Friday, August 29, 2008

Bliss

I am in complete and utter bliss!

As many of you know, I've been wanting a Playstation 3 for, oh, since before they came out. Well, I've been saving and saving, and it always seemed like something always came up and I had to spend my saved money on other, more important, things.

Well, I picked up some extra work, and it paid for my PS3, and a couple games! My boy and I have been in 7th heaven!

I've played it and even watched a movie or 2. The upconverting from it to my HD TV is incredible. I can't wait till I get a Blu-Ray movie to watch!

While talking to my wife about some details on setting it up. She commented that whatever I did, she didn't want any more remote controls. I guess needing 3 remotes just to watch TV was a bit much. Anyway, I did some looking and found the Harmony 550 remote control at Amazon for about $50. Harmony remotes are great. You can set them up to run just about any IR device, and if it doesn't have the device in it's database, if you have the remote, it will learn from it. Harmony's can get very pricey, but the 550 looked like it would do everything I wanted, and $50 wasn't too bad. Especially if it makes my wife happy.

Well, the remote came in the mail today, and I finally got it all set up. The TV, Satellite and Surround Sound are now all working off of one remote. One of the coolest features is I can turn on ALL the devices with the press of a button (well 2, the activate button and then "watch TV").
And all the devices turn off with the press of the power button.

Needless to say, I'm a very happy camper right now.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Star Wars - Clone Wars

This afternoon I got a chance to take my boy to see the Clone Wars. I'd heard it wasn't very good, but I really enjoyed it. My son LOVED it!!!

It's timeline is between the Clone Wars cartoon on Cartoon Network and Episodes III.

Also, some of the characters in this movie are from the Cartoon Network show. So I won't say you'll be lost without seeing it, but it will help.

Anyway, if you like Star Wars, there is a good chance you'll at least enjoy the movie.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Skunks!


Skunks!
Originally uploaded by jarrard@swbell.net
On my way back home from church tonight, I saw what looked like a bunch of birds in the road, or maybe something that had been hit and was still flopping around, but as I got closer, I noticed that it was slowly making its way across the road.

Then I saw the white stripe! It was at that point I hit the breaks, nothing worse than hitting a skunk. Well, actually there is. Hitting 4, and there were at least 4 skunks in this family.

It was really neat to see the momma keep turning around and making sure the "kids" kept up. You could almost hear her saying "come on, keep up" and "hold hands as we cross the street".

It's really nice to see the love a momma has for her kids... even when they are skunks.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Weather Bug Station in Town

I just found out that there is a Channel 2 (KJRH) weather station right here in town. And since they are tied into the WeatherBug program, I can finally get C-ville weather online (as opposed to guesses).

I've added a link in the side bar.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

First Day of 3rd Grade

Today was my boy's first day of 3rd grade!

I can't believe that he is getting that old. It makes me both proud and sad all at the same time. He's gotten so big since the beginning of Second Grade.

I always love the start of the school year. I always have, as a kid and as a parent, the excitement of everything. Course my son isn't a fan of school, I'm hoping he likes it this year. He has a long way to go before he can get out of school. Not good to be miserable.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Olympics Opening Ceremony

Wow! This opening ceremony is just amazing!

If you missed it, you really missed something. Wow. Words just don't do it justice.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Olympics!

I love the Olympics, and I'm so happy it's that time. I finished watching the US Women play Norway in Soccer. Both teams played real well, but it took the US a bit too long to get into the game, and ended up losing 2-0. Both goals were made within the first 5 minutes. Crazy!

Anyway, Friday is the opening ceremonies (not that I care about that, but then games besides Basketball and Soccer will be on).

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

New Car... Again

A week ago yesterday, my daughters car broke down in Norman. For those that don't know, it's a ways away. Her transmission went out. So, with the help of one of my friends from church, we drove down there, loaded her car up on the trailer and came back. Which was an adventure, all into itself.

Anyway, Tuesday, my daughter and I went out shopping for a new car. Her car was in no condition to put a new (or rebuilt) transmission into it. Well, Saturday, in the 105+ degree temperature, and 7 car lots later, we finally found a car (and a few days during the week of shopping as well). It's a 2001 Hyundai XG300. Here it is...





As you can see, its really nice. It beats her last car which was a 1993 Saturn and her first car which was a Mazda 323 (don't remember the year).

Here is hoping it lasts better than it's predecessors.

Peppers, Peppers and More Peppers

I canned some of my Jalapeno peppers this weekend. Only canned about a gallon bucket full of peppers, got them all sliced up and canned. That was a lot of peppers! Probably left at least that many still on the plants!

Yummy!