Showing posts from July, 2011

Why Should You Join Google Plus?

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


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 telli…

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 be…

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]

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 o…