once everything is back to normal, I'll try posting another video. Thanks for visiting, keep folding and keep posting your comments... I enjoy reading them. It let's me know what to write more about.

Coming up next: "iPaq vs. iPod"

Monday, December 1, 2008

At The Park

For those of you folding on my f@h team, here is your reward (and many more rewards to come)...

On November 15th, two of Rachel's cousins (Jacob and Josh) who now live in Salt Lake, were in town visiting their mom (Rachel's aunt) because they would not be in town for Thanksgiving (if I heard right).

Well, after working on a computer (job), I finally met up with all of them over at Kristi's house. Many of them were taking a nap, but woke up shortly after. We then decided to go over to the park nearby and play around. That is what most of this film is of. I had 30 minutes of battery power left in the video camera and filmed what I could with that.

Picture with Santa

On November 20th, I met up with Rachel, Kristi (Rachel's mom) and the girls at The Dixie Center to see all the Christmas Trees at the Jubilee of Trees this year. Rachel and I went together the first year we were married, and then then Rachel & Kristi took the girls last year (I must have been at work or something), but I was able to go again this year.

Kristi's work didn't sponsor another tree like they did that one year, so we just looked around this year. But it got me thinking, "What kind of tree can I put together to show off and possibly advertise my business?" (always with the advertising...). First, I thought, put blank CDs and used (and lightweight) computer & iPod parts as ornaments. Nah! Then, while walking around, I realized how much power ALL the tree in this center are using... Why not a tree powered by one of those solar panels? And now that I think about it, why not a tree that flashes lights to the sound of music. Not, "The Sound of Music"... But audio, or sound vibrations. lol. But these are just ideas and dreams that I keep alive until something better comes along.

Well, as we were ending our adventure there, I noticed they had someone dressed up in a Santa outfit and they were taking pictures. I talked it over with Rachel and we thought that would be fun to have the girls sit in his lap. So we walked over there and one of the kids before us, sitting in his lap, was just screaming/crying because he wanted out of there. We were like, "Great!". But when it came to be our turn, instead of just dropping the girls off in his lap and get the same response, we made it clear to the girls that Santa was nice and that we were friendly with Santa and he was friendly to us... Shaking his hand, waving Hi to him, etc. So when it came time to sit them down, they were fine. So we had them take a family picture of us (in street clothes, Ha!) and we bought if from them. Kristi did her best to get the girls attention from behind the camera, and it worked...



The reason why the picture is fuzzy is that the picture was printed from one of those paper printer/photo printer/fax/scanner machines. Plus, the photo paper is also matte, not the usual glossy. So when I scanned it into my computer, this was the best quality I could get. But yes, if you want, you can print a copy of this if you want to.