Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
People who are between the ages of 12-24 year old will...
- will only IM and text message. They think email is for their parents.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In the past, the cost comparisons were always within $2-3 difference per month. However, with all the current deals stacked up, here is our monthly breakdown including all taxes and fees:
current provider (who shall remain unnamed):
standard (cheapo) cable & 512K (cheapo) broadband combo package: $106.41
DirecTV (cheapo) w/ DVR: $35.98
Clearwire wireless 1.5K broadband: $32.42
Stacked up on an annual basis, that's a $1276.92 - 820.80 = 456.12 savings!
*** warning, these numbers are not official, reflect only my service options, and shall not be legally binding! ***
What's amusing is how the old isn't even comparable to the new service. The TV picture quality is clearly superior with DirecTV, and the Clearwire internet speed is about 2-3 times faster. Not that I aim to watch more TV, but I'm just sayin'...
I love the free market system.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Whistler Brewhouse - They had great fresh beer and a fun train set in the bar. Great sweet potato fries too!
Dubhlinn Gate Whistler - There are not a lot of bars that you can get a fresh pint of Murphy's. This place has great Murphy's, Guinness,and Granville Island beers on tap as well as a really fun Irish man singing in the bar after the lifts close. That is a great bar to relax with a pint after a day on the slopes.
Sushi Village Whistler - This was my birthday dinner. After downing a few pints at the bar we had some sushi. It was so good. Sushi is one of those meals that you can eat a lot of and still feel good about yourself. Try the Rainbow roll and the Beautiful roll, you won't regret it.
As for the time snowboarding, it was actually a great day to work on my technical skills. I prefer powdery runs instead of maintained runs. Since only maintained runs were open, I was able to really practice my turns on my new board and bindings. So the snow wasn't great - that's OK, I know we will go back later this year. Thanks again Rob for helping me celebrate my birthday doing something that makes me feel young and active. :)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Oriental Cole Slaw
Cranberry Jelly (for rob)
Chocolate Cheesecake pie
Yum! I forgot to take a picture. Back to work tomorrow. Only a 4 day week for me!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2 - 8oz Tenderloin/Filet Mignon
3 - 12oz
3 - 14oz Rib Eye
1 - 3oz Sirloin Tip Steak
1 - 4lb Chuck Roast
1 - 4lbs Bottom Round Roast
1 - 3lb Brisket/Tri-Tip/Flank Steak1
1 - 3lb London Broil
1 - 4lb Cross Rib Roast
24 bags - of 1 lbGround Beef
1 - 1lb - Fajita Meat
1 - 1 lb Stew/Kabob Meat
2 - 1lb Short Ribs
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here are a few that I like:
Mid Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill Blog
North Beacon Hill
Columbia City Blog
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Call me cliche or campy, but I love my job. Much of this has to do with a high concentration of nerd/inch^2 of my footprint. But as an aero structures stress analyst at a non-disclosed aircraft company, I feel like I play for a living instead of toil. Every day draws me excited to work on something interesting. Well, most days - there's always those days in every job.
Anywho, I won't bore you with the gory details. But aside from the nominal grind, I'll recall my past Thursday and Friday for example. I tinkered around with analytical and numerical analysis methods to modify existing and design new airframe structure in section 41 to install a closed-loop compressed air actuation system for strength, vibration, and fatigue criteria. Not only is the system itself rather complicated, but it's a matter of fitting it all within a haystack of available real estate so that a mechanic can access everything. In my short seven year professional career, I've seen much more intimidating and exciting than that, but I still find it rewarding working on "stuff" like this. Considering how much of my live will be spent in an office, it sure is a blessing that I enjoy it as much as I do!
I remember back in high school, my classmates used to talk endlessly about how much fun college would be, and how much they can't wait to get out of high school. I speculated most did not think much beyond the college years as something that could live up to the fun of being in college. I remember saying once, almost without realizing it, that I was looking forward to busting my hump in college so I could have good career options after college. Don't get me wrong - I had a lot of fun in college, but I also worked myself to the bone along the way. Because of this, I'm thankful to appreciate what I've worked towards and how lucky I am to enjoy my days at the office every day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Cat Stuck in a Box @ Yahoo! Video
Maybe this will be a new Thursday theme. I don't know. I think this is an extremely funny video and I like for many reasons.
1. Brian does this same thing and it's so funny
2. Brian doesn't get stuck in the box because he is not fat like this cat
3. I love how when the cat gets stuck in the box, he goes to the next box thinking he might somehow be saved.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A little off normal subjects here, for one night at least. I am generally a pretty big fan of the movie despite its crudeness and hilarious vulgarity... but until recently I did not know so many Lebowski fests existed. Strangely enough, I probably wouldn't fit in with 98% of the others attending... unless there are as many people who, like me, consider Walter Sobchak a slight edge above The Dude in this film. Don't get me wrong, there is much to find hilarious about The Dude, and I do. But I have to admire Walter for the genius portrayed by John Goodman.
Back to the point. Apparently there was a Lebowski Fest in Seattle a year and a half ago. No clue on when/if the next will occur. But, the good news is I am officially on the mailing list. Stay tuned as updates warrant!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm coming home tonight and I can't wait to see Rob!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well, aside from Thanksgiving plans, of course. If you were a fly on the wall in our house, you would most likely be hearing us talking about and planning our next big trip for our usual spring vacation.
I'm not really sure when this tradition started. Generally speaking, Allison and I make one big trip a year. Usually it is international travels, anywhere from 1-2 weeks in duration. Since moving to Seattle, we set the time frame to be early spring. This is important, as it breaks up the rain and cold weather before our spectacular (seriously) and precious (very much so) summer months.
What is different about this November? We haven't set our vacation yet!
By this point, we would likely have flights booked and at most a small handful of accommodations left to finalize. There are a few discrete reasons explaining this. Recent years brought us to enjoy Italy and Thailand, both of which were huge on our lists and did not disappoint. I suppose next on my list is South America (Argentina, Chile, or Brazil) or Scotland, but I have to admit I'm not partial for any one particular location. Although all the rumblings are how bad the economy is right now, fortunately we're not finding ourselves in tough circumstances. Besides, have you looked at some of the incredible travel deals available right now? The incentives and price drops are fantastic. The US$ continues to strengthen (Italy sounds better now than it did 2 years ago!), and the more we take far flung travels, the more comfortable we feel for the next one.
So, why the lack of excitement?
Short answer is, I don't know. I think Allison is not as lethargic on the issue as I, although I can sense she is at least partially in my corner on this. On the bright side, by not committing early, if we see something pop out at us in our regular scouring of Travelzoo.com, airfarewatchdog.com, Valarie D'Elia, and Clarkhoward.com, we can make that snap decision for a great time on a great deal. This is exactly how we nabbed one of our all-time favorite vacations to Ireland in the spring of 2004, after hearing the incredible deal mentioned on Valarie's old weekend radio show on 710 WOR.
So maybe that's just as well, and we'll simply keep our minds open at this point. Feel free to comment if you have any suggestions! We would love to hear of your great experiences and recommendations.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Back when I was in high school, I did one season of training at Swiss Valley in Jones, MI. Although it was a good job experience, I didn't get much teaching experience there.... only had my chances with a couple of lessons. I'm not certain on the exact number, but let's just acknowledge the positives: I got plenty of use out of that complimentary season pass. And hot cider. Bonus!
I like to refer to it as the Alps of southwest Michigan, although most people who know the place (including me) would tend to disagree. But hey, when I was in grade/high school, that was a decent place to have some fun skiing/snowboarding unless you wanted to spend some serious hours in a car or hop on an airplane.
Right, back to this year. At this time, I don't want to jinx myself so I will not disclose where I aim to instruct this year. It's only about 40min from my house, and that should sufficiently tip off any local readers. For the rest of you, to be continued...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Maryhill Winemaker's Blend. This is a GREAT low cost wine that is a blend of CabSav,Merlot and Syrah. We've actaully been to this winery before, it's right on the Columbia River in Washington and has a beautiful setting and summer concerts. It's available at QFC and our local Red Apple, which is a great treat.
Lazy River Wine at Carlton Winemakers Studio
This was a really nice surprise wine that Rob's parents brough home for us when they were visiting Willamette Valley. It was a beautiful pinot. It was light and had the best flavor!
Styring Vineyards“Whimsy” Willamette Valley Dry Riesling 2003
Not only is this one of my favorite wineries, with one of my favorite dogs, but they also hosted a great open house last year. It was a great setting. In the meantime Rob and I fell in love with the Dry and sweet Reisling - they will be a must visit on our list this year too.
Ok - Now I am excited! PS. I am leaving on Sunday to meet my sister in Vegas. In the meantime I think Rob will be posting.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Last week's win at the Metrodome (possibly the classiest active sports arena, since the Silverdome was put out to pasture a few years back) was a pleasant surprise! In an effort to over-sandbag, I expect nothing above another flogging this weekend. It's always nice to set your expectations nice and low, to prevent unnecessary disappointment.
Speaking of football, thankfully I never really cared enough about pro football when I lived in Michigan to pledge allegiance to the Lions. But, then again, the Seahawks aren't far ahead! Despite that, I was finally able to get an affordable ticket for this weekend, so I will finally get to experience a game at Quest Field. A skillful routing delivered by the Arizona Cardinals is on the Sunday forecast.
And finally, carrying on from yesterday's posting, all you Bond enthusiasts have a good flick to catch this weekend!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last Night on the ferry out of this Rowen pattern book. It has some amazing patterns!
And what about this sweater. It seems like the pattern doesn't come in English, but I really love it all the same. I think the pattern book is here.
This pattern was originally going to be my next project. The pattern is from SweaterBabe. I love this sweater, but I also love the above 2...
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
If you've never seen or heard of Degrassi High... you are seriously missing out. If the names
Wheels, Snake, and Joey aren't familiar to you, the you didn't have a chance to connect with real kids with real high school problems.
Degrassi is an old Canadian teen drama that we used to watch when I was in school (grade school). When you grow up watching Canadian television, then you understand that this teen drama was far superior then anything seen in the US - 90210, Hey Dude, or even Fifteen. Rob and I would watch old episodes in college. In Houghton, there isn't much to do when it snows from October - May, so watching Degrassi was great way to keep it real.
don't think he realized that there were 3 seasons that he missed. So as a special treat we rented it on Netflix. Over the last 2 weeks, we've been watching a few episodes a night to catch up. It really covers on all the important teen drAma (to pronounce like a true Canadian).
Just to name a few (courtesy of Degrassifans.com):
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Yes, I am filling in again, tightly gripping the yoke in the first officer's seat.
Some local news - The rain season is in full force, with a "pineapple express" forecast for tonight. Can't say I've been through one of those before. Now that the gutters are all re-installed and the rain barrels are hooked up, I'm pretty sure they will be overflowing until March. I'd get some pictures, but it's dark and rainy outside, for the love of Pete! All this rain eventually means snow in the cascades, once it gets cold enough up there. It's already piling up in Whistler/Blackcomb, and it's time to get some mileage out of our new-used snowboarding gear this season. Thank you craigslist!
It's tough to predict what's in store for this weekend, at this point. Al seems to be developing a cold, just after we both recovered from that nasty 3-week super-duper-extender-bender cold that it seems everybody has gotten this season. The good (and bad) news is that the Michigan-Minnesota battle for the Little Brown Jug is on ESPN, so if plans to meet up and watch with others at the bar falls through, at least we can catch the game from the command of my own remote control.
TGIF, 'round the corner!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I can't say I've read more than a few of his books, nor am I a fan of ER, but I have to pay tribute to the spectacular mind and author that was Michael Crichton.
Having written State of Fear, I always wanted to see him debate Al Gore from his opposing point of view on the human causes and solutions to the "climate crisis."