Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Day After...

Yesterday was my birthday. I am now officially one year closer to death. Not actual DEATH death, but 3-0. My older brother is going to turn 30 on Tuesday and I thought about calling him and leaving a voicemail with a funeral dirge playing in the background. Maybe I will still do that, but if he survives Tuesday, maybe there is hope for life after your twenties after all.
To celebrate my birthday, Rachel and I went out for a night by ourselves. We left the kids (it still feels weird saying kids) at my moms house and went to a hotel in Seattle. We stayed at the Pan Pacific in the south Lake Union area. It's a nice hotel, but not the nicest one I have stayed at in this city. I guess I can say that I am somewhat of a hotel snob now, because I have stayed at quite a few.

Rachel and the kids will be leaving tomorrow to California. I will miss them and they will miss me. She is taking them down to visit her grandfather, who is recovering from his umpteenth heart surgery.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Giving Up the Ghost

This last week of so has been pretty expensive. My Saturn finally gave up the ghost and it is now sitting as a lawn ornament in my driveway. I spent all day last Wednesday taking it apart and putting it back together. The front drivers side wheel bearing has welded itself to the steering knuckle and I don't really want to spend any more money fixing it. The engine and transmission still work fine, but it is getting up there in years. It is a 1995 Saturn SL2, and it only has 191000 miles on it. Only! Anyway, it lived a good long life and I think it's time for it to throw in the towel. So, we decided to go out and get a new car. After doing some research and deciding that we anted a car that could fit more that four people, I decided on two cars: The Mazda CX-9 or the Hyundai Veracruz. Now, anyone that knows me probably would guess that I was a little more biased toward the Veracruz, since that is where I served my mission, and since we already had a Hyundai Sonata, and I really like it. But you would be wrong. I really wanted the CX-9, since I had read really good things about it. So Rachel went down to Portland to get it, since no one up in Seattle would give us a good deal on one. I couldn't go since I had to work and I wasn't going to call in sick just to go get it (even though I have been really sick for the past week or so). So now we have one.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First New Post of the Year

So in this, my first new post of the year I want to say that I have no real New Years Resolutions. I have things I want to change about myself, but why do I need a new year to make that stuff happen? Anyway with that said, I would like to tell you all how great it felt to get up this morning at 8:30am. I didn't have to wake up to an alarm, and I got up when my body was no longer tired. It felt so good. I don't think I have done that in two months. I guess this is going to be a really random post, because the other thing I want to talk about is Christmas. I got Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Wii. It is pretty much awesome. You get to do everything by waving around the Wiimote and the Nunchuck in the air: use the force, swing your lightsaber, move around, look around... all that stuff. That is what is so great about the Wii in my opinion. It's not about the graphics, it's all about the interactivity. With the Wii, you get to DO things, not just push buttons and feel your controller vibrate a little bit in your hands. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of Wii Fit too. Maybe then I would start excersizing right? And if I also got Shaun White's Snowboarding game to go along with it, even better...
Ok, that's enough for now. Happy New Year everyone.