Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

So tonight is New Year's Eve.

I've never really been very big on New Year's Eve. It's always just seemed like another day to me. Tomorrow will be a different year. Big Deal. It's really just going to be the same as waking up any other day of the week.

Cathy and I will be going to Outback to meet her dad for our belated Christmas celebration...but other than that we probably really won't be doing much of anything else.

Wood Burning...Again.

So I got my first wood burning completely done. I got some varnish from Michael's yesterday and finished the project up completely.

I think it turned out pretty nice. The varnish does an excellent job of making the whole thing look "finished." Before it was just bare wood with some burned lines on it. Now it looks like an actual art project of some kind.

I also got a few other things from Michael's yesterday. I got another piece of nice wood to work with, and I got a piece of wood that comes with all the necessary parts to make it a clock. I've got an idea for a clock that I think is going to be pretty cool. I also got a project box to keep the burner and all the tools in. It's made out of wood itself, so I'll be decorating it as well.


I have decided to go with the trebuchet to start.

The idea of having to tune the ballista literally every time you want to fire it is a bit daunting to me. I don't want to fire something, then have to basically rebuild the firing arm just to fire it again.

I have found some smaller ballista models that I might give a try first. That way I'll know a bit more about what I'm getting into with the ballista before I build the bigger one.

Trebuchet...or Ballista???

So I really would like to order another kit to make a trebuchet...but since I've been looking at them, I've really taken a liking to the ballista kits that I have found.

The ballista is basically an ancient Greek siege weapon that resembles a crossbow to an extent. Of course, it is larger as it was designed to destroy castle the model that I have found obviously is to scale. But even at scale it is more than likely larger than most modern crossbows.

The ballista claims to be able to hurl golf balls nearly as far as the trebuchet kit that I am interested in...but it just looks so damn cool.

More than likely I will end up with both of really this is just me trying to decide which one to order first. From what I can tell, the ballista is a bit more time consuming to build AND to operate. It's tension based skeins need almost constant adjustment, and if they aren't almost exactly matching one another, the projectile will not launch correctly. That's not that big of a deal to me, as I would probably want to mess with it all the time anyways.

For now, here's a quick picture of what it looks like:

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chicago...or Niagara Falls...

Well, Cathy and I are planning on taking a small trip sometime this late spring. We want to go back to Chicago, or go back to Niagara Falls.

We went to both of those places last year and each one we had a blast at. The cost of going to both will be pretty much the same, as the hotels are very similar in price.

Both have lots of things to do, but Cathy seems interested in an exhibit at the Science and Industry Museum in's a Harry Potter exhibit of some kind. I think that could be pretty cool.

But we both like the idea of going back to Niagara to go to the arcade thing there at the Midway that we had so much fun in for hours when we were there before. It would also be nice to go there when it was was late fall when we went before.

Either way, it'll be nice to go to either!!!!

The Lion King

The Lion King is coming to Wharton Center in April. I wanted to go see it when it was in East Lansing before, but never had the opportunity. Cathy has seen it before and really enjoyed it. She got us tickets to go see it for my birthday!!! I'm looking forward to it quite a bit, as I've heard nothing but good stuff about it.


Thank god it's Friday...that's right.

Cathy and I somehow managed to survive this week from hell at work. People were in bad was busy...nothing went as planned. Basically, it was a really horrible week at work. But we made it, and now we have two days off to recover before hopefully going back to a much more normal situation at work.

We've got a few things planned for our weekend...we've got to go to her dad's on New Year's Eve to do Christmas. We're actually going to Outback for that, so I guess it's not really to her dad's...but that's okay, I'm obsessed with Outback's bread. We also have a little bit of shopping to do. I want to go to Michael's to look at the stuff for the wood burner, and we also may go to the Toy House because Cathy saw some wood burning stuff there as well.

Cathy is planning on going to the Secretary of State to start getting her license changed, and I MAY try to put the new exhaust fan into the bathroom...but we'll see about that. I really would like to just basically sit around doing nothing important the next couple of days. I think we deserve it!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Update on Wood Burning...

So I got out the pen again tonight and switched the tip. I put in a more pinpoint type tip. I then did most of the same things that I did on the first picture tonight.

Both of the objects, to me, seem to look better with the more accurate tip. The lines look better and the curves look better. The curves I still need to work on, but the lines themselves to me look better with the sharper tip.

So I think for most of the drawings I'll be using that sharper least until I get better at it. For now the tip makes better pictures, so that's what I'll be using!!!!

Finished Another Wood Burning...

So I finished my second wood burning tonight. This one was more of an entire picture than the first one, and it came out pretty decent, in my opinion.

I'm still not really good at getting good consistent color when drawing one line, so I've got to work on that. I also had a bit of a hard time getting the smaller lines to differentiate themselves from each other...probably because I was using the wrong tip. But the picture turned out pretty well and I look forward to trying another one pretty soon.

I think that I will do another one fairly similar to what I did tonight, but try it with a different tip and see if the results are a little bit more what I'm going for. I got a couple of cheap pieces of wood to use at Meijer tonight, so I'll just use the other piece to try a nearly identical picture and see if the different tip makes any difference, or if it's more just me that needs to practice. Either way, the more of them I do the more practice I get, and hopefully the better I'll get.

I'm going to go to Michael's Craft store on Tuesday and get some more supplies. The pen that I got for doing the burning seems pretty nice, but I would like to have a small storage case for it. Right now I've just been setting it on the dryer in the basement to cool off overnight...but I'd like to have something a bit better to store it in. I also will buy a few different pieces of wood from Michaels, as the ones I got at Meijer seemed to be a little bit softer than what is recommended, and I'm sure that doesn't help the process very much.

Either way, I'm still pretty excited about this's fun. I've got an idea for a future project that will work with how we're planning on doing our bathroom...but we'll see...

Sunday, December 28, 2008


So the trebuchet that Cathy got me for Christmas is really cool. It's so simple in design yet so effective. As soon as I got it completed I started looking for another trebuchet kit to build...preferably one that would be a bit larger and end up getting used outside.

The idea of building the things is what appeals to me the most...but the idea of having one that fires things a long distance makes them even more appealing. I found one for a relatively good price on a website. It's called a "Floating Arm Trebuchet" or a "Guillotine Catapult." It stands 34 inches high, 18 inches long, and 7 inches wide. That's pretty small when you think about it. hurls a golf ball over 200 feet. More if you add extra weight to the guillotine.

I picture setting it up in the driveway and sending snowballs hurling at the people down the streets cars. Those people are annoying...but in reality, I would like to be able to hurl stuff into the field out back...that would be pretty awesome. I think I might try to order it pretty soon, as the quantity seems pretty limited.

This is a picture of it here.

The Wood Burning Kit.

So the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of this woodburning thing. It was really fun, and it's got my creativity going. I'm thinking of just cool little designs and such that I can do that would look really good as actual things hanging on the wall in the house. We're getting ready to remodel some things in the house...well, I guess remodel isn't so much the word, as is repaint and such. No major changes, just color changes and maybe some new light fixtures and such. I've been thinking of wood burnings that I could put into those rooms that would fit.

I think that on my days off this week I may run into the craft store Michaels and see what they have for this hobby. I would like to find a place that sells pre-cut and edged pieces of wood for me to do it on, that way each one will look finished when I'm done with it without me having to find some way to put custom moldings and such on it.

If I can get a couple of pieces of wood, I will probably make a drawing or two on my days off. This could end up being a pretty good winter hobby for me, as it gives me something to do inside that also seems really fun.

Getting Sick of Work This Week...

So this week has been absolute hell at work. People have been rude...there have been delays...basically a giant cluster of crap.

It's really made me wish I had taken some time off for the holidays this year. Oh well, the extra pay should be nice when that paycheck comes in a few weeks.

Hopefully in the next few days the traffic will go back to normal and things will calm down.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


So this winter has really had me down a bit. I don't particularly care for the winter. I've been biding my time by playing video games, watching football, and building Lego sets. Lately, I've gotten a few other things that will occupy some of my time...the wood burning kit and the trebuchet kit.

I also have a new thing to occupy some time in the summer with my unicycle.

But getting the nice life vest for Christmas from my parents has really got me hyped up about getting out in the kayak again this spring. I, of course, was looking at kayaks online yesterday, and something popped up that really made me feel better about keeping the TK-1 around. It's now sold at several of the Big Box Dick's Sporting Goods and MC Sports. Now, I know that doesn't mean that it's a super high quality awesome kayak...but it DOES make me feel a bit better about the overall quality of the product as I don't think that Dick's and MC would sell things that are absolute junk. So seeing the TK-1 on those sites made me feel more comfortable about having this as my main boat for a few seasons.

Now I've just got to think about getting Cathy her own life vest and getting the skeg for the TK-1. After that, I'll just need to start trying to figure out where the best place for us to go for the first time together will be. I'm leaning a bit towards that Sleepy Hollow State Park that I didn't get to make it to this past fall. It seems to be a good sized lake for starting, and the fact that power boats aren't allowed there will be nice for Cathy's first time out.

I'm still leaning towards going with the Sea Eagle boat as my next kayak...when and if I eventually upgrade. Probably a 340x, but maybe the 380x. Either way, those are both good boats from the reviews that I've read. I still don't think that I'll be upgrading to a hardshell anytime soon, as the cost of them isn't that bad...but the cost of the things to transport them is pretty high. About the only way I would think of upgrading to a hardshell would be if I got a great deal on a used one. Granted, the Sea Eagle is quite a bit more expensive than even a decent small hardshell, but when you throw all of the extras that come with the Sea Eagle along with the three year warranty and the fact that you don't need any kinds of racks or anything to haul it around it seems like it's still a pretty good deal. Who knows though...but that's neither here nor there right now, for I look forward to getting back out on the TK-1 this coming spring..., if only this stupid snow and ice would go away...

My First Wood Burning

So I made my first wood burning with my kit tonight.

It was actually pretty cool. I did basically a single line drawing of a tall a flamingo or a heron. It's basically a single line for the body, neck, head, and feet. Then a single small spot for the beak. Then the feathers and wings are made from two single lines. I thought the finished product came out really well.

It was fun, and I hope that I can get better at it. The picture I made tonight wasn't exactly the greatest quality...but for a very first attempt I don't think it turned out too bad.

Here is a fairly low quality picture of the project taken with my cell phone.

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Small Bonus at Work

So I'm getting a small end of the year bonus from work. After taxes it will probably be about $600. I figure I'm going to put most of it towards some bills that I have. But I will probably keep a little bit out to get a few interesting things.

I may think about ordering that bigger trebuchet that I found...I think that thing would be really cool to have. I also will probably finally order the skeg for my kayak. I've been putting that off for a while, but it's time to maybe just get it out of the way. It's pretty inexpensive, so it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but it's something that I really want.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


So Christmas has came and gone...and Cathy and I both got stuck working on it.

That's alright though. We had dinner with my parents and grandparents at my parents house on Wednesday. It was a good time. Both of us got some really awesome gifts. My mom must have read my mind, because literally the day before I had gone into the room where I keep the kayaks and told myself that I needed to get a good life vest pretty soon. Well, I opened a box from Dick's Sporting Goods, and I knew as soon as I saw the logo that it was a vest. She got me a really nice looking, good fitting, high end life vest for taking out with me when I kayak. It's so comfortable that I'm sure I'll WANT to wear it...which is a good thing. Cathy got a couple of really cool sock monkeys that are dressed like we were at the wedding. They're really cool looking.

I also got from my mom something that I wasn't expecting's a wood burning kit. It's basically a kit to make pictures on wood by burning the wood slightly. It seems pretty cool, and looks like it could be a lot of fun. I just hope my limited art skills will be good enough to make some interesting pictures other than the tracings it came with.

For Cathy I got her some random stuff. Her big gift was a Sirius Satellite Radio and home docking station. She likes it a lot, even though it was a bit of a pain for her to get activated. I also got her a puzzle and a board game type thing. Of course, I got her a bunch of stocking stuffers, too.

Cathy got me some really cool gifts. She got me some Lego sets to go with my castle stuff, so now I've got a TON of Lego castle stuff. She got me seasons 1 and 2 of "Robot Chicken," which is an awesome TV show. She got me some "Cubes" which are these little action figures that basically are like "workers" for a giant corporation. They are pretty mini figures from the movie "Office Space."

She also got me my model trebuchet. It's REALLY cool. I built it tonight and it works excellently. It throws the little ball of clay that it's got about 20 feet...and that's not even with all the weight that can go in it. I'm sure I can get at least another 10 feet if I work it well enough. It's really interesting and VERY cool looking. It makes me want to get more of them...or make my own from scratch. But it's a really cool gift, and I like it a lot!!! Here's a picture of it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Winter Weather...and Our New Snowblower...

So the winter has hit us pretty hard over the last few days. We've got a TON of snow on the ground, and it's drifting really bad. It's been so cold that the snow hasn't really melted to itself so that it stays in one place. Instead, it's just blowing all over the place with no rhyme or reason.

So the other day I got out the snow blower to try and clear it off, and the thing wouldn't start. I was tired of messing with it so Cathy and I went out and bought a new one. It's an electric one, called a Toro Powercurve 1800. It plugs into the wall, and as such it doesn't need any gas, no pulls, no oil. It just starts as soon as you pull the handle. I've used it a few times now, and I REALLY like it. It throws snow just as well as our small gas one did when it was working, and it's REALLY light. I can carry it around with just one hand. Of course, the cord gets into the way just a little bit...but it's something that you get used to really quick and can work around with no issues. I'm pretty impressed by it.
Of course, I let my father take the gas one to see if he could get it working. He put new gas in it and cleaned the spark plug up and the dumb thing started right up. Oh well, I like the electric one and we'll use it more often because it's less of a hassle...that, and my dad said he'd buy the gas one for $100 from us...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rock Band 2

So Cathy and I had been looking the last few days for Rock Band 2 for the Wii. It had shipped on December 18th, but there wasn't anything in any of the ads about it...and they didn't have it at Meijer or Walmart in Jackson. In fact, Walmart didn't even know it was coming out.

So yesterday on the way home from work we figured we'd stop and check the Meijer in Mason. What do you know?? They had it!! So we used some "Santa Bucks" and got the game for $10 off of it's original price.

We played it for a few hours last night, and it's quite a bit more fun than the first one. For starters, the song selection seems to be better. So far we haven't played any songs that just REALLY sucked. There have been a couple that weren't as good as others, but overall the song selection has been better. The graphics are also slightly improved, as is the customization of the game. Where in the first one you only named your you name it and create the characters.

It's pretty cool, and with downloadable content available soon, it should have quite a bit more replayability than the first game did. I'm sure it will give us plenty of entertainment!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008


So today came and went...and in the SBN CBS Fantasy Football league I laid another absolute beat down on my opponent...

...but this time it was different. This time it was for the Championship of the league. I faced off against another guy from my division, a guy I had beaten twice already, and a guy that I didn't think I stood much of a chance against in the Championship game.

Luckily for me, however, I had some guys come through with some BIG time points today. Marques Colston and DeAngelo Williams both had stellar performances...and between the two of them and two other players (a total of 4) I beat my opponent's nine guys. So the rest of the guys on my team just contributed to the beating. I beat him absolute pounding in fantasy football terms.

Best part about it is the fact that it was the league that I REALLY wanted to win. It comes with some pretty good bragging rights.

So for the season, I ended up:
12-2-2 in the SBN CBS league, with a Championship Trophy
8-8 in the SBN Yahoo league, good for 5th out of 12 and a winner in the Consolation Round
6-8-2 in a Yahoo Public league, good for 6th out of 12 and a runner up in the Consolation Round
12-4 in a Yahoo Public league, good for 2nd out of 12 and a Runner Up Trophy

So overall this year I was:
38-22-4 which is good for a .625 winning percentage. That's pretty good all things considered. One more win in that first Yahoo Public league and I would have been at least .500 in all of my leagues. That .625 winning percentage would be EXACTLY equal to going 10-6 in the NFL. And this year it looks like there will be several teams in the playoffs at 10-6...and last year's Super Bowl Champion was a 10-6 regular season club.

All in all, I believe it was a very sucessful season...and I look forward to playing again next year!!!!

It's Almost Christmas...

...and all of my shopping is done. I think I got some good gifts for people this year. Original AND useful. The only thing that I have left to do is to get just a couple of small items for Cathy's stocking...but that will be done on Tuesday and then I will be completely done.

Even though I got what I think were good gifts for people, picking things out this year was difficult. It just seems like everyone that I need to get things for pretty much just get whatever they want.

But oh well, I think they'll enjoy the stuff.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

So I've Been Working on Some Card Tricks.

So I got a couple of decks of cards and have been working on a few tricks. I have two of them down pat, and they are pretty good. One of them I like a bunch. The other, I love. Cathy likes the one that I love the best, too. It uses a normal deck of cards and someone picking from that deck. It's pretty good.

The other one I really like to, as there are TONS of variation that you can do with it. I haven't gotten really crazy with the trick yet, as I'm still trying to figure out what way I like to do it the best...but I'm pretty sure when I get a couple of variations of it that work really well down, I'll start using it a bit more often.

So far almost everyone that I have shown really likes the tricks...most people have no idea how they are done. One person knew and ruined the trick while I was trying to do it...mainly because he knew what needed to be done to make the trick work and made sure that it didn't work.

Either way, I'm still learning, and so far it's worked out pretty well.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It Snowed...Yay.

So Cathy and I took today off because there was supposed to be quite the snowstorm last night. We stayed up playing video games until pretty late...almost 5:30.

Well, at about 3am, both of us noticed that it hadn't started snowing and were worried that we had wasted the leave time. It was supposed to start snowing at about midnight and go an inch an hour until about 6am. Well, at 4:30 I noticed it had been snowing, and then Cathy mentioned to look outside. You could barely see the road from our house it was snowing so hard. I took the dogs outside to go to the bathroom, and in the span of about that hour it had snowed nearly 3 inches.

We woke up shortly before noon and there was a good 10 inches or so on the ground...drifted up higher in a few places. Luckily we had gone out just the other day and purchased a new snow blower. It came in handy and I had the drive cleared out in about 30 minutes.

This was, obviously, the first big snow fall of the winter, and I can't say that I'm pleased. I'm not exactly a winter person. I can deal with the cold, but I don't particularly like the snow. It just really annoys me. I don't have any outdoor hobbies in the winter. I've thought about getting some snowshoes in the past, but the snow fall doesn't seem to be even remotely consistent enough to actually spend the money on it, so I've never really gotten around to doing it.

Oh well, I guess it's just time to accept that it's winter...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Awesome Trip I Found Today.

So today while browsing around on the internet, I found an awesome trip that I would like to take one day. It's through a company called "Incredible Adventures." They basically do what appears to be all kinds of just totally insane things that people would do for a "once in a lifetime" type thing. They do things like let you fly a Russian MiG 29 Fulcrum (one of the baddest ass fighter jets on the planet...yes, even more amazing that most of the United States fighter jets) over Moscow. They do submarine trips. They do trips where you fly a jet all the way to over 60,000 feet called "Edge of Space.

But the trip that I found that I liked was their "Key West Shark Adventure." What they do is take you out for a 7 day cruise aboard a 63 foot long luxury "research vessel." It looks to me like it's just a big ass yacht...but it's registered with the USCG as a research ship. They take you out and all your meals and such are included. They take you to Key West and other Florida Keys and do some things on land, like visit tourist attractions and things. They even take you on a few kayak trips, which make it that much better. But the cool part about the whole thing is that you actually get to help a few research divers capture, tag, document, and release nurse sharks and turtles. You can do it in one of two ways: by SCUBA diving or just by snorkeling. The site says they have you basically help them spot the animals, then they capture them and you help with all the documenting of the animals.

I've always...ALWAYS...wanted to swim with sharks. I would like to SCUBA dive with them, but I think it would be a bit too expensive for me to learn how, so I wouldn't mind just doing the snorkeling with them. I've had a few opportunities to do it...mainly on the cruise a few years back...but never actually did it. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think that swimming with the wonderful creatures would be one of the coolest things that I could ever possibly do...and actually doing it while helping with research on the animals would make it all that much better.

One problem...the trip is $3,250 per person...not including any airfare. It covers the meals and your lodging on the ship, but that's about it. Pretty steep in the price department...but maybe someday!!!

Here's a picture of the Tiburon Research Ship...
And here's a picture of a whale shark that they encountered on one of their least it looks like a whale shark. I may be a bit off, but either way, here it is:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Papa John's...

So tonight my parents came to visit Cathy and I at the house in Jackson. We ordered pizza from our usual spot, Papa John's.

Now, we've never had any REAL problems ordering from there before. One time our pizza took about an hour to get to us, and a few days later in the mail we got a coupon for a free pizza. So tonight we ordered with the online ordering system at 6:49 PM. It said we should have the pizzas in 30-40 minutes.

Well, at about 7:50 PM we still hadn't received the pizzas, so I decided to give them a call. When I called they asked me for the address and I told them, then they said that our pizzas had just come out of the oven. The guy on the phone said that the online system is always wrong, and he's been telling people on the phone to expect their pizzas within 45-60 minutes. I explained to him that even if we had called the order in, it had STILL been 60 minutes already. He apologized. I asked how much longer and he said that the driver was leaving right then so it would be about 20 minutes.

Well, at 8:30 PM we still hadn't gotten the pizzas. So that's 40 more minutes. We have now waited 1 hour and 40 minutes for these pizzas. Just then the phone rang and it was the delivery girl. She was asking me if we lived in a certain sub-division which we do NOT live in. I told her I had no idea where she was, and asked how long the pizzas would take?? She said she would get them to us as soon as she could find the house, and that she had already been told by 3 people that we did in fact live in this subdivision...which we actually do not. This girl had apparently been driving around in 20 degree weather with our pizzas for about 40 minutes. So the pizzas were probably cold by then. I had had it at that point in time, and just told her to take the pizzas back to the store and we would get food elsewhere. I then called the store to make sure I wouldn't be charged for the pizzas. The manager apologized and gave me some excuses, but I really didn't care. I was just hungry.

We decided to go to Pizza Hut and ended up getting a TON of food. When we got home, there was a message on our machine from Papa John's. The manager wanted to let us know that he had canceled the order out so I wouldn't get charged, and he had also put a credit on our account for two free pizzas. So the next time we order, just call and we'll get those for free..., hopefully the free ones don't take nearly two hours to get to us.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

To the Championship!!!!!

So my domination in the semi-final round was complete today.

I actually won all four of my games this weekend. Two semi-finals and two consolation games. So basically, next week I'll be playing for two Championships and two 5th place finishes. All four games are important to me, because of course the championships are awesome...but in the other two leagues if I can win the consolation matches I'll end up 8-8 in one league and 7-7-2 in the other...meaning that I'll have been at least .500 in every one of my leagues this year, which is pretty damn good!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Coonhound Fight Update.

So today, Cooper's swelling is nearly gone. He's looking much more like his normal obnoxious self.

He's also acting quite a bit more like his normal obnoxious self. He was barking today and running around like he normally does, so I think he's doing fine. I'm glad I won't have to take him to the vet because I don't know how much it would have cost, and I've spent quite a bit of money on vet bills this year really for nothing...because each time I took them in I paid for things basically just to find out that nothing was wrong with any of the dogs.

With that said, I still need to get Cooper in sooner or later to have his tooth looked at. For a while it started looking better again, but then it started to look bad again...but I don't think it's an issue that needs immediate attention, as it doesn't seem to bother him at all.

Fantasy Football

So the two leagues that I made it to the championship in... the Yahoo Public league, I won the semi-final game 110-73. I will be playing a guy that I beat pretty handily in the regular season in the Championship game. Granted, that means absolutely nothing when it comes to Fantasy Football, but the good news is I'm assured of getting at least another trophy for my mantle because I can finish no worse than second in that league.

But now, in the CBS league that was important to me...

...I'm currently leading the game 92-50. The guy I'm playing has Brian Westbrook and David Akers still to play. That's the Eagles running back and the Eagles kicker. I have McNabb to play. That's the Eagles quarterback. So basically, I have a 42 point cushion with a pretty solid player left to play, and he's got a GREAT running back to play. Let's put it this way, Westbrook has gotten 70 points in the last two weeks...38 one week and 32 the other week. I would like to say that I'm sitting pretty good, but with a running back like that you never know. But I like my chances right now...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Coon Dog Fight!!!

So last night Cathy and I went to a bar with some coworkers after work. We were there pretty late.

We got home at about 1:30 or so in the morning and I promptly let all three dogs out to eat and go to the bathroom. As Cooper was eating, I went over to pet him like I normally do and I noticed his neck felt pretty funny on his underside, near his chin. I grabbed his head and looked at it in the light, and he had about 4 cuts that were obviously from Gordon's teeth. The blood had caked up his fur pretty bad, and that's what I was feeling when I pet him. Luckily, he wasn't bleeding anymore and he still ate and drank and went to the bathroom just fine. However, he has been acting very melancholy since then...I think his pride is a little bit hurt. He's also got a pretty puffy look on his face near the bits, so I'm assuming that he is a bit swollen up. I gave him some aspirin today and we went to get a new crate for them so they all have their own crates. When we got back he seemed a bit better. He looks better too. I'm thinking the aspirin might have helped the swelling a bit.

I don't know why Gordon did it. Cooper has been bothering Gordon's ear lately, so maybe Cooper bothered him a bit too much and when Gordon snapped at him Cooper didn't have anywhere to go. It looks like he was only bit maybe 2 or 3 times, so Gordon obviously didn't really try to hurt him badly...but he did quite a bit of damage with just those two bites.

Maybe Cooper needs to learn some new fighting skills. He's always been a bit of a wussy. He needs to train with this dog...

Friday, December 12, 2008

This is a Big Question...

Are we human??

Or are we dancer???

Fantasy Football

So it's playoff time in Fantasy Football, and in two of my four leagues I went into the playoffs riding pretty high.

In one league I ended up with the best overall record of 11-3. I beat out the second place guy by a single game. The first three places in that league are all separated by only 17 points on the season, so any of us would give the others a pretty even match. I'm hoping to AT LEAST get past this first week in that league so I can get a trophy.

In the other league...the CBS league...the most important league to me because bragging rights are high on SBN...I went into the playoffs as the #2 seed. I had a 10-2-2 record, which is effectively 11-3 considering that ties are worth half a point each. The only guy ahead of me 11-2-1...or effectively 11.5-3.5. So he was literally a half a game ahead of me. The thing is, the division he played in had two guys that quit, and one guy that had about the worst fantasy team I've ever seen. So he basically had 6 free wins in his division. To put it another way, had he been in my division, he'd have had the least points in the division and probably ended up about 6-8. But he wasn't, so that's not a big deal. I'm really hoping to win something in that league, because that league is basically filled with guys that I "talk" to on the sportbikes message forum bragging rights are going to be pretty high.

In my other two leagues I didn't fare too well. 6-8 in one and 5-7-2 in the other. Sad thing is, in the league that I was 5-7-2 in, I actually had the third most basically, guys just seemed to have their best game against me each and every week. Oh well, there's always four teams to run again next year!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I built the Lego set that I bought last week. It's pretty cool. It's got lots of features on it that I didn't really expect, like an actual working pulley system to pull the drawbridge up.

The dragon that comes with it is also really cool, as are all of the figures. The wizard is especially cool because he's got this really nifty cape.

One thing about Legos though. They are different than they were when I was younger. When I was younger you had to build the walls of things entirely out of Lego bricks. Now, many of those larger pieces are molded into a single piece. It's nice when putting the thing together because it eliminates steps...but it also cuts down on the amount of pieces that come with a set.

In sticking with the Castle theme, I got my second set tonight with a coupon at Toys R Us. It's the Lego Troll Battle Wheel. It's an exclusive item that is found only at Toys R Us. It's pretty cool.

Man It's Cold...Again.

Wow. It's 14 degrees outside right now. The good thing?? There's no wind, so there's no windchill!!!! If you want to call that a good thing.

It's so cold that the dogs don't even really want to be outside long enough to go to the bathroom. I can't really blame them, I don't think it would feel very good for me to be outside walking around in just my bare feet on the ground that they are walking on.

It's one of those really crappy colds, too, because there's not even any nice snow on the ground. It's just thin snow with a layer of ice crusting over it.

I can't wait for summer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Unicycle Got Here...

Well, it arrived today just as it was supposed to.

I expected to have to put it together a bit, but out of the box all that I had to do was put the seat on and pump up the tire. I got it all set and tried messing with it in the basement of the house because it was raining outside.

I'm going to blame my ineptness on the carpet in the basement. Man, it's tougher than I had anticipated. Even though I'm relatively out of shape, I believe that I have fairly good balance...but on that thing I couldn't stay up for the life of me.

The seat is a bit uncomfortable, but I'm sure I can get used to it. I had fun while messing around on it though, so hopefully I can actually get good at it this summer. I think it will be a really interesting outdoor pastime.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Is Anybody Even Reading???

Is anyone even actually reading these posts?? I know that Cathy does every now and again...but it sure doesn't really seem like anyone else is looking at them at all.

Oh well, I guess I'll keep posting anyways...I don't really have much better to do.

It Will Be Here This Afternoon!!!

My unicycle will be here this afternoon.

Unfortunately, as I thought, it's going to be way too crappy outside for me to actually give it a try. However, depending on how tall it is, I might be able to actually try sitting on it in the basement of the house.

At the very least I will put it together and get some pictures of it!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Dark Knight

So "The Dark Knight" comes out on DVD this coming Tuesday.

I'm pretty upset about it actually. There's a really cool edition that comes with a model of the Batpod motorcycle, but it's ONLY being released with the Blu-Ray version of the movie. That's lame.

Worse than that is the fact that NOTHING cool comes with the movie at any of the other stores. I would have imagined that a movie that made nearly half a billion dollars and was hailed as one of the best movies in recent memory would have come with SOMETHING cool with the DVD.

The coolest set is at Target, I think, and it's basically Batman's mask as the DVD case. I'll probably get that one...

Sunday, December 7, 2008


So last night I went back to look at the unicycle on Amazon again, and for whatever reason, it was a LOWER PRICE!!!!!

So I went ahead and ordered it. It should be here on Tuesday. Unfortunately it's still so insanely cold out that I won't get to try it at all. But I think it could be a fun pastime when it gets warm out.

I imagine that as soon as it gets warm out, you'll be seeing a lot of pictures of me doing this:

Okay, maybe not quite like that...but you get the picture.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gift Card to Amazon.

So I have a gift card to I got it for spending money, basically. With my bank, National City, they have a program where you get points for using your debit card and writing checks and such. With those points you can get things like gift cards and other gifts.

I have spent enough money over the last year that I was able to get $50 worth of gift cards through the Points. I also have a $10 gift card from a broken product that Amazon shipped me.

So basically, I have $60 worth of gift cards and I have no clue what to use it for. I was going to use it to buy some games for the Wii, but I have plenty of those right now and one on the way that's supposed to take a while to finish. I don't really have any Xbox games I want to buy right now, or DS games. There aren't any DVD sets that I'm interested in, and the only couple of other gifts for Christmas that I need to buy I already have all picked out and they are cheaper to buy at the store because you don't have to pay for shipping.

So that leaves me with $60 to the world's largest warehouse and nothing that I really NEED to spend it on. So while browsing around on there just randomly, I came across this:

I find it to be quite insanely awesome. It's a unicycle with a set of training wheels so that you can learn to ride without any help from any other people. Surprisingly, it fits right into the budget that I have with the gift cards. From what I've read online, it seems to be a pretty good beginners unicycle.

Now, do I NEED a unicycle?? Absolutely not. But for basically free, it seems like a pretty entertaining way to spend the gift cards. I had kind of resigned myself to getting something that I would be able to use outside in the spring, summer, and fall. I have the kayak, but I won't be able to go kayaking everyday...and believe it or not I'm going to seriously TRY to get into better shape this year, so something entertaining to do outside that is also a physical thing would be a good idea for me.

That, and the idea of learning how to do something that I've never even thought that I would be able to do is pretty appealing.

I know what you're thinking..."Jeff, you're an idiot." But imagine how much fun you'll have watching videos of me hurt myself while trying to learn!!!!

Man...It's Cold.

It is currently 15 degrees outside...

...with a windchill of 2.

Yes. That's 2 degrees.

This is horrible. I don't really HATE the winter, but I do HATE it when it's 30 degrees below freezing outside. there really ANY reason for anything to ever be this cold???

I can't wait for summer.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Those Winter Hobbies...

...if you've been keeping up on my blog (that means you Cathy...and you Mom...) then you'll know that I have been trying to find something to do in my spare time during the winter.

Well, I finally got it figured out...and it's not something incredibly insane like a train set. Well, I guess it's kind of like a train set, but not quite as expensive...and by not quite I mean not nearly.

I've actually picked out two things.

The first is going to be building LEGO kits. Cathy and I both really like LEGO kits, but they are a bit pricey to just buy all the time. So I've decided that I'm going to work on getting and building "Castle" LEGO sets. I got my first Castle set the other day. It's the "Skeleton Tower" set. I'd been looking for a set that had a dragon with it for a while, and this set was the least expensive that actually came with the dragon. It's a good start for a castle setting.
It's also a good choice for a starting kit in a setup because it was midrange as far as price goes, but it seems to have a lot going for it. You get a wizard dragon keeper, the dragon, some skeletons, and a knight. Of course, there are much larger and more expensive sets that maybe I will try to eventually get...but there are also a TON of smaller and cheaper sets that will add to the collection very well.

I know, LEGOs are toys and meant for children...but so are models...and radio controlled things...and pretty much anything else that most adults consider "hobbies."

My other thing that I've been doing is something that I've dabbled in on and off for YEARS.

Magic card tricks.

I dug out my card trick books the other day and ordered a new Svengali deck. I've been showing the Svengali trick to people at work and they get a kick out of it. I haven't picked out a great trick to show with a standard deck of cards yet, but I've been working on it. I've also picked out a couple of other trick decks that I'll be ordering soon. Ebay is a godsend for things like this...the Svengali deck that I remembered buying in Myrtle Beach years ago cost me $20 or so dollars. I got it shipped from Ebay for like $8 total.

Either way, they will be good things to pass the time with...

Car All Fixed...

So last fall my car's exhaust malfunctioned. It basically sprung a leak in a flexible pipe that caused it to be really loud when accelerating but pretty normal when driving one speed. I took it to a local repair shop and they welded in a piece of pipe for me and it had been fine...until late in October.

Late in October apparently that weld broke. The car was basically running off of an open header and it sounded like the largest, angriest lawn mower in the world.

After a few attempts to fix it myself and trying to get the local car guy at work to fix it for me, I finally grabbed my dad's reciprocating saw and went to town. I hooked in a piece of flex pipe and now the car is MUCH better. It's still not 100% as quiet as I would like, but it's good to go. Gonna start driving it to work again tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Enough Pictures???

So as I look back at the blog, I realized that it doesn't have many pictures in the last week or so. I don't know if that's a good thing or not.

I think that my thoughts are pretty random and sporadic, and I use the blog basically just as a journal. I put pictures in when I think that they will fit, but does the blog have enough pictures?? Is it boring with just the text and not so many photos??

Granted, some of the things really have no need for a picture, and I guess that I've just had about a week that didn't warrant any photos at all. Some posts, obviously, will have many more pictures. Like the ones about the kayak trips. Those will have plenty. But others just don't seem to need any.

Either way, I think it looks a bit bland without and colorful awesome pictures. To combat that, here's a picture of one of my favorite paintings!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shopping Pretty Much Done

So I got most of my Christmas shopping done already. Not bad considering I only started it today.

I got Georgie taken care of. I got my Grandparents taken care of. I got my parents taken care of. I got Cathy pretty much taken care of. All I need now is to grab something for Keri and George...but that's still a bit dependent on if my parents are going to Phoenix or not. If they are, I might try to get them an actual gift. If they aren't, then I'll get a gift card to send to them.

I tried to get things that people will actually use, so they might not be the most creative or fun, but I'm sure that everyone will like them.

I'll get the last little bit of it done in the next week or so...that way I won't have to be looking for anything at all in those last few days before Christmas!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Shopping

So this pay period I am going to try to get most of my Christmas shopping done.

I've got a present for my parents all picked out. I've got one for my grandparents all picked out. I've got one for Keri, George, and Georgie all set. I've got one picked out for Cathy, but I need to get her a few other small things.

All in all I think I've got some good gifts lined up for people. I'm trying to get good things that are still economical for me, seeing as I really don't have any money regardless.

Hopefully the paycheck hits my account tomorrow and I can start getting these things taken care of as soon as possible!!!!