Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
(Don't mind the time stamp on the pics, it's wrong).
When I crept up to take pictures of Tami and Thomas Turtle I caught the attention of a couple of ducks, who gambled, and won, that I would feed them rather than hurt them. (Though I did have very nice thoughts of red curry duck breast, yum!)
These 2 followed me right up to the back steps where I sat and fed them bread (wheat, not white).
(Yes, this is my right ear and my stocking feet).
They literally ate the bread right off of my feet.
How often do you get to feed ducks right on your back porch? It was super cool, until Toby, my ever lovin' Jack Russell Terrier, started barking from inside the house and scared them off.
We have also had geese, herrons, storks, muskrats, and more than one kind of snake in our backyard. But they tend not to stick around when we let the dogs out.
It makes me sad that we are only renting here, but since this type of pond is so common here, it is very likely that we might get something similiar when we buy a house next year.
That is something I am looking forward to very much.
Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
One of the fun parts of partying at laser quest is that the birthday children get toilet papered.
They use a leaf blower with a roll of tp on the end and blow toilet paper all over the special kid(s).
This was the selling point that got CJ, I mean Chris, and Mark to pick laser quest for their party. Noone else vandalizes the birthday kids. (That we know of anyway).
Now, if I may I turn your attention to the video screen above the bathroom style decorated children listing the top 5 scores of the day, you will notice that Stellarina had the number 1 and number 5 highest scores of the day. And, of course, Stellarina is me.
Sorry, but I can't help but take a moment to brag. There are not that many games that I am really good at. But laser tag is one of them.
When it comes to laser quest I talk trash in verbage that is unheard of from me at almost ay other time. But I don't just talk, I deliver.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. The birthday party.
CJ, I mean Chris, and Mark each got a nintendo ds. They both were able to invite friends, and I think everyone had a great time.
They are currently using pictochat on their new dses to chat with each other and R and J from different rooms in the house.
So far so good. Now we just have to get through the next 6 days of spring break...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This is one of those things that I can't believe at first. This could easily be fabricated.
There is something in his eyes that draws me. I think I can see the pain and weight he carried, but another light, that he knew so much more than we do and had hope for more.
I am tending to believe this. Whether this is Joseph Smith or not, I love this photo.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I am loving Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper.
I like to drink soda now and then, but I don't like drinking sugar.
As a result I have spent many long and arduous hours researching good diet sodas. I especially like diet sodas that don't taste so dietey.
When I saw the commercial for this one my mouth watered. I bought it the first chance I got and I have been enjoying it ever since.
I'll probably never stray permanently from diet cherry pepsi, my all time favorite diet soda. But this is great for a little variety.
I even bought some for my kids so they would have a tasty sugar free alternative to the full sugar sodas they always want. Not that I let them drink sodas all the time, but when they do they don't need all that sugar.
Oh, and they only get caffeine early in the day. After 6:00 caffeine is a no no.
Anyway, this soda is great.
It costs the same as any other soda. I have found it on sale for $1.25 per 2 liter and as low as $2.50-3.00 for 12 packs. I think full price is about $4.00-5.00 for 12 packs, but I don't buy soda unless it's on sale.
Downsides: Well, the same as any soda. You should always be careful about how much caffeine, carbonation and nutrasweet you take in.
But I am fully enjoying this. And there is no way I would have lost over 25 pounds in the last 7 months if I was drinking full sugar soda.
I hope you enjoy it too.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
For those of you who don't frequent youtube, it is very common for people, usually bored teenagers, to create "legomation" that is, video animated lego scenes.
These scenes are usually set to go along with songs or dialogue.
This video takes a very funny song, from a very funny movie and makes it even funnier by legomating it.
This video has to be one of the best legomated vidoes I have ever seen. But if you are not familiar with the original song from Monty Python's Holy Grail you probably won't appreciate it as much.
Still it's worth watching.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
In the Darkest Evening of the Year the plot lines seemed at times to cross and connect in slightly improbable ways, but Koontz was Koontz and carried a slightly fantastic story to the end with believability. (Or maybe I'm just gullible, I'm not sure).
In order to have contrast to the protagonist's "Golden Heart" which was the name of her rescue organization as well as a symbol of her goodness, the bad guys were incredibly bad, indulging in arson, murder, torture and child abuse.
This was a little hard to stomach, but it made me ache even more for goodness to win out.
All in all, I enjoyed this book very much and would definitely reccomend it. Especially if you are a Dean Koontz kind of person.
I think this book was inspired somewhat because Koontz's own dog Trixie, who has graced the back covers of many of his books, and is even credited for writing her own book (with his help of course), passed away last year.
I was sorry to hear that.
Let me add that my favorite Koontz' of all time are Watchers (another one where a dog is the main character) and Odd Thomas.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The rear seats fold completely into the floor. And it is so easy to do, you can do it with one hand. I even borrowed my friends baby, so I could prove that it could be done with one hand while holding a baby.
When the rear seats are up in normal position there is an extra deep cargo space where they othrwise fold in to. This is great for carrying extra groceries and making sure they don't roll around.
The middle seats can fold down, forward, or come out of the car very easily too, to maximize cargo space. We have easily transported furniture and even mattresses in our van. We had a trailer hitch installed too. The V6 engine had no problems pulling a loaded 6 foot trailer. (I'm sure it could pull something bigger, that's just what we have).
Let's not forget that this car has a 5 star crash test rating.
Downsides? Sometimes, especially after a cold night, the side doors stick and you really have to pull to get them open. They also don't retain their value as well as some.
Our model didn't come with built in dvd players, though I think that is an option. And there is not built in navigation. But we solve both of those problems with portable dvd players and our tomtom. It is cheaper to do it that way than have them come built in anyway.
As for price, the value for this car can't be beat. A brand new one starts at $21,400. So you'll pay $24,000 or so with good features. That's if you buy new.
We got our '07 in '07, used, with about 15,000 miles. Our purchase price was about $15,500. At the same time we looked at other minivans, Dodge, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota for starters.
Any other 06 or 07 that we looked at was about $19-23,000, even used. Other minivans in the $15-16,000 range were at least 4 years old with 60,000 miles or more.
We felt like we were getting a great deal with an almost new car for the same price as others that were much older.
We have had almost a year to drive and enjoy it. While it doesn't have many bells and whistles, it is a great family car, gets decent gas mileage, runs great, and was a great value. I love it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Down Booboo, Down! Oh, $*&!