December 30, 2007 -
was a busy week; mostly I worked on getting the
new computers out... that's pretty much all I've
done. Towards the end of the week I stayed at
Matt & Judy's house with Teresa and we played
GameCube on his big TV- now that's a nice TV.
December 24, 2007 -
Eve, but today we had Christmas since Carrie is
going to Jason's parent's house for Christmas
Day. I got a new digital photo frame, GameStop
gift card, a shirt, and some cash. I like my new
frame a bit more than my old one, it's a Kodak
frame, and the other was rather generic... the
picture on this one is very good, aside from the
dead pixel. With LCD screens a single pixel can
often go bad- I don't think it annoys me enough
to return it though. It's an 800 by 480 pixel
screen, my first one is a 640 by 480, actual photos
from a camera are 720 by 480 shaped, so I have
to crop them to be more square for the old frame,
and now to more of a narrow rectangle for the
new one... why they do not make them all the shape
of a real photograph I do not know.
December 23, 2007 -
& Dad put up the Christmas tree a couple days
ago, so this morning I put the lights on it, and
then Carrie put the ornaments on, it all looked
well and good until I came down later and the
tree had fallen over. It showed no signs of listing,
but with most of the ornaments on one side it
seemed to at some point lose its balance.
watched the last two Lord of the Rings movies
today, I watched the first one last weekend.
December 22, 2007 -
had Christmas at Grandma's today- It was sad in
many respects; Carrie & Jason were stuck in
Topeka because of the snow storm, and Uncle Robbie,
Aunt Patty, and Holly & Mark were stuck in
Perry, so it was a pretty small gathering- just
Grandma, Mom & Dad, Brad & Ashley, and
Eric, Kelly & Olivia. They couldn't stay long
because the weather was getting worse, and when
they left Grandma started to cry. She had been
hanging on to staying in her house so she could
have this last Christmas there.
December 15, 2007 -
got a haircut this morning; it snowed all night
so the roads were very slick. It was the first
time I've really driven around town- it all seems
like our neighborhood. After that I cleaned out
my fish aquarium, and did the same to the refrigerator.
It was fairly empty so I took all the bins and
shelves out and scrubbed it out.
December 14, 2007 -
took today off to do some Christmas shopping,
though I fear I got very little done, and then
in the evening MaryLou, Bob, Teresa & I got
some KFC and played Nintendo. After that I came
December 12, 2007 -
why didn't I charge my laptop????? An ice storm
hit last night; we lost power around 9:30pm and
it is still out. Limbs are down everywhere, though
the streets really aren't that bad, aside from
being blocked by the limbs. One of our trees was
split in half to the ground so I don't think there's
much hope for it- the others might live, but they're
certainly not going to be the same. When you look
down the street it's pretty much the same in all
directions,. and all you hear is the cracking
and impact as more limbs break off and hit the
ground. Not having electricity is the part that
sucks the most though. I called Teresa a couple
times and she's warm, watching TV and all around
content. Work was canceled today due to the inclement
weather, which I'm glad for cause I don't think
Topeka was nearly as bad off.
photo above is of our Green Ash which split from
the V down nine feet to the the ground. We're
going to take it out and plant something new in
its place. Below is the Hackberry, it's pretty
beat up as well, but this is the state of most
the trees in town.
and Dad are troopers though, they got up at 6am
to go over and check on Grandma, and then they
went over to feed and let out all the dogs at
the shelter. Now Mom is fixing lunch and they
debate what type of tree they'll plant on the
corner... the consensus seems to be one that isn't
any that we had, or has a V in the branches.
December 9, 2007 -
News can be interesting... For the last six months
Belgium has not had a national government and
it may soon break up into two separate countries.
December 8, 2007 -
and this weekend I'm staying inside and catching
up on stuff, mostly laundry and cleaning. Tonight,
through into Monday we're supposed to have an
ice storm, so it was a very good weekend for planning
to stay in.