Thursday, May 24, 2007

that hurt!

Round trip plane tickets for 3 adults and 1 child from STL to NRT $5,362.90 wheee!!

Never swiped my card for that large of anything before. Got the best rate from ANA which means in addition to getting frequent flyer miles for 1 mile = $1 on the credit card, I get miles for the flight itself since ANA is part of Star Alliance. This should help build up a free ticket at a good rate!

Monday, May 21, 2007


I have enabled anonymous comments for thew blog. so you are no longer required to have a Google account to post a comment. If I see a problem with spam bots I my lock it back down.

camcorder is repaired!

Yeah!!!! My camcorder is now flagged as repaired but not shipped. Hopefully I will get it back by Saturday.

My dad told me this evening that since my sister's family will be down at their vacation timeshare for the week of Memorial day that he will come over to my house to work on the bathtub drain with me.

I so need to have the camera fixed so that when I royally screw something up we can document it. heheheh

Danielle is 11

This year's Busch Bash fell on Danielle's birthday. Surprisingly we had a hard time reeling the kids back in from the various areas of the park so she could open presents. Everyone was having a good time.

Danielle's Birthday 2007

Busch Bash 2007

Once again my dad ordered up a beautiful day for the Busch Bash. The turn out was a little smaller than last year I think. I did not count the names in the sign in book so I may be wrong, but it felt smaller.

Busch Bash 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

coffee table & dining table!

I went by House of Denmark on my way home from work on Friday evening and found a coffee table that I absolutely fell in love with. I also found an interesting dining table.
Coffee Table & Dining Room Table

Previously I had also found an interesting dining table at World Market. The one in the store was black unlike the current picture on the website. I am really undecided which one I like better. I am a bit attracted to the square design over the rectangle design. I think it would fit the room better.

busy busy week

this was a busy week.

Sunday was monther's day, and I spent pretty much the entire day with the family.

Monday was my Sister's birthday.
Nicole's Birthday

Tuesday right after work was a dentist appointment, then when i got home, I had an email from the Dept. of Homeland Security Citizenship & Immigration Services that our I-129F has been approved and the approval letter had been mailed.

Tuesday was also my niece's 5th grade spring concert.
Danielle's Spring Concert

Wednesday was my monthly D&D game

Thursday was Jared versus the clothesline post round 2. It is now Jared 0 clothesline 2. That thing is in a two foot diameter chunk of concrete about 8 inches under the surface. I'll try again on Monday I think. After a shower I spent a couple hours on WoW. That game just isn't doing anything for me. I already canceled the account but it is active until mid June so I'll get my money out of the game. I am thinking about going back to EQII.

Friday I alternated chilling out in front of the laptop or TV.

Tonight I have no plans except to go to the store to get a few things for the Busch Bash tomorrow. I am going to make 6 batches of General Tso's Chicken. My house is going to smell like Chinese for a week.

Sunday is the Busch Bash 2007. I am sure I will have plenty of pictures and will have a new picasa album posted sometime Sunday evening or Monday.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day 2007

Mother's Day was a nice sunny day with the temperature just right. After we ate dinner Danielle had to cut the lawn at her house and Lorrie's house. Darla & I rode our bicycles up there with her and then continued on around town with a brief stop at a park where she made me push her on the tire swing.

Mother's Day 2007

Monday, May 7, 2007

Darla Uncensored

While I was editing and posting the last two videos of my niece Darla, she asked if she could use my camcorder. This is the result. The only edit was to chop out about 3 minutes of her wandering around my house so that it would fit on YouTube. If anyone really wants to see it I guess I can find a place to upload a 600mb file.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Took Darla Shopping

I took Darla shopping today for Danielle's birthday.

to fit on youtube i had to break it into two five minute movies.

Part I

Part II

Saturday, May 5, 2007

pitter patter on the rooftop

well we just had a days of non-stop rain. no major leaks to be found in the house, although there was a very small leak near the chimney. I went on the roof this evening and found it to be a crack in the tar sealant where the antenna mast is. that will be simple to fix.

nothing else seems to leak since i patched the section on the front where a half a shingle was missing.

either way i still need a new roof sometime soon. time to save my pennies i guess, either that or pray for a severe hail storm to damage the roof but not my car ^_^

i met a guy today who say's he'll take down one of my tree's for less than $300. i need to do a bit of checking, but he say's he's licensed so that should not be too difficult to find out. If it pans out, it's a good deal. If not, I'm only out a bit of time.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

the windows are ready

for curtains. I put the last of the hardware up on the windows in the living room and the dining room. now i just need curtains.

i bought material a couple months ago for my sister to sew into some basic curtains. she got 5 panels done, but the first two i gave back because with the pleating she had put ion it, they would not fit the windows without bying more material. so she removed the pleats form those and will bring em back this weekend.

now she just needs to get some time without the kids to do some dedicated sewing on my dining room curtains. then i'll finally have a bit of privacy in the house from the heavy traffic areas.

also since it was wednesday, my mom came by and i made her go through her address book and populate addresses for my wedding reception invitation list.