Monday, July 25, 2011

Why Should You Join Google Plus?

First a video that does a pretty good job of explaining what Google Plus is:

httpv://youtu.be/hC_M6PzXS9g

So why am I on Google Plus?

Did you catch that list near the end of the video?


  • I check my email on Gmail

  • Most of the blogs I follow are consumed daily in Google Reader

  • My business phone number is answered by Google Voice

  • My cell phone is an Android .. Nexus S to be specific

  • I now have a couple of folders of pictures on Picas

  • Spreadsheets and documents in Google Docs

  • Google Calendar syncs with my phone



And I'm sure there at least a few more Google products that I'm not even able to think of off the top of my head.

Basically ...

Although I do really like Facebook, and participate on there every day, I'm already so integrated with Google, that it would honestly make life a bit easier if that's where I did my social networking too.

Wanna know what would really make it better for me?

If my friends were already there too.

Need an invite?

Hit the contact form, and shoot me a note telling me how we know each other, and why I should put you in one of my G+ circles.

Talk to you soon,

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our New House In Copperas Cove Texas

We took another trip out to the house this afternoon ...



They're making really good, and quick, progress. As you can see in the picture above, with the exception of shingles on the roof, and bricks in the front, the outside of the house is pretty much done.

Speaking of bricks ...
[caption id="attachment_3723" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="wow, there really is an Acme brick company"][/caption]

The inside is still looking a little rough. However, we were told that they'll probably start putting up the sheetrock the middle of this week. That means we'll be able to lock in our interest rate, and set a closing date ... most likely the end of August .. a full month sooner than the original estimate.

[caption id="attachment_3725" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="I expect the view from this bay window will be better when we move in"][/caption]

As I said, it's still mainly exposed beams on the inside, but you can definitely see where each of the rooms are. And, it's cleaned up just enough that we were able to let the girls do a little exploring ...

[caption id="attachment_3727" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Joey, peeking through what will soon be a wall"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3728" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Jaiden already knows that this is "my window" where she can see "my back yard""][/caption]

I already have a couple of "favorite features" in the house, that you can pretty much see, even without the sheet rock. Here's our entry-way and stairwell. I just think this big high ceiling is gonna be pretty cool.

[caption id="attachment_3730" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The whole stair case is open, with big windows above the front door."][/caption]

And then in the master bedroom; which is downstairs, just off the living room; we've got this neat little 8'x7' nook area, that they use as a mini sitting room in the model home, but will most likely serve as our "office".

[caption id="attachment_3731" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="eventually there will be a couple of computer desks on the other side of that arch"][/caption]

And then of course, for those who know me, I can't take my camera to a "shoot" without including at least one "artsy-fartsy" type shot. In this case, the colorful sheetrock wrappers seemed like most obvious candidate:



Last, but not least, I really am still have a bit of a hard time getting my mind around the idea that a little over a month from now, my girls will be walking off of this same porch, into their grass covered new back yard.

[caption id="attachment_3724" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Let's Play!"][/caption]

I almost can't wait. But I guess now that it's getting so close I should probably join Ana in her daily "a couple boxes at a time" packing strategy. Oh yay .. I so love moving .. but Yay (for real), this truely could be the last time I have to do it, for a long, long time. ;-)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

They Build Houses Quick Here In Texas

We are in the process of having a house built in Copperas Cove, Texas by D.R. Horton. Since the lot is only about 15 minutes from our house, we end up going out there at least every couple of days. For the first two weeks or so, progress was a bit slow. But then, this week things really picked up. Just last week, Tuesday, there were still holes in the dirt with the pipes exposed. Then today, when we got our there, we were greeted by this sight:

[caption id="attachment_3677" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="front view of the house frame, from the curb"][/caption]

And here are a couple more angles:

[caption id="attachment_3680" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="View from the back yard "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3681" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Imagine a bay window here, looking into what will be the Kitchen and Living Room"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3682" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="This will be the island breakfast bar with the sink"][/caption]

And finally ...
[caption id="attachment_3683" align="alignnone" width="466" caption="Lots of cool intersecting lines - artsy fartsy photographer shot"][/caption]

So, quite a bit of progress in just a week. I'm really looking forward to seeing how fast they can go now .. since they appear to be warmed up. ;-)

Keep havin FuN!
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jaiden Wants The Purple Fish



So I made the mistake of letting Jaiden see the Beta fish when we were in Walmart the other day. She's had a fish before, a goldfish, but unfortunately that experiment didn't end well. Now-a-days, if you were to ask Jaiden where something goes when it dies, her answer would most likely be: "flush it down the toilet".

One of my friends online warned me that it was kind of cruel to put a goldfish in a bowl, with no filtration system. I suppose she was right. That said, the goldfish was one of those 20 cent guys, who's fate, if we hadn't bought him, was to be fed to a larger fish anyway. So I don't feel all that guilty.

This time we prepared slightly better. After I heard "I want the purple fish" for about the 5th time before we'd even left the aisle, I knew it would be wise to stop and look at the "tanks". We still didn't get a full on fish tank. But at least this little plastic jobbie does have an undergravel filter, one of those air bubbles, and a light .. not bad for $10.

Anyhow, as you can probably guess, the very next time Jaiden was in Walmart with mommy, she immediately asked about "the purple fish". I don't know, I guess mommy was in a good mood, because when they got home, they had a purple Beta, and the little tank.

I can't guarantee that this fish won't eventually see the swirling waters of the toilet bowl too. But it's been three days so far, and he still seems to be fairly lively. So far so good. Hopefully Jaiden will have the opportunity to learn some different lessons with this pet. ;-)

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