Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday Night

So to start off, I bought H.P. #7 on Saturday at about 1:30pm and finished it at 5:30am on Sunday. I enjoyed the series immensely and thanks to this book, a lot of unanswered questions have been answered. I think It came to a very effective close. I would be surprised if there was ever any more written, I think I would just feel like the author was just trying to cash in on the success of the series. I don't really think any more needs to be written, unless you count stuff like an encyclopedia-type book to give backstory and definitions and stuff like that. But nothing that adds to the story. Cause it's over. And just let me say that I now understand book 6 better, and don't hate it so much. Actually, after I read book 6, I was pretty upset but now after reading book 7 I understand why things had to happen the way they did. So If I think of book 6 and book 7 as one episode, it makes me feel better about the story. So thank you J.K. Rowling for the good times and the sad times in a magical world I have enjoyed spending so much time in.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Night Before...

Saturday! Haha I'll bet you thought I was going to say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But you were wrong. While I am going to go and purchase it tomorrow, and read it probably in 3 days or less, that isn't what I wanted to talk about tonight.

Wait..... what did I want to talk about? Dang it, now I can't remember. Thanks a lot Harry Potter! You just made me lose my train of thought. Well, since I have started on H.P., I might as well say that I saw the H.P. 5 and enjoyed it very much. This time they did a better job of following the book than in 4, but even then they got the idea across, I suppose. But H.P. 5 was better. I still prefer the books to the movies because I can envision whats happening as I read, and the words almost become pictures that I can watch inside my head. But I find that it happens that way (the pictures in my head thing) with any book I read, not just H.P. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I enjoy movies, but I enjoy reading the books more. Unless it was a book based on a movie. Those.....not so much since they rarely have anything substantial to add to the story being told. I think that the only movies that I enjoyed watching as much as reading the books were Lord of the Rings.

Ok I remember now what I was going to talk about:

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Last Week In A Nutshell

This last week I have not been feeling very motivated. I'm not sure why, cause until today the weather has been very nice. Up in the 80's even. I don't know, it's just been hard to get excited to do anything of consequence. That isn't to say that I haven't been doing anything though. Cause I have. Mostly chores around the house and setting up the new stereo system and little things. But nothing big, like the changing table. Tomorrow I plan on working on it though. I had to buy a new router cause I broke the other one making the last part of the railing for the crib. And I should probably buy a new table saw, cause the one that I have now has a broken switch on it. So the only way to turn it on and off is to plug it in or unplug it. Not very safe if you ask me...

Since I have put the stat counter up, I have gotten a few visits. Mostly from people like family that I know, but I keep getting a few people that visit using the link on my mission page. They are the Anonymous visitors you see on the map, from Austin Texas. I think that they are just the administrators from the page, checking to make sure that I haven't posted anything inappropriate here. But it would be nice if maybe they were people I knew, who I haven't been able to get a hold of from the mission. By the way, in case you didn't know, I'm LDS (or Mormon) and I was a missionary in the Mexico Veracruz Mission. I have a lot of good memories from those two years. Maybe sometime I'll share a few from my journal or put up some pictures or something.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Transformers and other stuff

We saw Transformers the other day with Ryan and Becky Jo. Ryan has already seen it 3 time cause he likes it so much, and this is still the first week! I can understand the motivation to see it more than once in the theaters though. If someone invited me to see it with them, I'd go. In a heartbeat. But not on my own. I can wait to buy it on DVD to watch it again on my own. But I have to say that not counting Star Wars 4, 5 and 6, LOTR and Superman, it would be in the top ten fav movies section. Even Rachel enjoyed it, and she never really got into Transformers as a kid.

As a side note though, we did have to pay for babysitting. I just couldn't bring myself to drive from Tacoma to Maple Valley to the theater in Federal Way to Maple Valley to Tacoma in one night. I drive for a living, but sorry, I don't like to drive THAT much. Even though babysitting is soooo expensive now. I think we got charged $5/hr for babysitting! Holy schnikes!

Also I have been playing the Hangman game I put up and it's not easy! The last word I got was "cholestasis." Who knows what that word eves is!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Fourth of July

I have to say that spending the fourth at my parents house is the best. Family, friends, food, fireworks. The four F's of the Fourth. That's kind of funny. Anyway, since the Indian reservation is pretty close to where we live, we usually all stop there to get some good fireworks. Not the stupid ones that they sell on the side of the road or in the grocery store parking lots, but real ones that you can't get legally off the reservation unless you are a professional. So I dropped $100 and got artillery shells, the kind that are launched out of a tube, shoot straight up into the sky, explode into a bunch of different colors and shapes. I got a few different kinds, cause anyone knows that you don't put all your eggs into one basket. What happens if you buy one kind but don't like the effects? You can't take them back... Better to buy a few different kinds and see what happens. All in all I had 64 shots I think, or about $1.56 per shot. Not bad when you consider that they originally want like $3-$4 per shot. We had some good times trying to get the best deals too. Usually you go around to all the different stands and say, "So and so down the isle has the same thing but for $5 less. What are you going to do about it?" But this year the Indians weren't having any of that. A few of them even got pretty mad when we tried to haggle them down. One finally told us that if we found such a great deal somewhere else, that we should go back to that guy and get our stuff from him, cause she wasn't going to go that low "so get out of here and stop wasting my time!" We were kind of shocked. Anyway, we ended up buying most of out fireworks from white guys, or maybe they were Indians like I'm an Indian, four generations back on my mothers side, and five on my dads... But the were the ones giving the best deals, so we bought from them.
Ammon was not a huge fan of all the noise, my mother-in-law brought him out and was watching the show for a few minutes, but decided to take the baby back inside, cause he got fussy. I think he likes the lights, but not the explosions. And I made a lot of explosions, up to the point of lighting off 7 shells at once. That makes for a lot of BOOM and a big light show. Anyway, my fireworks lasted for about two and a half hours, more than enough time to put on a good show for everyone else. I was pretty happy with it. We all had a pretty good time, and came home VERY tired. I only wish I had taken some pictures and video of the show I put on. But I was too involved with everything else to remember to do that. Oh well, there's always next year...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Making My Blog More Visitor Friendly

So now that people might be coming to my blog to read the wisdom of the ages, I thought it would be appropriate to make my blog more interesting. Not that what I have to say isn't interesting, but, well I thought I would make the page itself even more exciting. So I have added a few dodads here and there, a way to easily translate the blog into another language (since I have a few friends that might want to read it who don't speak english) and a hit counter at the bottom to see how many unique people visit my blog. I thought it would be nice to know how many people came to visit and read what I have to say. By the way, do you know how difficult it was to find a free stat counter on the web? EASY! But do you know how hard it is to find a free stat counter that doesn't put a bunch of ads on your page, or link your page to some random online store or something? HARD! I spent about 30 minutes and signed up for a bunch of different free counters before I found the one I went with. Anyway, that's not really newsworthy.
I want to add the copter game to the blog (mostly for me) so if anyone who reads this knows where I can get the code or whatever, I'd be grateful! I think might just be addicted to that stupid little game...

Sleeping Habits

So I put my son Ammon down to sleep tonight and he likes to sleep kind of on his side. Not quite on his back, and not really on his side, but somewhere in the middle. Anyway, I put him in the crib just now and he sort of rolled himself up into a ball, put his knees up into his chest with his feet suspended in midair. I don't know how he can hold that position for very long, but he does, for hours sometimes. Then what was funny, after I went to put Ammon down, I went to check in on my wife, and she is sleeping with her knees bent in kind of the same way. So both my wife and my son have similar sleeping positions.
Mine, I'm not sure of since I'm asleep when I would be able to check. All I do know is that I tend to snore like a buzz saw when I'm sleeping on my back and quiet when I'm on my side. How do I know this you ask? Well, my wife will wake me up and tell me to turn over after I've woken her up with my snoring. Apparently I have woken Ammon up in the other room with my snoring, so you know it's loud.
And now to completely change the subject, apparently people are going to start reading my blog now. I got one reply from some unknown person, and I have given out the web address to a few friends and family. I guess I probably shouldn't publish anything that I don't want anyone else to read. But I'm not worried, since anything I say here isn't anything I wouldn't say out loud anyway. This is just an easy way to keep track of my thoughts. So I guess I'm alright with other people reading this, just don't do it when I'm looking, cause that's weird.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Monday Morning

Well, guess how much of my to do list I actually got done. If you guessed none of it, you're wrong. If you guessed all of it, you're also incorrect. I got done three things on that list. I bet you can't guess which ones...