It has finally come down to that time where I have to experience one of my own siblings walk down that aisle and link up to that ol’ ball and chain. My sister who is twenty one and fresh out of college is now engaged. I didn’t think I would ever be ready for her to utter anything having to do with dress styles and/or ring settings. I think that since we are ten years apart and I was so much older when she was born I have always been more protective than I probably should with her. I have really slacked off though since leaving home and saw how very responsible she was in making good decisions in her growing up. I was very pleased though that she never decided to get too serious with some of the d-bags that I had previously met. I did meet one that I did like and they are now engaged.
They are a really good match and I think they compliment each other very well. They both seem happy and they plan to tie the knot sometime in 2012. So now comes the really grueling part of them picking the place to have it, going to bridal shows, endless dress try-ons, cake and food taste testing, drooling over all of the Since1910.com engagement rings, figuring out where to go on a honeymoon, and then where are they to live. Seems like a ton of stuff to do…thank the Lord it’s not me! My mom says that the experience is really grounding them though on the price range that stuff can cost and what really seems sensible. All in all I think that they will be fine as long as my sister keeps her temper under control and my future brother-in-law doesn’t get an attitude with my sister when she texts him and wakes him up from an afternoon nap. Dude..put your phone on silent if you do not want to be bothered! Remember, a happy wife means a happy life.
Why is it that my kids make so much of a mess when they start the several times daily ritual of brushing their teeth? They make such a huge mess and leave so much caked on tooth paste all over the sink that I really thought that I was going to have to rent some sort of industrial equipment to blast some of that stuff off. I have tried and tried to instruct them on the way to get this done in a more easy and neat manner.
I usually tell Taylor to go in there and get the tooth brushes ready so that they can brush, then potty, and then get into bed. I usually wander into their bathroom about two minutes later to finish them up and check to make sure they did a good job. This is when I find that that spit has been dribbled all down the side of the sink, tooth paste all smashed into the carpet, and some spittle up and on the toilet since someone thought it would be “so cool” to spit into the toilet since the sink was a little crowded. I really don’t know what to do. Some company needs to come out with some sort of conveyor system that starts from the very beginning of getting the tooth brushes ready and then being the system that facilitates the entire process without making a mess. Knowing my kids one of them would go into the process standing on their head and that would throw the whole thing off. I think that they will eventually grow out of it though and maybe I should save for their college instead of tooth brushing machinery. Then again I could take some of that money and invest in a couple of tooth paste companies since most of ours is on the sink instead of their teeth.
Most of you know that I was in a competition between me and other dude bloggers to see who could get the most votes to become the Official Camp Dirt Blogger. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT! Don’t close or “X” out your window yet! I am through with asking for votes from you guys and I did want to say thanks to all of you that actually did vote for me. I haven’t officially heard from them yet, but I did get an unofficial email saying that I should be getting and official notice by email that the contest was over and that I had officially won.
So, as I start to think about how it’s going to be I sit back and realize that this thing is in Colorado. When most people, that don’t live there, hear of the state of Colorado they usually think about all inclusive skiing holidays and a bunch of snow topped mountains. All I can think about is as long as I can remember I have always heard that the air is thinner there. What does this mean to a boy who has pretty much been in Texas his whole life? I really have never been that far from Texas. I will only be taking my second airplane ride at the end of the month when I fly to San Diego for the big BlogHer convention this year. I may need to look up about the whole “high altitude thing” as soon as I can. If I am going to be running around playing in the mud I need to know if there is a chance that I will be out of breath faster than normal. Also, do I have to follow all of the “high altitude” instructions that are on stuff like boxes of macaroni and cheese if I get a hankering for some grub?
Every once in awhile when I go over to my mom’s house she breaks out the huge photo albums and we sit there and reminisce about the good ol’ days. Today we all try to shoot as many photos as we can day in and day out. Then we take our extremely powerful cameras with ten times the photos that were in all my mom’s albums and put them all on a small memory card about the size of a stamp. Then what do we do? Well if you are like me, you end up sitting in front of the computer and edit pictures all day. I have literally spent hours in front of my laptop just messing around with one or two photos.
There are some great programs today that have made this a whole heckuva lot easier. Programs like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have made it easier though over the years. I am always worried though that what if all of my family’s history disappers in the form of a fire, flood, or my laptop getting stolen? I do backup every once in awhile but I don’t always do it regularly. I think what I am going to start doing is not spend so much time getting the perfect shot or touching up photos because the light was bad or there were pimples on someone’s face. In the past people took pictures on whatever they had and cherished them no matter how they turned out. I mean I have a picture of me and Spiderman and the original General Lee on old Polaroid pictures. I think that I’m going to just shoot life and let it be from now on. Spend less time editing life and spend more living it.
You all know that I am a super fan of Powermat. This summer we have been doing a ton of traveling and I have brought my portable Powermat with Powercube to keep us charged up while at the hotel. What happens though when you go to a theme park at 8am and by noon your battery screams at you that it only has “20% REMAINING”? Well if you have a Powermat you definitely want to get a power! Dual 1200 Rechargeable Backup Battery for your excursions! This rechargeable backup battery provides power on the go for smart-phones and hundreds of other devices. Charges two devices at once with its Micro-USB and Apple connectors and recharges when placed on any Powermat or when plugged into a computer. Also, this is a must for a parent whose child totally spends too much on their smart phone!
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Recently Crystal has been traveling all over the U.S. these days. She went to LA for four days, came back for a day, and then left the day after that to go to Detroit. Next she goes to Seattle for a weekend getaway to cover something else. We both take a trip together at the beginning of August to San Diego for BlogHer 11. She has really been complaining about the size and weight of her current laptop and has showed a definite interest in learning more about and then maybe getting a netbook to take on trips. I told her it was a great idea because I know I was going to end up carry her twenty pound monster at some time on the trip.
We have been talking about it more and more in the last week and I just thought it was time to look into actually doing something about it. We sat down and talked about it and she said that she really didn’t see any sense in having another actual computer sitting around so I brought up the idea of her maybe getting a tablet pc to be even more of a portable soultion for her. So, after lunch on Sunday I took her to pick out one and we settled on her getting an iPad2. She got it complete with a pink protector case. Somebody is happy with her little solution and I am happy I won’t have back problem if I have to carry her stuff when we are out of town.
Things are really tight these days. I still get paid the same but it seems like everything else is going up. We have cut back a little bit here and there. The fans are on more and the a/c is turned up to a higher degree. We started eating out less and eating more food that is prepared at home. In the tech/geek department there have been no new video game purchases lately and we went down to streaming only on Netflix just to save a couple of bucks on getting a disc in the mail.
The next big decision we have to make is what to do about the way we watch TV and who brings us the channels that we watch so much. We thought about just totally going with something like Hulu from the Xbox, a Roku Box, or AppleTV. Sometimes though we like to tune in to channels that you can’t normally watch on those devices. We currently are spending waaaayyyy too much for DIRECTV as our bill is a little over $80! That is just like the basic 200 channels and no movie or sports packages. When shopping around and comparing dish packages I found out that I can cut that price in half and get even more than I was getting before.
We have been wronged in the past by our current satellite provider and hope that Crystal will give me the “OK” to rip them a new one and move on over to something like Infinity Dish where I could get a whole lot more for a whole lot less. Hopefully a decade down the road the situation will be totally different with a whole new way of getting the media we love. Remember…not too long ago a ton of people still had “rabbit ears”.
Let me know what is working for you and your household!
I know I have been bugging a bunch of you over on Facebook to go and vote for me to be the official Camp Dirt blogger. I can’t tell you guys how excited I am and amazed of the votes that I have already. You guys are doing a fantastic job of helping me out. I am a good bit ahead of the others and I want to keep a good lead ahead of them. Voting runs through July 8th and you can vote once per day. So, head on over to the Camp Dirt leader board and vote it up!
You can also win a chance to head to Camp Dirt yourself. Check out Dial for Men’s Facebook page and enter and I could see you there. ‘Like’ Dial For Men on Facebook to enter to win a trip to C Lazy U Ranch for the Camp Dirt event from Dial for Men. The entry period for this sweepstakes ends on July 8, 2011. NOTE: Must be 21 years or older to play.
Who doesn’t like the Muppets? Here is a little bit of info coming up on the new movie coming up this fall.
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.
HOLY CRAP! I want to see this movie so bad. Too bad I have to wait till the fall. Real Steel is an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing. This movie comes out on October 7th, 2011 from DreamWorks pictures.